Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | September 19, 2019

Ranter’s Note I:  I requested a meeting (off the record) with Christy Smith to share my concerns over her reaction to my column on August 16. She agreed and we met earlier this week for what turned out to be a cordial conversation. She posted this on Facebook to which

I concur.

“Today I had the opportunity to meet with Santa Clarita Gazette and Free Classifieds publisher Doug Sutton. I appreciate that Doug took the time to meet, graciously heard me out, and respectively shared his concerns. While there are some issues where we don’t see eye to eye, we found some common ground. We both agree that representation of multiple perspectives in media is critically important. To that end, Doug has offered space weekly to anyone who’d like to write from centrist, left of center, and progressive perspectives. I’d encourage anyone interested to reach out to Doug at the Gazette for details.”

 Ranter’s Note II: Regarding the bill I ranted on last week that threatens the independent contractor status of key personnel this and other newspapers utilize, there is bad news and there is good news. The bad news is the law passed causing many current independent contractors to be thrown in to the throngs of restrictive employment status and putting many businesses in financial peril. The good news is lawmakers in Sacramento agreed to delay implementation of the law for newspapers until 2021.

Ranter’s Note III: For those of you keeping score at home the Gazette has now lost a second advertising account due to the harassing emails sent by local liberals claiming me and this newspaper are racist.


And The Debt Grows On:

 Well what do you know, this past week marked the time this year the Federal government spent $1 Trillion more than came in to the tax coffers and that’s with record growth in those coffers! Shame on you Donald Trump, shame on you Mitch McConnell, shame on you Nancy Pelosi, shame on you Kevin McCarthy and shame on you Kati Hill. And the list could go on and on and on and on and on of people who could at least try to do something to delay the detonation of the debt bomb.

No, instead some in the Senate are rushing to get 12 SPENDING bills pushed through before the September 30 deadline. Of course the Dems are already trying to get a temporary spending bill passed by the 30th to keep the government open.

I find it insanely insane that no Republican I’ve seen or heard gives two hoots about the pending debt bomb or to begin to even think about making some sort of spending cuts. Instead they merrily ride along, fighting for issues I support whole heartedly, but still they are not seeing, or choosing not to see, the $22 Trillion Elephant in the room. Come on you conservative House members, who formed the Freedom Caucus, PLEASE, PLEASE show us the same grit and determination you’ve demonstrated on other key issues and start kicking the same sort of butt on this one!

 Sometimes I Feel Like…..

Not the whipping post (the great song by the Allman Brothers band), but Noah from the bible, yea him. You know what happened, he warned people for a long time about the pending doom and was ignored until it was too late. I’m reminded of a newspaper conference I went to in the late nineties where a speaker forcefully voiced his opinion that this thing called the internet would become a huge threat to newspapers. Everyone there thought the guy was nuts, but looked what happened some 12 years later, he was right-on. Ignoring Noah and the internet remind me of what most are doing regarding the

Huge Sacrifice Worth It?

There is something Republicans in Congress can do to start the fight against the debt bomb growing larger and larger each day, but it will take extreme courage and I don’t think they have the stones to do it. If that courage could be mustered they should dig in their heels and not raise the debt ceiling or pass grotesquely bloated spending bills and allow the government to shut the freak down.

Oh yea, the Republicans would be blamed and crucified for allowing such a terrible thing to happen and to be sure there would be consequences from a shut down. But I ask, don’t we need the shock of all shocks to get people’s attention to realize the need for a drastic sacrifice to avoid a shock BIGGER than any shutdown would cause?

We gotta start somewhere, nothing ever gets done without a starting point and somehow, someway, someone has got to lead the charge we desperately need to start cutting spending. My goodness at the very least we have to have an annual budget that creates zero addition to the debt (other than the unimaginable amount of interest accumulated every day of the year) i.e. don’t spend a dime more than what comes in.  I say that ain’t gonna happen so either Republicans cause a HUGE stir to upset the HUGE apple cart that is the U.S. government or we are all going to be in deep manure sooner than later!

