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The time: A late night in early October, 2018. The place: A windowless room deep in the bowels of the White House. The players: The brain trust for the 2018 mid-term election.

 

"We've got to get back to the basics," said the thin, balding man. "There is no way we can permit this revolution to fail."

 

"Well, we've managed to make a martyr out of Brett. That should keep our base mollified." A lone woman in the room gave her single contribution to the discussion.

 

The thin, balding man cleared his throat. "Yes, but once the vote's taken, they'll forget. They'll be satisfied. And satisfaction is the last thing we want for our side. We want them afraid, and angry."

 

The man in the immaculate suit and the neatly trimmed white hair raised his arms up in an air of supplication. "Stephen, why can we not go with what won before? Surely they haven't wised up to us by now, have they?"

 

The thin, balding man looked over at the white haired man. He brought his hand up and stroked his chin, trying to think about this most critical month of the administration. Then, slowly, a smirk stole across his face. He spoke. "You know, it just may work. All we have to do is get the fear factor back. You there!" He pointed to a faceless form in the shadows. "What have you heard about a new group of migrants in central America starting to form up?"

 

The aide who had been summoned clicked on his laptop, then replied. "It looks like there's a group in Honduras that may be ready to march soon. We've intercepted some communications that they are ready to begin as early as next week."

 

The balding man smiled. "Is there anything we can do to help them? You know, without anyone finding out? The last thing we want is our fingerprints on their march."

 

The aide, looked back at his computer, then said. "I'm sure we can manage a bit of logistical support behind the scenes. No one ever looks at how these things form."

 

The white haired man said, "I'll just bet if we work it right, we can blame a new caravan on Soros."

 

The balding man replied, "Damn straight. We'll tar him with this one just like we've done the last five times."

 

Suddenly, the rumpled figure over in the corner stirred himself to life. His scraggly hair hung over his face, but he seemed scarcely to care that he appeared so slovenly. "Yes, that will be good. Revive the fear of the other. It would be good if we were able to deploy the military to the border before the election."

 

The aide dared to speak up. "Sir, if these folks started tomorrow, it will be January before they reach any border."

 

The rumpled figure glared in the aide's direction. Then he turned to the balding man, "So much the better. The longer we can keep this in front of the public, the better for us." He paused, then added "If we could just conflate this group of migrants with Arab terrorism, we'd get twice the pop out of this."

 

The aide said, "I'm on it, sir."

 

The rumpled figure got up from his chair, and brushed his hair back away from his eyes. "You guys asked me back in here because of how I managed the last campaign. Well, if you want my help, you have to be willing to do what I say. Is this a go?"

 

The white haired man said, "I can speak for him. We need you. We'll do what you say. Anything but Nancy Pelosi leading the House again."

 

The rumpled figure then started pacing back and forth, waiting for the words to form in his head. He started to speak as he crossed the room. "Ok, we're in a bad place with this thing about pre-existing conditions. It seems that's something even our crowd likes. We have to convince everyone that we are the folks who will keep this in place."

 

Another aide who had been in the shadows spoke up. "How can we do that when we've been telling everyone we want to repeal and replace?"

 

The rumpled figure raised a finger at the offending voice. "You. Out. You have no place here."

The second aide scurried to gather his things, and left the room, his back to the door so as to not ever show his back to the assembled crowd.

 

The rumpled figure stopped pacing, and held onto the back of one of the enormous office chairs around the conference table. "I have no patience for people like him. Why is it folks can't see that it doesn't matter what we've done in the past, all we have to do is come up with a common story and stick to it. Lying? That word doesn't exist. If we say it often enough, they will believe. We've destroyed their ability to believe anything other than what we say."

 

The balding man spoke. "There must be something we can do with all of these folks who are accosting our friends in restaurants, staging sit-down protests in the Capitol, yelling at us."

 

The rumpled figure smiled. "I've thought of that. Let me see what you think of this. 'Jobs Not Mobs'. I can see that plastered on signs at every rally he holds."

 

The white haired man looked pleased. "I know I can sell that one to him. It's short - he'll remember it. Before we're through, we'll have convinced people that the Democrats are evil creatures, wanting only to seize power in order to make us the Venezuela of the north. I'm sure we can convince some of our friends to foot the bill for some really good visuals on TV."

