09.27.16

One tremendous headache

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism, Extremism, Made in China at 1:10 pm by George Smith

Blacked out for a few minutes during the middle of the debate.

I’ll be voting for HRC despite her being a pedant who talks nonsense about reviving the middle class through the fostering of small business. Sell your curios on eBay, in other words. Innovation!

Everything Trump said except the opening bits on trade and globalism sounded like gobble.

I blacked out again when the debate got to cyberwar, Putin being behind hacking us poor Dems and Trump going on about his 10-year old son being good with computers. Neither of the candidates has anything worth listening to on the subject. A few extra points off for HRC who assuredly knows about Stuxnet and our cyberwar with Iran but who insisted upon putting up a facade indicating the country’s behind in capability.

Blanked for a third and fourth time when it got to arguing about who was more likely not to use nuclear weapons first against a theoretical enemy. Trump seemed to say he would adhere to no-first-use then appeared to reverse himself seconds later.

Still unanswered, how to fix the wreckage caused by “free trade” in the US. Clinton had nothing for it last night. Expected nothing, got nothing.

However, since she’s going to be president she ought to have to keep answering for it, not just send her husband out the next day as cover:

“Mr. Clinton, who was president 1993 through 2000, acknowledged that the international trade deals have not always worked out as well as planned.” [the Toledo Blade]

“Not always worked out as well as planned,” accurate but like saying, “Deepwater Horizon was a bad oil spill.” It kinda leaves a lot out.

From Politico:

“Her opponent blamed NAFTA, but that’s not really what happened. You want to know what happened? It’s really important you understand this, because any president who wants to trade with other countries has got to take this into account.”

Clinton said Carrier wanted to break the union in a rush toward profits and in turn blew off an offer from employees to try to save the Midwestern plant from going to Mexico.

“They wanted to break the union, make the money in a hurry and give it to their activist shareholders, we used to call them raiders, and give it to their CEO. So an American president, until we go back to being a stakeholder country, where corporations take account not just their most active shareholders, but their workers, their communities and their customers and their future, we have to be a lot more careful,” Clinton said. “And that is something we have all learned.”

The Clintons would love to squirm out of this by throwing up a dust screen of nit-picky details. Economists, and authors like Thomas Frank, have written quite a bit about how NAFTA was made to give corporate wealth power at the expense of labor.

In this case, Bill Clinton is being slippery and it’s because his wife is extremely vulnerable in this area.


So it’s a choice between the teacher’s pet and the class clown. Between Reese Witherspoon and Jack Black.Barbara Ehrenreich, today


And do listen to all 90 seconds of China Toilet Blues from “Old White Coot.” It helps me out, if only psychically.

2 Comments

  1. Mourato said,

    October 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I really don’t know what to say about the US elections… on one side a dangerous, soldout hand of the institutionalized power and on the other side someone that I lack the appropriate adjectives to qualify (american is no my mother tongue so do I have some sort of an excuse).
    I’m quite well here for the time being, on my sofa holding to my popcorn enjoying the show, safely, 4000 km away.
    What I do really feel is sorry for Americans who eventually will have to chose between these two.
    How did it come to this? I guess you can only blame it on yourselves, in a sort of biblical plague punishment by god way.
    I’ll just hold to my popcorn and try to enjoy the freak show (probably won’t as Americans wont either)

    Cheers and keep rocking DD

  2. George Smith said,

    October 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I guess you can only blame it on yourselves, in a sort of biblical plague punishment by god way.

    That’s one way of putting it. Payback’s a bitch, another. The revenge vote. The rage is legitimate, whether or not you want to write off everyone with a case of it as a white guy in need of psychiatry.