Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday Morning Comin' Down

"And the wrong words make you listen in this criminal world" Edition

Since virtually all teevee media is now Fox News or a pale imitation of Fox News, here is what the incoming White House Chief of Staff had to say about several things today on Fox News (with some emphasis added for fun and profit):
[CHRIS] WALLACE: President Obama opened -- seemed to open the door to major flips on policy this week in an interview with the New York Times, and I want to put up several of the things he said. He backed off his pledge to a point of a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, says he now has, quote, "an open mind" about pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, and he said that General Mattis who he is considering for secretary of defense may have changed his mind on torture.
Not "President Obama", Wallace.  "President-elect Trump".  I know Fox is infamous for "accidentally" attributing Republican failures and fuckups to Democrats, but Jesus Wallace.  
Here we go.


TRUMP: I said, what do you think of waterboarding? He said -- I was surprised. He said, "I’ve never found it to be useful."

(END AUDIO CLIP) WALLACE:  How flexible is Mr. Trump about the promises he made to the American people in the campaign?

PRIEBUS:  Well, look, it's not a matter of flexibility.  I think it's a matter of listening and declaring to the American people that, look, he’s not -- let me get -- if I can hit each one of them very quickly, I won't take up a lot of time.  But on the issue in regard to Hillary Clinton, his point there is he's not seeking methods and ways to persecute and prosecute Hillary Clinton.

But I would also tell you that if the attorney general and the Congress find evidence that would indicate that something needs to happen and our attorney general, Jeff Sessions, at the DOJ says something needs to happen, I would suspect that President-elect Trump is going to be open to listening to what that is, but ultimately it's going to be the DOJ's call.

Number two, as far as this issue on climate change -- the only thing he was saying after being asked a few questions about it is, look, he'll have an open mind about it but he has his default position, which most of it is a bunch of bunk, but he'll have an open mind and listen to people.  I think that’s what he’s saying.

And then the third thing, as far as General Mattis, a person he totally respects, one of the most decorated marines in our generation, and said, look, you would be better off with a pack of cigarettes and a cup of coffee than waterboarding, that was -- that was a very impactful statement from a guy that people ought to listen to.  And I think that's what President Trump is saying.

All in all, this package of statement is something that should give Americans just a total peace and hope that we've got a person in the White House that is listening to people, that is listening to the smartest people in America and wants to lead our country for all Americans.  In the meantime, we've got Hillary Clinton wanting to do a recount over 68,000 votes.

This is the contrast, a person who wants to look forward, not backwards. That's who you have in President-elect Trump.

WALLACE:  Mr. Priebus, thank you.  Thanks for your time.

Over on ABC, Failgunner Ted Cruz was teaching his children that if you just clap loud enough and grovel hard enough, that enormous turd in your mouth can start to taste just like the finest Belgian chocolate:
CRUZ:   ... And so I’m excited about working with President-elect Trump, working with the new administration to actually deliver on the promises we’ve made -- to repeal Obamacare, to lift the burdens on small businesses, to unleash energy, to...

[Martha] RADDATZ: Well, on that -- on that point, Senator Cruz...

CRUZ: -- confirm strong principled conservatives to Supreme Court justices.

RADDATZ: Since his election, Mr. Trump has changed his tune on some of those issues. He said he wants to keep certain provisions of Obamacare instead of repealing and replacing the whole law, that mankind may be causing climate change and he’s open to abiding by the Paris Accord, and that same-sex marriage is settled law that he would not try to have the Supreme Court overturn.

Do those changes in his tone concern you?

CRUZ: Listen, what I’m going to work to do every day is to try to work closely with the new president, with the new administration, and with my colleagues in Congress to deliver on what we promised...

CRUZ: ...Listen, the new team that Trump is bringing together is an impressive, serious team. ... And from my end, I want to do everything I can to help President Trump have an incredibly successful administration...

RADDATZ: I also want to just go back a little bit, back to the campaign, which, at times, was very bitter.

You had some very strong words about then-Candidate Trump. Listen to this.


CRUZ: This man is a pathological liar. He doesn’t know the difference between truth and lies. He lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth. The man is utterly amoral. You know, morality does not exist for him.


RADDATZ: Do you regret any of those words?

CRUZ: Well, listen, it was a hard-fought campaign. It was hard-fought on all sides. And it was vigorous till the end. But at the end of the day, the people have spoken...

And my focus is on the country. My focus is we have a new president. We have a mandate...

