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If anything came to light last night it was the simple fact that Donald Trump cannot concentrate for more than 2 minutes.  I am sorry if that offends you, but he was terrible at best and a disaster at worst.

When the debate started I thought it just might be a good debate.  Trump actually had some good points about the TPP but that was about all he had.  After that 10 minutes, he faltered and went down hill like a speed skier on a downhill slope.

I was also concerned before it started that Lester Holt would cave in to Trump’s bullying.  He didn’t.  Actually, Holt did the best moderator job I have seen in quite a while.  He actually disappeared at times and let the two candidates go at it.  That was a good thing on his part.

The split screen was very good for the viewer also.  During the entire debate, the body language between the two candidates was stark.  Trump was fidgeting all night.  You could see he was being defensive all night as well.

The biggest difference to me was the lack of policy by Trump.  Yes, he offered his strongest part in trade, but he offered no specifics on how he would do something better.  He was even asked how his plan would bring back jobs.  He never answered the question and went into his 20 second sound bites about taxes instead.

Trump staggered all night.  He proved that his campaign was correct.  He didn’t prepare and that showed big time as the night went on.  When it got around to Foreign Policy, he flunked big time.

Sorry, but I felt like I was watching a Mafia Strong Man talk about his “protection racket” instead of someone talking about honoring treaties.  You do not uphold treaties based solely on money which Trump seems to want to do.

Let’s face facts.  The treaties we have with our allies have prevented World War III for 70 years.  When countries agree to support each other if one is attacked makes it hard for an aggressor to take the risk.  Now, Trump wants to change those treaties based on how much money each country pays.  That is absurd if not downright reckless.

When Clinton brought up his lack of releasing his tax returns and pondered if maybe he hasn’t paid any taxes, he interrupted with the comment “that makes me smart.”

No Donald, that makes you a tax cheat not smart.  This is a man who tries to present himself as the “spokesman for the people”.  The people pay their taxes.  They don’t have fancy expensive lawyers and imaginative accountants who make sure we don’t pay our share of taxes.

Bragging about the fact that you may not have paid any taxes is not being the “voice of the people” it is thumbing your nose at those people you claim to want to defend.  In other words, you are a con-man and it came out last night.

When he was challenged about his history of not paying people who did work for him his only defense was “maybe they didn’t do a good job”.  Say what?  Look, it may be okay to fight the bill if the job was lousy.  But, if you open the facility without making any changes to this so-called “poor work” you are a lousy businessman or you are lying about the quality of the work.

All of the instances where his company did not pay contractors is living proof that he does not care about the average people.  He only cares about his own pockets and making money off the labor of others without paying them.  If he had good reasons for not paying he should have given them last night.

After the debate was over, he claimed that he showed “great restraint” last night.  He said he was going to talk about Lewinsky, but did not because Chelsea was in the audience.  According to him, that is “great restraint”.

Please, someone out there explain to me how Monica Lewinsky has any bearing on this election?  Bill Clinton is not running for President, Hillary Clinton is the candidate.  She did nothing wrong in that incident.  If anything, she would be considered the “victim” in that incident.  And, whether you like her or not, she made the decision to stay with her husband after it all came to light.  Most people would call that “family values”.

On the other hand, Donald Trump has been married three times.  He has openly admitted to several affairs.  He even said this year when his buddy Roger Ailes was fired for sexual assault at Fox News that “all powerful men have affairs”.  If he does bring up Lewinsky in future debates, he will show just how much of a gutter snipe he really is.

There was one moment when Clinton did something I said she should do months ago.  When the email thing came up she said “I made a mistake and would not do it again.  I take full responsibility.”  She didn’t offer any excuses or try to switch the topic.  She owned it!  Something Donald Trump has failed to do over and over with many issues.

For example, when asked what he would say to the African-American community about his “birther” issue, he said “I have nothing to say”.  Of course he tried to tie the whole mess to Clinton’s campaign in 2008 which is totally untrue and proven to be untrue many times by many different fact check organizations.

Trump’s team has been trying to spin everything that would indicate Trump “won” last night.  He didn’t win, he was wiped out.  Even focus groups around the country of voters from both sides have said Clinton won the debate.  Hell, even Fox News said Trump looked terrible last night.

Of course, now Trump is claiming that he did poorly because he had “a defective microphone”.  He even said that he did not have the “sniffles” even though you could clearly hear him all night sniffling.  If he didn’t have the “sniffles” was he crying about his poor performance?

The fact of the matter is just this.  Donald Trump was Donald Trump.  And, anyone who objectively looked at the debate saw just how impulsive and reactionary he is.  I don’t know, maybe in business those are good qualities though I don’t think so, but in international relations with both allies and adversaries, those are not qualities I want in a President.

To bring this point home, even the Alt-Right was disappointed in Trump last night.  4Chan was all aghast with his performance and they actually turned on their emperor god.  That is not a good sign for Donald Trump.

It will be interesting to see how this goes forward.  Rudi Giuliani even said if he were running he wouldn’t participate in the next debate.  As usual, the right-wing is going after Holt for being “unfair” in his moderator job.  Holt actually did a good job as far as I have seen.

