For the Trump Trumpets and the Clinton Vagina Hat Wearers

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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.

Comments

Neil Lock Added Jan 29, 2018 - 11:59am
George, from my vantage point 3,000 or so miles away, I'll say this.
 
Trump isn't a politician; at least, not on the surface. I think many people voted for him because there was a chance he wasn't one of them - not one of the political class that have been ripping good people off for a century and more. He hasn't done very well on that score so far, but it's possible that he is trying as hard as he can. So I still keep an open mind.
 
I don't see the USA surviving much longer in its current form. There are two blocs - and more - that simply can't live with each other. I think that, longer term, this is actually a positive thing; we need political units to become smaller, big time and soon. In the meantime, it isn't going to be nice.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Jan 29, 2018 - 12:25pm
"His signature legislation has been a tax plan that is nothing more than  trickle down economics."
 
And that works very well: JFK, RWR.
 
And, what if it succeeds?? Continue to call for  higher taxes and more regulations?
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Jan 29, 2018 - 12:26pm
Neil
 
"I don't see the USA surviving much longer in its current form. There are two blocs - and more - that simply can't live with each other."
 
I have no problem with another revolution or civil war #2.
opher goodwin Added Jan 29, 2018 - 12:53pm
rycK - amazing. You don't have a problem with another civil war. Have you seen Syria lately?
opher goodwin Added Jan 29, 2018 - 12:55pm
George - it seems to me that the hatred and division is sending people insane. Trump has stirred up a hornet's nest with nukes.
The way politicians panda to the wealthy and take their perks and promises is obscene.
Dino Manalis Added Jan 29, 2018 - 1:01pm
I'm worried about property taxes in NJ, but trickle-down economics is starting to work again with higher wages; bonuses; and benefits for workers.  Give Trump a chance!
Tubularsock Added Jan 29, 2018 - 1:11pm
George, Tubularsock feels you summed it up rather well. Of course every point you brought up a book could be written about but hey, for another day.
 
Tubularsock, at this stage anyway doesn't see a way out of this mess really. Both parties are so self serving that they have both disregarded the citizens in general as well as their own members.
Party leadership is now just the gathering of the elite, period. And yet much of their membership are still fooled with bells and whistles. Not for long!
 
 
Neil, Tubularsock hears you about another revolution HOWEVER the side you or Tubularsock may support may not win. That's the scary part ............
Neil Lock Added Jan 29, 2018 - 1:21pm
Tubularsock: Yes, indeed. That's why you Yanks must go first :-). Brits did their (our?) job in 1688, you didn't do yours until almost a century later. I forgive y'all; but now it's your turn to pay back!
George N Romey Added Jan 29, 2018 - 3:00pm
I agree this is a battle between chattels of elite. The establishment of Clinton types and the interlopers of Trump types. We the people are the pawns.
 
Trump’s tax plan is trickle down. If it worked so well in the past we’d still have a 1970 style middle class. JFK cut taxes from insane percentages and wasn’t running a debt into the stratosphere. Not to mention we had real full employment at the time.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Jan 29, 2018 - 3:18pm
Opher
 
"rycK - amazing. You don't have a problem with another civil war. Have you seen Syria lately?"
 
Or a revolution,  recall last time when we kicked out the Brits, twice?
 
The scenario was rosy past those points. 
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Jan 29, 2018 - 3:23pm
George
 
" JFK cut taxes from insane percentages and wasn’t running a debt into the stratosphere. Not to mention we had real full employment at the time."
 
So did RWR and, now DJT,  is not only cutting taxes but dumping regulations as well. Lower costs mean higher profits and more cash to expand.
 
We have record low unemployment now! Do you disagree?
 
We are about to embark on a new cruise that may show the world that socialism and its more   ugly variants are NOT the way forward. 
 
It could be that the Dems may vanish as a strong party. They did a poor job since 1950
 
Tubularsock Added Jan 29, 2018 - 6:14pm
Sure Neil, we were late to the “ball” because we wanted to wait until the musket had been improved upon!
 
We may look stupid but we know how to hit Red Coats in a green forest!
 
Cheers old sport and all that!
George N Romey Added Jan 29, 2018 - 6:38pm
No we have record low unemployment because so many aren’t counted. If the economy and jobs are on the mend as you say it started in the last of the Obama years. Employment is a lagging problem indicator. So you give equal credit to Obama, right?
 
