Saturday, August 24, 2019

Jason Miciak

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Jason Miciak is an author and attorney who splits his time between the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the Pacific Northwest. He has a wife, daughter and the most self-centered and smug dog to ever walk the Earth. Miciak's novels use science fiction to explore themes of morality and our current political environment.

Democrats Honing In on Grand 2020 Strategy: Trump “Ineffective”???

It is more than a little disquieting. One reads an assessment on the Democrats’ effort to “brand Trump” and their message against Trump in 2020 as an all-encompassing theme, and walks away both hopeful and more than a little depressed. Through comprehensive studies testing various themes and whether the theme moves independent voters, it seems that the strongest message moving voters is to note that Trump is an ineffective boob, in part, because he spends so much time on social media. Well. Okay, but … I will hear them out. From Sam Stein at DB: Those who have worked on the messaging say that going after Trump for being a racist and for being distracted by Twitter to the point of ineffectiveness is not an either-or. But, they argue, the former comes with the risk of turning off his supporters by suggesting that they are comfortable with his worst traits, while the latter emphasizes a characteristic of Trump that virtually no one finds flattering. Yeah, but … alright, go on, for now: “I think only the hardest core Trump believers think he should spend more time on Twitter. But that is the reality of his presidency. For better or worse people think he spends most of his time on Twitter and the way he engages on it is mostly negative,” said Navin Nayak, executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “Juxtaposing that becomes a very powerful way of underscoring how he has not accomplished anything economically for the American people. Going after that is an effective way of attacking Trump without impugning the motives of anyone who voted for him.” And there you have it. The triumph and tragedy. It appears we have found a way to unify the Left with the Independents and the moderate Right. Well done. Except the way to do it is to de-emphasize the man’s racism, crimes, and international disasters, focusing primarily upon an underlying “ineffectiveness”? I guess I need to put out there right now that “de-emphasize” is used here with great purpose. No one is saying that the racism, the crimes, all that is acceptable or cannot be referenced, they are just saying that those “deplorable” traits need be subsumed into “ineffective” as the ultimate charge against Trump, and why he needs to be booted from office. Okaayyy. Again, glad we found something that unifies all “potential votes” for the Democrat nominee (because no one is counting the hard-core Trumpers in this), I guess that’s encouraging. But, Jesus on a phone poll, can’t this nation unify under something stronger than … “ineffective”? Moreover, I hope we can all agree, the only thing that could have been worse about the last three years is if we had gone through it with an “effective” Trump in office. Now THAT is a terrifying proposition. So, it’s kinda’ weird to be arguing that the problem is that the moron is “ineffective,” when I thank the great dog above that Trump was genius-like in finding new ways to be ineffective. I am not going to argue with the data, or the people who scientifically studied it, if that’s what the most people want to hear, then I suspect we need use it. It did move the needle more than any other choice, and that is the entire purpose of the exercise, “win.” […]

Critical Juncture: As Trump Decompensates, the GOP Will Fall With Him.

