Sunday, July 21, 2019

Impeachment, a Snail's Testicles and a History Lesson


When to Impeach


Months ago, when addressing the question of impeaching the P.O.S. in the White House, I set a deadline at the end of July.  My thinking was that if by then, hearings in the Democratic House and ongoing litigation did not bring out enough negative information about him to bring sanity back to Republicans in both Houses and the public as well, it would be time for at least an “impeachment inquiry,” if not an actual impeachment action, to be called for.  Ten days remain before that deadline.

Such action in the House would not be subject to the interference of the Department of Justice’s continuing to act illegally as the President’s protector in advising him not to cooperate and insisting his high office precluded his indictment.  Thus far, the Administration’s stonewalling, delaying tactics (including the President’s racism which caused Democratic energies to be temporarily directed away from exposing him) and ignoring of subpoenas have succeeded in preventing this hoped-for return to sanity from occurring.  There are just ten days left during which something might happen, including revelations concerning any connection between the P.O.S. and Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual history.  I doubt if things will change before August rolls around.

Timing is up to Nancy Pelosi
The House, I believe, will act in this manner according to some deadline existing in the mind of Nancy Pelosi.  It might be later than the one I impose.  Nevertheless, it will happen.  Unfortunately, the “impeachment inquiry” or actual impeachment against the President will take a long time, ultimately fail in the Senate, even with the truckloads of evidence which will be revealed in House hearings, finally freed of Dep’t of Justice obstructionism.  The President and the Administration will respond with lies and bluster, Americans will watch the NFL on TV, and the clock will continue to run with nothing really being accomplished.  It will all come down to the 2020 Presidential Election.
 
By then, the Democratic Party, despite claims and efforts to the contrary from Trump and on Fox News, will be united in their agenda of passing legislation to benefit the vast majority of the American people including:

health care guaranteed for all Americans, “real” tax reform, student loan relief, public school improvement, women’s and minority rights, humane immigration reform, realistic gun violence solutions, drug pricing regulation, infrastructure improvements, economic opportunity, living wages, honest regulation of banks and the financial sector, protecting the environment and dealing with climate change.

But the focus for those interested in removing the President from the White House via the election process will be on YOU.  You must take personal action!  It’s not going to happen without YOU.   Listen Up!

     1. If you are residing in a State whose electoral votes are up for grabs (Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, for example), sign up to register voters.  That’s where the election will be won.  Devote your energies to getting enough new voters registered to carry your State.  Until election day, that is your priority.  Call the nearest office of the Democratic Party for information on being trained to register voters.

          2. If you are residing in a State whose electoral votes are highly likely to go to one party (New York, California, Mississippi, North Dakota, for example), donate money to the Democratic candidates in close Senatorial campaigns in other States.  The Senate must be won!

That’s it.  Let’s see what happens by July 31, and what moves Speaker Pelosi makes.

(Some of you have asked why I occasionally refer to the President as a P.O.S.  If anyone “official” asked me what that meant, I would answer “President of Only Some.”  In the minds of many, of course, it also stands for what the French would call a “Morceau de Merde.”
Jack Lippman

 
Crawl Under the Rock, Donald

The P.O.S. has characterized Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments, with which many Democrats also disagree, as a disgrace to the country.  But a far greater disgrace to the nation is a President who tells American citizens, including Members of Congress, to “Go Back Where You Came From.” 

It is devoutly wished that the President would crawl back under the rock from which he crawled when he decided Americans were gullible enough to elect him President.  Once he does that, perhaps sanity might return to the Party which sold its soul to racists in an attempt to guarantee its Congressional seats.  

JL


An American History Lesson

The founding of this country in 1776 involved such high-sounding ideas as liberty and freedom.  When the Constitution was ratified thirteen years later it included compromises which recognized that liberty and freedom had different meanings for different Americans.  That is why we have three distinct branches of government, and a two-house legislature, one house of which (the Senate) was not popularly elected originally, and of course, neither is the President to this day.  Much power was left to the States.  The reasons for these compromises were the institution of slavery in half of the country and basic philosophical difference between aristocratic Virginian planters and mercantile-oriented economies in the North as to what liberty and freedom meant.

