Fortune Cookie Blog (bootstraps)

 

The well heeled counsel the poor, “Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.”
Easier said than done. Average Janes and Joes get kicked in the butt by a
no-win class war; slog thru a battlefield strewn with ubiquitous price gouging,
that no non-living wage, bereft of benefits underemployment can keep up
with; get booted again by the rich-folks-only tax breaks / too big to fail status.

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Reasons Why I Cannot Support Your Boy Trump

 

I. Donald J. Trump mollycoddles the elite with obscenely generous tax breaks, reckless deregulation and an undeserved, too-big-to-fail status. For starters, why do folks, who’ve amassed more money than they could possibly spend in 10 lifetimes, need more? Why are they so vehemently opposed to paying even one penny of income taxes? Where’s their gratitude for the “system” that favors / pampers them? Additionally, is it not economic suicide to embolden their business undertakings that are already quasi-legal, wildly speculative, astoundingly risky, guaranteed to fail and destined to lay waste to the American / Global economies? Lastly, why are the too-poor-to-survive taxpayers always expected to bail out the too-big-to-fail tax scofflaws?

II. Any male, young or old, living in America or anywhere else in our world, would be ill-advised to make a role model of Trump, a small man who wallows in muddy misogyny and perpetrates the crass objectification of womankind. Grabbing the attention of feminists (of all genders) was… still is… his Access Hollywood video “tutorial” which focuses in on his crude “grabbing” “techniques” (which he inflicts upon his conquests). Yet, in spite of that video’s self-incriminating aspect, he’ll still hotly deny the nearly two dozen #MeToo accounts re his (alleged) unwanted sexual advances / attacks. Even his “defense” reeks of offensiveness… namely his claim that his accusers are “not my type”… which can only make us wonder about his MO when a potential female victim IS his type?

III. The Trumpster hates Mother Nature, too… i.e., he summarily flips off climatologists’ dire warnings that Earth is rapidly approaching the beyond repair stage. He actually believes that all he need do to combat climate change / global warming is open wide and whoosh forth his hot air denial… best summed up as his unscientific, mindless Nuh-Uh! His frequently uttered, oxymoronic phrase “clean coal” amply proves that when it comes down to climatology, Donny stands on thin ice.

IV. When Trump isn’t off subjugating playmates and porn stars, he’ll be giddily schoolgirl crushing on his scum of the earth “superheroes”… tyrants all. His #1 bestie / beastie is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Most worrisome are their frequent, hush-hush, one-on-one meetings. At that point he’ll oft dismiss his American entourage… inclusive of his American translator! In other words, Donny implicitly trusts untrustworthy Vlad’s untrustworthy translators. And that could easily translate out as trouble with a capital T. What impact will these clandestine confabs between two tyrants have upon our world? Only Big Bad Vlad knows for sure.

V. Narcissist Trump conflates love of country with love of him. He bristles with hatred and intolerance regarding all citizen critics. His speaking so contemptuously of them has even incited deadly violence against journalists. Were it left solely up to him, he’d likely issue arrest warrants and… sans due process… order everyone’s imprisonment. So much for 1st Amendment rights, huh? You know… those “silly” “pesky” “little” guarantees regarding freedom of speech / press and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

VI. Trump’s obsession with the 2nd Amendment and his convenient redaction of its “well regulated Militia” qualifier language make him the perfect NRA patsy. He obediently buys into their armed to the teeth America stance… inclusive of their weaponizing the mentally unhinged. Hand in hand they euphorically prance about the 21st century Wild Wild West of their own making. Busting such a “dance move” has rendered no venue immune from attack… be that our elementary schools, cineplexes and even our houses of worship. War zones pop up when least expected. Innocent bystanders get maimed and murdered by rampaging, seething with rage, hungry for the headlines sociopaths… gun nuts all… who, typically, possess firepower that might even turn the olive drab U.S. military a shade of envious green.

In the wake of these sieges, comes the secondary attack…namely… Trump’s on cue, target the survivors, “phoned in”, “thoughts and prayers” speech. Yet, nowhere to be found amidst his insincere rhetoric is his vow to convince his Republican congressional cronies to stand down… to stand up to the NRA… to get off their fat bureaucratic asses in order to make common sense gun control measures the law of the land.

VII. Trump’s insane nuclear ambitions have destabilized an already mentally unbalanced world. He fancies a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Another foolhardy, international arms race is sure to follow. He saber rattles via his dangerous utterances / Tweets such as “If we have nuclear weapons why can’t we use them?” AND “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration.” He has scrapped the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which, no yuge [sic] surprise, has resurrected Iran’s deadly nuclear ambitions. While it could be reasonably argued that Iran’s Hassan Rouhani is not mentally stable enough to have access to nuclear WMD, could not the same be said of Donald J. Trump?

