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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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It would appear that Donald Trump is trying to use confusion to win the election in November.  I cannot think of any other reason for his actions.  The other day he gave a speech telling America his plans to “make America safe again” but really didn’t say anything that made sense.  Yesterday, he gave a speech billed as “law and order” but only spent about 5 minutes out of 35 minutes actually taking about law and order.

He chose this speech to woo African-American voters to his “tent”.  Except, he didn’t give the speech in Milwaukee, but rather a town an hour drive north of the city that is predominantly white.  The audience was all white according to reports.

The other strange part was just before he tried to woo African-American voters, he went on a rampage about how African-Americans are so unlawful.  He basically told the African-Americans in the country they are directly responsible for the “lawlessness” in the country, then asked them to vote for him.

Besides, if he really was interested in “wooing” the African-American vote, he would have accepted invitations to speak at their organizations.  Trump declined every invitation from prominent African-American groups to speak at their conventions including the NAACP, and the Urban League.  That tells me he isn’t interested in the African-American vote.  Maybe that is why he is polling 1 percent of it.

He also figured it was a good time to once again question Hillary Clinton’s health.  He said that Clinton doesn’t have the mental or physical “stamina” to be President.  There are only two things I can think of as to why he would go there.  The first is he has fallen for Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton has “major” health problems she is hiding.

The second is that he is simply being sexist telling the American people that a woman doesn’t have the “stamina” to be President.  He is using his buddy Sean Hannity as cover for this second reason.  Hannity has been on a rampage about Clinton’s health.  He keeps bringing up the issue on his show and even pulls out the Fox News “doctors” to “evaluate” Clinton’s health without even examining her.

Their sick conclusion is that Clinton has suffered a “mini-stroke” and that makes her unqualified to become President, especially since she is “hiding” this “fact”.  Trump surrogates have even started calling for her to release her “health records” if she has nothing to “hide”.  They even go so far as to compare her releasing her health records to Trump releasing his tax returns.

Trump gave two “speeches” in two days.  He stayed on the teleprompter and spoke what was written for him.  I didn’t see or hear anything new in either speech, but they both had fodder for both sides to talk about.  You would think this would be a good time to differentiate himself from his opponent.

But, no, what are the headlines today?  Not about his “security” speech.  Not about his “law and order” speech.  No, they are about his “shuffling his campaign staff, again.”  He has announced that Steve Bannon, the head of Breitbart” as the “CEO” of the campaign, and Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster and Trump advisor as Campaign Manager.

The timing of this is unusual at best.  Right after he gives a speech about “insider” control of Hillary Clinton, he announces he is hiring another Hedge Fund Manager as the campaign’s CEO.  I have to admit, this is the first time I have heard the term CEO to describe a position in a campaign.

I say another Hedge Fund Manager because Bannon was a Hedge Fund Manager.  Also, just about every single “economic advisor” he has named are Hedge Fund Managers.  He has hired only one true “economist” and reports say that person never met or spoke to Trump.

More importantly when it comes to this “hiring” is that fact that Bannon has said some really nasty things about the Republican Party.  He wrote just a few days ago that Trump should run his campaign through November is a style that will make the Republican Party establishment “nervous”.

In the meantime, Republicans up and down the ticket are trying very hard to distance themselves from Trump.  Yesterday, another 100 Republicans sent a letter to the RNC telling them to “cut off funds to Trump” and start fighting to keep the Senate and House.

These people are not “nervous” they are scared shitless that Trump will destroy the Republican Party and the “conservative” movement by getting trounced in November.  They are scared shitless that they may lose the Senate.  There is even some concern they may lose the House which is less possible.

In an interview yesterday Trump said he doesn’t want to “pivot”.  He said he wants to “keep being myself”.  Then he goes out and hires the head of the one “conservative” news organizations to be his CEO.  The same person who claims that Trump should be Trump.

