Friday, August 25, 2017

Nearly ten mind numbing months now of Trump's unorthodox Presidency. The initial shock has worn off but it's being replaced by "Trump Fatigue". The man is wearing extremely thin as the endless boastful stories of his personal heroics  become repetitious and boring. He's finally learned to read a script fairly well -until he starts speaking off the cuff- endlessly bragging about how "No other President has ever (fill in the blank) as I have". It is true that no other President has gone this long and accomplished so little. It's also true that no other President has fired more people in less than a year as Trump has done. 

Trump largely got elected by being provocative, saying outrageous things, and making a spectacle of himself. He gained fame as the host of a "reality show" but unfortunately  he continues to govern as if running the Country is just hosting an bigger reality show. He fires people with the same regularity and imperial attitude that he did on "The Apprentice". Every single issues somehow ends up being about him. His ego knows no bounds and he's difficult to get off stage when he's in front of a live audience.

We've seen enough of this man to know that nothing is going to change. Our only hope is either impeachment or nearly unanimous censure by the members of the Republican Party. The best route to impeachment will probably be accomplished by "following the money"- or the discovery of recorded conversations. 

The good news is that Congress can't get the votes to do much damage until after the next election cycle.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Watching Trump roll back environmental, banking,  and consumer privacy regulations is heart breaking. It's one thing to thin out unnecessary and pointless regulations which only make everyone's life more difficult but quite another thing to cancel regulations that protect our privacy, and our air and water for future generations. This is the only livable planet that we have. It was a gift given to us and when we foul it and deplete the natural resources we violate the sacred trust given to us by Nature.

Trump has no knowledge or respect for Nature or the laws of the Universe. He has no respect for our neighbors and other Nations. He has no respect for our judicial system and our judges. He has no respect for honesty and truthfulness. He has no empathy for those in need. He has never spent a day in any form of public service -nor has he ever served a day in the Military. His primary goals are to promote himself and increase his wealth . His secondary goals are to roll back all of the protections to our rights to privacy, the regulations which prevent Banks and Wall Street from creating another Depression, reduce the tax rates for the wealthy, and allow corporations to rape our natural resources for profit.  Given his way the wealthy will prosper, working people will earn less money, and pollution will make our planet unlivable. If we continue to "consume" and not "replace" - eventually there won't be anything left to consume. Trump's overall philosophy is to say "To hell with the future - it's not our problem. We live in the "now" not the "future".

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's no coincidence that many of Trump's appointments to the various regulatory branches of government are person's who have openly advocated against those very same branches of government.

Bannon is the man who whispers in Trump's ear at night and Bannon's openly stated goal is to unfund, or eliminate,  as many  government regulatory branches of government as possible.

Bannon's behind the scenes manipulation of Trump should never be under estimated or discounted.
He's George Bush's Dick Cheney. Taking advantage of a rookie first year President who doesn't have a clue about how the regulatory functions of our Government work or what purpose those regulations serve.  Cheney lead Bush down a path that lead to one of the worst depression in Decades. Bannon is on course to do the same unless people wake up and start paying attention to the potential long term problems that Bannon and his ilk are going to create with their passion for de-regulation.  By the time (if ever)  President Trump wakes up and starts to listen to more voices outside of his closed circle of un-elected advisers it may well be too late to save the regulatory agencies which protect public health, the environment, safety, equal opportunity, freedom of religion, and equal opportunity for all.  We are after all a Nation of laws which protect and create fair play. These laws also protect the planet and our natural resources. If we don't leave our planet is better shape than we found it. If we don't reduce and eliminate pollution. If we don't replenish what we consume- the planet will become so toxic and depleted that life as we know it may no longer be viable. This is not a political issue. At it's core is an issue of taking care of the "Garden of Eden" which has made our very existence possible. At it's core it's an issue of fairness and fair play. Private Enterprise is probably the most fair and productive and economic system that's been created by our species. Even so regulations are critical to prevent a hand full of Business Owners from enriching themselves on the backs of those who do the actual work.

Trump's lack of interest in the details of governing and government make him extremely vulnerable to those who have his ear and want to manipulate him for their own purposes. Trump is a skilled "pitch man" but his moral compass is non-magnetic -swinging wildly from East to West in search of North. 
We can not allow this person to virtually destroy all of the social, environmental, and economic progress that we've fought so hard to create and protect over the centuries that our species has walked upon this planet. We must never forget that we are just one of the millions of "animal" species that have been risen from the seas and lands over the past 500 million years. Whatever conceit we claim for our intelligence- that intelligence was lent to us by the elements of the planet itself. Existence requires co-existence. Only  the Sun exists by consume itself. The rest of us must consume each other.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump and the Truth

Our new President is playing fast and furious with the Truth- alternate versions of the Truth- and the Truth as he wants it to be. He makes up his own facts as he goes along and attacks the Press when they check on his "facts". His blatant disregard for revealing his many potential personal and business conflicts of interest is in clear violation of the intent of our founders and the Constitution itself, let alone any regard for the people's right to know about his personal finances- information which his new cabinet members are required to provide. He has loans with banks- some of which may be foreign banks. He collects income from Corporations , Foreign Heads of State and their staff for staying in his hotels in America and around the world. He promised to release his income tax returns if he was elected and now he refuses to do so. This can only mean that he has some ethical or financial problems that he doesn't want to make public. This man has a long history of being involved in law suits,  bankruptcy, and not paying his contractors. He recently settled a class action suit filed by people who attended his "University". He is being sued by a woman he molested. Other women will probably come forward with their own claims. He has financial ties with Oligarchs in Russia and the Ukraine.
It's very important that the free Press dig into each of these matters and shed light on this man's past and current financial ties and potential conflicts of interest.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Got to love it. Trump had no problem when the FBI  went after Clinton's emails but when they published Russian emails he accuses the FBI and the CIA of being Nazis! He yells at reporters in his first "Press Conference" and won't even let some of them ask him questions. He's refusing to reveal his income tax returns. He's refusing divest himself of his businesses. The man has skin so thin that everybody is afraid to speak up for fear that Trump will find a way to punish them. He's an ignorant uninformed "wanna be" dictator. Still shipping job overseas for his own products and still stiffing the working men and the contractors that work for him. How any God fearing Christian or honest working man or woman could vote for this vain jerk is beyond belief.