Tensions grew, centering on tariffs, banking but most of all on the expansion of slavery as the nation grew westward.  Behind this all was the conflict over what freedom and liberty really meant.  This culminated in the Civil War, after which the definition of these two words was expanded through the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to include those who had formerly been slaves, the property of others.  

These noble and well-intended Amendments were the foundation of what was called “Reconstruction.”  Here they are.  (Highlighting is mine):

AMENDMENT XIII - Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.
Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.
Section 1.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


AMENDMENT XIV - Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.
Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Section 2.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, (Changed to age 18 by section 1 of the 26th amendment) and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3.
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4.
The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


AMENDMENT XV - Passed by Congress February 26, 1869. Ratified February 3, 1870.
Section 1.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude--

Section 2.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.



But Reconstruction failed.  


Andrew Johnson, who survived
impeachment over his approach
to Reconstruction
Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson, never really supported it.  The old “powers that be” in the defeated Confederacy managed to find ways to negate these Amendments. Liberty and freedom in those States, now again part of the “union” from which they had attempted to secede, were curtailed by state “Jim Crow” laws, poll taxes, voting restrictions and segregation of supposedly “separate but equal” facilities … which while separate, were never equal.

And so, the old conflict about what liberty and freedom really meant, and how they were applied to individual citizens, simmered on.  Those who preferred things the way they were before the Civil War organized into racial groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, gaining dominance in State legislatures and in Washington as well.  Their feelings toward the freed slaves had expanded by the beginning of and well into the twentieth century to include the tide of immigrants coming to the United States.  They were not part of what it was like before the Civil War either.

LBJ signing 1964 Civil Rights Act
After the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963, his successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Texan, recognizing the continuing conflicts in defining freedom and liberty in the United States over the previous hundred years, engineered the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  This strong and clear Act of Congress firmly implemented the intent of the three century-old Amendments to the Constitution printed above.  It officially legislated the end of segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

But those who liked things the way they were before that Act was passed, and in fact were still fighting the Civil War (they still call it the War between the States, legitimizing the secessionist position) would not give up.  In various State legislatures, laws were passed that attempted to creep around the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and even avoid violation of the Thirteenth, Foutteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.  Usually, the Supreme Court supported those Amendments’ language and the language of the Civil Rights Act, 
Our White House P.O.S.
  More like Andrew Johnson than
Lyndon Johnson
but these reactionary forces, under the banner of trying to “Make America Great Again,” have recently made sufficient inroads into the Senate (where Supreme Court Justices are approved) to be of great concern.  As a result, the Court’s continued support of liberal interpretations of what liberty and freedom mean in America is now in doubt, and this extends to crucial areas such as gerrymandering and other restrictions of voting rights which the aforementioned Amendments guaranteed.

The “bad guys” will never disappear, and though he was no angel himself, Andrew Jackson warned us all in his farewell address in March of 1837,
Andrew Jackson
using a trite but true quotation attributed to many, that 
“eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.  It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal government.”   (Today, this "price" includes your involvement in voter registration and other activities related to the 2020 Presidential election.)

JL



What is Lower than a Snail’s Testicles?

This may not be of interest to those of you outside of Florida, but it is indicative of the low-life which calls itself the Republican Party in Florida.  The local Palm Beach County G.O.P. just disinvited Anthony Scaramucci from speaking at their upcoming luncheon because he objected to the President’s clearly racist remarks. Wow!

And here is an editorial from Saturday’s Palm Beach Post.   Last year, Floridians overwhelmingly voted to return citizenship rights, including voting, to felons (other than murderers and sex offenders) who had completed their sentences, as is the case in most of the rest of the civilized nation.  This caused the Republicans to panic and attempt to override this public mandate with corrupt racial legislation. It is now in the courts, where the Republicans just attempted to contaminate the judicial process by attempting to disqualify the judge hearing the case.  

