The intent of this blog is to promote human equality, human progress, human peace and justice, and optimism. To accomplish this, to encourage the discussion of ideas after identifying and discovering problems, and then creating positive solutions for "we the people," in order to provide for the "general welfare" and "domestic tranquility" of America now and its "posterity" into the future. To encourage an emphasis on separation of religion and state for all, no matter if this is for those "of faith" in a Maker / Creator (Deists, God-loving people, Christians, various people of spirituality) and atheists or agnostics.

Posts tagged ‘Morning Joe’

Gun Issues Discussion on Morning Joe (4/9/21)

I don’t like statements (4/9/21) from those who speak with pessimism and saying, “getting to that middle ground [on gun control] in this political system.”  Perhaps he was correct, but this pessimism should not be happening because it does not give the American confidence in our system at all and that is exactly what Trump and the NRA want.  You are playing into the hands of the devil called Trumpican redneck white bastards.  I say this as an educator and no one wishes to listen.  STOP THE PESSIMISTIC prophesies and talk about SOLUTIONS that we can do in working together, even if that means getting rid of the GODDAMN … I am saying GODDAMN … filibuster in the U.S. Senate and other means (get rid of gerrymandering, get rid of fraud in the form of Republican electioneering in a voting area – as I have observed – and other means).  STOP THE GODDAMN PESSIMISM.  I am serious.

STop the statement, “it will never happen” when we CAN overcome obstacles.  An administrator at the college where I was a professor would say, “you run into obstacles, there are two ways around them  One is to make sure we learn how to jump over them and the other way is to find a way around it.”

REVIEW: Hooked, by Michael Moss, on Morning Joe (26 March 2021)

Interesting discussion on Morning Joe, 26 March 2021, regarding the impact of the food giants in creating the scenario of craving food and ultimately drugs, for the purpose of selling foods. The author interviewed was Michael Moss who wrote the book, Hooked.

The increased numbers of obese people and diabetics is the result of this. Without locating the exact sources, the evidence has been out there and pronounced in documentaries and other sources in the health field. Type II diabetes may be of genetic inheritance, but there are many who, with the genetics, have fallen to diabetes at an earlier age than the generation before this one, from which the genes were inherited. Fast foods were not part of the earlier generations. High fructose corn syrup, developed for the purpose of selling more Iowa corn by creating cravings for sugar, was not part of that earlier generation.

Add to this “food giant” quest from the perspective of love for money, hatred towards human beings and prioritizing money over humans, and we have what Moss described this morning on Morning Joe. Moss is not the only one who has written about this phenomenon.

Since when does hate override love in America to such a point that stupid jackasses like the Republican Congressperson from Nebraska and others, defend the 2nd Amendment by playing lip service to it with a hidden agenda of hatred of one another, especially the hatred of some white folks of those with colored skins. These people need to be locked up, along with those of the big food giants because they all, with love of money, create a hell on earth with divisiveness and pitting American against American. Then they use evangelical fundie religious s***s of people to place the fear of this earth and pushing everyone to go to a heaven, in order to get away from the hell they create on earth. They are lousy evil people. Jesus Christ made it known his distaste for the love of money. Paul repeated it in a letter to Timothy. These s***heads hide the truth, but the truth will set us all free, not send us off to heaven, based on the hidden agenda of human beings.

REVIEW: Morning Joe & book, The Whiteness of Wealth

Thank you, Dr. Dorothy A. Brown (author of The Whiteness of Wealth: : How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans–and How We Can Fix It), adding to the author, Heather McGhee (The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How we Can Prosper Together). The problem is evident with regard to taxes which are designed for the most wealthy individuals in America and that means white people benefit more. Well said.

My problem is in the sub-title of the book. As Stacey Abrams says, “we stand firm on our values, but can compromise on our actions.” I stand with Dr. Brown in the values of human equality which she points out in the title. I have some concerns about the part of the sub-title of “how we can fix it.”

Yes, Dr. Brown gives us some good insight on solutions for the problem. And we should all recognize her for coming up with solutions and standing forth with such solutions. Thank you, Dr. Brown.

My problem, though, for which I have written over and over again, is that people look at capitalism through the lenses and perspectives of the wealthy white people for more than 200 years now. They have played lip service to the ideas defined by Adam Smith whose intent was to change economics of supply siders who are white aristocrats since the Middle Ages (the Dark Ages). The industrial revolution, according to these people, is the result of capitalism. It’s the result of the aristocratic white folks who thought it would be nice to play lip service to Adam Smith. In fact, I argue that the industrial revolution has merely been a repeat of the agribusiness and agricultural plantation systems. The level of impact may have been better for the white Europeans who flocked her voluntarily to work in sweat shops where many died, but the concept is the same as enslavement of Africans. Yes. Slavery is far worse. No denial of that. But the CONCEPT is very similar. Do I make my point in this regard?