 

The rumpled figure nodded his head in agreement. "There's one more thing that bothers me, though. That tax thing we did last year, it's not polling well. Even our base has seen right through it. And it hasn't resulted in more revenues - when that deficit figure hits, we'll have to work hard to convince folks everything will be fine." He paused. Then he resumed, "I've got it. Middle of this month, we have him talk about a middle class tax cut. Make it, oh, let's see - 10%. Have him claim that it'll be in effect by the election."

The balding man spoke. "That's genius! How have we done without you this past year."

 

The rumpled man gathered his coat, and got ready to leave the meeting. "You weren't too successful. May I just mention family separation? That was a royal mess. You needed me to reconnect with the people. Don't you forget that. I'll be waiting for your next call." And the rumpled man left the room, while the others remaining were beaming with the knowledge that they had the game plan for the return of Trump's Greatest Hits.

 

Posted first on my blog at http://evenabrokenclock.blog

Comments

FacePalm Added Oct 27, 2018 - 11:45am
As a fantasy, it's well-written.  i'll grant you that.
 
But it bears no relation to reality whatsoever.  i stopped reading right about the time the claim was made that these shadowy figures were fomenting the illegal alien invasion.
Bill H. Added Oct 27, 2018 - 12:15pm
 
EABC -
Timely!
Neil Lock Added Oct 27, 2018 - 12:22pm
Well done, Broken Clock . FacePalm seems not to know the difference between fantasy and fake news. Neither, unfortunately, do the mainstream media.
Dino Manalis Added Oct 27, 2018 - 1:51pm
 Trump and other politicians across the political spectrum should tone down the rhetoric, because lunatics out there find the opportunity to commit violence!  It's barbaric!
Liberal1 Added Oct 27, 2018 - 1:54pm
I was wondering where "Joe" Goebbels got off to because I knew he didn't really commit suicide (off'ing his wife and kids to cover his tracks, yes; off'ing himself?  Nah!).  Good to see that he has rehabilitated himself and now has a part time job in the Trump administration.  That is a good fit for him.
George N Romey Added Oct 27, 2018 - 2:28pm
Like Trump is any different than LBJ, Nixon, RR, the Bushes, Clinton or Obama. People need to do some reading.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 27, 2018 - 3:22pm
Face - I'm sure it doesn't bear any resemblance to reality. We need a new category called satire. That would enable a better understanding of what I was attempting.
 
Besides, I don't think Bannon would even now be welcome into the White House.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 27, 2018 - 3:35pm
Bill - probably my last political post prior to the midterms.
 
Neil - thanks. As I say, we need a category for satire.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 27, 2018 - 3:36pm
Dino, you are exactly correct. DJT has unleashed the hounds of intolerance and violence. It's a shame.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 27, 2018 - 3:37pm
Lib - I failed in my satire. Unless Steve Bannon is a reincarnation of Goebbels. Then it would work.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 27, 2018 - 3:40pm
George - I don't have the same sense of despair as you do. Actually, just saw Doris Kearns Goodwin last night at a lecture, and she was very interesting. And no, she did talk about LBJ and his inveterate story telling (i.e. lying), but there is absolutely no comparison between Trump and his predecessors.
Jeff Michka Added Oct 27, 2018 - 4:02pm
I'm sure Bannon thinks he's a reincarnation of smokin Joe Goebbels,  I. was hoping Stevo would show us how Joe did himself in.  I won't comment on Geeho's despair, but it's endemic and very long term. 
opher goodwin Added Oct 27, 2018 - 6:24pm
EABC - I enjoyed that. Well written.
Liberal1 Added Oct 27, 2018 - 7:24pm
"Unless Steve Bannon is a reincarnation of Goebbels."
 
He's not?  You could have fooled me.  He's a ultra-nationalist who thinks kindly of people like Richard Spencer and David Duke who was in charge of Herr Trump's propaganda.  Perfect fit for Joe...  I mean Steve.   (and he looks so much better with that greasy mop on his head then he did bald.)
Flying Junior Added Oct 27, 2018 - 10:59pm
As a fantasy, it's well-written.  i'll grant you that...  But it bears no relation to reality whatsoever. 
 
No relation to reality?  Isn't it about fomenting fear with lies and exaggeration?  Here is what our parody of the real Steve said.
 
"You know, it just may work. All we have to do is get the fear factor back. You there!" He pointed to a faceless form in the shadows. "What have you heard about a new group of migrants in central America starting to form up?"
 
