SIDE EFFECT OF LIES

FACT: Trump Failed to Listen

One of the responsibilities of a free press is spotlighting the truth. Trump keeps using the phrase, “We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.” While this may be true, the lies that have been packed into the shit sandwich of federal response is shameful.

As time moves forward, the happenings of the recent past become clearer. The New York Times released an article last night penned by Maggie Haberman. Here’s the headline, “Trade Adviser Warned White House in January of Risks of a Pandemic. A memo from Peter Navarro is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials.” No one at the White House is saying this isn’t true, after all it’s in black and white. According to the story, here’s one of the blazing lines from the memo, “This lack of protection elevates the risk of the coronavirus evolving into a full-blown pandemic, imperiling the lives of millions of Americans.”

This memo was dated January 29th, and perhaps Navarro knew more about what was happening in China than the administration was revealing to the public. According to the story, Trump Economic Advisor Peter Navarro wrote, the “risk of a worst-case pandemic scenario should not be overlooked” given the information coming from China. So, he did know.

And Maggie’s excellent reporting continues with, “A second memo that Mr. Navarro wrote, dated Feb. 23, warned of an, ‘increasing probability of a full-blown COVID-19 pandemic that could infect as many as 100 million Americans, with a loss of life of as many as 1.2 million souls.’”  So, they did know.

I read with great interest my Twitter and Facebook feeds this morning. Because of what I write, I get responses from a fair share of far-right and far-left lunatics as well as lots of comments from Russian trolls. One of the pitches of the Trump lovers is a fantasy that Trump never called the pandemic a “hoax.” Much like what Trump did when he changed the words, “I don’t see any reason why Russia would have interfered with election” to the newspeak version, “I don’t see any reason why Russia wouldn’t have interfered with election.” This is what a liar does. He changes things to make it seem like he’s telling the truth after the damage is done.

Expert Son-in-law?

Just days ago, Jared Kushner shit the bed with his analysis that the federal stockpile of medical gear is OUR stockpile, not THEIR stockpile, as if the Federal government has been magically disconnected from the states. The day after Jared’s distortion of reality, the HHS website was changed to mirror his comments on federal crisis role of government. This is reminiscent of Winston Smith’s character in the book 1984. Smith’s job was to change the archives of public journalism to reflect what Big Brother said happened. How did the writer, George Orwell know that one day we would have Trump, a fat, lying big brother wannabe.

I know, I know, I am disrespectful, but this is America. We don’t have kings, queens, tyrants or dictators. We are one of the most brilliant versions of democracy in the world, and that uncaring buffoon in the White House is not going to screw up my country.  He has failed American in so many ways, but when he contributes to the deaths of my fellow citizens he becomes an enemy of the people. We should fear viruses, but we also must guard against the ineptitude of an ignorant President.

I’m tired of Trump’s long and windy press briefings where he complains about everything that challenges him. He is so thin-skinned that if he was in the woods the snake would have already injected his poison. The President wasted time on the federal plan and he’s wasting people’s time with his lengthy diatribes. There is so much bullshit interleaved with the data that people miss major points. It was 90-minutes into the presser before the Admiral on stage added some very good information. Why not provide only information that can help people?

The side effects of lies are things like runs on certain drugs that are talked about as “game-changers.” There is no proof that Trump is right but there is some evidence that Michael Cohen made money from Novartis, a drug maker, and that Trump owns major blocks of stocks in big pharma. This should be disclosed, or at least questioned, during the next press conference. The side effect of Trump’s corruption is the diversion of attention from the biggest problem. How do we keep healthcare workers safe, prevent more death and get to a true treatment and vaccine as fast as possible?

Trump’s effectiveness is diluted by his inability to get out of the way of people who know more than he does. As Mitch McConnell admitted, because of the impeachment trial Trump took his eye off the ball. He doesn’t have the talent to prioritize things. The top of this president’s priority list is a single item, Donald Trump, not the American people. I am most utterly distressed by his consistent distancing from responsibility.

Social Distancing?

When a reporter mentioned an Inspector General’s report that hospitals are desperately in need of tests, PPE and ventilators, Trump asked the reporter to find the identity of the person who wrote the report. ARE YOU KIDDING? You are the President of the United States. All you would have to do is ask someone in your administration. I’ll lay a small wager that he will fire the person who wrote the report. What a bad president!

Donald John distances himself from his power while doing things that make most constitutional scholars gasp. He says the reason he doesn’t order governors in certain states to issue stay-at-home orders is on moral and constitutional grounds. First, he doesn’t understand the constitution and his excuse for using his power is far-fetched. If the president calls a governor, especially a Republican governor, and “highly suggests” that they should do something, they will do it. Who would say no? If it’s truly a good idea to social distance, then why not ask people to do it? It’s not showing loyalty, it’s saving lives. And if Donald Trump doesn’t understand how to save lives, he should be removed from office right now. Read this Mr. Pence.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.


WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOSE?

The Absurdity and Arrogance of Trump 

I have been writing these posts during the COVID-19 global pandemic and much of my content has been negative. I have confronted those in power and have said some important things about the lack of early response that made this crisis worse. But today, I want to tell you a story.

My friend Barney had been feeling tired and lifeless for about the last year. He had a pain in his stomach after eating. He was told by friends that it was probably his medicines causing the stomach pain. He changed his meds, but the pain persisted. He finally consulted a gastrologist who did an endoscopy, which showed no problem. The pain and fatigue continued for the next five months. Then the gastro doctor recommended a colonoscopy.

