As Amber states, I am not in the US; I have only spent about 5 weeks in my entire life there.
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But some of that was in Detroit and, unless things have changed a lot, there is certainly a form of racism in place.

Detroit has one of the worse reputations nationwide.

But also — why would anyone seek to deny it?

Don’t know. I wouldn’t, although Amber assumed I would because I self-describe as conservative, I suppose.

In a functioning system, government has no money other than what they tax people on — fiddles discounted. So they should — if they have any pretensions of democracy — listen to the people.

Bingo.

Ron Paul was sidelined just as Bernie Sanders was, illustrating that the party really does not matter as the media narrows the supposed ‘choice’ to whoever plays the game.

I quite agree.

Sure — many in power got a shock with Trump because Clinton was supposed to win. But we see that, regardless of reasons, Trump has walked back on everything he said — promoting the MIC and far right principles as far as he can. I think he has even made it easier to invest in China! How does that bring jobs back to the US? If he ever had any intentions to do as he promised they have certainly been scotched by the deep state — reducing him to a pathetic puppet of his own ego. Is this is a guy you support?

If I agreed with your characterization, I wouldn’t. But I don’t. Plus, it’s early. Stay tuned.

And for the record, since the gold standard was abandoned, it seems money effectively does grow on trees: the paper gets printed and the petrodollar makes much of the US economy go round — polluting the planet with fossil fuels, in exchange for weapons to persecute the Saudi population — especially women — and anyone else who dares to challenge US hegemony. ISIS seem to be funded down the same channels. Every chess player needs a credible opponent.

Again, I have no quarrel with that.

Maybe. But meantime US governance is about printing the stuff to perpetuate unnecessary terrorism-incubating overseas wars because Wall Street owns the government.

And, here’s a picture of the politician who, throughout his long public career, has fought tooth and nail for every tax break and setaside possible for Wall Street, so that they can increase their power:

(I couldn’t find one where his horns were showing). :-)

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