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Last Tuesday was quite a day.  Morning broke with Trump implicating Ted Cruz’s father in the Kennedy assassination.  It seems Trump unearthed information from where the Warren Commission never thought to look – the front page of The National Enquirer.

We then witnessed Ted Cruz perform an auto-splenectomy on live television.  During a fifteen minute conniption fit, he sputtered and spewed.  Spleenless, he found it too difficult to go on and he quit the race, but not before almost sending his wife, Heidi, to the mat for a nine-count.  Not once, but twice.

Then we saw John Kasich and his electroshock coiffure quit.  Usually when someone bows out in front of their supporters, there are cries and whimpering of, “No, don’t, oh, no, no.”  Sadly, for Kasich there were crickets – mute crickets – mute crickets wrapped in sound-dampeners.  It was almost as if people were thinking, “Well this took long enough!”

Left standing was Trump in all his orange-hued glory.  The Grand Old Party suddenly became the “Party of Trump” or “PoT”.  How did the Republicans go to PoT?  What went wrong?

There are theories aplenty about the Trump plague.  There are the unsurprising and completely expected “surprising things Trump has revealed about America.”

There is the craziness of the “Trump nihilism” of:  Burn it all down!  Burn it to hell because I don’t have an 85 inch teevee, an Uzi, and ringside WWE season tickets.

Trump Laughing StockWe are hearing about the things the Trumpeters believe.  For instance, 40% believe Obama is hiding something about his past.  Fifty-two percent believe vaccines cause autism.  As expected, 29% believe global warming is a myth.  As any good mainlining Fox News junkies would, a full 50% believe Hillary knew about the Benghazi attack beforehand and chose to do nothing.  Finally, and I find this ghastly, 21% of Trump supporters believe the Newtown massacre was faked.

Let that last one sink in for a moment.  One-fifth of Trump diehards believe twenty beautiful first graders are forever taken and hidden from their aggrieved and inconsolable families as part of a grand scheme to increase gun control.

We have heard from everyone and their dog that Trump’s ascension leaves the Republican Party in an identity crisis.  Such long-suffering punditry has the same erudite insightfulness as predicting the sun to set in the west.

But then I ran upon a chart.  It didn’t get much play, but it’s a chart, in my opinion, explaining Trump’s one-third of the Republican Party.  Here it is:

Trump Poll

When asked, “Is discrimination against whites as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities,” sixty-eight percent of Tea Partiers and sixty-four percent of all Republicans say, “I agree with that statement.”  Neither Independents nor Democrats join in this bizzarity.Trump Hate

For a pollster, this is a “worldview” question.  It suggests how respondents view their place in the world.  It is how Trump supporters view their world.  It also explains a large part of the PoT primary.

Instead of a typical political message of helping others, Trump’s success is grounded in a promise of “hurting them” – “hurting the others” whoever “they” might be.  Accordingly, anger and fear are self-confirming emotions never leading to self-awareness or discovery.  Trump is undeniably the quintessential leader for such followers.  Racism, like water, always finds its own level.

What’s on your mind today?

 

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In the 1300s, Petrarch, the father of the Renaissance, warned:  Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.Petrarch

What Petrarch didn’t foresee is the boundless financial largesse presenting itself to those promoting these enemies of internal peace – not only promoting, but sowing the seeds of derision in order to give these enemies purchase upon our well-being.

What I’m proposing for your consideration today is a simple premise:  The Bundy Boys, Kim Davis, hatred of Obamacare, resentment of government assistance, essentially the Tea Party platform – are all products of avarice, envy, and anger.  It’s just that simple.  Somewhere along the way, a large portion of our population came to see the world in terms of zero-sum – meaning if someone gains, someone must lose.

For instance, the Bundy Boys, a/k/a Vanilla Isis, a/k/a alQracker engaging in YeeHawd (h/t GAgal and Fredster) out in a snowy Washington state bird refuge, are simply envious, greedy, and mad as hell.  They are angry because the federal government, after paying the owners for the land some hundred years ago, doesn’t see fit to just give these crackpots a windfall by ceding millions of acres to them.

Bundy Bros.What the Bundy Boys don’t seem to understand is that the zero-sum game they so deplore, works both ways.  If the land is given to them and their extremist cohorts, they are taking the land from the rest of us.  It was the same for Daddy Cliven, his failure to pay $1 million for years of grazing fees dictated others had to make up the difference for his scofflaw ways.

