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View from the sidelines

I deliberately stepped away from social media a few months ago to focus on what was important to me in light of the upcoming November elections.

A former registered Republican, I remain a fiscal conservative, but have become increasing concerned about the social inequities that have become commonplace in this country. I was born and raised in a lower middle class family, lived on the wrong side of *both* sets of tracks (really!). My home was surrounded by factories which belched out soot and dust.  I was bussed to an elementary school that was primarily African-American. In high school I knew that I was not in the same social class as many of my classmates. I was fortunate in that, in my parents’ home, we were all expected to get a college education – something both mom and dad were unable to do. I worked in a factory as a UAW member from 1971-1975 to fund my college education.

I am dismayed at the social injustices in play at this point in US society. I recently began working in retail wine sales because it seemed interesting. The lessons learned have opened my eyes to the fallacies of the current economy. While the stock market shows robust numbers, it is obvious that this has NOTHING to do with the average US citizen. The majority of my co-workers are either 1) older than me (I’m 67) and HAVE to keep working in order to eat, 2) working two jobs to get by, or 3) working 50 hours or more a week in order to pay bills. Is this the economy that Trump believes is the best ever?  This is not my uneducated or simple observational opinion. If you, like me, are a fiscal conservative, here are some links that raise real flags about what is going on in this country right now:

  (and the Cramer article referenced the end of this link is also significant).

Furthermore, if you consider yourself any kind of thinking, educated person; I dare you to read the first 200 pages of William Shirer’s “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”. You will find many eerie similarities between Hitler’s actions and what is happening now in the USA. Read it. Don’t skim or dismiss it. Your comments will reveal which you did.

Covid-19.

My career was spent as an educator. Worse, I was a choral director – omg, a super-spreader activity. Are you a parent? How do you feel about sending your child to a building with a bunch of other kids? If you were a teacher, or worse, a teacher with kids or a spouse that had a compromised immunity system, how would you feel about the push to re-open schools? What kind of leadership have we seen regarding this issue?  Allow me to list a few quotes (easily gathered through a Google search):

Jan. 22, 2020 – ” We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.

Feb. 2, 2020 – ““We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

Feb. 4, 2020 – “My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

Feb. 10, 2020 – “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. “

Feb. 11, 2020 – “In our country, we only have, basically, 12 cases and most of those people are recovering and some cases fully recovered. So it’s actually less.”

Feb. 24, 2020 – “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

Feb. 26, 2020 – “When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”

Feb. 28, 2020 – “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus… And this is their new hoax.”

March 11, 2020 – “The vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very low.”

March 23, 2020 – “America will again, and soon, be open for business — very soon — a lot sooner than three or four months that somebody was suggesting. A lot sooner.”

April 14, 2020 – “Today I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization ….”

June 17, 2020 – “The pandemic is fading away. It’s going to fade away.”

July 2, 2020 – “The pandemic is “getting under control.”

July 6, 2020 – “We now have the lowest Fatality (Mortality) Rate in the World.”

How many more lies will you believe?  It is time to stop this nonsense.

Donald Trump does not care about you. He only cares about one thing – himself.

5 thoughts on “View from the sidelines

  1. I’m not well-read in economics, but if being a “fiscal conservative” includes being strongly against deficit spending, against printing money when needed, and supporting supply-side economics and the “Laffer curve,” I’d ask you to consider some alternative concepts such as Modern Monetary Theory (https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/4/16/18251646/modern-monetary-theory-new-moment-explained). Tax cuts to the rich tend NOT to “trickle down” and even fairly massive deficit spending doesn’t necessarily result in inflation or any true “debt” beyond numbers on paper. One person whose books I’ve read, and who I used to listen to when I had time is Thom Hartmann. Here’s a link to a brief clip from one of his shows in which he gives a brief summary of how FDR’s programs and policies brought us out of the Great Depression — I’m pretty sure it wasn’t through fiscal conservativism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0IU9MUv9UI

    You’re 100% correct about what Trump cares about. When talking about the passing of his brother this week, the disgusting narcissist made it almost entirely about himself. A new book just came out revealing what the Fox News personalities really think about him when they’re not on air and off the record and it’s not complimentary. Like us, they know that he’s incompetent, unfit for office, and mentally unstable, according to the just-released book by Brian Stelter: Hoax (Vanity Fair excerpt: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/08/sean-hannity-fox-news-staffers-feel-trapped-in-trump-cult).

    He should have been stopped long ago, before doing so much damage to our country, but unless his efforts at fouling up the November election are successful, we have a chance to stop at least some of this — even more if Mitch McConnell is relieved of his powerful position.

    1. I agree with everything you write. Yes, I am against huge deficits, racked up to benefit corporations and defense spending. The USA is so backward-looking. We keep this huge military budget when in this age, the wars are being fought behind computer screens.

      1. And I agree that unrestrained spending on defense, along with “pork barrel” spending on projects that don’t actually improve our essential infrastructure or add well-paying jobs to the economy is bad. But I’m asking my “fiscal conservative” friends to think outside the box about deficit-spending being universally bad, because just as with most things, that’s not necessarily true, and a lot of our best programs are actually types of strategic socialism, because free-market capitalism rarely results in better economic equality and the floating of all the boats. I’ll admit that much of what I accept is democratic socialism, but balanced and never absolute.

        1. I just believe there is money plenty to go around but it is mis-allocated. And, yes, there are good reasons and incidences to justify deficit spending, but not to the extent it has been done.

  2. I have to agree with both of you, trickle down was nothing more than wishful thinking, and even that gives it too much credibility. Massive tax cuts to corporations (and billionaires) , unbalances spending on the military, under application of royalties on our vast natural resources. They money to provide for the neediest among us is there if only the resolve was as well.

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