- Jun 30, 2004
Back in 1996, I was a government careerist employee -- a civil servant. I had learned belatedly that OPM's use of the expression "merit promotion system" was about as believable as the Easter Bunny. Positions would become vacant; low-level political favorites would apply. The civil service was slowly being corrupted. But that was a long time ago.I don't understand....
If Donald Trump is soooo bad, and he is so bad indeed, how then is it that Trump will be re-elected in 2020?
We all know that he will be so lets not fool ourselves.
What will matter and the only thing that will matter is the economy and jobs.
Personally, I think the economy is all smoke and mirrors and the jobs figures are all made of cooking the books.
Republicans accused Obama of fuddling the jobs figures, so obviously republicans believe this is possible to do. And if it is possible to do, then you can bet your life Donald Trump and his administration are doing exactly that.
Yet, Trump will be re-elected.
I know it, you know it, we all know it.
JUST WAIT until that one democratic candidate emerges and it goes head to head. We will see nasty as never before.
Has anyone ever wondered just how bad election-mode Donald Trump can be? Or ever wondered how bad his people can be? Just how low they can go?
Well..... you are about to find out the hard way.
Every singe four-letter-word will become the prime-time stable, especially when airing live those Donald Trump rallies.
We will see hidden video of private parts, sexual acts, drug use, talk of drug use, sex tapes of Donald's wive(s), of Joe's wife, of their kids and of everyone associated with their campaigns.
And that is only the tip of the ice berg.
Who knows if we can survive a second term of Donald Trump? Who knows if we can survive this election cycle involving Donald Trump....?
But again -- 1996 -- an election year. I watched the State of the Union, and saw Bob Dole's rebuttal to Clinton. I had a hunch. The following morning, I went into the office and visited just about every Republican holdover from the Bush years that I knew of.
I bet them $100 each that Clinton would win in November. And he did. And they all had taken the bait. And faced with the option of hiding my winnings from the tax-man, I reported them anyway.
If Trump wins in November, it will be a matter of multiple causation. First, there's the reason he "won" in 2016: Russian assistance coupled with bitterness, racist vendetta for a black president, ignorance and stupidity.
The economy in normal times is a bellwether. Bellwethers are often misleading. It is true that many people vote their self-interest as they see it; they vote against their real self-interest thinking that they even know their self-interest as they may see it. Whether or not enough people vote for the collective public interest -- "enlightened self-interest" if you want to call it that -- is a question of national character. Consider how sad it either is or might be, that the national character only depends on steaks on the dinner-table, a car and Winnebago in the driveway, a rising home appraisal value, and low unemployment.
Got "stuff"? Screw everybody else . . . I once knew a biologist who had proven that ants walk faster with rising ambient temperature, and they walk slower when it's colder.
I guess we'll find out if 'more stuff" and enough jobs to go around lead to a second term for the most disgusting piece of Filth ever to be on TV since the ground-breaking broadcast of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
And I know a lot of people who aren't ignorant or stupid, and they all say that they don't think the nation will survive a second term of a Criminal-in-Chief.