I’d like to write a really upbeat blog post about the upcoming year, but I just don’t have it in me. I am sorry. Apologies ahead of time.
I suppose I can take some comfort in the fact that our system of government is by design a very slow change management system. It’s nearly impossible to get changes pushed through (witness the last 6 years of Obama’s presidency).
It’s also true that the Executive branch gets too much credit and too much blame for what happens on his/her watch. An example of this would be that Obama wanted to invest in infrastructure / jobs but the Senate Majority blocked him every step of the way, initially to ensure Obama was a “one term” president, and subsequently, out of spite, they wanted his record to be clear of anything that smacked of an accomplishment. It worked. Ironically, Trump now wants to invest 1 Trillion into infrastructure and the GOP is split as to how to move forward with this idea.
Even more interesting will be to see what happens with immigration. Trump campaigned on the radical idea of deporting 12 million illegal immigrants and got support from the rust belt states who are still hurting from globalization / NAFTA. The majority of people in this country want something constructive done and there are many options on the table from mass deportation to full amnesty. But here’s a prophecy for you. Nothing will get done during the next 4 years for the same reason nothing has gotten done for the last 30. Both parties’ establishment wings benefit from illegal immigration. Major corporations want the cheap labor. Progressives want the votes. For Trump to get his way, he’s have to flip the bird at major corporations and the cynic in me says that’s going to be difficult for him to get through. Anyone heard anything about the ‘wall’ lately?
Maybe we’ll press on with the status quo for a period, but having lost the White House, Senate, House and soon, the Supreme Court, I suspect change is coming in spades.
Not all of it will be bad. Should the welfare roles be reviewed every year for fraud? Yes. I have no problem with the idea of cutting wasteful spending. I do however have a problem with blanket cuts or privatization of Social Security and Medicare that hurt Grandma.
Progressives including this writer are in fact guilty as charged of elitism. I’m guilty of staying mostly in the debate realm on social media and not getting up off my arse to do anything constructive about it. That will change in 2017. It’s time to transition from elitist to activist. On my to-do list is to dig up some sign materials, find the spray paint can and a few staples.
I’ve been watching the country split in half since Bush v. Gore. I’m learning not to be surprised by the outcomes. I seriously thought Gore waxed Bush in 3 consecutive debates but alas the voting population felt otherwise. I was initially skeptical of Reagan’s “trickle down economics” plan and it didn’t take long for me to figure it out. I remember very specifically getting an extra $35 in my paycheck in the early 1980’s. Boy did I ever stimulate the Marysville, WA economy with that! Meanwhile, Reagan’s cronies were ordering new yachts ( to his credit, the yacht building business did boom during those years ).
I was not a supporter of Reagan or Bush, but I didn’t loathe them. Critical policy differences, yes. Loathe, no. Both displayed tolerance for all faiths, minorities, and generally tried to be inclusive as the leader of the free world.
Trump however, cannot seem to go a day without be-clowning himself on Twitter. I mean, what President Elect in history has stooped to the level of pouring salt on the wounds of his rivals with a faux New Years wish?
So I enter 2017 with a glass half empty I’m afraid. Just being honest here. As a very young man in my early 20’s I had my first encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness which resulted in several deep conversations where I learned what they were all about. In the end I said “No Thanks”, but not before learning much about Armageddon and the End of Times prophecies. I’ll leave it to your imagination as to why I’m reminded about these events to start off 2017. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t wonder if the Jehovah’s Witnesses aren’t perhaps right.
Finally, I’ve read several articles on the 7 deadly sins as they relate to the ego of Donald Trump and as an exercise, you can Google each of them next to the word Trump and fill up 100’s of pages of results. Just for my own personal amusement, I’ve done that.
Happy New Year!
- This is my favorite, with Falwell.
- Envy: No A-List Celebs at the Inauguration. Gee, I wonder why?