We Like Mike & His Money!

DATELINE: Cost of Doing Business

High Priced Ticket?

Democrats are accusing Mike Bloomberg of buying the election. They seem to have missed the incident where Trump is paying money to black ministers and churches, through their local fund-raisers. Now that’s buying votes with cash.

Bloomberg is accused of spending his unlimited wealth ($61 billion is unlimited, folks) to purchase airtime on TV and opening offices, paying people to work for him.

That’s buying workers through a payroll. What’s wrong with that? Some people need a job. Who does not want to be paid for his time? Those other Democrats prefer you volunteer and receive no money for time.

There is a tinge of jealousy in these Democrat candidates, and it is understandable. These poor candidates cannot spend what they don’t have: and if Bloomberg were not a candidate, maybe he’d give that money to them.

The fact is that Bloomberg is well-positioned to beat Trump. And, that should be the name of the Democrat game. It isn’t. Small and poor candidates like Bernie do not care about anyone other than themselves. Isn’t that the bottom line? And how does Bernie differ in that way from Trump?

More than money, we have a problem with all these candidates pushing 80 years of age wanting to serve as a four-year president. It is arrogant. It is overly optimistic. It is a shade in the old-timer’s disease category.

Don’t call us ageist. We are there too. And we know our time limits.



Halloween Comes Early at Presidential Debate


 DATELINE: Disgusting Display

If you want to know what’s wrong with America in the 21st century, you had only to watch this latest October presidential debate. In a second encounter, you had everything wrong about the United States on display for the world. It was revolting, not revolutionary.

If you liked this debate, or approved of it, you should be ashamed of yourself. It detonated the pledge of allegiance. If athletes sitting, kneeling, and kowtowing to the National Anthem irks you, you had presidential candidates throwing the Bill of Rights off the Empire State Building.

This debacle was like witnessing the reality of Dr. Strangelove in the War Room. They were prepared to drop bombs on the Bill of Rights, and the Bill of the Clintons.

This was Mr. & Mrs. Smith fighting to the death, instead of divorcing amicably.

What does America stand for? Do these candidates know? Their visceral hatred buried the concept of the loyal opposition. Their lack of civility and politesse were victims of media terrorism.

There is no longer one nation. We have bicoastal plains surrounding an arsenic filled center. There is no Snickers candy for America behind its mask of grim reaping what you sow. We are indeed now engaged in a great civil war, testing whether this nation or any nation can withstand despising one’s neighbor.

Are we a banana republic that tosses the losing candidate into jail, or orders the secret police to round up the usual suspects?

We suspect the Founders of America never foresaw this basket full of deplorable candidates. It was a kettle of bile boiling over with Shakespearean witches predicting an ironic future.

For shame, America. You are lost.

Batman/Trump Versus Superwoman/Clinton

DATELINE:   Clash of the Titans?


Having just watched the highly unpopular movie called BATMAN VERSUS SUPERMAN:THE DAWN OF JUSTICE, we came to the presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—only to realize we were watching a bad remake of the movie.

Two dubious heroes permeated Batman and Superman’s depictions. Nobody likes a hero with a questionable temperament. And, indeed, so it was with Clinton and Trump, arguing over who was charitable and who was the result of bad experiences.

Wasn’t that the gist of the Batman/Superman movie? We don’t like too much philosophizing when it comes to comic book figures—and nothing quite describes the presidential candidates quite as well. Oh, you could throw in Wonder Woman into the movie—but she wasn’t in the debate. It looked like she was playing Trump’s wife.

Batman turns to Superman at one point and notes, “I thought she was with you.”

Superman appears before a US Senate hearing to answer what makes him think he is above the law. Gone are the days when Superman fought for truth, justice, and the American Way. Now, we aren’t sure what the American way is, let alone if we are great.

The two putative heroes are manipulated throughout by the smarmy villain, Lester Holt—oh, we mean Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. We keep confusing the debates between the two sets of American icons. We wish Clinton and Trump had worn capes to help us pick a candidate.

Unfortunately, unlike the movie, we cannot elect an alien from another planet to be our president. It’s against the Constitution. Who ever realized that Superman was an illegal alien? We doubt even Trump/Batman could build a wall to keep him out.

There were some marvelous performances in the movie. The debate, not so much.

Because of the poor reception for the movie, there will not be a sequel. Alas, the same cannot be said for the debates. We may have to suffer through two more before the franchise is permanently retired (or until a new cast chooses to remake it).

Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate?

DATELINE:  Hot Tickets


Our dear friend and Home Health Aide is not an American citizen, but rather has been granted asylum and is legally living in the United States.

He has a strong belief in the American Dream—and, like many, wants America to be strong and to succeed. He follows politics in the U.S. with the keen eye of someone who loves the country.

He cannot vote until he achieves citizenship, but he takes a great interest in learning from debates and primaries. He disagrees with our choice to make America great again. He thinks Mr. Trump is “too fresh” to be POTUS, and we don’t think he is referring to vegetables in the fridge.

His choice is Hillary Clinton, which makes us smile in disagreement.

Today he came up with an idea he wishes he could tell Hillary about. He thinks she needs an equally “fresh” running mate to counter Donald Trump.

To that end, he has suggested something surprising and without historical precedent. Garry Matador, lately of the United States, but a homegrown product of Haiti, wants Secretary Clinton to choose Joe Biden to be her vice president.

In some ways, it makes sense and is downright brilliant. We have heard Hillary bark (indeed Trump is using it in his latest commercials). She needs a hound of the Baskervilles. There is no one more qualified than Joe Biden to be vice president. He has learned on the job during two administrations.

Fresh ideas often come from people new the country—and we promised him to pass this along to others who may find it equally compelling.

What a hot ticket my friend is.