THE WAR AGAINST WISDOM

Trump’s Anti-People Priorities

We have seen the real Donald Trump and his actions prove that he is against people and their bodies and brains. As the President slashes and murders policies and programs that were designed to protect people, the environment and promote education, we will all suffer from his war against wisdom.

On Earth Day 2017, we had the usual parades, but this year’s celebration included a March for Science to promote “science?” WHAT? When did we get to the point where SCIENCE needed to fight for respect? The misconceptions that have been fed into Trump’s deformed brain are obviously the product of other small thinkers who have avoided facts. When you say, something is a hoax, you have to show the facts in science.

The idea that we can eliminate concepts like the Environment Protection Agency and curb the destruction that is taking place in rivers, streams and the air we breathe is so rash and irresponsible. When we have another water crisis, like Flint, we can all blame the Donald for the disaster.

Most military experts agree that job one of the United States State Department is to produce facts and solutions in simmering spots around the world. Before we send in the Marines, we expect our state department to figure out how to solve the problem before we get into wars and conflicts. Why would Trump cut jobs and decease the infrastructure of State when the world isn’t getting any safer? Even Russia complained about the lack of personnel in the department.

And in Education: As the Center for America Progress reports: Trump budget would slash $9 billion—13 percent of the U.S. Department of Education’s funding—while investing $1.4 billion of new money in school choice, including private school vouchers, sending a clear signal that the Trump administration prioritizes ideologically driven voucher schemes over great public schools. Of course, the middle class may benefit if they have a private school that fits their dogma in their district, but most of the people who voted for Trump will suffer with poor public schools. In ten years, we can all blame Peggy DeVos and Donald Trump for poorly prepared graduates who can’t get jobs.  

On Earth Day, President Tweet wrote: “I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!” With this, the President has staked out a position that no money in his budget should be spent on anything that monitors, analyzes or works to solve climate change. Just because a company makes a lot of money doesn’t mean they will protect their workers or the environment. As a Pittsburgher in the 40s and 50s can tell you, the air wasn’t so clean while US steel companies made tons of money.

And what piece of the pie grows in the Trump budget? There will be a $54 billion increase in Military spending, but due to his mystical promise to lower the national debt he must cut something else out of the budget.

His minions appear to be going after spending as if they are more out to undo the Obama agenda without regard for progress. Trump’s departments and commissions are holding up money to projects that have already been approved. Why?

The Federal Transit Administration put a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system in purgatory. The delay would stop California’s high-speed rail project, which sounds like the infrastructure upgrade Trump kept touting during the campaign. The train line is more than thirty-years old and needs to be upgraded for environmental and safety reasons. The actions are anti-people policies that do more harm than good.

FactCheck.Org

According to Fortune magazine, if “parity” reigns, and both sides of the discretionary budget rise $54 billion in fiscal 2017, total debt and deficits over the next decade will balloon by around $1.4 trillion, including interest expense on the extra debt.

So, Donald Trump lied to America when he said he would lower the debt in his first year. The facts on the issue are clear, his proposals are no different than Obama or Bush on spending money. We all have to remember, when Clinton passed a very unpopular tax increase in his first year he was able to lower the deficit. These are facts and the thickness of the ice at the north pole are facts, not opinions.

Science was used by the Wright Brothers to figure out how to fly. We sure hope President Donald J. Trump understands that every time he steps on to Air Force One, he is benefiting from science. We don’t need a March for Science, we need to fund science and education to keep America great. Does Agent Orange understand this? Sad!


STATES’ RIGHTS VS. DONALD TRUMP

Power Delegated is Power Lost

Most administrations in this great land of the United States have juggled the temptation to take power away from the states with the more conservative viewpoint that states should decide what is right for their people. Attempting to keep both balls in the air has brought tons of law suits and taxed the Department of Justice with major decisions and minor peccadillos.

Donald Trump has fallen into the trap quite nicely. His red meat rhetoric that he throws to the hungry masses will actually reduce some of his ability to get things done. He obviously doesn’t understand that the enumerated powers of Congress listed in the Tenth Amendment are not his powers, they are Congressional muscle.

And if you actually read that amendment, you will see that it is very clear: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Focus on that last phrase, Powers that are reserved to the people. When Donald Trump wants to fix healthcare by giving the states more power to determine how it works and what can or cannot be done, he diminishes the power of the President and the federal programs he promised to improve to help people.

