Category Archives: Amoral behavior

Gutless on Guns

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What are the Senators and Representatives thinking? 300 mass shootings in 3 years. Forget “thoughts and prayers.” There is a solution — Recognize that children have a right to education and to feel safe. Regulate gun ownership and insure that it is an earned privilege not a right. The second amendment does not prohibit gun regulation.

How about no assault rifles; no automatic or semi-automatic weapons; serious background checks (minimum age, mental health, criminal record, etc.; require non-perpetual licensing and training;  no political donations from gun manufactures and from the NRA.

I have lost total respect for both congressional parties. It is time to listen to kids, teachers and the police. They are afraid and rightfully so. Republican politicians only fear loosing NRA money and the votes of gun nuts!

It is way past time to standup to the gun lobby, congress and the gun nuts. We have to do something meaningful, something to protect our children — Enough is enough!

Also see Guns, Mental Illness & Public Policy and NYT Opinion Today Feb. 15, 2018

The Republican Party Disrobed

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Again Trump has shown his true colors. His latest racist tirade, no immigrants from s*hole countries, demonstrated that his approach is to exclude whole groups of people, especially people of color. He is a bigot and a racist – definitions below.

His comments also reveal the true motives of the republican party. The republican reaction is telling – Paul Ryan “it is unfortunate, not helpful.” Others denying that the words were spoken. The party is mostly a racial group, old wealthy white men, protecting their power. The emperor has no clothes. They are a racist party. It is time to throw the rascals out.

Vox explains Trump’s latest racist tirade.  Also The New Your Times has put together a definitive list of Trump’s racial comments. Check it out here.

It is instructive to to examine the meanings of the words prejudice, bigotry and racism. Debby Irving a racial justice educator and writer provides the following definitions:

Are prejudice, bigotry, and racism the same thing?

No. And this is a HUGE source of misunderstanding.

Prejudice is when a person negatively pre-judges another person or group without getting to know the beliefs, thoughts, and feelings behind their words and actions. A person of any racial group can be prejudiced towards a person of any other racial group. There is no power dynamic involved.

Bigotry is stronger than prejudice, a more severe mindset and often accompanied by discriminatory behavior. It’s arrogant and mean-spirited, but requires neither systems nor power to engage in.

Racism is the system that allows the racial group that’s already in power to retain power. Since arriving on U.S. soil white people have used their power to create preferential access to survival resources (housing, education, jobs, food, health, legal protection, etc.) for white people while simultaneously impeding people of color’s access to these same resources.Though “reverse racism” is a term I sometimes hear, it has never existed in America. White people are the only racial group to have ever established and retained power in the United States.

Tax Bill – Bad Policy Justified by Lies & Myths

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There is a lot wrong with the republican tax bill – a gift to large corporations and the rich; punishment of blue states, unequal taxing based on how income is earned; cutting medical benefits for those who need benefits; cutting the safety net for those less fortunate. The list goes on. It is a cruel bill.

Justification is “trickle down.” This is a myth and a bold-faced lie. Robert Reich explains The True Path to Prosperity. Below are his key points:

Democrats are the party of economic growth and fairness. Republicans are the party of neither.

The only way to grow the economy is by investing in the education, healthcare, and infrastructure that average Americans need in order to be more productive. Growth doesn’t “trickle down.” It rises up.

Republicans say their tax overhaul will promote growth by increasing the profits of American corporations and investors. This is trickle-down nonsense.

Every major study (including Congress’s own Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation) finds that its benefits would go mainly to big corporations and the wealthy.

Share prices may rise for a time. They’re already at record highs in anticipation of the tax cut. But higher share prices don’t trickle down, either. The richest 1 percent owns almost 38 percent of the stock market. Eighty percent of Americans together own just 8 percent of all shares of stock.

This won’t fuel growth. Corporations expand and invest only when customers are eager to buy what they produce. And most of these customers are middle-income and below, who spend just about all they earn. The rich spend only a small fraction.

After the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, economic growth stalled and then dissolved in recession. After the 2004 corporate tax holiday for bringing foreign profits home, corporations didn’t invest or expand. The Reagan tax cut of 1981 didn’t cause wages to rise; they flattened.

