THE MATH FREE PRESIDENT

Trump Doesn’t Understand Economics

Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi had as many names as he had schemes to bilk people out of their money. You probably know him as Charles Ponzi and, yes, the “Ponzi Scheme” was named after him. Many of Donald Trump’s fiscal moves can be traced back to this famous Italian conman.

Let’s mix in some words here from Plato’s character Phaedrus. “Things are not always what they seem. The first appearance deceives many. The intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” If just one person had seriously questioned Mr. Ponzi early on, he would have never been able to get away with his plot to defraud people out of their life savings. Sooner or later, someone must pay up.

Plato also warned us that we shouldn’t judge a person, or an idea based on what we first think. We can go from 400 B.C. (Plato), to the 1900s (Ponzi), to 2008 (Bernie Madoff), to 2016 (Donald Trump) and see con artists trying to convince us that we are going to benefit from their special ruses.

One of Trump’ tricks is a spontaneous burst of an opinion during one of his rallies that then gets baked into his routine, that then becomes policy. The game of chance that this man is playing with the world-wide economy is treacherous.

Donald Trump probably had a difficult discussion with someone on his team who disagreed with him on his tariff ideas. He caught everyone else in the White House off guard by blurting out his decree in a meeting. Without any details, he simply peed on the tree to claim ownership of his turf on this subject. He said, in a forceful kind of disagreeable manner, that the United States would be placing a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% fee on aluminum. And the stock market freaked out.

Rather than weighing the pros and cons to develop a logical argument for doing this now, when the Fed is about to raise interest rates, and explaining his position to the American public, Trump just blasted out his new “plan,” which seems devoid of any sane rationale.

Much like your drunk Uncle, who sits on the front porch railing against all our products coming from other countries, there is little desire by the Donald to understand how and WHY this has happened. Rather than trying to change a worldwide economic trend with a RULE, Mr. President, why not know the side effects of your “remedies” before making everyone in the country swallow your bitter pill? It’s ironic that the cure for the “rest of the world taking advantage of us in trade” is a rule. Deregulating has taken on this “for us only” status. Strange.

Forcing protectionism on the rest of the world might make Donald Trump feel good personally, but if it leads to trade wars we will all have to pay. Consider Trump’s “clean coal.” It’s a chemical myth to help an industry of 51,000 workers when wind energy is already supporting 100,000 jobs in the renewable fuel industry. Then there’s the Donald’s plan to protect 100,000 steel jobs, while hundreds of thousands of building projects will have to cut jobs to pay for the increased cost of metals. America doesn’t make enough steel and aluminum to provide resources for all the ongoing projects. And while we scramble to build and reopen plants, the President’s measures plunge us into inflationary turmoil.

The weekend brought early sparks of a retaliatory trade war with the European Union’s discussions of taxes of their own. Then Trump tweeted: “If the E.U. wants to further increase their already massive tariffs and barriers on U.S. companies doing business there, we will simply apply a Tax on their Cars which freely pour into the U.S. They make it impossible for our cars (and more) to sell there. Big trade imbalance!”

Once again, our President has decided he knows best and his actions will make everything cost more. And who must pay more? The people Trump and Congress just awarded a big tax cut will now get to pay more for everything we buy.

Donald J. Trump doesn’t know anything about economics. He’s the big orange kid who has been living in a bubble his whole life. He talks with other rich men who breathe that same uninformed air of how economies work. Trump is in violation of one of the most important aspects of our economic model. Like a balloon, pushing too hard on one side will force a change on the other. When you make changes, you should do so gradually, measure whatever fallout takes place and then make appropriate adjustments.

What Donald Trump has miscalculated is that no one in the world respects him or cares about his insane attitudes and beliefs. They won’t even blink when given the opportunity to make him look bad. The will add tariffs to make it harder for him to bully them. And when Trump has his next corporate CEO meeting at the White House, those white-collar, button-down leaders will have no problem explaining it all to him. In their minds, this will be a rich payback for all the tough love they have received from their public board of directors. Payback is a bitch, Donnie.

Ponzi was an unbelievable scheme, but people fell for it. Bernie Madoff was able to trick the richest people in New York. And Donald Trump is still fooling 35% of the country. The bad news is all of us will have to pay for his Trade War, while he will continue to promise more unbelievable benefits.

 

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WHEN LIES BECOME PERJURY

Indictments are Piling up Around the President

I spent the weekend reading the multiple indictments against Paul Manafort and Richard Gates, plus the Democratic response to the biased and debasing Devin Nunes memo released earlier. It’s not fun reading, but easier to comprehend than the typical congressional bill.

What I learned about these two dastardly men is they both have the propensity to cheat and trick the system at every turn. For Manafort and Gates to be involved in a presidential campaign and transition team is a disgrace which displays a of lack of judgement and vetting on the part of the Trump people.

Can we really assume that Donald J. Trump, the candidate and the president-elect, didn’t know how these scumbags operated? Clearly, they would do anything to get what they wanted. If Manafort did what they say he did, including bribing leaders and former leaders of European countries to bend their comments to help corrupt politicians in Ukraine, he would certainly bring that same tactic to our presidential election. Remember the credo, “the end justifies the means.”  Machiavelli would be proud.

While the President discredits those who have the job of investigating bad actors and blames Obama for everything negative happening in America, we are not getting the truth. It’s all soundbites and inconsistent lies. If only the lies were consistent.

