THREADING THE NEEDLE

Is There Really a Deep State?

We are learning much about our government with the wall-to-wall coverage of the impeachment hearings in Washington, and both sides are making us wonder why there are two sides in this matter. Why wouldn’t regular law and order prevail in this passion play of power and perception? Technicalities and treason are under the microscope in the effort to impeach Trump.

Let’s begin with some simple facts. The federal government currently employs about two million full-time employees. There are 113,114 people who work for the Justice Department, and that includes 9,500 attorneys. The Department of State has 75,547 employees, including 13,855 Foreign Service Officers and 49,734 locally employed staff who primarily serve overseas. In addition, 10,171 employees form part of the predominantly domestic civil service. It’s estimated that 21,575 work for the CIA, although that figure is not as knowable as the other stats of the government. They work to keep it a secret.

This next fact will probably blow your mind. “Deep state” is a rather new term, only 30 years old. According to the journalist Robert Worth, “the expression deep state had originated in Turkey in the 1990s, where the military colluded with drug traffickers and hit men to wage a dirty war against Kurdish insurgents” The term “deep state” is likely a translation from the Turkish derin devlet, which means “state within the state.” Can you believe that Donald Trump, who thinks there is a deep state working against him, is the same man who greenlit Turkey’s invasion of Syria to fight the Kurds for land. If you think this sounds like Tom Clancy novel, well you’re not alone.

During his testimony at the impeachment inquiry, Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker claimed he didn’t see an investigation into the Ukrainian energy company Burisma being equivalent to scrutiny of Joe Biden. Volker said. “What I was trying to do in working with the Ukrainians was to thread a needle.” Here we can begin to dissect the notion of a deep state.

Volker works for the State Department and Mike Pompeo. In an unusual arrangement, Volker’s real job is the executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, and his position with the government was an unpaid position. WHAT? The McCain Institute is part of Arizona State University and has nothing to do with the US Government, it’s simply a think-tank on diplomacy and public policy. I’m sure Volker has security clearance to do his job, but how does this work?

There are many questions about the role Rudy Giuliani played in this Ukraine caper and if his involvement in the US foreign policy broke any laws. Also, there are now questions about what is legal, what is illegal and what are the gray regions. Republicans’ desire to out a “whistleblower,” who has legal protection, proves that the fine print of law can sometimes be manipulated to overshadow the big print

The President of the United States has been continually trying to pull the wool over our eyes.  This started before his election. There is a state within the state and Donald Trump is the gang leader of this deep state. Our president has colluded with others, both in and out of the government, to bend laws, rules and policies so he could exercise his pursuit of personal gain. He believes the treasury is his bank account, like the Trump Foundation was. He’s just another corrupt, fat-cat politician and grifter.

This president is no different than Richard Nixon, who used the IRS, FBI and CIA to go after his enemies. Donald Trump ignores laws, believing he is above them. Nixon and Trump share an unhealthy disdain for the press and anyone who disagrees with them. Nixon is long gone, but his fate bears a lesson for Trump. Toward the end of his presidency, Richard Nixon turned to drinking at night to help himself get through the pressure of impeachment. Trump doesn’t drink, so he turns to his real addiction, Twitter. It is obvious that our 45th President mistakenly believes he can change the world by tweeting. What a shallow, irresponsible human. Sadly, he’s our president.

A magnetifying glass can make threading a needle easier by bringing little things into sharp focus. As we get closer and closer to the facts, it’s easy to see an “end justifies the means” mentality in many of the people who surround Trump. The deep state are those operatives — men like William Barr, Mick Mulvaney and Rudy Giuliani who, at the command of the ringleader, will do anything to advance the deep state of Trump. Outside of the government, his cult followers fuel his insane view of the world. Inside the government, the state within the state threatens democracy as we know it. How can we recover fast enough to repair this democracy? Impeachment is not an evil act of desperation, it’s normal order for a President who is out of order.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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THE NEED TO INFLICT PAIN

Trump Finds Pleasure Without Gain

With more and more Republican Representatives and Senators deciding to retire rather than deal with the devil in the White House, we are seeing the effect of Trump being the head of the party and the government. The defectors know that anyone who says anything negative about the Donald will be doomed to ridicule and possible presidential endorsement of a primary challenger.

