All about the money
The reason the country is going the way it's going is money. The haves have it and those that don't want some. The old mantra about rising tides didn't work then, and won't work now. It seems the GOP has done everything in its power to stop the middle class in its efforts to get better. It tries to break up unions and enact laws for the right to work, which means to work cheaper.
The 40 percent who think that Trump will make these things happen should look at the countries that are like what Trump wants to make America. Dictatorships aren't what the founding fathers had in mind. They had a good start and it has worked for a long time.
Hot Springs Village
Nation divided itself
To our young people: Your parents and grandparents have divided themselves into two warring camps. One camp stands for limited government and the market economy, the other for human rights and a compatible government. The first gets its news from Fox News and talk radio, the second from mainstream media.
A little history is informative. The stock-market crash of 1929 put millions of people out of work and brought on the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Republicans in Congress did nothing to alleviate the hardships. The election of 1932 swept the Democrats and Franklin Roosevelt into office. We did not fully recover until the spending of World War II. Our debt-to-GDP ratio grew to 120 percent in 1945. It is only about 100 percent now.
Republicans want smaller government and lower taxes, especially on the rich, who they think create our jobs. Not true! Demand (spending for goods and services) creates our jobs. Democrats want to make the investments now that will grow our economy (GDP) for your grandchildren's future. Republicans would rather leave it up to the rich.
Our GDP grew 12.56 times from 1945 to 1980 under Democrats and demand-side economics. President Reagan lowered taxes on the rich to 28 percent, and for the next 35 years our GDP grew only 6.33 times under supply-side economics. Had we stayed with demand-side economics, I believe our GDP would now be in excess of $35 trillion. Supply-side economics has failed us.
The Reagan administration abolished the Fairness Doctrine, which aided the birth of Fox News. So now we are a divided nation, neither side listening to the other. This is not who we are. We need to return to fairness in broadcasting where each side debates on all channels.
The hearing charade
This is about Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a decorated Army officer assigned to the National Security Council in the White House, who testified before the Schiff impeachment committee. He did not like President Trump's phone call to the Ukraine president.
Some have attacked his testimony. And they have been criticized because he is a decorated Army officer. Being a decorated officer has nothing to do with it.
I too am a decorated Army officer. I served in Vietnam. Maybe I should have put on my old uniform and contacted Schiff and told him I would like to testify before his committee because I was not in full agreement with the president's phone call.
But do you know what? Vindman's and my positions on the phone call don't amount to a drop of warm spit.
There were times when I disagreed with my superiors--especially in the Pentagon. Did I tell Schiff or somebody in Congress of my feelings? No, I told my boss of my feelings, clicked my heels together and went back to work.
I strongly resent Vindman wearing his dress uniform at a political event such as Schiff's committee. It should be pointed out that officers who work for the National Security Council wear civilian clothes and not their uniforms. I believe this was all about Schiff's charade.
As a witness, Colonel Vindman came across as pompous. He corrected Congressman Nunes for calling him mister. He chided him that it's lieutenant colonel. He was an embarrassment to all men and women in uniform.
Treason, bribery, and other crimes and misdemeanors? No way.
My father was a World War II naval officer, and what separated him from his Nazi counterparts was that he would not commit war crimes. Now we have a commander-in-chief who was afraid to serve in the war of his generation who has had the Secretary of the Navy fired because he failed to condone a war crime. This is beyond the pale!
Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Steve Womack claim to support our military. Yet there was no condemnation from them as Trump insulted John McCain, two Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipient Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. They have also not spoken out against the Russian disinformation against Ukraine about the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaign and that serves only Putin. Do they?
It seems inevitable
It's reported that President Trump cheated on the military draft, three wives, his contractors, golf, etc.
Why would anyone think he would not try to cheat on his re-election?
Editorial on 11/26/2019
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