Everlasting Be Your Memory – Ed Schultz

 

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I’ve just learned today that a man who has had a great impact on this country, and on me, has passed away.  I stumbled across this sad news that Ed Schultz has died while catching up on my Jimmy Dore‘s.  It’s so weird.  I admit I hadn’t thought about Ed in a while.  But seeing President Trump come through on his tariffs, I got to wondering – I wonder what Ed Schultz thinks of all this.  So I did some searching, found him on youtube, and – I knew it!  Ed Schultz still has a soul!  But now, he has left this life.

I first came across Ed Schultz on a progressive radio station in Jacksonville, FL in 2009.  In the depths of the Great Recession, as I was working odd jobs scrapping to not let my student loans go into default, here came a progressive I could relate to.

Schultz isn’t the stereotypical “pinhead” you hear Bill O’Reilly talking about.  Schultz is a working man’s progressive.  One thing he really drew (or rather reminded me of) my attention to is the need to bring back American jobs.  Schultz was passionate about ending the bad trade deals, restoring America’s manufacturing sector, building our infrastructure, taking care of our veterans, sensible national security and foreign policy, and single payer healthcare.  (I think my Trumpian friends can agree with at least the majority of that.)  But “BUY AMERICAN” is what always resonated.  Hardly an Ed Show went by without him talking about that!

In those days, Schultz was an Obama supporter, fiercely critical of the Republican Party establishment, a bit race-baitie, I admit, but that’s forgivable.  People like Ed Schultz are authentic.  Their wear their good qualities and bad on their sleeve.  You may not like everything you see, but what you see is what you get.

Once he had Pat Buchanan on his show.  When he announced it, I was expecting a fierce argument.  But it was nothing of the sort.  They were pals.  And why not?  Pat Buchanan is an old paleo-conservative who cares about American jobs.  Ed Schultz is an old school progressive who cares about American jobs.  They’re two sides of the same coin!

Things started changing in the late Obama era, and not the kind of “change” that Obama campaigned on.  No, it was the Democratic Party establishment.  It became less about working Americans, and more about political correctness, virtue signaling, “marginalized groups”, and consequently, globalization and corporatism.  Schultz could have gone either way on the PC stuff, though he was never a man to pussy-foot around.  But he was pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-racial integration.  But for Schultz, that all took a back seat to the heart and soul of the Democratic Party of the past – the working class.  When the working class started getting pushed to the back in favor of all the PC stuff, and then the corporatists starting driving the bus, and then insisted they’d only keep driving the bus if the working class weren’t on it, there was no place for a principled man like Ed Schultz anymore.

Consequently, he was kicked off MSNBC (now owned by Comcast) and took refuge with the RT network.  From there, he kept telling the truth, while the hacks at MSNBC kept telling us about Russia.  Schultz took Trump with a grain of salt.  Some accused Schultz of changing, but he never changed.  Schultz cared about American jobs just as much in 2009 as he did in 2016.  Schultz saw some of the things he cared about in Trump, other things, not so much.  But rather than being a partisan hack, and flipping his positions just so that he could opposite of the President with an “R” next to his name, he simply started evaluating Trump issue by issue.  When it came to steel tariffs, ending TPP, infrastructure, etc. Trump earned Schultz’s support.

Like our President, Schultz puts America first, not political party, not political correctness, and sure not the “global community”.

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Any American who works for a living, building things, these are Ed’s people.  If you don’t built things yourself, but appreciate those who do, close enough.  Ed, after all, spent much of his life as a media personality doing just that.  But make no mistake.  He wasn’t some spoiled, lily white liberal admiring from afar people he wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.  He had no problem meeting with workers and helping them fight for better wages, better working conditions, and to protect American jobs from soulless multinational corporations.

