Naomi Wolf, author, political journalist and cofounder of DailyClout: ‘Trump didn’t do this. You did this. Your own inaction brought us exactly here’
The first 100 days of President Donald Trump
Only 18.7% of the total US population voted for Trump and only 26.3% of eligible voters actually voted for Trump.
Proportional representation would be an improvement.
We must not forget that the electoral system in the US was a compromise between states rights and federal control. The battle still rages.
“With PR, (Proportional_representation) there are no “swing seats”, most votes contribute to the election of a candidate so parties need to campaign in all districts, not just those where their support is strongest or where they perceive most advantage. This fact in turn encourages parties to be more responsive to voters, producing a more “balanced” ticket by nominating more women and minority candidates. On average about 8% more women are elected.
Since most votes count, there are fewer “wasted votes”, so voters, aware that their vote can make a difference, are more likely to make the effort to vote, and less likely to vote tactically. Compared to countries with plurality electoral systems, voter turnout improves and the population is more involved in the political process.”
Isn’t it amazing that so few voted for Trump yet he is the President Elect?
This is what happens when so few of the electorate vote.
Why did so many not vote? Here are my suggestions:
(1) Many American citizens quit voting years ago because they were fed up with what they deemed a corrupt system.
(2) Many Republicans wouldn’t vote for Trump and couldn’t vote for Clinton because of party loyalty. So they just didn’t vote.
(3) Many people just didn’t like either candidate so in frustration just didn’t vote.
I’m sure there are other reasons but I’m all out of ideas.
It is interesting to speculate as to what sort of people were included in the just over 26% of the electorate. I’ll leave you, my friends, to think about that!
“In today’s America, conservatives who actually want to conserve are as rare as liberals who actually want to liberate. The once-significant language of an earlier era has had the meaning sucked right out of it, the better to serve as camouflage for a kleptocratic feeding frenzy in which both establishment parties participate with equal abandon. Putting meaning back into the words can be a risky proposition, in turn, because so many Americans are used to waving them about as arbitrary noises linked to an assortment of vague emotions, the common currency of what passes for thought in so much of modern American life.”
John Michael Greer
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016 http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.co.uk/
“’I think what a lot of Republicans want to see is that we have a standard bearer that bears our standards.’ House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday,”
Perhaps “Republican Standards” are the standards of the rich and elite. American wealth is moving toward the few (.8% now) at an unprecedented rate of flow (up). American wage earners have experienced their standard of living dropping whilst Congress spends such a lot of time bickering and fighting each other. Perhaps the other 99.2% are just fed up.
For example: “For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/10/09/for-most-workers-real-wages-have-barely-budged-for-decades/ and yet; there are now more than twice as many millionaire households than there were in 1996. http://www.cnbc.com/2015/03/09/more-millionaires-than-ever-are-living-in-the-us.html
48.00% of Americans earn less than $25k a year.
“In 2011, the majority of low-income working families (61 percent) spent more than one-third of their income on housing, exceeding an accepted guideline for what constitutes affordable housing.” http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2013/us-working-poor-families.aspx
A low-income family is: “those earning less than twice the federal poverty line. In 2011, the low-income threshold for a family of four with two children was $45,622.” That means the poverty level is $22,811. So nearly ½ of American families (2 adults and 2 children) are living in or very near poverty. “In 2011, the top 20 percent of working families received 10.1 times the total income received by the bottom 20 percent of working families, up from 9.5 in 2007.” I’m sure that in 2016 at least 50% of American families are earning below the poverty line.
For quite a while I’ve heard the over-ripe saying that “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” I always thought it was just an over exaggeration. Not anymore.
As I posted on Facebook Friday, “Fanaticism is bred by hopelessness and despair”
I think it is safe to say that almost half the American population despair of ever rising above the poverty line. Then along comes Trump! But Trump is a millionaire.
Does this really make any sense?
“Already Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has issued a statement that, while not definitive, shows his preference.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” he said. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
Is this a cheap crack at President Obama or the words of a disoriented mind?
Peak oil has either passed or will occur any day now. Informed ecological professionals warn us that fossil fuels must be left in the ground. Where will the money come from to enable airlines to pay for their new aircraft? Where will the money come from to pay for airport expansion? Who is paying for dirty coal extraction and fracking? The answer is taxpayers! In a half an hour I was able to find reliable evidence at the incredible amount of worldwide government subsidies that underpin economic expansion. How can the expanding volume of CO2 and other GHGs be lowered if the obvious coalition of government policy and corporate profit objectives continue?
View references below: Note, increases in commercial aircraft, airports, coal fired power, oil extraction and extensive subsidies.
Airlines Add Capacity Strategically As Demand For Air Travel Soars
Trefis Team Trefis Team , Contributor 8/26/2014
Boeing’s profits surge as commercial aircraft sales increase
22 Apr 2015
“The world now consumes 85 million barrels of oil per day, or 40,000 gallons per second, and demand is growing exponentially.”
“Economic life is ultimately determined by the ability of an aircraft to generate profits for the airlines that operate it both in absolute terms and also relative to alternative aircraft types that might be available as competitors at the outset or introduced later in its life. As a broad rule of thumb, current generation 100+ seat commercial jets will have an economic life of around 25 years, although plenty will still be in commercial service beyond 30 years and life extension through cargo conversion is also possible for some aircraft.”
“In reality, some industries consistently achieve excess returns (ROIC [ return on invested capital > WACC) [,weighted average cost of capital] often due to structural or regulatory factors. In any regulated industry, entry – and exit – are typically distorted in some way. The airline sector achieves one of the lowest levels of ROIC of any industry and is one of the few that consistently fails to meet its WACC.”
