Seeing the Light

Why do I believe what I do? How did I get so strange? Why can people not see what I see?

I used to be like you. I used to believe in the empire. I bought into all that bullshit that John McCain peddled about America being the light of the world, America needing to export its Constitution everywhere, and America needing to tame the barbarian beast.

I still believe in America, just not the America that you may believe in.

I certainly don’t believe in America the Empire, and I have a hard time believing that our Founding Fathers overthrew British tyranny in order to set up a global tyranny called America the Empire.

I think if they could come back and see what America has become, they would be horrified.

So what made me change? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back?

There was no one specific event, but a slow culmination of events and experiences.

My transformation accelerated, but by no means began, during the election of Barack Obama.

During that election, John McCain waged a weak campaign. I think he took a dive.

Why is it hard for Americans to believe that a politician would take a dive? We have had corruption and fixings in all areas of endeavor in America. We’ve had point shaving in basketball; we’ve had fraud in healthcare; we’ve had steroids in baseball. Boxing was rigged in New York City all through the 1950s. Why not politics?

As I say, I think McCain took a dive.

He responded weakly when Colin Powell gutted his vice presidential candidate on national television. He said he didn’t care about a washed up activist named Bill Ayres. Really? You don’t care about a guy who is setting off bombs? I do, so why am I voting for you?

When Colin Powell stated that Sarah Palin was unequivocally unqualified to be President of United States should McCain die, McCain responded by talking about his long, warm association with Colin Powell. That’s it? My gosh, I would’ve had Colin Powell cut open, laying on the docks for the seagulls to pick apart within five minutes.

During that same campaign, the Senate seat was stolen away from Norm Coleman in Minnesota. Another Senate seat was stolen away from Ted Stevens in Alaska. Charges were trumped up on Stevens before the election; those charges conveniently went away after the election.

These Senate seats gave Obama a commanding majority in the Senate to do whatever he wanted, and he got whatever he wanted.

These events made me start thinking hard about our American elections and how fraudulent they might be.

Then came the bin Laden raid which seemed phony and contrived to me. Bin Laden was rumored to have died many years before. We weren’t allowed to see the body. Too gruesome, said Obama. Really? More gruesome than the bodies of dead Jews that we’ve seen carted around Nazi concentration camps in various documentaries for the last 70 years?

In the background were the wars in the Middle East which were sucking life blood out of the country.

Then came ISIS. Bands of thugs were killing innocent people all over the Levant, and Obama barely lifted a finger. Why not? I was confused. Where was ISIS getting all its arms and Toyota trucks? They didn’t have factories.

We heard about their financing coming from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. We heard stories of wounded ISIS soldiers being patched up in Israel. What’s going on here? These three countries are our our allies? Did we the US bankroll ISIS? Does this explain why Obama barely lifted a finger?

Then there was the exodus of migrants from wartorn Syria.

It was the United States that started the civil war in Syria. 500,000 died. Millions of Syrians became refugees. What was the point of all this? The point of all this was for America to gain full control of the oil fields in the Middle East.

It was all packaged in the need to get rid of a dictator named Assad. That’s funny, we didn’t have a problem with other dictators like the Shah, Marcos, Hussein, Somoza, Batista, Trujillo, the Saudi royal family, to name just a few of America the Empire’s former and current viceroys.

Of course, the control for oil has always been a preoccupation of the West. Oil is energy, and whoever controls energy controls modern life.

The desire to control oil has been the main reason America has become an empire.

Yet, as all this was occurring, America became a net exporter of oil. So then, what is the point of war now?

It soon became clear to me that war was an end to itself. The only purpose of war was to make Corporate America wealthier.

Whether it’s a real war or a cold war, Corporate America makes a fortune off war. And it isn’t just defense companies that make a fortune of war, all US corporations make a fortune off war.

While all these events were transpiring I begin to intensively study the JFK assassination and not in a cursory way.

Anyone who undertakes the study of the JFK assassination inevitably must study American history for the past 100 to 150 years because the roots of the JFK assassination stretch deep. What one finds isn’t pretty.

What I concluded in a nutshell was that after the industrial revolution, we as Americans allowed a few people to get too wealthy. These wealthy people, these wealthy industrialists – the Fords, Rockefellers, Mellons, Vanderbilts and others – decided they were better than the rest of us. They, along with older money, used their new money to set up think tanks and political organizations outside the government to control the government to feather their own nest, to cement their place in power.