I guess trying to make a candidate actually answer the question is being biased according to the right-wing.  That says it all.  They want to be able to show up and just spout out anything they want true or not and not answer any questions with viable answers.

After 90 minutes of debate last night, we still have no clue about any policy that Trump says he wants to talk about.  He had his chance, and he failed miserably.  Is that because he wants to keep everything secret or because he doesn’t have any policies?  I think the latter is more in keeping with Trump.

Two people stood on that stage last night trying to earn our vote to become the next President of the United States.  One showed knowledge of the real world, and one showed no knowledge of how the real world works.  I know which one I think is best qualified, you must decide for yourself.

Just remember one sly comment that went unchecked last night.  When Clinton mentioned that “shooting an Iranian boat out of the water because their sailors made gestures at us would start a war”, Trump blurted into the microphone “it wouldn’t start a war”.

That comment is the epitome of stupidity and recklessness.  I don’t want anyone like that anywhere close to being the Commander in Chief.

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Tonight is the first of what we are calling debates.  Only time will tell if we actually see a debate or a farce.  To be honest, I will be surprised if we actually see a debate.

One thing I know for sure is that once it is over, one side or the other will complain about not being treated fairly.  That claim has actually begun already, especially from Trump’s campaign.

The loudest cry from Trump minions is that the moderator is not there to call out candidates for lying.  I thought that was exactly what a moderator is supposed to do.  I remember debates in high school.  If you told something untrue, you had better be able to back it up with facts or else.

I will say this, if one side or the other is afraid of being “fact checked” by the moderator, you can bet they are deliberately going to be saying untruthful things during the “debate”.  Why else would you be so afraid of someone saying “that isn’t accurate”?

The Clinton campaign wants the moderator to call out untruths.  The Trump campaign doesn’t want that to happen.  The best evidence that they are totally afraid of the truth is what Kellyanne Conway said about Trump’s remarks about Holt being a democrat, which he isn’t.

She said that Trump didn’t lie when he said Lester Holt was a Democrat.  Lying would mean that he actually knew what party affiliation Holt held.  In her twisted ways, she says that Trump was more ignorant about the fact of Holt’s political party and therefore not lying.

That tells me that Trump does not look up or try to justify anything before he speaks.  And, to me, ignorance of the facts is even more dangerous than lying.  The man is running for President of the United States, not the President of the Glee Club.

Which means he should know the facts before he spouts off about anything.  That also means that tonight he is more likely to say something untrue.  It will be up to someone to decide if he is saying the untrue things out of stupidity or simply lying.  Neither is a sign of a capable man trying to be President.

If Clinton says something untrue, I would expect the moderator to call her out on that as well.  There is no way we can make a decision as to whom is best to run the country if we don’t know which things being said are true or false.

These debates are supposed to help us understand the truth of their policies and position.  If we are led down the road of false statements and allowed to think they are true, then we are being cheated.

The other danger in this “debate” is the “expectations” of each candidate.  So far in this campaign, Clinton has been treated as a serious candidate and held to tough standards.  That is fair.

On the other hand, Trump has been treated as an amateur and held to a lesser standard.  If that is true tonight, all Trump needs to do is not screw up and show his temperament and he will appear to have won.  That is very dangerous.

If I was Conway, I would load him up on Valium so he keeps his mouth shut more than he opens it up.  That way he won’t go off on tangents and show he is not fit to be President.

I am not sure what to expect tonight.  Yes, the pundits have been falling all over themselves trying to predict what will happen.  But, I am convinced they have no clue either.

We will either see a debate about facts and policies, or we will see a total farce.  The biggest question is which Donald Trump shows up.  If a “serious” Trump shows up and tries to debate policies and facts, he will probably lose.  Clinton is a very good debater and will annihilate him on facts and doctrine.

On the other hand, if the usual Donald Trump shows up and starts spouting off with slanders and lies, how Holt handles those slanders and lies will be telling not only for tonight, but for the rest of the debates.

If Holt is going to ask Clinton questions about her emails and the Clinton Foundation, then he needs to ask Trump about his business ties, especially his overseas business ties, and his Foundation.   He cannot let Trump off the hook easily either.

Two very different people will be on stage tonight.  One is highly educated and works diligently to keep up on policies and facts.  The other likes to “shoot from the hip” and doesn’t care if he is telling the truth or lying.

I hope I am wrong, but I think if you are looking towards tonight and seeing a “great debate” between two heavyweights, you will be sadly let down.  We may see one of them implode on stage, but I am not holding my breath about that happening either.

No, I am afraid we will see the usual nonsense in this debate that we have seen in others.  The moderator and the press have already fallen into Trump’s “why are you picking on me” meme.  For the last 15 months everyone has known that Trump is an idiot and does not deserve to be running for President.

But, the media has allowed him to get away with his snake oil salesman pitch for so long, they don’t know how to stop it.  Every single “fact checker” group has said that Donald Trump is the biggest liar that ever ran for President.  They even put his lies at one every 185 seconds.

