AMERICA’S IMMENSE CHALLENGE

A Return to Making Things Here

There was a recent flurry of press coverage concerning activity at the Micron plant in Manassas, Virginia. US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo met with the company’s chief executive officer, Sanjay Mehrotra. She was joined with two key lawmakers in a debate about funding for electronic semiconductors (chips) manufacturing and American competitiveness. Yes, we are finally going to use taxpayer money to create more jobs in America.

Most of the chips we use in our technologies come from Asia. According to Bloomberg news, “Semiconductor manufacturers have pushed the U.S. to create incentives through grants and tax credits to help spur production in America. Congress is debating legislation to fund semiconductor research and development and may include it in a broader China bill in the coming months.”

President Biden is smartly pushing modern-future technologies rather than trying to prop up the old ways of doing things, you know, like burning coal to produce electricity. Just look at what happened in Texas over the winter. The Hightower Lowdown newsletter pointed out that Governor Greg Abbott has received more than $26 million in campaign contributions from the companies that didn’t prepare for the future and caused a power outage that killed 111 people and cost the state $130 billion in damages. If proper maintenance and management of our energy girds are not a paramount responsibility of our leaders, then what the hell is?

We also need to find water, cleanly process it and then pump it out to our citizens. Right now, we have hundreds of thousands of dangerous lead pipelines in every state. Since Jimmy Carter was president, federal funding for water systems in America has dropped by 77%. The Flint, Michigan water crisis is only the tip of the iceberg. U.S. water systems have been rotting away for more than 50 years. If we cannot produce the most important product in this country — Water — then we are incompetent.

Natural Quartz

But let’s get back to chips. It’s not that we couldn’t design and manufacture semiconductors in our country, we just found is easier and cheaper to source them from Taiwan. To be clear, it will take years to beef up our plants and produce the volume of chips that our industries demand. The good news is we have the Spruce Pine Mining District, a swath of the valley to the North Toe River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina. Located there is the largest cache of “Spruce Pine” ever found on Earth. It’s the purest natural quartz — a species of pristine sand — and this ultra‑elite deposit of silicon dioxide particles plays a key role in the manufacturing of computer chips. The Spruce Pine area is mined for its mica, kaolin, quartz and feldspar. So, you see, we already have the natural resources. Now all we need is plants, highly skilled workers and money.

Back in the day, we let the steel mills move out of the country and we closed many manufacturing plants because we could import lower priced goods manufactured elsewhere. Having fewer American employees was considered “good business,” because it allowed us to compete more effectively. However, I’m almost ready to say it was anti-American not forcing offshore manufacturers to pay higher import taxes on their goods. Many of those companies paid little or no taxes, and now are we going to offer federal funds to these same companies to make them more productive? The Obama administration tried that with solar panel manufacturers, some of which turned out to be scams and cons.

We need to understand the competitive landscape as it pertains to the U.S. economy, but it’s getting harder to discern exactly what is happening. Take digital currency, for example. It stores billions of dollars which cannot be traced or investigated, and with all the loopholes in our tax laws monetary incentives will continue landing in the bank accounts of donors and political operatives. Despite that, we should at least try to make improvements.

We are the leaders in technologies and software, yet we always bring in players from other countries to help us build our products, and that makes us vulnerable. Even with the best security in place, some of our intellectual property ends up in the minds and hands of other countries. In addition, smart developers in foreign lands have the will and time to reverse engineer our concepts and devices. The best way around this challenge is continually improving and upgrading our products. It’s harder to hit a moving target.

We should no longer be concerned about blue and white collar workers. Think about the WeatherTech company, 100% owned by its founder and CEO David MacNeil. In 1989, Mr. MacNeil said he was dissatisfied with the quality of existing automotive floor mats and started a company out of his home in Clarendon Hills, IL. WeatherTech began by importing the mats directly from England, but that changed with the introduction of digitization and CAD- CAM technologies. Now, all the mats are made in Illinois. Made in the U.S.A.

