PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES ARE BORING

Trump Handicaps a Race Without Him

You wanna watch but it’s hard, like watching a baseball game between two teams you don’t care about. It’s become clear that neither the network nor the moderators make a difference. The debate structure is uninformative; it’s just talking points and poorly written punches.

We know that the Tweeter-in-chief will drop his multiple putdowns and rebukes of those who are running on the other side. He will call them names and say they are all socialists, but he should be worrying. Afterall, lots of people really don’t like Trump. Polarity gets him attention, but it doesn’t bring more people to the party.

In the Spring of 2016, I sent a note to my assemblyman in New York. I’ve known him for a long time. He lived in my building. I suggested that a better presidential ticket would have been Biden and Warren. He explained he was a Hillary man and reminded me that she and Bill were his constituents. Monday morning quarterbacking is not my style, but I really thought Hillary had too many problems with women to bring the country together. Yes, women.

Debates that aren’t actual debates hurt both the Republicans and Democrats. The failed system of having a glossy, sparkling set with candidates standing behind well-lit podiums is a bit much.

Since 2016, I have contended that Bernie Sanders did more damage to Hillary Clinton in the debates than Trump or the Russians. Hillary was her own worst enemy at times. You remember, not traveling to the right states at the right time, telling coal miners she was going to put them out of business and fainting on 9/11. Not faults, no blame, just realities.

Because there were so few candidates on the debate stage, Bernie was able to position Clinton as a Wall Street darling who would kowtow to the money managers at the banks, just like Trump did once he was elected. Bernie’s enthusiasm for social programs is infectious, but the specter of increased debt for America is senseless.

I could march through all the candidates and point out their strengths and weaknesses, but that snapshot would be meaningless in such a mercurial process. In 30 days the statistics will probably look totally different. Call me crazy, but a moderate at the top of the ticket makes the most sense. Progressives always appear to be more active because they have a huge list of things they are going to do, but we know, most of what they are proposing won’t get done. I suggest the main job of a democratic president in the first 100 days will be nullifying every executive order that Trump has signed.

Being passive is not the way to get noticed on a stage of ten, but sometimes we, the voting public, must listen to the words and not get sucked into the emotional rapture.

In most cases, the incumbent president has an advantage because everyone has seen what has happened their years of governance. However, this president has created a greater gap between those in his base and those out of it. He attempts to create the illusion that all Democrats are part of some radical leftist conspiracy, but deep down inside he knows many rich Democrats. He used to be one.

All the excitement generated by a presidential run can be snuffed out in a New York minute. People are not strongly cemented to any one Democrat. They know Biden and, even with all his gaffs and misspeaking, he’s as comfortable as an old shoe. And at this point in American history, we simply need a president who relies on sharp experts and experienced aides more than his gut. Donald Trump isn’t at all smart about how to run a country. He’s made a ton of mistakes and the effects of his policy changes just might destroy the environment. No small thing.

Trump’s naiveté puts him in the position of needing to say who he thinks did the best job in the debates and what he hates about democrats. He can’t find it within himself to keep his mouth shut and let the process play out. His ego whispers into his frontal lobes, urging him to speak up and affect the numbers. What he doesn’t comprehend is pushing too hard on any one candidate might make their spotlight shine more brightly.

It’s sad that we haven’t found a better way to present ten or more candidates to the American public. Our flawed fake debate approach only eliminates people instead of producing and promoting a well-defined platform. Many newspapers the morning after the debate focused on conflict about healthcare. If the democratic candidates are still arguing about how healthcare can be fixed for the future, the party has a messaging problem that needs to be addressed.

Most people work for companies that provide healthcare insurance. The common man doesn’t get to pick the provider, the company does. The worker’s focus is how to navigate a system that appears to be working against them. Judging by the large deductibles and copays this whole matter is broken, but the Democratic party hasn’t come up with a platform specific solution.

The next debate will cull the herd a bit more, but it will be down to money and polls. What a country we live in! Democrats decry dirty money in politics but use contributions as an indication of success. I get polls. They allow us to judge who is getting attention on a national level. But that matters more to political fanatics and network news junkies compared to most of the middle-class who knows only some of the faces. They will forget about Andrew Yang’s money giveaway and Castro’s lame attack on Biden. In the end, it will come done to brand recognition and electing someone who can thank Donald Trump for what he didn’t ruin as the helicopter whisks him away from the White House in 2021. Anything less than that will be the destruction of America.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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


FREE FOOD FRIDAY

What’s More Fun Than Freedom?

Screw all of you goofball politicians, lying narcissists and half-baked barkers. You want to make the world a better place? Then put your money where my mouth is. There, I said it. Stop with all of your thinly veiled, bullshit proposals and do something remarkable.

