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If anyone's wondering why I haven't been here much lately, it's because I feel no one is learning anything from 2016. Neoliberalism is a thing and it doesn't win elections in the 21st Century. People want a candidate that's going to take strong, non-waffling stands on human rights the rest of the world enjoys. Enough living in the goddamned Reagan 1980s. Enough taking solar panels off the roof. Enough introducing more rightwingedness into American economics. Enough medical bankruptcies. Enough governing by mythology. Enough science denial. Enough of spitting on women, children, veterans and the LGBTQI community. Enough kicking the can. ENOUGH. America needs to move past it's "everything has to be about making a buck" bullshit. I'd prefer a candidate not born during the FDR/Truman administrations. No offense, but you had your time . . . and you got us Trump. Plus, I can't take another one of these still-Capitalist Boomer codgers yap on about "bootstraps" when college now costs a mortgage, necessity costs have been outpacing wage growth for 20 years and automation promises to kill more jobs than it creates. I don't want to hear what is or isn't "politically achievable". Kick-the-Can economics was never asked "How is it going to be paid for?". Tax Cuts for the rich were never given a spending limit. Folly wars were never asked "Why is this necessary?". Corporate Pork by the billions was and is always approved. America's safety net needs to be greatly expanded and retirement age needs to be drastically lowered. This country throws out far too many people that still have a decade or two of prime contribution left. If life doesn't get fairer for you or I pretty goddamned quickly, we aren't going to have much of one.

Journal Archives

Where does this groundswell of LiBroTarianism come from?

Back in the 1990s when I went to college, we used to make fun of the Laissez-Fail bros. You know, naturally, because most of us saw our fathers getting laid off, their jobs shipped to union-busting right-to-work or cheaper overseas climes . . . and our generation come out to the Bush I job market, which had a dearth of even mediocre-paying positions to establish an economic start.

In turn, we SAW, WITH OUR OWN EYES and all across our respective regions, the rotted result of "Reaganomics" and the brick-wall stall it put on the middle/working/poor's lives, and their children's. Yet, there these bros still were, even during Clinton, yapping that Laissez-Fail either didn't go far enough or wasn't given long enough of a chance to work. And then we had to suffer through eight years of Reagan on Steroids, which inevitably led to TWO recessions, the second of which turned out to be America's worst financial catastrophe in 75 years. It was, DURRRRRRRRRRR, caused by Conservanomics and the faith-based hilarity of giving wealthy people even MORE money and expecting them to not fist you in return.

They were all about books like "The Federal Mafia" by tax protester Irwin Schiff (and, subsequently, made a cult figure out of his fucknut moron son). Their Bible was anything written by Ayn Rand. Their "Ulysses" was anything by Robert Heinlen. Milton Friedman and Penn Jillette became sex symbols.

So in 2016, a repackaged Laissez-Failure named Gary Johnson comes along and promises to abolish the IRS and institute a consumption tax, which the LiBroTarians of course are lapping up like Lik-M-Aid laced with coke. Oh, and he plans on torching the social safety net to a blackened crisp, including Medicare. "Why vote the Left Nut and The Right Nut, When You Can have The Whole Johnson, Hur Hur Hur!!??" Yeah, why have two testicles when the Johnson can shaft you where it hurts?

. . . . . my mother taught us that helping others is not only it's own reward, but makes a better future. When, exactly, did that get tossed out the window in favor of "Fuck You, Pay Me"?? Is it just a case of not being raised right? No one's born a sociopathic selfish cock. Somewhere along the way, they had to learn it. It's kind of a bizarre notion . . . "learning" a political and economic philosophy that's racked with fallacy and contradiction.

Why, after years and years and years of visually evident failure do we still believe being selfish and the notion of a benevolent upper class is going to work? When is America going to finally wake the hell up and realize that not everything nailed down has to be about making a buck?

The Good News: Thomas Frank is being interviewed on TV.

The Bad News: It's on CNBC, where he's being grilled by six Republican serial interrupters.


Carl Icahn likens American workers to a fictional character on a 70s sitcom.

Icahn: I don't know why any worker wouldn't vote for Trump.

The activist investor said he could not understand why "the Archie Bunkers of the world" wouldn't support Trump, because "they know they're getting screwed." Archie Bunker was a fictional bigoted working class character in the 1970s sitcom "All in the Family." Icahn, who has supported Trump's presidential bid, said he did not have any bad intent by likening Trump supporters to the character. Trump has drawn the ire of many, but emboldened others, with statements about immigrants, Muslims and women throughout the election.

