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Let Them Eat Cake

Marie-Antoinette, when confronted by the starving French who asked for bread said “let them eat cake.”. She is with us today. The rich are taking more and more of our tax money, promising us cake some day if we just wait long enough.


Our private hospitals, many of them closed to make apartments for the rich, are set up to bring in the bucks. As a result, they do not buy equipment for unexpected disasters like the Corona virus. Masks and ventilators are too few and hospitals are understaffed. Too many virus patients with too few nurses lead to triaging care. Staff has to choose who will be treated and who will not and die from a lack of care. Nurses and doctors get sick as well because of missing protective equipment like having to wear the now infected mask for a week. The Corona virus fills the air and brings them down.


Factory workers are regarded as replaceable and unimportant. In a country run by the super rich, all labor is being dumped into that category. Meat packers are removed from Corona contaminated.factories which then are closed. The disease spreads in the factory because workers lack protective gear. When virus infected pork and beef and chicken processing plants are closed, animals are not slaughtered to be sold and eaten. President Trump saw the coming meat shortage and demanded workers go back to work, still unprotected. He said that those who stay home will not get unemployment. It is a choose your kind of death situation.


Farmers cannot sell produce to people who lack money. The government which claims to be insolvent forces farmers to chop up their vegetables growing in the field and then plow them under. Note that our government never runs out of money for planes and bombs and war. Why doesn’t it pay the farmers for what they grow and distribute it to the hungry folk whose line stretches for miles waiting for a bag of groceries? There is no profit in harvesting crops and feeding the impoverished. Capitalism is not attracted to performing acts of charity.


What of the homeless people living in subway stations? The local government kicks them out and forgets them. Those on the street are treated no better. People in charge of human disaster do not think of using empty hotel rooms. In a time of ever increasing difference between rich and poor, the poor become invisible.


We live in a capitalist society. Making a profit is it’s goal. Our so-called liberals in Congress make speeches about how sad they feel about the homeless, how upset they are about children whose public schools are overcrowded and understaffed. These same officials give huge amounts of our tax money to corporations and to the super rich. They give money to organizations that pay no taxes.


Having recently given trillions to them, our country will be unable to serve the rest of us for generations And still these elected official sell-outs speak to win our hearts. They have an ability to emote. Most congressional people can do this unless they play the opposite role and attack the needy as parasites (a la Mitch McConnell and Trump).


We vote for these people. We are like young children who are too frightened of abandonment and death to think that our parents do not care for us. There are almost no honest people in our governing body. Nancy Pelosi who is 100 million dollars rich, instead of offering Medicare to Covid sufferers, wants to give them Cobra which covers the cost of insurance while they are unemployed, for a fee of course. She rescues an industry which gives the insured little and takes a lot. Metaphorically speaking, Pelosi’s bread is buttered on the same side.


Do you believe that Republicans and Democrats are different? Look at how they vote. People like Bernie Sanders wail about what is being done to the poor and then vote to give tax money to the rich. Sanders is like a clown that distracts the audience from workers sweeping up horse shit at the circus.
Marie-Antoinette said “Let them eat cake.” when the impoverished French demanded bread. We are all waiting for that illusory cake instead of going on strike to demand a living wage, health care and retirement benefits. Let them know that we are hungry for real food in return for a life of real work.

War Makes Money

Peace does not come from war. Look at the loss to our country in terms of life lost and war debt. But it is not a debt for those who manufacture the killing stuff. War is a money maker for investors who create and sell fighting materials. Our first leaders stole land from the Indians and then enslaved the blacks. The US has a history of terror and takeover.

Currently, investors are frothing at the mouth over the next invasion. Why are we in Afghanistan? Nobody knows except those who are in it for the money. War seems to be the main US main occupation. The US government sent pallets of cash, more than 4 billion dollars to Baghdad. Where did the money go? Nobody knows. War goes on without purpose except to make money for the few.