I wrote a column this week noting that the entire Trump “thing,” by which I mean Trump personally and the Qanon-types, were caught up in an unsustainable march to an obvious and sad end. What I did not do is extend the logical conclusion out further, that the GOP, having tied itself to Trump, will suffer the same fate as all who have “worked with Trump.” He will take the GOP down with him. That is not necessarily as good as it might first seem. To understand the dynamic, it is necessary to revisit some principles that we all “know,” we just may not be utilizing it in our thought process. To confront the issue, one need digest a basic predicate. Dating back to at least Ronald Reagan, and perhaps even Nixon before, the GOP has been “one party” in name only. The real power behind the GOP is the moneyed-corporate interests that are after low taxes, lax regulatory administration, and saving money by diminishing social support for the poor to free up dollars for corporate welfare. The problem with this platform, other than the obvious, is that it is a platform that serves the interest of 10-20% – at most – of the total population. Tough, in a democracy, to be elected with that portion of the vote. What to do? Well, first you maximize your money advantage by getting the Supreme Court to decide that “money is speech” through Citizens United. Just as important, you minimize the Democratic vote wherever possible, shameless gerrymandering, as seen in Texas, North Carolina and Michigan, you impose voter ID laws skewed against the poor, and you have the SCOTUS dismantle the Voting Rights Act  – a law that just 7 years prior had been “re-upped” by a unanimous Senate. But, none of that is geared toward getting voters on your side. No, to get the votes needed by the Corporate wing and “normal conservatives,” they make every other issue part of a culture war. Their politicians acted like they cared about guns, that guns equated to freedom. They acted like they believed that scientists and educators were sketchy, not to be believed (but oil companies have a true heart and want what is best for all). They create their own reality, turning a downward trend in migration across the southern border into an invasion by gangs who illegally vote Democratic and get on welfare. And underlying all this is a racial animus that had to be kept somewhat “unspoken,” at least until lately. They needed this culture war since their real platform did nothing to help the day to day lives of someone living on $10/hour. So that’s the structure. They had their real agenda, the ones who controlled power, the Koch-types, Wall Street and trans-nationals. And they had their “for show” platform. The “for show” platform could be seen in a TV commercial showing young black men with their pants halfway down their ass, a young Hispanic girl in the E.R. to have her baby, a liberal scientist decrying environmental disasters and extolling teaching evolution, the underlying message being: “This is the cause of all your problems. We are against them.” The plan worked, at least once through every two administrations, and made massive gains in state government, even though the […]
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Anthony Scaramucci Predicts Trump Will Drop out of 2020 Campaign, in...

Anthony Scaramucci is proving why he didn’t last a week as White House Communications Director, he doesn’t know how to leave things unsaid, and then says things that cannot be defended. Take this, for example: “Trump’s gonna drop out of the race because it’s gonna become very clear. Okay, it’ll be March of 2020. He’ll likely drop out by March of 2020. It’s gonna become very clear that it’s impossible for him to win,” the former (short-lived) White House communications director said in an interview with Vanity Fair published Friday. “And is this the kind of guy that’s gonna want to be that humiliated and lose as a sitting president?” asked Scaramucci, who in recent weeks has turned on and feuded with his former boss, likening him to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Now, of course, there is nothing we’d like more than … we’ll get back to that. Let’s get some easy stuff out of the way, first, in our dealing with Mooch. One, as a “commentator” on politics of the day, Mooch should not make specific predictions that can be easily disproven. As a seasoned commentator or former Communications Director, he should have the average sense that god gave all mammals and said something like: “I suspect there is a good chance Trump will not even make it to 2020 because he will not like facing an impending loss.” Say something so general that no one can come back and make you look like such a complete idiot. Mooch? You gave a specific month in predicting the least predictable man in history? C’mon, man. Next, your reasoning needs some work. You state that it will become clear to Trump that he cannot win, and given the options, he’ll choose to walk away. Anthony? Were you around the last time that Trump ran for public office? In that race, there was no point in which he looked like he could win, not one, until the night of the election. He still loves talking about that win. What makes you think a “sure loss” means anything to this man? He never thinks he’s lost, he’s incapable of that kind of self-honesty. Last, “[Trump’s] got the self-worth in terms of his self-esteem of a small pigeon. It’s a very small pigeon. Okay,” Scaramucci continued about Trump. “And so you think this guy’s gonna look at those poll numbers and say — he’s not gonna be able to handle that humiliation.” Wait, what? He has the self-esteem of a pigeon? What? Maybe a pigeon that thinks it doesn’t shit. A pigeon that believes it can fly to the moon. Trump lacks a whole lot of things, Mooch, but “self-esteem” isn’t one. Did you mean to say that Trump had the courage of a small pigeon? Or the arrogance of a Great White Shark? Those make infinitely more sense. Now, stating that Trump will not be able to handle that kind of humiliation is correct, though it presupposes that Trump will ever entertain that he could, in fact, lose the election and foresee the embarrassment coming upon him, or, indeed, knows the definition of embarrassment. The other thing Anthony Scaramucci is leaving out is that Trump may suspect that “being president” might be the only job that allows him to steer clear of NY AG charges, and possible federal charges […]

Trump Furor Coming: Way Down in FOX NEWS Approval Poll!