These people decided that the system that the Founding Fathers created which enabled them to become wealthy wasn’t good enough for us, just them.

So they systematically set out to undermine the Founding Fathers so as to create a totalitarian state where they would be in control forever.

Through their think tanks and political organizations they took over the government and passed laws which enabled them to merge corporations, buy local and regional businesses and consolidate their power over America.

They gained control of the media and were thus able to perpetuate lies. They were also able to perpetuate the concept of a race of supermen who came from schools like Harvard and Yale so that regular people would continue to vote these supermen into power.

The media that they control would give these supermen names like, the wise men, the brain trust, and the whiz kids.

Of course, they were anything but.

These elites and their so-called brain trust created domestic crisis after crisis to rob and emaciate the American people. They shipped out jobs to China. They created a savings and loan crisis. They created a real estate crisis through which many people lost their homes. They substituted real paying jobs with drugs, cheap gossip, gambling, and tattoos.

Can you imagine losing your home? I can’t think of anything more psychologically devastating. That is a national disgrace and an indictment of their ability to rule.

Nevertheless, they continued their corruption with the coronavirus pandemic. They eschewed the wise advice of doctors who told them that the lockdown would do more damage than the virus self. They eschewed the wise advice of doctors who told them that the facemask was worthless. They eschew the wise advice of doctors today who tell them that caution is needed before instituting a vaccine that might be harmful.

Our leaders don’t care because they have a different agenda. Their agenda in the coronavirus pandemic is to destroy small business, independent doctors, and local school systems.

What they want to institute is a top down driven system of business, education, and healthcare.

They want total control of American’s lives.

They want Corporate America to provide all business, educational, and healthcare options.

As in the television show, The Outer Limits, there is nothing wrong with your television set. They will control the horizontal, they will control the vertical.

To help achieve this, they give you a fake reality show, a fake pro wrestling match called the Presidential elections.

They control both political parties.

There is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties, and the two parties do what Corporate America tells them to do.

We are along for the ride. This is not what the Founding Fathers desired. They desired a real republic where people counted.

What we have in control of the United States is an unelected government called Corporate America. They’re calling the shots, not the American people.

That’s what I believe, and that’s why I believe it.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

War Junkies

Have you ever wondered what keeps our economy going? By economy I mean our war economy.

Here in the United States, we live within a full-time war economy, and we have lived within that war economy ever since I’ve been a little boy.

The United States is always at war.

In fact, the United States needs war.

We’re war junkies.

Why is that? And what keeps our war economy going?

There exists an unholy alliance between our corporations, the government, and the media.

Naturally, of course, Corporate America controls the government and the media.

It’s only going to get worse, especially after COVID-19.

Corporate America’s goal is to make obscene profits for its executive officers. They long ago gave up on producing quality products that lasted. They actually couldn’t care less about the quality of the product or customer satisfaction. Now, it’s all about maximizing profits for the top guys.

They maximize their profits by buying up other companies, laying off half the workers and working the other half to death. If possible, they farm out as much labor as possible to Indonesia where they can pay people six dollars a day.

The goal is to increase the profits. When the profits go up, the knuckleheads on CNBC get an erection and start raving about the company. The unenlightened sheep go nuts over the stock. This in turn jacks up the stock price which benefits the CEO who has immorally awarded himself hundreds of thousands of options to buy stock shares for simply doing his job. He accomplish this through board room manipulation.

When the stock price goes up the executives of the corporation make a bundle. The worker doesn’t fare any better, but the executive sure does.

Consequently, it is extremely important that profits always be increasing. It isn’t good enough for a corporation to be making a stable profit for decades. That just won’t do. The corporations need to be constantly increasing their profits. If they don’t, the stock price will drop and the CEO will lose a bundle.

This has fueled the incessant merging of companies in the United States over the past 50 years, which is not a good thing for the people or the country. Competition produces higher quality products.

Since you don’t have true competition anymore, the corporations can fabricate poor quality products that are designed to fail. You can also build in obsolescence by upgrading your product.

But what do you do if those options aren’t available anymore? Well, you have to find a way to increase sales. The best way to increase sales is war.

War is what makes people incredibly rich.

If the United States fights a war in a foreign land, we have to re-create the entire city of Corpus Christi, Texas, a city with a population of about 300,000, wherever that war is being fought.

