Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

Has Trump Saved the U.S. from Obama’s Economic Disaster?

July 27, 2020

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“Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration. He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing. NOW, best jobs numbers ever. Had to rebuild our military, which was totally depleted. Fed Rate UP, taxes and regulations WAY DOWN.”

@realDonaldTrump, Feb 17 2020

President Trump has bragged incessantly about how he saved the economy, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes of President Obama’s scorched earth. Well, never mind the military, whose budget has been slightly increased under Trump – which may not be such a good thing, after all. Let’s briefly look at those other four much more important aspects of the economy: stock market performance, GDP—including unemployment rates—and the national debt. Then we can come to a conclusion.

Stock Market Performance

Actually, let’s start with a little history. The GOP has for decades trumpeted their positive effect on the economy, especially as exemplified by the stock market. Has the market performed significantly better under Republicans? Let’s go back to 1929, the middle of the Great Depression, for some perspective.

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According to this chart, no, not at all. In fact, the market seems to have fared far better under Democratic presidents than under the regimes of Republicans. Therefore, yet another Republican myth bites the dust. Mind you, the caveat is still to come.

But, back to Trump’s boast, the stock market’s performance has been one key way in which he views his success as a President. After well over a hundred tweets on the topic, on February 19, 2020, he tweeted about the stock market hitting a record. This is one of the few times he has been correct. However, it has since that time radically tanked. As to the caveat, when the economy is undergoing tremendous disruption, such as during this pandemic (and also such as when Obama was trying to help the U.S. recover from the Great Recession of 2008), no president can keep the stock markets from declining on a short-term basis.

So how did Obama, and recently Trump, impact the market during their relative presidencies?

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As we can see, their growth rates on the overall market look pretty similar. However, if one looks at the trough that Obama started in compared with the robust economy Trump inherited from him, the health of the market looks much more impressive during the Democrat’s tenure. If we actually viewed a chart that shows where the market was when Obama left office and where it has gone since, the graph is actually pretty much a simple continuation of the previous trend.

But let’s look at even more important figures in relation to the overall economy, those that impact the average person far more than the stock market.

GDP and Overall Economic Growth

After it bottomed out early in 2009, growth was understandably lackluster, but it significantly picked up in 2014 and has continued growing for a decade. The GDP experienced 2.4% average growth rate during Obama’s last three years in office, while annualized growth averaged about 2% for his entire term. Trump promised he would return the country to the boom of 4% and more a year that we enjoyed many times since World War II. Under Trump, annualized growth has risen slightly to 2.5% during his first three years. That’s far below his promise, but his number is still a trifle better than the best years of Obama.

More to the point, Trump was handed a healthy economy that was growing, while Obama had to recover from a disaster under George W. Bush. From nearly 10% when he took office, Obama dropped the unemployment rate to just over 4% by the end of his term. As you can see from the chart, that number has continued to decline very slightly under Trump. Once again, however, it is on the same curve, not the dramatic drop instigated by Obama. Of course, there was no need for drama after Obama’s presidency; he had the economy well in hand.

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Again, Trump was correct in his tweet: The Federal Reserve kept the federal funds rate near zero during Obama’s two terms and purchased trillions of dollars in bonds in order to help boost the economy from 2009 through 2014. Then, in December of 2015 and again in December of 2016, they started to raise the interest rate. It also continued to raise the rate after Trump took office, increasing it until July of 2019. While his tax cut and deregulatory push boosted growth in 2018, Trump’s initiatives began to fade as business owners grow concerned about his escalating trade war. Since then, the Fed has cut the rate three separate times. Currently, it’s at about 1.55%. Therefore, Trump used the same tool to enhance his own flagging economic growth. What is his complaint in this regard?

National Debt

President Obama entered office in early 2009, during the depths of the Great Recession. The national deficit ballooned from $459 billion in calendar year 2008 to over $1.4 trillion in calendar year 2009. In total, President Obama added $4.3 trillion to the national debt from January of 2009 to November 1, 2011. However, as the economy recovered, the deficits shrank to a low of $442 billion in 2015, but then rose again to $585 billion his last year in office.