One of the most disturbing aspects of Trump’s personality is that he seems to get off on putting people down and inflicting pain. Even when there is no apparent gain or reward for him, this President has a deep need to feel superior to other people. He not only never admits a mistake, but he adds lies on top of lies to protect his fragile ego. We saw that clearly with the doctored weather map he used to defend his blunder of warning Alabama about a hurricane that wasn’t going to happen there.

Why does the press make such a big deal about this visual lie Trump showed to defend himself? Well, besides it being against the law to alter a federally issued weather report, it’s just plain stupid. When will Donald Trump learn to let the experts report the facts and stay out of the way? Oh yeah, that’s right, he’s not capable of learning. Being rich doesn’t make him smart; many wealthy people are mentally bankrupt.

At a New Year’s Eve party this year, a widowed millionaire asked what I thought about Trump. I told her, “Trump is an idiot.” She quickly disagreed saying that he was a brilliant marketer and great for our economy. I wasn’t interested in having a negative discussion ruin a perfectly good party, but I took that as evidence that most people who are on the R side of the political spectrum don’t give a rat’s ass about anything other than their money. And that is where we part company. If the only thing Americans care about is money, then why do we even pay taxes? If most of the money goes to the rich people, then why wouldn’t there be a revolution?

Trump focuses on things that help himself and his friends. If you analyze his tweets, his inter feelings and thoughts, you will see a pattern of putdowns and falsehoods that have no connection to the important priorities of our country. Sure, it’s important for a president to warn people if a storm is coming their way, but if Donald Trump doesn’t have the time to consult with experts from the agencies that work to keep us safe, he is unqualified to hold the office.

Bill Maher calls Trump a “Whiny Little Bitch,” and that certainly has a ring to it, but I would rather just call him a dangerous pathological liar. So, where do we go from here? As we head into an election year, we all know who Donald Trump is and we will all be challenged to decide what to do about him. Some would like to impeach him, a solution I do not prefer unless he gets reelected. If Congress was to impeach Trump before the election, President Pence would pardon him, and we would never learn the depth of corruption.

As we go through additional oversight hearings, we will learn more but, please people, stop the stupid arguments. It’s clear that Donald Trump is not doing the people’s business; he is taking care of his own bank account. The fact that a judge said that the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia didn’t have standing in court to challenge him on Emoluments, Trump now believes he can push as much money to his properties as he wants. Why wouldn’t a state have standing to challenge the chief executive on a law codified in the Constitution? States must approve changes to the Constitution, why can’t they challenge an infraction?

For those not aware, the Emoluments law is Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution. It prohibits the federal government from granting titles of nobility, and restricts members of the government from receiving gifts, emoluments, offices or titles from foreign states and monarchies without asking Congress for permission. Trump didn’t ask Congress before Mike Pence transferred large amounts of money to a property owned by Trump in Ireland. Since conflicts of interest don’t seem to bother our President and Vice President, they both are complicit.

When Trump’s actions and words hurt people, few of his own party are there to protect the victims of his wrath. Those who do complain about his stupid remarks are simply wasting their breath. They should be taking actions against his bad policies and hurtful executive orders. You can either deny the hurt and live your life like an abused spouse, or you can confront the person who is making life bad for you.

I choose to confront Trump and tell the truth. This guy is a lousy piece of shit who would lie to anyone just to make it seem like he knows what he is doing. He’s a feeble, feckless fart who doesn’t have the wherewithal to differentiate right from wrong. He doesn’t feel the pain he causes because he lacks empathy and care. Who made this guy president? Who will remove him from office?

When I saw the altered weather map, a phrase popped out of my mouth, “What a small man.” There is irony here. He’s a big, fat, overweight asshole who acts like a small little man without a true north star. It would be comforting if we found out later than he was suffering from a mental disorder because then we could feel sorry for him.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

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DORIAN, DEDUCTIONS & DECEITFULNESS

Trump’s Incurable Appetite for Attention

Politicians tell us about all the wonderful things they are going to do for us, and they always fall short. This creates a distrust more sorrowful than any other industry in America. A special responsibility falls upon the leader of the free world, yet the current White House resident is aimlessly governing our nation without a plan or doctrine. Trump’s malfeasance and miscalculations in office are hurting our citizens. To warn people in Alabama about hurricane Dorian was a mindless example of his lack of preparation and accuracy. Alabama was not in the path of the storm, but Trump just wanted to add that to his tweet and press harangue.

