MANIPULATIVE MEDIA

 

 

 

With just three months to go before Election Day, the Establishment Media is out in full force to pulverize the Trump campaign. They have a monopoly of most news outlets and total control of reporting, making and creating news. The media is self-policing; there are no institutions that regulate the truthfulness and accuracy of what they report. This allows them the freedom to abuse their rights to free speech, by misreporting, misinforming, and manufacturing news to manipulate the public. The American news cartel is as controlling, cunning and conniving as their counterparts in N. Korea, Russia, China and other third world dictatorships. Many newspapers are swamped with cancelled subscriptions as their readers abhor biased reporting, but this a small price to pay to keep the Establishment in power.

The media has a head start in brain washing the public. Mr. Trump wants to stop “illegal immigration”. The media deceptively ignored the word “illegal” and ran the headline, “Trump’s Immigration Ban”, which has become an Establishment ‘talking point’ to galvanize Hispanic opposition to his candidacy. Then, when Trump, speaking about Syrian refugees, (after ISIS terrorists slipped into France posing as Syrian refugees slaughtering 130 Parisians) called for a temporary ban on Muslims until they were properly screened and vetted, the media fallaciously crafted the label “Muslim Ban”. They maliciously misled the public by reporting a fragment of the truth; “Muslim Ban” and omitting the words “temporary” and “unless they are properly screened and vetted.” At the Democratic Convention, Mr. Khan, a lawyer, who appears to have been duped by the media’s blanket “Muslim Ban” insinuation, spoke of the supreme sacrifice his son made in Iraq. He said he and his family would not have been allowed to immigrate into the US, had Trump’s “Muslim Ban” been enforced in 1980. Fact is Mr. Khan attacked Mr. Trump based on media misinformation. Capt. Humayun Khan was killed by a Muslim jihadi, and it is precisely these types of radical, jihadi, extremist killers that Mr. Trump wants to ban and why he asks for a foolproof screening and vetting system before allowing Muslims into the US. Mr. Khan may be comfortable having the likes of his son’s killers as his neighbors, but it is the duty of a President to keep the homeland and its people secure. The media in co-operation with Democratic think tanks is milking this incident by exhibiting Mr. Khan on TV, and getting Republican enablers of the Establishment to parrot their talking points to enhance ratings and to tarnish Mr. Trump.

Mrs. Clinton is an untrustworthy and an uninspiring politician who represents the status quo when 70% of voters feel the country is on the wrong track. This makes the preselected Establishment candidate weak and vulnerable. To prevent change in Washington and on Wall Street, the Establishment’s game plan is to prevent Mr. Trump from talking about trade, the economy, and the Clinton Foundation. They want to keep him playing defense and control the public’s political conversations for the next three months. The media is on a psychological warpath to poke, provoke and bait him, create incidents and controversies to keep him off message. This is a sport the media excels in. The New York Times, with its stable of writers, daily devotes almost half of its pages to attacking Trump, and is now stooping to writing fiction on its Opinion page. ON MSNBC, the Mattspews, Madcows and Mikalarkeys get high on ridiculing him and his supporters. The reason for Mr. Trump’s high negative numbers is that for the past year, the media has descended into the gutter to undermine him with a constant barrage of negativity. The President, along with Republican and Democratic Establishment enablers, will be on a Trump bashing binge of “unfit, crazy, dangerous” psychobabble till Election Day. This is a replay of how the media Establishments destroyed the candidacy of a patriot, Ross Perot in 1991, and ushered in ‘Slick Willie’, NAFTA and the era of mass incarceration of African-American “Super predators.”

Should propaganda and lies be considered as tools to rig the elections? The Tobacco cartel had lied about smoking and cancer to convince smokers it was safe to light up. The Soda cartel is now lying to consumers that excessive consumption of sugar does not contribute to obesity and diabetes. Lies and propaganda are used to influence thinking and behavior. Americans are being indoctrinated by the President, the media and the Establishment funded think tanks that the economy is on the right track. Sure, the Stock Market, thanks to ‘Beggar Thy Nation’ Quantitative Easing and corporate welfare are reaching new highs. Facts on Main Street are that middle class jobs have been replaced by part time jobs with no benefits. The recent unemployment figure of 4.9% does not include the 35 million workers who have lost hope in finding decent jobs. The actual unemployment rate is over 35%, and that is why interest rates are low but Pay Day cartels can charge 300% interest, why wages are stagnant, and why the GDP is at 1.2%.New part time jobs may pay more, as employers save a lot more by not offering benefits and why the number of Food Stamps recipients keeps growing. Mrs. Clinton’s oft touted “Paid Family Leave” benefit will leave all part-timers uncovered and disillusioned. If the economy has done well for the past seven years, why is the $19 Trillion debt projected to increase to $29 Trillion? Future generations of Americans will be in peril, yoked in a financial straight-jacket to America’s creditors. What options, freedoms and independence will they have? What future does NATO and all other defense commitments have when America is on the verge of bankruptcy?

Unfortunately for all Americans seeking a better life, the government is incapable of being fair and just. Elected officials do not represent them, they represent their parties and the unelected oligarchs who control the political machines that engineered their elections. Congress gridlocks when dealing with problems affecting the public because it has no intention of serving the public. But when lobbyists representing the oligarchs bundle Bills with mile long tails and amendments, gridlock disappears and Congressional enablers of the Establishment suddenly become bi-partisan. Politicians of Fortune, some with yearly incomes of over $10 Million, understand the value of ‘donor, or, investor maintenance’. The policy of ‘Privatized Profits and Socialized Losses’ that permits the Establishment to trample on Main Street is the reason why inequality in the US is as pronounced as those in corrupt ‘Failed States’.

Debt is the greatest threat to America’s national security and the American way of life. The Establishment relishes debt as it is the oxygen for the ‘Cash Cows’ they profit from. Americans must not trust the debt glorifying Establishment to be the guardians of their future generations. They must vote for change. The Establishment will fight for the status quo to safeguard the gravy trains they have become accustomed to. Recently, they trotted out fifty National Security acolytes to psychobabble Mr. Trump as “dangerous and unfit.” These ‘experts’ refuse to see debt as a threat to National Security. Their blunders have resulted in the US getting a bloody nose in the Middle East, a black eye in the Ukraine, a poke in the other eye from the Chinese militarizing their artificial islands, a kick below the belt from Russian and Chinese cyberattacks and the dangerous buzzing of American warplanes and warships. They were caught with their pants down when NATO ally Turkey reconciled with Russia and when Russian warplanes began using an Iranian airbase. These National Security spooks who have made the world a very unsettled and dangerous place, are now saying Trump is “dangerous and unfit”? They should look in the mirror!

The media has replaced the ‘news cycle’ with the biased spin cycle. They never mention the incompetence and failures of the National Security and foreign policy elites who pompously attack Mr. Trump. The Establishment media, and the tax-payer funded NPR and PBS are acting as an unregulated Super PAC for Mrs. Clinton. They are brazenly using their brain washing apparatus to rig this election to protect the status quo and the Establishment’s rigged financial system.

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.

 

 

 

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DEMOCRATIC AUTHORITARIANISM?

 

 

American voters should not be surprised to learn that America is no longer the democracy the Founding Fathers had envisioned. Voters are not given a choice of candidates; they are herded and dog whistled into electing preselected party candidates.