Can we make smart phones in America? Well, we could, but the path is scattered with the carcasses of many companies that tried to make flatscreen TVs, only to fade away because of costs. Can we make steel in America? Sure, but the investors would probably want to see a unique market. We make cars and trucks here and we probably always will, although with each new robot and automation breakthrough fewer workers are needed.

Tesla manufactures 100% of their cars in this country. The Tesla factory in Fremont, California is one of the world’s most advanced automotive plants, with 5.3 million square feet of manufacturing and office space on 370 acres of land. Currently 10,000 people work in Tesla’s Fremont plant. You may not like Elon Musk, but he’s done more for American manufacturing that anyone. Yeah, an immigrant from Pretoria, South Africa seems to have better vision than many U.S. titans.

A new business has to start out with a marketing plan, but companies like Micron that have been around for more than 40 years understand their markets. Micron made their money by producing computer components such as random-access memory, flash memory, and USB flash drives. They were never a wafer chip producer per se, but they understand the tech. However, if we try to up-covert a company like Micron, or ask Kodak to make chemicals for vaccines, we might have a flaw in our thinking. Maybe it’s time we fund NEW companies that aren’t burdened with debt, legacy equipment or outdated thinking. It always takes longer to convert an older company rather than creating a new one. Ask China. That’s how they do it.

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MESSAGE TO REPUBLICANS

Take the Money and Run

Math has always been a secondary reality for me, but I have managed to make and spend a lot of money in my life. I am like many in our country. I carry a little more debt than I should, but hey, why not live a comfortable lifestyle? When my kids wanted something, I usually found a way, and now that they are having kids, I expect them to make sure their children are neatly clothed, properly nourished and unconditionally loved. That brings me to Donald Trump.

I woke up this morning to this headline on the CNBC Financial Network: Trump’s tariffs cost US businesses $3.4 billion in June. Because the current liar-in-chief sits in the Oval Office, his misdirection is far beyond a game. Trump is going to damage the core American business model. True Republicans know free markets and they understand that controlling spending by balancing budgets make sense, but currently there are NO REAL REPUBLICANS. They are just Trump lemmings following him over the cliff. Not to pour salt into Republican wounds, but the People’s Bank of China said this, “The Chinese side advises the U.S. to leap over the cliffs and return to the correct track of rationality.”

There is a theme here and Republicans should cut ties with the maniac in the White House who listens to no one and, like a snapping turtle, stays clenched and hyper focused solely on what he wants, even when it hurts hard-working Americans. Most experts warned Donald Trump that his theory on how to change world economics was flawed and thought he demonstrated a lack of knowledge on how global markets work. This has now been proven, much to the chagrin of those who know better.

The best thing Senator Leader Mitch McConnell can do is call his chamber back to work right now to address several important issues. Not only is there a genuine need to pass reasonable gun control measures but having the Senate in town to talk to Trump about what the Trade War is doing would be productive. Someone needs to massage some patience and reasoned strategy into his thick skull. The 1% has made enough money and the tax cuts were mostly used for stock buybacks, not wage increases. According to AP, “Companies in the S&P 500 spent $806 billion on stock buybacks in 2018, blowing away the previous record of nearly $590 billion set in 2007.” Maybe the Republicans should sell all their stocks and begin buying real estate. In short, they should take the money and run. Their party is about to end.

Trump supporters in Congress should reevaluate Trump and his destructive policies. Everyone wants America to do well, and part of that is the stock market. However, the middle class of this country is focused on paying for housing, diapers, backpacks and waffles. As prices soar to pay for Trump’s vindictive trade fiasco, all the benefits of the tax cuts have been eroded by an overzealous demigod.

Why have we put our faith and economy in the hands of a man who has taken countless companies and enterprises into bankruptcy? Why did millions of Americans believe Trump would make things better? Are we all that stupid? Why can’t we hear the truth when it hits us in our heads? I remember when the stock market was crashing in 2008 and Senator John McCain said that he believed the fundamentals of the economy were “strong.” As pensions were drying up and 401Ks were imploding, McCain showed his misunderstanding of the market and economics. Between that and Sarah Palin, McCain sunk his chances to be president.

