A beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's Halleluyah, but one of the best voices in recent years. This was just a couple of years ago, but she's still got it.
Another post here about Maxine Waters reminded me of this music video, which was done in honor of Maxine Waters after her famous "reclaiming my time" insistence at a hearing. When Rep. Waters was on The View, they brought this guy forward to do his song, and Rep. Waters rocked along with him, thoroughly getting a kick out of his rendition of her "reclaiming my time." She's going to be Chairman of the Finance Committee! Don't you just love that? Enjoy.
Ever wonder why Trump's base stays with him, even though he's bad to the bone? I grew up listening to this and other songs from classic Rogers & Hammerstein hits. This song from the movie "Carousel," which reflected the total passivity and loyalty of some women in those days, sort of explains the mindset of many Trumpers, I think (except we need to add a dash of hatred for "others" in the mix, that is not in the song).
Common sense may tell you
That the ending may be sad
And now's the time to break and run away.
But what's the use of wondering
If the ending will be sad
He's your fella and you love him
There's nothing more to say.
Ever since he took office, the country has been in crisis mode, and the country is going down the hole. The environment, the National Parks being drilled for oil, our foreign policy, children in cages (at least one child died, others got sick), hatred, the rise of white supremacy, a record high of gun deaths and mass shootings, huge tax cuts for the rich that adds $1.5 Trillion to our debt, the damage to the country's reputation, job layoffs, a probable upcoming recession, deregulation, investigations right and left, daily lies about anything and everything, greed and corruption at an unprecedented level, the infiltration of Russians in our democracy, brutality normalized, vulgarity normalized, the loss of dignity of our administration and leaders, using our country as a piggybank for personal gain.... And the latest evil: talk of ousting Vietnam refugees who came over after the Vietnam War.
I believe the Russians hacked the election, in addition to the thousands of trolls pushing fake stories. But that would not have elected Trump, if Americans had not voted for him. It was CLEAR before the election what kind of person he was. CLEAR.
Damn every single rotten person who hated Hillary Clinton or Democrats or "them libruls" so much, or wanted a big tax cut no matter what, that they voted for someone like Trump. Damn them, each and every one.
He backed 25 Democrats in the mid-terms, and 21 of them won (most of them women). Impressive. He donated $100 Million for the mid-terms.
I've been saying since the huge, deficit-increasing GOP tax cut bill, that a recession is likely in the near future. That's because deregulation (which the Republicans also did) + a huge tax cut bill for the wealthy (which cuts revenue and increases the deficit, in this case by $1.5 Trillion) = recession (IMO).
Now that the stock market is tanking, and TODAY OFFICIALLY ENTERED CORRECTION TERRITORY (I heard on MSNBC this morning), and with recession seeming to be much more possible, the Trump is at-the-ready with its explanations, all geared to whistle calls to his base on who to blame: The Fed's interest rate hikes.
I recently read a prediction that if a recession occurs, Trump and his team would blame the Fed and the Democrats. They also tried to blame Obama for the Republican Great Recession, too.
***"The only thing that really worries me about the economy right now is what the Fed is doing," says the "Trumponomics" co-author.
***"The Fed is what's going to put us in the next recession if they keep raising rates," Stephen Moore says.
***The Fed is expected to raise interest rates again next week. But the market is now putting low odds on any hikes next year.
Notice the statement, "The only thing that really worries me about the economy right now is what the Fed is doing"? He's not worried about all the layoffs piling up, like GM and Verizon and others. Or the tanking stock market. Or the bad tariff tricks the President is pulling. Or including tax incentives in the tax cut bill for companies to offshore their businesses. He's not worried about anything that is related to any of his former boss's policies or actions.
A walk down Memory Lane of what Trump thinks about recessions, in case anyone is under the impression he CARES about the harm done to people in recessions:
In 2006, Trump said regarding a crash: I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/trump-housing-collapse-228708
In 2007 Trump said, People have been talking about the end of the cycle for 12 years, and I'm excited if it is, he told the Globe and Mail in March of 2007. Ive always made more money in bad markets than in good markets. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-2007-i-m-excited-housing-market-crash-n578761
I didn't find it on the internet, but I heard a rally speech in his campaign where he states that he loves recessions because he can buy stuff for cheap.
Job growth slowed in November amid fears that economic growth is losing steam.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 for the month while the unemployment rate again held at 3.7 percent, its lowest since 1969, the Labor Department reported Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payroll growth of 198,000 and the jobless rate to hold steady.
Average hourly earnings, a closely watched sign of whether inflation pressures are building, again rose at a 3.1 percent pace from a year ago. The monthly earnings gain of 0.2 percent fell short of estimates for a 0.3 percent increase. The average work week edged lower by 0.1 hours to 34.4 hours.
Stock futures turned positive following the weak report as traders bet it may mean the Federal Reserve is less aggressive next year on rate hikes.
Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/07/us-created-155000-jobs-in-november-vs-198000-expected.html
The Jobs Report was released today.
Although the stock market was up before opening, during the day it plunged. The S&P is bordering on correction territory. The Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq are each over 2% down, after a bad day yesterday.
Okay, hit it, guys!
I think he sees it's in HIS best interests.
He needs to make nicey nicey, after attacking their family and calling them names for years, because he sees the end of the road of the Presidency, and yikes, he will be a member of a very small group of VIPs....former Presidents. As it stood, none of them would accept him, and possibly only Jimmy Carter would have spoken to him.
He needs and wants to make nicey nicey, because G W helped him get Kavanaugh seated on the bench.
He needs to make nicey nicey, because he sees the end of his Presidency and the vulgar legacy he will leave behind, where he insulted and regaled against military heroes, prior Presidents from his own party, and just about everyone else whose legacy threatened to top his.
He needs to make nicey nicey, because he doesn't want to be excluded from another funeral of another VIP.
He needs to make nicey nicey, because he doesn't need another negative scandal, when he's buried in scandals already.
The Bushes didn't endorse Trump for President. In fact, it's reported that Papa Bush voted for Clinton. George W and Laura voted for neither Clinton nor Trump. Trump has attacked the Bushes for anything and everything, and of course, Jeb Bush personally. Maybe one day will pass by without a disgusting, negative statement or tweet by Trump. Maybe.
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