Return to dreadful reality

For less than a week I was able to disappear and largely ignore the reality of my own life and, in many ways worse, the reality of my life as a human being in the world. Meanwhile the Trump dictatorship rolled on making horrible appointments while considering even more horrible ones. Dear Leader still has his phone and thinks his tweet tirades define truth and for his blind followers it does. Scientists are beginning to analyze how Trumpkins will destroy all the world not just the world for half of U.S. citizens. But now I’m “back” (at least to a residence where my mail arrives) and it’s worse than when I left. In a twist on the “you can’t go home again” there is no where to leave ‘home’.

Even though Kansas and Oklahoma are even redder country than Nebraska only a few times did I feel the fear I had driving in rural Ohio and Michigan a few months ago. I can do a pretty good job of faking redneck, at least of rancher/farmer style and as I actually do own ranchland now as well as receiving oil royalties I can really pretend to be conventional conservative now that alt-right is mainstream. Scruffy hair and sweat-stained hat and utility clothes let me hide in plain side, although I realized hiking sandals or even hiking boots don’t quite fit. So for five days I was a renegade in enemy country but managed to return with all my body parts intact. But at least I was “free”, on the open road, alone and with enough money to meet my needs. Now I return to a more complicated situation here.

Several times on the trip my communications were limited. One motel’s WiFi didn’t work at all and another one’s WiFi was very slow. Often I was driving out of range of cell towers so smartphone access to the awful news of the world was limited. So in some ways ignorance is bliss. Having fast Net access (here) and time (no rush to get moving on the road) just means I can read more, the rigged press, of course, and get more depressed. Maybe there is something broader about my experience – less communications is better? At the very least less means not knowing about horrible stuff.


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Made it to Oklahoma

I’m just south of Oklahoma City in Norman. Uneventful drive (i.e. not shot) through Kansas to get here but I was still a little nervous, esp. when I got off main roads to do a little geodashing in nowhere (definitely Trumpistan). Saw several Koch trucks, didn’t know among their other businesses where they own Kansas they also do trucking.

So with all that driving little time to check the news and see what’s new in Trumpistan. Same-old, same-old – I guess. The kids will manage the family business instead of a blind trust; several are on transition team and will select people that can benefit the family business. Meanwhile transition team is doing Stalinist purge, of course denied by Donnie as he takes to Twitter to directly convey his lies. Are they really going to get rid of lobbyists or just a different set than the Christie crowd being purged? I hear Donnie went out for his $36 burger (mine, tonight, was a mere $7.89, the meal) after lying to press coverage – I guess he needs to hang out at hotspots with his adoring fans without the rigged media to cover it, Now it’s Nikki Haley instead of insane bomb-anyone Bolton or demented Rudi – maybe Trump does listen when he has ridiculous impulsive urges. But I bet he’ll drift back to his gut and Nikki was just to throw us off. And Vlad is happy Donnie has given him green light for territorial conquest but McCain/Graham co-joined twins will throw a tantrum (to no effect).

So we survived another day but it’s beginning to sink in that Ryan has Medicare in his crosshairs, under the guise of “modernization” (aka, eliminate). Since this one affects me it’s awful but just think of all those seniors who voted for him (and it will be “awesome”) when they try to buy insurance with their $2500 voucher. One by one the fools will gradually realize the huge con this is. But meanwhile the rich are cheering as well they might since they’ll, for sure, get their huge tax cuts. The only claim Repugs make you can believe is tax cuts for the rich and they’ll do it again. And, btw, now that Repugs are in, guess what, deficits only matter for Dems, not Repugs. So get ready for huge interest rates. Another day in Trumpistan and he hasn’t even been sworn in. Heard UK had to wait a day for a phone call when nobodies (probably have oil or casino land for sale) got through – yep, definitely an organized transition team.