By electing Trump, the Republicans have forced themselves to the edge of a cliff based on his lack of knowledge about global economics. Trump has always been against globalization, but that never stopped him from taking his own brands around the world. Assuming for a second that Trump actually knows what he’s doing, that would mean that all he does is meant to create hate toward countries and people in order to get elected. Wow, how shallow and immoral. Just to put a bow on this bag of shit, most of the Trump MAGA hats are made in China.

The Donald keeps talking about how bad things are in China, which begs the question why is that good for the world? He claims that companies are returning their bases to America, but why would they? With uncertainty and tariffs, is it wise to move an operation to a country without a firm economic foundation?

When will a Republican knowledgeable about economics and global supply stand up and state, in clear language, that the current tactics with China will ripple through the world and perhaps cause a global recession? No one wants to be negative, but without some sense of realism in the Oval Office, we are putting all our chickens in one basket. And one person controls that basket. WHY?

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THE DANGEROUS DONALD

Are His Disruptions Worth the Risk?

In the last decade, I worked for a media maven who was highly successful at creating wealth from good ideas or simply through his reputation. He once issued a motivational piece for the workers of his large radio broadcast division where he urged us to be “disruptors.” I got its surface meaning, but let’s look beyond the buzz word. The meaning of the word includes, “something that interrupts an event, activity, or process by causing a disturbance or problem.” Not all disturbances are good for a group or individual and when you have a smart collection of problem solvers, why would you be giving them something that would move them into disruption? I used to say, with great sarcasm and irony, you better hope that whatever you disrupt is a big success or you’ll be blamed for the problem you created and be the first to go.

This brings us to Donald Trump, who was outraged by Robert Mueller’s public comments and then displayed his anger on the north lawn of the White House. It’s clear that Trump must “punch back” when someone gets in his way, but when did punching ever bring a long-term solution to any problem? Trump would make a horrible poker player because he shows his next move so clearly. While he was putting down Robert Mueller, he announced that he would have a major announcement on the border. By putting those together, he was telegraphing that he would soon be lashing out at another someone or something.

So, late last night, Trump announced “On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied…” And now we will see reactions in the world markets because Trump’s disruption is a holy trade war, not a well-developed plan to make trade work better for the US.

from MarketWatch.com

While the financial “news” networks give large slices of airtime to discussions about American entities like Uber, Tesla and Beyond Meat, there are thousands of our major companies that depend on parts, resources and services from firms around the world. To ignore the reality of a world market is not rational on any level. But Donald Trump is being disruptive with his ignorance in tow.

There was a time I worked on the campaign of a politician who would occasionally come late to the brainstorming meetings of the staff. One particular time we had worked up dozens of ideas on the white board and we all were excited about giving him input. He strode late into the meeting, glanced at the board, then said, “Yeah, we aren’t going to do any of that; here’s the plan.” I walked away from the campaign that night with little respect for the politician and had a feeling of retribution when he lost the election. What I learned is that disruption from the top, when it doesn’t work, means the big guy gets all the blame.

We have many people in America who make a lot of money analyzing and predicting our collective financial futures. And some of the more honest of those folks admit that there are instances when they can‘t explain why the market did this or that. Deep down inside, most Americans know the global economy is the reason we lost much of our manufacturing base. Seriously disruptive waves must be met with adjustment, not bucking the tide and standing ground. Executing a stand-still strategy often leads to failure and disaster under water.

If you are drowning in your own personal debt, you will generally swing away at every other possible cause before you look at yourself and determine the real cause of debt is simply spending more money than you have. Doh! After running businesses with tons of debt and using the bankruptcy escape hatch more than most well-managed corporations, it’s disingenuous when Donald Trump froths at his small pie hole about how everyone else is screwing America. Dangerous Donald is running up the debt in America because the military, border walls and pork for rich people are more important to him than stable governance.

Trump is more stubborn than smart. He’s like a snapping turtle who doesn’t quite understand that holding firmly on the stick isn’t going to keep him alive. Wood is not food and trying to win a battle with a decaying object won’t work. Yes, I am comparing the actions of a reptile to the President of the United States of America, who in most cases uses his reptilian brain rather than the logic circuits of his frontal lobes. Perhaps they died from atrophy.

