Trump’s coronavirus propaganda

In a recent article in the Atlantic, McKay Coppins calls out President Cheeto-head’s disinformation campaign, designed to hide the number of people he’s responsible for killing.  He points out that on February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd of supporters in South Carolina and told them to pay no attention to the growing warnings of a coronavirus outbreak in America. The press was “in hysteria mode,” the president said. The Democrats were playing politics. This new virus was nothing compared with the seasonal flu—and anyone who said otherwise was just trying to hurt him. “This is their new hoax,” Trump proclaimed.  Six weeks later, the coronavirus has killed more than 25,000 Americans, the U.S. economy has been crippled—and Trump is recasting himself as a pandemic prophet.  More recently, Trump said “I knew it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”  “I knew everything,” he reiterated a couple of weeks later. Asked to assess his response to the virus, he says, “I’d rate it at 10.”  Whoa.  I’d encourage you to look at what Taiwan did and when they did it.  Surely, it shows that we have a 2nd rate federal government and a train wreck of a chief executive.

RIP John Prine

I have nothing profound to write; my sadness leaves me without energy.  But I can’t let this great man’s passing without writing something.  If you are not a fan of John Prine’s music, it’s because you haven’t heard it.  But it’s never too late.  Many have published a list of his best, but I prefer this Billboard list.  If you want to start somewhere, his Sweet Revenge album is my fave.  Or find “Hello in There”, “Grandpa was a Carpenter”, “Please Don’t Bury Me” and Bonnie Raitt’s rendition of “Angel from Montgomery”.  If you don’t laugh and cry at John’s songs, you don’t have a heart.

I have to thank and offer sympathy to those people who were John’s friends and family.  Thank you for helping make his life rich.  He made the world a better place; how many of us can say that.

John Prine in Saratoga

I last saw John in 2016 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. Photo by JBahn.

Why we don’t trust our elected officials

It’s no secret why Americans don’t trust our politicians, and like them less than cockroaches.  This New York Times article explains how the $2 trillion stimulus relief bill just passed includes a provision that’s likely to give a $170 billion tax break to the top 1% of taxpayers.  Specifically, real estate speculators like Donald Trump and his henchman Jared Kushner.  Even without this giveaway, we subsidize the ultra-rich.  Portions of Trump’s 1995 tax return published by The Times showed nearly $916 million in losses, which could have permitted him to avoid paying any federal income taxes for almost two decades.  This new rule is judged to be the 2nd biggest tax giveaway in the $2 trillion legislation.