Category Archives: Elections

Clinton locks up Democratic Nomination

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBernie verses Hillary. For months we have seen it. For me, now it is over. Hillary Clinton has just won New Jersey. This basically seals the deal. For all those who supported Bernie Sanders,there is nothing to be sad about. He was a long shot, at best. His job was to pull Hillary to the left. He did that. I suspect that he will continue to the convention in order to keep Hillary from drifting to the right.

From NYT:

Hillary Clinton rolled up a huge victory margin in the New Jersey primary on Tuesday as she prepared to claim the Democratic presidential nomination and begin the task of swaying supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to unite with her against Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Sanders made plans to lay off most of his campaign staff, yet he appeared reluctant to let go completely after months of political warfare against a Clinton machine that he holds in thinly veiled contempt. With six states voting on Tuesday, Mr. Sanders was holding out hope for a huge upset in the California primary to justify staying in the race and lobbying Democratic officials to support him in a contested convention next month.

Montana, New Mexico and the Dakotas also held Democratic contests on Tuesday. Republicans voted in several states, although Mr. Trump became the presumptive nominee in early May.

As Mrs. Clinton sought to turn her attention to the general election, Mr. Trump, who had a weekslong head start, was busy reckoning with problems of his own making. His criticism of a federal judge, Gonzalo P. Curiel, for the judge’s Mexican heritage continued to inflict damage on his campaign, as the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, called Mr. Trump’s remarks racist and other Republicans piled on criticism. One Republican senator rescinded his support. (more…)

It seems that Bernie Sanders’ has solid econ numbers

bernie sanders

I have heard it over and over again. Bernie Sanders is promising too much. Where is he going to get the money? His numbers just don’t add up. Well, maybe his numbers do add up. I have been following Bernie Sanders for over a decade. He is a serious politician. He isn’t the type of politician that will just throw out stuff.

From Robert Reich:

Not day goes by, it seems, without the mainstream media bashing Bernie Sanders’s economic plan – quoting certain economists as saying his numbers don’t add up. (The New York Times did it again just yesterday.) They’re wrong. You need to know the truth, and spread it.

1. “Well, do the numbers add up?”

Yes, if you assume a 3.8 percent rate of unemployment and a 5.3 percent rate of growth.

2. “But aren’t these assumptions unrealistic?”

They’re not out of the range of what’s possible. After all, we achieved close to 3.8 percent unemployment in the late 1990s, and we had a rate of 5.3 percent growth in the early 1980s.

3. “What is it about Bernie’s economic plan that will generate this kind of economic performance?”

His proposal for a single-payer healthcare system.

4. “But yesterday’s New York Times reported that two of your colleagues at Berkeley found an error in the calculations underlying these estimates. They claim Professor Gerald Friedman mistakenly assumes that a one-time boost in growth will continue onward. They say he confuses levels of output with rates of change.”

My esteemed colleagues see only a temporary effect from moving to a single-payer plan. But that view isn’t shared by economists who find that a major policy change like this can permanently improve economic performance. After all, World War II got America out of the Great Depression – permanently.

5. “So you think Bernie’s plan will generate a permanent improvement in the nation’s economic performance?”

Yes. Given that healthcare expenditures constitute almost 18 percent of the U.S. economy – and that ours is the most expensive healthcare system in the world, based on private for-profit insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies that spend fortunes on advertising, marketing, administrative costs, high executive salaries, and payouts to shareholders – it’s not far-fetched to assume that adoption of a single-payer plan will permanently improve U.S. economic performance.

The Brilliance of da Donald

donald trump
Da Donald

Nobody saw this coming. If they did, they were quite right about it. With the dumbing down of America, who would have thought those same techniques could be used in politics?

First, let’s look at the dumbing of America. When we turn on the tube, we have multiple different flavors of reality TV. Whether we’re looking at some sort of outdoor survival or some type of show where “strangers” are thrown together, it is cheap reality TV. This kind of entertainment requires no thought process. Nothing. You sit in front of the tube and veg out.

Next, we have the assault on education. This started way back in the Reagan era. We had education activists who wanted to tell educators what they should and should not teach in the schools. Books like Catcher in the Rye and the Pigman were questioned. They weren’t wholesome enough. They didn’t promote Christian values; therefore, they should be thrown out. I will not get into teaching standards that forced teachers to teach to a test instead of teaching concepts. The bottom line is that all of this has made the average school…well, less average than it was 20 – 30 years ago.

Now, we add to this mix Donald Trump. This is a guy who is good at one thing – promoting himself. He has promoted himself for over 30 years. This is a guy who has learned the entertainment industry. I’m not talking about making movies. I’m talking about learning how to get on the front page of newspapers. I’m talking about knowing how to get reporters to interview you. I’m talking about knowing how to manipulate the situation once you are in the interview, so that you don’t get serious questions. His whole blow-up with Fox News and Megyn Kelly was about the fact that Megyn was asking an almost tough question. He didn’t like that and forced Fox News to apologize. Think about this for a second. Megyn Kelly, not the best or toughest reporter in the world (hell, she isn’t the toughest at Fox News) is singled out by Donald Trump because of her “unfair” questioning. This is a stunt, like everything else. It was designed to tell all of the news outlets that he didn’t want any serious questions and it was designed to bring him more publicity. It worked perfectly.

Donald Trump has brilliantly crafted himself as someone who speaks the truth. Give me a break. This guy will say anything and everything just as long as he is promoting himself. The Republican Party is now sensing that they are being driven off the cliff. GOP leaders like Mitt Romney are starting to speak out. Unfortunately, it is too little, too late. Like Thelma and Louise, the GOP are in that convertible with the Donald at the wheel. My advice to the GOP is to put on your seatbelt and look around to see if there is a crash helmet. You will need it.

PS. Like clockwork, Donald Trump has responded to Romney’s criticism.

From TPM:

“I could’ve said, ‘Mitt drop to your knees’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees,” Trump said. “He was begging. He was begging me.”

Trump added that Romney “did a big choke” in the election against President Barack Obama.

“Mitt is a failed candidate. He failed horribly. He failed badly,” Trump said. “That was a race that should have been won and I don’t know what happened to him. He disappeared.”

What would have happened if Barack Obama would have used that “drop to his knees” line instead of Donald Trump? Fox News would have lost their minds.