It’s senseless for our idiot-in-chief to brag about a tax cut that clearly has been erased by his draconian trade war with China. If the tax cut gave the average person $800 a year, the tariffs on Chinese goods will cost each family $1000 and it could get worse. The Donald misunderstands the impact of tariffs on the America public. He sees a trade deficit as profit for another country, rather than the way economies match up when selling and trading goods across borders with different monetary systems. He keeps saying that China is paying for the tariffs, when in fact it’s the American importers and distributors of those products who are footing the bill. Of course, they then pass those tariffs along to consumers by raising the prices of the goods.

When politicians and presidents attempt to benefit themselves by changing the meaning of words to construct a false definition of what actually happened, we all lose. It goes far beyond a voting decision; it affects our very lives. The National Weather Service in Alabama had to post an official statement that Hurricane Dorian was NOT going to reach their state. This is why a president’s statements are so important during a disaster or military conflict. Sadly, we cannot trust that Trump will ever get it right.

There’s a certain explicit deceitfulness with Donald Trump. He really doesn’t care about lies. It’s a baked-in gene misalignment that defies all Christian guilt and guidance. The corruption of the evangelical elites gives him a vast reach of confidence and lawlessness that has never before been seen in any president. Trump is a con man.

The deduction of rights and protections under the Trump administration is just as much a problem as the lack of reasonable actions for economic progress. Donald Trump is planning to open large areas of public lands for mining, logging and pollution, lowering the measures to protect the environment from methane gases and drain off from factories into public waters. They are fighting with auto manufacturers about fuel efficiencies and lowering emissions. WHY? They make no effort to explain how their moves are GOOD FOR AMERICA, either before or after rolling back controls. Why would we ever want to go back to less efficient cars?

Dorian is not the last hurricane that will threaten this country and China is not the only player in the world that wants to sell their products to America. Trump has been so hyper focused on China that he doesn’t listen to the moderate trade voices who fully comprehend how much WE SELL TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

It seems that Donald Trump believes the United States of America is a monolithic entity, invincible to the ever changing supply and demand fluctuations around the world. When the US imposed tariffs on China’s steel and aluminum, they slapped tariffs on US soybeans which killed the market. Trump fails to see that once prices rise too high for soybeans and pork, a country like China will buy them from someone else. Once they get a taste of products from other places at a lower price, they may never come back to us.

Trump starts each day by getting attention, then after tweeting he talks to his people seeking encouragement and adulation. None of them feel compelled to offer another viewpoint or a different strategy. They already know what he wants before the meeting, so why fight his tweets? It’s a destructive recipe for failure.

The appetite for solving problems is simply not there. Trump is like an elephant suffering with a neurosyphilis brain leading to confusion and poor concentration. Eventually, this leads to depression or irritability causing further mistakes. A trade war becomes a real war with the power to destroy the world economy. We wish he would just go away so more logical minds could prevail, but we don’t have a quick remedy for this.

One of the things the Trump tax cut took away were many of the deductions that middle-class homeowners used to make their lives better. There is no one other than Trump to blame for the cost of living increases flowing from his insane trade war. Let’s not be fooled by his rhetoric and deceptions. He’s the problem, and more and more people in our country are figuring it out. The election cannot come fast enough. The winds of discontent are turning, and the damage of another Trump term will be permanent and extremely destructive. He must be stopped.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.


CAPITALISM VS. SOCIALISM

Does Anyone Really Understand?

Many Americans never studied economic principles or techniques and may get confused by emerging trends as the 2020 election approaches. If you are in the baby-boomer generation, you certainly were pounded with the negatives about communism in the 1950s and 60s. The almost demonic label sewn into our very fabric elevated capitalism to an unholy, higher ground.