In the latest aberration of the Healthcare re-write, the compromisers have slipped a little stick of dynamite into the paragraphs. They are proposing to give a state the right to charge more for those who have pre-existing conditions. Wow, really? If a guy walks in with cancer, you can tax him just like a pharmaceutical company. Who the hell are these people?

With 4-20-2017 now just purple haze in the rearview mirror, we find another conflict looming on the horizon: the right of a state to regulate the growing and sales of marijuana. In Colorado, marijuana tax revenue hit $200 million and sales are set to pass $1 billion this year. What was once a judicial, social and medical over-reach has been turned into a windfall for the mountain state. Even college scholarship programs are being funded out of these taxes and revenues.

When our government was taken over by goodie-two-shoes in the 1920s, the religious right created a constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. The ban didn’t stop people from making, buying or drinking alcohol.  It just made America a dull place for 13 years. Finally, FDR decided that people should have a legal way to let off some steam.

Now some out-of-touch people in power want to take federal legal action against those states that have taken medical and recreational marijuana reform to the bank. The new Attorney General knows best about what marijuana is because he most likely has never smoked marijuana. Donald Trump has said he has never smoked pot or cigarettes and of course, he would be best to judge what smoking cannabis does. Full on irony here, folks.

When you say you want to give more power to the states, but you are selective in how you apply that philosophy, you create confusion. Just like when you ignore scientists’ evaluations on climate change, you seem out of touch. When you disregard the medical evidence that marijuana can help people, you are like those people back 100 years ago who thought they could defeat alcoholism by controlling everyone. The myths created about marijuana are slowly going up in smoke.

Some polls put the support for national legalization at 61%. That is clearly more people than who voted for Trump. Even Canada has taken the move to legalize the herb. What are we waiting for?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on a radio interview, “I am really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”

Back at you Jeff, I really am amazed that a non-elected cabinet member from a state that doesn’t even have a lottery gets to decide how a state handles its medical and recreational use of certain natural plants.

What we really need is for all those who have a vote on marijuana at the federal level to fire up a doobie and relax. It’s not ‘oxy’ or heroin. Keep your eye on the important stuff.

 

 

 

 


NO TAXES, NO LOGS, NO TRANSPARENCY

The Trump Illusion of Openness

Donald J Trump likes to put his name on everything. Like a dog urinating to mark his turf, our President thinks that he can just say it, and it is; like his pronouncement the other day that NATO is not obsolete. He continues to play the role of the boy who cried wolf and when faced with a real wolf he pets and feeds the animal. Whose side are you on?

Whatever you say about Mr. Know-it-all, you have to admit he can lie on a dime. If you believe what he says is his policy, then you have to also be able to roll with the punches when he tells you what you believed has changed. Real commitments with Trump don’t seem to be that important. His actions speak louder than his screaming harangues at the rallies.

He says he is open and transparent, but doesn’t want you to know who visits him at the White House. Why? That is not his private property; it is an open and free house of the people. Trump keeps talking about how he’s not a guy who telegraphs his moves and his claim of his unpredictability as some kind of power he has over other people, seems rather suspect.

If Trump was really so cloak and dagger, why would he keep using Twitter? He psychological vomits openly, while he doesn’t want you to know who enters the White House. Strange.

Trump accused Obama of a lack of transparency, while he wallows in this need to control the narrative What if a public company in this country decided that the FEC wasn’t allowed to see their books? He would call this what? Good? Whose side are you on?

Donald, you keep regurgitating that your most recent taxes are under audit. What you should be asking is what is it taking the IRS so long to audit your taxes. You want everyone else in the government to do their jobs and get things done, but not the IRS? If you just released your tax returns you would cement a precedent that all VPs and Presidents must release them in the future. Wouldn’t that be good for America? Whose side are you on?

Many people who support Trump may not really care if he cheated on his taxes, but there are millions, yes Donald, millions of citizens of this great country who truly believe that transparency is a good thing and that you are a servant of the people, not the CEO of a private company called the United States of America. You owe the American people the facts of your financial dealings. What could you possibly be hiding in those forms? Whose side are you on?

Being secretive may have been your method as a builder tycoon, but as your bankruptcy papers reveal, sooner or later people will find out what all this means. And while you are working for us, we would appreciate it if you would come clean and show us what is so problematic about releasing your taxes. Even your nemesis Hillary Clinton released decades of tax returns, but as you said the election is over.