Political parties are private organizations controlled by unelected lobbyists and donors. They are good at spotting young, telegenic, charismatic, party volunteers and activists who are coaxed into making a career in party politics. They are schooled in dressing sharply, how to avoid answering questions, especially from reporters, how not to discuss issues and programmed to stay on message. Once local party elders have confidence that their schooled candidates are properly programmed and scripted, their loyalty to the party and political mentors unquestioned, they are ready to stand for elections. With the party’s campaign funds, donor lists, party endorsements, and media connections, these candidates have a formidable advantage over independent candidates.

The problem with American “Representative Democracy” is that these preselected party compliant activists elected to government offices do not represent voters who elected them, but serve the unelected party bosses, the owners of the ‘political machine’, who engineered their election. Since the past several decades, American sovereignty has shifted from “we the people” at the grass roots level to the moneyed class and their lobbyists who invest in and control political parties. The New World Order of open border Global Citizens, promoting diversity, multiculturalism and multilingualism who have taken over Washington see America as a ‘Cash Cow’ that must be mercilessly milked. They thrive on anti and un-American activities while denigrating ‘Melting Pot’ assimilation, and patriots as demagogues, nativists and nationalists. The American industrial belt was incentivized by tax breaks and credits to relocate to Mexico and China. “Beggar Thy Workers” policies, disguised as ‘Supply Side’ and ‘Winners and Losers’ economics have decimated wages and the middle class. Repealing the Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 was among the prime causes of the 2008 recession. Wall Street’s “Shadow Banks” mischief and greed caused the stock market to crash, but the market bounced back thanks to ‘Beggar Thy Nation’, Quantitative Easing Corporate Welfare. The Establishment prioritized profits over workers incomes causing the pain of the recession to fester only on Main Street, while making the culprits on Wall Street financially stronger, more powerful and above the law. There is no jail time for financial criminals, they are now the new “Untouchables”.

Globalists legally stash their untaxed profits offshore, hide untaxed money in secretive bank accounts in Panama; they do not fear the law as they are the law and above the law. Recently Corporations, sport franchises and entertainers, to the applause of the Wall Street-Washington axis, have dictated to state governments that their states will be boycotted for having laws that reflect the values of their residents. (Note: – This phrase used to be ‘Washington-Wall Street’, now, because Washington venerates money as the source of power, ‘Wall Street-Washington’ is more appropriate.) Money has replaced voters as America’s sovereign power and the moneyed Elite own, control, and rule America.

During the primaries, progressive and patriotic voters attempted to wrest control of their parties from the Party Establishments. Sen. Sander’s movement was thwarted by the DNC sabotaging the democratic process, along with the Party’s super-delegate rules and Mrs. Clinton’s super-PACS. Hacked DNC emails exposed the DNC Chair, MS. Schultz, an Obama appointee, unethically subverting the Sander’s campaign. She did not vacate her DNC Chair under a cloud for her non-kosher misconduct, but on Cloud 9 as the ethically challenged Mrs. Clinton, rewarded her to Co-chair the Clinton National Campaign along with a promise to help her get re-elected to Congress. This is tantamount to giving the Senator and his supporters the middle finger! For the past year the Senator has been castigating Mrs. Clinton for her ties to the Wall Street Establishment, her profiting from ‘speaking fees’, her lack of ethics and her bad judgement. Now, within eyesight of the luxury suite reserved for mega donors, he reverses himself and wants his progressive supporters to bow to the Establishment candidate knowing she will use her middle finger to delete the Democratic Party Platform of all progressive proposals. By surrendering his ‘revolutionary movement’ the Senator, has buried his progressive agenda and the unelected rulers of the Democratic Party will alter Party rules to ensure that the Berne phenomena will never happen again. Mrs. Clinton was preselected to win the Democratic nomination as she was the prime beneficiary of the Citizens United money. And Sen. Sanders wants his supporters who have felt the ‘Berne’ to humiliate themselves and vote for the Citizens United candidate?

The Republican base prevailed over the party Establishment and took over their party. Last minute efforts by the Establishment to depict the base as a lunatic mobocracy failed to persuade delegates to tow the party line. Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan grudgingly supported Mr. Trump, because they need his voters to retain the Senate and the House. The New World Order Bushes, Gov. Kasich, Sen. Cruz and a host of Establishment enablers who believe in a top down authoritarian Party structure showed their contempt for the Republican base and democracy by snubbing the elected Mr. Trump, an indirect, but implicit show of support for the moneyed Establishment. All the democratic enablers of the Establishment were present at the Democratic Convention pledging their allegiance to the Mega Donors looking down at their puppets from their luxury suite.

Mrs. Clinton spoke optimistically of the status quo and the future “raising the false hopes of the country” (her quote from 2007) while never mentioning the deficits and the debt. A day earlier, she was warmly embraced by the President, (his 2007 quote, “She’ll say anything and change nothing”) who sees her running for his third term and who likes the idea she floated about nominating him to the Supreme Court. In contrast, Mr. Trump was widely criticized for his dark and gloomy acceptance speech, where he started off by saying he would not lie to the nation. The American Main Street economy is in tatters. Over 35 million workers have given up hope of finding jobs and are not actively looking for work. They have fallen off the unemployment radar and have become “invisible”. Add these “invisible” workers to the unemployment figures, and the unemployment rate will be closer to 38% and not 4.7%. Washington and the media are legally lying to the public when they claim that unemployment is at 4.7%. If this figure were true, interest rates would be at 6%, the GDP would be close to 8% and employers would be baiting workers with a $15.00 starting wage! Mr.Trump and all Americans have a reason to be pessimistic, the administration is lying about the economy while the debt is at $19 trillion and climbing!

This election is not between Democrats and Republicans, nor between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. It is between a grass roots democracy as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, and a top down authoritarian Establishment Dollarcracy imposed by unelected, open border, Global Citizens.

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida

 

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TRADE—–FACTS AND FALLACIES

Since the beginning of time humans have traded in goods and services. The lure of profits from trade was the springboard for sailors to discover new shipping routes, new lands and new continents. What was once a purely economic activity, became politicized as wealthy traders wanted their governments to safeguard the foreign territories from where they obtained their cargo. Conquest was followed by colonialism. Colonial powers prospered as they imported cheap products and raw materials from their colonies and exported higher priced manufactured goods to their captive colonial markets.

In colonial America, trade was a commercial endeavor until the British Parliament politicized it by passing the Tea Act of 1773, which taxed tea imported into America, for the sole benefit of the Colonial Power. This Act invited an anti-tax response resulting in the Boston Tea Party, which brewed the American War for Independence. Trade flourished in America until the mid-1850’s when Northern farmers who had to pay their workers, found they could not compete with Southern farmers who owned slave labor. Debates about slavery escalated to State Rights and secession, culminating in the horrific American Civil War of 1861. Prior to the Civil War, there was no income tax in America. Government was small and easily funded itself by collecting tariffs and taxes on imports. These tariffs and taxes were essentially a consumption tax, paid by only those citizens who purchased imported products. During this war, the Revenue Act of 1861 was passed, and the Republican administration of President Lincoln began imposing an income tax.

Many factors contributed to the recession of 1929. Among them were American farmers losing markets to cheap imported wheat, and defaulting on their bank loans. To rescue farmers and their bankers, Sen. Smoot and Rep. Hawley wanted to impose additional tariffs on imported agricultural products only. But as their Bill meandered through the Congressional sausage factory, lobbyists added over 3000 non-farm products to this Bill, and the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act of 1930 was enacted. America’s trading partners retaliated by imposing tariffs on American products, and exports declined from $5.4 billion to $2.1 billion. This was an insignificant drop considering that it happened during the global depression. The real reason why the recession of 1929 descended into the Great Depression was the failure of the Federal Reserve to rein in margin call stock speculation, and to provide liquidity by cutting interest rates. Also, the failure of the Hoover administration to create jobs for the unemployed through Federal spending on infrastructure projects. Smoot-Hawley was enacted after the recession started, and was successful, as farmers were the first sector of American society to recover from the Depression. Many economists and pundits blame this Act for prolonging the Depression, because they lack the intellectual honesty to criticize the Federal Reserve and the Hoover administration, the main culprits for the Depression.

