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NBN's Endorsement for Prez.
By way of a Facebook argument with a friend named Mac NBN begrudgingly offers its tepid support for the latest questionable candidate our hopelessly corrupt political system is offering up for 2016: Hillary Clinton. Below is our reason for doing so and it's got everything to do with our reason for even writing this website: We hate waste.
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Ok Mac, sun's up, coffee's brewed and it's 7am Sunday. So let's take another crack at this. As expected you present a well-reasoned argument against voting for Clinton this election. However, to say that third or second world countries are more wasteful than the US is absurd. NBN has been around. We spent five weeks in India and three days in Morocco. We’ve been to Mexico five times, Haiti and the Dominican Republic—before the latter became armed encampment for U.S. tourists on the cheap. We've been to half a dozen countries in Europe. So....
What could you have possibly seen that suggests to you these countries are more wasteful than the US. We drive cars that get half the mileage of their European counter parts. We lavish our lawns with oil-based fertilizer which seeps into the ground water that mingles with the human-based fertilizer-laden wastewater we dump into our rivers producing deadzones at every delta in the country, the world’s largest at the mouth of the Mississippi. Just above that delta we grow corn by the square mile, distill it into a tank-full of fuel to burn in those wasteful cars. We throw out half of the food we produce and the fastest growing industry in this country is storage bins.
Mac, you are as much opposed to this country’s consumer culture as NBN, but you are prepared to install as president a guy who wants wants to double down on it. Worse, The Donald calls it “great.” Yeah, you could pretty much run Donald Duck against this guy and NBN would not vote for Trump. BTW, our argument regarding waste has nothing to do with this country’s absurdly wasteful military spending, as you suggest, although that disgusts NBN as well and now The Donald wants more of that.
It's NBN's guess that most Trump supporters also oppose this nation's buy-and-dump mentality. Angry, white males tend to be conservative types, not prone to wasting money. They appreciate the value of a buck. Yet The Donald is the poster boy for consumerism. Does NBN think he will make a disastrous president, Mac? No, because as you say he will surround himself with experienced advisors and the country will survive another four years of gridlock until another GOP/DEM anointed troll takes the reins and plants us firmly back on the path of either misappropriation of resources or misappropriation of legislation.
Meanwhile under a Trump presidency, we will once again laminate into the American psyche the message that waste is good. Only with Trump waste isn't just good, it's “Great.” It's for that very philosophy that NBN says Reagan was the worst president this country ever had. Want to know what Reagan's first act as president was? Tearing out the solar panels Carter installed atop the White House. Why use free energy when you can waste energy pulling energy out of the ground, and then waste more energy refining, distributing and pumping it? We make more money when we waste energy, so we can buy more stuff to throw out.
NBN grants your argument about the level of corruption in the "Clinton Machine", Mac, but they are no more “well oiled" than the Bush Machine, and you can argue quite convincingly they are considerably less culpable than the Cheney/Bush administration for the problems we face today. Yes, Clinton caused the Great Recession with his repeal of Glass-Steagall. But Bush turned our foreign policy into foreign crisis management with his invasion of Iraq, all at the expense of hundreds of thousands of lives, and we’re still counting. How can you possibly see Clinton Cash as more corrupt than Cheney starting a $1 trillion war and then selling us the stuff we need to fight it. The DNC's rabid determination to put Hillary in the White House this year almost insured we got eight more years of the Bush Machine's Drill Baby Drill and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, at any and all costs. Only Carl Rove's Faustian Pact with the Evangelicals bit Jeb Bush and a dozen other GOP consumer culture candidates in the ass. Now we're looking at the prospect of having the Consumer Culture King run the show.
NBN could almost live with Jeb over Hillary. The glaring contradictions in Clinton's campaign rhetoric and her bizarre actions with her emails when she is clearly gearing up for a 2016 run means she is either dangerously reckless or disturbingly arrogant. But Trump's belief that casino's can make a constructive contribution to our economy means he is the exact opposite of what our economy needs right now. Economy. The most valuable resource this country has in ridiculous surplus is all the perfectly good stuff we throw out.
Trump is the alpha and omega of this country's consumer culture. He builds schlock apartments, and convinces people to pay more than they should for them. His casino empire turned out to be a house of cards—literally and figuratively—and he bailed out leaving creditors and tax payers holding the bag. Trump is all about coveting and exploiting resources for individual gain. The problem is that exploitation can only come at the expense of those less able to do so. The beauty of Trump's candidacy is those less able to do so are the very ones lining up to vote for him. The very ones who will be cut out of the American Dream because Trump has convinced them someone else is taking it away from them. We need to fix problems not blame and Trump, and the nation's entire conservative movement for that matter, is all about the latter. So wake up Mac and smell the coffee. It's still hot and we do not want it to go to waste. Do we?
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Let's solve some problems, NRA style. 02.21.13
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I think this is such a good theory, we should find other problems we can solve the same way. Like, there are too many people who smoke cigarettes in America. So, there’s a problem in America, and the problem is too many guns. The National Rifle Association has a solution to the problem: more guns. I think this is a great solution. I think the theory is: If everyone had a gun, then no one would shoot anyone, because someone would shoot back at them. That is, the more guns there are, the less people will use them, and the safer we will be. I like this theory. I like this theory a lot.
Now that's a smoke.
Like there are also too many obese people in America. Oh great NRA Ouija, what’s the solution? More obese people. The biggest issue with all the obese people is that they stand out. We notice them. They feel bad. We feel bad What’s the solution? More people should smoke cigarettes. Then the people who smoke cigarettes would realize how gross it is, smoking cigarettes, and they’d quit. Not only, but if more people smoked, then more people would get cancer, and we’d finally get frigging serious about finding a cure for cancer. We would be healthier and safer.
. If there were more obese people, we wouldn’t notice them, we’d all be obese people. Obese would be the new normal, and we’d all feel good about ourselves. Plus which, think of all the new business for restaurants and food companies, all the high fructose corn syrup. Good for the economy.
Like, there are too many people who drink and drive in America. NRA to the rescue. More people drinking and driving. I mean, if you didn’t drink and drive, and you knew there were all those drunks out on the road, you’d stay home, right? You would be safer. And if you did drink and drive, what a frigging hoot, getting out on the road with all those other drunks. It would be like a video game with consequences. And think of all the extra work for the EMTs and emergency rooms. Good for the economy.Too many cars on the road? We need more cars on the road. We need to sell more cars. Good for the economy!! Too much CO2 in the atmosphere? We need more CO2 in the atmosphere. We need Florida from Maine to Alaska. Good for farmers. Good for tourism. Good for the economy!! Bad for polar bears, maybe, but that’s what zoos are for. And what are zoos? Good for the economy!!
The Tea Party Caucus. Drinking the Koch Kool Aid
Too much violence on TV? We need more violence on TV. Then people would stay at home out of fear, and they would be safer. And other people would go out and buy guns. And guns are the best way to prevent violence. They would be safer too. We would all be safer. Not to mention, selling more guns is good for the economy!!! Too many politicians? We need more politicians! I mean, the problem is not that there are too many politicians, but there are not enough good politicians. If we had more politicians, we’d have more good politicians. Right? I think, when the histories are written, that we will be thanking the NRA for such a good idea. Got a problem? Here’s the solution: create more of the problem. Create so much of a problem that it’s not a problem anymore. It’s a solution. That’s just what we should do. We should solve more problems, NRA style.
Editor's note: Nothing succeeds like excess. It's the American way, isn't it?