A Christmas Carol? By Walrus.


I dreamt last night a wonderful dream. I was watching television and Hilary Clinton appeared and announced that she would not accept the office of President should , in her words, “the Electoral College be so misguided as to depart from settled precedent” and not elect Donald Trump. She then broke down in tears and apologized to the American people for the damage her campaign had caused to so many people and promised to devote the rest of her life to reforming the Democratic Party and the Clinton Foundation.

I was then transported to the Whitehouse where a jubilant President Trump, with the beaming leaders of both houses of Congress looking on, signed a campaign finance reform bill into law overturning the Citizens United decision and banning corporations from contributing to any political contest without the permission of the simple majority of their shareholders.

I then found myself in an elementary school listening to a English lesson, the teachers were teaching the children by rote learning I was transported to a high school examination hall and read a science paper, there were no multiple choice questions. I saw the teachers car park, it was full of new luxury cars – rewards for the teachers whose students scored the highest in simple written tests of basic English and mathematical literacy.

I went into a bar and the TV was showing “Cops” but the subjects of the police attention weren’t the usual black and white trailer trash, caught with a few drugs, laid out in their misery for our scorn, no, the subjects were white collar criminals, bankers, lawyers, Judges and similar officials – caught red handed taking bribes.

I rode on a new maglev train to a shopping mall. I looked for Christmas presents. There was no Chinese schlock for sale, the shelves were full of quality American made toys. The car park was full of American cars and someone told met hat they were now the most fuel efficient in the world and that export markets couldn’t get enough of them. I drove past a refinery. Over the gate was a slogan “Pollution is waste! It eats profits!” I noticed a warehouse and houses – their roofs covered in solar panels. I passed another factory, outside was a sign; workers wanted! Come on in!

I found myself at the Boeing plant at Everett where I hadn’t been for Thirty years. I watched a team fitting an engine to a B787; “most of us were academics” one told me ; “I was a social studies Professor, but this work pays better and is more satisfying than listening to whiners all day”.

I saw myself in Washington watching a beaming President Trump welcoming Vladimir Putin to the Whitehouse

Then I woke up.

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20 Responses to A Christmas Carol? By Walrus.

  1. LG says:

    Beautiful. May your dream come true on this auspicious day.
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  2. LeaNder says:

    sweet Walrus, besides wonderfully mixed.
    Although, let me offer you a slight tweak:
    “I was a social studies Professor, but working with my hands while having all the time in the world to reflect is so much better, then the boredom between ill-prepared students coupled with the publication pressures of the trade. Never mind the money. 😉

  3. walrus says:

    This frivolous post accidentally escaped from typepad.

  4. eakens says:

    Just be happy if HRC stops wearing purple.

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  6. LeaNder says:

    thanks a lot walrus, wonderfully surprising contribution. Forgive the my badly proofread addition. Will you. 😉
    How is your wife?

  7. John Minnerath says:

    I’m glad it got loose.

  8. Abu Sinan says:

    “From your lips to God’s ear” as the saying goes. My wife is a special education teacher with a masters degree and 14 years experience and gets paid less than some students coming right out of university with a bachelors degree. Thank God for the teachers out there who love what they do and are able to keep doing it regardless of financial concerns.

  9. BabelFish says:

    After reading this, praying the Creator loosens the physics of inertia long enough to get us going in this blessed direction.

  10. JerseyJeffersonian says:

    The time has come
    The Walrus mused
    To dream of “frivolous” things
    Of Yeomen straight and bold and true
    And FREE from queens and kings…
    It is a mighty dream, Walrus, pray do not discount its power.
    Peace if possible, rebellion at need.

  11. The Beaver says:

    Too bad there are no emoticons on Typepad, Walrus

  12. Macgupta123 says:

    HR 4790 of 2010.
    Went nowhere.
    A BILL
    To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require shareholder authorization before a public company may make certain political expenditures, and for other purposes.
    It has been reintroduced several times, e.g., in 2013 (S 824), (HR 446) 2015.
    It is, AFAIK, primarily a Democratic bill. You won’t get it with Republicans.
    E.g., in 2011:
    “So far, no Republican member of Congress has signed onto the legislation, despite the fact it is a straightforward corporate governance issue. The Shareholder Protection Act is not a restriction on campaign finance; it is not even an attempt to reverse the Citizens United decision. The Shareholder Protection Act simply requires that a CEO receive informed consent from shareholders when deciding to spend their money in candidate elections. Nevertheless, several Republicans have indicated they may consider supporting the legislation once it begins moving through Congress.”

  13. Macgupta123 says:

    America has a automobile industry today primarily because of the auto bailout engineered by the much hated Obama.

  14. Joe100 says:

    This vision is most welcome to offset the insanity of the past couple of weeks (at least). Thanks so much and hope all is well down under!

  15. Macgupta123 says:

    The decline in prosecution of white collar crime is bipartisan.
    The Trump University Fraud is white-collar crime; Trump & his Goldman Sachs cohort is hardly likely to champion prosecution of white collar crime.

  16. Fred says:

    I’m shocked, just shocked to find that AG Eric Holder did not jail a single banker responsible for the 2008 financial collapse and neither did Loretta Lynch. Thank goodness New York and California got a settlement for the idiots who couldn’t figure out what a diploma mill was. Too bad I don’t have one of those degrees, it would look great in my office.

  17. Fred says:

    While true it is also true Obama didn’t use any federal leverage against banks like he should have or jailed any bankers.

  18. different clue says:

    I would rather have a fairly fast rail system able to take me all over the country than to have a few high prestige Maglev lines going to and from a few Ultrapolitan Yuppie Havens.

  19. Hawi Moore says:

    Beautiful though it is not christmas yet

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