Despite his pledge to wipe out the deficit out in eight years and his claim to being “the king of debt”, from January 20, 2017, to November 1, 2019, Trump piled $3.1 trillion onto the debt. In his first year in office the deficit grew to $666 billion, was $984 billion in 2018, and was over $1.1 trillion in 2019. Even before the pandemic disaster, he was on course to set a 74% increase in just four years, a staggering accomplishment for anyone. However, by July of 2020, the national debt had actually increased by $5.2 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that the FY 2020 deficit will be $3.7 trillion, and that the FY 2021 deficit will ‘shrink’ to $2.1 trillion. Unfortunately, this figure will probably be higher once the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is fully realized.

This is the key distinction separating the circumstances behind Obama’s and Trump’s debt figures. Obama entered the White House as the nation was in the trough of a recession that sparked massive stimulus spending, including a bailout of the auto industry. Trump, on the other hand, inherited an economy undergoing its longest sustained expansion in history. One helped the nation recover from the depths of the second worst financial crisis in American history, while the other has added a massive amount of debt while the US economy was extremely strong. Although Obama inherited his terrible situation, at best it must be said that Trump has heavily contributed to his own disaster.

Should Trump’s current tax policies stay in place, minimizing the burden to corporations and the 2% of the most wealthy Americans, the debt burden will get even worse. The main culprit of public debt is budget deficits, which have surged under Trump even though the Trump administration, echoing the mantra of the Republican Party, has said economic growth will pay for the added debt and deficit burden. So far—as has been historically true— that hasn’t been the case despite the longest GDP gain in American history.

The Bottom Line

In the most realistic terms, the overall U.S. economy under both President Obama and President Trump has been remarkably similar. However, the circumstances are shockingly different.

President Obama promised to bring the U.S. out of its financial morass. He did exactly as he promised.

President Trump promised to eliminate the national debt and to enhance the financial situation of every American. While the ultra-wealthy have indeed benefitted tremendously from his policies, the national debt and the financial plight of the average American have both gone into the abyss.

Contrary to having ‘saved us’ from the Obama era, Trump has led us to the depths of a disaster that will last for generations. Once more, the promises and boasts of President Trump have proven to be that thing he claims to hate the most: A blatant hoax.

Sources:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2020/02/29/four-charts-comparing-trumps-vs-obamas-stock-market-returns/#6343eff73552

https://www.businessinsider.com/national-debt-deficit-trump-how-it-compares-obama-bush-clinton-2019-11

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/politics/trump-v-obama-economy-fact-check/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-45827430

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/13/that-22-trillion-national-debt-number-is-huge-but-heres-what-it-really-means.html

COVID-19 Humor, weekend bonus

April 25, 2020

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The Ultimate “Reality” TV Show Star

March 31, 2020

I have finally figured out why, the more outrageously he speaks and acts, Agent Orange’s (aka Donald Trump) popularity goes up with his audience. He is the ultimate reality TV show star. After all, if not for starring in a reality show, those who know claim he would never have become president.

Let’s face it, Americans are divided into two audiences: those who love “reality” TV shows, and those who prefer to live reality for themselves. What are some of the common elements of these shows?

First, and foremost, they are mindless. Check your intelligence at the Boob Tube if you care to partake.

Second, the more outrageous the scenario, the more fascinating they become. When “Survivor” became too boring, we got “Naked and Afraid.” Ever heard of “Love is Blind,” number one in the mindless scenario ratings? Strangers talk through a wall (Pyramus and Thisbe would have loved this show) and have 10 days to get engaged or get off the show. Not surprisingly, many of these shows feature dating and sex. A lot of spinoffs from “Jersey Shores”. Speaking of spinoffs, how many did we get from “The Bachelor”? Right, almost as many sequels as the original movie “Godzilla”, and most of them just as good.

Third, being filthy rich is REALLY big with the poor schmucks who obsess about rich schmucks. Think “My Super Sweet 16” or, a little racier, “Girls Next Door”, about three of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends who lived together. Ahem. And if you’re actually a celebrity, well! Remember “The Osbournes”? Yeah, neither do I. But who can ever forget “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”?

Fourth, conflicts, arguments and nasty insults are always popular scenarios. “Bad Girls” may be gone, but not forgotten—especially by producers working desperately to blank out their brains and come up with the next hit show.

Okay, so there are some shows that actually feature talent, such as singing or cooking. But none of them will ever make the top 10. So how does a politician fit into all of this?

Agent Orange has never been, and never will be, an actual politician. You know, like trying to build consensus and instituting policies that are good for the majority of the people? He has always been a reality TV star, and absolutely loves that role in life. Other than his own series, AO has appeared in nearly two dozen TV shows and movies.

