An example of how the forces of ignorance are relentless

This is frightening. It’s a letter I just received from that notorious disseminator of misinformation, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB).

Hello Rodger

With economic conditions making fiscal issues impossible to ignore, we hope there will be opportunities to improve our fiscal situation in the coming months.

This past year saw both victories and setbacks, and many policies that would have been far worse were it not for the hard work of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

Without the support of our loyal donors, none of our work would have been possible.

For the last year, we have worked tirelessly to push back against the narrative that deficits do not matter.

Actually, the narrative is that deficits do matter. Federal deficits are absolutely necessary for economic growth. Without deficits, we have depressions and recessions.

U.S. depressions tend to come on the heels of federal surpluses.

1804-1812: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 48%. Depression began 1807.
1817-1821: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 29%. Depression began 1819.
1823-1836: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 99%. Depression began 1837.
1852-1857: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 59%. Depression began 1857.
1867-1873: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 27%. Depression began 1873.
1880-1893: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 57%. Depression began 1893.
1920-1930: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 36%. Depression began 1929.
1997-2001: U. S. Federal Debt reduced 15%. Recession began 2001.

The measure of our economy, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), is a spending measure, and spending requires the money that deficits provide:

GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports

The graph below shows the essentially parallel paths of GDP vs. perhaps the most comprehensive measure of the money supply, Domestic Non-Financial Debt:

Vertical gray bars are recessions, which are preceded by reductions in debt growth and cured by increases in debt growth.

Those “tireless efforts” of the CRFB represent efforts against economic growth and for recessions and depressions.

However, as we write this, our national debt is on track to surpass record levels, the federal government is still operating without a budget, and the major trust funds are edging even closer toward insolvency.

The “major trust funds aren’t real trust funds. They do not fund anything, and like the federal government itself, they can become insolvent only if Congress and the President want them to become insolvent.

We could eliminate those fake trust funds today, and that would have no effect on Medicare, Social Security or any other federal program.

How we tackle these challenges will not only impact our nation’s fiscal future but determine what type of country our children and grandchildren will inherit. 

That is true. If we continue to worry about federal debt, deficits, and fake trust funds, our children will inherit a country ruled solely by the wealthy elite. That seems to be the goal of the CRFB.

With the fiscal future of our country hanging in the balance, we wanted to share a summary of our work with you. Because of the generosity of our donors, we achieved the following this year:

    • Published more than 150 analyses, including 21 papers and testifying on Capitol Hill;
    • Participated in more than 225 meetings with more than 155 Members of Congress and their staff;
    • Launched our Student Debt Cancellation project and expanded our Trust Funds Solutions Initiative to include new insolvency countdown interactives;
    • Hosted six virtual events with policymakers and experts on timely topics, such as Social Security and inflation, as well as in-person events engaging more than 3,000 people; 
    • Cited more than 1,200 times by hundreds of unique outlets, including CNBC, CNN, The Economist, Fox News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

The massive misinformation keeps coming at us from all sides, with scant voices to protest.

–Student debt cancellation not only would benefit students and not only would benefit America by educating more students. It also would benefit the American economy by pumping dollars into the pockets of Americans.

–The Trust Fund concerns are 100% fake and are a blatant attempt by the rich to reduce benefits to the middle- and lower-income groups.

None of this would have been possible without support from people like you. Will you consider supporting the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget this year with a tax-deductible donation? 

The people can spread their misinformation on a tax-deductible basis.

Your gift ensures that fiscal responsibility has a champion and a voice during key fiscal moments and debates in Washington.

Looking ahead to 2023, we hope you’ll continue following our work, attending events, and making your voice heard.

While our country faces formidable fiscal challenges, together, there is a lot we can do to meet them. We appreciate any help you can provide,

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Support Our Work

Sadly, there isn’t a Committee for a Truthful Federal Budget (CRTB) that would disseminate such facts that:

  1. The Federal government has infinite dollars. It cannot become insolvent. Even if it collected zero taxes, it could continue spending, forever.
  2. Increased federal deficit spending is necessary for economic growth. The lack of deficit spending causes recessions and depressions which can be cured only by increased deficit spending.
  3. Federal deficit spending is not socialism. Ownership and control, not spending, are signs of socialism.
  4. Inflations are caused by shortages of key goods and services, not by federal debt and deficits. Inflations can be prevented and cured by federal deficit spending that targets shortages.

