Unleashed


“The forces unleashed by the presidency of Donald Trump.”

I always knew they were out there. I didn’t think there were so many of them. But I knew their numbers were growing, not shrinking, and I knew they were getting angrier and angrier, and more and more violently inclined—explicitly desirous of venting that anger at those who they blamed and hated so vociferously. Continue reading “Unleashed”

Protectionism

NAFTA didn’t kill jobs. Bush’s tariffs on imported steel did.

My comment on the above link on the Facebook page of The Christian Left:

I live at ground zero of the rust belt. Bethlehem PA. 4 generations worked at “the Steel,” dozens of them, uncles, cousins, aunts, even both my grandmothers. It is no more. Workers here begged Reagan throughout his administration to protect the industry from cheap imported steel being dumped here. He refused to act. There is a lot of speculation as to why, from wanting to bust the unions, seeing the steelworkers as the key to breaking the movement as a whole, to wanting to break the industrial strength of the nation upon which our middle class had risen. The latter is hard to fathom, but conspiracists might believe it was to strengthen the position of Wall St and the 1%, the investor class, the ‘owners’ and shareholders (unless you owned steel stock), who in the end were the ones who benefited while our workers, and thus our general population’s lifestyles diminished as the ripple effect of job losses, excess labor forces, and lower wages spread across the economy. Continue reading “Protectionism”

Profit is Theft

The conservatives of the libertarian persuasion like to claim taxation is theft. And the minuscule % of it spent on helping the destitute, the poor and working poor to remain alive is redistribution of wealth downward, “forced charity at the point of a gun.”

Bull$hit.

Profit is theft. Taxation is the deterrent to greed. Continue reading “Profit is Theft”

The Big Lie

The basic Big Lie from conservatives is that Democrats ‘tax and spend’ — as opposed to ‘borrow and spend’ or ‘steal and spend’ as they perpetually do when in power. They then blame the deficits and skyrocketing debt on Democrats when they return to power and try to clean up the mess. They use that as an excuse to obstruct anything and everything Democrats try to accomplish. Continue reading “The Big Lie”

Conservatism as Moral Philosophy

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”

—John Kenneth Galbraith

Boomer Bashing?

The term boomer, or ‘baby boomer’ has been so misused and abused over the years, and we’ve particularly come under fire from the millennials as being to blame for all the ills in the world today. Nothing could be further from the truth, in my humble opinion.

I’ve taken to trying to push back when I see rants against the ‘boomers’ in online comments, particularly when they confuse us with the ‘yuppies’ and their unabashed greed and materialism.

Here’s one of my replies on Facebook attempting to clarify the history: Continue reading “Boomer Bashing?”

Trailer Trash

Ok, it’s not nice to call them that, not politically correct, if you will. But it conjures up an image and a demographic stereotype that is based on real world observation.

This guy, Thomas Gieseke, posted a painting he did of Trump as a red neck trailer park ‘patriot.’ It was pretty on the mark. It was funny, I guess, if you weren’t a trailer park dweller or a Trump supporter. Continue reading “Trailer Trash”