Nevada Seniors Coalition
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Let's start where we left off last month.
The headline in the RJ on April 4, 2018 read: "Reid: U.S. turning into Russia." Unbelievable. Here is a man who came from an incredibly hardscrabble existence to rise to the pinnacle of power in the American political system complaining the America "is becoming just like Russia...run by a very few wealthy families."
If money equates to running the country then who's spending the money and on which party? As it turns out there is a website that
tracks campaign spending by the 50 biggest donors (www.opensecrets.org) . It's kind of interesting to see the money flow even if it
does shatter several myths. For example the National Rifle Association did not even make the cut in the 2016 cycle, or in 2014, or
2012, 2010 or 2008. You get the picture. The evil empire Koch Industries came in 39th with $11 million, all to Republicans. The most
serious spenders? Tony Styers' $90 million all to Democrats and Sheldon Adelson $90 million all to Republicans.
That's $144 million coming from five sources all for the Democratic Party. Is money pouring in to the Republicans? Of course. But they tend to cluster at the lower part of the list and with smaller amounts, eg: Koch and its $11 million at 39th.
"Citizens United" was a good ruling. A crucial defense of the First Amendment and the right of people to be heard with real power through their organizations. I may not like what these private corporations pawning themselves off as labor unions are saying but they have the right to say it and that, because of "Citizens United" is a very, very good thing.
The real question is what the heck is wrong with Harry Reid?
Why did Mr. Reid choose John Kerry, a fellow Democrat who supported him through three decades as the other member of the "discussion"? He could have chosen any number of well respected retired Republican Senators and the two of them, now free of the political dead weight might have come up with a lecture worth listening to instead of the Alfonse & Gaston routine the attendees got stuck with.
Mr. Reid was as much a part of the problem as anyone in Washington. That was the game he helped to create and he played it well.
I had been a fan of 'Roseanne' during its early years. I thought they did some really funny stuff about the fictional blue collar Conner family. I can't remember clearly why I drifted away from it, but who cares? We've probably all done it at one time or another and it's about as trivial as anything can get. When I heard they were bringing the show back, including the "resurrection" of Dan (John Goodman) I thought it might be fun to watch especially when Roseanne, both the character and the actress, were both supporters of President Trump.
Make no mistake. This is no right wing propaganda vehicle. The back and forth between Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) as a passionate Hillary supporter and Roseanne was funny without going cutthroat. The rest of the cast, back from the original show was as politically correct as you can get. The best part was that in the first two shows the powers-that-be seemed to follow John Goodman's admonition; "Don't forget the funny."
Most interesting were the ratings and how they broke down exposing once again the immense divide within our country. The two episodes were
seen by 18 million people, now up to 25 million with delayed viewings.