It will be fun in coming months to see how much Donnie screws all those who voted for him. Seniors are stupid enough to vote for him since they don’t realize the biggest chunk of U.S. budget goes to them (me, but I’ve got an oil well here in Oklahoma, I might survive the cuts) and the rich want it

p.s. It was surprising to see wind turbines in Kansas, in south just near Oklahoma. Wind turbines are great income for farmers, way more than their crops. So since farmers in Oklahoma are used to more income from energy than farming they embrace it all. The Kochs, OTOH, who run Kansas through their stooge Brownback, hate wind – a socialist plot to deny carbon fuel owners their just ransom. I guess the Kansas farmers saw how much many Oklahoma farmers make from wind and managed to get a little for themselves (or maybe those wind turbines predate Kochistan). Out in western Kansas where Denver area is consuming power a la California is where the turbines should be, but I believe the Kochs have successful stopped those. After all sea level rise probably won’t reach Kansas and the glaciers were long gone anyway. OTOH, Oklahoma blew away high temperature records today – nah, nothing to do with climate change. Besides November temps in the 80s are so pleasant – climate change is good (until the crops dry up in droughts).



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Heading out of town …

… not that anyone will miss me. I have to drive through Kochistan (aka Kansas) tomorrow. Hopefully they don’t have up roadblocks for stop-and-frisk, but I’ll be carrying my password – yep, a U.S. citizen with all four grandparents born in this country – is that enough in today’s world. I hope to get through Kochistan as quickly as possible and then off to deep red Oklahoma. But there I’m a landowner, even with oil and gas, and I’ve got my Stetson (actually belonged to my dad) and I have a lawyer there. Hopefully it will be safe for me.

I figure Donnie isn’t looking to lock me up quite yet so maybe it will be a safe trip. Hard to believe that crossing state borders in this country is so dangerous now. I do, in fact, have a gun but I won’t be taking it so I’m at risk for all the 24% who want to kill liberals and pointy-headed intellectuals with college degrees. And I might be able to fake redneck, fortunately since my skin color is not an immediate giveaway.

I recently visited my sister in Ohio, before Trump was even the nominee. I do this thing called geodashing which means I get really far out in Trumpistan. Maybe the Interstates are still safe for us traitors, but get on the local roads in nowhere Ohio and Michigan and it got scary. I felt a truly palpable sense of fear, seeing the hateful signs, knowing despite my disguise the locals, nominally my fellow citizens, would at minimum be hostile and at worst try to kill me. I felt it, I really did – fear to be in certain parts of my country. I can’t imagine the fear those who don’t have my advantages feel. Of course they’re probably smart and avoid Trumpistan. The military, in Afghanistan, felt that way. Every corner of the road had unknown dangers where the locals would kill you if you let your guard down. Now the interior of the U.S., off the big highways, has become equally dangerous.

Once in deeply red Oklahoma I’ll be OK. I have some locals who will vouch for me. I do own property there. I do have oil and know how to talk about it. But, OTOH, I have a Japanese car and that will give me away. I have all my teeth. I can make complete sentences with words past 5th grade. I can hide I lived in Massachusetts (east coast Commie country) and even worse California (west coast global country). I can pretend to be a redneck. I should have bought a Trump hat and bumper sticker so I could switch to those when I enter Indian Country (funny, a military expression, but I will be in actual Native American country, the last place we broke our promise to them).

I’ve got lots of cash, that always works. But I’ll be on alert every mile, knowing I’m behind enemy lines. Fortunately my car tags are another Trump state so maybe I won’t be as much risk as if I were driving my Prius, especially if it had California plates. I was geodashing in Wyoming once with a friend from California. He was very nervous (way back then, before Trump dictatorship) about driving the local roads. I made the joke – “oh, don’t worry, with Nebraska plates, they’ll only fire a warning shot; it’s not like you with your California plates where they will shoot to kill.” Yep, a joke, but unfortunately also with an element of truth.

Horrible to think how dangerous my country is for me and I’m really sad for those who have it even worse, a darker skin, a noticeable religious symbol, being female. But I have to worry about my own survival now.

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The first week after the death of America

It’s been a whole week and already things are returning to “normal”. TV talking heads and other reporters have been sucked into the soap opera of who’s in and who’s out in Trumpland; they sound like a bunch of ESPN reporters discussing a football game. And this is just a game. And guess what – it’s the elites. The swamp has already overwhelmed Trump and up at the top in DC it’s business as usual. Politics may be a blood sport but part of the time it’s just a game. The slight problem is the game has consequences.