The citizens of this country may feel good about the strength of the turtle and admire his will to fight, but those who worship the man in the White House must connect the dots to see that the head disruptor is messing up things more and more with each misinformed  move. First, and most importantly, after you negotiate a deal you cannot change it. Trump’s moves will blow up the USMCA, which was supposed to fix the “bad” NAFTA trading agreement. NAFTA might not have been perfect, but the USMCA probably has just as many restrictions and weaknesses, but Trump wanted to keep his promise.

The real problems with the migration of people to the US may be greater than our laws. According to the Washington Post, “Migrants say they are coming to the United States because droughts are frying Central American harvests, they can’t pay their bills, and gangs are recruiting children.” Trump ignores the warnings of Climate Change, so how can he possibly apply creative solutions to complex issues?

In the end, the disruptions of the Daft Donald will move us backward. The lack of respect for a deal maker whose word means nothing will haunt America for years to come. Put yourself in the shoes of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or the new Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. These leaders spent time in good faith negotiating a new deal, only to have it ignored by a moody US President. Yes, the immigration problem is real, but reverse it. What if thousands of Americas were leaving our soil for Mexico? We would expect Mexico to stop us from entering, not stop us from leaving. Trump is putting our economic system at risk over things that could and should have been solved at the negotiation table. Sadly, the art of the deal is just more mistruth from the lie master. We need to start to ask, WWPPD, “What would President Pence do?”

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TARRIFS ARE TAXES, STUPID!

Trump’s Egomaniacal Economics

If someone asked you if it’s possible to solve an economic problem by creating a trade war with another country, you might have to ask, “Can such a war be won?” and, of course, “How much would that war cost?” These are things that we elect our representatives in Congress to investigate and debate.

I found a very well written web site, Council on Foreign Relations. They state clearly, “A tariff is a tax imposed on goods imported from a foreign country. Tariffs are paid by an importing business to its home country’s government, most commonly as a fixed percentage of the value of the imports. Tariffs can serve several goals. Like all taxes, they provide a modest source of government revenue. Several countries have also used tariffs to help their infant industries at home, hoping to shelter local firms from foreign competitors. Some tariffs are also meant to address unfair practices that other countries have used to make their exports artificially cheap.”

Let’s consider a real-life scenario. You want to buy a brand-new iPhone. The cost of the iPhone XS Max has a suggested retail price of $1,099. Now if a 25% tariff is placed on the item, the Ajax importer company will have to pay $274.75 to the treasury for each phone it brings into the US. Most importers will cover themselves by increasing the unit price of phone they sell. So, the Sprint store will have to give the importer more than $1300.00 for each phone, and the local tax a consumer might pay will drive the price even higher. In New York state, you would have to pay $114 in taxes. Yes, the treasury gets the tariff, but at what cost to the consumer? The Trade war with China makes you pay $1400 for a phone that cost $1100 last month. In most cases, higher prices also mean fewer phones will be ordered.

When soybeans were shipped to China by American farmers at $13.83 per bushel in November of 2012, their profit margins were tight. Now, in April 2019, the price of soybeans has sunk to $8.59 per bushel. Why would the price go down?  President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum caused the Chinese to retaliate and charge US farmers a tariff. The price of soybeans went down because China found cheaper suppliers in the world and much of the US crops that were to be sent to China now sits in warehouses. This lowered demand for soybeans. To help the farmers, the Trump administration is giving farmers a $6 billion bailout so they can weather his trade war, but wasn’t there a better way to achieve a workable trade deal with China?

Trump, along with a lot of blowhard politicians, said that the TPP agreement the US was in the middle of negotiation with many Pacific Rim countries was a bad idea. This agreement was an attempt to protect smaller nations like New Zealand and to check China’s more aggressive trade activities. The TPP was set to become the world’s largest free trade deal, covering 40 percent of the global economy. It was opposed by China and Trump declared it a bad deal because Obama was involved, but I’m fairly sure he never read the agreement and has no idea what it would have done. Most people in the world who were against it saw it as a way for the US to broaden its trade efficiency. I’m not sure why Trump opposed it.

