Some things just never change in the world

Sometimes the more things change the more they stay the same.

Everyone has heard that old saying, and lately there seems to be an abundance of examples taking place right before our eyes. There are many times when it seems like people are saying one thing and meaning another.

Case in point is next Tuesday is the primary election and we have just under 100 days until the Nov. 6 general election so politicians are already in what I like to refer to as the “Pinnocchio mode” in terms of commercials. It is amazing that many of these candidates from both sides of the fence don’t have foot long noses from some of the whoppers they have been shooting to the public about their opponents.

Isn’t it ironic that some of the same people who have gone to great lengths in the past two years to rip the media and push the words “fake news” now spread “fake statements” about their opponents in every single advertisement? Hmm… kind of makes you think doesn’t it, on who is being truthful and who is being fake?

What we are also seeing is the way politicians say they are looking for more honesty in politics, but then they tend to forget that virtually everything they say is recorded or filmed. So when you say it and then try to change it, the odds are good that it is going to come back to bite you in the backside.

Case in point this weekend was the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, who didn’t look like much of a genius when it came to his statements on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. A couple of weeks ago he said on one of the Sunday morning shows that Cohen was the salt of the earth honest guy when Cohen was sticking by the president.  All the media have video of him saying those exact words.

Now Cohen is spilling his guts about a lot of things and a couple of damaging tapes have been released, and suddenly Giuliani is saying no one can believe him and Cohen always has been a habitual liar.

Interesting choice of words Rudy. Kind of makes you want to show Giuliani both tapes and ask him if he was lying in what he said the first time or the second one.

I know, fake news.

The Democrats don’t appear to be much different when it comes to the more things change the more they stay same. They are preaching that the public wants to take a new direction in November, but then the word emerges that if they do win back the House of Representatives in November,  Nancy Pelosi would become the Speaker of the House.

Change? Haven’t we been down that road with not a lot of success in the past? Ahh yes, the more things change the more they stay the same.

But then again where don’t we see evidence of the more things change the more they stay the same. Take the television industry which is already promoting the “new bigger and better” upcoming fall season.

Then they start promoting  shows like Murphy Brown, Magnum P.I., Roseanne, and Full House. Wait did I just fall asleep and wake up in a 1980s version of Back To the Future?

However, looking at my picture with my follically challenged head above this column, I guarantee you will not see this guy celebrating the upcoming retro 1980s television season by sporting a mullet. That is one instance where there just isn’t enough material to work with to make it happen.

Even in the world of sports, the more things change the more they stay the same. Take for example former Detroit Tiger and current Boston Red Sox general Dave Dombrowski, who many tout as the greatest general manager in the history of the game. However, in 30 years on the job his teams have a combined 2147-2268 record and have won only one championship.

When Dombrowski was in Detroit for 14 seasons he spent millions and millions of owner Mike Illitch’s money for players who are long gone and won zero championships. In the process he gave away the top future prospects leaving the Tigers where they are today — a 45-62 ballclub.

In Boston, Dombrowski has went out and followed the same path (including signing many of the same guys and others) to huge contracts while giving away all the future prospects. If the Red Sox win it all then good for him, but history is saying the more things change the more they stay the same, and Boston may look a lot like the Tigers do now in a few years.

Ahh the art of the deal… the more things change the more they stay the same well after… I see you next Wednesday.



Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at

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