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Farewell to Iowa

Posted by keithosaunders on February 3, 2016


And with the ceremonial tossing of the coins we bid a fond adieu to those wacky ethanol-loving folks in the Midwest for another four years.  I can’t say we’ll miss them.  Why a state without a major sports franchise has so much importance in choosing our president I’ll never know.  Here’s an idea:  Why not flip a coin to see which state primary gets to go first?  Give California a shot.  WE DON’T VOTE UNTIL JUNE 7th!

Hillary may have won the coin tosses (really?  6 for 6?) but no matter how you spin it the victory went to Bernie Sanders who battled his corporate mainstream rival to a virtual tie. If that many Iowans will vote for a ‘socialist’ this does not bode well for Clinton in the long game.

At this point we owe it to ourselves to vote for the candidate that is in our best interests and not the one who is the safest bet.  Clinton has been on the worng side of just about every issue that is important to me.  She supported the Iraq war – one of the greatest debacles in American history –  she opposed gay marriage, and her husband’s administration, with its loosening of regulations,  helped to facilitate the financial crash of the late 200os.

Furthermore, Hillary recently came out and said that there is no chance the American people will ever have a single payer health care system.  I don’t want to hear those words. Ever. It’s bad enough we have a draconian health care system (even with with ACA which is an improvement over what we had) but to hear there is virtually no chance that every American will be able to afford health care is an abomination.

The issues that Sanders is concentrating on – income disparity, affordable education for all, and an awareness that we have to do something about climate change – resonate with me, and they are resonating with a large amount of Americans.  If I was Hillary Clinton or any of the myriad proto-fascist Republican candidates I’d be concerned.


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Posted by keithosaunders on January 27, 2016

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It must be pretty amazing to be Donald Trump right about now.  It’s not enough that he has more money than God, he had to become a reality-TV presidential candidate too?  On paper this shouldn’t be happening.  He’s not particularly intelligent and he’s certainly not well spoken — he sounds like a thug from Queens – and he’s not even that attractive.  Yet here he is on the eve of the primaries leading the Republican field.

Once the primaries kick into full swing in a couple of weeks Trump may be singing a different tune, but for now whatever he does or says pays off in spades.  Build a wall to keep Mexican immigrants out of the USA?  Why not?! Refer to Megyn Kelly as a slut?  Whoops, there go the poll numbers…through the roof!  Skip a debate days before the Iowa Caucus?  Shrewd move.

Everything Trump touches turns to gold.  He’s like that guy in the twilight zone in the Vegas casino who wins no matter what number he plays.  I, for one, am looking forward to an entertaining primary season.   Go American people!


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To spend or not to spend

Posted by keithosaunders on August 14, 2011

I managed to avoid the radio for the majority of my cross-country drive, but there were a few times where I succumbed to the lure of talk radio.  I guess the left-wing media has yet to permeate the talk radio business — 100% of the shows I encountered were hosted by rabid right wingers.  A particular low light was when I stumbled across Sean Hannity interviewing Ann Coulter.  Hannity was flirting with Coulter throughout the interview, which lent it a creepy air.  I would rather imagine my parents having sex than have to picture a Hannity/Coulter tryst.  My god, I just threw up in my mouth.

Most, if not all of the shows, bemoaned the liberal compulsion to spend the country’s money.  Apparently the deficit is the number one problem we have, and should we balance the budget, all of our troubles will be solved.  Forget about unemployment — they do not so much as pay lip service to job creation, except for it being a direct by-product of tax breaks for the wealthy. (read, deserving)

All of this talk of cutting spending got me to thinking…we’ve got an election coming up next year and there is a tangible chance that Obama will be defeated, opening the door for fiscal responsibility Republican style.  I began to wonder what would happen if the Republicans got everything they wanted.

First, let’s assume funding for schools will be slashed by fifty percent.  After all, they are run by the corrupt teachers union and their funding is squandered on things like paid holidays. (and luxuries such as text books)  

All programs related to job training, college loans, and food stamps would be cut by at least 80 percent.  NPR and funding for the arts?  Eliminated. 

This brings us to cutting defense spending, but we all know this is a non-starter.  This leaves Social Security and Medicare, which I  assume would be drastically scaled back.  The health care bill would be repealed, but heck, that may even happen under the Obama administration. 

So what is the upshot?  I envision mass poverty.  With no jobs and rising expenses the middle class would be surviving on a wing and a prayer.  The lower middle class would become homeless, but since funding for shelters would have been all but eliminated, there would be an epidemic of homelessness on the streets of our cities and suburbs. 

