Does Trump do Anything Right?

 

According to many, President Trump is just all wrong. I think most will agree that no matter what he does as President — even when it is good for the nation — he gets very little (or no) credit from the Mainstream Media or from the majority of political pundits — unfairly so. Just imagine if all of the great economic news of this year had resulted because of any of President Obama’s actions taken during either of his two terms. If so, what would the fawning press and Democrats and others on the Left be saying about THAT President’s achievements?

I am not complaining about the unfair treatment of this President — I’ve come to accept it as the “new normal” as have most Americans. But accepting the crud from the Left as “normal” does not justify their doing so or make it right. But it IS the “new normal” in today’s vitriolic news environment.

I thought we’d pause today for a moment to list a few of Trump’s actions that quietly flew below the radar screen. Before I list them, (and they’re from an article written by Liz Crokin — an entertainment reporter who often is pretty blunt about members of the entertainment industry AND this President, please know EACH has been thoroughly vetted and each has been confirmed and actually happened. Many — including the likes of Snopes.com and others — have diligently worked to discredit several of these by offering up — instead of facts — hyperbole, and assumptions. That often works on the Left, but not in the Center or the Right.

Trump Does The Unthinkable

(by Liz Crokin)

As an entertainment journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to cover Trump for over a decade, and in all my years covering him I’ve never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president. Keep in mind, I got paid a lot of money to dig up dirt on celebrities like Trump for a living, so a scandalous story on the famous billionaire could’ve potentially sold a lot of magazines and would’ve been a Huge feather in my cap.
 
Instead, I found that he doesn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, he’s a hardworking businessman.
On top of that, he’s one of the most generous celebrities in the world with a heart filled with more gold than his $100 million New York penthouse.
 
Since the media has failed so miserably at reporting the truth about Trump, I decided to put together some of the acts of kindness he’s committed over three decades which has gone virtually unnoticed or fallen on deaf ears.

  • In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill’s family farm after her husband committed suicide. Trump personally phoned down to the auction to stop the sale of her home and offered the widow money. Trump decided to take action after he saw Hill’s pleas for help in news reports.
  • In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief-stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn’t hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment.
  • In 1991, 200 Marines who served in Operation Desert Storm spent time at Camp Lejune in North Carolina before they were scheduled to return home to their families. However, the Marines were told that a mistake had been made and an aircraft would not be able to take them home on their scheduled departure date. When Trump got wind of this, he sent his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami to safely return the Gulf War Marines to their loved ones.
  • In 1995, a motorist stopped to help Trump after the limo he was traveling in got a flat tire. Trump asked the Good Samaritan how he could repay him for his help. All the man asked for was a bouquet of flowers for his wife. A few weeks later Trump sent the flowers with a note that read: We’ve paid off your mortgage.
  • In 1996, Trump filed a lawsuit against the city of Palm Beach, Florida, accusing the town of discriminating against his Mar-a-Lago resort club because it allowed Jews and blacks. Abraham Foxman, who was the Anti-Defamation League Director at the time, said Trump put the light on Palm Beach not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. Foxman also noted that Trump’s charge had a trickle-down effect because other clubs followed his lead and began admitting Jews and blacks.
  • In 2000, Maury Povich featured a little girl named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching. Trump said the little girl’s story and positive attitude touched his heart. So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check.
  • In 2008, after Jennifer Hudson’s family members were tragically murdered in Chicago, Trump put the Oscar-winning actress and her family up at his Windy City hotel for free. In addition to that, Trump’s security took extra measures to ensure Hudson and her family members were safe during such a difficult time.
  • In 2013, New York bus driver Darnell Barton spotted a woman close to the edge of a bridge staring at the traffic below as he drove by. He stopped the bus, got out and put his arm around the woman and saved her life by convincing her to not jump. When Trump heard about this story, he sent the hero bus driver a check simply because he believed his good deed deserved to be rewarded.
  • In 2014, Trump gave $25,000 to Sgt. Andrew Tamoressi after he spent seven months in a Mexican jail for accidentally crossing the US-Mexico border. President Barack Obama couldn’t even be bothered to make one phone call to assist with the United States Marine’s release; however, Trump opened his pocketbook to help this serviceman get back on his feet.
  • In 2016, Melissa Consin Young attended a Trump rally and tearfully thanked Trump for changing her life. She said she proudly stood on stage with Trump as Miss Wisconsin USA in 2005. However, years later she found herself struggling with an incurable illness and during her darkest days, she explained that she received a handwritten letter from Trump telling her she’s the bravest woman, I know. She said the opportunities that she got from Trump and his organizations ultimately provided her Mexican-American son with a full-ride to college.
  • In 2016 Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization released a statement defending her boss against accusations that he’s a racist and a bigot. She tearfully revealed how she’s struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. Instead of kicking her to the curb, she said the Trump Organization and his entire family loyally stood by her through immensely difficult times.
 
Donald Trump’s kindness knows no bounds and his generosity has and continues to touch the lives of people of every sex, race, and religion.
  • When Trump sees someone in need, he wants to help. Two decades ago, Oprah asked Trump in a TV interview if he’d run for president. He said: ‘ If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally because I really am tired of seeing what’s happening with this country.’

Liz Crokin is an award-winning author, a seasoned journalist and an advocate for sex crime victims. Liz began her journey at the University of Iowa where she received a bachelor’s in journalism and political science.

One More Trump Doing Good Receives Bad Press

(This confirmation came directly from St. Jude’s Medical Center in Memphis amid clamor from the Left claiming Eric Trump’s support of St. Jude’s was untruthful)

“Eric Trump has helped raise $16.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Tennessee over the past decade,” a hospital official said in a letter sent to a charity run by Mr. Trump, the President’s son. The letter comes as Mr. Trump is preparing to remove his name from the charity to avoid conflicts of interest that could emerge from future fund-raising. The letter confirms an account Mr. Trump gave to reporters that his organization has raised more than $15 million for the hospital, despite available tax records showing that the Eric Trump Foundation raised less than half that amount.

Mr. Trump’s announcement that he will remove his name from the organization is one of a series of steps that members of the Trump family are taking to address potential conflicts before the inauguration. Other steps include terminating planned Trump Organization projects in countries like Azerbaijan, Brazil, Colombia, and Georgia.

The Trump Organization will continue to raise money for St. Jude from patrons at its hotels and golf courses, Mr. Trump said. But it will ask them to make contributions directly to the hospital, he said, instead of first sending the money to the Trump Organization.

The St. Jude letter said that since its establishment, the Eric Trump Foundation had raised — or helped raise through affiliated groups — $16.3 million for the hospital, which offers free care to needy children.
Note: Liberals viciously attacked Eric Trump and his foundation when a woman whose nephew had received successful treatment at St. Jude at no cost to his family, on social media thanked Eric Trump and his foundation for their financial support of St. Jude that makes such life-saving treatments possible for families who cannot afford the costs. Money raised by Trump’s foundation funded the development and building of the largest and most technologically advanced Pediatric Emergency Room/ICU in the world at St. Jude.

Summary

Often doing good things goes unnoticed, or at least unappreciated. One of the greatest lessons my parents gave to me was to do good simply because doing good for others is the right thing to do, and not for personal attention or accolades. It seems obvious to me that members of the Trump family feel and act in that manner. But they most often do so in the faces of not just unappreciative people, but in the faces of people who hate them, resent all that they do, all people who are associated with the Trump family, and all that they do, no matter what and for whom.