AO made his first on-screen appearance in 1985 in an episode of “The Jeffersons” called “You’ll Never Get Rich.” A few more high-profile movies he appeared in were “Eddie” (1996), “Zoolander” (2001), and Two Week’s Notice” (2002).

One of the most amusing TV shows he was in was “The Nanny” (1996). When he was told that his character was a millionaire, he naturally demanded that the line to be changed to call him “a billionaire”. In the end, the director had the line changed to refer to him as a ‘zillionaire’. Another amusing tidbit is that he made a cameo in an episode of “Sex and The City” (1999) entitled “The Man, the Myth, the Viagra”. Just perfect.

But Agent Orange is no actor. It is no coincidence that the role he played was always himself. So, as to checking the first element off the list—well, for him, that’s literally a no-brainer. More on that in a moment.

So how about the second element, being outrageous?

The Miss Universe Organization was owned by Donald Trump from 1996 to 2015, which includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, as well as Miss Universe. Why beauty pageants? In a 2005 interview on Howard Stern’s show, Agent Orange bragged about his motivation. “I’ll go backstage before a show, and everyone’s getting dressed and ready and everything else,” he said. “You know, no men are anywhere. And I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant. And therefore I’m inspecting it… ‘Is everyone OK?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible-looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”

It was later disclosed that he entered the Miss Teen USA changing room, where girls as young as 15 were in various stages of undress. When questioned, many of the girls and women admitted he had not only entered but often fondled them. Perhaps that’s what he was referring to when he boasted to former ‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush about sexually assaulting women, including the infamous ‘pussy grabber’ discussion. When one young woman mentioned the incidents to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, she shrugged it off, saying, “Yeah, he does that.” To her as well?

In the above-mentioned interview, AO also told Stern that, when he bought Miss Universe, the pageant was “a sick puppy.” The ‘hotness’ of contestants had seriously deteriorated in the preceding years because the judges had begun placing an emphasis on brains over beauty. “They had a person that was extremely proud that a number of the women had become doctors,” Trump said. “And I wasn’t interested.” No sizzle in that beef steak, right?

But sexual assault was not why AO was forced to sell the Miss Universe Organization. In 2015, after his incendiary comments about Mexicans drove away broadcasters NBC and Univision, sponsors ‘dumped’ his shows. In show biz, racism seems to—ahem—trump sexism.

Okay, we got ‘mindless, outrageous, and sex’ out of the way. How about rich and famous? Well, that one’s also a no-brainer, even if he isn’t nearly as rich as he claims. (When WILL we get to see those tax returns?)

Agent Orange had been a celebrity since 1987, when Tony Schwartz created a brilliant, fantastic business persona through his best-selling book “The Art of the Deal,” which falsely presented Trump as its principal author But by 2003 AO had become a cartoon figure when his business once again went south after a series of bankruptcies and bail outs. Although Schwartz later admitted that he felt some responsibility for facilitating Trump’s imposture, describing him as “the monster I helped to create,” he also said, “Mark Burnett’s influence was vastly greater.”

In 1996, Mark Burnett got his start in TV by producing “Eco Challenge”, which soon led to “Survivor”. Wanting more of the limelight, but not being an actor, Agent Orange did the only thing possible: He agreed to star in Burnett’s latest reality show, “The Apprentice”. But, boastful and blustery as he may be, even that took a lot of work.

In an interview with “The New Yorker”, Katherine Walker, the producer who actually oversaw the first five seasons of “The Apprentice”, said “(we) struggled to make Trump seem coherent. He wouldn’t read a script — he stumbled over the words and got the enunciation all wrong. We cleaned it up so that he was his best self.” Walker insisted that “The Apprentice” reinvigorated AO’s image as a successful businessman.

“I don’t think any of us could have known what this would become,” she said. “But Donald would not be president had it not been for that show.” Walker said that Executive Producer Burnett acknowledged that “The Apprentice” helped pave AO’s path to the presidency by ending a downward slope in his professional life and giving him back the appearance of a tycoon. Perhaps ironically, another of Burnett’s TV productions was “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” Clearly, many voters are not.

In the past 40 years, since the BBC launched “Yes, Minister” (1980-82), there has been an incredible uptick in TV shows about the top politicians, many of them so-called ‘political mockumentaries’. Whether humorous or dramatic, these shows allow many people to fantasize about being the POTUS. If you can’t be, why not just elect someone who represents every mindless, cheap value that you hold dear and revel in his daily portrayal of a real-life president?

