THE PRECEDENT TRUMP IGNORED

His Departure Will Make Us Stronger & Greater Again

President Donald Dumbass forgot that he needed to win an election to stay in office. He didn’t believe he would triumph in 2016, so he never bothered to write a victory speech. Then for the next four years he adlibbed and lied his way through the most important job in the world. On the eve of the 2020 election, Trump really believed he would win. In fact, he said he would lose only if the election was rigged.

This stratagem, however, did not eliminate Trump’s need to gain the greatest number of votes, and that didn’t happen despite his lies to the contrary. There is something to be said about liars in America. Consider one of the greatest con artists in the history of the United States. He was so good at what he did that we gave his name to the concept of his scheme, Ponzi.

Charles Ponzi

Charles Ponzi lived in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1900s. The scam he developed was based on one lie that he exploited for years. He claimed he was buying US Postal stamps for a lower price in one country that had a devalued currency and then selling them here in the USA for a higher price. The people who were swindled never saw the stamps; they simply believed. Ponzi fooled them into thinking he was doing masterful work and convinced them their money would double in a short time.

Ponzi bilked people out of substantial amounts of money, their life savings in some cases, then used those investments to pay off earlier investors. Had anyone done the math they would have understood the impossibility of his high-volume stamp purchases in Europe keeping ahead of the quickly fluctuating currency rates. While he may actually have made money for a while, the scheme was not sustainable.

Ponzi eventually was charged in the US with mail fraud. He served more than twenty years in jail, until he was deported. He died in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1949. To put Mr. Ponzi’s dirty deeds in perspective, Bernie Madoff’s 2008 schemes cost his investors more than 53 times as much as Ponzi swindled from his believers.

Donald Trump either did or didn’t do many things during his term in office that must now be examined and reformed to improve and stabilize our government and the presidency. Let’s take a look.

First is the issue of transparency. In a story released over the weekend, we learned about Trump’s administration hiding information, destroying files and blocking Inspectors General from doing their jobs. American Oversight announced their document preservation initiative to ensure the Trump administration complies with federal public record laws. They’ve previously obtained more than 800,000 pages of documents from the Trump administration through public records requests and lawsuits, and they are prepared to litigate under the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Records Act to ensure that outgoing Trump administration officials do not remove or destroy documents. The fix was in from the very beginning as administration workers moved various electronic files to super secure servers to hide Trump’s activities. Assuming those electronic assets haven’t been deleted, President Biden can and should declassify them.

Secretary of the Treasury, Mnuchin

Just as I was putting the final touches on this post, this story appeared in the Washington Post, “The Trump administration bailed out prominent anti-vaccine groups during a pandemic. Five groups got more than $850,000 in PPP loans to help small businesses through the pandemic.” These recipients are the very people who are trying to convince people not to take a vaccine while the US Government is spending billions on inoculations to end a pandemic. Let’s find out how these decisions came about and revamp the process accordingly. Stephen Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, was supposed to insure this didn’t happen.

We need to take a good, long, hard look at presidential pardons. Should their absolute power be retained going forward? Debtors’ prisons never existed in America because of the way Great Britain abused them throughout their history to incarcerate innocent people. It’s now clear that we must maintain a certain level of punishment for those who have wronged society. A president should not be allowed to award a pardon to any government official found guilty of heinous or corrupt activities while in office. This will take a Constitutional amendment.

The idea that Trump could appoint a political operative to the position of head lawyer for the NSA right before he leaves office is an outrageous overreach and violates the intent of the appointment system. Can a new president fire the person in such a position? It appears that Trump’s actions are intended to handcuff President-Elect Biden as he assumes office. Why should such behavior be tolerated? The House, Senate and White House will soon be in the hands of Democrats. Hopefully, they will eliminate bad policies and executive orders and replace bad federal agents with qualified appointees so we can get our country moving in the right direction.

I would love to see Congress pass a resolution that says nothing Trump did while in office sets a precedent. He did so very little that was authentically worthwhile that ignoring everything would not be a big mistake. We also need to tear up those agreements and treaties he signed that are not keeping America safe.