Crime would skyrocket and prisons would be overflowing.  Disease would be rampant and emergency rooms would become triage units.  Eventually there would be rioting in the streets and martial law would be declared.

Now, I admit that this is a worst case scenario, but I am assuming that every possible spending cut would be achieved.  Is it so much of a stretch to envision chaos in a society virtually devoid of government? 

My point is that by listening to radio and TV pundits you would think that all of our problems would disappear if only we would cut spending.  I believe that our problems would be exponentially worse.

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Dostoievsky is rolling in his grave

Posted by keithosaunders on November 11, 2010

On Monday, on the way to pick my daughter up at her school,  I turned on a public radio station and I stumbled upon a lecture.  I do not know who the speaker was, although I suspect it may have been Thomas Frank, who is the author of “What’s the Matter With Kansas?,” a book that examines why conservative voters tend to vote against their own interest. 

I tuned in just as the speaker quoted the great Russian author, Fyodor Dostoievsky.  “When the liberal class ceases to function we enter a period of moral nihilism.”   The lecturer went on to assert that liberals should be blamed even more than conservatives for the state that we find ourselves, for it is they who allowed the concept of ‘liberalism’ to be co-opted by the Republicans as a slur.  The speaker asserted that the failure of liberals to defend their policies, and when necessary, to take a firm stand, is reprehensible.

He went on to discuss the economy, noting that Youngstown, Ohio was once a thriving steel town.  Now its main industry is correctional facilities and it is home to three prisons.  He was making a correlation between rampant unemployment, poverty, and the prison culture.  A case in point was noted in Joni Hudson-Reynolds’s blog.  She wrote pf the case of the Scott sisters, who were involved in a robbery that netted $11 and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.   

I wish I had heard more of the lecture and that I could name the speaker.  It was a fascinating listen, at least for the 10 minutes I heard.  What is disillusioning to me is the rampant denigration of government.  I would argue that in the past several years conservatives have demonized the word government, much as they did liberal beginning shortly after LBJ’s enactment of civil rights. 

Democrats have no one to thank but themselves.  Time and again they have failed to refute these charges of socialism and excessive spending.  There is plenty of good that has come out of our government and Democrats have no reason to be ashamed of the legacy of liberalism.  If certain programs are abused then they can be modified, but the idea that government should not spend money to the betterment of society, and to prevent large-scale poverty is one that I do not subscribe to. 

It’s hardly original to note the Orwellian nature of this doublespeak but I believe it bears repeating.  Conservatives rail against the evils of government without offering a viable alternative.  By ignoring the good that has come from liberal ideas — and there is plenty to be proud of — the Democrats are contributing to the degradation of society.

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Chutzpah’s finest hour

Posted by keithosaunders on October 20, 2010

Some things you just can’t make up.  Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, left a voice mail on Anita Hill’s answering machine asking her to apologize for making allegations of sexual misconduct against her husband in 1991.  At that time Hill was an attorney who worked for Thomas, who was at the Department of Education.  She testified at Thomas’s confirmation hearings that he had subjected her to comments of a sexual nature, which whether they were  illegal or not, were (in her view) inappropriate. 

The temerity of Ginni Thomas is astounding, to say the least, but what do you suppose possessed her to leave a voice mail?  She must have realized that it would be recorded and scrutinized.  What kind of bubble does she live in?  

Here is the transcript:

“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas.  I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.  So give it some thought.  And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”

First of all, is there one wealthy, religious Republican who can speak in complete sentences?  This reads like a bad Sarah Palin impression.  I’m wondering if the Baricuda herself might not have impersonated Ginni just for shits and giggles.  I love the way Ginni used prayer as an olive branch in which to temper the anger Hill might be feeling at the unmitigated gall.

It makes no sense.  Can you imagine Mrs Clemens asking Mike Piazza to apologize to Roidger for the dirty look he gave him after bat-throwing incident?  “Just go ahead and pray on it and I’m sure you’ll sympathize with the undo stress you caused my hubby.”  

It must be great to be wealthy, religious, and Republican.  You can literally get away with saying anything as long as you couch it in the lord.  Sprinkle in a few “I’ll pray for yous,” and “God bless yous,” and you have carte blanche to ask for undeserved apologies in childish syntax.  This strata of people feels that the world owes them something and is not shy about asking for it. 

Ginni, this is Keitho talking to you.  You’ve had a great life.  You’re wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, and your husband, though he does not deserve it, is one of the most influential men in America.  Why don’t you relax, take a nice vacation to Hawaii, and enjoy life.  If you’re really feeling bad about what happened 20 years ago (even though it did work out quite nicely in the end) why not go to Church and do some praying of your own.  But whatever you do, just shut up.  SHUT UP!    

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