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That is what Hillary Clinton is. That is what the Democrats offer. The same boundless confidence that came out of Independence Hall in 1788. The same boundless confidence as we pushed our nation Westward over fresh laid iron rails in the 19th Century. The same boundless confidence as we fought two major wars across two different oceans at the same time. That same boundless confidence as we elected our first WWII fighter into the Presidency. That same boundless confidence with which we stared down the Soviet Union. That same boundless confidence with which we landed on the moon and watched with wonder as our vehicles drove around on Mars. That same boundless confidence as we faced down the Y2K problem. That same boundless confidence with which we said we’d avenge 9/11….That same boundless confidence with which we once faced down our deficit and had our budget completely under control…..

America has always vacillated between moments of boundless confidence and timid fear. Ironically it has always been the Democrats who gave us confidence and Republicans who gave us fear.

The fear is a anathema. We have nothing to fear but fear itself and when we allow ourselves to fear we loose all of our potential. Fear bites into America’s productivity…

You can choose to believe we have to fear. Fear from Muslims. Fear from Mexicans. Fear from Afro Americans. Fear from powerful women. Fear from orange haired sexual predators riding buses in 2005… But though that is only one option, it is not the only option. We can also make assumptions that all people are like us, some bad and some good, and work to elevate the good ones, and find and punish the bad ones. Just no profiling. Just don’t use race or religion as weapons against all one group’s right to freedom, which will become by accretion, weapons against our rights to freedom…

We always will have enemies for we are the most successful and powerful nation on earth. But we have two ways of combating those.. One the cheerful approach, exuding from our pores like Britain had when they were being bombed into oblivion but prevailed. Or the sunken, desperate gloom such as that hung over Berlin as its enemies surrounded it from all sides. One attitude wins against great odds; the other loses against the smallest of threats.

So which one describes you? Gloom, death, destruction, fear, hate, and loathing? or the boundless confidence in America’s progress?

You choose our future… it is serious. There are no do-overs…

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This is amazing. Two videos released on the last weekend before the big vote…. Both summing up their campaign in under two minutes.. As is usual the tone is what one perceives and in this case there is a huge difference.

One uplifting and inspiring. The other dark and foreboding One full of color, bright and active. The other shot like a crime scene drama, dark, dramatic, and dangerous.

I actually like both of them. They are both pretty good summations and the darker one is polished rather well almost enough to be convincing… Only it is too little too late. It fails to address that the solution it proposes to all the problems it illustrates, is more of a problem than the problems are. To be fair, both videos are rather vague on policy…

One says we need to celebrate life. The other implies we can never celebrate life because there are always big scary problems out there which will attack and eat us… Be afraid, be very afraid…

So I guess it depends on what type of nation you want for your children really… One that is great to live in, or one that sort of sucks to live in but if you just elect Donald Trump, even though it sucks, you will be safe. Why? Because he’s been on the Apprentice… (as the closing pose strikes so similar) lol.

And now… the greatest contrast of two videos you will ever see… (unless you watch Comcast’s Channel 29 and porn back to back)..

What did you think? Isn’t the difference as stark as that between Kennedy and Nixon? Between Johnson and Goldwater? Between Nixon and McGovern? Between Reagan and Mondale? Got any more? It has been a while we’ve had a more comparative bright and dark contrast…

Now it is up to you… What spirit do you want to lead America? The good one? Or Bad?

Donald Trump!  Would my son, Captain Khan, have a place in your America?   NO………
Donald Trump!. Would Muslims have a place in your America?  
NO…………………
Donald Trump!   Would Latinos have a place in your America?   NO…………………
Would Afro-Americans have a place in your America, Donald Trump?
NO………
Would anyone who is not like you, Donald Trump, have a place in your America? NO………
Well thankfully, Mr. Trump….. This isn’t your America…………….
 

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We’ve heard a lot of speeches.  But the best one I think ever, (and this would have to go up against either Obama’s racism speech in 2008 at Philadelphia, or Michelle’s recently), is the one I caught at one of Hillary’s  campaign stops on CSpan…

I haven’t found the link yet, (it’s a labyrinth to mine)  but in the middle of being deeply engrossed, I heard the car door slam outside and realized I had yet to fulfill a promised obligation, so I can only go on memory now. So true or not true, for better or worse, this is how I interpreted the way I heard Hillary tell it…

“Thank you, Thank you… etc… Support Democrats XXX, YYY,ZZZ etc…….

I have often thought of how I would want my future presidency defined. As one travels from town to town, state to state, one does see many differences in people and trends of thought depending where one goes.

