PAIN & BIG PRICE TO PAY

Trump’s Premature Pull-out

We knew it was going to happen. People warned us that it was going to happen. But now we see the result of someone who doesn’t calculate his comments or comprehend the weight of his words. Let us review.

Just last week, seemly out of the blue, President Donald Trump said, “I want to get out. I want to bring our troops back home.” And he added the snarky comment, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now.”

It reminds me of a wild New Year’s Eve party I had one night at my home where there were so people they could hardly move. A woman dropped her plate of food on the carpeting and started to walk away from her mess. I suggested she clean up the dropped plate, she turned to me and said, “They have people to take care of that.”

For most of Trump’s life, someone else has always taken care of things. When he wanted to keep someone from talking about him, he would have someone else write and execute a Nondisclosure Agreement. When he was tired of the woman he married, he would call in some lawyers to clean up the mess.

But now, Trump is the President of the United States and the words he uses, whether out loud or online, have major consequences. There isn’t a fixer to call. Clearly, he was suggesting an almost “mission accomplished” moment when he said, “We are knocking the hell out of ISIS and that once that’s done we’ll be coming out.” The assumption that ISIS is anywhere close to giving up shows this man’s inability to follow the intelligence and understand fundamental facts from the front line.

One of the things that makes Trump so effective with his base is his way of talking in simple terms and use of generalizations. He makes bold, naïve statements, and the bobblehead dolls of the heartland nod and believe in their Great Orange Leader. He discounts basic facts, like we have fewer troops in Syria than Mr. Trump is sending to the Mexican-U.S. border: 2,000 vs. 4,000. Does that mean ISIS is less dangerous than women and children in the “caravan” coming from Honduras? These facts don’t matter in Trumpworld.

Something happened right after Trump made his careless statement about Syria. The ruthless dictator, Bashar al-Assad, once again dropped chemical bombs on his own people. John McCain was quick to suggest that Assad did that because of Trump’s premature pullout statement. Wow, the senior Senator from Arizona is suggesting culpability on Trump’s part.

The last time Assad used chemical weapons, Trump finished his second large piece of chocolate cake and launched an airstrike on an airbase in Syria.

This time, Trump was quick to Tweet this reaction: “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price to pay. Open area immediately for medical help and verification. Another humanitarian disaster for no reason whatsoever. SICK!”

In just days, we’ve gone from pulling out soon, rubbing our hands and saying basically our work is done here, to the realization that ISIS is only part of the problem. It’s a complicated civil war with three or four factions, interference coming from Russian and Iran and the desire to push the Hezbollah party into power. Both Russia and Iran will not take any aggression sitting down.

Not only are the Russians warning Trump not to retaliate in Syria, they are reacting to an early Monday morning bombing of a major air base in central Syria. Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed that two Israeli F-15 jets launched eight guided rockets from Lebanese airspace into Syria. Will Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu upstage Trump and take the frontline for him in this war?

If Trump would have just slowed down and gathered advice from his experts first, he would have avoided this kind of embarrassing international blunder. There is clearly no diplomatic filter on the @realDonaldTrump twitter account. We knew it was going to happen; people warned that it was going to happen, but this vain and uncontrollable man doesn’t care what smart people think. He cannot separate the smart from the loud.

The Donald told us that we might feel a little pain with his Trade War that he is conducting against China, Canada and Mexico, but he’s now asking us to pay more for his imaginary long-term gain. It’s a giant trickledown con job. The price increases will wipe out any gains people achieved with the tax cut.

Trump cares more about putting down Obama’s Syria “red line” comment than acknowledging that, no matter what he does, someone will have to pay a price in Syria. If our President gets involved and starts to drop bombs, he will piss off his boyfriend Putin. If he does nothing, he will look weak and all the Trump haters will accuse him of hypocrisy. There are no right choices here. We need, and don’t have, a president who puts America First, not his ego and shallow knowledge of the political landscape in the Middle East.

Gee, where is Trump’s big Middle East peacekeeper Jared Kushner? I guess a person who owns properties on the West Bank in Israel would not be that objective in this discussion. I’m not sure why Jared Kushner is even a part of this story.

The cunning military intellectual, General McMaster, is gone. Now Trump gets to test his brand-new security adviser, John Bolton, on his first day at work. To bomb or not to bomb? Action or inaction? As Trump says when he is befuddled and flustered, “We will see.”