When the guns and cars and tanks and missiles and bullets and overpriced toiletries and over priced medications and overpriced everything are destroyed, the corporations are only too happy to send a new supply. Those on the base, often get rid of stuff that is not damaged. They dump cars and tanks in the desert and announce their loss. There must be “kick backs” for those announcing these phony losses.

Many of our US wars go on without meaning or purpose. How do we get another nation to pick up guns in self-defense to keeps our military businesses operating? One way practiced by “45” is breaking agreements and alliances with international friends. They say, a man is as good as his word. He breaks his word. He is unreliable and can turn on you. Friend turns into enemy.

Another way to drag your victim into the froth of war is to not follow the rules of war. The rules of law divide what solders can do to other soldiers from what they can do to civilians. Rules of war say you cannot bomb schools and hospitals and farms and churches and wedding parties and water purification plants, etc. Bombed civilians grow outraged and frightened which drives them take money used for social purposes and turn it into weapons.  

Trump, a megalomaniac got rid of all his war experts, people employed by the government for years. Those not fired, quit. There is no one left to give a contrary opinion. He does what his impulses tell him to do manufacturing reasons as he goes. The latest breaking the rules of war was his assassinating General Soleimani, a military man in Iran, a country we are not fighting. The fact that Trump’s fans call Soleimani a “bad man” does not make killing him just or legal. Worse than that, it brings anarchy into the world. With the US as a model, it is OK now to kill anyone that stands in your way for almost any reason. We don’t like our vulnerability and want it to stop. Do you think it won’t come here? How do we return to sanity and peace?

Resist

Ordinary people are coming awake. They see that they are caught in a climate change catastrophe due to flood or drought so that nothing grows or are baked by the sun or sickened by disease carrying insects or… the negative possibilities are endless. They lack the money to flee. They cannot keep their heads in the ground a la ostrich. They cannot say “not me.”
First to resist extractive corporations attacking Mother Earth are the Indigenous people. Unarmed Indians in the US North West stood against white men with attacking dogs and guns who wanted to put a pipe across the Cheyenne River to carry abrasive Tar Sands oil to the other side. The Cheyenne River leads to many others. Tar sands oil has already had many breaks. Oil sellers tell us we have no other choice. Indians are forced to defend their resistance to pollution in court.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, is cutting down trees in the Amazon to make money which includes raising cattle there for hamburgers. He denies deforestation causes a loss of oxygen for us all. He calls cutting down Amazon trees his national right. Those who come to cut the trees murder natives who stand in their way. We hamburger eaters kill for that.

The Marshall Islands, 2 meters above the ocean speak of building walls. All over the world, people who live on their own produce are dying of starvation. Young girls are put into marriage merely to survive.

Then there are children first stimulated to act by now 16 year-old Greta Thunberg who points out that politicians sold their souls to the money makers a long time ago. These politicians must be pushed aside. She speaks real facts to the fantasy of life-saving changes made some day. Young folk flock to her. They know that it is their lives are on the line. They cannot be turned away from incipient disaster.

Then there are the unions. So long pushed into non-existence by the corporate world that wants barely paid and dutiful workers. They are coming together again as a powerful force. The teachers are treated as non-entities in schools that barely count. They are on strike. They are supported by parents, holding out for smaller classes, available books, computers and trips and free lunches. They hold out for not letting impoverished schools damage their children. They do not want aggressive testing that leads nowhere. Expensive schools do not make education a trial.


The automobile industry is rising-up against allowing corporatists take their jobs to where people work for way less, no pensions, no health care, no vacations. It is a growing recognition that all of us poor folk and shaky middle classes need to hang together. The demonically driven wealthy want to sap our strength in order to feed their bank accounts. They need us to comply. There is no more profit if we don’t give in.

As Richard Wolfe, Ph.D. says, workers need to take over their factories planning to leave the country to go where labor is cheap. These trained workers need to set up a relatively flat hierarchy of workers who redistribute profits among themselves, not have an owner who takes the money elsewhere.