Here in America we know that money gets things done. It can make a crime go away or embellish a business through creative marketing and awareness. But money is not a capitalist tool. It’s simply a medium of exchange in the form of coins and banknotes ordained by a government or community for trade. All economic realities must have a means of exchange.

Donald Trump screams his guarantee that America will never be a “socialist country,” but he cannot intelligently discuss the merits of any system other than capitalism. Trump is not a conservative Republican or a fiscally responsible caretaker of the US budget. The debt is soaring under his lack of leadership, despite his promise that wouldn’t happen.

Even as far back as the beginning of the United States, our government’s fiscal fingers have been deep in the many problems and solutions of our society and its evolving programs. The term “Democratic Socialism” is a political philosophy that advocates political democracy alongside social ownership of the means of production. But there are gray areas we ignore.

At the time of 9/11, the security of our nation’s more than 15,000 airports was being administered by private companies. When the government discovered how the terrorists were able to penetrate that line of protection, it immediately established the Homeland Security Administration, which ended private, capitalistic oversight and control of our airports. We created the TSA, a fully owned and government operated enterprise. Socialism.

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was faced with massive unemployment after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the government created public works programs. These social activities helped millions of people get back on their feet and do useful things for the country. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a government funded infrastructure program which put roughly 8.5 million Americans to work during its eight years of existence. Sheer socialism.

When Social Security was created, it was a purely socialistic program that permitted us American workers to pay into bank accounts held by the government until we were eligible for retirement. Some have described it as the ultimate pyramid scheme, with younger people paying into the administration’s bank which is then used to fund the current crop of retirees. It’s just more socialism.

Strong unions offered wealthy pensions to their members but many people had no parachute to protect them in their later years. Some believe Social Security is a great motivator and keeps people working longer and harder to make that nest egg grow. For many of us, it’s how we now exist.

We also created Medicare for older Americans needing help to maintain their quality of healthcare once they stopped receiving benefits at work. It’s another social program in which the government helps fund healthcare for retired citizens. Someday, it could become the basis for healthcare for all.

As this country grew and a larger disenfranchised group of people emerged, we wanted to help those souls who either couldn’t work or were underemployed, Our country felt morally obligated to fund Food Stamps and Medicaid. These programs help disadvantaged people keep themselves and their families alive and fed. One can argue the worth of these systems, but no one can deny that they are fundamentally socialist programs.

Sure, capitalism funds these programs, just as it bailed out automakers and banks during the collapse of the financial market in 2008. Without them, however, people like Donald Trump would be faced with more anger and disapproval. We saw how quickly the President changed lanes when he attempted to defund the Special Olympics. The money given to his non-profit is just another socialistic handout. The Department of Education distributes vouchers (taxpayer money) so that people can send their children to parochial or private schools; sounds like socialism to me.

When the Trump tariffs cut a hole in the soybean market, the administration jumped up and threw some farm aid in the their faces. This is pure socialism.

The idea of the government taking the reins of an industry might sound okay to some people, but hardcore conservatives would rather allow private industry to assume control. The FAA should be more involved in the approval and safety area of the airline industry. The current Boeing controversy shows us that the FAA did not do its job. Events like 9/11illustrate that private companies might not have the ability to properly rule. People die when the government looks the other way.

The foundational basis of taxation is a form or socialism. We all pay taxes with the expectation that our elected officials will make good decisions on how to spend that money, whether on infrastructure, protection or social programs. When the President declares a national emergency to decide how money will be spent, it becomes taxation without representation.

Donald Trump has little, if any, comprehension of how all this works. He lives in a world of catch-phrases, campaign slogans and lies. The idea that we can eliminate all social programs and steal money from disaster relief and social programs to pay for an unnecessary wall in the south is exactly what socialistic dictators do in other countries. The word we don’t use yet is “Totalitarianism” but that’s where we are headed.

It’s not about labels and misinformation, it’s about the way we treat our people. In 1789 France, the price of bread increased, and people were hungry. They marched to the palace and arrested the King and his wife. If we let the well designed and proven principles of the combination of capitalism and socialism be tossed aside by the screeds of a lunatic President, we are doomed to failure. A revolution is a messy way to solve a problem. Working together to eradicate hunger and provide all Americans with a high quality of life should be priority one. Our brand of socialism keeps us safer and we should not discourage it. We should understand what it is, how it works and embrace it fully.

