Day 24: The Bite is Worst

Much of the news, I have seen lately has discussed the president elect’s tweets or phone calls to foreign leaders while the content is not presidential at best and possibly damaging. It has obscured the creation of a vile machine. Steven Mnuchin was a Goldman Sachs executive is going to lead the Treasury department. Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary will oversee the destruction of the ACA, which will be most likely repealed and delayed. The GOP hasn’t come up with a replacement concept in the past six years. I think it deserves attention that they campaigned on repeal and replace in 2010,2012, 2014, and 2016 without figuring out the fix. Even now, they want to repeal it and buy time. The market will panic with any repeal even with a delay. Maybe it is another nuclear tactic of negotiation. The Democrats don’t want to cause the people to lose their insurance, but voters didn’t hold any of the government shutdown against the GOP and that was over the funding of the act that came them the insurance in the first place.

We have a problem in our country and it has existed for a good amount of time. We cannot handle our technology in many ways it drives us more than we let ourselves believe. In Bill Moyers documentary “Illusions of the News” back in 1989, there is a great discussion about the ear vs the eye in news. Michael Denver, an advisor to Reagan, says “The problem with it was that she had to put on during her piece all these wonderful visuals that we created. And if you really believe that the visuals are going to outlast the spoken word in the person’s mind, then we were delighted with it. We’d gotten one more shot of all the things that we created that we wanted on television.” The White House media strategy would place Reagan at an event looking great and nice like the Handicapped Olympics while defunding the disabled safety net. The scathing reporter critique wasn’t remembered by most after. The image remained context-less within the viewer until it became its own context.

Trump takes this further and harder than Reagan than Bush who failed spectacularly with “Mission Accomplished”. The Teflon Don survives by creating outrage. Impotent outrage, we must of course object but with so much rejection the pressure cannot pierce his orange skin. His refusal to behave as a man of his position should is the most media outlet friendly way to interrupt the news cycle. There are so many different experts in manners, historically statistics to divulge in the notion of creating context to a contextless narrative. His social media musings are no more a window into his mind’s eye than his speeches or proclamations. He used the new legal bribe tax incentives, which go against the spirit of the constitution. Taxes are the shared burden of liberty for all citizens to be used for the public service. Medical and technological research especially military are within the shared purview of the public. We all have life as a right. When it goes to private interests who personally profit from the exchange, I think a line has crossed. At some level the government is payrolling private industry. Unlike previous government work programs like the CCC where roads and bridges and parks the things we love to have and use. We still have to pay the same price as the air conditioner. At least in the bailout, we made money. I believe the bailout shortended the working class. I think that the inequality in this country has created a crisis. But as long as we the citizen expect the government to fix our problems, there will be no tomorrow that wasn’t today.

We must address the inherent moral decay that creates such disparity in quality of life. America was founded on the notion that the revolutionaries were one people of a large (and getting larger) country that agreed to be civil to another with freedom being the ultimate civility. The experiment had its own moral failing that have been corrected no without regrettable horrific suffering by millions and some of those moral failings continue today. That must be addressed as well I speak of discrimination and hate crimes. We must consider not just class but what is the ceiling and how long entrenched can wealth be before their is an aristocracy and effectively a noble ruling class. It must be a choice of the citizens not forced on them by big government that will correct the ills. A revival of the public commons and modest luxury.

-E.C. Fiori