All posts by David Schlecht

Capitalism is Killing Us

There is no way to defend Trump’s handling of this national disaster. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that he downplayed the disaster and even called it a hoax, repeatedly. For those reasons many many people have died needlessly.

Add to that all the countless other stupid mistakes and now we are looking at many tens of thousands of dead that didn’t need to. ALL BECAUSE TRUMP.

And the foolish decisions just keep compounding the problem. However, many of the mistakes are the fault of the GOP and their failed love affair with capitalism.

We don’t have enough ventilators, not enough Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for our medical army. We don’t have tests. We don’t have any way to tell us how many cases we really have in the USA.

We don’t have a cure or even a treatment.

All of these last idiotic failures are because the GOP wants Capitalism to provide. This is an EMERGENCY. Capitalism doesn’t provide. So Trump declined tests from the WHO because Trump was waiting for someone to make a buck off it. Trump has war powers he can use to demand corporations  provide the necessary equipment but he’s waiting for someone to make a buck.

Our front line medical personnel are dying by the thousands because of lack of PPE. Again, Trump could have commissioned companies to provide the necessary equipment, but he’s waiting for someone to make a buck. In fact, Trump spent millions of dollars on a company to make a profit making the PPE and guess what. The company was a sham, no employees, no way to produce the products.

Why are our stores out of masks? Out of sanitizers? Out of gloves? Again, Trump should have commissioned the making of all these essential items. But, no, he’s waiting for someone to make a buck.

Why don’t we have an immunization for this yet? You guessed it. Because Trump’s waiting for someone to make a buck off it. When  the immunization becomes available, the company who makes it will price it so high that many thousands will not be able to afford it.

Many millions of Americans can not afford health insurance and certainly can’t afford to run to the doctor. So they get sick and many die and their deaths are never added to the country’s totals – all, because Trump wants someone to make a buck. We should have federally provided insurance and during times like this, we should have federally funded health care. But, no. Someone has to make a buck while Americans die.

It’s time America woke up and realized that Capitalism is killing us by the minute.

The CoronaVirus, COVID-19 doesn’t care about Capitalism

Don’t get me wrong. Capitalism is great in its place but expecting Capitalism to help in any way during an emergency is a special kind of stupid. We call that stupid the GOP.

Billions more for the rich

Tomorrow, 3/23/2020 the Republicans are trying to ram through more money for their billionaires while stiffing the rest of us.

They are playing games with our lives. Their stupidity is already destroying our economy.

Call your Congressman and tell them, House Representatives and Senators and let them know that you don’t want more money for the rich.

If the money doesn’t go to the middle class and poor, we will die. The billionaires don’t need it, but, hey, it’s never enough is it?

Call your Congressman now. No money for the rich or corporations.

Where to Get Coronavirus

Want to know where to go to get the Coronavirus? The TrumpVirus, also known as COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire because of Trump’s actions and inactions.

But, want to know where to go to get it? Hobby Lobby CEO is telling their managers to keep the stores open. After all, you know, it’s just a Democrat hoax, right? If you are a Trump supporter, may I suggest you might want to run right on down there and prove to everyone that you’re not fooled by pesky facts, and science.

Hobby Lobby Stays Open

Just Another Day in Paradise

Our stock market is in free fall, leading us into another Republican Depression.

Our country’s election system is under attack by foreign governments.

America is suffering a pandemic the like of which we have not seen in our lifetimes, Coronavirus, COVID-19.

People are panicking in the streets hoarding what they can get their hands on.

Our healthcare system is under attack.

And what is Trump doing today? He’s going to pardon a convicted criminal, a traitor who helped Russia hack our elections in 2016.

I don’t think America can take any more of this greatness.

Small enough to drown in a bathtub of coronavirus

Since the Reagan era, the Republican party has made it their mission to “shrink our government so small you could drown it in a bathtub.”

Well, they finally succeeded.

We are now totally unprepared to deal with the Coronavirus and trump is still working on shuttering agencies, pulling funding from the very agencies that we created to deal with emergencies like this.

The actual words of the Republican operatives was to, “shrink government so small you could drown it in a bathtub.” Their intentions have been obvious for 40 years now and they have succeeded.