Bottom line:  Florida’s Republican Party, including the governor and the G.O.P. majorities in both legislative houses, are all somewhat lower than a snail’s testicles.  CLICK HERE  to read the Editorial, which explains it all.
JL


Friday, July 19, 2019

Cracker Barrel and Sunday at Nine


Fun at the Cracker Barrel


Along the major Interstate highways in the United States, the ones primarily leading into the Southern States, one cannot avoid coming across the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants.  They are very American, serving wholesome food with a rural Southern accent, and always have a gift shop attached featuring all sorts of stuff, much of which, like the for-sale rocking chairs lining their porches, is in the rural American style. 

On each table you’ll find a wooden pegboard game, using golf tees with which to amuse yourself while waiting to be served.  It’s a fun game and many, like myself, have purchased one at the cash register, and have mastered it, and impress any guests with whom I might find myself at a Cracker Barrel.  Their food really isn’t bad.

The object of the game is to remove the pegs from the board by jumping over them until only one peg remains. To an unpracticed novice, that’s difficult.  But what I want to point out is the inscription burnt into the wood on both sides of the game’s base.  It appears as follows: 

 

                                                          
                                                             ”JUMP ALL BUT ONE GAMES”
                                                        JUMP EACH TEE AND REMOVE IT
                                                     LEAVE ONLY ONE – YOU’RE GENIUS
                                                   LEAVE TWO AND YOU’RE PURTY SMART
                                              LEAVE THREE AND YOU’RE JUST PLAIN DUMB
                                                  LEAVE FOUR OR MOR’N YOU’RE JUST PLAIN
                                                                   “EG-NO-RA-MOOSE”

                                          CRACKER BARREL                       OLD COUNTRY STORE



What I am getting at is the intentional use of misspellings and bad grammar in this game.  Everything in a Cracker Barrel is associated with “Americana.”  In putting this game on every table, the message is that it’s okay, in fact it’s very “American” to be ignorant, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.   And that is why most of the States with a profusion of Cracker Barrels cast their electoral votes for Donald Trump in 2016 and will again in 2020.  The same ignorance and gullibility required to support Trumpublican candidates, including the President, is pandered to by the pegboard games in the Cracker Barrels.

Of course, I’m not saying that Cracker Barrel’s game consciously has a political motive.  What I am saying is that Cracker Barrel knows what pleases its customers along the Interstates in places like Georgia, North Carolina and Missouri.  And of course, Donald Trump does too.
Jack Lippman

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Mueller Report

Sunday Night at 9:00 p.m., Eastern time, be sure to watch MSNBC to find out what is in the Mueller Report.  It really is too massive a document for most to digest, but MSNBC will give it a try!   All Americans should watch it.  Sunday, July 21 at Nine.

Read What We Wrote


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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Go Back Where You Came From" and Two Columns



If You're Not Jewish, You Don't Have to Read This 

Throughout my lifetime, with rare exceptions, I have voted for Democrats.  Where I grew up, in a basically Jewish neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, most voters, wrong or right, were enraptured by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and voted that way.   Any Jews who voted Republican, it was understood, did so because their accountants had told them the G.O.P. stood for lower taxes and that was reason enough for them to vote Republican.  They voted “their wallet.”   But historically, regarding matters Jewish such as anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and the newly established State of Israel, there was no difference between Republican and Democratic positions.  But such is not the case today.

While both parties officially recognize the importance of remembering the lessons of the Holocaust, there are a surprising number of Americans who do not, and they have found a home in the right wing of the Republican Party.  Also, the Republican Administration has taken positions allied with Israel’s right wing, ignoring those who feel a two-state solution, providing for Palestinian autonomy, is the only real road to real peace there.  And quietly, American anti-Semites recognize that the President’s Charlottesville comments and his “Go back where you came from” insults, while not specifically directed at Jews, tell them that their votes belong in the Republican, and not in the Democratic, column.  While this is certainly enough to steer Jews away from the Republican Party, they are uncomfortable because of the presence in the Democratic Party of a few with strong pro-Palestinian opinions, bordering on anti-Semitism.  We do not live in a perfect world. 

