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  • What Trump and Obama Have in Common
  • Feelings about Obamacare? Nope. Thoughts on environmental sustainability? Nope.

    But Obama and Trump do act exactly the same in regards to their taxpayer funded lifestyles – that is to say, with complete disregard for the cost to taxpayers.
    There has been a lot of talk about the expenses Trump and his family have incurred in terms of travel and security, with his wife, ridiculously, refusing to move into the White House, at a cost of millions to taxpayers. And of course Trump has traveled to his Florida estate just about every weekend.

    But, with far less media focus, Obama was an equally profligate spender. Instead of Florida, he often traveled as far as you can possibly can and remain on US soil, with annual trips to Hawaii. And his wife used the White House as an excuse to take every sort of personal pleasure junket.

    For more on Trump’s expenses, click here.

    For more on Obama’s wild spending sprees, click here.

  • The Craziest Jury Verdict Ever!
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    * Here at the Outrage, we rant long and loud about the stupidity of court decisions. But when we received our own jury summons, we did everything we could to get out of it.

    Now we realize that the root of the problem is staring at us in the mirror. So we’ve got no right to complain,

  • Is Hillary a feminist?
  • Hillary Clinton is the leading candidate to be the first female president of the United States. She is a former US senator and Secretary of State, and a long time and outspoken proponent of women’s rights.

    But how did she get there? What does it really mean to be a feminist? Making it on your own? If so, Hillary Clinton, whose rise to power has been aided immeasurably by her husband, is no feminist icon. Prior to Bill Clinton’s election as US President, Hillary Clinton had never held any elective office, and her name had never appeared on any ballot. While Hillary trumpets herself as the defender of women and once made jest of the song “Stand By Your Man” she has, in fact, stood by her husband, a serial philander, in order to ride his coattails to the White House.

    Hillary has also raised the trumpet as a defender of the poor against the depredations of rich capitalists, while taking major campaign contributions from men such as Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest capitalists.

    If you wanted to find a real feminist, someone who made it more or less completely on their own, maybe the place to look is to a woman that Hilary Clinton surely loathes – the best-selling author and libertarian goddess Ayn Rand. Rand and Clinton have nothing at all in common, including the ways they made it to the top of their respective professions. Rand emigrated from Russia, alone, knowing virtually no one, with little English and less money. Eventually landing in Hollywood, she supported herself reading screenplays. She married a handsome young actor, Frank O’Connor, but Rand would remain the breadwinner for the family for their entire lives. O’Connor was a nice man but never made it as an actor and later essentially became a house husband, while Rand supported them both and took on very public roles to advance her philosophy. Her most important novel, Atlas Shrugged, features a heroine who single handedly runs a large railroad company, overcoming the many obstacles put in her way by often corrupt or incompetent men.

    So who is really the feminist – the politician who rides her cheating husband’s coattails to power, and takes money from other rich men, or the author who makes it on her own and supports her husband?

    It is in fact, Rand, with her creative vision of a market based society where people make the greatest use of their productive abilities, who has laid the framework for a society that can support the great wealth of people like Warren Buffet, and the endless ambitions of the Clintons. You may never have heard of Ayn Rand, but if the quietly productive people of America decide to shrug, then the whole hypocrisy of the Buffets and Clintons of the world will come tumbling down.

  • Have Americans just Become Dumb Animals?
  • Have Americans just become dumb animals, willing to silently take any beating inflicted on them by their own government?

    In the land of the free – a land that used to value privacy and civil liberties – there was a noticeable lack of Outrage over new revelations about the way that the CIA – which we, as citizens pay for – bug our electronic devices to spy on us.

    Since we couldn’t say this any better, we’ll let Simon Black of say it for us:

    Yesterday Wikileaks released 8,761 CIA documents detailing the agency’s hacking of smart phones, routers, computers, and even televisions. 

    These files reveal that the CIA can and has hacked devices that were supposedly secure–  iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. 

    The documents further reveal that the CIA is deliberately infecting personal computers with spyware, including Windows, Mac OS/X, Solaris, Linux, and other operating systems. 

    They’re also hacking WiFi routers to deploy software that monitors Internet activity, and have even figured out how to bypass anti-virus software so that their spyware cannot be detected. 

    They’ve also managed to make the rest of the world believe that Russian hackers, not the CIA, are behind all this malware and spyware. 

    The CIA is pretty shameless about its activities, nicknaming its various hacking programs “Assassin”, “Medusa”, and “Brutal Kangaroo”. 

    One of the deepest revelations is that the agency is able to hack Internet-connected televisions, including Samsung smart TVs, through a program called “Weeping Angel”. 

    Basically the CIA can turn your TV into a listening device, recording conversations in the room and transmitting the audio to a CIA server. 

    All of these programs would have been implemented during Obama’s term in office, approved by a Democrat who supposedly valued civil liberties. Or maybe Obama didn’t approve these methods, and government agencies like the CIA just operate without any oversight or constraint.

    Either scenario is Outrageous – and pretty scary.

  • An Apology, and an Invitation
  • As Americans, we would like to apologize to the world. America is a great country, but, like people all over the world, we make mistakes. So we apologize if our newly elected president has given you the impression that Americans don’t welcome foreigners who want to visit or even move to the United States.

    As former president George W. Bush said today, “I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law.”

