So here's the question. Let's put this in perspective.
When was the last time a newly-elected world leader, let alone our own newly inaugurated president, just put into office, was protested around the nation? More to the point, when was the last time a newly-elected national leader was ever protested across the globe, around the world?
Would that be never?
Isn't that instructive? Doesn't that tell us something?
Yes, Republicans and all who supported and voted for Donald J. Trump for president, after today, he and all he does and all the ramifications are all, every one of them, on you.
Sure, Mr. Trump is already taking us down his deep, dark "rabbit hole" and we'll all suffer but his actions? The blame for what he does and says and tweets and all the ramifications? Even the ones from the election to today, while he was only president-elect, everything from November 8 to today and for as long as he is president, it's all on you. We have you and your vote and your actions to blame.
The economy? On you.
The nation's international standings?
Any debt or debts he accrues?
And believe me, if he should do anything right and/or well and good, sure, you absolutely get any credit there.
Should that occur.
Same for Mike Pence, as Vice President or, God also forbid, President.
You get all the blame. It's all on you, to repeat.
You wanted this. You voted for it. You supported him and all he represented then and represents since.
Yes, he's all our President, the nation's President but not because we voted for him, not because a majority of us voted for him. You did this.
So buck up and suck it up, kids, because Mr. Trump has already shown us all, since that fateful November election day last year that this is going to be a bumpy, bumpy, unpredictable ride.
Any debt. Any wars. Any bloodshed. Any diplomatic and/or international political mistakes and/or miscues.
I never feared a new administration in the White House before. Ever. I may have not liked what was coming but be it Reagan or George W. Bush, no matter how bad I ever thought the person would be there, I never feared for the nation, for us all.
I was only just introduced to Sturgill Simpson and his band last Saturday Evening after having seen their performance on Saturday Night Live. I liked the rock and roll I saw there but this is another really nice one, completely unlike their two pieces that night.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave this quote, this warning, all those years ago about a Republican presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater. With the exception of the then-accepted word Negro and the fact that Dr. King said Goldwater wasn't a racist, it could very well have been said about then-candidate Donald Trump this year, in the just-finished presidential contest.
“The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism...On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represents a philosophy that is morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulates a philosophy which gives aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I have no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that does not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy.”
What is it about these Republicans down in Jefferson City?
You'd think they could and would look just across the state line, to Kansas and their budgets and budget problems since 2012 with their "trickle down economics" tax cuts for the already-wealthy and corporations and learn their lessons.
So, with all that history, from 2012, when the Kansas Republicans set all this in motion, to today, do you think Missouri Republicans in our statehouse in Jefferson City would take any and all of it into consideration and respond accordingly?
Oh, heck no. Take a look. This just hit from Yael Abouhalkah on his blog.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday slashed$146 million from the current budget — more than half coming from higher education spending — to try to keep it balanced for the fiscal year.
Missourians and Kansans, both, naturally want to have good education systems but where do state representatives slash the money from when they've screwed up the budget? You guessed it, education. Wonderful. To heck with you students and the state's future, we've got budget cuts to make---for our irresponsibility.
Yael goes on to point out:
...for a guy who keeps telling people he’s going to be a truth-teller, someone not beholden to the old ways of doing business in Jefferson City, Greitens partly misled the public about why he had to do that.
In a message delivered on Twitter, the new Republican chief executive trotted out Obamacare and the “previous administration” as the main culprits for these detailed cuts. Wrong — at least for the most part.
In reality, the budget was approved by the GOP-dominated General Assembly. That’s right: Greitens’ own party.
Plus, slow revenue growth has caused some of Missouri’s problems. That’s not because of former Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon or the Affordable Care Act.
That gets us to this inconvenient fact for Greitens and the GOP.
One of the main problems with the current budget has been a collapse in corporate tax revenue. The tax collections dropped more than $150 million last year and are down an estimated $65 million more this year. Why?
Because bills passed in 2013 and 2015 have made it easier for some businesses “to reduce their Missouri tax liability,” according to this detailed explanation from the Missouri Budget Project.
And things could get even worse in the next fiscal year budget, which Greitens plans to unveil in February.
That’s because even more Republican-approved tax cuts (over the veto of Nixon) are expected to kick in by then. The tax reductions could slice state revenues by $50 million in the first year, which isn’t a huge deal.
But the GOP-passed bill calls for bigger tax cuts as the years roll by. The Missouri Budget Project says the fully implemented bill could cost the state “at least $620 million a year….”
The hardest hit in Greiten’s message were major state universities, with up to $76 million in cuts.
Apparently, new Missouri Governor Greitens is being a good, political party Republican so he's not knocking anyone in his party or their actions. That's all well and good but once again, these people need to put their constituents first, not that political party.