Whatever the Russian spy network has on Donald Trump, or whatever embarrassing bank entanglements he is keeping from the American public, they probably don’t mean anything now. Trump is trying to figure out whether he wants to go up against Russia on the world stage. Putin could release what he knows about Trump, but that is too obvious for a former spy.

With Syria in Bashar al-Assad’s grip, nothing is going to change. Like his father, he will bomb and poison his people until they bow to his authority. Trump best be wearing his big-boy pants this week. He might also want to have a few spare trousers on call. When he finally hears the truth about Syria from Bolton, he will be losing more than his credibility.

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PRESIDENT MONEYBAGS

Buying His Way Out of Obstruction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE HEAD COMPLAINER

Trump’s Mar-A-Largo Boredom

I love when people say, “It’s time to take off the gloves!” as if punching someone with your bare knuckles would do more damage to the person you are fighting. The real result of punching with no gloves is damage to your own hands. But in the spirit of over-using the cliché, maybe this year I will take the gloves off.

First, this low-life con man, who the manipulated masses elected to the most important office in the land, keeps forcing himself into every conversation at the New Year’s Eve party. I didn’t invite this person to attend my party and I wish he would shut up and go home.

I don’t give a rat’s ass how much golf the douche bag plays, but I am increasing irritated by his constant stream of negativity. “No wall, No DACA!” comes right after Trump tweeted about bi-partisanship in the New Year. We get it asshole, you want a freaking wall to compensate for some limp, failing body part.

He keeps pressing himself and longing for attention, like a spoiled-little brat who was deprived of his mother’s breasts and constantly craved his father’s attention. Just as the year was ending, he complained about the Post Office not charging Amazon enough to deliver their packages on the weekend. What a dipshit! He doesn’t realize that thousands of postal workers earn overtime to work those packages. What does he want the Post Office to do, give the business back to FedEx and UPS? CNN, yes, CNN, did a great job analyzing this latest blunder by Trump in this article. Donald J. Trump is one of the most unqualified, ill-equipped and naïve people we have ever elected President.

He tries to pump his low numbers in the polls by quoting a one-off that showed him with a decent score. He continually slams Fake News and seems to lack the ability to relax and enjoy his family during the holidays. And then, while millions of Americans are suffering through some of the coldest temperatures in decades, he tweets that the country could use some global warming. His modicum of knowledge of anything science-oriented embarrasses the citizens of this great nation and makes them feel worse, not better. If confronted, he will say that he was just kidding. The joke is on you, bozo. The sea level in West Palm Beach is expected to rise five to six feet and maybe Trump will live long enough to see Mar-a-Largo under water.

He throws a bone to The New York Times, the newspaper he seems to hate the most, with what the Times termed a rambling monologue. You don’t need to ask him any questions, simply turn on the mic or camera and let this idiot babble.

The Donald is like a circus monkey; throw a peanut and sit back and watch him do tricks. He relentlessly rambles and violently vomits his vile viewpoints and reconstructed truths, commonly known as lies. He made sure he worked in “there was no collusion” more than sixteen times. This baboon is more worried about dissing the dossier than making any sense. He is the walking, talking embodiment of the “implication of the opposite,” not comprehending that the more he denies the more it seems like he is guilty.

He blamed China of violating the sanctions against North Korea and claimed he “caught them RED HANDED” without any awareness of the pun or the accuracy of the accusation. What a dickhead to say on Twitter that China was in violation of an international order, when he is attempting to work with them. Why wouldn’t he simply pick up the phone and call their leader to discuss? Their government sent a message that they are not in violation and take the UN agreement very seriously. Another horrible glitch in the rancid brain of the “leader” of the free world.

There are a lot of people who don’t want to talk about impeachment because they can’t see a high crime or misdemeanor being committed here, but what about a lack of judgement and putting the country into a threatened position? This great Orange Leader isn’t taken seriously by the competent world leaders, and those with direct contact know that he is a liar.

I have said from the beginning that Donald Trump should be impeached for lying. And that I truly believe that the founding fathers assumed that the President of the United States of America would tell the truth to the people of this land. Our current president, with his corpulent orange body, will exploit his position for wealth and power until most of the voters stand up and force this fraud from his position. We need to rid ourselves of this whinny complainer and get on to better things. If he wants to know why he isn’t doing better in the polls, it’s because he always seems to have to put down someone. He’s slowly running out of “someones” to put down.