You and your children already suffer from the lies that reduce federal benefits. The federal government could do so much more; taxes could be so much less.

Is there anyone with the knowledge and financial resources to counter the massive misinformation campaign coming from sources like the CRFB?

Anyone?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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Another reason for real Medicare for All

The U.S. federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, has infinite dollars. It never can run short of dollars.

The government can pay for comprehensive, no-deductible health care for every man, woman, and child in America without collecting a penny in taxes.

This would not be the Bernie Sanders Medicare for All, which is merely an expansion of our current Medicare. It would  be a comprehensive, no-deductible, no FICA, no Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D, Medicare that truly is for All. It would cover everything and everyone one.The 10 Poorest States in America

And it would not be government-provided health care. It would be government-funded healthcare. Everyone still would have their own doctors. Hospitals would remain privately owned.

The only differences would be that insurance companies no longer would be the middlemen, and everyone would have free health care.

There is no functional reason why America needs privately-owned, for-profit insurance companies that collect medical dollars but provide no medical services.

It is a costly scam. The insurance companies, in essence, tell you, “Give me your healthcare dollars. We’ll give some of them to doctors, nurses, and hospitals and keep the rest for ourselves.”

What’s the purpose of having middlemen take some of your hard-earned medical dollars?

It would be far better for the federal government to tell you, “You don’t have to give us anything. We’ll create the dollars and pay them to the doctors, nurses, and hospitals. It won’t cost you a cent. You and your doctors will make all the medical decisions. We’ll just pay for them.”

That is the way medicine should and could operate.

An article in today’s Palm Beach Sun Sentinel reminds me of these simple facts. Here are excerpts:

More than half of hospitals in rural Miss. facing closure
Leaders at the publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Miss., say they will be out of business before the end of the year without a cash infusion. Rogelio V. Solis/AP
By Michael Goldberg Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. — Over half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals are at risk of closing immediately or in the near future, according to the state’s leading public health official.

Dr. Daniel Edney, the state health officer, spoke to state senators at a hearing last week about the financial pressure on Mississippi hospitals. Edney said 54% of the state’s rural hospitals — 38 — could close.

Rural hospitals were under economic strain before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the problems have worsened as costs to provide care have increased.

Mississippi’s high number of low-income uninsured people means hospitals are on the hook for more uncompensated care. At the same time, labor costs weigh on hospitals as they struggle to pay competitive wages to retain staff.

Why does America have uninsured (for healthcare) people when the federal government has infinite dollars? It makes no sense at all.

“The costs on an income statement for a hospital have skyrocketed,” said Scott Christensen, chair of the Mississippi Hospital Association Board of Governors. “The liabilities on the balance sheets of hospitals around the state have reached some unsustainable levels given what we face.”

The crux of the problem facing Mississippi’s hospitals is that revenues have not kept pace with rising costs, Christensen said.

The strain is most acute in Mississippi’s Delta region, an agricultural flatland where poverty remains entrenched. Greenwood Leflore Hospital has been cutting costs by reducing services and shrinking its workforce for months.

But the medical facility hasn’t been able to stave off the risk of imminent closure. Hospital leaders say they will be out of business before the end of the year without a cash infusion.

At Greenwood Leflore and other hospitals across the state, maternity care units have been on the chopping block. Mississippi already has the nation’s highest fetal mortality rate, highest infant mortality rate and highest preterm birth rate, and is among the worst states for maternal mortality.

Does anyone care? Do the Republicans who run Mississippi care?

A rising number of healthcare deserts are emerging in the Delta, but financial pressures are bearing down on hospitals in more prosperous areas of the state as well, experts at the hearing said.

But hospitals in poor communities often treat patients who don’t have insurance and can’t afford to pay for care out of pocket. An expansion of Medicaid coverage would reduce costs that result from uncompensated care.

