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Sunday, 20 January 2019

20 January 2019. Back After Three Months of Hell…

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It’s been three months since my last post in October. Nicky’s health continued to deteriorate and I was getting about two to four hours of sleep a night, combined with six-day work-weeks. Finally, in November, he had to go to hospital. He’s now in rehab. This has given me the chance to recover from that period of too much work and not enough rest. I’m still working hellish hours, as that’s the only way that I can earn enough to pay the bills. I’m also going to be 65 and I’m unable to retire because of Republican cuts to Social Security (the new age of full retirement benefits is now 70, thanks to Republican greedsters allied with Establishment Dem Corporate Ass-kissers).

The system of oppression put in place by Reagan and refined by Clinton, Bush II, and Obama put most working people under the boot of worthless sorts such as hedge-fund managers, subcontractors, real-estate developers, and stock-market drones. The “conservatives” and “liberals” are the same… it’s like the last scene of Orwell’s Animal Farm… there’s no difference between Establishment Republicans and Democrats… both favour the fatcats over the common man. The worst came this January… I got a raise… from 11.00/hour to 11.10/hour, that is, I now get 4.00 USD more a week. That’s because the minimum wage in New York State went up to 11.10/hour. In effect, my employer said to me by doing that:

If we could pay you less, we would, but the law won’t let us. Now, take this extra dime and be grateful for it. We won’t give you any more. We deserve it far more than you do.

This is common throughout the USA. For the first time in its history, the USA is full of quietly desperate people. You see, since the Affluent Effluent are doing well, that’s the only thing that matters. It doesn’t matter that hedge-fund shysters ruined Sears and Toys r’ Us deliberately to earn short-term profits… the affluent managers got off relatively scot-free. The workers got fucked with no vaseline? That’s just the “invisible hand of the market”… the management class says:

We’re not to blame. We didn’t make the system. This is the world is, the way it’s always been, and the way it’s always going to be!

That’s not so. Bernie scares the shit out of them. The new class of US Representatives includes people who truly rile he Corporate Class. Trump and Clinton were of the same social background… they were “strivers”, people who wanted to be in the upper reaches, but who were kept out by the Rockefellers, Whitneys, Mellons, Scaifes, and Gardners. Obama, as a Harvard-educated corporate lawyer, was actually of higher social standing than those two are. These two are the poisoned fruit of the noxious era brought forth by Reagan, refined by the Clintons, continued by Bush II, and brought to its logical culmination by Obama. Remember, in 2008 Obama had plenty of aid for fatcats impacted by the Great Recession, but next to nil for ordinary folks. 

However, do note that the NYT, WaPo, and CNN all ignore the Yellow Vests in Europe… the media is trying to bury it. Yet, reality has a way of asserting itself. The most popular Dem candidate for 2020 is Bernie… not Warren… not Biden… not Gabbard… but will the DNC pull its head out of its ass and go back to FDR? Remember, the first president to attack the New Deal was Harry Truman… not a Republican. He was a corrupt Pendergast Machine pol who made deals with Republicans… he allowed Taft-Hartley and he instigated the Cold War. McCarthy ran rampant because Truman let him (Ike stopped McCarthy… never forget that). However, the existence of the USSR meant that the American Corporate class didn’t want to let the working people get influenced by socialism. They used two things… one, they allowed the workers to have relative prosperity, and two, they used relentless propaganda to demonise socialism. When the USSR fell and the USA congratulated itself on winning the Cold War (wrongly, but that’s what happened), the Managerial Class felt that they could do as they pleased. The Clintons did more to harm working people than Reagan ever did. 

Yet, we’re at the end of an era, not the beginning of one. Trump is a result, not a cause. Hillary Clinton is a result, not a cause. Remove both, and the infection is still there. However, we can bring back the New Deal, and take it further. Socialism is the most-favoured political stance of the young… it’s simple… the greed of the Corporate moloch has ground them down with massive student debts. Shall we see a change? Yes… the only question is how violent the transition will be. I hope that it would avoid that. God willing, I’d hope that would be so.

Well, I’m back. Maybe, not every day, but I’m feeling well enough to take my place on the firing line. Keep it focused and keep it prudent. You win nothing by pointless bravado or pseudo-intellectual vapouring. Take my hand… the way won’t be easy, but we can make it if we stand united…

BMD

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Ryan “Retires”, Tillotson Resigns, Haley Walks Away, Mattis May Jump Ship… What Do They Know?

