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Posted by keithosaunders on March 25, 2017
Trump Care, or to be more apt, Death Care, was withdrawn by a House that didn’t have enough Republican votes to get it through to the Senate. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the reason for its failure. Was it because of moderate Republicans who would have to face a constituency that would find itself either uninsured or paying up the wazoola for health care? Or was it because of hard-line, conservative Republicans who thought that the bill was too generous and will not be happy until there are bread lines.
It’s hard to believe that the Trump administration thought that they could ram this bill through Congress in a month’s time and move on to gutting the infrastructure of the country via a budget bill. Talk about hubris.
Posted in health care, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: ACA, Affordable Care Act, Congress, health care, Obama, Obama Care, Paul Ryan, Republicans, Senate, Trump, Trump Care | 2 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on March 16, 2017
I’m imagining an Albany, California town meeting 100 years ago. One of the city council members opens the meeting by stating, We’ve got to come up with a theme for naming our streets. What could it be? What to do? Then the mayor snaps his finger and shouts, I’ve got it, we’ll name the streets after our nation’s worst presidents!
Thus modern Albany was born. For starters I live on Buchanan St. James Buchanan was the only president to remain a bachelor his entire life. Not only that, he was the only president from Pennsylvania. (my home state, incidentally) During his inauguration he vowed to be president for only one term. That’s like me promising not to play at Carnegie Hall. Buchanan was the last president before the Civil War. Nuff said.
Moving west to east we have Fillmore St. Millard Fillmore, our last Whig president, emerged from poverty out of the Finger Lakes in New York State. The Whigs would evaporate after Fillmore’s term and morph into the ‘No-nothings’
Did I mention how Fillmore gained the presidency? That would be the next street over – Taylor St. Fillmore was Zachary Taylor’s vice president. Taylor died 14 months into his term from a digestive ailment brought about by consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk.
That’s about all the time I have today for bad presidential memory lane. I didn’t even get to Polk St. Now enjoy this photo of Harvey Keitel.
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Albany California, Carnegie Hall, Finger Lakes, Harvey Keitel, James Buchanan, James Polk, Millard Fillmore, New York, Pennsylvania, presidents, Whigs, Zachary Taylor | Leave a Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on February 16, 2017
The subject of my post is, admittedly, wishful thinking, but anytime I have the opportunity to quote the great Knick, Michael J. Richardson, I jump at the chance.
Less than a month into the Trump administration it is in a disarray of epic proportions. Just perhaps, and I’m going out on a limb here, it might have been best to hire people who had some actual experience working in government. At any rate, this miserable group of generals and billionaires are by any measure rotten to the core and we, the people, are going to have to batten down the hatches to make it through the next four years. Is there a class I can take in battening?
With Michael Flynn’s resignation the first domino fell. He was on the phone with Russia more often than I call my bookie, but I’ve said too much! There isn’t a chance in hell that he acted on his own but the question is will a public grown accustomed to suckling on the teat of 140 character tweets have the attention span for a Watergate-esque scandal.
Just to be on the safe side I’m brushing up on my Prokofiev sonatas.
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Dis Ship be sinkin, Donald Trump, Michael Flynn, Michael J Richardson, New York Knicks, NSA, Prokofiev, Russia, Twitter, Vladimir Putin | Leave a Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on January 26, 2017
We’re less than a week into Donald Trump’s presidency and it’s clear that we have elected a madman. He continues, without a shred of evidence, to assert the lie that millions of people voted for Hillary Clinton illegally. He appears to want to make good on his promise to build a wall along our southern border even though it will cost billions and do little to prevent illegal immigration. It looks like he’ll do his best to gut the EPA and inhibit efforts to contain global warming. All in less than one week!
The folks for whom I reserve my greatest contempt, however, are the Republican Congressman and operatives. Unlike Trump, these people know what they’re doing. They’re gutting our countries natural resources, selling out the younger generation, feeding the rich, and taxing and imprisoning the poor. All for their own benefit. They can rot in hell as far as I’m concerned.