Here’s a great story from Bloomberg News showing how we lost Trump’s Trade War with China. Read it for yourself. Trump’s maneuvers to lower the trade deficit didn’t work. The deficit was actually higher than it was in 2016. Worse yet, China’s retaliatory tariffs on our goods saddled average Americans with higher prices and damaged the profits of our farmers and manufacturers. And what about Trump’s bragging that he demanded that China buy more of our goods? Well, about half of his $172 billion goal was not realized during his term in office. Maybe it’s time for Congress to scrutinize all of Trump’s treaties and give the people a say in these issues, just like states have referendums.

We should not have to adhere to anything Trump said or did while he was in office. We need to open all the files, study his conversations and see his tax returns to know exactly how he governed. Without a full understanding of what he did, there will be no way of stopping such bad things from ever happening again. We need to understand Trump’s corrupt behavior and learn from it so we can devise proper governance guidelines for our future. Then we need to make sure Donald John Trump goes to jail.

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Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conversation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”

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IMMUNE TO SCIENCE

The Trumping Down of America

Our current situation would make a funny, off-beat movie if it didn’t involve more than 40,000 dead Americans. I can’t help wondering why the President of the United States is encouraging his fanboys and fangirls to be out there on the lawns of the state capitals waving flags, guns and breathing all over each other. I surely hope the dickheads who get infected during these rallies enjoy the part where they are burning with fever, hallucinating, and coughing up blood before they are put on ventilators.

In my quest to interpret and analyze media coverage of this horrible global pandemic, I sampled Fox News this morning. There I heard the Fox and Friends female couch sitter, Ainsley Earhardt, saying that what we don’t know is good news. In my latest book, Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs, you will find a chapter named Selling Science. I closed that chapter with this sentence, “The goofballs don’t have a vision about the future, because they cannot apply what they do not understand.” Now I am not here to put down Ainsley. I am sure that she, as a “Gamecock” got a BS from the University of South Carolina, but did they not teach her about the BS that flows from her mouth?

President Donald Trump is tainted by his countless false statements. The man seems to be anti-science, but why does he build tall buildings requiring science to determine how those structures will stand? Are his buildings magical creations? Maybe his disconnection from science comes because he’s echoing the inability of his followers to comprehend how things work. Trump is an enabler of stupidity. The good news is you can’t get stupid from another person, unless you believe them too much. The way to be senseless is to trump yourself down.

President Trump has created a dual messaging system in which the experts on his Task Force present facts and Trump appears to agree, for a few minutes. Then, he interjects a comment or two which nullify the words of the experts. Trump says things like warmer weather will kill the virus or the drug hydroxychloroquine is a cure. That one has created a worldwide shortage, bad news for people with malaria or lupus who desperately need the drug for treatment.

Trump’s completely fallacious claim that we have enough coronavirus testing in America is one of his biggest lies and most dangerous ostrich-like behavior during this pandemic. Without testing, we cannot know the true penetration of the virus into our population.

Is Trump resisting testing because he fears we would see the vastness of this crisis, proving his tardiness with testing and locking down LATE was a major mistake. Would testing indicate  that more than 20% of the population have this virus? Yes, that is what some scientists are saying. The Donald fears this would push back economic repair further into the year and cost him the election.

We cannot be immune to medical science and facts. Consider Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Computers, and his pancreatic cancer diagnosis. He died in 2011, but would have had a better chance at life if he didn’t wait nine months to get treated.

In the case of the COVID-19, we would be better off if we had waited before reopening the country and putting people in harm’s way. Our impatience with antibody testing is showing in the constant discussions about where we are headed. We don’t even know if the plasma from a cured patient can help someone suffering with the virus. It should work, but we will have to prove it with science.

Donald Trump has said we don’t have time to wait for test tubes and clearance on these techniques and drugs. He just wants to roll them out with his friendly cheer, “What do you have to lose?” It takes a futile person to make a comment like that! If anyone asks you why America seems to disregard science in things like melting glaciers and protective vaccines, you can blame Donald Trump just as much as theories from ignoramuses on the internet.

Trump has a calling card he whips out for his sycophants when they are asked why they are doing such stupid things, “We Can’t Have the Cure Be Worse Than the Problem.” And so, with a few tweets, Trump has summoned the far-right to protest local governments, ignoring what Trump and his Task Force have asked us to do. That’s  deeply disturbing and dangerous malpractice by this President.