For those that actually know something it’s underemployment that is the big problem. Unless you consider an economy built ion $13 an hour jobs fantastic:
Jeff Michka Added Jan 29, 2018 - 6:44pm
I guess it's of little surprise that "Surrender, it's useless, so do nothing" Geo Romey would be critical of people actually doing things.  Same ol crap from Geo...who doesn't have any ideas...
Jeff Michka Added Jan 29, 2018 - 6:46pm
Unless you consider an economy built ion $13 an hour jobs fantastic-Trump and Trumpist think that.  Afterall Trump claims responsibilty for "the booming economy."
Katharine Otto Added Jan 29, 2018 - 7:02pm
George,
The US is unsustainable, the way it's going.  I don't expect a revolution, because people are too tired and sickly to fight.  I do see the "economy" collapsing from within, as empty money buys less and less of value.
 
I'm not sure under-employment is a bad thing.  Americans need to kick back and relax more, buy less, and make better use of what they already have.  This wasteful, frenzied consumerism is contributing to pollution, social unrest, illness, and war. 
 
I'm happy to know other people agree that the US is too big and unwieldy.   
George N Romey Added Jan 29, 2018 - 7:16pm
Katharine we will be forced into a period of minimalism. Nothing new it’s happen before in history. The big multinational companies will suffer the most. As it is they operate on volume as pricing power has collapsed. A flatscreen tv sells for $300. Remember when they say sold for $3K?
 
 
 
Tubularsock Added Jan 29, 2018 - 7:20pm
Well, the U.S. is on the downhill slide for sure, Katharine. That is really what Trump being elected is all about.
 
His type always ascend to power when the shit hits the fan. Trump will just speed it up.
 
Less IS better.
George N Romey Added Jan 29, 2018 - 7:24pm
Tube is right. Trump is a symptom of the decline not the cause as so many want to contend.
wsucram15 Added Jan 29, 2018 - 7:51pm
George..on finance I might not argue much with you. On Politics we are going to battle.
I did not like the way you wrote this article with immense bias on either side. Trump while seemingly clueless has an agenda, if you dont understand that, you know nothing about him , the people that support (financially or otherwise) or work with him.  Yeah, they are not very organized..but the idea is to tear out the govt..therefore the constitution...for something different. People will argue this, but I dont give a shit..he is an autocrat and he gets worse everyday.
Im sure it seems awkward..but its not. Its why I said a year ago..Trump will walk, guilty or not.  So far I have been right. but it was not without enormous pressure from behind the scenes in DC.
 
On the "pussy hat" people..So sick of this shit.  You know I talk to men and women both that understand politics and divisions in politics so much more than we do.I have seen them abused and beaten of late for protesting in DC which is a legal right. Things are not as they seem..on either side.
 
Protestors interact with politicians, news people and other protestors who do the same. They understand whats happening - whats really happening, firsthand.  I mean have you ever seen an ICE arrest? Its pretty brutal..its  a thing when they talk about gestapo tactics. There are better ways to handle this..than yanking kids out of school, or going to hospital and detaining people.  Pulling people out of place of employment. These people are not calm they are upset and the Ice agents are happy to reciprocate. This isnt even my biggest bitch.  But you ARE NOT HEARING WHATS HAPPENING. You hear about tweets and the other side..so stupid.
 
I was just talking to someone I know in offices at BGE, they got a contract to go down to PR for the electric..its been 4 months and only 50% of the people in  PR have power and its still bad there..what is that?  But we can approve huge budgets for the wealthy and border walls? Ppl in texas got funding,most of florida is insured. Come on..
 
As far as pussy hat ppl running for office, they have platforms, are experienced and are not Jane/Joe off the street. Well some are, but they have worked around politics. Indivisible (political ppl) and DNC are viewing people to support>> its damn expensive you know?   Before you knock people you do not know..perhaps you should get off your ass, go out and do something to make a change.   Stop bitching and DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE THINGS!!!  You COULD AND ITS A JOB!!! GOES FOR YOU REPUBLICANS & DEMS ALSO>>GEORGE IS INDEPENDENT.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Jan 30, 2018 - 3:56am
A man shalt not disparage a pussy hat so sayeth the Jeannie.
opher goodwin Added Jan 30, 2018 - 7:56am
Tub - you are right - Trump is a sign of the slide.
opher goodwin Added Jan 30, 2018 - 7:56am
Jeanne - you are right too. We all need to do some active protesting about the shit that is going down.
George N Romey Added Jan 30, 2018 - 8:39am
With the 2 party system protesting is useless. Neither party will ever take the will of the people seriously or allow 3rd parties to flourish. The game has been rigged in favor of the 1%. The passing of the latest tax plan proves that. Now services for ordinary struggling people will suffer when the debt explodes.
 