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Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs shows how we’ve wasted our GOLD on bad wars and corruption. While GOD is there for many people as a spiritual enrichment and the provider of glowing feelings, the truth is just praying and believing will not change our major arc. We don’t determine who gets a GUN. We aren’t sure if we have paramilitary groups ready to storm the White House or a White Castle. There is no control of weapons. The GOOFBALLS with the power constantly try to manipulate us into spending more money on bombs and tanks and wars. When all of our institutions are infected with neglect and fall in disrepair, we will only have ourselves to blame. This book is not an antidote for the left or right, it’s an accelerant to move the middle off their collective asses to go do something positive for America.

Get the Kindle Version HERE. Or order your paperback edition HERE.

 

 


DEMONONIZATION MATTERS

Trump’s Vitriol Being Acted Out

We have been writing this blog since Donald J. Trump became president, and in many of these missives we have warned that when an extreme ideolog stirs up his base, bad things happen. Trump rallies show us just how violent people can get when they are urged to hate journalists or anyone with a different opinion. With Trump holding the highest office in the land, we seem to have a domestic problem. It’s almost as if Russia has their hand in this great divide of America. It’s exactly what they would execute if they had the power. Maybe they have the power.

President Trump has multiple personalities and all of them lie. When confronted, he tries to be “presidential,” but he continually tweets messages of negativity and hate. The Donald has his enemies list, and it’s become apparent today that the crazies are attempting to gain his love by doing bad things to those on that list. When someone sends bombs to former presidents, actors and news networks, we are at a serious crossroad. Something must be done.

Trump’s harsh rhetoric, stupid conspiracy theories and hate speeches have pushed the fringe element to the edge. It’s time for Congress to comprehend that Donald Trump is bad for America. Trump has never even started to bring America together. Instead, he has divided us and turned basic traditions, customs and laws upside down. His thoughts and actions are not good for our country. He mocks decent conduct and has abandoned the respect and responsibility of the office. He has not fulfilled his pledge to protect all Americans.

We will learn more about the pipe bombs being sent to former presidents, movie stars and a news network, but Trump has can no longer brag about the lack of terrorism in America since he was elected. That was just another lie. STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT; the targets of these acts are Trump’s targets. The enemies of this terrorist appears to be the same people Trump doesn’t like.

I would urge everyone to google this reference in Wikipedia. I cannot believe that I would even think about what Hitler did to gain power when we are being attacked on our soil. I do not trust Trump and I am saddened to think he would ever promote this kind of activity.

We need to make sure that Trump is not complicit. We need to find out if these evil people are being motivated by Trump and, if so, they need to be condemned by the President. Trump has got to stop the vile demonization of Democrats and unnecessary bullying of our free press. If he cannot stop weaponizing his position, he should be impeached. He is inciting violence. And now we have proof.


MALE CHAVENISM ON TRIAL

The Lingering Stench of Trump

Some people just don’t how to pick people. Donald J. Trump will go down in history as a person who assembled the wrong people for the wrong reasons, then did everything he could to get in their way and make things worse.

The latest flaw in the Washington slaw is the process that Trump has brought to the selection of Supreme Court picks. He jobbed out the real work to the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation, without any regard for vetting. What a mess we now find ourselves in. It shows that the good-old-boy network sees only the good in whatever boy they fancy.

The headline blazing across my local paper reads: KAVANAUGH ACCUSER COMMITS TO HEARING, while my phone is buzzing the bulletin: SECOND ACCUSER COMES FORWARD. The new allegation comes from one of Kavanaugh’s classmates from his early years at Yale University. This basketball lover and sports fan pledged a fraternity at Yale that was less about intellectual endeavors and more about “party-party” drinking and hanging with the ladies. So, now we have one accuser from high school and one from his undergraduate level. Can law school be far behind?