RADDATZ: I just want to go back to those words -- he lies practically every word that comes out of his mouth.  Do you still think Donald Trump is a liar?

CRUZ: You know, I’m not going to re-litigate the past. I’m going to focus on the future...
In incoming regime is making it perfectly clear that it is just not going to talk about all the shit that Il Douche said and did and all the ludicrous promises he made over these last 18 months.  

Period.  Full stop.

And it does not matter how bugfuck nuts Trump may be --

-- the media will go along, because face it, they're corporate employees on a very short leash and pissing off Washington's new lords and ladies is not in anyone's professional interest.

Which means it will once again fall to the unpaid, unloved dirty hippies to record, remember and resist the incoming tide of bullshit and bigotry and Both Siderism as the media spends every effort to forget what it dare not face, and normalize what it cannot forget.
We're learning to live with somebody's depression
And I don't want to live with somebody's depression
We'll get by I suppose
But any sudden movement I've got to write it down
They wipe out an entire race and I've got to write it down
But I'm still getting educated but I've got to write it down
And it won't be forgotten
'Cause I'll never say anything nice again, how can I?


While we all go looking for solutions and win-win scenarios, I thought maybe re-posting this from almost exactly eight years ago might be fun.

It had plenty of ideas that would still work if a sufficiently large number of people were to get behind them and push and pummel the shit out of the wreckers who want to stand in the way.

Yes, I have been doing this a long time (me from 11/17/2008):
Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

This was John Kyl in October talking about using 80 skajillion dollars of my munnies to bail out

Lenders and Brokers and Baers, Oh My!

This was John Kyl yesterday morning on Faux News talking about using a scant 3% of that 80 skajillion to help backstop the American automobile industry.
Kyl: The business model of Big Auto is a failure. And when I say “business model”, I mean that the fucking unions are to blame. For everything.

Wallace: Well then what about a second economic stimulus?

Kyl: Where does the money come from? From the American people. You can borrow it and saddle future generations, or print more money and inflate the currency.

driftglass: Or you could roll back some more of those huge Republican tax breaks for billionaires…

Kyl: Stimulus packages never work.
Alright, pour yourself some cocoa and put your feet up, because we have to have a little talk about how the economy actually works. Starting with why people like Kyl who are getting their Milton Friedman Memorial Underoos in a bunch over the idea of lending money to Big Auto (from the NYT) --
Top Republican senators said Sunday they will oppose a Democratic plan to bail out Detroit automakers, calling the U.S. industry a “dinosaur” whose “day of reckoning” is coming. Their opposition raises serious doubts about whether the plan will pass in this week’s postelection session.

Democratic leaders want to use $25 billion of the $700 billion financial industry bailout to help General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler.

Mr. Kyl, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican, added, “Just giving them $25 billion doesn’t change anything. It just puts off for six months or so the day of reckoning.”
-- are at the same time so sanguine about lending 30 times that much to companies like AIG.

It's simple: Republicans love White Collar men who smell of freshly printed currency, and loathe Blue Collar folks who have to shower after their shift is over.

In both sectors, large numbers of upper manager were and are criminally incompetent and deserved to be perp-walked to the top of the national debt and defenestrated therefrom.

In both sectors, some of the compensation packages are out of line, but when you compare union deals across the board -- whose work rules and legacy contracts have been on a renegotiated-downward arc for the last 20 years – with, for example, AIG using half a billion dollars of my munnies money to wipe their asses?
"The $500 million plan would benefit the very AIG executives who led the firm to the brink of collapse. To reward executives with exorbitant paydays after poor performance, and to do so even indirectly with taxpayer dollars, strikes most Americans as fundamentally unfair and a misuse of their money."
Or banks using my munnies to pay out dividends and bonuses
“Instead of increasing lending to thaw out frozen credit markets, for example, some banks have bought other banks. Instead of using the capital infusion to modify home mortgages and prevent foreclosures, many lenders continue to pay out dividends. In some cases, banks participating in the bailout program have given large bonuses to some employees.”
It would be hard to understand why the same people bailing out Big Finance (with oversight and reform string attached) would freak out over bailing out Big Auto, until you remember the Republican's inbred, bone-deep contempt for working people, which reach a full-throated peak under the Reagan Administration and hasn’t abated one decibel since.

