Do you feel like a ricocheting bullet? How about a squash ball bouncing off different walls? In a moving car careening from side to side of the highway? That is how I feel watching the news coverage of Donald Trump’s machinations. Today I read where he had fired from the transition team the son of his security advisor for pushing the Fake news story about Hillary and child trafficking. Does that mean he will now fire Bannon? Wait, cancel the orders of Air Force 1 because it costs too much! Compared to what? What goes into Air Force 1 that goes into no other airplane? Maybe it cost too much and maybe it doesn’t but shooting from the hip will cause ricochets.
Now he is meeting with Al Gore. What that tells you is we have an extremely ignorant man who needs badly to get educated on so many issues, and if he does, and it takes like his reading of fake news, what then? Then he nominates Ben Carson, the Pyramids were gain silo’s and you learn how to be a homosexual in prison, as the Secretary of Health and Human Sources. The blind leading the blind. Then he is going to tack tariffs on anyone who is going to take jobs overseas and his own Republicans revolt. Just as an aside, I wonder if that kind of policy would cost more jobs because corporations just might relocate overseas, or expedite automation that reduces workers.
Oh, it gets better. He saves 800 jobs at Carrier, but does not mention the 1200 that were not saved. If you lost more than half your men in a battle and on top of it you paid a $7m ransom to fight the fight, would you consider that a win. No guarantee that next year they won’t be gone or replaced by automation. Oh, and he is going to lower corporate taxes to make sure they stay home, except the big boys already pay nothing and for those who do, who makes up the short fall in tax revenue. Oh, I know, supply side economics will make up the difference just like it always has.
Wait! Wait! Wait! Japan is investing in America and is going to create jobs. Hmm. The deal maker has made a deal, but we know no details and we do know most of the money comes from Saudi Arabia, our best buds when it comes to human rights. Oh, and would that be foreigners buying America? Meanwhile he is going to save the coal industry, but loves wind power/solar? Huh? Oh, and the coal industry lost jobs mainly through automation, and coal is no longer cost effective.
Oh those damn facts. They just get in the way of all the nonsense. Take repealing Obamacare. Yeah get rid of that thing, except don’t get rid of all the good stuff (that we never admitted was good) and we have no idea how to keep it and pay for it. And I am not even going to get into the conflicts of interest on he and his family, but isn’t nice now that we don’t have just a President, but a royal family. But wait! He is a businessman and he will run government like a business! Oh be careful what you wish for!
Think about that business thing for a minute. Business has been shipping jobs overseas because they only care about their bottom line, not the people who work for them. Okay, this is going to be hard now, but try to transfer that knowledge to government which is supposed to be about the people. If Medicare costs money, how can we offload that, oh, and don’t forget Social Security, on the private sector? If we turn this country and most of the goods and services that government provides over to the profit motive, just remember, profit is more important that people. We will quite literally become the country for the rich. The French monarchy will have nothing on us, except they finally beheaded the monarchy. Well that would be fun.
So turn off the news, it is ping-pong derby day, where once again they try to pretend all this is normal when the country is going the drain. How oh how did we get here?