Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Trump and the Congressional Democrats

President Trump and the leaders of the Democrats in Congress have reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling and provide aid to the victims of Harvey.   According to reports some Republicans in the House oppose the plan, but Senator McConnell said he would support it.  This could be an important changing point in the Congressional gridlock that has besieged Washington since 2010, there are 48 Democrats in the Senate, if you count Sanders and King, and they seem pretty well united, while the Republicans with 52 seats are sharply divided along idealogical lines.   Moderate Republicans in the Senate together with the Democrats could provide a working majority to get things done, which is what Trump wants.  It will be interesting to see if this partnership holds, while in the House the so called Freedom Caucus seems willing to derail any legislation it disagrees with to prove their points, there are not enough of them to pass anything on their own, but just enough to prevent passage of most bills.  A similar partnership between Trump and Democrats could also arise.  A two thirds majority is not necessary in the House for passage of legislation so united Democrats together with moderate Republicans could strike deals leading to passage of needed legislation.  Fingers crossed!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Charlottesville 2017

What happened to the female protester in Charlottesville was tragic, wrong place at the wrong time, like the tree that feel on a woman and her children in Central Park, except that this was not an act of GOD, it was an act of pure stupidity on the part of a human being.  Why were these people in Charlottesville in the first place?  One hate group gathered to show their hatred of human beings they deem inferior, and another group gathered to oppose them, what ensued was mayhem, orchestrated by people incapable of rational thought and discourse.  Enter the media, and as usually happens, things are blown out of all proportion (except for the death of a human being).  The media has done what it always does, play the blame game, and since the media is totally biased, they blamed one side and ignored the other side, but the first thing the media did was blame Donald Trump, because the media hates Donald Trump.  I am no supporter of Mr. Trump but he did not cause what happened in Charlottesville and his statements in the aftermath are no more blame worthy than his predecessor's statements in the aftermath of violent protests over the previous eight years.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good to remember.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain – 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy) was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.