I broke down pretty quickly after Disney + launched and bought a year subscription which saved me roughly 15%. The combo of a having Star Wars and Marvel on one streaming service is just way too appealing for someone like me. Cindy and I watched the first two episodes of The Mandalorian, one of the the first Disney + original shows based on the Star Wars universe. So far the show is great and feels like an authentic Star Wars production. When you add in Marvel content and Pixar stuff on top of that I really think it is one of the best valued streaming services out there.
Yesterday I also re-added Showtime but I didn’t do so through Comcast. During my last rework with Comcast I added high speed gig internet but sacrificed the premium channels I used to have as well. Showtime has a bunch of shows that we both enjoyed so I dipped my toe back in but did so by adding Showtime streaming to my Amazon Prime Video account, allowing me to stream it easily anywhere instead of being tied to my Xfinity hardware. Both of our LG TV’s have native Amazon Video and Disney Plus support built in so it’s stupid easy to access.
So the Impeachment holiday TV special is in full force. It seems each day new slimy pieces of information are revealed about the mafia-esque workings of the White House. If anyone, even Trump underwear wearing cultists doubts the basic timeline of events that went down regarding Ukraine they are too far gone to be helped. As I have said before, in the grand scope of things this is probably small change compared to some of the REALLY awful shit that has been going on the last three years.
I was thinking just how fake outraged Republicans were when Clinton went up for impeachment for getting oral sex and lying about it, GASP! Trump got oral sex and a lot more from a porn star, while married, paid her hush money and it has been treated as though it was inconsequential, amazing. The hypocrisy that exists in American politics is rampant, sad, and toxic. No this is not isolated to the right or left side of the fence.
To me the cold reality is no matter how many witnesses “me too” the Ukranian story, no matter if the House moves forward with presenting a trial to the senate, partisan politics will block any possibility of an outcome based on facts. Instead the cowards will continue to prop up the worst human being we have ever had as President in my lifetime because it is politically advantageous to themselves to do so. This sort of disingenuous loyalty is exactly why senate term limits need to be a thing. Some senators are buried so deep into their corrupt and lobbyist infested blankets you can never dig them out.
So with an actual impeachment being basically impossible in this environment, the main task is making sure that Trump is not reseated for another four years of insanity. To me, there is only one way this can happen, the economy and stock market which has been pumped up by massive corporate tax breaks, stomping all over regulation, and applying other short sighted “fixes”, has to tank, it’s that simple. If both of these things remain strong Trump will get reelected because the majority of people in this country that actually vote care about their immediate circle of existence and not the big picture.
I think candidates like Elizabeth Warren and even Bernie at this point are going to struggle because despite my core belief in some of their policies, the reality of getting them implemented in today’s world is just plain unrealistic unless you are going to implement Senate term limits magically, which you aren’t. I really like Pete Buttigeig, he is brilliant, amazingly well spoken, young, a veteran and offers a more moderate approach. He is basically the exact opposite of Donald Trump. Of course he is also gay which may be more damning than being black to a lot of voters, which is a sad testament to the country where the President has made hate speech, insults, and bullying the new hotness.
Oh speaking of the “hot” economy, did you know that this upswing has been historic but in a way that you would not assume. Despite soaring stock market numbers the budget deficit has been rocketing upwards and not down. Normally when the economy is strong, deficits shrink. Nope, not this time. It is a testament to short sighted decisions and fixes. Despite all of the “great numbers”, one number that is kept in the shadows is the budget deficit that has increased 26% in ONE YEAR. One of numerous false campaign promises was to eliminate the budget deficit within 8 years. Instead, he has increased it by 50% in three years. He is a very stable fiscal genius, after all.