"Archie Bunker is a middle class guy, somewhat educated even, that doesn't know where his next check is coming to send his son or daughter to school, doesn't know if he's going to keep his job. ... Why the hell should he vote for a system that is not giving him a good paying job?" Icahn said.

Does he not get that "Archie Bunker" was an intended SATIRE of the "Silent Majority"?

And this, you ancient and deluded tax-fattened soomka, is why your generation will never realize what America's "divided" problem is REALLY about: Profit vs Humanity.

But hey, don't listen to me. Continue to bathe in your tax-free billions as you lose the next eight Presidential elections .. ... .

Oh look, Gary Johnson's on CNBC. That's simply fitting, i'nt it?

The man who wants to give the wealthy an essentially tax-free life on our backs provides the break for their non-stop "Breaking News Trump took a shit today" coverage.

Too bad the "smarter alternative to the two parties" commits the same Cardinal Sin of Politics Jeb Bewsh did, which dictates:

[font size="4"]Never, ever, ever, ever . . . ever EVER ever tell seniors you're going to reduce or take away their benefits.[/font]

Someday, Millennial Republicans on Dope, you'll understand how this works . . .

Supremely Off-the-Charts Batshit Letters to the Plain Dealer Dept: History Will Be Revised!

Where in the hell are these people hatched from?

The usual wingnut batshit boogeymen and tropes: Saul Alinsky, Frank Marshall Davis is mentioned, "community organizer from Chicago", etc, etc. Apparently he should have been impeached because he should have been impeached or something . . . and the racism, yeah, that's his fault and not white people's, because reasons. And the word "progressive" is mentioned, as if Teaman (fitting name) knows what that means . . .

Barack Hussein Obama was our first black president, will he be our last? No! But we must elect a unifier, not a divider. A commander-in-chief to protect us, name our enemies and kill them. Obama, a former community organizer from Chicago, preached the philosophies of Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis, communist ideologue, to the folks in the neighborhood.

His legacy is in shambles. Honest analysis by historians will not be kind to this presidency. Barack has been a dramatic failure. His domestic and world leadership have been pathetic. Many of his progressive initiatives were rejected by the congressional Republicans. Result: a divided government.

Under his direction, our country has never been more divided. His domestic policies have driven racial hatred to new heights. He divided Americans on color, religion, immigration, healthcare, regulations, unemployment, business-economy, military, and Islamic terrorism.

Obama was elected twice. During his tenure, he should have been impeached for incompetence and lacking fitness for the responsibilities of president of the United States. The Obama administration is ending. But the disasters he created will plague us for years to come. Many have put America at risk today!

History will define President Barack Obama as the most ineffective president in our nation's history. Our allies no longer trust us, they laugh, taunt, and now they are beginning to kill us on American soil.

Ronald H. Teaman,

Broadview Heights

What really cocks my neck muscles is when white men and women (well, let's face it, mostly MEN) say "our country has never been more divided." When I see or hear that, all I'm hearing or reading there is "Wasn't it great when teh blaaaaaaaax and teh libs and teh mexicuns and teh feminazis and teh geighs and whoever the hell else all had to shut the goddamned hell up and let me say what I wanted and let me be just as big of an asshole as I CHOSE to be? 'Hey PUSSY!!' . . . you know, when did THAT become something to whine about??"

Voting Libertarian? I Hope You or Your Kids Never Get Sick.

Take a close look at just how reprehensible a free market health care plan is, from a doctor herself . . .

"Well, Obamacare isn’t that great, is it?” he countered not answering how he would pay for a heart vale replacement.

At this point I pulled both boys back into the office and explained that their care combined was well over one million dollars in the NICU. Since then heart surgeries, intensive care units stays, and home oxygen. If this were a Libertarian health care system no insurance would have covered them. They’d have crafted a way to get out of it, by preexisting conditions or caps on costs per condition. I’m a doctor and I couldn’t have afforded the care they needed to survive. In countries without regulated health insurance parents have to pay in advance or their children don’t even get admitted to the intensive care unit at birth. Even if I’d sold my house when they were born and had a robust health savings account I’d have been bankrupt by the time they were five or six weeks old.

His answer, “Maybe we shouldn’t be saving those kids.” He looked embarrassed that he’d said it.
Posted by HughBeaumont | Thu Aug 4, 2016, 12:22 PM (8 replies)
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