I used to work for a New York software company. One of the problems facing any firm in that place is getting people to work on a Friday. So, the owners instituted what became known as Free Food Friday. Guess what? It worked! People showed up at the office and stood in line to get themselves fed. It made the company feel more like a family. Of course, when new bosses took over the first thing they did was eliminate that cost.

I hear some of the Democratic politicians saying they will figure out how to eliminate college debt and make higher-education FREE! I am sure that “free college” has a ring to it, but once Donald Trump gets his little sweaty hands on their idea he will slap the flimsy label of “socialism” on it, just as he does for anything that is “free.” Of course, all the mindless followers of the Orange Goddess of New York will get in line, lock step with the Führer.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are two guys who believe their shit doesn’t stink, but here in the grandstand we all can smell their putrid ideas. No one wants to live in a bad world, but what would make a better world? Short of a death by a thousand sharpies, how about buzz-haircuts for those two loathing assholes in power?

Let’s end the week on a bright note, with some proposals that just might move the world along a bit.

First, here’s a rather Darwinian suggestion of FREE TRADE. It Trump believes that America is so great, why does he insist on using the power of government to manipulate world markets? So far he’s created only chaos and uncertainty. How is that a good idea for anyone? Or is this just another move to put more money in his pocket?

We have soybeans. Why not sell them to the Chinese and forget about tariffs? Move the product. Make the money. Stop getting in the way of capitalism. Tariffs aren’t part of capitalism; they are the creation of protectionist fear mongers. Always have been. There isn’t much difference between a “trade war” and a real war. Sure, fewer people die but more people go broke in a trade war. How is that good for the world or our farmers?

Next, what about FREE FOOD and FREE MONEY? If each country was asked to contribute a certain percentage of their gross national product to a world hunger fund, we could feed all the starving people in the world. Look what happens when a natural disaster like a hurricane hits a place. Food gets delivered on planes. Ever wonder how that food gets there? Non-government organizations mobilize and deliver the much need supplies. Isn’t hunger a natural, human disaster? I can already hear Mr. Trump screaming about America First. Well fuck you Mr. empty suit with your face full of man tan. People are starving in America, so feed them first!

On the surface, the concept of FREE MONEY sounds communistic, but isn’t that what we do with our tax system? We take money from all the people, unfairly collected of course, and then we give that money back in the form of services and roads, etc. BUT if the people kept all their money, they surely wouldn’t just stash it in their mattresses; they would spend it. Let them have all the money they make and then watch their big smiles. Screw taxation. It’s had its chance and it’s not working. No one is getting rich except Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi.

It’s not FREE COLLEGE that matters. It’s demanding that the educational system knows who should go to college and who should go right into training programs. Stop with this pie-in-the-sky idea that everyone will become a doctor or lawyer. Quit bribing universities to let your brain-dead offspring push someone who could really make a difference off the acceptance lists. If you have enough money to buy your way into a college, your kids don’t need that education anyway. Make education work by putting more money into the process.

We saw what a generation did with FREE LOVE. Well maybe a little more “free love” and a little less cable news would be the cure for what divides us. I never met a horny Republican who didn’t want the same thing that I wanted after a night of hard partying. Why are we letting Donald Trump fuck us? He’s a total loser who spends his time saying negative things while getting everything in his life for free.

Maybe in the end, the Donald will get FREE FOOD from one of our “higher” educational institutions. You know, those with names like, Allenwood, Leavenworth, Lompoc, or since he seems to hate California so much, maybe he could matriculate at Victorville. I’m willing to bet that being on a federally mandated diet of mushy food will help his ever-expanding waistline. The good news, Donald, is you will no longer have the evil free press to point out what a frail and miserable liar you are. Oh, you might get that occasional Dateline-type reporter coming to interview you about prison reform, and then you can go on and on about how unfairly you were treated. And you’ll be able to complain about how bad the food is and share the latest conspiracy theories from the white supremist gang in prison. You could even get a free tear tattoo on your cheek. Perhaps then we’ll all be able to rest knowing there is justice in America and we all are finally FREE of you.

Read About The Country We Love

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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

 

 


FAILED VETTING PROCESS

Congressional Confirmation Process Broken

We should be able to trust that our congressional representatives will keep bad people from becoming decision makers in our government. Donald Trump’s actions and appointees have exposed the weakness in the system. It’s time to take a hard look at how people are nominated and how the confirmation process works.

Trump bombastically promised that he would hire only the best people. He said that he would employ extreme vetting in not only those he wanted in his cabinet, but those who would be allowed to participate in the governing of our great nation. In the less than three years President Trump has been in office, more than one hundred people have left his administration. Most embarrassingly, there is a Wikipedia page dedicated to those who have left Trump behind.