 Short Rants:

 -Did you see where 9 people were shot dead and 18 more were shot and injured this past weekend in Chicago? Me neither, where is the outrage from the left on this? After all Chicago has very strict gun laws, how is that working out for them?

-The U.S now has full proof that Iran attacked Saudi Arabia’s oil fields last week. So what now? ‘You pull another stunt like the last five you’ve pulled there is going to big trouble for you!’ Yea, that’ll shake em up so much they’ll just pull five more with their middle finger pointed right us. I say listen to Toby Keith when he sang; “Oh, justice will be served And the battle will rage, This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage And you’ll be sorry that you messed with The U.S. of A Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass It’s the American way.”

 -Sounds to me like the betting folks are putting their money on Elizabeth Warren to win the Dem’s nomination. Oh goody she is touting Medicare for all, free public college and Federal funds to build more housing and raising the bejeebers on taxes for businesses. That won’t help the debt bomb or keep the economy on its red hot course now will it?

-When I heard the news of Iran attacking the Saudi Arabia oil fields I flashed back to the seventies remembering when I waited in lines with many other frustrated drivers, inching towards to the gas pumps hoping the station wouldn’t put up their red flag indicating no more gas before I got there. Then I thanked President Trump for his foresight to unleash oil production in our own land to help keep the mess in the seventies from happening today!

Quips Quotes & Headlines:

 “You know, on Jan. 20, 2021, at 12:01 p.m., we’re going to have a Democratic president, a Democratic House, and a Democratic Senate. There will be life after Donald Trump.” (Julian Castro, Democrat presidential candidate)

 *Yea but if what he said comes true, life after Donald Trump will be a mess to the likes we’ve never seen.  (Me)

“Houston, we have a problem. This — we have a guy there that is literally running our country like a game show. He would rather lie than lead. I think we need something different.” (Amy Klobuchar, Democrat presidential candidate)

*America, we have a problem, if this lady or any candidate similar to her thinks we need something different, that difference will lead us straight back to Obama days and beyond, that beyond will be crashing south of those days. (Me)

On Aug. 3, in El Paso, Texas, two things became crystal clear for me, and I think produced a turning point for this country. The first is just how dangerous Donald Trump is, the cost and the consequence of his presidency, racism and violence that had long been a part of America was welcomed out into the open and directed to my hometown of El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed, dozens more grievously injured by a man carrying a weapon he should never have been able to buy in the first place, inspired to kill by our president”.  (Beto O’Rourke, Democrat presidential candidate)

*Yea that’s it Beto, our president is dangerous, a racist and the consequence of that is a severely mentally ill person going to your city and killing people. If that’s true then was it because of Obama 236 people died in mass shootings during his two terms?  (Me)

“The differences among us Democrats on the stage are not as great as the urgency for us to unite as a party, not just to beat Donald Trump, but to unite America in common cause and common purpose. That’s why I’m running for president, and that’s how I will lead this nation.” (Cory Booker, Democrat presidential candidate)

*Common cause, common purpose to unite America? That is how he’s going to lead this nation? I hope he fills us in on how exactly that works because right now all I’ve heard is empty rhetoric from him.  (Me)

So, President Trump, you’ve spent the last two-and-a-half years full time trying to sow hate and division among us, and that is why we’ve gotten nothing done. You have used hate, intimidation, fear, and over 12,000 lies as a way to distract from your failed policies and your broken promises. The only reason you’ve not been indicted is because there was a memo in the Department of Justice that says a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. (Kamala Harris, Democrat presidential candidate)

*Hate, intimidation, fear, broken promises, 12,000 lies and getting nothing done? Sounds like the mindless state she was in when she slept her way to becoming a political hot shot in San Francisco all those years ago.  (Me)

“Let me be blunt and tell you what you don’t hear much about in Congress or in the media, and that is, it goes without saying that we must and will defeat Trump, the most dangerous president in the history of this country.” (Bernie Sanders, Democrat presidential candidate)

*I wonder if Bernie is aware of Trump’s reluctance to go to war with Iran? Either way I wish he would tell us why Trump is so dangerous, because if he is that dangerous then I’m as clueless as Bernie is. (Me)



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