And since the election, you have become more isolated and less forthright than what most supporters would have assumed. And your put-down of Obama for playing golf too much really demonstrates your do-as-I-say rather than being an example of your true beliefs and values.

Some reports claim that Trump has played golf 19 times since becoming President, but the sad thing is that the White House wouldn’t even comment on that stat. Why? Why would something so mundane as the number of hours Trump spent on the golf course be some government secret? Dwight Eisenhower is turning in his grave.

We don’t care how much gold you play Donald Trump, but we truly care about transparency. Be honest, is that possible? Sad!


WHY BANNON MUST GO

Chameleon Trump Showing True Colors

We’ve all had bad bosses in our lives. And there were times that our bosses kept bad guys around much too long. Some big guys like to have someone around who can be the bad cop when a dastardly deed has to be done. (Like yelling at the Freedom Caucus, that worked?) Others want to be reminded that people are not that important to the success of the enterprise. (The deconstruction of the administrative state is an anti-people statement)

Some keep negative people around because the person becomes the only buddy a guy has. I have even seen bosses keep someone around because they too, were a smoker. Strange.

When Donald Trump raged at the rallies I kept thinking it was an act. He was pro-choice when he was producing offspring, but magically became anti-abortion when he started having grandkids. He appeared to be a real free market man with his actions of having his clothing line made in China to using Japanese steel in his buildings.

He kept screaming about how bad immigrants are, but used immigrants to build his empire. And his immigration force to separate families, much like what happened during WWII both in Germany and the U.S., seemed heartless. I guess he thinks it’s okay to destroy a family, but not okay to kill babies.  We get it.

And now we see his liberal, Orthodox Jewish daughter, Ivanka, known as Yael in the Temple, has become the inner conscientiousness of the Donald. According to some reports, she presented the pictures of the babies choking for life in Syria that convinced her father to reverse is policies about Syria completely.

Steve Bannon’s ex-wife testified in a legal document in the state of California that Steve didn’t want his kids to attend a private school because of the number of Jewish kids at a specific school. Bannon’s reason?  He didn’t like the way ‘they’ raised their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want his girls going to school with Jews.

That remark could be written off if Bannon didn’t end up being the money behind and the editorial force in front of Breitbart News. It’s the same publication that raised this headline: ‘Bill Kristol: Republican spoiler, renegade Jew’ and, ironically, the Website that was started by Andrew Breitbart, a person raised in a Jewish family.

Politics is a sticky force and with video everywhere it’s hard not to have researchers pull up every word you said on any issue. When you claim, your position is one thing, so loudly and so strongly, then within 100 days change central platforms, it’s more than a midcourse correction, it’s a damn flip-flop.

Sooner or later the chameleon finds himself sitting on top of a leaf where he wants to stay for a while; a place he might feel more comfortable and so he changes to that color and hopes no one notices his transformation.

Imagine how Steve Bannon feels coming to work every day knowing that the person he thought he could control is, quite frankly, uncontainable.  And that is also the challenge for son-in-law Jared Kushner and princess daughter Ivanka.

The kids, or as they have been called, the “democrats” have to move slowly before they rid the kingdom of the less than worthy. Jared got Chris Christie out of the way, the man who helped convict his father of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering and who pushed Charles Kushner into 14 months of federal prison. The kids also drove the big mouth Giuliani out of the picture so Trump wouldn’t get distorted by his dogma.

The reason Ivanka couldn’t vote for her father in the primaries, was because she was a registered Democrat and didn’t understand that in New York primaries you can vote only for candidates in your party. So the nickname ‘democrats’ actually works in this case.

Bannon will only get in the way and prove to be a distraction that actually hurts the country and will force the President to be someone he is not.

As the “kids” slowly work their familial magic and massage Trump’s positions into the middle, Bannon will be an unnecessary third-wheel. The generals certainly don’t want him around. The lawyers don’t want him around – just look at the messy, poorly written executive orders. And of course, this is a family affair and the ‘renegade Jews’ aren’t outsiders, they are INSIDERS, and the President listens when they whine.

Within days the Donald declares NATO is not obsolete, China appears to now be an ally and not a currency manipulator.  Are we are starting to see a President who seems to be thinking reasonably?

Okay, he blew off 60 Tomahawks but the attack didn’t destroy the runway. The carpet bombs must have been made out of real carpet?