Is it any wonder that Trump and his campaign are so afraid of the moderator being a “fact checker”?  Sorry folks, but I am afraid that tonight will just be another farce staring that wonderful brain that gets everything wrong, Donald Trump.

If the media does not call out his lies and hold his feet to the fire, we will all lose come November.  Let the Tragic Comedy begin.

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At the end of this month, the government will run out of money, and it will be forced to shut down again!  This time, it is clearly the fault of Republicans who are anxious to close down business and get on the campaign trail.

There have been a lot of riders placed on the bill while it was going through Congress.  However, one issue is standing out alone in its disastrous consequence for the American People.  That is the issue of Flint, MI.

To rewind a little bit.  We have discussed the poisoning of the water of Flint for some time here.  We talked about a bill that was making its way through the Senate that would have provided money for Flint and other communities with lead in their water.

The bill finally passed the Senate and moved over to the House.  As usual, the House put it in its famous drawer and it never saw a vote or even a debate.  It will never get a vote or debate in the House.

When Trump made his infamous and very uncomfortable trip to Flint, one of the Representatives for the area said that if he really cared about Flint, he should pick up the phone and call Paul Ryan to ensure he passed the bill.  Trump did not make the call, and Ryan did not pass the bill.

By the way, in order to make this bill possible and gain bi-partisan support, Democrats killed an energy bill that they had gotten passed in order to “pay for” the help for Flint’s assistance.  That is the reason it passed the Senate with high bi-partisan support.

But, since the bill was being ignored in the House, Senate Democrats placed a rider in the continuing resolution bill so it would pass and help the people of Flint and other communities that need that help to clean up their water.

Mitch McConnell showing his disdain for the people of Flint placed a “clean” continuing resolution on the floor as a “take it or leave it” bill.  This bill included relief for Louisiana, Maryland, and West Virginia that all suffered flooding in many of their communities this year.  However, the Flint money was left out.

The money for Flint was the only one that was “paid for” which the Republicans always say it must be.  The rest of the relief money has not been paid for and will increase the deficit.

No one is saying that these other states do not require help, they do.  However, please explain to me why they get money that is not “paid for” and Flint does not when that money is paid for.  How can we just turn our backs on people, especially children, who have been poisoned by their state and continues to be poisoned because they cannot get any money to replace those lead pipes?

Mitch McConnell and the entire Republican Party are showing very clearly they do not give a shit about the people of Flint, MI.  As far as they are concerned, I guess they should just shut up and die.

Paul Ryan is just as hateful as Mitch McConnell.  He is the Speaker of the House and he is the one that could and should bring the Flint Bill up for a vote in the House.  But, he won’t because he is too afraid of his wacko caucus.

Led by the crazy Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, the Republican Party has become the party that ignores the very people they are supposed to represent.  They have become the actual enemy of the American People.

If nothing else, you would think they would be rallying around their Republican Governor of Michigan.  No, instead they are throwing him under the bus in the name of “conservative principles”.  If people get sick and die, so be it.

In my 65 years of life, I have never seen a complete political party show such disrespect for the people of America.  I have never seen a political party tell people in this country to just die.  Until now!

I am very angry, in case you haven’t noticed.  Lead poisoning is a very serious matter.  These children face life-long potential health and mental problems due to this poisoning.  The money for Flint is designed to help the city replace all of the lead pipes so the contamination will end.

The actions of the House and McConnell show the Republicans don’t care if it is fixed or ended.  If there was ever a case that shows the total lack of concern for people from a political party, this is it.

I am pleading for everyone to call your Representative and Senator and demand that the money for Flint and other communities to be passed immediately.  If they refuse, they definitely need to be voted out of office.

If they won’t help Flint, they won’t help your community either.

 

 

 

fine, MI.

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Yesterday, Donald Trump put all of those words in action.  He showed he really doesn’t care about poisoning people, he doesn’t care if those people die, he is very interested in photo-ops that will help him get elected, and he disdains the very people he was supposedly there to support.

Yesterday, Donald Trump made a “surprise” visit to Flint Michigan.  The site of the worst lead poisoning of a population in our nation’s history.  I say “surprise” because his campaign never contacted the Mayor of Flint asking about a visit and a meeting with her.  They simply told her less than 24 hours before his visit that they were coming.

The Mayor was in Washington, D.C. trying to get the senate to finally pass the funding the city needs to recover from this disaster.  She was too busy trying to help her people instead of taking a picture with the Republican nominee.

This is the first time Trump has even mention Flint Michigan.  He did not mention it during his convention, he never mentioned it during the primaries, and never mentioned it before deciding he should go for a photo-op.

During his visit he toured the closed water plant.  He even stopped for a few words at Bethel United Methodist Church where the pastor had asked him to thank all of her parishioners for all the work they have done since the crisis broke out.

Instead, Trump started his comments with a political attack against Clinton.  The pastor, the Rev. Faith Green Timmons stopped him and said:

Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not to give a political speech.

