USA Votes to Shoot Itself

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Wow is all I can say about yesterday’s election.  Our country is so divided.  So divided that they have no idea how to make important decisions.  If our new president elect does any, or all of his pledges, our country is going to be going down the drain fairly quickly.

How about building that wall?  Think that is going to happen?  Estimated cost is 25 billion dollars.  Think Mexico is going to be paying for it?  Or better, do you think this is going to make our country richer and safer.  I think not.  I think it makes our country poorer and more divided.

So, the person that gets the most votes loses the election?  That is some kind of fucked up political system. Our electoral college system didn’t work so well this time again.  I guess the nearly half the population, at least 1/2 the people that voted, are happy.  I doubt they have all their assets invested in stocks, because I very much doubt they are going to be liking that.

I’m not into virtually any of Trump’s ideas.  The stock market is going to tank today.  And it will keep tanking.  Solar stocks are going down the toilet because we need to rebuild our nation and he doesn’t see any value in green energy.  He is into coal mines, so let’s just fuck up our air like it was in the 70’s and 80’s.

I could keep going on and on.  This, in my opinion, was the biggest mistake our country has made in current times.   I’m worried about keeping health insurance after whacking my head a month ago.  If you have, or don’t have any health insurance, you should be worried.  I’m worried about our kids who are in our military.  Pretty much everything.

This doesn’t have anything to do with your political party or views.  I live in Kansas and the voters here have made some really bad political choices recently.  Our state has been suffering since.  I see no difference here, except on a national level.  We picked an unqualified person to be the most powerful person on our planet.  That can not work out well for us.

Trade,, immigration, taxes, you name it, it is going to be a problem.  The election has created uncertainty.  The rest of the world is in shock. Our image to the rest of the world just dropped a few more notches.  Welcome to the new United States of America.



156 thoughts on “USA Votes to Shoot Itself

  1. Mark

    The only hope for our nation and for all of its people is to turn to Jesus. There is no other answer.

  2. dave

    Steve….chill dude. Relax. Trump is just a face ‘n voice in front, it’s Congress and the States that count!
    Seen it before.

  3. daveeckstrom

    Normally I would not reply to such a statement, but in this case I’d suggest that, instead of worrying about how offensive the post is, stop for a moment and think about how accurate it is.

  4. daveeckstrom

    Well, so far this blog post has more comments than almost any that Steve posts about cycling, so I guess people are apparently interested in his politics. BTW, if you came here more often, you would have read Steve’s thoughts about the candidates earlier in the year.

    Also, bear in mind that the man is recovering from a serious head trauma and may not be posting everything he’s thinking on a daily basis.

  5. euro

    Sorry Steve. You’re wrong. The stock market boomed, Construction will boom in 2017. It’s fun to watch all you whiny liberals cry about the loss.

  6. channel_zero

    Apparently you are new to knowing your health care costs. They have been rising faster than inflation since 2000 at least, and way above inflation.

  7. daveeckstrom

    Your theory falls apart a bit when you look at the exit polling on demographics. Trump voters tended to be middle-upper income and Clinton voters tended to be middle-lower income. Race appears to be a much better indicator of who supported which candidate than anything else.

  8. channel_zero

    wanting to bring possible terrorists

    Yes. They wake up in the morning and say to themselves, ‘Today is a good day to bring some terrorists to the U.S. I wonder where I can find some good ones? Clear my calendar! We need some terrorists.”

    True story.

    You conservative justice warriors are great entertainment.

  9. daveeckstrom

    Here’s what really happened.: You had really crappy insurance and the ACA required you to get real insurance. That costs more. Then, like all of us who have actually been paying for health insurance all along, you finally came to realize that health insurance is totally out of control.

    Which is why more radical change, not less, was needed to the system. Obama screwed up by adopting a Republican plan that was doomed to fail instead of going straight for the kind of single-payer system that protects the rest of the developed world from skyrocketing health care costs while increasing nearly all measures of health.

  10. Dave

    She will be kicked to the curb within the year. Donny boy can get some hot America ass with his new title. There will be more action in the oval office than ever.

  11. Dave

    Mark – hilarious. Nothing fails like prayer. Yet it gives people hope and they think they are actually doing something. Its win-win. No, I guess not. It just keeps the simpletons distracted

  12. Hillary

    If you are young and not a Democrat, you have no heart. If you are old and still a Democrat, you have no brains.

  13. SWS

    Ed, Does it matter whether I finished high school or have a 4 year college degree? My vote counts just as much as your vote. You sound really sad and spiteful. I’m sorry for you.

