Shedding Light in the Darkness

Notes on the Presidential Campaign Trail

trump2b15066611.imageSo Texan Ted Cruz wants to eliminate the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, and the IRS. One wonders who will collect his proposed flat tax? His proposal would mean 82,000 IRS workers out of a job, 4,400 gone at the DOEducation, 46,000 unemployed at the DOC, and 13,000 gone at the DOEnergy. A total of 145,000 workers out of work if the “bring jobs back” candidate gets elected.

One of Cruz’s nuttiest ideas – maybe to bring on Armageddon – he wants to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel by moving  the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Cruz said: “We need a leader who will act and respect the eternal capital of Israel.” FYI – The eastern part of Jerusalem is illegally occupied by Israel according to international law.

FYI2 – Psychology Today ran an article in January by a neurology professor Dr. Richard Cytowic about the off-putting qualities of Cruz’s face. He used the German term, backpfeifengesicht, literally meaning “a face in need of a good punch.” “I have rarely, if ever, seen a conventional smile from Senator Cruz,” he wrote.

There’s Florida’s Marco Rubio, who also has a whacked tax plan. According to the Tax Policy Center an analysis of Rubio’s tax-cut plan would increase the budget deficit by almost a trillion dollars a year. Rubio’s tax cuts would overwhelmingly accrue to the rich. The highest-earning one percent would take home 40 percent of the benefit, while the lowest-earning two-fifths of the country would see its income rise just over one percent from the Rubio tax cuts.

Then there’s “I love the poorly educated,” (he actually said that) Donald Trump, who has called global warming a “hoax,” a “con job,” and “nonexistent.” The Trump who threatened a Nevada protester, “I’d like to punch him in the face.” The Trump who was accused by former Mexican president Felipe Calderon of, “exploiting feelings like Hitler did in his time;” and who Jon Stewart termed, “a rich, crazy, egotistical monster.”

Vanity Fair even ran a piece on Trump’s likely mental disorder. “Remarkably narcissistic,” said Harvard developmental psychologist Howard Gardner. “He’s so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics,” said clinical psychologist George Simon.

For a brilliant expose of Trump check out

John Oliver notes that Politifact rated 76% of what Trump said in 77 statements as varying degrees of false, from “Mostly False” to “Pants on Fire.” Oliver also questions Trump’s alleged “TEN BILLION DOLLAR” worth, bringing up a transcribed comment from a failed lawsuit in which “he claimed that his net worth changes depending on his mood.” He then attacks the fallacy that Trump’s name alone can make something successful, noting that Trump Shuttle, Trump Vodka, Trump Magazine, Trump University,, Trump Mortgage, and Trump Steak (sold through The Sharper Image) all failed.

So how about Hilary Clinton? During the 2008 presidential campaign, in an interview with The Scotsman, Obama’s key foreign policy aide Samantha Power declared Clinton is “a monster – that is off the record – she is stooping to anything. You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh’. But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”

A poll in December found Clinton is viewed as the most dishonest and most untrustworthy presidential candidate compared to the other leading presidential candidates. The Economist/YouGov poll asked 2,000 American adults their opinions on the honesty trustworthiness of seven presidential candidates: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump.

Among her recommendations, the Democratic presidential candidate has called for installing 500 million solar panels by 2020. Clinton declined to specify how she would pay for her proposal. “Mrs. Clinton’s plan would be a huge boost to China and Taiwan, where over 70 percent of solar photovoltaics are made,” reported Daniel Kish, senior vice president of policy at the Institute for Energy research. Because of tariffs solar panels in the United States are the most expensive in the world.

A Mother Jones investigation in 2014 documented Clinton’s role in championing controversial fracking for shale gas in countries around the world. “In some cases, Clinton personally promoted shale gas. Under her leadership, the State Department worked closely with energy companies to spread fracking around the globe—part of a broader push to fight climate change, boost global energy supply, and undercut the power of adversaries such as Russia that use their energy resources as a cudgel.” American officials—some with deep ties to industry—also helped US firms clinch potentially lucrative shale concessions overseas. “According to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, Clinton sent a cable to US diplomats, asking them to collect information on the potential for fracking in their host countries.”

In the poll quoted above, Bernie Sanders was seen as the most honest and trustworthy presidential candidate, with 41 percent of respondents claiming he is honest and trustworthy. According to The Observer: “One of the great truths about Campaign 2016 is that voters are presented with a presidential candidate named Bernie Sanders who is one of the greatest truth tellers in the modern history of American politics.”

“I see a nation in which we have a grotesque level of income and wealth inequality. Almost all of the new income and wealth is going to the top 1 percent,” Sanders told ABC. “I see a political system which is corrupt, where super PACs are able to receive huge amounts of money from millionaires and billionaires. I think if you look at my history and what I am saying in this campaign, we need a political revolution. We need to stand up to the top 1 percent. We need to transform American politics and the way we do economics.”


One response to “Notes on the Presidential Campaign Trail

  1. Claude Robichaux March 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Another fantastic read, 100%, but as I nurse this newborn ulcer I’ll have to (respectfully) backscoot sand over paragraphs 9-12 as it seems Clinton’s got a lock on the nomination. It’ll take miracles from here to 34th Street for Sanders to win it now. The number one issue (imo) before us all is not letting any of those horrific asshats on the right seize control, undoing all the social and environmental progress that’s been made in the past 7+ years and worse, far worse. here’s hopin’ for some miracles …


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