If a candidate for President of the United States promised that under their administration prices on most goods imported into America would cost 10 to 25% more, hardly anyone would vote for him or her. That is exactly what happened with Trump. If you are trying to comprehend how much money you did or didn’t get back in your 2018 tax return, you need to factor in the rising costs of many goods. It’s likely that whatever you gained by the tax cut will not cover the increases coming to your budget shortly.

The New York Times reported today (5-20-2019) that “Anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.” Trump is suing that same bank to keep them from releasing financial information about his companies and business interests. One must ask if he is attempting to game the system by being nice to Russian loan suppliers and covering up ethical and legal misdeeds with banks.

We know that one of the key elements of the Trump Doctrine is eliminating regulations to the detriment of valuable oversight that, as investors, we all appreciate. We don’t want banks to launder or manipulate money, we want them to be legal players and honest brokers.

The Department of Labor’s “Conflict of Interest” rule stated that advisers had to give conflict-free advice on retirement accounts, putting their clients’ needs ahead of their own potential income. It was eliminated in June of 2018. WHY? What sense does it make to remove a law that declares money managers must put your interest above theirs? This is so wrong in so many ways, but it’s a true reflection of who Trump is.

This person sitting in the White House doesn’t care about you paying more for things just so he can look tough. He isn’t smart enough to know that a country with the power of the USA can get things done in trade without hurting our own economy. The Donald doesn’t really care if a stockbroker cheats you out of money. By blowing away the “Conflict of Interest” rule, Trump has just paved the way for the next Bernie Madoff. I am totally convinced the man knows nothing about global economies. The conflicts Trump creates are all for his own benefit. He has no long-term planning.

Tariffs are taxes and Trump is toxic.

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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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PREFORMANCE ART PRESIDENT

Trump Adlibs His Way Through Everything

There are times when I feel like I am watching our president drift into a mental condition, the early onset of an ailment. We should remember the signs of someone heading into Alzheimer’s: changes in mood and personality, decreased or poor judgment, confusion with time or place, difficulty completing familiar tasks. Hey, this is not a diagnosis. It’s just a question.

Donald Trump tends to repeat himself as if he is following a well-rehearsed script, but then turns on a dime and jumps into his extemporaneous and unhinged reality character. Improv can be a blast, but when the fate of the nation is cast aside for a good line or a guffaw, then we are in trouble. Like a performance artist, Trump must get a laugh or reaction, but deep down inside he needs to be loved. Most performers have the same desire.

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After being urged on by his Fox News and friends, the Donald came out last weekend tweeting his heart and soul to please his base and satisfy the immoral TV hosts who are manipulating this unstable human in the White House. Quite frankly, I am sick of hearing about his fucking base. I am not in the base, but a taxpayer living in my country. I should be part of his focus.

The important thing to remember is that our Great Orange Leader is doing exactly what he pledged on the campaign trail. And there are two questions the American electorate need to ask when a politician makes promises. One, Is the proposal good for America and, two, what would happen in the aftermath? When Bernie Sanders proposed free college for everyone, it wasn’t hard for the neoconservatives and right wing talk radio hosts to reveal the cost and the socialist nature of his proposal.

When Trump was on the trail, he was fast to attack China, saying that China was raping us. Strange how important the word “rape” is to Donald Trump. But when he finally met the leader of the largest economy in the world, he kowtowed like a teenaged girl. Trump said that Xi Jinping is “a very special man” and bragged about the “great chemistry” he had with the communist leader. He congratulated Xi on his newly found authority to be the Chinese leader for life. Trump went so far to say, “I don’t blame China. Who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the benefit of its citizens? I give China great credit.” But that didn’t change Trump’s base belief that the country needs to be punished.

This week, Trump fell into the arms of protectionism and threw the first salvo in his trade beefs with China by warning of tariffs on steel and aluminum. The actor adlibbed a line that pleased himself and sent the markets around the world slumping into suspicion and fear. The Donald said that trade wars are good and then clarified that with “We’ve already lost the trade war.” He cast the blame on everyone who was in power before him.

