We Are Doomed

We are doomed.

I wish there was a program whereby if we paid so many thousands of dollars per year to the government, the politicians would have to leave us alone.

Completely.

This would mean that they wouldn’t even be allowed to speak to us.

I texted this to a friend as Trump left the hospital just this morning having miraculously conquered the coronavirus in Johnsonesque style over the weekend.

I hate politicians, and I hate the ignorance they promote.

Don’t we pay these guys to lead us to a better place? Isn’t that their job?

Is it their job to find the dumbest thing that the majority of the people will believe and use that as policy?

I speak, of course, of the face mask.

Or is it their job to find the smartest thing that will work and use that as policy?

If we were coaching a football team, would we call the dumbest plays that we could find?

If we were a baker baking cookies, would we reach out for the crummiest flour?

If we were a bricklayer, would we go out of our way to mix the mortar incorrectly?

If we were a surgeon, would we take a popularity poll in deciding what steps to go through in excising someone’s appendix?

If we wouldn’t do that that in those fields why would we do that for something as important as politics?

Why do we employ devices designed for simpletons?

Is it because people are stupid?

We don’t employ stupid ideas in house building just because people are stupid.

Why must we pander to stupid ideas in politics?

It’s not exclusively stupid people who buy into stupid ideas, it’s educated people as well.

The other day, I saw two educated people in healthcare walking around my neighborhood with face masks.

I’ve given up trying to educate people on the face mask.

That’s right, I’ve given up.

People don’t want to know the truth. They want to go along. They enjoy going along.

Just as I enjoy not going along, others love going along.

They must get an erection by going along.

They must derive sexual pleasure from doing so.

There must be sexual pleasure because there certainly isn’t any rational thought in going along for the sake of going along.

I would have thought that Americans would have learned from the Nazi experience the dangers of going along.

But we haven’t learned.

We are just like the German people in the 1930s who went along with the Nazi program not so much because they hated the Jews but because the government created or played into man’s desire to belong.

Therein lies the core fault of humanity and in turn socialism.

Man prizes conformity over confrontation.

Man fears being alone. People derive strength from the pack.

I do not, but I am an aberration. I am a freak.

When my father died, I was thirteen years of age. After finding out that he died, I cried and ran to a secret hiding place behind a bush that was tucked up to a neighbor’s house. I wanted to be alone. I did not and do not derive strength, as others do, by being in company. I wanted to be alone.

I am a freak.

The vast majority of people derive strength from others. They need to go along or they will die.

I recognize that a society will not work unless people join the program, but sometimes that program is wrong.

Sometimes that program is horribly wrong.

Sometimes malicious individuals can hijack humanity and steer it horribly wrong.

This happened under Stalin. This happened under Hitler. This happened under Mao.

It is happening here in the United States and in other countries around the world.

Horrible malicious people have hijacked the leadership here and are spreading lies and nonsense that will enslave humanity for a long time.

Except for these writings I have nearly given up hope of convincing individuals.

Elie Wiesel tells a story in his book, Night, of Jews who escaped the concentration camps early on in the Holocaust. These Jews went back to their village and told the people what was going on. They were not listened to.

They were not listened to.

Why were they not listened to? Why would you not listen to someone who would tell you a story of mass genocide especially if the person was emaciated, sickly looking and threadbare?

You would not listen to that person if your value system spoke contrary to that and if the consensus ruled that the story could not be true.

Conformity is a powerful force.

If Jews who escaped the concentration camps could not convince their fellow villagers of the truth, what chance do I have?

I’ve spent many hours dreaming of becoming a terrorist, but I know nothing of explosives or weapons. It is too late to go to school.

I’m stuck, and so I think that maybe I should ride it out. Perhaps I can ride out the next ten to fifteen years if I am lucky enough to stay alive.

Or maybe we, I, can convince the politicians to leave us alone if only we pay them to.

I know, it’s a protection racket. We would be paying them to leave us alone.

It would be like paying farmers to not plant crops. It would be a subsidy of sorts.