While rhetorical criticism was probably not a favorite subject of Ammon Bundy, it appears his logic fails in a half-million ways given his federally enabled loan for $530,000.00.  In any event, his victimization of being tyrannized is suspect given he and his armed friends have been illegally occupying a federal building for four days without a hint of government action or oppression.Kim Davis

Or take Kim Davis – a salary of some $80,000 a year for a high school graduate who has never collected a paycheck outside the government office her mother held or she currently enjoys.  Instead of resigning in protest, she claimed the office as her own personal entitlement to be conducted in accordance with her religious beliefs.  The Bush appointed federal judge correctly pointed out, “The Clerk’s office does not belong to Mrs. Davis, it belongs to the people.”

Or take any objection of the Tea Party, whether it be to Obamacare or need-qualified benefits, it is the same anger based upon a zero-sum fiction.  Somewhere along the way they forgot, if they ever knew, the ethical imperative of helping those in need.

What Petrarch didn’t foresee was the ability of those like Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Rubio, Hannity, Limbaugh, or Alex Jones to flame the fires of avarice, greed, and anger for their own purposes.  What is really rich in the irony is the purposes of these instigators are the same as those they incite – avarice, greed, and the perpetuation of anger since they are the legs of action.

TrumpTheir paychecks, their livelihoods, their multi-million dollar salaries are all directly tied to fomenting the anger that drives the torment of living a life in perpetual resentment of the “other”.

This flirting with extremists, giving them an ear, a nod, and a wink helps Conservatives harness the anger in the electorate.

A poll released this weekend by NBC, Esquire and Survey Monkey found anger is particularly intense among Republicans:  Seventy-seven percent said the news makes them angry at least once a day (compared with 67 percent of Democrats). Seventy-three percent of white Americans are angered daily (vs. 66 percent of Hispanics and 56 percent of African-Americans).

As much as these things change, they remain the same or it does for the 73% of tyrannically oppressed white Americans.  Petrarch was right – and Columbus was still two hundred years in the offing.

 

 

 

By now you have probably heard about Mike Huckabee’s shamelessly disgusting comments invoking the Holocaust to prove he’s up to the job of “presidenting”.   Then there’s Ted Cruz belching a verbal diarrhea by declaring Obama, and by guilty association the U.S., as Witches of McBeththe foremost sponsors of state terrorism.  Rounding out the field and proving it’s never too early to declare demagoguery as a career choice, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton declared John Kerry a modern-day Pontius Pilate.  Maybe Cotton can ask his pen pal the Ayatollah for advice on how to handle such matters.

And I haven’t even gotten to Donald Trump.  I could go on, but why go to the trouble?  The downward spiral in which Republicans find themselves is the pull of the great porcelain bowl of politics where dead goldfish and human waste are celebrated with one final kerplunk.

You are asking, as am I, “Why would anyone with political walking around sense act so incurably deranged?”  The vapid teevee bobble heads lay the blame to the “Trumping down” of political rhetoric.  There are others who claim it is merely a gambit to get on next week’s Fox debate stage.  Finally, there are those who pull on their black pajamas while watching for the matching helicopter to complete their ensemble and declare the incendiary commenters “truth-tellers”. Just plain lazy, lazy, lazy – so lazy is this lack of analysis, it’s like the mosquito that starved to death stranded at a blood bank.

Chart Republican IdeologyThe real truth about this flame-throwing is simple and can be explained in one question:  Why do bank robbers rob banks?  Because that is where the money is.

The Republicans are infecting the 20-30% of their base with this poisonous rhetoric because that is where the sure-fire voters are.  The angrier you are and the more fearful you are, the likelier you are to vote, donate, or volunteer as per a Pew Foundation Study.

Every politician has a choice between the rhetoric of Column A and Column B.  Column A is a conversation about two divergent, but well-meaning philosophies.  Column B is an apocalyptic confrontation of biblical proportions between good and evil – virtue and sin.  Column B will get you more donations, more press, more social media buzz, more volunteers, and most importantly, more votes.

While I believe there is a certain amount of “Trumping down” of the political discourse – the true reason we are witnessing these sandpaper tongues is fear of being culled from the herd.  If you want to blend in with zebras, you have to make sure your stripes are going in the right direction.  You have to fear the same fears and be angry about the same anger-making issues.  If there isn’t anything that causes fear or anger, you have to conjure them up like so many distempered unicorns.Ideological Silos

What is alarming for the “Sweet 16” is this little fact:  Trump maintains a double-digit lead among voters who identify as very conservative, somewhat conservative and with the Tea Party. Scott Walker is his nearest competitor in most of those metrics.  If you want to rob some votes, you go to where the votes are and that would be those attracted to the foul-smelling stench of the carrion wafting from Trump.

