During the presidential campaign Trump constantly screamed to his crowds that the election was rigged. The conventional wisdom was that he was saying this as he knew he was going to lose and needed an excuse. But his was anything but a conventional campaign. Turns out he may have known that it was rigged — in his favor. Certainly the voter suppression had a lot to do with his wins in swing states. But if claims about election rigging implies that he was complicit with the Russian hacking, electoral politics in America is in a very dark place.
So the Donald has worked out a deal with Carrier not to move 2,000 jobs to Mexico. With this deal only 1,000 jobs are leaving. Not a good deal. During the campaign Trump threatened to slap big tariffs on their products if they moved. So what was the deal about. State tax incentives. Carrier is owned by United Technologies which gets 10% of their revenues from government contracts. But that carrot wasn’t part of the deal. So taxpayers are paying for this deal. Not much of a deal. More like extortion. It also begs the question if the deal was based around state tax incentives, why didn’t Gov. Mike Pence make the deal months ago?
This isn’t manufacturing policy, which is what presidents are suppose to do. This was something the Indiana state legislature is responsible for.
Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed in today’s WaPo pointing out that this deal creates an opportunity for any company that threatens to move without tax incentives. Not a smart deal.
This is what we have to look forward to for four years. God help us all.
Pawnee National Grasslands
The real election wasn’t on November 8th. It’s on December 19th when the Electors meet to cast their vote. The Electoral College came about because back in the day communication was slow. It’d take a week to travel by horseback from New Hampshire to D.C. to say how the state voted and taking a week off was a hardship for most. So they decided that they’d send a wise elder to D.C. to let them know how the state voted. But if the wise elder thought a lot of his state were a bunch of misinformed dumb-asses he was free to vote for whom ever he thought was best.
So given that Hillary won the popular vote, the protests in the streets, the fact that Trump looked like someone who was way in over his head after he met with President Obama, the facts that there was serious voter suppression and that the exit polls didn’t match the results in swing states, the alt-right wackos being proposed for his cabinet and staff, a SCOTUS that will impact us for at least a generation and that he’s a racist, sexist, xenophobeic, lying pig who will wreak havoc world-wide, it’s possible that some electors might think that for the good of the country they must vote for Clinton.
If you want to let them know how you feel sign the petition at Change.org:
With all the tumult today there’s one thing we can all agree on.
During the campaign Trump kept saying the election was rigged. He was right. Comey, if you want to save your reputation or you have any concern for your country, get on it.
The fight between the Standing Rock Sioux and ETP over the Dakota Pipeline is a classic case of how money talks and the little guy gets screwed. The pipeline was originally planned to run through Bismark, North Dakota but they objected citing that it would pollute their water supply. Same thing the Standing Rock Sioux are concerned about. Good reason. The EPA said the proposed monitoring system and shut-off mechanisms are insufficient and that spills are certain. Lamestream media coverage has been minimal, preferring the election freak show.
Support the Standing Rock Sioux.
During President Obama’s first State of the Union address Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) showed unprecedented disrespect to the president and the office of the presidency. This foreshadowed the remainder of Obama’s presidency as well as what psychologists call “projection” to the Republicans in the House and Senate.
During this election season we are seeing the art of the lie being raised to new levels. Republican nominee Donald Trump’s style is typical of your standard bullshit artist. He loves it because his gullible followers buy his lies hook, line and sinker. Occasionally you think that he actually believes his own crap. Alternatively his surrogate’s lies, particularly his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway’s, are completely transparent. The tip-off is the smirk while they are letting loose with a whopper. It’s as if they think they are getting away with it. They’re proud of their pitiful prevarication. I pray for the day when one of their interviewers tells them: “Look, you know that’s a lie, I know that’s a lie, the viewers know it’s a lie, so cut it out or we’ll never invite you back.
“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Freidrich Nietzsche
“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”
― Chriss Jami
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
― Adolf Hitler