During this campaign I have heard the phrase: “Drain the Swamp” from people of all political persuasions.  So what does it mean?  This article gives the background: http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/10/26/why_do_trump_and_his_supports_keep_talking_about_draining_the_swamp.html.  But there are more partisan points-of-view:

Trump point of view: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/trump-pledges-to-drain-the-swamp—where he focuses on imposing Congressional Term Limits that he has no Constitutional authority to do.  But some of the others 4 of 5 points make sense.

Translated into a Trump supporter point of view: http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2016/11/04/trump-supporter-39-voter-confessionals-2016-election-ac360.cnn http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2016/10/26/why_do_trump_and_his_supports_keep_talking_about_draining_the_swamp.html

Clinton point of view: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-clinton-camp-says-trump-should-drain-1478290015-htmlstory.html

So here are some various opinions:

Trump’s latest campaign slogan (and eventual Twitter hashtag) #DrainTheSwamp is in keeping with his blunt manner of speaking, as he promises to clean out perceived corruption in D.C.: https://www.bustle.com/articles/191669-what-does-drain-the-swamp-mean-donald-trump-started-a-new-hashtag.  “Trump enthusiasts are expanding #DrainTheSwamp to include “corrupt” media, as they see it. Many of the loyal members of the #TrumpTrain blame the media for “rigging” coverage against their candidate, and tweet out accordingly.”  So they are taking a really valid policy point (reducing lobbyist power) and losing it in hatred.

Hillary Clinton is the queen of the swamp: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/11/04/one-and-only-thing-to-consider-when-vote-for-president.html

Washington, D.C. was built on the swamp but Democrats went there and got rich: http://townhall.com/columnists/brucebialosky/2016/11/06/drain-the-swamp-n2241277

The “Haters” have really jumped on this: http://www.dailystormer.com/day-3-jay-z-gtfo/

Even this emotional video that ignores the point that Republican Presidents, policies, and inaction have created all these problems:

 

Draining the swamp might hurt you and I more than anyone else. Look at the past: Well, by manipulating Wall Street and causing a bust: people’s houses, investments, and pensions were taken in 2009 (the 2008 Republican Great Recession). Yet, the wealthy wait it out and increase their net worth. Same in the Republican Great Depression in 1929, the big wealthy families came out stronger and the rest of wealth was eroded. Same in the 1894 Republican Great Panic. See the pattern? Always Republicans breaking us and ripping us off to increase their personal fortunes. No allegiance to having “good government” only a vow to profit and the only In God We Trust—is that all mighty dollar.

Phil says: I am fine with draining the Swamp…..but you can’t put the Swamp Monster in charge and expect things to get Better. Trump takes far more out of the system than you or any welfare recipient will ever seen. Trump is the problem, not the solution.

Well, I heard “drain the swamp” by a lot of people, who meant it as: elect the worst person in a breaking system and it will totally break and have to be replaced. Perhaps a general armed revolution. Stock Market collapse, Big Bank failure, student debt wipeout; might not be so bad—-but pensions, business equity and home mortgages would go down too. My point above might fit in with Phil’s, in that only surviving things are the swamp monsters of the 1%. In the Republican Great Depression of 1929, while 40-50 million jobs were lost, the average person was saying: “brother can you spare a dime?”; yet, the people with top wealth who didn’t jump out the windows, made out rather handsomely.

So you take an “Outsider” like Trump (preferred term of Trump supporters) and surround him with “Insiders” like Mike Pence, Newt Gringich, Chris Christi, Rudy Guiliani, Bannon, and then convict him of rape or one of the 3,500 lawsuits that are against him.  He steps down and the Insiders are “IN.”  Hmmmmm….

 

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