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HughBeaumont

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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

The GOP treats health like they treat careers and livelihoods:

Repeal; with no viable or sustainable replacement and leaving us holding the bag.

Is America's default position "Republican . . until you work REALLY hard to convince me otherwise"?

Stock Markets perform better under Democratic administrations.

Jobs gained - again, Democratic administrations.

Government spending . . . yep, we win there too.

Consumer confidence. Economic Growth. Unemployment. Democrats, AGAIN.

So why, why, WHY does America CONTINUALLY want to put people in office that continually destroy societal and economic progress?

It seems to me that we have to work SO ridiculously harder to convince the American voter that we're better for them than Republicans do by pretty much just showing up.

I'm saying this as one who wasn't exactly on board with Hillary: In a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there's NEVER been a bigger gap in qualification. In voting HISTORY. This could NOT have been a bigger "DURRRRRRRRR". COME on.

Also, in light of all the evidence presented above, how did they make so many electoral GAINS since 2010?

It's as if America as a whole looks at us and says "I'm sorry, but you can put up all of the evidence of better economic performance and other things . . . I don't CARE. I just don't LIKE your party. I JUST DON'T TRUST YOU. I like Republicans better. That's my default and I'm not changing. I see THEM as leaders and YOU as Communist-sympathizing weaklings. Give me multiple reasons why I should vote for you."

Am I WRONG on this? Or am I blaming the wrong people? We cannot possibly suck THIS bad at campaigning . . . can we??
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