To promote and facilitate international trade, by reducing tariffs and other trade barriers, 23 nations signed the ‘General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade’ (GATT) in1947. Since then, GATT was updated seven times, the last update renamed this institution as the World Trade Organization (WTO) with 123 members. Since inception, member nations appear to have taken a Gatling gun and shot holes in this agreement. Most Asian signatories, with their export oriented economies are extremely protectionists, and impose high tariffs on imports. The Japanese have brainwashed their citizens into believing that if a product is not made in Japan, it is not worth buying. The Chinese, besides high protectionist tariffs, manipulate their currency and make imports prohibitively expensive. Britain and our European allies have reduced ‘tariffs’, but have imposed a consumption levy, the Value Added Tax (VAT) over and above their retail sales tax. The net savings for consumers residing in WTO signatory nations from tariff reductions and exemptions are marginal. This is the reason why American exporters face difficulties in finding new markets or remain competitive in existing markets. Unfortunately the US government cannot retaliate as all trading partners along with American importers have lobbyists in Congress to ensure unfettered access for all foreign imports into the American market.

President and Co-President Clinton’s NAFTA and trade with China are not about trading in goods and services. They are about lowering costs and increasing profits. Trade is not about shuttering down and relocating America’s industrial belt to Mexico and China while receiving tax breaks and credits. “Beggar Thy Workers” is not Adam Smith’s capitalism that sought the general prosperity of nations. “Trickle Down”, “Supply Side”, “Winners and Losers Clintonomics” are all “Beggar Thy Workers” policies, which is about reducing or eliminating the incomes of American workers to increase ‘Corporaiders’ profits. Yesteryear’s Robber Barons are today’s Free Traders. What America once exported and consumed are now imported; what Free Traders are really importing is invisible foreign labor. NAFTA has little to do with free trade; it is a “Beggar Thy Workers and Citizens” prescription for inequality and poverty.

Politicians of Fortune selected by the Establishment have no principles, only principals. They do not represent “we, the people”, they represent the moneyed class and the open border globalists. They are not concerned about the welfare of Americans, their only concern is corporate welfare. They refuse to see the difference between exporting products and exporting jobs. They do not believe in capitalism and equality, their “Beggar Thy Workers” economics promotes unemployment, despair and inequality. They denigrate patriots as nativists and nationalists. To them, the Republican base and the Sanders part of the Democratic base were invisible until they were blindsided by the Trump and Sanders insurgents. They then began referring to the Trump and Sanders voters as ‘mobs’ and ‘unwashed masses’ whose votes should be invalidated because in a representative democracy, delegates do not represent voters, they represent the party, and must vote for the candidate preselected by the Party Establishment.

In the November elections, American voters will choose their next President. Will they choose Mrs. Clinton, the pro status quo, “Beggar thy Workers” Establishment candidate or Mr. Trump, who was elected by voters and who shook up and changed the Republican Party? To “Make America Great and Strong Again” Washington has to be shaken up and changed.

 

Ash Hirji

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LEGACY CANDIDATE

Mrs. Clinton is running on her resume and experience which, she thinks, makes her the most qualified person ever, to seek the Precedency. She is also running away from her bad judgement calls and her legacy of ‘unintended consequences’. She has remained in the public eye since she was the First Lady of Arkansas in the 1980’s, then the First Lady and Co-President of the US, the Senator from New York, the Secretary of State, and now the Democratic Nominee for President. During her life in Public Service, she has managed to become one of the richest female politicians in the world.

About two years ago, Flint, Michigan, had a water crisis, when, due to budget shortfalls, the source of drinking water was changed from Lake Huron to the contaminated Flint river which resulted in lead poisoning. The one question not raised as yet about this fiasco is why Flint, once a thriving metropolis is now a ghost town? When President Bill Clinton signed NAFTA, cities built around the auto industry were abandoned by jobless workers, and rust belt cities lost their base of middle class taxpayers. An unintended consequence of NAFTA are ghost towns like Flint, financially unable to provide basic services to its remaining residents.

Recently, the media dug up an old 2007 video clip, taken just before the housing market collapsed. It showed Mr. Trump saying that if the housing bubble were to burst, he could pick up properties on the cheap. Senator Elizabeth Warren threw a fit when she heard this remark and castigated him for seeing opportunity on the backs of the unfortunates who lost their homes. Nobody, neither the media nor the politicians who took this opening to thrash Mr. Trump bothered to inform the public, why, for the first time in American history, housing prices crumbled. It was during the Clinton administration that housing mortgage loan requirements were relaxed and the zero interest, no principal payment for the first year mortgages were created. Workers were lured to buying homes they could not afford. NAFTA  exacerbated the problems of these cash strapped homeowners by exporting their jobs to Mexico thus making the mortgage documents they signed to become junk bonds. The unintended consequences of relaxing mortgage requirements and NAFTA resulted in the housing crisis that led to the 2008 recession. The recession happened during President’s Bush’s watch, but the finger prints on this crisis belong to the Clintons.

Seeing both, Senator Sanders and Mr. Trump drawing votes from workers who have reservations about NAFTA, Mrs. Clinton has flipped her position on trade and is divorcing herself from her husband’s free trade stance and the President’s TPP initiative. To become the first female President of the US, she is touting her husband as Co-President and using him as a crutch to ‘shatter the glass ceiling’. She is also distancing herself from the President’s dovish “Do nothing stupid’ policy and has become a “Hawk” to get neo-con support, yet, wraps herself around the President’s legacy and is running for his third term.

The Arab Spring of 2010 was an opportunity for the US to bring order to most of the chaotic Arab World. Instead of natureing and managing sprouting democracies in this region, the Sec. of State flexed her arrogance and ignorance by initiating regime changes in Libya and Syria. In Libya she repeated the mistake made in Iraq by not having a government in exile ready to fill the vacuum after Gaddafi was killed. In Syria she underestimated the determination of Assad to cling to power and Russian interests in safeguarding their bases. The unintended consequences of her actions is turmoil in both these countries and the waves of migrants seeking refuge in Europe. The massive poster of an unending flood of migrants crossing into Europe was used very effectively by the Brexit campaign to get Britain out of the European Union. Absent the migrant issue, would the British have voted to leave the EU? Again, absent the migrant issue, could the fringe, anti-immigrant, extremist political parties in Europe become mainstream? The unintended consequences of Mrs. Clinton’s adventurous regime change policies will soon eject David Cameron as the British Prime Minister, and give what were once fringe parties in Europe, clout to make and break European governments.

Two years before Mrs. Clinton became Secretary of State, Al Qaida in Iraq was decapitated when its leader, al-Zarqawi was killed by an American airstrike. Nouri al-Maliki was the Prime Minister of Iraq during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure and she was aware of his abrasive sectarianism that totally marginalized Iraqi Sunnis and Kurds. He was corrupt, filled top government jobs with cronies, and made no attempt to bring Iraqis together and unify the country. American diplomats failed to persuade him to act as the leader of all Iraqis rather than the sectarian leader of the Shiite majority. Meanwhile, in the Sunni tribal areas of northern Iraq, anti- Shiite fury was festering. The Secretary of State should have known about this resentment among the Sunnis. Her failure to control al-Maliki allowed Al-Qaida’s demonic offshoot, ISIS, to incubate under her nose during her watch. The unintended consequences of her inability to foresee the backlash al Maliki’s sectarian policies would unleash led to the emergence of ISIS in 2014.