  14. Dave

    Are you expecting your costs to go down with the repeal of ACA? You are going disappointed if that is the case. Couple issues that will raise costs
    – aging population, living longer, on more medications for chronic conditions, more illnesses are treatable, and technological advance mean more specific and advanced tests are available, but come with a high cost
    -20 million people gained insurance with ACA (translate that to 20 million people actually started paying for a portion of their healthcare costs – we were paying for them previously with higher taxes and premiums
    -These 20 million are still going to get ill, injured and seek medical care/treatment. Now they just won’t be paying for it
    -Private insurers need to make a profit so their overhead is higher than the governments (12 versus 2%) and someone has to pay in the form of higher premiums.

    It you think competition in the market place is going to absorb all of these costs, you are not good at math.

    Start saving. You are going to be saying I remember when insurance only cost me $18K back in the good old days.

  15. Dave

    Progressives can’t claim moral superiority, even if they wanted. The religious right had moral superiority trademarked years ago. It is stamped right on the bottom of their crosses.

    I thought they would have had some qualms about voting for a unsavory character like Trump, but they don’t understand qualms only psalms. But really it is just the one bit about a man lying with man. The others stuff in the book are more or less guidelines if you are interested in following them. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t force your beliefs (even the stuff you don’t follow) on someone else and claim moral superiority (TM) along the way

  16. Steve Tilford Post author

    Krakatoa – No, I sold most all my stock a few days ago. I only have Google and a couple others, all which were down. I don’t, and never did, own any bank stocks, or biotech. How about gun stocks sucking today? Believe me, the stock market is going to be all over the place for quite a while. Same with the US $ and precious metals. Like I said, the markets aren’t too big on uncertainty.

  17. Dave

    Rod, thanks for the the guess, but can you take your namesake out of Steve’s mouth so he can tell us himself.

  18. Chris

    From a guy who doesn’t contribute to society. This elitist left holy than than though crap is what America is sick of.

    Maybe you’ll like your health insuarance when it’s cheaper because we’re getting fucked by Obamacare.

    Nailed it on the stock market.

    Solar stocks are getting pounded because they wont being subsidized with my taxes.

    Dude, theory is fine. However,theory, rarely is reality.

  19. Mark G

    Steve listens to the liberal propaganda machine npr a lot. So do I, but see it for what it is, the opposite of fox news.

  20. Miguel

    Let us not forget about Trump’s cycling connection. He sponsored and promoted the Tour De Trump. Won by Dag Otto (7-11) in 1989 and Raul Alcala (PDM) in 1990.
    Steve, did you compete in any Tours de Trump, or Tours du Pont?

  21. daveeckstrom

    You apparently haven’t listened to npr throughout this presidential election season if you think they are a “liberal propaganda machine”.

    You are mostly correct in your assessment of npr as the opposite of fox news. People who get their news from fox are least informed, while those who get their news from npr are most informed:

  22. darkcloud

    Steve, your hair is on fire. The guys not even in office and you’re crucifying him. I don’t recall you ever getting down on the Obama fuck ups. And there have been plenty. People have lost their lives due to the incompetence of his administration. Where has your outrage been??????
    Just another shining example of “anything my team does is just fine mentality.

  23. Steve Tilford Post author

    Darkcloud-I’m not sure what your last line meant. I don’t have a team here. Seems like none of us does. My problem with the guy is he isn’t smart enough to do the job. Plus he comes off as arrogant and mean on TV. Did you watch the debates? He never once answered a question he was asked. Afterward, listening to NPR, he was completely off on anything he said nearly 80% of the time. That is crazy that he still got 50% of the vote.

    Granted, this election wasn’t easy to choose. It was like most people thought they needed to choose who they disliked less. But they really needed to vote for who might have an ability to make life better for who elected them. And what is best for our society. I very much doubt that is Mr. Trumps goal here. I very much hope I am wrong.

  24. Bill K

    Can’t you get a “better” job with better benefits???
    If you don’t like the ACA, get your own insurance. Just don’t get some half assed insurance that sticks the hospital with an unpaid bill, that causes them to raise their rates.

  25. Clifford

    Another day, another glut of trolls. Wonder how many of these people actually read about cycling, know the blogger, and/or anything other than self-congratulatory Breitbart slurry?

