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Brahms and Biden
Such accusations come nowhere near those made of the thrice-married, adulterous President of the United States who prides himself on his sexual prowess (check out affairs with Stormy and Karen, not to mention Marla … whom he was bedding while he was still married to Ivana) and from whom it is said that a friendly pat on the back sometimes dropped down a few inches becoming a squeeze of the butt.
(As of this moment, I have not made up my mind as to whom I favor for the Democratic presidential nomination ... but for reasons other than those discussed above, I am not leaning in Joe's direction.)
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Pillow Talk Amongst the Conways
trip to a bookstore, a book ordering site online or your nearest public library. Read the whole book!
YOU created “US.” It really is just that simple.’
The coal mines closed, the manufacturing that replaced some of the lost mining jobs eventually moved overseas, the unions left (check out lyrics to Billy Joel’s song “Allentown” on this subject), unemployment was rampant, mortgages were foreclosed, those who could afford to left the area, retail businesses closed, housing deteriorated, and what low level jobs remained were taken by non-white immigrants who were willing to work for the minimum wage while still qualifying for public assistance, and who rented housing at bargain prices. In this environment, crime and corruption (always present in Luzerne County) flourished. One resident commented that “the Italian Mafia was replaced by the Latino Mafia.”
And in comes Donald Trump with the Republican nomination in hand, promising, in their folksy and earthy language, to shake things up, and Luzerne County was glad to embrace him, even though the Republican Party, long a bastion of backward-looking conservatism, had no solutions either.
|Latino Softball League Flourishes in Wilkes-Barre|
But I am getting ahead of myself. Read the book! (Remember, that was "Requirement One.")
Requirement Two: In 2020, Democrats must not run against Donald Trump. We all know he is, was and always will be bad news. But many, many, others support him, despite all his faults. Arguing with his positions or what he says is impossible since he relies on lies, hyperbole, imprecise language and insults. Were such a contest being held in an academic debate environment, things would be different, but that is not an arena into which Trump, nor his Republican supporters, choose to enter. The same goes for rational journalists’ opinions, as voiced in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, PBS, CNN and MSNBC. They are worthless in debating Trump, who prefers the National Enquirer or brief twitter outpourings.
This should take the form of a three-pronged effort directed at removing the reasons why these good people turned to a fraud like Donald Trump in desperation in the first place. They attack the cause.
|Well paying, permanent jobs rebuilding and maintaining the nation's infrastructure are the answer, not burger flipping jobs at Wendy's|
The program should provide enough employment in both the public and private sectors, on a continuing basis, at good salaries, to replace the jobs that were lost in places like Luzerne County over the past thirty years. It must provide jobs over the broad spectrum of workers, including all ethnic groups, a factor which cannot be ignored. Income from these "infrastructure-related" jobs will filter down to the entire community as these dollars are spent.
Such economic rejuvenation, I believe, will sufficiently (although not entirely) erase the racism and bigotry which feeds on economic distress, and which Donald Trump harvested. It will lessen cultural differences, reducing the number of people "on welfare" and change the nature of those choosing to emigrate to what will be a no longer "distressed" Luzerne County. It won't be inexpensive, but funding for such programs can come from significantly increased taxes on the wealthy, involving a reversal of the tax cuts given them by Republicans in 2017.
The modest unemployment rate in the country, about which Republicans and the President boast, is an illusion because many of the jobs it reflects are minimum wage service jobs paying far less than is needed to support a family. Jobs at Burger King are not the answer.
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Luzerne County to the Democratic Party. They Love their Guns too Much!
That’s it, Democrats. Once again, recapitulating those three "requirements" ....
Then, and only then, will places like Luzerne County no longer be among "The Forgotten."
On Security Clearances (with apologies to Jared K.)
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Lonely in the Ballpark
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