As to conflicts, arguments and nasty insults, there is no need to inform anyone in the world about his calls for violence during his rallies, his tweet storms raging at every perceived slight, and his insults and mocking parodies of nearly every person who gives him less than absolute adulation, including most politicians in the world. And the fanatics of “reality TV” absolutely love every moment of it.

I had previously thought that Agent Orange would like to be king. But he evidently realizes that, in our modern world, kings have no real power. That is why he would prefer to be known as the King of Reality TV, the man who could play the ultimate role of power in the world. But, even in the growing disaster that is the COVID-19 pandemic, playing the role of president is still all about his TV ratings.

This says everything you need to know about Agent Orange: While giving out his usual false information about the disease, Donald Trump bragged about his high TV viewership generated by his coronavirus briefings. For the ultimate reality TV show star, the show must . . . well, you know how that saying goes on. And on.

The Sad Plight of American Politics Under Agent Orange–Especially as Demonstrated by COVID-19

March 28, 2020

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52012049

Agent Orange contaminates the fight against COVID-19

March 13, 2020

This article was written in The Atlantic by a dedicated Republican who has seen the light in regard to Donald Trump.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/peter-wehner-trump-presidency-over/607969/?utm_medium=offsite&utm_source=yahoo&utm_campaign=yahoo-non-hosted&yptr=yahoo

The “Dictator Trump” Conspiracy

February 22, 2020

dictator          Okay, I am officially now a conspiracy theorist.

I have firmly decided that Agent Orange (AO, aka, Donald Trump) wants to make himself into a dictator. However, this is really difficult in America, so there had to be a long-range strategy in place to accomplish it. On the other hand, it may be that the man who can’t seem to plan more than five minutes ahead has – just because of his impetuous desires to bully and manipulate others in order to further his own power and his childish delight in generally creating chaos – inadvertently stumbled into the right formula, sort of like a deadly virus that mindlessly mutates to fight off all vaccines. Or what the actual Agent Orange does to plant and animal life alike.

It can’t possibly happen here? That’s what the Romans said just before Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon.

What, exactly, has he done and is he doing to bring about this end? Here is my Dirty Dozen list.

  • Usurping the Constitution

The Constitution separated power into three branches and established checks and balances to guard against abuse of those powers. In particular they knew that a tyrant with unlimited access to We the People’s money would be too powerful, so only the Legislature could determine budget. Therefore, AO’s use of taxpayer money to build the Great Wall of Dump violates the constitution after a largely GOP Congress refused to fund it. With no lawful way to get the money, AO declared a “national emergency” and started building the wall from military funds. As he had declared the problem of unlawful immigration “long-standing,” how could it suddenly become an emergency, especially as he admitted that he “could do the wall over a longer period of time” and “didn’t need to do this”? If AO can simply commandeer funds that Congress refused to appropriate, why couldn’t he decide to build prisons for his political enemies, a nuclear aircraft carrier to travel around in, or anything else he wants?

But declaring a bogus ‘emergency’ created yet another Constitutional crisis. When Chicago homicides rose in 2017, Trump tweeted that it must “fix the horrible ‘carnage’” or he would “send in the Feds!” There are laws that allow the president to deploy federal troops (each governor must deploy the National Guard) inside the country to resist serious domestic strife, but only in dire emergencies. Well, AO has already dispatched thousands of active-duty soldiers to the southern border to save us from an oncoming caravan of desperate Central American migrants, which was neither an emergency nor even on domestic soil. But what if he declared an emergency so he could send troops to any city he wanted? For example, he might label San Francisco as a “conspiracy city” for refusing to provide assistance to immigration-enforcement officials and order the military in to enforce immigration laws. He has already announced plans to end the constitutional guarantee (14th amendment) of birthright citizenship laws, so why not invade ‘sanction cities’? More to the point, what if he dispatches U.S. troops to suppress “liberal mobs” allegedly rioting during anti-Trump protests? He seems to be building up to this. (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418/)

  • Enabling Racial, Sexual and Religious Hatred

He certainly did not invent these prejudices, but he clearly encourages his fanatics to express their previously suppressed feelings. From mocking people of different lifestyles, having known white supremacist advisors, and calling detractors demeaning names (especially female politicians) to openly advocating violence against anyone who stands against him, AO has from the first encouraged the ‘purist’ WASPs to attack various minorities, especially migrants. Trump made himself the face of the so-called birther movement, which targeted all people with dark skins, not just Obama. The AO administration admitted there were errors in a misleading Justice Department report attempting to link terrorism to immigration, but refused to correct or retract the report. So, outright lies as well as misinformation. Now, not only do white supremacists openly attack minorities, but Christian bigots have also attacked the LGBT community as well as Muslim Americans. This creates a tension that divides the citizenry, much as Hitler used the tactic to further the rise of his Nazi party.