When I was consulting it was relatively simple to check the health of virtually any organization by asking the management team two questions:  How do you spend your time and do you spend it with your high performers or with the lower performing problem causers?  Poor managers spend about 80% of their time with the lowest performing 20% of trouble-makers.  This bottom 20% are the loudest, most vocal, and by far the most destructive force within any organization.  They curse any organization to a never-ending cycle of ever declining mediocrity.

Welcome to the modern-day GOP.  After declaring their problems solved by a post-election autopsy in 2013, just like the Walking Dead, you can’t keep a good zombie down.

Fox DebateNot for a minute do I believe ding-dong Donald will be the Republican nominee.  What I do believe with conviction is that this rhetorical Mariana Trench tour is damaging to the political process especially given the hackney-eyed congressional districts.  Fifty of these gerrymandered, radical know-nothings have hijacked Congress for five years now.  I don’t want to see the same knuckle-dragging fanatics sabotage President Hillary’s first term.

The brilliance of Prince Reince of Priebus was to winnow down the primary field and streamline the process.  So what did he do?  He outsourced those chores to Fox News.  Fox then arbitrarily placed a cut-off at ten participants to be determined by national polling.  As luck and conniving minds would have it, to “Viagracize flaccid poll numbers” ads would need to be run on the sole news source for three-quarters of conservative voters.  Roger Ailes has again proved “being unafraid of being fairly imbalanced” is a great business model.

I hope your day is a good one and please take this conversation in any direction you might like to explore.

Sometimes in the universe an unfathomable convergence of events unfolds that is quite literally inexplicable.  Yesterday was one of those unimaginable intersections no amount of planning could engineer.  July 21st was the ninetieth anniversary of the end of the “Scopes monkey trial” in Dayton, Tennessee.  By pure happenstance, it was also national Masturbation Day in Japan.  And for the proverbial hat trick, Donald Trump was the undisputed leader in polling for the Republican presidential nomination.Red Kangaroo

Go figure?  Was this a fluke?  Perhaps.  Happenstance?  Maybe.  A stroke of luck on the cosmic roulette wheel of randomness?  Quite possibly.  Or was it providential Kismet for a Trumpanzee wearing a kangaroo scrotum as a hairpiece to lead a national poll by engaging in a vulgar display of ego masturbation?

Why would I spend your precious time writing about the Trumpanzee?  Trump’s shenanigans not only hurt the Republican Party, but they hurt the country and all public policy in general.  This is particularly true when we need a robust conversation around real issues affecting real people about all too real problems.

Over the weekend “the Donald” allowed his mouth to again go joyriding without the benefit of a licensed brain.  He insulted John McCain and thousands of other veterans.  What is amazing is that I’m betting this won’t significantly hurt Trump’s numbers.  He is the poster buffoon for a disaffected slice of the Republican Party and while his insult would be cyanide to a normal candidate, it is merely catnip to the Trumpeters.

An explanation you are probably hearing on the teevee is much akin to something you probably heard from your mother, “It’s all well and good until somebody gets hurt and by then it’s too late to stop.”

TrumpIt was all well and good for Trump to call out President Obama about his birth certificate and to blow the “Kenyan dog whistle” until he was more red-faced than usual.  It was all well and good for him to indict an entire race as “rapists and drug dealers”.

Throughout these and other instances, nary a word was heard from any Republican during these episodic displays of bigotry.  Now that Trump has directed his bluster at Republicans, suddenly he is a dangerous public enemy and must be stopped.

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For you city folk, there is a rural phenomenon where a dog will actually chase a car.  Crazy, I know, but it happens.  People have always tried to explain why dogs chase cars, but outside the thought bubbles of Snoopy no dogs have commented.  One thing I do know, catching a car by a car chasing dog leaves everyone scratching their heads.  What happens then?dog and car 2

This is the same conundrum facing Republicans these days.  They might be on the cusp of being “the dog what caught the car” on any number of issues.  Let’s review.

First and foremost, there’s the Supreme Court case of King v. Burwell where the ACA is on the chopping block courtesy of a simple legislative drafting error.  There’s Donald Trump’s “word salading” a run for the Republican presidential nomination.  Then there’s the winnowing down of the Republican field being outsourced to the Republican media operation of Fox News.  In addition, there’s the dissing of Pope Francis over his encyclical regarding climate change.  Add to that immigration, the environment, same-sex marriage, birth control, sex education, abortion, infrastructure spending, STEM education, or any number of other issues – take your pick – and the Grand Old Party is pre-diluvian in its positions and thinking.