On the morning news, we learned the fate of the UK Ambassador to the US, Sir Nigel Kim Darroch. He has resigned in light of leaked classified documents in which he called the Trump administration “inept,” and described Donald Trump as “insecure” and “incompetent.” Obviously, Trump had to “punch back,” as he calls it. But his rambling rants on Twitter were not only less than diplomatic, they proved Darroch’s point. In his resignation, Sir Kim said, “The professionalism and integrity of the British civil service is the envy of the world. I will leave it full of confidence that its values remain in safe hands.”

Donald J. Trump has no integrity. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles is not part of Trump’s fiber. Being pals with Putin, Xi and Kim Jong-Un degrades the office of President. Letting Saudi Arabia murder a journalist with no consequences clearly shows how Trump is a compromised, corrupt politician. Keeping a sleezy Secretary of Labor on his team after learning about his conduct in Jeffrey Epstein’s case of sex trafficking in Florida and New York is just another brick in Trump’s wall of insecurity, amoral behavior and lack of patriotic grounding in law.

We don’t get to vet the President of the United States. People vote and sometimes the system gives us a turd. Richard Nixon was fecal matter of the highest order. Trump is just today’s version of the kind of tragic mistakes possible in our imperfect experiment of Democracy. But unlike happenings in the lands of kings, tyrants and dictators, we can fix this blunder.

The misery and distress arising from the lack of teeth in Congress becomes more insidious every week. Maybe the people in our two houses of government are too old and afraid to use their political power to bite down hard on those the President sends for confirmation? Maybe it’s time for more young, aggressive representatives to push candidates for important roles hard up against the wall of scrutiny?

The lack of incisive questioning on Alexander Acosta’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein plea deal is proof that this system is broken. Acosta should have never been approved. We saw a similar lack of proper process in the Bret Kavanaugh hearings.

Listen up congressional people! I get the idea that when “your” president sends someone up to the hill for confirmation, you are to do your “duty” to protect the person from real scrutiny and vetting; but it’s wrong and must stop. When the votes are counted, your decision to confirm a person can become a giant stain on your reputation. Many of the more than one hundred people who have left the White House were never examined as part of Congressional oversight. Some were just hired hands who couldn’t pass FBI security checks, yet they landed in positions with major responsibilities. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have no business occupying their positions in this administration, but no one is holding Trump’s little hands to the fire.

I know businesses that do more vetting and review of potential employees than this administration does. And it’s not just Congress’ fault. The free press must do its job and dig into these lies and lives and reveal the truth about them. Had the Julie K. Brown article about Epstein in the Miami Herald appeared a day before his confirmation hearing, Acosta would have never been confirmed. After all, the damn Department of Labor oversees investigations into human trafficking, the very charge Acosta let Epstein worm his way out of, producing one big fat sloppy happy ending for the billionaire.

Is Congress brain dead or do they not have the intellect or courage to investigate what is right before their very eyes? I was impressed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ questioning of Michael Cohen during a recent hearing. She asked him if Trump was inflating the value of his properties to garner large loans and deflating the value of his enterprises to the IRS for a better tax deal. Good question? Yes! Republicans on the same panel were fixated on reminding us that Cohen is a known liar rather than calling on the IRS to investigate Trump and his companies about tax and loan fraud. This may end up being litigated after Trump leaves office, but it shows exactly where the two-party system disrupts the important work of oversight. It’s why we must wait so long for bad apples to be plucked from a government we should be able to trust.

This system has been weakened by time and partisan politics. It’s time we elect some straight shooters to upend the apple cart so we can see all the rotting fruit. Trump’s message to drain the swamp was successful because most people believe it’s a needed effort. Sadly, Trump didn’t help the situation. His appointments and hires have been and will continue to be purely political. He even placed people into departments or administrative bodies after they claimed they thought those roles should be eliminated. The ignorance of one man has weakened this nation.

If the result of disruption, is the rebuilding and restocking of a government with better people, then one can justify stirring the pot. But what Trump has rendered is nothing short of letting the fox run the hen house. After all the hens have been eaten, and all the foxes leave for the greener pastures of private practice, what will we have left in our government? It’s become a place where talented and gifted people no longer want to belong. Trump has fucked up the law, the environment, diplomatic relations with allies and, tragically, has made America a meaner, more divided populace. Congress needs to get its act together and throw the bums out, especially the douchebags in their own chamber.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


DEMOCRATIC SPEED DEBATING

Trump Out of Country, But Not Out of Mind

With too many people on the stage, the overloaded Democratic debate lineup clawed its way to providing attention rather than meaningful substance. With so many candidates, one debate had to be split over two nights, with some candidates having less than 1% in the polling feeling a need to ungraciously interrupt others just to get a shot at face time.

