Shenanigans


Can’t swing the proverbial dead cat without hitting some.

-The President Elect didn’t save jobs from Carrier. The state bribed them with tax breaks to not take them all. This is a strategy that worked out really well for Carrier in New York State where the only thing still functioning with the name Carrier on it is the dome.

-Saying you are “Draining the swamp” doesn’t preclude from the fact that you might just fool around and refill it.

-Coal jobs aren’t coming back. With wind and solar getting to be cheaper, it’s one of those industries that won’t dominate as it once did and for somebody to magically promise, without substantiation that the jobs are coming back is both exploitive and sad. But then again, so is believing that somebody.

-Did anybody ever take a more pained dinnertime photo than Mitt Romney? Whoever lit that table was editorializing in their own way. You can almost watch his soul leave.

-New York Times contributor Paul Krugman noted on Twitter that “Another metric: Trump would have to do one Carrier-sized deal a week for 30 years to save as many jobs as Obama’s auto bailout.”

-So the NFL decided to bust the Bills’ Offensive Lineman Seantrel Henderson for using medical marijuana…to treat Crohn’s Disease. First, just legalize it already. Look at the revenue that Colorado is reaping. Second, NFL? Really? Seriously? It’s not a performance enhancing drug, it’s a medical regimen. Good thing he isn’t beating anybody up. Oh, wait, you’re cool with that.

-The Affordable Care Act is a noble idea, but a flawed law. I think Congress wasted all those votes on repeal because they didn’t have to actually deal with the consequences of “what’s next?” Well, guess what, time to shine, obstructionists!

-Cutting Social Security and Medicaid, this confuses me a little, as they are things that we pay into, why would payouts need reduced? Oh yeah, because that pot of money keeps getting borrowed for other things.

-I’m not certain that Bernie Sanders would have won, but I’m glad the grumpy old man isn’t going gently into the good night.

-The recount efforts won’t change anything, but there is no harm in letting the process play out. I mean, unless you think it might not go your way, then panic on twitter.

-Nobody, and I mean, nobody ever gets everything they want or promise done once they get into office. That said, despite not being the most natural campaigner, Secretary Clinton was a pretty capable Senator.

-It would be good for our current President to take some action on Standing Rock, any action. And place his nominee on the court as a recess appointment. The court would be fully stocked for a year, while the obstructionists in congress publicly obfuscate, squirm and talking point their way around a nominee who actually meets their criteria.

-Steven Colbert was right, we are overpoliticked with the election. One of the worst mediums ever is the public comment sections of newspaper and tv websites. Laden with digital ninjas whose sole human contact is their moms yelling from upstairs to come up for breakfast, that style of uninformed, meme-posting, if you don’t agree with me, you must be a moron discourse is all over social media. I suppose this essay falls into that category, but it’s okay to disagree with me and I don’t live with mom.

-That said, everybody’s history has some poison in it. Every race, creed, color has a list of do-overs and we haven’t always come to grips with that. The naysayers who have issues with Black Lives Matter miss the point. All lives do matter and should matter, but the central point to me is that some lives haven’t mattered as much and correcting that takes time, time and recognition that a lengthy history of abuses, misconceptions and prejudice affects all involved and doesn’t magically go away. So, standing up for that is a good thing and that reminder very good.

So, another transition.

-The Buffalo Bills have me concerned. They had trouble with the 2-8 Jaguars at home and are going to play the Raiders, in Oakland, and the Raiders are pretty good again.

-It’s great that Jack is back, but should one guy….

It’s that time of the year where we act, mostly, like we should all year long. Let’s strive for less idiocy and realize that differing views don’t make the opposing parties morons. We can learn beyond facebook bickering.

 

 

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Last one on Capital Hill, please kill the lights.


“Congress….please get your collective head out of your collective behind. You could have passed a budget last year, and should have, but elected not to. Now you are shaming us yet again. Please, for crying out loud, do your freaking jobs and stop worrying about who gets the blame when hard choices have to be made.”

When you think about it, this is what we need. This was the most profound thing I’ve seen written or spoken about the likely federal government shutdown.It’s ridiculous that the level of theatrics has gotten to this point. This could have been done some time ago, easily by both sides.

They are all at fault. For the republicans to act like deficit hawks all the sudden after funding Tarp and the Iraq war seems a little dishonest. For the Democrats to act as martyrs doesn’t ring true either as they could have worked a little to have this done when they had the keys to the whole building.

So, they are both at fault. These crybabies are arguing about funding things like Planned Parenthood? Is that the biggest crisis we have? People are going lose jobs, benefits, etc over federal funding of pap smears? National parks will have to close, depriving the government of income that it NEEDS. Families of folks doing important work have to reconsider what life holds, while these guys are still collecting their paychecks for accomplishing nothing.

Nobody is actually watching out for the people and I mean nobody. For all the bloviating, obfuscating, and general bullshitting, nobody is proactively paying attention to the actual “people’s business.”

So, instead of locking them in a room, or anything else, let’s hit them where they really hurt. No microphones for anybody. If military families do without, congress does without airtime. Debate, discuss, amongst yourselves. No running to your favorite media outlet. Wait, let me revise that. Cover it, national media, but without soundbytes. I understand Boehner, Kantor, McConnell wouldn’t drink water if the President offered it to them. I understand Weiner, Reid, et al hate everything the other guys stand for.

They all need to actually work as they are all at fault, instead of jockeying for facetime on national broadcasts. Nobody has anything new to say anyway, so let’s not give them a microphone until they do.