On the cusp of mass shootings, and sour economic news – not all of which could possibly be baked-in to the polls, some teeth gnashing Tweets are sure to spring from Trump’s Twitter account after seeing his “Disapproval ratings” on the Fox News’ Poll to be one point shy of its all-time high at 56% “Disapproval.” At the same time, his “Approval” ratings dropped three points to 43% from just a month ago. Forty-three percent of respondents said they approve of Trump’s job performance, down from 46 percent last month. The record low for Trump approval in Fox News’s polling is 38 percent, also from October of 2017. Trump has the disapproval of a record number of men, at 53 percent, white men, 46 percent, and independents, 64 percent, according to the survey. Researchers surveyed 1,013 registered voters nationwide from Aug. 11 to 13. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. That “August 13th” is a key day, as it was on that day that the markets and economic indicators demonstrated their full fury, diving down, making news that was almost impossible to ignore. As I said, that 43% number is “soft” and may be artificially high, as it cuts off some of the more dour economic stresses appearing later in the week. These are not historical lows for Trump, the historical “Disapproval” number remains 37%, but it is the trend that we favor. When FOX has Trump at 43% approval, one can near count upon other polls demonstrating 2-3 fewer points. Republican presidents polling a negative 13 points on Approval/Disapproval from Fox do not get re-elected. “Please, Jason, do persist.” Okay: How about Fox News polls demonstrating that every major Democratic candidate kicks Trump’s ass? he poll found Trump with 39 percent support among registered voters in head-to-head matchups against Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The poll found Sanders beating Trump with 48 percent, Warren winning over Trump with 45 percent and Harris winning with 46 percent support. Former Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, beat Trump in the theoretical matchup with 50 percent support among those surveyed, compared to Trump’s 38 percent. Sooo … I will also note, that Elizabeth Warren might well be polling less than the others only because many independents and even conservatives have heard Trump beat her up for a while, but have not heard her speak. Our Professor Warren is an excellent teacher, and I suspect that once people hear more from her, her numbers might approach Joe Biden’s. Regardless, the excellent news is to be celebrated. Trump is trending the wrong direction, and will act accordingly: Bizarrely. Moreover, none other than Fox News is demonstrating that Trump is facing an ass-kicking next year, lest he change his tune. Which he cannot do. So, that’s good news, too. **** Peace, y’all. Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com

Trump Asks White House Counsel to Look into the United States...

Trump, a man with known affinity for ocean-front property, has asked the White House counsel to “look into [the United States] buying Greenland.” Before anyone begins instinctively lashing out at Trump’s recklessness in pursuing a stupid deal, let’s stand back and evaluate this for a second, and then I might offer-up an argument that this could be a move worthy of consideration. As you know, Denmark owns and manages Greenland as a territory. According to the linked article from Huffington Post, the Danes have been running a significant deficit supporting their interest in the island. Some in the American government – with varying levels of seriousness – have proposed buying it as an American territory. As in any real estate deal, the measure becomes “what are you buying?” and “is one getting good value for the investment.” Given all the unknowns about Greenland, and all the questions left unanswered, the “details” could not matter more. It’s not clear what about Greenland has supposedly sparked Trump’s curiosity. The island may be a rich source of rare mineral and energy sources, including iron ore, lead, zinc, diamonds, gold, uranium and oil, though experts say more research needs to be done to know the island’s full potential.  Pay attention to that word “potential,” because I think that is the operative word here. What is the underlying motivation for purchasing it? Because that is where we most surely would run into differences with Trump’s ambitions. If the idea is to allow Chevron and Exxon-Mobile to pound the ever-living-shit out of Greenland in search of more oil, the deal is most dangerous if Greenland is floating on oil. However, if Greenland is sitting on much of anything of real value, then I think it is best that the United States own the land, not because we need to pillage yet another landscape, but because we would want to control access to anyone else wanting to pillage it for treasure. If somehow the Danes happened to be looking around for a buyer – which they currently are not doing, but could someday – I would vastly prefer it to be the United States, and not Vladimir Putin, nor Saudi Arabia, Iran, or just about anyone with a ton of cash and questionable motives. I would want Greenland to represent the beginning of a “Green New Deal,” and its role being that of a protectorate, a wilderness available for study, with a gigantic “Keep Out” sign, applied to everyone but locals and a select few. Furthermore, we know that even if we shut off all our man-made Greenhouse gas emissions today, the planet would continue to warm until at least 2100. And nowhere is it warming faster than the Arctic, including Greenland. With the ice-melt continuing, and a moderating climate, Greenland will continue to attract attention. True, there are few nations as trustworthy as Denmark (in fact, right now I suspect they are more trustworthy than the United States in sad ways). However, if social pressures in Denmark ever reach a point where they are looking for assistance with the island, it needs to be a United States territory, and not a Russian or Petro-state territory. Last, there are inevitable military-defense issues. We already do have a presence on the island, Thule Air Force Base is the military’s northernmost base. […]

Not the Onion: Madame Maxwell Spotted at In ‘n Out in...

