None of the Above

(I do need to explain how socialism makes poor people poorer and creates more poor people. But with all the media attention given to Iowa and the presidential race I thought it was a good time to offer some alternative opinion on that subject. Only the tip of that iceberg is touched on here. Baby steps.)

Hillary is still in the news. What rates her more newsworthy than the people who are spraying graffiti around Hampton can only be that we know who she is. The really big news should be that there is a mainstream politician running for president who admits to being a socialist.

Imagine that, after hundreds of socialists have run for president, we finally have one who claims the title. I thought it would be interesting to describe what the politicians really are rather than what they claim to promise.

I’ll start with Bernie in honor of my fellow ex-hippies. Bernie wants it fair for everyone. He sees “the rich” as undeserving so he sees government as the great equalizer. Bernie wants everyone to be poor. He wants there to be no entry level jobs. He hates small business and looks at entrepreneurship as exploitation.

But Trump is making all the headlines. Jeb Bush listed all his fairly recent positions that would disqualify him as a legitimate conservative in a video. Most important among them was his past support for Hillary Clinton, not a policy idea that would require thought.

Illegal immigration has been Trump’s big issue. If there is anything Americans hate, it’s competition. We don’t want foreigners stealing our handouts or doing a better job for lower pay. So in this case being a conservative and family friendly means having a government strong and intrusive enough to deport (as George Will pointed out) 10% of California and 13% of California’s K-12 students. It would take a massive police state to accomplish Trump’s goal. After eighty years of a war on drugs with no dent in supply, does he really think a police action could cleanse our country of unwanted foreigners? I doubt there would be any workers left to furnish Americans with the necessities of life.

The same goes for trade. Trump proposes a 35% import tax. Out of one side of his mouth he derides favors to special interests while calling for the ultimate favor to special interests, making it too expensive to buy goods that compete with (yep) special interests. A fellow called Hannity the other day bringing up the fact Trump wants to do what Republicans complained Obama did; raise taxes on imports (tires). Hannity said, “we have to fight back,” a fitting answer from a show whose advertisers promise to improve manhood and eliminate “rotten food and toxic sludge” from our bloated bellies.

Ted Cruz and anyone else who complains about “amnesty” is basically saying they want a huge police state that would rival the Stasi of East Germany. Incredibly, these same candidates rail against big government when the policies they promote require big government.

These are the same people who would have our soldiers occupy the Middle East to keep us safe here. Can you imagine how many U.S. soldiers it would take to make the Middle East stable and safe enough that no threat emanated from there to us in America?

The illegal immigration issue is a perfect example of misapplied government. We have troops all over the world, leaving our borders unregulated. Then the answers from the candidates all involve more government.

The establishment Republicans are absolutely freaking out over Trump but I think it is all a big show. Trump poses no threat to their love of corporate control of government or our funding of it. He is one of them. He drums up crises with more government as the only solution when people get along just fine if left to iron things out alone.

Demographics

Had a chance to hear some of Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday. There was a guy analyzing the presidential race. Pretty bizarre. One caller brought up Trumps promise to tax imports at 35% and the effect of that on consumers. Sean said we just gotta fight back. The caller said, “well yeah.”

Then it occurred to me. He has to cater to the demographics of his audience. The fools who believe what is said on there. Advertisers include a product that promises to clean rotten food and toxic waste from our bloated bellies and Andro400, which will make us all real men.

Well. There you go.

Ohbombya targets

So targeting police is “completely unacceptable,” eh?
The uniform is the line we must not cross. The good ol’ USA is not a secular nation it is very religious. We are now to worship uniforms. The way to be a religious nation without crossing the church and state nonsense is to create a new religion without ethereal players. Cops and military personnel fit the bill and keep the sheeple on their knees.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/08/31/obama-targeting-police-completely-unacceptable/71499082/

Not on Fox, CNN, WNBC…

Neil Young says a man needs a maid. Our masters in DC need a villain. Here’s one:

Just look at the EU. Look at Ohbombya, Trump, Huckabee and so-on.
Why would the people of Ukraine vote to align with Russia (since deposed by a US supported coup)? Why would Crimea vote to align with Russia?
Come to think of it, can we vote instead of for Clinton, Jeb, Sanders and the rest of the circus, to align with Putin? Look at the numbers. Compare with your own research.

NY Times on Republican terror groups.

Wow. A politician gets it totally wrong again. Where to start?
Maybe we can’t call it terror but what is positive about her welfare state that replaces fathers with a faceless bureaucracy, destroying the most essential level of government, families.
But then how about the misplaced criticism of Republicans? How horrible of them to deny the right of women to murder children.
Where is the faction that is pro-life? Laughed off the stage.
Baffling it is that Republicans can call themselves pro-life, Democrats can even mention rights. In case there is some confusion here, accepting collateral damage in pre-emptive war does not jibe with “pro-life.” Murdering a child violates the rights of someone least likely to defend himself.

NY Times

“Hillary Clinton Likens Republican Views on Women to Those of Terror Groups

Hillary Rodham Clinton with supporters in Cleveland on Thursday. She said that Republican presidential candidates have “extreme” views of women.
Hillary Rodham Clinton with supporters in Cleveland on Thursday. She said that Republican presidential candidates have “extreme” views of women.Credit Michael F. McElroy for The New York Times
Hillary Rodham Clinton compared Republican presidential candidates to terrorist groups when it comes to their views on women, arguing that their “extreme” positions are not right for 21st-century America.

At a rally in Ohio on Thursday, Mrs. Clinton scolded Senator Marco Rubio of Florida for his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape or incest. She hit former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida for wanting to defund Planned Parenthood. And she criticized Gov. John Kasich of Ohio for banning public financing of some rape crisis centers.

“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States.”

Calling such policies out of date and out of touch, Mrs. Clinton dared her rivals to face mothers who caught breast cancer early because of screenings and girls who did not get pregnant because of access to contraceptives that were made available through government funding.

Republicans immediately took offense to Mrs. Clinton’s remarks. Amelia Chassé, press secretary for the conservative America Rising PAC, called the comments outrageous and desperate.

Alison Moore, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said Mrs. Clinton had reached “a new low.”

Mr. Bush added on Twitter that Mrs. Clinton’s priorities are wrong.”

Sam Clovis, insane?

Sam is one of my very favorite public figures. He was campaigning for Rick Perry until yesterday when he took a job with Trump.
Sam has had a strict (in his opinion) focus on the Constitution as a guide for federal policy. In the case of military issues, of course, the Constitution is “just a damn piece of paper.”

The question I would ask Sam, if I were important enough to gain an audience, is do you believe Trump has changed enough to suit your “conservative” standards? Here he is on GW’s invasion of Iraq:

He contributed to Hillary in the past and he now calls that a business deal. He favored universal health care and other leftist policies.

I could vote for Trump on the mere fact he recognized Bush’s war as a stupid evil thing. Maybe that logical and moral thinking will cause him to rethink other issues where he is,uh, lame.