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: border wall, Congress, Donald Trump, EPA, Hillary Clinton, immigration, Republicans, Trump wall, US | 6 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on December 20, 2016
Donald Trump won the popular vote by nearly 3,000,000 votes. A lot of people have been saying, writing, and tweeting that he has no mandate, but I don’t believe his lack of popular support will effect him one bit.
Trump’s mandate is the fact that he doesn’t care whether or not he has a mandate. Why should he stop doing what has worked for him? Think of it – he’s bullet-proof. He can ridicule handicapped people, have an ex-porn star wife, show admiration for a Russian dictator, admit to grabbing women’s pussies, and refuse to release his tax records. Nothing can harm this guy!
Fasten your seat belts, folks, we can expect turbulence.
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Billy Bush, Donald Trump, mandate, Melania Trump, Politics, Putin, Trump Tapes, Vladimir Putin | 2 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on December 1, 2016
The worst thing about Trump being president is having to endure countless thinkpieces, as well as mansplaining-lectures from dullards as to how the salt of the earth rust belters cast a protest vote against the Dem machine. Two years from now while these idiotic,racist idiots scratch their heads while standing on unemployment lines I’ll be sitting in my ivory tower laughing and pointing. I can do $50.00 gigs until I die, what do I care?
But don’t tell me that Trump was employing some kind of Machiavellian strategy, pulling the wool over the American people. Please. Americans are stupid and racist enough. They saw a celebrity with racist overtones and these cretins who couldn’t accept being governed by a woman voted for the blowhard.
And fuck Hillary too. That’s the best the Dems could come up with? She’s a modern-day Ralph Kramden, not even bothering to campaign in Wisconsin. That’s how cocky she was.
Hillary: I had it and I went with it. Easy come, easy go!
So keep on writing and explaining to me, media. I’ll read every wor….[brrrrring!]
Hello? Yes? Yes? How much? 50? What time does it start?!
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: 2016 election, American people, Democrats, Donlad Trump, Hillary Clinton, Honnymooners, jazz, Machiavellian, Politics, racism, Ralph Kramden | Leave a Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on November 9, 2016
I was wrong. For nine months I insisted that there is no way that the American people would elect Donald Trump. Although we have a conservative, celebrity-driven culture, I insisted, we are not reactionary enough to elect an unintelligent, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, failed realtor.
How wrong I was. Today, along with the rest of liberal Americans, I eat crow. I over-estimated the intelligence of the American people.
And to the blue-collar, salt of the earth, working class Americans in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin I sent out a hearty and heartfelt, fuck you. Get the fuck out of here with your high-minded morality and your hypocritical church going ways. Because guess what? He’s taking you down right alongside lefty, commie, kale-loving yours truly.
The fact is that you real Americans are going to need affordable health care, roads, schools, and who knows, maybe even an abortion or two. Good luck with all of that. Do you really believe that a crooked billionaire real estate mogul gives even the tiniest fuck about the state of blue-collar America? If you do I was wondering if you would invest in my next recording project: Keitho plays the music of Bud Powell. That record has a better chance of going platinum than blue collar workers do of finding jobs under a Trump presidency.
Listening to NPR radio last night I nearly threw up in my mouth. The general consensus was that a populist movement propelled Trump to the Whitehouse. I call bullshit. It was pure, unadulterated racism. We have seen the kind of people that a Trump rally attract. They are scum of the earth, thuggish, racist, white trash. You can take that kind of populism and shove it up your ass.
Eight years ago I voted and for the first time in my life was proud to be an American. Now I am ashamed to be one. These are dark days.
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Barack Obama, blue collar, blue collar America, Bud Powell, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, liberal America, Michigan, NPR, Pennsylvania, Politics, presidential election, racism, Trump rally, wisconsin | 9 Comments »
Posted by keithosaunders on November 7, 2016
The election season will come to its merciful conclusion tomorrow with the assurance that the outcome will be utterly depressing. The most likely result, that Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman president, provides us with four more years of the status quo – rising income inequality, the continued use of drone warfare, and a government beholden to Wall Street and corporate interests.
