The “ESTABLISHMENT”

What is the “establishment”?  That’s been the question ever since Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of insulting organizations because he used that term.  Never mind Hillary is a big part of the “establishment”!  This is so bizarre and ridiculous!  She knows perfectly well who the “establishment” includes and it isn’t Bernie Sanders!

Hillary is the “Democrat Establishment”.  This includes the DNC, the Chairman, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Democrat members of congress, Democrats in the Obama administration, state Democrat governors, state Democrat elected officials and many Democrat organizations that have already endorsed Hillary’s candidacy.  Normally these endorsements come after the Iowa caucus, New Hampshire primary, etc.  However, Hillary’s campaign is so “well oiled” by the “establishment” these endorsements are coming before these events to hopefully help Hillary win them.

The latest entanglement with the “establishment” is that MSNBC, The New Hampshire Union Leader, Chuck Todd and Rachael Maddow have agreed to have another debate before the New Hampshire primary.  New Hampshire has always had a Democrat debate between the Iowa caucus and the country’s first primary in New Hampshire.  All the candidates (Bernie, Hillary and O’Malley) were agreeable to this.  Sanders said “If Secretary Clinton and Gov. O’Malley want to do it, I’m there”..,…I’m in.”

However, the DNC (“establishment”) is not agreeable to this!  Their “edict” is “any candidate who participates in “unsanctioned debates” will be prohibited from future debates authorized by the DNC.”   The Hillary campaign then said she would participate only if the debate is sanctioned by the DNC.  Senator Sanders said he would abide by the DNC orders.  On Tuesday, DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Shultz said there were no plans to sanction new debates”!  So, here we are, Wednesday night at 11PM (PT) and everything is still “up in the air”!  Of course, this may change anytime within the next hour, the next day, or anywhere in between before the MSNBC scheduled date!  Will MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union Leader win out or will the “Establishment”??

P.S.  Just read an article on The Hill by Elliot Smilowitz about Bernie Sanders offer for more debates – but not on Hillary Clinton’s terms.

 

 

 

 

DEMOCRAT DEBATE – 1-17-’16

What a difference between the Democrat and Republican debates!  The Democrat debate was all about what “we” are going to do for America.  The Republican debate was about which candidate could do the most harm to the other candidate!

Hillary’s most used word during this debate was “I”, “I”,”I”!  Bernie’s most used word was “we”, “we”, “we”.

Hillary did as expected.  She accused Bernie of his “past’ gun voting record by saying he voted to “have guns on Amtrak” and he voted to ‘have guns in public parks” which was totally untrue and ridiculous!  In 1988 Bernie voted against military type guns.  Bernie voted for instant background checks.  Bernie is with President Obama on his executive action on gun control.  Still, Hillary keeps “harping” away!  Hillary said “I” had a lot to do with gun control, yada, yada, yada!  Bernie informed the audience on gun control measures he voted for.  The NRA gave Bernie a “D” rating!

Hillary also did as expected when she talked about the ACA (“Obama Care”). Hillary said “I” know a lot about health care, yada, yada, yada. Hillary accused Bernie of wanting to “tear up” President Obama’s health care plan and “start all over”, which, again, is untrue!  Bernie worked on that plan with President Obama and wants to add to it to make health care available for everyone!  When moderator, Andrea Mitchell asked Bernie how he would pay for it, he explained how it would save a middle income family about $5,000 yearly because they would no longer be paying ANY health insurance premiums!

On the topic of Iran, Hillary said “I” helped with the nuclear agreement with Iran, yada, yada, yada.  She was even so bold as to say she “convinced” President Obama to do this.  The truth is Hillary was against the nuclear agreement before she was for it!  When she saw “the wind blowing” in favor of the agreement, then, she was for it!

When asked what he would do his first 100 days as president, Sanders said he would (1) Bring health care to all. (2) Bring the minimum wage up to $15.00 an hour and (3) More jobs for the middle class.  When Hillary was asked the same question she said (1) “I” would build on the ACA. She didn’t explain how she would “build on it” and neither moderator asked her. (2) Hillary did not say how much she would raise the minimum wage. However, in a previous statement Hillary said she would bring the “federal employees” wages up to $12.00 an hour. Of course, she added “equal pay for women”, which Bernie is also for. She also said she would make ‘loans easier” for college students.  She is against free college for everyone in contrast with what Bernie wants to do (free college for everyone).  Hillary also implied she could get along better with Republicans!  Bernie gave an example of how he had worked with Republicans!  He went on to say it wasn’t that Republicans and Democrats hated each other.  The problem was that congress was owned by big money and refuses to do what the  American people want them to do!