That’s indeed sad. But detractors who stand on the sidelines and constantly throw insults at this family and other families whose members love helping others need to understand this one thing: Americans get you. We know that you are nothing more than  “drive-by shooters.” History (and the law) are not historically kind to drive-by shooters.

You need to be careful — your true spots are being exposed.

By the way: I’m pretty certain I’ll get blasted from the Left just for this story!

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Trump at NATO: “Bull in a China Shop”

President Trump set members of NATO on their collective ears beginning several days before his NATO trip, shaming those who are not paying their shares of NATO expenses, each apparently relying on the U.S. to “pick up the slack.” In the recent NATO meetings, the President continued that narrative by publicly implored those NATO members to do the right thing and quickly catch-up with their past due fees.

Instead of a collective “Yes!” from the American press at the resolve of the President to goad NATO members to do what decades ago they agreed to do regarding joint NATO funding by its members, the Mainstream Media and many current and former Democrat politicians have lambasted the President in numerous ways often degrading the President and his actions toward U.S. allies in this regard:

NY Times 

Mr. Trump said that other NATO countries had agreed to significant increases in military spending in response to his demands. But within a few hours, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, and Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, said the allies had simply agreed to keep a 2014 commitment to increase military spending to 2 percent of the gross domestic product by 2024. “A communiqué was issued yesterday,” Mr. Macron told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. “This communiqué is clear. It reaffirms the 2 percent by 2024 commitments. That’s all.”

Washington Post

The NATO summit was concluding on course Thursday, with European leaders pleased that their unruly American counterpart had been surprisingly well behaved, if not truly conciliatory. Their planes were getting gassed up at the airport, and they were ready to call the whole shebang a success and jet home. Then President Trump showed up, a half-hour late and with another agenda. He effectively took a meeting over Georgia and Ukraine hostage by seizing the floor and, one by one, scolding and shaming countries for their defense spending.

Trump was on such a tear that some diplomats said they feared he could well try to withdraw the United States from NATO, rupturing the existing world order. For more than an hour, the transatlantic alliance was caught in the chaos of Trump’s making — until the president called an impromptu news conference to announce that everything, in fact, was just fine. “I believe in NATO,” Trump said, claiming credit for forcing Western allies to raise their defense spending to “levels never thought of before.” He called the alliance “a fine-tuned machine,” remarking that there had been “great unity, great spirit, great esprit de corps.”

MSNBC “Morning Joe” After the press conference held by President Trump after the NATO meeting, MSNBC’s Morning Joe’s panel that included Lawrence O’Donnell had some especially critical things to say about facts President Trump gave in his speech answering questions:

Morning Joe gave President Trump’s approval rating to be 11%: “The lowest in history for any first-year U.S. President.” Here is a compilation of multiple polling companies — most given credit by all as “a credible polling source” — NONE of which was even close to Joe’s 11% number.

  • Rasmussen Reports 46 %
  • Economist/YouGov  43%
  • Reuters  41%
  • Emerson. 43%
  • Gallup. 41%
  • Quinnipiac. 40%
  • Harvard-Harris 47%
  • IBD/TIPP. 41%

I’m confused: how does a national cable news morning television show — a subsidiary of NBC News — quote approval numbers that are patently false in a conversation in which they are discussing President Trump’s alleged “lies?”  (Do they have any viewers?)

Trump not the ONLY President Chiding NATO Countries

President George W. Bush at least twice during his 2 terms in the White House stated NATO members must pay the amount agreed to by all member nations for NATO defense. Barack Obama said the same thing during his presidency.  U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on other NATO members to spend more on defense as well.

What is wrong for this President insisting that NATO countries each pay what they previously committed to pay for NATO defense THAT THEY HAVE NEVER BEFORE PAID?

The Burden

Let’s put NATO spending by nation in perspective:

 

Do the math: The United States is paying 72% of the total budget of NATO

Summary

It’s a travesty that NATO countries have for so many years taken advantage of the good faith and commitment of the American people by refusing to pay amounts they committed to pay for defense. While doing so they expected (and saw) the United States government pay as it promised. Yet those on the Left in Europe and here in the United States and Canada continue to demean not just the United States, but President Donald Trump and the American people.

There is non-stop narrative from those international “policy experts” that questions the President’s intelligence on these and other matters, accuse him of demeaning our foreign partners, jeopardizing international security and that of the U.S. by his consistent insistence that NATO countries do the right thing, and that no previous President has ever done such.

What’s the difference? It’s Donald Trump!

Left-leaning journalists, broadcasters, and even politicians long ago adopted a politically elite perspective that empowers them (at least in their own minds) to “know” more about what is right, what is best, and what is acceptable and unacceptable for U.S. presidents to say and do. We at the Truth News Network (TNN) call those people “Coastal Potomac Political Elitists.” These self-appointed hypocrites ignore the billions of dollars shown in the above chart that demonstrate America’s commitment to helping NATO countries with defense against foreign enemies. Further,  the U.S. has in numerous cases jumped in with military personnel and equipment to rush to the aid of NATO partners as they faced military confrontation with NATO enemies. No other country has ever provided to NATO the resources as has the United States.

Here’s the truth: the Left — whether we call them “The Swamp” or the “Deep State” — have become so entrenched in the business of doing politics in Washington D.C., they have “forgotten” or maybe purposely “put aside” their commitments of service to the American people, instead daily  pushing forward with their personal agendas instead of America’s agenda. This all happens while they are aghast at their dismal approval ratings with American voters.

Americans care deeply about the state of “their” country. Americans elected Donald Trump to run things in D.C. — choosing him over Hillary Clinton — at least in part because their trust in members of the federal government has over years melted away. The American people have embraced the term “The Swamp” used to describe the individuals, organizations, and departments of the U.S. Government that have been for 2.5 centuries charged to take care of the business of America. That is a sad state in which we find the government of the greatest country in World history.

Just imagine the state of our internal and foreign policy IF those individuals, organizations, and departments of Government would simply step aside and drop their personal animus and hatred for Donald Trump and simply give him a chance! Every president elected in my lifetime had a significant number of American voters who did not want them to be President. But never in my lifetime have I seen a political group  (“Coastal Potomac Political Elitists”) spend so much energy and resources to continually attack 24/7 a duly elected U.S. President.

Their purposes have become obvious to Americans: they are threatened by this President who is not obligated to any campaign contributors, political organizations or groups, any advisors, any foreigners, or any Americans OTHER THAN AMERICAN VOTERS!

Regarding foreign policy matters (including NATO): in every action initiated by President Trump to address those matters, those on the Left continually lament the methods used by this President in doing so — his intelligence, his knowledge, and his understanding of foreign policy in general, and policies that pertain to each. Examples: Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and NATO twice. TRUMP’S METHODS HAVE WORKED TO ACHIEVE HIS STATED GOALS EACH TIME! And this has happened in each at the chagrin of those from the Left.

Americans are beyond being tired of these actions. Americans elected this President because he is NOT cut from the same cloth as “normal” U.S. politicians.

Do members of “The Swamp” not understand the disgust on the part of Americans?

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The Clamor to End Russia Collusion Investigation

A year into the investigation and still not a shred of evidence of collusion between members of the Trump Campaign and Russia. Yes, there have been multiple indictments and several pleas completed, but none for the expressed investigation by the Mueller team, and none of any senior members of the Trump Campaign, and none for collusion with Russia.

There are those who claim “Mueller would certainly not release any evidence discovered by his team in an ongoing criminal investigation. That’s why no evidence uprooted in the investigation has been reported.” Come on! Mueller has surreptitiously released (primarily through his team members) bits of “news” to reporters that seem to benefit his cause: allegedly to find something on President Trump.