While Gates and Manafort were in the thick of the campaign to elect Trump, they were maneuvering through the RNC platform and changing the planks to eliminate their position on arming and aiding the Ukraine. They were, in effect, doing Russia’s work by getting the party to “go easy” on Russian interference in the region. Trump claims he was not involved in this change, which is believable to a point. The Donald is not a detail man.

These two hucksters had $75 million flow through their phony companies and fake bank accounts, where they laundered more than $30 million. They bilked banks by getting illicit loans on properties they owned in America. If one takes the time to read the indictments that Robert Mueller’s team has produced, they will clearly see why three of the bad guys have pleaded guilty. One could also assume that when these pleaders cough up information on the campaign players, someone is going to pay for their dirty deeds.

And now we have the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Minority memo, which covers the Democrats view of what was left out of the Devin Nunes memo which was released a few weeks ago. Significant portions of this missive have been redacted to, we assume, protect intelligence people in the field. However, those big black strikeouts could also be politically purposeful.

If you want to have a boil-down, I can tell you that much of what the President says about this memo proves that he hasn’t read it. Or, perhaps, he just says the same thing repeatedly. But there are some basic truths flowing through this memo.

The first FACT is the investigation into Carter Page started seven weeks before the FBI and those looking into Page ever saw the Steele dossier. Trump continues to latch onto his views like a snapping turtle waiting for the sun to go down.

The next FACT to consider is that Page was on the FBI’s radar for some time, as you would be if you traveled to Russia and met with Russian spies. Nobody seems to make a big deal about the fact that Carter Page lived in Moscow from 2004 to 2007. Did Trump and his transition team, which included Devin Nunes, know about Page’s Russian connection?

Really, why wouldn’t the Feds be keeping their eyes on Page? Once again, it’s Trump fault for not vetting his people and finding out if they had ties to Russia. Perhaps Trump and his campaign thought that it was a good thing and there was some value Putin’s team could provide the Trump campaign.

The mystery of Trump stepping around the horseshit littered timeline of what happened during his campaign and transition is UNBELIEVABLE. One of the smoking guns in this memo, that few have pointed out, is the line: “… the FBI would have continued its investigation, including against [BLACKED OUT] individuals, even if it had never received information from Steele, never applied for a FISA warrant against Page, or if the FISC had rejected the application.” The questions surrounding the redaction are how many individuals and who are they? Without that information it’s impossible for the people of America to have a clear understanding of this whole mess.

But there is a partisan reason those juicy pieces of information were taken out, and we all know it. The Special Counsel, through the FBI, wants to prevent these showboat Congressional committees screwing up their investigation.

From my perspective, neither memo should have been written or released. And neither memo proves that there wasn’t a conspiracy or collusion. The only document that will be useful and honest will be the final report from the Special Counsel’s office.

America needs to get back to law, justice and order to become a “normal” country again. And the drivers for this normalcy will include the impeachment of Donald Trump.

 

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POLITICIZING & PANDERING

Trump’s Blame Game of Negativity

Donald J Trump continues to make himself the “issue” rather than being a leader. When Trump is being Trump, he energizes the opposition. His lack of political intelligence is stunning in so many ways. He is given opportunity after opportunity to demonstrate leadership qualities to unite the country, but he is unable to escape from his braggadocio and blunders. He chooses to politicize and pander rather than step up and become a president. He lives in a world of cheap put-downs, conspiracy theories and fraudulent excuses.

It was said that the President didn’t play golf this weekend out of respect for the students who were killed at Parkland’s Stoneman Douglas High School. But in his idle time, he disrespected America with more than 13 tweets that blamed most of all that is happening on everyone but the Russians. In his rants, there were no plans for prevention of Russian interference in the future and no additional punishments for what the Russians did to manipulate the election results. The man is impotent on Russia.

The new marching orders from the Great Orange Leader say there was “no collusion” with the Trump campaign and what the Russians did had no effect on the election. That interpretation of the 37-page indictment seems conclusive and self-serving.

We all know that this isn’t the end of the investigation, right? The Donald blamed Obama for his lack of action on the matter, but the indictment makes it clear that the illegal acts were focused on the 2016 election. In fact, it mentions the last election almost 20 times. And the sanctions Congress passed almost unanimously haven’t been launched against the evil Putin. Why is the White House not acting?

Trump, accusing the FBI of being too busy on the Russian investigation to act on signs that the shooter in Florida was ready to execute students, displayed one of his most shallow political actions. Through the Twitter Trump, we see the unfiltered, mean and manipulative man who thinks that everyone is out to get him. The tweets show his insecurity and fear of the Mueller investigation. He knows something.

Some people aren’t seeing the clues in the indictment. Back in June 2017, the Texas edition of The Patch ran a story that talked about a San Antonio-based digital operation overseen by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and how it was under increased scrutiny.

According to Federal Election Commission filings in a story here, the web design and digital marketing company that Brad Parscale owns received more than $91 million from the Trump campaign and was in cahoots with one of Trump’s Super PACs. Brad Parscale joined the Trump Campaign and ran something they referred to as Project Alamo, which was covered in a 60 Minutes piece after Trump won the election. You can watch what they did here.