The results were not good. The doctor found a cancerous growth in his intestine. Barney always said he respected doctors, but he made an appointment with his financial advisor and told the money guy what he was going through. The financial expert suggested Barney buy stocks in medicines. He bought tons of stocks in emerging “game-changer” virus vaccine pharmaceutical firms and he went home feeling much better. In a few weeks, he was feeling badly again. He talked to his landscaper about his stomach pain and the gardener suggested some remedies for cancer he found on the internet for his father. The landscaper sent the links to Barney and he read the ideas with great interest.

One of the ways the internet said to cure cancer, what to rub poison ivy all over your body. The theory was that the rash from poison ivy would make the cancer dissolve. Barney, having deep respect for the way his landscaper killed the aphids on his plants, always followed his advice on chemicals.

Finally, at the urging of three of his doctors, Barney decided that he would have the surgery to take the cancerous mass out of his body. Before deciding on a date though, he consulted his astrologer, Hermione. She told him that the pain would go away when the moon was in Jupiter. When he probed her about the cancer, she said that he shouldn’t worry about anyone with the Cancer sign. Barney put off the surgery.

I’m sad to say that my friend Barney passed away last Sunday. Ironically, he was watching Donald Trump on the coronavirus task force briefing. If you’re thinking about how foolish my friend Barney was, consider what happened to someone as smart as Steve Jobs when it came to disease and the cure one buys into.

You see, the obvious point I am trying to make with this little piece of fiction is that intelligent people always get experts who know best to advise them in business and in life. What we witnessed Sunday night during the press briefing was an incredibly embarrassing and disheartening display of ignorance and abuse of power. The President of the United States stood before us and kept pitching a medicine for COVID-19 that was developed to treat other ailments. Trump admitted that he’s not a doctor, but he “thinks” it could help people, especially someone who is at death’s door. Then he uttered one of his most obnoxious phrases ever, “What do you have to lose?”

The famous TV legal expert Dan Abrams has a web site called LAW AND CRIME, and his headline caught my eye today, Major Producer of Hydroxychloroquine Once Paid Michael Cohen Hefty Sum for Access to Trump”  The meat of the story says, “One of the largest manufacturers of the drug, Novartis, previously paid Trump’s now-incarcerated former personal attorney Michael Cohen more than $1 million for healthcare policy insight following Trump’s election in 2016. The Swiss drug maker signed a contract that paid Cohen’s newly formed limited-liability corporation Essential Consultants $100,000 per month in February of 2017.”

Surprise, surprise! Novartis is certainly getting their money’s worth on that deal. And because the supply of the drug is so low, Trump called the Prime Minister of India asking him to produce more of the drug for export to America. Currently, PM Modi has a ban on exports of that drug to the United States. Let’s see if he submits to Trump’s will.

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that counteracts diseases like malaria that are caused by mosquito bites. It has never been tested to determine its effectiveness with COVID-19. Trump doesn’t understand how drugs work or their interactions with other meds. He is not a doctor and should NOT be on TV telling people that this drug could be a game changer. Is it at all possible that Trump’s pitching on this drug is based on the money that was funneled to him from the manufacturer?

Would pure financial gain push Donald Trump to risk lives and hock unproven drugs just to give people hope, or worse, to help the manufacturer make more money through drug sales? Was he giving people a stock tip or medical advice? He can’t be trusted on either point. Just last week, he made oil prices soar by lying that Russia and Saudi Arabia (OPEC) had a deal to slow the flow of oil. By the way, that action would make our gasoline prices rise.

What do we have to lose? We have science to lose. We have lives to lose. We have trust in government by the citizens of this country to lose. As I said the other day, half the people in this country don’t believe Trump at all. The other half are praying he knows what he is doing. If he’s wrong, we have more death. Why not listen to the doctors, Donald? I wouldn’t let Peter Navarro cut my grass or do my taxes. Why would the president seek advice about what drugs to take from a half-baked radical economist? Trump said he was thinking about taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent getting the virus. Maybe he should drink a whole bottle, you know, just to be sure.


THE CONFUSING REDUNDANCY

Trump’s Repetitious Monologues Show His Stress

Donald Trump seems to be amazed by this situation. He cannot go very far into any presentation without criticizing the people trying hard to find supplies they need to save lives. The Saturday briefing was irritating to any person trying hard to get through this calamity that has washed around the world. There are times when Trump is more interested in his adlib diversions than communicating important information. Why must he create demons when people are looking for leadership? This man must have a psychological problem since he is unable to muster any empathy during the coronavirus crisis.

It might make better sense to divide the economic and medical news into separate briefings. Those who are interested only in the medical and healthcare updates could then avoid all the economic pieces. This isn’t likely to happen, though. Trump cannot separate the money from the human needs right now.

Why would he tout a drug as a game changer and then, in the same breath, say it might not work? Why is this man, someone with no medical expertise, talking up drugs that have not been properly tested and with no proof they will work against COVID-19? Why did Trump create a run on drugs that are needed for malaria and lupus, when people with those maladies need those drugs? It’s totally asinine for Trump to ask the Prime Minister of India to produce a drug when there is no deep desire for it. It’s morally irresponsible for his hyperbole to affect the medication supply of this country and the world.

I would love to see a brave reporter step up and confront the bullshit and misinformation directly by asking Trump why he keeps lying so much. If that were to happen, you know the reporter would never be allowed to attend a presser again. Trump is too vindictive to allow a probing question to cut through this ongoing coverup of his administration’s stark failure. They were woefully unprepared and his attitude about oversight is appalling. He fires those to tell him the truth. He fires the head of the FBI and he sacks the Inspector General who passed a whistle blower report to Congress. Are we going to see Trump fire a judge next?

When the President of the United States opens with “There’s going to be a lot of death” in coming weeks, does he understand the adverse effect on the morale of the country? He’s such a lousy leader. I keep trying to give him a little benefit of the doubt, but he continually blows it. It makes me feel worse than if I never heard him speak again. The day I wrote this post, we had more than 300,000 virus cases and more than 8,000 people dead. I just don’t trust that Donald J. Trump, our president, is telling us the truth. Isn’t that a terrible thing to say let alone to think?