Gov. Tate Reeves and other Republican leaders have killed proposals to expand Medicaid, which primarily covers low-income workers whose jobs don’t provide private health insurance.

Opponents of expansion say they don’t want to encourage reliance on government help for people who don’t need it.

This is the same -old, same-old trope that poor people are lazy takers, and giving them help will make them even lazier.

It is a vicious lie promulgated by the richer to keep the more destitute down. It is the classic expression of Gap Psychology, in which the richer want to widen the Gap between them and the poorer.

As a near-term solution, the Mississippi Hospital Association has suggested the state’s Division of Medicaid work with federal officials to raise the Medicaid reimbursement rate cap.

The move would lower the cost of providing care for people who are already covered under the state’s current Medicaid plan.

It’s a Band-Aid, as are Medicaid, Obamacare, and Medicare. They all should be merged to provide comprehensive, no-deductible, 100% coverage, fully government-funded, no taxes healthcare insurance for every American of every age and every income. No exceptions.

Finally, it isn’t “socialism.” The rich falsely chant “socialism” every time a benefit for the not-rich is mentioned. But socialism is government control, not government funding.

With real Medicare for All, the government only would take over funding from the for-profit insurance companies. All Medical decisions would remain with your doctors and hospitals.

It is a disgrace of American politics that we don’t already have it.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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The strange evolution of the Republican Party and the American electorate

The Republicans proudly will remind you that President Lincoln was a Republican. That Republican party is long gone, replaced by a party of opposite beliefs.

I was born a Roosevelt Democrat. My parents were Democrats, as was my entire family.

Later, I became a Reagan Republican because I didn’t like Mondale for telling us the truth that he would raise taxes. Also, in those days, I subscribed to the myth that the Republicans were “good for business and the economy.”

I now lean Democrat, not because I love the Democrats, but because I believe their hearts are in the right place and they are the viable alternative to Trumpism.

Voting for a 3rd party Presidential candidate is futile in itself — it’s like knowing the future and still booking the Titanic — but depending on the 3rd party, your vote, combined with others, can force the major parties to adopt some of the things you want.

I never would vote for a Libertarian candidate, however, because they believe in austerity — the death knell for any economy — rather than just limited federal taxing. I never understood how reduced government spending could grow GDP when GDP is a spending measure.

The GOP now lives solidly in the age of Trump, though even before Trump, they provided America with one bunch of extremist nuts after another. It’s just become worse. The right wing has turned full-on demented. 

If it wasn’t the John Birchers, it was Tea Party. Or the white supremacists. Or the Nazis, Or the MAGAs. Or the fascists, Or QAnon. Or the anti-vaxxers. Or the election deniers. Or the global-warming deniers, Or the book-burning, history deniers. Or the gun-nuts, OathKeepers, Boogaloo Boys, Three Percenters, Wolverine Watchmen, Base, skinheads, alt-right, Pepe the Frog, Alex Jones, and every kind of screw-loose, forest-dwelling militia you can imagine.

And conspiracy theories — is there a conspiracy theory to which the Republicans have not subscribed? 

They want to tax the poor, give tax breaks to the rich, cut Social Security, cut Medicare, cut Medicaid, eliminate Obamacare, deport the Dreamers, and cut all poverty aids.

They are the ultimate hate mongers, directing bile against Muslims, Mexicans, blacks, browns, yellows, reds, Jews, gays, immigrants, the poor, and women.

Heroes of the right wing.

They are Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz, Matt Gaetz, Josh Hawley, Ron Johnson, Sarah Palin, Rick Scott, Lauren Boebert, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Louie Gohmert, Herschel Walker, et al.

They are Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, George Nader, and George Papadopoulos — all Trump associates and all convicted felons.

Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention such notables as John Eastman, Sydney Powell, Lin Wood, and  Rudy Giuliani, who could join Trump’s pals in jail.

Given all this, the GOP doesn’t merely look away. It actively defends. 

Conservatives are supposed to conserve, that is, to hold the line against radical change. They are supposed to be the solid, reliable bedrock upon which American democracy is built.