All in all, there doesn’t seem to be any real “plan” on how Trump is running his campaign.  He shoots from the hip too much.  He doesn’t seem to listen to anyone with experience running campaigns.  Then he hires someone who apparently agrees with him.

That leads me to the conclusion that the plan of Donald Trump to win the election in November is to confuse the hell out of everyone.  Who knows, maybe it will work.  But I doubt it.  I give the American people more credit that to fall for that strategy.

I have come to conclusion that is his real plan and he will do everything in his power to stick to his plan.  I know it will work on his “red meat” base.  I just don’t believe it will work with everyone else.  When voters are scratching their heads at the polls about what a politician stands for, they rarely pull the lever for that candidate.

We can only hope common sense keeps ruling our voters choices.

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As I have written before, I tried to teach my children to learn to read, not learn how to read words.  There is a huge difference between the two.  In early elementary school, we all learn how to read words.  We learn how to pronounce them.  But, we do not learn how to read.

Reading is the one door that opens up the entire world to us.  It is the best mechanism to learn.  I helps us establish an imagination that makes us think and discover new things.  It is the foundation of every subject we take is school including history and mathematics.  If we cannot read, we cannot figure out any problem we face because we don’t understand them at all.

Reading is the best gift given to us by the gods or nature.  It allows us to look at our city, our state, our country, our world, and our universe with wide-eyed wonder.  By reading we learn others feelings, fears, hates, and loves.  We experience more than our own little world will allow us to know and understand.

When we read, we are listening to the words and what is in the mind of the author.  We see the author’s thoughts.  We understand the author’s feelings.  Listening to speeches should have the same effect.  When I gave lectures, I was reading my thoughts to the audience.  I never just read the words.

Yesterday, Delusional Donald stood at a podium and read words he called a “security speech”, but it is clear to me that he did not “read” the speech before giving it.  He did not understand the words that he was reading.  He did not see the meanings of those words.  They were simply some words that someone wrote for him, and he read them like he was seeing them for the first time.

There were a lot of areas we could talk about that were factually incorrect. There are a lot of areas where he wandered in and out of consciousness.  There were all kinds of areas we could debate.  But, there was one area that truly showed the real meaning of what he was reading and not understanding.  That portion came when he read “extreme vetting” and “Immigration tests” that will be needed to be passed before being allowed to immigrate to our country.

As part of Delusional Donald’s plan of extreme vetting, potential immigrants would be questioned or “tested” on their views of the U.S.

Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country. Only those who we expect to flourish in our country — and to embrace a tolerant American society — should be issued visas

A lot of people will say “what’s wrong with that?”  And, that is a fair question until you “read” that statement and not just the words.  His aides said, and he said as well federal agencies would use questionnaires, social media, interviews with family and friends or other means to vet applicants’ stances on issues including religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.

Of course, we are going to have to “suspend” immigration from “certain areas of the world” until it is safe to resume it.  What parts of the world are in Trump’s mind is still a mystery.  But reasonable people understand whom he is talking about.

Unfortunately, here is where things go off the rails for those people who can read and who understand meanings.  Here is where Pandora’s box opens up very wide and shows the lack of judgement and understanding of the words he read.

Delusional Donald said:  “Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into our country.”  He also said we would be watching those who immigrate and deport those who we find were lying or became “radicalized” after they got here.

That is also something he read and did not understand.  So, in order to clarify things we need to ask Delusional Donald some questions.  If we are not going to allow people into the country who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, what do we do with all of the current citizens that do not support our Constitution or support bigotry and hatred?

To put it in plain language, what do we do with the Aryan Nation, American Nazis or the various sects of the Ku Klux Klan?  Are we going to round them up and put them in internment camps?  Are we going to send them to GITMO and try them in a Military Tribunal?  Are we simply going to deport them?

All of these groups and others have a long history of bigotry and hatred.  They are intolerant towards all non-white people.  The have attacked, beaten and killed Blacks, Latinos, Immigrants, Jews, Gays and even Catholics.  If we are not going allow people to enter the country who espouse to these “values” how can we allow these groups to remain?  They are the largest “domestic terrorist groups” in the country.