There was something born out of the women’s movement in America that labeled certain men male chauvinist pigs. In the locker room, there was a lot of “boy talk” that involved scoring in several ways. It was important to win on and off the court. But before the gray haired, over-the-hill gang on the Senate Judiciary Committee rolls out the “boys will be boys” excuse for these alleged infractions of decency, we must wait for the “girls” on the same committee to stir up enough dust to make Thursday’s hearing must watch TV.

In this #MeToo era, will male chauvinism get acquitted or will America throw the book at the person who really deserves it, Donald Trump? Trump has walked away from similar allegations scot-free. Without proof of the Donald’s actions, we have only his words on the Access Hollywood tape. We heard his belief that because he was a celebrity he could grab women, any woman, in the crouch. This proves his chauvinism and pushes him into the pig club, yet some of the country still elected him President.

The people who most want Brett Kavanaugh on the high court are the same people who gave the Donald a pass on his pussy grabbing. The evangelicals in America should pray that God will have forgotten their misjudgment on this ghastly, horrible President when judgement day comes.

The suburban, educated women in America are not going to take this malpractice in the highest office in the land. No, they will try to vote for some control over this clown car of a presidency. It’s now clear why the Republicans were rushing a vote in the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh. They were worried about more women coming forward. This Bill Cosby – Harvey Weinstein time in space shows we are getting better at public power to moderate government, but it cannot stop with this loser Kavanaugh. There is an orange cancer on the head guy of this presidency.

The Bob Woodward book FEAR demonstrates in exactitude the ineptness and lack of thoughtful direction in this White House. The problem is Trump, and nothing will ever get better while he remains the President of the United States.

There are moments in history that attempt to force us backward. How we respond to those unnecessary divisions and diversions is a real shining light on the hill moment. We either wake up to that fact that these old white men on Capitol Hill want our daughters to be controlled and used by men, or we sit back and close our eyes to bad people. We need to be better than this.

Our daughters know that sexual misconduct is not okay. Our daughters will rise to this occasion and take a stand. Maybe treating women poorly is not a high crime, but, in my book, attempted rape and indecent exposures are, at least, misdemeanors. Funny how quickly Al Franken was sent packing, while the Republicans enable Donald Trump and his lack of proper judgement. They see only THEM, not the American people. Trump focuses on his base, while the rest of America is finally seeing he’s an idiot.

 

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DESPERATE & DISTRACTED

The Growing Fear of Government

Some say that the Trump administration is a train wreck. What seems to have been ignored by this President is the fact we have had two actual train wrecks and more than 50 children have died from the flu. Where was our great leader when US citizens were in pain and dying? He was busy tweeting away for himself:

“This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!” One would think the President of the United States would use spell check on his phone but, no, accuracy is not his thing.

He continued his harangue, “The four page memo released Friday reports the disturbing fact about how the FBI and FISA appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath….The FBI failed to inform the FISA court that the Clinton campaign had funded the dossier….the FBI became a tool of anti-Trump political actors. This is unacceptable in a democracy and ought to alarm anyone who wants the FBI to be a nonpartisan enforcer of the law….The FBI wasn’t straight with Congress, as it hid most of these facts from investigators. Wall Street Journal”

While this was happening, people were injured and dying. Trump is right, the Russian interference probe is totally distracting him from being a good president. A decent leader would have been front and center on transportation safety and would have been using his pulpit to ask for more money on infrastructure. Maybe he should be calling for all the safety procedures to be put into action right now. You can’t always be anti-rules when people’s lives are in the balance.

While our president wastes his time tweeting and defending himself, two of his important appointees hit the wall. And their importance to the administration should not be ignored.

In July 2017, Tom Price appointed Brenda Fitzgerald as the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The first job of the new Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, was getting rid of Director Fitzgerald. After POLITICO reported that the director had traded in tobacco stocks while she led the agency, she was asked to resign. And let’s not forget that Tom Price was forced to resign because of misuse of government funds using private planes.