The Hell? Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s one-time girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator, was spotted Monday at an In-N-Out Burger in Universal City, California, of all places. That is not a headline from The Onion. They would write a more plausible but funnier headline. That is from The Daily Beast, and so is this: When a fellow fast-food patron approached Maxwell outside the restaurant to ask if it was indeed her, she reportedly replied “yes I am,” adding, “well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!” Maxwell, who has been rumored to be laying low in both France and Boston, was found sitting alone outside the chain restaurant, accompanied only by a dog and a book. Her reading material was reportedly The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives, and onlookers said she did not protest to having her photo taken—even though her location is of great interest to federal prosecutors—and stared directly into the camera. Anyone who has been to California, including my new friend in San Diego, John M. (Happy B-Day, John!) can attest, if YOU are about to be arrested, and face many years in federal custody, there is NO better place to be, just prior, than an In n’ Out Burger. I certainly would do all I could to get in one last Double Double. An In ‘n Out, in the L.A. basin, near star celebrity actors who specialize in blending in with the crowd, reading a book on the U.S. intelligence community? That sounds like our fugitive. I admit, I feel like a fool, having written a fantastic piece laying out why she would be hiding, and why she would be wanting to remain hidden in a Paris mansion, letting her lawyers talk. I didn’t give her sufficient credit. This was genius. Right up until she did not say: “No, my name is Mary Wallace and my husband is a dentist in Fresno, we’re looking at UCLA with my daughter, who should be back any minute.” That was dumb. If you get a next time, try that, Ghislaine. But setting-up under aged teenage girls as a way to milk money from hooked and sick old men was also dumb, madame. Two mistakes. One will get you many years in prison. The other makes it all happen much more quickly. They are damn good cheeseburgers. Not as dumb as some might think **** Peace, y’all. And it’s not an Onion Headline, I have a friend. Happy B-day. Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com  

“Everyone Will Turn on Trump Eventually,” Windsor Mann

Author Windsor Mann penned an essay in “The Week” that is haunting in its obviousness, and saddening on an existential-level, for each of us personally and as a nation. The premise is one we all understand, but have a hard time articulating. In essence, “this is unsustainable” has never been more plain, profound, or tragic. Rather than making one feel triumphant, a more-mature sense of responsibility seeps in: It’s too soon to say when Donald Trump’s presidency will end, but it’s not too soon to say how it will end. It will end in disgrace. And when it does, Trump’s defenders will turn on him …. ….Trump’s post-presidency will be sadder and more pathetic than his presidency. His presidential library will be neither presidential nor a library. His memoir, if someone writes one for him, will be dreadful — ghostwritten, poorly written, replete with falsehoods and errors, and bereft of insights and useful information. His presidential papers will contain such statements as “Horseface“; “trade wars are good, and easy to win“; “a very stable genius“; and “your favorite President, me!” No mainstream public figure will want to be associated with his legacy. Yes. It is obvious. The man who bankrupted himself, then Atlantic City, then the Republican party, will eventually bankrupt the country’s spirit, at least momentarily. There will be no parade, no Hope and Change, just a resolution to move on. And it will be in sadness, at least at first. But none of that will happen in a vacuum, Trump will do everything possible to remain relevant, more so than even now. But, even now, people are already tired, tired of the drama, tired of the “event” that Trump always insists he be: On his wife’s birthday last year, Trump called Fox & Friends and rambled for so long that the hosts didn’t know how to get rid of him. After waiting patiently for 30 minutes, Brian Kilmeade politely informed the unhinged man on the other line that he probably had “a billion things” to do that day, his being president and all So sadly true. Too often, we get far too caught-up in tracking the Trump movement – because this goes far beyond one man – tracking the Trump movement and its day to day, outrages. No one more so than me. We do not often stand outside the lanes on onrushing outrage, and take-in the big picture, the real “American carnage” already here, to take the long view from where we’ve come, and where we’re certainly heading. The people who defend Trump have always done so for one reason, they had something to gain from Trump. Once a person leaves Trump’s orbit, whether it is Michael Cohen, or Anthony Scaramucci, that person suddenly steps outside the Trump con-prism to see the world as it exists, not as Trump needs it to be seen. Soon enough, however it all ends, Trump will have no ability to “give” people anything, and he’ll be alone. The only thing he ever cared about, his “brand” will be worth less than ever, and he will scramble every way he can to bring it back, looking ever more ridiculous. We should have all of this in the back of our minds as we pick a presidential candidate going into 2020. Actually, as […]
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OUTRAGEOUS! POTUS Urges Israel to Ban Rep. Omar and Tlaib Visit!

