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           I am watching with chuckles as liberals stumble all over themselves trying to respond to this question, “Are you a Capitalist?”. Well, you must be a Socialist if advocate for a income equality, universal healthcare, free colleges and trade school, and a living wage. This is the lie that Republicans want to proliferate so that they can continue their conservative policies of corporate welfare and extravagant tax breaks for the ultra-rich and corporations.

            In truth, the United States has always been a mixed economic system nation since its inception. Written into our Constitution is that social experiment in which a union is created for the many to create “One Nation”.

“WE THE PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION, ESTABLISH JUSTICE, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY FOR OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY…”

           This is a not a socialist manifesto, but it does create a collective society in which some things would be market driven and others would require government based, collective solutions for the greater good. Because that is the definition of a “Community”. Republicans represent the idea that any attempt by the government to promote the general welfare is anathema. This idea is simply not true,

            Yet, this is why Republicans are constantly wrong on issues such as government debt and healthcare. They only look for market solutions in areas specifically tailored for mixed market solutions. Republicans believe healthcare is a product that Americans can purchase. Yet, have no solution for those Americans that cannot afford to purchase ever rising health insurance and treatment costs. Republicans balk at government intervention into he marketplace to use the purchasing power of the collective to hold drug prices down. Republicans believe everything is worth whatever price it can be sold.

            No other major industrialized democratic nation on the planet believes this. Great Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Europe, Canada, all have guaranteed healthcare for all its citizens and the government intervenes to hold prices down while maintaining efficient and effective services. The United States is alone in the world in its belief that healthcare is a privilege that requires the ability to pay.

            Why are we alone in thing thinking? What do other industrialized nations have that the United States does not have, that they can afford to provide free healthcare, free college and not be communist or socialist countries? The answer is very simple. The United States of America is unique in that America has Republicans.

           Republicans are a different breed of politician than the world has ever seen. They give $1.5 Trillion dollars in tax cuts and benefits to wealthy individuals and corporations, they complain that spending is too high and the deficit is growing, so “entitlement benefits” such as social security, Medicaid and Medicare and food aid, must all be cut. Why do they believe that benefits to billionaires is ok, but helping people with nothing is somehow a bad thing.

           Republicans have worked to sell the American people on the “Trickle Down Theory” for decades and every time they cut taxes, rich people prove that they will not allow tax breaks to “Trickle Down’. Instead, the rich get richer through the hoarding of profits as they increase executive salaries but complain about paying a higher wage to the workers at the bottom would damage the profitability of their respective companies. Americans have been sold a one trick pony, and that one trick is to make the rich richer.

            Since the marginal tax rates have been virtually eliminated, income inequality has been on a steady increase. Today, there is a human with a net worth of $135 Billion dollars. One of his companies is reputed to have made $11 Billion in profits last year, yet paid $0 in corporate income taxes. This only allows for the hoarding of wealth. If there had been a marginal tax rate on top income, the incentive would have been to pass the extra income down to the working masses, rather than to pay it in taxes. Republicans are quick to point out that this rings of a socialist system.

Yet, this was the America of the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. And it was an effective system of insuring that income of the masses would grow as did the income of the top one percent. With the Reagan Revolution, marginal tax rates fell and in most cases eliminated, as Republicans convinced Americans that the rich should be entitled hoard the wealth of their businesses. Hoarding is allowed as the minimum wage has been held to below the inflation rate and the rich get richer while the poor get screwed.

I am not a socialist, but I agree with President Obama in saying that major corporations owe a great deal of their wealth to the people of the United States. Corporate America did not build the roads and air traffic control system that allows for their goods to the Great Market of America. The American taxpayer did. Furthermore, the United States government owes as much a duty to the have nots as it does to the haves of the world.

The liberal idea would be to give the massive tax breaks to the masses, rather than the wealthy and have the market pick the winners and losers. That is a capitalist approach to a market driven economy. But, Republicans have turned Capitalism on its head, and Corporate Welfare to billionaires has become a preferable form of capitalism, while promoting market solutions to the consumers equates to socialism. Are you a Capitalist, “Yes I am”, said the liberal. “I believe in market incentives to consumers to allow for a healthier and more educated, market and consumer.”

