Two unrelated stories that are so related. First criminal justice reform:
“A major criminal-justice overhaul bill seemed destined to be the bipartisan success story of the year, consensus legislation that showed lawmakers could still rise above politics and take on a serious societal problem.
Then the election got in the way. With Donald J. Trump demanding “law and order” and Senate Republicans divided on the wisdom of reducing federal mandatory minimum sentences, the effort that began with real promise stalled, and now its Senate authors acknowledge there is virtually no chance for action on the measure this year.”
And the Donald:
“Most voters consider Donald J. Trump a risky choice for president, saying he lacks the right temperament and values, but he is seen as more transformative and better at handling the economy than Hillary Clinton, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.”
How do they connect? Republicans are the problem and Donald is just a much louder more of the same, only worse. As an aside how can people be so fucking blind? But let me explain. In the first case Republicans are the problem. You want change you have to remove them. You elect the Donald and Republicans will continue their status quo ways. In case you did not notice it, they support “business” people who basically like the economic inequality just fine. And of course there is that data thing, violent crime is at its lowest rate since the 1970s:
Okay, now voters, according to this opinion poll feel the Donald will bring about real change and will be better for the economy. Both are patently false based upon his past record and everything he says, which the media has let slide. First lets look at real change. Do you believe he will build a wall? Do you not understand that we are building one? Do you think he will really deport the people that make our agricultural economy work? Yeah, that would be real change in terms of a crashing economy and a giant debt. But the other two things the Donald has told us in concrete terms about are child care and the economy. So let’s measure that against real change.
On child care, he wants a tax deduction for child care. That only helps those who itemize on their tax return. It would be a big boon to the wealthy. And remember, the Democrats in 2015 propose an $80 billion tax credit which everyone would benefit from and the Republicans, those titans of change, killed it. It is smoke and mirrors. So let’s see how he would do on the economy. Here are some of his statements:
- He projected 25m new jobs would be created broadly within the timeframe of a two-term Trump presidency, as a result of an average annual growth rate that would rise from current projections of about 2% to 3.5% through his tax-cutting and trade policies.
- Trump said he could achieve such a boon to employment while keeping the national budget deficit neutral. “If we achieve 4% growth it will reduce the deficit.”
- Trump proposed to simplify the tax code into three brackets down from seven, and to take poor earners out of tax altogether with individuals with an income under $25,000 (£19,000) and married couples under $50,000 paying no tax.
Wow! 25 million new jobs and a chicken in every pot. Except this is all supply side economics, the same shit we have been shoveled by Republicans since Ronald Reagan that has never worked. We create giant deficits and the rich get richer. From the Guardian:
- However, with his tax cuts applying to all earners, no matter how wealthy, they would have a regressive effect. The Tax Policy Center has calculated the richest 0.1% would on average see tax cuts under his plan of $1.3m in 2017 compared with just $5,100 for everybody else.
- …in other parts of his address, he underlined reforms that would be to the advantage of wealthy Americans, including his proposed abolition of the estate tax that is only paid on inheritances valued at over $5m. He also repeated his promise to slash the business tax rate from 35% to 15%, earning a robust cheer from the many corporate leaders eating lunch on the ballroom floor in front of him.
- Trump’s economic manifesto has been widely criticized by analysts. This week the global firm Oxford Economics predicted that the US economy could shrink by $1tn by the end of a single term Trump presidency as a result of his proposed tax cuts, barriers to trade and mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. That would be the equivalent of 5% of US GDP, with knock-on effects for growth around the world.
The Donald concluded by saying: “I’m going to lower your taxes, I’m going to get rid of regulation, I’m going to unleash American energy. We are going to put the American worker back to work.” In case you missed it, this is the same Republican crap we have been suffering under forever. Some change.
Now I will add to this these little tidbits for the morons who think the Donald as a business man would be better for the economy (Atlantic):
- The beauty pageant scandals where he call all women bimbos and tramps and climbed in bed with one uninvited
- The housing discrimination in his real-estate deals
- The mafia ties, alleged but never proven, although fined for keeping afro-americans away from a mafia boss
- Trump University where he scammed gullible people (kind of like now)
- His bankruptcy where his failed leadership left others to hold the bag while he got away unscathed (kind of like what he proposes to do to America)
- The alleged marital rape (kind of like what he is going to do to America)
- Contractors, waiters, dishwashers, and plumbers who have worked at Trump projects say that his company stiffed them for work, refusing to pay for services rendered.
- Trump used donor money to his campaign to buy his book, sending the cash back to himself. Copies were given to delegates at the Republican National Convention.
- Utilizing undocumented workers (200 Polish workers for construction, and models)
- The Trump Foundation where he uses other people’s money and then claims tax deductions (illegal)
Yep, he is one fine business man and will make America great again. Are you fucking nuts. Finally, as Timothy Egan told us this morning looking at Trump leadership:
- He wants the United States to become a nation that steals from its enemies. He’s already called for war crimes — killing family members of terrorists, torturing suspects.
- He would further violate the Geneva Conventions by making thieves out of a first-class military. “It used to be to the victor belong the spoils,” Trump complained to the compliant Matt Lauer in the now infamous commander-in-chief forum. Oh, for the days when Goths, Vandals and Nazis were free to rape, pillage and plunder. So unfair, as Trump said on an earlier occasion, that we have “all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight.”
- Of course, the Mideast would be aflame with violent anti-Americanism if Trump’s troops sat on the oil wells in the desert. Iran, seeing a fellow Shiite-majority nation robbed of its lifeblood, would strike, and jump again into a fast-paced development of a nuclear bomb.
- Trump would become a war criminal, a role he seems to relish — typical for a man who has never served a day in the military. Take it from someone who has served, and defeated another nation, Colin Powell. Trump, he said in emails leaked this week, is “a national disgrace and an international pariah.”
And yet, as the NYT tells us, …”he is seen as more transformative and better at handling the economy …” by many voters. Yes he would be transformative as he wrecks the economy and destroys everything we stand for. Deplorable just doesn’t even get close to describing the ignorance of his supporters. Hillary did not even scratch the surface. And our news media, well don’t get me started.