Everything in the city of Corpus Christi has to be re-created. I mean everything. Whatever you can point to and touch in that city needs to be re-created – from roads to pop tarts.

This means that all US corporations benefit from war.

It’s not just Raytheon and Northrop Grumman that profit off war, it’s all of them. In that sense they are all warmongers.

What is the easiest way to ramp up profits. It’s so easy to do when you control the Congress. There doesn’t need to be a real conflict anywhere, because one can be created out of thin air.

And, because you control Congress and the media, you can construct wars that are never meant to be won.

You can fight wars in the jungle like Vietnam, or you can fight wars in the mountains like Afghanistan.

And no one will ever win the war, which is great for you as an executive of a US corporation. This means that you will make money forever and ever and ever.

And since you control the media, you can lie about the necessity of the war, and the people will believe it.

Why will they believe it? Because either they don’t have the time to care, don’t care, or refuse to care. Many people’s brains have been addled or relentlessly deceived by morning talk show hosts.

This is why the United States is always at war. It begins with greed. Greed fuels the corporations to ramp up the need for war.

The corporations also control the Central Intelligence Agency. Indeed the CIA is the thug agency of Corporate America. Whenever the US corporations want to fight a war they only need to send in the CIA to gin up the need for war.

As such, the United States is always at war.

It’s a necessity now.

Just as a junkie needs dope, we need our daily fix of war.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

Uncomfortable Truths

The uncomfortable truth is that the devastation within the inner city is not just the fault of the Democratic party, but the Republican party as well.

Both parties are controlled by the Corporate party.

If the inner city is in economic devastation, which it is, if the black community is in economic devastation, which it is, it is the fault of both parties who are in turn controlled by the Corporate party.

Republicans paint a false narrative by stating that inner-city economic devastation is the result of the Democratic party alone.

Both Democrat and Republican parties prop each other up. They are both part of the same machine.

The economic devastation in the black community is the shame of both the Democrat and Republican parties.

What is going on in the black community in the inner city is nothing short of a concentration camp.

After World War II ended, our leaders brought the Third Reich into the United States of America. They brought in Nazi scientists. They brought in the Gehlen organization. They also brought in Auschwitz and placed it into our inner cities.

They created American Auschwitz.

It wasn’t a concentration camp as before, but it amounted to the same thing.

The goal of real Auschwitz was to produce wealth for the corporate conglomerates such as IG Farben.

The goal of American Auschwitz is the same. Our leaders disrupted the social architecture within the inner city with plenty of drugs and no jobs. They built a prisoner factory to supply and justify their corporate prisons.

In real Auschwitz the social architecture was dysfunctional. Children lived separate from their parents. In American Auschwitz the same dysfunctionality exists. Fathers often live apart from their kids.

In real Auschwitz, Jews regularly lined up for roll call and other indignities. In American Auschwitz, citizens line up at government offices in order to get their benefits.

In real Auschwitz Jews were ruthlessly interrogated by Nazis for minor infractions of policy. In American Auschwitz citizens are ruthlessly interrogated by government officers for minor infractions of policy.

In real Auschwitz, the life expectancy was low. In American Auschwitz the same low life expectancy exists.

In real Auschwitz, Jews were degraded and humiliated by their captors. In American Auschwitz citizens are likewise degraded and humiliated.

In real Auschwitz the buildings were spare, broken down and barely livable. In American Auschwitz the buildings are spare, broken down and barely livable.

In real Auschwitz, Jews had to fear kapos who were often worse than the German guards. In American Auschwitz citizens have to fear gangs who are often worse than the police.

In real Auschwitz, Jews tried to escape. Those who couldn’t finally took up arms. In American Auschwitz, citizens try to escape. Those who can’t are beginning to take up arms.

This tragedy is America’s shame. It was caused by the greedy men of Corporate America whose greed knows no bounds and no shame.

They pay off both parties to look the other way.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

Real Power

How would you like to make COVID-19 and the crisis around COVID go away tomorrow?

You can.

It’s doubtful that many Americans or people around the world will do so, but it can be done. It’s actually very easy to do.

And yet it’s very difficult to do.

What is that solution?

Well, it doesn’t involve talking about the problem.

Talking about the problem does nothing.

Sitting around chanting ohm in nonviolent resistance does nothing.

