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ARCHIVE - SEPTEMBER 2015

Issues, News & Views

Who will be the
2016 candidates
for President of
the United States?


Republicans


DONALD TRUMP??

Donald Trump has come out
of nowhere and stolen the
show. He seems to have
captured the zeitgeist, the
spirit of the times. Can it last?



Who, from among this
strong, diverse field , will
emerge victorious to return
the GOP to the White
House?

COMPETITORS
With the inept Obama
Administration in its final
days, one would have
expected that experienced
governors with a record
of accomplishment would
dominate the Race 2 Replace
but outsiders and novices
Trump, Carson and Fiorina
are in the hunt! Seasoned
executives for sure, but
not the ones the beltway
had in mind!


Democrats


BERNIE SANDERS??

The creaky, rusty Clinton
machine grinds slowly
onward, wayward, relying
solely on muscle memory
for movement. Will
Democrats suddenly rise
from their slumber to the
realization she cannot win a
General Election?



Is Hillary a foregone
conclusion, or will
someone else swoop in and
steal the show?


COMPETITORS
Folks on the right can barely
contain their joy at the
prospect of a Clinton
candidacy. Shouldn't that
give pause to the Democrats?
Biden and Warren are both
better candidates and better
Democrats than Clinton, but
aren't even in the race. And
then there are O'Malley and
Sanders, again, both better
Democrats and better
candidates. Yet the Dems
seem intent on following
Clinton in a lemming-like
charge over the cliff.

HILLARY CLINTON'S PLUTOCRATIC CANDIDACY

2015/09/09 - Early on in his first term President Obama lamented how his new job had disconnected him from the life he had previously known and loved - hangin' out smoking pot in Hawaii; hangin' out in Indonesia, at Columbia, and at Harvard; and hangin' out organizing communities in the hoods of Chicago's south side. All that came to an abrupt end that fateful morning in January 2009 when he awoke to find that he was Leader of the Free World. Abrupt was the change; and prepared for it, he was not.

It only took a short while for Obama to realize he had become disconnected from the world he had constructed for himself; and he didn't appreciate it any more than I would appreciate an end to those beautiful 100-mile bike rides in the Berkshire Hills on sunny summer weekend mornings. Presidents don't get to do those kinds of things, pursuits that the rest of us embrace and enjoy.

And then there's Hillary Clinton. Her Secret Service detail started in 1992, and she has been in The Bubble ever since. Twenty-three years and counting. Some people call that "experience", but in actuality it is the exact opposite, it is "non-experience" - it is sensory deprivation. She doesn't touch, hear, feel, smell, see or taste what the rest of us experience. She doesn't experience anything. She has no idea what it's like to be stuck in traffic or have a flight canceled, it hasn't happened to her in three decades. Only a propagandist would call that "experience".

A lot of things have happened since Hillary Clinton vacated the real world, the one in which we rank-and-file Americans go about our business. And one of them is email. Every American with a job that places them near a computer has email, it's not just some fancy perk that important people, plutocrats, like Cabinet Secretaries have. We all have it, use it, understand it. And that's why Hillary can't get away from her email scandal - we all know her story to be absurdly unbelievable. We are being lied to - blatantly and badly - and we know it. And we are insulted.

#1 - Why would anyone ever dream up the idea of conducting their employer's correspondence on one's own email server? For what possible benefit? And at what cost? And potential risk? We can all think of bad reasons for the server - control of and opportunity to destroy public records, hiding information from Congress, and to shield the co-mingling of We The People's business with Clinton Global's business - can't have the people catching wind of that multi-million dollar racket.

#2 - For the sake of convenience (Part A), says Hillary. Which of course makes no sense - what's so convenient about obtaining, deploying and managing a private email domain and server, when your employer - the State Department - does that already for free?

#3 - For the sake of convenience (Part B), says Hillary. How is having two devices, with one account each, more convenient than one device with both accounts? How is that "convenient"?

#4 - For the sake of convenience (Part C), says Hillary. Since when is convenience even a consideration, when we are dealing with state secrets and national security?

#5 - She said she isn't able to overcome the technological obstacles involved in setting up two email accounts on one phone. Now, if that doesn't make her a 1%er! That's something so simple, virtually anyone can do. It begs the question: is she flat out lying; or, is it yet another indication of her utter lack of 21st century real world experience?

#6 - She said she didn't think it through. Great, an inexperienced plutocrat who doesn't think things through wants to be President.

Ready for Hillary? Naaah, didn't think so...




Analysis


September 01, 2015 - Happy New Month! Thankfully. The last one was kind of bad, at least for the stock market. And American foreign policy, and the California drought, and....

We can take advantage of the new month to change the primary news focus away from China to a new topic: China.

Official but unreliable data release pegs the manufacturing PMI at 49.7, the lowest since 2012, but Caixon's estimate is 47.3, the lowest since 2009.

Naturally the Shanghai Composite took the news badly, down 1.28% to close at 3165. The index had earlier threatened to breach the 3000 level before the ChiComms stepped in to "encourage" the brokerage houses to continue their long march of forced purchases to artificially support the market.

Now, there's an indicator of an autocratic government in action: forcing people to buy things that they don't want. Like stocks in China. Or Obamacare here at home.



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