The game of government and poorly run businesses is the use of committees and task forces to analyze problems and develop solutions. This committee mentality is exactly why things slow to a crawl. Yes, it’s great to get input, but eventually someone in power must make a call. It’s called leadership! We could parade hundreds of doctors in front of Trump and if didn’t already agree with their advice he would never take it. Even his own medical analysis came from a strange personal doctor, who later admitted that he quickly wrote a letter based on what Trump wanted him to say, instead of delivering a serious medical analysis based on science.

With more than 40,000 Americans dead because of COVID-19, the President stands for hours in the press room at the White House doing nothing to advance science or giving us what we need to survive. He talks in terms of himself and prattles on about how he closed the borders and saved millions of lives. That’s not a scientific fact, but someone told him that he did something good, so he keeps repeating it. Some say Trump is an idiot. If Trump were as smart as he claims, he wouldn’t have forced a trade war with the country that produces most of our PPE and medical testing supplies. If he believed in and followed science, he would have taken coronavirus seriously from the beginning. There is credible proof that he was told in December, then again in early January about the coming doom, yet he did nothing.

Trump will keep saying that he acted fast and saved lives, but in fact, what he refers to as a “travel ban” was not an outright embargo. There were exceptions for certain Chinese Nationals and Americans and their family members. More than 40,000 people came into the USA from China after the restrictions were put in place. Science would say that number of untested people arriving on our shore was large enough to eventually infect the whole nation. Some researchers believe the catastrophic infection rate in New York City had its origin in Europe, not China, so Trump was late again. The European Union ban, excluding the UK, wasn’t placed until March 11, 2020. A few days later, the President added the UK, as an afterthought. According to the World Health Organization, as of March 11th the novel coronavirus had infected more than 118,000 people and killed close to 4,300 worldwide, By CNN’s tally, the US had over 1,200 cases. Trump can keep saying “zero death,” but he placed a travel ban thus proving he was concerned. I can’t fathom why he’s blaming the World Health Organization for all his lateness.

We know Trump is pushing back on the inadequate testing in America. We know that he is panicked; we can hear it in his voice. He is lashing out at anyone who questions his judgement and has not taken command of crisis management. What I say to the 42% of the citizenry who think Trump will fix this is, “HE THINKS YOU ARE STUPID!” Why do you let him hold this belief behind your back? Why don’t you confront him? Maybe we will see some of those protesters laying in a hospital, recanting their myth that COVID isn’t any more harmful than the seasonal flu. Maybe then they might ask Trump why he tricked them.

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

The book that tells it like it is…

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

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DORIAN, DEDUCTIONS & DECEITFULNESS

Trump’s Incurable Appetite for Attention

Politicians tell us about all the wonderful things they are going to do for us, and they always fall short. This creates a distrust more sorrowful than any other industry in America. A special responsibility falls upon the leader of the free world, yet the current White House resident is aimlessly governing our nation without a plan or doctrine. Trump’s malfeasance and miscalculations in office are hurting our citizens. To warn people in Alabama about hurricane Dorian was a mindless example of his lack of preparation and accuracy. Alabama was not in the path of the storm, but Trump just wanted to add that to his tweet and press harangue.

It’s senseless for our idiot-in-chief to brag about a tax cut that clearly has been erased by his draconian trade war with China. If the tax cut gave the average person $800 a year, the tariffs on Chinese goods will cost each family $1000 and it could get worse. The Donald misunderstands the impact of tariffs on the America public. He sees a trade deficit as profit for another country, rather than the way economies match up when selling and trading goods across borders with different monetary systems. He keeps saying that China is paying for the tariffs, when in fact it’s the American importers and distributors of those products who are footing the bill. Of course, they then pass those tariffs along to consumers by raising the prices of the goods.

When politicians and presidents attempt to benefit themselves by changing the meaning of words to construct a false definition of what actually happened, we all lose. It goes far beyond a voting decision; it affects our very lives. The National Weather Service in Alabama had to post an official statement that Hurricane Dorian was NOT going to reach their state. This is why a president’s statements are so important during a disaster or military conflict. Sadly, we cannot trust that Trump will ever get it right.