It is a common myth that Gandhi forced the British to leave India.

Gandhi did no such thing.

The British were totally content to have nonviolent resistance.

The man who made the British leave India was Adolf Hitler.

Adolf Hitler bankrupted the British Empire.

With the British Empire bankrupt, the British were forced to give up their overseas possessions, and that included India..

Gandhi accomplish nothing.

Nonviolent resistance in the form of showing up for a Saturday march does nothing.

What does work are actions, not words.

I’m not talking about killing anyone; that won’t work either because the authorities have far more fire power than you.

But, you have a certain fire power that they need.

You see, they need you to go to work to keep the Empire going.

And if you don’t go to work, the Empire shuts down.

And there in lies the key to eliminating the coronavirus crisis.

There in lies the key to defeating the federal government.

There in lies the key to defeating the Nazi junk science of the facemask and the lockdown.

There in lies the key to freedom.

If you want to do real damage to the empire, refuse to go to work. Stop the assembly line. Stop the machine.

Sit on your hands.

That will scare the shit out of the elites, who are parasites who feast upon you.

They will come around in short order and ask you what you want. And then you can tell them what you want.

For me, it’s this. Stop the lockdown. Stop the facemask. Stop the remote learning. Stop the lying. Institute a program to develop herd immunity.

Once done, let’s go after the long term solution. Let’s break the backs of the people and institutions that perpetrated this fiasco.

Stop the casino in the stock market. Break up the big corporations. Break the back of Amazon. Break the back of Google. Break the back of Microsoft. Break the back of JP Morgan. Break the back of Goldman Sachs.

Decentralize the federal government. Stop the wars. Stop the corporate prison system. Bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Confiscate the wealth of the billionaires. End compound interest.

Those are for starters.

It’s economic power that will take down the COVID-19 crisis that they the elites created.

It’s economic power that will stop the George Floyd riots.

It’s economic power that will restore balance to America.

It’s your economic power that will do all that.

Can you win?

Here’s the good news: your collective economic power is far, far greater than theirs.

And they know it.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

Which America

In 2008 John McCain ran against Barack Obama for President of the United States.

During the campaign, General Colin Powell appeared on Meet the Press.

His appearance was promoted by NBC. We were told that he was going to make an important announcement.

Well, you would have had to be brain dead to not know that he was going to endorse Barack Obama.

Apparently, the only person who didn’t know was John McCain which is why he probably lost the election.

It didn’t bother me that Powell endorsed Barack Obama; that’s his privilege. What bothered me was the gratuitous gutting he delivered to Sarah Palin who was John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate.

Colin Powell stated that Sarah Palin was unequivocally unqualified to be President of the United States should John McCain die.

I was angry when he made this statement.

I did not think he had any basis for making this statement given that Sarah Palin had far more executive experience than Barack Obama.

As the years went by though, I changed my mind. I realize that General Powell was correct.

Sarah Palin was unqualified to be President of the United States – in the United States that Colin Powell envisioned.

Colin Powell’s vision of the United States is America the busybody, America the war monger, America the bully, America the world destroyer, America the polluter, America the global killing machine.

In Colin Powell’s America, clever law firms like Sullivan and Cromwell, Jones and Day, Baker and Botts, and KKR skulk around following the President of the United States and make secret one-sided deals with foreign countries that harm the people of those countries.

In Colin Powell’s America, young men like Otto Warmbier are used for political theater, or as tools to negotiate corrupt contracts, then forgotten.

Colin Powell’s America is an America of nasty entangling alliances that serve corporate interests over the rights of individual Americans.

Colin Powell’s America is no America at all.

Colin Powell’s America is a misguided empire trapped within a dysphoric, opiate nightmare.

Colin Powell’s America is Rome.

Sarah Palin was unequivocally qualified then and now to rule Rome.

But that is not the vision that I have for America. That is not the vision that many Americans have for America, and we count too.

I see America as its own nation accountable to itself, a friend to all and an enemy to none.

I see America as a good, decent, nation that does not exploit other peoples, that does not engage in senseless wars for corporate profit, that provides meaningful well-paying employment for its citizenry.

I see America as a nation that protects Americans from excessive vice. Can we say the same about Colin Powell’s America that has given us drugs on demand, gambling on demand, sex on demand?

I see America as a nation that invests in its own people and infrastructure with a healthy measure of fiscal responsibility.