But instead, they devote their lives to coming up with new crazinesses.

They wave the American flag (along with a Trump flag), but they are the least patriotic Americans on the planet.

There was a time when the Republican party stood for something solid, reliable, and good. Today, it is the party of the rich trailing obediently behind the most dishonest, psychopathic, incompetent President in U.S. history.

Fortunately, most Americans have discovered the rot and rejected it, though the GOP has yet to acknowledge the depths to which it has sunk.

And yet . . . and yet . . .

All the blame cannot be laid at the Republican’s feet. They are politicians. As politicians, their first rule is: Get elected. It’s what politicians do. It’s the only thing the Republicans do well.

In the last Presidential election, Trump received more than 74 million votes. That’s 74 million Americans who gave their precious votes to Donald Trump. What can one say about people like that?

In the 1930s, Germans supported the apparent maniac, Adolf Hitler. The plausible excuse was that Germany was in the midst of a terrible depression/hyperinflation. People were starving. Families were rent asunder. Their world had caved in. The Germans were desperate.

What was our excuse? Obama was President from 2009 to 2017. He immediately got us out of Republican George W. Bush’s “Great Recession,” the economy grew, inflation was low, and most Americans saw their lives improve.

While GDP grew under Obama, inflation (red) stayed low. Trump’s mishandling of COVID helped cause today’s shortages, resulting in recession and inflation.

Then, in 2017 came Donald Trump, whose mishandling of COVID and the Presidency, in general, led to the 2020 recession and inflation. And still, 74 million Americans gave him their votes, and recently millions gave the Republicans the House of Representatives.

Really? Do they want more of the crazy? Do they want more criminality, more nepotism, more lying, more attempted coups, more inflation, and more recession? 

Do they really want more voting restrictions, more politicizing the Justice Department, more pardoning of Trump’s criminal pals, more profiting from the Presidency, more attempts to blackmail Ukraine, more firing of whistleblowers, more reneging on international pacts, more of a President supported by Putin?

Trump’s illegal debasement of the Presidency. Anything for a buck.

Today, we have six Republican Supreme Court Justices who have proven to be political hacks giving precedence to right-wing politics of hatred and to Catholicism above all other religions.

It has become so notorious that SCOTUS even includes one Justice whose wife backs the coup attempt while he refuses to recuse from related cases.

As the GOP has gone crazy, much of  America has gone stupid.

That combination of crazy and stupid has put America on its most perilous path since the Civil War.

Fortunately, President Biden was able to leverage the narrowest of Congressional margins to accomplish more in two years than the GOP has even attempted to achieve in the past two decades. 

You may not agree with all or even most of these, but they represent an attempt to help Americans who need help, not just the rich.

The GOP doesn’t try or even pretend to. There is no warmth, love or compassion in them. They are all anger, hatred, and resentment. 

This is not the America I recognize.

But Biden is 80 years old, and American democracy, such as it is, trembles.

American voters created the deranged GOP, and only American voters can change it.

Otherwise, it will continue to slide further down, down, down the rabbit hole, from the idiotic party of Donald Trump to the truly maniacal party of Marjorie Taylor Greene.

 

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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Yes, some still wander among us (though many have died).

There is a strange confluence among Trump’s MAGAs, QAnons, COVID deniers, coup deniers, election deniers, mask deniers, pro-gunners, and anti-vaxxers.

They all receive their information and beliefs from right-wing-owned media and social media. They trust conspiracy theories more than actual data.  They learn by rumor. They lack compassion for others. And many die from or for their beliefs.

Anti-vaxxers: The November 19 edition of Science News contained an article about Louis Pasteur, “the father of microbiology.” The article included the following excerpts:

Pasteur not only made milk safe to drink, but also rescued the beer and wine industry.

He established the germ theory of disease, saved the French silkworm population, confronted the scourges of anthrax and rabies, and transformed the curiosity of vaccination against smallpox into a general strategy for treating and preventing human diseases.Anti-vaxxers jeopardize plans to protect U.S. against Covid

He invented microbiology and established the foundations for immunology.