Trump must believe that if he just keeps repeating things, he will get everyone to believe his outrageous lies. This is exactly why the man is not the best person to oversee this crisis. He is emotionally and informationally unprepared for tough questions during the task force briefings. He constantly uses the crutch of “We are looking into many things” when he doesn’t have an answer. He keeps telling us that “No one ever thought this would ever happen,” except movies, experts and even some of his own advisors have illustrated the potential and details dramatically. He foolishly pastes clichés into every one of his claims and pitches. He keeps saying the coronavirus “cure cannot be worse than the problem itself,” and for the life me I have no idea what that means.

When a reporter asked about Trump’s firing of Intelligence Committee Inspector General Michael Atkinson, the President veered off into a defense of his conservation with the President of Ukraine. It was obvious Trump was highly agitated and sensitive and he seriously slipped up by calling a ventilator a “whistle blower.” He seems to be mentally unstable, but I am not a medical professional.

Trump seems less confident and angrier. When he’s not talking, he stands off to the side with a slightly impatient and bored look. He cannot turn his head without turning his whole body. He cannot control his emotional responses. He is not calm, and he has not changed. Trump appears to be doing something because he was told to do it, rather than believing in the cause and the mission. He keeps talking about how the country is not made to be closed. I must ask the President, what country is made not to have an open, free commerce and lifestyle? It’s another meaningless statement.

Trump wants credit for things. He needs praise. He desires to be loved more than respected. His words convey many flaws and weaknesses in leadership, and I must say that I am genuinely embarrassed for our country. When Mitch McConnell said that the reason we weren’t prepared for the pandemic was because Trump was focused on the impeachment trial, he admitted that Trump cannot move from issue to issue. He hyper focuses on his brand and his image rather than what is good for the people of America. It’s simple, friends. Trump is a loser.

If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.

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.


THE WONDER OF IT ALL, BABY

Can Trump Take the Heat of Facts?

One of the biggest hits of 1975 was a song by Paul McCartney and Wings called Listen to What the Man Said. In the song lyrics, McCartney keeps repeating that we should take note of what some mysterious man says, “For all we know, our love will grow, That’s what the man said, So won’t you listen to what the man said?” Although we don’t know who this man is, the pop icon urges us to listen to him.

All Americans must now make a choice. Which man should we listen to and who’s guidance should we follow during this coronavirus crisis? One of the strange counterpoints is we have two important briefings every day. One takes place around midday with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. The other is broadcast from the White House at 5:00 PM, eastern time. The difference in style and data between the two of them is striking and remarkable.

Cuomo’s daily report covers what is happening in New York, the hottest COVID-19 spread location. I hate calling it ground zero, because that has a special meaning to people like myself who were living in New York on 9-11-2001. Cuomo’s daily briefing is important to people other than New Yorkers because, unfortunately, what is happening in New York could very well be what will soon take place in other areas of our country.

Cover of Time Magazine May 15, 2017

The daily brouhaha from the White House press room is mildly informative, but mostly partisan and combative. I am sure the words of this one man should not be taken to heart. Donald Trump has many agendas and propaganda points, and whatever useful information he presents is blurred by his bizarre views, misinformation and lies. One tidbit from yesterday really stands out. Our intrepid orange leader said that everyone getting on and off planes and trains is being tested for the virus. There is no proof or evidence this is happening on our domestic carriers. He keeps saying that no one could have ever seen this happening, but clearly, Time Magazine dedicated a whole issue to the fact we were not prepared for this. Trump doesn’t read.

What Trump’s skinny, empathy-free son-in-law said during his scatological presentation about how he is helping the logistics of moving equipment was quite disturbing. JARED KUSHNER said, “The notion of the federal stockpile was it’s supposed to be our stockpile. It’s not supposed to be states stockpiles that they then use.” His words show that he views the Federal government in a territorial way and feels that states do not own the very stockpile they built-up with taxes paid by their citizens. I would suggest Mr. Kushner’s comments are right out of George Orwell’s 1984, and smack of a deep-state conspiracy. REALLY JARED, that’s not YOUR stockpile, that’s AMERICA’S stockpile. It’s this kind of bullshit that motivated your grandparents to leave Belarus and come to America. Where is the “we are all in this together” spirit?

There is one man we should be listening to right now, physician and immunologist Anthony Fauci. He is the true leader of OUR coronavirus Task Force! We must give Fauci abundant credit for telling the truth right in the face of the ultimate disbeliever, Donald John Trump. Fauci wonders why we don’t have a national shutdown right now. Donald Trump says we don’t need it and wants to leave it up to the states. Which of these two men have the proper experience and credentials to make such a decision? The president seems to have offloaded the responsibility of getting protective gear for our first responders and hospital workers to the governors. That dismissive attitude and blame oriented management style is not only dreadful, it’s pitiful. Our loudmouthed president wants to be all-powerful, but he doesn’t use the authority of his office for good.

We have the reality of an intense evil affecting our country and our leader doesn’t have the balls to demand that Republican governors shut their states down. The Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, released this statement, “In concert with my Coronavirus Task Force & the State Health Officer, we’ve issued state orders that balance protecting our citizens & keeping the economy running. These orders also authorize localities to take additional measures where hot spots are occurring.” This is complete bullshit and exactly how the virus spreads. I hate to say this but compared to our “blue states,” Republican governors in our “red states” will be killing more people with their inaction and irresponsibility. Trump thinks he is helping the economy but he’s actually killing off his own base.