One of the hallmarks of our society today is instantaneous analysis by talking heads and pundits, which provides nothing other than regurgitation of each TV network’s programming position. President Trump has said “No Collusion” thousands of times, but our President colludes with Fox News. Some say that the Donald talks to Sean Hannity nightly. I guess they need to get their stories straight.

People from other countries, especially the UK, think our long and extended campaigns are wretched excess, and they are right. Anyone with common sense knows that the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizen’s United created a money pool so great we should all be ashamed. The money spent on candidate advertising could put thousands of kids through college. But with this new concept of so many people running for office, we have moved away from the political machine picking the candidates. One must admit that the political assumption of Hillary Clinton being singularly the best candidate in 2016 proved to be more disastrous than opening the stage to many distinct opinions.

Having many people running for the presidency offers a refreshingly vast diversity of ideas and solutions for America. I would like to get all the candidates in a huddle and say, “Hey, why don’t you all become the next president?” Their collection of progressive ideas could make America better. NBC News did a great feature called My Big Idea, where each candidate presented their one big idea and amplified the essence of its importance. Here is a list of some of the issues rising to the surface:

Andrew Yang: A $1,000 monthly check sent to every American over 18, so they can pay their bills when robots take over.

John Delaney: Wants to build a public and private international coalition against China’s intellectual property with a TPP-style trade deal. (like the one we walked away from)

Julian Castro: He is a strong advocate of free trade to strengthen protections for workers and the environment.

Kalama Harris: The LIFT Act, a working and middle-class tax cut akin to the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Marianna Williamson: Wants to pay $10 billion in slavery reparations every year for 10 years to the African American community.

Corey Booker: Would like to introduce a “baby bond” program to give every child a US Treasury bond at birth, with a larger amount for poorer kids. He also proposes a $15 minimum wage.

Tulsi Gabbard: Cut taxes on small businesses and farmers, lower military spending by ending regime-changing wars and reducing the acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Elizabeth Warren: Would like to see a “wealth tax” of 2% on net worth over $50 million and 3% over $1 billion designed to raise $2.75 trillion over a decade.

Amy Klobuchar: Would like to introduce new measures to make it easier for small and mid-sized US businesses to export goods worldwide.

Bernie Sanders: Make public colleges tuition-free, increase Social Security benefits, make corporate America more union-friendly and “Medicare for all.”

Jay Inslee: He positions himself as the only candidate totally focused on stopping climate change via 100% clean energy and net-zero greenhouse gas pollution.

John Hickenlooper: Cutting red tape to reduce the cost of doing business and increase compliance with regulations.

Beto O’Rourke: He is focused on reducing inequality, though stronger anti-trust regulations to break up monopolies and encouraging companies to invest profits in their employees and communities.

Kirsten Gillibrand: Require companies to adopt a universal paid parental leave policy.

Tim Ryan: Promotes electric vehicle manufacturing and other green industries, while being pro-business and pro-fracking (not a Democratic position), and cautions against Democrats moving too far to the left.

Eric Swalwell: Expanding access to college by providing interest-free federal loans, allowing employers to make tax-free contributions to pay off their employees’ student debt.

Pete Buttigieg: Increase public protections of jobs and benefits to help make the employment market more dynamic without the fear of personal debt tied to college loans and medical bills.

Seth Moulton: Backs the Green New Deal as a genesis of new “green jobs” in America.

Joe Biden: His Biden Institute is pushing tech education and increased bargaining power for American workers as a solution to the left-behind working and middle class.

Michael Bennet: Pushes Medicare X, which he calls a “true public option” for healthcare, that bridges the gap between Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan and private healthcare.

Steve Bullock: Reform campaign finance laws so that representatives don’t answer to donors, they answer to voters.

Bill de Blasio: Focuses on progressive ideas to close he wealth gap nationwide, including nationalizing his universal successful pre-Kindergarten program and increasing affordable housing.

Other topics Democrats have been presenting on the campaign trail are abolishing the electoral college, reparations, family care, wealth gap, criminal justice reform, free college, regulating big tech, gun control, reproductive rights, legalizing marijuana, and securing voting rights. If you are wondering where all the discussion about foreign policy and international challenges are, well, right now they aren’t part of the culling process. In the beginning of this, long and arduous process, we want to know how a candidate will handle America first.

Donald Trump doesn’t realize that his egomaniacal tweets aren’t going to cut through the freshness and excitement of progressive ideas presented during these debates. He shouldn’t be worried about 24 Democrats running for President. He should be worried about Robert Mueller testifying in public. The clock is ticking.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.