It looks to me like the strategy is working like a charm.  They certainly have you and Ken running scared.  What was it that you said?
 
i'm hearing that leftists in Venezuela are using money from the UN USAID division to not only fund the invasion, but provide UN transport vehicles, to boot - and that the numbers are actually much closer to 50k than 10 or 15, as the last alleged "count" stated.  Some are saying that the numbers will exceed 100k by the time they hit the border, too.
Johnny Fever Added Oct 28, 2018 - 6:11am
“there is absolutely no comparison between Trump and his predecessors”
 
I couldn’t agree more.  No way would Trump send $1.7 billion dollars, 400 via an airplane in cash, to a state sponsor of terrorism.  No way would Trump have the government take control over one sixth of the economy and think things will go well.  No way would Trump have anything positive to say for a movement that supports the murder of police officers. 
George N Romey Added Oct 28, 2018 - 9:41am
Obviously you aren't reading the right books.  The ones in which former CIA and WH tell of their stories of previous Presidents.  For me I'd rather have some loud mouth than some sly, slick character that tries to give off some uber eloquent public persona.  
Stone-Eater Added Oct 28, 2018 - 9:54am
George
 
All the presidents are employees and entertainment industry figures, as Frank Zappa said. So the only way to get rid of them is having a systems without presidents. Identification figures accepting means no more than no individual thinking is around.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 28, 2018 - 9:55am
For me I'd rather have some loud mouth than some sly, slick character that tries to give off some uber eloquent public persona.  
 
Now you have both in one person. Progress LOL
George N Romey Added Oct 28, 2018 - 10:10am
One prime example. Obama never told the US citizens that he assured the Wall Street bankers he was going to take care of them.  His comments were leaked out by pissed off, frustrated staff incensed that Obama threw suffering Americans off the cliff in exchange for taking care of his big money donors.
 
Trump on the other hand would just blurt it out that he gave Wall Street assurances they'd be immediately healed with no negative ramifications (like going to jail for committing fraud).  Yes, Trump would try to pass it off as a great thing for the American people but ultimately we'd see just how little national politics cares for the ordinary American.
Koshersalaami Added Oct 28, 2018 - 11:16am
Cute post. 
 
Conspiracy theories cut both ways. This isn’t a real one, but on the other side there are real ones, one being the Venezuela story, the other being allegations that the group includes would-be Arab terrorists. 
 
By the way, concerning the money Obama “gave” to Iran: Please stop acting like it was foreign aid. What he did was allow them access to money that was already theirs, frozen assets that he unfroze. 
 
Understand that I have more personal reason to hate the Iranian government than most of you do - a country that has held Holocaust denial conferences is one that has targeted my people. I think the whole secret negotiation was something Obama blatantly promised the Israelis he wouldn’t do, ignoring the fact that a nuclear Iran is not remotely an existential threat to the United States but is a blatant existential threat to Israel, to the point where a senior Iranian military official referred to Israel as a “one bomb country,” meaning it would take one warhead to wipe them out.. I agree with almost nothing Obama did in the Middle East, from backing the deposing of the Mubarak government to replace them with Muslim Brotherhood to participating in the utter destabilization of Libya to drawing a line in the sand with Syria about the use of chemical weapons then failing to do anything when Syria crossed the line. 
 
But when I see shots that aren’t legitimate, I find myself in the position of defending parties I don’t want to defend. That goes for anyone. In early October of 2016, Trump talked to a group of veterans and made a remark about veterans not being able to handle PTSD. Joe Biden raked him over the coals. So I went to watch the video of his making the remark, concluded that he was being badly misinterpreted, that he had acted properly and compassionately, and so I wrote a post defending him. Writing a post defending Trump wasn’t something I ever expected to do in a million years, but the accusation was a bad one, so I did. Incidentally, that night on the Daily Show, Trevor Noah defended Trump over exactly the same thing. 
 
The release of Iranian money was in no way a gift. Even if we don’t think Iran met the conditions to have the funds freed up, it was still Iranian money. 
Flying Junior Added Oct 28, 2018 - 5:22pm
I think Johnny probably already knows this.  Truth just doesn't really get in the way all that much.
 