Don’t be so naive to believe that “if” direct ties between the President, his senior campaign staff, or any of those currently numbered among or previous White House staff were discovered, the Media would not know about it and, of course, would have fought to release it first. This piranha media gets hand-fed everything the Leftist media members deem negative to President Trump. If there was anything of substance linking Trump or his campaign to Russia that had been unearthed by Mueller, the World would certainly know about it.

The Clamor

Many on the Right have from the beginning felt like a Special Investigator appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to look into these allegations was unfounded, unwarranted, and definitely unnecessary. Some of those same people feel strongly that Mueller should be forced to conclude his investigation immediately — especially since there are no apparent ties upon which this investigation was initiated. Even some members of Congress want Mueller fired for obvious conflict of interest.

Many others are calling for an outright termination of the Special Prosecutor office, stating those who fill that position are granted far too much power, unlimited funds to investigate, and with that power and money turn what under different circumstances would be a normal investigation into a partisan effort to destroy people, including a President.

Should Mueller be fired? Should the law that has been renewed multiple times that maintains that position be changed? Do we need Special Prosecutors/Investigators at all?

Answers to that question are certainly subjective and based on the perspective of the person asking. But asking thos questions today is not something new — there is precedence. We can look back to the Watergate Investigation and President Nixon’s actions at the time to get a comparison. Here’s an article from the Washington Post that discusses the similarities between the handling of that investigation and the current Mueller probe. They are eerily similar in many ways:

Nixon Forces Firing of Cox; Richardson, Ruckelshaus Quit
President Abolishes Prosecutor’s Office; FBI Seals Records

By Carroll Kilpatrick
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 21, 1973; Page A01

In the most traumatic government upheaval of the Watergate crisis, President Nixon yesterday discharged Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepted the resignations of Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus.

The President also abolished the office of the special prosecutor and turned over to the Justice Department the entire responsibility for further investigation and prosecution of suspects and defendants in Watergate and related cases.

Shortly after the White House announcement, FBI agents sealed off the offices of Richardson and Ruckelshaus in the Justice Department and at Cox’s headquarters in an office building on K Street NW.

An FBI spokesman said the agents moved in “at the request of the White House.”

Agents told staff members in Cox’s office they would be allowed to take out only personal papers. A Justice Department official said the FBI agents and building guards at Richardson’s and Ruckelshaus’ offices were there “to be sure that nothing was taken out.”

Richardson resigned when Mr. Nixon instructed him to fire Cox and Richardson refused. When the President then asked Ruckelshaus to dismiss Cox, he refused, White House spokesman Ronald L. Ziegler said, and he was fired. Ruckelshaus said he resigned.

Finally, the President turned to Solicitor General Robert H. Bork, who by law becomes acting Attorney General when the Attorney General and deputy attorney general are absent, and he carried out the President’s order to fire Cox. The letter from the President to Bork also said Ruckelshaus resigned.

These dramatic developments were announced at the White House at 8:25 p.m. after Cox had refused to accept or comply with the terms of an agreement worked out by the President and the Senate Watergate committee under which summarized material from the White House Watergate tapes would be turned over to Cox and the Senate committee.

In announcing the plan Friday night, the President ordered Cox to make no further effort to obtain tapes or other presidential documents.

Cox responded that he could not comply with the President’s instructions and elaborated on his refusal and vowed to pursue the tape recordings at a televised news conference yesterday.

That set in motion the chain of events that resulted in the departure of Cox and the two top officials of the Justice Department and immediately raised prospects that the President himself might be impeached or forced to resign.

In a statement last night, Cox said: “Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people.”

The action raised new questions as to whether Congress would proceed to confirm House Minority Leader Gerald R. Ford of Michigan to be Vice President or leave Speaker of the House Carl Albert (D-Okla.) next in line of succession to the highest office in the land.

Richardson met at the White House in the late afternoon with Mr. Nixon and at 8:25 p.m. Ziegler appeared in the White House press room to read a statement outlining the President’s decisions.

The President discharged Cox because he “refused to comply with instructions” the President gave him Friday night through the Attorney General, Ziegler said.

Furthermore, Ziegler said, the office of special prosecutor was abolished and its functions have been turned over to the Department of Justice.

The department will carry out the functions of the prosecutor’s office “with thoroughness and vigor,” Ziegler said.

Mr. Nixon sought to avoid a constitutional confrontation by the action he announced Friday, the press secretary said, to give the courts the information from the tapes which the President had considered privileged.

That action was accepted by “responsible leaders in the Congress and in the country,” Ziegler commented, but the special prosecutor “defied” the President’s instructions “at a time of serious world crisis” and made it “necessary” for the President to discharge him.

Before taking action, Ziegler said, the President met with Richardson to instruct him to dismiss Cox, but Richardson felt he could not do so because it conflicted with the promise he had made to the Senate, Ziegler said.

After Richardson submitted his resignation, the President directed Ruckelshaus to dismiss Cox. When Ruckelshaus refused to carry out the President’s directive, he also was “discharged,” Ziegler said. The President’s letter to Bork said Ruckelshaus resigned.

Mr. Nixon then directed Bork to carry out the instruction. Bork did so in a two-paragraph letter to Cox, in which he said that at the instruction of the President he was “discharging you, effective at once, from your position as special prosecutor, Watergate special prosecution force.”

Bork signed his letter as “acting Attorney General.”

Richardson told the President in his letter that he was resigning with “deep regret.” He explained that when named Attorney General “you gave me the authority to name a special prosecutor.”

“At many points throughout the nomination hearings, I reaffirmed my intention to assure the independence of the special prosecutor,” Richardson said.

He said he promised that Cox would not be dismissed except for “extraordinary improprieties.”

“While I fully respect the reasons that have led you to conclude that the special prosecutor must be discharged, I trust that you understand that I could not in the light of these firm and repeated commitments carry out your direction that this be done,” Richardson said.

Richardson expressed “lasting gratitude” to the President, under whom he also served as under secretary of state, Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare and Secretary of Defense. He became Attorney General in May after the resignation of Richard G. Kleindienst, who explained that because of his close association with former Attorney General John N. Mitchell and others involved in Watergate he did not believe he should stay in the post and carry out their prosecution.

“It has been a privilege to share in your efforts to make the structure of world peace more stable and the structure of our own government more responsive,” Richardson wrote Mr. Nixon.

“I believe profoundly in the rightness and importance of those efforts, and I trust that they will meet with increasing success in the remaining years of your presidency.”

The President replied with a one-sentence letter, addressed “Dear Elliott.” It said: “It is with the deepest regret and with an understanding of the circumstances which brought you to your decision that I accept your resignation.”

The White House did not release an exchange of letters between Ruckelshaus and the President. But Ruckelshaus wrote a resignation letter and released it.

In a letter to Bork, the President, noting that by law he was acting Attorney General, said that Cox had “made it apparent that he will not comply with the instructions I issued to him.”

“Clearly the government of the United States cannot function if employees of the executive branch are free to ignore in this fashion the instructions of the President,” Mr. Nixon wrote.

“Accordingly, in your capacity of acting Attorney General, I direct you to discharge Mr. Cox immediately and to take all steps necessary to return to the Department of Justice the functions now being performed by the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

“It is my expectation that the Department of Justice will continue with full vigor the investigations and prosecutions that had been entrusted to the Watergate special prosecution force.”