Paragraph 31 of the Federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals claims that the defendants and their co-conspirators, posing as U.S. persons, communicated with real U.S. persons affiliated with a Texas-based grassroots organization. Could this organization be Parscale’s company? Could this be the breadcrumb that leads to the future indictment of Jared Kushner?

Trump knows what Kushner and Parscale did and is doing everything he can to keep up the illusion that his campaign and administration owes nothing to the Russians. They did nothing nefarious to get him elected. It’s probably true that because of Trump’s complicated banking arrangements and because he rarely gets into detail, he may have no idea how much of his personal finances are intertwined with Russian oligarchs’ monies. He may have gotten dirty money along the way, but we will never know because he hasn’t released his tax returns.

Trump’s tweets of today (2-19-2018), about Oprah Winfrey’s appearance on 60 Minutes, seem motivated by some people on that program being negative about the President. Donald Trump suffers from a grand illusion that everyone must love him. He attacks anyone who speaks their mind about his negative actions, deeds and words. I am sure he felt Oprah didn’t do a good job standing up for him. Trump’s frame of mind is totally transparent. He’s afraid he’s going to be found out.

America must now come together about what Russia has done and figure out a way to move Trump off his cock-blocking of the charge against Russia. It’s time to do something about the cyber-attack of a foreign power. If the mainstream media wants to get beyond the Donald’s blatant manipulation of the narrative, they must deepen the investigation of what happened. What actions are being taken? It’s time to connect the dots.

A Russian company organized a propaganda effort to change the outcome of our election and, while doing so, used stolen American identities to conduct fraud. There should be a screaming alarm going off in the White House. The failure to acknowledge this indictment indicates that no siren has been triggered.

The net result of Trump’s pandering to his base on this issue is making red state Republicans feel that Russian interference was not a big deal. Can this really be happening? From wife-beaters in the White House, to another horrible shooting, to the attempts to blame the FBI for all his problems, Donald J. Trump is NOT a real President.

On this President’s Day, I confess with grave concern that we have the most dangerous president ever. If he isn’t stopped, Trump will absolutely make America less great. He is damaging our country and democracy. We must remain strong, however, because getting rid of him will cause more violence in America. After watching the Oprah Winfrey focus group on 60 Minutes, it’s clear that Trump supporters have been brainwashed like the good comrades he wants them to be.

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NO SUCH THING AS DUE PROCESS

Trump’s Viewpoint on the Judicial Process

Before Richard Nixon nominated Elliot Richardson to be Attorney General, he tested his loyalty and basically told the nominee that he, Nixon, was innocent and Richardson should protect the presidency. He encouraged Richardson to appoint a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of what Nixon called a “Witch Hunt” or, as it eventually became known, Watergate.

At a later meeting Richardson felt like Nixon was attempting to stonewall by asking the Justice Department to help him thwart the investigation. According to Washington Post journalists Woodward and Bernstein, Richardson wrote on a legal pad during the meeting, “If the monster is me, save the country.”

There is a parallel world between the accusations of sexual misconduct with Trump and the possible collusion or, at best, ignorance of Russian involvement in our election. If Trump denies a charge, no matter how credible the accuser, he claims innocence and believes there is no need for deeper examination.

In this “wife beater White House,” it’s clear that customary laws of decency and decorum are out the window. It’s okay to ignore the victims of any crimes or misdeeds done by Trump’s merry men.

This tweet really sums up Trump’s campaign against women: “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” Aside from the bad grammar and spelling errors, Trump is building a case not for the Rob Porters of the world, but for himself.

His attempt at martyr status for the men who have cast their wrath on women is shallow and tone-deaf, sounding like Archie Bunker. Even with the talking heads defending or deflecting for him on the Sunday talk shows, Trump has, once again, hurt himself. He is the turd in the punch bowl at his own party.

What I don’t get here is his mention of “due process.” One has the right to confront our accusers. Check. One has the right to prove one’s innocence, and even though one can declare one’s innocence, it’s not the end in court but merely the beginning. Check. One has a right to be judged by an impartial jury of one’s peers but, just like in business, government doesn’t have to wait for a trial.

If someone is considered dangerous to the people they live with or work with, we tend to act long before the due process of justice. Why would we wait to act while someone else gets smacked? What are the damages a court might award? Surely much greater than losing a job at the White House. Trump is attempting to defend anyone on his team who is accused of a crime or sexual misconduct.

According to our Great Orange Leader, lives are shattered and destroyed by mere allegations. Oh, like the young men in the Central Park jogger murder case. In 1989, after five teenagers were arrested for the rape of a woman in Central Park, Donald Trump bought an ad in The New York Times calling for the death penalty. The men were convicted, but later exonerated. Their lives were shattered and destroyed by the mindset that they were guilty. Donald Trump promoted that concept with his own money and he never apologized for how he treated those citizens.

The little things, like turning away from any prosecution of EquiFax for their lack of security and mishandling of 140 million America identities, make Donald Trump dangerous to the Republic. He and his cronies won’t even investigate.

Trump is doing nothing about cybersecurity for the 2018 election. People like Rex Tillerson have waved the white flag and given up on fighting the threat. As long as Trump believes, “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign,” nothing is going to change. Without the FBI and CIA, America could be taken.

Perhaps we will see how the Donald deals with due process in the case of the United States Government vs. Donald J. Trump. He is the monster and we must save the country. With his lies and deceit, his lack of focus on protecting our nation and the possible high crimes and misdemeanors to be revealed shortly, we will learn the importance of due process in obtaining a clean prosecution, and then impeachment.