Richard Wolfe, PhD loves Mondragon, a coop started by a priest in Spain some 50 years ago. The Mondragon community has grown to perhaps 50,000 workers in all kinds of shops. You can take courses there and learn how to bring Mondragon to where you live. There is very little salary difference from those with a lot of training and those with less. There is little income threat in Mondragon society although Spain is wrecked by inflation.

Union membership, worker ownership, these are forms of genuine civilization. Let us join them.

Trump May Be Impeached.

The impeachment hearings are just a distraction from what is really going on. Every time Trump does some new anti-social, anti-decent, anti-climate, anti-human action like dropping out of the Paris Climate talks, the true actors, the robbers, the ones who are making things happen in their favor, can act  behind the scenes which makes them happy. They are pleased with Trump’s latest attention getting bruhaha. It is like the clown within a circus who distracts the audience by sweeping up saw dust while the workers are setting up props for the next act.

Trump got elected by saying that he represented the workers, poor folk and then gave millions of dollars to the very rich. Now Congress including the Democrats, including Nancy Pulosi and Chuck Schumer, renewed the Patriot Act, a way to corner anyone who is out of line. Now food stamps for the poor are on the firing line. But who notices this wave of stealing when the news babbles about impeachment!

Greedy Democrat try to distinguish themselves from greedy Republicans, by screaming about outside danger. Rachel Maddow, a daily internet news reporter at the cost of 30,000 dollars per show, talks about the encroachment of Russia. However in Court, she recently admitted that the Russia threat was only her fantasy and people do not take it seriously. But they do. She is a Russia-gate person. She said that Trump is in Putin’s pocket. She said that Russia stole our election.  

She is well paid to be a Democratic shill. Why do the Democrats need this? This is another get you distracted game. Get everyone flustered and worried about Russia, and they will not notice that most of the Democrats have no more intention of supporting the middle class and poor than do the Republicans.

The pay off for this distracting real and made-up news is that Congress can vote to spend our tax money the way they want, with tax breaks for their corporate “donors” means bosses and paybacks to themselves. The money goes to the military attacking the world to fight “terrorism.” The distracted public ignores that we receive little or nothing. Trump gave billionaires huge tax breaks. We lack funds to save our schools, to pay for Medicare, to remove pollution, to preserve our parks. Not a cent. But our attention has been taken away from our mounting poverty by excitement about Trump’s latest faux pas.

War consumes money. At a recent accounting which was forced-on the military, they could not account for vanishing millions. They had never thought to discuss the huge stacks of cash sent to Afghanistan seemingly blown away in the wind. Hypnotized by the impeachment imbroglio and distracted by the Russia threat, no one in the “public” is yelling about the money not available to the schools and medical treatment as a social right and  care for the elderly and stopping pollution and saving life on earth. .

We need to wake up to reality and get out in the street to protest.

­­The Trump EPA Will Not Protect You

                                               

Trump selected as the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) leader), Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist. Wheeler and now Trump deny the serious consequences of burning coal. You know: “clean coal.” Now Wheeler has a far greater field of human health to spoil with his greed-based focus. EPA is supposed to test any product accused of causing sickness. Wheeler decided to stop testing reported dangerous sick-makers unless the identity of the person claiming sickness is revealed. Most people feeling sick due to product contamination will not accept such an invasion of their privacy, especially in a nation that attacks “truth tellers.” By refusing to test the product, Wheeler saves the contaminating business a lot of money.

Our president is removing environmental rules and restraints everywhere and as soon as he can. He quit the Paris Climate Accord whose focus is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Trump avoids or cancels relationships with many friendly European nations. He stated you can always get a new friend. He thinks that scientists are out to “get him.” He is in sync with emerging oligarchs as members of the same take-it-all gang. He acts as if he is one of super rich. I think his claim to be a billionaire has to do with hiding his tax returns which likely show a lot of illegal activity as well as a gross-exaggeration.

Trump and his extract all you can from Mother Earth cronies seem to think they can survive a climate disaster locked off from all those dying around them. Hence his love for fences. He raves about the need for a southern fence to keep out the starving southern population of climate escaping immigrants. He calls them criminal. Separates them from their children who will never recover to punish these people  for coming here; also Muslims, blacks, women, the list of undesirables who will hurt him goes on and on.

