Saturday, November 12, 2016
If Trump Wants a Swamp to Drain
Forget Hillary Clinton's emails. That was all nonsense anyway.
If Trump wants to "drain the swamp" the only way he'll do it, the only thing that will do his people any good, is to get money out of politics.
First thing would be to dismantle the collusion between government and Wall Street by which not one of those responsible for the '08 meltdown was ever prosecuted. Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi has done a ton of research that pretty much lays it all out.
Take it apart. Investigate it. Expose it to the light of day. Show the American public who perpetrated their economic nightmare, where the bailout money really went, how those responsible flourished in the wake of their perfidy, in the process driving wealth and income inequality to unparalleled heights.
That 9/11 Commission? Do the same thing to investigate, analyze and explain to the American people how their country got sucked into a ruinous debacle in the Middle East starting with the illegal conquest of Iraq. Lots of suspects there - Cheney, Rumsfeld, Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle, Scooter - dust'em off.
And then force Congress into accepting campaign finance reform. Get big money out of the game. It should never have been allowed to become the lifeblood of Congressional politics. It's the vehicle by which Congress has become a "bought and sold" entity in service to special interests.
These are all things that Obama should have at least attempted and didn't. His failures rightly convinced many voters that the political apparatus in Washington is rigged, corrupt. That's not to say that he would have succeeded but at least he could have shown who was standing in the way.
Washington was always a malarial bog. There's no shortage of swamps at hand if Trump is in the mood for some draining. Only he's not. That was just electoral horseshit he used to feed the Gullibillies.