I have often wondered what common denominator I could find that ties in all these perspectives which would tell each of you, wherever you are, who I am, how I think and feel, and give you some idea of what to expect as your future President…

In moments of reflection, I have asked myself sometimes why I am doing this. Why am I running for president, why am in a different place every day, meeting and greeting people, explaining myself, and spending time answering questions, often always the same no matter where I go…

In moments of quite reflection, after stripping away all those platitudes we cover ourselves with, all those exterior memes we try to portray to others… I came to the blunt realization that I’m doing it for tomorrow’s children…

As a mom.  As a grandmom.  I’m comfortable with that… and I hope you would be too..

As I look across my life, I realize that the things that have really excited me over my long years, are when I make a difference to children.  Whether it was making sure they could read no matter what their color, whether it was making sure they could be insured, no matter what income, the biggest satisfaction and the first thing I acknowledge myself for impacting positive change, has been to help children with what I’ve done.

Yes I’ve done many things for adults too… but we are talking in this candid moment, what I think makes up my core… And that is this.

My first priority instinctively lies with protecting America’s children.. With every future decision I make in a field of many gray areas, will hinge on how it will affect America’s children in their future.  Should we go to war?  Yes, if it is best for the future of America’s children. Should we raise taxes?  Yes, if it is best for America’s children.  Should we stem global warming?  Yes, if it is best for America’s children.

But it also means sending more resources to areas that protect, grow, and enhance our children. Perhaps diverting them away from areas that do not.  It means making sure schools are safe.  It means making sure neighborhoods are safe. It means giving our children their best shot to a great future.

And that is my center.  That is who I am.  If something is great for American banking but will have collateral damage among children, then I will veto it.  If being friends of a nation will give us profits to our companies and CEO’s, but continue the hurtfulness of children in child labor camps, I will not go there.  Children have, and always will be, my center.

 

Around that center, there molds another circle… A layer that must remain intact to preserve the inner center.  That layer is those children’s parents. After the children have been taken into account, I next look into making sure America’s parents can be the best they can be in order to prosper their children.  For when the parents prosper, so does the child.  I will look forward to raising wage rates either through the minimum wage acts, or making it easier for workers in all states to ask their boss for higher wages to make ends meet, and ultimately, make sure they can legally unionize to represent themselves.  This will be done because it is very necessary that a fraction of the great wealth of this nation, settles a little onto each child of our future… Which means simply that its parents have to earn more…  This is a non negotiable if we are going to help the child.  Likewise, parents need family time too, so we will look at less hours per workweek at the same salaries. We will work at paid family leave for all employees at the birth of a child, or the death of a parent.

Around this circle of parents, there is another circle, one which can be defined as those individual parent’s location or community. It is that locality in which they live, and work, and play. Any community that is being run down, is not good for a parent struggling to help its children.. Using any tools available, be they religious, governmental, non-profit, or volunteer, I hope to engage on all parties to turn around our communities that need it, and establish a renaissance of life that flows from within them throughout all those living within its confines… The establish of arts, music, and the humanities of life flowing throughout our once rundown communities, is a very positive sign that our communities are beginning to prosper, as opposed to just struggling to survive…

The next outer layer around this community circle, is that of our business interests.  A viable business environment is necessary for any community. The ebb and flow of money from project to project is just too big for government alone.  Private investors provide the bulk of our growth, and by using carrot and stick guidelines which we hope to put in our tax-codes,  we will make it more profitable for businesses to reinvest in their communities than invest on the other side of the globe.  We hope to bring back higher paying jobs by making it cheaper to have companies remain, here, than pay the price it will cost for them to go overseas…. New factories, new businesses, new research, new development, and new priorities on how we judge success in the corporate world, will go along way to support each community by the businesses from that area….

And the last, my last layer on which I will take into account when making my future decisions, will be our government.

We have tried making government irrelevant and that has led us to where we are today.. We had a financial crises that scared us all, which now we are just exiting the pull of gravity from its horizon… We have tried cutting funding and starving government as the beast and have found that things became worse, instead of better.  However though there is a reason of being for a strong government, that reason is not with interfering deeply in the lives of its citizens… No, the prime reason for a strong government is to enforce and make sure, no other entity, business or government, foreign of domestic, can interfere with the lives of its citizens.  Government’s sole purpose is to stand up for America’s businesses, as long as doing so does not hurt the communities… Then standing up for communities, as long as doing so does not hurt parents.  And then standing up for parents, as long is children are not harmed but helped in the process.  It all boils down to standing up for children, which I am proud to say I have always done, and promise you, it will be at my core, either blatant or hidden, as I perform my duties as your next President of the glorious, United States of America…

For the last 16 years our nation’s focus has unfortunately always been on what’s been best for business, our CEO’s, and investment…  As of the hour I am sworn in, I’m serving notice that from that point forward, it will be focused on what is best for our children…

Thank you…. etc, etc.  (applause, music, hand shaking and secret service, etc.. etc.. etc…)”

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I get wet eyes every time I go through this, even still..