What America is facing, as a result of this twisted version of capitalism is something in which the wealthy Roosevelts tried to twist back and who is it that attacks such people? White wealthy ones which newspapers at the end of the 19h and beginning of the 20th Century identified as “fat cats.” I use those words, but sad to say, no one follows suit. Perhaps if I say, “white fat cats?” Sadly, there are many African-Americans who do follow suit with wealth and become “black fat cats,” too. As Whoopi Goldberg said, “we all need to get on the same page.”

Marx, too, opposed this capitalism defined by white supremacist aristocrats. To solve the problem, he suggested something which was adopted by the former Soviet Union in the same way the white aristocracy adopted capitalism to fit the status quo which had already existed. Whether czars or monarchies of Europe, it’s the same thing. Communists using the Marx ideas by playing lip service to them, but creating a the same type of centralized planned economic system which the czars had, but calling it something different and tossing away religion, due to the fault of religion being controlled by hypocrites, and proclaiming a religion of atheism. After all, religion was the “opiate of the masses.” Yes. But God and the spirituality of God is NOT the opiate of the masses. That’s the point people don’t get. Even the Founding Fathers in America, in spite of their embracing enslavement of a people, had a better idea than Marx with regard to their Deist beliefs.

Taking theologian, Adam Smith’s ideas, and turning those ideas to their own favor and continuing the status quo which favored their wealthy asses (they called assets), gave us the industrial revolution and the herding of people into cities and urban areas so they could create a caste system which favored their asses. They allowed small business to thrive in America, but it thrived best in rural areas, not urban areas where big corporate conglomerates and monopolies could rule and drive small business out of existence, creating the same type of centralized planning and control which the Soviets used and which now still exists in Russia. The communists only used black Americans for their own benefit to gain control of the world. Does one think they truly had the human condition in mind? Give me a break. Adam Smith found out that free markets create monopolies and this went against the ideas of Jesus Christ, so he changed his mind in his later years. However, the aristocratic white fat cats embraced Smith’s earlier ideas which give us this idea that “free markets” are good and overlooking what ultimately happens with “free markets” as competition in a capitalist economic system is destroyed and supply side monopolies which regulate the markets as they are able to, with s*** like Citizens United Supreme Court Decision, destroy (deregulation) government regulation – by a third party.

In this sense, These white fat cat aristocrats love deregulation because it means they can also invoke Jim Crow and other laws in “private business” and they work to stop the government from interfering, as we are watching as it happens today in Georgia (and other state) voter suppression laws.

Thus, I see tax reform through the lenses and perspectives I just defined. I agree with the author who spoke on Morning Joe. Tax credits are designed for the wealthy ones which consist mostly of white people. No doubt about this. My take on this is what conservatives in an earlier era in my life said and for which no conservatives today even mention, while CLAIMING to be conservative. There is too damn much of this political spectrum. People saying, “I have to follow what the conservatives are saying.” Or. “I have to follow what the liberals or progressives are saying.” Ultimately, the entire political spectrum is looking at this through false lenses and working to bring people aboard their “ship.” Even the liberals and progressives are doing the same and thus get attacked as being “socialists” or “communists.” Their values are good, but their solutions get sidetracked by false perspectives. I have yet to hear anyone, except some like Joe Scarborough, even come close to saying what the Progressive Bull Moose Party said in the teens of the last century. Who was the leader of this movement? Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

My solution is to abolish the income tax and the sales tax. Replace it all, at national and in states like New York, with the value added tax. It becomes a more transparent tax added to the value of products and not seen by the average person, including not requiring the bull manure of paper work which the average person in America needs to do to file income taxes. For small business people, too, this is better, plus the elimination of the sales tax. They sell the product at the price determined by manufacturer, producer and government. In addition to small business (or other businesses), government could reduce expenses, as well. Business and individuals no longer face a regressive tax which penalizes making an income and, if done properly, could lower the overhead and make for better profit margins, rather than looking for tax credits which help fund corporate welfare primarily for the white fat cats. Think of how much money it costs America to support, financially, tax collectors, accountants, and lawyers, so we have more money for education and healthcare for all, which is sorely needed as teachers, professors, nurses, are often the first ones on the chopping block of economics and commerce. How about putting accountants and lawyers on the chopping block instead and in the process, helping non-white people to succeed in a better human equality environment?

