PRESIDENT MONEYBAGS

Buying His Way Out of Obstruction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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New Book about Terrorism

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 


FIRE AND FURY: THE BOOK

Trump’s Unquestioned Certitudes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.


Bannon, Books & Belligerence

Trump’s Mistakes Magnified Again

Donald Trump hired Steve Bannon because he is like Trump. They are both political and ideological whores. And if you’re a little left leaning, you could also classify both as capitalistic pigs. Let’s face it, they love money and power.

With the media blitz for the new Michael Wolff book called Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House came real shock and awe from the White House. Clearly some of the quotes, especially from Steve Bannon, Trump’s former adviser and, lest we forget, the Chairman CEO of the Trump Campaign for President, have so angered this President that yesterday, he spent most of his time haranguing on the book rather than doing his job we pay him to do.

Not only does Bannon accuse Donald Trump Jr. of treason, but Bannon was probably the person who brought the wolf into the hen house. Some say that Bannon determined who the author would interview. Bannon spent time in Hollywood and Mr. Wolff once worked for the Hollywood Reporter. We can assume there is a previous relationship.

Once again, we see the naiveite of the Donald in believing that someone like Michael Wolff would do a powderpuff piece to make Trump & Company look glamorous and good. You don’t sell books that way. This book is bound to sell tons because it gives 65% of the people in America what they want, more evidence of what they already believe; that Trump is not qualified to be President and other charges will likely be piled on as the bandwagon marches toward impeachment.

It may be fun for TV pundits to exploit this book for talking points, but there are some truly damaging things in the book. Bannon’s speculation that Mueller’s team is considering money laundering by the Trump boys, including son-in-law Kushner, may be based on some real knowledge of what Trump had done before running for President. Could Bannon and Wolff be forecasting Mueller’s charges against the leader of the free world?

Or, are the comments by Bannon just his way of messing with Kushner and his wife, the president’s daughter, and getting back at them? The pet name, “Jarvanka,” certainly contains a bit of contempt for them and, from my viewpoint, probably deep-seated anti-Semitism. But it’s hard to know what is inside Steve’s two lobes, you know there are good people on either side.

What I take away from the comments released so far is that Bannon is thinking about running for president, Jared and Ivanka are thinking about running for president and that the real Donald Trump didn’t think he would win. As much as people push back on all this from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the excerpts do seem to be hitting a nerve. Most shrinks will tell you that your reaction to someone else just might show you more about what you think of yourself than what you think of them. Over reaction to the truth is always more than just pointing out a lie.

The Great Orange Leader’s statement attacks Bannon:

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind. Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look. Steve had very little to do with our historic victory. Steve pretends to be at war with the media, which he calls the opposition party, yet he spent his time at the White House leaking false information to the media to make himself seem far more important than he was. It is the only thing he does well. Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.”

First, Trump’s remarkable and unseemly knee-jerk reaction is to lie to solve any problem, and that always makes things worse. Bannon convinced him to stay in the race after the Access Hollywood tape was released and, for all intents and purposes, Bannon was his wing-man. Why try to make him a “coffee boy?” Everyone in America knows Bannon was the strategist. But Trump won’t stop there, fighting negative press is what he was born to do.

We are already seeing an all-out attack on Bannon, the book and its author, even before this book hits the stores. Trump attorney Charles J. Harder released this statement, “On behalf of our clients, legal notice was issued today to Stephen K. Bannon, that his actions of communicating with author Michael Wolff regarding an upcoming book give rise to numerous legal claims including defamation by libel and slander, and breach of his written confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement with our clients. Legal action is imminent.

As Trump has warned before, if you cross him, you will get attacked. And he uses his legal team to do his dirty work. It must have worked, because Bannon offered this statement this morning on the Breitbart Sirius XM channel (1-4-2018), “The president of the United States is a great man. You know I support him, day in and day out, whether going through the country giving the Trump miracle speech or on the show or on the website.” See, Bannon loves money and he doesn’t want to have to pay lawyers to get him out of this one.

But it doesn’t stop there. This just in, Trump’s personal lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Wolff and his publisher, Henry Holt, demanding that the publisher “cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES JUST TOOK A PISS ON THE FIRST ADMENDMENT AND THE CONSTITUTION. All caps demanding your damn attention.

There is no way that the publishing company, Henry Holt, will not proceed with the release of the book. After all, it has already become a best seller. The majority of what has been disclosed in this book must be true because Trump and his murder of lawyers have set up a battle line in the sand. And if they do go to court, get ready. Each of the people quoted in the book will be called to testify, including Bannon and maybe the President himself. Then, we will see them all crack like eggs under cross-examination.

What started out as a mistake election has turned into a circus and now, with a little exposure, it is only getting worse. It’s not Bannon or a book. It’s the belligerence and maladroitness of the moron in the White House that is the real crime. God save the nation.

 

The First 200 Days Of Trump – ONLY ONE MILLION LEFT

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

 

New Book about Terrorism

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

Now available on Amazon.