 

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Now available on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE FULL OF SH*T FACTOR

Trump’s Cage of Crazies

It is clear as we near the one-year mark of Donald Trump’s Presidency, that this has been a most embarrassing ride for most Americans. Some knew if from the start, while others are slowly starting to realize that we made a serious mistake.

Even the President himself doesn’t push back on the notion that chaos is part of his make-up, not the kind he wears, and nothing will ever be “normal” in the White House while he reigns.

Think of this: Mike Flynn, the National Security Adviser was in office for only 25 days, and now he’s plead guilty to lying to the FBI. Reince Priebus Chief of Staff, has left the building. Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist, is out, and wannabe Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, is gone. The rude and crude shorter termer, Anthony Scaramucci, was pounced on and pounded out before getting his first paycheck. Poor little Sean Spicer was thrown to the wind because he was one of the worst liars in the history of the government. Mike Dubke left before we even had a chance to understand what he did.

Then there’s Sally Yates, who was fired because she refused to do Trump’s dirty work. The President had the lack of intelligence to fire the head of the FBI, James Comey, so that the pressure of the Russian investigation would be lifted. His hasty action prompted Comey to testify about his relationship with Trump and motivate the appointment of a Special Counsel to take up the work of getting to the bottom of the Russian probe.

Let’s not forget the firing of Preet Bharara, US attorney in New York, Derek Harvey, Middle East advisor for National Security Council, Katie Walsh, Deputy White House Chief of Staff, Walter Shaub, office of Government Ethics, Michael Short, Press Aide, Tom Price, Secretary of Health & Human Services and now Omarosa Manigault, a Public Liaison Director of Communications. For most observers, Omarosa was nothing but a diversity prop.

Just like the character in his reality TV show, Donald Trump has a horrible record of recruitments and hires. He has no desire to keep anyone from the previous administration, regardless of their experience or expertise. Donald’s lack of patience and concentration constantly leads to misunderstandings, miscommunications and maligned employees. The man is a joke as an executive.

We must face the crushing reality that we will never have a well-oiled administration with our Great Orange Leader. The friction that Trump creates with his Tweets, uninformed opinions, conspiracy theories, harsh treatment of allies and ass-kissing of criminals and dictators will never change. Trump is a flawed, limited human being.

Trump’s cage of crazies is augmented by rich people with an agenda to paper their pockets while they have a chance to manage the money in favor of the wealthy without any serious effort to help the middle class. If this “full of shit factor” has not given you any hope, we understand. But this feckless fake should be motivating you to do something.

What can we do to thwart this maniac’s bad judgement and poor management of our blessed country? America cannot be left in the hands of a Republican majority. Without a major change in the numbers after the 2018 midterm elections, no citizen will have the right to complain about where we find ourselves. We all must act to block this madman’s agenda before he starts another war.

If you think in terms of keeping lunatics out of office, think Alabama. When the gene pool in Congress is devoid of democratic balance, the result is an aberrant, some would say criminal, shift in laws and policies. Congress is supposed to move slowly and apply gravity to make each decision considered and well formed. We can see how fast both the House and Senate moved on the Tax Cuts and Jobs act. They are trying to get what they want pushed through, without the burden of citizen review. Isn’t that taxation without representation?

There are those in Washington, DC who claim that, right after the first of the year, Robert Mueller’s investigation will unfold its big reveal and we will embark on the next season of TRUMP: A White House in Crisis. Will the main character fire more employees and maybe even the top cop in the investigation? Book it.

Will the daughter find out what she is supposed to do beyond redecorating her White House office? Will the son-in-law be able to bring peach in the Middle East in his lifetime? Will the General finally figure out that he has tarnished his reputation forever? Will the world ever regain esteem for America? Stay tuned. The second season must be watched live. The only person binging the series will the be the fat orange man sitting on the toilet with his Android phone in hand.

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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.

 

 

 


THE BIOLOGY OF R’s and D’s

Washington’s New Reality

As the fires are burning and blowing across Southern California, there are fires a burning in our nation’s capital that even the big bad wolf in the White House cannot blow out. Women are finally taking back their country.

We have a new catch-all term, “sexual misconduct,” to house all the possible sexual assault complaints from grab-ass to rape. The “#MeToo” movement, as it is being called, has taken hold and landed on the cover of Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” edition. I have one theory why this is happening now.

