I've looked on with amusement and disgust at our political fight against the Trump Trumpets and the Clinton Vagina Hat Wearers. Both are clueless as to the real situation in Washington DC and what remedies would be needed.
First, lets start with Trump, His signature legislation has been a tax plan that is nothing more than trickle down economics. Assuming it doesn't work it will only enrich the rich, take away from the middle class and blow a huge hole in the already unsustainable debt and deficit. Moreover, it hasn't fixed our overly complex, convoluted tax code, reduce loopholes or eliminated the need for a massive IRS.
His cabinet seems like a bad reality tv show. He constantly plays right into the hands of his many enemies, including the press. He shoots his mouth off only to be made a fool of later. He seems clueless to the fact that Government, Inc, is nothing like Trump Inc. He's never built coalitions. He has few on his side. His infrastructure program, which is really needed, is deader than my grandfather that died in 1947. He spends most of his time fighting the image of a blustery buffoon. He should have studied Presidents that successfully got large parts of their agenda by their political opposition and the Deep State.
Immigration seems destined to not be fixed and the 11 million will remain in the shadows sucking up freebees while the HB1 visas will continue to be an assault on the professional ranks.
On a positive note for Trump, the man has certain street smarts and staying power. If he survives the next six months not only is he President until 2020 he could very well be re-elected.
This brings me to the vagina hat wearers. They have nothing other than if we remove Trump and his imaginary Russians friends somehow we will go back to the wonderful Obama years. So lets revisit the Obama legacy.
Obama managed to hand over trillions to Wall Street without one crook ever doing a perp walk. He gave gifts to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries as well. He was just as generous to the MIC as George Bush. More people moved onto public assistance, including former members of the upper middle and middle class than at anytime in our history. Ask any social services worker where the new demand is coming from. Obama seemed to forget about the "brothers and sistas in the da hood" that put him in office. He won re-election only because his opponent couldn't hide his utter contempt of Americans that were not of privilege and money. Obama and the corporate state pretended to be enemies while Obama was overly generous to them.
Now you say he had severe opposition in the House and Senate. True, they are even more worthless than Trump, Obama and Bush. Its also amazing to me how someone making $174K a year becomes a millionaire. There was a time not too long ago when congressmen and senators shared a residence in DC like college students to make ends meet. Today they fly around to their many mansions in first class of course. And when they don't get that first class seat they cry like a baby. God forbid they might have to ride in the back of the plane with the great unwashed. I remember years ago sitting next to Bob Dole in coach (gasp) yet he didn't seem repelled by my presence (even though I had no agreement on his politics).
However, FDR had just a much if not more opposition from both the GOP and members of his own party, not to mention the Deep State such as it was in the 1930s. For those more interested than watching MSNBC or Fox News research the way in which a crippled man confined to a wheelchair with significant health issues still got most of his agenda through in a very short period. Obama instead retreated into his inner circles of elites rather than use the tools and then some the President has at his disposal. Hell FDR often used Eleanor as his roadblock remover. She was loved by all of Washington and the Press and FDR exploit that circumstance.
The truth is that since the rise of the lobbyist and special interest state in the 1980s the game is about the few. The exception was Bill Clinton. While he also enjoyed some excellent timing he understood that when Americans are economically fat and happy and the government is properly funded most Americans become very accommodating and apathetic. Even for a President full of sexual exploitations, including the abuse of a very young and impressionable woman.
In fact, if Trump did half the things of which Obama and Clinton did the Vagina Hats would be screaming bloody murder.
I don't anticipate the situation getting any better. Our debt induced, unproductive economy means we are living on borrowed time anyway. Lets see if Central Banks can bailout the next downfall.
Finally, the growth industry of today. No, its not tech. Its the payday, check cashing, pawn shop industry. If you are aware like me you've noticed them springing up stores everywhere. Where is their biggest growth? Its not in "da hood." Its in middle and upper middle class neighbors. Yes the 800% loan industry is soaring. Of course at one time this new breed of crooks would have been sent to jail for usury. Gotta love this new economy.