"Trump has, thus far, made casual phone calls to the leaders of Taiwan and Pakistan, two significant countries on the world stage involved in fraught issues.
He has also casually suggested that flag burners be not merely tried as criminals, but deprived of their citizenship. He has done these things, and others, without the slightest introspection, consultation with others, knowledge of the issues, or even acknowledgment of institutional structure or constraint. And all this as president-elect, before he is even inaugurated.
These, my friends, are not the actions of a president, but those of a caudillo, asserting his power to actuate major policies on his whim, and his alone, without constraint or consideration. This is the man whose most famous line prior to his political campaign was, 'You're fired!' Or, worse than a caudillo. He is demonstrating, over and over again, that in his mind he conflates the state, and the country, with himself, and himself alone. He then hosts victory rallies and claims an overwhelming electoral victory in a country which voted by more than 2.5 million votes for his opponent over himself.
Do not trivialize this." -- Michael K.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS MEDICARE PART D
Remember how when Conservative President George W. Bush and Congress passed the UNFUNDED Medicare Part D legislation and how the roll-out went all FUBAR and how the conservative blogs and media screamed bloody hell about the Bush administration's incompetence?
No. Neither do I.
But that's because today we live in hyper-partisan political age, and because the hyenas at FAUX NOOZ and other conservative media outlets play up anything that can get their easily manipulated followers a reason to throw tantrums AND forget about what their own politicians and president did in the very, very recent past. But the fact is that the unfunded Medicare Part D, which contributed to a $15.5 trillion deficit, was passed by a conservative president and congress, and no one witnessed people dressed in 18th century costumes with tea bags dangling from their hats and carrying yellow flags marching in the streets and bellowing on the teevee because their FREEDOMS WERE BEING TAKEN AWAY!
I wonder where those same people who meekly accepted all of the above were when all of that happened? But see, it's "soshallism" only when a liberal passes legislation; when a conservative president passes legislation that increases the deficit, that's MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!