There’s a certain explicit deceitfulness with Donald Trump. He really doesn’t care about lies. It’s a baked-in gene misalignment that defies all Christian guilt and guidance. The corruption of the evangelical elites gives him a vast reach of confidence and lawlessness that has never before been seen in any president. Trump is a con man.

The deduction of rights and protections under the Trump administration is just as much a problem as the lack of reasonable actions for economic progress. Donald Trump is planning to open large areas of public lands for mining, logging and pollution, lowering the measures to protect the environment from methane gases and drain off from factories into public waters. They are fighting with auto manufacturers about fuel efficiencies and lowering emissions. WHY? They make no effort to explain how their moves are GOOD FOR AMERICA, either before or after rolling back controls. Why would we ever want to go back to less efficient cars?

Dorian is not the last hurricane that will threaten this country and China is not the only player in the world that wants to sell their products to America. Trump has been so hyper focused on China that he doesn’t listen to the moderate trade voices who fully comprehend how much WE SELL TO OTHER COUNTRIES.

It seems that Donald Trump believes the United States of America is a monolithic entity, invincible to the ever changing supply and demand fluctuations around the world. When the US imposed tariffs on China’s steel and aluminum, they slapped tariffs on US soybeans which killed the market. Trump fails to see that once prices rise too high for soybeans and pork, a country like China will buy them from someone else. Once they get a taste of products from other places at a lower price, they may never come back to us.

Trump starts each day by getting attention, then after tweeting he talks to his people seeking encouragement and adulation. None of them feel compelled to offer another viewpoint or a different strategy. They already know what he wants before the meeting, so why fight his tweets? It’s a destructive recipe for failure.

The appetite for solving problems is simply not there. Trump is like an elephant suffering with a neurosyphilis brain leading to confusion and poor concentration. Eventually, this leads to depression or irritability causing further mistakes. A trade war becomes a real war with the power to destroy the world economy. We wish he would just go away so more logical minds could prevail, but we don’t have a quick remedy for this.

One of the things the Trump tax cut took away were many of the deductions that middle-class homeowners used to make their lives better. There is no one other than Trump to blame for the cost of living increases flowing from his insane trade war. Let’s not be fooled by his rhetoric and deceptions. He’s the problem, and more and more people in our country are figuring it out. The election cannot come fast enough. The winds of discontent are turning, and the damage of another Trump term will be permanent and extremely destructive. He must be stopped.

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.

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A PREGNANT ECONOMY

Trump’s Denial of Umbilical Connection

Donald Trump has been railing against globalism for a long time. Perhaps he fails to understand the structural foundation of trade, or, worse doesn’t have the knowledge and facts a true world leader should.

As President, historians will note either what you did you to help people (Obamacare) or what you did to hurt people (#TrumpTradeWar). There’s nothing a person can do to change facts or repair their narrative. Trump just may be writing a one-term reality.

If you see the stock market as the sole indicator of economic stability in America, you are only half right. Only 50% of working citizens own stock, the rest usually hold debt. Trump is so far from middle-class reality that he cannot possibly understand the challenges of a working family. Rather than show empathy, he transmits tropes of hate and fear.

I’m noticing that the shelves at Target and Walmart seem to have less inventory. Some stores have reconfigured with wider aisles, so that fewer choices aren’t so glaring. There is a wait and see attitude regarding buying based on tariffs and customer demand.

Macy’s CEO warns that the trade war could force stores to raise prices and send a message to President Trump that his consumers do not have an appetite for higher prices. Brick and mortar retailers are nervous. Will American malls become the next shuttered structures, victims of globalism and bad trade policies?

Like a pregnant woman engaging in risky behavior, Trump is wielding significant damage to not only our economy, but to the world’s monetary structure. China is only part of Trump’s problems. The Donald’s bullheadedness is killing our farmers and the insulting act of throwing them scant domestic aid while their soybeans are rotting is shameful and un-American.

Trump’s use of Twitter as an economic weapon against the central bank and its chairman is beneath the presidency. He continually equates experts and hard-working people to enemies when they suggest a different position than his. Trump’s ego appears to be his sole priority and his fear of recession might be the only reality that gets his unfettered attention. He seems to comprehend that a bad economy will be sure death in the voting booth for him.