Trump now realizes that Russian President V. Putin is not his friend, but he still won’t dress him down as hard as Nikki Halley and Rex Tillerson. We heard how his buddy denies those chemicals were even used. Putin, using a move out of the Donald’s playbook, has pushed back and even called the allegations, ‘trumped-up charges.”

And the crazy kid in North Korea is ready to test the President. Bannon was against the bombing of the airbase in Syria because his ideology is actually getting in the way of how the world actually works. Bannon is an isolationist, while Trump has become a new born globalist. How did that happen?

Even domestically, Bannon sees the world as US and THEM, but in this country, we are a people united, or as some say, citizens united. Who knew being leader of the free world would be so hard. Sad!

 

 


THE RISK OF NOT READING

Donald’s Devilish Details

When White House advisors wanted to brief the President of the United States on what had happened in Syria, they decided that they should use few words and show more pictures to tell the story of the use of chemical weapons.

Everyone learns differently and it has been established that one of the key components of our fearless leader is that he doesn’t read.

The art of brevity is not a sole providence of this president. Ronald Reagan asked the bureaucrats to reduce all memorandum to one page. Even though we now know that President Reagan toward the end of his command was losing certain memory functions, the memo reduction requirement was a genuine way to get more done. In short, most people over-write.

By showing Trump pictures of the results of the bombing of innocents, including babies, he was moved to not only act, but change his Middle East strategy entirely. Much to the chagrin of the far right and hard line populists, he did what needed to be done. Perhaps this President will eventually move to a moderate position, if only there was a picture we could show him for that result.

The danger of course in not reading is that you don’t ever consume well-thought out research and important intelligence because of the “burden” of actually reading it. We would love to have Donald Trump read Richard Haass’ book A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, but it is unlikely that our President could get through the 348 pages.

In one sense, it’s good that Trump is not influenced by so-called experts or those who have been in power before him, but that assumes they have nothing to contribute. The fear we should have is how an advisor could distort the truth to get their end result rather than a thoughtful answer to a complex question. We all know that photographs can be doctored and some people have even seen WMDs where there were none.

In the case of the invasion of Iraq, it was just as much Saddam Hussein’s stone-walling UN inspectors as the trumped-up charges of the intelligence community that led us to war. We need to keep in mind our country wasted $1 trillion dollars and ended up killing more than 134,000 civilians in the Iraq War. This mistake was based on some expert’s misinterpretation of facts or suspicious miscalculations or just plain not enough information.

There are certain qualifications we apply to most jobs, but for the leader of the free world we take what the electoral college gives us. In terms of Syria, the insiders just had to put the pictures of the dying children in Trump’s hands and he felt compelled to ask his generals, “What can we do about this?”

Did Donald not see the other dead baby washing up on the beach? That was the son of a mother and father, you know, refugees of Syria who were trying to escape a land where the leader drops bombs filled with chemicals on them. Did the President’s advisors not show him those pictures? TV covered this sad event, but that image never helped forge any campaign rhetoric.

Now that those around Donald Trump know that all they have to do is show him pictures to elicit some Pavlovian reaction, save us from the misdeeds of a few with influence. Judging by how he reads a teleprompter, we can assume that if we asked for more reading from Trump, we would bring the country to a stand-still.

What candidate Trump said he knew, even “more than the generals”, he obviously doesn’t know. Sorry to crush the feelings of those hardcore Trump fans, but this guy is just a narcissistic builder turned reality TV star who, in his new capacity, is learning on-the-job. Have patience and keep checking your paystub. Has he reduced your co-pays and deductibles yet? Has he made your roads better? Has he decreased your taxes? Has he made America great yet? What is taking this man so long to get going? Sad!


The Smell of Tomahawks in the Morning

Trump Huffs and He Puffs

Finally, the President of the United States has made a statement to the world that he’s just like the movie character, John Shaft. Donnie may think he’s a bad (shut your mouth), but he should remember one of Shaft’s great pieces of advice, “Next time, you mutha, don’t bite off more than you can chew!”

Yes, we get it, you saw the pictures of the babies, the innocents of war being poisoned by a chemical that is banned by the Geneva Convention and other treaties and you had to act. You had to bomb the airbase in Syria where the sorties began, but do you have the next step planned? We know that you aren’t going to tell anyone what you are going to do, we get your secret military tactics, but did you tell Congress? You told the Russians you were going to bomb, so much for your big secret plan.

And now that you have decided to teach Assad a lesson, have you considered what happens now with the rebel insurgency and more importantly, what ISIS is thinking right now? Mostly likely, they consider your actions part their plan, not yours. Once again, a U.S. President has been drawn into the Middle East.