If the Supreme Court violates the judicial keystone of upholding legislative deference to the executive branch in terms of implementing legislation, the resulting “major go-to-pieces” represented by the King case could go a long way in flipping both the House and the Senate.  Remarkably, two-thirds of those who stand to lose insurance subsidies live in Republican districts.

obamacare_worst_case scenarioThere are those on the Left who secretly hope the Supreme Court does get its conservative activism robes in a bunch and rule against Obamacare.  Polling suggests a majority of Americans want Congress to fix what is, in essence, little more than a grammatical error.

The resulting Republican stalemate over health care would be a Fort Sumter-esque first shot of an especially bloody civil war over what to do.  Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would be tripping over their respective high-heeled cowboy boots to filibuster any fix. Vulnerable Republicans would be caught with their “subsidies down”.  Mitch McConnell’s frustration would mean his world-class frown wouldn’t end until just below his kneecaps.

As for Donald Trump and his ongoing rant about his fellow candidates, the Republican Party has not a soul to blame, not a soul, but themselves.  It was all well and good to encourage “the Donald” as long as he was in search of a Kenyan birth certificate, but now his antics are being described as dangerous and delusional.  A trained seal knows from whence his fish comes and Trump’s same old tricks are golden when it comes to headline grabbing.Trump 2

Trump also knows the first commandment of political hucksterism, always attack upward.  His shots at Jeb! (to be read with emphasis), Rubio, and Walker are nothing but precursors of what his performance will be if he gets on a debate stage.  Now that will be must-see-teevee.

Speaking of the Republican debates, there is no better example of the dog catching the car.  With Fox being nothing more than the communications arm of the national Republican Party, Prince Priebus has deigned it acceptable for Fox and Roger Ailes to pick winners and losers in the GOP debate lottery.  Messaging and chronic indignation has always fostered a marriage of convenience between the GOP and Fox, but now the parenting skills of the “debate babies” are causing massive marital discord.

When you are likely to have twenty candidates and try to limit the debate to only ten candidates, you have just as many candidates off stage as on the stage (that is the extent of my mathematical skills).  Such an arrangement fosters plenty of sound bites for the disgruntled.  If you can’t organize a debate, how on earth are you going to organize the dismantling of the federal government while at the same time increasing defense spending and reducing taxes?

dog drivingThen there’s the problem of resolving the differences between the encyclicals of Pope Francis and the Brothers Koch.  The Pope sees climate change as real and the Brothers Koch have declared it whimsically imaginary.  The difference between the two schools of thought is punctuated by about a billion dollars in Koch contributions siphoned through a web of front organizations.

Trouble is:  More and more people, particularly those declaring an affinity toward religiosity, believe as does the Pope – we should be good stewards of our planet.  This presents a particular problem for those demonstrating a proclivity for sucking on the tailpipe of the Koch political machine.  You can’t exactly proclaim moral superiority when your morals are dictated by choosing the Brothers Koch as your ethical higher power.

We could go further in our metaphorical analysis, but there is no need.  Just like an angry dog, the “Party of No” has forgotten that just exhibiting unfocused anger leads not to a logical conclusion, but to general confusion. dog biting car

Just like a tantrum throwing two-year old, the anger of the Tea Party and the ultra-conservative base has fostered no sensible Republican policy alternatives short of pants wetting.  There’s something karmic about promoting calculated inaction resulting in unneeded suffering and then that inaction resulting in self-inflicted pain. Just ask any car chasing dog – all you get when you are successful is a sore, flat head.

I hope your Friday is a good one and I’ll be back tomorrow with a cavalcade of the ridiculous for your perusal.  Take the conversation in any direction you may desire.

 

 

 

Good afternoon Widdershins. I hope everyone is safe from the Snowapocalageddonkardashian Storm. For those deniers of climate change, it will prove even though they aren’t scientists, the scientists aren’t either — a syllogism constructed with the logic picked from the brain of that great rhetorician, Pee Wee Herman.

News broke over the weekend that the Brothers Koch are going to dig into the sofa cushions and spend nearly $1.0 Billion — $889 Million to be exact — in the 2016 election cycle. While $889 Million is the amount to which they are admitting, there is no accounting of the additional organizations formed under Sections 501(c)(4) and (6) where the donations will be freshly laundered and all identities neatly repressed. So the $1.0 Billion figure might be on the light side.

