by Sheri Berman, March 11, 2019
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The head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Univ said Trump may be in pre-dementia – unable to finish a sentence without drifting off into distraction.
The people ahead of the government change their minds. The 245 Democratic votes to revoke the national emergency is a triumph of truth and humiliation for Trump. He goes to his corner as a clear and present danger as McConnell goes to his insider trading
Public spirit can be restored with community centers and taxation of the rich. Medicare, Medicaid, Pell grants, Low Income Housing Tax credits, HUD, SNAP, EPA, Department of Education, The Legal Corporation, WIC food assistance, the National Institute for Health, and school lunches are achievements, not excesses or frivolities to be punished!
Mudslinging + enriching the super-rich = cynicism and mistrust In the horse-sparrow theory, horses must be fed so the sparrows can live (cf. John Kenneth Galbraith). In Adam Smith’s invisible hand theory, the common good or public good happens when everyone pursues their self-interest. In truth, the economy exists for people and not the other way around! The economy is a part of life, not a sledgehammer crushing self-determination and creativity. In Chinese, the same Chinese letter represents crisis and opportunity.
Is Trump synonymous with burlesque government, by scandal, cynicism, and incompetence? He appointed the Eli Lilly CEO as Secretary of Health and Human Services after the price of insulin skyrocketed 300% in ten years! No, corporate profits do not equal community health.
The financial sector should be shriveled and the public sector expanded
Spring forward. Truthfulness is like a leap across seventy thousand fathoms of water (Soren Kierkegaard). Trump’s resignation would be an act of political courage and would save the country trillions! One act of courage can be more important than a thousand sermons! (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
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Public Good or Private
Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, summarizes the interests of Oxfam International in a few sentences:
The deep and growing chasm between the rich and the poor is not an accident. This gulf is the result of political decisions. […] Many rich countries have lowered or abolished property taxes; they hardly exist in poor countries. […] At the same time, governments reduce spending on education and health care or shift these indispensable services to private profit-oriented suppliers that the poorest cannot afford. […]
“Ten Years after the Financial Crash” by Rudolf Hickel, Dec 2018
How mainstream economics dealt with the crisis
For the first time, the connections and consequences of speculative capitalism dominating the real economy were made visible.
|It is time to champion a basic right to housing and ensure its reality. “An authentic faith that is never comfortable and individualistic always includes the deep desire to change the world,” wrote Pope Francis. Every Christian and every community is called to be God’s instrument for liberation and advancement of the poor.|
|RIGHTS INSTEAD OF ALMS|
Flakes, morons, phonies and the bull-headed need civil society as the particular needs the universal or the penultimate needs the ultimate (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
Truth is often indirect – wounding from behind. (Soren Kierkegaard). Truth wells up within us at that moment and canot’t be commanded.
The crowd is untruth (Kierkegaard) as the Twitterer is untruth. 15 false claims a day for 2018 is exhausting!
Trump finished paying into social security tax 40 minutes into the new year! The cap at $164K means if you earn $330 million, you only pay in on the first $164K.
Hope like the immigrant calls for new perspectives. Faith is more interruption than custom. God help us to survive! (Talking Heads)
Capitalism seemed to have a more social or civilized face for a time. After Roosevelt’s New Deal and the defeat of fascism, gradual development of the social state occurred in Europe. Unions were accepted. The rulers were forced to several political and social concessions.
The system that made fearmongers and con-men like Cheney, Paul Ryan, and Donald Trump rich is a system of false needs, false values, and false consciousness. Socialism for the super-rich and rugged individualism for the majority!
The bull-headed is mistaken for the humble and sledge-hammers and wrecking balls are confused with domestic policy. The market isn’t a self-healing panacea but an instrument helpful after we agree on priorities for human society. with equal opportunities. The state should fulfill the public interest, fight poverty, help those under the wheel, and create family-wage jobs for those entering the labor market.
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