When Donald Trump was elected President, millions of people disregarded his sexual misconduct and pulled the lever to force a powerful, yet very disliked, woman out of public life. Mission Accomplished. But from Bill Cosby to Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose, from Matt Lauer to even George H.W. Bush, some of the most respected men in our country have been thrown on the pyre of female discontent.

This isn’t a republican problem or a democrat problem. After all, they are biologically the same. This modern suffragette force will not be stopped by double standards, hypocrisies or lies. Business, especially public companies, want to limit their liability in wrongful dismissal cases, whereas government houses attempt to protect their members to maintain the illusion of the institution’s sanctity. The cloak and dagger determination these men display is nothing short of codified sexism.

But why do these things happen in the first place? The root of this can be found in the phrase, “Let Trump Be Trump.” It’s the empowerment of an already empowered man. Trump’s harangues about political correctness and saying whatever he wants has been translated into a permission slip for the men of America. That little tag, “And when you’re a celebrity, they let you do whatever you want!” in the Access Hollywood tape is the embodiment of male dominance and privilege taking. It’s based on a fantasy that such behavior is what women really want. In most cases, however, it is not what they want, and the sooner men learn this, the quicker this problem will fade away. As one of my old bosses used to say decades ago about women who worked in the office, “If you sleep with her, you gotta marry her.”  Not that liberating, but actually good advice.

I laughed out loud when I heard a male “talking head” on TV this morning (12-8-2017), say that the accusation against Trent Franks, one of the most conservative House members from Arizona, is not sexual harassment. Franks, who has now said he will resign, claimed he asked female employees to bear his child as a surrogate.

The guidelines are clear: a person in authority, usually a supervisor, demands that subordinates tolerate sexual harassment as a condition of getting or keeping a job or job benefit, including promotions and raises. A single instance of harassment is sufficient to sustain a quid pro quo claim. And harassment is grounds for legal action when the conduct is unwelcome, based on sex, and severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive, offensive or hostile work environment.

It’s rather mystifying that men who want to use their power over women, seem to be the ones most vocally against legal abortions. This is another indication that their psychological makeup drives their need to control women, claiming they know what is best for a female.

Once Trent’s two staffers said that his discussion made them uncomfortable, that made it unwelcome. And you cannot get anything more “based on sex” than reproduction. The mere fact he thought it was okay to discuss this in the workplace shows that the United States Congress has no training on working environment policies and laws.

Franks admits to his request or, at least, suggestion that these workers think about being surrogates for the Congressperson and his wife. And because what he says will be a media circus during an investigation, he is leaving Congress in January 2018. Or is there more under the rock?

Don’t feel sorry for this goofball. Since Trent Franks has joined Congress his net worth has jumped by about $25 million and, according to OpenSecrets.org, his net worth was calculated at over $33 million in 2010. He also takes a $174,000 salary from the government. See the writer’s note below.

All the payments and settlements that took place in Congress over the last 20 years should be made public. They can redact the victim’s names, but we taxpayers have a right to know how our money has been spent. We need full transparency going forward and a system at least as potent as most corporate governance policies demand. A person filing a complaint shouldn’t feel that retaliation is part of the process, as they do now.

Al Franken might be the Democrats’ sacrificial lamb this week, but there will be more men brought to the town square to be judged. And with each one, we will see swift justice because women in America have been waiting too long to get their piece of the pie. The power being wielded now is rather remarkable. It just might convince men, on both sides of the aisle, to take notice and stop exploiting the women around them. If not, as that great philosopher from New York said recently, “There’s a Special Place in Hell for Child Abusers!” What Ivanka Trump failed to add is that there is also a special place for men in Congress who are guilty of sexual misconduct, back home.

NOTE: Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at the age of 62, if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible for a pension at age 50, if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80% of his or her final salary. Because Trent Franks resigned before being brought up on charges, he will be getting at least $139,000 annually for the rest of his life. Under the laws passed by Congress, that money cannot be touched no matter they did. Even O.J. Simpson gets his pension.

The First 200 Days Of Trump – Makes a Great Christmas Gift: 

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.

 


NO APOLOGY, NO OFFENSE

Trump Declares His Intelligence

I’ve always thought people who never admit any error or wrong-doing must live such perfect lives; he said sarcastically. And of course, when asked if you have any regrets, most people can think about things that they would have done differently.

A simple apology is a regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure. Even sub-human species in the world show a bit of regret and seek reconciliation. They exchange forgiveness for the well-being of the herd, or tribe. Even Baboons seem to have a feeling of relief when an offense has been put behind them with an apologetic effort or reparations payed. Here’s some of my food, now let’s move forward.