Again. Thanks to Morning Joe in bringing these authors to light. I hope we hear more about this.

Gender Wage Gap (Morning Joe, March 24, 2021)

Wish to solve the gender wage gap? There are solutions and a Federal minimum wage is NOT the answer. But does Professor Douglas Cornwell get the microphone on these analysis programs?

Ask a mother, now deceased, who owned a business back in the 1960s, about the damage done to small rural businesses when they are FORCED to pay the same wage which is paid in urban areas. This mother is no longer around to ask her. This woman was a Republican. Professor Cornwell, a Democrat today, sides with the Republicans and small business entrepreneurs with the idea of an across-the-board minimum wage, without considering the cost of living differences which impact ALL people, including female small business owners. Professor Cornwell has even spoken with a woman who owned a small business in URBAN Palm Beach County, too, and this woman is of the same mind as Professor Cornwell (common ground), even if Professor Cornwell got into an argument with this woman regarding Trump.

When listening to Morning Joe this morning, one recognizes talk ONLY about workers and no talk about those who run and lead small businesses in America. That sends a message that the only important people in America are those of the big corporate monopolies which were created by “free markets” and Reagan’s deregulation. These things and Professor Cornwell does NOT find common ground with Republicans. There may be no common ground with Kevin “Joe” McCarthy and his irrational approaches because he and others are too stupid to understand what it means about the goodness of government regulation of an economy called SUPPLY AND DEMAND. SURPRISE! That is not SUPPLY SIDE ONLY economics which was how things were run in the Dark Ages. As said, created by “free markets” which win the hearts of common folks by playing lip service to the idea of “capitalism.” These people mis-lead the people.

Professor Cornwell is not given the mike. But he served many years on the Florida statewide faculty union senate. He worked with a local union during negotiations. He has some experience in this.

The union faced a Republican-led Florida government which never accepted the ideas about cost of living when negotiating salaries. Is that why Democrats don’t go there is they know the Republicans refuse to be rational? After all, the Rick Scott administration in Florida was not rational when it came to unions and salaries.

When Professor Cornwell began teaching in New York, negotiations were done, not by a county-wide school district, but smaller school districts. Thus, one end of a county might have had a lower cost of living than one near an urban area. In this scenario, Professor Cornwell was paid nearly $2000 less per year than his wife, who was in a district which geographically sat closer to a larger urban area.

This is mentioned because, hearing about the disparities of the gender wage gap this morning and all people here is that the SOLUTION…. SOLUTION… SOLUTION… is only ONE SOLUTION – Federal minimum wage across-the board. Damn it, this is not the ONLY solution. But no one wants to hear it being said: UNIONS can also be the solution because they negotiate ACROSS THE BOARD on a contract and do not negotiate according to sex or sexual identity.

Then again, one can say that the teaching profession is identified a great deal with being one dominated by females. Teachers are paid less than other professions, as is the case with professions such as nursing. Yet, nurses sometimes know more than the male-dominated profession of medical doctors and medical specialists where the pay is much higher. Same with the male-dominated legal profession. (Note that every commercial about personal injury lawyers with all the money are males, not one female lawyer).

The point here? The issue is more complex and it is not discussed in detail, as with the problems surrounding why we build a wall on the border with Mexico and those who don’t like the results pick up their fucking guns and do mass murders, trying to defend what the hell they do with a mis-guided idea about what the hell the 2nd Amendment means. McCarthy on social media who proclaims what he believes and asks for a “whether we like what he says,” then takes a photo of the results which would favor him, never taking into account those who don’t agree and WHY they don’t agree. “Like” it or say nothing. (Example of Fairness Doctrine which no longer exists because it was destroyed by Republicans at a time when Professor Cornwell, then a Republican, called out, “Republicans are foul in doing this”). This issue about a gender wage gap is more complicated than simply putting a band-aid on it and ending up, as always, with a scar that continues to bleed.

Disgusting for an America which was once better than that and led the world as an example of democracy, as some try to work to join with Russia, China, Hungary, Poland, and other dictatorships in nations which SHOULD be democratic). Winston Churchill, who was a leader of a nation which was bombed by Nazis and many innocent people died, said: “Democracy is a very bad form of government, but all the others are so much worse.” IBM’s Thomas J. Watson was a benevolent dictator, which some might say is good. But like a monarchy, the benevolent one dies and the next one is often a real ruthless and vicious dickhead. The dickheads who took over after the death of Thomas J. Watson and his son destroyed something good. Putin is no different than Stalin or any one of the czars, all vicious and ruthless dictators.

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