I almost titled this “Rest in Peace”, but that’s not how Ed would want it.  He lived to fight the good fight.  So I went with the Orthodox “Everlasting be your memory!”  He won’t rest.  His spirit will live on!  It’ll live on in every Trumpian hard hat who used to vote Democrat, but voted Trump this time for American jobs.  It’ll live on in every solid progressive who won’t sell their souls to Comcast or the DNC.  It’ll live on in the Justice Democrats who fight to restore the soul to the Democratic Party.  And wherever there’s a Clinton or a Bush trying to sell out America to the “global community” – Ed Schultz will live on, ready to fight for us.

 

Another note:

Before this news, I was working on another article – How the left brought me to Trump – and Ed Schultz certainly makes up a chunk of that.  I’ll finish it pretty soon and post it here also.

For now, if you want to honor Ed Schultz, support Wounded Warriors, or buy something American made, or contact someone in Congress and tell them that no matter what they think of Trump, to stand by him as he fights for American jobs.

Ed Schultz also drew my attention to this site

www.madeinusaforever.com

I have an ongoing project, developing news links showing jobs being saved or added due to Trump’s trade policies.  Take a look, and share some links if you have them

https://politicallywag.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/trumps-tariffs-bring-jobs/

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China Will Not Help US With N Korea

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Regardless of a trade war with China, they will not help us with N. Korea.  Indeed, China does have some sway over N. Korea.  Indeed, China has used that to play us many times over.  For most of Trump’s first year in office, he held off on his campaign promise to implement tariffs on China to reduce our astronomical trade deficit.  (China exports 4 times as much to US, as we export to China, year after year.)  This was because China was promising to convince N. Korea to agree to a nuclear deal.

However, China accomplished nothing during that time as Trump was holding off on the tariffs.  Yet, when Trump started making plans to follow through with his promise, suddenly N. Korea came to the negotiating table and a deal was made.

Despite this, Lyle J. Goldstein with the National Interest claims that Trump must now chose between a trade war with China, and the N. Korean deal.  Where exactly has Mr. Goldstein been this last year?  Trump already tried that!  It didn’t work!  So he went forward with the tariffs, and now we have a N. Korean deal.  It’s not complicated.

Despite this glaringly obvious reality, it’s likely that Mr. Goldstein is not the only one who will make this claim.  If this deal does fall apart, don’t be surprised when most of mainstream media ignores the facts presented above and blames Trump’s tariffs.

After all, this is the same mainstream media that ignored decades of terrible trade policies that have empowered China, only to blame Trump leaving TPP for the rise of China.

China is the greatest geopolitical threat to our superpower since the fall of the Soviet Union.  And what makes China a particularly unique threat is their remarkable ability to get many of our politicians and opinion leaders to shill for them.

What Trump has accomplished, however, is getting them to play their N. Korean card.  It was a big card, a scary card, but now it’s played, and China can’t take it back.  We now know that China has far too much to lose from a denuclearized N. Korea to ever let that happen, despite what they say.  But we also know now that there are no N. Korean consequences to standing up to China.

Trump can’t denuclearize N. Korea, and China wouldn’t even if they could.  If anything is going to get N. Korea to denuclearize, it will be S. Korea.  It’s a long shot, but maybe, just maybe, S. Korea can work out some kind of loose unification, and with that, just maybe, a loosely united Korean state could see the gradual extension of freedoms to N. Koreans and effectively pacify the threat.  N. Korea would still be a nuclear power, but they’d be no more a threat than S. Korea.  We can only hope.

Further Reading:

From Fareed Zakaria of all people!  Trump is Right: China’s a trade cheat If you have access to Wapo.  If you are not subscribed to them, I recommend opening them in a browser you don’t normally use.  You get 2 free articles, but it won’t notice you’ve used your two if you open it in a different browser, like Internet Explorer if you normally use Chrome.

Why Anti-Trump John Pavlovitz is being “Tone Policed”

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To read John Pavlovitz’s blog post, you’d think the country was just fine and dandy, and the government generally respected the Constitution and tried to serve the people – until Trump came along!