When you play the screaming pumpkin head at rallies you can talk about how regime change in Libya was bad and blame Obama and Hillary for the way the Middle East turned out. But this is real life now and you indeed have inherited a mess. That damn Eisenhower, propping up the Muslim Brotherhood in order to fight communism.

Stop saying you alone are going to fix it. You might want to stop that rhetoric and start to think about who else will be there to help you fix it. Remember why we call certain countries allies. You will have to get into bed with some strange dogmatic dudes in order to keep the peace in the Middle East. Ask your son-in-law.

What a coincidence that King Abdullah II was sitting in the White House while Donald J. Trump was agonizing over an answer to the age-old question created by a blast of human consciousness. At one point, Jordan was accepting 3,000 refugees a day from Syria and it’s likely the last person to speak to Trump on the matter of what to do with Syria was the King, a real king. Abdullah got what he wanted, someone else to mess with Assad. And Israel will be happy, too. Sounds like a tribal win-win to moderate Muslims and Zionists everywhere.

Are things looking up for the Donald? He even asked God to bless the whole world. Boy, that sounded like globalism to me. Steve Bannon was probably throwing up out of his limo window on the way home. With so many ex-Goldman people around this president and of course, the Democrat Kids, are we seeing the turn toward global awareness? Can climate change be next? Baby steps.

A spokesperson for the Kremlin said Putin believes the attack was done under a “trumped-up pretext” and that Vladimir denounced the US strike against a Syrian government airbase as an “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law.” OMG, has your buddy has turned against you? Can that tape of whatever happened in St. Petersburg be far behind? And did they actually use the phrase, “trumped-up?” Is that a word in Russian?

Now we get to see what you are really made of Mr. Know-It-All, as we all sing along with the Shaft theme, “Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man? (Trump), Can ya dig it? Who’s the cat that won’t cop out when there’s danger all about? (Trump), Right on!

They claim six people were killed at the base in Syria. Are you counting Mr. President? We know why you did what you did, like George W. going back to Iraq to finish the job his father started. If seems like you are trying to fix all the things you think Obama did wrong, does that make Barack your daddy? Sad!

 

 


Dictators and Dead Babies

The Donald Trump Doctrine of Offensive Remarks

We have a President who defies gravity. He claims he can leap from tall building to tall building in a single bound, which we all know, makes no logical sense. There was this religion he proposed during the campaign. It was simple really: Nationalism vs. Globalism and that any dealings with another nation could be simplified down to a deal.

He keeps telling us and of course, the rest of the world, that he and he alone has inherited a mess that he now will fix. Imagine what was going through the mind of Abdullah II of Jordan standing mere feet from Superman. Abdullah, a man who actually puts on a military uniform and fights along with his soldiers. Here is a ruler who has been dealing with the Middle East and radical Islam for almost 20 years. Hearing the words, “I have inherited a mess” must have sent shockwaves through his royal body.

The drip, drip of dictators and the blood being shed in all parts of our earth has finally changed the way our President views certain bad actors on the world stage. Suddenly, he sees that powerful dictators are not deal makers; they are ruthless killers.

Just yesterday he blamed Obama for something that happened yesterday, but today, he said, “It crossed a lot of lines for me,” and added, “When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal that people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines.” And then, he blames Obama again today, huh?

Was the last time Assad used chemicals on his own people okay, but now it’s time to do something? Trump lets us in on his big revelation, “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much!” Oh, really Trump, what was the big tipping point?

According to the United Nations, since the war began in 2011, an estimated 400,000 Syrians have been killed. And yes, we know that the video of lifeless children being washed down in an attempt to keep them from succumbing to the lethal poisons and the horrible pictures of children gasping their last breath makes a difference, but there is a giant missing piece to this puzzle. And just maybe Trump is about to place that piece into a giant map of the world.

Has the great Donald finally figured out that the reason there are so many refugees, the ones he disdains and fears, running away from this repulsive dictator and the ghastly reality of dead babies?

You see, you can talk about ISIS and brag about how you are going to eradicate them from the face of the earth, which not only makes a great campaign slogan for you, but a dandy recruitment clip for them, but that is only one piece of the enigma.

Dictators who kill people when they get in the way are just as bad as ISIS. If you thought domestic healthcare was complicated, the Middle East is ten times as tough.