Donald Trump will learn that no man in above the law and that women are to be respected.

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SHUT UP OR SING

The Grand Jury Test

Let it be said here that Donald J Trump wanted to be president. He asked for all this negative feedback with his actions and his mouth. Just on the surface, his comments and denials would make the most junior prosecutor ask the question, why? Why has there been so much pushback on something that all his minions say is a nothing-burger? And that is why the press keeps asking if he was involved with the Russians and now the perpetrator of some cover-up. The answers have never seemed very believable.

During a speech in Cincinnati to bolster his great achievements in tax cuts and the economy a few days ago, the Donald once again showed his inability to graduate from candidate Trump to President Trump. He has not become a real president.

While the President was demeaning Democrats by suggesting they were committing treason by not clapping for him, he told his “fans” to remember to vote in 2018. The irony came when the stock market started a free fall of 1,175 points and cable news networks jumped out of his speech to cover the calamity taking place on Wall Street.

By accusing Congress for not responding to his every utterance as UNAMERICAN, he once again demonstrated his true desire to sow division. It’s not that they don’t like what you are saying, Mr. President. They just don’t like you. You don’t get it, do you?

Now Trump’s lawyers are floating the idea of him not meeting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. According to the New York Times (2-6-2018), his legal team knows that “Trump’s penchant for lying, contradictions and bold exaggerations could lead to charges of making false statements — or obstruction.” What we have here, is a failure to communicate of the highest order. The President of the United States is not worthy of telling the truth. What have we done?

When this presidency began, I was overcritical and certain that this man would lead us to a constitutional crisis. Well, we are ready to pull into that station. If Trump fails to sit down for an interview with Mueller and his team, he can be forced to go before the grand jury to testify. On the good side for Trump, grand juries are secret. On the bad side, Trump would be all alone, sans attorneys, while he would be testifying before a jury of his peers. Oh, boy.

The problem with Donald Trump is that he actually believes that he has never done anything wrong in his whole life. That baked-in confidence defies logic and the law. If he has always gotten his way in life, then the spoiled child will lie to get out of any problem that is thrown his way.

When you are under oath, you can try to fudge the facts and create some fantasy narrative, but sooner or later an eye witness will force the discussion into who is right. Just as his lawyers will take the aspect of presidential testimony to the Supreme Court, they will have to decide whether any one person is above the law. Crisis created.

We have faith in the Supreme Court to get it right, but if they decide against the Great Orange Leader and compel him to swear that what he says is the truth, we should all get ready for him to deride the court, as he has done before.

Trump is like a baseball player who has bad form, holds the bat incorrectly and swings for the fence on every pitch. When he stops hitting homeruns and all the cheering ends, he will learn that his unique way of operating was the reason he got into the slump in the first place. Strong-arming only works for a certain period, then good old truth prevails.

The truth is that this person, that a minority of Americans put into office, is not very good at this game of managing a country. He might think he is handling his audience (the base), but the United States is so much more than his base. The first step in getting people to do what you want is to get them to like you. Congress on both sides distrusts him.

During his speech in Ohio, Trump said, “They would rather see Trump do badly, OK, than our country do well…it’s very selfish…even on positive news, really positive news like that, they were like death and Un-American. Un-American. Somebody said ‘treasonous.’ I mean, yeah, I guess, why not? Can we call that treason? Why not. I mean, they certainly didn’t seem to love our country very much. But you look at that and it’s really very, very sad.” Oh, how he forgets what the then minority leader of the Senate said about Obama, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” TREASON or NOT? Unamerican activity, we think not? Have you no decency Mr. Trump?

In the end, Donald Trump will be remembered as the President who made us realize that every vote counts and that no matter who is President, politics will be politics. Biased, self-serving belligerence is their code of dishonor. Trump is merely a facilitator of division and a delusional political fake who really believes he makes a difference. But with his team calling “Dreamers” lazy and Trump saying we need a shutdown, after he derided Democrats for the last shutdown, shows he’s so out of touch and maybe even mentally ill.

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 


THE STATE OF THE UNION

What You See, Is What Trump Is 

The hype by the cable news networks about the first State of the Union speech by the 45th President of the United States only proved that even after dressing Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper in formal wear, it was just another night in the swamp. Donald Trump didn’t give the American people some new vision of truth. He simply pushed his artificially tanned face into the cameras and did the same meaningless show he’s been doing for the last two years.

First, he demonized all immigrants… again. His DNA requires him to link immigrants with crime, because he mistakenly believes fear of them magically brings Americans together. The Donald thinks that by reminding us of someone’s pain, he gains power over the base and gets a free pass to waste money on the war against “others.” He is a careless  person, squandering one hour and twenty-minutes of our time with a weak State of the Union address he could have mailed in.

He said the words, “Americans are dreamers, too,” which, on the surface, appeared to equate citizens with DACA kids, but he failed to connect the dots in any meaningful way. If anything, those who hate Trump will say it was a passive-aggressive way to say something like, “All Lives Matter” like a racist’s shield against “Black Lives Matter.” Where does this guy get his words? They seem to be pulled from some dark, tight place that gives them the pungent smell of hypocrisy and a faint odor of bullshit.

