Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Week The Circus Came To Town

I thought he'd never shut up. Not that I watched a minute of the convention. I just saw the highlights every evening on the nightly news. 

It's over, at last- the train wreck that was the Republican Convention. It's time to return to reality. Does anyone else think it's hilarious that the song that was played at the end was "You Can't Always Get What You Want?"  The Rolling Stones must be so proud. 

I'm looking forward to next week's Democratic Convention, which could be a circus of another kind, frankly. But, not nearly as painful.

Why does anger and hatred always seem to work?  The man is an empty suit. And, I'm frankly afraid he could actually be elected.  I hate to think what will happen to this country if he does. The Republicans in the Senate and Congress will roll right over him, and he's not smart enough to realize it. They'll simply make him think everything is his idea. 

I'm so disgusted, I can't even talk about it any more.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Bernie Has Gone Too Far

I like Bernie.  If he were the Democratic candidate, I would vote for him, but only because I think Trump is a walking, talking disaster. Let's face it, I would never vote for any Republican, but I would vote. It's not only a privilege, it's a duty, and I wish more people felt that way.  

But, I think Bernie  has been disingenuous with his young followers. It's all well and good to want to provide young people with debt-free college educations, but he can't accomplish it without raising taxes, and even if he could make it happen, it wouldn't cover everything, as he seems to suggest. 

He should have explained from the beginning that those free college educations would only cover tuition for the public colleges and universities.  No point hoping to go to Ivy League Colleges for free.  They're all private colleges. And, again, those same students' parents would be paying higher taxes, along with the rest of us. Those young people need to understand that there is simply no free lunch.

Same with health care.  I would love to see single-payer coverage for everyone.  It should happen, should have happened decades ago.  But, life is made up of choices, and we, as a country, made the choice to have the biggest, most expensive fighting force in the world, and that did it for health care. Bernie can't possibly bring a change in health care for the better without convincing the Department of Defense, the Senate and the Congress that we simply don't need our armed forces in every single country in the world. I don't see that happening, do you?

I have no problem with Bernie Sanders keeping his campaign going until the last primary is over.  And, I have no problem with him making a big, prime-time speech. And, I think consideration should be given to some of his ideas about the platform. He is absolutely right when he says the process of voting need to be changed. But, he probably wouldn't agree with me on the specifics, though. For instance, I think we should do away with caucuses, among other things.  More on that subject in a later Blog, maybe.

Here's where I have a problem with Bernie at this point in the campaign.  He has been in office for decades, as a Socialist who has been allowed to caucus with the Democrats.  He has been on the receiving end of the Democrats' "largess," in that they have supported him in his many campaigns, and, in many instances, he has received funds from Democrats. And, in all the years, he has never once returned the favor, and has never gotten any meaningful legislation passed.  He has never bothered to campaign for any other candidates, and is doing precious little for down-ticket candidates even now.

Now, all of a sudden, he has decided to try to turn the Democratic Party on its ear, and he doesn't seem to care if he destroys the very hand that has fed him, so to speak.

I just fee that it is time for him to get behind  the inevitable candidate, Hillary Clinton, and other Democrats and get real with his followers and encourage them to do the same.

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Hillary! They're Out To Get Her

I know, I know, I haven't posted in forever.  And, I thought this election season would be so much fun. Not so, at least so far.  I usually have a great time making fun of the Republican candidates, but, this year, I'm just too appalled by them.   Suffice it to say it appears, at least at this early date, that Trump is set to whine about not being treated fairly, and hurl insults at everyone, including his own followers and, in the end, become the candidate.  But, it's just not fun, so I'm going to talk about Hillary and Bernie.

First, I don't know why she wants to put herself through all the criticism and lies that are being thrown at her, not only by the Republicans, but especially women.  Why on earth would the likes of Susan Sarandon  want to say all the awful thing she is saying about Hillary?  What is it about Bernie Sanders that would appeal to her?  What she is saying borders on the personal.