 


ALABAMA GETAWAY

Trump’s Conspiracy Against Women

I grew up in a home with a very strong and opinuated woman. My mother was not ahead of her time, but she had a certain way of showing me the many ways that women and girls are equal to men and boys. We have arrived in a strange time when TV dramas depicting the stripping of women’s rights just might be more predictive than fantasy. See: The Handmaiden’s Tale.

25 white men in Alabama’s state government have now decided how all the women in the state should manage their bodies. The morality of the Alabama’s ruling class is built on a foundation of stupidity. They don’t understand that more unwanted children in their state will only increase the tax burden on the very people they are attempting to appease with this highly political ploy to reverse Roe vs. Wade. If this sounds a bit racist, I must remind the reader that statistics don’t lie. According to AL.com, “The poverty rate for Hispanic or Latino Alabamians is highest, at nearly 34 percent, compared with 31 percent for blacks and 14 percent for whites. Alabama’s median household income of $44,833 is nearly $11,000 less than the national median of $55,775. The difference grows starker when comparing black and white households, however. According to the report, white Alabamians earn $50,402 a year on average, compared with black Alabamians’ average of $29,180.” This study was done by Alabama Possible.

So, here’s my question. Why would the state government want to exacerbate the problem of income inequality, while driving more poor white state residents to depend on more services because of more children than they can afford?

Alabama’s draconian law, if it is ever applied, will force talented medical professionals away from the state. Smart doctors won’t take the chance of something going wrong in their operating room leading to a life sentence in prison. The quality of medical care will decline and medical insurance will skyrocket.

While discussing the Alabama ruling with some firm Trump supporters in another southern state, they voiced their distress because of non-exclusions for rape and incest victims. They said that was going too far. I agreed, and then one of the guys said, “That’s why they should leave this whole matter up to the states.” I raised my voice, “That’s the problem not the solution!” You see, once a snapping turtle latches on to a talking point, the brain’s logic circuitry no longer functions. The only force to stop this terrible law is the Supreme Court. If they reverse Roe Vs. Wade, they will once again MAKE LAW, not interpret it.

Now I have another question. Can a woman sue a rapist for child support in the state of Alabama? If not, then the Governor of Alabama has failed women by signing the bill before having a moral backstop law in place. They’re all confused. If a woman can’t seek any monetary retribution, then she’s been legally downgraded to three-fifths a person. Why does that sound familiar? With statues of limitations and overprotective male judges getting in the way of justice, it’s hard enough for a rape victim to get a conviction against her assailant,. Why are we adding an extra burden on women and awarding fatherhood to rapists? This is counter to every civil liberty women have fought so hard to gain.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t extend to my readers the courtesy of placing blame. Trump went on and on about why evangelicals and right-to-life people should vote for him. He clearly stated that he was going to stack the court with ultra-conservative judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade. Even moderate Republican women voted for him. He did what he said he would do, even though seven out of ten American women, regardless of their political affiliations, do NOT want Roe vs Wade to be overturned. Of course, this doesn’t matter to Donald Trump. He has never respected women or minorities.

Trump believes that by trampling women’s rights he will be able to get re-elected, not once, but forever. If you think I am joking, you are a fool. We have a problem and there doesn’t seem to be a way to stop this insanity. Trump and Pence want all women to be controlled as they were in the old Testament of the Bible, casting America back to the stone age. If you think this can’t happen, remember that a loud minority of people were able to bring us prohibition for 13 years. How many women will die before more logical minds prevail in the fight of Right to Life vs. Freedom of Choice? Why would we create a medical police state? Why would someone, who no doubt paid for many abortions, be against a procedure that is in common practice and legal? We can only believe that he was taught that his own mother didn’t count. Notice, he never talks about her.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.


COGNITIVE DISSONANCE DONALD

A goal without a plan is just a wish

If you have been paying attention, you know that little planning, vetting or reviewing takes place in the Trump Administration. It’s a one man show, with tap-dancing tweets into policy and the monkeys telling lies to keep their jobs. Many people have left this circus. More than 45 major players in the current administration have been shown the door or found their own personal escape from the burning dumpster.

Some medical professionals and armchair shrinks have suggested that Donald Trump is suffering from a major psychological malady. The one disorder most often mentioned is Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Trump may not be in the grip of this illness, but his public displays indicate that, at least, he is an artful actor mimicking all the disorder’s signs. He regularly makes the monkey on his back come out and dance for the public more than any reasonably calm personality ever would. He’s more than insecure.

And just as disturbing is the daily dishing of Trump’s “cognitive dissonance,” the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change. It doesn’t take a doctor, lawyer or social scientist to see this in action.

The idea of declaring that he is about to close the Mexican border, without any comprehension of the problems that would cause to our workforce and economy, is reckless. More than $600 billion in trade crosses our southern border and more than five million US jobs would be affected. One of the hallmarks of the Trump presidency is solving one problem by creating a second, bigger, problem. That’s when the cognitive dissonance kicks in.