While this was happening, Kathleen Hartnett White, who was Trump’s choice to chair the Council on Environmental Quality under Rick Perry, had her nomination withdrawn by the administration. White, not a scientist, has declared climate change findings as “the dogmatic claims of ideologues and clerics.” During her Senate hearing last November, she defended past statements that particulate pollution released by burning fuels is not harmful, unless one were to suck on a car’s tailpipe. With Ms. White’s withdrawal for consideration, we see a major flaw in the Trump presidency. There is a complete lack of responsible vetting. These people are being served up to the President by the party in power as paybacks for political deeds done dirt cheap. Not all the bad people are being found and forced out by the process of nominations and hearings. And that is what we should be worrying about. These fools Trump puts into positions of power might harm the very people the President says he is here to protect.

With the release of the phony Nunes memo, it’s clear that we have a President who is manipulating the Speaker of the House, and most Republicans who have sold their souls for political gain and job security. They, too, are flawed in their thinking. While attempting to erect a wall to protect himself from the FBI and the Department of Justice, Trump fails to understand that the men and women who sit on the Supreme Court will follow the law, not a fool soaked in Propecia.

I find it rather strange that the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, has this growing fear of the government. He is trying to make a case that those in law enforcement are against him. He should just start using #OrangeLivesMatter, because obviously he has some great fear of being abused by the people who are paid to protect us from criminals, drug-cartels, fraud and terrorists. Finally, Trump now knows how someone feels when they have been pulled over in the dead of night by an aggressive cop not willing to hear their side of the story. Poor baby.

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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.

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 


I DON’T BLAME CHINA

Trump Flip-Flops on Relationship

Blame is the core psychological posture for our President Know-It-All. The Donald sees himself as the only one without sin while everyone else has made all the mistakes that he must fix. In fact, he’s diminished America in front of world leaders by saying that we have been weak in the past. Trump’s need to position himself by self-promotion and boasting doesn’t make him more respected. It makes him small.

President Trump’s trade policy can be summed up like this, “You suckers have been given a free ride and, from now on, you assholes are going to pay more for everything.” If you open with an insult, how do you manage to muster any kind of esteem for your country or yourself? He paints us as ugly Americans to those all those watching him. I am truly ashamed of him.

China was one of the many whipping boys on the campaign trail for Donald Trump. He said they were raping us. Mexicans are rapists. Chinese are rapists. This is a disturbing common theme for Trump. Now, he blames everyone who has come before him in our country for such bad deals as he congratulates China while standing on their soil. He toasts them for taking advantage of us? What a strange faulty logic from a man who screamed for more than a year about how bad China was. Boy, he really showed them.

In a sense, Trump is setting up China’s President Xi Jinping as the good guy, so that he can get something from the Chinese leader. He wants Xi Jinping to stomp on North Korea and do his dirty work in the war of words with Kim Jong-un. Kim is not a leader, he is considered a god. Xi Jinping is a leader for life, surely Trump is more envious than respectful of both these men. In turn, they see Trump as a temporary inconvenience and a grumpy buyer of products. Trump will be gone long before either of these leaders melt into the earth they rule.

What we Americans must understand is that none of these world leaders respect Donald Trump. They laugh at what he says, but they are also cautious about his proposals. They know that what he says today can change at any moment. Where Trump wants to add ten thousand coal jobs, China has moved ahead of us in renewable energy jobs. According to Forbes Magazine, “China accounted for roughly one quarter of the world’s total $329 billion of new energy investment last year.” Why would any American President let this happen?

According to NPR, “In May, for example, our exports to China totaled $7 billion, and our imports from China totaled $29 billion. That is indeed a big deficit. But that $29 billion in imports is tiny compared with the overall size of the U.S. economy: Our economic output is well over $1 trillion per month.”

For America to turn this around, we would have to create companies and factories to make the products that are sold in US stores like Wal-Mart. Our manufacturing would be more expensive and the increased prices for those Made in America products would be passed along to the America consumer. Once again, the middle-class would be paying for corporate investment.

I used to buy shirts made in Wisconsin until we could get T-shirts for one-third the price from Vietnam. By the way, I didn’t change companies, they just moved their manufacturing. This is the reality of what happened to American products. When Trump claims that these companies will bring their money and manufacturing back to the USA after he lowers taxes, no one asks him, “Why would they do that?”