At the Justice Department, where there were repeated requests by newsmen to interview Richardson and Ruckelshaus, department spokesman John W. Hushen said they had “no desire to come out and talk to newsmen.”

Hushen quoted Bork: “All I will say is that I carried out the President’s directive.”

Hushen said that Richardson would hold a news conference “within a few days.” Beginning about 8 p.m., Richardson spent an hour or so calling “relatives, friends and associates,” Hushen said.

White House aides, visibly shocked by the developments, argued that when direct quotations from the presidential tapes are released they will restore confidence in the President.

Sen. John Stennis (D-Miss.), picked by Mr. Nixon to listen to all the tapes, will have “unlimited” access to the pertinent recordings and can decide what should or should not be disclosed.

Stennis is expected to begin listening to them soon, possibly early this week. Those requested by the special prosecutor run 10 hours and one minute. Stennis may decide to listen to all or parts of them more than once. He will be the only one to do so. The President’s statement on the tapes and excerpts from them will be delivered to the U.S. District Court here and to the Senate Watergate committee at the same time, officials said.

Summary

There is no easy answer. Any action other than allowing the Mueller probe to play out is fraught with peril. Any effort that would force a shutdown would cause pandemonium that would bring sever repercussions. There’s only one realistic and appropriate action to take that would both stop the probe while getting real answers: Mueller should take the evidence of criminal wrongdoing he has to a federal grand jury. It is a certainty that if there is any criminality he has proof now. He has 470 investigators at his disposal that he has been using!

Let’s do the right thing for the American people: prosecute wrongdoers no matter who. Instead of drawing the uncertainty of this out for purely partisan political purposes, LET JUSTICE PREVAIL!

Mr. Mueller, “The Truth Will Out.” Let facts convict or exonerate — not political expediency.

Trump: First 500 Days

Hard to believe, but we’re 500 days into the Donald Trump Administration. We will not in this broadcast list all of the accomplishments in those days. That would take hours. After his first 100 days we listed everyone in written blog posts here and it took 3-days of releases! But in this environment in which the National Media refuse to even discuss accomplishments of this Administration, we’ll “turn-on” the podcast and listen to a summary — just a summary — of ALL of those accomplishments. But we’ll leave out all the “fine print.” Reasonable people will understand. And honest Americans (who may not like the President personally) will certainly appreciate the improvements in the U.S. that have come with 500 days of Donald Trump in the White House. Enjoy!

 

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Omnibus Pork

It didn’t take long — it’s  been hidden quietly for a few weeks now. But it has now been exposed: Omnibus Pork.

Facts

On March 24, 2018, I published a letter I sent privately to President Trump expressing my belief that his signing the Omnibus Bill (legally named “The 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act“) without drastic changes would probably insure his presidency would be just one term. Hundreds responded to me in social media and privately in disagreement, some in anger, some in shock that I would say something so sinister and foreboding to the President, and some simply encouraged me to not be discouraged.

Please know that I am NOT Chicken Little crying “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!” But I am a realist. Any President who makes campaign promises — especially those regarding money — and does not follow those promises with actions to fulfill them is almost always doomed. Remember Bush 41? “Read my lips….no more taxes.” He broke that promise and signed tax increases into existence. In doing so he did NOT get a second term and gave Bill Clinton the White House. Americans have good memories when it comes to their dollars.

This Omnibus bill was a stark departure from Trump’s campaign promises. The reasons for his signing the bill were primarily to enable increased military spending. His military advisers apparently convinced him this bill was his only option to get that military funding that had been lacking for so long. He caved.

Now the details of who, what, how, and why from the Omnibus Bill are in the public domain for all of us to digest. No one tells the truth about government waste, pork tax dollar allocation for special interests, and Congressional spending hypocrisy better than Steve Hilton. He did so Sunday night April 8, 2018 on his show “The Next Revolution.” Before we go any further, here’s a 6 minute clip in which Hilton details the astounding pork and waste in the Omnibus bill. And HE EXPOSES POLITICAL CORRUPTION THAT RIDDLES THE LAW! All need to take 6 minutes and watch this so we can have a meaningful conversation about going forward:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5766765551001/

My Takeaway

I seldom say, “I told you so.” But, “I told you so!”

To say President Trump got taken out to the woodshed on this one would  be an understatement. In fact, he may be still outside recovering from a Democrat Party/Establishment GOP group old fashioned whooping. They all together perpetrated an unexpected “Gotcha'” on the President — AND on the American people. Thoughts:

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky)

Regular Order  Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) has continuously cried for the Senate to go back to “Regular Order” for consideration of all spending legislation. “Regular Order” is a common sense method of handling proposed legislation, and it’s simple. Each proposed bill covers single and specific pieces of legislation. They are written, presented first to applicable committees whose members discuss, negotiate, amend, and then vote a final version to be included in a final bill comprised of ALL other appropriations created by this same process that are part of ONE SPENDING BILL. That makes sense, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this omnibus shortcuts Regular Order and crams ALL appropriations matters into one bill. The individual pieces of that bill were NOT considered in committee, were NOT discussed or amended from negotiations, but were put into one bill that was presented to the full Senate for a simple up or down vote: NO DISCUSSIONS OR AMENDMENTS ALLOWED! And the Senate passed the bill as did the House.

It is pretty easy to see great possibilities of graft, corruption, tax revenue waste, pork projects, and quid pro quo political paybacks in this type of appropriations methodology. Watch Hilton’s expose again and calculate just how much money has been “stolen” from Americans through federal taxes to fuel this scam. The Alaska “Bridge to Nowhere” is nothing compared to this Omnibus bill.

Summary

What will fix this? Can it even be fixed?

Certainly President Trump since signing this into law has been hammered from pretty much all conservatives for doing so. He has openly been looking for ways to minimize the economic damage of this law so that he might take action to reverse some of the pending damage. Unfortunately for him and American taxpayers, very little can be done at this point. Congress certainly will NOT pass any serious changes to specific parts of this law. What incentive for them is there to do so?

The only way to make serious changes is NOT to this one bill, but to the PROCESS of lawmaking.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate in the Fall, which will pit him against longtime Democrat Senator Bill Nelson. The day after Scott’s announcement, he began revealing one at a time his campaign ideas and pledges. His first addresses the substantive issue we are dealing with today: how and why this “Omnibus” environment is allowed. “We shouldn’t be sending the same type of people to Washington,” Scott said in a sweaty warehouse, surrounded by wooden pallets and supporters fanning themselves with his campaign signs. “This concept of career politicians has got to stop.”

The simple concept Scott references is “term limits.” Let’s be honest: almost every state has term limits for governor, for state legislators, as do most cities regarding their mayors. Congressional term limit discussions are continual in almost every segment of American life. But those discussions have never resulted in meaningful consideration at the only place such discussions really matter: Congress. Why is that? No one on Capitol Hill wants their job to ever end!

Ever hear of ANYONE leaving the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate as a pauper? Ever hear of any Congressman or Senator leaving office not substantially better off than when they entered office in their first term? The only honest and believable answer to either question is “No.” Serving in Congress has morphed into the cushiest and most sought after white collar position in the United States: very little actual work, GREAT pay, amazingly liberal expense and office accounts — not to mention travel reimbursement — and lifetime health benefits and retirement income far above that of those who hold similar civilian positions. Add to that the ability to pad one’s net worth through legal but somewhat shady financial boondoggles setup by Congressional members for the benefit of extended family members, and what you have is a treasure trove of financial benefits fully funded by: TAXPAYERS.