Let me now direct a few words at Jews who support Donald Trump.  They include some of my Florida neighbors who believe Trump’s moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem and blindly supporting Benjamin Netanyahu are reason enough for them to support him.  They include those who today follow a kind of
Adelson
Judaism which calls for the re-establishment of Israel’s ancient biblical borders and even the expulsion of non-Jews from Israel.  They include multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson who uses his casino-based fortune to support Donald Trump.  All of you - LISTEN! Listen to Trump’s magic words!

“Go back where you came from.” 

Yes, “go back where you came from.”  These words have been shouted at Jews throughout history wherever they fled during the Diaspora.  They have been shouted at Irish immigrants fleeing oppression and starvation in Ireland.  They have been shouted at Italians, Greeks, Poles and today, at those who come from failed nations below our Southern border.  They have been shouted at Blacks attempting to enter previously segregated schools and public facilities.

Anyone who utters those words, and that specifically means the President of the United States, regardless of to whom they are directed, is an enemy of the Jewish people in the United States and elsewhere in the world.  Their excuses and rationalizations are worthless. Those who utter such words are capable of initiating pogroms and building extermination camps.  Fools like Sheldon Adelson should find better ways to spend their money than to support Donald Trump.  Sooner or later Trump’s anti-Semitic, white nationalist, supporters will spit on Sheldon Adelson and tell him in the President’s words, to “Go back where you came from.” 

Proudly, 
Jack Lippman
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"People Are Saying" ...

Alleged claims that are prefaced with vague attributions such as “People are saying that …” or “There’s a lot of talk around that …” are worthless.  Of course, they would be inadmissible in a court of law, and similarly should be ignored when they appear on the internet or in other media, even when spoken by the President of the United States, who knows to use such prefaces when he lies … so the lie cannot be directly attributed to him.  

Contrary to this are well documented claims such as the videos of Donald Trump "socializing" with female guests at Mar-a-Lago back in 1992 in the company of his friend at the time, sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein.   (Seek out these videos by doing a Google search.)                                 
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Two Columns for Your Attention

Two recent Washington Post columns are worthy of your attention.  Dana Milbank writes of the unity Donald Trump has brought to the Democratic Party and Michael Gerson, conservative and former Bush speechwriter, talks of opposition to the President.  It will be time well spent.

CLICK HERE to read the Gerson column and CLICK HERE to read the Milbank column. (Columns courtesy of the Palm Beach Post website.)


And speaking of newspapers, the Vindicator, the only daily newspaper serving the greater Youngstown, Ohio, area (about 600,000 people live there) has gone out of business.  Other papers have gone the same route.  More will follow.  News on the internet or on radio or television is not the same as daily news in print.  If democracy is to survive, a free press is necessary.  It is a patriotic act to subscribe to your local newspaper.  Please do so.  (Usually they are accompanied by enough supermarket discount coupons to cover the price of a subscription!)
JL

Monday, July 15, 2019

Go Back Where You Came From ... and more!



Go Back Where You Came From!”  

That has been the cry of bigots and racists throughout American history.  It was shouted at Irish, at Jews, at Italians, at anyone who spoke with an accent or whose skin was darker or “swarthier” than those with “Nordic” complexion and hair color.  (Read the book, “The Guarded Gate” to understand how such bigotry became institutionalized in the United States.)  And now the President of the United States has spoken those words.


“Go Back Where You Came From!”  Those who shout those words today are not real Americans.  They may be citizens but they do not share the values of real Americans as envisioned by the nation's Founding Fathers.  They do not deserve to be called Americans.  And this includes the P.O.S. occupying the White House.  Oh, he is a tricky son of a bitch.  Once made aware that his racist remarks might hurt him in the long run, he backed off to mere criticism of his targets’ positions adding a few words to make his bigotry sound like little more than an acceptable pro-Israel position, which might please some of his supporters.  But his words cannot be taken back.  “Go Back Where You Came From!”  They sting any real Americans who recall the immigrant stock from which their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents came, and who were the recipients of such taunts.