Which is why when Byron Dorgan replies to Kyl with:
It was no-holds-barred in shoving money at the fucking bankers, but how about a fraction of that money to help save American jobs. Take 3% of the 700 billion dollars. What about workers?
It’s about jobs; 350,000 directly and 3-5 million working on the industry indirectly.
He is making exactly the right points and asking exactly the right questions, but even he is undershooting the impact of manufacturing on the economy.

For your own future reference, these are the numbers Dorgan is referring to, compiled not by wild, Hippy anarchists but by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
“Directly and indirectly, the economic breadth and contribution of the U.S. automotive industry is deep and far reaching across the country. U.S. automakers directly employ approximately 355,000 American workers and indirectly employ nearly 5 million additional jobs through related industries that are dependent on auto manufacturing, sales, and related activities. Over the last two decades, the automotive industry has invested nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars in the U.S. and is among this country’s top industries for R&D spending. Automakers also are among the largest purchasers of U.S.-manufactured steel, aluminum, iron, copper, plastics, rubber, electronics, and computer chips.”
Bad enough, but pause for a moment to consider the secondary ripple-effect that all of those manufacturing jobs – from plant managers to suppliers to dealers – have, in turn, on their local economies:
Manufacturing directly employs 14 million America and supports 8 million more.

Each manufacturing job supports as many as four other jobs, providing a boost to local economies. For example, every 100 steel or every 100 auto jobs create between 400 and 500 new jobs in the rest of the economy. This contrasts with the retail sector, where every 100 jobs generate 94 new jobs elsewhere, and the personal and service sectors, where 100 jobs create 147 new jobs.
Yes, around 350,000 are directly affected, and 3-5 million people work supporting manufacturing indirectly, but you also have to factor in the effect on your local dry cleaner when the finishing plant shuts down. And what happens to the corner grocer or restaurant owner when their regulars -- the sixty people down the block who make gear-ratio widgets for windshield wiper assemblies -- are all out of a job?

You cannot build a healthy economy on hotel sheet folding and paper-hat gigs. On moving money around on spreadsheets. People can’t buy homes, send kids to college or retire in an America where the only employment left is working for WalMart and selling each other haircuts, manicures and chicken dinners.

There is nothing at all wrong with those jobs: they’re honest, and the labor of those who work in the service sector is at least as honorable as that of any banker or broker. But pretending the endgame for an economy based on enriching a few billionaires and pauperizing everyone else into a permanent wasteland of nothing but low wage, WalMart work is anything other than a blueprint for the coming Corporate Feudal State is delusional.

To sustain a vital Middle Class that can afford to travel, buy presents for their kids, eat out and get their nails done, first:






If you have been awake and aware for the last 20 years you know there has been a relentless barrage of bad news about manufacturing; some of it true and justified, and some of it just fucking ridiculous. So while it is true that a lot of old-time, low-skilled, repetitive jobs got shipped abroad, it is also true that
  1. The survivors in American manufacturing have gotten lean, efficient and technologically advanced.
  2. These days more companies are likely to die out for the lack of a succession plan than from competition from across the Rio Grande or Pacific Ocean,
  3. The industry suffers at least as much from 20-years-out-of-date bad press as bad management.
So if I hear Good Liberals like Thom Hartmann ranting one more time on Air America that “We don’t make anything in America anymore!” I’m afraid I’m gonna to have gather up some of those 1.7 million people whose jobs are made possible by the over 11,000 manufacturing companies right here in my own back yard and go’ splain some things to him.


Now take it one step further.

Ever wonder why the President Elect is so adamant that we have to do health care, education and green energy all at once?

Well, there are a lot of good, compassionate reasons for picking those three, but if your goal is to save the Middle Class from extinction, then you…
Enact health care reform…to take the burden of wildly-overpriced employer-based health-care off the backs of American business, in order to make them more competitive in the global marketplace.

Enact education reform…because the days of a million high-school drop outs making a Middle Class living pounding anvils and running lathes is over; because the new good jobs (and the prosperity of the nation) depends entirely on a skilled and adaptable labor force.

Pour real money into a green energy portfolio…first, because tethering your manufacturing and distribution systems to a variable like oil which is controlled by hostile foreign powers is suicidal. Second, because somebody’s gonna have to actually man-u-fac-ture the solar cells, fuels cells, windmills and so forth.
To pull us back from the feudal abyss, all these pistons (and more) need to be firing harmoniously in a 21st industrial engine powered by manufacturing.

Yes, the Big Three automakers have been run by short-sighted dolts with ridiculous business models.