The irony of Trump standing before the Congress and the nation at large touting the wonderful gains in the stock market in terms of how much wealth we’ve gained doesn’t mean anything to those having no skin in the game. A game which, ironically, lost 533 points in the two days leading up to the speech. Obviously, Trump has nothing to do with the stock market, or he would have prevented them downward slide from happening the day before he gave his big speech.

I’m not sure if Trump has six more of these speeches in him. Those who dislike him the most are hoping to hear no more than a couple. Most people don’t know that his duty is required by the U.S. Constitution. Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the President to periodically “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union and recommend to their such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” We aren’t sure why it happens every year, but there is value in knowing what the top guy thinks.

Earlier in the day, the White House taunted that something remarkable would be revealed about North Korea in the SOTU, but that was probably a weak attempt to give the press something to mention other than the diving stock numbers. Of course, the talking heads on cable fell for it and started to talk about it. In the end, there was NO NEW NEWS about North Korea and no mention of the consuming smoke surrounding the Russia investigation which is ready to burst into flames right before our eyes. There was not even a whiff of the sanctions deadline the White House once again allowed to come and go, with Trump giving his buddy Putin another pass. Without pain, how do you keep the bear from smashing your face with cyberwarfare? Sanctions. Let’s all say it again class, Sanctions.

And of course, we must mention the fashion show on parade at the joint session of Congress. The First Lady was wearing a white Christian Dior suit, with the emphasis on the “Christian” part. Some fashionistas connected its whiteness to the woman’s suffragist movement. This appeared to some cynics as a statement of opposition toward the Democrat women, who were acknowledging the #MeToo movement by wearing black. In contrast, the First Daughter wore an Oscar De Le Renta asymmetrical plaid dress, which attempted to depict the many directions and opinions the favorite daughter seems to hold. For someone who has been surgegically altered to elminate any asymetric areas of her body, there was some rich irony in her Scottish peasant girl look.

We didn’t see the First Porn Star at the State of the Union, but then, we aren’t sure if she was the first, or the second or just a member of the Trump gratification team. But we would assume that if she would come to the Capitol she would have worn RED — bright red, scarlet red.

Trump on the other hand, continued leaning BLUE with his tie. Maybe he thinks that makes him appear more presidential or thinner. I cannot believe that this highly critical blogger is writing about what the fuck people wore at the State of the Union address. Have I gone mad? How do I get myself back to my normally stable genius state?

Oh yeah, our great Orange Leader, once again, was nothing but a B actor on the biggest American stage turning in another mediocre performance. I admit that I fell asleep twenty-minutes into the show. He was not at all presidential or even interesting. He’s a fake, through and through, and his stale rhetoric is, at best, redundant. Even his manipulative moves are boring me. I wait for the third act of this fatuous play, where the G-men come on stage and put him in handcuffs and all the CNN guys cover the perp-walk wearing Giorgio Armani tuxedoes. Hey, maybe they’ll bring back Kathy Griffin for comic relief. Yeah, now that’s a ticket I would buy!

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New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 


PRESIDENT MONEYBAGS

Buying His Way Out of Obstruction

We are hearing a lot of about the specular stock market and the grand statistics that candidate Trump claimed were rigged. Today, our great Orange Leader decreed that if the Democrats would have been elected the stock market would have gone down 50%. It’s amazing to any informed financial expert that a president would claim that he, and he alone, was the reason the stock market would go up or down.

There are those who may have gotten a thousand-dollar bonus or seen some uptick in their take-home-pay, but there are many questions about the future based on the actions of this administration. The “America First” mantra that Donald Trump brought to the rich people summit in Davos may seem like something that can be exported to other countries, but the wealth of the world doesn’t have a flag or a nation, it lives only where gold becomes more gold.

When Trump was on the trail he spoke often about the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its lack of growth during the Obama administration. GDP is the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country for one year. When we look at 2017, we see that the first quarter brought a 1.2 GDP, followed by a 3.1 and 3.2 in the middle of the year, but the final quarter of 2017 down to 2.6. That makes the year come in slightly above 2.5 GDP average. To put this in perspective, before the deep dips in 2016, the GDP was at 3.8 in 2015 during the Obama administration. The stock market, as I have said before, was around before Trump and will be around after Trump. He can claim victory now, but how will he explain the next course correction or inflationary sell off? Will he go back to blaming Hillary?

With the news that President Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last summer, there seems to be lots of movement in the investigation into Russian interference, collusion, obstruction of justice, and money laundering. And those are just some of the charges that may come out of this so-called “witch hunt.”

The deeper problem is what members of Congress, especially the Republicans, will have to face if Trump is charged with something. Will they look the other way because their rich donors like what Trump has done for the economy, or will they rise to a higher calling? If you buy into the myth that Trump is the catalyst for the over-performing market, then you can easily jump to the conclusion that even if Trump lied, cheated, colluded or obstructed, he’s good for America. Isn’t that how Bill Clinton survived impeachment? We all know that he lied to the special prosecutor, right?

When people say to me, “Trump has made my life better,” I don’t try to argue that economic improvements are evil, I am glad they are doing well. I am sure if someone else was president the economy would be doing just as well. The surge in the money on Wall Street is based on trying to make Trump look good, as well as a swell of capital for investments. But Trump can claim victory only if there is long-term growth. Anyone can make a spreadsheet look good for one year.

