The season of Schadenfreude approaches. Trump version

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It takes only two things to keep people in chains: The ignorance of the oppressed and the treachery of their leaders..

There is a German word that has no synonym in the English language.

You know that good feeling when a guy speeds past you and gives you the finger as he drives by, and later, up the road, you see that same guy stopped by a cop?  That feeling is called “Schadenfreude.”

Or it’s when you learn that the former football hero in your high school, who kicked your butt, and had all the adulation from the girls, now years later, comes begging you for a menial job in your company. That’s “Schadenfreude.”

Or when you’ve told people, over and over and over again, that the guy they planned to vote for was lying, bigoted sack of sh*t, who would hurt them if he ever is elected — but they vote for him anyway, and he gets elected, and he hurts them just as you said he would — you know that feeling? That’s “Schadenfreude.”

It’s something like that lovely “Nah, nah, I told you so” feeling.

I thought about Schadenfreude when I read about President Trump’s Environmental Protection head, Scott Pruitt, who has absolutely no intention of protecting the environment, thus damaging the future world of all those children and grandchildren of Trump voters  (though my Schadenfreude is completely ruined by the knowledge my own children’s world will be damaged, too. Darn!)

Then there are the black voters and brown voters and gay voters and elderly voters and female voters, who voted for Trump or didn’t even bother to vote at all, and now their worlds will be ruined by Trump’s bigotry against them. Plenty of good Schadenfreude for me there.

Schadenfreude is one of those feelings we all deny having but secretly find absolutely delicious. So I deny having had any wonderful, marvelous feelings of Schadenfreude when I read the following excerpts from an article in the 3/12/17 Chicago Tribune:

Health bill may hurt Trump’s supporters
Analysis finds older, rural, poorer votersat risk of losing out
By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Americans who swept President Donald Trump to victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal health care aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a Washington Bureau analysis of county voting and tax credit data.

Among the hardest hit under the House bill are 60-year-olds with annual incomes of $30,000. In nearly 1,500 counties nationwide, such a person stands to lose more than $6,000 a year in federal insurance subsidies. Ninety percent of those counties backed Trump, the analysis shows.

And 68 of the 70 counties where these consumers would suffer the largest losses supported Trump in November.

Oh, this is just too great!

Er, ah, what I really mean to say is I truly am sorry (snicker) for those folks who were taken in by those right-wing charlatans.  How could these poor people (giggle) have known Trump would hurt them?

Most affected by the GOP plan would be parts of Alaska, Arizona, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee, where Obamacare subsidies have been critical to making insurance affordable. All five states went for Trump.

Also hit hard would be parts of key swing states that backed Trump, including Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, higher-income, younger Americans — many of whom live in urban areas won by Democrat Hillary Clinton — stand to get more assistance in the GOP bill.

Faring best would be the nation’s wealthiest residents, who would see a substantial tax cut with the elimination under the House GOP bill of two levies on high-income taxpayers. These taxes — on individuals making more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000 — were included in Obamacare to help offset the cost of assisting lower-income Americans.

What? The Trump-led Republicans, aka the “party of the rich,” plan to hurt the poor and help the (titter) wealthy? Who could (guffaw) have predicted it?

Excuse me. I don’t mean to laugh at your pain. (Chuckle) Not at all.

The disproportionate impact of the GOP plan threatens to undercut one of Trump’s core promises that he would take care of all Americans even if the health care law is repealed.

Only a small share of the electorate receives Obamacare subsidies, but the loss of aid could deprive tens of millions of a lifeline.

“People don’t realize that all it takes is one lost job and your goose is cooked,” said John Thompson, 59, of North Carolina.

Thompson said he voted Republican for three decades. He was let go from his work in 2013, however, and he found the only way to get health coverage was through Obamacare, whose insurance marketplaces opened in 2014.

“It literally saved my life,” said Thompson, who was diagnosed with cancer shortly afterward. Thompson is now back at work. But the Obamacare aid made him re-think his support for the Republican Party.

“People like me are going to get screwed,” he said of the GOP health care plan. “That’s just the reality.”

Yes, John, that is the reality. And I don’t mean to be cruel, but it’s not as though you weren’t warned. I mean, Trump practically begged you not to vote for him.

But you ignored his incessant lying about nearly everything, the grabbing women by the crotch, the bigotry against people of color, against immigrants, against Muslims. You ignored Trump University, his phony “birther” scandal, his cheating of his employees, the repeated warnings by every newspaper editor in America.

You ignored the pain Trump threatened to inflict on helpless minorities and on children. The list goes on and on — you ignored all that so long as you were taken care of.

And surely you remember how you stubbornly refused to listen to the people you demeaned as “libtards”? Remember them, the people who tried to help you with your health insurance coverage?

Instead, as you think about your hatred for Obama and for “Crooked Hillary,” does the phrase “from the frying pan into the fire” come to mind? Welcome to the fire, John.

And now John, as you are “rethinking” your support for the Republican party, and all your eggs are starting to hatch, I will do my best not to revel (snigger) in your pain.

I will be an adult and offer you my sincerest sympathy — more than sympathy — empathy, because your troubles only are beginning. Your world is about to come crashing down.

And it’s  your own damn fault.

But, I don’t have Schadenfreude, because you have learned something. You have learned not to be a stooge for a con artist, and you have learned not to join in the mob bigotry. And you have learned to use your brain rather than letting someone else use your brain.

And you have learned that if you lie down with swine, you will be treated like swine and be like swine.

You have learned these things, haven’t you, John?

John, haven’t you?

Ah, ’tis the season of Schadenfreude — but of course, not for me.


Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty


The single most important problems in economics involve the excessive income/wealth/power Gaps between the have-mores and the have-less.

