Category Archives: US Presidents & candidates

Russia has won the war!

By David Rhoads

One year ago, we were the world leader in so many areas. These included:

– Our trade relationships including NAFTA.
– Our international treaties which included the Iran Deal. North Korea was a problem, but was not volatile.
– Our leadership in development of renewable energy sources and environmental policies.
– While we were far from being leaders, we were on the path to provide affordable healthcare to a very large number of Americans.
– Our country respected and championed diversity.
– Immigrants and refugees were welcomed.
– Our country was respected and trusted by rest of the world.

Now that Donald Trump is our president, his policies and those of the Republicans are now in ascendancy. In my opinion, these policies have profoundly weakened America in many ways, some of which I’ve listed below:

– We are no longer the respected and trusted leader of the world. Many of the deals and treaties that have been in place for years are to be “renegotiated” (translation:abandoned).
The individual primarily responsible for our foreign policy has been called a “moron” by the Secretary of State.
NAFTA is in shambles with the US making one outrageous demand after another.
The White House wants to terminate the Iran Nuclear deal.
The North Korean situation has become so dangerous that the Republican Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has suggested that we are on the verge of World War III.

– Our leadership in renewable energy and sustainable environmental policies is fading

– Our policies now give vast benefits to the rich at the expense of everyone else.
The US Congress is planning tax reforms – Translation:Tax cuts with 80% going to the top 1%.
Obamacare has been sabotaged.The Republican alternative to repealing it is to profoundly weaken it.
Corporate America receives huge subsidies and tax breaks.
An additional $100 billion has been allocated to our already bloated military budget. In other words, it is more important to build more bombers than it is to invest in our schools, bridges and power grid.

-The White House has been referred to as an adult day care center.

– Science is disparaged and disregarded whenever convenient.

– Many federal departments are now headed by people who are opposed to their traditional missions.This includes the EPA and the Departments of Labor, Interior, Education and Justice.

– Diversity and respect for immigrants are now expletives.

– Ethics and transparency have been abandoned in many parts of the federal government.

– Hypocrisy, chaos and greed reign.

All this has happened in less than a year thanks to the leadership of Donald J. Trump and the complicit Republican Congress. Congratulations to Vladimir Putin who supported him. Putin has accomplished so much at so little cost to himself and his country. And he didn’t even have to start a shooting war.

P.S. Some might tell me that some of these points are exaggerations. I won’t dispute that. However, keep in mind my major point which is that Trump is doing major damage to the citizens and institutions of our beloved country and that some of that damage may well take decades to undo, assuming that we survive the four years of this presidency.

2018: Dems 52, R’s 38

Very interesting poll. At first you wonder how a president who threatens the whole American way of life and sense of social fairness can not be the big issue for everyone looking to who should control Congress after next year. But then you realize: there are plenty of free-standing reasons that a majority of voters would like to see R’s– who can’t pass a budget, protect our health care, or assert some influence over an “adult day care” White House–lose control of Congress next year.

How is Tropical Storm Harvey like Donald Trump?

By Nathaniel Smith, The Times of Chester County, 9/4/17

Tropical Storm Harvey and Donald Trump both were foreseeable disasters that have caused a lot of damage and suffering.

Republicans knew Trump would be trouble. His campaign was accompanied, but not at all impeded, by a whole litany of negative comments about him by his fellow primary candidates, former candidates and presidents, and other Republican leaders. But they couldn’t get organized to stop him.

A few days after the November election, then-president Obama summed it up:

“Donald Trump is not an outlier; he is a culmination, a logical conclusion of the rhetoric and tactics of the Republican Party for the past ten, fifteen, twenty years. What surprised me was the degree to which those tactics and rhetoric completely jumped the rails. There were no governing principles, there was no one to say, ‘No, this is going too far, this isn’t what we stand for.’ But we’ve seen it for eight years, even with reasonable people like John Boehner, who, when push came to shove, wouldn’t push back against these currents.”

In the early primaries, Trump couldn’t get more than 35% of the vote, and those are the 35% who are sticking with him still today. The other candidates, if they had wished, could have chosen the strongest among themselves, cast lots, whatever; but they all felt too important to drop out for a good cause.

Short version: people saw it coming but no one did anything about it.

Like Tropical Storm Harvey….

keep reading at The Times of Chester County

FDR on living wages

…In my Inaugural I laid down the simple proposition that nobody is going to starve in this country. It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By “business” I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level-I mean the wages of decent living….

— from Franklin Roosevelt’s Statement on the National Industrial Recovery Act, June 16, 1933