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.


Toby said...

"HyperNormalisation tells the extraordinary story of how we got to this strange time of great uncertainty and confusion - where those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed - and have no idea what to do. And, where events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control - from Donald Trump to Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, and random bomb attacks. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening - but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them."

Available on Youtube.

Sorry, the video is two and a half hours.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Trump will not be so different than his predecessors.
He is likely to pee off his racist fans and his throw Hillary in jail fans; whats next ; a reversal on his coal and global warming stands?
I don't like the man but his business acumen is second to none.
For someone who has never been within the political beltway or even been elected to a school board he has shown that politics and business are forever linked.


John B. said...

"Draining the swamp" my ass. He's just replacing the reptiles.

Anonymous said...

Not much draining the swamp here.

What is it called when the state and business become one!!

OMG; it's here already and many welcome it.


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Anonymous Toby said...
"HyperNormalisation tells the extraordinary story

Wow; what comes next the Matrix?
Nice find Troy.
About half way through.
Good to see the BBC can still put it out; as can the CBC.


The Mound of Sound said...

I also watched HyperNormalisation. An awful lot to digest there. It goes some way to explain a few things I've observed - how our leaders today have transformed into technocrats, administrators and how our major media now present news not as information but as messaging. Perception management, indeed.