Sunday, July 24, 2016

SORRY THE BEST I COULD DO



Monday marks what was supposed to be first session of the Clinton Inauguration by the Democrats as the entitled POTUS.
 If Hypnos who has commanded my time too often this past weeks doesn’t interfere I shall watch this Convention at least the prime time events and Colbert’s post session monologue.

Oh those Clinton haunting e-mails!  Not just the Secretary of State but now those of the Democrat National Committee that have confirmed Senator Sander’s charges that the DNC instead of being impartial as reputed was actively supporting Hilary.

The result is going to be a Convention clouded in animosity with a substantial portion of the party seeking revenge. The resignation of DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz may not be enough to heal wounds.

Not only did the DNC play the religious card against Trump earlier but against Sanders

"At issue is a May 5 email leaked Friday by Wikileaks, in which Brad Marshall, the DNC’s chief financial officer, suggested that the party should “get someone to ask” about “his” religious beliefs. “It might [make] no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief,” the message says, presumably referring to Kentucky and West Virginia. “Does he believe in a God? He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.”
The email was sent to several top DNC officials — CEO Amy Dacey, communications director Luis Miranda and deputy communications director Mark Paustenbach. Marshall followed up two minutes later with this short message: “It’s these [sic] Jesus thing.”
Dacey’s response: “AMEN.” (JTA News 7/24/16)

This is unfortunately just one more episode that is making the choice between the egomaniac dogmatic messenger of doom and hatred and the Queen of deceit and above the law a most difficult one. 

At this point in time the one with the populist backing represents a greater danger to Constitutional Democracy than the known practitioner of political skill.

We do have three months to decide who the lesser evil is. What a sad state of affairs.

2 comments:

  1. Hi Doc.

    I think many are on the fence who is the lesser of evils.

    My take:

    1. The Donald is an asshole, ego-manic. But, he has built a successful business, knows how to get things done, build a team. He doesn't owe anyone anything politically. He is like a plumber running for president -- not eloquent, sticks foot in mouth -- he is who he is, warts and all. I think there is a LOT he doesn't know. He is not politically correct. I think he honestly wants to improve our situation. I expect if he's president, he'll be a one-term, because he won't care about the fallout of his decisions.

    2. Hillary. I believe she committed a crime, but because of her position and connections, she's getting off. She knows everyone. She's the ultimate politician. I think she, like most career politicians, will says whatever they think people want to hear to get elected. I think she's firmly in the pocket of the financial elite, and no matter what any career politician says, they are "owned" by those that pay for their campaigns. Her history is full of scandal and the markers of corruption.

    The government is not telling us the truth about unemployment -- they don't count the people who have given up. We are in a financial crisis -- we have another housing bubble, bubble in the stock market (stuff trading way over the value/income of the underlying companies), banks are back to selling mortgages as securities, and there is a looming monster default waiting to happen with all the "liar loans" done on automobiles.

    If you are middle class, you are getting crushed right now.

    A major, major crash is coming. The government is hiding the problem, hoping more of the same (printing money -- maybe helicopter money in the future) will hold it off. Nothing will -- it's a mathematical certainty.

    I think in 10 years social security will be gone or a pittance. I think pension income will decline severely -- because stocks aren't performing. I think govt employees will not get what they were promised -- the money won't be there. I think taxes are going to go up significantly. I think housing prices are going to crash -- housing is unaffordable now with a middle-class income, and will crash definitely if interest rates go up. The suppressed interest rates have been killing savers and retirees. I think with the coming robotics there will be fewer jobs.

    The world is in trouble. Globalization has only helped the rich. Debt expansion is a problem everywhere -- with declining profits, companies and governments won't be able to pay their bills.

    We have an aging infrastructure that needs repairing. There is significant pollution in developing countries. Our world population continues to grow, with finite resources.

    I think Hillary represents more of the same, which is not working nor solving the hard problems.

    Trump is a wildcard. He could kick ass and get difficult things done or he make things worse.

    Given the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result, I'm going with the wildcard.

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  2. Hi Doc,

    This choice is easy. It has to be Hillary for any chance of helping the working people in this country. There is real anger in the country. I’m angry that the country is rigged for the wealthiest and most influential special interests. It’s clear to me that the Republicans only care about helping the 1% to the detriment of the rest of us. A look the last Bush administration is a prime example. When George Bush took office in January 2001, the National Debt was $5.5 Trillion dollars and there was a budget surplus that year of $248 Billion. When he left office in January 2009, the National Debt was $11.9 Trillion Dollars and there was a Budget Deficit of $1.6 Trillion Dollars that year. By the way, they over-saw the near destruction of global economy by the financial industry, which costs millions of Americans their jobs and homes in the process. How did the Republicans do so much damage in eight years? They passed two major tax cuts including lowering the Capital Gains tax to 15%, which is how the wealthy make most of their money. They lied about Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction to started two wars which cost America over $3 Trillion Dollars. They passed Medicare Part D drug coverage which prohibited Medicare from negotiating volume drug prices. And they didn’t budget a way to pay for any of these programs. In reviewing the Part D legislation the Congressional Budget Office said that prohibiting Medicare from negotiating volume drug prices would cost the American taxpayers and additional $563 Billion dollars over 10 years. This is clearly a case of the Republicans happily giving ‘Corporate Welfare” to the pharmaceutical industry. These are the same Republicans who have repeatedly tried to weaken or eliminate the social safety net programs of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Another example of the Republicans helping the 1% at the expense of working class Americans occurred in January 2105 after they tool control of the Senate. The first piece of legislation they passed was a bill to weaken the Consumer Protection Agency, which had been created in the wake of financial crisis to protect consumers from predatory lenders. That really captures what’s important to the Republicans.

    Now, what about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is the 1% personified. He believes his wealth entitles him to play by a different set of rules. By all accounts, Trump University defrauded thousands of working class Americans out of millions of dollars, resulting in thousands of lawsuits. When his ‘houses of Cards’ in Atlantic City began to crumble, he took his money out and declared bankruptcy avoid paying his investors, employees, and creditors. NJTV did a piece on a piano vendor who sold the Trump Taj Mahal $100K of pianos. When they went to collect, they were told to accept $.70 on the dollar or take them to court. As ‘The Donald’ said, he made a lot of money in Atlantic City. His business dealings are full of examples his taking care of himself while cheating his investors and workers. Anyone who thinks Donald Trump is going to take care of anyone who isn’t named Donald Trump isn’t paying attention. He and the Republicans want your vote, but they are not going to help us. They are going to keep helping the 1%. For a good sense of what the Republican’s stand for here is a link for excerpts from the 2016 Republican Party Platform http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/36954-the-conservative-proposals-in-the-2016-republican-party-platform.

    While I have issues with Hillary and the Democrats for not doing enough to help ordinary working Americans, they are much better than the Republicans and Donald Trump. Given the gridlock in Congress, the real stakes in the Presidential Election are Supreme Court Nominations and Executive Orders. Republicans right are eagerly hoping to pack the court to roll back Roe vs. Wade and LGBTQ and labor protections in the same way the Roberts Court has gutted Campaign Finance Reform and the Voting Rights Act.

    Tom Kaercher

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