 

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Suppose you lived in a small town; one with two insurance/investment agencies.. One was run by someone you didn’t like in high school.. The other, you picked to run your investments primarily because he promised well, but mostly because he was the competitor of the other person you didn’t like…

So you reach that point in life, where you begin to see retirement.  You look at your finances and find they’ve earned roughly 1% over what you’ve put in.  You get told it’s the economy, the crash, the fees, etc. but that all is up and up..  You can’t contest it based on your lack of financial acumen, and so you accept it…

A year later, you are in a bar and talking to the mayor who is really happy because he just checked his portfolio and was surprised at how good it was.. His entire portfolio had doubled between the last time he’d looked at it and this.. Every year had interest rates in the high teens.  You find you both put in about the same each month, and that his was up $200 grand over you at this late point….  You ask him who handles it…

She’s the person you don’t like.

Now you get mad…   in your confusion you struggle with whom should you be mad at?

a) the mayor for popping your bubble?
b) his agent who made him rich?
c) your agent for not doing as well?
d) you, for letting it get to this point…

That correct answer should be d) you, but that tends to always be the last person we blame… Depending on our emotional maturity, there is a good chance we will blame the mayor’s agent who was so competent, so good, so excellent, that if we didn’t hate her, we’d too would have joined in and been rich too.

The question comes down to this.  Can you swallow your pride and switch your account to be managed by her and earn higher rates of interest..?  Or will you double down and stick with your own losing agent, because there is no way you will allow “her” to get a single penny of your money?

Although obviously the answer is staring you in the face, many of us will go to our old agent first and bluster, wave our hands in the air, act tough with some cuss words, and demand through our bluster that he do better.  About to lose a sizable account, he pleads, cajoles, and begs us to stay on board, promising many things smart people would know could not be delivered.. He is just looking for time.  And like fools, we may walk out with our heads high thinking we just turned our fortunes around…

We follow our results more closely now… We see little change…

We bump in to the mayor at a watering hole and he asks how well your investments are doing.. He is bubbling because his got 18% that year. Your options:

a)  you switch
b)  you don’t…

This is where we are… Hatred has blinded many to good. Lost opportunity can never come back, but, there is plenty of evidence that one can do much better than one is doing now… After 2016 we will have wasted 16 years of Republican leadership or Republican Congresses. All that time, no return on our investments. If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got…

Can you swallow your pride and put your financials into the hands of one so competent everyone in her care makes money and seems pretty happy?  Or do you let innuendo, snide remarks, rumor campaigns of whispers with no backing, or other people muttering they don’t like her, all get in the way of you making money?

I guess it boils down to this question… Are you too much of a coward to do what you know is right and vote for Hillary Clinton this election?   Because when one has been wrong for a long time, it does take great immense courage to admit it, seriously,  and then make the changes necessary to better your life.

Whether it’s an abusive relationship? Whether it’s a substance addiction?  Whether it’s a horrible job?  Making a change which seems so obvious is very hard to do… And yes, it will take great courage. So the real question comes back to this: are you woman or man enough to do what you know is right?  Which is put your old feelings aside and join in a high rate of return which will benefit you?…

For many evangelicals, doing so will remind you of back when you first accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, that time frame when you still hated the church with its morals, sanctimony, and Sunday learning; when you enjoyed your drinking, carousing, and being a wild and crazy non goody-goody-two shoes… But then, something in a Meeting happens, and the next thing you know you are getting Baptized, and saying you accept Jesus as your Christ and Saviour, and meaning it.. REALLY meaning it… and the tears just flow down your face so fast you don’t even know you’re crying, but you know you’re are forgiven, you know this is your plan, you just know it is right…. and that God will take care of you…

Well, this is sort of like that….

 

“I am often asked what I would like to see happen above all else in our country and in our world.

So many things to pray for, so many things to work for,

But certainly my answer would be a world, where all children are loved and cared for–

first by the families into which they were born, then by all of us who are linked to them and to one another.