Folks, the financial management of your tax dollars by these 535 elected Congressional officials is horrendous —  if it even IS managed! They primarily serve for power which then opens the door for everything they desire. Money? Not a problem. With power they through Congressional actions and benefits have pretty much all the money they will ever need.

You know what’s most amazing of all in this? It took a Brit — Steve Hilton — to tell Americans exactly how corrupt this Omnibus really is. “Watchdog American Media?” They’re pretty much all in the tank for Big Government which requires Big Spending.

 

An “Omnibus Letter to the President”

If you’d like to listen to this letter to President Trump rather than read it, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Audio” link. We are posting this in written form so it can be shared as wished. Enjoy!

My Letter to President Trump

“Mr. President:

Today is a sad day in American history: partially because you signed into law a bill that will increase the budget deficit one more trillion dollars in your first 2 years as President,  (that’s a total so far of $2 Trillion) partially because of broken promises to Americans by GOP members of Congress during their 2016 campaigns, and partially because in doing so, the American government has confirmed long-held suspicions of many Americans. For quite some time most in the U.S. have felt that Congress does NOT represent the will of the People, but rather represents their own personal selfish ambitions fulfillment.

The Senate under Mitch McConnell scoffed at following through on the terminating of Obamacare as each GOP candidate campaigning in 2016 promised. (You too promised the “repeal and replace” of Obamacare) Most promised to stop Planned Parenthood funding. On your watch, promises were made to take legal steps to stop Sanctuary Cities’ prevention of federal prosecution of illegals. Your #1 campaign promise (and message to Congress since your inauguration) has been “do not bring me any spending bill that does not include full funding for the border wall.”

Each of these promises was either forgotten or ignored today.

Mr. President, blame can certainly be laid at the feet of GOP members of Congress. But you as a CEO of multiple international companies have known and have practiced “the” fundamental principle of corporate management: responsibility for bad choices, bad policies, and bad outcomes lies solely at the feet of who allowed these things to occur. Americans have only one place at which to aim their blame for today’s legislative financial boondoggle: the White House. You, Sir, are America’s CEO, America’s consummate deal-maker, by your own words a great negotiator. Today you failed in all those.

The World watched as you struggled to get through today’s press conference in which you announced signing the Omnibus bill into law. You valiantly tried to explain the reasons for its implementation. But those explanations rang hollow to most Americans. Mr. Trump, most of us who live between the west and east coasts in 2015 and 2016 heard your campaign promises, believed your commitment to their fulfillment, and gleefully watched in the early months of your presidency as you pushed through on many. You stood strong in the face of Democrat leaders Schumer and Pelosi. You hit home runs in the games of foreign policy, massive job creation in the U.S., bringing billions of dollars in corporate profits from offshore back to the U.S., slashing crippling regulations, getting Neil Gorsuch a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, and putting ISIS on the run. In less than a year in office, you had given long missing hope back to Americans that under your guidance and leadership we could together really “Make America Great Again.” Today’s Omnibus law dashed that hope in most all of us.

I have long distrusted Congress and the White House inhabitants of the last few Administrations. Everything in government had been structured to guarantee that all federal actions were for the benefit of those in government at the cost of Americans NOT in government. Very little legislatively made business sense. As an entrepreneur and creator of a company that is 26 years old, I recognized the gleam in your eye when you first made your declaration to run. After all, you know how it feels to struggle to make payroll, to calm an angry client or customer, to meet deadlines, to lose high level corporate managers and need to replace them, how to balance a budget, and how unfair the American tax system has been to individuals and small businesses. You know how to work a room, negotiate a deal, and to close a massive real estate purchase or sale. In my mind and heart, you were certainly “The Guy.” I believed that so much that in August of 2015 — just 60 days after your formal announcement of your White House run — I wrote and posted a story declaring that you would win the White House in November 2016. And I was laughed at for that prediction.

Mr. President, today I am no longer certain that the trust and confidence I put in you was not misplaced. I could easily jump on my high-horse and say something stupid like, “I’d never do that…I’d never go back on my word…” No one knows exactly what circumstances led to your decision today. I hurt for you as you tried to explain your reasons for signing the bill into law. I’ve seen similar anguish many times in my company — never in good situations. This is a bad one. And it might be a fatal one.

I am not sure you will be able to recover politically for what tens of millions of Americans feel was your betrayal of their confidence and support — their belief in you and your promises. I have watched, listened, and read all day as Americans from every walk in life (including some from Congress) expressed their shock, horror, and disbelief that you would turn away from most of those things for which you received their support.

I cannot, just like no one else can, say you will be unable to recover from this. I can just speak for myself:

As a lifelong Christian who prays daily, I have each day of your presidency prayed for you personally. I will continue that practice. I have steadfastly supported you in the face of massive criticism for my support. I have continued that support in the face of some things you have said, tweeted and done that have been personally offensive to me. I certainly care about my President’s past, but only as that pertains to his leadership today. And after all, who among us hasn’t made mistakes?

Sir, I will continue my prayers, support, and hope for your success. However, your success that I hope for is NOT for you personally, but for you as our nation’s leader and the leader of the Free World.

In the balance of your service and residence in the White House, I pray you will find and implement demonstrative measures to right the wrongs that were levied on Americans with this law today. We need hope for the future you promised to bring to the United States.

May God bless You, and May God Bless the United States of America.”

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Free Press or Not?

I am often chided because of my obvious low opinion of the Mainstream media. I think there is some vindication in the air for my feelings.

Front and center for the last week or so is the Mainstream media’s absolute hypocrisy compared to Mainstream media in the 70’s. There’s even a movie out about it. The Washington Post took their fight for the Press to be able to access information from the Pentagon to the Supreme Court — and won. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep co-star in the movie out now Pentagon Papers that chronicles that fight. Yet with that movie in theaters now starring two of the highest profile Hollywood leftist elites who claim to be driven by a consuming lust for transparency from all in government, lost is the purpose for this movie and the struggle the Post experienced to publish for the American public the truth.

Hypocrisy? Yep. Plenty to go around here. The New York Times editorial board, the Washington Post, news anchors from all the cable news channels, Democrat Party leaders and Congressional members, and even Jimmy Kimmel are literally going crazy at Congressman Nunes’ efforts to shed light for the American public on the apparent political corruption that exists at the Justice Department and the FBI. Their allegations about the memo and its release ran the full spectrum of charges against the GOP in general, the President, Nunes and Paul Ryan, and everyone in America who thinks this information should be released. And since its release, the MSM have been joined by EVERYONE on the Left with a cry in unity claiming the release illustrates President Trump’s disdain for the DOJ, the FBI, and everyone in the Intelligence Community. They say simply releasing this memo has destroyed the public safety in the U.S. and America’s national security.

I guess they miss the disclaimer EVERY conservative I have seen or heard discuss pros and cons of its release. All (including President Trump) in every press conference and interview are careful to make it clear that the mistrust of the DOJ and FBI are NOT for the rank and file members of either department, but of a select few of those in leadership who for some reason or reasons have chosen to join the quest to destroy this President no matter the cost. And in doing so they have gone all-in allowing anything and everything necessary to achieve that objective to be part of the process — forget about truth and justice and the law.

Why the Struggle to Hide Contents of the Memo?

There can only be one answer for their fight to protect the contents of the memo: there’s something to hide (or some “things” to hide) that cause all of these former self-proclaimed bastions of the Free Press and transparency in reporting to abandon their ethics, morals, and journalistic integrity to hide whatever there is to hide.