He complains that his Trump supporting friends are “tone policing” him by asking him to be more constructive rather than just raging against Trump.  He then seeks to justify his rage with a list of points, complaining that these Trump voters are giving Trump a free pass.  I’m going to go through them piece by piece.  He actually does have a few good points…a few.

Mr. Pavlovitz complained, “I haven’t heard a peep from them privately or publicly over the past eighteen months:” and then proceeded to his list.  I’ll start with the ones we more or less agree upon, and then work my way down.  (My comments are in direct response to Mr. Pavlovitz)

Not when he said protestors at his rallies should have been roughed up.

Fair enough, though I’d point out that many Trump supporters faced threats of violence entering those rallies, and when Trump cancelled one rally due to threats of violence, he was mocked.  Trump’s opponents aren’t so innocent.

 Not when Elizabeth Warren was silenced and persisted.

 I’m with you on this one.

 Not when kneeling black NFL players were called sons of bitches.

I’m with you here too!  They are kneeling, not making some obscene gesture.  I support Kaepernick and what he’s trying to do.  And guess what?  Trump is actually planning to meet with him and Kanye West to discuss race relations.  Yes, Trump should’t call them “sons of bitches”, but at least he’s open to reconsidering his position after some reflection.  Maybe Kanye’s gettin’ through to him?

 Not when Evangelists offered public prayers for predatory Alabama senators.

That was a low point for the Evangelicals.  I’m so glad Doug Jones won!

Not when the vile Access Hollywood video surfaced. 

 Right, the private conversation between Trump and two other people where Trump bragged about how because he was rich and famous, women LET HIM grab them.  It’s disgusting, but it’s also his personal life.

Not when refugees were stranded at airports.

I’m sorry things are so tough for people on the other side of the world.  But where were you when Obama was bombing the crap out of Libya?!  Where were you when Sec. of State Hillary Clinton was sending weapons to dangerous rebel groups in Syria?!  You know, the very place these refugees are coming from?  Why do you think Syria has a refugee crisis in the first place?  Because of Trump?  (But there I go deflecting, right?)

Not when they were bulldozing Standing Rock burial grounds.

What did Trump do that was any different from what Obama was already doing?  I realize the Republicans used to blame Obama for problems that began during the Bush era, but two wrongs don’t make a right.  Or do they?


Not when Sally Yates was unceremoniously terminated.

Right, right, right.  It’s fine to dig into every detail of Trump’s relations with Stormy Daniels 11 years ago, but looking into whether he was wiretapped by the FBI?!!!!  A travesty of justice to even suggest such a thing!  Gimme a break!

Not when Nazis and racists in Charlottesville were called “fine people.”

First off, Trump did not call “Nazis and racists” “very fine people”.  All you have to do is listen to his entire statement.  He said there were others there that were not involved with the white nationalists, who just wanted to support the statue of Robert E. Lee, and it was them that Trump called “very fine people.”

Not when tens of millions lost healthcare under the cover of night.

I’ll believe that you weren’t deliberately dishonest in the last one, but not this time.  No, repealing the individual mandate is NOT “tens of millions” losing “healthcare under the cover of night.”  He didn’t take away anyone’s healthcare.  He took away a tax burden, a penalty for not buying healthcare.  I, and tens of millions more, now have the freedom to choose whether or not to buy healthcare.  My body my choice, right?

Not when he tweeted taunts at North Korea.

 This is what you’re outraged about?

Not when the #MeToos were victimized a second time.

 Not sure what you’re talking about here.  I can only speak for myself, but I’m cautiously optimistic about #metoo.  I don’t want it to turn into a witch hunt, but as the father of a daughter, I’d like her to grow up in a better world where women who are harassed or worse can stand up for themselves and get justice…so that this happens far less often.