The statements on Wall Street were swift and contentious.  Bernie wants to break up the big banks.  Hillary wants to make changes but does not say what changes she would make.  Bernie repeated everything that is wrong with big money and Wall Street.  Without naming anyone, he did not shirk from saying how big money is funding politicians and giving these politicians big speaking fees to do their bidding.

When it came to making our country safe, Bernie’s number one priority was taking out ISIS.  He talked about how the Middle East countries have to “put some skin in the game” and put their troops on the ground with our advisors to help them.  He also said some Middle East countries are very wealthy and could finance their own wars.  Unlike the Iraq war!  Hillary said she would do what President Obama is doing now.  President Obama is trying to get more Middle East countries involved.  When asked about Syria, Hillary said she would not “put boots on the ground”. That statement is in direct conflict with what she pushed President Obama to do in Libya and tried pushing him to do in Syria.

What was most interesting is how Hillary kept bringing up how much she supported and admired President Obama, yada, yada, yada.  As if they were “bosom buddies”.  She inferred Bernie was not an Obama supporter.  Again, nothing could be further from the truth.  Bernie not only supports President Obama but he worked actively on Obama’s 2008 campaign as well as the 2012 campaign. What is so appalling about this “Hillary tactic’ is how she treated Obama in the 2008 campaign!  She attacked Obama at every turn and, of course, as Hillary always does, tried to destroy his good reputation!  I doubt very much that President Obama appreciates Hillary using him in her “campaign rhetoric”!

Both moderators, Lester Holt and Andrea Mitchell put Bernie on the “hot seat” asking the very same questions they knew Hillary was waiting to yada, yada, yada about!  Lester went after Bernie on gun control and Andrea went after Bernie about health care.  Andrea asked the most asinine question! She asked Bernie if he regretted what he said when asked before about Bill Clinton’s “past transgressions” and his answer was that it was totally unacceptable.  Andrea asked Bernie if he regretted saying that!  Bernie’s answer was so “Bernie honest” about the question itself, it even surprised Andrea.  Bernie said that was not a good question!  He said when he was asked the question before he responded to that question.  He continued on and said that he has never attacked Hillary about that or anything else (with Hillary nodding her head in agreement) and that there were more important issues for the American people!  Mitchell’s reply was “You didn’t have to answer the question that way”.  Bernie then said, yes I did because if I don’t answer it now it will come up again and again!  Andrea had no reply to that!

Lester Holt announced the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Hillary and she was ahead in the South Carolina polls.  Holt asked Bernie how he could be a nominee because of that. This was an “unnecessary question” by Holt and, extremely rude!  Holt did not mention Jim Clyburn, a long time and most respected member of congress, is remaining neutral.  As usual, Bernie had a good answer saying “talking about polls”, citing the polls where he is ahead of Clinton in Iowa and even with Hillary in New Hampshire!  Something else I noticed was how long Holt allowed the applause to go on after Hillary spoke and interrupted the applause after Bernie spoke.  I’m not saying Holt did this intentionally but this is how it was.

I have written this article about Bernie and Hillary because they are the top two contenders. However, I have to give credit to John O’Malley for his participation and thoughtful answers to questions he was asked.  He even had the courage to tell Hillary she “wasn’t telling the truth” when she wasn’t telling the truth!  In spite of being the “third” candidate and not given as much time to state his views, he did a good job.

As I “digested” this debate, along with the political news these past few weeks I have come to the conclusion the Clintons (Hillary, Bill and Chelsea) have no understanding of how political campaigns have changed since they ran for office. This is no longer the 1990’s or even 2008!  They are using the same tactics they did then; attack, smear and tell lies about your opponent!

It didn’t work in 2008 and it won’t work now!  The Clintons forget there is a whole new generation of voters out there now.  These voters may not know about “Bill’s transgressions” or the turmoil in the White House when Bill was president but… they are “tech literate” and know how to research the facts.  The time is past for the “Clinton type” campaigns.  It is also past for the Democrat “establishment”, the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

BITS OF NEWS and COMMENTS

These days the news is so repetitive it’s hard to get your mind around just one headline.  They all deserve attention.  Some more than others.  Following are a few.