We saw that with the defunding of the Special Olympics in the Education budget. Trump asked for the cut and got it. But when Congress and the general public pushed back, our esteemed president reversed the decision and claimed he was overriding his people. Really? You know, little Donnie constantly plays the blame game; it’s always someone else’s fault.

Now let’s move on to a more serious subject. The knowledge and belief in the power of the atomic weaponry of the United States is something that Trump has always waved around. I doubt that our current president has any understanding about the workings of a nuclear bomb. I’m sure the science, the physics, and the mathematics that went into this dreadfully dangerous weapon are way over his head. Donald Trump was not in Hiroshima or Nagasaki to see the wrath those two small bombs produced. He wasn’t born yet. Still, we must assume that Trump believes atomic bombs are real.

It’s beyond ironic that the same person who relies on the fear of nuclear annihilation to push around world leaders, says that scientists are wrong about Climate change and the effects of global warming. Trump is oblivious to the fact that within the last two years weather has caused more death and destruction than the 9/11 attacks. Even more bewildering is this man’s lack of empathy for American citizens who have suffered. His visits to sites of national disasters are merely photo-ops. Trump doesn’t care for anyone other than himself and those who kiss his big, fat ass.

Scientists and mathematicians will tell you that an owner of a gambling casino knows any roll of the dice, turn of the roulette wheel, or pull on the lever of a slot machine can deliver a major win for a customer. The odds are known, and a temporary loss for a casino owner is quickly erased by math and probability theory. It’s hard to imagine that someone could fail at a gambling casino, but Trump did. Now he will blame Atlantic City, or his vendors or something else, but a casino business is almost foolproof, unless a fool is in charge or something else is going on.

Donald Trump claims outside forces explain his failures over the years. The uncertainty of the universe is not his concern, he’s only interested in what happens in Trumpworld. Clearly, the outside force that is creating radical weather patterns, lost of life and property is definitely out of Trump’s comprehension and control.

Donald Trump’s thoughtless position against climate change is much like George W. Bush’s block of funding for stem cell research to please the evangelicals. Donald doesn’t see climate change, so it doesn’t exist. His denial of science is a misguided way of pleasing people who believe God’s will can prevail over any evil, including global warming. The Donald believes a little sweeping of the forest floor will prevent wildfires and that Puerto Ricans are too slow and dumb to use the aid that was already sent. He relies on the software in his own jet, but says that aviation science is getting too complicated.

Trump walked in front of the bright lights and cameras declaring that the Republican party will be known as the party of Healthcare on the very same day that he asked his Justice Department to support a declaration that Obamacare is unconstitutional. With no replacement envisioned, let alone written, he once again farted his cognitive dissonance into the air. Then one day later, he tweeted to the world, that healthcare will have to wait until after the 2020 election. Darting around, changing his mind, lying with ease and confusing even his own party, Donald Trump has no plan. He’s ineffective at leadership and a total failure at politics. His wishes aren’t plans and he has not even an inkling of how to make America great.

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Perhaps the seas will part, and the air will clear when we see Donald Trump’s income tax returns and the full Mueller report. As the orange man claims on video that his father was born in Germany, it might be more prudent and helpful to America if his medical records were made public. Then we would know what is going on in his head.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

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CAPITALISM VS. SOCIALISM

Does Anyone Really Understand?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

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PELOSI PLAYS WITH TRUMP

Real Politician vs. Fake Politician

One of the aspects of Donald Trump that many of his devoted followers really liked was the fact he wasn’t a politician and said whatever he wanted. When Trump told his base that making nice with Putin would be good for the country and world, they hocked their patriotism and went with him. Their blind loyalty has clouded millions of people’s judgement that Russia and Putin would never do anything to hurt the US.

Trump truly believed he would be able to run the country like he ran his businesses. He soon found out that all those “best people” he pulled into the administration were there either to self-serve or out to get him. Really? If these were the best people, then I would hate to see the mediocre people.

The Donald and his ego decided to play the game with his self-anointed deal mastery and what he believes is a likeable personality. Neither exist. He isn’t funny or pleasant in any way. He’s simply an imitation of the 1950s back-stabbing politician of Tammany Hall. His hand is out only to receive. He’s transparently transactional and none of his interactions carry any expertise or empathy. He doesn’t give a shit about any person other than himself and everyone knows it, including Republicans.

Everything was going miserably fine, until the voters woke up one morning and figured out that Republicans had been sucked into this transactional approach with little to no regard for the people. As the soy beans were rotting away in storage, the Republicans were sword dancing with the Donald over a tax cut that helped only the very rich and monumentally increased the country’s debt. They voters gave the Democrats a majority in the House and Trump got reintroduced to Nancy Pelosi.