Our country was designed from the very beginning to be a trade machine because of our never-ending resources and valuable products. For more than two-hundred years, the United States’ economy was propelled by free labor. And then, after the Civil War, labor unions had to fight for fair wages to create a middle class.

Founded in 1817, the New York Stock Exchange soared with slavery for more than fifty years. While we could say that there were some major moral and democrat principals violated with slavery, white Americans looked the other way. Using the stock market and the economy as a yardstick to judge the fitness of a person to be the leader of the free world is unenlightened.

Trump can claim that all the trade deals that were done before he arrived on the scene were poorly crafted and bad for America, but there is absolutely no truth to the claim that rules, regulations, tariffs and the creation of NAFTA were not good for the United States. The years of growth may have slowed at times, but even Donald Trump has a blank spot in the causes of his bankruptcies and failed enterprises.

Trump never talks about the reason for the last collapse of our financial institutions. He never links the bad governance at U.S. banks to the world economy downturn. The laws that the Donald and his team of wealthy political whores just lifted were put in place to avoid another blowout of the banking system. But that doesn’t matter to Donald J. Trump, the man who seeks immediate gratification. The real experts in the financial world have already warned us that disaster will happen again, only this time the blame will squarely land on Trump.

He can swat away reporters’ questions with the expression, “Fake News,” but he hurts his case by his actions and words. As the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the subsequent dodging and covering for those who had contact with Russians continues, it is totally amazing to me that someone of Trump’s experience in business would react they way he is carrying on. He is acting like he is guilty.

If Trump stays in office, he will have to get rid of his family, his lawyers and his ass-kissing generals so that he can claim he is free of the cancer. He will never come to grips with the fact that he is the cancer and, as his confidence grows, he becomes more of a danger to himself and our Constitution.

The swamp was deeper than he knew and now that he is in the middle of it all, attempting to tread water, the smell is already on him. He’s an evil little ego with not much care for anyone else. Don’t be fooled by the deals and DACA diversion. He’s only in it for himself. He’ll throw his own kids under the bus, assuming there’s any money left for school buses, after he finishes ruining America. He cannot buy his way out this time.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.

 

 


ABSOLUTELY NO COLLUSION

Trump’s Redundant Refrain

There is a theory that if you say something over and over, you tend to believe that it’s true, even if it isn’t. On the other side of that coin, there are many who believe that people never change. While the microanalysis of Donald Trump is taking place, there are those people who are watching for some sign of change, a pivot of sorts.

During the bi-partisan meeting the other day in the Cabinet room of the White House, the naïve newscasters and junk journalists were fooled once again with the President’s confusing presentation. At times Trump seemed to sound a bit Democrat, even saying that a separate “clean” DACA bill could happen. After push back from Republican attendees, Trump followed up with a tweet to “clarify” his positions. This dingbat cannot present a clear and focused message outside of a slogan.

And in a press conference yesterday (1-10-2018), our Great Orange Leader said there was “absolutely no collusion” seven times in ninety-seconds. He also redefined the suggestion of sitting down with Robert Mueller to talk about Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. He seems to think the investigation is coming to an end and if he just keeps repeating his mantra, “absolutely no collusion” that this “hoax” or “witch hunt” will go away. He has purchased the upper class with his tax cut and soaring stock market, while removing the pillars of freedom that have made America great.

In a recent poll conducted by Morning Consult + Politico, 48% of the 1,988 respondents said Trump being exonerated by the end of 2018 was either very or somewhat likely. 37% saw that outcome as being not too likely or not at all likely and under one-third foresaw Trump leaving office before 2018 ends. So, it seems as if the trashing of Mueller’s team by the Alt-Right and Conservative media is working. The Republican Congress is also complicit in this muddying of the waters. But, as we all learned, statistics derived from samples the size of a large Baptist church don’t always get it right. Trump sees only positive numbers and discounts anything that shows him failing. So, why even undertake research on this dense humanoid with a bad combover?

The Donald is focused on a narrow strip of land, much like the kind on which his castle in Florida is built, to defend himself in the matter of the Russian investigation. There seems to be something hardwired in his mind that says all and any investigation into a foreign government lessens his win in the election. He cannot intellectually separate influence peddling and mass social media interference in our electoral process with his own self-image and legitimacy as a President. He and his Justice Department have done nothing to assure us it won’t happen again. He’s foolish to think that Russia will always be on his side. They could turn on him in a New York minute.

Just as Nixon kept saying, “I am not a crook,” Trump truly believes if he keeps saying the words, “absolutely no collusion,” that all this will go away. His top shelf lawyers encourage this illusion to keep him from losing it on camera and saying something that will surely sink his ship. Trump will get the accolade of being the worst client ever.

From this Website we find an entry written by Gerald N. Hill and Kathleen T. Hill saying that collusion in business happens when two persons (or business entities through their officers or other employees) enter into a deceitful agreement, usually secret, to defraud and/or gain an unfair advantage over a third party, competitors, consumers or those with whom they are negotiating.

President Trump’s claim that no one in his campaign talked to any Russians is untrue. When he says there was no collusion, he must have forgotten the meeting between his campaign manager, his son-in-law and his son Don Jr. Until the press revealed the meeting at Trump Tower, it was secret and there was an opportunity to game an advantage over a competitor. And, to make this much richer, it was with agents of a foreign nation. Was there a deceitful agreement? To use Trump’s own words, “Time will tell.”