China was ready and as they countered the tariff threats Trump felt the need to say that we will do more. China said $3B, we said $50B. Then they said $50B back at you, and Trump released a $100B intimidation last night. What looks like a tit-for-tat tariff trick has been called a negotiation ploy by Trump’s new economic adviser, Larry Kudlow.

The seriousness of $100 billion of additional tariffs against China prompted this reaction from Chinese trade officials, “We will immediately fight back with a major response. We feel America is very arrogant. They have taken a wrong action. The result is that they will hurt themselves.”  

Some have reported they even used the word “war,” as in TRADE WAR. That is what Trump wants. Even though he denies it, he wants to be the war president. And these unrehearsed remarks and reckless policy statements cause problems in the Republican party. Trump acts on ideas without the consideration of how they might affect working Americans. It is another indication that he is truly unfit to lead.

Here is just a sample of reactions from the heartland politicians in his own party: Ben Sasse, [R] Nebraska: “Hopefully the President is just blowing off steam again but, if he’s even half-serious, this is nuts! China is guilty of many things, but the President has no actual plan to win right now. He’s threatening to light American agriculture on fire. Let’s absolutely take on Chinese bad behavior, but with a plan that punishes them instead of us. This is the dumbest way to do this.”

Republican Senator of Iowa, Joni Ernst, said, “Just because you’re slapping tariffs on steel doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be repercussions in other areas. We export a lot of our soy beans to China, and we know that China is a bad actor. But there is a delicate balance out there, and we need to have thorough negotiations. We haven’t gone through that process.”

Trump also said he would hire a Minister of Agriculture to draw up a plan “to protect our farmers and agricultural interests,” but he provided no details. WTF? Are we in a communist country? Doesn’t the idiot know that since Abraham Lincoln we’ve had the U.S. Department of Agriculture which is tasked with those duties? The current Secretary of Agriculture is former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue. He’s your man Donald. Get him involved. You don’t need to appoint a “minister!” This is not a religious thing. It’s our food supply and you should let your people do their jobs.

While Scott Pruitt upstages the orange actor of the Oval Office, Trump wraps the protectionism blanket around his shoulders and hunkers down for a long cold summer of trade wars and volatility in the markets. During an interview (4-6-2018) on the Bernie and Sid in the Morning show on the New York radio station 77 WABC, Trump said, “I’m not saying there’s not gonna be any pain.”

He admitted that the initial reaction from markets is likely to be negative and that investors “could lose a little bit.” China can inflict more pain on America, than we can on them. We have too much debt for this over-acting. Trump should be careful that Chinese banks don’t call in all the loans.

The old actor’s makeup is running, and his sad, dark personality shows that his deal making is more machismo than masterful maneuver or proper policy. When he cannot defend his ideas with intellect, he lies. When he is confronted about his distortions of the truth, he finds someone to say he’s right. He’s not a president that means anything to thinking people of the United States of America. Trump is a fake president.

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THE COLD WINTER OF WAR

The Real Dangers of the Donald

The irony of the statement candidate Trump made on the campaign trail was that we should not elect Hillary Clinton because she would surely get us into war. Now, as Donald Trump makes his emboldened moves toward shaping the government in his very image, we are much closer to what he described in his imagination.

When Trump began his reality TV presidency, there were many people who didn’t take him seriously. There were some who were amused that a man who ran a reality TV game show and rouge businesses could make a difference. Without knowing that this philandering hypocrite would carry out most of what he said he would do points to another irony. We are so intellectually numb from most politicians not achieving their promises, we assumed that Trump would moderate once he became President. Wrong.

While TV wails away with a porn star, a Playboy bunny and a singer, we can’t find the punchline for what appears to be the setup of a joke. Donald Trump’s loyal followers, the Orange Cult, will not be thrown from the train over these detailed descriptions of Hollywood bungalows and liaisons with unprotected sex. Is there not a point when the men of God who believe in Trump will be tested? When did infidelity get a pass with diehard Christians? What do Mike and Karen Pence think of the President now?

