December 30, 2015

Herr Trump and the Last Hurrah of White America

The United States of America is leaning dangerously towards the right wing as Donald Trump leads the Republican nomination for the presidency on a platform of ultra-right racism, fiscal irresponsibility and vague promises to "make America great again" - which is reusing Ronald Reagan's campaign slogan of "make America great".

Americans should be advised of the following things:

Donald Trump bankrupted multiple businesses, including a casino. How fiscally bad do you have to be to bankrupt a casino?

Donald Trump was born into wealth. He didn't become wealthy using business acumen, he is the result of his family's previous wealth and his own skill at swindling people out of their money - hence numerous lawsuits and allegations of fraud.

Donald Trump has been accused of defrauding Americans many times, but never convicted. That means he isn't just good at defrauding people, he is very good at getting away with it.

Donald Trump will say anything to win - including bashing Mexicans and Muslims in an effort to prop himself up with racist voters. Hey, it worked for Hitler, why not for Trump?

History shows us that Trump is a devout capitalist, interested only in himself and making himself richer. He has zero interest in helping the American people. Much more likely he will bankrupt the USA and sell much of it to China. Or Saudi Arabia.

Many of Trump's biggest financial supporters are from Saudi Arabia - just like the Bush family and Ronald Reagan. This sets an almost foregone conclusion that Trump actually has a chance to win the presidency. If the same people who backed the Bush family and Ronald Reagan into the White House could get those idiots into power, they could certainly get Trump into power too.

Which is bizarre when you consider the people who are supporting Trump in the USA - people who evidently don't know Trump is both proposing banning Muslims but is also receiving huge campaign donations from Muslims - are mostly white and mostly male, and uneducated.

So uneducated it even spawned a fake internet quote.

Fake or not, it doesn't matter. It raises a very valid point about the average intelligence of Republican voters in the USA. They're not just uneducated and stupid, they're downright ridiculously stupid.

And Donald Trump, a self professed genius, is playing right to the heart of Republican voters. He isn't talking about economics (or when he does, he basically just brags about the fact he is a billionaire) or the US national debt, slumping quality of education, household debt, poverty in America, the quality of health care in America or anything worth actually talking about, and instead he refocuses attention on how much he would bomb Muslims, how he would ban Muslims from the USA, promote hatred of Mexicans, force Mexico to build a wall across the border (there is already a fence, what more does he want?), and basically make meaningless platitudes and BS his way through debates.

And Republicans, those who can't even platitudes or know what the word means, eat it up like it is sugar-covered-sh*t and then think it is chocolate.

If elected - and it is looking more and more possible - Donald Trump will be the biggest loser in American politics. The most laughed at. The most powerless. The lamest of lamest ducks.


Because even Republicans, dumb as they are, will eventually realized when they have been swindled.

For fun have a look at George W. Bush's approval rating during his time in office. He left office with an approval rating of 33%, the lowest approval rating of any president in the history of the USA. Donald Trump can do one better. He can get an approval rating in the 20s or lower.

Now in the title you may have noticed we added the bit "the Last Hurrah of White America".

We chose this title because racism is fighting a losing battle in the USA. It is a matter of demographics and population growth. White people are currently in the majority in the USA, but during the next 45 years white people will lose that position of dominance and start the process of becoming a minority.

There are two main racial groups in the USA that are growing rapidly: Hispanics (not just from Mexico, but also Central and South America) and people who are mixed race - which is one of the reasons why the percentage of African Americans is not expected to increase, due to mixed race marriages/children - a phenomenon that is rapidly growing in the USA.

At present the best estimate is that white Americans will officially become a minority by 2044.

And let us be honest about this. The idea that white people (some of which are descended from former slave owners) might become a minority in a country that was once dominated by a hundred million Cherokee, Sioux and other "Amerindians" before white people showed up and started a mass genocide that wiped much of their culture away... Well that just freaks the hell out of white Republicans.

