Monthly Archives: March 2017

Republicans: Do They Have a Future?

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This article from Robert Reich outlining the 4 (maybe 5) reasons why Donald Trump should be impeached spurs many thoughts.

First, here’s a summary of the 4 (maybe 5) reasons for impeachment:

  1. Trump is “‘unfaithfully’ executing his duties” by accusing former President Barack Obama of “undertaking an illegal and impeachable act” (without evidence).
  2. The Consitution of the US forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments, but in at least one case (China), Trump is receiving economic benefits in the form of permission to implement the Trump brand in China.
  3. The travel ban – being based on religion – is in violation of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution which bans any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
  4. Labeling the press as ‘enemy of the people’ and giving privileged access to organizations that will give favourable cover of his office is a violation of the 1st Amendment Freedom of the Press.
  5. Treason.  With evidence mounting that Trump colluded with a foreign government (Russia) to interfere with the 2016 general election, Trump could be impeached for reasons of treason.

Treason.

Now, to the point of this article.  My long view is that the Republicans are toast.

Donald Trump will destroy the Presidency for the Republicans.

Of course, he won’t be impeached because the Presidency, the Senate and the Congress are ALL controlled by the Republicans, so there is no political will for leaders to take action against their own party.

That said, my prediction is that the 2018 Senate and House of Representatives elections will bring about a Democrat majority for both institutions.

We’ll not only have the political will to impeach Donald Trump, but the path will be paved for the complete ruin of the Republican party, given the array of mishaps, mis-truths and abuse of government we can expect to see from the Trump circus over the next 18 months.

That said, the Democrats have to get their act together now and understand how pissed Americans are about the global economy and other non-issue issues like ‘terrorism’, ‘racism’ and other ‘-isms’.

They’ll need to gut their party and start running on a platform of austerity and accountability.  They’ll need to get out of the pockets of ‘big business’ and the revolving door.

In other words, they’re poised to lose a splendid opportunity.

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Ontario Liberals Attack on Public Education

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It looks like Wynne’s Ontario Liberals will put up to 300 public schools on the chopping block within the next 12 months.

Like most taxpayers and citizens, I hate hearing this kind of news because it sounds like an echo of defeat.  My interpretation on this is similar to my response to Wynne’s cynical plan to reduce Ontario Hydro bills.

Everything she does, she does at the expense of people that can’t vote for her.

Children are bearing the brunt of Wynne’s hopeless and hapless management of Ontario.

Schools ultimately get closed for two reasons in this province:

  1. Sprawl
  2. Excessive administrative / management costs

Sprawl is Earth’s cancer.  As we build ‘new communities’, we pull away from existing ones.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a new, gleaming Catholic school located on a massive field in the middle of a soon-to-be-built suburb.

The suburbs act as a giant centrifuge, pulling bodies, money, commuters and other resources away from what we’ve tried to build in central areas.

And even if it’s a new public school, it draws potential homeowners away from urban areas into the burbs.  It threatens the very core of what we city planners are supposed to strive for:  intensification, integration and socialization.

Sprawl is the epitome of design and intellectual laziness when it comes to municipal planning.

Administrative costs with schools have skyrocketed.  There are now several layers of management for every school, driving up the cost of keeping any institution.  Of course, the same goes for hospitals, universities and even once-public organizations like Ontario Hydro, where administration / management costs now account for about a third of all budgets.

Instead of removing some of the bloat from the public ranks, Wynne would rather sacrifice the future of children and our urban centres.

What a shame.

 

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Some Good News: Ontario Cottagers Will Not Get Hydro Rebate

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The entire Ontario Hydro portfolio is a disaster.

Kathleen Wynne has admitted it.

The opposition leaders know it.

Thankfully, the rural rebate will not be applied to temporary residents known as cottagers.

Seasonal owners will not get a rebate from Ontario Hydro and will stay be forced to pay the delivery charge.

If you don’t like the situation, sell your cottage.

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Hey Lamestream, Focus on the Right Question: Did Jeff Sessions Lie to Congress?

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Oh, Donald.

You suck.

The issue: Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s appointee for Attorney General – one of the highest and most important legal positions in the country – may have lied to the Congress during his confirmation hearing and he has now had to recuse himself from any investigations associated with Donald Trump and his gaggle of puppets on Vladamir Putin’s strings.

The distraction: quoting the same source that brought us questions about Obama’s legitimacy as an American citizen, Donald Trump used Twitter to declare that Obama had issued FBI-sanctioned wire taps on his hotel in New York.

Look, not even Melania is ‘tapping Donald’s wire’, but that’s not the point.  The point is that Donald is trying to distract the world from this mess created by his and his government’s reliance on Russia to bring him a win in 2016.

And he’s not doing it with a private investigation using the world’s largest investigative authorities because he’s alienated all of the FBI, CIA, NSA and other institutions that are supposed to protect the President.

The connections with Russia that continue to materialize just months after the inauguration of Donald Trump are the real issues that need to be investigated, which I’m sure these fine institutions are doing.  Which is why Donald’s only resource is to belch wild-ass ridiculous accusations out to the public as a distraction from reality.

This is a deep issue and lamestream media needs to keep focusing on the real issue concerning the current President’s relationship with the likes of Putin, Wikileaks owner Julian Assange and how many pieces were in play to deliver the top office to someone dangerously unqualified to run it.

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Trump To Spend NATO Into Oblivion

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Donald Trump has announced that he will increase ‘defense’ spending by an unprecedented (and unwarranted) $54 billion over the next year.

This is in addition to the roughly $600 BILLION spent per year on military and defense infrastructure.  This is also a conservative number, as many additional billions are spent on defense or security related programs.

Where does it all go?

No one really knows.

And why does the US feel it has to continue to outspend everyone?

These excessive levels – if we allow them to continue – will result in bankrupting NATO.

Nato Defence Spend % of GDPMembers will simply declare that they can no longer afford to support Trump’s ridiculous overspending on military hardware and contracting.

And when that happens, he’ll have all the justification he needs to terminate relations with NATO countries, putting the world on full alert.

Assuming threats exist (as we’ve been told since the introduction of personal income tax back at the beginning of the 20th century) and they’re not just manufactured to ensure that the big spend on military continues, we’ll see ex-NATO members fall to bullying brought on by either the US, Russia or both.

There is an alternative:  if the US were to pull its defense spending to be more in line with the rest of NATO as opposed to pushing NATO members to keeping upping the ante, we’d have trillions of dollars to spend on more important things.

Like saving the human race from ourselves.

If you know of organizations that are making a legitimate impact with respect to pushing for reductions in military, security and defence spending, please share the links in the comments below.

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