Friday, October 30, 2020

The Opposition


Standing up to the madmen and women of the right.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Trump by far the worst president in memory

 While it's true that he is the worst of the terrible, that's no incentive to endorse Joe Biden or any other Democrat. The system has failed us. Oligarchy, no matter which party rules, has taken over. Frankly, I don't know how we can change this. I just know voting for either party won't improve a thing. Voting Green is a fool's errand because most voters don't give a crap about that organization. Only a massive uprising by all or most of the people can work. Can that happen? What do you think? In my view, ten more years on the current trajectory may be enough to rile the populace but by then it is likely too late. Maybe we will get a stimulus package within a month or two. The scope being discussed is a kick in the ass to everyone in need. Even the looming depression will not shake the oligarchs, in my personal view. Only we, in capital letters, can make them care enough to change.    

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Biden surrounding himself with Republicans in his possible administration

 Schumer, Pelosi, the Republican Party, law'n'order, austerity, inflated health care prices, stingy stimulus - What's not to like? At least it's not Trump.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

2021: Things Will Be Better

 "JUST IN: Leading experts predict 2021 to be instant replay of 2020. “We don’t know where people are getting the idea things will appreciably change. Same government, same economic system, fucking hello??!!”, an expert stated."

I've seen the above tweeted around lately. Here is my take:

Under Trump, it would instantly be worse. The unhinged would be the accepted norm forever. I would feel like Charleton Heston raving before the ruins of the Statue of Liberty. The Chicken Little Prophesy has proven correct. Increasing death and destruction.

With Biden, confusion for a year or so as some of the pieces of government get restored to functionality. Then, malaise and further drifting to the right, as the left becomes ever more frustrated and angry. Suppression the norm, unless revolt finally prevails. The Democratic majority as toothless as the present Democratic minority.

The impending depression will compound either disastrous scenario.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Obama has Style

 I just watched a clip of Obama as president, who, on boarding the helicopter, realized he forgot to salute the military guard on the ground. After getting all the way on board he descended the ramp to apologize to the man and then boarded the chopper again. Beautifully done. Admirable, even. People tend to overlook Obama's transgressions because he has style and elegance. It's a prime reason why his word bears so much weight with Democrats. I never trusted him from the get-go, but I see why so many love him.

I worried before he gained the nomination that he seemed more Republican-like than Democrat. Of course, that was before I became fully woke to realize that Democrats are Republicans. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Coming Depression

 I don't have a formal education. I flunked the tenth grade and dropped out. During my Navy days from April '62 to Jan '65 I got a GED and a high school equivalency from the Texas Dept of Education. Everything else I know is non school and non work related. (My discharge was honorable. It was a three year enlistment, but they kept me inactive an additional three years) What I am getting at is this. I believe a depression the like of which we have never seen is lurking beyond Nov. 3. I don't have certificates or backing to corroborate my words, so don't take my word for anything I post here. Check it out for yourself.

All this looting of the tax payers' money by non tax paying entities, plus the layoffs, foreclosures and business failures, along with a pandemic, no health care, and zero action from the government for the people, to me spells collapse of the entire system. If I am wrong somebody please advise in what way. 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Despite the polls

 Hillary was a shoe-in. Dewey had Truman on the ropes. Biden has huge poll numbers. Don't ask me. I don't know who is going to win. I hope it's Mark Charles, but am realistic enough to know horseshit when it floods the stall. The wise in which Biden is superior to Trump is that I expect him to appoint people who actually want the departments they serve in to function. Apart from that, I have low expectations. In fact, I plan to continue the struggle no matter which man wins. To quote Leonard Cohen: Democracy is coming to the USA. But it won't happen before 2004 or later.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

A List for In the Event Joe becomes President

 I urge everyone to keep this list and make three boxes after each item. Then, in Box #1 put the date said item is seriously attempted. In Box #2, put the date it is even minimally accomplished. In Box #3, put, "Well, y' know, the Republicans ..." if no effort is expended. I copied this from somebody on Facebook.