To them they think that they might see a return of slavery, but it would be white people who are the slaves. Or that the other races will band together to kill all the white people, just like white people did to Indigenous Americans (aka "Amerindians"). Utter nonsense, but that is what some white people think will happen.

So Donald Trump represents to white Republicans a sense of "hope" for the future, to help white people stave off the hordes of scary Mexicans and Muslims and other "brown people" that white Americans find so scary.

Ultimately the USA was a country born amidst racist genocide, endured over a century of racist slavery, struggled for over a century with racial divides of wealth, income, social status - and continues to struggle even now, despite electing a black president.

Racism is alive and well in the USA, and it is showing its ugly head in the form of Donald Trump.


November 4, 2015

Harper the Horrible

Want to have some fun! Google the words 'Harper the Horrible' and check out the results.

Results like:

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In summary it starts to make you realize why so many Canadians despise Stephen Harper. And why approx. 80% of Canadians say they prefer Kim Campbell over Stephen Harper.

If you were to rank the following ten prime ministers by popularity, this is the order of how popular they are or were:

Jean Chretien
Pierre Trudeau
Brian Mulroney
Lester B. Pearson
John Diefenbaker
Joe Clark
Kim Campbell
Paul Martin
John Turner
Stephen Harper

October 21, 2015

Stephen Harper beat by Justin Trudeau

Conservatives across Canada are still stinging from the beating they got from "not ready" Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and now Canada's 23rd Prime Minister.

So what now?

Well, for starters Trudeau is planning to deliberately run 3 deficits for 3 years in order to boost the Canadian economy.

This actually is the right course of action right now, as Canada has entered a "post oil collapse recession".

Stephen Harper (aka, Harper the Horrible, the former prime minister) basically put all of his eggs in the same basket - the Alberta oil industry. Harper basically bet everything on oil, the price of oil continuing to go up, and continued demand for oil from Canada's closest neighbour, the USA. However since then the price of oil has collapsed so instead Harper has been trying to ensure Canada's future by trying to build an oil pipeline to the USA, hoping that cheaper transportation of oil will keep his buddies in Alberta happy.

However the USA isn't buying the Keystone oil pipeline idea. Obama killed it with a veto, and Americans in general weren't happy about an ecological disaster either.

So Stephen Harper's plans for oil and riches were not going to pan out anyway.

Remember the old adage, don't put all your eggs in one basket? The idea is that you don't put all the eggs in one basket, because if you lose or drop the basket, you don't lose or break all the eggs. Well Stephen Harper did that. Invested everything in oil futures and then his dreams of oil pouring into the USA and money pouring into Canada were a complete waste.

Trudeau's plan calls for something much more stable and diversified. He is going to invest in manufacturing jobs. Building things. Airplanes. Cars. Roads. Construction. New homes. By focusing his attention on boosting the economy for Canada's beleaguered manufacturing sector he will be creating jobs in a sector that has been hard hit by NAFTA and trade deals with Asia, where products can be made for a fraction of the cost.

Boosting manufacturing in Canada means more Canadians buying products MADE IN CANADA and less reliance on products made overseas. It also means Canada will be shipping more products overseas and to the USA / Mexico, our NAFTA trading partners.

Manufacturing jobs are the backbone of a strong economy. Basing an economy on oil and mining sounds great if you are rich and own the oil fields or the gold mine, but it is manufacturing jobs that helps the middle class of Canada.

And that is really the reason why Trudeau won the election on Monday. The middle class of Canada has been neglected by Stephen Harper and are suffering. They voted Trudeau in because he is going to boost the economy for the benefit of the middle class - and impoverished Canadians will benefit too, many of them will make the jump from being "poor" to "middle class" as more manufacturing jobs are added to Canada's economy.

It isn't rocket science. It is economics 101. Stephen Harper evidently failed that course. See Stephen Harper has the worst economic record in 70 years.

Below, Trudeau tosses Stephen Harper in the trash.

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