Why is Bernie still in the race? The math is clear: he can’t win. Shouldn’t he do the right thing and drop out? It’s like playing chess and being down a queen in an otherwise equal position against a grandmaster. You know he’s going to trade off everything and mate you with the queen, so why push it? It’s honorable to resign. In Bernie’s case, why doesn’t he congratulate his opponent on making history? By stepping down, he could help the party unite.
Paul Ryan’s condemnation of Donald Trump’s attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel is as strong as it could have been. He said:
Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.
But Paul Ryan is still not withdrawing his endorsement of Trump. He says it’s because Hillary is not the answer and that he has a better chance of getting his ideas into law with Trump. While that may be true, Ryan seems to be missing the bigger picture. With this racist attack against a Hispanic judge, Trump is undermining the entire government. What good are laws if the commander-in-chief is working to undermine them?
This NY Times article explains the political world today: Is everything wrestling?.
This is partly because the rest of the world has caught up to wrestling’s ethos. With each passing year, more and more facets of popular culture become something like wrestling: a stage-managed “reality” in which scripted stories bleed freely into real events, with the blurry line between truth and untruth seeming to heighten, not lessen, the audience’s addiction to the melodrama.
I’m floored by how lowbrow the Republican side of the presidential election has become. I read that Trump opened the debate today by talking about the size of his penis, while referring to Marco Rubio as “Little Marco.” Whenever I think the level of puerile insults can’t get any lower, Trump manages to drag it down further. It’s mindboggling how this slimy con-artist has managed to hijack this election. He once said that he could shoot someone and not lose votes. After watching him refuse to disavow the Ku Klux Klan, I’m beginning to believe it.
Trump has made some incredibly stupid statements in the course of his campaign, but it looks like his call to block all Muslims from entering the country could finally derail him. Instead of apologizing, he’s doubling down. Unlike anything I’ve seen in my life, world leaders are condemning him.
I don’t think he’s got a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the general election, but I hope this latest debacle kills his chances at the primary. Let’s hope Cruz goes away too. People are just too busy to deal with the divisive garbage coming from these two candidates.
Seeking to tamp down the anger over his use of the term “anchor babies,” Jeb Bush clarified by making sure everyone knows he wasn’t talking about Latinos. He said, “Frankly, it’s more related to Asian people.” It’s a pretty clever ruse, but unfortunately not original. The extreme liberals have been following this method for years–when you’re against the ropes, Pin the Tail on Chang. Of course Hillary’s people jumped on Jeb, insinuating that Jeb is a racist and is part of a party that isn’t “inclusive.” Never mind, of course, that Hillary Clinton and her followers support racism in college admissions to the detriment of the people for whom her supporters are claiming to take umbrage. I’m supposed to be angry at some little phrase that Jeb used, while sitting back and watching the Democrats screw young Asian Americans and their families? I’m supposed to care about some little remark and ignore what really matters? I’m supposed to care about political correct etiquette and not care about equal rights for Asian Americans? It doesn’t make sense, but then again, who’s paying attention? Everyone’s too busy watching Trump!
Great quote from Ronda Rousey in the video above about the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency. After saying, “I wouldn’t vote for him,” she says, “I don’t want a reality TV star to be running my country.” And congratulations to Ronda for knocking out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds. I was wondering if she might choke–I think I’d be really angry and choke-prone if someone made such a terrible comment about a loved one–but once again Ronda came through. (To be fair, Correia was simply overmatched. I think Ronda was her first top-10 opponent, and #2 barely made it to round 3 in their last fight. Bethe was a 13-1 underdog in betting–putting up $1300 for Ronda would’ve won me $100.)
I’m in total shock right now. ChineseMom just informed me that the 80-20 PAC is closing down. I was there when they first started, and…wow…I’m in shock. From their website:
Q1: Why has 80-20 PAC chosen death rather than hanging on?
80-20 has seen many similar AsAm organizations providing negative service to our community. 80-20 PAC could one day become a negative-service organization. So it is better to cease operations than struggle to hang on.
Q2: Negative service? Could you give an example?
A week and a half ago, I wrote about Walter Scott’s murder at the hands of a White police officer. His murder was wrong and immoral. I and most of the rest of the world condemned the murder.
Yesterday, the NY Times published an article about Walter Scott’s child support. The article helped answer the question on many people’s minds: why did Walter Scott run? It turns out that Scott had been in and out of jail because of a failure to pay child support. He had four children altogether, and he had lost jobs because of his failure to pay child support to two women–the woman who was raising his first two children, and an ex-wife who was raising his third and fourth children. The article is about the cycle of poverty that child support imposes on poor men, where their failure to pay child support becomes worse because of imprisonment.
Obama’s plan to gut the 529 college plan has evidently hit some hard opposition from both parties, and he has decided to drop that effort. I was actually surprised when I learned that he was trying to do away with 529’s. His rationale is that wealthy Americans get a lot more in tax savings than non-wealthy people. From the NY Times:
Of the roughly seven million existing 529 plans, about 80 percent of the tax benefits go to households above $150,000, supporters of the Obama proposal say; 70 percent go to households with incomes over $200,000. That is because those people have the most money invested and can contribute $14,000 a year or more without worrying about reaching federal gift tax limits. Investment gains can then be used for education expenses without a capital-gains tax.