KS,
 
You are a valuable voice.  I have been wondering a great deal about Iran.  I wonder if they as a nation truly deserve to continue to be vilified as state sponsors of terror.  Surely there is historical evidence of Iranian money funding terrorists in the past.  Is this still going on?  What gives the United States any right to punish Iran today?  Was Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal anything other than in-your-face showmanship similar to his withdrawal from climate talks.  What has changed nearing the end of the second decade of the new millenium?
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 28, 2018 - 5:43pm
Johnny, I recommend either aspirin or ibuprofen in order to quell your fever. One thing I'll say about health care - either through Medicaid, or Medicare, or through the implicit tax giveaway provided due to health care insurance not being taxed as income, the Federal government has already provided money for most of the US health care funding. The only incremental thing that the ACA did was provide subsidies similar to the tax benefits from health care taxation practice, to those who did not have insurance. That and allow states to expand Medicaid. It was not a "GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF 1/6 OF THE ECONOMY!"  It was a free market approach to use the insurance free market system to allow those who cannot afford health care insurance to actually have skin in the game and buy it. But over and over I hear how socialism is creeping, nay, galloping into our lives. Well, BOLLOCKS. It is not, and it will not, and even if we even have single-payer (like Medicare), it will have a significant private insurance component like Medicare does.
 
I think the mental processes of those who love the current dysfunctional medical system in the US (Most spent by far for some of the worst outcomes) is, shall we say, in need of a bit of revision.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 28, 2018 - 5:46pm
George, if it is deceit and prevarication that keeps us from annihilating ourselves with nuclear weapons, I'm all for deceit and prevarication. I am not for some loud mouth who has zero filter between his brain and his mouth (or his fingers), and who represents an existential threat to the population of at least the northern hemisphere.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 28, 2018 - 5:48pm
Stone - good point. How people can think this failed casino and real estate developer had any redeeming social value is beyond me. If I consider him as only an entertainment figure, he certainly has fooled some of the people all of the time.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 28, 2018 - 5:50pm
Kosher, thank you for your post. You replied more eloquently to Johnny regarding the money sent to Iran than I could, so I let your statement stand.
 
I was not familiar with the PTSD talk. I'll have to look it up.
Flying Junior Added Oct 28, 2018 - 9:59pm
Another product of the fear-mongering appears to be the synagogue shooting.  Mass murderer, Robert Bowers, was heard shouting, "All Jews must die!" as he carried out his gory massacre.  Bower believed that Jews were funding the group of migrants walking north through Mexico.  I guess that is because George Soros is of Jewish ancestry?
 
When you elect a hard-right nationalist who is not afraid to bring together disparate groups of racists and anti-semites, hatred takes on a new dimension.  The list of Trump-inspired hate crimes is getting longer.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 29, 2018 - 7:42am
FJ
 
So now comes Nazitime in full force to the US. Hm....Trump likes dictators. I wouldn't be surprized if he'd have some sympathy for Hitler LOL
Susitna Added Oct 29, 2018 - 8:08am
The moment I read the words “fear factor” I knew that you might be someone with a high level of projection. It is the DNC that always uses fear to attract voters. Women, seniors and African Americans lived in fear for decades because they were systematically lied to. Don’t even get me started with examples.
 
You were practically forced to write at the very beginning that the imaginary meeting took place at the White House. If not, I would have thought that you were describing a discussion that was taking place at the DNC headquarters. This, as a matter of fact, is THEIR modus operandi. And by the way, many communists don’t want to see Pelosi with the gavel ever again, so this is not a GOP position only. And I can tell you already now that several vicious women like Harris, Warren, Waters, Feinstein, Gillibrand etc. will get into a fist fight to achieve more power within the DNC after Pelosi is gone.  
 
It is surprising how you just don’t want to understand who President Trump really is. You can say whatever you want but something he is well known for and is undisputable is that he loves and respects children. He would never endanger children and under no circumstances, he would permit that children participate in an outmost dangerous caravan without food, water and shelter.
 
One of the reasons why he is so hated by many and in Hollywood etc. is his enterprise against pedophilia. Yes, PEDOPHILIA one of the great income sources at the border and across the border – unfortunately worldwide. Thousands of pedophiles have been incarcerated since he took over the office and President Trump is risking everything, even his own life, to protect children.
 
Pelosi loves other kinds of children, the teens from MS-13, who entered the country during the Obama administration and who were defined as to be “unaccompanied minors”. So ask yourself who is really planning what at the border.
Koshersalaami Added Oct 29, 2018 - 8:45am
EABC,
I wrote about the Trump PTSD talk on Oct. 3, 2016. It had just happened, so that’s the time to look for it in.
 