As liberals we should proudly say, “Sometimes yes. And Sometimes no.” But we are always promoting the general welfare for ourselves and our posterity.

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Our president, duly elected by the people of America, has decided that we should be encouraging more immigration from Norway, rather than from “ShitHoles” like Latin America and Africa. In furtherance of this policy goal, Congressional Republicans have begun to push for a) the end of “Chain Migration”; b) an end to the diversity visa lottery system; and c) build a physical wall on the Mexican Border.

Yesterday, Trump demonstrated for all to see, that this policy is deeply rooted in racism. I dare anyone to do a Google search of “The Browning of America” and you will understand where this Republican policy originates. I wrote on this exact issue on January 9, 2018, and two days later, President Trump let the cat out of the bag. Not only do Republicans want to end illegal immigration, they also want to end LEGAL immigration. Continue reading “CAN A SHITHOLE COMMENT END PAX AMERICANA”

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            I’m sitting here watching the Republicans constantly discuss the issue of “Chain Migration”. What issue I ask? What Republicans have latched themselves onto is the idea that only people who earn the right from wealth or education can immigrate to America. In other words, “If you ain’t got no money keep your broke ass home”. That is not an immigration policy it is an extension of Trump’s Alt-Right class and racial warfare.

Merit based migration is the concept that only educated people with money to offer to the United States can migrate. That goes against the entire history of American immigration. Since the days of the Pilgrims, people have immigrated here with their families. For centuries, dirt poor, uneducated immigrants have come to the USA looking for opportunity and his own place in the sun. Continue reading “FEAR THE BROWNING OF AMERICA: END CHAIN MIGRATION”

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF NEGOTIATED STALEMATE

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            North Korea has offered the olive branch of peace talks with South Korea and restarted direct communications with its neighbor. Many people have hailed this action as “breakthrough” which “defuses the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. This “breakthrough” is yet another in the cycle of North Korean negotiated stalemates, in which the North uses that time to make leaps a bounds in their nuclear program.

This cycle has been the standard play book of North Korea since the 1980’s when it first agreed to adopt the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Continue reading “BREAKING THE CYCLE OF NEGOTIATED STALEMATE”

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I have been watching our feckless President Trump and find his position and the current state of affairs, to be less than surprising. After spending his entire campaign period praising Vladimir Putin and deriding the U.S. president and U.S. policies, he now finds his presidency under siege. This is a self inflicted wound, borne of Trump’s endless cult of personality and wanton hubris.

The Trump Administration began by granting tacit approval to the annexation of the Crimea, ignoring the barbaric practices of Bashar Assad as well as Kim Jong Un and high praise for Putin. So now, is there any surprise that these three dictators that Trump once praised, are a tri-pronged thorn in America’s side? The surprise is only on Trump. The well known truth is that these three countries have always been thorns in America’s side. Welcome to America Trump!

President Trump came into office with his secret solution to the IsIs problem and a simplistic approach to world issues. His first bump into reality came when he questioned the “One China” Policy, for which the Chinese firmly, yet quietly, put Trump is a little box and forced a reversal.

Most recently, Trump has found great delight in the U.S. bombing of an air base in Syria. Yet, this pin prick strike had little, if any, tangible military effect. The actual effect was that Trump put himself in another box. Now, he will be forced to walk the walk of that tough-guy talk. It’s one thing to criticize President Obama and decades of prior American Policy, but in doing so, Trump is basically replaying the Obamacare debacle. A president can’t just break from prior policy without an actual replacement ready to rollout.

Candidate Trump blamed Hillary Clinton for her Russian Reset, calling it weak and ineffective. Yet Hillary wasted no time in abandoning her idea of a reset, once it became clear that the Russians were not honest bargaining partners. President Trump criticizes former President Obama for failing to enforce the “Red Line” in Syria. I tend to agree with Trump on that, however, the Trump Doctrine began with the idea that a solution in Syria could be reached with Assad’s fate left to “the Syrian People.” Fundamentally saying, Assad could stay, since the Syrian people have no say.