Take a look around. The crumbling smoldering mess that it left of our once great country is solely the fault of the Republican party and the billionaires who support them, the very billionaires who don’t want to pay their fair share in taxes and would rather see America in ruins.

Take a look around. This is what you get when you’re foolish enough to even consider voting Republican.

Trump Dictatorship or is it Fascism

Trump Cult
Trump Cult (The Economist.com)

Numerous studies have shown that the bills and laws passed over the past two decades have all been passed for the benefit of the corporations and the wealthy. We have been in a Fascist state for decades now. The term scares people so they don’t want to believe it, but look around and wake up.

But now we face an entirely new danger. We face the real threat of a takeover of our entire government from the Fascist GOP. They do every thing in their power to make it harder to vote. Believe it or not, this is not what happens in a real democracy.

And now, today, we see the GOP mutating into a party of Trump, or as most experts say, the Cult of Trump. We have seen our country slide endlessly into the pits of disaster and we keep thinking it’s okay, we’ll spring back.

Well, this time, we are not going to spring back. The only way we will survive the GOP and Trump is if we all get active. We must all get in the streets. We need to do it now. Start marching today. Pick a street corner and hold up a sign. If we wait much longer, the only way back will be dead bodies in the streets. Riots. General strikes that will affect all our jobs.

So, we can get active today and participate in peaceful marches, or watch our country burn under Trump and his GOP.

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day America and the rest of the world as well. Remember, labor unions have been one of the best things to help Americans live the America Dream. You can’t get ahead if your employer has you over the barrel. As long as you’re fighting among yourselves, the company can ask for and demand anything.

Happy Labor Day and thank a union

Another Fine Republican

We often get hate mail and have considered publishing them for the sake of humor, but we decide against it. We believe everyone knows just how rabid people can get over politics. This message came in on our “Contact” page. It true fine Republican form, it is divorced from reality to the point border on humorous. Humorous, with a sprinkle of sad. Here it is. Feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with this.

David,
To call out the Republican party which led right now by DT is more of a third party than ever before is not only ridiculous its a bit irresponsible the upside is not many read this blog. Fascists came to power by hindering opposition, skewing how news is reported and consistently used the media as well as movies to promote their agenda. This is exactly the playbook of the left right now and interestingly enough before Hitler’s true colors FDR often talked about how progressive and insightful Hitler’s plans were, FDR sent a group over to Germany to study his economic plans. The Reich used false dossiers to have his rival killed (sounds familiar). BO left the world burning and I have to say I don’t particularly care for DT’s style but it is working both repubs and dems are getting exposed by DT bc he could really care less what anyone thinks. He sees what we have done for years has been burying our future economy. Basically your last paragraph was just a typical cheap shot by the left who love say things loud as if that makes them true. The current left is that of the nobility of convenience.

Where does one begin with so many misconceptions? I’ll start at the top but have no interest in disprove all the lies that have been debunked so many times before.

  • To call out the Republican party which led right now by DT is more of a third party than ever before is not only ridiculous its a bit irresponsible

The Republican Congress could oppose Trump as their oath of office demands, but they are complicit. Not a single one of them wants to oppose Trump. The GOP is the party of Trump. Trump is not a 3rd party but the natural culmination of the party since the adoption of the Southern Strategy.

  • This is exactly the playbook of the left right now

Demonizing the press is exactly the GOP and Trump’s playbook. Have you not been paying attention? Ever heard the phrase, “fake news,” or, “enemy of the people?” It’s not the left saying that. Where have you been? What rock are you finding your news under? Please tell me you’re not foolish enough to believe Fox or the other GOP propaganda.

Okay, I’m tired of this. Feel free to come back with some credible links to back up your assertions. Doing the research to accomplish that just might open up your eyes to the lies your being fed.

Anyone else want to comment?

Don’t Touch That State Constitution

Beware of ballot measures amending your state’s constitution.

Like Oregon, many states have ballot measures for amending their state’s constitution.

Don’t do it!

Our constitutions are not meant to be trivially fiddled with to reflect everyone’s hot topic of the day or year. Our constitutions are supposed to last forever, with minimal disruption.

