Saturday, October 3, 2020

Trump versus Biden: I don't want to vote for either of 'em

 Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed reading political commentaries. My parents subscribed to Newsweek back in the 1960s, and I remember reading George Will's essays, which always appeared on the magazine's back page. Fifty years later, Mr. Will looks exactly like he did when I was in high school. Meanwhile, I've become an old man!

As an adult, I subscribed for years to the New York Times, and I followed all their prominent columnists: Thomas Friedman, Paul Krugman, etc.  But the Times has degenerated into a hack political screed, and I don't read it anymore.

Today, I primarily read two commentators: Steve Rhode (Get Out of Debt Guy) and James Howard Kunstler (Cluster Fuck Nation). I find their writing refreshing, honest, and reliably stimulating.  I am distressed, therefore, that Rhode and Kunstler disagree about whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential election.

Steve Rhode posted a commentary a few days ago summarizing the Trump administration's woeful malfeasance regarding the federal student-loan program. Under the venal leadership of Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Department of Education has consistently acted in favor of debt collectors and for-profit colleges--always at the expense of student borrowers.  DeVos's team has misdirected the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and the Borrower Forgiveness Program. It has opposed bankruptcy relief for even the most distressed and downtrodden student-loan debtors.  Last year, DeVos's DOE was sanctioned by a federal court for disregarding a federal judge's court order.

Steve Rhode argued in a recent commentary that no student-loan debtor could reasonably vote for Trump in the next election, and his arguments are irrefutable.  I myself have called for Betsy DeVos's impeachment--and Trump is the person who installed as Education Secretary.

I have argued for bankruptcy relief for suffering college debtors for more than 30 years. How can I vote for Trump, whose administration has demonstrated again and again that it doesn't give a damn about the millions of people who are burdened by student loans they can never pay off?

On the other hand, James Howard Kunstler wrote a provocative essay awhile back titled "Bill of Particulars," in which he outlined the efforts of Deep State operatives to overturn the results of our last lawful presidential election. Kunstler described these shenanigans as seditious, and he is right.  In my mind, there is no doubt at all that government agents in the CIA and FBI, in league with Democratic Party insiders, tried to overthrow the Trump presidency.  

Mr. Kunstler's arguments, like Mr. Rhode's, are irrefutable; and Kunstler began his essay by saying he would vote for Trump. I admire Mr. Kunstler's courage, and I agree with everything he said. Besides, I am convinced that Joe Biden, who is supported by the very people who tried to overthrow Trump, is not in full command of his senses. And I am also convinced that he is a crook who used his elected office as Obama's VP to benefit his family--and not just his son Hunter.

In short, Kunstler and Rhode are both right. Neither Trump nor Biden are worthy of my vote. It is sad and scary to contemplate, but America will be ill-served if either man is elected President.

Americans should not throw their votes away by sitting out the election or voting for some nonentity.  One of these screwballs will be President, and we have a moral obligation to pick from the lesser of two evils.

I don't know how I will feel on election day, but I can tell you right now that I don't like my choices.


  1. Every president for the last 40 years has done nothing besides corruption. The whole system is rotten to the core. Picking which corporate sock puppet we want to lower our life expectancy, make sure wages stay stagnant, and give all our money to billionaires does not count as democracy. The only question on the ballot, in fact the only question that is ever on the ballot is 'would you like the news to treat the homicidal amount of corruption as insane, brazen, and norm shattering? Or would you like them to pretend it isn't happening?'
    Corruption is America’s Operating System.

  2. Thanks for posting Steve Rhode's excellent article. The Department of Education is effectively a department of war against debtors.

    And it reports to a President who has used bankruptcy protection numerous times.

  3. Thanks for writing, Jason. Yes, Steve wrote an excellent piece on the Trump administration' woeful record regarding the student-loan program.

  4. Thanks for writing, Jason. Yes, Steve wrote a vine essay on the Trump administration's woeful record regarding the student-loan program.