Bring on the Great Meltdown and just maybe change can occur. Your elected politicians really don’t care.
opher goodwin Added Jan 30, 2018 - 10:10am
George - I personally don't give up hope on that score. I believe we can change things.
wsucram15 Added Jan 30, 2018 - 10:24am
nothing is useless..except complaining to a box on a table or desk.
Im telling you, broken wrist, pain and all..I would help you. You are the perfect sort of person to run in a campaign.
Protesting is for making your voice heard, connections(for some) and getting media. Its a learning experience.I promise until you get out there and meet people (dont get arrested), you wont understand.
 
Im listening to Paul Ryan right now defending Actions by intelligence committee.  But I have two letters from Ryan when Nunes started this crap a year ago..defending him and saying there was no need to look into ethics of the matter. Strange..he did look into it, just not on his team. 
 
wsucram15 Added Jan 30, 2018 - 10:34am
jeffry.
so you gave up right to speak about America with any authority (in the present tense) when you walked out on us. I understand why though..but still try to see my pov. I can appreciate yours..
Write about the place in which you really live. Those articles are good..
George N Romey Added Jan 30, 2018 - 10:41am
We have a political system that starting in the 1980s was funded on large amounts of cash.  Prior to the 1980s there were no PACs, lobbyists and special interest groups.  Yes the system skirted towards the rich but objectives like full employment, protection of workers' right to organize, social mobility grew the most prosperous and widespread middle class in mankind.  A vibrant middle class doesn't happen by accident, and in fact, pure capitalism will completely destroy its customer base and ultimately itself.
 
The two parties aren't even willing to get money out of politics.  As far as protests, the Republicans call you lazy and un-American and the Democrats simply nod in sympathy and ignore you. 
 
Donald Trump is nothing more than what a failed system produces.  It will never allow for a Bernie Sanders type candidate as we clearly saw in 2016.
Even A Broken Clock Added Jan 30, 2018 - 11:04am
George, we seem to be at the point where we are ripping the fabric of our nation into tatters. At this time, the Republicans on the intelligence committee are trying to force the issuance of a document of their own creation which provides a biased perspective against the law enforcement agencies of this nation's government. Now, I remember the days of J. Edgar Hoover, when the FBI really did egregious suppression of facts and did persecute the "enemies of the state" like Martin Luther King. This FBI? Not so much.
 
But the intent of this document is to sow doubt into the national discourse so that when the inevitable conclusion of the Mueller investigation is released, with its damning indictments on the corrupt nature of Trumpdom, it will be poisoned in the hearts and minds of those who live within the veil of Fox. When that happens and a call to action is laid out for us, what will the response of this den of vipers we call Congress be?
Bill Kamps Added Jan 30, 2018 - 12:20pm
George, while I have a number of problems with the tax cut, to say it has given NO benefit to those other than the rich is really not true.  Already a number of companies have announced raises and bonuses because of the tax cut.  Already Apple has said they would  repatriate $350 billion back to the US because the penalty for doing so has been lowered. 
 
Now of course you can say, this isnt a long term benefit, and it is true we dont know what are the 3-4 year benefit numbers, we cant know for a while yet.  However, I was actually surprised already about the reaction companies have had to the new law. 
George N Romey Added Jan 30, 2018 - 2:35pm
Let’s see if these are random one offs, companies looking for a bit of free PR. Will it start an expansion? No one know yet,
Doug Plumb Added Jan 30, 2018 - 3:37pm
I'll be watching these indictments and checking the names. I'll want to know if its just good old fashioned Christian Conservatives (if there are any left) being indicted or if its Liberal satanists. Bad ones on both sides and maybe some people just know too much. Maybe its a Bolshevik purge. We will see.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Jan 30, 2018 - 4:10pm
Let us read the memo first and see what we have. Then, the indictments can roll on.
Edward Miessner Added Jan 30, 2018 - 6:17pm
George, excellent and interesting article. I can see how the Orange Crassus can get reelected in 2020 (even if either one or both houses of Congress flip in 2018) given the stupidity of the progs with their silly deonstrations, but vagina hats? Come on! One check of "pussy hats" via Google will show that they are in reality pink cat hats.
Bill Kamps Added Jan 31, 2018 - 9:11am
Prior to the 1980s there were no PACs, lobbyists and special interest groups
 
Who do you think picked the political candidates before there was a primary system?  not the poor, and not the middle class.  It was ONLY the rich and special interests.  They didnt even have to pretend the people were selecting the candidates.
 
 
Yes the system skirted towards the rich but objectives like full employment, protection of workers' right to organize, social mobility grew the most prosperous and widespread middle class in mankind.  A vibrant middle class doesn't happen by accident,
 
Government did not create the middle class coming out of the Depression, and no  it wasnt an accident either.  The aftermath of WWII pushed the size of the middle class, because the US was the only industrial economy not damaged by the war.  Now that many other countries can make steel, cars, and so on, things have reverted to the mean. 
 