  • Creating a Violent, Armed Following

Clearly, this starts with supporting the NRA and its rabid members. But who can forget his promise to pay legal fees for anyone attacking protestors at his rallies (“Knock the crap out of them”) or his support for white supremacists in Charlottesville? At a rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, AO lamented the fact that the U.S. can’t stop asylum-seekers from coming into the country by just shooting them like “other countries do”. In his words: “I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” Is that MAGA hat his equivalent of the Nazi armbands? Civil War, anyone?

  • Sabre-Rattling and Use of Military Power

AO once said that military power was about instilling fear. AO is all about instilling fear. He escalated tensions with Iran for no apparent reason even though he called Bush’s decision to go into the Middle East “The worst single mistake ever made in the history of our country.” As a military force, Iran is essentially useless. Killing Soleimani not only violated international law, he wasn’t even considered a “terrorist threat” by the CIA. The senate warned AO not to intervene in Iran again without their approval. AO also threatened to “totally destroy North Korea” after courting Kim. Korea is definitely a bigger threat, but why antagonize Kim when he is not threatening the U.S.? And why use cyber space attacks, which the U.S. had been reluctant to do? Because his followers want a powerful bully who will ‘stand up’ to our perceived enemies. It’s all about appealing to his fanatics. Fear-mongering is a tactic Hitler used extensively. Well, isn’t Russia the biggest threat? And don’t we want allies in case we actually get into the war that AO seems to want to provoke?

  • Alienating Traditional Allies

On the airplane after leaving early from the Group of 7 meeting, he reversed America’s position on climate change and Iran, and refused to ease steel and aluminum tariffs he just imposed on Europe and Canada. He has created an adversarial relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and insulted French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They have all retaliated in kind. AO has repeatedly slammed Mexico on trade, but mostly accused it of abetting illegal immigration, claiming Mexico has “invaded” the U.S. with “Drug Dealers, Cartels, Human Traffickers, Terrorists.” (Customs and Border Protection’s data does not support the claim about terrorists). AO blasted the alliance between Washington and Japan, and even canceled a meeting with Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen for ridiculing his desire for the U.S. to buy Greenland. Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been one his few remaining allies abroad, AO has been ‘banned’ from London and reviled by most British diplomats and citizens. While AO may have reduced our contribution to NATO, how much has he weakened it? As François Heisbourg stated, Europe is afraid that another four years of Agent Orange “would undermine the reality of American democracy” and destroy our relationship with Europe.

  • Eliminating Public Services and Benefits

It’s not enough that AO instituted massive tax cuts that largely benefit the obscenely rich, while greatly reducing the food stamp program and disability benefits as well as housing and family assistance. He also reduced other programs that provide help and work programs for families with children, such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, and eliminated altogether the related TANF Contingency Fund. He is certainly trying to eliminate the general healthcare system, so-called ‘Obamacare’. But, in spite of his campaign promises, AO is also going after Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and even public education. He recently said tackling ‘entitlement spending’ is “the easiest of all things.” Just because he doesn’t pay taxes and doesn’t need Social Security, it is NOT an entitlement. He proposes to pare as much as $1.5 trillion from Medicaid, wants to raise the full retirement age for Social Security to 70, and has proposed cutting $26 billion from the program over a 10-year period. Sickeningly, he appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, a billionaire who has backed privatized charter schools and openly tried to ruin the public education system. Her efforts would regress American education back into the 18th century, when the wealthy could afford it and most poor people entered a low-paid profession, often as children. This is a consistent pattern of making the rich richer and the poor poorer, while greatly diminishing the middle class.

  • Courting Other Dictators

It’s well known that AO openly admires Vladimir Putin, and has been very lax with Russia on their aggressive policies, especially in Ukraine, Syria and Crimea. AO met with Putin behind closed doors without records of the meeting, even from interpreter notes, and has demanded Russia be reinstated to the G-7. AO also flew to Singapore right after the G-7 meeting for a friendly meeting with a nuclear-armed American enemy, Kim Jong-un of North Korea. “He’s smart, loves his people, he loves his country,” AO declared of Kim. Why does he play nice with enemies when alienating allies?

