3 parties

Our democracy works best with two parties. However, at this time there are three parties: Democrats, Republicans and Republican’ts (known as Tea Party or Freedom Caucus). During the Obama years, the Republicans and the Republican’ts acted in unison to oppose everything that Obama tried to do. Now that the Republicans control the White House, the Republicans cannot govern without some assistance either from the Democrats or the Republican’ts, and the Republican’ts are still in opposition to everything.

Roger Stone

Roger Stone is not a reliable source of news. I recently read a book he authored about LBJ and the JFK assassination. While the book started with fact, it eventually veered off into hearsay and assumptions. I suppose it is possible that LBJ was involved in the assassination and he certainly benefited from JFK’s death; I would require a more reliable source of information than Roger Stone.

Roger Stone gathers some moss
A rolling stone gathers no moss
A rolling scone gathers no marmalade
Mick Jagger is no Roger Stone
But he is a Rolling Stone
And has gathered much moss.
(Moss being money)

2 state solution

A two state solution may be the only way for Israelis and Palestinians to live near each other, if not together. A similar solution may be desirable here in Utah where Democrats are underrepresented in state and national government, due in part to gerrymandering. Salt Lake City is Democratic while the rest of the state is very Republican. My suggestion is to make Salt Lake City the capital of the new state of Salt Lake, with one Representative and two Senators. Utah would continue with two Senators and three Representatives, down from the current four. Utah would have access to Mormon holy sites in Salt Lake City, but would be forced to move the state’s political capital to another city.

Infrastructure part 2

“We’ve had an eight-year war on infrastructure by the Obama administration,” said Mr. Norquist. “They tried to stop and did stop pipelines, coal production, gold exploration, mining of natural gas and fracking.”

That’s infrastructure? Maybe for the rich, but not for the average citizen like you and me. During the eight years of the Obama administration, the GOP blocked all attempts to fund infrastructure spending because it would have required raising taxes. The GOP did not care that infrastructure spending would have created millions of good paying jobs that would have lasted far longer than a few jobs building the Keystone pipeline.

Infrastructure spending the GOP way with mixed public and private funding will create toll roads and toll bridges that the public fund and then must pay tolls to use. Tolls are regressive taxes that are a bigger burden for the poor than for the wealthy.