In a developing story that should rock the world, the President of the United States went on to Twitter, to implore an international ally, to block the planned visit of two sitting United States Congressional Representatives, Rep. Omar and Tlaib. It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2019 And, to its lasting discredit, it appears that Israel is submitting to Trump’s “request.” According to Al Jazeera, Israel has indeed blocked entry to the only two Muslim United States congressional representatives. Israel has decided to block a visit by United States Democrat members of Congress Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has said. “The decision has been made, the decision is not to allow them to enter,” Hotovely told Israel’s Reshet Radio on Thursday, shortly after US President Donald Trump warned Tel Aviv against allowing the two Muslim members of his country’s Congress to visit. Because Trump has demolished all norms, and lost the ability to shock us with any behavior, let’s commit to not normalizing this, and breaking down just how serious a breach in international relations and domestic tranquility, this represents. A United States president has openly called two sitting U.S. Congressional Representatives anti-Semitic. That alone should earn Donald Trump a reprimand if not impeachment. But, we have seen such racist attacks by Trump before. What we have not seen is a United States president, for purely political reasons, stepping in to request – near order – a United States ally to ban official U.S. representatives from that country, again, for purely political reasons. How quaint that one truism of US politics used to be that politics ended at the waters’ edge. If Israel had banned Representative Omar and Tlaib because they are Muslim, the president should be discussing sanctions against that nation, should be in an uproar, should be calling the Israeli Ambassador and demanding an explanation. If President Barack Obama had “Tweeted” (as if) that Canada should bar Representative Steve King because he is a disgrace to the United States, I would be furious with President Obama for being so nakedly political. Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been quoted as stating that Representatives Omar and Tlaib should be allowed entry to Israel, that the trip should occur as planned. Though we are no fans of McCarthy, he IS acting in accord with international norms. Let’s acknowledge that portion of the Republican party. It is outrageous that we stand here today, in a world where Donald Trump feels more aligned with foreign governments who favor him, than United States representatives who challenge him. Of course, it is always about him and that is precisely the problem. We just never knew he would go so far as to essentially order another nation to ban two fine American representatives. Israel relies upon the United States for its security. If any president demands Israel do something, there is tremendous pressure to “do it,” even IF Israel disagreed with that president. It appears to me like domestic news sources […]

Meanwhile, Espstein Madame Maxwell Has Disappeared.