The backlash is getting worse, and Trump’s fallacious information being sprayed all over our media outlets is much like he sneezed virus droplets all across America and takes no responsibility. The hypocritical actions of Donald Trump show that he believes he can maintain the economy, with the risk of killing people. He talks in terms of “doing a great job” if less than 100,000 people die. Our President is not a good communicator. One might say he’s immoral. Whatever you think of him, you clearly must see that he’s only clear when putting down or making fun of another. When attempting to communicate important, lifesaving information, he’s a dolt!

During this time of a pandemic you must listen to what the man said, but you need to know which man. DO NOT LISTEN TO DONALD TRUMP or his sycophant minions. Listen to Doctor Fauci. Ambassador Debra Birx, who is also a doctor, uses stats to make points, but at times she appears to be listening to the wrong man. She bends her words more to please the President than to give us truth. Sorry, but that is the truth.

We will eventually get out of this disaster, but Donald J. Trump will not be able to smile and claim victory. At best, he will be found guilty of misleading our citizenry, at worst it will be determined that his inaction and lies have killed people. Trump is just a few more press conferences away from being labeled a criminal by those who know what is happening. Jim Cramer of CNBC, the financial network owned by Comcast, said “that during a war, it’s sedition to criticize a president.” He’s another man you shouldn’t listen to. During the crash of 2008, he urged his viewers to buy stocks. People lost a lot of money, but his words aligned him with the elite money people who believe we’ll resurrect the economy if we just kill some old people. If we cannot criticize what the man said, then we aren’t America anymore. Shame on you Cramer. Besides, you have a shitty voice.

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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.


DEADLY EXCEPTIONS

Bad Government on Display

I keep seeing the mother bird coming back to the nest and finding her offspring with beaks wide open screaming for food. They trust the authority of their mother as she regurgitates what she wants them to eat. Politicians feed their constituents a lot of B.S. while they are in office, but mostly we trust that they are making decisions to help us. I’m not so sure that during a real crisis, like the pandemic we’re living through right now, that they can shed their political dogma and do the right things.

What we are witnessing lately, is a reluctance on the part of our leaders to do the forceful and smart things necessary to keep people safe as the virus spreads throughout our country. As of this writing, we still have 12 state governors who refuse to sign a stay-at-home order. However, the devil is in the details and what we are seeing in many states that have such an order is a reckless and risky sense of compromise.

For example, here are the stay-at-home exceptions in Arizona: Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members, and pets, engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family, household members, and pets. caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking hiking, running, biking, or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used, healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential infrastructure operations, essential governmental functions. stores that sell groceries and medicine, food, beverage and agriculture, outdoor recreation activities, organizations that provide charitable and social services, media, gas stations and businesses needed for transportation, financial institutions, hardware and supply stores, critical trades, mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services, educational institutions, laundry services, restaurants for consumption off-premises, supplies to work from home, supplies for essential business and operations, transportation, home-based care and services, residential facilities and shelters, professional and personal services, day care centers for employees exempted by the Executive Order, manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries, hotels and motels, and funeral services.

Most of those make sense, but they added these businesses and activities they feel are okay during the coronavirus pandemic: Attending or conducting work or volunteering in Essential Functions, including transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service; and engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion.

This means that places of worship can be converted into petri dishes every weekend. They further declare that gun shops are another essential business. With more than 300 million guns in the hands of Americans already, why would we need more firearms right now? Do people think they can kill he virus by shooting it?

Trump violating distancing

Trump pulled a fast one yesterday when he replaced the COVID Task Force press conference with an announcement that the feds are going after Caribbean drug dealers. What a disserve to the millions of Americans who were waiting for critical information! It’s another of orange-man’s attempts to distract and divert attention away from the bad news. And just look at the picture included in this post. Trump made no attempt to safely distance the people on the stage. He’s a hypocrite at every turn.

The devout in these compromised states will most likely fill the churches and spread the virus, which will lead to taxing the medical facilities in their locales and cause more deaths. Why are these states adding deadly exceptions to their orders?

The political posturing during this crisis is sickening and cannot be justified. Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis finally enacted a stay-at-home order, but as of Wednesday night, 8,010 people in Florida had tested positive for COVID-19, and there had been 128 deaths. Would these numbers be lower if he had acted sooner?

Twenty percent of Florida is over 60 years of age, but the governor had to be shamed into his decision. He said that he was waiting for a command from the White House. Really? He is so politically fragile he couldn’t close the beaches before the spring breakers arrived, mingled on shoreline and probably spread the virus to many places up north when they returned home.

With more than 5,000 people dead in America due to the coronavirus, one would think that the mother bird would only feed her babies the truth. One would hope she would do anything to keep her darlings safe, but Donald Trump is not a protective mother. He’s a short-sighted egomaniac who sees things only through his own win, rather than working to deliver what is necessary for human health. The governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, is equally under the Trump trance. He also waited too long to act and may have cost lives in his state. They have 5,348 cases and 163 deaths, most in Albany which is a smaller city. See, it’s not just a big city problem and it’s not an urban vs. rural crisis.

All the states should be sheltering-in place and it’s irresponsible that Donald Trump has not enforced this nationally. He has the power but refuses to use it. People who cause death by compromising are not leaders, they are ruthless politicians. Donald Trump would throw his own kids under the bus to save himself. These are deadly exceptions, and someone needed to call them out. The White House won’t. #GutlessPresident. Let’s not swallow what they are feeding us!

New Book About America

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.


FROM COVFEFE TO CONVID

Trump’s Longwinded Attempt at Truth

This high verbal, self-focused and confrontational style of Donald J. Trump will never convince most Americans that he truly cares about people. He talks in terms of keeping the coronavirus body count below 100,000 people and says that will mean his administration did a good job. Really? Recall that just a few weeks ago he told his rally fans that the virus was a hoax, he enabled Fox News to claim it was a Democratic plot and he told us that 15 patients will be down to zero “real soon.”