Lest it goes unnoticed, this Koch-load of money is three times what the Democratic Party and double what the Republican Koch Network of Affiliated OrganizationsParty spent in 2012. The Koch spider-web of affiliated organizations now includes a national field operation and a centralized technology and policy operation.

The Koch hootenanny was held at Rancho Mirage, California, where the well-heeled were regaled by the Koch pin-up boyz — Walker: Wisconsin Ranger, Jebba the Bush, Marco Polo Rubio, the sneer that calls itself Ted Cruz, and Rand, son of Ron, Paul.

About 400 wealthy conservative cardinals gathered for the conclave and were eager to write checks for the group’s libertarian views. Of course these views are understandable when you consider these poor, put upon and abused translucent white men who have had to overcome the disadvantage of being a zygote hatched just a shade shy of Fort Knox.

This entire effort is what a coup de tete looks like in slow motion. Beginning within 6 weeks of Obama’s 2009 inauguration, once the Bush bank bailouts were an ongoing certainty, the Tea Party sprang up like mushrooms after a spring shower and were almost entirely Koch financed. Since then state legislative wins resulting in congressional gerrymandering and voting restrictions have become the new normal. All have been largely a product of the Koch financed web of organizations. The ensuing stagnation and obstruction in Congress is as good as it gets for those wanting to rein in any type of regulation whether it be environmental or financial in nature.

This is my question to the Brothers Koch: The last six years have been the most financially successful in Koch Industries’ history — you took the $100 million or so inherited from your father — and now you have a combined worth of something north of $130 Billion. This has been accomplished in the face of what you consider staggering, stultifying regulation. How much in excess of $130 Billion would a regulation-free government afforded you — in other words, what enjoyment or aggrandizement would the loss of environmental protection and financial regulation bought you?

Moving on, let’s for a moment remember back to the ancient history of the 2014 midterm elections. Remember the campaign themes — jobs, jobs, jobs. That was the promise of the Republicans and was to be job one. Let’s go to the tape, shall we?

The first thing out of the hopper in the Senate was the Keystone XL (extra lethal) pipeline. Over in the House it was changing the rules to make it easier to cut folks from disability payments and base economic projections on unicorns and rainbows. Additionally the House Republicans, before they were stopped by the women in their caucus, were planning on a “claim it or keep it” rape provision to celebrate Roe v. Wade — unless a rape was reported to police all pregnancy options would be withheld.

Here’s my question: Can the Democrats capture some of that Patriots’ ball deflation and channel it to speak up in order to make the case, where are the jobs in magical accounting and punishing rape victims?

Iran must use Acme Bomb Company...

Iran must use Acme Bomb Company…

Moving on, the newest installment in the Republicans’ “I hate Obama world tour” is inviting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Allowing the hate to spill over to foreign policy is plowing new ground in Crazy Town. Never mind the invite was without notification to the White House or State Department. Never mind it is during an Israeli election where Netanyahu will once again struggle to cobble together a parliamentary majority. Never mind Netanyahu continues to act like the little brother bully with the ever-protecting big brother. Never mind advocating war with Iran is the last thing the Middle East and the world needs right now. Never mind it turns support for Israel into a partisan political issue.

Here’s my question and you might want to run down to the Lieu des Arches for some Freedom Fries whilst you consider this question posed to the Republican House: What would have been your reaction in 2003 if Nancy Pelosi had invited French President Jacques Chirac to speak in opposition to the Iraq War?

Those are my three questions today. Your questions or comments on any subject are anxiously awaited. Have a great day.

Good afternoon Widdershins. It is my sincerest hope the week holds good and glorious things for you. Without fear of contradiction, today’s post won’t be one of those things. I’m reminded of Yogi Berra quote, “You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.” So read on if you dare venture to the place I probably won’t recognize when I pass it by.

Michelle eat your heart out...

Michelle eat your heart out…

Last Thursday night I watched Sunset Boulevard all the way through for the first time. What a great movie! So many great lines! Like Norma Desmond saying, “I’m still big, it’s just the people who got small.“ Or, “See that floor — used to be hardwood, but I had it torn out to put in tile. Valentino said the tango is best on tile.“ And when it comes to Norma Desmond’s crazy eyes, just imagine Michelle Bachmann dialed up to eleven.