“According to IATA’s Jun-2013 report “’Profitability and the air transport value chain’”
“the airline industry generated an average return on invested capital (ROIC) of 4.1% in the 2004 to 2011 business cycle, a very small improvement on the 3.8% achieved in the 1996 to 2004 cycle. This remains well below the weighted average cost of capital (WACC), which falls in a range of 7% to 9%.”
“The airline sector achieves one of the lowest levels of ROIC of any industry and is one of the few that consistently fails to meet its WACC.”
“The failure to generate economic returns (i.e. where ROIC > WACC) reflects problems both with the airline industry supply chain and the structure of the industry. Every other element in the supply chain generates higher returns than airlines themselves, in some cases significantly higher.”
“A central argument of some U.S. airlines seeking government protection from foreign competition is that the Persian Gulf States have been inappropriately and unfairly helping the Gulf carriers become established with financial aid. What this report shines a bright light on is the simple fact that government assistance has long been provided on a very large scale to airlines around the world, including in the U.S.,” stated BTC [Business Travel Coalition] Chairman Kevin Mitchell.”
“In addition to federal subsidies, U.S. airlines also benefit from state subsidies. Unite Here, a union affiliated with the AFL-CIO, issued a report last month claiming that U.S. airlines receive state subsidies that it says amount to $1 billion a year.”
“It is time to ensure U.S. airlines and their workers are operating on a level playing field with their state-funded competitors in the Middle East. U.S. airlines shouldn’t have to compete with the treasuries of foreign governments who offer their state-owned carriers blank checks.”
“The petition, presented to the Parliament Petitions Committee chair Cecilia Wikström and Green MEP Keith Taylor, calls for an end to the absurd situation where European governments miss out on €40 billion every year because commercial airlines pay no tax on fuel and are exempt from VAT.”
Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF
‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments”
Why she held up the sign
“because I don’t feel like this is a moment where we should feel comfortable.”
“For me, it goes back to the idea that we’re not allowed to feel these sentiments,” she said. “We always have to be stoic. We always have to make certain people comfortable and I really didn’t want to make anyone comfortable at that time. I felt angry. I felt fearful for my young brother and my younger cousin. And I currently feel fearful for the son I might have and I wasn’t trying to make people feel comfortable because I don’t feel like this is a moment where we should feel comfortable. We should be questioning the fact that this continues to happen and I wanted that to be expressed.”
How To Avoid Raising Taxes on the Middle Class or Cutting Programs the Middle and Poor Depend On
By Robert Reich
Nation of Change
“The real median wage is only slightly higher now than it was 30 years ago, even though the economy is twice as large.”
“Wealth has become even more concentrated than income (income is a stream of money, wealth is the pool into which it flows).
The richest 1 percent now own more than 35 percent of all of the nation’s household wealth, and 38 percent of the nation’s financial assets – including stocks and pension funds.
Think about this: The richest 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million of us put together. The 6 Walmart heirs have more wealth than bottom 33 million American families combined.
So why are we even contemplating cutting programs the middle class and poor depend on, and raising their taxes?
We should tax the vast accumulations of wealth now in the hands of a relative few.”
Why do we vote for millionaires who then write bills that further their aims to become billionaires?
I’m sorry, perhaps I misspelled Democracy.
“Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning “few”, and ἄρχω (archo), meaning “to rule or to command”) is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oligarchy
I’m sorry, but I am so amazed at my ignorance. Blasphemy has been a sin in Christianity from the beginning. ” In Britain’s last blasphemy execution, 20-year-old Thomas Aikenhead was executed for the crime in 1697. He was prosecuted for denying the veracity of the Old Testament and the legitimacy of Christ’s miracles.”
I didn’t think such as this had survived to the modern era.
In January 2008, a spokesman for prime minister Gordon Brown announced that the government would consider the abolition of the blasphemy laws during the passage of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. The government consulted with the Church of England and other churches before reaching a decision. The move followed a letter written to The Daily Telegraph at the instigation of MP Evan Harris and the National Secular Society and was signed by leading figures including Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, who urged that the laws be abandoned.
In March 2008, peers voted for the laws to be abandoned.
On May 8, 2008, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 abolished the common-law offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel in England and Wales, with effect from 8 July 2008.
David Cameron considers a referendum on Europe
“The prime minister is considering making a major speech about Britain’s future relationship with Europe before December’s EU leaders summit.
The speech would set out his vision of how the UK will respond to the recent call from the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso, for a new EU Treaty creating”
“a democratic federation of nation states”.
I challenge the use of the word “democratic” in this context. See below:
Comitology (or ‘committee procedure’) refers to the procedures under which the European Commission executes its implementing powers delegated to it by the legislative branch (i.e. the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union) with the assistance of so called ‘comitology committees’ consisting of Member State representatives. This delegation of power is now based on Article 290TFEU.
Comitology committees emerged in the 1960s when the Council realised that it lacked the resources to make all necessary implementation rules and decided to delegate implementing powers to the Commission. Today, most EU regulation is not enacted as legislation by the European Council or the European Parliament but as implementation measures under the executive duties of the Commission.
Notice the key phrase: “Today, most EU regulation is not enacted as legislation by the European Council or the European Parliament but as implementation measures under the executive duties of the Commission.”
To call this democratic is entirely misleading. It is the commission that holds the power in the EU, not parliament. The council represents the governments and is overburdened by thousands of lobbiest who represent corporate interests.
“Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy
Folks, this is definitely not what we have and we will have even less of it for as long as we stay in the EU.
Most people that I have talked to about the situation when the UK voted to join the EEC thought they were joining an economic union and not a political union. They feel they had the wool pulled over their eyes. Perhaps we can see more clearly now.