Category Archives: Economic Prosperity

Five lessons to be learned from the failure of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

1. No good comes from hitching your political wagon to a team headed by a war criminal. Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Honduras. Like the Mongols of old, we have been building pyramids of skulls, and that crusade has … Continue reading

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The Odds are Never in our Favor: the Bobaganda Guide to the 2016 Election

Here’s the bottom line on this election. We have the government we have, because we are the people we are. If we want a better government, a time when the idea of someone like Clinton or Trump being on the … Continue reading

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A question for the state legislature: How many unborn babies are you planning to slaughter to balance the budget this year?

It’s a simple question, rooted in reality. Poverty drives the abortion rates: Women in poverty turn to abortion at a rate FIVE TIMES that of women who do not live in poverty. Women in poverty can be so desperate because … Continue reading

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Oklahoma City Persecution of the Poor: A Short Bill of Particulars

In an interview with a reporter from the national publication Politico, our Mayor said — As for the poor, Cornett says, his city offers them opportunities to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. About one in six residents live below … Continue reading

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My testimony at today’s public hearing on the panhandler’s ordinance

My name is Bob Waldrop and I speak in opposition to the proposed restrictions on the free speech rights of panhandlers and charitable solicitors. The claim is made that this is a public safety issue. Yet, nobody has been hurt … Continue reading

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Why is affordable housing so scarce?

Why is affordable housing so scarce?  I am primarily speaking of Oklahoma City, but it’s a problem everywhere.  And in fact, some people elsewhere would look at our situation here and say “your housing is very affordable.”  Maybe if you … Continue reading

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Oklahoma continues to eat its seed corn.

The news is in on the Oklahoma state budget: we’re cuttin’ it while we are also drawing down our state’s savings accounts and raiding the unclaimed property fund to avoid even deeper cuts. Any way you look at it, we are … Continue reading

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A letter to my neighbors in Ward 6.

Dear neighbors, There’s a city council election coming up on March 3rd. As I drive around Ward 6, I see a lot of “deferred maintenance” situations. I see potholes that have been there for years. Often there’s water seeping, which … Continue reading

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Should Bob Waldrop run for Oklahoma City Council Ward 6?

Twenty-one years ago, I moved to Oklahoma City, to the neighborhood where I live now. These are exciting times to live in Oklahoma City, but we also face tremendous challenges. While many have prospered, others have been left behind. The … Continue reading

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Why we can’t trust conservative leaders when it comes to poverty.

Recently, an op ed piece in the Washington Times lauded the commitment of the Koch brothers to the poor.  It was authored by John and Carol Saeman,  who are wealthy Catholic philanthropists.  They proceeded to tell us that they also … Continue reading

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