So has the financial sector.

So shut up and fix them already. This is a country that turned our mind and muscle to the job of cranking out millions of jeeps and tanks and ships and blotted out the sun with fleets of aircraft when the world needed them to defeat fascism. So hire the best, fire the worst, hold people to account for realistic goals, and move on.

Or as Paul Krugman said (more or less) on “This Week” :
If these were normal times, I’d day let them [the Big Three auto companies] go bankrupt. I very reluctantly, screaming, agree with bailout. Because of the frozen credit markets Chapter 11 becomes Chapter 7, which means liquidation. Which means it all goes “boom”.
If this were 1999 and we had 4% unemployment, I’d agree with you. But it’s not.
This is a really bad time to be doing long-run, virtuous things.
Back on Fox News, John Kyl does magnanimously offer to save at least one man’s job:
We Republicans wuuuuv Holy Joe Lieberman. He was so helpful as a 5th columnist, character assassin and McCain testicle cozy. And we’re gonna need a new footstool now that Liddy Dole is gone.
On “Face the Nation” Republican Bobby Jindal makes some sense
Jindal: We need to stop defending corruption that we would never tolerate in the other Party. Stop defending out of control spending that we would never tolerate in the other Party. Offer real solution to real problems.
While Human Irritable Bowel Syndrome Gingrich opines that Sarah Palin was awesomeness incarnate who got unfairly slammed by the dirty Commies.

Back on “This Week” Cokie Roberts worries that “The Netroots could be mad” about Obama offering Hillary Clinton the Secretary of State position, while The Shrill One “can’t get excited about the Treasury. There’s not a hair’s-breadth of difference between the people on the list.”

Will: But you also have to agree that the Gummint that runs Amtrak is incompetent to do anything ever. Congress is designing cars! No one wants one ‘a them new-fangled electo-motive horseless carriages called the “Chevy Volt” anyway, which is why there is a $7,500 bribe written into the tax policy to get people to buy the consarn thing

Donaldson: Now how the fuck do you nobody will want a car that isn’t even hitting the market until 2010?

Shorter Will:
I miss my 

Stanley Steamer.


Sally Rand.

And debtor’s prisons.

Then Krugman absolutely flays poor George Will to ribbons when Will tries to revise Depression-era history to conform to his clenched-sphincter, laissez-faire Conservative dogma.

Will: The reason things got so very bad in the Depression was that the Gummint made things so unpredictable that no one wanted to invest anything.

Krugman: Uh….no (says the 2008 Nobel Prize winner in economics). That’s not how I read history and that’s not what happened. What happened was that when you had 20% unemployment and factories standing idle, no one wanted to build new ones. Dumbass.

Will then sat in the corner for the rest of the show, muttering angrily about Coolidge.

That was 2008.

Now here is a little wisdom about "What To Do Next?"  from 2004. 


Kevin Holsinger said...

Good evening, Mr. Glass.

[Not "President Obama", Wallace. "President-elect Trump".]

In all fairness, Mr. Trump and Mr. Obama look very being the new black and all.

On an unrelated note, you heard about this, yes...

[TRUMP: Oh, I see. I might have brought it up. But not having to do with me, just I mean, the wind is a very deceiving thing.]

Be seeing you.

Cirze said...

How about "Driftglass for President?"

Love you guys!

Tanbark said...

Monica Lewinsky's got a great thing going, selling kneepads to republicans.

Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz…among the satisfied customers who've seen the light.

Robt said...

From out of all of this laid out. What stands out is that America could really use a new horizon. That being Green energy. I most certainly agree. We know why the fossil fuel overlords are against it. Even if it means sounding like Newt Gingrich talking to his 2nd wife about his first wife and why his third to be wife needs to just do as he says and not look at the failure he is.