During the tenure of the first African-American President, race relations have gone from bad to worse. Why are law enforcement officers so trigger happy when confronting African-American males? Who stigmatized African-American males as ‘Super predators” who “must be brought to heel”? Why are (mostly) African-American males incarcerated for extended periods of time? The unintended consequences of the Co-President’s support of her husband’s (flawed) 1994 crime bill is evident on the mean and bloody streets of America.

The unintended consequence of buck-raking ‘speaking fees’ from Wall Street banks has branded her as the candidate of the “too powerful to jail” Establishment. (A precedent to this is the Presidential pardon Marc Rich, a financial charlatan, received during the last hours of the Clinton administration.) Again, the unintended consequence of using a private e-mail server is to be publicly rebuked by the FBI as being “careless” with sensitive documents. The FBI also implied that she lied when she repeatedly said she did not send nor receive classified information on her private server.

Can the President, with a straight face, repeat that she is the most experienced and qualified person ever to run for the Presidency? Does he honestly believe she has the judgement to be the leader of the Free World? Can the person responsible for ISIS resurrecting itself from the charred embers of Al-Qaida in Iraq deserve the President’s endorsement? Can he trust his legacy to a person with her own legacy of unintended consequences?.Or, will the politician in him, like her, say and do anything to ensure his  third term?

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida

 

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TRUMP’S MUSLIM AND JUDGE CURIEL COMMENTS

The problem with Mr. Trump speaking his mind, is that, he has no control over how a very hostile media pretzelizes his words and totally distorts what he says and means. The media is no longer the ‘eyes and ears of the public’. It is a for profit business, dependent on advertisers, who dictate propagating news with jaundiced eyes and an earsplitting barrage of innuendo and misinformation.

In the fall of 2015, the President was proposing to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country at a time the US did not have a fool proof vetting or screening system. In November that year, a terrorist attack in Paris, slaughtered 130 innocent civilians. A few days later French investigators stated that a few of these terrorists entered Europe posing as Syrian refugees. Then, on December 2nd. an American born terrorist and his Pakistani born wife, went on a rampage in San Bernardino murdering 14 innocent Americans. Later, investigators confirmed that the wife, educated in a Saudi Arabian madrassa and later in a fundamentalist Pakistani madrassa (Red Flags!!!) received an American spousal visa with only a cursory, routine check.

It was within this time frame and context of carnage that Mr. Trump on December, 7th. proposed a ban on Muslims “until our representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” This was a plea to the administration to get its act together and protect American lives by not giving Syrian refugees asylum without a fool-proof vetting system. The media ran with the “Muslim Ban” story, totally ignoring the last half of the sentence, effectively killing (no pun intended) the San Bernardino story with the “Trump’s Muslim Ban” innuendo. This gave cover to the “Do nothing stupid” administration to “Do nothing, Stupid.” The administration fell back on its usual ‘Gun Control’ blame game, but made no attempt to attack ISIS websites with viruses, or propose censorship of radical websites or ask for legislation making it illegal for Americans to visit such sites. (Yes, Mrs. Clinton, a wall can and must be built to keep jihadi websites off the internet.) Instead, the President went to visit Cuba and was at a baseball game when the March 22nd. 2016 terrorist attack occurred in Brussels. He downplayed this attack by not leaving the game and monitoring events aboard Air Force One. This trip was followed by a visit to potential TPP partner, Viet Nam. Why? Both Presidential candidates are against TPP; or does he know Mrs. Clinton will revert to being a free trader after she cons Unions and their members of their votes. (Red Flag for Progressives??). His last stop, Hiroshima. He pleased Americans by not apologizing. He pleased the Japanese, who have a culture steeped in symbolism, by placing a wreath honoring the victims of the Atom Bomb. His actions spoke louder than his (unsaid) words.

In the six months since Mr. Trump’s plea to elected representatives “to figure out what the hell is going on” what has the ‘Do nothing stupid’ administration done? Besides cheerleading the media’s “Muslim Ban” misrepresentation, the Neocons “Dump Trump” efforts and Mrs. Clinton’s attacks, the administration was woefully unprepared for the next terrorist attack. A second generation American Muslim, who appeared to have had a sexual identity crisis, and who alternated between gay and jihadi websites, went on demonic rampage. The June 12th. massacre of 49 civilians at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando spotlighted the administration’s failure “to figure out what the hell is going on.”

The “No Fly No Buy” Gun Control measure may only be a partial solution. Better results will come from blocking access to all radical Islamic websites. The Orlando terrorist, Omar Mateen, when speaking with the 911 operator, said he was taking revenge for the bombings in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. He became radicalized by jihadi propaganda and seeing pictures posted on these websites. The US is in an undeclared war with radical Islamists. Visiting their websites is akin to fraternizing with the enemy which is a crime. Washington can and must stop ‘lone wolfs’ from being radicalized. Doing nothing is stupid and stupidity is not an option.

When Mr. Trump announced his candidacy, he said he would “stop illegal immigration” from Mexico. The media and his detractors, including those from the White House and Congress deceptively dropped the word “illegal” and headlined it as a “Ban Mexican Immigration” story. This distortion has been repeated so often because political fact-checker organizations have never fact checked nor questioned media misrepresentations. Since there is no oversight, the media appears to have a monopoly on ‘facts’ and ‘the unvarnished truth’. This has embolden them to concoct, misreport, fabricate canards and upgrade themselves from simply reporting the news to creating the news.

The media went rogue when they created the Judge Curiel news cycle. The video of Mr. Trump’s San Diego rally on 5/27/2016 is available on YouTube. At 21 minutes and 40 seconds into this video, Mr. Trump complained to his audience that the Judge involved in the civil case against Trump University is a ‘Trump hater” which he repeated thrice. He said the Judge, Gonzalo Curiel, had a Mexican name. He disagreed with many of the Judge’s rulings, including the Judge telling a plaintiff to file his case under the RICO Act and called the Judge “hostile”, who should be “ashamed of himself” and a “disgrace” for the way he has handled this case. The word “biased” was never uttered in this video.

Later, in a Wall Street Journal interview, fearing he would not get a fair and impartial trial, Mr. Trump said he would like Judge Curiel to recuse himself because of his stand on illegal immigration and the Judge’s Mexican ethnicity. How the media construed and headlined this as racism is devious. Everybody who receives ‘Talking Points’ went nuclear labelling Trump a racist. Is the Senate Anti-Semitic for not scheduling a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland? Why do political parties fight to confirm their nominees to the Supreme Court? Do they fear ‘bias’ should the other party’s nominee win confirmation? In the 4-4 tied US vs. Texas (immigration) Case, were four Justices of the Supreme Court racists? Did they wear their biases, prejudices and ideology on their sleeves? Then, why the double standard for Mr. Trump?

