Monday, February 29, 2016
Change is guaranteed, improvement is not.
Kinder, Gentler: While Hillary is running around promising ponies to the blacks in South Carolina, Bill Clinton's dismantling of the welfare state is entering its last lap. Starting appropriately on April Fool's Day at least 20 states will implement rules that say no single person without dependents or disabilities will be able to get food stamps for more than three months out of every three years. Can't find a job, starve. Can't find a job that will pay enough to put a roof over your head and eat, live on the street or starve. Best estimate that this will toss at least half a million people into the gutter, just so a few folks can gloat over the punishment being handed out to Them, the freeloaders. Congratulations.
Four Republican Monkeys: No to confirmation. No to a vote confirmation. No hearings no matter who the nominee is. No meetings with the nominee, not even as a courtesy. They have even put it in writing. They are so damned adamant that it seems quite possible that they are trying to convince themselves, not us.
Sowing, Reaping: For 24 years and counting the Clintons have simultaneously courted Wall Street, fleeced the American public and managed to pretend be the enemies of the former and friends of the latter. Bill's big achievements were crippling the welfare state, ending Glass-Steagall (thus letting banks gamble with your money) and passing the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (deregulating derivatives, like the sliced-and-diced mortgage foolishness) , and passing NAFTA and with it shipping 9 million US jobs abroad. For which they have been handsomely rewarded. Bill is worth $80 million, Hillary another $45 million – all from working for the citizens and giving speeches. Right.
Unclear On The Concept: The UK likes everything about the European Union except the part about European union.
The Quote: “The senator [Bernie Sanders] is upset with a political and economic system that is often rigged to help the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, particularly the least advantaged. He believes that we have a two-tiered society that increasingly dooms millions of our fellow citizens to lives of poverty and hopelessness. He thinks many corporations seek and benefit from corporate welfare while ordinary citizens are denied opportunities and a level playing field. I agree with him.” Charles G. Koch
Asked & Obvious: When it comes to political discussions, do facts matter? No. The misinformed, presented with objective facts, become even more entrenched in their misbegotten delusions.
Secret Sauce: To recap: Barak Obama began his presidency promising the most transparent and open administration in history and delivered the most secretive and paranoid. We'll never know what turned the suave, cosmopolitan and intelligent man with a penchant for sardonic humor into one of the most secrecy-obsessed mandarins in our history. But that he is: Whistleblowers? Jail 'em. Emails? Read 'em. Phone calls? Listen in. Citizens? Track 'em. Muslims? Drones, of course. Wall Street crooks? Pay the blackmail.
Caste Cast: If the 590,000 white men (who represent 1.2% of the 25 to 54 year old) who are institutionalized (jail, mostly) were counted as unemployed, which they are, the unemployment rate would be 6.4% not 5.0%. If the 7.7% ob black men of the same age were counted, the unemployment rate for blacks would be 19%. Black men are imprisoned at six times the rate of white men. There are more young black high school dropouts in prison than have jobs. Add in local jails, which are not included in these statistics, and things are worse, much worse. On in nine black kids has a parent in jail. There are more young black male high school dropouts are behind bars than have jobs. One in 13 black adults cannot vote because they have criminal records. They don't get jobs for the same reason, or if they do they are minimum wage and short hours. We jail so many blacks that it skews our social statistics.
A Parting Shot:
'Westron wynde, when wilt thou blow...”
Posted by Charles Kingsley Michaelson, III at 7:30 AM