Norma had defined her reality — it just wasn’t a reality anyone else could see — a reality without a basis in objective fact.

At times it feels like we have jumped through the looking-glass and are living in NormaWorld. It’s a world where the media is absolutely giddy about an Ebola case on American soil. It’s a world where fear trumps any semblance of reality. It seems to be a world where news executives probably pray for a full-blown Zombie apocalypse.

Stephen Colbert’s explanation of this world seems to rule: If it feels like a fact then it is a fact. I know that’s right because my pre-existing opinion feels factual and it is a fact that I feel.

With just about a month before the midterms, there are three issues where it seems reality has been pissed to the wind and NormaWorld prevails with its tenuous grasp on reality.

The first is the A.C.A. or Obamacare as it is known in NormaWorld. Remember the omens of the cows going dry, the locusts eating the crops, and just about all the other plagues being visited upon us by the passage of Obamacare. Its passage resulted in the slovenly sluggards who currently call themselves Congress.

Here’s a flash you won’t see on the teevee: Obamacare is working and working quite nicely thank you. Health care access it way up. Cost of the program is way down. Competition is up. Choice is up. The rate of hospital cost increases is down. More private insurers are joining state exchanges. Are there problems? Yes, but on balance the positive benefits of Obamacare far outweigh the negative so far.

In NormaWorld, you never hear about these things. They don’t exist in the alternate factual reality.

Median Household Income 1989 to PresentAnother example is the quantitative easing monetary policy by the Federal Reserve. I know, the name itself makes your head explode, but the short explanation is this: The Fed dropped interest rates and then turned around and bought up the Treasury bonds in order to resuscitate the economy. Remember the gnashing of teeth by the Republican/trickling down crowd — it was end-of-times stuff. “Inflation!” they whined and moaned. “Buy gold!” was the cry bellowed and belched from Limbaugh, Hannity, Fox, and every other fear channel in NormaWorld without so much as a whimper about gold being one of their primary advertisers.

Truth is inflation didn’t happen and shows no sign of happening. Unemployment is down below 6.0% and growth might be up to over 4% for the year. Huge positives, but have you heard about it? Of course we haven’t heard about it because the 1% crowd is always more worried about inflation because inflation can eat away at the returns on their sanctified investments.

What really blows is this: According to Economics 101, the only real threat of inflation would come from increasing the purchasing power of the middle class and working poor. In other words, raising salaries to ensure the working classes experienced an increase in real purchasing power.

Name any proposal to do just that — increasing the minimum wage, paycheck fairness, an infrastructure jobs bill, reauthorizing some of the million plus jobs axed by the sequestration debacle — and the Tea Party tricklers have blocked any such proposal. So simply put, the one good policy initiative by the Federal Reserve would have been blocked by the Tea Party tricklers had they had their way.

The other issue is the effort to thwart the corporate inversions. Corporate inversions are where corporations change their corporate address to a foreign country in order to avoid U.S. taxes. All we hear in the bent reality ofNormaWorld is lowering the corporate tax rate from 35%. The reality is this: No corporations pay the 35% rate because of loopholes and tax code carve-outs. A full third of Fortune 500 companies play less than 10% and the average tax rate is somewhere between 12% and 19%.

Essentially the same amount cut from food stamps by the Tea Party crowd...

Essentially the same amount cut from food stamps by the Tea Party crowd…

Have you heard or read much of anything about the efforts to stop inversions through Executive Orders? Of course not because that doesn’t fit within the NormaWorld reality. The corporations renouncing their U.S. citizenships want the benefits of U.S. talent and the U.S. market but not the responsibilities. Government funded research is the reason many of these corporations got so big — initiatives like the Internet, GPS, voice recognition, pharmaceutical research, biotech research, and any number of other innovations were developed through such research upon which these businesses capitalized and profited.

What these deserting companies want amounts to increased corporate welfare. They want the benefits without helping to pay for it. They don’t want to contribute through taxes while at the same time they fail to increase wages or expand jobs domestically.

These three issues touch a majority of the electorate — that is if the electorate knew they were issues. We pitied Norma Desmond because she had constructed an alternate reality for herself. Isn’t it more pitiable to allow others with their Möbius strip thinking to construct a reality to which we don’t object?

There’s a month until the midterms. There’s an old political saying, “Everyone has ten votes,” — in other words everyone can influence ten voters. Influence your ten voters. We can’t let the self-serving opinions cooked up in the echo chambers define our reality. If we do, we are no better than crazy-eyed Norma Desmond.

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