They have “adjusted” away 55% of the actual increase by saying airbags and other unnecessary technological baubles improved automobiles to such an extent, prices didn’t really go up. What a fucking joke. Having your ass warmed with the push of a button didn’t put the extra $12,500 in your bank account to pay for that car. And new vehicles account for 3.6% of the CPI calculation, while health insurance accounts for 1% of the weighting. Yeah, that reflects reality.”
One of the characteristics of circling the drain is that we keep passing the same spot each spin around the tub. Lately it is the ‘popular vote’ spot that we have passed by once again. We keep hearing how wrong it is that Hillary won the popular vote but not the White House. It is almost as though people think they live in democracy – when a democracy was what the founders explicitly wished to avoid.
Why would the founders want to avoid a democracy in favor of a republic? Simple reason – a republican form of government is the only form of government that protects minority rights. One might think that most people learned this by the 7th grade – but based on all of the screaming people do in the mistaken belief that they live in democracy it is obvious that people did not learn this. Damn public schools again!
I would imagine the great majority of those wishing to live in an actual democracy would quickly regret the decision. A democracy is form of government where a majority decides. The minority has no effective rights.
I have heard people like Rachel Maddow claim that there is no difference between a republic and a democracy. I do not know if she truly believes that or if she is attempting to deceive people into believing a lie – but there is little going back from bad decisions in a democracy. Because it only requires 50%+1 to do as you wish with and to others a democracy is very susceptible to emotional arguments and the Zeitgeist – hence in a democracy the emphasis and path to power resides in deception and emotionalism. In a democracy all one must do is control the emotions of 50%+1 voters on the day they vote – and you can then do what ever you wish.
How it works. One must wonder about the motives of people who desire such a system…
MN Gordon, a very well respected author on the economy and markets, posted “To Hell In A Bucket” last week. It is worth your time to read.
“There are predictions floating around that The Donald will again double the federal debt, taking us to $40 trillion. If he and Chuckles Schumer succeed in obliterating the debt ceiling, he just may pull it off.
“Can you imagine how miserable the economy will be when it’s larded up with $40 trillion in government debt? You’d be lucky if GDP merely flat lined. The whole dang shebang will be crushed under weight of this massive debt. And don’t get me started on corporate and private debt – that’s a whole other story.
“You see where this is all going, don’t you? To hell in a bucket!
“You’d think runaway government debt would be a big deal for people. But it’s not. As I keep telling you, no one cares about the federal debt.
“If you want people to read your articles, you need to write about Amazon or Apple stock – or cryptocurrencies. Tell them prices will double and then double again. That’s what people want to hear. So why not give it to them?”
The question is – why do we not care? When did we become so infatuated with greed that we honestly prefer reading “about Amazon or Apple stock – or cryptocurrencies. Tell them prices will double and then double again” rather than we have – quite literally – mortgaged our future and the future of our children and grandchildren? How did we become so removed from caring about our future and the future of our offspring and the future of our country and the future of our world that the majority of people simply do not care?
In the not-too-distant future historians will ask this question and they will postulate many different answers. They will ask how society arrived at the conclusion that an Obamaphone was more important than the future of children? They will ask how society arrived at the conclusion that assuring the profitability of insurance companies came to be proclaimed a human right? They will ask how society arrived at the point where the cause-and-effect of these things became so convoluted that the majority of society could no longer determine any cause-and-effect? They will ask how an education system that should have been teaching fundamental cause-and-effect became so obsessed with its’ own greed and proclamation of rights that it failed to educate on anything related to the reality of this situation.
Future historians will not look back on us favorably.
24 Selected Paragraphs from Trump at the UN that Bear the Subtitle: In Your Ineffectual Face Barack Obama
Maybe many years ago I was perchance consuming an adult beverage imaginably prior to the legal age of doing so. Conceivably I was drinking this beer at a public beach and for all one knows two policemen appeared. Perhaps these two policemen did the Good Cop / Bad Cop routine and one perhaps threatened to throw us in jail while the other maybe pretended to be our best friend and perhaps sympathized with twenty year olds drinking beer at a public beach at night. As the case may be the effort was perhaps so amateurish and heavy handed that we underage partiers perhaps simply rolled our eyes but lost our remaining beer – which the policeman perhaps enjoyed later that evening in a public place with their policemen friends.
The Good Cop / Bad Cop routine is probably as old as law enforcement itself.