George N Romey Added Jan 31, 2018 - 11:21am
Bill policy until the 1980s was full employment. That later changed to inflation in the 80s.
Bill Kamps Added Feb 1, 2018 - 10:43am
George, policy, schmolicy. 
 
In 1960 the US produced 34% of world GDP with 5% of the population.  With so much production, labor was in short supply, people were paid well, and a great deal of wealth was created.  To credit government policy for this incredible success is nonsense.
 
If there is a government policy that would return us to 35% of world GDP, then yes government could return our economy to the glory days of the 1960s that you miss so much.  However, no such policy exists.
 
In sports its called reverting to the mean.  It is not statistically normal for so few people to dominate world production by so much, and keep it going indefinitely.
Edward Miessner Added Feb 1, 2018 - 12:59pm
Bill Kamps,
 
It certainly was government policy that brought us to 35% of world GDP with only 5% of the population: specifically, the US entry into World War II which guaranteed that the German and Japanese industrial areas would be bombed to smithereens and then the US government propping up and helping rebuild those defeated countries plus the other Western European countries through the Marshall Plan.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 1, 2018 - 2:35pm
Bill
 
"It is not statistically normal for so few people to dominate world production by so much, and keep it going indefinitely."
 
History teaches a very different message. 
Jeff Michka Added Feb 4, 2018 - 9:27pm
syck ryck the Barry Goldwater Republican sez: We are about to embark on a new cruise that may show the world that socialism and its more   ugly variants are NOT the way forward.-New "cruise," eh? Full speed, icebergs ahead!!
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 5, 2018 - 1:36pm
JM
 
Socialism has failed. Live with it. 
Edward Miessner Added Feb 5, 2018 - 3:27pm
rycK, Jeff,
 
And capitalism will fail, too.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 5, 2018 - 4:54pm
"rycK, Jeff,
 
And capitalism will fail, too."
 
Based on what??  Your leftist politics? Capitalism has been around for 5000  years or so. What failed is socialism, Marxism, Leninism, Maoism and Castroism. 
George N Romey Added Feb 5, 2018 - 5:49pm
I think Capitalism will eventually take a different form than the corporation. The system as it stands puts profits over human needs in the name of capitalism. Eventually there will be more balance. Worker owned coops or worker self directed enterprises are starting to pop up and are as productive and profitable as typical top down companies. 
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 6, 2018 - 9:57am
George
 
"I think Capitalism will eventually take a different form than the corporation. The system as it stands puts profits over human needs in the name of capitalism."
 
Capitalism has not changed significantly for 5000 years so you expect that it will metamorphose into something acceptable to the left. I    suppose Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Castro and Kim were concerned about "over human needs."
 
The Pyramidal Theory of Capitalism Explained in Simple Terms.
 
http://ryckki.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-pyramidal-theory-of-capitalism.html
 
ha ha ha         
Edward Miessner Added Feb 6, 2018 - 3:37pm
"Capitalism has been around for 5000  years or so."
 
Based on what? Capitalism as we know it - corporate capitalism - surely wasn't.  Now you don't think Feudalism is a form of Capitalism, do you? The differences between Feudalism and Capitalism.
Edward Miessner Added Feb 6, 2018 - 3:40pm
George - "Worker owned coops or worker self directed enterprises are starting to pop up and are as productive and profitable as typical top down companies."
 
And as such they are enterprises that are both capitalist and quasi-communist. Marx's dream was that the workers would eventually control the means of production. Of course, his prescription failed to bring about the desired results.
Edward Miessner Added Feb 6, 2018 - 3:45pm
For the record, Communism as practiced by the Soviets (at least since Stalin), the Chinese under Mao, Cuba under Castro, etc., was really a form of state monopoly capitalism encompassing the whole economy.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 6, 2018 - 4:22pm
Edward Miessner
 
Ever read the Manifesto of Communism??  It is not capitalism
Edward Miessner Added Feb 6, 2018 - 5:03pm
So you say. But the Communists still had the monopoly and still had all the capital! And called it Socialist. And Karl Marx was badly mistaken that the state achieved a monopoly over the whole economy, it would magically dissipate until the workers themselves actually controlled the means of production.
George N Romey Added Feb 6, 2018 - 5:13pm
Ed as I understand Marx he believed that the state should take over the means of production and then hand it over to the workers. Of course he was naive as hell to think government bureaucrats would ever let go of power and that was his failure. Bureaucrats can be just as greedy and myopic as any CEO,
 
What we’ve had in the US since the late 19th century is corporatism. It’s successes have been mixed,
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 7, 2018 - 9:16am
EM
 
"So you say. But the Communists still had the monopoly and still had all the capital!"
 