He was lying and he sent a message to many of his sycophants that you don’t need to worry about this pandemic. Now he’s saying things are going to be really bad and you probably should worry. He cannot bring himself to tell his fan boy in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis, to shut the state down. DeSantis has left it up to the counties, just like Trump has allowed the states to bear most of the responsibilities during this crisis. Who are these guys? They claim to be tough on crime, law and order kind of politicians, when they are just political whores who care more about money than saving lives. Trump waited too long to take it seriously and now claims he was just trying to be positive. THIS JUST IN: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Stay-at-Home Order – finally.

Ronnie and Donnie

When I think about misinformation being used in what some say is a positive way, I have to believe that they don’t see any difference between a lie and the truth. Donald Trump is a liar, and he simply makes up a lot of the information he pumps out. If a “little lie” leads to deaths, how is that constructive? Trump also misinterprets what people say. We’ve seen it when the doctors and experts say something, and then Trump attempts to reiterate their point while changing the facts. The authorities then come back and attempt to clear up the misinformation, but Trump doesn’t comprehend his error and the damage has been done.

The misuse of time with these long-winded press conferences, which he loves because they’re getting big ratings, are less productive than what New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo does each day. Cuomo’s well focused pressers give valuable, precise, concise information. I guess Trump likes Cuomo’s reports as well because yesterday he used the exact same line that Andrew delivered hours earlier.

Trump believes that the more he talks the better things get. What our idiot president doesn’t realize, and no one has the balls to tell him, is the more he talks the greater the chance he will say something that is either misleading or totally WRONG. Donald only makes things worse when he attacks the press and Democrats and repeats that strange talking point that he inherited a broken system. Well he’s been President for more than three years so he’s admitting that he never saw it, or worse, knew it was broken but did nothing to fix it. He is so blame-oriented that he cannot objectively analyze his own words and moves. He’s disconnected from the truth and has been fora long time. He’s not well.

Let’s be clear on one point, when your press conference is broadcast on all three major cable news networks and many local TV stations you should have good ratings. People tune in because they want to know what’s going on. More than 40% of Americans believe Trump and think he’s going to help them. The pollsters got their underwear in a knot when they saw Trump’s approval ratings on the coronavirus polices jumped to 49% but pull the curtain back and see that Andrew Cuomo’s rating is 80% to 85% positive. The latest Fox News poll shows that if the election were held today, Biden would get 49% of the vote while Trump would net only 40%. The blowhard on TV keeps telling everyone what a great job he’s doing but most of America isn’t buying it.

Trump talks about how his efforts prevented millions from dying while every day the death toll in this country gets larger. It’s clear that he acted too late and incompetently yet what does he do? He claims that New York and New Jersey were tardy to the party. That brought this tweet from the New York Governor’s office, “This is not the time to debate, but the states were not slow to respond — the federal government was absent.”

Why is this happening? Why are people working hard to save lives being taunted by some fat-ass loser from the sidelines? Trump talks about how hard his team is working, and I am sure they are, but when does this bullshit stop? I think Trump feels he can talk and buy his way out of this problem. He got caught cheating on his wife then sent the porn star a $130,000 stimulus plan, or as we call it HUSH MONEY. This president saw Obamacare working too well and did tried to crush it. Can you believe the Department of Justice is suing to get rid of a legislative act? WTF? Can you believe that Trump questions the orders for ventilators from hospitals? Who is the feckless dick?

I don’t believe anything Trump says. He claims that 500,000 test kits were sent out but were never used. So, where the fuck are the kits? Why wouldn’t he have known where they were and why they couldn’t be used? The answers given in the latest briefing were farcical. It’s just like this administration didn’t know the location of the kids who were separated from their parents at the southern border and now the Federal Government cannot track the test kits they sent out. Does no one in the White House have a computer?

I think they are lying about a lot of things, perhaps even the death count. Trump’s team urges the stay at home policy, but this president doesn’t have the balls to sign a nationwide shutdown. When it comes to the cruise ships needing to offload sick and dead people, Trump simply says, “DeSantis should do the right thing,” BUT TRUMP NEVER SAYS WHAT THE RIGHT THING IS. The man cannot admit that he is wrong, and his disciples carry forth this insane, egotistical approach to management. They are all idiots and the sooner we get rid of them the better off America will be.

New Book About America

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.

 


WOEFULLY UNPREPARED

Presidential Clarity Is Imperative Now

This is painful. It’s hard to stay inside and not get close to people. The COVID-19 crisis has placed a cloud over the world and it’s damn depressing. People are dying and medical workers are ill equipped to deal with these health emergencies. To add to this sense of malaise, Trump’s poll numbers are going up. The fact that he denied coronavirus was a problem, made fun of it at a rally and was paralyzed with inaction makes those numbers quite numbing. I believe the figures are caused by surveying the same people who are hoarding toilet paper and eggs. Of course, we cannot blame Donald Trump for the virus, but it’s important that we know as much as possible about what he did and didn’t do to help America.

It’s no big secret that I have always felt that Trump is unfit to be president of our great country, but when we turn to our leaders during horrific events, we want them to lead and succeed. There are times when people should come together and unite. There were even a few times when Trump got my attention and made me feel a little better, but all too often he screws up the message and the feelings with his attacks on people. His blatant appeal for praise and the notion that those states which treat him right would get more attention and supplies was disgusting. This is not the time for a president to take on a mafia-like philosophy of “you are either with me or against me.” Trump is too lazy to bring people together and has a serious and tragic personality disorder that makes him pick fights and cause pain.