These are the subjects of the President's racist attack..  Three of these Members of Congress "came from"
or were born in the United States and the other was brought here as a child with her immigrating parents.

Trump is a racist.  The words were his. “Go Back Where You Came From!”  Any Americans who agree with him (exempting descendents of Native Americans who were already here before the Mayflower or Columbus arrived) are not real Americans either.  Shame on any Republicans who fail to denounce the President and those who support him.  They may not be real Americans either.

All real Americans should think of the words with which Congressional Counsel Joseph Welch addressed Senator Joseph McCarthy (now both deceased) at the time of the famous anti-Communist Senate hearings in the 1950’s.  They appear below.  Decency?  Joseph McCarthy had none and neither does Donald Trump. (Oddly, both men were coached by the infamous Roy Cohn, later disbarred from practicing law.)



It is incumbent on the real Americans who read this to do their utmost to see that the President is either removed from office by impeachment or defeated at the polls in 2020 along with any candidates who support him.  That is the solution, and if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Jack Lippman
                                           
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Things Never to Forget!

While the Mueller Report did not see fit to charge the President with obstruction of justice, it very specifically did not exonerate him either and it said so, despite the comments of flunky Attorney-General Barr.  And in detailing Russian involvement with our 2016 presidential campaign, it documented many unsavory connections with the Republican campaign although none reached the level of actual cooperation.  But the proven criminal activities of campaign head Paul Manafort and National Security advisor Michael Flynn, both convicted felons because of their activities in this area, cannot be ignored. Both were close to and initially supported strongly by the President.  Read the Mueller Report.  Watch MSNBC at 9:00 p.m. (EDST), Sunday evening, July 21 to have it explained to you in great detail.

What Socialism is not:  Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other government benefit programs, some paid for in part by participants and others funded entirely by taxation, are normal functions of government, as are the numerous government agencies involved in the safety of our nation and the regulation of our economy for the benefit of all Americans. That is NOT socialism.

What Socialism is:  The ownership and operation of an economy’s means of production and distribution by the government.  It is possible for this to exist in a democratic nation, if the voters so choose.  When it is imposed on a nation in an undemocratic manner, it is Communism.

What Trumpublicans Attempt to Do:  Try to make Americans believe that government of the people, by the people and most importantly, working FOR the people … is synonymous with socialism, in its communist manifestation.  As usual, they lie. (and those lies are not intended for you, but for their pertpetually misguided supporters.)
JL

Friday, July 12, 2019

Wealth Redistribution, an Interesting Column and Going After Illegal Immigrants


Trump's War on Illegal Immigrants

The government is going after undocumented immigrants, here illegally.  This is not a new problem.  Previous administrations dealt with it by not bothering to go after those “illegals” whose only crime was being here illegally while still hunting down and deporting those who had committed other more serious crimes.  

Many “illegals” have been here for many years, have jobs and are well integrated into the country’s socio-economic fabric.  But many of their families consist of immigrants and their children who are perfectly “legal” and perhaps some who are not.  Distinguishing which are which in a household would be difficult.  We are talking about over 10,000,000 undocumented individuals (of which 75% are part of the country's workforce) and going after all of them appears to be an enormous task.


But even seeming to go after them, however, fits in well with the President’s animus toward immigrants which appeals to the racist and nationalist feelings of some of his base of support.  That is why he is doing it.  His failed effort to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census was part of this.  He wants to be re-elected!   

Latino Shopping Center
The net result of this is that immigrants, illegal and otherwise, particularly if they fit the ethnic profile Trump’s racist supporters have in their heads, are fearful.  Their thoughts extend to worrying if their family might be disturbed or even gone when they get back from work, school or shopping, or that they themselves might not make it back to their home.  This is particularly frightening for children in these households.

Should we answer the knock on the door?