When we are reminded of the bounty and protection we enjoy, most of us are … grateful.

Our gratitude has its roots in a view of government that dates back to the days of the Pilgrims, and the successive waves of immigrants who came to this country, seeking religious and political freedom, and better economic opportunity.

In this view, government is an instrument, both to promote the common good and to protect individuals rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

There is nothing more important to our future than the well being of our children, for children are at our core==

Not only as vulnerable beings in need of love and care, but as a moral touchstone amidst the complexity and contentiousness of modern life…

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes children to raise up a village.– to become all it should be.

The village we build with them in mind, will be a better place for us all…..

Hillary Clinton — “It Takes A Village”

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There is no comparison.  We are about to jump into the debates.  That is when our press loses it… .  But this,  this is what we come back to… when the last vote is counted, this is the reality with which we are left.  One of these two will be the future leader of our country … You are going to choose who will lead our nation these next four years… No buybacks… One choice. One chance. And that is …. it..

Again, in reality, there is no comparison…No sameness.  No equivalence.  They are not equal. The competency levels are not even in the same league.

It comes down to your choice…

By announcing that she will write off ALL student loan debt.  Student debt was a big factor behind Bernie’s ascension.  Much of his money came as a result of those donating who looked to him to solve their financial nightmare they inherited after finishing 4 years of college…

Hillary can capitalize on that and bring in those youth still suspicious of her past motives. But she should add the punch line,”but if there is anything we learned from Obama’s 8 years,  it will take an entire Democratic Congress for me to accomplish that…”

And if she were to do this, she really wouldn’t have to do anything else during her tenure to address current inequality, since this one issue would be enough to right all wrongs..

Write off $1 trillion and let that money get spent in our economy instead of being sucked out.

In one fell swoop, it would transfer future payments going to the top 1%, back to economic activity for the 99%…

Let’s take a personal example… If you borrowed $40,000 to finish college… your current payoff amount upon graduation would be:  $40,ooo.  By the time you finish your payments after 20 years, you actually paid close to $100,000….($99,810)

Which means whoever lent you the money expecst to make it all back, plus earn 150% profit over the life of the loan.

Now if you write off every single student loan…. you are only writing off the principal… and the interest or the 150% tacked on, doesn’t cost you a thing.

Now to be clear, writing off a loan does not mean the government will pay it.. It means the investors eat it… Simply write it off their books…

They can easily afford to do so… it should still keep up their high profits regardless of no student loan money incoming…

And money that was coming into the 1% in the form of college loan payments, now goes to cars, or housing, or SHOPPING!!  Or maybe investments.

It’s as if the Fed said to you… “No more taxes.. Forget about it”… What would you do with all that money?

Republicans have been trying to get us to that point for years… But unfortunately the government needs that money to function..

However the 1% DOES NOT NEED ANYMORE MONEY… They are awash in too much already…   All they are doing is adding more gold coins daily to a mountain of gold they already have…

So by writing off every single educational loan in this country with the approval of both future Democratic Houses of Congress, Hillary can make America great again…

Making this her policy, can generate millions of volunteers to make that election sweep happen…  Even Red States will be CHEERING for her to win….

 

 

…unless you are Bernie Sanders, which makes him even more amazing than he already was… Out-raising Clinton?  Impressive. Not to mention blowing the doors off all feeble Republican efforts.

But I’m riffing on this topic today, so here it goes.

The reason is because a lot of progressive type people as well as far righters rail at their politicians for being what has often been titled “corporate whores”…

Doing whatever corporate donors ask and then getting a few bucks for it…

What most of you don’t realize, is that elected officials really don’t have a choice.  Citizens United changed the playing field so that ignoring BIG money kills you off early.

(Which is why we elect progressive type people and become dismayed to find they too gyrate to corporate philosophies faster than we can find their replacements..)

For new comers to this process, we should say, it was not always this way… There was a time when BIG MONEY was just a player like everyone else.  If they had good ideas, you listened.  If they were a crock, you ignored their pleas…

Citizen’s United changed that playing field by allowing dark money to invade any contest. Prior, one had limits on contributions each which alone would not sway an entire election, plus it had to be publicly disclosed…

Now if someone doesn’t like the “size of your nose”, they can secretly donate unlimited amounts to unseat you…  In local races it may not be effective.  Bryan Townsend (2012) trounced “Big Bucks” Tony Deluca who had paid a lot for slick pieces to land in every district mailbox every day a month before the election… It  sorta pissed people off.

