I was only able to catch brief snippets of the CBS Democratic debate live, but then tried to watch a full replay — for now I give up. Way too much cross talk.
Watching the first few minutes I have come to the scary conclusion that Donald Trump will likely win re-election — I mean someone has to stand out as a leader among the Democrats, someone besides Bernie Sanders. Barring some unforeseen events that could derail Trump, Sanders as the nominee will lose I am fairly sure. It is possible, for example, the fallout from the current coronavirus epidemic (or pandemic), could change the landscpae — not meaning that the virus is Trump’s fault, but how he deals with it and what the impact will be on the economy going forward. Too early to tell on that one.
The former Republican and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg might well be an excellent alternatifve to Trump but I think his style and personality or lack thereof might not energize voters who might otherwise show up at the polls to oust Trump.
And can I stop here and again mention stop and frisk? Bloomberg’s opponents on the debate stage keep hammering away at him for this. Stop and frisk I guess is some kind of label you put on someone to prove they are a racist — end of story. He implemented it, a lot of black people were stopped, and apparently a lot of them were not guilty of anything or there was no probable cause to stop them. But I believe the idea was to go into crime-ridden areas and clean them up, making them safe for the law abiding citizens (mostly black). Bloomberg has apologized and seems obligated to repeat that apology every time someone brings it up. He says once he realized things had gotten out of hand he put a stop to it (others say he did not and of course somehow Joe Biden claims he, Biden, did, and there is a federal judge who says, no, she did). But as I said before, it seems to me that if I had to live in a crime-ridden area I would feel more comfortable with a high police presence and not just drive throughs in squad cars and responses after someone had been robbed or killed. And I heard a report on CNN (a sound byte) of a young man in what might be termed a New York ghetto neighborhood saying he wished the police were back working in his neighborhood.
Now of course simply stopping and frisking people at random or by simple fiat or because of their skin color is a civil rights violation, rightly so, on its face. But then there is probable cause — a tricky thing, can be rather subjective. A good and honest policeman might have an instict but be overrulled by a judge, who was not there. A bad cop can cause havoc. But I think the answer has to be heavy policing, and up close and personal policing, sometimes called community policing I think, especially in high-crime areas. And all I really want to say on all that is that I think maybe the stop and frisk criticism might be a cheap shot against Bloomberg,
They say it is make or break time for former vice president Joe Biden in this coming Super Tuesday voting. It is said he has to win South Carolina where he is depending upon support of the black commiunity.
I suppose if Biden could keep his wits about him and be more careful, that is avoid gaffes and exaggerations that he has already been caught in, he just might able to beat Trump, but it is sad to me if he is the best the Democratic Party could do. Old go along to get along Joe might draw in Republicans who might not dare say so but who are tired of Trump and his fascistic ways or just plain tired of the daily circus.
Still, I like Amy Klobuchar, but she desperately needs to do and say things to get to the head of the pack — she can’t quite do it. A pity she might well be a good centrist president.
And to all the socialists:
If you truly have missed out on getting what you thought you should from our great country, I am fairly sure that once you do, and do so by taking it from others, you will then become far more conservative. You will want to hold on to what you got.
Sanders cites problems, such as health care and income equality and the cost of education, and then proclaims socialism is the answer. I say the answer is social programs in some instances but not socialism.
And this thing about raising the minimum wage. My position on that is that sadly we probably need the minimum wage because there are some scoundrels, well quite a few, who would take advantage of down and out workers and pay next to nothing. So I guess there needs to be a floor. But naming some magic figure as the minimum wage or something called a livable income is problamatic. Not everyone needs as much as others. Some people are able and skillful enough to live economically. Some people actually save back and improve their skills and become successful and move up to the higher income brackets.
That’s why people come to this country. That’s why a lot of our ancestors did. Opportunity.
Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are right to a degree, that is the emphasis from the government seems to be to help the rich, the very people who don’t need the help. But the counter argument to that is that capital or capitalists are the ones who create the jobs and sustain the economy.
There just needs to be a better balance folks. Social programs good, socialism not good.
South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg has done well in the race so far. He seems to be a centrist and he talks well. Not sure exactly what his specifics are or how exactly he would handle things. It will be interesting to see if he progresses in the primary.
I think some have thought anyone but Trump and that most anyone could beat him. I don’t think they think that now.
To the extent we have a great economy now (the coronavirus effect notwithstanding), I think Trump gets far too much credit and former president Obama not enough, but fair or not, the particular president in office gets the credit for a good economy and blame for a poor one.
The main danger from Trump is that with his victory in the impeachment episode he is consolidating his power in the way of a true authoritarian by purging out anyone who dares to have a contrary opinion and even going as far to tell two Supreme Court justices that they should recuse themsevles on cases involving him. I mean it is probably the Supreme Court and the rule of law that stands between a dictatorship and a democracy.
Now obviously, cabinet members and immediate staff are subject to a president’s perogatives, but going further down the line is dangerous.
Politicizing the the Environmental Protection Agency is just plain wrong. I understand Trump has managed to get the EPA to disregard reports that would fly in the face of his climate change denial stances or his call for cutting down on pollution controls.
If we ever needed a president who respects science it is now in the face of this threat from the coronavirus (which I realize no one knows how serious it might become or if it will subside in a not too-distant time). Yes. How Trump handles it could determine his presidency. If he does it well (so far he has seemed indecisive), at least we can be relieved of that. He’s supposed to hold a news conference on the corona virus situation, as I finish this post.