  26. als

    Oh yes! She’s perfect for the position, in every regard!
    So noble of her to want a better life for herself and immigrate to America! I just can’t wait to learn more about her native culture and customs! I’m just dying to know if there is a direct translation of the word ‘irony’ in her native language.
    Does anybody know what her official title will be? Since she is Donald’s 3rd wife, would it be proper to call her ‘The 3rd Lady’? (Asking for a friend, Thanks!)

  27. Kazi Rekab

    Myron Ebell is scary as hell. Simple as that.

    Actually, having a president who also feels global warming is horseshit is also
    scary as hell.

    It’s like a real life Idocracy!! Trump/Comacho!!

  28. James

    Most accurate headline yet. Except we just shot ourselves in the head.

    I hope you supporters of a racist demagogue have just a few seconds after the flash & before the blast kills many of us that you decided to step into the abyss with full knowledge that you were.

  29. LD

    Not my interpretation. Neither Hillary nor Bernie had enough delegates to win the nomination. Superdelgates – the party bosses, insiders, governors, senators, etc. – pushed her over the top.

    2382 – Delegates needed to win Dem nomination
    1846 – Sanders delegates
    2205 – Clinton delegates
    602 – Superdelegates

  30. dave

    So much for a “tanked” stock market……up another 218 points as of 3:30 pm Thursday. Sure glad I didn’t dump all my equities!

  31. Todd

    Can we all go back to whether Steve is a moron for not wearing a helmet or refusing to admit his culpability in his injuries? One day and I am already tired of all the political whining. This country got what it wanted/Deserved. Deal with it.

  32. Jim

    I really enjoy reading this blog……..but…….Tilford has never been exactly a very good model to follow – we all know where riding without a helmet got him…..his doing push ups just days after a severe head injury….his lack of insight regarding this latest and numerous other injuries…his poor investment timing record…..his spouting this “sky is falling” divisive mimicry of the popular media. I’ll keep reading this blog, but ignore his politics.

  33. Steve Tilford Post author

    Jim – Where do you think riding without a helmet or doing 10 pushups got me? Or how about the stock market? You must own a ton of bank stocks? Have you checked out the tech stocks. Google was down over 30 points today. Apple too, down. You must not think Nasdaq stocks are investments? I have no idea if you invest, but I’m quite happy how I’ve done my whole life.

    Is there a lack of insight of injuries in athletics? I’d love to see how you would deal with those same injuries. I’m pretty okay with how mine have gone so far. This one is still waiting for that.

    Popular media spouting? Hardly. I’m glad your guy got into office. Head of the EPA, no global warming. Head of the Dept. of Agriculture- Sam Brownback, current governor of Kansas, who drove our state into the ground. Pretty unbelievably brilliant choices. And it is just going to continue.

    Please keep me advised on how well this is doing for our country. I’ll be all ears, assuming that you aren’t a member of the popular media.

  34. Jim

    Uh….riding without a helmet got you a severe concussion and a TBI.

    “My guy?” Hardly. I think he’s an ass, but the current state of the US Government necessitates a change. I have little to no confidence in the Federal government to do what they say or follow their own stated principles, or to look out for the common man – so I voted – not for the man, but for change. I didn’t hear Secretary Clinton voicing the sort of change that I think is needed to effect any sort of course correction.

    And yes I invest. Low cost, index mutual funds, and I’ve done quite well over the last several years. Enough to allow me to retire at 54.

    All this BS about “Not my president.” Deal with it, embrace the opportunity and challenge to help make this county better than it is, or continue in anger and denial and get left behind.

    I’ll let you know how he’s doing in a couple of years. Give him a chance to take office, for God’s sake.

  35. Steve Tilford Post author

    Jim – Your helmet theory, hardly. I’ve had multiple concussions crashing on my bike and this was the first time without a helmet. It was happening with or without a helmet.

    I can’t agree with anything you write about Tuesday’s election results. The last two days haven’t surprised me the least bit. Ive met Mr. Trump. The man isn’t suited to be president. Sorry, but that isn’t just my opinion.

    Maybe you haven’t been following the post election media coverage? I don’t need to wait two years for you to tell me something that is so apparent.

    So I guess we just have to agree to disagree on this.

  36. James

    “If we have nukes, why can’t we use them?”

    When asked about the nuclear triad he couldn’t respond & had it explained to him what it was.

    Thinks D McArther was just the best. A general who was sacked for ignoring the excecutive branch & trying to start www3 with the Chinese. Dictatorial tendencies anyone?

    Thinks NATO needs to go.

    Answer to everything is “bomb the shit out of them…”

    By all accounts has no concept of history, as he lacks the attention span to read a book & like his followers must have skipped western civ.

