The Real Problem Is Trump

 

While the entire country is consumed by the hysteria about Russian hackers — with the thought that what they did to us is unique and reprehensible and absolutely terrible beyond words — I find it hypocritical that no one is talking about the US government’s own hackers. Hackers that are busy all across the globe doing the bidding of the CIA, NSA and US Cyber Command, et al.

It’s a sure bet that the US government employs way more and better hackers than any other government in the world – including Russia.

For every Russian hack that’s been exposed, my guess is that US government hackers have done the equivalent to them, plus 10 more. Good ol’ American ingenuity at work.

As a nation-state we’ve been lucky, because outside the Stuxnet worm fiasco and Snowden’s leaks, the US hackers have operated mostly under the radar. But it’s a certainty that we’ve been busy. Very busy.

How about the Mossack Fonseca scandal where it was disclosed that Putin and his friends were using the Panamanian law firm to hide and launder their money? Given the fairly intense animosity between Obama and Putin, and the immense and diverse US hacking capabilities, it’s easy to imagine the US being behind the Panama leak – done just as a means to screw Putin.

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Trumpet setting a bad precedent with Carrier deal?

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Trump National Doral Miami resort in Doral, Fla. An overwhelming majority of Republican voters believe Donald Trump would be the GOP’s strongest candidate in a general election, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll that highlights a sharp contrast between the party’s voters and its top operatives regarding the billionaire businessman’s ultimate political strength. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Yes. Bribing companies to stay here does indeed set a bad precedent.

But Trumpet didn’t invent the approach, though. Actually, Jay Inslee and Patty Murray spearheaded that magnificent effort right here in good ol’ Warshington state, with Boeing.

You recall the big fight a few years ago, that centered around the Boeing Machinists pensions.   GovJay and Perky Patty guilted the workers into voting to scrap their pensions – they focused a truly tremendous media and political push against the Machinists Union Local to take Boeing’s offer.   The way they played it, NO ONE has pensions anymore and the IAM members were a bunch of greedy, overpaid, [11 letter word, Richard Nixon’s favorite expletive deleted, ending in ‘er’], who were holding Warshington state’s sacred jobs hostage all for their own greedy, evil purposes.

No one has pensions any more (except of course, Perky Pat and GovJay)!

The Local Union voted the contract offer down rather handily, by about a 2-1 margin.

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