From Planet Miscellanea…
Posted April 13, 2016on:
Good morning Widdershins. Hope this is a “widderful Wednesday” for everyone.
Today’s offering is going to be a bit different. I had intended to follow-up on my repeated comments that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are just different sides of the same coin or counterfeit slug if you want to be specific.
Having made that claim several times, I thought it was high time I justified my rather sweeping indictment of these two souls crippled under the weight of Brobdingnagian egos. Dana Milbank beat me to it and did a much better job than I could ever do.
So instead of trying to reinvent the wheel I’ll just link the article. Here are some of the highlights. It starts:
Free trade agreements “have been disastrous” for the United States, the candidate said, and have sent jobs to Mexico and China. “I will stop it by renegotiating all of the trade agreements that we have.”
It sounded like just another threat from Donald Trump to “rip up those trade deals” and “make really good ones” instead. Such a policy could set off a global trade war and impoverish millions.
But the candidate who said this was Bernie Sanders, April 1 in New York. And that’s no coincidence: He and Trump are peas in a pod….
[T]he two are the yin and yang of outlandish policy proposals. Both men — and to a great extent Ted Cruz, too — have grounded their platforms in fantasy.
The article concludes:
These proposals aren’t dangerous because they could actually happen; they can’t. They’re dangerous because supporters of these three men, believing these fantasies masquerading as policies, are headed for disillusionment.
This is why I find this worrisome. Call me crazy, but I happen to believe political and electoral engagement is important in a democracy. We are suffering through a half a generation still awaiting the “hopey changey” stuff. Why not go for a full generation by finishing off the disillusionment by breaking promises of free college, universal health care, and adding trillions to the national debt? Trump, Sanders, and Cruz are doing their dead level best to put the grunt back into disgruntlement for a whole new generation.
Something else that has been on my mind is the furor over the envisioned epidemic of armies of transgender storm troopers heading to the bathrooms of the South, particularly the fine porcelain latrines of North Carolina. This is another one of those epidemics that are invisible except to those who conjure them – much like voter fraud.
The war of scary things that don’t happen is now raging in North Carolina and this is the water closet line of demarcation. This is a shame since the Tar Heel State was always thought to be the “sane Carolina”. It is now catching up on the crazy with its sister state to the south.
I mention this for one reason and it’s not the obvious one. There aren’t going to be bathroom patrols proclaiming, “Urinator, show me your birth certificate!” The media is focused on the shiny faucets of the bathrooms, but the real purpose of these laws is the nullification of local ordinances outlawing discrimination.
What these “bathroom laws” do is make it illegal for local communities to outlaw discrimination in housing or employment based upon orientation or gender identification. Simply put, these laws protect and enable discrimination in cities where the local government wants it to end. In keeping with Republican philosophy, there’s nothing like smaller government to match the smaller minds of those doing the governing.
The last issue catching my attention is based upon the saying of Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” That is an admonition we have not heeded when it comes to Republican economic theory.
Republicans have four tenets: Low taxes, small government, strong defense, and traditional values. It is the first one, low taxes, upon which I want to focus. When Republicans talk “low taxes” they are leaving out for whom they want to provide low taxes. Therein lies the rub.
You see, time and again, Republicans have shown us who they are. They are interested in lowering the taxes for the wealthiest Americans. We just have never listened. Time and time again, the Republicans prove they just can’t quit the rich folk.
They are at it again. They want to turn the banning of trickling in the bathrooms of North Carolina and again promote the fictitious trickling of economics. Trouble is, it doesn’t work.
Never will work, but just like the unicorn that poops rainbows, it might happen in their fantasy world. There’s just a little problem. Only 13% of Americans think the wealthy pay too much in taxes while 61% think they should pay more. Even in the topsy-turvy world of Republican mathematics, that isn’t a good return on political investment.
We should take Ms. Angelou’s advice. Messrs. Trump, Sanders, and Cruz have shown us who they are. North Carolina has proven that they like to protect discrimination. And Republicans have shown us they really want to help people, if they are rich. In each case, they have shown us who they are. We should believe them.
What’s on your mind today?
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