Of course a Trump presidency throws us back into the stone age. I don’t believe that The Donald would be more than a figurehead, but when you consider the damage that a Mike Pence and a stasi-esque Cabinet could wreak the mind boggles.
I do not believe that Trump will win, but regardless, the damage has been done. He has exposed the racist underbelly of the United States and it is exponentially greater than was thought. The fact that nearly half of the electorate will cast their vote for a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, narcissistic dullard speaks volumes on the state of the American psyche.
Then you have the effete liberals, practically pissing their pants in fear of a Trump victory. I haven’t seen such pearl clutching since Zabars stopped carrying organic Camembert cheese. Man up! We lived through twelve years of the Bush dynasty and eight years of Reagan — we’ll make it through Trump.
Or not. Who cares at this point? In a country that doesn’t provide health care, wages perpetual war, rewards corrupt, predatory CEOs, punishes its working class, sentences its college goers to a life of crippling debt, and leaves its poor to scramble for minimum wage jobs, what’s the difference?
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Donald Trump, George Bush, Hillary Clinton, income inequality, liberals, Mike Pence, Politics, presidential election, Republicans, Ronald Reagan, The Who, Wall Street, Zabars | 1 Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on October 9, 2016
It looks like Trump is finally meeting his waterloo. Not that he had much chance of being elected even before the Trump tapes leaked yesterday. Now, however, instead of merely losing in a landslide, we have speculation of him bowing out of the race, and it’s a foregone conclusion that his campaign will go down as the most disgraceful in history. (for now)
One wonders why these tapes couldn’t have been leaked before the primaries. It’s hard not to be cynical. The media, liberal and conservative alike, have been feeding us 24 hour a day Trump coverage — it has been in their interest to keep him in the race as long as possible. Did the leaker sit on these tapes knowing he or she would get a better payday in October than in December? For that matter, how much did he make on these tapes?
We didn’t learn anything new from the tapes. Did anyone actually believe that Trump was a gentleman? He has spent the better part of his campaign spewing racism, sexism and xenophobia. It’s not that far of a stretch to imagine him as a sexual predater. When you look at the feigned shock of Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, it’s hard to feel anything other than revulsion. He has no right to distance himself from Trump. Especially considering he has all he morality of a hyenna.
The big loser is Ted Cruz. After endorsing Trump last month, Cruz lost every shread of credibilty he had gained from his speech at the Republican convention in which he pointedly failed to endorse Trump, advising the delegates to “…vote your consience.” I’m picturing Cruz alone in his house with a 5th of scotch smacking his forehead Chris Farley style while crying, “I’m so stupid!”
Has there ever been a person that looked forward to a debate more than Hillary Clinton is looking forward to tomorrow’s rematch with Trump? It’s going to take all of her restraint to refrain from opening with her pattented shimmy while exclaiming, “Okay!”
Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Chris Farley, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, Politics, Ted Cruz, Trump Tapes | Leave a Comment »
Posted by keithosaunders on September 12, 2016
The most depressing two words in the English language are never forget. It’s like a mantra used by small-minded people who thirst for revenge.
Yes, September 11th, 2001 was the worst day in the history of the United States. What was worse than the attacks, however, was our response to them. We had the world’s sympathy and support and we chose to respond like animals, waging war and murdering hundreds of thousands of people. That’s what I’ll never forget.
What does never forget imply? What, ostensibly, are we not forgetting? That people from the Middle-East planned and executed the attacks. In other words, never forget is a catch phrase enabling xenophobia and racism. The end result: The cesspool that is the Trump campaign.
So I’m not forgetting. I’m not forgetting that we live in a racist country filled with bible-toting freaks who, unlike Jesus, are anything but forgiving.
Posted in life, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: 9/11, Afghanistan, America, Donald Trump, Iraq war, Jesus, Middle East, never forget, racism, september 11th, terrorism, United States, xenophobia | Leave a Comment »