Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The Next Four Years…

December 10, 2016

This is for all those folks that voted for Trump in the belief that he’ll fix the economy.

For many folks, their economic situation has gotten worse of the years as the rich got richer and the rest of us didn’t! Along comes Trump saying he’ll fix all that so here’s what’s going to happen (and is already happening to some extent).

Trump will build (is building) a cabinet that consists of people that:

  • Are all part of that rich set and whose vested interests are in keeping themselves that way.
  • Are all buddy buddy with the leaders and CEOs of the major corporations in this country
  • Oppose unions and worker rights
  • Oppose raising the minimum wage
  • Oppose pretty much anything (I.E. laws) that will regulate their business.
  • Oppose anything (laws again) that protect the environment (and thus all of our children’s future) from being exploited and/or ruined.

What this all means is that you, dear Trump voter, has effectively given the government of this country to the very people you thought Trump was going to protect you from.

Enjoy the next four years because I bet that by the end of it you’ll all be wishing for the good old ‘Obama’ days!

 

 

 

My prediction…

November 5, 2012

For the presidential election – Lawsuits and recounts.

If we are lucky we MIGHT have a definitive result by Christmas, but like I say, that’s if we are lucky!

Balance…

January 10, 2012

It is my opinion that democracy only really works when there is a considerable IMBALANCE in the power structure. When both (or all) political parties are pretty much evenly balanced as far as representatives are concerned then what you end up with is a stale mate. A legislature where nothing much of anything worth while gets done (this of course assumes politicians do something worth while in the first place which is a WHOLE other topic!).

When one party dominates the political system at least stuff gets done and laws get passed. You might not like the party or the laws they pass but you can always vote them out the next time around.

Great things are achieved from a position of power. Negotiation implies compromise and that means everyone will be equally unhappy with the outcome, ultimately resulting in further confrontation.

Would I lie to you….

January 9, 2012

We spend all our time telling our children, who will one day grow up into the same adults as we are now, to be honest, to always tell the truth because telling the truth is the ‘right’ thing to do.

So what confuses is me is this. What sort of parents do politicians have?

I mean, listen (if you have the patience) to the current set of lies, half truths and downright misinformation coming from the current crop of GOP presidential candidates (and I am sure the other lot are just as bad!) and you have to wonder how these people ever made it out of grade school.

Most kids that spend their entire lives (let’s be kind here) ‘bending the truth’ end up in detention or worse. This lot though seem to have not only flourished but ended up in positions of power, only made worse by the fact that about half the US population seem to believe them (with the rest believing the other lot).

There must be a special school somewhere that these people go to that actively encourages outright lying and deception.  Getting a good grade depends not so much on doing your homework but on coming up with the best reason why it is someone else’s fault that you didn’t do it. Of course, if someone else completes a really good project on time, you must also come up with the best way to claim credit for it.

Successful graduates go on to become captains of industry and political ‘leaders’.

We call this ‘Democracy’. Frightening really, isn’t it?

Tubthumping

October 31, 2010

Is it any coincidence that all the politicians come out around Halloween? Anyway, given that it’s that time of year (politically speaking, not that it’s Halloween) I though this was appropriate, plus I’ve always like this song.

 

Was it a setup?

June 15, 2010

My post here shows Congressman Bob Etheridge loosing it when a couple of ‘students’ tried to interview him in the street but the more I think about this incident, the more I think that it was a setup.

Apparently the video first appeared on  a web site owned by Andrew Briebart who was involved with some previous surreptitious videoing at the ACORN community organization that also resulted in serious political fallout.

That aside, why haven’t the students come forward yet and why did they cover up the students face in the video. How many students do you know are that shy when it comes to being on youtube or facebook?

In addition I would have thought that students attempting to ‘interview’ someone like that in the street would be far more polite and respectful in their approach than to just shove a mike into someone face. Their approach seems far more like the typical street hardened journalists approach than the type of thing that a respectable student (supposedly doing this for a project) would do.

I’m not sure if they were after Etheridge specifically or any politician that happened to come by but it looks to me like poor old Bob was in the wrong place at the wrong time and whilst I still cannot condone his actions upon what at that time, so far as he knew, we students, I am starting to think that there’s something fishy going in in Washington D.C. At least as far as this video is concerned anyway.

In the news…

August 8, 2009

Local paper headline

“Drug industry helping Obama overhaul health care”

Isn’t that a bit like the fox guarding the hen house?

Politicians and twitter

June 24, 2009

Wouldn’t it be great if politicians were limited to 140 characters when answering questions.

Just think how much more efficient government would be. Elections could be over in days instead of dragging on for months because we wouldn’t have to listen to all the twaddle they spout without actually saying anything.

Congress might actually get some thing done.

They might have to actually ANSWER questions instead of beating around the bush and avoiding the issue every time someone askes them something.

Yup, I think that’s my best idea yet!

Spend, Spend, Spend…

December 21, 2008

I don’t know about you but when money gets a bit tight I cut back on my spending and try to make economies wherever I can. I’ll do without things and even try to save something so that I have a reserve.
Apparently this is all wrong. According to the government we should spend our way out of our financial situation. Something about this seems completely wrong to me. Isn’t that part of the reason we are in this mess right now?

It occurs to me that much of our government simply does not want to accept that we ALL have less money to spend. Instead, their solution to budget shortfalls is to simply increase taxes and fees.
Wow, it must be nice to be able to do that.

$500 Million

December 19, 2008

Zimbabwe issued a 500 Million dollar note today, worth about $50 US.
Why?
Why not just revalue the currency instead of letting it go nuts like that.
Mugabe has got to go and the sooner, the better.