FJ,
Yes, it is still going on. Iran not only has connections with Hezbollah (in terms of training, arming, and getting them to act as proxies), they also have connections to organizations within Gaza and there is evidence they recently escalated. 
 
A few weeks ago I found out that there are heavily armed Iranian troops in Syria within about fifty miles of the Israeli border. There are two questions about Iran, one involving how much it is in American interests to stop them and how much of a danger they are to Israel. I don’t know that much about the first question independently. I don’t know enough about how much of a danger Iran is to maintaining American oil supplies, I doubt they are involved in sponsoring terrorism targeting the United States, and I think what nukes would do for them regarding us is keep them safe from us. However, the danger they are to Israel is underestimated by the rest of the world at every turn and, make no mistake about this, Iran is absolutely the aggressor in this relationship. There are two reasons for this. One is outrage at Jews having power over Muslims and the other is a quest for regional dominance. Arab governments have been vilifying the crap out of Israel for decades in large part in order to distract their populations from how badly their governments are screwing them. The governments themselves understand that this is political but their populations don’t, having had access to news restricted; their populations think this is moral. The Iranian mullahs favor Islamicist governments because they are one while the Sunni governments are not and are desperately afraid of being overthrown internally and replaced by Islamicist regimes. (One of the other regional dynamics is that the Sunni governments hate Hamas, largely for this reason, particularly Egypt, because Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.)  The Iranian government uses opposition to Israel to appeal to Arab populations: We’re assuming leadership where your own governments aren’t. As a result, a few of the Sunni governments are cooperating with Israel under the table because they all have a common enemy in Iran. 
 
The Western press doesn’t tend to talk too much about Iranian aggression. They don’t talk about how Ahmedinejad held Holocaust denial conferences in Tehran. (Why? Because the Holocaust is sometimes used to justify Israel’s existence.) They don’t talk about military parades with Israeli destinations written on missiles like we used to write “a gift to Hitler/Tojo” on bombs in WWII. They don’t talk about how many Iranian officials have made references in public to Israel’s eradication. They don’t talk enough about how many Israeli lives have been lost due to Iranian proxies, including the fact that Hezbollah carried out an action against Israel when Israel hadn’t crossed the Lebanese border in six years. They don’t talk about how the main reason Israel ever bombs anything in Syria is in missions intercepting Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah in Lebanon, which are mainly routed through Syria. 
 
Just as additional information: The Sunni governments mainly prefer Trump over Obama, as does Israel. They were horrified that he threw an ally like Mubarak under the bus, particularly in favor of a (democratically elected) Islamicist regime that incidentally ended up being more oppressive than the military government that both preceded it and succeeded it. They were more horrified that he drew a line in the sand about Syrian use of chemical weapons, then did nothing when Syria crossed it. (By the way, there’s a high probability that that inaction is what convinced the Chinese that it was safe to get aggressive in the South China Sea.) 
 
 
 
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 29, 2018 - 10:18am
Stone - you are aware that the only book that we definitely know Trump has read is the book that ex-wife Ivana said he kept by the side of his bed - a book of Hitler's speeches. "Nuf said.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 29, 2018 - 10:19am
FJ - the list is getting longer, and has far to go before it is blotted from this nation's memory.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 29, 2018 - 10:24am
Susitna - first, welcome to Writerbeat. Next, how is your tin foil hat working out? You seem like you are disappointed that Comet Ping Pong Pizza did not have a basement where captive children were trussed up like pigs awaiting slaughter.  You also obviously thought that I was being literal in my satire, and for that I'm sorry, that your sense of reality is so divorced from actual reality that you thought I was reporting a fact.
 
Yes, Donald loves children so much that he took them away from their parents at the border in order to protect the children from being sold into slavery. Just when I think I've heard it all, along comes a claim like this. Let me ask you, do you still believe the bombing suspect was a false flag as well?
Susitna Added Oct 29, 2018 - 10:41am
You are spreading fake news. The children got separated at the border because they had to verify first if they really belonged to the alleged parents. This happens all over the world when you show up at any border without a passport. You are not ignorant, are you? In many cases - and you know that - the children were abducted, raped or sold by adults who used them only to cross the border. Now that you are bringing up this example I see that you have a broken heart and mind. You don't care about children. God bless you and I hope that someday you will get out of the darkness. You should never use children to spread your lies. And when it comes to the Comet place it was you who brought up this issue not me. Do your own research. It is time for you to take responsibility for what you write. I don't care if you have a poor style but it was pathetic to see that you had to mention the White House already in the introduction. You knew very well who you were actually describing: the communist mob. 
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 29, 2018 - 11:03am
Ah, yes, the fake news gambit. Everything that the President does not like is fake news. Well, let me assure you that I have no intention of passing on fake news. I will pass on satire when it makes a point. But you and your ridiculous insistence upon believing all of these bizarre conspiracy theories really make your credibility equal to the square root of negative one.
 
