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Trump is for America what Arnold Schwarzenegger was for California.

For all the hand-wringing by the GOP establishment over the "crazy outsider," it's hard not to see something oddly familiar in Trump's campaign.

In the early 2000's, California had our first Democratic governor after nearly two decades.

Deregulated electricity allowed energy traders to blackmail the state for billions. When Davis asked federal regulators to do their job, President Bush came out to personally tell him to fuck off.

Republicans then blamed Davis for the resulting deficit and the public believed them.

When they demanded a recall, the GOP had just one problem: voters were unlikely to replace him with a far right yahoo since the last Republican governor had demonized Latinos.

The solution? A celebrity who ran not so much as a Republican but as "post-partisan," Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Many of my community college students voted for him because they thought it would be a hoot to have their financial aid checks signed by the Terminator, and the local media was saying he was inevitable in any case.

Once elected, he screwed CC's so badly that faculty and students turned their back on him when he came to speak at graduation at Santa Monica College.

The GOP has used different methods to throw a monkey wrench into Obama's presidency, but they have wisely foregone the national equivalent of a recall (impeachment) since it failed so utterly when they tried it on Bill Clinton.

But they know decades of race-baiting and feeding the rich and starving the rest make it unlikely they'll retake the White House on the issues.

So what do they do? Reach for another celebrity whose bombast and personality eclipse the fact that he's spewing the same crap Republicans have for decades, with some random exceptions that are unlikely result in action if he is elected.

Trump might not only get a lot of angry white male votes in the general election but low information apathetic voters who think it would be a hoot to have a celebrity in the White House instead of a dull politician and those who sense we need radical change but don't have the time or intellect to figure out exactly which change we need.

Democrats need to take Trump seriously, or they will get their ass handed to them by a Terminator with a comb-over.

Does anyone understand the right wing talking point that Obama is arrogant?

I was visiting my right wing dad this summer, and he made the crack about Obama being "arrogant" a couple of times.

I have not been happy with Obama on many policies, but for the most part, I feel like he's struck the right public tone for his job, somewhere between gravitas and familiarity.

If anything, a lot of the time he has come off like a principal explaining himself to a school board that has the ability to fire him (especially when dealing with the right).

Is it just that he is black and it's arrogant of him to become president?

Do they have a wheel of insults they spin, and Fox News and talk radio will believe whatever the wheel says?

Or if anybody has the stomach to listen to right wing media, what evidence do they give for this talking point?

RAVITCH: Los Angeles: Broad, Walton Plan Major Expansion of Privatization

I send my kid to private school, not because I'm a rich elitist, but because the wealthy have so starved our schools of funds and weighed them down with their scam accountability and profit-making curriculum gimmicks that teachers can't do their job.

We have call these policies and the politicians who back them exactly what they are: CORRUPT.

We need candidates from president of the United States down to school boards who draw the line on this privatization agenda and letting the whims of wealthy conservatives and lust for ever greater profits of hedge fund managers dictate public education policy.

Sadly, more than enough Democrats in Congress and state legislatures vote for this corrupt agenda to keep it alive whichever party is in power. They need to be replaced.

If a politicians can't put the future of America's middle class, working class, and poor kids ahead of the greed of their wealthy donors, WHY SHOULD WE TRUST THEM ON ANY OTHER ISSUE?

Howard Blume reports that the Broad Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and other foundations plan a major expansion of privately managed charter schools in Los Angeles.

Broad and Walton are leaders in the movement to privatize public schools, eliminate unions, and break the teaching profession. Their goals align with the extremist agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Waltons and Eli Broad have long funded privatization and Teach for America.

They are undeterred by the numerous studies showing that charters on average get no better results than public schools and that many have participated in swindles.

One person who attended a meeting said the goal was to enroll in charter schools half of all Los Angeles students over the next eight years. Another said there was discussion of an option that involved enrolling 50% of students currently at schools with low test scores. A source said the cost was estimated to be $450 million; another said hundreds of millions of dollars are needed…


3 sides of Iran Deal debate: pro, con & ignored reality

It's hard to add anything to this analysis.

But if you can use a lie to prevent a war based on lies, what the fuck.

Whatever works.

Let's do the count:

Senators rallying and whipping their colleagues to support the Iran agreement: 0.

Senators admitting that Iran has had no nuclear weapons program and has never threatened or been a threat to the United States: 0.

Senators pushing the false idea that Iran is a nuclear threat but indicating they will vote to support the agreement precisely in order to counter that threat: 16

(Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Martin Heinrich, Tim Kaine, Angus King, Patrick Leahy, Chris Murphy, Bill Nelson, Jack Reed, Bernie Sanders, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Udall, Elizabeth Warren)

Republican (and "Libertarian" senators indicating they will try to kill the agreement, thereby moving the United States toward a war on Iran: 54.
(All of them.)


TOON: Cartoon: Advice conservatives never give themselves

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