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of The Ten Steps To Prosperity can narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:
1. ELIMINATE FICA (Ten Reasons to Eliminate FICA )
Although the article lists 10 reasons to eliminate FICA, there are two fundamental reasons:
*FICA is the most regressive tax in American history, widening the Gap by punishing the low and middle-income groups, while leaving the rich untouched, and
*The federal government, being Monetarily Sovereign, neither needs nor uses FICA to support Social Security and Medicare.
This article addresses the questions:
*Does the economy benefit when the rich can afford better health care than can the rest of Americans?
*Aside from improved health care, what are the other economic effects of “Medicare for everyone?”
*How much would it cost taxpayers?
*Who opposes it?”
3. PROVIDE A MONTHLY ECONOMIC BONUS TO EVERY MAN, WOMAN AND CHILD IN AMERICA (similar to Social Security for All) (The JG (Jobs Guarantee) vs the GI (Guaranteed Income) vs the EB (Guaranteed Income)) Or institute a reverse income tax.
This article is the fifth in a series about direct financial assistance to Americans:

Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Employer of Last Resort is a bad idea. Sunday, Jan 1 2012
MMT’s Job Guarantee (JG) — “Another crazy, rightwing, Austrian nutjob?” Thursday, Jan 12 2012
Why Modern Monetary Theory’s Jobs Guarantee is like the EU’s euro: A beloved solution to the wrong problem. Tuesday, May 29 2012
“You can’t fire me. I’m on JG” Saturday, Jun 2 2012

Economic growth should include the “bottom” 99.9%, not just the .1%, the only question being, how best to accomplish that. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) favors giving everyone a job. Monetary Sovereignty (MS) favors giving everyone money. The five articles describe the pros and cons of each approach.
4. FREE EDUCATION (INCLUDING POST-GRAD) FOR EVERYONE Five reasons why we should eliminate school loans
Monetarily non-sovereign State and local governments, despite their limited finances, support grades K-12. That level of education may have been sufficient for a largely agrarian economy, but not for our currently more technical economy that demands greater numbers of highly educated workers.
Because state and local funding is so limited, grades K-12 receive short shrift, especially those schools whose populations come from the lowest economic groups. And college is too costly for most families.
An educated populace benefits a nation, and benefitting the nation is the purpose of the federal government, which has the unlimited ability to pay for K-16 and beyond.
Even were schooling to be completely free, many young people cannot attend, because they and their families cannot afford to support non-workers. In a foundering boat, everyone needs to bail, and no one can take time off for study.
If a young person’s “job” is to learn and be productive, he/she should be paid to do that job, especially since that job is one of America’s most important.
Businesses are dollar-transferring machines. They transfer dollars from customers to employees, suppliers, shareholders and the federal government (the later having no use for those dollars). Any tax on businesses reduces the amount going to employees, suppliers and shareholders, which diminishes the economy. Ultimately, all business taxes reduce your personal income.
7. INCREASE THE STANDARD INCOME TAX DEDUCTION, ANNUALLY. (Refer to this.) Federal taxes punish taxpayers and harm the economy. The federal government has no need for those punishing and harmful tax dollars. There are several ways to reduce taxes, and we should evaluate and choose the most progressive approaches.
Cutting FICA and business taxes would be a good early step, as both dramatically affect the 99%. Annual increases in the standard income tax deduction, and a reverse income tax also would provide benefits from the bottom up. Both would narrow the Gap.
There was a time when I argued against increasing anyone’s federal taxes. After all, the federal government has no need for tax dollars, and all taxes reduce Gross Domestic Product, thereby negatively affecting the entire economy, including the 99.9%.
But I have come to realize that narrowing the Gap requires trimming the top. It simply would not be possible to provide the 99.9% with enough benefits to narrow the Gap in any meaningful way. Bill Gates reportedly owns $70 billion. To get to that level, he must have been earning $10 billion a year. Pick any acceptable Gap (1000 to 1?), and the lowest paid American would have to receive $10 million a year. Unreasonable.
9. FEDERAL OWNERSHIP OF ALL BANKS (Click The end of private banking and How should America decide “who-gets-money”?)
Banks have created all the dollars that exist. Even dollars created at the direction of the federal government, actually come into being when banks increase the numbers in checking accounts. This gives the banks enormous financial power, and as we all know, power corrupts — especially when multiplied by a profit motive.
Although the federal government also is powerful and corrupted, it does not suffer from a profit motive, the world’s most corrupting influence.
10. INCREASE FEDERAL SPENDING ON THE MYRIAD INITIATIVES THAT BENEFIT AMERICA’S 99.9% (Federal agencies)Browse the agencies. See how many agencies benefit the lower- and middle-income/wealth/ power groups, by adding dollars to the economy and/or by actions more beneficial to the 99.9% than to the .1%.
Save this reference as your primer to current economics. Sadly, much of the material is not being taught in American schools, which is all the more reason for you to use it.

The Ten Steps will grow the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and you.


One thought on “The season of Schadenfreude approaches. Trump version

  1. Scott Pruitt, the non-scientist, says the scientists are wrong. Why? Because the rich don’t want to spend money to use low carbon manufacturing, and Scott is another Republican mouthpiece for the rich.

    EPA chief says carbon dioxide not a primary cause of global warming

    WASHINGTON — The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency.

    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is “very challenging” and that “there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact” of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    “So, no, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Pruitt told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

    Pruitt’s view is contrary to mainstream climate science, including NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the EPA itself.

    This is as true as was Trump’s birther claim and Trump University being a university.


    This is under the heading: YOU WERE WARNED; YOU VOTED FOR HIM; NOW HE’S YOURS

    The complete list of all 117 false things Donald Trump has said as president

    And remember, this is just in the past 2 months!


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