It has been shocking to watch their efforts to denigrate everyone within the process of production and release of this information to the public. They leave nothing on the table. All decency and professionalism is gone. So what could the reason or reasons be for this massive struggle to hide its contents? Let’s take a look:

  • The information is so damning EVERYBODY on the Left is implicated in wrongdoing. That could include the actual Intelligence Department perpetrators, bosses who instigated or simply knew of and allowed the wrongdoing, members of the Press who were complicit in coverups and leaking false information to Americans disguised as true news reports, and a host of politicians;
  • Intelligence agency management are “in the tank” for everything anti-Trump and are so blinded by his agenda they have colluded with each other to create an environment that in their minds is necessary to destroy him and his plans for the nation;
  • Someone or something has placed a cloud of fear over the DOJ and FBI that is forcing those in charge to initiate these actions against the Trump agenda to protect whoever is demanding these coverup actions. If true, that would mean there is a grand conspiracy directed by someone outside of the Intelligence community that has enough power (from every source they possess) to “blackmail” those at DOJ and FBI to do their bidding;
  • Some type of deal was negotiated and implemented between those on the Left and those in the Intelligence community that is simply being played out that was made necessary by the Trump victory last November;
  • The DNC, the Clintons, and/or other Leftists had cut deals to protect all those who are complicit in these coverups because Hillary was certain to be elected. That would have given them all the cover necessary for them to be able to do whatever things they were asked to do and committed to do, knowing Hillary would issue a “get out of jail free” card from the White House.  None of them expected there to ever be a need to hide the truths revealed in the Memo.

New Questions After the Nunes Memo Release

  1. Who broke what federal laws in the corrupt actions taken by the Media, members of the FBI and Justice Department, and complicit politicians? Will any or all face prosecution for their illegal actions?
  2. What FBI and DOJ members will be fired? And if not fired, who will answer why?
  3. What other information will be unearthed with the subsequent investigation(s) Congressman Nunes has stated are underway? Who will be implicated and what actions will be taken to hold those responsible?
  4. How far up the chain in the Obama Administration does the wrong-doing go? Will action be taken against those identified of acts that played into the corruption revealed in the memo?
  5. It is obvious the MSM is in direct coordination of story lines and messaging with the DNC and Congressional Democrats on what to say on what days to fight every part of and every person involved in the release of this document. Who orchestrated such coordination?

There will certainly be many more questions asked and surely many surprises will be revealed in the coming days. But here is the largest and most nagging question for me: Knowing factually that there were definite unethical if not illegal actions taken to obtain the initial FISA warrant and its subsequent renewals, and hearing the mounting and intensifying cries of foul against the MSM and Democrats on the Left, is it really possible that the Media and Democrats would approve the illegal actions that took place so far in this investigation? Do they really want to allow such lying, cheating, and hiding of facts from the American people to be not only allowed in the future, but to encourage doing so? Was it OK for those illegal actions to have been taken?

If that is what their objective is, I pray with all that is in me that somehow someway someone will step forward who knows where every skeleton is buried and will present evidence to Americans to prove it all.

Summary

It is time for Americans to demand that every person in United States government turns away from any and every political narrative. It is time for Americans to demand every action taken by any member of the federal government be straight by the book: the U.S. Constitution and subsequent duly passed by Congress federal laws. It is time for Americans to shine the light on corruption in Washington.

Further, it is time for EVERY politician — whether elected or appointed — to either embrace ONLY the laws of the U.S. or step away.

I will promise you one thing: though some do not like him, his style, or his methods, this President has just gotten started carrying around a really big flashlight. He has just begun to shine that flashlight around the dark corners of the Swamp kitchen. As that flashlight shines in the dark kitchen corners, all the critters are being exposed.

There have been presidents in the past who have started out with the same goals and objectives. They too have shined a flashlight and exposed some of the D.C. Swamp kitchen critters. But each have eventually given-in to the vastness of the Swamp and the amazingly large number of critters that live there. This President has never in his life given up on anything. And he carries a bunch of extra batteries to make sure his flashlight has plenty of power.

The difference with Donald Trump? He keeps his light shining around the Swamp and never turns it off. He’s got fresh batteries. And when the light stays on, the darkness goes away. The light keeps the darkness away. The critters have no place to hide. So they get caught.

The critters are afraid. I’m pretty sure that is why they’re all working so hard — Democrats, Mainstream Media, and some establishment Republicans — to either put out his flashlight or run him out of the Swamp. Critters love the dark. Why? It hides everything they don’t want anybody to see.

 

“Hypocrite” is spelled “T-R-U-M-P”

January 16, 2018 an Op-ed was posted in my hometown newspaper THE TIMES. It is an example of the thinking of many folks who are either Leftist Liberals or that simply do not diligently research information spilled from national media pundits to garner facts. Actually it is pretty easy to fall into that thinking in today’s age of instant 24/7 news. (I know: a lot of it isn’t news at all!)

I don’t have permission from THE TIMES to reprint this Op-ed, so I’m sharing the link to it. Please take a few moments to read it and read my response below.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/opinion/2018/01/16/baxter-how-spell-hypocrite-t-r-u-m-p-g-o-p/1027948001/

“Crumbs”

My Response to Editorial from Michael C. Baxter, Op-Ed Contributor published by THE TIMES 1/16/18

In his op-ed, Mr. Baxter defined the word hypocrite: “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.”

There is more than just one definition of the word hypocrite. A second (from the same source Mr. Baxter quoted) was not included in his op-ed: “a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.” I wonder why the overlook of that definition?

Could it be that in his attack on the GOP and the President while defending the Left, he purposely neglected inclusion of the definition that applies specifically to the politically elite? Mr. Baxter portrays the Left as champions of the Middle Class and purveyors of virtue for all who bow at the altar of Political Correctness. He implicates wealthy Americans for greed while ignoring the hypocrisy of Democrat leaders like Nancy Pelosi. She called the bonuses companies are giving workers because of the Republican tax reform “crumbs,” a term she also used earlier this month to downplay the effects of the law. And the former Democratic Party chief Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz dismissed $1,000 bonuses as “chump change” that won’t be worth much when taxed. Talk about hypocrisy! Do the math: $3 billion (average of $1000 bonus to each of 3 million workers so far) is by no measure “crumbs” or “chump change” – at least not to those 3 million employees. Neither commented on the 300+ companies that — in addition to bonuses — have increased (voluntarily) their starting hourly minimum wage to $15. Mr. Baxter, just who receives these bonuses and wage increases? Primarily middle class families.

Democrats and extreme Leftists are not the only hypocrites in D.C. There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around. In fact, it becomes clearer daily that mainstream politicians of both parties hold the keys to political hypocrisy. It appears their goal in governing is to maintain the status quo to protect a balance of power, no matter the controlling party. With power comes everything politicians want or need – at the expense of voters. Elected officials understand party control changes from cycle to cycle. They seem to carefully keep the changes of party control from impacting the results of their power when the party control pendulum swings Left or Right. Therefore job security is constant – for ALL politicians.

Yes, most taxes in the U.S. are paid by the top 10% of Americans. Mr. Baxter parrots elitist attacks on these taxpayers demanding they are evil and, simply because they have financial success, should be considered villainous and should see much of their wealth confiscated through higher taxes. He demonizes corporations and demands they give ALL their profits to their workers.