The Donald is going to kill the baby. He refuses to take the doctor’s advice because he thinks he knows better than anyone else. He’s bad for the environment. He’s bad for the economy. He’s bad for America. And, oh yeah, he’s a racist. It’s time to abort his presidency. We have a fool in the White House.


THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL

Discombobulated Donald’s Dilemma 

If we were sitting around the BBQ pit on Memorial Day ten years ago and I was to tell you that a future US President will be glowingly supportive of the leader of North Korea, the President of Russia or the murderous policies of the Saudi Royal Family, you would have said I was crazy. Donald Trump would rather be a friend of dictators than a beacon of democracy around the world. He’s a shameful representative of American values. Maybe it’s jetlag, but more likely stupidity, that causes our president to invariably say stupid things when he’s on foreign soil.

This routine of doing the opposite of what any other mature and thoughtful leader would do is getting worn-out. The truth will eventual prevail that Donald Trump’s mind is a perverse instrument of disregard and self-serving. The confusing disruption to our well-designed foreign relationships with allies is more than baffling. The President of the United States began his time in Japan by insulting his host with whines about unfair trade. It was insulting and embarrassing. Trump doesn’t remember that it was the US that constructed the plan to rebuild Japan after we blew it up. The President is impudent of historical context. Our helping hand assisted with more than seventy-five years of peace in the region.

One real dilemma the Donald faces is that people are not as dumb as he believes. Kim is laughing. Putin is laughing. The EU thinks Trump is foolish. I am sure that the leader of Japan, Shinzō Abe, is wondering why Trump would brush off North Korea’s launching rockets into the sky over Japan. We were told by Donald Trump the missiles from “rocket man” had stopped because of Don and Kim’s love affair. I guess tough love sometimes doesn’t work. Trump’s lackadaisical attitude regarding Kim Jung-Un is disturbing to the world. He’s merely trying to save face from his failure to get anything substantial from Chairman Kim, a ruthless dictator. Trump never listens to anyone and continually gets played by these people.

The farmers are smart and work the math. They know that they are getting financially killed by the tariffs that Trump chucked on the heartland of this country. Let’s see if we can put this into a picture.

When products are imported into the US, a tariff is placed on the goods by our customs agents. Something that originally cost $100 might get a tariff of $25. The importer will pay the $25 to the treasury. While this may seem like profit taken in by the treasury, it’s just a tax that will be quickly matched by the country we slam with tariffs. In this case, it’s China. So, US soybeans worth $100 will now be sold in China at $125. If another country can beat the price, our farmers will suffer from a total loss of business to a competitor. No one buys more soybeans from America than China.

Now, you may think it ends there, but it doesn’t. The item that was $100 is now $125, and the extra $25 is paid by you, the consumer. The importer simply increases your price tag to offset their increased cost-of-doing-business. In a sense, Mr. and Mrs. America, it’s like the US government just taxed you $25.00. Why are they doing that? Why would they give you a tax cut and then take back more than they gave you?

Because the farmers in America are suffering, the US Department of Agriculture will give them relief in the form of a “socialistic” loan, a form of redistributing the wealth to a class of workers who need it. Plain and simple, it’s a bailout, the kind of handout conservative Republicans have rallied against for years. You might ask, who pays for that? Well, we do, the taxpayers!

So, you see, we pay for the increase in cost of each item to give money to the government. Then the USDA moves money around to pay for this economic misstep. To balance the scales, they might spend less on meat inspections. Does that keep America safe? There’s nothing wrong with helping farmers, but what about the family of four buying clothing made in China? They have no bail out. This whole mess is caused by a bad trade policy and no matter how many TV experts explain it, Trump will never understand how it works.

Look at this diagram and observe that China pays no money into the US Treasury. Likewise, the US will pay no money into the Chinese treasury. It’s just a war that the little people fund with price increases that hurt the average American. Even if US manufacturers could supplant the imported items, there is no guarantee that the cost of those goods would ever be cheaper than goods coming from China, with or without tariffs.

TRUMP’S TRADE WAR is just another stupid idea from a clueless, uninformed leader with too much power. Perhaps the responsibility and care of trade should be in the hands of the less than popular Congressional branch. At least Congress would make fewer mistakes because they move in slow but calculated ways. America will pay more for everything during the next five years. Why is this good for us? No one has successfully debated this issue with Trump and his dogma is so entrenched that he no longer believes anyone but himself. The discombobulated frontal lobes of the man in the White House will never see things the ways they are, only the way he wants to view them. When the trade war fails, it will totally be his fault. Remember that, voters!

