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Showing posts with label President Obama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label President Obama. Show all posts

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Nostalgia - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


I was watch the news yesterday morning. I was sitting at my desk writing with the news on, as is my routine.

A segment came on the TV featuring President Obama.

He made an appearance at a school, it looked like he was talking with older elementary school and middle school boys and girls. They were out on the field together playing baseball, throwing the football, having fun.

President Obama can do it all. He threw a long spiral pass, he knocked a softly thrown baseball over the fence.

They kids adored him.

I miss having a person like him in the Oval Office.

The way he spoke to the children was uplifting. It wasn’t just that he was inspiring, a rhetorical skill which he can turn on and off at will. It was the genuine caring in his voice and manner, his humility, his respect for them.

I miss that in our president.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Regrets - Editorial, The Week in Review

Analysis, Commentary, Opinion


I spent the last half of this week listening to the leaders and spokespeople for the Democratic Party talk at length about their plans to try and stop the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice by Donald Trump.

It is nauseating.

The prospect of this illegitimate president appointment a second justice is nauseating.

The lack of unity on the left is even more nauseating.

This, and all of the rest of the social and political travesties that have been perpetrated on the American people are what happens when liberals and progressives fall apart and fall away from each other because the favorite causes of one group are at odds with the favorite causes of another group and any talk of compromise is treated as a betrayal of a person’s core values.

The Supreme Court was on the ballot in 2016, but Bernie Sanders’s and his supporters would not relent. Even after Bernie endorsed the Clinton candidacy a good number of his supporters, ran into the trap that had been laid out for them by Vladimir Putin’s puppet leftist, Jill Stein.

It was sickening.

The Supreme Court was on the Ballot then. The republican majority in the senate were refusing to even give President Obama’s pick to fill the vacancy a hearing, let alone take a vote, and they got away with it.

The senate denied President Obama’s candidate. Trump got elected, he appointed an arch-conservative to the court, and he is about to do it again.

It is nauseating, to listen to pundits on the left, office holders and activists pretend like the standard which the Republican majority leader in the Senate, Mitch Mc Connell, used to justify his refusal to give President Obama’s candidate a vote, to pretend that they should be able to hold Mitch Mc Connell to that standard now; no appoints to the Supreme Court in an election year.

I have some news for them, they should shut their mouths.

Mitch Mc Connell has zero credibility, no intellectual honesty, we cannot expect fairness or consistency from him on anything. The only principle he will adhere to is the principle of doing the bidding of his masters. It is the only reason he holds the position he holds.

Mitch Mc Connell hates the American people, hates our democratic institutions, hates America, he is a feckless villain, who has ceded the power of his office and the authority of the Senate to a man who is willing to destroy the country for the satisfaction of his vanity, and his all-cosuming greed.

To all my liberal friends who are crying now, if you are in that group that only ever offered tepid support to Hillary Clinton. If you cried and whined, about having to compromise your values at the voting booth. If you pushed stories from Russian Bots and Trolls against her candidacy. If you did not vote at all, or if you voted for Stein, then I am sad for you in this moment, because I am sad for what this moment means to our country…but really, this is your nightmare.

Do not tell me that Hillary lost because she ran a terrible campaign…I do not want to hear that. She did, so what. She is a terrible campaigner, but she was a good policy wonk, her candidacy was never about her personality, it was based on her ability to be an effective administrator…and oh, by the way, she won the popular vote, she won more votes than any other candidate in history.

Take a look at the Republicans and the right wing of the American electorate. They are in the minority, there are fewer of them than there are of us, by they are unified, they march in lock step, and that is why they win.

If we cannot learn from that, organize and get out the vote, compromise and push our agenda forward, then we get what we get: a criminal regime, the destruction of the international order, the ruination of the country and the degradation of the constitution.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The House of Representatives

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

There is not a greater hive of scum and villainy in all the galaxy.
I am tempted to leave my commentary there.
The members of the United States Congress are the elected representatives of the American people, the wealthiest nation on earth, and they just passed a bill that will pull health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans.
They zealously went about the task of pulling apart the Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama, and would put in its place the American Health Care Act, at the insistence of T-Rump, and to fulfill what they say are their promises to their constituents.
Now they are saying that they just wanted to give the White House a win.  They needed to show they were not so incompetent that they could not pass a bill through the house.
What they have done, is a moral outrage.
People will lose their coverage, or if covered lose benefits, it will most hurt the poor and the elderly, or anyone with a preexisting condition.
People will die, lose their saving, lose their houses, go into bankruptcy, because of the benefits they have stripped from the average American.
They passed the bill with one vote to spare, all republicans. They needed 216, they got 217. None of the members even read, and the cost to the American people had not been scored.
There is a group of people who will benefit from its passage. The rich will get richer, hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks will accrue to the wealthiest one percent of Americans if it passes.
The republicans in the house, smoked cigars, made victory speeches, and held a party on the lawn of the White House. Then they immediately started making excuses, telling their constituents that they believe the Senate will fix it.
It is a bait and switch, a scam.
The House of Representatives, there is not a greater hive of scum and villainy in all the galaxy, worse than the Mos Eisley, but this is not a puppet show.