A free and fair press strengthens democracy, while an Establishment controlled propaganda machine, threatens it. The reason why the Establishment media has to resort to lies is when they want to mislead, deceive and brainwash the public. One example is the Administration’s Unemployment rate of 4.7%. This number ignores the over 30% of workers, so disheartened of ever finding jobs, that they have dropped out of the Labor Market. They have become invisible and do not even show up as a statistic! America’s real unemployment rate is almost 35%, and acknowledging this fact would devastate the chances of the candidate seeking President Obama’s third term. The 2016 Presidential elections is not between a Republican and a Democrat. It is between choosing a ‘One person One Vote’ democracy and a Dog Whistle Delegate democracy, where the electorate are misled into believing they are voting for a candidate, when, in reality, they are electing party delegates not obligated to reflect their will. The Elites want to replace the election process with a rigged selection scheme as a ‘fixed’ political system is the cornerstone of a rigged economy. They want to deny the ‘mob’, the ‘populists’ and the ‘unwashed masses’, the majority of citizens who have a stake in America, a voice in their government. The American electorate will decide in November whether they want to disenfranchise and marginalize themselves by voting for the pre-selected Establishment candidate, or, whether the ‘Will of the People’ Trump the Elitist power grab for total and unaccountable control of America.

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.
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THE FLAME ‘BERNES’

The Senator will not be the Democratic nominee for the Presidency. He was not defeated by Mrs. Clinton, but by the Democratic Establishment, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and by the Media. He knew the rules when he participated in a ‘rigged’ selection process, he exposed it, and he created a ‘Movement’ that must not “Berne” out.

The Democratic Establishment, made up of Super Donors and lobbyists, had at their disposal voters they had always taken for as granted, the African Americans. They blew their dog whistle, and the African Americans got in line behind their selected candidate, Mrs. Clinton. This happened while the “Black Lives Matter” activists were disrupting her fund raisers, demanding answers to her “Super Predators” and “bring them to heel” remarks, and as President Bill Clinton clashed with and criticized them. Do “Black Lives” really matter when the African- American community backs the Co-President responsible for the 1994 Crime Bill that stigmatized young black males as criminals, dehumanized them and incarcerated them for extended periods while the Clintons accepted contributions from the Private Prison Cartel?

Very early in the campaign, the Senator was asked to comment on an article published in the Atlantic magazine by Ta-Nehisi Coates titled “The Case for Reparations”. The Senator, known for his honesty and authenticity, reused to offer false hope to a constituency already shattered by broken promises. When asked the same question, Mrs. Clinton replied with a smile and a wink, “Help me get elected first.” She won all the states where African Americans had a significant presence (approximately 13 million votes) giving her the lead in both, the total number of votes cast and the pledged delegates. Kudos to the Establishment’s hand-picked “black political class who make a living delivering blacks for the Democratic Party, which then has no obligation to deliver in terms of policy.” (Eddie S. Glaude Jr. The Chair of Princeton’s African-American Studies.)

Ms. Wasserman Schultz was the Co-Chair of Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 Presidential campaign, and by selecting her as the DNC Chair for the 2016 nominating process, the Democratic Establishment effectively ‘rigged’ the outcome of the primaries. She had scheduled a few weekend TV debates timed to draw minimum audiences, and had not only her thumb but the whole weight of her Chair on the scale favoring the Establishment anointed candidate. The Senator displayed his displeasure at her very partial and biased antics by demanding her removal as the DNC Chair and endorsing the challenger for her Congressional seat. Some voices in the Democratic Establishment have admonished the DNC Chair for the divisive role she has played, while others have circled the wagons around her. Ms. Schultz is the canary in the underground politics of the Democratic Party. Her wings may be clipped before the November elections to appease the Senator and his base, but after November, will she again become the raising star of the Democratic Party? None of the promises being made to the Senator now to unify the Party will be honored and implemented. The “Berne” will extinguished.

In an age of gross inequality, it is not in the self-interest of a profit motivated Media to simply report news, but to propagate the will of its advertisers. The Senator’s vison, message and movement threatened the oligarchy and they enlisted the Media as a propaganda machine to brainwash the largely gullible public. This propaganda is physiological, subtle, and often, the constant repetition of half-truths. The deceptive ‘talk show’ format of disseminating news allows for assumptions, biases and opinions to convert newsrooms into ‘spin rooms’, where ridiculing and bashing the non-Establishment candidates are a sport. The Senator was often shown on TV with his delegate count at the bottom corner, along with Mrs. Clinton with her delegate count which always included her super delegates. This subtle visual implied that Mrs. Clinton had an insurmountable lead among delegates; that the Senator was fighting a Quixotic and losing battle and the nomination process was all but over. There were no pro ‘Single Payer Health Insurance’ or ‘Free College Tuition’ articles in the newspapers; his very valid ideas were rejected and dismissed without debate and discussion.

There are many cracks and pitfalls in the private, for profit insurance plans now in existence, all of which are stacked against patients. Imagine a patient in an operating room with a team of doctors and nurses. If anyone in this team is not a preferred provider covered by the insurance company, the patient could get struck and stuck by a five or six figure bill. Single-Payer health insurance is fairer, cheaper and a more efficient system adopted by all the developed countries that provide healthcare to their citizens. Costs are contained as this system is not burdened by multiple insurance companies and their lobbyists. The fragmented health care system in the US is a “Cash Cow” for insurance companies, their lobbyists and for politicians of fortune. The President built his ‘Affordable Care Act’ on the private insurance foundation as it was politically viable and allowed him to put a check mark on his “Legacy Ledger’. He did not want to do the heavy lifting or provide the necessary leadership to drastically cut costs and implement the Single Payer system. He simply caved in to the insurance lobby. Speaker Paul Ryan’s pet project is to reform earned entitlements by slicing and dicing Medicare. His plan would hurt seniors, while safeguarding the interests of insurance lobby. Single-Payer is a no brainer, but elected officials lack the political will to serve their constituents.

Can the US provide free college tuition? Yes. At present tax-payers are left holding the bag for almost a trillion dollars in unpaid student debt. Close to 70% of this debt is owed by students who were recruited by the for profit private colleges. Students were and are are encouraged and helped to obtain massive student loans and pay atrocious tuition fees. These are, thanks to elected officials, legitimate institutions who barely provide an education, they have high drop-out rates, and their degrees and diplomas are red flags for prospective employers. Students are lucky to find minimum wage jobs but saddled with enormous debt, they generally default and destroy their futures by ruining their credit. Reining in these scam institutions who are milking the Student Loan Program have, so far, proved futile. They have lobbyists, are generous campaign contributors, and the Laureate Education Inc. has Mrs. Clinton in their corner. The US can provide free college tuition, but this will mean elected officials give up the contributions they receive from those who milk the tax-payer funded Student Loan Program.

Mr. Trump is the only anti-Establishment candidate left standing. His views on fair trade, Citizens United, Single-Payer Health Insurance, ‘rigged elections’ and a ‘rigged economy’ echo those of the Senator. He does not trust “crooked Hillary” neither does the Senator who withstood Presidential pressure, and plans to take his cause to the Democratic convention. The ‘Berne’ will be trampled and stomped out should the Establishment candidate win in November. Should the Republican half of the populist insurgency win, chances are, the Democratic Party will reinvent itself to reflect the Senator’s vison.

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida

 

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“RATTLED” FOREIGN LEADERS

A few days ago, during a break at the G-7 Summit in Japan, President Obama informed reporters that foreign leaders have been “rattled” by Mr. Trump’s statements on foreign policy.

All leaders, both domestic and foreign, along with the Establishment and the International media, have for decades ignored Main Street Americans, and are now blindsided that street smart Americans have themselves been “rattled” by American leadership and the disastrous direction the US is heading into.

After the end of the Second World War, America instituted the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe and Japan was rebuilt under the authority of the Supreme Command of Allied Powers. Post war America was an industrial powerhouse and led by American patriots with moral integrity. The emergence of the Soviet Union as a competing nuclear superpower necessitated America play the role of a global policeman for the free world and enter into defense agreements that provided a nuclear umbrella for American allies. Being the leader, policeman, and Godfather of the free world was an expensive undertaking, but when jobs were plentiful, and taxes were imposed and collected in a fair and equitable manner, Americans were generous and were prepared to pay for a better and safer world.