I see America is the land where God is more important then getting rich.

I see America as a country that follows Christian principles in doing unto others as we would have others do unto us. That would involve not playing dirty tricks with other nations via a Central Intelligence Agency or a US dominated IMF.

I see America as a place that gives an opportunity to all people of all races. Can we say the same for Colin Powell’s America which has devastated the inner city and the black community?

In the America I see, Sarah Palin is unequivocally qualified to be President of the United States.

Perhaps General Powell would have felt more comfortable with Mitt Romney as President. Mitt Romney was the kind of guy who could lead Powell’s America. And we know that because Mitt Romney was an important part of Bain Capital that destroyed manufacturing in the United States, that enabled corporations to ship jobs overseas, that helped destroy the black community.

For me, I’ll take Sarah Palin.

Sure, she sounds like a soccer mom, so what? Maybe that’s what we need to run the United Stares – officials who are more grounded to the people than the con men and slicksters that General Powell prefers.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley, MD

McAllen, TX

Copyright 2020 Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

How to Fix America in 10 Easy Steps

1. Restore order. Maintaining order is the number one function of government. This is something that Donald Trump has failed to do. It’s embarrassing for me to say that as a conservative. When we have massive, systemic riots in the nation, the President must take command. To do that boots are needed on the ground, and plenty of them. Where will we get those boots? That leads me to point number two.

2. Shut down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in their entirety. As long as we are over there, we will never be able over here to fix our problems over here. We don’t belong over there in the first place. Defending democracy begins here at home in the United States of America. The troops can be put to good use here. Of course, discipline and order is only part of the equation. Those are the sticks. To be successful, you need carrots. And that leads me to point number three.

3. Bring the manufacturing back jobs back to the inner city so that poor folk here have real jobs that pay real money. That can’t happen as long as exploitation is our national economic policy. Shut down the sweat shops in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Poor folk can be making good money making shoes and apparel and all sorts of textiles here in the United States of America. How do we do that? Remember those troops that we brought back from Afghanistan and Iraq. Some are going down to the docks to make sure that not one Nike shoe enters the United States of America from overseas. Too bad, Nike shoes. Too bad, Lebron “Shameless” James. Your golden cash cow is cooked. And that leads me to point four.

4. It’s time to shut down the power of Corporate America and their well-paid celebrity shills. We do that by taking these large corporations and busting them up with a sledgehammer.. That’s what Ida Tarbell did to John D. Rockefeller, and it’s high time we took a page out of her book. We must tolerate no more of these international corporations that only serve to polarize wealth and emaciate the American people. Globalism and the global stars can take a hike. So can the CIA, the thug agency of the wealthy elite. It’s nothing more than a secret police force that engages in dirty tricks against ordinary citizens foreign and domestic.

5. When we get rid of the big corporations, we can jettison these international superstars like LeBron James also. Shameless James works against the black man. He incites riots in the inner cities that destroy black lives’ neighborhoods.

And why is that? Because the name of the game is race and race hustling in America today. Promoting class warfare serves the government and its bedfellow, Corporate America, well. It keeps the black man focused on rage which keeps him from beating his sword into a plowshare. It also ensures chaos in the black community that will ensure the production of black inmates necessary to justify the other cash cow from which Corporate America profits handsomely – the prison system.

All the while, Shameless James makes a fortune by shilling for Nike shoes. When he’s not pitching for Nike shoes he’s investing in Blaze Pizza shops that sell overpriced pizzas to white people in white neighborhoods. Where are the Blaze Pizza shops in Compton, East St. Louis and Algiers? They don’t exist. But you don’t know that, because the main stream media is controlled by a few corporate pigs. And that leaves me to point six.

6. Break up the oversized media companies. Google, Facebook, Apple, Twitter have too much power in the United States. There is no true diversity of opinion. These oversize media companies are really just agents of the federal government. We need diversity of opinion. Moreover we need truth tellers whose principal client is not their ten-million dollar salary. Someone who makes that much money is liable to say anything. Presenters and hosts must not be beholden to a corporation, but to the truth wherever it lies.

7. We must put a premium on honor and process again. We have become a Shark Tank nation focused on making money at any cost as if the size of one’s bank account was the sum total of a man or woman. It is not. A country focused and consumed by money, possessions and toys cannot survive. No system, I repeat, no system can hold up under greed. Healthcare is collapsing because of greed. Rapacious Palo Alto giants are rushing to substitute a human-based care model with a machine-based algorithm. The former relies on intelligence and compassion; the latter relies on AI and money-making efficiency. Which leads me to point eight.