He did say that the crisis was brought on by people who didn’t know what they were doing.  But, I don’t think he understands that those “people” are all Republicans.  This crisis was brought on by Republican Governor Snyder when he decided that Flint could not govern itself.  He then put an Emergency Manager in place to run the city.

That Emergency Manager reported directly to the governor and no one else in government.  It was his decision to stop buying water from Detroit and instead use the water in the Flint River.  But, he also decided that $100 per day to add non-corrosive chemicals to the water was too expensive.  As a result, lead leached into the water from the pipes it was carried in.  The population was essentially poisoned with their own water.

To make matters worse, the State refused to even acknowledge the problem even when thousands of residents complained about “brown water” coming out of their taps.  They said there was noting wrong with the water.  This stupidity continued until a very brave doctor started testing children and found staggering amounts of lead in these children.

Lead causes many health and mental problems.  It can, in the right doses, even cause death.  Yet, now two years later, Flint still cannot drink their own water.  What did Donald Trump say he would do to help?  Nothing!

He did manage to get his name out there in an interview with a local TV Station.  During that interview, he said “this would never have happened if I was President at the time”.  Say What?

I am about 4 years younger than the Donald.  When we attended school there was a class called Civics.  In that class we learned how the government works.  We also learned that the Federal Government does not “control” the cities, counties or states.  And, since this mess was created by the State Government who refused to even acknowledge the crisis when it began, what would a President be able to do to stop it?  Nothing.  I guess Donald slept through those classes.

If you are wondering why Flint has not received any emergency funding to replace those lead pipes that are causing the problem, ask your Republican Controlled Senate?  The bill to do just that has been sitting in the Senate for almost a year.  Ted Cruz and Mike Lee had put a “hold” on the legislation.  Cruz eventually yielded, but Lee kept his hold until recently.

It now looks like it might actually get through the Senate.  But, then it has to go to the divided House where I am sure it will die an ugly death.  The ultra-conservative wackos will demand to see how it will be “paid for’ and Ryan will finally shrug his shoulders and place it in the drawer with the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, The Equal Pay for Equal Work, and the Transportation and Infrastructure bill.

All this time, the people of Flint are still forced to drink, bathe, and cook with bottled water.  And, the state still has done nothing to bring the water to the people.  The residents must go to “distribution centers” to get their water.  One woman interviewed said it costs her $20 each time she goes to the distribution center to pay for a ride.  Why can’t it be delivered to their doors?  It wasn’t their fault the water was poisoned.

Donald Trump’s solution to this problem was to go to Flint, take pictures, say a few words blaming anyone he could, and leave with his photo-op accomplished.  To make matters worse, he said this morning that the pastor “was a nervous mess” when she stopped his politicking.  I watched the video, she was not nervous, she was very firm.  The fact that someone stood up to him is what pissed him off.

He even said the people in attendance wanted him to keep talking.  What he didn’t say was the questions they were asking was about his history of racial discrimination in his buildings.  When they started shouting those questions, the pastor came to his rescue and, in his words, “got the hell out of there.”

What we learned from the fiasco photo-op Trump tried to have in Flint is that he does not care about those people at all.  He offered no solutions to their problem and offered no help to get the bill necessary for their very survival to get passed the Congress.

The people of Flint are suffering because their state elected a “businessman” with no experience to be governor.  He ran the state like a business and the people of Flint are paying the ugly price for that recklessness.  Can we afford to do the same thing with our country?

Donald Trump went to Flint Michigan yesterday and showed the people there he does not care their governor poisoned them.  He does not care if they suffer health problems or death as a result.  He showed his total disdain for the people of Flint.  But he did show he cares about politics an photo-ops.

If he were still in school, maybe the teacher would put him in the corner with a “dunce cap” on his head so he could think about his stupidity.  Unfortunately, this is the real world with real problems and this moron wants to be our next President.  And he asks “what do we have to lose?”  Apparently only our lives.  Which don’t seem to matter to the man who wants our votes.

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Okay, I live in a state that Donald Trump has targeted for advertisements.  I have seen the first one.  Like the Republican National Convention, it is dark and foreboding.  The ad is all about immigration.  It first shows a bunch of people “running across the border” and ends with a shot of a figure in fatigues standing “guard” with his automatic rifle.

It kind of gives you the idea that under Donald Trump, we will be living in an armed camp.  Without that camp, we will not be protected from those hoodlums trying to wreak havoc on our society.

The one odd thing about that add, is that they cite, in very small letters at the bottom, one of their sources for Hillary’s plan about immigration.  They cite the Center of Immigration Studies.  If you have never heard about this center, it is no wonder.  They are a very anti-immigration group who provides “studies” of immigration policy in a very unfriendly immigrant slant.

The Center for Immigration Studies does not like any immigration at all.  One of their recent articles tell us that immigrant population is over 44 million now.  They even show a chart showing how quickly it has grown over the last several years.

They claim this is a danger to our country and our way of life.  Remember, they are not just speaking about illegal immigration as they call it, they are talking about “all” immigrants.  They love the idea of Trump’s of eliminating people of the Faith of Islam from ever coming into the country.