  • The Russian Connection

Many campaign advisors and some officials in his administration, past and present, have or had ties to Putin and Russia. That especially includes Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn. In addition to his infamous 2013 Miss Universe Pageant visit to Moscow, AO has extensive business relations with Russia, particularly through the Trump Organization. Since we cannot get sight of his tax information, it cannot be proven that much of the bailout money for his several past bankruptcies are ‘loans’ from various Russian institutions. We do know, however, about his connections with Felix Sater and Alfa Bank. We also know Junior, Ivanka and Jared have many direct connections with Russia. Should I mention that Hitler used his close relationship with Russia to train and equip his army before turning on his ally during WWII? And, recently, US intelligence officials have submitted reports that Russia is interfering with our upcoming election with the intent of getting AO re-elected. Mysterious.

  • Manipulating the Press (and Social Media)

Mostly, this is in the form of ‘disinformation’, much better known as AO’s countless lies. It’s about making certain he is the headline 24 hours a day, whether he is being praised on conservative media or condemned on liberal media. It’s always about him: What he has done, what he has said, and what will come next. Trump is a master of the soundbite: Make American Great Again! Lock her up! Send them back! The advertising industry made the quick interjection of subliminal messages illegal because it was unethical; AO has perfected the modern equivalent. He uses Twitter more than any child, and his simplistic language (some would say stupid) is perfect for the average American to latch onto. And the Democrats have fallen for this tactic by always being reactive, defending themselves from his attacks and justifying their positions more than they dwell on positive plans and reasoned discussion. Much of the liberal media has fallen into the same trap. Where Hitler forcibly controlled the media, AO has made it his puppet, and with a similar result: He has made the liberal media into the enemy of “We the People” (at least, his people) to the point where they do not even want to hear any opposing viewpoints to their Führer.

  • Subverting the Legal System

Every president has the right to nominate judges to the Supreme and federal courts (although McConnell boasts of how he denied Obama that right during his last year to give another one to AO). But AO has appointed conservative judges even the state law organizations have stated are not qualified to be a judge (including one who had never conducted a trial). He’s openly commented about “Second Amendment people” preventing the appointment of liberal judges. Right after the Justice Dept. speculated about a sentence for Roger Stone, he intervened. He intervened with the Senate to prevent witnesses at his trial, even though they had already said they would find him ‘not guilty’ regardless of evidence. After pardoning a number of convicted ‘white-collar’ criminals simply because they had personal connections or appealed to him via Fox News, he referred to himself as the nation’s “chief law enforcement officer,” a title typically reserved for the attorney general.

  • Undermining the Long-term Economy

This effort has taken several avenues. First, of course, he has created a trade war. While making his followers feel ‘tough’ and empowered, our exports are gradually falling behind imports, and many businesses are suffering. This looks like it will only get worse. Forcing the Fed to keep interest rates low makes him look good in the short run, but all objective economic analysts predict this will eventually lead to a massive depression. Boosting fossil fuel industries over encouraging green industries not only helps to destroy our ecology, but is another short-term economic policy that will lead to eventual disaster. Furthermore, while certain other countries are developing green technology (especially in Scandinavia), the U.S. will fall further behind in our ability to market our own advances.

Conclusion

So how could all of his above actions possibly make him a dictator? History tell us that the greatest ally of a dictator is not a powerful army (which he is trying to build), but a weak, ignorant, poor citizenship who are easily controlled by the Church as well as the government. Agent Orange is using every trick in Adolph Hitler’s book to bamboozle the Americans who are sick of the political establishment and will do anything to get rid of it, and is building a cult that has given every indication it will literally go to war for him when his position as president is threatened. Even if he is elected for a second term, who knows what AO will do with this personal power base after leaving the White House?

So, to sum it all up, Agent Orange is trying to Make America Great for Donald Trump, not for the average citizen. If that benefits all of the other billionaires in the country, well, just like the king making all of the dukes and barons beholding to him, that’s alright with Dictator Donald. He still will hold the greatest share of the power.

Do I really think he planned all of this? No, he’s not that intelligent. But remember that comment about a lethal virus . .  or the original Agent Orange.