  1. Saudia Arabia/Iran: Some so called “foreign experts” say we have to maintain our ties with Saudi Arabia as well as Iran.  This means keeping the old “balancing act” going!  Every problem in the whole of the  Middle East has become so intertwined and complicated there is nothing the United States can do that will make one bit of difference.  It all boils down to a religious war that has been going on for centuries and will continue as long as there is a “Middle East”.  Nevertheless, leaders of the world are still “trying” to find a solution.  When are they all going to face the truth that there is no solution!  When is the United States going to stop aiding and abetting these Middle East countries?  How many years have we tried to help these countries in the Middle East come to some kind of peaceful agreement?  How much U.S. treasure and how many American lives have been lost in this effort with absolutely nothing in return except more turmoil?  The only rational course now is to leave the Middle East to the Middle East!  Those who propose staying involved in these wars are either politicians or the military industrial complex.  All for their own selfish purposes.  Too many Middle East cities have been so decimated by these wars there are no homes left.  In Syria, the millions who were able to leave are still trying to find a home in other countries that allow them to enter.  Now, the remaining people are not allowed to leave and are being starved to death by one or the other factions fighting!  Anyone who tells you the U.S. or any other country can find a “solution” to all these problems in the Middle East is downright lying!
  1. ISIS gives the media a new threat to broadcast every day! Republicans use these “news flashes” as fear mongering aides for their political purposes. This is in turn, makes the already fearful more hateful towards any immigrants.  It is truly a vicious circle!
  1. Billionaires are playing the stock market game while the prices drop in the U.S. with the excuse the Chinese stock market may crash!  This is just another manipulation of money to make more money!
  1. Floods, earthquakes, tornados, etc. are becoming the norm. Still, the climate change deniers are holding their ground!  One day when they lose their home and all they own to one of these events they may change their minds.
  1. Around a dozen armed men take over a “bird sanctuary” in Oregon so they can get their “15 minutes of fame”! They are “protesting” the U.S. government taxing them for grazing their cattle on federal lands (which belong to the U.S. taxpayers!).  One of the “honchos”, Ammon Bundy, received a Small Business Loan from the same government he is protesting!  There is no record of him paying this 2010 loan back.  This loan was for his “car valet” business!  No cattle there!  Two of the men who claimed they had been in the military were found to be lying!  One man has a criminal history!
  1. TransCanada is seeking $15 Billion in damages from the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) signed by then President, Bill Clinton. The company calls the decision to cancel the company’s Keystone XL pipeline project as “arbitrary and unjustified”. This is one good reason why the U.S. should not sign any more “Free Trade Agreements” with any other country!
  1. The presidential campaigns continue with the usual “insults” from Trump and usual lies from the rest of the Republican candidates. Hillary Clinton tries her best to blame Bernie Sanders for all the gun violence in this country!  Bernie Sanders just keeps “rolling along”, beating her in  New Hampshire by 13 points in the most recent polls.

And…it goes on and on!

 

 

 

EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME IN 2016 – SORRY!

I apologize for such a “depressing” headline.  But…it’s the truth, isn’t it?

The presidential campaign will be in full force with the same tripe coming from Donald Trump, the same lies, smears and redundancy from the rest of the Republican candidates.  The “blah blah” from Hillary Clinton, telling people what she would do for them ….. except, based on her past history, she would not!  The fight for truth and media coverage in the Bernie Sanders campaign in spite of the undermining of his campaign from the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and the Democrat “establishment”!

There will still be unarmed black men, even teenagers, shot by white police officers for no reason other than racism!  No, I am not condemning all police officers!  There are many more of them that are just trying to do their jobs while being blamed for what the racists do. To find the truth there has to be an Independent Investigative Committee that has no ties to the police department or any other city department.

The wealthy will still be getting their tax breaks and tax havens overseas!  They will still be heavily involved in the presidential campaign with their individual millions of dollars contribution or through the many established Super Pacs.  Who gets the most funds from these billionaires is a toss-up between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Corporations will continue to ship jobs overseas to citizens of a country who have no choice but work for minimal pay in deplorable working conditions. The Federal Reserve is still in “cahoots” with Wall Street, raising interest rates to help the wealthy and make it harder for the middle class

The Republican “mantra” will still be “the terrorists are going to get you if you don’t vote for me.” Their uneducated minions will still believe all Muslims are terrorists, no matter how wrong these Republican bigots are!  Republicans are playing a dangerous game, pitting one religion against another for their own selfish reasons!

There will be more floods, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.  Again, the Republicans and their minions will call “climate change” a hoax, even as they are losing their homes and all they have to these storms.

Many journalists(?) will continue to “debase” themselves to keep their jobs.  There will be a minimal amount of investigative journalism because the truth is being circumvented.  Most of the MSM is now controlled by the wealthy Republicans who can “twist the news” to suit them.

Middle class will continue to struggle for a decent job and wage to support their families.  Although many Unions have been “busted” by Republican governors, they will continue to fight for the middle class.  This is a fight for the soul of America!

As we enter the New Year and things remain the same, remember…. we still have a president who is working to make things better for all Americans.  He is still in charge until the next president is sworn in.  It is up to us to elect leaders who truly care and put the middle class needs ahead of their own personal desires.  We must elect leaders who are not beholden to the wealthy who have a “foothold” in our lives as never before.  We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves.  The “wolves” are not at the door.  They are here!  It is up to us to stop them!

“The world is a dangerous place to live not because of people who are evil but because people won’t do anything about it.”…Mark Twain