The same goes for our nation’s constitution. There have been very few amendments over the years – about ONE change per decade.

Most of today’s ballot measures are being driven by special interest groups, many funded by billionaires. The billionaires even have an amendment proposed in Oregon that will require a 2/3 vote in order to change the revenue. There is no better way to destroy a government than to put such foolish restrictions on addressing their budgets.

But the billionaires and special interest groups don’t care what happens to the state or the country, long term, just so long as they get their way today.

Always vote NO on any ballot measure that changes the constitution unless there is a major and compelling reason to change the constitution forever. Most, if not all the ballot measures would be better addressed at bills and laws, not constitutional amendments.

Just say “why” when being asked to change your state’s or country’s constitution.

And, ALWAYS, just say “no” to billionaires and special interest groups that don’t reflect the people’s needs and best interests.

Human Rights Violations

America! You know, the home of brave, land of the free?

With the Republicans in control of all three branches of the US government, we are now criticized for “human rights violations” by the UN and most of the world.

Let that sink in for a minute. America! We are no longer the shining city on the hill or any of the many other classifications the Republicans of old used to say about America. We are now a third world country that abuses people and kidnaps their kids  and houses them in dog kennels.

And, we aren’t talking about little violations here and there. We are talking about kidnapping over a thousand kids.

Now, Trump will tell you that it’s someone else’s fault, but as it is with everything else Trump says, it’s a lie. His policies and only his policies are responsible for the awful and criminal behavior that has the rest of the world in horror.  However, no one is in disbelief. This is the exact kind of stuff Trump has been doing since his election, and the self-proclaimed “deplorables” couldn’t be happier with him.

When will America wake up? The Democrats in Congress are doing everything they can to keep some semblance of control over this tyrant but the entire GOP is aiding and abetting this criminal and his criminal administration.

If you’re as horrified as the rest of the world is of this mistake in the White House, contact your GOP representative today and tell them to put an end to Trump’s crimes. It’s time for impeachment hearings.

If you think Trump can do no wrong, then this should be fine with you as you must believe he will be found innocent. On the other hand, if you object to hearings, then you’re lying to yourself and everyone else and you know Trump is guilty and will be found as such.

Wake up, America. This is not us. We do not kidnap and imprison thousands of innocent little kids.

Year’s End Letter to the Democratic Party

Dear Democratic Party

“Something’s happening here”

The Democrats won Alabama. Revel in the glory. But, stop, take a breath, and look at it in perspective:

You lost to the worst president in the free world and the worst example of humanity that we’ve seen ever in our presidency. Got that? You lost to TRUMP! Really? Would you even stand a chance against Hitler? I question it.

But, hey, you won Alabama. You won against someone suspected of and accused of child rape on multiple occasions, hatred, bigotry, misogynist, racism, and who really knows how low it goes? It took everything you had to beat an opponent as lowly as this.

Think about that for a moment. If you don’t come away realizing you’re in a world of hurt, you’re just not paying attention. You might win a seat or two but no matter how energized you get your new voters, they’ll all give up on you if you don’t go back to your roots and start standing for things that matters to Americans.

As much as Hillary will blame others for her loss, the problem is that she represents the same old song and dance that has gotten the Democratic party where it is today.  It appears, though, that she is waking up. Will the rest of the DNC be able to wake up?

Take a look at what the Republican party looked like 50 years ago and you’ll see that the Democratic party is now far to the right of that. You have lost your way.

Go back to your roots. Go back to Progressive issues that affect everyone. Here are just a few, in case you’ve forgotten:

  1. Free healthcare for all
  2. An end to the huge separation of wealth by:
    1. Implement a 92% tax on billionaires
    2. Implement a wealth tax to bring the monied gods back earth. I suggest 100% on anything over one billion dollars. No one needs any more than that.
  3. Clean up the media. We are, today, suffering from the loss of the Fairness Doctrine. Pass something that gets the teeth out of any propaganda like the GOP machine. This also includes fully funding public radio and make it more difficult for the future GOP to poison it.
  4. Get money out of politics. This is a no brainer.
  5. Rebuild our country’s infrastructure.
  6. Require unions in businesses

I can already hear your moans, “oh we can’t do that.” That moan is exactly what has helped get you were you are, almost losing to the Moores of the country. We CAN do anything we set our minds to do. Do it!