John Oliver on Brexit and Trump — and which is the greater disaster?

February 18, 2019

In case you don’t know of John Oliver, he’s a Brit who emigrated to the U.S. and performs on the more sophisticated version of SNL called “Last Week Tonight”. Although very funny, his scenes are much more based on research and deep thought. In this interview with “The Guardian”, Oliver gives his considered opinion concerning the repercussions of Brexit, Trump’s presidency, and the future of Mo Salah and Liverpool FC. This is TV worth watching.

John Oliver at HBO headquarters for his show Last Week Tonight

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/feb/10/john-oliver-maybe-brexit-is-a-great-idea-theres-absolutely-nothing-to-suggest-that

 

How to Write a First Draft

November 28, 2018

via How to Write a First Draft

Why I am Less Afraid of Clinton than Trump

October 23, 2016

Honestly, which one do you trust?th

I’m afraid. Afraid of the upcoming results of this election. Afraid of what it says about our nation and our political process that we have come to this point, with two such undesirable options for the office of the President of the United States.

It seems that everyone in the world sees and understands this predicament. And the world is also very worried, as demonstrated by the prediction of many (relatively) unbiased think tanks regarding the domestic and international economic impacts and the political stability based on either outcome.

But that’s only a secondary worry. What frightens me the most is what each major candidate might bring to our domestic stability. More honestly, how they might critically destabilize it. Frankly, this is based mostly on how I perceive the relative intelligence of the two candidates. Or perhaps their thought processes.

Trump is clearly of (at best) average intelligence, and does not think things through. Hillary is of above average intelligence, and spends a lot of time thinking about issues, as evidenced by her preparation for the presidential debates. Do we want a president who reacts to issues in such ways as: “I’d build a wall. I’d bomb them. She should be in prison.” Yes, he has actually said those things. Or do we want a president who openly boasts about her political experience and having thought international events through? Yes, that includes admitting she spent many hours preparing for these presidential debates.

People who believe that Trump is at least economically astute, if not politically and socially, are wrong on that count. He has failed many times as a businessman, in spite of the incredible advantages that were handed to him by his father, and had to be bailed out several times. Clinton, although cynical and opportunistic, is much more astute in all regards.

Clinton is a politics as usual, corrupt egoist. But she clearly weighs her options before making decisions and reacting to situations. Trump is a shoot from the lip, I’ll take the cheap joke and the low road, and I don’t care who I alienate when I express my opinions sort of guy. Clinton is just as arrogant and entitled, but she is very aware that you do not deliberately alienate people, whether they are domestic or foreign.

Bottom line: Clinton is dangerous because she will not care about the average American, but only what the masses can do to enhance her power and ego. But Trump is more dangerous because he is actively encouraging hate in the form of racism, gender discrimination, white supremacy, and class consciousness. Moreover, he has openly courted Russian favor while denigrating our democratic process. Clinton will not improve our nation. Trump will actively work to destroy it.

This upcoming presidential election is, from my standpoint, clearly a no-win situation. However, it is also clearly a huge loss possibility. I have my hopes, but I am still very afraid of the lack of overall insight of the voters in this country. I am not so much afraid of Trump getting elected as I am about the people in this country who are eager to elect him.

 

You do NOT have to vote for Trump or Clinton

September 16, 2016

Our two-party political system has been getting worse for several elections. The question today is: Who is the worst possible person to be the president, so that I can vote for the other one? Many Americans feel they are trapped, hating those options, but not wanting to ‘waste’ their vote. But so often I hear the silly choice: “I just won’t vote.” Isn’t that an absolute waste of your vote?

steinPersonally, I would rather make a positive vote, that is, for a person I would actually like to see elected rather than truly ‘waste’ my vote because it was negative. While Trump has the potential to be the American Hitler, Clinton is a known quantity of back-room politics as usual.

At this point, Gary Johnson is on the ballot on all 50 states, and Jill Stein is getting close to those numbers, while currently eligible as a write-in. While I am attaching an article about Johnson, I am also attaching the official site where Stein states her views. I am voting for one of them, and, if you hate the majority options, hope you will investigate these viable alternatives and vote for one of them.

garyIf nothing else, a strong showing for a third-party candidate will send a loud message that we will no longer let the major parties force some horrendous candidate down our throats. I think that will make it a positive vote.

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/08/119077/who-is-gary-johnson-2016

http://www.ontheissues.org/Jill_Stein.htm