This group is also one of the favorite sites for “information on immigration” of Breitbart.com.  Since Bannon is now the Chair of the Trump Campaign, is it any wonder that this anti-immigration group is the one source for information in their ads.

Then over the weekend, Trump has apparently decided that his vicious plan to deport 11 million people just might not be working at the polls for him.  So, he has declared that the process will be “humane”.  Not sure just what he means by that, but he said it.

Additionally, he is hinting that deporting 11 million people might not be all that possible.  So, he is floating the idea of letting people seek “legal standing” not by going home first, but through the embassies and consulates in our country.  If that is true, that is a “yuge” walk-back.

How are his ardent anti-immigrant backers going to take that news?  Nativism is his hallmark for running for the office.  If he back-tracks on that one fact, he would certainly lose at least some of his current supporters.  Without them, he has no chance of winning.

He is supposed to be giving an immigration speech in Colorado later this week.  That will be one for the books.  He is either going to throw more red meat to his supporters, or he is going to “walk-back” his original rhetoric and hope his followers don’t notice.

Then yesterday, his campaign manager Kerryanne Conway said that Donald Trump does not throw “personal attacks” at anyone.  She forgot to tell Donald Trump about that quote.  He exploded this morning with one of his infamous tweets.

This tweet concerned the hosts of Morning Joe on MSNBC.  Apparently, they are not buying the “new Donald Trump” Conway is trying to sell America.

The show returned from one commercial break to the tune of “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” as a clip of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus telling ABC on Sunday that Trump had a “great week” and is “getting into a groove.”

“Everything’s awesome,” Brzezinski said. “Everything’s awesome,” co-host Joe Scarborough repeated.

Brzezinski offered, “This is the part I don’t understand. You just have to look at this as an opportunity, right? You can’t pretend this is OK.”

How dare they voice their opinion against the Great Delusional Donald!  He immediately sent off this tweet:

Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!”

That wasn’t enough for the Delusional One.  A few minutes later he added:

Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!

This not even one full day after his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway insisted on ABC News that he “doesn’t hurl personal insults.”  Maybe Conway has a different definition of “personal insults” than the rest of us do.

To be fair though, we already know that Donald Trump hates the media.  At least the media that don’t sing his praises from the highest mountain tops.  He is the first candidate I know of that has “black listed” a dozen or more news outlets from his rallies.  Even George Wallace didn’t have a black list of banned news outlets.

Finally, there was Trump’s biggest fan, Rudi Giuliani on Fox News the other day telling America that Hillary Clinton is suffering from medical and psychological illness.  And, he has proof.

Go online and put down ‘Hillary Clinton illness,’ take a look at the videos yourself.

I bet he thinks the “cat playing Beethoven” on the piano is real too.  Or, maybe all of those “groin hits” on America’s Funniest Videos were never staged either.  But then again, no one ever accused the former Mayor of ignoring a good “conspiracy theory” when he saw one.

It seems to me that Delusional Donald has found himself in a quandary.  On one hand he has to keep his “base” in tact.  Yet, on the other hand he needs independents and suburban educated women to win the election.  Only he is having trouble getting both to back him.

If he softens his stance on immigration, he thinks he will win over those educated suburban women.  But, if he does that, he might lose many of his most ardent supporters.  It is his willingness to pander to their anti-immigration love that got him this far.

So, just this weekend we have seen the “many faces of Trump”.  First he is going to be “humane” in dealing with the undocumented immigrants.  Then he uses an anti-immigration source for information to prove he is right about immigration.

Then he tweets out a personal attack against the hosts of Morning Joe because he doesn’t like what he saw there.  That less than 24 hours after Kellyanne Conway says he doesn’t personally attack anyone.

And then, Rudi Giuliani goes on Fox and spins the conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton is mentally ill.  And, of course, he uses made up internet videos to prove his point.  How legalistic of the former Attorney General.

So, if after this “great week for Trump” as Reince Priebus said over the weekend you are still confused about Delusional Donald, you are not alone.  He is all over the place when it comes to “running” his campaign.

At first Republicans were happy with the addition of Conway as his campaign manager.  But this morning proves that she does not hold the sway they thought she might.  How long can she stand to be upstaged and not listened to by her boss?  I put the over and under of her staying at one month.  Let’s see if I am correct.

The only thing that still amazes me is with all of this horse shit going on, how can the real Republicans still support this nut job?  Maybe the answer is there are no more “real Republicans” left anymore.  I guess they have all left the building.

 

 

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With his “latest” shakeup of his campaign staff, Delusional Donald has opened up his arms, publicly, to the Alt Right.  If you haven’t been paying attention, the Alt Right is a loosely connected group of people who are even more extreme than the ultra-conservative movement.

As a matter of fact, they are mostly white nationalists, white supremacists, nativists, anti-government people.  Their ranks are filled with hate filled people who despise everything not considered “white”.

They not only hate the idea of undocumented immigration, they hate the idea of immigration all together.  They want to shut down our borders and not let in any non-white Europeans.  They particularly hate Jews, Blacks, Latinos, and especially Muslims.