A wild distortion of Marxism. The 'capital' was stolen and the state tried to run everything. Remember  the collective farms?
 
Ever read the 1848 Manifesto of Communism?? 
Edward Miessner Added Feb 7, 2018 - 5:23pm
George - "Of course he was naive as hell to think government bureaucrats would ever let go of power and that was his failure."
 
Definitely.  Government, no matter how it's constituted and where, always increases in scope and power until it collapses or is overthrown.  Which is why, I think, that the route to the "worker's paradise" is through a free enterprise system. 
Edward Miessner Added Feb 7, 2018 - 5:26pm
rycK, "The 'capital' was stolen and the state tried to run everything."
 
And how is that any different from my statement, "But the Communists still had the monopoly and still had all the capital!" other than how they got the capital in the first place?
 
And yes, I have read his Manifesto - not the whole thing, but parts including his prescription for Communist Revolution. N.B. what I wrote above: "Karl Marx was badly mistaken that [when] the state achieved a monopoly over the whole economy, it would magically dissipate until the workers themselves actually controlled the means of production."
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 8, 2018 - 10:44am
Ed "


 "Karl Marx was badly mistaken that [when] the state achieved a monopoly over the whole economy, it would magically dissipate until the workers themselves actually controlled the means of production."









 "
 
The blather here stem from the proposed and predicted Golden Age where government is unnecessary. That is  joke now and was a joke now. 
 
Capitalism has nothing to do with Marxism, Leninism, Stalin-ism, Maoism, Castro ism or one of several California variants.
 
Communism is dog doo doo.
 






George N Romey Added Feb 8, 2018 - 11:32am
Karl Marx wrote about capitalism, business and government in the mid 19th century. A time when everything was far simpler and the majority of the population could barely read or write. It’s like comparing the Model T to today’s automobile. Why on Earth people feel the need to talk about Marx is beyond me. Communism in the form it was taken failed. Capitalism is showing signs of strain in developed nations. Hopefully the world migrates to something better, possibly WSDEs. However I’ll probably be dead and gone by then.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 8, 2018 - 11:59am
George
 
"Capitalism is showing signs of strain in developed nations."
 
I think you meant to say that government "showing signs of strain in developed nations," as their handling of many economies tend to reflect communism directly [NOKO, Cuba, several places in Africa] and other phony ideals. 
 
The Pyramidal Theory of Capitalism Explained in Simple Terms.
 
http://ryckki.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-pyramidal-theory-of-capitalism.html
 
Capitalism creates efficient jobs by definition and when those jobs become inefficient they are summarily eliminated or the job holders retrained or given new assignments. Marxism is a failed ideological system that originally attempted to capture and redirect profits from the capitalists and return them to the masses with government control and ownership of the means of production, but that was never the case in practice. Mao demoted corporate executives to menial tasks such as sweeping floors in their own factories and placed political hacks with no business skills in charge and even selected a person who had no college education to run the University of Peking. Needless to say, this process was a failure. Marxism, supposedly based on equality, is even more exclusory than capitalism when viewed on a distribution of wealth basis because only the party members have wealth and power. Statists[1] insist that the state is more important than the
sum of the individuals and that individuals can be sacrificed and replaced for the benefit of the state thus pogroms and reeducation camps and gulags are necessary to force many citizens into some kind of leftist cartoon feature as an example to all. Capitalism insists that individuals perform functions efficiently and are regarded as valuable as individuals if they fulfill this requirement and are rewarded according to their particularized contribution to the efficiency of the pyramid. Many capitalists are not easily replaceable [except when traded among different pyramids] and this violently collides with and is in direct opposition to statist dogma.  Jobs are not easily transferable among the various levels of the pyramid in opposition to the statist dogmas and this is what determines the height of the pyramid and the steepness of the walls or the higher the apex the more successful the pyramid. The secondary enemy of capitalism or the modern corporation is the union that continuously recites the hackneyed slogan “equal pay for equal work.” There is no equal work above the levels of menials in pyramids and the unions attempt to put in work ‘rules’ that require more employees to be hired [featherbedding] thus boosting costs and reducing profits and endlessly harp about job definitions to expand their power. Unionism forces many pyramids to collapse and move elsewhere as in the US steel industry, the auto industry and textile businesses. Unions cannot comprehend, or wish not to acknowledge that they can, the notion that rank and file wages and benefits are different from country to country and that high costs make the corporation less competitive and prone to spontaneous dismantlement or toward the nearest exit. What unions and statists also fail to observe is how easily pyramids can be folded and reconstructed in a different locale or under a different governmental system thus they were mystified and stunned when US and European manufacturing plants migrated to Asia, but not South American or Africa. Socialism, much like unionism, requires that the citizens depend on the state for nearly everything; capitalism requires that individuals contribute much more than a single individual could do in another setting for the general benefit of both the pyramid and the individual. Capitalism is thus positive and productive whereas socialism and its variants are destructive and negative. 
 
