No Dog in This Fight

The conclusion that James Kunstler reaches at the end of his latest column is a great starting point for a realistic analysis of the flood of propaganda we are going to get on the subject of health insurance now that the Republicans’ Senate bill is public.

Here’s how Kunstler ended his article:

“Spare yourself the angst of even worrying about the outcome of the current healthcare debate. It’s not going to get “fixed.” The medical system as we know it is going to blow up, and soon, just like the pension systems across the country, and the treasuries of the fifty states themselves, and the rest of the Potemkin US economy.”

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Green Party Endorses Detroit Candidates

Green Party Endorses Detroit Candidates

Wayne County Greens support Mayoral, Clerk, and City Council Candidates

Wayne County, Michigan

On Tuesday, June 13th, the Wayne County Green Party officially endorsed the candidacies of Detroit Mayoral candidate, Ingrid LaFleur; City Clerk candidate, D. Etta Wilcoxon; City Council candidate for the 1st District, James Eberheart Jr; City Council candidate for the 7th District, Joanna Underwood; and City Council At Large candidate Beverly Kindle-Walker.

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Recount – Just One Point

The Detroit Free Press, on November 29, 2016, ran a story about the cost of the recount. In it various state officials express concern over the possible cost to taxpayers. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, in this story, estimated the cost as $1.8 million, only half of which would be covered by the filing fee Jill Stein paid. She has since gone on to inflate that figure to $4 million.

A variety of public figures have thrown out their personal wild guesses of the cost; $4 million, $8 million, $12 million, who knows? Since none of them will be held responsible for the accuracy of their figure, any number they pull out of their back pocket is apparently good. Continue reading

more than just the election

By now we have all seen multiple absurd, fantastic and incomprehensible explanations for the recent Presidential election results. There’s been an astounding amount of unsupportable excuses from the losing side and an equally astounding amount of bloviating smugness from the “winners.” One thing that’s clear is that both the Donald and the Hillary were extremely disliked, extremely detached from ordinary Americans and extremely unlikely to change the society or the economy for the better.

I’ve come across a few articles that offer substantial insight into the election. This is one of them: http://cassandralegacy.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-peak-oil-election.html

I roughly agree with this line of analysis. I especially agree with the idea that most people trying to analyze the election are not even familiar with peak oil and therefore do not understand, for instance, why it means the political policies of the New Deal will not restore prosperity to the American economy. Neither will “free trade” as exemplified by a series of trade treaties. Neither will restoration of punitive tariffs as proposed by Trump. Whether you think America was great during Roosevelt’s administration or Reagan’s or Bill Clinton’s, the prosperity that was possible with ample resources for all human needs is simply no longer possible because essential resources are no longer ample. Continue reading

Some Personal Ramblings

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, The Green Party of Michigan held an informal after-election debriefing meeting. In the brainstorming session that made up part of the meeting, one of the things suggested was that testimonials about “Why I joined the Green Party” would be useful for growing the party. Here’s mine.

In February of 1987, my son Tommy, just a month past his 6th birthday, was diagnosed with leukemia. I had been laid off from a very decent job around Thanksgiving of the previous year. My wife Linda was working a rewarding job that did not pay especially well. We thought my unemployment was the main problem my family had. The new reality shocked us into realizing that a period of unemployment is relatively trivial. Continue reading

Making Some Sense of the Election

By now, anyone interested in politics has read and/or heard a barrage of contradictory and mostly made-up explanations for the outcome of the 2016 election. Donald Trump will be our next president. Hillary Clinton will not.

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(Photo from WDIV, Channel 4 in Detroit.)

Hillary won a plurality of the popular vote; not a majority, but her plurality was larger than Trump’s plurality. Loud proclamations that Hillary won the popular vote may leave the impression that a majority of Americans voted for Hillary for President, but that is not actually true. Continue reading