What’s the real formula for growth? Better access to education, healthcare, and transportation, all of which make workers more productive.

These more productive workers command higher wages. With higher wages, they purchase more goods and services. These purchases motivate companies to expand and invest, and create more and better jobs.

The Trump-Republican tax overhaul would take us in the opposite direction. It raises taxes on the middle class, which would reduce their purchasing power. The Senate version would cut the Affordable Care Act, causing millions to lose coverage.

It also explodes the federal debt, which will stymie growth. Debt service itself would likely require cuts in other programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, education, and transportation.

For years, Republicans have been selling tax cuts by lying that they spur growth, which trickles down to average Americans.

For just as long, Democrats have been selling fairness, but without explaining why a fairer economy is also more productive and prosperous.

It’s time for Democrats to make the case. It has the virtue of being true.

Father & Healthcare Pro Blasts GOP Congressman on Healthcare Vote

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This is what American spirit looks like. This is what American anger looks like. This is what American Resistance looks like.

A New Jersey constituent stands up and verbally slays Republican House Rep McArthur calling the Congressman out on his Trumpcare vote, his lies, his working with Paul Ryan and other lawmakers who don’t care and his hypocrisy.

This is  an inspiring video.

Stop Dealing Trump

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Don’t trust republicans especially congressional republicans.Their objective is evil — funnel money to rich friends and to hell with the rest of the world.

So Jeff Flake and Bob Corker sound good but look at how they vote: joining the republican herd cutting taxes, healthcare, regulatory protections and god knows what’s else.

The party needs Trump to get what they want. Let them all turn against Trump. But don’t hold your breath. They are mostly whores. Their MO — If you want to succeed you have to be trumpion. They are putting money above morals and country.

Donald The Destroyer

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The Daily Kos just ran an article titled: Former Wharton Professor: “Donald Trump Was the Dumbest Goddam Student I Ever Had.”

Check it out. Also check out  the comments that follow the article.  They are all good. Here are two of my favorites:

I just wrote a letter to the editor of the NYTimes, after all the b.s. he’s done to undermine Obama on healthcare, Iran, climate change, etc. I said, just like Vlad the Impaler, Attila the Hun, Ivan the Terrible,and Jack the Ripper, we have a new villain: Donald the Destroyer.  Bob659

He’s not a complete idiot. Some parts are missing.
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Fascism American Style

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Another case of Krugman calling out Trump for what he is:

Let’s call things by their proper names here. Arpaio is, of course, a white supremacist. But he’s more than that. There’s a word for political regimes that round up members of minority groups and send them to concentration camps, while rejecting the rule of law: What Arpaio brought to Maricopa, and what the president of the United States has just endorsed, was fascism, American style.

 

Dreamers, Liars and Bad Economics

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Amoral and Racist Behavior Does it matter that Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, tried to justify Donald Trump’s immigration cruelty with junk economics?

It’s definitely not the main issue. Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is, above all else, immoral. The 800,000 beneficiaries of DACA — the so-called Dreamers — have done nothing wrong; they came to the United States illegally, but not of their own volition, because they were children at the time.

Is The Trump Regime Becoming Irrelevant?

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First of all Trump is a regime not a presidency and is especially authoritarian. But is the power of this regime becoming diminished?

According to Robert Reich Trump can be made irrelevant and it is starting to happen. Read on:

How to Remove Trump

 

Selected Krugman Quotes on Helping American Workers

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From an August 21 NYT’s column: What Will Trump Do to American Workers?

With Steve Bannon out of the White House, it’s clearer than ever that Donald Trump’s promise to be a populist fighting for ordinary workers was worth about as much as any other Trump promise — that is, nothing.

His agenda, such as it is, amounts to reverse Robin Hood with extra racism — the conventional Republican strategy of taking from struggling families to give to the rich, while distracting lower-income whites by attacking Those People, with the only difference being just how blatantly he plays the race card.

The point is that progressives shouldn’t celebrate too much over Trump’s legislative failures. As long as he’s in office, he retains a lot of power to betray the working people who supported him. And in case you haven’t noticed, betraying those who trust him is a Trump specialty.