Trump somehow believes that calling her “Nancy” is a kind of putdown. It’s her name, dumb shit, and she isn’t about to sit back and watch the President of the United States push Congress around. Remember, Nancy Pelosi grew up in the tough and demonic politics of city government in Baltimore. Her father taught her well, and Donald Trump is not nearly as challenging as the things her family faced with labor unions and dock workers in Maryland’s largest city. She has always been a Democrat, unlike Trump, who is a fake Republican.

Trump thought he could huff and puff away Obamacare. Had he read the research, he would’ve seen that the national insurance plan was actually getting good marks. As Obama suggested to Trump, just slap your name on it. Trump’s inability to see good ideas constantly gets in his own way.

Now, Pelosi has given an interview to the Washington Post Magazine saying, “I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

This could be the single most powerful putdown of a President ever uttered. She said that Trump is not worth impeachment! It is tantalizingly funny and a bit absurd that someone could be so bad they don’t deserve the codified method of removal built into the Constitution. Crafty Pelosi left the door open for the real event when indisputable evidence is presented, but Trump will not be able to deal with this latest salvo.

What will he do? Agree with Nancy or continue pounding his ridiculous statements about Democrats hating Jews? Has Trump finally painted himself into a corner of paranoia? Does Trump really fear Democrats or Jews? Does he fear African-Americans, or just Muslims? His ping-ponging of hate comments make him seem a crazy old man. If only he had a drinking problem all this would make much better sense.

Pelosi knows what she is doing. Her comments will take the spotlight off the “Democrats are anti-Israel and anti-Jews” nonsense that Trump has been farting out of his presidential mouth. And in the end, it’s the denotation he hugs like the flag. He wants people to say there is “no collusion” and that he’s a good boy, but a 78-year-old grandmother from San Francisco is playing Trump like a worn-out deck of cards. She has found the Joker and she’s working in her own unique way to remove it from the deck. This will take time, but she wants her next move to be a surprise. She’s is holding a full house, and she knows it.

The Trump card, a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise in order to gain an advantage, is in Nancy’s hand, not the President’s. Pelosi’s measured message is like a mother who knows her son is never going to make it in pro sports. She’s saying, “Son, go have fun. Don’t worry about what the other kids are saying about you.” For now, she’s kicking the can down the road, but eventually she is going to have to comfort the kid when he’s told by the authorities to go do play somewhere else. There will come a time to pick up that can and put it in the recycling bin. Or Prison.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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

 

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BIAS ON THE COURT

Trump Got What He Wanted

When the Supreme Court decided not to consider a lower court ruling against the Louisiana case on abortion clinics in that state, I was very curious to read the dissent written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. You can read it here.

First, Kavanaugh’s desire to permit a law demanding doctors at three clinics in Louisiana have admitting privileges at local hospitals seems to give hospital boards unusual power over the services that people can get in that state. In fact, a hospital board, always under pressure from local governments to justify expansion and the taking of public lands, does put them in a position to kowtow to the power of local governments. Does Kavanaugh even understand how local governments work?

Next, one of the most glaring aspects of this argument is that if the Court was to say the local law was constitutional, they would be declaring that only one doctor could serve the specific healthcare needs of more than two million women in the state of Louisiana. Is that really in the public interest?

The unnecessary burden on women and their families is obvious, but Kavanaugh focused on whether the other side’s prediction would be found correct. His dissent targets the accuracy of what those who brought the case said, not the incumbrance it would place on those needing the services. It’s a time trip to the 1950s, when mothers had to drive their daughters to another state to receive treatment, which at times did include an abortion. The cost and trauma of such an event was made even worse by arcane laws and policies. Does the Justice really want a return to that?

We’ve learned a lot since the Roe v. Wade. That decision in 1973 decided the issue of the constitutionality of laws that criminalized or restricted access to abortions in the United States. Kavanaugh knows this law and has commented on it. During his confirmation hearings, he said that Roe v. Wade was “stare decisis,” meaning that it was it was decided and is the legal precedent on the matter. If you were opposed to Mr. Kavanaugh’s appointment to the court, you might have believed he said it simply to get the job. If you supported him, you should’ve wanted a decision NOT based on his personal ideology. He wasn’t put on the court to be an objective jurist but rather because he believes that abortion is wrong and that Roe v. Wade was decided incorrectly. So much for stare decisis.

Perhaps this was just a “practice dissent” for the new guy on the court given to him by the Chief Justice. It did little to show his aptitude. If anything, the four-page document exposed him as the ideolog he truly is. Is it the job of the Supreme Court to take away services and clinics for millions of people in any state? Like the similar Texas law, written by the same group, the goal was to deter women’s healthcare businesses from recommending or performing abortions. The Texas law was obsessed with the width of hallways, saying the movement of gurneys and equipment would be thwarted. They were trying to put the clinics out of business and the court saw through that one as well.