But, you know that the GOP courts (as they have packed almost all the courts throughout the country) will shoot down anything serious you propose. This means you will have to pick which of these issues are important enough to exclude the court from interpreting. You have the power to pass laws while forbidding the courts from interfering. Do it.

The GOP will do everything in their power to destroy anything good you do for this country. This means you will have to temporarily nuke the filibuster. It is being abused so it must go.  Nuke the filibuster for 10 years, to fully reinstate after that time unless passed by a continuing vote of a simple majority.

But will you do these things? It will mean that the monied interests will oppose you. What is more important? Standing to your principles or caving to the money? You’ve been doing the later for 35 years now and see where it’s gotten you.

Wake up! Do it now!

The Cruel New Tax Bill

I can’t believe they’re still trying to sneak through, the tax bill that gives trillions of dollars to GOP doners and members of Congress while taking that money directly from our treasury – and some people are naive enough to believe that it will help them.

Who do you think is going go have to pay back the national debt after this? Congress? Their owners (doners)? No, it’ll be you and me and worse yet, our kids and grandkids.

If it’s not illegal for Congress to pass bills that enrich themselves at our expense, it should be and what’s more, it is immoral. But one party doesn’t really care so much about what’s right, legal, or moral.

What else could we be using that money for? How about fixing up our infrastructure so our bridges and trains don’t come crashing down? But, no, Trump expresses his fake concern and touts how someday, real soon, they’ll do something about it. But, not today, they’re busy taking away our healthcare, and robbing our treasury and removing money from our infrastructure. Obviously, we know what is most important in their eyes.

So, let’s get this straight, those getting rich are our Congress, their owners, billion dollar corporations, billionaires, and Big Pharma. And who loses? Our treasury is raided, money for our infrastructure is reduced by this tax giveaway bill. Our deficit will take a trillion dollar hit that you and I will have to repay. And they pretend you and I get a couple bucks out of the deal

Who really makes out on this deal?

Call your Congressman today and tell them you know what they’re up to and they better vote no. DO IT TODAY!

Russian Agents and Cyber Warfare

Anyone who even occasionally visits Twitter, is now seeing an avalanche of political posts coming from over seas. Trolls. I’m sure Twitter has enough in-house talent to prevent this but they better get on it.

We, here at JustSayWhy have seen an explosion of comment posts and attacks coming from Russian IP addresses and even more coming from VPN services. This is a real shame since we need to encourage the use of VPN to ensure Internet privacy.

Like Twitter, the VPN companies probably have the talent to stop nefarious activity from their customers, however, this might be a step too far for many who want total freedom to do anything they want and hide their real addresses.

To reduce the criminal behavior from the Russians polluting our discourse with Trump propaganda, JustSayWhy is now blocking all VPN traffic. It’s a shame to discourage a service as valuable as VPN, but we will not play this game.

What this means to you? Probably nothing unless you use a VPN company to hide your real IP address. More than that, though, is you now must be wary of any post and comments on any website you visit as the Russians are coming.

Does Trump Love America?

In my entire life I have never seen a politician or even a candidate for any office smearing America like Trump and his followers do.

How did we get to the point where the party that is in control of our government hate it so? Trump fills his cabinet posts with people who are against the purpose of the position.  This isn’t all that new. Reagan was good at filling positions like the Labor positions who were anti-labor and people to the education department who were against public education.

But never  has it been this bad, never in my lifetime. Trump bashes just about everything America from the media to the Democrats (you know, the majority of Americans) to the liberals to the justice department, to the FBI.

How could anyone vote for a party that hates America so much?

Did they really believe that there was going to be any draining of the swamp? I don’t believe so. Many people knew what kind of man Trump was before the election. His rants of “Fake News” and “Grab ’em by the p****” were  obvious clues.

So, the voters who supported Trump (including those who didn’t vote Trump or Hillary) all knew what they were getting but they voted for him anyway, all for the sake of getting entrenched political ideology out of the swamp.