8. We are human beings, and we should remain human beings. We are not machines. Yet we have Elon Musk and Neuralink that have the desire to make us into machines. It’s all part of trans-humanism, don’t you know? If we go down this route, will we be better off? What will we lose? Can our fragile bodies of carbon meet the demands of the mathematicians of the Third Reich of whom our Palo Alto overlords find themselves enamored. Transforming and perfecting humanity is their goal, and that is the vision that they have prosecuted in the United States for many decades now. It must be firmly repulsed.

9. Overthrowing the Fuhrer’s mathematical vision of the future, his dream of a master race begins in our elementary schools where we currently teach children that failure is not an option and that there are no excuses. This is antithetical to Christianity and it must be rejected. Christianity not only preaches that failure is an option, but that it must be an option; for if it is not an option, then there is no need for forgiveness. Never once have I read in the New Testament where Jesus walked up to a sinner and said: No excuses.

No excuses mandates a perfection of humanity that can not be attained.

Other pernicious methodologies must be jettisoned as well. The standardized test and the focus on mathematical scores serve to score and stratify people. People are thus perceived as better because their GPA and SAT scores sit above the 90th percentile. This engenders a sense of entitlement amongst the more intellectually gifted. The so-called best and brightest then set out to fulfill the false prophecy instilled in them that they are destined for great power, wealth and fame.

That people are better and more valuable than others because they were gifted with higher intelligence is antithetical to Christian thought.

10. This does not necessarily mean that Christianity must be the official religion in the United States of America. What it does mean is that Christianity must be a viable participant in the affairs of the United States of America. What we are seeing today are the fruits of a secular world devoid of any religion at all. It does not work.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley, MD

Copyright 2020. Archer Crosley All Rights Reserved

The Trump Balance Sheet

Since we are in primary season, it seems appropriate to look at the Trump balance sheet. What has he accomplished so far?

Well, not much in my opinion, but let’s get at it.

  1.  He sold Otto Warmbier down the river.  After North Korea tortured Otto to death, Trump had a few a show meetings with Kim Jung Un and then did what? He sat on his ass and ate cheeseburgers.
  2. Julian Assange, who Trump said he liked prior to being elected, currently rots in Belmarsh Prison at the request of the CIA.  Our President has said nary a word.
  3. Alex  Jones, another buddy of the President, was deep-mixed by almost all major social media sites at around the same time. Trump went silent.  So much for free speech.
  4. The foreign wars.  Still there.  Still fighting.  Now, we’ll have to be careful here because a peace agreement was recently signed with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Let’s see what happens. Is this real peace, or are we getting ready to use those troops for another war somewhere else?  Iran anyone?  How about the Sahel?
  5. Being our voice.  Remember when Trump said he was going to be our voice? After he was elected, he immediately moved the board room of Goldman Sachs into the White House.
  6. Healthcare.  Okay, so Trump reversed the mandate. Big deal. John Roberts’s Obamacare decision still stands. The next liberal president can immediately reinstate that flawed tortuous logic.
  7. Competition.  Trump stood by and did nothing as Aetna merged with CVS-Caremark further increasing the size of our US Healthcare corporations.  If we thought too big to fail was bad in 2008, then why would we think even bigger would work?  It won’t.
  8. The shameless fawning over Juan Guaido at the State of the Union address.  Don’t we believe in national sovereignty?  Who are we to pick the president of another country? How would we feel if someone did that to us?  Say, didn’t our ancestors fight a revolutionary war specifically for that reason – to control our own destiny?
  9. Lock her up.  Excuse me, but didn’t Trump egg on the rabble when they screamed “Lock her up” in reference to Hillary Clinton?  Weren’t there real allegations against her that needed to be investigated?  Results:  Zip.
  10. Jeffrey Epstein.  Sure, Epstein had committed real crimes, but he was still a citizen of the USA and therefore entitled to basic rights.  After doubts arose as to whether he really did kill himself in prison, what did Trump do?  Launch a serious investigation?  Don’t make me laugh.
  11. The infrastructure.  Remember when Trump said he was going to rebuild America? What happened?  Nada.
  12. The economy.  Supposedly the country is booming.  Booming is 10% growth, strong is 5%, weak is 1%.  We are at 3.2% which is average.
  13. Unemployment.  Unemployment is at a record low.  Of course.  When you pay everybody a dollar an hour to work on a feudal estate, everybody’s employed.  Hey, everyone in the Soviet Union was employed.  Everyone in Cuba is employed.
  14. Intelligence.  Trump stated that socialism would never come to United States. Here’s a ticket on the clue train: we’ve been living under socialism since FDR. What do you think social security is? What do you think food stamps are?
  15. Manufacturing.  Trump brags about bringing manufacturing back, but manufacturing has been making a steady increase since 2008. Manufacturing as a percentage of the economy is exactly where it was in 2008.  Let’s see what happens. Do we really believe that our greedy elite billionaires (Trump is one of them) have reformed to the point where they want to put manufacturing back in the United States?  That takes money away from them.

