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Feinstein idiocy

Someone asked, "GT, what do you think about Trump so far?" There was a a great deal of blather regarding his first 100 days, and I can think of no one less suited to summing it up than Senator Dianne Feinstein (Demagogue-CA). See it here, with minor modifications by me, GT.

Feinstein BS

Predictably, she was unimpressed. A statist partisan, although she could easily run as a Republican, I would expect nothing else. Remember, she was a total fascist favouring her rich pals as mayor of San Francisco. She ran as a Democrat for governor trying to position herself as tougher on crime, and more pro-death penalty than her Republican opponent. Californians didn't buy that, or didn't want a Republican masquerading as a Democrat.

She managed to fool voters when she ran for the Senate, in the Year Of The Woman, securing a safe seat that has kept her in office far too long.

She sums up her thoughts claiming that President Trump has had more "failed policies and bad ideas than most presidents have in an entire term," oblivious to her tenure as mayor although, in fairness, she was not president.

Feinstein also asserts that Trump and the Republicans have rolled back "hard-fought" progress on various issues, by which she means executive orders Trump's predecessor could not achieve through the legislative process, so he illegally issued his own laws and regulations.

I did not vote for Mr Trump, a decision by which I stand. However, most of the senior-citizen Senator’s points are absurd. The current President has made choices I support, several I oppose, about par for a Libertarian or even a libertarian.

I agree that the Internet action on consumer protection was a poor decision.

Her other main points are dishonest. Like "made it harder for working families to save for retirement." Where does she get that? Janet Yellin's keeping the interest rates so low makes it impossible to save without losing money to inflation. They "allowed states to block funding to Planned Parenthood." So what? The new budget retains PP funding.

Has he used his first 100 days "to boost Wall Street profits at the expense of American families,” and, if so, how? Under his predecessor, the gap between rich farts like Feinstein and most Americans grew, whether that was intentional or not.

Then she shifts into partisan poop mode.

  1. He did not impose "a Muslim travel ban." His order restricting immigration from certain nations may be anti-intellectual, but it is not anti-Muslim, except through the most partisan filter that distorts the facts. The ban has yet to go into effect.
  2. He did not refuse "to safeguard voting rights protections." Trump is against allowing non-citizens to vote, one of the few rights that Americans retain, barely. Does Feinstein really want anyone to vote without showing identification? She certainly doesn't feel that way about persons buying guns, or flying, or entering her offices, or purchasing antihistamines.
  3. "He rolled back climate change rules." What the fuck does that even mean? The government cannot order the climate to refrain from changing, nor would costly regulations have a predictable effect on the climate. Prognasticators believe the resulting change would be negligible.
  4. The jury is still out on immigration enforcement, but no one has suggested the administration is doing more than enforcing existing law. As a Senator, Feinstein should support that, not so-called "sanctuary" cities. She claims to be for "law and order," selectively.

The President's policies will supposedly "undermine our efforts to create a more just society and protect the rights of all Americans." Whose efforts and which Americans?

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Senator Feinstein doesn't give a rat's ass about everyday people. She has consistently supported legislation and regulations to make Americans' lives harder and less fair. She voted for the horrible Unaffordable Care Act (UCA), and refuses to participate in fixing it which, incidentally, is impossible with an ill-conceived law.

Agreed that she will fight "these policies," in that she will stick with Democrats in the Senate to block and stall everything the President and the Republicans do, including what should be routine cabinet appointments.

Unlike the previous president, Trump has shown that he is happy to meet with almost anyone, probably even senile senators from a leaderless party. Have Democrats taken advantage of his openness? No. If President Trump proposed legislation to do what the opposition party have wanted for year, such as infrastructure funding, you can be sure they would find a reason to oppose it.

As another president boasted recently, "Elections have consequences."

President Trump has acted dumbly, and supported some poor policies. The "repeal and replace" fiasco was a major blunder, in my humble opinion. The remaining Democrats, for some reason, want you to keep your UCA; I believe I know why. They offer no suggestions or compromises, confident that ignorant voters will blame Trump and the Republicans for the impending implosion.

