Windmills and Merry-Go-Rounds

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Wind turbine farms can be found in many U.S. states.

Round and round the windmill goes; when it will stop nobody knows. Windmills (wind turbines) have been getting a lot of press lately because blowhard-in-chief has been bloviating about the carcinogenic nature of these energy producers—specifically electricity. Trump has long claimed (at least since 2012) that the noise of wind turbines causes cancer, an irrational assertion. If Trump’s claim had any basis for truth, lots of American farmers of days past would have died due to cancer from windmills that produced their water sources. And what about all the people in Holland, a country known for its many windmills? Dutch experts scoff at the notion.

The American Cancer Society says no evidence links windmill noise to cancer. But scientific facts don’t register with Trump. He just keeps twisting around with his own opinions; he says and believes he knows science because his late uncle John was “a great professor at MIT for many years,” adding that somehow he Donald Trump has inherited “a natural instinct for science.” Puleeeze.

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An old-fashion merry-go-round

The turbine hullabaloo is not the only thing that keeps Trump twisting about. He has a proclivity for up-and-down, back-and-forth, merry-go-round statements about national policies. Consider that “big, beautiful wall” that was going to be built of bricks or concrete at the U.S. southern border. Then he changed his view and the wall would be made of steel slats, he said. And he declared Mexico would pay for it. No Mexico would not. So Trump demanded Congress fund the wall or he would shut down the government, which he did from December 22, 2018 to January 19, 2019, causing great economic upheaval across the nation and in other countries.

When he declared the “shutdown” was over, Trump took another whirl to obtain Congressional funding for his wall; he said he would declare a national emergency due to a crisis at the southern border.  The emergency declaration would enable him to bypass the House of Representatives (which is controlled by Democrats who oppose him) and thereby get the billions of dollars he wants.

To campaign for his “national emergency,” he went to Calexico, California, near the Southern border on April 5, 2019. He blustered about “a colossal surge” in immigration “Our country is full. . . . So turn around,” Trump said. Immigrants, he declared, are “overwhelming our immigration system….So, as I say, and this is our new statement: The system is full. Can’t take you anymore.”

The people he “can’t take” are usually asylum seekers, whom he has said “aren’t people,” calling them “animals.” Of course, they are NOT animals. Most are desperate people, legally seeking refuge in the United States. And these asylum seekers could become part of the much needed labor force in numerous U.S. industries.

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington state recently noted in an interview: “We have agriculture industries across the country that desperately need workers. We have construction industries in California and in other places that desperately need workers….”

All of that is another story. “Watch this space,” as Rachel Maddow says.

 

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