It’s ironic that on this MLK Day, with the departure of the first African-American president we are about to witness the inauguration of a man guilty of violating discrimination laws. It’s been over 50 years since Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. While progress has been made, it’s clear we still have a long way to go.
The second thing the Republican house decided to do was to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. They don’t have a clue what they’ll replace it with despite the fact that they’ve had eight years to work on it. Democrats have co-opted Trump’s slogan to put attention on what repealing the Affordable Care Act would do. The House has wasted countless votes to repeal the ACA because they didn’t want this president to enact any significant legislation, and the ACA is significant legislation. It’s not clear why they want to repeal this act now as it’s clearly a success. Do they not want to look like they were stupid all these years? Is their irrational hatred of President Obama so great that they want revenge? Whatever their reasons what does it say about their values that they are willing to kick 20 million people off healthcare to massage their egos?
The first thing they tried may answer that question. The House voted to gut the independent ethnics office. Now why would they want to do that other than they planned to be unethical. Only after the optics became obvious did they pull it.
Happy Holidays one and all.
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.