Chomsky dissects Trump, Democrats & RussiaGate

 
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26 May 2019 11:59
 

The Republican agenda is tax breaks for the rich, deregulation, laissez faire etc.  Since this isn’t a majority of voters, how does Trump get enough support to win?  Is he good at it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llzoItQgLOQ  (8 minutes)  Is Chomsky right about the Democrats’ preoccupation with the Russian interference in the election?

 
 
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unsmoked - 26 May 2019 11:59 AM

Is Chomsky right about the Democrats’ preoccupation with the Russian interference in the election?

Yes.  To win votes they need to do more than trash the opposition.  Those that already don’t like Trump will not be swayed.  Those that are supporters are unlikely to change their minds just because of an FBI probe.

They (the party that wants to get elected) need to address the looming storm of automation, and the receding wave of lost jobs in the rust belt.  A good approach for them might be to look at the current infrastructure needs of the nation and equate those upgrades and repairs to the jobs they will create, and the livelihoods they will improve.  I suspect that many voters like the idea of jobs and financial security being a part of their near future.  Given that the US infrastructure is a mess and needs a ton of work, the party that latches onto this and campaigns around the job growth inherent in the needs of the country will be quite popular.

Remember, that’s how DT swayed the rust-belt in his direction in the first place…

 
 
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Chomsky is the wrong guy to ask about this.

 
 
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Jefe - 26 May 2019 12:11 PM
unsmoked - 26 May 2019 11:59 AM

Is Chomsky right about the Democrats’ preoccupation with the Russian interference in the election?

Yes.  To win votes they need to do more than trash the opposition.  Those that already don’t like Trump will not be swayed.  Those that are supporters are unlikely to change their minds just because of an FBI probe.

They (the party that wants to get elected) need to address the looming storm of automation, and the receding wave of lost jobs in the rust belt.  A good approach for them might be to look at the current infrastructure needs of the nation and equate those upgrades and repairs to the jobs they will create, and the livelihoods they will improve.  I suspect that many voters like the idea of jobs and financial security being a part of their near future.  Given that the US infrastructure is a mess and needs a ton of work, the party that latches onto this and campaigns around the job growth inherent in the needs of the country will be quite popular.

Remember, that’s how DT swayed the rust-belt in his direction in the first place…

In line with what you’re saying, notice here how many jobs would be created by a dedicated transition to clean energy: 

https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/costs/economic/economy/employment 

In comparison, think of Trump’s 2016 promise to put coal miners back to work

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/04/president-trump-has-yet-save-struggling-coal-industry-numbers-show/479587002/

WASHINGTON – President Trump was in a celebratory mood early last spring as he prepared to sign an executive order rolling back environmental protections reviled by the nation’s coal industry.

Turning to the miners beside him at the ceremony, Trump repeated a promise that he made often during his campaign for president.

“You’re going back to work,” he said to nods of approval and applause.

But not much has changed for the nation’s ailing coal industry since Trump moved into the White House.

Coal employment and production are up just slightly, coal consumption is down, and coal prices have fallen a little below where they were the day that Trump took office.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-07/trump-said-to-again-seek-deep-cuts-in-renewable-energy-funding

Trump Again Seeks Deep Cuts in Renewable Energy Funding
By Ari Natter
March 7, 2019, 1:00 AM PST Updated on March 7, 2019, 9:01 AM PST
Programs have financed research into electric cars, wind power
2020 budget would be cut to $700 million, from $2.3 billion