So these Republicans, both in Washington and in the state capitols are still, still, to this day bent on, as I said above, "trickle down economics" and how they think it will work. Just to give yet one more huge example of how it doesn't and how it, instead, creates huge deficits, check out red state Oklahoma's current experience:
(I love the looks on these two faces just that moment)
Here's some rather fascinating news on what those pesky Republicans, flush from their wins last November, are doing this week in Washington. And I don't know that I'd trust it but it comes from the very business-friendly, Conservative and even Republican Forbes Magazine.
... it’s the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are ready to administer an unnecessary black eye to the new President. That’s not their intention, but it manifestly will be the result.
The vehicle for this unwitting GOP punch is a new exaction called the border adjustability tax. This levy will cost American consumers at least a trillion dollars over the next ten years. Knowing how Washington politicians calculate these things, you can bet the amount will end up being considerably more. Prices for everyday items, such as socks, shoes and household appliances, will go up. So will tech devices like the iPad, not to mention automobiles and trucks. Gasoline? Millions of Americans will pay an additional 30 cents or more per gallon at the pump. Lower-income and struggling middle-class Americans will get hit the hardest.
Here’s how, in essence, this sneaky, anti-consumer tax works. Importers will no longer be allowed to deduct an item as a business expense. To simplify things, let's say a store imports a pair of sneakers for $40 and then sells them for $50, making a $10 profit on which it would owe taxes. Under the Republican plan, however, the retailer wouldn't be able to deduct the $40 it paid for the sneakers. In fact, it would owe taxes on the entire $50! And who, ultimately, pays this tax? You, the consumer, in the form of higher prices or fewer choices of where you can shop. Retailers and their customers will be hit.
Many oil refiners import crude oil to turn into gasoline. This new tax will sharply raise their costs, which will spell pain when you fill up your tank. Worse, some could be forced out of business or have to sharply curtail operations, as drivers cut back on buying the suddenly more expensive fuel.
But wait, it gets worse. Another feature of this bizarre GOP scheme gives exporters a gargantuan tax break by, in effect, not taxing their export revenues. Let's say a corporation sells a piece of machinery to Iran for $5 million, which cost only $4 million to produce. That means $1 million in taxable profit. Under the new Republican scheme, however, that $5 million received from the mullahs wouldn’t be taxable. Instead of a $1 million profit, the corporation, for tax purposes, would have a $4 million loss. Loophole doesn't begin to describe this "tax break."
Don'tcha' just love these fuzzy little pinheads? And according to the article, it sets a wonderful trap for the soon-to-be President Trump, too, God love 'em, by setting up an economy with rising costs. The Democrats could then remind the American people that those increased costs are due to the Republicans and these changes they want to create in our taxes.
God, I love these people. They're sewing seeds for their own destruction both quickly and in big, big ways. Here's yet more of this wonderfulness. The following quote is from uber Right Wing columnist Bill Kristol:
"It's telling, I'm afraid, that Donald Trump treats Vladimir Putin with more respect than he does John Lewis."
Which arose because of this, further proving his cluelessness and even lack of knowledge of our own, American history.
Don'tcha' just love the smell of Right Wing and Republican self-destruction in the morning?
Sure, Donald J. Trump, arguably the least qualified person to ever be elected to the highest office in our nation and the most powerful position on the planet is about to be inaugurated this week but think happy, hopeful thoughts, campers.
Yes, with Donald Trump about to be sworn in President, it seems especially important to keep some of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr's quotes in mind, now and for the next four years. Or as long as Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence remain in their offices.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Enjoy the holiday.
Bad as Donald Trump has been and shown himself to be during the campaign and even since, he and the Republicans, this week, in the last few days have made some additional really awful moves and statements that, again, portend horribly for the nation and for our foreseeable future.
To begin, this takes chutzpah, real nerve. The ethics director of the Federal Government merely calls out the President-elect, to say we have to stay within the law and the Republicans attack him? They threaten him? What? They don't want ethics in government? That would seem to be the conclusion to be reached. This is nearly inconceivable.
Two. Another attack, yet another near inconceivability.
Donald Trump not only attacks Rep. John Lewis, in Twitter tweets, no less, but also calls him "all talk, no action." Clearly, Mr. Trump knows nothing of even Rep. Lewis' work, let alone our own national history.
I guess if you figure you can blame one person, one man, for the fact that Black people in the United States are still discriminated against and still impoverished, in education and finances and jobs and a lot of other ways, if you can do that, what he says would make sense.
To an ignorant, insensitive, outspoken, filthy-rich, extremely privileged, isolated white man it might make sense.
The President-elect is having the Commander of the District of Columbia's National Guard dismissed IN THE MIDDLE OF HIS, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT'S, OWN INAUGURATION.
To start, that makes no sense whatever and then it has to be asked, why is he doing this? Worse, is this the kind of "leadership" we can expect from this guy? It surely seems so, given all he's done and said since winning this election.
For those of us connected to reality and decency and national and world and human history, how are we supposed to anything but dread this coming presidency of Mr. Trump's, especially given what he and his Vice Presidential pick and his supporting political party have said and done recently?