In previous speeches, Delusional Donald said that this “tolerance” includes LGBT rights.  If he really believes that, what do we do with all of the citizens who refuse to admit that the LGBT community should be granted the same civil rights as they get?  What about those who refuse to acknowledge that the LGBT community has the right to marry the person they love?

What are you going to do about people like Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence (your running mate) and others who have been passing or trying to pass legislature to make the LGBT community “second class citizens” by allowing companies and businesses to legally discriminate against them?  What about citizens who fight against changing the laws to make it illegal to fire someone from employment just because they are gay?

For that matter, what do you do about your own party?  If you bothered to “read” the Republican Party Platform, you would have noticed that it is very anti-gay.  They want a constitutional amendment rolling back same-sex marriage among other disgusting items.

So, you see words do matter.  You can also see that if you just stand there and read words, you don’t know what you are reading because you never read the speech first.  If you are going to “define” what “American virtues” are for immigrants, you must also define what “American virtues” are for the citizens as well.

Are you that willing to set up a police state that we must now watch our own citizens.  That is the only way your “extreme vetting” will actually work.  Not only do you need to keep out those immigrants who don’t love our Constitution or are not as tolerable as you, you must also weed out those citizens who also fall into that category.

Delusional Donald needs to learn how to read.  Not just read words.  After hearing this speech, I am beginning to realize that Delusional Donald is a bigger threat to ultra-conservatives than he is to liberals.  Then again, if he is elected, he will change his definition of “tolerance”  and “American virtues”just like he changes his position on everything else.  That’s what fascists do.

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I have to say something about this.  I am sick and tired of the haters attacking everyone and everything they see.  Their hatred towards life itself tells me they have no clue what it means to be human and they have no shame.  The way they show their hate also shows just how cowardly they really are and it is time for everyone to shut them up.

My ire here is over the treatment that Gabby Douglas has received since the U.S. Gymnast team won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.  While the team was standing on the podium and the national anthem was being played, Ms. Douglas stood at attention.  That was apparently a problem for the armchair patriots who actually hate America and don’t know what the hell they are talking about.

The tweets started in full earnest.  Someone going under the alias ReallyRick from a place called Cookeville, TN started the mess with this awesome tweet:

Just because you didn’t make the all-around finals doesn’t mean you have to be a disrespectful bitch Gabby Douglas!

That wasn’t the only one either.  There were tweets about her hair and how someone didn’t like it.  There was one criticizing the “look on her face”.  It read:  “Will someone please smack that disrespectful look off of her face.”

We are talking about a 20-year-old young lady who is one of only three American Women who have won 3 gold medals at the Olympics.  She also won the Individual All-Around Gold Medal at a previous Olympics.

The problem for these assholes is that she is also an African-American.  This young woman, not even old enough to drink yet, has dedicated herself to training and competition so she can represent her country at world-wide competition.

When she wins, this is the treatment these clowns give her?  For one thing, there is nothing formal that says you have to place your hand over your heart when the National Anthem is played.  Hell, I’m a veteran and I never put my hand on my heart when it is played.  I stand at attention and face the flag in respect, just like she did.  That is a proper response and action when the National Anthem is played.

It is always amazing how these arm-chair patriots love to tell everyone just how they should act when anything like the anthem is played.  I am willing to bet that ReallyRick never stood at attention a saluted the flag during the playing of the National Anthem when he was in uniform.  He probably was never in uniform.

These attacks are nothing but hatred towards an African-American who has talent that none of these idiots could possibly attain.  They are simply jealous bigots who refuse to acknowledge that people different from them can represent our country.

Actually, Gabby Douglas is a far better example of America than any of these morons who are attacking her for stupid and bigoted reasons.  People like ReallyRick and the others who attacked Ms. Douglas are a disgrace to our country.

