Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty

Apr. 30, 2015

By Marc Platt
April 30, 2015

President Obama laid it out perfectly in the Rose Garden earlier this week when he said something to the effect that our urban city streets should not be "...a pipeline from the streets to the prisons" for the young men of color.

A few things to note about the current situation in Baltimore.

1. It does not matter that this 25-year-old man had a long arrest record for minor drug offenses, etc.
2. The police department insinuating that Gray was responsible for his own death because he tried to hurt himself in the police van is laughable.
3. The Baltimore Police Department is apparently infamous for "Rough Rides" in which they let prisoners flail about in the vans while stepping on the brakes.
4. The Baltimore Police Department has had to settle several similar cases over the past five years in an amount of in excess of $5 million. They will inevitably give Gray's family a lot of dough.
5. Looking at the prospects of young men of color in our African American heavily-populated urban cities looks hopeless right now.
6. High crime rates are a cottage industry in these cities that have NO JOBS to offer these citizens. These police departments make a lot of money locking up these men and boys who have few options.
7. Baltimore has experienced a culture of violence for decades and the people who live there and many other cities just need someone to care once in awhile. 

It is understandable that young African Americans are fed up and want free stuff. Looting and destroying their own communities is not the answer, but there is a lack of family unity, because many of the fathersw are locked up.

Maybe it is time to start taking care of business and stop making money by locking people up and start bringing businesses in and EMPLOYING people. How about training centers for 21st century jobs?

I know I am dreaming, but these are the things that will have to happen in the future.

President Obama (and now Hillary Clinton) are endorsing FREE Community College Programs. This is a great idea that should be supported by EVERY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE in our nation. This is the first best idea that makes sense across the board for re-training our citizens.

 

Apr. 27, 2015

Commentary
By Marc Platt
4/27/2015

I would never pretend to know more than experts like Elizabeth Warren or our President when it comes to any area of the government, but when something smells bad, my nose works just fine.

I am liberal-minded when it comes to politics, but not on everything. 

I agree with most Republicans when it comes to trade and opening up channels for trade deals in the Asian markets. This is an area President Obama and the Republicans are in agreement. This should NOT be a partisan issue. Economics in an ever-changing world is an issue in the United States BECAUSE of the states and their geography.

A U.S. Senator like Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has to walk a very narrow line because the people of his state are used to an "Old School" economy based on factory jobs and unions that protect those workers.

The unfortunate reality of progress is the fact that many factories and union jobs have disappeared because the way the economy has shifted and automation has replaced many of those once-sacredly held jobs that would be passed down from generation-to-generation.

Massachussets Senator Elizabeth Warren, the most liberal-minded Democratic U.S. Senator of all of them has foolishly decided to take on the leader of her party and the man who "Fast Tracked" her ascendency in the U.S. political landscape.

President Obama is a shrewd educator and has a platform to explain how and why he thinks it is important to move our country into the 21st century, despite the fact that many elected representatives are howling at him because they have to let their folks in their states that they "Have their backs."

America really needs to get real on this. We MUST join the worldwide economy and start doing business like they have been doing.

Just how many Ford and Chevy cars do you think are on the streets of Tokyo right now? That's right. We have a zillion Japanese cars parading through U.S. city streets and if there are 10 U.S.-made cars in Japan, I would be shocked.

This is not right. Let the professionals (President Obama and his people) do their jobs and bring us into the 21st century so we can compete and truly be "Exceptional." We talk about "Exceptionalism," yet are far from it in reality. Sure we have an incredible military force, but that makes us powerful, not exceptional.

Elizabeth Warren should be ashamed of herself for FUNDRAISING off of this situation. She got into a pissing match with Obama and sent fundraising emails to left-leaning citizens. This is the same crappy behavior Republicans use when they scream about how President Obama does things like the Affordable Care Act, which has now added millions of people to the "Health Care" club who previously didn't have what should be available to all.

Ms. Warren please stop acting like every other Washington politician and educate yourself on the reality of where America is really at. President Obama is not a perfect man, but he seems to want to help ALL Americans and you are sounding more like the enemy every day and not the bright, educated liberal you claim to be.

Apr. 20, 2015

By Marc Platt
April 20, 2015

We all need to get real people!

In 2008 Hillary Clinton would have easily coasted to the White House except for Barack Obama and his powerful Social Media Machine and ability to capture the heart of the nation with his message at a time when fresh, new and "A Change We Can Believe In" was just what this country needed after a weak administration war and financial collapse saddled the Republicans with 8 horrible years of fultility.

Anyone who ran against John McCain would have EASILY won that election. Even a young black inexperienced U.S. Senator from Illinois. Hillary would have wiped out the GOP that year. She had to wait her turn and this year (2015/16) is her turn to win The White house.

All of her possible Democratic challengers seem to be doing this tip-toe dance NOT to offend her or her powerful campaign staff that will have to choose a running mate next year. We see two guys, both independents Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt)  &  former Senator Lincoln Chaffee (I-RI) who are making noises about running. Webb (a former Republican) from Virginia is also making some noise about running. Do you see a pattern people? Former Governor Martin O'Malley (D-MD) is tepid at best not to step on her toes.

Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee.

When all is said and done, let us examine the facts.