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Many of the figures in the Trump Administration are walking away from power. This isn’t how politicians normally act. You have to drag them away from power. However, Repugs seem to be abandoning the SS Trump as quickly as they can, before the election débâcle happens. The Affluent Effluent are richer and more powerful than ever. Yet, none of this “trickled down” to the rest of America. Two jobs or working more than 40 hours is the norm to meet the bills. The Republicans spit on us and intend to do us more harm. They’re so arrogant and power-drunk that they chortled that they were going to cut Social Security. That’s a political “third rail”… if you do so, you risk enraging senior cits, who’re a reliable voting bloc, and they DO vote against all those who’d cut their retirement. The stupidity of Trump and his advisors is beyond words.

Do note the desperation of Repugs in the Southern states trying to cut blacks and Latinos from the voting rolls. They forgot something… most of the seniors motivated to vote against them are white, not minorities. I’ve never seen the like in my life (and I hope never to see the like again)… the Republican Party is spitting on the ordinary retired folk who voted for them for years. Their stupidity is monumental and mind-boggling. Donald Trump may go down in the history books as the man who made the Republican Party into a minority party of the Southeast and of Evangelicals… neither group is large enough to guarantee control of Congress or the White House.

What shall it end as? I think that a crippled Trump will hobble on until 2020… even the Repugs don’t want the religious fanatic Pence in the White House. Anything else will be up for grabs…

BMD

Sunday, 8 July 2018

8 July 2018. ALL Neoliberals Are the Enemies of Ordinary People… Both “Conservative” and Liberal”

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Both Trump and Clinton are part of the same social class… they’re wealthy Upper Middles who want to break into the Upper Class, but can’t. The Clintons wanted to move to Tarrytown, but the Rockefellers kept them out (they ended up in Chappaqua… a burb full of wealthy no-accounts like them). Trump is a real-estate developer, which says it all… he has no chance of really hobnobbing with the Mellons, Carnegies, Whitneys, or Rockefellers either.

The last real “American aristocrats” to sit in the White House were FDR and George H W Bush (George W was an aristocrat wannabe.. he just didn’t make the grade, socially speaking). Kennedy was a Lace Curtain Irish wannabee… the Kennedys still aren’t completely considered real Upper Crust by the Social Register set. Therefore, Clinton and Trump fawn on the real oligarchs, because they lust to be in that set themselves. There’s no chance of that happening. The oligarchs will use them… but they’ll never consider them equals or allow them into the inner sanctum. What’s more, the Clintons and Trump know this, but they hope against hope that they real poohbahs will approve of them and anoint them “aristocrats” too.

Clinton and Trump come from the same sleazy social class. The reason that both cudgel ordinary people is that they want to be Uppers, but the Uppers won’t have them. Their disappointment comes out as resentment against ordinary folk, so Clinton and Trump allow their Upper Middle pals to screw working people. It can’t go on forever. If you squeeze people hard enough, it leads to a reaction… like heads stuck on fence posts. I don’t want to see it come to that, but Clinton and Trump aren’t helping matters (neither are minor neoliberal slumtickets like Paul Ryan and Maxine Waters… two shitbirds of a feather who enable the wealthy).

Both hate us and our aspirations. React accordingly…

BMD

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Immigration Impacting Infantry

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After receiving heavy pushback by the Trump Administration, the US Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest recruitment programme (MAVNI) is now deauthorised, so, as a result, the Pentagon began discharging dozens of associated recruits. Recruits promised an “expedited” path to citizenship now are out of the US Army with nothing but their fatigues to show for their service. MAVNI, which began under former President George W Bush in 2002, was as a pathway for US naturalisation following  “honourable service” since 2009. Despite the requirement being achievable just days following entry into boot camp, recent recruits expecting citizenship now face a cycle of interviews, background checks, and screening processes in addition to discharge papers. With immigration a hot-button issue for the Trump Administration following the family separation and child detention camps scandal under the US President’s “zero tolerance” policy, Washington may have another associated problem on its hands as immigrant recruits begin seeking legal counsel.

7 July 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/cartoons/201807071066122437-mavni-deauthorized-army-trump-admin/

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