Maybe that’s the ticket.

What do you think?

You’ve heard of the Mexican town, Cheran, haven’t you?

This is the town that got tired of corruption. So the citizens fired the leadership and took over the management of the town.

Crime dropped, kidnappings dropped, violence dropped. Life improved.

What this suggests is that the leadership of any town or country can be hijacked by an evil gang that does a great disservice to its citizenry.

We permit such a leadership by going along, by deluding ourselves that we are good citizens by doing so.

Unfortunately we are anything but.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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Trump and his Junkies

What does Trump offer that people find attractive? Why do people follow him?

What Trump offers is the idea that Americans can get a better shake in life.

That is what he offers. That is what he promotes – a dream.

Does he deliver?

If there exists evidence to suggests that he does not deliver, and there exists plenty of that, then why do people still follow him?

He continues to attract large crowds, so what gives?

His followers continue to crave him just as the junkie craves the drug dealer.

Trump is a drug dealer doling out daily doses of funny one-liners – the political equivalent of crack cocaine.

Hey, watch what Trump said about Biden. And how about that comment about Pelosi? Wasn’t that hilarious?

Each day brings a new irresistible high.

Each day demands a higher dose of the addicting junk.

This junk costs money though.

The currency paid does not come from real cash, but from the printed funny kind that the Fed magically gins up every day of the week to support the shenanigans of his administration.

Not only has Trump not ended the foreign wars, he has created a new war, the coronavirus war; only in this case, the enemy is the American people.

The neat trick about this war is that the American people are paying for their own demise.

And that demise will come. That demise is happening right now.

Unfortunately, the addict is always the last person to see that he is addicted.

Even as the addict descends into a state of poverty and despair, he is unable to see that he has a problem.

One only needs to look around to see the devastation that Donald Trump has caused.

The economy is in chaos. It is not coming back soon.

The hospitality industry is destroyed. The airline industry is destroyed. The restaurant industry is destroyed. Healthcare has taken a huge hit. Car sales are down.

These are huge segments of the population that when not functioning act as an anchor upon the economy threatening to drag a boat in a stormy sea down.

People are walking around in masks that have no basis in science.

False hope for an unproven and potentially unsafe vaccine is promoted.

The dogs and cats in your neighborhood have it better than you. They are at least free.

In spite of this, the people believe. And they will continue to believe until they can pay no more.

Instead of meat and potatoes, Trump serves up a steady diet of cotton candy devoid of substance.

Just as Trump bankrupted his casinos, he is now bankrupting the nation and the American people.

There is no convincing the addicts. To this day, people line up their cars to travel in the Trump Train.

They drive aimlessly around town.

But where is the train going? Not one of his followers can point to a comprehensive plan that Trump is prosecuting.

Regardless of what you think about Joe Biden, he was correct on one salient point in the debate: Trump has no plan for healthcare.

That’s right. Trump had four years to develop a health care plan. He has no plan.

Do you know what Trump’s plan is?

It should be obvious. Trump is an entertainer. He’s a drug dealer. His job is to sell you a new high, an escape, a dream.

That’s what Trump is all about – a dream.

The problem with Trump is that his dream has no backing behind it.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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The Big Debate

Who won the debate?

Given that both men are equally corrupt, given that both men lie freely and are incapable of speaking the truth, Joe Biden won the debate.

The Republicans know that, and we know that they know that because they are whining like a little bitch.

Already they are making up excuses for the President.

LOL. Their god has revealed himself as false.

They are even claiming that Joe Biden cheated with a wire or a special contact lens that can project talking points into the air.

Please.

Using their own logic against them, if Joe Biden is confused with his own thoughts, wouldn’t he be even more confused by an outside party interjecting commentary as he is speaking?

Losers always make up excuses.

Losers never accept responsibility.

Joe Biden projected himself as a calm individual who is in control of his mental faculties.

He emphatically debunked the notion that he was in an advanced stage of senility.

Sure, he was a little slow. Sure, he wasn’t as mentally agile as Trump.