 

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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TRUMP’S TRADE WAR

Did He Really Need to Do This?

If you review the dogma of Donald Trump, you will see a picture of the administration’s complete lack of intelligent design. If you wanted to bring together many nations to curb Chinese manipulation of world trade, you would sign an TTP agreement. Trump walked away from it. After NAFTA achieved years of strong economic development in the US, Canadian and Mexico, Trump tore it up.

If you want to keep track of the nuclear ambitions of Iran, you make them sign an agreement with many nations. Trump walked away from it. If you want to motivate the countries of the world to establish reasonable pollution control and climate change curtailment, you sign a Paris Accord. Trump walked away from it.

And now, Trump believes that the way to get the world’s economy under the control of American money is to slap tariffs on products from all the top economies of the world. What is a tariff? It’s a tax on imports or exports between sovereign states. It is a means to regulate international trade by taxing foreign products to encourage or safeguard domestic industry. Basically, we add taxes to products so that another country cannot undercut US products with a price advantage. This was first done by Alexander Hamilton to protect new companies from harsh competition.

Consider this. You bought a case of wine in France and tucked it into your luggage as you returned to the US. A customs inspector discovers your cache and analyzes it. Let’s say you bought a case of 36 bottles for two dollars a bottle. So, the value of your case is $72 and the tariff (really a fine in this case) is $8 per bottle or $288 for the case. Now, let’s further say you were bringing the case into America for a friend. Instead of charging your friend $72, you now must charge your drinking buddy $360 for the contraband you delivered. If we apply this to a real-world business situation, one might also have to charge the friend federal and state taxes on the goods, which would raise the cost even more. Yes, the treasury got the $288 in fees, but the tariff was paid by the importer, and the consumer reimbursed the importer for their costs. The money was a tax paid by the consumer and deposited into the treasury.

Now, if France got wind of this tariff and matched the tariff on something coming the other way, let’s say, a John Deere tractor, then their consumers would have to pay an increased price on the US-made tractor. But what if the French refused to pay the tariff and bought a Kubota tractor from Japan? That would mean the US manufacturer would lose the sale and the trade war would damage that company’s bottom-line. These complex layers of global trade are a great pitch to rabid political rally goers, but the consequences of knee jerk trade policies become highly problematic for our producers.

Idiot-in-Chief Trump has a fantasy dream that all the rustbelt states will bring back major manufacturing facilities and we will return to the calmer economy of American in post-war 1950s. This might sound like a great idea on the surface, but it took more than 70 years for these former US industries to be eliminated by sellers importing cheaper goods from other countries and that’s not a clock easily turned back.

Sure, the US could have been a protectionist economic force in the last 50 years, but the rest of the world wouldn’t have bought our expensive goods. Large markets such as China, India and Southeasts Asia would have simply bought items and sold products such as steel and aluminum to and from other nations. Our industries might have collapsed faster.

Instead of trying to bring back those high polluting industries, with no guarantee that we could even produce cheaper products, we need to look toward products of the future. To borrow a sports metaphor from famous hall of fame hockey star Wayne Gretzky, success is “not skating to where the puck was but skating to where the puck is going to be.” And that is precisely what we must do with our industrial developments and plans.

The world is migrating toward wind and sun energy. Why can’t we be the #1 producer of the gear to lead the planet to renewable energy? If the earth is all about technology, why aren’t we investing in education and finding the brightest and smartest inventors for the future? It’s a better investment than cranking up the coal burning power plants. Even investment in nuclear power plants makes more sense then putting money into old technology. We can produce without killing the world markets.

Most smart investors and economists understand how things work, but remember, they are never 100% correct. We have a president who thinks he knows everything about money and how to make billions, yet in his life he lost more than a BILLION dollars and paid no taxes for more than a decade. Sadly, his followers don’t care about the past. They don’t even care about the Mueller report. The reality is we all will lose money because of Donald Trump. WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR HIS MISTAKES? Hey, maybe that’s a good tag line for a political opponent’s commercial in 2020!