We’re not as blind as Pavlovitz thinks

Nothing moved them to say anything, nothing burdened them enough to rouse them from their silence, nothing offended their sensibilities significantly enough to merit even a whisper.”

Many of us do criticize Trump on issues when we think it’s called for.  I was very critical of Trump for his tweet that he was banning transgender persons from serving in the military.  We’re just taking Trump with a grain of salt, rather than being absolutely for him, or absolutely against him.  I’m sure Pavlovitz knows some pro-Trump fanatics who really would support Trump if he killed a man in the street, but few of us fit into that category.

But we’re also weighing the alternative, and keeping things in perspective.  The only thing unprecedented about Trump is his tweets and rhetoric.  None of his actions are any more shocking than what you can find in previous administrations, except his trade policies, which are long overdue!  (Thank you Trump for finally doing something about our crippling trade deficits!)

Many of us #eventrumpers, the kind of people who voted Obama and then Trump, we haven’t forgotten that it’s possible to disagree with good people.  Having a different political view doesn’t make you the devil.  Sadly, Trump Derangement Syndrome has the effect of making anyone who voted for Trump appear to be a demon from the 9th circle of hell.

Trump Cures Cancer – Democrats Lament Job Loss For Chemotherapy Workers

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As of today, at app. 3:15 PM EDT, President Trump has announced that he has found the cure for cancer!  Sec. of HUDD Ben Carson played a crucial role, however, at the very least.  Given Dr. Carson’s excellent track record in the medical field, having been the first to successfully separate conjoined twins, many believe that it was largely Dr. Carson who is responsible.  This was first suggested by former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  When asked if he was taking too much credit from Dr. Carson, the President responded, “He’s a nice guy, and he’s working really hard.  But crooked Hillary is a loser.  She wouldn’t know anything about curing cancer.  She lost the race even with everyone in the fake news supporting her.”  The President declined further comments.

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Many Congressional Democrats and die hard Keynesian economists warn, however, that this could cause a recession.  Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman remarked, “In addition to the retail jobs that will be lost to the trade war Mr. Trump is starting, many higher paying jobs in chemotherapy will be lost.  Researchers, doctors, nurses, lab techs, and many more.  Mr. Trump really should have consulted with qualified economists before proceeding with his Cancer cure.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also weighed in:

“The President has not considered how this will affect many of the people who voted for him.  Many of those hard working nurses pulling double shifts to make ends meet will find themselves with fewer hours, or even laid off.  I’m sure Congressional Republicans will feel the effects of this in November.”  Schumer added that before implementing this cure for cancer, the FBI should conduct a thorough investigation into the possibility of Kremlin scientists colluding with the Trump administration to find this cure.

Healthcare lobbyist and former DNC Chair Howard Dean, however, has proposed a solution, as follows:

“Trump, or actually Carson’s cure for cancer is still very new, and can’t be guaranteed to work.  We also can’t be sure of side effects.  There should be a 5 year moratorium on this cure until we can be sure be completely sure that we know all of the side effects.  This will also stave off a healthcare worker recession for at least 5 years.  After that, as we can’t be 100% sure that it will cure cancer in every patient, we should mandate that anyone receiving the cure be required to also undergo chemotherapy as a plan B.”

10 out of 10 health insurance CEOs agree with Dean, according to a Gallup poll.

Another Gallup poll focused on the American population at large showed that 46% of Americans support Trump’s cure for cancer, 52% opposed, and 2% unsure.  97% of self-identified Republicans approve, compared to 11% of Democrats, and 51% of Independents.  Trump’s approval rating as President has also increased by 3% following this announcement.

 

Notes:

April Fool’s!

And have a Happy Easter!