I would like to say to Gabby Douglas that I am very proud of you.  You are an inspiration not only to African-American girls, but to all girls who need someone to look up to as an example of how to achieve their goals.  You are a true role model.  Please don’t let these morons affect you.  You hold your head high.  You are a true credit to our country and real Americans love you!

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Donald Trump is scheduled to give a “major foreign policy” speech today.  I am not holding my breath for anything of any consequence.  For one thing, no one knows who is writing his speech for him.  It certainly isn’t any of the many Republicans Foreign Policy “experts” who say he isn’t qualified to be President.

Maybe it is Paul Manafort himself writing it for him.  Manafort seems to be the one person in his campaign team that knows something about foreign policy.  Specifically, he know exactly how to get Russian Supported candidate to win an election in the Ukraine.  Too bad he didn’t last too long before being ousted by a popular uprising.

But that didn’t stop Manafort.  He hung around to help the party that Yanukovych belonged to “gather themselves” and get ready for the next election.  Now there are reports coming out of Ukraine that says Manafort was on a “dirty cash slush fund” list that supposedly gave him $12.7 million dollars.

I don’t know if that is true or not.  Manafort says he never received the money.  But the fact that he has such close ties with Russia, including Russian oligarchs with strong ties to Putin, makes me wonder just where his loyalties actually lie.

As usual, Trump’s team let out a few snippets just to get everyone aroused for the upcoming speech.  They claim that under Trump the “nation building” will stop.  That is something that the current President has tried to end, but keeps facing criticism from Republicans because they claim that policy is “leading from behind”.

They also keep harping on the idea that he will wipe out ISIS.  That is a noble goal which is what the current President has been trying to do.  But, I do have a question for Trump.  If you are not going to be doing any nation building, how are you going to wipe out ISIS without wiping out nations like Syria?  Or, are you planning to give the current regime in Syria enough support to “win” the civil war there?

I ask that question because ISIS is trying to  build a nation out of parts of Syria and parts of Iraq.  That seems to conflict with your idea of no more nation building.  Because in order to build a nation, you must first tear down a nation.  Or, are you planning to let Putin do the dirty work for you?  After all, he seems to admire you and you seem to admire him.  Plus, Manafort must have some kind of connection with him.

However the most troubling idea that he apparently will unveil is a suspension of all visas and then to institute an “ideological” test for anyone trying to immigrate to this country.  Included in his “test” are questions about whether or not the immigrant agrees with religious freedom, gay rights, and gender equality.

At first glance you may ask what is wrong with that?  Those are all things that Americans agree on.  Well, no, all Americans do not agree on these items.  Just ask Ted Cruz what he thinks about same-sex marriage.  Additionally, once this “test” is implemented what stops other items to be put on the list of “ideological” questions that immigrants must agree with before entering the country?  Like their willingness to swear an oath to Donald Trump.

This speech is going to be interesting at the least.  I say that because you never know what is going to come out of this campaign.  His people are just as stupid as Trump.  They are now trying to claim that we never entered Afghanistan until 2009 when “President Obama invaded it.”

That revised history lesson came from Trump’s spokesperson Katrina Pierson.  I guess during 2001 and 2009 Pierson was on vacation somewhere there wasn’t any news or phones, like the planet Mars.

Then there is the notion that Trump doesn’t seem to see any problem with “trying” U.S. citizens accused of terrorism by military tribunal at GITMO.  The little fact that is illegal doesn’t seem to bother the Donald.  Constitution be damned, he will do whatever he wants.

Donald Trump told us many times that he listens to himself most of the time because “I have a good brain”.  That can easily be called into question with the selection of his “advisors” and campaign staff.

For example, all of his infamous “economic advisors” have one thing in common.  They are all major donors to Donald Trump.  And, his campaign manager worked for a person most “old Republicans” would have called a “commie” by helping the Russian supported Yanukovych to become President of the Ukraine.

When you add all of this together, you could be forgiven for believing that is why Trump refuses to release his tax returns.  Too many ghosts in his background.  In any case, today’s speech on foreign policy will probably just be more of the same nonsense that Trump has spewed for a year now.

