Day 731 Monday January 7, 2019 860 Days to Go
First off, many thanks to the several of you who have recently made comments and suggestions. I’ve approved everyone’s comments and I’ve responded to several. For reasons I can’t explain they don’t show up on the website. I’ll work on that, but first, today’s epistle.
It’s the last day of Christmas and I’ve got to wonder what my tru-luv is going to do with those French hens and those pipers piping, but it’s not my problem.
Last night I watched 60 Minutes because there was a segment about Ms. Cortez. The more I hear about this woman the more I like her. Anderson Cooper was asking questions in a kind of snarky put-down way. “How are you going to pay for all this?” and “Lots of people say your ideas are radical.” It’s the old Mike Wallace gambit of “people are saying” when in fact it’s thee that is really asking and you don’t want to actually be responsible for asking. Chicken shit.
Okay, so Ms. Cortez, “How are you going to pay for it?” Well, the answers she gives make a lot more sense than anything I’ve heard from conservatives, Republicans, or the Freedom Caucus. Here is one of her radical really out there ideas – Everyone Pay Their Fair Share. OMG! You can’t be serious?
What? You are? If people paid proportional to what they made and it was a progressive tax that is if you made more you’d pay more we’d have enough money? You think that’s better than letting the very rich pay next to nothing and strapping the working poor with paying more? Radical. (And if that’s radical, give me more. Hum, the last time we did such radical things Eisenhower was President. As I remember that is referred to by the Conservatives as the golden age of America when we were great and to which they wish to return. You know 4% growth and all that.)
Okay Anderson what’s your next snarky comment? Ms. Cortez wants us off fossil fuels in twelve years, but how would we run our cars, etc.? Oh she thinks we should go boldly forward and set goals that might be tough but we should try? Hum, sounds like every feel-good movie ever made, and you Anderson, are the doubter? Maybe, you should watch the next segment of your show? The one that interviews an 81 year old inventor that has figured out how to get at the sugars in cellulose and turn them into fuel, sweetener that doesn’t rot your teeth, and plastic that can decompose on a schedule that can be programmed into it? Ho, wait a second. If we adopted what this man has invented we could be off fossil fuel, reverse climate change, and save the planet? If that’s radical, let’s do it.
Next question Anderson? The economy by many measures is doing great, why does she want to change that? She asks you, “Good for who?” Her dad died when she was in high school and when he did that knocked the foundation of the family’s well being. Her mom was cleaning houses and driving a school bus. Cortez was working two jobs, trying to pay for her college debts and keep her head above water. She asked Anderson who the economy was good for? Certainly not her, or her mom, or her family. So let me ask everyone, whom do you identify more with Ms. Cortez – struggling to make it working her butt off or say Bob Corker who showed up in Congress in debt and is leaving worth 69 million?
Whose economic ideas make more sense to you? Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Dave Brat, Jim Jordan, Sam Brownback, Scott Walker, Mike Pence, John Kasich and and the rest of the conservative Republicans who claim cutting taxes will spur growth, (although they only cut taxes on the rich, then they cut support for the poor and work to deny women access to abortions and health care) or Ms. Cortez who says, basically, “Good for who?” and then espouses decent health care for all, everyone pay their fair share, and let’s let folks get a decent education at an affordable price? Hum. Radical ideas to the current batch of bought and paid for manipulated by powerful interest Republicans, but from where I’m sitting sounds really good to me.
Now we get to the wall. It was stupid when Trump said in his opening remark when declaring that Mexican were pouring in across the border; it’s stupid now. Simple facts show he’s wrong. The man is operating in an alternate reality. It’s absurd to even call it a reality. He’s in a fantasy world. One created by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the far right media sources and the Russians. Like the Republican economic ideas, they don’t make sense. Period. Full Stop.
Have you noticed Trump’s usual position when confronted? He wraps both arms around his body, like some kind of mentally challenged shy person? I think that is because he is (mentally challenged). The man is not well. Once we get rid of him, we might have to deal with Pence, but either we wait two years and put up with this silliness or we get rid of both of Pence and Trump then we have Speaker Pelosi becoming President or we wait it out and Elizabeth Warren becomes Prez. Either way it’s a win.
On the last day of Christmas, here’s hoping.
PS Bye Bye