Trump’s Tariffs Bring Jobs

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This will be a chronicle of news stories of how tariffs are bringing back American jobs.  I will add any news story from a reputable source that shows how any tariff in America (particular from the Trump administration, but not limited to it) have brought back the jobs.  If you have any such stories, please share the link in the comment section, and as long as it is a reputable news source, I’ll add it to my chronicle (and happily share a link to your cite upon request).  The purpose here is to arm the people with information.  Stories like these will be reported in media, usually local, but then forgotten and ignored by national media, so I want to arm us with facts that we can use to persuade our misguided fellow Americans who are still drinking the free trade koolaid.

 

US Steel to fire up another blast furnace in Illinois, hire 300 workers, according to marketwatch.com

Republic Steel Restarting Lorrain Factory, Adding 1000+ jobs following Trump’s Steel Tariffs, from WKYC (CBS) Channel 3 in Cleveland, OH

This Snopes article refutes the claim that Harley Davidson is closing a Wisconsin factory because of tariffs.  (Liberals like Snopes, so throw this at them if they blame Trump for Harley Davidson downsizing.)

Aluminum Worker Thanks Trump For Tariffs, From White House’s Youtube Page.  (I first saw this on DC Whispers)

US Jobless Claims Decline to Lowest Level Since Jan. 1973 , a Bloomberg article published March, 29, 2018; weeks after Trump implemented the steel and aluminum tariffs and announced plans to hit China with about $50 billion in tariffs.

Trump’s Tariffs Could Work“, from Thom Hartmann, a real progressive with integrity.  No wonder MSNBC doesn’t want him.

Why Trump’s China Tariffs Aren’t Crazy” In Yahoo Finance, by Rick Newman.  While this article criticizes the steel tariffs, it’s generally supportive of the more recent tariffs on China.

Sources on the harm of “free trade” are getting harder to find, as they get buried under a barrage of neoliberal propaganda and cherry-picked studies from well funded think tanks.

The High Cost Of The China-WTO Deal” by economist Robert E. Scott with the Economic Policy Institute.  This economist explains the harm that had already been caused by “free trade” up until 2000, and argues against the “free trade” being pushed by Clinton in 2000.

 

I’ll scour the internets for more.  Send me anything you have.  I do realize there’s a trade-off, that tariffs can also cause some retailers or dock workers to lose jobs, but I contend that it is a net gain when we have a massive trade deficit.  Mainstream media makes a fortune on retail advertising, and retail thrives on overseas sweatshops.  Inevitably, mainstream media will be very favorable to “free trade” and will try to frighten us with talk of “trade wars” and by only focusing on the jobs lost, not those gained by tariffs.

A little about me: this issue is very near and dear to me.  At 11 years of age, Ross Perot ran for President for the first time in 1992.  For the first time in my life, I got really excited about politics and a presidential candidate.  I walked the neighborhood talking to people and encouraging them to vote for Perot.  At the core of Perot’s message was to protect America’s manufacturing sector, so that we would maintain a strong tax base, and not bury ourselves in debt.  Had we listened to Perot, I don’t think we’d be over $20 trillion in debt now, and the Great Recession of 2009 would have just been another minor business cycle recession.

Trump Fires Rex Tillerson!

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From what I saw, RT was the first to report it, followed by others, including USA Today.  I just want to go on record as saying this is the biggest mistake Trump has made in his cabinet to date!  Tillerson was his most capable cabinet member, and our best hope for world peace.  I weep for the world today.

Kyrie Eleison!

Let’s hope that Pompeo is anywhere near as capable as Tillerson, and picks up where Tillerson left off in pursuit of peace and diplomacy with Russia, Syria, N. Korea, etc.  We can ill afford a nuclear war, or another 10+ year quagmire.

Is Trump a better Democrat than the Democrats?

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I used to be one of those obnoxious “white liberal” types, asking my fellow blue collar whites – Why do you vote against your own best interests?  I was even tempted to call it “racism”.

