Yesterday, I went to the mall. This is not a new occurrence. I go to the mall almost every day. It is where the grocery store and the office supply store are, as well as the Starbucks and many, many restaurants. To get to the mall, I ride for about 10 minutes on a mini-bus, filled with people heading in my direction. Yesterday, the driver stopped on the way to fill up his tires. The compressor was owned by a guy who had set up a little business for himself on the side of the road. That’s also no big deal.
It’s an election year. That must mean it’s time for Congressional representatives to announce support for ridiculous Constitutional amendments and for state leaders to instill fear in the population by creating all sorts of boogeymen, like (imaginary) undocumented Mexicans running roughshod in the Arizona desert, beheading (imaginary) poor, unsuspecting, hardworking, freedom-loving, salt of the earth Americans.
Which has me wondering: why is discussing problems and solutions like grown ups so unpalatable in America?
I should make clear from the outset that I am not an economist. So this post is more of a question for those of you out there who actually know something about the way economies, and more specifically financial investments, work.
When I want to learn about something, I generally start with my good friend, the Google. Depending on how much I want to know, it can stop there, or lead me to the local public library. Sometimes, when I want to know a lot about one particular thing, I even head for one of the university libraries in town.
They get six years of free reign during which they drive the country into a ditch. Not just any ditch, either--a snow-filled ditch with a pond of thin ice at the bottom, far, far away from the nearest gas station.
Then, they start losing. So, instead of asking themselves why they are losing, they double down, and lose some more.
Right after the election was over, I started a series of posts called Stuff I Learned, about the history of American presidents, as I read a book called The American Presidency. I didn't get very far into the book, and now I can't find it. I'm not all that worried about finishing, not being a fan of non-fiction.
So, at least for now, I won't be sharing with you the stuff I learned about American history. Instead, I'm hoping you'll share with me stuff you already know, because I'm confused.
Trump just scratched the surface, as testimonials from all over regularly show. Here's one in the humanitarian sector, I saw one about girls who'd tried to do water rafting in Grand Canyon regularly assaulted & verbally abused, the situation on campuses including putting drunken rape on Instagram is horrendous, and then there's the variety of soldier/marauder rape gangs in all of our global conflicts (Congo being the most notorious).
And since I probably promised a song (tasteless as it might be in this context....):
Sorry, reposted with a new title - too close to what we've been through, and the importance of what Hillary & Obama have done with SCHIP and ACA (ObamaCare) for taking catastrophe out of health care is too important, and has gotten sidelined & demonized with 25 years of scare tactics and FUD.
This video hits very close to home (had trouble keeping the tears back).
With 1/6 of the electorate having 1 or more disabilities, and 1/4 having either themself or a family member disabled, should hit home as a priority for health care. With states & insurance companies pulling it out, it has gotten "crazy", as Bill inartfully put it. Hopefully ACA can be shored up & the debate can finally be put to rest.
But thanks, Peggy, for reminding us how we got here. See, all those assholes in the closet eventually got to thinking they were normal and came out of the closet. Donald's not unique, as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and Mike Pence and Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich make obvious. But he does ignore the Peggy game plan big time:
"While I wish this could have happened on a test track rather than to us, I can tell you without a doubt that my Jeep Cherokee, made with American steel by union workers in Toledo, made all the difference in allowing us to walk away from this crash, a little stiff, but unharmed."