George N Romey Added Feb 8, 2018 - 12:09pm
Well isn’t that the issue? The means of production can go just about anywhere now. But workers are also your customers or your customers’ customer. The moving of production to lower cost area over time and in aggregate quantities begins to destroy the customer base. I’m also including service sectors and professional jobs. Ultimately this leads to lower or stagnant pay. At first cheaper products (and in our case easy to get debt) minimizes the impact. But over time even cheaper goods and services can’t compensate for a lower standard of living.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 8, 2018 - 12:59pm
George
 
""Capitalism is showing signs of strain in developed nations.""
 
That issue? [look at the leadership in 3rd world countries]
 
"But over time even cheaper goods and services can’t compensate for a lower standard of living."
 
Who said everyone should have a commensurate standard of living?
 
The observation about pyramidal societies of the last 5000 years shows that power is always concentrated at the top of the pyramids. The notion that pyramids can be flattened is a socialist dream of the most silly sort.  Pyramids that crash are quickly rebuilt by shuffling around the assets and resources. 
 
The pyramid is generated by placing the best people in the most important jobs and is the very essence of the opposite of equality and all that phony rot.
 
Those on the left who would change the system never had any talent except for revolution and murder. 
 
The world works in a certain and attempts to change that way by threats, tears or  phony new economic theories are so much bunkum. 
 
Live with it.........
Edward Miessner Added Feb 8, 2018 - 4:34pm
"The blather here stem from the proposed and predicted Golden Age where government is unnecessary. That is  joke now and was a joke now."
 
And yet your side wants to shrink government to a size where, as Grover Nordquist put it, you guys can drown it in the bathtub. At least you admit that ain't gonna happen.   
  
Capitalism has nothing to do with Marxism, Leninism, Stalin-ism, Maoism, Castro ism or one of several California variants. 
 
 
https://www.google.com/search?q=state+capitalism&oq=state+capitalism&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2895j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  
Communism is dog doo doo. "
George N Romey Added Feb 8, 2018 - 4:53pm
Notquist BTW whose firm is big into securing HB1 visas.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 9, 2018 - 12:28pm
EM
 
"And yet your side wants to shrink government to a size where, as Grover Nordquist put it, you guys can drown it in the bathtub. At least you admit that ain't gonna happen.  "
 
So what?? 
that sounds good to me. Let us cut away a log of  programs: DoE, parts of NASA, DoS, Welfare, Social Sec., and the remnants of the phony Great Society, HUD, etc. 
 
Are  you saying we need more government?
Edward Miessner Added Feb 9, 2018 - 2:56pm
George,
 
HA! Should have known. I guess he also wants to shrink the ability of the American people to make a living too! For what end, I don't know: drowning the American people in the bathtub doesn't sound like a good idea, even for Grover Nordquist.
Edward Miessner Added Feb 9, 2018 - 3:02pm
rycK,
 
Well yes we need more government, but we need good government, and in the right places such as the social safety net! Unfortunately we don't have good government anywhere, we have the government we deserve, and will get more of it in all the wrong places (DoD, NSA, CIA, parts of the FBI and DOJ, etc., etc.).
Edward Miessner Added Feb 9, 2018 - 3:07pm
PS rycK, did you see my little link on State Capitalism? Here is the definition again in a nutshell - a political system wherein the state has control of production and the use of capital. The Communist countries all conformed to this at one time or another. 
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 10, 2018 - 12:53pm
This is an exclusionary essay using definitions to escape and blind analysis. 
 
"The Communist countries all conformed to this at one time or another. "
 
So, we need something like communism? Let us give another good try and make it work!! How about the Cuban or North Korean models?
Edward Miessner Added Feb 10, 2018 - 2:13pm
"So, we need something like communism?"
 
No, we need a free enterprise system wherein the workers own their workplaces and control them, too. Of course, I am not optimistic on us getting such a system. 
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
"No, we need a free enterprise system wherein the workers own their workplaces and control them, too. Of course, I am not optimistic on us getting such a system. "
The problem here is gathering enuf capital to form a free enterprise system that generates enuf profit to stay in business. 
 