Certainly from the few economic opinions he expressed, one can deduce Mr. Baxter is not a believer in entrepreneurship and the free market system that helps sustain the U.S. as the greatest country on Earth. Confiscatory tax law has stifled economic growth the last decade. That growth immediately returned with the election of Donald Trump. It comes from a combination of slashing onerous regulations, massive tax reductions, both that give wealth back to Middle Class Americans. After all, federal revenues do NOT belong to politicians, but to the Americans who pay them. Contrary to Mr. Baxter’s position, Americans know better than politicians what their tax dollars should be spent for. The Trump Administration has simply once again put Americans in charge of their own income.

It might surprise many (and certainly Mr. Baxter) that the $5 Trillion of new growth in value in the Stock Market does not go in the pockets of evil investment bankers and Wall Street brokers. Public corporations are owned by stockholders who invest and expect dividend and profit returns. Who buys these stocks that have gained such amazing value? Investment funds, pension funds, 401K and IRA accounts, insurance companies, bond holders and Middle Class families who put a few bucks away every month to save for college for their kids. Corporate profits go not only to company CEO’s as the Left likes to claim. It ALL goes to stockholders, most of who are Middle Class Americans.

Mr. Baxter and others of his liberal ilk choose to ignore the good that a majority of Americans have experienced economically in 2017. It seems they are afraid of losing control of “their” government. Instead of offering positive solutions to the serious problems facing America like immigration reform, tax reform, and honesty in the U.S. political system, they resort to name calling and blame. Why? To keep their followers in line. They fear the awakening of Americans to the Leftist tyranny that almost stole Capitalism from our nation and ushered in “Socialism Lite.” It was humorous that Mr. Baxter blamed the G.O.P. for the failure of Obamacare – the greatest financial boondoggle in American history. Not a single Republican voted for the failed insurance system. But Mr. Baxter ignored the lies perpetrated on the People by those who forced Americans out of working health policies into government policies that took American healthcare back into the 1920’s. Baxter demonized Republicans for not “fixing” Obamacare.

One can easily dislike President Trump on a personal level. His Queens, NY in-your-face style of negotiation is un-Presidential when compared to styles of previous presidents. But one cannot honestly believe what Mr. Baxter believes about Mr. Trump. Donald Trump has never made a pretense of his morality, beliefs, or principles. Everything he espouses is what he shows publicly to the World daily. Some reject those. But those are the reasons that Mr. Trump last November shocked the World – especially the Democrat AND Republican political elite – by winning an unwinnable election. Middle Class Americans en-masse sent the reality show star to 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue. And he works for them – not political party or campaign contributors or special interests. Americans like that.

Mr. Baxter’s op-ed illustrates the massive fear of Donald Trump shared by political elites throughout the U.S. and around the World. He not only talks about giving the U.S. back to its owners, he is doing so with little or no regard for the desires of the Leftist power brokers who have controlled the U.S. for decades and would STILL be in control if his opponent had won.

Mr. Baxter, there is no need to worry. If a majority of American voters share your beliefs, Mr. Trump will be vacating the White House in a short 3 years. My forecast is not only will he be given a second term, Democrats and many establishment Republicans will be sent packing this November. They will be replaced by those who like Donald Trump believe and live that the U.S. government be “by the People, of the People, and for the People.”

“Mr. President…..”

Mr. President, please take a moment to consider the thoughts of this American.

Your first year in office is over. May I have your permission to grade your first year?

  1. On Legislation. Yes, it’s true the only “big” legislative piece signed into law is the Tax Reform Law. But what a win! As just one American business owner who deals with federal taxes from the perspective of their being “confiscatory,” please know I understand why you pushed so hard for tax relief. Beyond that, please know most Americans understand as President your hands are tied regarding legislation. You can only offer up ideas and your opinions and make suggestions. Those 535 millionaires who have annually leaned further and further toward the advice of the lobbyists coming from E Street appear to have far more legislative clout than the American public has, including you. We voters have made several notes about their obstructionism. We expect some of that from the party opposite the sitting President’s party — not from his own party. We know this is not a political party issue — it’s purely an “anti-Trump” issue. Our notes are very likely to in November move the needle further toward the Right as it becomes clearer and clearer true conservatism is lacking in Congress. We need more conservatives who support YOUR agenda — OUR agenda. Keep pushing, please.
  2. On Immigration. Very few voters will give Democrats a pass for pushing so hard to obtain legal status for illegal immigrants. We applaud your continued insistence for the most simple of concepts to be kept in place and even strengthened: Stop Illegal Immigration. Allowing virtual open borders has nothing to do with a good heart or sincere desire to help those from other countries who are needy. It is only about votes. Being the party who will always be able to say (truthfully or not truthfully) that they were the ones who obtained amnesty for illegals. Democrats understand obtaining legal status for illegals is their only hope for perpetuation of their hopes to regain credibility among enough voters to regain control of Congress and the White House. Americans understand the objective of the Left is to use voting control to move our country to full fledged Socialism. We cannot allow this to happen. After all, there is NO pure Socialist country on Earth that can maintain that philosophy fiscally or socially. They fail. You MUST keep our country moving away from any hint of totalitarianism and away from capitalism.
  3. On Foreign Policy. I chuckle at the artificial derision of the media of your successes overseas. The U.S. media has absolutely no understanding of how little respect the previous Administration held from foreign leaders. For those of us who spend time in Europe and Asia in business, it is spooky to see just how the disdain for all things American grew so swiftly during the Obama Administration. There was little political foreign respect for the Presidency and for that matter Americans. Obviously the wake-up call came immediately upon your state visits to the Middle East, Western Europe, and China. The U.S. media looked on in shock. Of course Americans quickly caught-on that the foreign mistrust of American government came from the hypocritical foreign policy implemented by Obama and maintained by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Many foreign governments are full of hypocrites in positions of power and authority. And it’s easy for a hypocrite to identify other hypocrites. The difference was Hillary and Barack did not understand that and continued with policy that foreign governments fundamentally rejected — though quietly. Honesty, credibility, integrity, and trust with your election rushed back into place between D.C. and foreign capitals. That cannot be purchased or demanded. It must be earned. You have done so and most Americans applaud you for it.
  4. On the American Economy. Politicians seldom have business savvy. Americans elected you in part because of your understanding of the critical necessity at this time in U.S. history for a leader who does. You’ve proven that was a good decision through your mandates for the gutting of senseless bureaucratic business regulations, negotiating changes in U.S. one-sided foreign trade agreements, bringing back a long-gone belief to corporate leaders that the American government is on the side of corporations again, and pushing hard for the tax environment that now allows corporations to bring back billions of dollars that have been held offshore so as to avoid double taxation under U.S. tax law. 26,000 on the Dow was never even dreamed of until your inauguration. Forget about the cries of “this only helps the rich!” We have watched our 401K’s and IRA’s balloon in value. We get it.
  5. On Government Spending. Slashing sizes and even closing bloated government agencies is showing Middle Americans (who must from time to time do the same thing in their businesses to prevent losses) that we now have a President that knows government cannot continue spending more than it brings in. This practice more than any other under previous Presidents is the primary reason for there being so much mistrust of Congress among voters. You obviously recognized long ago that Congress feels that when they approve pork projects they act as if it is their money to blow. (And cutting taxes takes THEIR money away from them) Tax dollars belong to Americans! You have made it clear on behalf of the deplorables who elected you that such practices must be stopped — passing bills that perpetuate this waste will NOT be signed into law. $470 Billion in revealed Congressional waste in 2016 MUST be stopped! Our government must continue to find ways to frugally and wisely allocate American tax dollars to first fund the needs of protecting America from domestic and international attacks of every kind and the direct needs of the American people. Waste must be eliminated.
  6. Presidential Communications. Shortly after your election I suggested you consider ceasing traditional White House press briefings and open a “White House You Tube Channel” for your exclusive use to frequently bring your thoughts, plans, and ideas directly to the American people sans media filters. You obviously decided to ramp up your already consistent Twitter process that obviously reaches tens of millions of American instantly when sent. It is humorous to see the daily news cycle set early each morning upon the media’s receipt of your first tweet of the day. You own the news! And that tears them up. Please know most Americans love that fact. Sure, there are Americans who disagree not with your message but with some of the method used in your tweets to get your points across. But I understand you have a reason for every word of every tweet you share. What is critical is that you have found “THE” way to reach Americans without the need for the media. Brilliant stroke of method communication. Please keep it up.