Breitbart has also openly argued in favor of their views.  Steve Bannon at Breitbart even has Alt Right writers commonly penning articles for the service.  The real problem with the Alt Right is that they don’t usually look the part of the white supremacists we see in the KKK or American Nazi Party.  They are commonly referred to white supremacists in suits.

The other problem is they cannot be considered officially as a hate “group” since they don’t have any formal “group” dynamics.  As I said they are loosely connected through philosophy that America is supposed to be a “White Nation for Whites Only.”

Delusional Donald opened his arms publicly to these people yesterday when he hired Steve Bannon as his CEO for his campaign.  Breitbart has been the leading opponent of the Republican Party.  Bannon takes credit for the “downfall” of John Boehner and has openly criticized Paul Ryan on his website.

If Delusional Donald thought this “shakeup” would help consolidate the Republican Party behind him, he has another thought coming.  He chose “public enemy number one” to the Republican Party to run his campaign.

Breitbart is right up there with InfoWars in conspiracy theories.  They helped propagate the “birther” scandal and hailed Donald Trump as a hero for “exposing” this false political scam.  They have shown themselves to be haters of immigrants, Blacks, and even women.

They published one article in the past titled:  “Birth Control Makes Women Ugly and Crazy.”  Not long ago Bannon said that Donald Trump should run his campaign through November in a way that “makes the Republican Party nervous.”

One conservative radio talk show host said yesterday:  “The problem is that conservatives have been lumped into the “racist” group too easily by liberals.  So now that a real “racist” is running how do you separate the two.”  In fairness, he is a “never Trump” guy.

To me, all conservatives are not racists.  But, when the Republican Party has a platform that basically calls for second-class citizenship for groups of people, and when that party stays quiet while the “racists” spout their hatred in order to get votes and win elections in certain parts of the country, then the party is at least a contributor to what is going on.

Delusional Donald just took up the mantra and openly said what many in the party has been saying in “code words”.  So this commentator is partly right, but he is also mostly wrong.  If he really wants us to think that all conservatives are not racists, then he should be much more vocal when they spout racist comments.

Yesterday, Fox News played an interview Hannity did with Delusional Donald on Tuesday night before the announced shakeup of his campaign staff.  During the interview, Donald was Donald, again.  He said he thinks it is time to “profile” Muslims in particular.

Here is again going with an unconstitutional way of “stopping terrorism”.  During the interview, he blamed the entire Muslim community for terrorism because “they don’t do enough to turn these people over to authorities.”  Therefore, we should profile them and watch them very closely.

He even said that he would “throw out” the father of the Orlando shooter.  Which goes along with his theory that the families of suspected terrorists should also be punished, even have their homes burned down.

Of course in his speech that same night, he called for “profiling” in the African-American communities as well.  He wants to set up the same sort of profiling “policing” that Giuliani set up in New York with his “stop and frisk” campaign.  That is profiling at its best.

By hiring Steve Bannon to be the CEO of his campaign, Delusional Donald not only gave the finger to the Republican Party, he gave the finger to all Americans.  He has shown that conspiracy theorists like Bannon and Alex Jones and their followers and white supremacists like the Alt Right are the people he most favors.  These are the people he is most comfortable being around.

All of the Alt Right sites were absolutely “thrilled” with Bannon’s hiring.  They called it a great day for America and the Trump campaign.  That should say everything you need to know about why Delusional Donald picked Bannon.

The Republican Party has painted itself into a corner.  With this “shakeup” of the Trump campaign, the dirt is going to get worse and even more bizarre, if that is possible.  On one hand, too many Republicans don’t want to be associated with Trump.  On the other hand Trump has helped the party raise money for their entire campaign.

If the Party flatly refuses to fund Trump, he will stop fundraising for them, and some of the money will go away.  If they continue to fund Trump, even with less money than they do now, their down ticket candidates have to figure out a way to stay away from Trump and his campaign.

I am figuring that the race will get closer as we get closer to November.  Still, if Trump manages to come back, he would be the first candidate so far behind at this point to win.  No one else has managed that feat, and I don’t expect Trump to pull it off either, but it is still the dangerous possibility we face.

If you think this race has been ugly so far, buckle up because the ride is going to get a lot worse.  I will point out one thing to watch for besides the conspiracy theories put forth by Bannon, the attacks on Clinton are going to get worse.  Whenever Trump is asked a question, no matter what the topic is, Clinton will be attacked instead of answering the question.

Kellyanne Conway is a minor pollster for conservative groups.  She is now the Campaign Manager for Trump and according to reports will be with Trump every second he is campaigning.  Conway has made her living by trashing Hillary and Bill Clinton.  Every sentence is all about how the Clintons are to blame for everything wrong in the world.  She definitely has a one track mind on this subject.

So, you can expect that Trump will roll out Conway’s view of the world and that the Clintons are to blame for everything wrong.  Sprinkle in conspiracy theories by Bannon, and you can see how this campaign will go from here.

If you are interested in issues, topics, or plans to help the country, you won’t hear any from Trump.  My question is what will “real Republicans” do?

