Although we focus on Truth and Transparency here at DemocracyAlert.com this Saturday Night parody of Donald Trump was just too good.
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This Parody of Donald Trump by the Saturday Night Live Crew and Alec Baldwin is hilarious and a scary at the same time. It's funny both because it is ridiculous and so close to the truth. It's scary for those same reasons - its so close to the truth that our country and democracy are threatened. Since Donald Trump refuses to reveal his tax return and has surrounded himself with questionable picks we don't really know all of the ways Donald Trump and his presidency will harm the US.
I agree with Garrison Keillor of Prarie Home Companion fame. Alas for the Trump voters, the disasters he will bring on this country will fall more heavily on them than anyone else. The uneducated white males who elected him are the vulnerable ones, and they will not like what happens next. Click on the blue text to go to the entire Washington Post article - its good.
There was some cheering that he forced a company to stay in the United States and saved some jobs. At the same time his selections for the cabinet are talking about doing away with social security as we know it and replacing it with a 401K like system. Hey America you remember the defined benefit retirement plans most workers had don't you? The one where you worked a certain number of years and were guaranteed a pension payment. Went a long way towards reducing your anxiety about old age didn't it? Along came the experts who told us the change to a 401k retirement plan was better for us because it allowed us more control. How did that work out for you when the market crash came and the value of your 401k plan and the potential benefits was slashed dramatically? Let's be clear about this the only ones that 401k plans are better for is the financial managers and portfolio managers who make a commission on your money day in and day out whether you make money or not. Let's not forget the 401K benefit to companies who through the change from defined benefit plans to 401K were able to weasel out of their pension commitments to their long term employees and pay their executives huge multi-million dollar bonuses.
Trump also said he is going to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) on day one. They are keeping it a secret about what they are replacing it with but I'm sure they have something in store for the voters that will benefit the insurance companies, healthcare companies, pharmaceutical companies, lawyers and politicians more - the average American - not so much.
What good is having a job if you no longer have social security? What good is having a job if you no longer have health care?
But back to this parody - you'll laugh but I think you will also mourn the potential threats democracy.
If one of the results of this parody is that you want to dig deeper and look closer at this situation please read some of our earlier posts.