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Won’t be wearing a mask

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Of course Humpty Trumpty won’t wear a mask:

“You can do it. You don’t have to do it. I am choosing not to do it.”

Wearing a mask would demonstrate that he cares about other people, which we know is not true. So, for once he told the truth–he cares about nobody but himself.

The real meaning of trickle down economics

From Sandy Ratcliffe, Asheville:

I will continue to pay my cleaning woman, my hairdresser, my manicurist, anyone for whose services I would normally be paying throughout the month. I’m doing this even though I won’t actually be using their services for…a while. If everyone who could afford this did the same, it could make a big difference for lots of folks. (Letter to editor, AC-T, March 26, 2020)

Compare this to Republican trickle-down economics. Ms. Ratcliffe’s approach is beautiful. The other is ugly.

What grade are you in?

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline (3/3/2020)

Trump says he spoke to Taliban leader, had ‘good conversation’

Story

Trump told reporters. “We had a good conversation. We’ve agreed there’s no violence. We don’t want violence. We’ll see what happens.”

If Trumpty Dumpty was a fourth-grader, the teacher’s two questions would be (1) What do you mean by “good?” (2) Why do you think it was “good?”

This may be a decent report for a third grader, but a fourth grader would get a C-. A stable genius he is not–a third-grader? Maybe.

I love irony.

Hey Democrats!

Our side is corrupt (and stupid), but the other side is more corrupt.

The 2020 democratic presidential race has to be the stupidest campaign of all time. Why can’t these candidates pledge to work together to defeat the village idiot in the White House? Why is that so difficult?

Oh — I forgot. I wrote about it in my book. Politicians are ignorant, unimaginative, weak, fearful of truth, proud and selfish. Now we know what that looks like in both parties. Trumpty Dumpty is the Republican version of the uneducated politician, and a slew of democratic candidates demonstrate those vices on the other side.

Democrats’ platform

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Hey Democrats:

First–stop saying Mitt Romney’s vote to convict Trump was an act of courage. Acts of courage teach us about action in the face of danger. There was no danger lurking anywhere near that vote. And the only resulting actions were condemnations from Trump, and Republicans turning away from Romney. We will get back to that, later.    

Second–pull together to defeat Trump next November. Now that Republicans have ruined government and failed to fix our electoral system, it does not matter which one of you gets elected!

Here is your platform:

Our crumbling infrastructure affects all Americans, even the country club set. They don’t realize it, yet, because they are among our most uneducated people: (1) They are ignorant of the long-term effects of their actions. (2) They cannot imagine how their future is tied to the future of the middle and lower classes. (3) They are too weak to stop buying luxuries they don’t need. (4) They fear the truth–that their wealth is the result of luck, or inheritance, or both. (5) They are proud of their wealth, as if it is the result of some great accomplishment (See #4). (6) And they believe self-interest, not generosity, is a virtue.

In other words, if our infrastructure is NOT repaired, their profits will suffer in the long run. The difference between a first world country and a developing country is that the former has all three of the following:

  1. safe roads, bridges, and airports.
  2. water and food that is safe to consume.
  3. a middle class with enough disposable income to buy the products the country clubbers sell.  

Steven Brill, Tailspin (2018), described how government has been destroyed, and how the rule of law and due process have been used to protect and accommodate the wealthy, more than to serve the common good. Ask any honest lawyer about that.

There it is. Nothing could be simpler for Americans to understand. Now that our electoral system, government, and presidency have been misaligned, educated people will vote for the democratic candidates (1) who reject corporate donations from the oil industry, (2) who refuse to criticize other democratic candidates, and (3) who call for democratic candidates to be a band of brothers and sisters.

Update — February 25, 2020 — Evidently Thomas Friedman read this blog about the Democrats’ platform:

Here is the headline:

You can win in a landslide.

And please don’t say democratic candidates have to criticize each other, so the party gets a nominee who is tough enough to stand on the debate stage with Trump. Think past the Trump-Clinton debacle. The democratic candidate should never get down in the mud with Trump. Look at how that would play out. Republicans will revel in Trump’s nastiness because they will regard him as the nastier of the two, which he is and always will be. That makes Trump the winner in their eyes.

And about that Romney thing–Trump demonstrated his uneducated nature by ridiculing Romney. Trump’s ignorance and intellectual incompetence were evident in his inability to understand that pleading for help from Ukraine violated his oath of office. And his weak character, fear of truth, pride and selfishness were evident in his Romney outrage. Trump supporters may share these vices, but most Americans demonstrate the three virtues they were taught in public schools–understanding, strong character, and generosity.  

In other words, with this platform, voters looking out for the public good will vote for a Democrat. They will know that a repaired infrastructure, a secure election system, and a government that works for the public good is needed to take us into the 2020s, 30s and 40s.

So, Democrats, if you want to make it even simpler, “Make America Great Again” looks to the past. Democrats make us great into the future. Drive on Interstate 40 and 26 to experience what that will be like. Those are Republican potholes you are driving over.

And–hey working class Republicans–How is that tax cut going for you? Now that you are filing your taxes, you see a huge reduction–right? You better spend that money for new tires. I am warning you. If your blowout damages my car when I cannot avoid your car lurching into my lane, I will sue you for being so incredibly stupid.