Let the fantasy ride begin.

 

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As the Trump meltdown continues, Republicans keep saying they want to focus on the “terrible economy”.  They say the recovery hasn’t been good enough or big enough for their liking.  They say the real problem is the economy.

Additionally, Paul Ryan in his victory speech said that Americans are tired of gridlock in Congress and that Republicans are offering “fresh ideas” that will break the grid lock.  They really want Donald Trump to talk just about the economy because they figure that will turn things around.

So, let’s look at the economy and see just how bad it is, or isn’t, and why the growth hasn’t been as good as it might have been for everyone.  We first need to look at the beginning in 2009 when President Obama took office.

During the period of George W. Bush’s administration, the “shackles” were taken off of the financial market.  Regulations were wiped out by Republican controlled congress.  Finance companies were allowed to make mortgages, banks were allowed to gamble in the market, and a whole lot of other regulations were wiped out.  It became a free-for-all.

That free-for-all led to the biggest economic crash since the Great Depression.  It almost became a second Great Depression.  Huge banks were on the brink of collapse mostly because of their own bad behavior.  The American auto industry was on the verge of being wiped out.

With disaster just around the corner in 2008, the Republicans led by George W. Bush started talking about a bailout.  They passed the first round of bailout money and just about all of it went to the big banks and financial institutes.  The American auto industry was being left out.  As Mitt Romney said “let the auto makers fail.”

The country was losing over 800,000 jobs per month.  Unemployment skyrocketed to well over 10 percent.  Plus, the U.S. economy was dragging the world’s economy down the drain with it.  On January 20, 2009 Barak Obama took the office of President.  Did the Republicans talk about “working with the President” to help us get out of the financial hole they dug for the country?  No, the only thing Mitch McConnell said was “the only job I have is to ensure this is a one term Presidency.”

That set the stage and it got worse from there.  In the first two years, the Affordable Care Act was passed and millions of Americans have gained insurance they never had before.  The Republicans have hated it ever since it was passed, even though it was essentially their own plan  from the 1990s.

There was the battle over the Bush tax cuts.  Republicans wanted them to remain in effect across the board.  Obama wanted them keep them for everyone except for the top tiers.  Obama won that battle.  The richest tax cuts were rolled back, but everyone else kept theirs.

That rankled the Republicans to no end.  They swore their revenge and they basically shut down cooperation after the 2010 elections when the House went back to their control with the Tea Party wackos getting in office.

In the meantime, a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill passed the Senate.  Economists from both sides of the aisle said it would help boost the economy.  The bill reached the desk of John Boehner in the House and went into a desk drawer and has stayed there ever since.  There has been no debate.  There has been no committee action on the bill.  There has been no vote.  It just sits in a desk drawer because House Republicans don’t like it only because it offers a “path to citizenship”.

Our infrastructure is crumbling around our ears.  Everyone on both sides of the aisle knows this to be a fact.  So, the President introduced the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill.  This bill was intended to rebuild our roads and infrastructure.  It would also create millions of needed good paying jobs for the people.

It will take decades to rebuild our infrastructure so these are good paying long-lasting jobs.  That means the unemployment rate would drop significantly and revenue would be flowing back into the federal coffers because all of these people would be paying taxes.  Republicans made sure the bill disappeared in their “black hole” for anything with Obama’s name on it.

Since then, we have had more bridges collapse and seen lead poisoning of water in Flint and other cities, even the Capital Building itself.  Yet still no vote or discussion of rebuilding our infrastructure.

Instead of looking for ways to create jobs, Republicans went on a campaign to repeal “Obamacare” and slash the social safety nets.  They cut food stamp money.  They cut education money.  They cut just about every domestic budget in the government.

As a result of these cuts, less money has gone back into the economy.  Poor people cannot spend as much for food because they don’t have as much money to spend.  For every dollar spent on education, the economy gains 1.23 dollars in return.  But, that wasn’t good enough either so education budgets had to be cut.

They have refused to even discuss raising the minimum wage in the country.  All research indicates that today’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has less buying power than the minimum wage in 1968 at $1.67 per hour.  Some cities and states have raised the minimum wage on their own.  And surprise, even though Republicans say raising the minimum wage will “kill jobs”, the areas that raised their minimum wage have grown their economies better than areas that have not raised the minimum wage.

They refuse to talk about the Equal Pay for Equal Work bill.  Women make on average 75 cents per dollar of men doing the same work.  Republicans are fine with that idea even though women are increasingly the major “bread-winner” for their families.

Then they threw a hissy fit and insisted on the “sequester” budget cuts to reduce the budget.  The bill passed and was signed.  Now, they are complaining about that very bill because it also means that the defense budget needs to be cut the same as everyone else.

We have now had three sessions of Congress where the Republicans have controlled the House of Representatives.  This last session, Republicans have controlled both chambers of Congress.  In those six years, not one major piece of legislation has been passed.