He also raised the specter of changing the libel laws so that he could stop what he calls false and libelous statements from writers and broadcasters who “sit there and smile while money is pouring in their bank accounts.” Does this pumpkin understand that the first person to get attacked would be Donald Trump himself? He says libelous untruths that lower stock prices for a company he attacks. Imagine if the legal system punished someone who was “exercising” their First Amendment rights? The British system might be good for a country with a Queen, but doesn’t work in a Country without a King.

Notice Donald Trump’s body language when someone disagrees with him or he feels uptight. He crosses his arms across his chest, giving himself a giant hug so he can feel confident. He uses the phrase, “believe me” more than someone who is sure of what they are saying. The implication of the opposite drips from so many of the things he says and history will record the phrase, “absolutely no collusion,” as one of his more blatant lies.

We all want the investigations into Trump and his court of enablers and family members to end as soon as possible. Americans have no patience and we want to know that our country is in the hands of a responsible adult. We cannot trust Republicans, they are biased bastards. The Democrats are focused on repaying the Republicans for what they did to Obama and taking a page out of the Newt Gingrich playbook. Sad, but true.

The idea that our President can govern with any kind of fair and just comprehension of anyone outside of his base is lost. Mike Pence would not make a good president, but he would be controllable by a logical Congress. Collusion is a funny word. Trump is not a funny human being. He’s just a giant mistake.


FIRE AND FURY: THE BOOK

Trump’s Unquestioned Certitudes

In the age when books have taken a back seat to the internet and cable TV, it was good seeing a book break through the clutter and create the kind of buzz that Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House did last week. I, for one, having written my book Donald Trump: Repeal, Replace, Impeach, was quite interested in how this tome was constructed. For starters, Wolff’s book is a better read than my offering. As a friend mentioned, “He interviewed 200 people and did all that journalism stuff, while you just ranted.” Point made.

Being a reader and downloading the book a few minutes after it was available, I was able to read it in two days. It’s compelling. We already think that the White House is a chaotic place to work because of the massive leaks that paint a clear picture of our crazy orange king. Wolff’s book, in a sense, confirms that Donald Trump simply transplanted his bizarre need for love and lack of focus to the most important job in America.

The phrase “unquestioned certitudes” in the last chapter jumped out at me as evidence of Trump’s greatest weakness. He simply believes that “father knows best,” and the fact that this government and the people of the United States have allowed him to break a government rule on nepotism is shameful. If you have some time, Google 5 U.S. Code § 3110 – Employment of relatives; restrictions. It’s all there in plain English, Trump and his administration are in violation, and no one has stepped up to say, “NO!”

Wolff’s book is called a lie by the White House. They even released an official statement. Yet the President’s first act was to attack Steve Bannon. Then, proving the allegation about being “unfit for office,” Trump ordered his attorneys to send cease and desist letters to Bannon, the author and the publisher. REALLY? And what effect did that have? The writer laughed and the publisher advanced the release date. Trump’s pattern of self-inflicted fuckery continues. He is the problem, not the people he fires.

When Humpty Trumpty finally falls off the wall, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men will not be able to help him. His harem of female enablers, from Hope Hicks, to Kellyanne Conway, to his daughter, Ivanka, have only made him less objective and dense. For all the talk of female empowerment, Trump has grabbed the wrong women to fortify his ego. According to the book, none of them really care about America and the Constitution, they care only about HIM and their position in his court.

The book doesn’t go easy on the men either. First, I must take issued with Michael Wolff on one of his talking points. He said, “This isn’t a book about Steve Bannon, this is a book about the White House in the first 200 days.” That’s bullshit. This book, and might I suggest Wolff himself, were tools of Bannon to get back at Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The conspiracy is clear throughout the book. Bannon was the source of most of what has been written. Some of the sources have denied their quotes in the book, while Steve Bannon has apologized.

When Trump made the call to Bob and Rebekah Mercer, the billionaire Alt-Right backers of Breitbart and Trump, Bannon offered his mea culpa, Latin for “through my fault.” Don’t believe any of this bullshit being shoveled by the White House and Trump about this book being a total fabrication. Bannon has effectively screwed the President once again. Brannon is apologizing for the statements in the book, meaning he made them. And if only some of the descriptions are accurate, we are ALL IN TROUBLE.

In a few days, we will forget the stirring speech that Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globe Awards show, but the Michael Wolff book will leave a nagging sensation in the hearts and minds of the people who have surrounded Donald Trump in a self-validating cocoon. Do they still believe that they must remain in place to save the Republic?

Please let me share fives things I took away from the book. Then I will shut up:

1.The deep-state that Bannon obsesses on is NOT some nefarious cadre of bureaucrats trying to bring down the White House. The deep state is the “Jarvanka” monster Trump created. Trump’s worst mistake was bringing his kids and family closer than experts.

2.Donald John Trump will never change and even his best ideas are nullified by the confusion and paranoia of his own mind. Trump is Richard Nixon on his worst day, every day, sans alcohol. Wolff nailed the evidence to the door that Trump has been manipulated by Bannon, Hicks, Conway, Omarosa, Scaramucci, his daughter and son-in-law from the beginning. Trump is being played like a video game.

3.Trump has no respect for women and their intellects. They are mere pieces of meat or comfort blankets existing solely for his use.

