Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has an article out today, telling the stories of a number of people who enthusiastically voted for Donald Trump, and are now wrestling with the consequences. Like the Oklahoma kindergarten teacher, who was saved a local non-profit group that helped her flee an abusive ex-spouse. And whose funding is eliminated in Trump's Budget proposal. Or the Tulsa men, enrolled in a job-training program - also headed for the Trump axe - Good question, Billy. Or Judy Banks, a 70-year-old, struggling to make ends meet, with a job through the Labor Department’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, also set for cutting. Emphasis mine. I honestly don't know what to say to these people. Contempt is not very helpful. But what do you say to people who are actively voting against their own best interests? "I'm sorry you've decided to believe what Donald Trump said?" "I don't understand how you can think it's more important to get tough on Mexicans and Muslims than it is for you to have a decent life?" But Trump is really just an extreme manifestation of the con-game Republicans have been running for the last thirty years or so. Get people all riled up on distractions (gun-control, gays in the military, prayer in public school, "welfare queens") - all the while rigging the system so that the rich walk away with billions, while ordinary Americans work harder and harder for a shrinking piece of the American pie.