The only question will be when the real “experts” begin to tear apart his “policy” how long before he goes “off script” and attack those experts in the usual Trump phobia.  I am guessing that it will be tomorrow when Delusional Donald loses it again.

 

 

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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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Sorry, but that is the best title I can come up with.  This whole election is becoming the worst display of utter hate that I have ever seen.  We have a major political candidate that is running his mouth about anything and everything.  Problem is that he is making stuff up at the drop of a hat.

We all knew that with Donald Trump as the nominee for the Republican Party this was going to be a very ugly election.  Hell, this was going to be a very ugly election regardless of who won the Republican nomination.  Republicans have one thing in common.  They hate Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump has taken that theme and has compounded it beyond recognition.  He lies at every event he speaks at.  He makes rude and uncivil comments (at the very least) and then denies even saying them.

Like when he mocked a reporter on stage, and on camera, a disabled reporter.  Now he claims that “I love people with disabilities and I never mocked anyone”.  The other thing he has learned very well is Fox News bullshit comments.  Whenever you hear “many people are reporting” you know a lie is about to come spewing forth from his mouth.  He learned that from Fox News who preface every one of their lies with “it has been reported”.

By using either of the phrases to begin a statement you make is sound like “news” that is legitimate.  You don’t have to come up with any proof for your lie, you just have to use those words and too many knuckleheads will believe it is the truth.

The other thing that is very clear is that the Trump team is very good at using another term.  “What he meant to say was…”.  That phrase is a dead giveaway that Trump has stepped into the shit again!

Ever since Trump announced his campaign, he has insulted, name called, and drug American Politics further into the sewer than I thought was possible.  He has no consideration for anyone but himself.  He considers no one as smart as he is.  He considers no one his equal.  As a list of Trump one-liners from E.A. Blair says:  “The last time Donald Trump went through customs he said he had nothing to declare except how amazing he was.”

He may have read the Constitution, but he never absorbed the words.  As I taught my children, you have to learn how to “read” not just “read words”.  That way you can actually learn the meaning of those words.

Donald Trump has called for a ban on Muslim refugees entering the country.  He wants to build a wall on the Mexican border and calls Mexicans criminals and rapists.  He attacked a Gold Star family because they had the audacity to criticize him.  He hurls unfounded accusations against his opponent and links unrelated issues as if they were true facts. He even invited the Russians or other countries to attack our cyber systems.

He is so afraid of losing this election, he has started his “I believe this election is being rigged” campaign.  What better way to throw our country into chaos if he is not the “chosen one”?  According to him, at least 10 States are right now conspiring to take his victory from him.  It will take at least that many states to “rig” the election.

In short, Donald Trump is showing the American People and the world that he is a thoroughly disgusting human being who has done nothing in this world except use up valuable oxygen that others need.

So, he built some buildings.  Big deal!  He and his family have created thousands upon thousands of jobs in Bangladesh, China, India, Mexico, and Turkey,  But, very few in the U.S. where he claims he will create “millions of jobs”.  He is a fake, a fraud, and a compulsive liar.

Yesterday, he did something that I never dreamed I would ever hear an American Politician.  He started off the rant by claiming that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment.  That is itself a lie because if you bothered to listen to her acceptance speech, you would have heard her say “I don’t want to take away anyone’s guns”.  After that lie he went on to say, in his own words:

If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.  Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.

Social media exploded.  Did Donald Trump actually threaten his opponent with possible violence?  Now, before you go off and try to defend Trump, listen to my arguments.  The Republican Party and Donald Trump in particular has claimed that the movement “Black Lives Matter” is trying to get police officers shot and killed because they are “protesting” the killings of unarmed black men.

If that argument holds true for the right, then the argument that Trump just urged some of his followers to assassinate Hillary Clinton stands true also.  As I have written before, words do matter.  And, you know that is exactly what was being said because his campaign started out with “What he really meant to say was…”.