So actually there isn’t much to say except comment on a the bits of news trickling out. Wow, a racist and misogynist and xenophobe is officially part of Trumpland, alongside a politic apparatchik, guaranteed fighting in the White House. Oh goodie, a couple of egos fighting to control the world’s biggest ego – what nonsense will come out of that. And all the outrage by the left and also the people who will get screwed by this. Of course people should protest, but folks, the real thing you need to do is figure out how to hunker down and save yourself. Trump doesn’t really listen to anything but his inner millisecond attention span and so he doesn’t hear you. The only difference between here and North Korea is at least (most of) you won’t get shot for protesting, but your protests are falling totally on deaf ears. In fact, some of Trumpistan is laughing in glee at your distress – “boy did we get those suckers (using a more polite term than they’re actually saying.”

Meanwhile we have the “optimistic” news coming from how Obama rolled Trump, for a few seconds. Trevor Noah got that right, Trump is so ignorant he was like a little boy at a zoo, “what’s dat? what’s dat?”. Hey, our man Obama is pretty clever too. In the fictional president movie, it was quoted “the oval office is the biggest home field advantage in the world.” So Obama who knows some moves, has dealt with tons of people almost as crazy and stupid as Trump, manages, briefly, to convince being president is serious business. Trump is awed by this just long enough to make some statements on a softball talk show. Then, of course, he goes right back to being Trump. That honeymoon didn’t even last a day. And the rigged press is silly about an interpretation of Trump not understanding all the people in the White House work for him. Come on, this is a like a corporate takeover. Trump didn’t meet with high level policy people – he saw butlers and stewards and waiters, like in any hotel. If Trump bought a hotel he wouldn’t be thinking about replacing all those little people that he merely notes as a bit too much staff to keep up profits in the place. Of course Trump knew he gets to do his favorite “you’re fired” (except that most will have already quit) for the policy people but he might have underestimated that at his Apprentice pace it’s going to be a bit of challenge to hire all new people. Come on, this is supposed to mean anything. He can still blow up the world just by one appointment of Bolton.

And then there is the rigged media parsing and re-parsing and discussing endlessly every bit of drivel out of this man’s mouth, as if any of it really matters. A great joke is that Trump has trouble making a complete sentence and when he sometimes does the end of the sentence contradicts the beginning. Do you seriously think this man is capable of coherent though? Do you actually think he has any ideas, or that his ideas are any more complex than a tweet? And it’s scary. Trump doesn’t really believe anything, except his own omnipotence. So he’ll do whatever some staffer who kisses his ass better than some other staffer tells him to do. It might actually be better if Trump did have some policies, even awful ones, because at least it might be possible to anticipate what he’ll do and the shitstorm that will drop on you as a consequence. Another commentator said Trump is like the 8-ball toy, each time you shake it you get a different answer. Yep.

But guess what there is some consistency. We all see his temperament driven by narcissism and the need to punch anyone who doesn’t kiss his ass (then once humiliated and subjugated they are welcome to come work for him). Of course he likes the Clintons but that won’t stop him from putting them in jail when some Congressional committee that gets iced out of the fun stuff of stealing from America has nothing to do except start another headline-grabbing witchhunt. The consistency in Trump is that he is irrational and acts entirely on instinct, a crude animal instinct where the frontal lobes of his brain (are there any, actually) play no role. In all the wringing of hands of why Dems didn’t pander (enough) to rednecks (and also trying to figure out how Trump did it so they can run the con next time) one point of view was that Dems (in general) and Hillary (in specific) attempt to connect to the head (of voters) and Trump connects to the gut. IOW, Trump’s base animal instincts allow him to find the base animal instincts of those ignorant and uneducated workers. He doesn’t care about their economic situation – he was just selling a product (himself, not policies) and his salesman instincts showed him how to win them over. The Dems are overthinking it, still being policy wonks. I saw Bernie believing working class realized they were screwed over by the 1% and Dems needed to do something about that. Sure, I think they heard Bernie, that’s why they voted for the 1% guy who is now bringing all the over 1% into his staff. Come on, Bernie, you may be an economic warrior but Trump is just a con artist, aka salesman. He didn’t identify anything in his voters that has anything to do with policy. Those upstate rednecks wouldn’t even know how to find Wall Street on a map, much less how any idea what goes on in those buildings. Dems still don’t get it.

