THE PRICE OF LOYALTY

Trump Continues to Drain His Own Swamp

It would be easy to make a joke about the Price being wrong, or that every politician has his Price, but the mess that has been uncovered within the Trump Administration is embarrassing, to say the least.

As I have written here before, I don’t like Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price. So, when it was disclosed that he racked up more than a million dollars in government jet use for personal travel, I wasn’t surprised. He is a superficial, first-class B.S. artist.

Knowing some of his constituents in Georgia colored my view of Price before Trump placed him in his cabinet. Many Georgians complained about Price’s lack of attention to details and his slow or absent response to letters that were written to him about critical local issues. His “nobody is home” M.O. was a troubling elitism that the Donald obviously didn’t uncover in his “extreme vetting” of the team he assembled to help run the administration.

Trump will probably justify this firing by the total failure of the health care bills and the fact that Congress couldn’t repeal and replace of Obamacare; a sin worthy of dismissal, if only we knew what the President’s plan really was. There was never any concrete legislation created by the White House. If our great Orange Leader was depending on Tom Price to write that, well, it never got done.

The Washington Post (9-29-2017) claimed, “House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and former House speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia had pushed for the then-congressman to lead HHS, arguing that Price’s medical and policy expertise and congressional ties could help Trump deliver on his vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act.” It’s too bad that President Trump can’t fire Newt Gingrich and expunge his ill-effect on government. We already know that Paul Ryan is a classic politician who does whatever the party says, rather than what America wants.

It was rather obvious that some of Tom Price’s stock trading in the medical and pharmaceutical industries was in direct conflict with his duty as a representative in Congress. It wouldn’t take Inspector Clouseau long to figure out that something was rotten with Dr. Price.

And this points to a serious problem with the talent pool on Capitol Hill. Just because Price was a doctor and a member of Congress, wouldn’t that make him, theoretically, a member of the sleazy underworld that Trump dubbed “the swamp?” Why do we have so many doctors in Congress? Maybe they can make more money in Congress than private practice? Time to investigate them all!

Politico broke the story about Price’s misuse of government funds to the tune of more than $400,000, with another $500,000 tacked on for overseas flights. The most brazen offense being a $25,000 jet flight from DC to Philadelphia, which would have cost no more than $700 round trip on a commercial airliner or a $265 first class ride on Amtrak. You know, the one that Joe Biden used to take every day.

The fallout on this one proves that Donald J. Trump is unaware of how the government works and how people will scam their way around rules and policies, just like he does. This PriceGate shows the fallacy about the belief that America needs a good business man to run the government. We must have gotten a bad one.

So far, Trump has fired more people in nine months than most administrations dismiss in four years. And some of the reasons for these firings were damn good: lying, creating conflict, leaking, using extreme vulgarities, ignoring the Logan Act, being ineffective communication, treason and bilking taxpayers out of money. Where did Trump get these people?

Tom Price is only the tip of the iceberg in an administration which is being run like a family business, with the patriarch and owner existing in a shiny world of hyperbole and vagueness. Trump truly believes that as long as he peppers his speech with catch phrases and slogans, everything back at the office is running smoothly. There seems to be no oversight until it’s too late or until some First Amendment outlet gets in the way.

The United States of America is a public company, Donald, and the stockholders are the millions of hard-working Americans who deserve a real president. Either step up and lead, or get out of the way. We don’t care what you think about football players. That is not your domain.

We care about repairing peoples’ lives in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. We care about help needed by the middle-class and how the rich should not get more benefits than they deserve. Of course, the heath care issues still need attention as well. And by the way, we have countries vowing to destroy us and you can’t afford to take your eyes off that ball. So how about starting to work on these things instead of draining your swamp?

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THE SERIOUSNESS OF IT ALL

The Day I Finally Figured Out Trump

Today, Flag Day 2017, gun shots rang out on a baseball field in Virginia. The GOP baseball team was practicing for their annual charity game with the Democrats. Both parties take this event extraordinarily seriously; to the point of practicing in early mornings weeks leading up to the event.