Why would a company spend so much money to build an infrastructure here? American companies already pay little or no rent for the buildings overseas and the workers are payed small wages with no healthcare or retirement insurance. Believing that US corporate management is more patriotic and profit-driven is false. It’s very much like the “trickle-down” theory that as rich people get more money they just naturally flow it to the middle and lower class. That has been proven WRONG so many times in history that it’s insulting to human beings to even suggest it.

When Trump is face to face with the leaders of countries he has dissed in the recent past, he shows a different face. Yes, Donald Trump is two-faced, which logically makes him a two-faced liar. That’s a fact.

I would suggest that when something negative comes up about trade in the near future, Trump will once again say bad things about China. When King Jong-un publishes another put-down of Trump or launches another ICBM, Trump will say Xi Jinping is not doing enough about Kim and that he will stick it to them with trade. Predictably, the parody president pageant continues.

Trump doesn’t need a Chief-of-Staff General babysitter. He needs a shrink. In the end, we all will realize that our great Orange Leader has actually made America less great. The problem is we don’t have a great leader we can plug-in, but we should surely should pull the plug on this one.

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 PRESIDENT AND PUERTO RICO

Out-of-Focus Trump Ignores His People

When the President of the United States takes his oath, we all assume that the words, “…will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” also means he or she will protect its people. Recall that President Trump has stated many times that the reason we need a travel ban is to protect the people of this country.

For years, Puerto Ricans have debated whether they should be the 51st state of America. Many don’t realize that the island was given to the United States, along with Cuba and the Philippines, after our victory in the Spanish-American war. Cuba and the Philippines gained their independence, while Puerto Rico took a different path.

On July 4, 1950, President Harry S. Truman signed an act that not only let Puerto Ricans draft their own constitution, but also granted the country a commonwealth status. People who are born on the island are citizens of the United States because Puerto Rico is a US territory.

The people of Puerto Rico have a non-voting representative in Congress, but they don’t get to vote for President. This brings me to the dark thought that Trump’s attention span on Florida and Houston doesn’t extend to Puerto Rico because he loses nothing in the voting game with his inaction. Until he finally heard the cries and made plans to go there next Tuesday.

100% of Puerto Rico lost power for days, while the President was sitting on the john blabbing about NFL football players. While people were without water for five days, the great Orange Leader was out making speeches for Luther Strange running for Congress in Alabama. When does Donald Trump become the President of all the citizens? Finally, after six days, the President turns his thoughts to Puerto Rico with this tone-deaf Tweet: “Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble. It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well. #FEMA” They know they have financial problems, why talk about that when they need our help most?

The President has two major issues going on with North Korea believing our country declared war on them because of Trump’s stupid comments on Twitter. And major weather events have changed millions of American lives. Judging by the number of Trump’s tweets on the subject, the kneeling-arm-locking at football games is a pressing problem that must be solved. Really?

When I saw Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, bring his team to the field, before the Anthem was played, and take a knee in Arizona, I was so proud. I was proud of America’s team and proud of the NFL and proud of our freedom of speech. Trump won’t back down, and that is exactly why people must speak out. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said, “[America] It’s the land of the free. But we still have problems just like everybody else and when we have those problems, we have to figure out a way how we come together and be as great as we can be as a people. Because the people run this country. Not one individual. And damn sure not him.”

So, how do we convince an out-of-focus President to concentrate on important issues and put out the flames of unimportant controversies? How do we get the President to stop adlibbing what he thinks is funny to a small crowd of rabid fans? It’s time for him to stop running for office and actually do the job to which he was elected. He is a flawed person and a damaged politician. Trump is a failure in so many ways. I laughed when someone from the cult said, “But he’s gotten so much done.” Really, what has he gotten done?

There will be time to dissect this presidency by historians in the future but, for the present, would someone please save our country from this madman? Yes, he and the “rocket man” are both deranged guys who are not good for the world. When do the men and women in Congress finally wake up and realize that this president must be stopped?

Ask people in the South Florida Keys, Houston neighborhoods and the millions in Puerto Rico if this President has their back. He has to step up and do something for our citizens. Let’s forget about that stupid wall and start to re-build the infrastructure in all our communities. Why do you take a knee on important issues Mr. Trump? Stand up and lead!

The First 200 Days Of Trump

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.