US vs. THEM (PART II)
US vs. THEM (PART II) by Jim Quinn for The Burning Platform
In Part I of this article I discussed why the “Us versus Them” mindset permeates society and how Trump has become a lightning rod for hate. Now I will assess his progress in fighting the Deep State and try to peer into a murky future.
In addition to not being Hillary, the main reasons I voted for Trump was he promised to build the wall, he promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, he promised to end our foreign military interventions, he said he would bring fiscal sanity to the budget, he said the Federal Reserve had blown an immense stock market bubble, he questioned the fake economic data spouted by government drones, and he called out the fake news bullshit media. When I regularly assess his progress on these issues, the standard response from Trump acolytes is “Would you rather have Hillary?”. No, I would not. But that doesn’t get Trump off the hook for his failures in my book.
He can blame establishment Republicans and left-wing Democrats, but he had both houses for two years and did not get money appropriated to build the wall. Mexico didn’t pay for it. There are more illegal immigrants pouring over the border now than under Obama. The U.S. government is now dumping these illegals in cities across America. Trump bloviates at his weekly rallies, but this has been a miserable failure. He can blame the decaying rotting corpse of McCain for his failure to repeal Obamacare, but he failed. The medical industrial complex is still in control; premiums, co-pays and deductibles are higher than ever; bureaucracy expands; and the quality of care continues to decline. Another major fail.
He has massively increased our subsidies to the military industrial complex, while supporting the wars of the murdering House of Saud and the Israelis. He has surrounded himself with unhinged war mongering neo-cons itching for war with Iran, Russia and China. The appeals to patriotism are incessant on commercials, sporting events, and in the news. The great businessman adapted quickly to Washington DC math. Cut taxes for mega-corporations and billionaires, while increasing military spending by hundreds of billions, and not cutting anything, shockingly is leading to a $1.2 trillion deficit this year. He missed balancing the budget by just a smidgen. Of course, the Trump apologists now say debt doesn’t matter. But it does, and it will.
The most disappointing flip flop from Trump has been his complete reversal regarding the Federal Reserve. He declared the stock market as a big fat ugly bubble when the Dow was 18,000 in the summer of 2016. And he attributed the bubble to the recklessly low interest rates perpetuated by the Fed. Now he tweets daily about the great market at 26,000 and ridicules and scorns the Federal Reserve for raising rates to 2.5%.
He acts like a Wall Street shyster pumping a worthless Uber IPO with his blatant attempts to goose the market with fake news about the “imminent” trade deal with China. With a global recession imminent, he desperately needs a rising stock market to keep the plebs believing his great economy narrative.
I wrote articles month after month during the Obama administration proving the BLS and BEA were producing fake manipulated data to paint an untrue positive picture of the economy. Trump railed about the fake numbers during the campaign. Now he worships at the altar of BLS bullshit. The unemployment numbers, CPI and GDP are now unquestioned. Don’t dare question the tremendous economy narrative, or the Trump sycophants will attack.
Does anyone with two brain cells actually believe your everyday inflation is less than 2%? Home prices are at all-time highs. Apartment rent is at an all-time high. Car prices are at an all-time high. Tuition costs are at an all-time high. Healthcare costs are at an all-time high. Gas prices are up 25% this year and 25% since Trump took office. The price of beef and pork is up double digits. The corporate food companies reduce package sizes while keeping the price the same.