Life is too short to demand that your fellow citizens kiss your ass for vital health services, medical supplies and coronavirus test kits. We should all be aiming to shorten the life of this virus and, when we achieve it, maybe we need to pick a different President. When the Donald lies it hurts people and impedes progress. The long inconsistent, vindictive and misleading press conferences are total bullshit! People are dying. Finally, Trump comes to his senses and extends the quarantine until April 30th. Why did he tease Easter?

If Trump makes the mistake of opening sections of the country for commerce and trade and normal activities, he could trigger the spread of COVID-19 in those areas. What convoluted logic brought Trump to this idea? Oh yeah, the drastic stock market declines. He’s obsessed with money and truly believes a stock market failure will be his Waterloo.

Donald John has another misconception that hurts us even more. He sees territories, borders and boundaries as hard-fixed containment areas. He has told us that Mexicans were rapists and we must keep “them” all out of our country. These lies and generalizations are harmful. When he talks to people like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a small-minded man at best, he gets all tweaked up on the idea of state borders being lines of containment. The assumption is that everyone from New York is a risk and DeSantis wants to check people at the Florida border and demand those from the Empire State self-quarantine for 14 days. The checkpoint was so disruptive and caused such a traffic jam on I75, it was closed after a short while. What a waste of gasoline. The equally stupid Governor of Rhode Island, Democrat Gina Raimondo, has ordered law enforcement officers to stop cars and knock on doors in coastal communities to identify people who’ve been to New York State. Yes, that is just what the people need, Rhode Island State Police breathing right in their faces. The number of coronavirus cases in our police forces is frightening. We are the United States of America, not independent units of chemical containment.

We cannot and should not stop truckers and trades people who form the critical supply chain of food and medicine. They must be able to freely cross state borders without being delayed or stopped. Yes, they could unfortunately be spreading the virus but that is not their fault. It’s demonstrative of the virus’ disrespect of borders and walls. A virus is not a Mexican rapist, Mr. President.

I don’t care what kind of poll-bump Trump gets from his grandstanding and misinformation occasionally cloaked in care. I do love our country and want this purgatory to end soon. The fact is that America was woefully unprepared for this crisis. We didn’t plan for a pandemic because the guy at the top doesn’t focus on science and has no interest in discussing it. If you don’t understand climate change, how could you possibly wrap your head around a virus that could bring the world economy to its knees?

We will learn much more over time, but do we have time? When Trump eventually pulled back from his loosely referenced and vague quarantines of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but not before he commanded the Centers for Disease Control and Protection to issue a 14-day travel advisory. He obviously doesn’t comprehend that most people in those areas are already sheltered-in-place and going out only to buy food or get tested for the virus. He is incapable of critical thought and information processing.

Right now, we need clarity. There is no one managing Trump’s messaging. There is no General Kelly to suggest ways to get the message out without belittling the messengers. Why spear the media, when it’s doing all it can to get the message out to all Americans? I don’t have time to wait through the long commercial breaks at Fox News to witness their viewpoints and propaganda. I want to know what to do today.

The daily press coverage of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is most helpful and sometimes inspiring. Trump’s daily cameo appearances at the Task Force press briefing only make me angry. Why is Donald Trump making anyone angry right now? He doesn’t get it. If only he could blow off his bullshit bluster right now and become a leader, he might just merit another term. If we had Trump and Cuomo in an election today, Trump wouldn’t win.

We desperately need presidential clarity right now to protect lives. Trump immediately needs to lose his negativity and over-analysis. He’s not a straight shooter and his laborious status reports dilute the useful dissemination of important information. Trump is presently overthinking the obvious actions and underthinking the quick fixes that could make a difference. He’s a deer standing in the middle of the road and staring at oncoming headlights, not knowing which way to go. Instead of standing and staring he needs to be enacting a plan to have companies manufacture medical items needed now. He’s unable to see that having both the states and FEMA compete for supplies is appalling. Trump is not the president for a crisis. He’s just a former reality star who fails to see and deal with reality. We keep saying we are in this together, but most days I don’t believe Donald Trump is with us at all.

New Book About America

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.


INVESTIGATE THIS TRAVESTY

Why are we not better prepared?

When there is a mass shooting in America, we hear some people, mostly Republicans and Second Amendment supporters say, “There will be time to talk about what to do after we mourn the deaths.” The reality is we never get around to discussing why something bad happened and how to prevent it from happening again in the future.

This global pandemic has pushed over walls and across borders and we are hearing lots of good advice, stats and opinions from the White House pandemic task force. What we aren’t hearing is clear plans, specific messages or truthful observations from the President. Trump seems unwilling and unable to go full force on this crisis, and for the life of me I don’t understand why he’s creating conflict and disagreement when the facts are so clear.

Yes, he’s trying to calm the country and, according to some early surveys and polls, he appears to be getting slightly better grades as it pertains to this pandemic. The problem is he has a blind spot in his brain that keeps him from seeing things clearly. During a task force briefing the other day, Trump talked about the importance of borders and his wall. He bragged about how much of the wall has been built, neglecting to say it was at the expense of the Department of Defense and Homeland Security purchasing much more critically needed medical equipment to protect America’s citizens and military.

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Trump sees everything through the eyes of a landowner with the kind of territorial greed that infects many myopic managers. He’s pushing a narrative that he can reopen the country piece-by-piece, easing or eliminating restrictions in less vulnerable counties and Zip Codes. Really? So, we will open less vulnerable areas to make them more vulnerable? The man has no logic.

Donald Trump doesn’t believe in global economic principals. He doesn’t understand the need for migrant workers and how American agriculture works. His lack of knowledge about global trade caused the bad decision to place tariffs on China, which seriously hurt our country’s soybean farmers.

His harangue about stopping flights from China “early on” is more boast and less fact. According to the AP, “Most major airlines had already suspended flights to China prior to the announcement on Jan. 31, following the lead of several major international carriers that had stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak.” Donald was reacting to their actions, not the warnings from the World Health Organization.