And I’ll close with Facebook. Since Hillary, at least her staff, can’t possibly imagine they lost (they did, another bad campaign unsuccessfully playing the inevitability card) they’re looking for villains. Yeah, what Comfy did sucked and it didn’t lose the election. What did lose it is tied to the handwringing (and defensive denials that are absurd) Facebook is doing. Facebook publishes fake news right next to rigged press real news (i.e. truth). And 44% of stupid America gets its “news” from Facebook. And sensationalist, totally false, rightwing crap from Macedonia gets clicks. Yep, news and social media – you’re whores. Whatever gets clicks or ad views. TV gave Trump billions of free exposure, but they probably have record profits from the advertisers who paid for all those eyeballs. And utterly ruthless Zuckenberg, who cheated every partner he ever had, you think, just because he donates some money, his primary interest isn’t in being the biggest recipient of ad money on the planet? So it’s fake news – does it sell? So finally the media realizes they elected Trump who vows to screw them. Guess what, he’s not really going to screw you as long as you put ad revenues above truth, treating lies as falsely equivalent to truth. First of all, Facebook isn’t as smart as they like to think they are and their filtering software is actually fairly crude. Second they really don’t believe they have any responsibility at all to anyone except making as much money as they can. And, third, now that they helped elect Trump they’re in denial and will just maximize their ass covering. And, then, go right on doing whatever it takes to get more ad views.

So really, folks, it’s on us. We have a vast section of the population, not just rural rednecks but all those phone plugged into their brain like The Matrix millenials who absolutely cannot think and cannot tell truth from lies (and actually don’t even care). The notion that 44% of America thinks Facebook is a source of news is so absurd then fake news is obviously fully equivalent to real news, as in it’s all fiction and entertainment to that 44%. So it’s us who are stupid. And I’m not just claiming that for the rednecks – Dems live in a bubble too. They think people are mostly decent and want to do the right thing. When will they stop bringing a knife to a gunfight? When will they learn the 1% are the 1% because they’re ruthless, have a killer instinct, and have no shred of decency or ethics. The liberals, being generally positive and upbeat about people, simply have no clue how rotten our species is. Especially the winners at the game. You think life is nice? It’s bloody in tooth and nail, kill or be killed, take or be run over? Certainly the 1% now that, most of those rednecks know that, just a few people who read a lot of books believe in human decency. Sorry, Dems, this ain’t mushy movies or literature – it’s a bunch of killers. And a whole lot of people who are really stupid, something you also can’t understand because you can’t shave off 30 IQ points and years of education and have any clue how they think (or, really, don’t – just animal instinctual reacting).

So as we finish this week in Trumpistan is it better or worse than expected? Well I believe it’s far worse. Trump will actually do all the awful things we accused him of (and lots that never got mentioned and will catch us by surprise). And he’ll do that without thinking, impulsively, and then inconsistently. He will not distance himself from his business and like his buddy Putin use everything he learns in the White House to pass onto his kids so they can turn insider information into a real fortune. Yes, he will be the most crooked president ever. Teapot Dome will be a teapot in comparison to the theft the Trump family will perform. Because they are the 1%, they have the killer instinct, they have the greed, and they have absolutely no values except believing in winning, no matter what the cost. So all the inside-the-beltway analysis is about as meaningful as movie critics watching the Kardashians and trying to write erudite analysis about dross.

But life goes on. Most of us will get screwed but at least we can be entertained watching who ends up being the winners. Lifestyles of the rich and crooked.

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First Monday in Trumpistan

It’s now almost seven days since America was murdered. It wasn’t a clean head shot, execution style, instead a gut shot where we’ll slowly bleeding out. My question is will the inevitable end come any sooner than that. There hasn’t been much news in last couple of days (the rigged press has exhausted its low level staffers who don’t know anything except rumors) but the rigged press is doing its usual thing, looking at who is sitting in which chairs. Bannon, an abysmal excuse for a human being (has anyone checked his birth certificate, is he even human, is he the mole from the KGB), is all the buzz. Big surprise, a KKK supporting white nationalist is Trump’s buddy. Big surprise Trump lied quickly than most of his lies that he intends to be the president of all of us (you see, he had his fingers crossed and of course ‘us’ meant those real ‘mericuns Sarah Palin found, i.e. people who hate the Supreme Court and can’t name a single, at least living, justice). Yep, the inside-the-beltway, who’s up, who’s down appeals to the simplistic view the rigged (and the ‘real’) press has taken in this race.

