by Scott Creighton
When Hillary Clinton is (s)elected today, there will be tension in the halls of D.C. So she will have to cut a compromise deal with Paul Ryan right off the bat to “get things done”. The deal will likely include her hedge fund manager’s plan to privatize Social Security via yet another illegal mandate to buy into a retirement plan managed by various hedge funds and some sort of “entitlement” reform with Medicare and Medicaid as well as a plan to get folks working again via a trillion dollar “shovel ready” infrastructure refurbishing scheme. I call it a “scheme” because it will likely include a two-tiered pay schedule with a few folks getting paid a living wage and a whole shit-load of people getting paid minimum wage or less (the refugees she brings in will get paid less)
Of course, both of those plans will help Big Business and Wall Street and her fake-left supporters will say absolutely nothing because they wont dare challenge anything she does for the first year out of fear of having been wrong with their idol worship of her. Plus there’s the whole “first female president” thing to think of. So the fake-left will reluctantly cheer all of Hillary’s far-right policy choices for some time to come.
If by some odd happenstance the masters of the universe screwed it up so much that there are WAY too many Trump votes for them to “fix” with their electronic voting machines and purged voter rolls (via the “ebil Ruskies” hee hee hee) then he will set out to hire his Sec. of Treasury right off of the Goldman Sachs payroll, take a hatchet to any and all remaining Big Business regulations for the sake of “creating jobs” (hee hee hee hee hee), reform ObamaCare so it’s actually even MORE beneficial for Big Insurance (keeping the unconstitutional mandate of course) and then do the exact same thing with her infrastructure refurbishing plans because after all, his developer friends will make TONS of money as they ship in cheap labor from neoliberalized countries across the globe.
They will BOTH continue our Global War OF Terror in the Middle East. They will BOTH strive to get Bush’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform done as quickly as possible. And they will BOTH keep saying absolutely nothing about the growing surveillance state here in the US run by a few alphabet agencies and a WHOLE SHITLOAD of various corporations who the Freedom Act and CISA allowed to privatize your privacy.
In short, Wall Street and the super wealthy will be happy either way while we ALL get screwed.
But don’t worry. Trump (probably) wont run into the White House and sign an executive order making it legal for any billionaire to grab your pussy and Killary (probably) wont sit in a corner somewhere laughing, drooling, playing with BALLOONS! and launching nukes at Putin just for the lulz.
The country will continue the neoliberal spiral it’s been on since the Reagan days, maybe with a little acceleration, like the flushing of a toilet. You’re not going to get a reprieve from ObamaCare, we’re not going to see a slow down of what they call “flexible workforces” brought into the country to drive down wages and the standard of living for working Americans and we certainly aren’t going to stop funding and supporting terrorists across the Middle East and Africa.
Not now not ever. At least, not for the next four years.
We did our best. Our consciences are clear. We never lost sight of the better angles of our nature no matter how ruthlessly they wielded the power of identity politics.
And in that there is a little hope. We are not in the minority here, believe it or not. And four years from now, after four years of either one of these assholes, they’ll be more of us.
So give them their little victory. They stole it fair and square. But remember, it’s just a battle, not the war.
Whenever I used to walk off the mat after a wrestling match I lost, Coach Stanberry would run up to me belly to belly. He was about 5 feet tall. I was 6′-3″. He would stare up in my face: “Pick your Goddamned Head Up!” he would yell.
You’re not defeated until you feel defeated. He was a good man. Good lesson. Funny what sticks with you over the years.
Pick your Goddamned heads up no matter what. Still got work to do.