Unfortunately for working Americans and for some American allies, politics in the US is no longer an arena for selfless public service. It has morphed into a business for professional politicians of fortune. Corporate Welfare, under the guise off ‘Supply Side’ and ‘Winners and Losers’ versions of an immoral and unethical cannibalistic economy have replaced capitalism. The blending of corporate greed and political graft, have resulted in jobs being exported, inequality and a 20 trillion dollar debt. The Japanese Prime Minister, Abe San, should be an authority on how American lobbyists work against American interests to ensure unfettered access for Japanese products into US markets, while walling off Japanese markets to American products. Japan’s large trade surpluses are improvising Americans, which Japan invests in US debt, so the vicious cycle of trade surpluses and debt can be repeated indefinitely. Mr. Trump and “rattled” street smart Americans would prefer to see Japan engage in fair trade and invest her trade surpluses in her own self- defense. At present, Japan is lending the US money to provide her with a defense umbrella instead of paying for it. Telling Japan the free ride is over and asking her to pay for her own self defense has “rattled” the Japanese Prime Minister!

What the Ivy Leaguers in the US Foreign Policy Establishment fail to realize is that an expansive foreign policy is expensive. US corporations, many of them beneficiaries of unethical tax loopholes, and off-shore tax heavens, want further tax reductions. Conservatives Republicans want a strong military and tax cuts. Democrats want to collect more taxes from an almost nonexistent middle class to provide Corporate Welfare for the rich and a Scandinavian lifestyle for part time workers and for those who think “work” is a four letter word. The Establishment and their political enablers want America to have a global presence but refuses to find or raise the money to pay for the costs involved in being the global Cop, or, being the world’s ‘Uncle Sam’. This contradictory posture suggests the US Establishment are isolationists who are reluctant to fund an over-extended foreign policy. They, unlike Mr. Trump, simply do not have the courage to admit it.

US corporations complain they cannot compete with nations that have lower tax rates. Europe, protected by NATO, largely paid for by US taxpayers, are getting a free ride on their defense budgets. American leaders are afraid to confront and challenge the status quo, fearing this will “rattle” our partners.

Critics of Mr. Trump are the Neocons who have a unique talent of getting America bogged down in Iraqi and Afghani quicksand. They are now advocating misadventures in Ukrainian, Libyan and Syrian cesspools. There are many nations in the world that already are, or will soon become failed states. The world has become a very dangerous place and as failed states multiply the refugee crisis, already unmanageable, will only get worse. The US Foreign Policy Establishment have bled and will continue bleeding American lives and treasure unless they are stopped and new people with new ideas step in to avoid global turmoil.

Ever since American Independence in 1776, Big Business has had a voice in American politics. This voice has grown bigger and louder and for the past few decades, money has replaced American citizens as America’s sovereign power. Elected officials are now the servants of the Big Business Establishment, who control America’s purse strings. There is no money left in the US treasury, and the Establishment has used and abused America’s credit to borrow trillions of dollars to pay for Corporate Welfare, an Imperial Foreign policy and to subsidize the defense budgets of American allies and partners. This debt fueled economy will be a noose on future generations of Americans. Mr. Trump is right in “rattling” our allies. Future generations of Americans deserve better than to inherit a nation “rattled” by debt!

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.

 

 

 

 

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CHINA

When Chairman Mao Zedong died in 1976, China was a third world basket case with an economy based on Collective Farming and a few State owned, mismanaged and money losing heavy industries. In 1978, Mao’s anointed successor, Hua Guofeng was dislodged, and Deng Xiaoping became China’s Paramount Ruler. He was a pragmatist. (“It does not matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.”) He liberalized the Chinese economy, set up Special Economic Zones, invited foreign investments, and called his friend, Henry Kissinger.

The two friends met in China in 1979 and Kissinger Associates Inc. an International consulting firm was founded in 1982, to assist clients in identifying strategic partners, investment opportunities and navigate government bureaucracies. American manufacturers, comparing cheaper labor costs than Mexico and the absence of Trade Unions in China, used the tax incentives set up by President Clinton for NAFTA to transfer their manufacturing operations along with American jobs to China. Deng’s vison, reforms and friendship with Mr. Kissinger made China the hub of global industrial manufacturing, and with growth rates of 7% to 12% made China a very rich superpower. “Shining” cities, Bullet Trains, artificial islands, robust military budgets and an army of cyber attackers; Mr. Kissinger and the American Free Trade cartel have made China a threat to her Asian neighbors and a grave concern for the US.

China has now become a victim of her own success. With low labor costs, she sucked jobs away from her export markets, and now there are few consumers left in these markets with money to purchase “Made in China” products. Her export industries are working under capacity, some are losing money. They cannot repay bank loans and growth rates are stumbling. Turning an export oriented economy into a Chinese Consumer Economy will take time, perhaps a generation or two. Like citizens of most present and former third world countries, who have faced poverty, the Chinese are thrifty, they avoid waste, they will not throw away a product simply because a newer model or version is available. They prefer to repair broken gadgets and appliances, darn torn clothes, and resole old shoes. They are not a disposable society. Shrinking exports and low domestic consumption reduces demand for raw materials imported from Australia, Africa and from South America thereby slowing the economies of these continents and the global economy. There is another problem hurting Chinese exports which will be addressed later in this article.

There are fears in the US about another recession. Retailers are hurting and some flagship icons of this business are either closing stores or closing their doors. The Federal Reserve is sending mixed signals as Mrs. Yellen laments “We are in uncharted territory.” The problem is the US is a consumer economy without demand generating consumers. Since the Clinton era’s “Winners” and “Losers” economy, the US has been destroying its consumer base by depriving consumers of their incomes. The flip side of every consumer is a tax paying worker, and when jobs are sent abroad, jobless and poorly paid workers cut down on consumption. Wall Street’s answer to declining sales and profits is to cut expenses by merging, becoming monopolies and laying off employees, thus exacerbating the problem by creating more non-consumers. To balance the economy, the US needs both, production and consumption. Without jobs there is no production, hence, no consumption. The American middle-class, once the envy and driving force behind the global economy is fast becoming extinct.

Mr. Trump said he would impose tariffs on Chinese imports and bring back American jobs. He was widely denounced by the Establishment, the Free Traders, the Foreign Policy Establishment and the media for trying to spark a trade war with China and a global recession. Chinese exports are being hit because the Communist Party in trying to create a Chinese Consumer Society, needs to establish a middle class by paying better wages to their labor. Cheap Chinese products have become more costly. Viet Nam, with a wink from the US, is luring American manufacturers from China with cheaper labor. When Mr. Trump said bring American manufacturing back to the US, his critics went nuclear. When the Establishment, both Elite and Political, are coaxing American manufacturing to move to a more profitable Viet Nam, there are no criticisms of trade wars and global recession. The only difference is Mr. Trump wants to re-establish the American middle class with jobs, while the Establishment and their political enablers want more untaxed profits stashed offshore. America First or Cash Cow Milkers First? The opening salvos of a trade war with China have already been fired. The US is imposing tariffs on Chinese steel, Viet Nam, with a proud history of ably defending herself against the French and the US is demanding a US defense umbrella,(at US taxpayers expense) and Apple Inc. pledged its’ commitment to China by investing a billion dollars in Didi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-share start up.