Hillary has been criticized for one thing or another since Bill was Governor of Arkansas.  Back then, men, who seemed to hold all the state offices gave her no respect at all.  They thought of her as an "uppity woman" and she just seemed amused by them, especially when all they seemed to find to criticize her about was her hairdo.  Barbara Pryor got some of that treatment, too, every time she changed her look.  I guess they expected Hillary and Barbara to keep the same hairdos decade after decade.  If it was good enough for Mamie Eisenhower, it should have been good enough for them. 

The more Hillary proved herself to be smart and competent, and kept on working as a lawyer, the more scandalized people in Arkansas became. But, she didn't go to law school for all those years just to sit in the Governor's Mansion and think of ways to redecorate.  She was criticized for continuing to work after Chelsea was born, although she proved to be a very good and attentive mother. And, look at Chelsea, now.

What I really can't understand is the young voters all flocking after Bernie Sanders.  His promised are all just pie in the sky, and none of his ideas will ever get past a Republican House and Senate, even assuming he is electable. All I can figure out is he is such a lovable old guy, and reminds the young people of their grandpas, or the grandpas they wish they had.

It looks as though he will win the New Hampshire primary, which is happening as I type this.  But, we'll see what happens across the southern tier and out west.  I don't think he can win because all those young people he is courting will be back in school and most of them won't bother to show up for the general election. They never do.

I do have a prediction for you.  If Hillary loses, I'll bet it'll be because the women abandoned her this time around, and the Republicans will have been successful in their efforts to convince voters that she can't be trusted, which is absurd.  You heard it here. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Trump Triumphs With Media Help

Why is anyone surprised that Trump is so far ahead of the other Republicans in the polls?  The idiots who make up the National Media, on all of the networks, seems astonished, even though every last one of them is enabling him every minute of every day.  And, which network has made more mention of him than any of the others?  Right. MSNBC.

One theory is that the pundits on MSNBC want the campaign to come down to Trump vs Hillary, so they are reporting every horrible thing he says, so people will realize that they can't have him as our President.

I don't agree.  I think Trump has been such a media darling for so many years, the network folks have completely lost sight of what they are actually doing.  Either that, or they really want to get him elected, just because President Trump would be endlessly entertaining.  Nothing boring to report with a Trump presidency.

But I can think of two very compelling reasons why we can't let the Republicans take over all three branches of our government.  The first is the number of Federal judgeships that the Republicans have been stonewalling while Obama has been President.  The second is that, in all probability, there will be at least two openings on the Supreme Court during the next eight years.

The Republicans can do great harm in this country, without any checks and balances to keep them honest. You can see how bad things have been with both the House and the Senate in Republican hands. Think what they'll be able to do without fear of a Presidential Veto?  Good-bye Social Security, good-bye Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, for starters. And, so much more.

It just doesn't bear contemplating.

Stay tuned. 

Monday, November 09, 2015

Why Do You Vote For Them??

I read an article today that said people of Kentucky are in a panic because their newly elected Governor wants to do away with their wildly successful state healthcare program.  Well, waaaaaaaah for them.  Why did they elect him, anyway?

He proudly proclaimed that he would do just that in every one of his campaign speeches.  He couldn't have been clearer. But, they elected him, and now they're bitching and moaning because, SURPRISE! he was telling the truth about his intentions.

I would love to think that he only won because his Democratic opponent didn't offer him any competition, or he won because nobody voted except the Tea Party. 

But, I really think he won because voters seem exceptionally stupid in recent years.  I could weep.

Stay tuned.

Monday, November 02, 2015

To Debate or Nor To Debate

Ignoring the fact that political debates are never really debates, if you'll excuse my French, I'd like to talk about the cluster-f***k that is this year's lineup for the Republican Primary debates.

The candidates don't like the way they have been treated so far. Waaaaah! The media hasn't been fair, asking those pesky questions and expecting a serious answer.  It's the "liberal media's fault they have resorted to ignoring the questions and started attacking their fellow candidates, something that will have Ronald Reagan spinning in his grave. He was the guy who intoned, "Thou shalt not criticize fellow Republicans."  Snrrrrk!