It amazes me that an adult human, Donald Trump, lives by some mythical pronouncement that he never has to apologize because he never does anything wrong. Equally as puzzling is what he said yesterday to reporters, “You know, people don’t understand. I went to an Ivy League college. I was a nice student. I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person.”

Most of the truly intelligent people I have met in my life never bragged about their smarts. Oh, yes, there was that one guy who was so impressed with himself he had the Mensa logo on his business card, but he was the exception. And, quite frankly, as smart as that guy thought he was, he was a horrible business person who had no people skills and made more mistakes than the average Joe. His father owned the company.

So, yes, intelligence may be overrated, but if Donald Trump is so smart why does he say and do such stupid things? I’m serious. Why would a grown man with the most powerful job in the world, with tons of money at his fingertips, ever expose his weaknesses? He is a perfect example of an insecure person who displays it every time he speaks. He does this so often that he really should apologize to every smart, secure person.

Warren Buffett enrolled in Wharton’s undergraduate program in 1947 and dropped out in 1949. He must have known something because he is number two on the list of Forbes richest for 2017, with Bill Gates at #1 and Jeff Bezos at #3. According to Forbes, “Trump’s net worth fell $600 million to $3.1 billion over the past 12 months. His net worth was estimated at $3.7 billion a year ago. This year, Trump was number 248 on the Forbes list, down from 156 in 2016.” But, he was a nice student; for whatever that is worth.

I’m sure the Donald has no regrets about his financial decrease, since he is now doing the “Lord’s work” as President of the free world. Being dwarfed by these American titans of business is nothing new. Gates, another drop-out, is worth $86 Billion and Buffet clocked in with $75.6 Billion. You have to wonder, what would Buffet be worth if he would have completed his education at Wharton? Jeff Bezos seems to have kept $72.8 Billion and Trump is going the other way. I’m sorry Donald. Can anything console such a smart man like yourself?

So, let’s move away from money because it’s not the only test of a man or woman’s astuteness. Most people reward problem solving in this world. Can you solve problems, or do you create them? When there is a crisis, Trump’s first gut reaction is, “Who can I blame?” That may seem smart to some, but in the end, it displays a desperate need to be right rather than solving problems.

Questioned whether he was involved in the decision on the mission where the four America’s lost their lives in Africa, Trump said to reporters (10-25-2017) “No, I didn’t, not specifically. I have generals that are great generals. These are great fighters; these are warriors. I gave them authority to do what’s right so that we win. That’s the authority they have. I want to win. And we’re going to win.”

Once the Commander in Chief detaches himself from the military, then he is no longer the top guy, militarily. Because Trump has given Generals carte blanche, does he realize that he has emboldened them? In some countries, the separation between the executive leader and the army leads to coups d’état and overthrown leaders. Surely, someone from Wharton BUSINESS School would know this, or maybe not?

If Trump was smart, he would have apologized to Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow and put that behind him. He could have lessened the suffering of Myeshia Johnson and helped heal all four of those families. It would have been a statement that all four soldiers were equal, truly a band of brothers.

The reasons our great Orange Leader cannot apologize are complex. Perhaps the act of apologizing represents a major threat to his basic sense of identity and self-esteem. Apologizing might lead to guilt, which could lead to shame.

Some people, especially liars, think that apologies could open the floodgates to further accusations and conflict. And in the darkest layers of a non-apologizer, admitting any wrong will relieve the other party of any culpability, thus putting them on even footing with the harmed human.

People with this malady often exhibit anger, irritability, and emotional distance and they are extremely uncomfortable with emotional closeness and vulnerability. Daddy didn’t touch him, Mommy always told him he was smart. Mommy said, “Shame on you” and Daddy gave him money.

What America needs is a role-model. We feel better when we admit the truth when we do something wrong. Trump seems to point out what other people have done incorrectly. If he wasn’t involved in a mission that killed four men, will be involved when more lives are in the balance? How many lives gets him in the decision? I’m sorry, but this man is not fit to be a leader. Who put him in charge? Who will apologize to America when things really go wrong? In such a case, there will be a lot of blame to go around.