Meanwhile, more important issues have gotten swept under the carpet due to all the noise from all the charges. Trump lost his lead attorney and he fired his National Security Advisor, General H.R. McMasters. And, in case you didn’t notice, he signed retaliatory tariffs against China. There is a certain coverage fatigue here that works well within the news cycle, but for the busy American the changes are coming too fast to comprehend.

First, let’s talk about trade. Donald Trump promised that we would win so much we would be tired of winning. He kept talking about how good the stock market has done since he became President. In a sense, he sold America the notion of getting rich. To this writer, however, it appears that our Great Orange Leader is simply “getting even” with countries he claims have been screwing America.

The method here is primal. Make the Mexicans, the Chinese and the Iranians the bad guys and ignore the threat of Russian interference in our elections. Is Donald Trump afraid of Russia or something that Russia knows about him? While we slept, Trump remodeled foreign policy and built trade walls, pushing us closer to wars of two kinds.

While Trump’s lawyers are focusing on silencing the porn star, the bunny and the singer, the changes within our government are remarkable. The Donald is clearly tired of listening to the military logic of “his generals” and is now replacing them with people who agree with his deep confusion. He is a guy who believes his own shit doesn’t stink. He watches Fox News and hires those of their talking heads he enjoys hearing. In a way, Fox News is controlling the president. This is frightening.

His new economic adviser is a recent Fox contributor. When the headline screams, Larry Kudlow: TV pundit to replace Gary Cohn as Trump’s top economic adviser (Guardian) we should all worry. When the President of the United States feels more comfortable with pundits than experts, we are doomed to life in a bubble with no escape. Sucking on the Fox feedback loop is the most threatening thing a president could do.

With the appointment of John Bolton as the new National Security Advisor, Trump has once again moved toward an ultra-conservative, pro-military action figure who thinks that America’s mandate is nation changing. This might seem out of sync with Trump’s critical views of the military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but Trump has slowly removed people who were there to talk him out of war. Bolton’s final solution for Iran and North Korea involves bombs and boots on the ground. Trump joked that he made Bolton promise him that he wouldn’t get us into war. Did he actually have to say that? WTF!

Holding China’s hand to the fire on trade might warm the hearts of the hardcore Trumpettes, but will inevitably start a NO-WIN trade war that will suck dollars out of the wallets and purses of the people who put Trump in office. China has already announced that they will strike back with $3 billion tariffs on 128 US products which include wine, fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts, steel pipes, ethanol and, believe it or not, ginseng.

All this is happening before Trump turns his head toward the EU and the NAFTA agreements. He might get even with the countries where some of his own products are made, but he doesn’t understand the gravity of his actions and their effect on our economy. Trump’s short terms goals conflict with the stock market.

While Donald Trump checked off another campaign promise, we saw our 401(k)s diminish. Is he really helping us, or is he just another blowhard who has the power to enact his fantasies and try out his half-baked opinions? It could be that he will erase all the gains we have made so far. He is a destructive whore who wants to screw other countries just as much as he wants to screw every woman he sees.

Under oath, we will eventually learn more about our President, but much of the damage will have already happened. In May, John Bolton will urge Trump to tear up the Iran Nuclear deal. Then Iran will be able to move forward with creating a nuclear weapon store, putting them in the same league as North Korea. This will pit the US against our allies in Europe and create another crisis in the Middle East.

Trump is mentally incapable of understanding all of this. He now believes that his twitter attacks brought Kim-Jong Un to the bargaining table, totally disregarding the efforts made by South Korea. In fact, this will be a three-way meeting with the South, the North and the President. He will not be able to take full credit and that will piss him off. With John Bolton in the drivers’ seat, I wonder if the meeting will ever take place. Google some of the things Bolton has said about North Korea and you will see.

Even as spring comes to America, it remains a cold winter. A trade war might not be understood by Americans until they start to run out of money. A real war will be grasped when our sons and daughters are sent into harm’s way, again. The citizens of this great nation will come to see that the man behind the curtain lied to us. Only then we might start to ask, why did we elect a liar?

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