But a little slowness is not necessarily a bad thing. Slowness might reflect thoughtfulness.

Biden’s slowness also may have come about because Trump was constantly interrupting.

Chris Wallace was correct in calling the President out on that.

Who wouldn’t be agitated by an opponent striking low blows as you are trying to give an intelligent response?

Because of his bullying, Trump hurt his cause.

Citizens were clearly able to see that Trump was cheating. And it is cheating to interrupt the opponent while he is trying to answer a question.

It’s not the American way to not give your opponent a fair opportunity.

Trump violated our sense of American fairness.

Process is important.

Americans will take note of this regardless of what the pundits say, regardless of how Trump supporters try to spin his performance.

Sure, Joe Biden may say crazy things according to his opponents. And sure, many of us believe that it doesn’t matter who gets elected, that both Biden and Trump are flip sides of the same coin.

You can even make the argument that Trump took a dive.

But so what?

Trump lost; Biden won.

Eat the pain, bitch.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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Winners and Losers

Why can’t our society improve?

Well, first things first, to improve our society, we must discover truth.

Yet, we are not interested in truth. Our attitude toward truth in this day and age rules against truth ever being discovered.

Welcome to America where truth is avoided assiduously.

In America, Dan Bongino can be heard stating on YouTube: You never ask a question that you do not know the answer to.

And I say to that: If you take that approach, you will never arrive at the truth; you will never better yourself.

Unfortunately Mr. Bongino’s belief is shared amongst the majority of the population.

Americans love machos.

Americans love winners.

Americans love people who ask questions that they know the answers to.

Only losers ask questions they don’t know the answers to.

Mr. Bongino’s dictum is shared amongst lawyers, doctors, and nearly everyone else in society who purchased their brain at K-Mart.

Why is it necessary to ask a question that you know the answer to?

Well, it is necessary if your goal is to win a debate or argument. Winning the debate is paramount in American society today.

Winning is everything in America.

Only losers discover information they did not previously know.

Americans loves winners.

This mindset is reinforced by the President of the United States.

Trump, apparently, at least according to Trump, is a winner.

Dan Bongino, I presume, is a winner also.

But what about the truth?

Would we be better off if we did ask questions that we didn’t know the answer to if it led to a greater truth?

Let’s put it this way: Would you rather win the debate and not ask questions that would lead to a greater truth, or would you rather lose the debate yet discover a higher truth even if it made you look like a fool?

In America today, it’s obvious that people prefer the former.

Americans prize perception over substance.

Yet are we better off by taking that approach?

Let’s answer this question in a different way by use of analogy.

John Wooden was a winning coach for the UCLA Bruins. He won many national championships.

At first glance, one might think that he was obsessed with winning.

Would it surprise you to know that Wooden was not obsessed with winning?

Would it surprise you to know that Wooden didn’t ask his players to win?

Would it surprise you to know John Wooden asked his players to give 100% spiritually, physically, mentally, and that if they did that the wins would take care of themselves?

Would it surprise you to know that John Wooden preferred that his players give 100% and lose than give 50% and win?

It wouldn’t surprise me at all because that’s exactly what John Wooden wrote in his book.

What this analogy illustrates is that process is important and that process is more important than the end result.

Applying this wisdom to truth and debating, one can only conclude that process is important when discussing important matters on television or in the living room.

Applying this wisdom to truth and debating, one can only conclude that we would be much better off by asking questions that we don’t know the answer to rather than avoid risking looking like a fool by not asking questions that we don’t know the answer to.

When we take a better approach to truth and wisdom, then America will be able to improve.

And not a moment sooner.

Ask questions that you don’t the answer to. You might look like a fool, but you and the world will be better for it.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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Swamp Creature

If Trump is so opposed to the swamp, then why is Kayleigh McEnany his spokesperson?

Kayleigh McEnany graduated from Georgetown University, aka CIA University, aka Third Reich University.

After graduating she attended Oxford to do some course work there.

Oxford supplies the officers to Corporate Criminal Britain.