The sad part of all this is many of those Republican voters would do it all over again.

So, you tell me, does the GOP really hate America like it appears or are they just capitalizing on the frustration voters have, not with the country, but with our government?

Recognizing the Tax Cut Shell Game

Pay attention to the tax cut shell game.

This tax plan that the GOP is putting forward contains cuts for almost everyone, according to them. However,  in reality this isn’t quite so. In fact, millions of Americans will see their taxes go up.

But, even for those who will see their taxes go down, this is not really a tax cut. You will have to pay all that money back with interest. How so?

These tax cuts are being paid by increasing our country’s debt. And, who pays the debt? The tax payers. With interest.

So, the GOP is giving you $100 with this hand while taking $110 with the other. This is not a tax cut for you and me.  In the long run, it’s a tax increase just like the increase for the millions I mentioned above.

The worst part of this is the damage that these tax cuts have on the economy. Think back to the previous three major tax cuts.

Bush’s tax cuts ended up causing the crash of 2008. This was the worst crash since Reagan. Before that, Reagan started the trickle down fairy tale  of the 80s and that created the biggest crash since the Great Depression.

Oh, and yes, the Great Depression. That crash was caused by tax cuts for the corporations and the wealthy, creating the temporary bubble called the roaring 20s.

So, in a nut shell, the GOP is pretending to give us tax cuts while giving the super wealthy the real tax cut, the whole while risking our economy.

Most of us have been here long enough that these trickle down fantasies never work and cause more harm than good. But, there are still a lot of people who believe the propaganda. We call those people, Republican voters.

In order to prevent the Republican voters from destroying our economy and creating an increase in our taxes, we must get active. Only 20% of the country is still believing the conservative propaganda but they are a very active 20%. It will take every one of the rest of us to get mobilized and call our representatives and put a halt to the big give-away to the super wealthy.

 

Why our Government Can No Longer Protect Us

And What We Can Do About It

I loved reading Cyl’s post,  America is Under Attack. She is spot on in many ways. Let me drill down into this just a little bit further.

As many have noticed, my editorial style has changed over the years and I try not to come across as partisan but to keep as objective as possible.  When possible, I try to show that fixing America isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue, but is something we all have to come together on. We can’t afford to let them divide us any longer.

So, try to turn off your political biases for a moment and let’s see what got us in this mess and what we can do to fix it.

I believe that the primary cause of our current mess is money in politics. We all agree that corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech, but our corrupted Supreme Court says it is. I’ll leave it up to my readers to look to see which judges passed this  and which presidents appointed them.

Let’s take an example. Getting back to Cyl’s article regarding the gun attacks,  the NRA, and a government intent on protecting them against the American people, one must question, why would representatives of the people side against the people.  Is it simply that the NRA pays them more than the individual doners? I don’t think it’s that simple. The NRA is much more than just a payday for the politicians, they’re a source of tried and useful talking points and a supporting source of propaganda.

These talking points and propaganda are not without cost to the NRA. It costs a lot of money to create and spread propaganda. And, don’t fool yourself, propaganda, a form of marketing, works. That’s why marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry.

If you add up the bribes to the politicians, the marketing to remove anti-NRA politicians, the propaganda, and the marketing, the NRA spends more than most industries on corrupting our government. And it has worked.

Now, this isn’t an anti-NRA rant. This is about how America got into this mess. The NRA and other monied interests are spending tons of money to corrupt our representatives and it’s working.

What’s more, this is not a Democratic or Republican issue. Both parties feel the influence of money in politics.

You can probably guess how we fix this. Get money out of politics. But, how can we do that when the Supreme Court is owned by big business?  Any bill Congress passes will be found to be unacceptable by big businesses’ Supreme Court judges.

The solution is for Congress to write into the bill wording that forbids the Supreme Court from reviewing the bill. This will, as many people say, cause a “constitutional crisis.” The constitution says in plain verbiage that the Supreme Court is not above the Congress: “the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.” [Article III Section 2]

In conclusion, getting money out of politics will fix the things that are making our representative government ineffective. Getting money out means getting the big business control of the Supreme Court out of the way of the solution. After all, if you’re not part of the solution…