Hard News: Be careful what you wish for
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two steps forward, one step back blip
this dance step is getting awfully repetitive And really doesnt go anywhere, except round and round the dance floor. And if your the male leading, its that way. But for the other parties, its two steps backward
I just had a look at Fox, boy are some of them crowing and preening. Not a sight I can take too much of, and long on the "we are going to make ourselves great again"??
Its like they are chanting their affirmation out loud, it is mindbendingly inane.
Looking at all of this I just think "your time is up" But we have to watch the death throes now OMFG
Tony Meyer, in reply to
It makes what happened look much more like a return to the mean as Obama leaves the stage than a Trump surge.
I’m not so sure of this. If you go back to 1972 as a starting point (somewhat arbitrary because it suits my narrative, sure), then you can see a pretty straight line up for the Dem’s – 1976 is abnormally high (post-Nixon), 1996 is a bit low (2nd Clinton), and Obama’s first election is abnormally high. But 2016 is quite low. Following those 44 years, you’d expect the “return to the mean” to be a lot closer to the 2012 number.
(It doesn’t show a Trump surge, either. But it shows a Clinton slump, or voter suppression slump, etc).
Being a bit of a fan boy of democracy its also a massive point that America is now being lead by the politics of the minority. The electoral college is fundamentally a system which fails basic democratic ideology and like a prerequisite in maths it fails as an instrument of majority role guaranteed.
Amanda Wreckonwith, in reply to
Nothing to be done about it but garden: the fig tree is figging.
Me too. Potting up māhoe and kānuka all morning followed by an afternoon tidying up the flower borders and earthing up the spuds. Just gotta tend that garden!
What a sunny summer sky! What a day! What a day!
For an Auto da Fé?
How Half of America Lost Its F**cking Mind
By the executive editor of Cracked, who grew up in what is now Trump country.
It paints a picture that dovetails perfectly with what the Gallup survey found – and earns my sympathy to a far greater degree than any of the sodding racist old-left bullshit I've been batting away on Facebook today. These people are actually suffering social problems and cultural anxiety, it's just a shame they went for Trump to fix it.
Tom Johnson, in reply to
yep, anxiety is huge, and everywhere
Anxious Syria. Trump policy is a Russian US squeeze, sheeeet.
Implications in hard real words.
Rich Lock, in reply to
By the executive editor of Cracked
I read Cracked semi-regularly. As an aside, I find it really flipping bizarre that some of the best stories and analysis I've read in the last couple of years are coming from a self-proclaimed 'dick jokes' comedy website.
Implications for disabled people, particularly the repeal of Obama Care.
By the way, I have been puzzled about the enthusiasm of Trump supporters for repealing Obamacare, which is enabling millions more poorer Americans to access health care, as well as disability support. Today I learned why in an exchange with a Trump supporter. People are apparently being encouraged under Obamacare into third trimester abortions. So now you know.
izogi, in reply to
(technically elections are optional, if it was state law that the state legislator appointed them, then that is what that state could do)
Well that would be a fascinating adjustment to the election process.
Russell Brown, in reply to
I read Cracked semi-regularly. As an aside, I find it really flipping bizarre that some of the best stories and analysis I’ve read in the last couple of years are coming from a self-proclaimed ‘dick jokes’ comedy website.
Indeed. This isn't the first time.
Joe Wylie, in reply to
People are apparently being encouraged under Obamacare into third trimester abortions. So now you know.
As we've long known, it was international PR firm Hill & Knowlton who concocted the Kuwaiti incubators story. As I'd been doing a little job for them re. the then upcoming Auckland Commonwealth Games when the story broke it kind of stuck in my mind.
It's hardly the stuff of conspiracy theory to presume that those with deep pockets adversely affected by Obamacare would avail themselves of the services of similarly 'creative' talents on offer by the PR biz.
And the winner is :-
These people are actually suffering social problems
That has been obvious for at least 4 decades now, but politicians and social problems dont mix well. Funny that, when it should be them who put their hand up when its happening and try to do something.
The same goes for most of what is euphemistically called the developed world.
There's an old saying money makes a good servant but a bad master. Or something like that.
And these gutless shits(pollies) have been hiding behind the mighty dollar for too long.
Farmer Green, in reply to
I wouldn’t recommend reading too far into that.
Don't pull your punches.
"A country designed to resist tyranny has now embraced it. A constitution designed to prevent democracy taking over everything has now succumbed to it. A country once defined by self-government has openly, clearly, enthusiastically delivered its fate into the hands of one man to do as he sees fit. "
It looks like pure horseshit to me.
Alan Perrott, in reply to
that Cracked piece was quite the wake up - in a same but different line, there's also Jonathan Pie...
Trump just announced he won't repeal Obamacare, but will only amend it. There goes Senate Republican support...
David Hood, in reply to
Trump just announced he won’t repeal Obamacare, but will only amend it.
It is a bit more complicated than that- at the moment Trump doesn't have a plan, and what plan happens is done by congress with Presidential signify.
Russell Brown, in reply to
It is a bit more complicated than that- at the moment Trump doesn’t have a plan, and what plan happens is done by congress with Presidential signify.
To be fair, he did promise to immediately repeal it. Which would be bizarrely stupid, but there you go.
I can think we can safely assume that Republicans in Congress always knew he was bullshitting about many of his promises: there won't be a wall or a special prosecutor for Hillary. The swing voters have been pocketed, the win delivered, and he won't be running in 2020, so it doesn't matter.
The Republicans' goal now has little to do with Trojan Trump: it's as many gains as possible for Pence and the general conservative agenda. Ideally for them, they would lock in the changes (e.g Supreme Court) and then when popular anger is directed at Trump, get Pence or other smoother candidate for next time.
I could, in theory, see Trump picking a fight with Congress, claiming that the Washington Elite are stopping him from implementing his awesome plans. Because his time is Republicans (if somewhat fringe) I don't know if that will actually happen.
But, tactically, it would give Trump someone to blame for things not being awesome, and we know some of the congressional Republicans are already on his enemies list.
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