It is amazing that the once honorable Republican party has devolved into having someone like you take a lead on the task of supporting the sleaze that oozes out of the White House (there, I said it again) on an hourly basis. If it helps, your leader is not an alpha male. He is a gamma cry-baby.
Susitna Added Oct 29, 2018 - 11:15am
To broken heart and mind: God bless you. I will pray for you. 
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 29, 2018 - 11:50am
Ah, bless your heart, Susitna.
Koshersalaami Added Oct 29, 2018 - 11:58am
Great. Lying in the name of God. There were loads of news reports about toddlers crying for their parents.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 29, 2018 - 12:03pm
Kosher, no use trying to convince this newcomer of facts. He obviously lives in a self-induced delusional state brought upon him due to his insulated social sphere. We could go into the discussion about how the government had no IT system in place to link families together after separation.
 
I knows its COMMIES!
George N Romey Added Oct 29, 2018 - 1:06pm
You guys think Trump is bad.  You should read up on the newly elected President of Brazil.  
Susitna Added Oct 29, 2018 - 1:31pm
To Kosher and Broken heart: There were loads of news reports of children that were separated from their parents and transported in buses after crossing the border to an unknown destination..... and all this during the Obama regime. Don't ask me! Ask your lord Obama where those children are today! And yes, there were crying children because they arrive exhausted, hungry and sometimes sick. You sure heard that they had to perform DNA tests to figure out who was a relative or not, or were you insulated in your bubble of "hope and change"? Is this also Trump's fault? I rather separate children from their parents for several days until I can make sure that I am not handing an innocent toddler to some criminal who will commit an abuse or child trafficking. But I understand that both of you don't care because you are incredibly cool. Obama was also super cool??!!
I am not lying in the name of God, but some are lying in the name of Satan. 
Not one of you were able to write something that could make sense to anyone. For sure not to people who care about children. This is the last time that the "newcomer" reads your "super cool" comments. 
Koshersalaami Added Oct 29, 2018 - 1:37pm
No loss
Flying Junior Added Oct 29, 2018 - 7:39pm
Thank you KS.  That was extremely helpful.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 30, 2018 - 9:28am
George - Agree with you re: the new President of Brasil. I remember my visit there back in 2007 when the nation was at its most optimistic. Then came the financial crisis, and that country has never recovered. Partly from its political makeup, partly because of corruption, who knows. But out of the debris from the last 10+ years of decline has sprung the reincarnation of the military junta ready to re-impose martial law.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 30, 2018 - 9:30am
Susitna - bye bye. Hope you enjoy the company of the bugs you will find under the rock you crawled out from in order to emerge on this site.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 30, 2018 - 3:00pm
PS - Sometimes I give myself a pat on the back for being ahead of the game. Well, on one show I saw today they were talking about how the campaign gurus for Trump and the Republicans are reprising Trump's Greatest Hits. Remember, you saw it here first.
Johnny Fever Added Oct 31, 2018 - 11:46am
The ACA did a lot more than your quickie explanation.  However, I concede that prior to the ACA, the government was already very much involved in the healthcare insurance industry. 
 
If I were to summarize the ACA I’d describe it as a back door mechanism to tax the rich and middle class for the benefit of the poor.  Don’t take my word for it, that’s exactly how Jonathan Gruber, the architect of the ACA, described it. 
 
In a free market means the government must remove itself from the market.  By expanding Medicaid, the government interjects itself more. 
 
When we tax the rich and middle class for the benefit of others, that’s socialism.  A capitalist society allows the rich and middle class to keep what they earn. 
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 31, 2018 - 5:58pm
I do agree with you about the taxation of the rich and the medical device creators for the benefit of those who cannot afford medical insurance. Let me share with you one of the things that has affected my belief in this arena. Fully 1/4 of the households of this nation earn less than $30,000 per year. Those are not just the "undeserving poor", they are people like home health aides and hospital orderlies. If someone worked at these necessary tasks, full time, their income would be $15,000 - $20,000 per year. I would defy anyone to live in an urban area on that type of salary, affording buying insurance as well. What would you have these people do? What they have in the past, receive their only medical care at the emergency ward of the hospital?
 