So, they had a meeting last Sunday night to decide what should be done.  The only member of the RNC who was permitted to attend was Rrrrrrrrreince Prrrrrrriebus ( with the unpronounceable, and unspellable name), who tried to calm them down by kicking a fellow Committee member to the curb.  Apparently, that didn't work.

The upshot of the meeting was, apparently, they don't want the media or the networks to be involved in any more debates.  Someone suggested that they sponsor the debates themselves, and get Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and some guy I never heard of before, who has one of those wacko talk radio shows, to be the moderators.  Sounds good to me.  Let's run with it.

Someone else suggested the debates be conducted on Facebook or Twitter (140 characters at a time?).  Maybe a You Tube video would be better.

I have an idea.  Let's not have any Primary debates on television or on the internets. Let the candidates hit the road and get votes the old fashioned way - by talking to people face to face.  Let them conduct town hall debates, with all 15 candidates forming a caravan of buses, and traveling from town to town, state to state.  It wouldn't take long for them to start dropping like flies, either from boredom or lack of stamina.  Last two left standing can flip a coin and decide who will be the candidates for President and Vice President. 

The big winner gets to debate Hillary.  What fun!

Stay tuned.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Are There No Decent Republicans Left?

To borrow a quote from "Opus," I am "appalled, with two p's" at the state of politics in this country.  I thought I could have some fun with the Republican candidates, as I usually do,  but, there doesn't seem to be anything amusing about them, either on the state or the federal level.  

I hoped I could revive my blog during the coming campaign, but, I simply can't find the words to describe how disgusted I am.  What I find really scary is the realization that so many of those clowns managed to get elected. 

Folks, there is something evil in this country, and it's more evident and widespread than it has ever been.  Where has all this anger, hatred and mean spiritedness come from? And the blatant racism that isn't just limited to the South, where you would, maybe, expect to find it.

Don't get me started on that farce they called a "Benghazi hearing." I'll save that for another time. 

Here in Arkansas, the extremists have taken over the entire state government, and it is going to be disastrous for us, just as it has been in, for instance, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. 

On the National level, the extremists have such a choke hold on the House of Representatives, that it is obvious they don't want to do good, and improve the lives of their constituents. They say they want smaller government.  In my opinion, what they really want is to bring down the government.  What they would replace it with, I don't know, although, a goodly number of them would like to establish a Theocracy. Others just want Anarchy, and many of them hide behind religion for their own ends.

It may be a little too early to predict, but at this point, it appears that Jeb! is done for, despite all the money he has raised and spent, which must be a giant disappointment to his super pacs. The fact that he has had to "downsize" his campaign is not a good sign.  I suspect he is just like his brother and father, in that he doesn't have "that vision thing" that his father talked about. It was pretty obvious that the the only belief system the previous two Bushes had was that they believed they wanted to be President.  At one time, Jeb! may have though it would be a cakewalk to the White House, but the way he has been conducting his campaign makes me believe he really doesn't want to be President badly enough to work for it.  So much for Jeb!

At last, Donald Trump is beginning to fade, allowing Ben Carson to enjoy his own fifteen minutes of fame. Trump has always been a blowhard, and not really to be taken seriously.  But, does anyone besides me detect a lot of anger emanating from Ben Carson, no matter how mild mannered he claims to be?

Thank goodness Carly Fiorina has faded fast, even though I think many Republicans were intent on propping her up and some of them may have even entertained  the notion that she would make a good V.P. candidate, so she could be their attack bitch dog throughout the campaign.  That probably won't happen, now, but I guess anything is possible with that bunch.

At the moment, I am betting on Marco Rubio, unless Jeb! decides to try to do him in out of spite.

One thing is beginning to be pretty obvious. The Republican Party had better quit wallowing in the mud with the "great unwashed" and start trying to come up with candidates who have some integrity.  All the extremists need to go back under their rocks and elect some worthy people who sincerely want to govern.

Stay tuned.