That may be a costly miscalculation, but what do I care? Maybe it will pave the way for another party that doesn't merely oppose the current misgovernance, that offers solutions.

Think smaller government. Politicians like Feinstein couldn't get any smaller, without assistance from Wayne Szalinski. Wicked Feinstein

ALSO SEE: Electronic letter from Dianne

Posted 6 June 2017 (writin May) cat on computer


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California will experience an Earthquake that makes it slide into the ocean. That was conventional wisdom where I grew up in New York. Hasn't happened yet, but the politicians in the formerly-Golden State are making that fear (or hope) inconsequential.

Tooling around the Bay Area, I am struck by the homeless encampments. No longer restricted to freeway underpasses, these spots sport tents, makeshift coverings and all the acuturements of home on the street.

The adaption to having no home is partially the result of the Obama war on workers and those struggling to get by. These homeless persons seem resigned to their fate. Decades of Progressive policies, like the wars on drugs and poverty, have failed totally, unless you believe they were deliberate efforts to undermine our society. It is difficult to discern others's motives. [LBJ began the War On Poverty in 1964, Nixon the War On Drugs in 1971. These were concurrent with the War On Vietnam, which the US lost quicker.]

President Obama's throwing spears into the spokes of the economy, due to his ignorance of free markets, is one of the lasting legacies that made me rate him the worst president in seventy years (at least).

Voters recognised that Democrats are not their allies. Unfortunately, neither are Republicans.

Every other day, Congress voted to repeal the Unaffordable Care Act (UCA), knowing that then-president Obama would veto it. Their calls of "repeal and replace" were catchy, if silly. The problem was not the UCA, it was government involvement in health care or, in the case of the Act, health-care insurance. There are actions the federal government can take to help cut the cost of care, but amending the UCA is not one of them.

Now that they control of all three branches of government, they can no longer vote to repeal it because they have no plan to replace it, after nearly eight years. At least no consensus plan.

So if the economy stagnates, they will no longer be able to blame the Democrats, although Obama and his cohorts managed to blame George W Bush for nearly his entire term for anything and everything that they couldn't blame on some other entity. Tax cuts would be great, a total tax overhaul even better, but they do not seem to be forthcoming.

The smallest gestures to their base seem unachievable, such as cutting federal monies to Planned Parenthood. Understand, this is an issue where Progressives have slanted the argument by calling it "defunding Planned Parenthood." It wouldn't defund the organisation, just force them to raise money from other sources. As a libertarian, I do not believe the government should fund any of these groups, like PP, PBS, UAE, etc. If Americans want them, they are capable of sending money or forming groups to raise it, provided the IRS doesn't try to destroy their ability to do so. US citizens gave generously for Haitian earthquake relief, they could do the same for Planned Parenthood, assuming the money isn't funneled through the Clinton Foundation.

The recently-enacted budget makes few changes from those of recent years, adding more federal spending. While the new budget proposed by the President has met with all sorts of doomsday predictions from the usual suspects (Schumer, Pelosi and Feinstein, whose total age is 226, an average of 75⅓), it is nothing more than a proposal. No way will it get enacted as written, as these Congressional blowhards know.

Republicans must get moving, not let Democratic diversions and their own ineptitude prevent them from doing something to shift the economy out of first gear. Some of my fellow libertarians would say that doing nothing is better, but there are so many roadblocks, legislation is required to remove them.

Why not grow a pair and do something about "reforming" Medicare and Social Security? I'll be dead soon enough, but even I am not callous enough to dump all the costs of our not-so-great lifestyle on to future generations, as the Republican-Democratic duopoly seem comfortable doing.

Democrats may pick up seats in 2018 if the Republicans keep tripping over themselves but, remember, the Donkey party are concentrating all their energy on knocking Trump. As illustrated by the disastrous Clinton campaign, they have no positive message.

Democrats might start moving forward by getting Mrs Clinton to shut her pie-hole [see below]. Her blame game got stale before January. Americans dislike her, to put it mildly; she's a liar, who will say whatever she thinks will get her elected. That has not worked, so she should go away and enjoy her millions of ill-gotten gains.