Upon returning to the United States, she diddled around before ending up at Harvard Law.

Excuse me, for the record, Georgetown is the swamp; Oxford is the swamp; Harvard is the swamp.

Kayleigh McEnany is bright, very bright, just the kind of person that the swamp creatures cultivate.

They’re going to keep her. She’s a very effective front person for Trump the fraud.

She’s very good at her job which is to fight fellow members of the swamp in the press corps.

It’s not exactly a scripted pro wrestling match, but it’s pretty close.

She fights the press on the facemask, yet it is Donald Trump who feeds into the Nazi junk science of the facemask by not resolutely denouncing it as the Nazi junk science that it is.

Trump gives it life, and so does McEnany.

When she’s not fighting the press on the facemask she’s fighting them on mail-in ballots, yet it is Donald Trump who gave the mail-in ballot life.

Trump gave it life by not taking a leadership role in limiting its use, by not foreseeing the calamity it would cause.

Or did he foresee the calamity?

This is the modus operandi of the President. He gives life to stupid issues and methodologies by not being resolute. He talks but does not walk.

His talking but not walking gives license to bad ideas.

Kayleigh McEnany is an extension of the President.

By fighting with the press, McEnany gives the issues even more life as her words will most assuredly be broadcast over Facebook and Twitter.

If you want to extinguish an impulse, you ignore it. If you fight the impulse, you give it more life.

Why talk if you can walk. Actions speak louder than words.

You’re the President. Be quiet and enforce the Constitution.

McEnany is too smart to not know this.

And so in the face mask and the mail-in ballot, we now are the proud owners of two crucial tools which will lead to massive chaos in only a few months.

This election will most assuredly be contested thanks to the mail-in ballots.

Whoever loses will cry fraud.

Now, given that Corporate America controls both parties, and that it doesn’t matter who gets to be Pesident, because nothing will change for the better for the average American, the very act of crying fraud is a fraud.

But that’s the whole point. Chaos is the goal.

This electoral confusion will cause riots en extremis which is why the junk science of the facemask is important.

It’s important to not identify who the perpetrators of these riots are with any precision.

Do you think it is an accident that the facemask has been embraced by the elites in both parties?

Let’s be clear. The purpose of the facemask is not to protect you from the coronavirus; the purpose of the facemask is to hide the perpetrators of the riots.

And you can be sure there will be riots.

The riots will then be used as a pretext to enact laws to cause more restrictions on your liberties and freedoms.

Clear violations of the Constitution will be enacted by law, and nobody in the Democratic and Republican parties will challenge these laws.

Now, Kayleigh McEnany poses as a conservative. As a conservative, and as a graduate of Harvard Law, she should be familiar with the Bill of Rights and the infringement thereof.

Will she stand up for the Bill of Rights?

She will not. Nor will any of these other fake conservatives in the Trump administration.

They will not because neither Kayleigh McEnany nor these other so-called conservatives are constitutional conservatives.

Have these people stood up for Julian Assange and his rights?

Did they stand up for Alex Jones right to free speech when he was booted off all major internet media in one day?

Did they stand up substantively for Otto Warmbier when he was effectively executed by North Korea?

The Constitution means nothing to them.

These people are officers of the swamp.

The swamp is Corporate America; Corporate America is the New World Order, and the New World Order is the Third Reich which never died.

Currently, Kayleigh McEnany speaks for that Reich.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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Dump the Trump

It is better to be a focused minority party with leaders who are committed to the principles of the party then it is to be an unfocused majority party whose leaders are not committed to the principles of the party.

Is Donald Trump a committed conservative?

Not in my book.

First, let’s define a conservative.

A conservative is one who wishes to conserve constitutional principles that are embodied, surprisingly enough, in the Constitution knowing full well that the Founding Fathers imbued their religion and philosophies into that Constitution.

Implicit in this statement is that the Founding Fathers were unusually gifted individuals who have earned the right to be the spiritual fathers of our Constitution, its expression and its interpretation.

In other words, the wisdom, the philosophy and the attitudes of the Founding Fathers counts – a lot.