VIII. Trump gleefully consorts with Klansmen and Nazis… deeming them in his own words, “very fine people”. And that is a slap on the collective face of the multiple hundreds of thousands of American troops who had so selflessly fought and died fighting against White Supremacysts [sic] during the Civil War and Nazis during WW-II. Donny unconditionally and willfully sticks up for and sucks up to his racist base. In turn, they are enraptured by his coldblooded, zero tolerance immigration policy… i.e., one which [1] barbarically targets asylum seeking Hispanic families along the U.S. / Mexico border, [2] traumatizes their youngsters by wresting them from their parents’ embracing arms and [3] warehouses them all in squalid detention centers. While that uncompromising, heartless, soulless Oval Office denizen remains impervious to the sound of the immigrant children’s anguished appeals for reunification with their mommies and daddies, we, the world’s humanitarians will forever be haunted by their anguished, heartbroken, never answered pleas for help.

To quickly review… here are my eight reasons why I cannot support your boy Trump.

Donald J. Trump is the architect of class war and nuclear war… the idolizer of Klansmen, Nazis, Putin and other tyrants… the suppressor of free speech / press / protest rights… the perpetrator of environmental ruin, heightened gun violence, misogyny and child abuse. For these reasons… and more… it is the duty of all true blue Americans to liberate the immense power of our 2020 ballots. We must usher in a restoration of decency and democracy to the Oval Office… and hope that these values will spread outward, all across America and throughout our world.

 

 

 

Summing Up Predatory Lenders

 

As a lifelong liberal, I have principles. One of them is to not take too kindly to anyone who ever inflicts pain and suffering upon others… be that pain emotional / physical / fiscal. My disgust for such tormentors can only heighten when their victims are the most vulnerable members of our society. That’s what happens whenever the sadistic, arrogant, disrespectful, privileged few perpetuate their stacked against the masses system. Their MO likely backdates to the original slothful, slobbering, opportunistic caveman who first decided to profit off the losses of others.

Yep… there we find mister caveman sitting on his ass… laughing his ass off… grunting out proto-words….

“Me not take time / effort to hunt / gather when my club can maim / murder / rob other hunters / gatherers who do grunt work for me… HA! HA! HA!”

Of course what we ARE talking about, here, is protoman… the prototype of today’s predatory lenders / banksters. After all, do not today’s barely evolved simply sit on their asses and laugh their asses off while fiscally assaulting the hard working masses? And oh how smart and smug these knuckle draggers feel (if “feel” is even the operative word here) when they pay fractions of one percent interest rates on savings accounts and then sock credit card holders with ever-increasing rates in excess of the 30 percent range. And don’t even get me started on payday lenders.

What happens next is disgusting. After gorging on all that ill-gotten wealth they then take a dump on Wall Street… where their Trumpian deregulated, cavemen cohorts help them invest in wild schemes… which should be… but are not always deemed illegal / amoral. As if the lawless accumulation of obscene wealth weren’t bad enough already, their system also results in corporate income tax returns, which not only show NO TAXES OWED but also actually reward the lazy with freakin’ REFUNDS!

Such haughtiness is deeply rooted within their “too big to fail” status where… no matter how severely they F-up the global economy… they know they can always count on their crooked, congressional cronies to bail them out. Indeed, these lawmaker / lawbreakers financially grope / molest the already bled dry, hard working, average Janes and Joes who dare not defy them… especially when the legislated tax code has sharp teeth… i.e., flawed laws (flaws) that threaten to imprison them unless they fork over hefty chunks of their meager earnings to re-prop up these morally and financially bankrupt banksters.

Worse yet, the average predator is incapable of ever growing up and learning from his own mistakes. He will willfully F-up again and again and again and… AND… well… if you thought the 2008 global monetary meltdown was tough… just wait for the imminent, Trumpian variety to ferociously rear its ugly head.

Long sigh…

Folks… that’s why my reaction to / rejection of these banksters is so visceral. Deeply rooted within me is my long held belief that the deeply rooted in dishonesty and brutality, predatory lenders have made even a modestly good life out of reach for time clock punching folks who oft spend their entire lifetimes turning in an honest day’s work with very little to show for it… other than fatigue and massive credit card debt.

So… if you are such a bankster, don’t ever expect me to welcome you into my world.