    America is a very diverse country, and that’s what makes it interesting. But generally, Americans are friendly, generous spirited people – including many, perhaps most, of the people that voted for Trump.

    We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to try to understand what is really happening in America. The first thing that you should understand is that most Americans did not vote for Donald Trump; almost 3 million, or a bit more than 2%, more voters choose Clinton than Trump. Roughly 66 million people voted for Clinton, and about 63 million for Trump.

    A superficial analysis would say that Trump won because several circumstances came together in an unusual way that will never happen again: The combination of the electoral college system, intervention by Russia, a poor but well intentioned decision by the director of the FBI, and other factors that normally don’t determine who wins the presidential election in America.

    The Democrats selected a weak candidate. It was clear that all Hillary Clinton really passionately believed in was the personal glory of becoming America’s first female president; everything else was subject to focus group research. Trump is a liar and a cheat, but he does, for better or worse, hold sincere, passionate beliefs. And people respond to that. Trump managed to alienate just about every voter constituency, and he would have lost in a landslide if the Democrats had presented a stronger candidate, male or female.

    Trump entered the presidential race as a 25 to 1 long shot. Hillary Clinton entered it as a favorite. Not only did she have one of the world’s most astute politician by her side – two-term president Bill Clinton – but she raised far more money than Donald Trump. The first lesson is if you don’t want a terrible candidate to win, you have to give voters some better alternatives.

    But 63 million votes for Trump is still a lot of votes, and indicates a real division within the United States. Most Trump voters aren’t stupid, uneducated racists, as many Clinton partisans have asserted. The fact that Trump could insult as many people as he did, and still get 60 million votes, tells you how dissatisfied many Americans are with the existing status quo, which was represented by Hillary Clinton.

    Trump has never held political office, and had no real political experience. He promised to shake up the system, and, apparently, a lot of Americans are desperate for real change. Barack Obama promised change, and didn’t deliver. So now Americans are facing real change; some good, some terrible.

    If you’re from a foreign country, you might wonder why so many Americans are so desperate for change that they would vote for someone like Donald Trump. One reason is that people are tired of politicians in general; Democratic and Republican. They sound like robots, always saying the politically correct thing. Donald Trump always says what he really thinks, even when he’s not really thinking, which is scary, but also weirdly refreshing.

    Another reason is that while America is still, by world standards, a very rich country, economic growth has been very slow, and economic gains for those in many parts of the country, especially those without a college degree, have been nonexistent. While the general official rates of inflation have been quite low, real costs for health care, housing, food, education and other necessities have risen sharply.

    If you’re visiting the US, you’ll probably come to one of the places like New York, where many people work in finance and salaries are quite high. Or Washington DC, where consultants and contractors feed off the vast wealth of the federal government – the richest counties in the country are suburbs of Washington. Maybe you’ll visit San Francisco, where tech money is very evident, or Los Angeles, where big money can be made if you’re lucky enough to make it in media or entertainment. In all of these places you’ll find very few people that voted for Trump.

    But the places where you’re less likely to visit have been far less prosperous, and those places voted overwhelmingly for Trump. There is great irony in this of course, as Trump made his fortune building glitzy buildings for the rich in Manhattan, and he has absolutely no idea what it’s like to make an honest living in Kansas or Texas. But, then again, neither does Clinton or the pundits who overwhelmingly predicted her election. And that’s just the point. More than anything else, Trump tapped into the sense of many Americans – especially white, rural Americans – that they have been ignored in the “new America”.

    Trump fanned fear, and fear is really about not being in control of your own personal destiny. Far, far more Americans die in traffic accidents or from heroin overdoses than die from terrorism, but people are more scared of terrorists, because it seems random and out of their control. When you start seeing a lot of people around town who don’t look like you, and come from some place you’ve never heard of – the natural reaction is fear, especially if you’ve seen yourself on the losing end of economic changes. Free trade ultimately makes most people better off, but if you’re a steel worker in Pennsylvania and you just lost your job, you’re probably not going to see it that way. There was a direct connection to people voting for Trump and the rate of immigration change in their communities.

    Adding hugely to the problem is that the coastal elites – college educated , affluent liberals living in New York or Seattle or Washington or San Francisco, are absolutely oblivious to the problems of the rest of America. For tech billionaires like Sheryl Sandberg, the biggest problem they can imagine is that their wildly over privileged daughters might be called bossy. The wildly overcompensated minions at Google basically spit in the face of working class America and their values with the sorts of causes Google supports – like transgender rights. For a San Francisco tech worker, getting the right restaurant reservation is a big deal; for a Detroit autoworker, putting food on the table for your family is a big deal.

    So America, like your country, has a lot of problems. But we still hope you visit, and we apologize in advance if you have problems getting your visa. If you come, what you’ll find is an America very different than what you read about in your newspaper. Just as in your country, most people are trying to lead productive lives, and working around the stupid barriers imposed by politicians. Most people want to be useful, make a decent living, and help their families and community. Most Americans understand that American was founded by immigrants, and America’s strength has always been its immigrants. Most Americans will be kind and helpful to you if they see you in person, regardless of who they voted for.

    America has always struggled for greatness, and often been on the verge of losing its way as its people struggle with figuring out how to live together. But give us a chance, forgive us for our weaknesses, and we’ll try to make you glad you came.

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