Okay, is that enough?

Hey, what about the wall?

Well, as it turns out the wall was a stupid idea, and his support of it underscores Trump’s inability to pick up a book and read it.  Listening to cheerleaders like Sean Hannity won’t cut it.

The reason so many immigrants are coming to the United States is because US Corporations and wealthy Central American landowners have made life impossible for the average citizen there.  The rich murder union organizers so that they may pay the workers nothing; and they pollute the environment to boot. That’s why you have extreme poverty; that’s why you have MS 13. That’s why the people are coming up here.

You might say they are motivated to come up here; ergo, no wall will stop them. That Trump does not understand this is reason enough to throw him out of office.

 

 

 

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Bethlehem Steel

 

What you see above you is the great Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Or at least it was.

It can be again.

But now it sits vacant.

Just to the side of it, out of the camera’s sight, sits the Sands Casino.

That’s the story of America in the latter half of the 20th century.

Replacing meat with cotton candy was what our leaders gave us.

Replacing muscle with flab is what happened to America.

Free trade was the philosophical  bullshit that was sold to us.

With free trade and open markets everyone would prosper.

That’s what they said.

Sure.

The people who prospered were the people at the top.

They shut down the factories in America and transferred their operations to China.

Why?

Cheap labor, baby.

As one executive told me many years ago, one US worker was equal to 10 Mexican workers or 25 Chinese workers when it came to cost overhead.

Cheap labor boosts profits, and increased profits boosts stock share value.

Viola!

Do the math.

Free trade is a winner if you’re a CEO.

If you’re a worker at Bethlehem Steel, well, look at the picture above you.

Now, of course it wasn’t just free trade that did in Bethlehem Steel.

It’s a nice narrative to believe such, but Bethlehem Steel went a long way to doing itself in.

In a nutshell what also contributed to the demise of Bethlehem Steel was its own failure to adopt new technologies that were introduced into steelmaking.

One such technology was continuous casting which made steel production cheaper and more efficient.

But who ultimately is responsible for failure to adapt?

Is it the 9 to 5 worker?

Or is it the CEO?

It was failed leadership that doomed Bethlehem Steel and not just at the company level.

The blame must be shared by the leadership in Washington, who are entrusted to protect the general welfare of the people of the United States.

It’s the captain who runs the ship.

It’s the captain who goes down with the ship – except in this case.

In this case the captain made a secret deal with his lieutenants and abandoned a debilitated ship in the middle of the night when no one was looking.

He and his buddies took a sweet, shiny new yacht to safety while the passengers took a one-way trip to the bottom of the sea.

Why fix an old ship when a new one with a luxury cabin suits the captain just fine?

Maybe the captain wasn’t all that motivated to fix the old ship, do you think?

Ironically, after Bethlehem Steel closed and was sold to make way for the new casino, a problem arose.

When building the new casino, steel was difficult to find due to a global shortage of steel.

It figures.

Now the rationale for closing these plants is that they can’t compete on price.  Well, of course, they can’t compete.  Why would they be able to compete when Chinese workers get paid a few dollars a day?

Free traders argue as if the American worker is somehow inefficient or being a cheat by demanding a fair wage.  But even if we accept that flawed conclusion for the purpose of this argument, the cost of Chinese steel far exceeds the cost of manufacturing steel here in America when we add in the costs of unemployment and the social ills – increased crime and drug addiction – that functional unemployment yields.  Further factor in the absent ripple effect to the local economy that ensues when well-paid steel workers purchase goods from strong local retailers rather than multinational big box retailers who siphon money out of the local economy into their one-way piggy bank in New York, and you will see that Chinese steel is not cheap at all.