Intent counts also.

What did the Founding Fathers intend? What was their overall goal in writing this constitution?

What they sought was the limitation of powers of the federal government and the protection of individual rights.

They sought to avoid tyranny in any form, be it a king, a dictator, or a committee.

They embodied this intent in the Bill of Rights, the most important part of our Constitution.

The Bill of Rights are what we argue about. They embody what is closest to our heart

The Bill of Rights are the crown jewels of the United States of America. They are the sine qua non of our nation.

Take away the Bill of Rights and we have no nation.

It is therefore the prime responsibility of any conservative to defend the Bill of Rights.

This is how we best fight tyranny.

Tyranny is not out there across the sea; it’s here within the dark heart of man.

Tyranny is not in China or Russia; it’s right here in America in the dark heart of Palo Alto and Wall Street.

While the media and our so-called leaders obsess over China, unenlightened tyrants here in America enslave us with nutty junk science in the form of face masks, lockdowns, and prohibited speech.

Do we have a president in Donald Trump who defends the Bill of Rights?

No, we do not.

Where was the President when Alex Jones was removed from all major internet media platforms?

Where was the President when Julian Assange was sequestered away in a British prison ostensibly to be delivered to the US to stand trial?

Where was the President when people’s personal property was being destroyed by rioters?

Where was the President when people were forced to live inside their homes for months on end?

Where was the President when people were compelled to wear a face mask in order to enter a public building?

Where was the President when people’s right to freely associate was denied?

The President was absent.

The President was absent because he doesn’t understand where America gains its strength. The President principally wants to be President. Or he misguidingly equates military strength with moral strength.

Sadly he’s not the only one to equate a six-hundred ship navy with true strength.

Many other so-called conservatives and conservative leaders believe this also; and because they do, they’ll sell the Bill of Rights and the Constitution down the river in order to achieve it.

Obviously this type of thinking must be reversed.

We can begin by getting rid of its so-called conservative leader, Donald Trump.

He’s no conservative.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley

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You’re Addicted

Why do people like Donald Trump?

Is it because he gets things done?

Well, to be factual, he doesn’t get things done. But people think he gets things done, and there in lies the reason why they like him.

His admirers love him because he looks like a guy who gets things done.

Secretly his followers wish for an equalizer, a person who can come in, kick ass, drain the swamp, kill all the bad guys and make America right again.

Good luck with that.

There’s a basic human desire and need to see justice done. Because we live in a world that’s unfair, we have an inner desire to rectify that unfairness.

Trump satisfies that need much as Edward Woodward satisfied that need in the show The Equalizer, much as Charles Bronson satisfied that need in Death Wish.

Uncompromising men who shoot from the hip are attractive, seldom effective – except in the movies.

When times are bleak, when things get out of hand, there is an even greater need for this type of streetside justice. The need for a man like Donald Trump grows stronger.

Not to worry; Trump never fails to deliver.

But is Trump the solution to this chaos, or is he the cause of this chaos?

Well, he certainly isn’t the solution.

He may not be the cause, but his actions don’t do much good.

Indeed, his ineffective, shoot from the hip bravado exacerbates the problem. Because he does not ask questions, primarily because he has no desire to ask the right questions, the solution does not even begin.

It is an axiom in life that the more high-quality questions you can ask yourself about a particular problem, the greater chance you have of achieving an effective solution.

But people apparently don’t care. They have their narcotic in Trump; and Trump, the drug, will soothe the pain for another day.

And isn’t this what we see in Donald Trump? His shtick and show is nothing more than one endless series of laughable, outrageous events.

Every new day is an adventure. Yesterday he was calling fallen war heroes losers, today he’s firing an Obama look-alike from within the Oval Office.

In that respect Trump is not much different than Cardi-B, another Hollywood entertainer.

The goal here is to distract you, to tease you, to keep you entranced and pacified inside a soothing opiate dreamworld.

The sad part is that America is not one step closer to solving its essential problems than it was on the day he took office.