The First 200 Days Of Trump

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PROMISES KEPT ARE PROMISES BROKEN

Trump Cares Only About His Base

Donald J. Trump isn’t a “standard issue” President in the White House. He doesn’t speak for the complete citizenry and he clearly ignores the history of our country. His singular, driven desire is keeping the ultra-radical promises he created, maybe on the fly, at his campaign rallies. The Donald either believes those of his ideas which inspired a laugh or loud applause are what ALL of America wants, or he doesn’t care about the 61% of Americans that disagree with his rules.

He promised us he would be the President for all citizens. He is not. The government promised people of all sexual orientations they could serve their country in the military. Promise broken. He said he would take care of the Dreamers (DACA registrants) by declaring, “We love the Dreamers.” In June, he signed a Homeland Security order that let the program stand. Now it’s in jeopardy.

In February, Trump said he would deal with the DACA situation with heart, but also stated that it’s difficult because of the politicians. Really? He can decide whatever he wants. That is how we got DACA in the first place. Obama simply signed an executive order. We know Trump knows what an executive order is. He operates as if executive orders exist only to advance his personal wishes. And we have learned that he is driven to trash anything Obama thought was a good idea. Donald, Mr. Obama is not your ex-girlfriend. He is the previous President of the United States.

I am fed up with this ping-ponging, flip-flopping, liar President. It’s impossible to trust anything he says. If kids who were brought here when they five-years old can’t believe what the great Orange Leader says, why would Kim Jong Un place even the slightest bit of trust in him?

Over time, we have learned that Trump emotionally blurts via Twitter whatever is on his mind and then staff, secretaries and generals must rush to impromptu meetings to knock out the details and implementations. We will learn the fates of the Dreamers as they are ripped out of the workforce and jettisoned from colleges around the country. They are so amazingly vulnerable. The government has their addresses and personal data so they can easily be seized, just as the Japanese were rounded up during the Second World War. Have you no sense of decency, Mr. Trump?

Rather than bringing the immigrant and Hispanic communities together as Americans in the making, Trump will throw them out like an old shoe. Will Congress act to create a well-designed, permanent DACA law that will make America a home for the 800,000 people who know of no country other than U.S.A.?

I have no faith in Trump. With each day, his words and actions prove him to be a mean uncaring person having no moral foundation. His house is built on the beach and the water is rising. He will not be able to leave without shame.

The First 200 Days Of Trump

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CTRL-ALT-RIGHT-DELETE

Trump Dumps Bannon, Finally

The writing was on the wall and in this blog that Alt-Rightist Steve Bannon was a huge anchor around President Donald Trump’s leg. And as Trump was quickly sinking lower into highly negative seas this week, it was most likely John Kelly who cut that anchor from the great Orange Leader, hoping he would surface in calmer waters.

The number of dead bodies floating outside the Oval Office is astounding. The poorly vetted National Security advisor, Michael Flynn, lied to the VP and was out a little over twenty-days into the Trump administration. Anthony Scaramucci was brought in to shake things up and Sean Spicer immediately resigned on July 2, 2017. John Kelly was transferred from Homeland Security to Chief of Staff, and Reince Priebus was sacked on July 28, 2017. And now, Steve Bannon was fired by the president on August 18, 2017. No previous administration has had so much turnover in such a short time, and this speaks to the Donald’s abysmally poor judgement and a broken vetting system.

There are some who think that the departure of Stephen K. Bannon will change the direction of the White House and help Donald J. Trump pivot. Ha! After watching the cable news networks over the weekend, I have learned how much those talking heads don’t know:

CNN: Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, BREAKING NEWS, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

Fox News: Blah, Blah, OUR PRESIDENT, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,

MSNBC:  Blah, Blah, Blah, IMPEACHMENT, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,

As long as Donald Trump is the President of the United States nothing is going to change. Through his own words, Trump has clearly shown us that he is a not only a horrid communicator but also a racist. The goal of people who care about the real America hasn’t changed but, hopefully, Trump will do something which will bother Bannon. Then the right-wingers at Breitbart will start to nag him and create backlash in the Alt-Right faction of Trump’s base. This will help America. If anyone thinks that just because Steve Bannon has left the building Trump will magically become reasonable and focused on the people’s business, they are wrong.

The fact is that Bannon never left Breitbart and he was pulling the strings of that website just as deftly as he was pulling the strings of our puppet president. Now is the time for everyone to look up the addresses of their representatives in the House and the Senate (they’re listed on this website) and write your representative a strong letter of rebuke.