Even the Secret Service took note of what he said.  Donald Trump has stoked fear and hate ever since he first announced his campaign to become our President.  What makes anyone out there believe that one or more of his “loyal followers” won’t pick up their guns and try to kill Hillary Clinton so she can’t abolish the Second Amendment.

If Donald Trump and the NRA actually knew how our Constitution works, they would know that neither a President nor a Supreme Court can abolish an Amendment to the Constitution.  It takes two ways to repeal an Amendment.  The first is by a two-thirds majority in Congress and then a ratification by 75 percent of the states.

The second way is to call for a Constitutional Convention, rewrite the Constitution, and then still have 75 percent of the states ratify it.  Those are the only legal ways to alter any part of the Constitution.  I am surprised that the “Constitutional Party” doesn’t seem to know that simple fact.

The other obvious way to know that Trump meant what everyone thinks he meant was his admission on Fox News with Hannity last night.  He said the threat “was good for me”.  Going with his “all publicity is good publicity” meme, he believes this will help get him votes.

This is nothing new.  Whenever Donald Trump has slipped in the polls, he comes out with very outlandish comments.  But, this is the first time he espoused violence.  I disagree with many of the “pundits” who claim this was meant for after the election.  That the “Second Amendment People” would wait until Clinton was elected before shooting her and/or her Supreme Court nominees.

Every dictator wannabe knows the best way to stop your opponent is to kill them before they have a chance to beat you.  This is exactly what I believe Trump is trying to do.  He would prefer Clinton be “eliminated” before the election.

Unlike Donald Trump, I consider myself a reasonable person.  I favor the Second Amendment, though I do believe in Universal Background Checks and a ban on assault rifles.  I don’t scare easily.  I faced possible death during my time in the service.  I try not to jump to conclusions about things and statements and try to analyze things before making up my mind.

When I first heard Trump utter these comments,  was taken aback.  But, I listened to them over and over.  I came to the conclusion that he meant what he said.  He implanted a veiled threat against his opponent and suggested that his followers should take the action he called for.

I know his ardent followers will accuse me of being biased.  They will accuse me of “putting words in his mouth”.  They will accuse me of being a “Trump hater”.  They will be wrong in their assessment.  I heard exactly what he wanted me to hear.

The real threat is that many of his followers heard the exact same thing.  The proof was right on screen.  In the background there was a white-haired gentleman sitting with his wife.  When Trump uttered these veiled threats his reaction said it all.  You can see his eyes bulge out and him mouth the words “wow”.

Despite the comments of his followers after the event, everyone in that room knew exactly what he was saying.  The scary part is that they applauded his comments.  The scary part is that they believe he is right.  In essence what Donald Trump did yesterday was call for Domestic Terrorism against his own country.

That is what Donald Trump has done to our political process.  But, he is not alone.  He has many who think like he does like King, Cotton, Sessions and many others.  There is no excuse for such behavior.  They are doing everything in their power to destroy our country through hate and fear.

Now, Trump has taken it a step further.  He has added threats to the lingo.  But, Republicans on the right don’t mind.  Paul Ryan was asked about the comments last night and he said he hadn’t heard them or read them yet because “I have been too busy today”.  I will give him some slack since it was his primary day.

But, I won’t give him any slack for what he did say: “Sounds to me like a joke gone bad.”  A JOKE?  Really?  That is the best Ryan can come up with?  He said in his acceptance speech that “the American people are tired of Congress not functioning properly”.  He didn’t say that it was HIS party that has stopped the Congress from working.

Then to rub salt into the wounds, they give us Donald Trump as their standard-bearer.  The same Donald Trump who wants to piss on our Constitution.  The same Donald Trump that wants to establish his own dictatorship to “Make America Great Again”.  You know this to be true because Donald Trump said “only I can fix these problems”.

If anyone does take a pot shot at Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump should be arrested for incitement.  Words do matter!

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