Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The name becomes the reality.
Long Form: The tens of millions Americans who have been working hard but getting nowhere have come to understand that the system is rigged against them, and they want it to change. They are being given a choice between “an authoritarian son-of-a-bitch who promises to make America great again by keeping out people different from you” and “a political activist who tells it like it is, who has lived by his convictions for fifty years, who won’t take a dime of money from big corporations or Wall Street or the very rich, and who is leading a grass-roots “political revolution” to regain control over our democracy and economy.” It will be an interesting contest, unless Hillary ends up giving us more of the same.
Smokescreens: The six largest Too Big To Exist US banks operate 19 traditional banks and hide the rest of their control of the US and its economy thorough 14,001 subsidiaries.
Totally Profitable Partnership: The biggest thing that the TPP will trade is jobs. It will simply trade them away. Studies of the plan say that not only would it result in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in the US and Canada, but a net loss of jobs throughout the twelve co-conspirators. It would also shrink both the US and Japanese economies.
The Home Team: Republican Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense, says that the Republican presidential candidates have a grasp of national security issues that “would embarrass a middle schooler.”
The Easy Button: Savants keep trying to figure out why US corporations are sitting on so much cash when, for a hundred years and more they were net borrowers. They borrowed to expand, they borrowed to develop new products, they borrowed to acquire other companies. They didn't pile up $1.9 trillion while borrowing money to buy back their own stock. So what's going on? Pretty much it is the simple fear of failure – they can't find customers for what they have, they can't find new things that anyone would have the money to buy, they already own most of the competition and they simply can't find anything useful to do with the money except hunker down and hope they survive whatever disaster is knocking at the door.
The Essence: Danny DeVito says we are a nation of racists. Danny is right. Our economic system is based on racism. Our political system is based on racism. Our social system is based on racism. Our laws and our justice system is based on racism. Never mind what we say, look at what we do.
Nutshelled: What, beside the obvious, should be drawn from the endorsements Sanders gets from the membership of groups whose leaders continue to bow to Hillary?
Munchies: Rather like our dogs, we are designed to eat whenever we get the chance. No, our bodies don't know if we're hungry – or at least don't care. We'll eat. And even when we are vaguely dieting we don't judge very well how much we've eaten. Want to do a bit better? Then write it down. Write it down before you eat it. And try to eat better tasting stuff slowly enough to appreciate it.
Practiced, Not Perfected: US Secretary of Defense Carter says that “We have 3,500 boots on the ground’ in Iraq and ‘we’re looking for opportunities to do more.” Doing more would include deploying more troops to Iraq. And there's always Syria.
The Parting Shot:
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:30 AM