 

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Let Them Eat Cake

Take notice of what passes for utopia in France, young socialists.

Paris is burning as the Yellow Vests hold France and its leader, Macron, accountable for the imposition of a fuel tax.

As Paris burns, Macron, feasts on pheasant at Versailles.

Yet why should this be?

Why should the French people be so angry?

It isn’t as if the country and its people are living the through the plague.

They are not Fantine from Les Miserables.

No, the French have it pretty good.

Actually they enjoy benefits out the derrière.

They have national health care in which everyone is covered, good pension plans, guaranteed vacation and sick days that would make Americans drool, and a 35 hour work week.

Not bad.

Sure, the unemployment rate is 9 to 10 per cent,  but that is hardly staggering.

France has had these levels of unemployment before without riots.

So why now?

Economists, true to form, have stepped up their eco-babble; they mumble incoherently about dual labor markets whereby many citizens can not get jobs in the first place because of the difficulty in firing an employee once hired.  Thus employers are unwilling to hire.

With growth rates in the economy low, it seems unlikely that employers will step up their hiring.

Demand, as elsewhere in the world, seems to be low in France.  In other words people have less money to buy things.

Duh, I wonder why.  Could it be because the stupid leadership of the world put everyone under austerity to pay for the mistakes of the dumbasses who led them?

In France this problem is more acute because France extracts so much money in taxes to pay for social services.

But this is not new in France. The government has long extracted money from the people to do things for people.

And therein lies the problem: the people must wait for the government to do things for them rather than they doing it for themselves.

And so what has arisen in France over generations is increasing helplessness which would not have arisen had the leaders acted responsibly.

But, of course, they didn’t.

What changed in the world in 2007 was that the leaders of the world made their unprecedented charge to hog the wealth of the world.  They gave themselves bailouts instead of jail time.

The leaders helped themselves out at the expense of the people.

Moreover the leaders who created this economic catastrophe did nothing for the people.

This did not go unnoticed by the peoples of the world.

In France, the leaders not only enriched themselves they added insult to injury by adding a fuel tax.

Thus the riots.

It’s not the money.

It’s the disrespect that the leaders show their citizens.

Citizens want to be respected. They want to have a say in their own affairs. They want their leaders to listen to them.

People need to contribute as surely as they need to breathe.

Any system that fails to recognize this – and this applies particularly to top-down driven socialist “democracies” – will feel the wrath of the people.

France is no different.

One day Parisian mobs – are there any other kind – will again parade their leaders through the streets in a wooden cart on their way to a thirsty guillotine.

It’s their national sport.

The leaders will cry out, “How did I offend thee, loyal subjects?  My heart will always lie with France.”

The citizens, from their earthen hovels, will silently point to Versailles.

 

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GM and Gall

GM is eliminating 14,000 jobs in Ohio, Detroit and elsewhere in the United States.

What should Trump do?

Words won’t cut it.

Nor will worrying about the legal ramifications if action is taken.

If?

We don’t need if.

Leaders lead.

If Trump had guts, he would immediately suspend all sales of GM cars, trucks and parts in the United States.

If he had guts, he would stand in front of the dealerships himself brandishing a weapon.

If he had guts, he would immediately place under house arrest all GM executives and board members.

If he had guts, he would confiscate their wealth to be placed in the public trust.

If he had guts, he would break the back of General Motors on the basis of national security.

But this would take guts, something in short supply in both Washington and Trump.

The gall and nerve of General Motors to eliminate jobs in the United States is staggering given the bailouts that this giant corporate baby received only ten years ago.

For your information these bailouts weren’t exactly a winner for us,

This company is begging for a spanking.

And Trump should deliver it.

Post haste.

If that is not forthcoming, then the people themselves should boycott General Motors.

An adequate slogan might be:  “You don’t make here, you don’t sell here.

It sounds reasonable to me.

This is the only way to take down these global titans.

The leaders of these international corporations have become unhinged from the people they are supposed to serve.

They don’t give two flips about the people.

Hence, the people should reciprocate.

Trump, the candidate who said, “I will be your voice,” should reciprocate.

It’s time to man up, Mr. President.

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