So, OK, we’ve been murdered. How long have we got to live? For some people Bannon is the answer, their life is going to suck real soon. But America is a big place and at least 75% of us are not under immediate threat. I’m not too concerned about a blog post no one will read, at least for a bit longer, since I will be fairly far down on the hit list. But come on liberal media and pundits – you really want to quote CAIR these days. I don’t even like them and voted for Hillary and don’t want to round up Muslims and put them in camps. CAIR is actually not a very nice bunch and if you wanted to wave a red cape in front of an angry bull, boy, that was smart. You think the 24% that runs this country (remember half of us didn’t bother to get our butts to the polls), who cheered mightily when political correctness was denounced (and along with it every sense of fairness that could ever exist). You might as well resurrect Osama from the dead and bring him here to denounce Trump and Gannon.

But that’s a tempest in a teapot. It’s another cut to an already bleeding gut shot body.

So there are two ways (probably more) where Trump will finish us off – climate change and John Bolton (aka, start a nuclear war). No doubt Trump will cancel Paris accords simply because it’s easy and send a message to his idiot coal miners help is on the way (yeah, coal miners, show me any job a piece of paper, not yet implemented, has deleted; or, exactly which job is coming back). Unfortunately climate change is a slow motion disaster. It will kill us and by the time the denialists are forced to admit it it will be too late. I’m sorry for all my friends who have grandchildren – sorry your kids are going to die. But since my life is over sooner than I’ll suffocate and have no water to drink (or too much and drown) that’s not my biggest fear. It’s horrible we want to destroy our species (plus a lot of others), but take the long view (and now that stupid idea Gary Johnson had of eventual expansion of the sun to destroy Earth), no the long view in this century where climate change creates a big enough mess we’ll finish the job and blow ourselves up as we search for a way to survive.

No, it will come quicker than that. Donnie spoke to Putin today and pulled down his pants and let Putin shove his rod up his ass. Yes, Putin explained things aren’t nice with the U.S. He invades countries and we foolishly protest and even seek sanctions. Our pesky anti-terrorism spying that is looking for hot money flowing to terrorist has uncovered too many of Putin’s no-so-secret billions. We’re still not crazy about Putin propping up his other buttmate, Assad. Yep, Donnie, gave ole Vlad just what he wanted.

But Bolton, surely you jest. We’re dead in days with that asshole. He could pick a fight and get Canada to go to war with us. He never met a problem he couldn’t solve with more bombs. He’d bomb people just because it’s Monday. I’m sure Trump loves him, all that bombast and the guy is even manages to make Trump look smart. Sure, lots of people absolutely hate the guy, but for Trump who loves stabbing the sharp stick in the eye he’ll be perfect. Trump with the nuclear trigger is scary enough but with Bolton bringing him the gun, watch out.

I miss that Omaha is no longer that important a target. I was driving (actually riding, my dad was driving) back to Omaha during Cuban missile crisis. As we tried to figure out what was going on my dad expressed the idea that it was good we were living Montana where most of the missiles were based. Oh good, dad – the button is in Omaha, we’re driving to the #1 target in the world.

Those days are gone, the strategic defense shifted elsewhere. Too bad. But maybe the Russians haven’t updated their target list and maybe they’ll miss SAC by a few miles and I’ll be blown to dust sooner than my brain can even register the flash. Not the worst way to do, the nuclear winter and cannibalism of the survivors would be a lot worse.

What Trump doesn’t understand is this stuff is for real. It’s not a made-up reality show where nobody really gets heard. It’s not wrestling, here the blows are for real. Bolton may be wonderful theater for Trump and he’ll enjoy tweaking every one else (as he did with Bannon), but this stuff gets the U.S. dead.

So will be die of a quick military blow, certainly possible? Will we melt? Yes, but not in Trump’s term (as least Donnie until he replaces himself with Ivanka having eliminated elections). No we’re still just bleeding from the gut shot and drop by drop (i.e. person by person) Donnie’s insane policies will kill us – first to eliminate most medical care, including for seniors you idiot old farts who voted for him (not me, I knew he’ll kill me, I don’t go to casinos and am too old to work any more), second to devastate the economy where we’ll be searching in the dumpsters of the 0.1% hoping to find thrown-out food.

So I guess, Donnie, sure bring in Bolton. I’d rather fry quickly than starve in pain of untreated medical conditions.