We know that members of Congress, from both parties, used insider information on the coming crisis to enrich themselves by selling million of dollars of stock before the crash. We know that Trump was given briefings and suggestions that this could happen to our country. We need to call those people to Capitol Hill, place them under oath and have them tell the American people what was said and which pieces that Trump ignored. I hate to say this right now, but it’s not too late to consider his removal from office because he has placed American lives at risk. Maybe it’s too late for another Senate trial, but the 25th Amendment is always there as a safeguard.

The real COVID-19 problem began because Trump was in the dark. His “great relationship” with President XI of China didn’t stop that country keeping vital information from us, which caused more harm. The President deals with his ineptitude by casting blame on the media, the Democrats, China and what he keeps saying was a “broken system.” We need to ask this President, hopefully under oath, why he didn’t fix the broken system then and why he isn’t fixing it now. He’s been in power for almost four years. Oh, that’s right, he was too busy golfing to get around to public health.

Trump is being enabled by poorly informed governors and far right radicals who don’t believe in climate change and who put their faith in the holy words of scripture rather than the intelligence and guidance of learned experts. My theory is that several state leaders in places like Florida, Missouri and Mississippi are afraid of saying or doing anything that will anger Donald Trump. This is malfeasance of the highest order. Learning that Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky might stop the approval of the Coronavirus Rescue Bill precisely demonstrates how our entire country can be harmed by one person. It’s interesting that one person is not Donald Trump this time. The good news is that no member of the House seconded Massie’s selfish need and the measure passed. Now it goes to Trump, who must sign it.

The harsh reality is Trump is basking in his power and grandstanding. He stupidly claims people in local communities are not accurate with their dire need of equipment. How can Trump go on TV and say that he feels that requests for ventilators are overblown? He keeps saying that he “feels” this way or that way, basing his judgements on nebulous impressions with absolutely no proof or facts. Why should the nation’s health be hijacked by Donald John Trump? Put a stopwatch on his comments and you’ll learn that about, 70% of his narrative involves the economy and why that will drive his premature opening of the country. I’m confused, I thought we were at war with a virus.

Yes, it’s too early to talk about an investigation but it’s not too early for all of us to question Trump’s moves and ask him about his true motivation. He peppers his press conferences with xenophobic troupes, vindictive stabs and false promises. It’s painfully not funny to hear experts on TV advising viewers to “STOP LISTENING TO TRUMP!” They say, “This too shall pass,” and America will come out of this. I repeat my mantra, “We are in this together,” but I would feel a whole lot better if Donald J. Trump was totally out of the equation. We don’t have time to waste listening to his abdication of accountability and his constant blame-pushing on others. A question from one of the news anchors to the administration really broke through, “Please explain why this White House was so woefully unprepared for this?” It’s the very reason we will need an investigation of Trump, his people and the true cause of this tragic breakdown.

New Book About America

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.


PREMATURE EVACUATION?

Trump Prepares a Wartime Retreat

The President of the United States’ lack of patience might be motivating and a way of getting things done in normal times, but now that we have this “invisible enemy,” Trump had been convinced by experts to do the right thing. However, can they keep him from overthinking, or worse, moving too fast toward a decision that would hurt people? In his moment to moment distortion of facts to please himself, it’s clear that our president favors the economy over the collective good of the citizenry. If he moves in the wrong direction, many will die.

By hyping a couple of untested and unapproved drugs that he “felt” could be a real “game changer,” Trump has endangered people. To prove this, here’s a story from TheHill.com that ran today, “Health care company Banner Health announced Monday that a patient had died and his wife was in critical condition after they apparently took chloroquine phosphate as a possible cure for coronavirus. In a statement, the company urged Americans against taking drugs not prescribed for them in response to the coronavirus pandemic.” Trump’s uncontrolled pitch of a drug not designed to treat the coronavirus has killed someone.

We also heard Trump pull back from calling the curse a “Chinese virus” and during the daily briefing said, “It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States, and all around the world. They are amazing people, and the spreading of the Virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape, or form.” He didn’t apologize for his words, but at least someone explained the racist overtones his description embodied.

It has been said that a crisis brings out the best and worst of people. Yesterday, the Lt. Governor of Texas said on TV, “…the United States should go back to work,” saying grandparents like him don’t want to sacrifice the country’s economy during the coronavirus crisis. The 69-year old politician’s name is Dan Patrick and in case you want to say something to him on Twitter use this @LtGovTX. I tweeted this to the Lt. Governor today: @LtGovTX, “Hey, Dan, heard what you said on Fox News and I have to say, as a 70-year old American citizen, GO F**K YOURSELF. Dying is no fun. Coronavirus is not funny. Go visit some people in the hospital and ask them how it feels to be infected. Texas deserves better.”

There will be time to have heated arguments about what was done, but while we are in this mess we surely need to understand the facts, act intelligently and not back off virus preventive measures too soon. Trump is being pulled by those in his feedback loop who are convinced the pandemic is a strange, destructive plot against America. They are attempting to convince Trump to put more people at risk just to pad their pockets and propel the stock market. It’s not a fucking board game, it’s people’s lives. If you kill people you will never get reelected, not even for dog catcher.

Trump has shown a severe lack of ability to calm and communicate America during this global calamity. Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan said, “…some of the messaging is pretty confusing. Some of the messaging doesn’t match. You have the surgeon general (Vice Admiral Jerome Adams) and (National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases Director) Anthony Fauci saying things that were almost completely opposite of what the President is saying.”