I cannot help but compare the possible feelings of many in Latino neighborhoods in this country with that of Jews in Nazi Germany in the early days before they were violently exposed to the more dreadful aspects of persecution.  A knock at the door at night or someone asking a question equivalent to “Where are your papers?” is in their minds.   
 
It might be enough, though, the Trumpublicans think, to keep Latinos from registering to vote, participating in the Census, applying for a driver’s license or having fear of doing anything which might expose them to government involvement and possible scrutiny.

But that’s just fine with the President and his gang.  They are looking for an Election Day payoff.


Jack Lippman



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Democrats!  Liberals!  Progressives!  Ex-Republicans! ... Don't be smug or self-assured!  Your country's future is on the line.  Spend as much TV time watching FoxNews as you do watching MSNBC or CNN!  See first hand the poison which has infected the minds of those who support the P. O. S. in the White House ... and who actually put him there in 2016 and will try to do so again in 2020!   Then, personally, get off your butt and become politically active!  Now!
                                                     

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Wealth Redistribution - Then and Now

We hear a lot about “wealth redistribution” these days.  It’s not as simple as it seems and not just a matter of progressives being in favor of it and conservatives opposed to it.

When operating properly, our capitalist, free-enterprise, economy provides for wealth redistribution!  Companies make money and distribute some of it to the shareholders who have taken the risk of establishing and owning the company.   Some of it is distributed to the company’s employees in the form of salaries, benefits and pensions, the assumption being that a full-time employee’s share of the money, thusly received, is enough to support their family in a decent manner.  This is the way it is supposed to work and has over the years, making the United States an economic and social powerhouse.

Over the past quarter of a century, however, there have been a few changes in this pattern of success.

(1.)       The risk-taking shareholders have been replaced in large part by disinterested investors including banks and funds who treat their shares of ownership (and ownership of a company’s debt as well) as tradable commodities usable to make a profit, not for the company’s benefit itself, but for their own benefit.  There is nothing wrong or evil about this.  It just is not the way things used to work.

(2.)       And following this pattern, income of the top executives of successful companies and of the companies which own their shares and debt, has risen to unconscionable levels, reducing the amount of a company’s money to distribute to for employees.  There is no justification for annual corporate salaries to be in the tens of millions of dollars and thousands of times the median salaries of a company’s employees.  Shocking as it might seem, paying someone an annual salary of merely two or three million dollars is not an obscene idea, although to many corporate executives, it would so seem.

(3.)       The availability of full time jobs, adequate to support a family in an decent manner, has shrunk due to less costly overseas labor, technology enabling jobs that once required many to do them now requiring only one or two employees and finally, the replacement of employees by “independent contractors” who act as employees but rarely share in a company’s money in terms of benefits and retirement plans.

If there is to be a redistribution of wealth in our country, the traditional way of accomplishing it as described in the second paragraph above will no longer work.  Wealth redistribution can no longer be accomplished by the mechanics which govern the private sector.  Money cannot be counted on to “trickle down” as economist Arthur Laffer believed a generation ago. 

We very well may end up with wealth redistribution being accomplished by increasing taxation of companies, and companies which trade in companies as well as the income of highly paid executives and those who profit excessively from investments.  The government would then “redistribute” this wealth by reducing or even eliminating taxes in the lower income brackets and greatly subsidize government plans such as Social Security, Medicare and any future health insurance programs as well as providing free education, including college tuition, for all.   Finally, income should be guaranteed at some level for retirees and those for whom the economy does not provide job opportunities due to technological advances and the outsourcing of jobs due to labor costs. 

The net result of all of this might be a redistribution of wealth with a net result similar to the old way as it is described in the second paragraph above.

Your thoughts are welcome.
JL

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A George Will Column

Democrats who are trying to nail down the direction in which their party must go to defeat Donald Trump might find conservative (but anti-Trump) George Will's recent column in the Washington Post interesting.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE COLUMN    You'd be surprised as to whom he thinks should be the Democratic nominee!
JL