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Trumpian Philosophy: Any Regulation Is Bad, Even If It Protects Sick Old People


Trumpian Philosophy: Any Regulation Is Bad, Even If It Protects Sick Old People

Charles P. Pierce

Nursing home residents beware.

"The brains behind this latest move is Seema Verma, a conservative healthcare specialist out of Indiana, where she worked for the administrations of both the overrated Mitch Daniels and the unrated Mike Pence." (Photo: Getty)


“At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge, … it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the Poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of thousands are in want of common comforts, sir.”

“Are there no prisons?”

“Plenty of prisons…”

“And the Union workhouses.” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

“Both very busy, sir…”

“Those who are badly off must go there.”

“Many can’t go there; and many would rather die.”

“If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”


Actually, Trump loves regulations that enhance the fortunes of his family and the rest of the 1%, especially when that enhancement comes at the expense of the 99% who Trump and the 1% have always disdained and viewed as useful idiot losers.


Posting here as someone closer to the possibility of a nursing home than my long ago youth: this sort of brown nosing to corporate ‘providers’ of such services make me quite glad that I have an opt-out, a Belgian passport. I do shudder for my friends and family who are not quite as fortunate as me though.


Unless that regulation made him money or protected his assets.


Wouldn’t it be sweet if Little Donnie Demento got really, really sick, I mean call the priest for last rites sick, and nobody could be found that would treat him for his many illnesses?


Seema Verma, Nikki (Nimrata Randhawa) Haley; Ajit Pai

Why are Indians so over-represented among these vile right wing thugs?


Good question, Yunzer. I’ve been wondering that myself.


The racism, cast and class systems in India may be a clue. Arundhati Roy’s novels deal with this among other things as all the associated ills of modernity and technology.


Yeah, that would really be a bummer. Really.

There isn’t enough champagne in my local liquor store to supply all of the distraught people who would be there to drown their “sorrow.”


The caste system didn’t quite go up enough for them? Or, they’re possibly converts to Evangelical religious practices, which like the caste system, has a predestination component to it.
Or, maybe they’re just money-grubbing sleaseballs like their Republican bosses.


If you believe in evil - I mean the real, naked and horrific definition of that word - then I don’t believe it has been better personified in an American administration than in this one. From Der Fuhrer on down to his lowliest appointees and ball-licking lackeys, evil absolutely inundates this government. I keep hoping I will wake up to some sanity, to some hint of goodness that will do battle with all of this daily evil, but I never do. It just keeps piling up, normalizing what would have been unthinkable even a few years ago. In a few more years, shocking atrocities committed by our government and fellow Americans will not even cause most of us to yawn, it will be so institutionalized by then.

The President calls Nazis “very fine people.” He stocks blatant racists and white nationalists to positions of power. He dog-whistles racism daily, when he bothers to dog-whistle. He incites his adoring followers - numbering in the tens of millions - to commit violence against non-followers at his rallies. And rallies - what US President has rallies to ardent followers, after being elected? Nobody since Adolph Hitler has done such things. He foments violence, racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, demonizes any- and everyone who exercises the freedom to speak out against him and his administration. McCarthyism is reborn. He is in the process of making all media that does not parrot his official line, or reports anything even remotely critical of him, enemies of the state, dismantling core Constitutional freedoms and safeguards against tyranny one by one. He blatantly lies multiple times per day, huge lies that gradually become truth as they are repeated over and over without correction. He spends the bulk of his time golfing and watching TV and tweeting, when he is not blatantly violating the Emoulements clause of the Constitution by promoting his own businesses. He passes laws that increase his and his family’s net worth, while reducing that of the vast majority of the citizens. He is in the process of mocking and attacking the very American security institutions that protect the nation, such as the FBI, for not acting as his own personal vendetta and vengeance squad. He brags on national TV about groping women’s genitals. He mocks disabled people on national TV. He belittles and insults allies, Nobel Prize winners, distinguished college professors, scientists, heads of state, and even veterans and their families, like a junior high school bully. And all of this is done without a peep from Congress or the other institutions which are supposed to act as a check and safeguard against tyranny and authoritarianism.

He is NORMALIZING the destruction of democratic institutions and norms that will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace, and substituting it all with his own brand of fascism, while most of the other levers of power kow-tow to him without complaint, and 1/3 of the country’s citizens act like Good Germans and gleefully cheer it all on.

If none of this scares the living shit out of you, you aren’t paying attention.


I know that the large Indian community in my city - largely “professionals” in medicine and engineering - tend to be quite right wing. Their conservatism seems to be borne of an excessive social-status consciousness so they gravitate to the suburbs where they build their Hindu temples and maintain cultural ties. They commute to work in expensive cars and SUV’s - you never see Indians on the bus or T. I don’t recall ever meeting an Indian living in the city either. Like their white right-wing counterparts, they think the city is only for riff-raff, homosexuals, and “liberals”.


Having had business negotiations with them for over 3 decades, they certainly " drive a hard bargain " and tend to believe that your profit should be extracted from the next client, not them.
You call them professionals but they’re what earlier generations properly called a " mooch " or a " leech ", in business terms.
I think they know how loathed they are and just put up preemptive defenses. If I could make them laugh I knew I had won, pretty much. But, they’re so literal and linear in their thinking it was tough to do that.
They had no loyalty, either, so losing their business was never considered a loss by the people I worked for. All in all, not a nice bunch to have a beer with.:wink:



I’d pay for “that” first round!


I think you’re probably correct ( I try not to use the word “right” ).


A very good post, and I agree with every word of it!


In my experience, your observations are valid.



Well said!