I’ve often said that I am not very smart. I don’t mean that in some self-deprecating way, I truly don’t understand people. How I have been able to understand things at times is by converting the abstracts of life into pictures. My emotions are tied to visuals of every kind. My father was born on Flag Day, so when I see the flags on the streets of our great nation I think of my father. He used to joke, “Hey, look, everyone is celebrating my birthday. They’ve put their flags out.”

When I learned of a man shooting members of the GOP baseball team during their practice today I had a sick feeling. Not just because it was an act of violence but, that as we later learned, there probably was a political motive to the shooting.

For me to understand how politics work I draw a circle. At the top of the circle, say 12 o’clock, exists a place I call the middle, or the moderate, position. Then I can move to the right or the left on that circle. When I get so far down, say around 6 o’clock, it’s hard to distinguish the far right from the far left. They galvanize into this exposed nerve ending. The far right, Alt-Right or white supremacists, look similar to the far left, Patriot fighters, anarchists and Marxist revolutionaries.

On Fox News, Newt Gingrich, a political financial exploitation artist, talked about the meaning of the shootings. He said, “It’s part of a pattern. You’ve had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left.” Maybe you see only the intense increase of the left, Mr. Gingrich, but there has been an increase intensity on both sides and the reason is Donald Trump. You either own that and take your rewards from dirty dark political money, or stop your intellectual charade.

Trump opened a can of worms and no one wants to eat worms. No matter how you serve it up, someone, somewhere, has to stand up and say, TRUMP put the worms in the can. And here is how he started it.

It began with his message against political correctness. People got the message. It was banged on TV for weeks and weeks. It’s okay to say what you want. So, when we had violent rallies the emotional band aids were ripped off and people screamed. They screamed at the Bernie rallies, they screamed at the Donald rallies. The moderate people, like Hillary Clinton, bounced between 11 o’clock, to lure some Bernie voters, and 1 o’clock, to buffer some of the Trump nuts.  But Hilary’s moves didn’t matter.  The distrust that was sown over the years by critics and the campaign bombardment of hateful fake news and mistruths on social media created a myth too big for Clinton to overcome in the Electoral College.

Trump was louder than Bernie and the Democrat machine didn’t want to turn over the reins to a part-time Independent socialist. On the other hand, the avarice of the Republican party permitted Trump to hijack their club. Winning mattered more than principals, which is page one in the Trump and Newt playbook. Trump needs to cut the silly game show crap and start to become serious about America and ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

The fact that the Capitol Hill Police were able to kill the gunman who targeted Republicans on that field means we won’t get to hear his side of the story, but his electronic footprint is the same as those angry “let’s take some action” radicals on the right. You see, when you go so far to the right, you meet up with the crazies who have taken the message of hate too far to the left. They see themselves as freedom fighters, like the minute men. Oppressed white people with guns, far right, or far left?

Trump has to lead or leave. If he had a real brain and better people around him, he would see that he has stirred the pot and added hate toward immigrants, putting just enough salt into the wounds of people who have been economically displaced by years of globalization.  He has “called for things” rather than really getting anything done. He is as fake as the real news he dislikes.

Wait until the people figure out that his “great movement” has achieved only drug prices without oversight, fake job creation without training, education without a budget, environmental policy without a result and healthcare that doesn’t work for the very people who voted for him. They will be screaming, “Lock him up!”

I loved the irony of members of Congress quickly cancelling their hearing on gun control because of the shootings. What, too soon? The language they used in the halls of democracy, “An attack on one of us, is an attack on us all” Finally they understand why NATO exists. Doh!

The Trump administration should realize the harder they push the more push back they will get. Where are all the “best people” Trump said he would get to help him? All the President’s men, and a few women, sat around the cabinet table the other day kissing his ass and wasting the taxpayers’ money.

The more Donald Trump governs only to his base the angrier the rest of America becomes. The thing that gets in the way of any good ideas Trump has is his inability to float above his emotional level and need to be original. It’s not a bad piece of advice to be a moderate in America, especially with so many guns in the hands of crazy people.