n case someone says they need a reason to vote for Joe:
Here's a hundred. This is from a friend of mine, she did the research.
I have heard from people that they want a reason to vote FOR Biden beyond that he's not Trump. Okay, I respect that, so I went on his website, poured through his policies, and came up with 100 reasons to vote for #JoeBiden that don't mention Trump.
1.) $15.00 federal minimum wage
2.) Reinstate DACA – allowing new applicants to apply
3.) 12 Weeks federal paid family leave
4.) Universal Pre-Kindergarten/Childcare for ages 3 and 4
5.) Tuition free college for those with household income less than $125,000.00
6.) Allow student loans to be relieved in bankruptcy
7.) LGBTQ+ Equality Act in the first 100 days in office
8.) Rejoin the Paris Climate Accords
9.) Decriminalize cannabis use and expunge convictions
10.) Eliminate cash bail system
11.) Eliminate mandatory inimum sentences
12.) Outlaw all online firearm and munition sales
13.) Restore the voting rights act
14.) Create a new $20 billion competitive grant program to spur states to shift from incarceration to prevention.
15.) He’ll triple funding for Title I Programs
16.) Appoint the first Black Woman to the Supreme Court of the United States
17.) Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
18.) Ensure the US achieves a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050
19.) Protecting Biodiversity, slowing extinction rates and helping leverage natural climate solutions
20.) Develop a plan to ensure that America has the cleanest, safest and fastest rail system in the world, for both passengers and freight
21.) Expand the safety net for survivors
22.) Confront online harassment, abuse and stalking
23.) End the rape kit backlog
24.) Address the deadly combination of guns and domestic violence
25.) Change the culture that enables domestic violence
26.) Support the diverse needs of survivors of violence against women
27.) Protect and empower immigrant women
28.) Lead the global effort to end gender-based violence
29.) End capital punishment
30.) End federal private prisons
31.) End all incarceration for drug use alone and divert individuals to drug courts and treatment
32.) Invest in public defenders’ offices to ensure defendants’ access to quality counsel
33.) Expand and use the power of the US Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices
34.) Reform qualified immunity for officers
35.) Ban choke-holds/neck restraints by police
36.) Launch a national police oversight commission
37.) Stop transferring weapons of war to police force
38.) Free access to testing for all with national testing board
39.) Double drive through testing sites
40.) 100,000 contact tracing workforce
41.) Guarantee first responders have priority access to PPE
42.) Emergency paid leave for anyone who gets COVID or needs to take care of a loved one
43.) Free housing for health care workers to quarantine
44.) Ramp up large scale manufacturing of as many vaccine candidates as necessary
45.) Nationwide vaccination campaign to guarantee fair distribution
46.) Ask every American to wear a mask
47.) End the mismanagement of the asylum system, which fuels violence and chaos at the border
48.) Surge humanitarian resources to the border and foster public-private initiatives
49.) End prolonged detention and reinvest in a case management program
50.) Rescind the un-American travel and refugee bans, also referred to as “Muslim bans.”
51.) Order an immediate review of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for vulnerable populations who cannot find safety in their countries ripped apart by violence or disaster
52.) Ensure that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel abide by professional standards and are held accountable for inhumane treatment.
53.) Revitalize the Task Force on New Americans and boost our economy by prioritizing integration, promoting immigrant entrepreneurship, increasing access to language instruction, and promoting civil engagement.
54.) Convene a regional meeting of leaders, including from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Canada, to address the factors driving migration and to propose a regional resettlement solution
55.) Raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent.
56.) Requiring a true minimum tax on ALL foreign earnings of United States companies located overseas so that we do our part to put an end to the global race to the bottom that rewards global tax havens. This will be 21% — TWICE the rate of the Trump offshoring tax rate and will apply to all income.
57.) Imposing a tax penalty on corporations that ship jobs overseas in order to sell products back to America.
58.) Imposing a 15% minimum tax on book income so that no corporation gets away with paying no taxes.
59.) Raising the top individual income rate back to 39.6 percent.
60.) Asking those making more than $1 million to pay the same rate on investment income that they do on their wages.
61.) Tackle the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
62.) Ensure tribal nations will have a strong voice and role in the federal government
63.) Restore Tribal lands and safeguard natural and cultural resources
64.) Joe will dramatically increase funding for both public schools and Bureau of Indian Education schools.
65.) Invest $70 billion in Tribal Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions.
66.) Ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities in policy development and aggressively enforce the civil rights of people with disabilities.
67.) Guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care, including mental health care, and expand access to home and community-based services and long-term services and supports in the most integrated setting appropriate to each person’s needs and based on self-determination.
68.) Expand competitive, integrated employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
69.) Protect and strengthen economic security for people with disabilities.
70.) Ensure that students with disabilities have access to educational programs and support they need to succeed, from early interventions to post-secondary education.
71.) Expand access to accessible, integrated, and affordable housing, transportation, and assistive technologies and protect people with disabilities in emergencies.
72.) Advance global disability rights
73.) Double the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals in our schools so our kids get the mental health care they need
74.) Invest in our schools to eliminate the funding gap between white and non-white districts, and rich and poor districts
75.) Improve teacher diversity
76.) Support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve.
77.) Invest in resources for our schools so students grow into physically and emotionally healthy adults, and educators can focus on teaching.
78.) Ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability.
79.) Provide every middle and high school student a path to a successful career.
80.) Start investing in our children at birth.
81.) Double funding for the State Small Business Credit Initiative.
82.) Expand the New Markets Tax Credit, make the program permanent, and double Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) funding
83.) Improve and expand the Small Business Administration programs that most effectively support African American-owned businesses.
84.) Increase funding for the Minority Business Development Agency budget.
85.) Make sure economic relief because of COVID-19 reaches the African American businesses that need it most
86.) Reserve half of all the new PPP funds for small businesses with 50 employees or less
87.) Help families buy their first homes and build wealth by creating a new refundable, advanceable tax credit of up to $15,000
88.) Protect homeowners and renters from abusive lenders and landlords through a new Homeowner and Renter Bill of Rights.
89.) Establishing a $100 billion Affordable Housing Fund to construct and upgrade affordable housing
90.) Fully implement Congressman Clyburn’s 10-20-30 Plan to help all individuals living in persistently impoverished communities
91.) Expand access to $100 billion in low-interest business loans by funding state, local, tribal, and non-profit lending programs in Latino communities and other communities of color and strengthening Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs
92.) Expand broadband access to every American.
93.) Protect and build on the Affordable Care Act to improve access to quality health care in rural communities.
94.) Expand access to high-quality education in rural schools.
95.) Transform our crumbling transportation infrastructure – including roads and bridges, rail, aviation, ports, and inland waterways.
96.) Expand bio-based manufacturing to bring cutting-edge manufacturing jobs back to rural America.
97.) Strengthen antitrust enforcement
98.) Introduce a constitutional amendment to entirely eliminate private dollars from our federal elections
99.) End dark money groups
100.) Ban corporate PAC contributions to candidates, and prohibit lobbyist contributions to those who they lobby