August 14, 2017

Citizens United

Beginning around 1980 salaries started to climb for politicians, expense accounts started to grow and individuals trying to sway our legislatures  began to invite politicians on "junkets" to show our elected officials and sometimes their families  a good time.  Citizens and their surrogates, corporations, started buying influence and by now the art of owning a politician has been perfected

Then now along comes Citizens United where corporations are allowed to contribute, and thus buy, politicians.  

The net result of all this is those presently entering politics do so more for the personal financial gain they seek then for their desire to serve the public and common good. There vote often goes to the highest bidder.

This is going to get worse until us citizens have had enough and overturn Citizens United. It is not going to be easy because it is either the politicians that must change the law or the constitution must be amended and as the late Justice Scalia indicated before his death it will not be easy.

July 8, 2017

Putin Trump and North Korea

Here is perhaps a Hollywood version of what is going on concerning Russian involvement in our election and a coordinated, between Putin and Trump,  tactic to try and get past this issue. Remember, for now this is hypothetical.

Let’s assume for a  moment that indeed Russia did hack, with candidate Trump's approval, and now their joint objective is to cover it up and put the issue behind them. How could they pull this off? One way would be to simultaneously create a diversion by giving the appearance that both the Soviet Union, Putin, and the United States, Trump, would work to gather and avert a possible global disaster.

Enter North Korea with their nuclear ability and their continued development of an ICBM that could reach the United States with potentially a nuclear warhead. Picture everyone in the United States being in a hysterical state over the possibility of a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea.

Enter Vladimir Putin at the request of his friend Donald Trump. Russia, having better relations with North Korea, and having worked with North Korea in creating this crisis,  manages to get North Korea to back down and further to dismantle their nuclear program.

Putin and Trump become heroes in their respective countries, the world is thankful and the investigation into the Putin/Trump investigation is dropped.

I know this sounds bizarre.  But it also sounds very feasible.  Think about it.

June 25, 2017

America Was "Great" Because Remainder Of World Was Destroyed

When Trump says he is going to "Make America Great Again" he is suggesting that we have slipped regarding our standard of living and stature in relative terms and he is right, but what he is suggesting is wrong.
By 1945 most of the modern world was destroyed because of World War II and we were the exception. Much of the world has now closed the gap with us helping along the way. We made a decision not to try and conquer what was left.   They have rebuilt with our help and are catching up economically and in other ways.. This is natural and we should be taking pride we helped.
The down side it is we have more competition. ...