“Unchartered territory” is an apt description of the dilemma facing economic policy makers. On one side, the world has so much money that Japan and Europe have negative interest rates, while most other Central Banks have historically low rates. A few US corporations have confirmed that they are holding two trillion dollars in untaxed profits offshore. The leaked Panama Papers alleged that a single law firm, Mossack Fonseca, has mass produced over two hundred thousand shell companies hiding twenty two trillion dollars in ill-gotten wealth. How many more clones of ‘Mossack Fonseca’ are there and how many more trillions are they hiding?   While on the other side, the global economy is crumbling because people with no or marginal incomes are locked out of consumer markets. They cannot consume what is being produced and their numbers will multiply as production facilities close. A vicious cycle of no jobs, no production, and no consumption will lead to an economic meltdown. Banks, with tons of money to lend cannot find borrowers with feasible business plans that can project sales to targeted customers as US policymakers have decimated the customer/consumer base. China, thanks to her massive trade surpluses with the US, is embarking on another round of investing in infrastructure, providing employment to her labor force. She has the tools to expedite the establishment of a consumer society by charging negative interest on savings and, or, a tax on savings. The ‘Godless’ Communist Party has a plan to keep her economy running and safeguard the incomes of her labor force.

The only plan the Establishment has is to preserve the status quo and to protect its’ ‘Cash Cows’ by doing everything it can, along with Republican neocons, to deny Mr. Trump the Presidency and to stop him from bringing jobs back to the US. The status quo, structured on graft and greed, creating inequality, deficits and debt, is not an option. This election is not between Democrats and Republicans; it is between populist insurgents who want to clean up Washington and re-establish a real and transparent democracy with jobs, ‘justice and fairness for all’ and an Establishment that has “rigged” and will continue to rig the political process and the financial system.

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.

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AMERICAN DEMOCRACY???

The US has always championed democracy and has spent hundreds of billions of dollars propagating and making the world safe for democracy. Authoritarian regimes have been toppled either clandestinely or by direct military intervention to enable people the world over, to democratically elect their own governments, and make their elected representatives accountable to them. Hence, it comes as a painful shock for most Americans to learn that their own Presidential nominating process is undemocratic and “rigged”.

The fine print in the rules of both political parties, gives the Chiefs of these parties the authority to convert the electioneering process to a selection process should the Establishment backed candidates falter in winning votes from the party’s base. This changes the process from winning votes to courting and ‘buying’ delegates and super delegates ; party insiders who can subvert ‘the will of the people’ and cast their ballots for the Establishment candidates. This is voter suppression and makes a mockery of the primary elections. Defenders of this ‘rigged’, unethical but legal system, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria says “sometimes Democracy is strengthened when it is restrained”, and Amanda Cooper, a Cruz supporter asserts that Conservatives have a right to defend themselves from “anarchists and communists.” This arrogance explains the divide between the party elites and the base they brazenly ignore. George Will cites The Federalists Papers and the Constitution’s Framers recommending indirect democracy and in the same column, thrashes Mr. Trump for becoming rich “by making lavish payments to political decision-makers.” Here, he inadvertently, confirms that selected officials, not accountable to voters, see governance not as a responsibility but as an opportunity. Conservative principles and ideals of fairness, egalitarianism, social conscience and responsible financial management are being trampled upon by professional politicians who see politics not as a calling for public service but as a buck-raking business.

A ‘rigged’ political system is a precursor to a ‘rigged’ economy. While the Establishment and its’ mouthpiece media bash the populist movements of both parties, as being under-educated, they forget that populists from main street possess street smarts. Citizens smart enough to know that political donors are investors looking for a high return on their investments. That only the very rich can afford lobbyists who are the real lawmakers in Congress, and the political establishment made up of Politicians of Fortune are the investments and enablers of their investors and lobbyists.

Mr. Trump is accused of neither being a Republican nor a Conservative. He is an authentic American patriot with common sense, and that is why ‘nativist’ and ‘nationalists’ American patriots who have a better understanding of ‘national interests’ as compared to the Establishment Elites, believe in him. Speaker Paul Ryan, an arch conservative, who became infamously famous with his “makers” and “takers” comment is making ‘takers” of Wall Street where 40 % of corporations avoid and evade taxes. As Sen. Sanders stated, the government is subsidizing the labor costs of Wal-Mart’s low wage part-time employees by providing them with Welfare, food stamps and Medicaid. More and more corporations are now using the Wal-Mart labor model to slash their own labor costs and get taxpayers to pay part of their employee expenses. Both, the Socialist Sen. Sanders and the capitalist Mr. Trump adamantly oppose the concept of ‘Privatizing Profits and Socializing Losses’ yet the pro-business Supply Sider Conservatives bailed out the ‘too big to fail’ Wall Street risk-takers on the backs of Main Street Americans. The criminals responsible for this recession were deemed by the mightiest government on earth, as ‘too powerful to jail’. Now the liberal Obama Administrations and their Conservative partners in Congress are scheming to bail out the investors who invested in Porto Rican junk bonds, again, on the backs of Main Street Americans The Speaker is pushing for “Entitlement Reforms’, cutting and privatizing earned entitlements like Social Security and Medicare to pay for all the Wall Street ‘takers’ Congress is making. It is a no brainer why the Conservative controlled Congress jumped at the opportunity to raise the debt ceiling and do not even attempt to pass a balanced budget.

On the Conservative concept of Free Trade, everybody knows that fair and reciprocal trade is good. “Free Trade” erupted as an issue when a former draft and scandal dodging President, entered trade deals with low wage countries with the specific purpose of transferring the American industrial base and cannibalizing American jobs to foreign countries and foreign labor. He gave tax breaks and tax incentives to enable American manufacturers to set up operations outside the US, and then import what were once US manufactured products back into the US at immense profits. Most of these profits, approximately two trillion dollars are legally (???) stashed offshore, depriving the government of taxes and restricting this money from circulating within the US economy. This is not “Free Trade”. It is an affront to the American ideal of fairness, when Politicians of Fortune acting at the behest of the demonic gods of “The New World Order” and “Globalism” destroy the American workforce and with it, the US economy to pick “winners” and “losers” in an economy based on Greed and Graft that fosters inequality. The former Republican Sec. of State, Henry Kissinger, a “winner” much admired by Mrs. Clinton, became a conduit for US industries relocating to China, has become a billionaire. Companies openly advertise their expertise in relocating manufacturing operations and outsourcing to China. (Spirit, S.W.Airlines/AirTran magazine, May 2014 page 133) The Conservative complaint that US regulations are counter- productive, never explain why US manufacturers thrive in China and can navigate its’ ever-changing intricate web of discriminatory, conflicting and contradictory regulations.

One of the ‘unintended consequences’ of shifting the US industrial base to China under the guise of “Free Trade” is that the US has made China a very rich superpower thanks to her massive trade surpluses. President Regan once envisioned the US as a “shining city on a hill.” China has dozens of “shining” cities while most American cities have crumbling infrastructure problems. China is using US dollars given to her by American trade deficits to build artificial islands across the South China Sea giving her control of the sea lanes vital to international trade, the air space above her islands and posing a threat to countries slated to be our Trans Pacific Partners, who are now seeking a US defense umbrella. US trade deficits also fund China’s cyber espionage, theft and cyber-attacks on almost all institutions using computers. To summarize, the US is funding China with jobs and trade deficits to create problems, and then spending (wasting?) more tax payer dollars to counter their mischief! The Free Trade cartel and their political enablers are blind to America’s security, strategic and social interests.

