What’s Behind Door Number Three?

By David Glenn Cox

Donald Trump famously asked Joe Biden during the histrionic debate to name a police organization that supported him. That’s because the police unions are all in Trump’s vest pocket. No contest, they support the guy who isn’t going to investigate them, the guy who looks the other way, the racist guy who is going to cost them their jobs.


You know how we’ve been trying to pass a second round of stimulus for the longest time now. How Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats have been working middling hard trying to secure funding for state and for a local government in their stimulus proposal. Mitch McConnell, however, wants a skinny bill. No aid for state and local government just a few twinkies for our friends and a couple of tax breaks for our contributors and the crumbs off the table for the people. Under the Trump-McConnell plan two things can be expected. Public-sector layoffs and tax increases.

It’s Déjà vu all over again; “In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.”FDR first Inaugural address 1933

During the personal pan Depression of 2008, the state of California suffered a tremendous loss of tax revenue. Sacramento the state Capitol was still over performing the state economically and then the Governor announced a round of layoffs and cutbacks and in no time at all Sacramento was doing just as poorly as everyone else. You can’t cut your way out of an economic Depression, and layoffs can’t solve the unemployment problem. So, go ahead and cheer for the macho bellicose guy! See you in the unemployment line, ask the Carrier workers in Indiana about this administration’s dedication to workers.

Now Mitch McConnell has some valid ideological complaints. After passing record military budgets and a huge tax cut that doesn’t pay for itself. Mitch is concerned with fiscal responsibility. After feeding ice cream bars and candy to America’s 1% like Caligula’s birthday party. Mitch questions our ability to support state and local government. “What are we now, like a country or something?”

A doomsday scenario, a plan to fly bankruptcy aircraft into the twin towers of American Democracy. Mitch says, “Let them go bankrupt!” Hello, Mr. Policeman, I have some good news for you and some bad news for you. First, the good news! You are not being laid off. Now the bad news, you’ll need to work seventy hours a week and we can’t pay you right now! At the same time, Trumpy talks about defunding Social Security, coincidence? No. This has been a right-wing wet dream for a long time. Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

What’s more American than Donald Trump and what is more Trumpian than America bankrupting defaulting on its debts and reneging on the social contract? To drown government in a hotel bathtub bill them for it and call in a crew of Mexicans to clean it all up. Skyrockets will streak across the night sky and ambassadors will hold meetings and private consultations. The orange abomination and the plucky Republicans will look across the Pacific stick out their tongues and say “Na, na, na, ne, na, na! We fucked you! Who won the trade war now?” All this and the end of Social Security too and that means the loss of property values in states like Florida. Did you know? Florida has no state income tax. The state generates revenue primarily from property and sales taxes. Before Social Security, the elderly were the poorest demographic in the country after Social Security, they will be the poorest demographic in the country again. Mr. Policeman, do you ever think you’ll get old?

It makes you scratch your head and wonder at these strange bedfellows. Republicans have never seen a union they liked that they weren’t standing in front of. And yet they love the police unions and what’s more the police unions love them back. Jews for Hitler, Blacks for the Klan and Ant’s for Raid the Russians and the Germans sign a peace treaty! Malcom X said something to the effect that white people anxious to help probably weren’t the best people to help, choose your friends wisely. The guy anxious to put you in the photo op might not be your friend, is he Sheriff Clark?

The Police Union supports the guy that’s going to get our funding cut. The Police Union supports the guy who is going to cause layoffs. The Police Union supports the guy causing social disorder. The Police Union supports the guy who threatens your retirement. Let’s see, did we miss anything? Life, health and future. Nope, we got it all!

But I guess it is only logical if you want someone to look away at your indiscretions look no further than Trumpy. “My policeman right or wrong!” We like the guy who doesn’t make us follow the rules! Ah, the sweet nectar of Fascist tea, we can solve all of the world’s problems if you let us bust enough heads. If we let Godzilla eat us, we don’t have to worry about Godzilla eating us anymore! Ernst Rohm asks, “What’s in the box? What’s behind door number three?”

It is not difficult to ride on the back of a tiger, what is difficult is getting off.

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