And then there’s Kim Jong Un, who wants to build an ICBM so he can threaten the United States. President Trump’s grandiose tough talk has served to strengthen Kim’s basic premise that he needs a nuke to prevent an invasion from his enemies. In that respect, Kim is not entirely incorrect. Does anyone believe that, had Ukraine retained it’s nuclear weapons, that Russia would have invaded and annexed its territory?

Yet, from the standpoint of U.S. foreign policy, North Korea should not be allowed to achieve intercontinental nuclear status. This should be listed as an existential threat to the U.S. and a core issue. These distinctions were illustrated when President Trump began to question the “One China” policy. China made it clear that the status of Taiwan was a core issue to the People’s Republic of China: meaning, this is an issue in which they would go to war.

Trump’s bluster and armadas have placed America in a position to be transformative or to be transformed. It seems that the world of crazy dictators has become overcome by the belief that America is weary of and unwilling to, go to war. As such, Russia, Syria and North Korea have set up challenges to America. President Trump has responded, as bullies do, with unconvincing loud tough talk, fifty-nine cruise missiles, and armadas and such.

This hard line response brings with it certain requirements, mainly that one must be prepared to back up those threats. Obama’s failure to back up his “Red Line” created a horrible perception that America was all talk and no action. Enter Donald Trump and his ever larger talk. Somebody is going to challenge this talk (Read North Korea) and then what? Trump is putting himself in a position in which he will be forced to either re-light the Korean War or back down in shame. The fundamental truth of being the strongest and baddest, is that sometimes you have to actually open that can of whoop ass you walk around with. If not, enemies start to believe you’re afraid to open it or that it’s actually a box of kittens.

Trump can be transformative by restoring U.S. standing and hegemony in world order, which is so off kilter today. Now Russia is “warning” us not to attack Syria again or risk confrontation. Trump should inform the Russians, in no uncertain terms, that, should the U.S. decide to attack Syria again, the Russians are not to interfere. If the Russians were to interfere, they would find Russian Air Defense Artillery in Syria on a U.S. military target list and face the full force of American might. Furthermore, every time North Korea test fires a missile over international waters, it should be shot down, its telemetry scrambled. Lastly, we should be carving out safe zones in Syria for the Syrian people.

The peace during the Cold War was maintained because the world knew that we would back up our threats and thus, peace through strength was not just a political slogan. But if America is the big guy that is constantly being punched in the eye by everyone, then we will be transformed into the big bitch. Trump’s Policy of Tall Talk makes it more likely that somebody will go out and test American resolve.

Nikita Khrushchev blinked in October 1962, because American resolve and thus, deterrence, was in full effect. Today, Russia, Syria and North Korea do not see our resolve to enforce our bluster, and thus sending a large armada is just a big show. Does anyone remember Phillip II’s Spanish Armada 1588. North Korea will pop another nuke and dare America to do anything about it. The Russians will continue to wedge themselves between world opposition and Assad, while Assad will continue to violate human rights in Syria. Trump is talking all the flexibility out of his position, and will soon be forced to put up or shut up!

Half measures such as bombing a single airfield which goes back into operation the following day, are worse than doing nothing. If the intent is to defund the State Department and use the military to negotiate, then a deterrent much stronger than harsh language is necessary. Yet, Secretary of Defense James Mattis explained, this is a bad idea, and still, Trump is on course to do just that. And by using bluster and threats for every world issue, he will render the State Department useless even if he does not defund it as he has proposed.

America can be transformative by allowing the thinkers, not the reactionaries, reign supreme. Kennedy negotiated the Cuban Missile Crisis without starting World War III, despite the generals. In this case, it seems the generals are the voice of reason. Listen to them. We can conversely be transformed into a permanently weak and unreliable ally by employing empty, loud mouth reactions.