As for the Republicans, start with small things. Planned Parenthood would be a start, since around half the nation is uncomfortable with a group created to eradicate the poor. If not, remember that you can't get pregnant if you fuck yourself.

Posted 7 June 2017 cat in basket


 

 

Found while seeking answers…

why grandma can't get a job

Nothing to add, except that a couple may be jokes.
I added a real one.
In Clinton's world, fact is funnier than fiction.

Time to push her under the bus?

THE ONLY CHANGEABLE CLIMATE

Angry, Deceptive Rhetoric

OFA 1

If you think eight years of pseudo-science ended on 20th January 2017, think again. The accompanying solicitation came from OFA, the Obama venture to undermine the government or, as they might put it, community activists working to wreck the system.

The plea begins messily, making one wonder why they did not hire a writer. How about this: “Yesterday’s decision… was short-sighted, disappointing, embarrassing and bad for our country.” At least it’s stylishly-phrased bullshit.

Using a favourite Progressive catchphrase, they want us to “lean into climate action,” whatever that means. Why? Because nearly 70 percent of the public want strong action to curb climate change. I always suspect vague figures like “nearly 70%” or “over half.” Even if accurate, so what? That’s a feel-good proposition. What kind of actions do they support specifically? How much are Americans willing to give up or spend on unsubstantiated promises to stop the climate from changing? Surveys I’ve seen show Climate as a minor concern of most Americans. Were it otherwise, Democrats and Progressives wouldn’t have dropped it, after whining for a couple of days, to return to Russia, and their imaginary conspiracy.

Other countries will continue to act, we are promised. The US will too. This Paris “agreement” is voluntary. It doesn’t force any nation to do anything; even if every recommendation was followed, it won’t have much, if any, effect on the environment.

“Hey, boys and girls! Let's pretend we can change the world's climate.”

Part 2

Shockingly, the “administration doesn’t seem to get it.” Get what? Trump was elected after spouting the extreme view that “climate change” is a hoax, created by China. Voters finding that unobjectionable is one reason Trump won.

OFA is as sanctimonious as its instigator, claiming the Paris climate deal is about moral leadership. Always look to governments for that. Rejecting it sets a dangerous precedent that “we don’t honor [sic] out commitments.” Say what?

Ask Native Americans how the US shifted every red line it set, broke every treaty with them — actual treaties, legally enacted, not signed without Congressional approval, as stipulated in The Constitution.

Whose commitment is in question — Obama’s? Kerry’s? McCarthy’s?
Gina McCarthy, signator of this missive, headed the EPA under President Obama. Bureaucrats are so much smarter than scientists or everyday people, they can treat us as imbeciles.

BS fight

In case you missed the big catchphrase the first time, the e-mail ends by calling for us to “lean into climate change action, not away from it.” If leaning into it means signing non-binding agreements impeding US growth, maybe we can just bend over.

By now, you must be ready to join “the team that’s not giving up on the fight against climate change.” Has a more idiotic phrase ever been written? Fighting against the inevitable forces that have altered Earth’s climate over millennia, according to scientists [go to Mars for a reminder] — celestial bodies and physical geology within the planet. If changing the climate is so easy, why not start by stopping earthquakes, then move on to controlling the atmosphere.

As one of 195 signatories of l’Accord de Paris (148 have ratified it), we would “lead the world and reap the benefits.” Sounds like a selfish grab for world domination. Easier than changing the climate, change the group’s name from OFA to OAF.

Posted 17 June 2017 Obama outstays his welcome

 

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Eat the rich
Screw the poor

For decades, vagrants have resided in the Bay Area.
With a government policy of aggressive avoidance, street sleepers keep increasing in population. In the sixties, they were called hippies or "street people." Not anymore. Now they are eyesores.

tent town

There is no greater indictment of the Democratic Party's grip on major cities than their failure to act, unless you consider stumbling action. As someone at risk of joining their ranks, this subject strikes home.

