B3: Rhetoric can be cute, for neanderthals


Bernie Sanders continues his captivating speeches while traveling the country on the campaign trail. He brings “Democratic-Socialists” to their feet at political rallies, and studio audiences cheer after his subtle rhetoric. He makes great points about the political process in the U.S. and its vast amount of financial pitfalls regarding lobbyists—as well as the massive amount of stateside inequities. His pep rally nonsense, littered with statistics most people know all too well, is daunting, truthful, engaging and refreshing to hear from a presidential hopeful.

But I don’t care.

Sanders will not secure the Democratic nomination. But for argument’s sake, let’s say he does  and actually wins the general election. Upon taking office, Sanders will be rendered as useless as his socialist banter after moving to Pennsylvania Ave.

You’re going to save the middle class, Mr. Sanders? You’re also going to dismantle and properly reconstruct the corporate tax-structure? Plus you’re going to stop the U.S. gun lobby?

Like most hardworking journalists my single question to the Bern-Unit is, says whom? And my English friends would further ask, “are you taking the piss?”

Honestly, I completely agree with Sanders and concurrently understand attacking Capitol Hill head-on gets you nowhere. If elected, we would pay Sanders $400,000 per year to be just as abortive as the Occupy Wall Street movement. Grand ideas and big talk are just that, and that alone. The political process in Washington happens between the aisles of its opposite sides. As a prospective presidential candidate, American citizen and everyone in-between if you believe otherwise I have a bridge to sell you. It’s historic, iconic, it was completed in 1883, it connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Brooklyn—and I only accept cash.

Like it or not, the U.S. is a capitalist society. Our financial moves and focus sway the global economy in ways most sovereign nations dream about and will never experience. And come next November, Sanders and his supporters believe they can attack special interest groups that fund The Star-Spangled monetary juggernaut?

According to The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan political finance research group, in 2013 the National Rifle Association spent $3.4 million lobbying to protect U.S. gun rights. Within the same year, the cumulative GDP for South America was approximately $6.1 million.

Some days I envy the general public, the wistful political-romantics and idealistic activists still fueling their carbon-filtered fire on “Hope” or “Change.” But if I want to watch fictitious yarns from inside the Beltway the trove of “The West Wing” seasons are free online.

Budget cuts affect 1 in 4 bus riders

“Barbie Urias imagines her family waiting at a hot bus stop with no shade in the middle of nowhere, with no convenience stores in sight. But her imagination will become reality all too soon because of bus service changes that take effect Aug. 2 due to Tucson’s financial woes.”

Find the entire Arizona Daily Star article here.

Original publication date, June 11, 2015.

Embracing graffiti could help contain it, save Tucson money

“Each year Tucsonans spend more than $1 million removing graffiti like the spray-painted scrawls that recently defaced the Fox Theatre downtown. But other communities have found success with programs that prevent graffiti rather than paint over it — and local supporters say Tucson could do the same.”

Find the entire Arizona Daily Star article here.

Original publication date, Aug. 2, 2015