Not one bill to help create jobs has been passed.  Not one bill concerning the economy has been passed.  We have witnessed the three least productive Congresses in our history.  They take a lot of vacations, like right now when we need funding for research to stop the Zika virus.  Instead of doing their job, they went on vacation, again.

Trump gave his economic plan if he were to become President.  It contains the same old Republican stuff.  Massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.  Cuts to social programs.  Massive increases in defense spending.  And of course, deregulation of the financial markets.

Paul Ryan calls these “fresh ideas”.  He thinks the American people will fall for their voodoo economics again.  Every time we do we fall back into a recession like under Ronald Reagan.  There was no “huge economic boom” in the 1980s.  All that happened was the rich got richer and the rest of us watched our wages stagnate.  Oh, the deficit also ballooned during his time in office.

The real economic boom came in the 1990s.  When Bill Clinton was able to create more jobs without “cutting taxes”.  He was even able to balance the budget for the first time since Kennedy was in office.

Republicans say that taxes and regulations are “crippling” businesses.  They are lying.  Just look at the past.  In 1968 when I first entered the job market fulltime, the tax rates on the richest people was hovering around 75 percent.  There were numerous  tax brackets.  Financial regulations kept banks and finance companies in their own silos to keep them from melting down the economy like they did in 1929.

The economy was booming in those days.  Eisenhower’s Intrastate Highway System was still being built.  Labor unions represented about 35 percent of the workforce and bargained for pay raises and a share of the profits from companies.  Corporate taxes were higher than they are today.  Yet, things were going well.

The downfall of the middle-class began with the downfall of unions.  In 1969, after Richard Nixon was elected president, the battle against unions really heated up.  More and more Republican States passed “Right to Work” laws that basically killed unions.

Because unions lost membership, they were unable to collectively bargain on behalf of workers for better pay and benefits.  Companies were not afraid of strikes anymore.  They would simply replace the workforce with non-union workers.

The assault on unions and workers continued through the years.  Hell, even Ronald Reagan fired all of the nation’s air traffic controllers in the middle of a strike.  Something by the way that was illegal.  But the Republican controlled Congress and Republican Department of Labor sat back and allowed it to happen.

As a result, only about 7 percent of the workforce today is represented by unions.  It is also true that where unions are strong, workers earn on average of about $2,000 more than non-union workers in other parts of the country.

What this all means is that the wealthy corporations are able to increase their shareholders profits while denying pay raises to the people that make those profits possible.  They simply take from the working class and give it to the wealthy.  I believe that could be called “reverse Robin Hood effect”.

There is gridlock in Congress because Republicans refuse to work with the President.  They have a lot of reasons for this lack of cooperation, but none of them make any sense.  Except that they really hate the man and won’t even talk to him.

The economy has created over 15 million new private sector jobs since 2009.  All the while Republicans have slashed public sector jobs in their controlled states.  They refuse to even debate legislation that will create millions of new good paying jobs.  They continue their onslaught against unions.

Before unions became strong in this country there were two economic classes.  The very rich and everyone else.  When unions were strong we had a very strong middle-class.  Now that union representation is down because of the laws passed, we are moving back to a two class system of the very rich and everyone else.

That is essentially the Republican economic plan.  The “us versus them” war began in 1968 with Richard Nixon’s presidential run.  It hit full force with Ronald Reagan and blew out the ceiling under Bill Clinton because things got better without Republican economics.  Then George W. Bush took office and everything flushed down the toilet again.

If you seriously look at the last two Republican Administrations and the last two Democratic Administrations you will discover that the economy had done better under the Democratic Administrations than the Republican Administrations.

So, by all means Republicans, let’s talk about the economy.  Your plans have failed miserably and will fail in the future.  You offer nothing to help the average citizen.  You offer nothing to bring people out of poverty.  You only want the rich to get richer and the rest of us to suffer along.

It is because of this simple fact that you keep backing Donald Trump as your candidate.  You have nothing to offer.  We keep hearing about your plans but we never see them.  We kept hearing about your plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  We have been waiting for seven years.

All we have gotten is that you have a plan to have a plan.  You killed the Transportation and Infrastructure Bill and now support your candidate who says “I will build the infrastructure like crazy”.  He apparently doesn’t know that you are against that idea.

Republican policies have destroyed the middle-class.  Republican policies have destroyed the unions which are the “workers” voice at the bargaining table.  Republican policies have left 99 percent of the American people behind all the while creating more wealth for the 1 percent.

The party with the stale old policies that do nothing for the economy is the Republican Party.  Their history of ruining the economy proves me correct.  So, let’s talk about the economy.  Only be prepared to answer questions about how you ruined it and how you obstructed its recovery.

I really don’t think you want to discuss that.  That is why you let Donald Trump let loose his hate and fear.  You have nothing else to offer.  We gave conservatives control of the economy from 1981 to 1992 and from 2001 to 2008 and they trashed it.  The only growth we have seen since 1981 have been under Democrats.

Sorry Republicans but your policies suck for everyone except the rich.  Take your economic policies and find something new.  I know that will mean actually thinking and you hate to do that.  You would rather rant and rave about nothing.

 

 

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