    Need we be reminded there is no checks & balance on POTUS’ use of the nuclear arsenal? I guess so, because nearly 1/2 the country voted for an obvious facists demagogue.

    Democracy is a fragile thing boys & girls, 240 years is but a blip, and you just threw the sheep she is to lions.

    Moving to Canada isn’t going to help.

  37. Todd

    “Your helmet theory, hardly. I’ve had multiple concussions crashing on my bike and this was the first time without a helmet. It was happening with or without a helmet. ”

    Steve…this is you in denial……if you had a helmet on the possibility is great that maybe you walk away without a TBI…..just a concussion. Your denial of simple facts is astounding. The next time you hit your head could be the last… answer the questions everyone is wanting to know….are you going to be wearing a helmet from now on??

  38. Barb

    Since when was saying a prayer made illegal? What is illegal is forcing religion on other people, on other people’s kids in public schools, and forcing women to bear children they don’t want, under some arrogant moral superiority platform. You can say whatever you want, no one is stopping you, people are just sick of having YOUR belief system forced on them, and trying to force it to be law. How is this any different than ISIS? When Christianity spread into Pagan Europe, science, music, art and education was crushed by the church. Not to mention killing and burning people at the stake for heresy. It was called the Dark Ages for a reason. That people are standing up for their legal right not to have Christianity forced on them, is being twisted around by Christians who are claiming “Christians are being persecuted. Re: the reference to the Gestapo, we have already seen the worsening militarization of our police forces, where cops are shooting people down in cold blood, without probable cause, and in many cases the videos reveal NO threat to the safety of the officers, and the courts are absolving them from paying the price for violating the law and abusing their power. As for the abortion issue, Mark YOU MADE YOUR CHOICE, how is what other people do, that has ZERO to do with you or your life personally, any of your damn business? It isn’t. Forcing YOUR moral code on everyone who doesn’t agree with you, in the nastiest way possible. Don’t go away mad, just go away with your oppressive holier-than-thou broken record.

  39. Barb

    WTH is wrong with you people? Attacking, criticising and arguing with someone trying to recover from a severe head injury, just because you have a free platform to spout your own petty ego trips? Steve, would’ja please block these morons from your blog, they don’t deserve an argument, and you don’t need to explain or defend yourself to anyone in cyberspace…. their posts are an insult to our collective intelligence.

  40. Barb

    yes, except it was under the Republican watch that the housing bubble was intentionally engineered, many on Wall St then hedged on the failure of junk investments to line their own pockets, and the economy crashed. This wasn’t caused by democrats. People have such a one-dimensional view/scapegoat mentality, and a really short memory because they never consider the complex history behind any problem America has. It was the Repubs who promised a house for everyone, with no interest-no doc (no job) loans…Americans weren’t the victims, they just bought into the lies and all wanted houses, and Wall St bled them dry and then threw them under the bus.

  41. Matt

    Wait you are blaming trump for a divided American that is raging with hatred. Those things do not happen over night and correct me if I am wrong, but Trump has not been the president for the last 8 years.

  42. barb

    For the most part, they weren’t “divided and raging with hatred” before this campaign. The media seriously provoked people into this, with their ongoing distortion of Trump’s comments. For example, “illegal” immigrants and those who are also criminals was misrepresented over and over by the left-leaning media as all immigrants. The “leaked tape” where Trump was heard saying “because I have money “they let me”, (referring to himself groping women) was announced ad nauseum as “sexual assault”. His comments about screening incoming refugees or immigrants from countries with terrorism going on, were morphed into “keeping out all muslims.” Many people with no critical thinking skills have been completely provoked into protesting this election, based on being fed a constant diet of distortion. As well, what I read about the Portland riots was that mixed in with the peaceful protesters, were “anarchists” people who are professional agitators, who look for any civil unrest to act out their own disturbed aggressive and hostile mentalities. These protests and issues are much more complex than just blaming Obama. Again, it was not on Obama’s watch, that the housing bubble was created and the banks crashed, resulting in millions of Americans losing their homes and jobs. That was created under Bush’s watch, and ongoing deregulation of Wall St and government being complicit in fleecing the American public out of their last nickel. Obama inherited a mess and americans are clearly sick of mainstream political corruption (of both repubs and dems, of which Trump is an outlier) stroking each other’s pocketbooks, decision-making cronyism and greed, their ridiculous lies and never-ending boolsheet. That’s why Trump won. I’m not saying he’s the solution, I’m just saying, don’t blame Obama, that’s just using one person as a scapegoat for a very complex situation.


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