My bet’s on a hard-way 4

Tom Camfield
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Posted 2/20/20

How do we change the direction of our government from a plutocratic dictatorship back to the democracy that was making great strides during some of the Obama years? Due to the ignorant inattention of …

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My bet’s on a hard-way 4

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How do we change the direction of our government from a plutocratic dictatorship back to the democracy that was making great strides during some of the Obama years? Due to the ignorant inattention of the public, the former America may fall to the arrogant self-importance, lies and cheating of Donald Trump once again come Nov. 3.

Republicans gained two Senate seats in the 2018 general elections, bringing their majority up to 53. Democrats held 45 seats following the election, and independents who caucus with Democrats held two.

So Democrats must at least “shoot 4 the hard way“ in the coming election. (A 50-50 tie vote would serve them only if Trump loses the presidential race, as the vice-president votes to break ties.)

Vox reported in Nov 2018: “On Tuesday, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives — and, with it, the ability to check President Trump’s power.

“Republicans, however, performed strongly among the group of Senate seats up that were on the ballot, and expanded their majority in the chamber . . . Now that Democrats have won the House, Republicans will no longer be able to pass legislation with GOP votes alone — instead, to get any bills through Congress, Trump will have to spar with Democrats. The new Democratic majority will also have subpoena power, which will help them investigate the Trump administration far more aggressively.

“But since Democrats did not take the Senate, they did not gain the power to block Trump’s Supreme Court, Cabinet, and other nominees for the next two years. So Trump will continue to have the upper hand in confirming judges to lifetime posts.”

As the NewYork Times reported last November: Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky conceded after a re-canvass of votes showed clearly that the Democrat Andy Beshear would be the state’s next governor.

“Mr. Bevin had alienated many in both parties, describing some of those who protested his policies as ‘ignorant’ and ‘selfish,’ and leaving even political allies feeling insulted and bullied. Public school teachers, who were particularly angered by his approach, said openly that they had knocked on thousands of doors across the state to defeat Mr. Bevin.”

So the race between Democratic challenger Amy McGrath and long-time U.S. senator and aging Trump lap-dog Mitch McConnell (current majority leader) will be of special interest.

MEANWHILE—The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that large budget deficits over the next 30 years will drive federal debt held by the public from 78% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to unprecedented levels such as 144% by 2049. In the CBO’s central projection of 144 percent of GDP, the government would spend more on interest payments than the entire discretionary budget, which includes defense and all domestic programs, by 2046.

The U.S. already has the largest external debt in the world. The annual budget deficit increased from $585 billion (3.2% GDP) in 2016 to 984 billion (4.7 GDP) in 2019. The budget deficit (relative to a CBO forecast prior to Trump’s inauguration) roughly doubled from 2017 to 2019, due to Trump tax cuts and other spending legislation.

Trump’s recent $4.8-trillion budget release includes his familiar list of heavy cuts to student-loan assistance, affordable housing efforts, food stamps, Medicaid and other continued shrinkage of the federal safety net, ($1,000,000,000,000 or more to Medicaid and changes in Medicare and the Affordable Care Act).

An across-the-board 2% cut for all discretionary programs such as education, 26% cut for the EPA. A10-year extension tax cuts due to expire in 2025.

Where does it all go? The same budget includes major spending for the military (again), national defense, border enforcement, His wall, His Space Force, etc.

As Donald’s remains will be 103 years old by 2049, he obviously doesn’t care—just as long as he has his picture on the wall and his name on enough things. But I will have a number of grandkids only in their 50s by 2049 . . . and I seriously care, Present interest on the national debt is over $378,550,000,000 a year.

How do we change the direction of our government from plutocratic dictatorship back to the democracy that has flourished since its founding? Take back the current Trump-serving Senate even though we vote only in the Washington State? We can talk to friends in other states via facebook. etc.; express ourselves elsewhere on the Internet; send cash campaign donations.

I’m waiting eagerly for Super Tuesday March 3, when some dozen states (headed by California) will allot more delegates to the presidential nominating conventions than any other single day. I have ny fingers crossed for Amy Klobuchar

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Justin Hale

"Vox reported in Nov 2018: “On Tuesday, Democrats won control of the House of Representatives — and, with it, the ability to check President Trump’s power."..... And then they spent the next three years on their farce of an impeachment and sending nonsense bills to the Senate only to be recognized and rejected for the nonsense they are. Want more of this bs then, by all means, vote for the Democrats, but if you hate President Trump then, by all means, vote him out of office, don't turn our government over to the socialists like that nut-job A.O.C. and her crew.

True that our national debt is out of control, and yet the Democrats want to provide free health care for illegals, where is that money supposed to come from, already over half of the immigrants that come to this country are on some sort of social welfare program. (https://cis.org/Report/63-NonCitizen-Households-Access-Welfare-Programs)

And the Democrats like Warren want the U.S. in the Paris Accords and the GND, both programs obligate the U.S. to send Billions of our tax dollars to third world nations, where is that money supposed to come from?

So Tom, you support Amy Klobuchar, who wants to provide free medical care for illegals, and wants U.S. back in the Paris accords and the GND. Funny how you btich and moan about our National debt and yet you support policies that will only increase our National debt.

Thursday, February 20
Tom Camfield

I believe we covered this budget mess with the previous blog and its comments.

I'm preparing to move on at the moment to Donald's demonstrating his personal power over the judicial system, our Free Press and other matters.

Thursday, February 20
Justin Hale

Yes we have Tom, but as long as you choose to misrepresent the truth to fit your partisan Democrat bias I will respond with what I see as the truth.

Thursday, February 20
Justin Hale

And one more thing before we move on to your next blog Tom, while you are emploring the voters to vote Democrat I will just remind the voters to consider that WA. state legislature is controlled by the Democrats. You want more politicians ignoring the will of the citizens, like when we vote for $30 car tabs?. Also, take a look at the S H that Seattle has become under the control of the Democrats and nut-jobs like Kashama Sawant.

Friday, February 21
Tom Camfield

I find quite a lot of truth with which to work in the few non-partisan governmental bodies still allowed to exist, such as the Congressional Budget Office—and, of course, in factual opposition to the endless lying of Donald J. Trump. If I want to take side-trips to Kshama Savant, state government in general,

Washington State car-tabs and Tim Eyman (and transportation in general), welfare, Seattle, etc., it’ll have to be when I decide that the rottenness and criminal activities of Donald Trump don’t take precedence.

Friday, February 21
Justin Hale

"I find quite a lot of truth with which to work in the few non-partisan governmental bodies still allowed to exist, such as the Congressional Budget Office" ...... How about when the GAO found that the Obama administration violated federal law?. (https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/16/seven-times-the-gao-found-the-obama-administration-violated-federal-law/)

" If I want to take side-trips to Kshama Savant, state government in general, Washington State car-tabs and Tim Eyman (and transportation in general), welfare, Seattle, etc., it’ll have to be when I decide that the rottenness and criminal activities of Donald Trump don’t take precedence. ".....In other words you're too obsessed with Donald Trump to smell the rottenness of your own party.

And please tell us Tom, what crimes has President Trump been found guilty of committing since he was elected POTUS.

Friday, February 21
Tom Camfield

Not even a nice try, Justin.

Saturday, February 22
Justin Hale

Got it Tom. Can't defend the mess that the Democrats have made in Olympia and Seattle, but Oh Yeah vote more of them into office.

Wednesday, February 26