Congress doesn’t need to censure President Donald Trump, they must impeach him. Censure is nothing more than a formal, symbolic condemnation of an individual whose actions run counter to the group’s acceptable standards for individual behavior. We’ve already reached that point.  More action is needed!

It’s time for YOU to communicate your views and feelings to those who run our Congress. Removal from office is the singularly decisive protection from an extremely bad president. Never stop acting and never stop believing.

 


AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Now What Are You Going to Do?

One should be proud to be a member of the party that freed the slaves. The President who Donald Trump most admires, Andrew Jackson, was a Democrat. No one seems to mention that. Grant and Lincoln were Republicans, and Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican, but his cousin FDR was a Democrat. JFK was a Democrat, while the disgraced Richard Nixon was a Republican. As times change, parties change, but people need to feel the party they support has a core set of values that they can believe in.

The party’s platform says that the RNC believes in American exceptionalism. Okay, USA, USA, USA, but then they say: “This platform is optimistic because the American people are optimistic. This platform lays out — in clear language — the path to making America great and united again. For the past 8 years America has been led in the wrong direction.” So much for the optimism. I wonder how many people in any party read their political party’s platform.

Research shows that there are many factors that make up the decision on affiliation to one party or another. Your family or where you grew up have a great influence over whether you follow the elephant or the donkey. Not sure why those images are used for the parties, but we also have to remember we have many other independent parties. Make no doubt about it, our government, from the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the rules and traditions of the Legislative branch, works best with two parties. But it should be pointed out here that the first President, George Washington had no political affiliation.

Donald J. Trump changed from liberal New York Democrat to National Republican. The reason for this move, he claims, is because he changed his viewpoints on so many issues that he just morphed into a Republican. Huh? Most political experts know that Trump’s move to another party was purely a political move with an eye on being elected.

Trump’s public comments demonstrated his obvious hate of Barack Obama. The Donald was also critical of George W. Bush’s governance, which didn’t disqualify him as a Republican, but created a wall between Trump and the Bush family. He even called George W. a liar during the debates. Nice guy, team player.

Donald Trump should have started his own party, but it was so much easier to hijack the Republican party and remodel it around his base of right-winged maniacs. There is some wisdom in putting down Washington and people of both parties, people already dislike our government in a generic way.

Here is my question to the Republicans who jumped on the band wagon, either early on or after nomination, what happened to your so-called moral bedrock? When Donald Trump came down that escalator and claimed that “Mexicans are rapists” you had your chance to pick up the phone and tell him that is not our message and we cannot have that in our party. But you were too busy trying to figure out how to win, rather than standing by your code of ethics.

You even let Donald’s people — read: Paul Manafort — change a plank in the platform to give Russia a stronger hand in the Ukraine. Why did you let that happen? Because you just wanted to win. And now, what do you have, a President without roots in your party and with no respect for the history of this country.

The fact that Trump conned the evangelical into backing him from the pulpits of their mega-churches and televangelist platforms is so unseemly that I would ask them, “What does your Jesus think?” Basically, people like Jerry Falwell, Jr. have sided with the money changers outside of the temple. They will be judged by a higher power, but you shouldn’t be fooled by these few money-hungry fools with lots of money.

The Republican Party is now in deep conflict. You still have deep-seated radical Tea Party people who will block most issues based on far-right initiatives (a minority in America) rather than what their constituents really want. You have half-baked neo-conservatives who pray to their Ronald Reagan photo every night but have little understanding of how Ron was able to get things done. Reagan was able to govern, even with tax increases, with professional acting prowess and statesmanship. He was previously the president of a labor union. He understood both sides.

The Republican party has some great members. Lindsey Graham, the Senator from South Carolina, has always told it like it is. John McCain, the Senator from Arizona who’s a bit old-fashioned, understands how it all works and what government is supposed to do. Sure, he sides with his party, but he’s not siding with the nonsense and the sabotage created by political whores like Newt Gingrich.

Winning is great, but you have a poor manager of government in the White House and a godforsaken lousy President. How did you let that happen? You have a president who doesn’t care about law. Where were you during this process of nomination? You have a charismatic show man with his long red ties and his fake hair and makeup trying to be the leader of free world but doing a horrendous job. You slap his back and smile for the cameras, because he was the winner and you didn’t want to lose. You have no balls.

The President and his new consigliere, Slick Anthony, use Twitter to shame and bully employees of the government.  This, is not only uncouth but may be against the law. They are employees of the Federal government. Is not harassment against the labor law?