The Congress controlling Republicans are answerable to American citizens why laws were passed making offshoring profits legal? Why hedge fund operators, including the Clinton’s son-in-law, pay a lower tax rate than Mr. Buffet’s secretary? Why corporations routinely get tax loopholes? Why “Sanctuary Cities” harboring immigration law breakers receive federal funds? Why are innumerable unethical, unfair and Un-American laws governing American society? Law-makers generally grandstand and use their names on bills and laws they are proud of, like McCain-Feingold, Dobbs-Frank, but who are the authors of the unethical and Un-American laws and how did these bills become law? Bundling undebated un-American bills with a good bill or adding scores of unethical “Tails” to a bill in an un-transparent process is undemocratic. What Conservative ideals and principles were applied when these un-transparent bills that did not go through the democratic filter become law? Politicians are great at espousing Americanism, democracy, conservatism and progressivism, but fail to practice and deliver what they preach.

A New York Times columnist, who constantly opines, do this or do that, wrote “The Conservative Case against Trump” in the May 8 edition. In this article, Ross Douthat advises Conservatives that it is their “patriotic” duty to dump Trump. This newspaper, a mouthpiece of ‘The New World Order’, ‘Globalism’, ‘Free Trade’ and the war mongering Neocons, which bashes Mr. Trump and Sen. Sanders daily, is paid in advertising dollars to represent the Establishment. For them, voting for the Establishment candidate, the status quo, unending wars, inequality, deficits and stratospheric debt is patriotism. Street smart Americans, tired of being trampled upon by the undemocratic Establishment, know better. Americans need to take their country back from the undemocratic and financial ‘riggers’ who see the US simply as a ‘Cash Cow’. Only then can patriots ‘Make America Great Again’.

 

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida.

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INSURGENTS IN THE CROSSHAIRS

 

Decades before this 2016 election cycle, American workers were plagued by anxiety, frustration, and hopelessness. They blamed the business elite and their financial grip over the political establishment for their discontent. The anti-establishment movement was already simmering when Sen. Sanders and Mr. Trump gave marginalized Americans megaphones and a say in the Presidential elections. Both these gentlemen, representing two opposite poles of economic philosophy, agree that one of the solutions to rekindling the American Dream, lies in correcting American trade policies.

Fair and balanced trade that benefits all Americans has been the target of a relentless campaign of misinformation, lies, and deception by the Establishment’s Free Trade cartel. Trade, by definition, means buying and selling. When a country sells (exports or earns) more than she buys (imports or spends) there is a positive trade surplus which enriches the country. And when a country imports more than she exports, there is a negative trade deficit which impoverishes her citizens. During the old Colonial era, Colonial powers would import cheap raw materials from their colonies, and export expensive manufactured goods to their colonial markets. Colonial powers became wealthy and the colonies were reduced to becoming basket cases. More recently, Japan prospered with an export oriented economy, importing cheap raw materials, then selling cars and electronics to the global market. They unfairly closed their markets to foreign manufactured competition, thrived on a one way, unbalanced trade policy and amassed vast trade surpluses. The reason they can use the US as their colonial market is that their lobbyists and the American importers of their products have partnered with elected Politicians of Fortune to give the Japanese unfettered access to US markets. The US continues buying their products, and they buy US debt.

Free trade with low wage Mexico and China tragically confirms that the American political establishment are in the pockets of the business establishment and their lobbyists. The Clintons gave tax breaks and incentives to move the American manufacturing sector to low wage countries and give American jobs to underpaid foreign workers. What the US is really importing from these countries is invisible labor and unemployment. Americans are not losing their jobs to technology, robotics or to more efficient means of production; they are losing their jobs to costs; costs of compliance, costs of labor, costs of benefits, which translates into bigger profits for businesses importing invisible foreign labor. These profits impoverishes America as they are kept offshore and untaxed. Establishment buckrakers have made the American worker irrelevant and expendable, shifting and shafting them from positive taxpayer rolls to negative unemployment lines. Until the 1990’s China was a third world basket case, today she is challenging the US to be the world’s leading economic superpower! Tomorrow she will challenge the US to be the world’s foremost military power! China’s “Great Leap Forward” has been made possible by American buckrakers profiting from invisible labor and giving China the world’s largest trade surpluses.

Both, the socialist Sen. Sanders and the capitalist Mr. Trump want to stop America from being fleeced by Free Traders who only see their personal interests and are blind to US strategic and security interests. The money involved is not in the millions or billions, it is in the trillions of dollars. Hence, their rabid determination to prevent either of these insurgents and the populist movements they represent from upsetting the status quo. Like the Iranians who have their “Assembly of Experts”, the Democrats, who talk about a ‘one man one vote democracy’, voting rights and voter suppression, have their own “Super delegates” to thwart ‘the will of the people’. Conservative (???) Republicans, (who allowed the debt to climb to 19 trillion, and funds the Chinese military by importing Chinese invisible labor) are maneuvering to force a ‘brokered convention’ to deny their base their choice of a nominee. While the political establishments of both parties, made up of oligarchs and donors, their lobbyists and politicians of fortune scheme to preserve the status quo, the insurgent candidates remain in the crosshairs of the Establishment Media who are bent on silencing them and exterminating their movements.

Media propaganda is physiological, subtle and very often, the constant repetition of lies and half-truths. Most liberal TV channels use the deceptive “Talk Show” format to report and disseminate the news, where assumptions, biases, and opinions convert news rooms into ‘spin’ rooms. This prevents viewers from forming their own conclusions as media pundits’ brain-wash unsuspecting viewers. Sen. Sanders is often shown on TV with his delegate count along with Mrs. Clinton’s delegate count that includes the super-delegates. This subtle visual implies that the Senator has only half the delegates of his opponent, and that he has already lost the super-delegates and the nomination. Mr. Trump’s quote about stopping Moslems from entering the country always fails to complete his quote “until our elected officials can tell us what is going on.” By repeatedly quoting an incomplete sentence, Mr. Trump is the victim of a half-truth that has alienated many voters. Also, his opponents and media pundits complain that he fares well in polls because he is the beneficiary of about a billion dollars in free TV exposure. They keep forgetting to mention that 90% of this free TV exposure has been negative.

Print media opinion makers, cartoonists, comic strip illustrators, sports columnists, they all appear to be receiving an extra bonus check whenever they lampoon and ridicule the anti- establishment candidates. In the 1990’s the media depicted Ross Perot as a lunatic and torpedoed his anti NAFTA candidacy, signaling elected officials that Free Trade is an Establishment ‘sacred cow’ that has to be worshipped. Sen. Sanders, even if he wins the delegates race, will not get the Super-delegates as they are owned and are part of the Democratic Establishment. Mr. Trump will win the nomination, either outright, or in a brokered convention. It is doubtful if the Republican hierarchy will fight to deny him the nomination as it would splinter the party. They will discreetly fund and work for Mrs. Clinton, the Establishment’s Free Trade candidate, and pray that after losing the general elections, Mr. Trump becomes a ‘loser’ and a non-entity who fades away from the political scene. Conservative Republican (???) buckrakers will have no second thoughts about giving away the Supreme Court to the liberals or giving this century to China because trillions of dollars in Free Trade profits are at stake in the November elections. While the insurgents and their movements see America as “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, Establishment buckrakers view American workers as irrelevant and expendable, and see America as a huge ‘Cash Cow’ that must be mercilessly milked.

The media will falsely portray this election as the usual Democrat versus Republican face-off. They are dead wrong. This election will be between the Establishment with it’s despicable record of inequality, debt and exporting  the American Dream to China against the insurgents who must  unite and prove that America is not a nation of sacrificial sheep.

 

 

 

Ash Hirji

Valrico, Florida

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