Vaccination, of course, had been invented eight decades earlier, when British physician Edward Jenner protected people from smallpox by first exposing them to cowpox, a similar disease acquired from cows. 

Later Pasteur confronted an even more difficult microscopic foe, the virus that causes rabies, a horrifying disease that’s almost always fatal.

He decided to grow the disease-causing agent in living tissue — the spinal cords of rabbits. He used dried-out strips of spinal cord from infected rabbits to vaccinate other animals that then survived rabies injections.Hiltzik: The anti-vax movement gets scary - Los Angeles Times

In 1885 when a mother brought to his lab a 9-year-old boy who had been badly bitten by a rabid dog, Pasteur agreed to administer the new vaccine.

After a series of injections, the boy recovered fully.

Soon more requests came for the rabies vaccine, and by early the next year over 300 rabies patients had received the vaccine and survived, with only one death among them.

Popularly hailed as a hero, Pasteur was also vilified by some hostile doctors. Vaccine opponents complained that his vaccine was an untested method that might itself cause death. 

Two hundred years after his birth, ignorance and war remain perniciously prominent, as ineradicable as the microbes that continue to threaten public health, with the virus causing COVID-19 the latest conspicuous example.

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs anti-vaccine mandate bills into law
Gov. DeSantis proudly displays his anti-vax laws.

Vaccines, though, have substantially reduced the risks from COVID-19, extending the record of successful vaccines that have already tamed not only smallpox and rabies, but also polio, measles and a host of other once deadly maladies.

Yet even though vaccines have saved countless millions of lives, some politicians and so-called scientists who deny or ignore overwhelming evidence continue to condemn vaccines as more dangerous than the diseases they prevent.

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Dick Farrel, conservative talk show host and avid Trump supporter, changed his mind about the vaccine after he fell sick, but too late. He died of COVID after a two-week battle.

True, some vaccines can induce bad reactions, even fatal in a few cases out of millions of vaccinations.

But shunning vaccines today, as advocated in artificially amplified social media outrage, is like refusing to eat because some people choke to death on sandwiches.

The website “Notable Anti-Vaxxers Who Have Died From COVID-19”, lists just a handful of the many thousands who denied the efficacy of vaccination and paid for their denial with their lives.

They had what they claimed to be “good” reasons for not vaxxing, but they denied the clear facts.

They claimed not to trust an “unproven” drug that had millions of success stories but instead trusted unproven conspiracy theorists who had no successes.

By failing to vaccinate, they helped spread the disease among all those with whom they came into contact. This did not concern them.

Relatives of the anti-vaxxers are the anti-maskers. The primary purpose of masks is to help prevent COVID from drifting to others. It’s why surgeons and nurses wear masks in operating rooms — not to protect themselves, but to protect patients.

Anti-maskers do not care about protecting others. They want their “freedom.” This selfishness is personified by such as Gov. Ron DeSantis, who never shows concern for COVID victims, but only for people who must “suffer the hardship” of wearing a mask. To him, protecting others is a hardship that impinges of freedom.

To support the lie, he promulgates the myth that masks don’t work. One wonders whether he would feel comfortable being operated on by a surgical team that goes maskless.

Anti-vaxers and anti-makers are similar to QAnon believers, in that both groups blindly accept the words of unreliable sources.

The more outrageous (even hilarious) the claims, the more fervently they are believed.

For example, here is the utter nonsense, invented out of whole cloth, that the brainless not only believe but promulgate:

What is Qanon? A guide to the conspiracy theory taking hold among Trump supporters
I believe because I believe.

The core QAnon theory is that a cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic sexual abusers of children operating a global child sex trafficking ring conspired against former U.S. President Donald Trump during his term in office.

Followers of the conspiracy theorists say that the Trump administration secretly fought the cabal of pedophiles, and would conduct mass arrests and executions of thousands of cabal members on a day known as “the Storm” or “the Event”.

QAnon has also claimed that Trump stimulated the conspiracy of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to enlist Robert Mueller to join him in exposing the sex trafficking ring, and to prevent a coup d’état by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros.