We do know that green energy will displace many fossil energy jobs. Airlines, Tanks, many ships and boats even autos will continue operating from fossil fuels.. We recently heard Mitch "the Turtle" McConnell statement that he cannot bring back the coal industry and the demand for it. For The Turtle, he can use Government to bring back demand for bank schemes but can't seem to go out for coal like providing tax cuts for racehorse owners in his state.
Converting energy away from the old combustion engine scares the Dixie Flag sticker right off the good ole boys car bumper.
I can't think of any wind turbine springing a leak and poisoning the water supply to farms, rancher, residents and wildlife. Not sure I read any massive problems from solar panel arrays.
Don't get me wrong. Fossil fuels will be around for some time. No electric passenger jets around. Semis in the trucking industry aren't going to be replaced soon. Sending up rockets to the space station or new satellites. There will forever be a market for oil in the plastic industry. There will be displacement harms. The government can can be used to buffer this . As it could for the coal miners who sit with their propeller hats waiting for Reagan to return.
Many critics can get away in the left behind economy saying things like "no one wants to buy a chevy Volt". The only thing they have to back it up is that no one has the income or expendable money to purchase it.
We have all heard someone say it,
"who is going to buy their products when they keep outsourcing jobs to foreign countries, eliminating via technology, and contracting to the lowest bidder".
Isn't it obvious to the solar haters? We send a satellite out in space for 20 years, using solar to power it. Not nuclear power? Heck, big oil should be paying us to develop sola onto every American home and business. Oh, no utility company? Solar utility services and parts and improvements will be there. But how does the city and state get funding? If big oil isn't big who will funnel money into republican party campaigns. pay to keep Rush on the Am dial./ Who ?

If we could only start with a congress that wasn't so power hungry partisan and greedy. K street to congress and congress to K street.
the GOP in Congress in pursuit of making the president a failure won the presidency with Trump because the were successful at making America fail.

let me leave you with this , And I mean "Dig it".

proverbialleadballoon said...

Right, driftglass, it's about jobs, jobs, jobs, and insert good, respectable, and fairly compensated as adjectives in front of each of those jobs. 'The robots are going to come take your job' is a _real thing in ten or twenty years or in the case of fast food, next week. This is crunch time. The direction the country goes in the next ten, twenty years will determine whether this ends up dystopian nightmare (probably) or a land that integrated into the 21st century. And on a personal level, people are concerned about getting a decent career, something they can retire on and pay for the kids to go to college _today. China is leading in solar, other countries in Asia and Europe are known for something, leading the world in something green. And in the US, the best we can do is the republicans want to build an oil pipeline that will create 300 jobs for a month, and the democrats block it because it's an environmental danger. Obama got some green energy started, but the US is a joke when it comes to energy/the future. Certainly not known for leading the world in anything, and we're the flipping USA, more $ more power than any entity ever. driftglass was writing this in 2004, meaning we should have been doing this then, we are that far behind the world. The environment was my issue until around 2010, when I realized that we've gone past the tipping point or wouldn't act in time if it hadn't quite passed yet. We have to focus on the big issue, which is, the future is upon us. The republicans are going to start making things even worse for us come January. We got to _all get together and fight this, and if that means some racists joining the ranks, I'm okay with that, because we are going to need every man and woman that we can get. We need more people on our side, not less, because this shit could get real, real fast. The spectrum runs from bad to worse; 'actively breaking things and making it worse, as republicans do' being our _best case scenario! The time is now, and we need every man and woman that we can get, because if this goes worse case scenario, the other side is the one that hoards guns. And they are crack shots, let me tell you, and they are the ones who would willingly put the boot to the face, forever. And getting back to 2016 the issue that overrides all others is jay oh bees that are viable not only today but twenty years from today. There's a big hole there. The federal government can literally work wonders, NASA and Tennessee Valley in the 21st century. More people need to see that, or we are right fucked, seriously, all of us. We need to get this done today, because we need to win the election in four years, because if the republicans get 8 years of governance, it is going to break this country's back.

proverbialleadballoon said...

I don't know if you're dismissing and calling me a douche, but if push came to shove in this country, we would lose and lose hard. Republicans know this! which is why they work to break the government. There's a certain subset that wants democracy to fall and the United States government to fail, so that they can rule over the ashes. Fascism would seize the middle part of America, Chicago would get taken, there's rednecks from 1000 miles in any direction that want a piece of Chicago. There's no action on climate because that's where all the liberals live, on the coasts. America would get split, democracy on the coasts, fascism through the middle, and that's a losing position, split in the middle. Eventually fascism would win. Do you want to get lined up against a wall and shot, in fifteen years, for being a liberal intellectual, because the ideas rattling around in your head can't be allowed to see the light of day? Not me. Republicans literally want to destroy America, and us in the process. They want to break it because then they know they'll win. Liberals and Democrats getter get that through their thick skulls.

keith gargus said...

Slightly O/T, but the most unforgivable thing Holy Joe ever did was roll over and present his genitals to the alpha wolf in the VP debates. I have never seen such a cowardly, more traitorous act in politics.