Yes, redistributive policies do allow for transfer of income and benefits from those who have "earned it", to those who may work but cannot afford the product of health insurance. You call it socialism. I call it a price that those of us who have been fortunate in life, owe it to the society that has enabled us to prosper. It will do no good if I can keep all of my money but not be able to find someone to assist me in my home as I become an invalid since all of the home health workers have fled the field since they cannot earn a living.
 
Ideally, we would reassess the value that we apply to these individuals performing this type of job. The current free market system severely undervalues their services. Just my opinion.
Koshersalaami Added Oct 31, 2018 - 11:43pm
I’m still trying to figure out why so many people here think helping the poor is somehow immoral. Part of it is myths of laziness which are mostly just that, the descendants of people who used to say that everyone on welfare drove a Cadillac. What’s weirder to me is how we could have that attitude so prevalent on a site with such a strong fundamentalist Christian presence. Does anyone think Jesus was more worried about the eventual possibility of gay marriage than about how the poor are treated? 
Flying Junior Added Nov 1, 2018 - 12:07am
Some of the guys that model their Christianity appear to be very serious Christians such as FacePalm and TexasLynn.  They are simply unaware of the disconnect between their politics and the example of Jesus Christ.  Feel free to refute this.
 
One or two of the Christians are mostly crazy and so deranged it is difficult to tell if their faith is anything more than zeal on steroids.  There is no lack of scripture and condemnation of non-conformists.
 
Hopefully the really insane guys that claim Trump was anointed by God to be president are long gone.  That's just not a defensible position.
Flying Junior Added Nov 1, 2018 - 12:09am
Face is socially liberal.
Koshersalaami Added Nov 1, 2018 - 6:27am
Refute it? I second it. I don’t have a clue how they miss what was important to him. 
Even A Broken Clock Added Nov 1, 2018 - 10:39am
Kosher and FJ - I'm still trying to understand how someone who is the embodiment of most of the 7 deadly sins has become a favorite of the fundamentalists. It looks to me like those religious folks have sold their souls for Supreme Court justices.
 
I myself am very atypical for being a social liberal. I attend church almost every week. Of course, if I wasn't in the choir, I'd probably reduce my attendance rate, but it is because I have found one of those old-line Protestant churches that actually believes in the social ministry as preached in the gospels that motivates me fully. My own congregation has founded many ministries in my town, including the fully functional meal service that serves two meals per day 365 days per year (serving hundreds each day). Very few churches would put up with the intrusion of the real world into their space, but we have for over 40 years now.
Koshersalaami Added Nov 1, 2018 - 5:04pm
I'm not into my Temple for where we've lived for two years but before that I was there all the time, including Torah study a lot of Saturday mornings at 9:00. I am also a religious liberal. 
Flying Junior Added Nov 1, 2018 - 5:25pm
Sounds like a great church.  My church is involved with the Community Christian Service Association which provides non-perishable food to the needy.  We also do backpacks full of school supplies for all ages.  New underwear, socks and shoes.  Ministry starts at home.
 
Choir practice is the best night of the week!
Koshersalaami Added Nov 1, 2018 - 7:02pm
Well, synagogue. 
Jeffrey Kelly Added Nov 1, 2018 - 9:17pm
Well written.  
 
It’s all true, the ratcheting up the rhetoric, the BS about a tax cut for the middle class, the Soros crap.  
 
BTW I know very little about Soros but what I’ve seen he’s a good man.  His reward is apparently to be the target of conspiracy theories that recently meant a bomb.  
 
What these idiots don’t understand, or frankly don’t care about, is that peddling this crap causes harm and gets people killed.  The synagogue massacre and the MAGA bomber are just the end result of this madness.
 
I am very frightened for my children.
Even A Broken Clock Added Nov 2, 2018 - 11:18am
Jeffrey - thanks. A long time ago as I began my blog after the inauguration, I said that I lived in a target-rich environment. That still holds true.
 
One thing about Soros. He is accused of helping the Nazis in WWII. The man was 9 years old when that war began, and he was less than 15 when the war ended. I'm quite sure that he provided material assistance to the Nazis. Of course, those who smear the man don't care, after all, in this new brave world, facts don't matter.