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I’m laughing at you chumps

As the analysts and pundits and politcos attempt to read the tea leaves of whatever data and rumors are available to explain the murder of America (or if you prefer, its suicide) more and more I believe no one, including me, has a clue. Something strange happened where millions of people voted to harm themselves thinking somehow they were sticking it to the people they think caused the harm. In short a whole lot of people let their emotional response to a shameless self-promoting charlatan, the worst con artist that only P.T. Barnam could admire, drive their vote against your own self-interest. You hate others so much you are the suckers that a demagogue needed to advance his ego-driven pathology and your further destruction.

But as much as all this is going to screw me personally what will happen to me will be a lot less bad than what will happen to you. I’m (somewhat) protected by my white male privilege and the now much-despised education that allowed me to sock away a few resources for my survival. But the chumps who actually think this guy is going to do anything for them will suffer far more and perhaps, in the end, even more than the ‘others’ they seek to put in their place. Have fun with your hate and what good it does you.

Take for instance all those stupid coal miners. I can believe coal mining is a dirty, painful and dangerous job. I’m typing now because coal is being burned a few miles away to supply the electricity. I should thank you for your service (you should thank me for the technology you’re using to read this). The decline in the jobs and pay for those jobs and injury to their health and bodies is real. But what good did they just do for themselves? Do they have a clue what is really going on? Rapists from Mexico and terrorists from Syria (both mostly non-existent) didn’t take away their prosperity, the market did. The Repugs, esp. the Ryan wing, believe in the god of their capitalist utopia, the market. It solves all problems and provides miracles. Wave a magic wand against EPA or WTO and let the good times roll again. But what will the miners get? They will get, for the benefit of the bosses’ yuge bonuses, a drastically reduction in mine safety laws and anti-pollution laws. Citizens of West Virginia will envy Flint when they see how badly their water supply will be polluted and the birth defects and deaths that will cause. Miners will die in accidents because they decided all those elites with college degrees that want them to have a modicum of safety in their jobs hate them and should be tarred-and-feathered and driven out. So while their life in the mines will get more dangerous and more damaging will they get those jobs or that pay increase back? No way. Coal is shrinking because of North Dakota (and Oklahoma). Fracking – you fools. Natural gas is technically and economically superior fuel for producing electricity (even disregarding any green considerations) and now a technology comes along and increases its supply and lowers its cost. My dad, in the final years of his job, working for a natural gas company (later to become Enron) concluded natural gas (of course with the then-existing extraction technology) couldn’t compete with coal. So did a lot of the rest of the energy sector so coal mining expanded. Then gas got cheap and plentiful – bye-bye to the engineering and economic analysis justifying coal. And guess what – your president’s energy secretary is a pioneer in fracking and a true believer. Do you believe Trump is going to ban natural gas or put some tax on it to allow coal to be competitive – dream on. Electricity companies exercise greed for their stockholders and will buy the fuel that maximizes their profits. And do you really think the drastic price decreases in solar and wind will be halted and by the stroke of the pen Trump can ban those. And, then, what’s happens to all those farmers in Iowa now making more from wind royalties than their corn will willingly give up that revenue so there can be a few more jobs. Once upon a time locomotives ran on coal. Countless jobs were erased when diesel eliminated the need for fireman and coal handlers. What about all those folks who lost their jobs? For us lefties once upon a time vast numbers of bookstores existed, friendly local places to go, now we have Amazon and all those jobs disappeared. This is the relentless force of technology then projecting into the marketplace which the people you elected worship. You really think they’re going to turn back the clock to your advantage? But they can turn back the clock to your disadvantage as they favor the bosses. So as you sustain injury and death due to eliminating those pesky regulations who are you going to blame then?