Hillary is:

1) A high-powered attorney with strong legal chops.
2) Able to maneuver through possible scandals in a campaign AND administration ("Gennifer Flowers Gate," "Name Gate," "Whitewater," "Monica Gate").
3) Former two-term First Lady.
4) Former U.S. Senator elected twice.
5) Former U.S. Secretary of State
6) Counseled by both a former U.S. president (Bill) and a current (Obama).

Hillary Clinton does NOT need to have big rallies to get her message out. She is much better at retail politics, as she proved in both of her U.S. Senate races capturing rural areas in upstate New York no one thought possible. She has had a great partner and teacher in Bill Clinton, himself a master.

She worked closely with Obama, who will be highly-regarded once he leaves office. His long resume of success against the GOP is getting bigger each day the inept GOP-led U.S. Congress shoots itself in the foot.

There are a lot of unhappy Red State citizens that Mr. Obabma is our President. There will be a lot of unhappy citizens when Mrs. Clinton takes the election next year, but that is the political climate we live in. Half the country is always unhappy.

The Republicans seem to always find a way to present the most unpleasant candidates lately when it comes to Presidential hopefuls. Jeb Bush (a BUSH), Ted Cruz (McCarthy resureccted), Walker (Union Buster), Christie (may get indicted), Perry (indicted), Rand Paul (Flip Flopping Libertarian), Marco Rubio (Inexperienced and extremely 1950s-type conservative) and (Cue up Laugh Track) Carly Fiorina (Failed Hewlet packard CEO).

There is really no one who has the charisma of a Barack Obama, or a vision to challenge her. She has been training for this job for 35 years and knows how to win elections. Her ONE failure was against what proved to be the most formidable election machine in U.S. History.

The best news is Hillary Clinton now HAS that same machine with many of the same players who helped defeat her in 2008.

Hillary Clinton does NOT need a Primary opponent in this election cycle. She needs to lay low, get her message out and let the Republican candidates do what they do best...Beat the living crap out of each other so they can get the living crap kicked out of the last man standing by Hillary Clinton...The first woman to hold this office in the United States come January, 2017.

Apr. 13, 2015

By Marc Platt
April 13, 2015

Jeb Bush: Helped get his brother elected in 2000 by nefarious means in his state of Florida. He WAS for Immigration Reform and Common Core. Let's see if he is still for those issues in a few months.

Ted Cruz: Joseph McCarthy redux. He will say anything to disrupt government proceedings and make himself look like a demonic savior.

Rand Paul: Doesn't believe ANYTHING he said before he announced for Presidential Campaign. He is a clean slate, right?

Marco Rubio: A Conservative good-looking empty suit. He is a contender for the GOP. He doesn't know much, but he is Cuban.

Carly Fiorina: She failed so miserably at Hewlett Packard. Their stock tanked and paid her out as CEO, yet she continues to claim she is "Accomplished."

Hillary Clinton: Former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of Defense who lost in 2008 to one of the strongest Presidential campaigners in U.S. history. She is a WOMAN who is inevitable.

Apr. 10, 2015

Commentary
by Marc Platt
April 10, 2015

Florida R-Senator Marco Rubio is about to announce his candidacy for President of the United States and I think he has a shot. A small one, but a shot.

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are giving textbook anti-rollouts and Rubio can learn some serious lessons from their blunders. There is a campaign Mr. Rubio can study and study some more and then emulate to have a chance to beat Hillary Clinton in a general election...

Marco Rubio should study Barack Obama's 2008 campaign from A-to-Z. Every move that campaign made was one step ahead of all his competition. They used social media. They used traditional media. They used Bush as a "What-Not-To-Do" example of ineptness. If I were Rubio, I would try to run towards Obama's views on many issues, because that is where the country is.

I have always felt that the best way to win an election is to "Look" presidential and present yourself as someone who would have "My Back."

Rubio has fallen into many traps in his short senate career. He attached himself to "Immigration Reform" and THEN backed away. Bad move. His first instinct was correct. FIX THE PROBLEM, don't become part of the problem.

The next Republican to take the White House will be a much different kind than the ones who are now in charge.

Rubio is a good-looking Southern Republican who is afraid of the GOP base. If he wants any chance at gunning Jeb, Ted, Rand and the rest of the "Candidates," he needs to come off as a worthy adversary to Hillary and he needs to be his own man.

Barack Obama is all of the things I have described above. He comes off as a "Fixer."

The Bush administration did so much damage that future U.S. Presidents must be "Fixers." We need to know that our Commander-in-Chief actually wants to deal with foreign countries and not isolate. Rubio has recently been on the wrong side of history regarding his native Cuba. Obama is opening a big door and Rubio could walk right through that door and be a part of the solution and not the problem.

The closer Rubio is able to maneuver himself towards Obama, the less space Hillary Clinton will have to seperate herself from Rubio. It would be a gutsy move and a move Rand Paul could have made, but he is far too stupid to be who he is. He thinks he needs to be a right wingnut like Ted Cruz.

Marco Rubio could be a serious threat if he were to pivot closer to Obama and suck out anyone else.

Of course he would need to pick up reasonable Republican voters and convince them to vote for him in Primaries, but I see this as his only chance. He needs to run an Obama-like campaign TWICE to get to The White House.

Of course, this will never happen...He is Marco Rubio, after all.