It’s clear that Trump wants to be front and center and that’s why he now commands the stage. He has pushed VP Mike Pence to the role of public announcer, decreased the public appearances of Doctor Anthony Fauci and he is now tailoring his text and adlibbing to Wall Street, not Main Street. Once again, the most informative and helpful guidance is not coming from the White House press room every day, it’s coming from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. 756 people in the State of New York are in intensive care units and those people are fighting for their lives. Cuomo gets it.

A time is coming when we will confront those who have said stupid things and harmed the health of the American people. A green governor in the state of Florida didn’t have the courage to close the beaches, and his lack of action sent hundreds of potentially infected spring break kids back to places all over the country. Leadership is needed in every state, especially those with large populations of older Americans.

Lacking vision and conviction, Donald Trump may prematurely end the smart actions we’ve put in place. He should not have this power and he must be stopped. His evacuation from science and an early retreat from this war could bankrupt the country and kill a million people. Who can talk sense to this guy? Please tell him what you think. Send him a letter, make a call, tweet him. We must force Trump to do the right thing. America must succeed in spite of the fact Donald Trump is our President.

New Book About America

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.

 


THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF DEATH

A Demanding Decision for Trump

You may be wondering why the President of the United States seems to be underreacting to this global pandemic. The most recent tweet from the President shows his lack of focus on this issue: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!” We will shortly hear his aides try to explain this message, and I am sure, some experts will scream a warning if the other direction is that old saying, “Let this problem run its course.”

I would like to introduce a theory about why he seems to buy into an action and then pulls away from the very idea he endorsed in public. Think back on his comments after the high school shooting in Lakeland, Florida. It appeared that he was about to lead an effort to do something about it, then he stopped in his tracks. What is this behavior all about?

I think there are two forces at work, a feedback loop and a pushback loop. The feedback loop comes from people who Trump considers his friends. In his previous life he ran with the rich and powerful. That is how he converted from Democrat to Republican. He reaches out and talks with these people at night when he’s not in his office. These people give him advice on what he should do to help them. They are rich and their one focus in remaining wealthy. So, until COVID-19 caused major damage to the stock market, they were telling him not to panic the market by bending and softening the facts of the pandemic. They were giving him advice in order to protect what they owned.

At the same time, Trump has an unrealistic desire to be loved that gets in the way of sound and reasoned judgement and that’s where the pushback loop comes in. When people push back on his ideas, theories, misinformation and policies, he takes it personally. It hurts him so much that he commits in public to doing the opposite of what his pushback loop has been selling. The press gets all ramped up with their own pushback and they try to nail Trump to the wall with his very own words.

Trump then goes back to his bedroom and calls up his feedback loop comrades who convince him that he misspoke. See, they don’t tell him he’s wrong. They give him an excuse while they maneuver him into taking back what he said. Then the press attacks Trump for flip-flopping and the cycle begins anew. Donald Trump wants so much to be right all the time that he’s bouncing like a ping pong ball between the feedback and pushback loops.

The Governor of New York, a skillful politician, has seized the moment with his nationally televised press briefings that have demonstrated exactly what can be done by a public figure to disseminate facts, dish out fatherly warnings and comfort his state, which has become ground zero for this pandemic in America. Andrew Cuomo sprinkles in just the right number of compliments to keep Trump from pushing back, while repositioning Trump as a poor communicator and leader. Trump doesn’t even get that Cuomo is doing what amounts to a daily fireside chat, just like FDR.

One of the phrases Cuomo used during his Sunday address was “the demographics of death.” I stared at the TV and my jaw dropped. What the Governor was trying to show was the difference between older people contracting the virus and the younger demographics. Yes, young people get the virus, but their death rate is much lower than older folks, especially those with pre-existing conditions and ailments. The most important decision is still in the future, when there’s an announcement that the crisis is over.

There will come a time that will warrant some kind of “all clear” command from the top. When we get near to the end of this crisis, the feedback loop will urge Trump to get everyone back to work despite, the possibility of further spread or a flare up in certain areas. He will make the decision that the health of the economy is worth more than an ongoing lower percentage of death. Moving too soon would surely end Trump’s presidency.

The pushback loop is becoming more vocal and aggressive. We have seen Trump’s frustration reach the boiling point during a press conferences where he attacked the press rather than keeping calm and being a real leader. If you don’t have a job and cannot go out of your house, you don’t want to hear your president blame the press, Democrats or Chinese people You want answers and a plan and, yes, HOPE!

Who are these people who pump up Trump’s ego and cause him to embarrass himself? The American public desperately needs a leader sharing a platform of facts, firm but thoughtful warnings and a sense of confidence. The audacity of hope is long gone with Trump. Even many of his supporters are wondering when the jokes will stop, and a plan will surface.

By saying he inherited a bad system at the CDC begs this question, “How long have you been President?” If he knew the system was bad but didn’t change it, he is incompetent. If he didn’t know about our weaknesses, then he didn’t ask the right questions. After the smoke clears, people from the intelligence community will be called to hearings in the House and Senate to admit, under oath, that they had meetings with Trump early in January and then again in February warning him of the impending doom. He just doesn’t believe what experts say and avoids the hard work of being a president.

When he says he’s not responsible for anything that has happened, then he will not be able to promote his success. He keeps bragging about his actions of blocking people from Wuhan, but he never shut down all flights from China. For thirty days after he knew there was a problem, more than a hundred flights came to our airports. When he blocked Italian flights, it was from only the areas that showed great stress, not the whole country. When he blocked all foreigners coming from the EU, he excluded the UK. Days later, after realizing the flaw, his team added the United Kingdom to the list. It’s that pushback vs. feedback that keeps him from doing the right things.

The demographics of death is a terrible expression, but it’s real. What is Trump’s next decision? Can we trust him to do the right thing? We should all pray that those in the administration who have the knowledge, expertise and reason block out both loops so we can all get better.