When it came to Trump v. Clinton, though, that just didn’t make sense anymore.  Here was Trump proposing what some of the better Democrats have been pushing for decades, protection of American jobs; and here was the Democratic Party nominating a would be outsourcer-in-chief.  When my fellow “white liberals” picked up the old – Why do you vote against your own best interests? – rhetoric, I was like – ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

As my regular readers know, I am not part of Trump’s cult of personality.  I reluctantly supported him, because it was him or Clinton, and I have been willing to criticize him when I think it’s due.  But this week, Trump is earning my praise!

  1. Trade – Remember when this was the Democrats’ thing?  Little by little, Trump is coming through on his trade promises.  About a month ago, he implemented 30% tariffs on imported solar panels.  I remember in 2009-10ish when the AFL-CIO was denouncing China for their predatory trade practices in relation to solar panels and considering a lawsuit before the WTO.  I worried that this would be as far as Trump would go, but now, here he is about to slap a 25% tariff on imported steel, and 10% on aluminum!  Thank you Trump!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Trump is getting flak from his own party on this because, as I’ve always hoped, Trump is a bad Republican.  On trade, Trump is a much better Democrat than the Clintons, and much of the members of the Democratic Caucuses in Congress.
  2. Repealing the Individual Mandate – Lest we forget, it was the neoconservative Heritage Foundation that originally came up with the idea to force people to buy health insurance.  Obama himself, in 2008, warned that this could put people in a situation where insurance would be so expensive they’d sooner pay the tax penalty.  Then Obama implemented the mandate, and many are, as he warned, paying the penalty because insurance is too expensive.  Thanks Obama!  But if Obama won’t honor his own positions, Trump will do it for him.  Trump first tried to repeal the individual mandate as part of a larger health care reform.  Upon failing to do that, rather than giving up, he worked a repeal of the mandate into his tax reform.  Starting this year, there will no longer be a tax penalty for not buying health insurance.  So while Obama did the bidding of the corporatist Heritage Foundation, Trump turned out to be a better Democrat than Obama on healthcare.
  3. Cautious foreign policy* – Remember when the Republicans were the warmongers? Things were simpler then.  We hated Bush, the war in Iraq was a yuge mistake, and Obama would bring us change we could believe in.  Then Obama made the mistake of appointing Clinton as Sec. of State, and she talked him into Libya, the biggest foreign policy disaster of his entire presidency.  Thank goodness Obama didn’t go all in on Syria!  While Trump isn’t perfect on this, so far he’s proven to be more cautious in practice than Obama, Bush, or either of the Clintons.  While we are continuing to attack ISIS targets in Syria, we’ve mostly avoided conflict with the Syrian government, we’ve backed the Iraqi government just enough to push ISIS out, and there doesn’t seem to be any quagmires on the horizon.  Meanwhile the “Democrats” are red baiting on Russia and beating the war drums themselves towards the Assad regime.  It seems on foreign policy, Trump is a better Democrat than any Democratic President since Jimmy Carter, and better than most of the Democrats in Congress.
  4. Guns – This one is still uncertain, but following Trump’s listening session with the families and friends of victims of the recent shootings, Trump is open to some sensible gun safety regulations. He’s proposed expanding background checks, raising the age to 21 to purchase semi-automatics, and removing firearms from the hands of people with mental illnesses that could be at risk.  We don’t know how much of this Trump will follow through with yet, but it is certainly noteworthy that once again, populist Trump is clashing with the real Republicans (and I don’t mean that as a complement to them) in order to do what’s best for the American people.

I’m not joining the cult of Trump or anything.  I reluctantly supported him in 2016, and I just may again in 2020, depending on whom the Democrats nominate.  I still have plenty of grievances with Trump.  He is deregulating the financial sector like a Clinton and he’s completely blind to the realities of institutional racism in our criminal justice system.  But as a blue collar Democrat, disgusted at the party that ignores our concerns to maintain its unholy alliance of Political Correctness and Neoliberal Corporatism; I’m looking at Trump and thinking –

I voted for some of my own best interests, and I just might do it again. 

 

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