Remember, if Assad is as depraved as you think he is and now believe he should be stopped, you are going to have to face Putin. You will have to tell the Russian leader that you want him to help you STOP ASSAD, not the rebels. The rebels – or as they are also known as – the Syrian people, are being killed by Russians and Assad’s troops. And Assad gets aid from Iran, another Russian ally. Who knew it was so complicated?

We all know, that Obama was tricked by your buddy Putin into believing that all the chemical weapons were taken out of Syria. We also know that Putin is now trying to fool you into believing that the rebels gassed their own people. Really? Does that make any sense?

The world is waiting for the President of the United States to get his focus back on important issues and stop with the stupid tweets about TV shows and Bill O’Reilly.

America First is a nice chant, but the world is a big place. You say you need $54 billion more dollars for the military, but what you need a damn strategy and well-thought-out policy for what you plan to do with that much might.

This on-the-job training is fatiguing. Sad!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Our Ping-Pong President

Bouncing Between his Ego and our Country

Trump opened up a recent speech to the trade union’s convention by saying how great it is the President knows how much cement can be poured in a day. While he was stroking himself, his press secretary Sean Spicer was blaming Obama for the chemical attack on civilians in Syria.

The lethal incident was against women and children and as the President’s press liaison expressed, “the heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.”

Okay, we get it. You don’t like the last administration. You don’t like anything Barack Obama did. You continue to use Obama as your whipping boy because you cannot deal with anything bad without blaming someone. But I have a question. Can you let us know when you become President? Your campaign is over and the country is more important than your ego.

You think you can keep hitting the ball back to the other side and somehow that isolates you from responsibility to create policy. If you don’t want to make a red line in the sand, then what is it that you do? What are your solutions for babies choking to death? Remember, they will keep hitting the ball back at you and you don’t appear to be ready.

Trump fails to realize that Assad is not testing Obama with his latest war crime, he is testing you Donald Trump. And you really don’t know what to do, do you? You talk a big game, like most bullies, but when some other bully walks onto the playground, you just stand around and do nothing.

You sent your son-in-law to Iraq, you prance around with your princess daughter, but you have no knowledge of the way the world really works. You do realize your good buddy Putin is on Assad’s side? You do realize that Iran is an ally of Russia? Well, do you? And you do see that you are standing around watching war crimes and you are doing nothing? You are doing exactly what Obama did.

Donald J. Trump on 4-4-2017, let it be said that you embarrassed America with your silence. The world wants to hear from you. You have to take a stand. You will have to draw red lines, but can you? Can your ego cope with being wrong on anything? It’s not paralysis by too much analysis, it’s paralysis by narcissistic mind control.

When do you wake up and get your head in the game. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are not your enemy now, they are just part of history. You need to look to the future. What are you going to do to make the world a better place? What are you going to do to make America proud? So far, all I hear on TV is about all these friends of yours meeting and talking to Russia. And rather than getting this controversy in the rear-view mirror, you keep tweeting about it, like a 14-year old girl.

Stand up and lead, or get out of the way. We have a country to run.


Someone Stepped in Manure

Trump & the Nunes Tool

Devin Nunes, as of March 2017, has been the Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This is the committee that gets to see all the secret stuff from the NSA, CIA and FBI and determine what the legislators should do about these findings. They are also from time to time tasked with doing investigations and hearings on matters of intelligence that could have major effects on our security.

Nunes graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and a master’s degree in agriculture. I am sure he has experienced the aroma from one of the great American agricultural by-products: cow manure. And he might have even learned the lesson of not watching where you step when walking around a farm.

The on-going discussion about Russia’s involvement in our last election may frustrate and even bore the Trump supporters out there, but they might ask the question, why hasn’t the president made a better effort to put all this behind him? Why do we keep hearing that no one talked to the Russians and now it seems lots of people talked to the Russians in the campaign, during the transition team and perhaps they are talking to them now? If only someone would just fess up and tell us what they are talking about.

Devin Nunes’ grandstanding at the White House last week was probably a stunt that he was encouraged to do by the President of the United States. Sorry, but I don’t believe that Nunes has the testicles to have done that on his own. He may have thought he was saying something significant, but in the end, he said nothing.

He was so ill prepared to speak, he had to apologize the next day for such an awkward moment and the betrayal of his own committee members. To put it plainly, he was used by Donald Trump as a foil for Mr. Know-It-All’s frivolous and unfounded claim that Obama, his imaginary nemesis, was listening to all his phone calls.