Dear Tom Perez

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Memo to: Tom Perez

From: Voters

Subject: Iowa Caucuses

Nobody cares.

Rip it up

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline:

GOP rips Pelosi over torn speech

Many people have expressed the wish that Nancy would not have torn the speech on national TV.

Regardless of the verdicts coming down on Nancy, another way to look at it is that, if she had not done it, we would not be talking about it. Maybe Nancy learned from Donald that, If you want to be in the news, you have to do and say outrageous things:

“And when you are a star, you can do anything . . . Grab them by the pussy.”

How many of the Pelosi condemnations are coming from people who condemned Donald’s disgusting statement? Unless you can point me to your condemnation of Donald’s attitude toward women, shut up about a speech torn by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. If you don’t like it, remember – that is why we have elections.

Culture War

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

According to the New York Times:

Mr. Alexander (Republican Senator Lamar Alexander) said Friday during an interview in his Capitol office. “For the Senate to tear up the ballots in this election and say President Trump couldn’t be on it, the country probably wouldn’t accept that. It would just pour gasoline on cultural fires that are burning out there.”

Earlier in the morning, I was reflecting on the “cultural fires that are burning out there.” As I wrote in my book, American public schools teach three virtues (understanding, strong character, and generosity), and three vices:

  1. lack of imagination (Sit down, shut up, and don’t ask too many questions.)
  2. fear of truth (Democracy is the best form of government.)
  3. pride (Be proud of yourself, your country, your state, and your school.)

When I go to the polls next November, I will remember that we are engaged in a culture war. What is that about democracy being the best form of government? Does it apply to countries in which voters are taught to be unimaginative, fearful of truth, and proud?

Next November’s results will be a verdict on public schooling in America. And I won’t need to know a thing about students’ test scores.

Incentives and education

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Sixteen days ago, I returned from a Road Scholar tour of Cuba, one of 4 Communist countries. China, Russia, and North Korea are the others. Yesterday I said to my wife:

I noticed that in Cuba there is little incentive to produce things to improve their economy. In our capitalistic society, however, there is always the same incentive–to get more money for one’s self.

I must clarify. When I say economic incentives are lacking in Cuba, I am not saying Cubans lack incentives to improve their quality of life. Our tour group met many Cubans doing just that. It means their economy is not stimulated in the way our economy is–by the incentive to get more money for one’s self.

Here is how Steven Brill (Tailspin, 2018) describes America’s recent economic trends in the chapter entitled, “Casino Country:”

We should remember that the innovators of what became the short-term-obsessed, casino economy were not villains. With some exceptions, the world does not divide that simply into black and white. Joe Flom, his raider-clients, the stock buy-back engineers, Lew Ranieri and Blythe Masters, even Angelo Mozilo, didn’t set out to do harm, let alone create a crash that cost America $20 trillion in lost gross domestic product and boosted the have-a-lots far above everyone else. Even those who broke the law didn’t wake up in the morning determined to destroy the economy so they could make money. They simply responded–many with trailblazing ingenuity–to the incentives put in front of them and the culture of the times. Change the incentives and change the culture and the genius of their successors can be redirected. Short-termism, which has been so devastating to so many Americans, is not immutable. (p. 85)

So, dear educators:

Who is going to change the incentives? Who is going to change the culture? Brill (2018) claims the capitalists who made millions by crashing the economy were not villains. He says they were just incentivized to make more money. And he says they responded to economic conditions with “trailblazing ingenuity.”

Really? These imaginative geniuses had no idea of the harm they were doing to others? They did not think they were stealing from others? Where did they think their money was coming from? It looks to me like Brill felt a need to fudge his description so he could promote capitalism, while telling a story about its evils.

Or maybe I missed something. Maybe I missed the news accounts of how Joe Flom, his raider-clients, the stock buy-back engineers, Lew Ranieri, Blythe Masters, or Angelo Mozilo gave back some of their imaginatively gained millions of dollars. If they are so imaginative, and they are not villains, surely they want to give some back. Oh–I forgot–they are not incentivized to give back. They are incentivized to get all the money they can for themselves. And, evidently, they are not incentivized to care about others.

So, how does the argument go–the one about how capitalism is good and communism is bad? If you believe selfishness is our human nature, you can make that argument with glee. On the other hand, if you believe selfishness is our uneducated human nature, but generosity is our educated human nature, you can’t make that argument.

Educators must start teaching the six virtues of the educated person. Our capitalist economy depends on it. Even Steven Brill says so.

Trump family gives rich people a bad name

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline:

AG James Secures Court Order Against Donald J. Trump, Trump Children, And Trump Foundation

Behind the headline:

According to Attorney General Letitia James, “The Trump Foundation has shut down, funds that were illegally misused are being restored, the president will be subject to ongoing supervision by my office, and the Trump children had to undergo compulsory training to ensure this type of illegal activity never takes place again.”

Hey – Rich People!

The Trump family is giving you a bad name. It is one thing to benefit from tax policies that shield your wealth. It is another to lobby for rules that protect your assets, as they pollute the environment. And it is another to take your wealth out of sight of the IRS.

But misusing funds donated to a charity is below what you expect from your kind. Isn’t it? Or do you also need to “undergo compulsory training to ensure this type of illegal activity never takes place again.”