But the threat of big money arising against you, makes you seriously weigh what normally would have been good sense legislation against that potential threat…

For example: do I dare stop this cancer causing power plant in the heart of Newark which will prematurely kill of 15,000 of our citizens over the next 50 years,…. or risk losing the next election due to dark money behind a dark opponent?

That would be a no-brainer right?  Those dead could be your children, right?  But no, it is not a no-brainer because you won’t be around in 50 years.  And if you vote against it, you definitely will have an all out fight to still be employed beginning the next election cycle..

So more than donated money itself, it is the threat of  potential money that has killed off all “pro-people” legislation.

Just like: the threat of getting stopped at a sobriety checkpoint….  chance of a 100 per million… makes you not drink too much before driving. Or getting a ticket from the camera pole, makes you not run a red light and instead sit at the corner for 3 minutes with no cars in sight; or eventually losing your license, makes you choose to pay at tolls instead of sneaking through the EZ Pass lane.

All those ridiculous things we do that defy common sense, we do because of existential threats. With Citizen’s United, the threat is real that if we do not side with corporate against WE, THE PEOPLE, we will lose everything we’ve worked for our entire professional lives….

This is why calling anyone, including Hillary, a corporate whore, is pretty lame… They have no choice really… Sadly it is like name calling a 13 year old who was forced to prostitute.. They could be a concert pianist had events gone differently for them… But we, have forced them into this situation… and as would any 13 year old rapidly figure out, you get killed if you don’t play the game, so you had better play it well because no one is coming to save you….

Unless it is YOU… Are YOU going to vote to end Citizen’s United?….. If not, shut your mouth… You are polluting the air with your breath…

The Guardian expressed it thusly:

$2.1 Trillion of the worlds wealth was erased on June 24, 2016.
Well, it was actually $2.09 Trillion.  We are supposed to be saddened; what a horrible decision Brexit was we are to think… In one day it cost the world $2.1 Trillion dollars…..

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But if you google $2.1 trillion (as I did for this article) you fail to find yesterday… (until I post this and then it will miraculously appear, thanks to Google)….

But you do see that $2.1 Trillion was ERASED from the world’s wealth as of August 26th, 2015.  Do you remember that?  I didn’t. Had to have my memory jogged.  But it did happen. and yet we can’t remember it?

You see that as of March 2015, US corporations were stashing $2.1 Trillion overseas to avoid taxes, something the Panama Papers showed us was endemic.  Have you missed that?  Apparently it is ongoing and is not such a great problem that anything has been done to solve it…

We find that in the last 6 years, our economy has only grown by $2.1`Trillion, while our debt has mushroomed $9 Trillion over the same time.   And life goes on, it really can’t be that much of a deal….

If anyone looks at the losses on the big exchanges and sees that they averaged down by 3.5% yesterday, with a little math, you would know then that the total global equity is then 60 trillion.  2.1 of which disappeared yesterday, and will eventually return.

Did your world change yesterday?  I have yet to find anyone’s whose did…..

Which means that $2.1 trillion as a part of wealth’s pie is inconsequential… They don’t miss it really, it comes and goes quite readily.

So that is the portion we need to shift through our tax laws from the elite back to society… We could probably do a lot more, but that would be a start that no one really could complain is costing too much…

But just for the record, if you took that non essential $2.1 trillion and divided it equally among all 7 billion of the world’s population, you would be printing 7 billion cashiers checks for $300 American dollars apiece.  That would go a long way in some of our most impoverished continents… Large families would do well.  Even in the US, a family of 4 would get a free $1200.

Yet no one cares when the rich people lose it… Even they don’t care…

So why are we not taxing sufficiently to meet our societies’ needs?  It is the one single thing everyone in the entire world needs to do…. Tax those who have the money…..

(At this point, some dork always says…. and give to the poor.)

No… build things. Lots of things and put your poor people to work making a decent living while doing something amazingly great for mankind….

By the way…. Bill Clinton put the cost at $3 billion for completely eliminating hunger in the world…. Brexit just eliminated 700 times that amount…. and no one really felt a thing… Think about that for a second….  Then think of what if feels like when YOU haven’t eaten for about 2 hours… then think about perpetual hunger, and that no one cares that we lost $2.1 trillion of the world’s equity wealth.

There is so much we can do…. We need to get started and to get started we need to change the tax laws so the rich pay more… Period… and there is no issue that cannot be fixed by doing this…. Every issue is money centered and we have the money… It’s just in the wrong account!…. Move it over and let’s get started….