The Plot to Destroy Democracy

The Plot to Destroy Democracy, How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West by Malcolm Nance published in 2018. Donald Trump has been a Russian asset for many years and Putin has guided his thoughts and actions. This is what Russia wants from the Trump presidency:

“The Russian intelligence metanarrative they would be tasked to push would be simple–convince Trump to believe that he already believed that:

  1. NATO strangling Russia with military bases and aggressively encroaching on its borders.
  2. Russia was a new, rich, glorious empire with a strong fearless leader whose personal relationship could help Trump join the global elite oligarchy where borders mean nothing–only money matters.
  3. The European union, with its immigrant Muslim hordes, was finished–help start a new white ethno-nationalist conservative alliance worldwide with Moscow’s help.”

Trump must go

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The Case Against Immigration

The Case Against Immigration, The Moral, Economic, Social, and Environmental Reasons for Reducing U.S. Immigration Back to Traditional Levels by Roy Beck published in 1996. The author does not define traditional levels, but he is clearly against the present levels of legal immigration. Some of the reasons he gives for immigrants not to come to the US are ridiculous. Immigrants should stay home because the US is more dangerous than their home countries and/or they are more likely to be poor in the US than in their home countries. Those are not reasons to deny welcome to immigrants; those are reasons for the US to do better by all its residents, immigrant or not.

Trump must go

Unintentional humor

This is one of the funniest things I have read in a long time–used to be true, but hasn’t been true since 1980s.

From The End of Prosperity, How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy–If We Let It Happen by Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Peter J. Tanous published in 2008.

“What happens to the wage rate when each person works with more capital goods? Because each worker has more capital to work with, his or her marginal product [or productivity] rises. Therefore, the competitive real wage rises as workers become worth more to capitalists and meet spirited bidding up of their market wage rates.”

This might happen in a free market, but employers collude to hold down wages. Competitive wages in today’s economy translates to “as little as possible.”

Trump must go

Squeezed

Squeezed, Why Our Families Can’t afford America by Alissa Quart published in 2018. Life in 2018 America is tough, economically challenging for half or more Americans. And that is because the system is rigged to favor corporations and the 1%. This will not change until people rise up at the ballot box and on the streets and demand change.

Trump must go