4. The Donald is a media junky and what he says he hates, he cannot live without. He craves attention and his actions and reactions to everything are based not on what is right and good for the American people but what makes him feel warm and fuzzy. Trump declares that he doesn’t drink, but he self-medicates with Diet Coke all day to get the necessary high allowing him to get through the insanity of a job he never wanted. According to Wolff, Donald never thought he would win. Oops!

5.Trump harbors a dark, unproductive need to create drama to amuse himself. He’s bored, having no attention span or need for intellectual engagement. I suspect that this man is dyslectic. Nothing wrong with that, but it would explain his lack of desire to read. It would also point to that fact that he was never corrected or taught how to overcome this flaw.

Wolff took advantage of getting just enough truth from his White House visits to piece together a truly sad story of a man who was made by other people’s money and smarts. We don’t have a focused businessperson as the leader of the free world. We have, according to Wolff’s account, a person truly unfit to be President.

A smart news organization would sue for access to the White House visitor logs. We need to see how many visits Wolff made to the place to judge the veracity of the stories he tells. Once again, what Trump doesn’t show us is what we all want to see.

With all the conflict in the world, why do we need conflict in the White House? The book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is good book, even though it doesn’t have an ending. Hopefully we might get that soon, right Mr. Mueller?

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.


THE RISK OF KEEPING TRUMP

Our Democracy,World Peace in the Cross-hairs

Many level-headed people warned American voters that electing Donald J. Trump would be a bad deal for American because he was unfit for the office of the presidency. The two important areas of presidential focus are domestic affairs and maintaining America’s protective and powerful role in the world.  Neither of these are happening with this joker in office.

As Barack Obama was leaving the White House, he warned the next guy coming in that North Korea was going to be his biggest problem. Like a batter who just struck out, Obama suggested to his teammate that he should not be fooled by the North Korean pitcher’s curve ball. Trump has ignored all advice from his predecessor and, like the idiot he is, he keeps swinging away, as if every word from Kim Jong-Un is some juicy fast ball he can hit out of the park. On the world’s playing field, Trump has more than three strikes on him yet refuses to get out of the box. The rest of the world shakes its collective head wondering if the madman at the plate will topple the game, or worse, blow up the whole world.

Life on the planet comes down to survival and, while Donald Trump thinks it’s somehow funny or clever to tweet his inner child taunts to the crazy guy in North Korea, he shows vividly the reason we cannot allow the great Orange Leader to remain in power. This was our President’s offering late yesterday after numerous tweets (1-2-2018): “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

And, so it goes; we have two teenagers on Twitter arguing over size. The best response came from the voice of reason, Richard W. Painter, “Two psychologically unfit men crowing about their nukes. This is not a good way to start the New Year.  Congress needs to deal with one of them and the UN Security Council needs to deal with the other.” Painter was the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration from 2005–2007 and full-disclosure, he is involved in a law suit to have Donald Trump removed from office for violations of the Emoluments Clause.

If I hear one more person tell me that Trump is throwing red meat to his base, I am going to scream at the top of my lungs, “WE DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT HIS FUCKING BASE!!” This is America. This is a country of more than 330 million people who must depend on the President of the United States to, first and foremost, keep us safe. If the Donald’s motivation behind this risky behavior is to score points with the minority of hypnotized, disgruntled citizens who support him, then he should be removed from office. His actions are not in-sync with his duties to faithfullly execute the Constitution.

Other tweets of the day, suggesting that Hillary Clinton’s assistant should be put in jail, ending aid to the Palestinian state, taking Pakistan to the wood shed, declaring that Hispanics will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President, saying that the Democrats won’t be solving DACA without a wall and trying to pump up the protestors in Iran lead one to believe that Trump must think the job of the President is to produce tweets. Maybe he is being paid by the word and we don’t know it.

This frothing faced fool must have no one to talk to in his inner circle and his primal wiring makes Twitter more important to him than the job itself. He doesn’t reach out to his aides, generals, experts or his cabinet members for facts. He just gets up and tweets away. Trump is an unpopular child seeking power from his taunts and texts without regard for anyone’s feeling or the geo-political ramifications of his writing.

We should all be afraid of this dingbat bastard. His major selling point of being unpredictable has now become a giant, festering boil on the ass of America. You don’t dare sit down or turn away. Maybe that is what he really wants. He wants everyone’s attention, because he wants to be King Donald the First. The truth is, letting Trump be Trump is tantamount to let living people become dead. As someone said on TV recently, his antics might seem funny to some, until something bad happens, like a bomb being dropped. Getting rid of all the rules seems really cool to corporations and industrialists, until something bad happens, like an oil spill. Why do we have a president who puts the whole country at risk? Why does the greatest country in the world want this? I don’t.

Some might say that this next statement is hyperbole, but I think not. Keeping Donald J. Trump as President puts our democracy and world peace in the cross-hairs. We can only hope that there are enough patriots in the House and Senate to “rise up” and erase this mistake before it’s too late. We must take the bat out of Trump’s hands.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

These daily diatribes from a delusional blogger give you a day by day overview of the 45th President’s first two-hundred days in office. Follow Donald Trump through the tough times on his way to impeachment. Kindle Version HERE, or Get the printed book now, CLICK HERE.

 

New Book about Terrorism

One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on his quest to find truth. He finds himself in the middle of terror and personal torment in the name of journalism. He once again asks, If God Could Cry, would he be crying for us, or with us?

Now available on Amazon.