This only works for entrepreneurs and others. 
 
I share your lack of optimism in this idea  as well .
George N Romey Added Feb 10, 2018 - 3:02pm
Most WSDEs have done very well.  Its this silly notion that ordinary people are too stupid to make good decisions about their work life.  Sadly we probably won't get to that world because enough people have been brainwashed that only the Ivy Leaguers can to "brain work."  From my experience a good part of that lot are functional idiots.
Edward Miessner Added Feb 12, 2018 - 12:13pm
"The problem here is gathering enuf capital to form a free enterprise system that generates enuf profit to stay in business."
 
"This only works for entrepreneurs and others."
 
Well that depends on how that capital is raised and where it's raised from. And yet where it has been tried, Worker's Self-Directed Enterprises have usually done well (Just like George says).
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 12, 2018 - 5:12pm
EM
 
"Worker's Self-Directed Enterprises ."
 
"The New York Times Magazine has target="_hplink" rel="nofollow">named him “America’s most prominent Marxist Economist” and he continues to embellish this vitae by pointing out egregious examples of U.S.-style capitalism going horribly wrong and then making the case for returning labor to its former and power.
 
The professor’s latest campaign is to educate us all as to the value of “Worker’s Self-Directed Enterprises” (WSDE) and why this business model is not just simply an alternative to traditional top-down authoritarian capitalist enterprises, but its replacement."--https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jerry-ashton/worker-self-directed-enterprise_b_2385334.html
 
From Huffy-Puffy we see. 
 
Another commie spouts off with   more Marxism. 
 
A very minor example and a good case for government to get in and direct the monies to its preferences, like solar. 
 
GNR
 
"Its this silly notion that ordinary people are too stupid to make good decisions about their work life.  "
 
We saw this in the early USSR' PRC and in Italy in 1919 where the 'workers' took control of bushiness and could not run them properly. .Very few people can run businesses. Period. But, show us with private capital [no government monies] and maybe we will believe. 
 
What do you think business school is for??
Jeff Michka Added Feb 12, 2018 - 5:35pm
Syck Ryck, the Barry Goldwater Republican sez: is the very essence of the opposite of equality and all that phony rot.-Yeah, all that phony rot like equality.  Tell the folks, once more, why you hide behind a JFK association and are just another cryptofascist?  More phony rot?
 
Edward Miessner Added Feb 14, 2018 - 5:12pm
rycK
 
Ah, you must have found Richard D. Wolff! And yes, I know all about his Marxian economics.
 
"But, show us with private capital [no government monies] and maybe we will believe."
 
Have you ever heard of the Mondragon Corporation in Spain? It's a collective of workers' self-directed cooperatives. Although a some of the cooperatives had gone under, most noticeably the ones in Mondragon's applicance division, the rest are still doing well as far as I know.
George N Romey Added Feb 14, 2018 - 5:33pm
Are these the same business school gurus that needed a bail out of over $10 trillion?
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 15, 2018 - 9:19am
Ed Miessner
 
"Have you ever heard of the target="_blank">Mondragon Corporation in Spain?"
 
Have you ever heard of the USSR? kaputt und weg!
 
What was the outcome of Leninism in Italy and Germany?
Edward Miessner Added Feb 15, 2018 - 5:37pm
rycK,
 
So you have nothing to say in response to my calling  Mondragon to your attention. Just a distraction to the old Soviet Union.
 
Italy and Germany? Those two countries never did have a Leninist-style Socialist economy, now did they? Hmm?
Jeff Michka Added Feb 17, 2018 - 5:32pm
Italy and Germany? Those two countries never did have a Leninist-style Socialist economy, now did they?-Remember syck ryck is really a Barry Goldwater Republican...
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 18, 2018 - 2:19pm
Edward Miessner
 
"Italy and Germany? Those two countries never did have a Leninist-style Socialist economy, now did they? Hmm?"
 
Here:
 
"The Bavarian Soviet Republic (GermanBayerische Räterepublik)[1][2] was the short-lived unrecognised socialist state in Bavaria during the German Revolution of 1918–19.[3][4] It took the form of a workers' council republic. Its name is variously rendered in English as the Bavarian Council Republic[5] or the Munich Soviet Republic (the German name Räterepublik means a republic of councils or committees; council or committee is also the meaning of the Russian word soviet)[6][2] after its capital of Munich. It was established in April 1919 following the demise of Kurt Eisner's People's State of Bavaria and sought independence from the also newly-proclaimed Weimar Republic. However, it was overthrown less than a month later by elements of the German Army and the paramilitary Freikorps."--https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Revolution_of_1918%E2%80%9319
 