And my next door neighbors in Iowa voted overwhelming for Trump. He’s going to save them from the pesky elites. The same elites that pushed through the ethanol mandate. So Trump says he’s going to eliminate regulations (which I believe him, not an empty campaign promise). He’s going to abandon Paris climate change convention which Iowa probably supports (since it’s one of those things from science which is in a cage fight with god). But then think that through a bit, if you’re capable of logic. Why exactly is there ethanol in our fuel pipeline – because it’s a great fuel (nope, most cars produce less power with it), because it’s cheap (no it has to be subsidized to be competitive), because since we like to drink that means we also want to burn it? Grow up, get a brain, take your GED and try to figure this one out. Exactly what do you think is going to happen to corn prices when ethanol is no longer mandated for cars? And exactly who do you think is going to make that happen, those dirty elite Dems who want to cut CO2 emissions, or those looking out for you anti-regulation, anti-climate Repubs. Good luck with paying the costs of your farms when the oversupply of corn drops to a penny a bushel. And good luck selling any of it to China when your president gets in a trade war with them (if not a shooting war). So you get your Supreme Court to overturn Roe – can you eat that when you’re facing bankruptcy?

Or the brilliant immigrant-hating GEDs in Michigan. Yep, Trump is going to make your America great again. He’ll jawbone Ford into not moving jobs. But guess what folks, in case you can’t even see what’s happening in your own factory – the thing that took your job isn’t brown or black, it’s metallic. Far more jobs have been lost to robots than shipped to Mexico (or let’s not forget Canada, where Ontario builds more cars than Michigan does since health care there is cheaper to manufacturers). Today it takes 1/5th number of labor hours to produce a car than it took for your fathers to do. Those shiny machines with brains from Silicon Valley are your enemy, not other hard working darker skinned people. And just for sake of argument Trump halts all imports of cars or anything related to cars and requires they all get built here. Wow, what a bonanza! But it won’t be for you, it will be for Silicon Valley. Robots may or may not be cheaper than you (depends on how low your wages drop with the elimination of minimum wage) but: a) they don’t get drunk and work with a hangover, b) they’re not on oxy to compensate for the pains in their body, c) they don’t get tired and they don’t go on strike and they don’t take sick days, and, d) they do the job better than you do. If we force manufacturers to hire more expensive U.S. labor, all those college educated folks with CS and ME degrees will be energized to find ways to build even better and cheaper and faster robots. And your Repugs who worship the god of the market will buy them with their tax gimmicks and devious financial engineering you can’t begin to understand. You’ll be lucky if what you’ve started doesn’t end in an even more rapid move to automation. Too bad you didn’t get much education because maybe you’d have some critical reasoning skills and the ability to learn real true information, about technology and economics, instead of believing some circus clown with red hats and tweets. The voter analysis shows Michigan has gotten older and less educated since the 2012 election – I wonder why. Maybe anyone with a brain left the place and headed to Silicon Valley and is now being paid more sitting at a desk writing code than you can ever dream about. And next election when Michigan is even older and less educated who will you blame them – the out-of-office Dems, the coastal elites (who will probably do just fine under Trump because they’ll adapt to a changed world and find a way to make a buck from it), the rigged press, some other country – blame yourselves, chumps.

Your economic distress is not the product of the EPA or China or Mexicans or Muslims. You are the victim of changing times. Globalization won’t stop. Technology won’t stop. AI isn’t going to go away, it will just get better. You claim I don’t understand your world: well, guess what, you don’t understand mine. Lots of highly motivated and clever and well-educated people trying to invent new gadgets that will make your blood and sweat in a dank factory irrelevant. You’re actually right to hate the coastal elites with their college degrees – they are changing the world and you’re going to be swept out to sea. Hillary recognized this and offered to help you and you slapped her in the face; Trump gave you empty promises that the Repugs who worship the market will never do. There are fortunes to be made putting more of you out of work and when it comes to your money or Wall Streets huge profits from IPOs in new startups that are putting you out of work, guess who is going to win in your Repug Congress and Oval Office.

Yep, that’s right. You’re chumps. Trump played you. And he doesn’t give a damn about you. You’ve got more friends in the coastal elites and allies in the Dem party that you’ll ever have with the bosses and bankers. But you just go right on supporting the exact people who’ve brought you the distress you have and hating some of those who actually tried to help you. You loved lifelong union-buster Reagan – how did that work out for you! Just the preamble to what happens to you now.

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Repeal and replace is not so easy

The rigged media, still living in their elitist bubble, is having fun trying to report on the cracks that are appearing when the Repugs have to try to convert their campaign tweets into actual policy. This is just as delusional as believing Trump could never win.