Sincerely,

Archer Crosley MD

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The Trump Catastrophe That’s Coming

Why will the Trump Presidency collapse like a house of cards?

Primarily because of his behavior .  He treats people like crap; he’s a rude person.

Simply put, he violates the laws of God.

I’ve never seen a rude screamer succeed in anything he’s done.

His presidency will bankrupt the country morally and financially.  I don’t care what his phony unemployment numbers say.  I’ve seen this before. 

I once worked under an individual who was a Marquis de Sade.  He not only brutalized the people under him, he enjoyed it.

What happens in a toxic atmosphere like this is that good people are humiliated when “victories” are not forthcoming.  Failure is never accepted.

 These good people then leave the organization.  Or they are relegated to wearing dunce caps.

At the same time that the toxic leader is humiliating good people, he is elevating junior people (personal favorites) who do not have the experience, wisdom and moral character to warrant such elevation.

When a person has to work hard for something in life, that person tends to value their station more.  They don’t want to lose what they have achieved.  For that reason they use greater care in their judgments.

The person who has not put in that time, who has not worked as hard, tends not to take great care in his or her decisions.  That person tends to behave in a more cavalier and dangerous way.

This can and often does result in a catastrophe, especially in a tense environment where “scoring a victory” wins you favor with the leader.

I have seen it.

This will most certainly happen with Trump.

This is probably one of the reasons why he has declared bankruptcy so many times in the past.

Ambitious, ‘victory at all costs yes-men’ are promoted while quality people are demoted.

Unfortunately Trump’s habit of achieving bankruptcy will happen again but with his new company,  the United States of America.

We will all pay the price.

 

The End

 

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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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Michael Milken and his Pardon

Michael Milken did tremendous damage to the American economy.

His pardon by Donald Trump is a disgrace.

People are often not convicted for their real crimes but for the stuff they can get caught for.

Michael Milken’s real crimes do not involve the esoteric technicalities of bond trading.

His crimes are what he did to the mindset of Americans and how they view their fellow countrymen.

By ushering in the era of junk bonds, Michael Milken enabled corporate raiders to buy up companies to which they had no emotional connection. 

Prior to Milken, many companies were family owned, regional businesses where the owners had a vested interest in the community.

The owners, while well off, lived in or near the community, and they understood that their wealth came about principally because of their workers.

Consequently, owners took care of their workers.

With the advent of junk bonds it became easy for outsiders to purchase companies that they knew little about except what could be gleaned from a balance sheet and income statement.

So these corporate raiders would peruse financial statements from the safe confines of their New York City penthouses and scout for prey.

Like an eagle soaring above the landscape, they scanned the terrain for helpless slower moving animals.

It was easy pickens for them.

They borrowed as much money as they wanted via Michael Milken’s firm, Drexel Burnham Lambert, swooped in, bought the company and then performed their magic.

Their magic often involved asset stripping and job layoffs.

Nice, huh?

By laying off employees, selling the machinery and buildings while outsourcing the jobs to China for cheap labor, the new owners made a fortoona.

After awarding themselves stock option packages and fantastic salaries, they did even better.

Afterall, they were indispensable geniuses, right?

But what about the workers they laid off?

Did all those workers immediately find jobs?

Some did, but many lost well-paying jobs.

Many families broke apart.

When families break up, people become depressesd and turn to drugs.

Children suffer.

Crime goes up.

Unemployment goes up.

Morale goes down.

All sorts of social ills arise, social ills with costs that are shouldered by the American taxpayer.

What Milken’s junk bonds produced was a breaking apart of the social contract we have with one another where we agree to not rip each other off.

Junk bonds made it too easy for the greedy to prey upon the weak.

Junk bonds set the ball rolling toward dismantling the American economy which was robust because it took care of its workers.

The result is the Oxycontin culture we created where drugs have replaced well-paying jobs.

That’s the real crime of Michael Milken.

That Trump would pardon him shows how little Trump understands economics and how little he cares for you.

That’s quite at odds with the man who asked to be our voice.

 

 

The End

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