"The Spartacist uprising (GermanSpartakusaufstand), also known as the January uprising (Januaraufstand), was a general strike (and the armed battles accompanying it) in Germany from 4 to 15 January 1919. Germany was in the middle of a post-war revolution, and two of the perceived paths forward were either social democracy or a council/soviet republic similar to the one which had been established by the Bolshevik Party in Russia. The uprising was primarily a power struggle between the moderate Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) led by Friedrich Ebert, and the radical communists of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD), led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, who had previously founded and led the Spartacist League(Spartakusb
George N Romey Added Feb 18, 2018 - 2:26pm
I don’t get the obessesions with “isms.” Publix is a very successful partial WSDE in the Southeast section of the US. By all means it’s capitalism in the way that the grocery chain functions to make a profit. Some people think socialism to be one in which workers control the fate of the enterprise,
Edward Miessner Added Feb 18, 2018 - 2:34pm
rycK,
 
Well the BSR under the Eugen Leviné government certainly set out to devolve the workplaces to the ownership and control of their workers and did so with the factories. But like the Spartacist uprising it was put down by forces of the German Wehrmacht loyal to the Weimar Republic and the German Freikorps, was it not? In other words, it never had a chance to succeed or fail! 
Edward Miessner Added Feb 18, 2018 - 2:43pm
George,
 
And Publix is a very good example! It used to be wholly a WSDE but as time marched on, more and more of the employees became retirees. To me, WSDE is a method of building "communism" without overthrowing capitalism. But not all of these enterprises that were created still exist unto this very day: for example, the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, another employee-owned company, was bought out by Blackstone Capital Partners and later on sold out to the Union Pacific RR. Wikipedia gives no reason why the CNWRR was bought out by Blackstone - the workers may have sold out, the company may have been struggling financially, or Blackstone committed a hostile takeover. 
Edward Miessner Added Feb 18, 2018 - 2:45pm
Jeff,
 
Yes he is... and he cannot stand any sort of free enterprise that's not controlled by the banks, entrepreneurs and and big businessmen. Oh he'll tell you differently but he certainly told me enough to show me where he stands!
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 18, 2018 - 3:54pm
Edward Miessner
 
" it never had a chance to succeed or fail! "
 
It was established by Soviet theory and held for a while. Therefore there as a Marxist revolution in parts of Germany and parts of Italy.
 
Recall that Leninism was the great hope of the far left in 1919 and still has its adherents. 
Edward Miessner Added Feb 19, 2018 - 3:33pm
"It was established by Soviet theory and held for a while."
 
Yeah, like a month.
 
"Therefore there as a Marxist revolution in parts of Germany and parts of Italy."
 
Italy not proven! And in Germany? Strangled in its cradle!
 
"Recall that Leninism was the great hope of the far left in 1919 and still has its adherents."
 
Well Leninism does does have its drawbacks, which are dealbreakers for me: such as the vanguard party status that gave the Bolsheviks total one-party control? This is what your GOP is gunning for! Even so, it does have one thing going for it: it had precepts that were diametrically opposed to the autocratic style of Joseph Stalin (such as right of national self-determination at least with the soviet system). Even Lenin found himself opposed to Stalin
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Feb 19, 2018 - 5:17pm
EM
 
"This is what your GOP is gunning for! "
 
I am not GOP. I am a JFK Dem.
 
""It was established by Soviet theory and held for a while."
 
Yeah, like a month."
 
That is still significant. North Italy had several companies seized by workers who tried to run such businesses and failed. That is Leninism.
Edward Miessner Added Feb 20, 2018 - 4:07pm
For a JFK Dem you sure sound like a Goldwater Republican.
 
So you think a month is significant. I don't. There are lots of revolutions stillborn or strangled in their cradles that nobody cares about.
 
North Italy - couldn't find any source on it. And besides when was this? Before Mussolini? Of course failure is to be expected if the workers have no management experience, particularly when trying out a new economic theory on the fly.
 
But the Mondragon Corporation appears to be a successful example of Leninism. What do you make of that?
 
I'm not going to quibble with you any more. This is getting tiresome.
Jeff Michka Added Feb 22, 2018 - 12:48pm
I am not GOP. I am a JFK Dem.-LOL  Riiiight.  Still hoping that "JFK' THING WILL BUY YOU CREDIBILITY?
 
Eric Reports Added Mar 7, 2018 - 8:59am
Trump will be re-elected because the Dems haven't learned anything from their 2016 defeat.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Mar 7, 2018 - 10:48am
"Trump will be re-elected because the Dems haven't learned anything from their 2016 defeat."
They will double down on race-baiting and calls for more taxes and bigger government.