The policy wonks, now that repeal is going to happen, are digging into the replace part. Oh it’s a mess, esp. when Trump’s policy is replace is going to be something fantastic, cheaper and better. Now, the rigged press, is overjoyed at the idea that reality is a lot tougher than soundbites. They grab onto Trump’s statement that he likes continuing the pre-existing conditions part of ObamaCare and how impossible it will be to retain that without just reinventing ObamaCare, possibly with a few minor Repug twists.

Get a grip, liberals and rigged media. You’re full of shit.

Your fundamental premise is that the Repugs won’t just toss 32 million people on the street and let them die (or flood ERs). Why exactly do you believe they care!

These are ruthless people, the same crowd who killed lots of American kids and even more Iraqis with a simplistic ego and greed-driven policy. They actually do govern by tweet. Simplistic notions are just fine. Look at Kochistan, aka Kansas, for what happens when ideologues get power and actually get to do what they say. Sure, it’s a mess and a failure, but does reality stop them? Did reality stop Dubya from invading Iraq? Did massive deficits stop Reagan?

The liberals just can’t believe that a President isn’t, at least some of the time, president of all the people (of course Trump said that in his entirely reasonable and conciliatory speech) BUT, it’s total bullshit. Dubya ran the country for the benefit of the R’s only and actually not even the 48% that supported him, just the 1% of rich and special interests. Why do you think this Repug Congress will be any different than the mess under Dubya that ran up massive graft and deficits and crashed the economy in 2008 with their toxic securities?

They don’t care if people die, especially when they make money off it. They sacrificed plenty of people in Iraq based on their impulsive and in-the-bubble views. They’ll do it again. After all, all those people on ObamaCare are blacks and browns, and screw them – they’re demonstrating in the streets – send in the Gestapo, throw ’em in jail, kill ’em. Do you think a dictator who can personally kill his enemies, like Saddam or Putin or Kim Jong-Un, cares about some dead bodies that get in their way.

So get out of your it-won’t-be-that-bad sunny dispositions, you deluded liberals. You may not be able to kill people, these guys can.

As they debate their terrible ideas for replace and realize it ain’t gonna work, they’ll just do repeal and who cares what happens to all those people, they’re urban Dems, not us good hard-working real ‘mericuns in rural redneck country.  Screw ’em, send the spoils of victory to us.

Trump proved you can break all the political convention and still win. Any other candidate would have been sunk a dozen times over with the slime that came out of his mouth. But he won. He’s bulletproof because “values voters” don’t care about values, certainly not morality, only power, which now they’ve got and taking it back from them is going to be really tough, at least until they overturn Roe and then realize their pockets have been picked too. The Repubs will govern appealing only to a fraction of their own base and none of the Dem base. This is not even government for 49% of us. Get over it, rigged media, you’re dreaming if you think they’ll think about anybody except ‘me’.

But the only hope is crooked Congress. Already the insurance companies are waking up to Hillary losing and realizing the huge handout they got via ObamaCare is in jeopardy. The Aetna CEO sounds more liberal than Hillary in what he claims needs to happen (to, of course, keep his bonus up). And soon hospitals will remember floods of people in their ERs with no insurance. And doctors and other providers will realize their jobs, or at least their next Mercedes or McMansion may be in jeopardy. The one thing I trust is greed. A hoard of 20,000 lobbyists from the health care sector is now awakened and ready to start lining the palms of Congress, especially the Repugs with their graft to retain their handouts. And that the Repugs (some who aren’t purist doctrine) will listen to. Everyone is on the take and looking how to line their pockets, not support doctrine and their “leader”. Trust the healthcare industry to start buying votes. Doctrine and orthodoxy will easily lose out to graft and corruption.

So what will happen. Simple. replace is too difficult so it will be just repeal. Then the window dressing of replace will be every vested interest in this country getting their favorite way to line their pockets into some grabbag of corruptions. Utterly useless, but lucrative to some special interest, hodgepodge of “ideas” will be the replace. ObamaCare and especially the expanded Medicaid were just ways, via sick poor people, to put more taxpayer money in the hands of the rich. I do trust they’ll find ways to do the replace that helps them and so a few citizens will get some semblance of health care so the medical industry gets its bonuses. Look at Dubya’s Part D – was that anything exact a handout to big pharma and that was a Repug plan, not liberal Dems! It will be the model of replace and it will make a few CEOs and a bunch of lobbyists and the crooked Congress a bunch of money. That prediction we can trust – greed will prevail.

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