He claims that “climate change” is a Chinese hoax but secretly believes it. That is why he protects his Scotch golf course from a rising sea level. Who are his supporters? Followers are mostly poor Christians who turn their eyes away from biblical definitions of goodness when they choose him. They focus on his being against abortion. We know he has had at least one sex partner who aborted their child. His religious followers say that he is like a child just learning the rules. Some give into hysterical adulation by calling Trump “god” which he happily endorses. Seeing the one who robs you as a god helps you avoid the pain of a seeing yourself as his victim.  

Trump lives in the world of money. He only asks of most decisions, will this make me money. This includes digging for oil and cutting trees in national parks. He sees enemies as those who would interfere with his intent to plunder. He rejects those who want to end oil extraction. He applauds the pipes that carry Canada’s dirty “Tar Sands” oil to the coast. These pipes constantly break flooding huge areas of wetlands.

As Naomi Klein, the great environmentalist and writer said, we need to make a change of all things related to burning carbon and we need to do it now. We need public transportation everywhere, free education; buildings powered by sun and wind and earth. War is a great polluter. We need to spend money on survival. If we all act together, we can do this. There is no other place to go.

The Narcissist Denies Reality

The US is now in an ever-larger catastrophe due to climate change. California, so hot and dry and windy is going up in flames. Kansas and other fracked states are having earthquakes in their fracked fields. Their drinking water and ground water is contaminated by fracking chemicals and undrinkable. The middle and southern US states are becoming so dry that cannot grow the food we eat. Sea water cascades onto the shore line of many cities, a result of melting ice and hurricanes. Eventually, there will be so much water, it will not recede.

All of this is getting worse due to the burning of fossil fuel. But “45” denies the problem and states that he will take some of the oil from the Kurd region of Syria even though US does not own it. Is that not stealing? He thinks that the US should be proud of the transaction. His sense of entitlement moves him.  Narcissism and criminality flow into each other. It is hard to say where one ends and the other begins.

Trump is confronted by troubled scientists, environmentalists and child activists who beg him to stop.  In response he says that “climate change” is a falsehood invented by the Chinese. He ignores physical events which embody it. Do Senators believe him? No. But they have seen too many people thrown out of office after voicing a contradictory opinion. They think if Trump fails to be re-elected, their own voters will dump them. Republican loyalty has a base of fear.

 The Evangelicals call Trump an immature Christian. They ignore his betraying the rules of their faith. All that matters is that he is against abortion. Trump’s followers blind their eyes to serious miss steps he takes almost every day.

Democracy is going missing.

The King of Bankruptcy

When greed dominates your thinking, you miss seeing the greater picture. The waves of misery your blindness creates will reach your shores and drown you. Comes the issue of low gas or no gas cars. California wants to develop the plans for and then build 50 mpg cars. Cars are a major source of air pollution. More miles to the gallon lead to less exhaust. 50 miles to the gallon an improvement; an electric car releases none.  

Trump doesn’t want California to develop a 50 mpg. car because his car manufacturing pals would have to invest in the design and then have to spend money producing it. He eschews such investment because it costs money. His vision stops at money in the pocket.

What is the consequence of his not improving the US car’s gas usage? 50 mpg cars, electric cars, hybrid cars will sell in other countries. People around the world who are concerned with climate change as well as wanting to save money on gas will buy cars using less gas or no gas and reject the US gas guzzlers. Trump’s restricting this improvement will put his gas guzzling car industries out of business.

This self-designated genius is every day taking our nation deeper into bankruptcy. The huge tax gift to the “uber” rich is a prime example. It leave no money for the rest of us. One needs to make things that other people will buy to create and sustain an economy. Trump’s punishing China with a tax on materials used to create solar collectors led to their increasing their cost beyond the ability of US solar people to buy. So we see the US solar business shrinking. Our country totters on the edge of a pit of bankruptcy and debt.

Who is “45” going to blame for this? He cannot see his mistakes. Vanity is blind.