Friday, December 30, 2016

We the people ...

Just in case you hadn't noticed or took some different American history class or got your history from the Tea Party, it's

WE the people...


I the person...

Yes, I know, e are all wonderfully unique, but we don;t live alone.  We live in a community and despite some peoples' thinking we ALL receive benefits from doing so.

I know that I often fail against the politician's propensity to lump u all into the "American People". But that comes from their tendency to view the "American People" from their slanted point-of-view. We ARE all unique, but that uniqueness is made up of our existence in a community. We are influenced by our community, our family, our beliefs, our interactions... In short, all of us get benefits from community and have obligations to that community.

Those obligations are as important to us as the benefits. We each have a right to protest the actions of our community, but, we must not damage other members of the community by shirking our obligations or refusing to participate in the obligations of the community -- say vaccination -- while getting the benefits.

The other members of the community have rights to receive the same benefits as YOU do. If we all insist that we will not participate in community, then chaos will ensue and our nation will fall apart. Where will we be then? Even criminals like Clive Bundy, will fail if that happens.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Trump's "Profit" Motive

I recently saw an article questioning whether Trump would be a deal maker as president. I think this isn't the question. The question is

What is Trump's "profit" motive?

He claims that he will work for the middle class, the people. But, his cabinet choices scream that he is working for the very wealthy, the very people who caused the decline of the middle class started by Reagan's policies. After all, three Goldman Sacks alums isn't exactly "draining the swamp". It's more filling it up with even scarier creatures.

Unfortunately, all the actions Trump has taken point to the conclusion that his profit is just that -- profit for the ultra-rich.

The old profit equation still holds for Trump and the Republican party with the worker in the "expenses" category and profit the only driving motivation. Everything else, the environment, social programs, Medicare, Social Security, all of it subservient to this single motivation.

The choices Trump has made indicate that his administration will make everything subservient to profits. His appointees will remove as much regulation which has kept our environment clean, monitored greedy financial institutions, provide healthcare for millions in order to increase the profits of the very rich. "Trickle down is back with a vengeance and it didn't work all the other times it has been tried.

The only trickle is the waste that the rich piss on the middle class. Stagnant wages, lack of jobs replaced by automation and outsourcing, a ruined environment, and no healthcare.

Trump voters, enjoy the "benefits" of your choice. I only wish the rest of us weren't in the same swamp with you.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Today in History -- Coincidence?

I was looking at and saw an interesting coincidence which is reflective of the situation in the USA today. The major story was:

2001 Enron files for bankruptcy: On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in U.S. history.

Under Also on this day was:

1804 Napoleion crowned emperor: In Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned Napoleon I, the first Frenchman to hold the title of emperor in a thousand years. Pope Pius VII handed Napoleon the crown that the 35-year-old conqueror of Europe placed on his own head.

These look like what will happen with the implementation of Republican policies and the rule of "he who shall not be named".

Just saying ...