Summary

If I was asked today to give you a letter grade for your first year it would be a solid “B+.” It is noteworthy that the only reason I grade your success down that fraction is that more of your policies proposed and political appointments made are not in place and in operation. That is not your fault. That lies at the feet of the obstructionists who diligently fight to maintain an environment of prevention of your plans and ideas.

Please, Sir, in spite of the negatives you face 24/7 from ALL sides, continue with the same resilience and resolve to lead Americans along the path on which we have embarked toward true liberty in every part of American life. I know it is difficult to face the continual derision you face, but you have the respect and honor already from at least 62 million Americans and a large contingent of foreigners who have recognized and are clinging to the hope of change that is already beginning under your leadership in your first term as President.

You truly are leading the fight — and doing so very successfully — to Make America Great Again.

The Trump “Facade”

How could such a successful billionaire from New York and a elected U.S. President spend so much time on Twitter name-calling and tooting his own horn?

Of course this is about Donald Trump. No President in my 64 years has ever taken such an approach after taking the Oath of Office. And no President in history has ever before been excoriated by the Media in such a constant and rabid manner for ANY actions while in office as has Trump. What is going on? I think it is safe to say that he and his methods of operation in the Oval Office are a bit different from his predecessors. And most in the Media and the Establishment politicians just don’t get it. So let’s “get it.”

Donald Trump is from Queens. He grew up inside of the Queens “in-your-face” environment. And Queens — especially back in the 60’s and 70’s — was a pretty tough place in which to grow up. Contrary to Mainstream Media reports, Trump’s father though somewhat successful, was by no means wealthy in The Donald’s formative years. Donald Trump learned and adopted his father’s amazing work ethic, negotiating and sales skills, and business operations style and techniques. Though Trump-The-Elder staked his son at the inception of his commercial real estate career, the decades of remarkable successes for President Trump came at the hands of HIS hard work and persistence. And he built that success within the “Queens Environment.”

Almost every social and economic pocket in the U.S. has cultural and social elements specific to that culture. In mine, the dessert favorites are beignets from Cafe du Monde, King Cake, and dinner main course delicacies of boiled crawfish and Jambalaya. Want to tell some one “Hello?” “Comon sava, Sha!” (south Louisiana translation: “Hi there, child!”)  Even curse words in the Cajun world are not formal French, but from the Cajun dialect, which is a cross between French, English, and some Indian slang. (I will not share any of those here) Do I need to say that Queens has cultural idiosyncrasies that pretty much ignore acceptable political etiquette? Donald Trump grew up in that, was successful in that world, and has taken that world to Washington D.C., to the chagrin of the Mainstream Media and the Political Establishment. Name-calling and “tooting his own horn” are examples of that. And how his opponents hate it and abhor his doing so!

Why Does He Do It?

Remember that old adage: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” The President’s mindset is simple: he learned all of these successful operating methods over a period of decades. He has used them to successfully navigate through some of the roughest and meanest people and processes in the Nation. They obviously have worked well. After all, his reported net worth is at least 1 with 9 zeros behind it. Operating the “in-your-face” way led to his success. Why change it?

The big question  throughout his first year in Office (besides the non-stop “Why does he do that?”) is “Can a U.S. President be successful in every area of government necessary — domestic policy, foreign policy, defense, and economics — to run the country?” No doubt politically he is doing it a different way. Is it working?

I will not list all of the Trump accomplishments in his first year. But it is safe to say there are many. In fact, I posted multiple pages listing dozens and dozens of Trump Administration accomplishments that were so lengthy it took 4 days of listing those! (See “Trump Accomplishments Since the 2016 Election” posted here July 11, 12, 13,14 of 2017) There are many. And their results are obvious to millions of Americans AND millions of people in other countries. However, it seems that Democrats, other Liberals, and the Mainstream Media see those results differently, OR their personal and corporate political agendas preclude their acceptance of these successes.

One Establishment U.S. Senator — Orin Hatch from Utah — was initially not too keen on the idea of Donald Trump as President. And in the early days of the Trump Presidency, Hatch had some pretty spicy observations of the “Newbie” from Queens. But with the spreading shadows of the evening of Trump’s first year in office, the Utah Senator changed his tune. During his nearly 41 years in office, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has seen seven presidents in the White House. Donald Trump, he said, is “one of the best I’ve served under.” “He’s not afraid to make decisions,” Hatch said during an interview broadcast by MSNBC. “He’s not afraid to take on the big mouths around here.”

There is More to Trump’s Governing Methods than just Winning

Make America Great Again” — the Trump Campaign slogan so often heard at campaign rallies and still used in public by the President — demonstrates his exact mindset with which 62 million Americans who voted for him agree. That slogan and its meaning flies in the faces of all those on the Left (and Right) who wished to maintain the status quo in government. That is where the “Great Divide” inside the Beltway resides. Lefties and Establishment Republicans summarily reject his methods while the Americans who elected him on the most part love them. So what else besides his Queens heritage drives his boat?

He hates “Average.” In fact, this President views “Average” as “Failure.” And to be honest, it really is.

In school there are several ways to make average grades. Average is a “C.” To be an average student through a time period, the student can make on tests an equal number of “A’s” as “F’s,” an equal number of “B’s” as “D’s,” or simply all “C’s.” Trump’s thought process is this: making all “C’s” means the student is incapable to do better or is too lazy to do better and just takes the easy road. Or that student accepts less than average as an accomplishment. OR, THAT STUDENT FEELS FAILING IS ALLRIGHT. That simply does not work in the Trump world.

Failure is not OK with the President. Neither is average. Some on the Left may understand this mindset but reject it. The alternative is that simply accepting average regardless of how it occurs is unacceptable for multiple reasons. For the United States, Trump’s attitude is “We can do better than average.” And on his watch, America WILL do better than average.

Why is doing this so consuming the President? He understands that allowing this and future generations to accept average as all-right will result in unnecessary and undesired failures in every area of American life. It is true that no two people are exactly alike or have the exact same abilities. What is average for some might be above average for others. What is average for some might be failure for others. What determines which is applicable is the capabilities of each.

To Trump the “sin” is the acceptance of less than what CAN be accomplished. Doing so feeds the settling for average. The danger in doing so is that the bar slides lower and lower and the level of acceptable achievement slides with it. Every drive to achieve, DO better, BE better, and make the U.S. better steadily declines.

President Trump summarily rejects average, less than best in his family, his businesses, the White House, and the Congress — not because he is narcissistic or gaudy or vain or smarter or better than others. He does it because he wants and expects the best FROM Americans which will always result in the best FOR Americans.

The President gets it, 62 million American voters get it, and so do many on the Left. They are terrified of it. Why? They know if a majority of Americans learn the truth of his methods, the Liberal Left are toast.

If the Establishment Republicans don’t get it, the GOP is toast.