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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THE MATH FREE PRESIDENT

Trump Doesn’t Understand Economics

Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi had as many names as he had schemes to bilk people out of their money. You probably know him as Charles Ponzi and, yes, the “Ponzi Scheme” was named after him. Many of Donald Trump’s fiscal moves can be traced back to this famous Italian conman.

Let’s mix in some words here from Plato’s character Phaedrus. “Things are not always what they seem. The first appearance deceives many. The intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” If just one person had seriously questioned Mr. Ponzi early on, he would have never been able to get away with his plot to defraud people out of their life savings. Sooner or later, someone must pay up.

Plato also warned us that we shouldn’t judge a person, or an idea based on what we first think. We can go from 400 B.C. (Plato), to the 1900s (Ponzi), to 2008 (Bernie Madoff), to 2016 (Donald Trump) and see con artists trying to convince us that we are going to benefit from their special ruses.

One of Trump’ tricks is a spontaneous burst of an opinion during one of his rallies that then gets baked into his routine, that then becomes policy. The game of chance that this man is playing with the world-wide economy is treacherous.

Donald Trump probably had a difficult discussion with someone on his team who disagreed with him on his tariff ideas. He caught everyone else in the White House off guard by blurting out his decree in a meeting. Without any details, he simply peed on the tree to claim ownership of his turf on this subject. He said, in a forceful kind of disagreeable manner, that the United States would be placing a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% fee on aluminum. And the stock market freaked out.

Rather than weighing the pros and cons to develop a logical argument for doing this now, when the Fed is about to raise interest rates, and explaining his position to the American public, Trump just blasted out his new “plan,” which seems devoid of any sane rationale.

Much like your drunk Uncle, who sits on the front porch railing against all our products coming from other countries, there is little desire by the Donald to understand how and WHY this has happened. Rather than trying to change a worldwide economic trend with a RULE, Mr. President, why not know the side effects of your “remedies” before making everyone in the country swallow your bitter pill? It’s ironic that the cure for the “rest of the world taking advantage of us in trade” is a rule. Deregulating has taken on this “for us only” status. Strange.

Forcing protectionism on the rest of the world might make Donald Trump feel good personally, but if it leads to trade wars we will all have to pay. Consider Trump’s “clean coal.” It’s a chemical myth to help an industry of 51,000 workers when wind energy is already supporting 100,000 jobs in the renewable fuel industry. Then there’s the Donald’s plan to protect 100,000 steel jobs, while hundreds of thousands of building projects will have to cut jobs to pay for the increased cost of metals. America doesn’t make enough steel and aluminum to provide resources for all the ongoing projects. And while we scramble to build and reopen plants, the President’s measures plunge us into inflationary turmoil.

The weekend brought early sparks of a retaliatory trade war with the European Union’s discussions of taxes of their own. Then Trump tweeted: “If the E.U. wants to further increase their already massive tariffs and barriers on U.S. companies doing business there, we will simply apply a Tax on their Cars which freely pour into the U.S. They make it impossible for our cars (and more) to sell there. Big trade imbalance!”

Once again, our President has decided he knows best and his actions will make everything cost more. And who must pay more? The people Trump and Congress just awarded a big tax cut will now get to pay more for everything we buy.

Donald J. Trump doesn’t know anything about economics. He’s the big orange kid who has been living in a bubble his whole life. He talks with other rich men who breathe that same uninformed air of how economies work. Trump is in violation of one of the most important aspects of our economic model. Like a balloon, pushing too hard on one side will force a change on the other. When you make changes, you should do so gradually, measure whatever fallout takes place and then make appropriate adjustments.

What Donald Trump has miscalculated is that no one in the world respects him or cares about his insane attitudes and beliefs. They won’t even blink when given the opportunity to make him look bad. The will add tariffs to make it harder for him to bully them. And when Trump has his next corporate CEO meeting at the White House, those white-collar, button-down leaders will have no problem explaining it all to him. In their minds, this will be a rich payback for all the tough love they have received from their public board of directors. Payback is a bitch, Donnie.

Ponzi was an unbelievable scheme, but people fell for it. Bernie Madoff was able to trick the richest people in New York. And Donald Trump is still fooling 35% of the country. The bad news is all of us will have to pay for his Trade War, while he will continue to promise more unbelievable benefits.

 

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.