You Republicans have damaged your own party, but I guess you can sleep at night, because you know how dysfunctional the other party is. But in the end, you are going to have to make the biggest decision in 2020. Do you back the incumbent, or do you find someone else to proudly represent your party? You know, it would be a lot easier just to impeach him.


SERIOUS TRUMP – GOOFY DONALD

Can We Have the Serious One?

Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post was on Meet The Press this week (7-9-2017) using the term “Teleprompter Trump.” She was describing the person who reads someone else’s words and gets better grades for being presidential than the man known as “Twitter Trump.” And may I suggest a third person inside the human Cheeto?  How about the “Impromptu Trump?” This persona appears when Trump goes on camera to make a point that everyone else in his administration has been making for the previous 24-hours, except he says something completely different than they did!

With our multi-personality President, we must divert the different streams of verbiage into the appropriate buckets. When POTUS spoke last week in Poland, we heard from Teleprompter Trump. In that speech we heard this, “We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran, and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and the defense of civilization itself.”

We live in a sound-bite/headline word. Out of the speech in Warsaw came the line about whether the west has the will to survive, while the warning to Russia was buried in the rest of the lecture. The big speech was a few days before Trump and Tillerson met with Putin and Kislyak. And this meeting, produced more controversy.

Kislyak and Putin claimed in their press briefings at the G20 that, indeed, Trump brought up cyber meddling in our election.  They also said that Trump had accepted Putin’s denial. Trump did not have a press briefing, therefore the story got out in front of him.

The administration thought Trump’s Tweet would soften the astonishment of those who thought he left the Russians off the hook.  Trump wrote, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.”

Donald Trump has said that it’s easy to be a critic. I, for one, don’t have to try very hard to muster up some serious criticism about things that Twitter Trump types. But really, are we going to get together with the fox and talk about security at the hen house? Will dinner be served?

As Air Force One made its way back to Washington, the story broke in the New York Times that Donald, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer who offered “information” on Hillary Clinton. This meeting occurred right after the Donald won the Republican nomination.

As the weekend progressed, more and more “adjustments” were made to the story.  Finally, we received the official word that, yes, the meeting took place, but the nominee, Donald Trump, was not at the meeting and knew nothing about it. Kushner and Manafort were working for the campaign at that time.

While the super hawks of the Senate, Lyndsey Graham and John McCain, were on the Sunday talk shows making fun of the suggestion of a cyber security unit with Russia, it wasn’t long before the great Orange leader was taking back his own words on Twitter: “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t-but a ceasefire can, & did!” (7-9-2017)

The big question is what would Teleprompter Trump say about this? We hardly ever get to see Impromptu Trump, so we probably won’t get to confront that personality on this issue. But, for sure, if Donald J. Trump was in front of cameras and asked about this he would start to defend himself and then make a quick turn to talk about the ceasefire that is taking place in an area of the least problematic in Syria. But then, Twitter Trump drives the narrative and thus action plan of this White House.

May I point out that what was once known as Multiple Personality Disorder is now called Dissociative Identity Disorder? It’s a condition under which a person’s identity is fragmented into two or more distinct personality states. It’s said that people with this rare condition were often victims of severe abuse. Maybe the metal in the silver-spoon in Donald’s mouth leeched into his tiny brain when he was young. Dissociative Identity Disorder is D.I.D., as in “Did I say that?”

Those who lie and exaggerate are often forced to retract, restate and reform the things they said. With Trump’s tribe of surrogates on-call to course correct Our President’s words, one could honestly ask whether Donald Trump has any talent for clarity. In fact, he continuously and clearly steps on his own proclamations. How can this be good for America?

Trump can restate his mantra of “No Connection, No Collusion” all he wants, but the intent of getting information on Clinton was the reason for the meeting with the Russian lawyer. Don, Jr. threw himself under the bus to protect the old man and now we have an admission of the desire for dirt, thus the first step toward collusion.

Donald Trump should think about negotiating a cease-fire with the free press by giving them some real facts. Slowly, the conflict between Teleprompter Trump, Twitter Trump and Impromptu Trump will continue to plague this administration’s ability to create a positive presidential presence for the majority of Americans; you know, the Popular Vote.

Editor’s Note: We borrowed the “Cheeto” moniker from SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor from his book: “America 51: A Probe Into The Realities That Are Hiding Inside ‘The Greatest Country In The World'”