I find it distasteful and repulsive that a member of the Supreme Court would use such flawed and suspicious logic to defend a law that could put more people in danger. Did we learn nothing from the back-alley butchers posing as doctors who promised to solve a “problem” for young women but ended up killing them?

The people who work at these clinics are doctors. You may disagree with their viewpoints and claim they are immoral, but you should not have the right to determine the healthcare of any United States citizen. And we should demand that the dissent of a justice quotes law instead of saying the other guys might be lying.

I don’t dislike Brett Kavanaugh because I believed Dr. Blaise Ford more than him, although I was appalled at how he handled the whole matter. I like my judges to be firm but calm. Kavanaugh seemed, and now has proven, that he is too politic to be on the court. His temperament during his confirmation hearing was uncomfortable. I don’t really care if he likes to drink beer but his sense of righteousness was appalling. I feel the same way about Justice Thomas, but it’s too late to impeach him. And unless some sordid facts about Kavanaugh come out, we will have him for the duration of his life.

Voting in America matters. The only way to reshape the court and make it more objective and balanced is to elect a President who promises to do a better job finding smart judges with integrity.

Those on the far left who think Donald Trump’s presidency is an abortion will never understand that politics in Washington is played for the long term, not instant gratification. Those on the far right who keep pushing their agenda of men deciding what women need will never get my vote. Would they trade eliminating the Second Amendment for tearing up Roe v. Wade? No, they wouldn’t. We need a just, objective Supreme Court. It’s time for Trump or hopefully the next President to right the ship.

BRAND NEW BOOK ON AMERICA

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.

 

 


DENSELY DUMB ON HEALTHCARE

Trump Shows His Lack of Leadership, Again

Once again, the Republicans and their head Goofball, Donald Trump, have passed something without the comprehension on how their policy affects people. The Tax Reform the President cheered, was basically a trojan horse that gave a right-wing judge in Texas the justification to throw out the whole Affordable Care Act. What the fine print giveth, a judge wrote some large print to, in a sense, make a new law. Judges are not supposed to write law, they are supposed to judge the constitutionality of a policy.

The fact that the fine, or what Justice Roberts called a tax, was taken away by the president and all his clones in Congress, has created a problem far behind the celebration we saw at the White House. When Trump said that healthcare was very complicated, “who knew” he showed his lack of focus on subject and the reason his lack of reading and understanding anything is a giant flaw in this man. He’s unqualified to be president and has no credibility on any issue. He doesn’t take the time to understand or even take a deeper look to see the pros and cons of any important decision.

The Complicit Members of Congress

Trump tweeted without thinking again, “Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!” One of the questions someone should ask the president, “How is this good for America?” When our Great Orange Leader cheers taking away people’s healthcare insurance, how can he sleep? Trump is not incurable disease, a deity or an emperor, he can be eliminated with a cure called IMPEACHMENT.

After being excited about the Texas ruling, Trump’s more civil side sent out a tweet that said, “Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!” He totally doesn’t recognize that his bad ideas led to problems. He created the problem by sabotaging the law and then he pushes the problem to Congress as if he is an external satellite only rotating around the people, not really helping them.

With all the complications Trump faces with investigations into every part of his business and governance, he decided to attack SNL. WTF? He positioned the comedy show as part of a vast conspiracy against him. Hate to break the news to him, but it isn’t a conspiracy, they are presenting skits where you are the joke. What the Donald should deal with is the fact that more than 60% of the America public want to laugh at Donald Trump. They love when the court jester shows that the President has no pants.

The number of his rants (tweets) are increasing because he feels like he is under attack, surveillance and being second guessed on everything he does. It’s true, there are many patriots out to get him. They are smart lawyers and law makers who realize that Donald Trump does not respect the law and has no patience for regular order. He wants chaos over calm. He wants dictatorship over leadership. He serves no productive purpose in his current position and should be removed. After he is impeached, the courts can decide whether he is the crook many think he is. But for now, let’s get to it and IMPEACH him. That would make America great, again.

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The Jonas Bronck Series

BOOK ONE (IF GOD COULD TALK) A Cable TV talk show host is approached by a friend who offers a guest for his show who has never been on TV before. The Diary of a TV Journalist is the story about the host of the show and his executive producer vetting the guest and attempting to determine what would happnen If God Could Talk…

BOOK TWO (IF GOD COULD CRY) One of the most eye-opening stories about terrorism. The famous cable TV talk show host, Jonas Bronck, leaves New York on a quest for 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?

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