Sunday, April 17, 2016

Just How Angry Are Americans Really?

Which Presidential Candidate Is the One Connected to Goldman Sachs? I forget...

Americans are angry. Americans are fed up. Americans are demanding change. If you've had access to a tv or a radio or the internets in the past year you've been hammered repeatedly and incessantly with these dramatic pronouncements. Angry? Fed up? Demanding change? 


I agree there is a louder grumble rolling across break rooms, dinner tables and gym saunas -- my personal favorite-- than we've heard in quite a while. God knows we've got no shortage of issues to be pissed off about. But when I keep hearing the same old drumbeat from Dumbocrats -- that Bernie is definitely on the right track, that he's got his finger on all of the hot button issues Americans want addressed and that nothing short of a complete revolution will get us out of this nightmare, but if Hillary ends up getting the nomination I'll vote for her -- I don't think Americans, so called Democrats especially are really angry enough. 

If you insist that you need to go to the moon but settle for Lackawanna when the moon trip falls through it's pretty hard to take you seriously. Voting for Hillary Clinton is the exact antithesis of voting for Bernie Sanders. To say that voting for her is almost the same as voting for him is walk right into the trap set by establishment Democrats of the 21st Century. There exists a fallacious myth about this party that dates back to the last century. The idea is that Democrats are the party of the working people and unions, of the poor and the minorities and the oppressed and the liberals. 

That myth has flown the course of Icarus and had its feathers melted off by the ultraviolet rays streaming through gaping holes in the ozone layer facilitated by the oil and gas corporations who've donated more to Hillary Clinton than any other Democrat in American history.  To call yourself a Democrat in 1980 is another thing completely from calling yourself one in 2016. And in case you don't know what that means The so called Democratic Party these days is the party of Corruption CessmasterAndrew Cuomo, of Corey -- watch me and Zuckerberg fail to fix Newark schools -- Booker and of Rahm -- Fuck the UAW -- Emanuel who said the same of Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teacher's Union. This crew has as much in common with your old school Democrats as I do with George Clooney. And being bamboozled into voting for their 1%er friends with Democratic Party humbuggery is only going to embolden and enable them. They do this shit because they are counting on you to put up with and ultimately to cave in and go along with it. To vote for Hillary is to say I Approve This Message and I look forward to more of it in months and years to come. Well I don't and I'm not. 

Back to things we can all agree we are angry about: Did you hear the one about BP paying $20.8 Billion in fines for destroying the Gulf of Mexico but they will be allowed to write it off $15.3 Billion of it on their taxes? I guess what really got me was the outrageous notion that BP even pays taxes. Are GE, Verizon and ExxonMobil laughing at them saying Pay Up Bitches? Goldman Sachs lately agreed to pay $5 billion in fines for misleading investors on the run up to the financial meltdown that devastated the American economy and cost taxpayers $700 billion. Seth Meyers painfully points out in his video piece above: To date, the number of people arrested for neglecting to return Tom Greene videos exceeds the number of Wall St. executives who've been arrested for criminal behavior in the financial crisis. Oh and in case you wondered why BP would get preferential treatment over Hillary's friends at Goldman Sachs, have no fear, Goldman Sachs is also going to write off their fine as a deduction. 

As long as we're on the topic of the bank bailout it should irk, annoy and irritate you to know this: 

Most people think that the big bank bailout was the $700 billion that the treasury department used to save the banks during the financial crash in September of 2008. But this is a long way from the truth because the bailout is still ongoing. The Special Inspector General for TARP summary of the bailout says that the total commitment of government is $16.8 trillion dollars with the $4.6 trillion already paid out. Yes, it was trillions not billions and the banks are now larger and still too big to fail. But it isn’t just the government bailout money that tells the story of the bailout. This is a story about lies, cheating, and a multi-faceted corruption which was often criminal. From Forbes, July 2015 In case you skimmed that it said the total figure of the bailout wasn't the paltry $700 Billion we've been told about. It's more like $16.8 Trillion. Are you angry now? 

"Often criminal" yet because we are dealing with well heeled and well connected criminals none of them will receive the same rough treatment as the sad sack North Carolinian who forgot to return "Freddie Got Fingered" to Video Shack on time. I wonder if he rewound it at least? This is the stuff Bernie is railing against. We need to break up the Too Big to Fail banks who've strangely grown even bigger since they came whining for their bailout in 2008. We need to jail the motherfuckers who perpetrated trillions in fraud and walked away at the end counting their millions in bonus money that they skimmed off the top of the bailout funds explaining that it's just part of their culture to get bonuses. Even though the rest of us who paid that money out live in a culture that throws you in jail of you break the law, somehow these scumbags managed to take bonuses for ruining their companies instead of improving them. 

Far from going after any of these criminal enterprises Hillary Clinton has taken bushels of money from them including quarter million dollar speeches that she doesn't think she needs to explain to anyone. She won't even allow us to know what she said in these special talks and seems to think it's none of our business. Every Hillary supporter you know must agree too that it's really none of our business what the important people say in private we just need to STFU, donate and vote for more of the same. 

Watch Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill and tell me how proud you are of the Democrats and of Barack Obama who pressured Yemeni heads of state into keeping a Yemeni journalist in prison to keep him from disclosing the errant killings perpetrated by JSOC's unlimited array of weaponry. A family, a village, some kids and their mom... shit happens I guess when you've got the green light to kill anyone, anywhere at any time including American citizens. And if you think your "I'm voting for the Democrat, cause Democrats are the good guys" mentality is going to address any of this any time soon you can keep dreaming. 

Between our foreign policy misfires, environmental disasters, financial meltdowns and the shrinking potential for anyone but the wealthy to enjoy a reasonable quality of life, Americans have more than enough to be pissed off about. But when they tell me they're so pissed off they plan on voting for the candidate who promises nothing but more of the same -- with tweaks -- I can only say it again: 

You're angry? 


  1. Well said brother. Ive heard it said that republicans are the political wing of the 2% and the Dems are the political wing of the 10%.

  2. I had an argument with a woman in the gym who turned out to be a teacher. I stated that I am voting for Sanders in the primary and if he is not the candidate, I am not voting for Clinton. She retorted, "That is a problem." I launched into my laundry list of Hillary negatives. I had this discussion with a fellow college adjunct and he started yelling at me. Both contend that Hillary is better than Trump and Cruz. I disagree.

    Abigail Shure