Epstein’s madame, Ghislaine Maxwell, is nowhere to be found, at least as of today, according to a story published in the Daily Beast. Police are reportedly scrambling to find the 57-year-old British socialite—and accused madam of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein—as she faces a new lawsuit from one victim who alleges Maxwell gave “organizational support to Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring” and procured “underage girls for Epstein’s sexual pleasure.” Since Epstein’s apparent jail-cell suicide on Saturday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said their sex-trafficking and conspiracy probe into the multimillionaire’s orbit is ongoing. (In a July court filing, prosecutors said they were investigating “uncharged individuals” in Epstein’s case.) Alright, let’s deal with the 800 lb gorilla right off the top. Just because she cannot be found, does not mean she is either A) Dead, or B) in unreasonable fear of succumbing to death in the near future. Let’s start off with the more reasonable inferences. For one, she is surely not interested in chatting-up just anyone right now. She cannot be sure who her friends might be, and who might want to see her take the entire fall for impending criminal charges. The smartest thing in such a scenario is to hire the most ass-kicking, frothing at the mouth, tailored to the toe, Manhattan defense attorneys in existence, and let them deal with everyone.  Moreover, she’s likely terrified of being arrested any day now by the FBI. Being an “international woman of mystery” who has bopped around the globe with powerful friends, hiding for a time period in some distant land shouldn’t be that hard, although, the article does mention: “Maxwell is not gonna be able to hide,” Boies told The Daily Beast. “There’s no place in the civilized world where she can go and not be found. And unlike Epstein, she does not have the massive resources that would be required to carve out a new life in some obscure place where she cannot be extradited from.” Sure, that is true, and David Boies is 100x the lawyer I will ever be, and he does happen to know the defendant’s financial status probably better than anyone, including the FBI, Boies is richer. But that doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t rather hide in the Swiss countryside while her lawyers carve out some deal by which she hands herself over, with a deal already in-tact, and that the hand-over comes after all the negotiations. That way she avoids all that jailtime awaiting some deal between the U.S. Attorney’s office and her lawyers. To be sure, that would drive the FBI up the damn wall, and any prosecutor worth her bar license will instantly state: “There will be no deal until she gives herself up, and if we find her, we will charge her with obstruction, too, and and and …” And that U.S. Attorney will also be 100x the attorney that I am, which doesn’t mean this isn’t fairly predictable. Maxwell’s attorney’s response to such a proclamation is to listen politely and then quietly state: “She is prepared to testify to hooking up President “B” from Country “A,” Prince Dumbass of the Kingdom of Asshat, and …” This is where it becomes art “And, should she not get the deal we are seeking, she is prepared to testify that she wanted […]

Trump Has No Chance, None, In 2020, IF we …

If the economy recedes in late 2019 and 2020, Trump might not make it to November 2020. I know nothing about economics, and so I am not going to even fake an analysis of where the country stands right now, except to note that we have had near miraculous growth since President Obama’s initiatives took root in late 2009-2010. Economic growth has not been too fast, perhaps not fast enough initially. But it was sufficient to lead Obama to victory in 2012, and got Hillary Clinton more votes in 2016. Growth normally doesn’t continue as long as it has. We are long overdue for a retraction. It is almost impossible to get rid of a president, no matter how bad, in a great or even “good” economy. Americans are fundamentally self-interested, and that is understandable. When Americans feel their own lives are “on the right track,” then what goes on internationally or even politically, cannot overcome economic certainty and comfort. It is almost impossible to reelect a president in an economy that is retracting. Jimmy Carter won a Nobel Peace Prize, he was perhaps too mature for this nation in his fiscal and environmental policies, and yet he faced a devastating world-wide downturn and lost to “sunny days again,” Reagan. George H.W. Bush truly did run a war as well as one can be run, and then got the hell out. He oversaw the destruction of our Cold War nemesis, the Soviets, and Germany reunited. But the economy had slowed, substantially. Both Carter and H.W. Bush got beat, relatively soundly, in their attempt to get reelected. Trump has done three significant things while in office. He appointed grossly conservative judges, from District Courts to the Supreme Court. He has demolished the administrative state, from environmental laws to business regulations. And he signed a tax cut massively slanted to the rich. That is it, that is the list of his accomplishments. The past due notice on those tax cuts is coming, ask Ronald Reagan, and ask George W. Bush. Tax cuts slanted to the very wealthy work for a year, maybe two, and then the bill comes due. Because they never, ever, trickle down. Never. Usually the bill is a shrinking economy, but it can come as it did in 2008 with a virtual free-falling economy. Do not think that the wealthy people who run this country don’t know this fundamental truth. They just make too much money during that year or two to resist the impulse. If things get too bad, as they did in 2007 and 2008, the wealthy will make money while getting themselves bailed out by the government, somehow. The rich got theirs from Trump. They are now likely tired of Trump. Every self-respecting, half-literate person in this nation, not focused on abortion as the only issue, must be looking around at the international troubles that seem to be bubbling-up, from Central America to Kashmir to Hong Kong, to Russia and wondering when the big hammer will slam through the desk. Instability, is a killer. Big business has too much riding on predictable returns to allow for big surprises. Right now, this type of person looks abroad and sees instability. They look at home, the market and see instability. They look at farmers and see pain. They […]

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