Nunes looks weak and silly and ill-informed and from his own admission, might not have handled things very well. He stepped in it and we can smell it. The press smells it. And every smart congress person smells it. But they are all being pussies. They should call for an independent investigator. Isn’t Ken Starr looking for work?

The good news, the methane gas coming from Mr. Nunes shoes is now protected by Trump’s new executive order giving polluters free range to destroy the environment. Clearly, the shit show continues with distraction, devastation and disgraces. Devin Nunes is owned by the Koch Brothers and one might find it interesting that even when he ran unopposed, he was able to raise a $1.9 campaign bank. Trump should have known better than to attempt to use someone else’s puppet.

Something smells here and someone has to stop putting these guys on important committees, or worse, making them the chair person.

In Washington, they all play by the rules they created to make their lives better. They do a horrible job of both self-governing and actual governing? They even get to vote on their own pay raises. How can they be unbiased and objective?

If it smells like shit and looks like shit, it’s shit, Nunes. And you stepped in it.


BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

The Mandate Trump Never Saw Coming

By all accounts, Donald J. Trump doesn’t seem like a dim bulb, but the light of his own ego blinds him to the clever ideas he might have.

The debacle of March 24, 2017 may have been a little late for the Ides of March, but the fact that the Republican majority in the House couldn’t ramrod a Frankenstein healthcare bill, might demonstrate they are paying attention. Had they passed that bill, the ill effects would have determined the outcome of the 2018 elections.

Trump seems to be bumping into walls in the dead of night. Wearing his ill-fitting bathrobe, he cannot even comprehend, as he puts it, the strange procedures and rules of the House of Representatives. Did they not teach civics at the Wharton School of Business? Penn graduates are embarrassed everywhere.

And then, the leader of the free (but not free trade) world says this, “We had no Democrat support. They weren’t going to give us a single vote so it’s a very difficult thing to do,” He then added, “I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is to let Obamacare explode.”

Let’s review for the folks at home. In the 115th Congress, the House has 237 Republicans and only 193 Democrats. Even with 5 vacancies currently, a fifth grader can see the Republicans have the majority. That is 44 more members and surely, they could get any bill passed in their chamber. Not so fast. The Republicans stand on states’ rights and anti-mandate is to their detriment.

Trump seems to think his role is to win, rather than lead. There is no responsible governance in what he says when he fails. He first looks to blame a someone or something rather than solve a problem. How did this man do well in business? Oh that’s right, he owned the business. There was no one there to dock his pay or fire him when he did poorly.

Any good business person knows you never kill a revenue source. Even if the product the people are buying is not the state of the art version, you want to keep them as customers until you can upsell them into the next version. This means that Trump, if we want to give him some credit, might be thinking that the revenue from the 20 million new insured Americans might be a good thing. Too much credit?

The one thing that Republicans wanted most to scratch in the Affordable Healthcare Act was the mandate. They associated the mandate with the big bad, evil government being involved in healthcare. Wait, that is simply a tax. If everyone signed up for healthcare and the system took on a more universal approach, there would be more revenue. If all the states would have all gotten on the bandwagon and promoted Obamacare, we would be better off now.  

When red states balked at the exchanges for ideological reasons, they were throwing money away. Let’s see, where is Bobby Jindal today? He left his state healthcare system in shambles coming in dead last in most categories except premature death where Louisiana was 47th out of 50 States.

The good idea that Trump kept telling us about at those big loud rallies was creating a marketplace of more competition in order to lower prices. Increasing costs is one of the debate points people raised saying Obamacare is bad. Trump knows better than anyone that a monopoly in a segment leads to higher prices. That’s why he wanted to get Native Americans out of the casino business.

With a little bit of smart legislation, Trump could cure what ails the AHA right now. All he would have to do is to convince Congress to pass a law saying that states do not control which insurance companies operate in their domains. In a sense, this would be no different than Congress giving Major League Baseball a mandate to operate across state lines without worry about the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887.

Why not write an exception for healthcare providers right now, so that some of the more aggressive players could come into states like Alabama where there is only one provider now? But that would mean Trump would have to convince Congress to pass something. I thought he was the deal maker? Turn out the lights Donald, the party is over.

It’s right there in front of Trump and he doesn’t see it. He wants to win and have everyone kiss is ass instead of coming up with solutions that would help Americans now. We have said it many times and will keep saying it, the President has the wrong people around him. Sad!