There’s only a hair’s breadth worth of difference between The Generalissimo and the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte; both are liars, disdain the press, love pussy-grabbing, praise dictators and authoritarians any chance they get and are overtly toxic to their countries.
If history is any judge, both men will come to bad ends. It’s the interim that has us worried.
I was so wrong.
When I went to bed last night America was still one of the few countries incapable of electing a Hitler, a Mussolini or even (more aptly) a Berlusconi; America had mostly moved past –at least at the Federal level– apartheid as policy; America was also conservative enough to not elect as president a person who by their very presence would roil the markets ; America was still a country with common sense enough to not elect a narcissistic sociopath with a record of failed businesses and marriages trailing behind him, a man whose singular policy was to emotionally evoke a time when whites ruled and women and niggers knew their place.
When I went to bed America had an eye on the future.
When I awoke America appeared a failed democratic experiment, ready to deport or imprison anyone of color, regardless of legal status; America is now ready to stack SCOTUS with the justices to make the preceding (and much, much more) happen ; America has decided to devolve in the face of impending demographic change, though that decision surely will not stop the coming tide.
I woke this morning to find that portion of America, the “I Told You Sos”, who after 8 years of a near hysteria at Obama’s presidency, had risen up their orange-tinted golem for one last tilt at inevitability.
It promises to be a bloody and ultimately futile four years.
Yet another reason Donald Trump needs to be voted off the island…
Donald Trump’s campaign quietly released a plan to privatize new infrastructure development in the United States. …the federal government would offer tax credits to private investors interested in funding large infrastructure projects, who would put down some of their own money up front, then borrow the rest on the private bond markets. They would eventually earn their profits on the back end from usage fees, such as highway and bridge tolls (if they built a highway or bridge) or higher water rates (if they fixed up some water mains). So instead of paying for their new roads at tax time, Americans would pay for them during their daily commute. And of course, all these private developers would earn a nice return at the end of the day.
In any event, one obvious disadvantage of relying so heavily on private developers, as the Washington Postnotes, is that it would mostly encourage new building in wealthy areas that can afford to pay high user fees. Private companies go where there are private profits to be earned, after all. Poorer areas—areas where infrastructure may be more likely to be crumbling!—could end up being neglected.
I can’t believe this isn’t getting more play as it’s the most Republican idea Trump has yet uttered: Sell off America’s infrastructure to private corporations, with the corporations collecting tolls to recover their original costs. Then, when they have recouped their initial layout, jack up the tolls to set profits as high as they want.
Put another way, the middle and lower economic classes will foot the bill, people who have to commute to work every day (and pay for the privilege; Ka-Ching!) Of course the wealthy (to whom a toll is less than a pittance) entirely avoid paying their fair share in taxes, per usual.
Why oh why does this sound so familiar?
So the media is all agog over some emails found on a pervert’s laptop that may have some tangential relationship to a once-closed, decidedly not prosecution-worthy look at Secretary Clinton’s email server, on the off-chance that said emails could, perhaps, have some bearing on…jesus fucking kerist on a pogo stick; give us a break, wontcha? It’s not our first rodeo – if there was evidence enough to hit Clinton with an
corporal administrative punishment from the State Department (much less culpability enough to warrant a trial) we would have heard it long before now.
Fact of the matter is Comey is a piece of shit using Clinton to cover up revelations like those below:
But, noooooooooooooooooooooo – we have to hear about Clinton’s emails (though the FBI said there was nothing prosecutable), which grew out of the Benghazi witch hunt, which, not so incidentally, specifically came into being as a means of
tarring and feathering damaging Clinton during her presidential campaign.
Wake up, people.