The 78% anomaly
This month, the Pacifica Tribune ran a front-page article headed "City homeless numbers spike," in which Horace Hinshaw attempts to put a happy face on a new report writing, "it may be an anomaly," referring to the 78% increase from 63 to 112 over two years. Not as bad as a 200% increase in another locale, although that was an increase from zero to two. [Math prodigies will recognise that is NOT a 200% increase because Ø in the base yields Ø as the result, and 2 is better than 112.]

The reason cited for the slight "anomaly" is that this year the surveyors brought a victim with them, on the assumption that living on the street makes him an expert on where others hang out. Considering that this population is comprised of those living on the streets or in parks, plus those living in cars or other vehicles, it seems unlikely that their count is accurate. One might posit that occupying an RV is not comparable to a cardboard box, or even a tent.

The Daily Journal was less charitable to Pacifica, noting that reductions in one county often reflect a shift to another, rather than an elimination of the problem. Somehow Trump got blamed, too; always a useful diversion.

The DJ mention a plan to end human homelessness (pretty much) by 2020. Of course, those long-term solutions have never worked, so it's unlikely they will in future. These are plans to show government is not doing nothing, which it pretty much is.

San Francisco's homelessness decreased supposedly, according to the same non-credible study. When I lived in the city, there were indigents scattered about living in doorways, wandering around begging. That was depressing enough to make me happy to leave. Now there are encampments with real and makeshift tents lining streets, not just under freeways, but in the unlikeliest places. Near office areas, shops, legitimate residences, on walkways over freeways. Predictably, these neighbourhoods have increased crime, such as car break-ins. The city's solution: signs telling you to lock your car and hide the valuables within.

Acceptance of this unfortunate state of existence is one cause of its propigation. There were no homeless persons when I was growing up. They were referred to as "bums," "tramps," "drifters" and "vagabonds." The "homeless" euphemism makes it more acceptable, almost romantic, like they're just camping out.

tent town near On Ramp

You can be homeless sleeping on a friend's couch until you get your own place. Living on the street is unacceptable. Sure, a handful of eccentrics may wish to live on the street, but sane persons prefer having a roof over their heads and basic amenities, like toilets, making street life a health hazard to everyone. They have no necessities, like water and power (for refrigeration, cooking and bathing). The Bay Area has a welcoming climate, but it gets cold and wet. There are vermin and other obvious problems.

Benign Negect
The decades-old (pre-Trump) disgrace persists due to the myopia of the Democratic Party, never acknowledging failures and refusing to see how policies on homelessness, gentrification, sanctuary cities, even the minimum wage and taxes, are interrelated. With government's proven record of strangling housing, politicians should take an occasional glance at reality. [Republicans are misguided, as well, but most cities are still Democratic strongholds, having been so for close to a century.]

Democrats have been attentive to frivolities like gender issues, so-called cultural appropriation, speech suppression, racial invention, eugenics, climate and gun control, plastic bag and portion-size regulation, etc. Pressing problems, like lack of housing and jobs, are swept under the rug. They can only hope city residents continue to accept rhetoric over results. New stadiums and high-rises, today's versions of "bread and circuses," cannot distract forever. Progressives, who love to tell others to put their houses in order before tackling far-off crises, should take their own advice on local housing.

rows of tents

The Bay Area's limited housing supply is not being eased by construction of luxury homes and condominiums, nor by the state Democratic Party's War on the Middle Class. Locally, recruiting additional residents, illegal aliens for instance, exacerbates the problem. For some living on the streets, jobs and temporary housing might reintroduce them to mainstream society. For those too far gone, or with problems like mental illness and addiction, more individualised help is required. Private charities might make a difference with adequate funding, but government hate to admit their failures [see: NON-PROFIT SHOWERS].

Ignoring this endemic problem, or creating feel-good programmes to assuage guilt, will not help. Leadership might, but Nancy Pelosi and other locally-based pols would rather attack the President than the lack of residences. Whenever I see a row of tents, I feel queasy. Obviously, the Democrats in power can avoid seeing them from their gated communities. Either that or they just don't give a shit.

Posted 27 June 2017 cat beggar

Dianne Feinstein tries to defend
her partisan rejection of Neil Gorsuch

Remember, she is neither a lawyer nor a Constitutional proponent.

Fein letter

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