QAnon is described as antisemitic or rooted in antisemitic tropes, due to its fixation on Jewish financier George Soros and conspiracy theories about the Rothschild family, and the myth that Jews harvest the blood of children for ritual.

Unlike the anti-vaxxers, the QAnons have not been killed by their beliefs. They merely have lost years of their lives wandering in the diseased labyrinth of misinformation — years they never will recover.

They also had no concern for the people their bigotry would hurt, the millions of people they want to be arrested and executed because of their mythical “cabal” identification.

Police officer's death intensifies Capitol siege questions | MPR News
Entering Congress in an orderly fashion. A normal tourist visit.

In a similar vein, coup deniers will not accept what their eyes tell them.

Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga.: Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall, showed people in an orderly fashion in between the stanchions and ropes taking pictures.

“If you didn’t know the footage was from January 6, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.

And people actually believed him.

Hundreds of coup participants now have lost their freedom, their jobs, and their friends because of their beliefs. To rot in a jail cell, your reputation gone, and eventually to realize you have been taken by a con artist, must be a terrible fate. Whether it will be a lesson learned still remains a question.

The fact that the many millions more who voted for Biden than voted for Trump would have had their votes invalidated did not bother the rioters, whose only concern was the happiness of one man.

Then there are the MAGAs:

Surveys of hundreds of fervent Trump voters, whom researchers refer to as Make American Great Again (MAGA) supporters, reveal strong beliefs that the election was stolen; that COVID-19 is a bioweapon from China; and that the riot was the work of Antifa.

Why do they believe? Not because of any facts, which repeatedly demonstrate the lie, but rather because:

These people feel like they’re losing their country and their identity. They feel like they’re being displaced by communities of color, by feminists and by immigrants.

They do not care about people of color, women or immigrants. They care only about themselves.

So they send Donald Trump, the billionaire, their money — dollars that could have been put to good purpose; dollars for which they worked much harder than Trump did — and they see those dollars used to defend a criminal against justice.

Finally, we come to the pro-gunners. They consistently vote against any restrictions on gun ownership.

They claim to believe in the incredibly brainless proposition that giving everyone easily obtainable guns, including high-powered, exceptionally lethal guns, makes America safer.

Not only does this deny all data, but common sense, too. The notion that “guns-for-all” makes us safer it is illogical on its face. Statistics show that if you own a gun you are more likely to be shot than if you didn’t own a gun.

Most American gun owners say they own firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones, but a study published this week suggests people who live with handgun owners are shot to death at a higher rate than those who don’t have such weapons at home.

“We found zero evidence of any kind of protective effects” from living in a home with a handgun, said David Studdert, a Stanford University researcher who was the lead author of the Annals of Internal Medicine study.

The study followed nearly 600,000 Californians who did not own handguns but began living in homes with handguns between October 2004 and December 2016, either because they started living with someone who owned one or because someone in their household bought one.

Living with a handgun owner particularly increased the risk of being shot to death in a domestic violence incident, and it did not provide any protection against being killed at home by a stranger, the researchers found.

The pro-gunners don’t care about the lost lives and health due to the continual shootings, so long as guns remain available for hunting and personal use.

SUMMARY

Believing conspiracy theories can be hazardous to your health. Believers are more likely to waste years of their lives, be injured, or die from their beliefs.

People who are more susceptible to myths and tales fall into several categories:

  1. White supremacists. They secretly feel weak or fearful; they hope to find protection as members of the cult
  2. Those who resist taking direction from accepted authority; it makes them feel impotent.
  3. Those who want to be “in the know” regard non-believers as uninformed and gullible.
  4. Those who lack empathy and compassion: As psychopaths, they are inward-directed. Others’ pain and sorrow does not affect them.
  5. Republican Trumpers: They have been trained to support only what Trump tells them, not reality.

We do not have laws against cruel stupidity. In the land of the free, even such as Herschel Walker can walk the streets, mouth ignorance, lie with impunity, and still attract votes from his peers

The “messiness” of democracy is simultaneously its weakness and its strength. The genius and the fool each have one vote. But I sure wish the voting public was at least a little bit smarter.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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