The Good Cop / Bad Cop routine is also as old as politics as well.
An example of Good Cop/ Bad Cop in politics is the claim that only government can protect us from corporations. Examples such as Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act are held out to the public as the politicians protecting us from the evil Wall Street Banks and the evil health insurance corporations. I am not questioning the evil of some of the people in these industries but the idea that government will protect you from this evil is simply absurd – the government and the corporations are all on the same team. Including Bernie Sanders.
The Dodd-Frank legislation was drafted by CitiGroup, the Wall Street bank. The Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, was drafted by the former Vice President of Lobbying for WellPoint. Understand this – the legislation that the politicians are so adamant in claiming will protect you from Wall Street banks and giant health insurance companies is written by – wait for it – Wall Street banks and giant health insurance companies.
This is nothing more than the Good Cop / Bad Cop routine and at the end of the night – the politicians and corporations will drink your beer with their friends instead of you drinking it with your friends.
It is the same scam written to the tune of trillions of dollars.
How do we end this cycle of abuse and corruption and more importantly – how do we get the general public to quit supporting this government/corporate partnership to rip them off?
First of all – principles. Do you think that legislation, taxation and regulation should create situations where your money or labor is required to go to corporations? No you say? Then do not support it – regardless what politicians, celebrities, and political parties tell you to support it. When you support something that violates your principles due to a politician, celebrity, or political party saying you should support it – that will fall into the general realm of a Cult of Personality. Do not participate in a Cult of Personality. That is bad. I should not have to say ‘that is bad’ but in 2017 – well – it must be pointed out that Cults of Personality are bad.
“But but but – what the other guys want to do is WORSE!” – more Good Cop / Bad Cop. The majority of these politicians profit from the corporations – both parties. “The other guy wants to throw you in jail but I just want to take your beer – see, I am your friend!” Is that about how it works? Exactly how it works in DC.
Have some principles, have some morals, understand the effects of legislation, taxation and regulation and those who profit and gain power from it. Those profits and power are directly at your expense. If a politician, celebrity or political party tells you what legislation, taxation and regulation does – be skeptical. Be very skeptical. Chances are better than 90% that what they are telling you is a lie at least in that they will omit significant truths.
Principles, principles, principles – not Cults of Personality. This is the only answer that will prevent the politicians and corporations from taking your beer.
Consider Coates’s opening paragraph, rejoined by Hill’s starting and finishing words.
It is insufficient to state the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but can conjure a tailwind for most of them. Land theft and human plunder cleared the grounds for Trump’s forefathers and barred others from it. Once upon the field, these men became soldiers, statesmen, and scholars; held court in Paris; presided at Princeton; advanced into the Wilderness and then into the White House. Their individual triumphs made this exclusive party seem above America’s founding sins, and it was forgotten that the former was in fact bound to the latter, that all their victories had transpired on cleared grounds. No such elegant detachment can be attributed to Donald Trump—a president who, more than any other, has made the awful inheritance explicit.
Dear Ta-Nehisi Coates:
I read your book Between the World and Me, an elegant and poetic elegy written to your son on “the question,” as you put it, “of how one should live within a black body, within a country lost in the [American] Dream.”***[Y]our book, while moving, reads primarily like an American horror story and, I’m sorry to say, a declaration of war against my adopted country..My fear is that Between the World and Me aims to reach far beyond the scope of the reader’s moral imagination and into the actual lives of Americans, black or white, who share this thing you refer to as the Dream. My concern is that you and your book function as deputized stand-ins for the black male and the black experience in America, respectively. And I believe that as stand-ins, both fail.
Because I write as a black immigrant who chose to live in the United States, whose biggest hope as a child was to become an American citizen, and who chose to embrace the American Dream you condemn, please consider these words my Declaration of Independence—an independence that only my beloved America could have given to me.
Many more personal dreams of mine continue to be nurtured in and by America. In 32 years of living in this country, the United States has never once failed me. Becoming an American citizen was the greatest privilege of my life.
Your book reads like an American horror story because you have damned to hell the noblest and most endearing trait of those who come to this country and who love it: the Dream. You declare: “This is the foundation of the Dream—its adherents must not just believe in it but believe that it is just, believe that their possession of the Dream is the natural result of grit, honor, and good works.” Well, it is. And we, the Dreamers and achievers who continue to make this country the exceptional wonder that it is, will never capitulate to your renunciation. The world we desired has been won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It is ours. And it should be yours, and your son’s.