Or is it? 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fake President – Part VI

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

It was another off week for the fake president. T-Rump lost a battle for one of his central campaign promises. This is a good thing for the country, and it is a sobering look at how T-Rump works.
Let us be clear. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), popular known as Obamacare, is not a great healthcare system, it is not even a good system, but it is doing more for more people than the non-system that it replaced.
As a nation, we must move the goal toward a “single payer,” centrally funded, universal healthcare program, it is what the American people need, it is what we deserve, and while it may change significant economic sectors of our country, by eliminating some insurance markets etc…, it will be a massive boost to the economy in so many other ways. When the burden for the cost of healthcare is spread evenly across every strata of society, the burden of co-pays, and premiums will be removed from individuals, and their employers, which in turn will free up significant amount of money that will move to other places in the economy.
The people will benefit, and the insurance moguls, those multi billionaires, they will figure out what to do with their wealth, and they will be just fine.
T-Rump promised up and down the campaign trail to repeal and replace Obamacare on the first day he was in office, “immediately,” he would say. He made these promises while following the empty rhetoric of his republican colleagues, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare more than fifty time since its passage, which votes they took knowing that President Obama would never sign it into law. They were safe, ill intentioned, cowardly votes that they backed away from just as soon as their might be real consequences for them to face.
T-Rump jumped into the discussion without any understanding of the ramifications of the various proposals that were on the table. He did not care what was in the bill. He only wanted to sign something and claim a win.
T-Rump and the republicans, especially the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, lied to the American people everyday in the weeks leading up to their debacle in the house.
They told us everyday that Obamacare was unstable, imploding, exploding, despite the fact that that Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that this was not true.
What they meant by this was: if Obamacare was left unchanged, people would begin to lose their coverage, premiums would continue to rise to the point that the average American would not be able to afford their insurance.
When the CBO scored the T-Rump, and Ryan’s plan what they found was that twenty-four million people would lose their coverage, and premiums would skyrocket for the poor, the sick, and the elderly.
T-Rump and Ryan were planning to take us exactly to the place they were projecting Obamacare would take us to in their fear-mongering and doom-saying.
The republicans had seven years to come up with a plan to replace the affordable care act, and they came up with nothing they could actually agree on.
They have a republican president, and hold majorities in both houses of congress, and they could not get their own team to agree.
Typically, T-Rump wants to blame the democrats, even though he never invited them to the table to negotiate.
T-Rump fails again.
Paul Ryan looked like he was about to cry. In his heart of hearts, he wanted to pass a bill that would deprive millions of people of their health insurance, of the security of knowing that if they were ill, they would not lose their house, or their savings, or their lives. He expressed real sorrow about this.
T-Rump brought nothing to the table, thankfully, his negotiating skills are not at all what he boasted of. If he had succeeded, the American people would have been screwed.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fake President – Part V

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion

T-Rump was on the rampage again this week.

He has still refused to admit that he lied to the American people when he falsely accused President Barrack Obama of illegally wiretapping his office building. During his joint press conference with Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, when he was asked a question about the fabricated charges he had leveled against Obama, he attempted to pull her into his lie. He suggested in a joking manner, that he and the German Chancellor had both been the subject of wiretaps by the Obama administration.

Angela Merkel looked at him like he was crazy.

She did not respond to his repugnant remarks in any way.

T-Rump’s staff could be heard laughing loudly in the background. All American’s of good conscious were hanging their heads in shame.

Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, suggested that the reason that none of our intelligence services, law enforcement agencies, or the Justice department could not provide evidence of the wiretapping, was because Obama had the illegal activity conducted through his allies in the British Intelligence service.

Sean Spicer cited an interview on Fox News as his source of that information.

Within twenty-four hours he, along with the director of national intelligence, were walking those comments back. Great Britain, categorically denied the claims. Fox news distanced themselves from the commentator who made them, and Donald Trump was not taking any responsibility for the egregious error.

He said so in his press conference, no apology was made, his spokesman was not speaking for him, and Fox news was to blame.

Meanwhile, during the course of the week, the Congressional Budget office came out with their scoring of the T-Rump health care plan; twenty-four million people would lose their coverage, eighteen million in the first year; premiums would go up for the low income and the elderly, and the wealthy would receive massive tax breaks.

So much for his campaign promises to expand coverage and make insurance more affordable.

T-Rump is a fraud and a liar, a fraud and a liar is he, a Russian pawn, a crook and a thief.