Mr. President, I Wish…”

This isn’t “Make-a-Wish” Day. Maybe it should be.

I’ve heard this from numerous of my conservative friends, relatives, and, of course, from numerous anti-Trumpsters: “I wish President Trump would just tone down his rhetoric. Presidents aren’t supposed to speak as he does. And he doesn’t seem ‘Presidential.'”

One thing I know, he doesn’t do anything I have seen accidentally — it always purposeful. But that’s a story for another day. Let’s just imagine we can change that in him: “I Wish, Mr. President, you would start sounding more Presidential!”

Every American, whether a Trump supporter or an opponent, hear things said by President Trump that act like a sharp stick in the eye. When hearing those, some go crazy, some are merely disappointed, but many Americans feel some of what he says hurts him — not what he says, but many times it’s the context in which they are told or how he says them.

Let’s face it: he’s been a very successful business tycoon. Many will argue that point, but he built an empire mainly on his own. Yes, just as happens to almost every entrepreneur, there are often problems in structuring and operating after implementation that cause significant difficulties. In business, sometimes such challenges make the business enterprise unviable. There’s no successful entrepreneur that will disagree with that.

Being President is a bit different. President Trump is learning that. Many Americans are accustomed to past presidents who were proficient at giving speeches using the art of “political correctness” in their speeches. In interviews, especially with the Media, presidents like Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush exhibited such correctness. Donald Trump adopted a significantly different process in his communications.

When giving a speech with the use of a teleprompter, Mr. Trump’s delivery is usually calm, direct, and proficient. When off script, the President almost always delivers his message to those to whom he is speaking in a manner vastly different from a politically correct perspective.

Personal Insults

President Trump has a an itch which he loves to scratch naming folks he’s not particularly fond of. Take, for instance, his opponents for President.

  • Joe Biden

Within hours of Joe Biden’s announcement, Trump dubbed the 76-year-old former vice president, “Sleepy Joe,” and called him someone whose “intelligence” had been “long in doubt.”

Weeks later, Trump amended the nickname ever so slightly, dubbing Biden “SleepyCreepy Joe.”

Trump insulted Biden as “another low I.Q. individual” after the former Delaware senator accidentally admitted he was going to run for president, and then corrected himself.

  • Elizabeth Warren

Trump has repeatedly used the slur “Pocahontas” against Warren, dating back to the 2016 presidential race, when the Massachusetts senator emerged as a fierce critic of Trump. He also slammed her as “goofy Elizabeth Warren.”

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg

“Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States,” Trump told Politico in an interview about Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

  • NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio

“De Blasio Trump tweeted, “is the worst mayor in the U.S.” and “a joke,” adding that “NYC HATES HIM!”

  • Carly Fiorina

Trump said of his former Republican primary competitor, Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face, would anyone vote for that?”

  • Cher

Trump said of Cher: “Stop with the bad plastic surgery.”

There are many, many more who bear nicknames with which he branded on them. Some will wear their names permanently, like “Pocahontas” for Warren, “Mini-Mike” for Michael Bloomberg and “Low Energy Jeb” for Jeb Bush.

Fake News

The mainstream news media has been the perpetual thorn in Mr. Trump’s flesh since he declared his run for the presidency. We all remember the laughs on the evening talk shows, morning news shows, and even the comedy shows during the 2016 campaign. None could fathom a scenario in which they saw Donald Trump as a candidate, yet alone as President. Who can forget when Conservative author Ann Coulter responded to Bill Marr’s question at the very beginning of the campaign cycle, “Whch presidential candidate do you picture winning the presidency in 2016?” Coulter immediately responded, “Of those already running? Donald Trump!” Marr, every one of his guests along with his entire studio audience, doubled-over with laughter.

When Trump won, the media ratcheted up their rhetoric, their jabs, and jokes about and against President Trump. After all, he not only defeated Hillary Clinton — their “Anointed One” — in doing so he  blew a huge hole in the bottom of the Democrat Party Ship set to take the Obama Administration’s plans to the next level under Hillary: Socialism. The media factored heavily in the policy-making and White House voicing during the Obama years. With Trump, they saw their inside track for all things politics obliterated. So they set out to diminish the President in every way possible.

We will not go into details: we all know hundreds (if not thousands) of instances where their animus, disdain, and certain goals have been illustrated in news reports since his election. Our basic premise is that this media, for the most part, do not like President Trump. Subsequently, much of their reporting is nasty, often untrue (or slanted negatively) and nasty about Mr. Trump and his family.

So he responds. He calls them out. He invented and presented the media with his name for them: “Fake News.” On the most part and most of the time, his doing so about specific stories are appropriate — unfortunately for the Nation.

Many, if not most Americans would love for President Trump to lighten-up on the press. Many feel that the way he handles talking to and about the media is crass and unnecessary. Although they love his policies and their results, Americans would love for the President to soften his tone with the media. I doubt that will happen.

When he recently left the White House headed to Marine One going somewhere out of town, he, as usual, stopped to talk to the White House media. One reporter asked, “Mr. President, will you consider stopping with your tag of ‘Fake News’?” The President responded in two parts: “I can’t do that. Most of the news about my administration and the things that we are doing are mentioned untruthfully in the press. Not all in the media use fake news about us. But most do.”

The reporter followed up with this: “But, Mr. President, Americans don’t understand why you put names on everybody: people you don’t like, people in the media, even leading newspapers in the country. Isn’t that important enough for you to consider stopping?”

The President’s response (paraphrased): “Some Americans don’t understand, but many do. The media is NOT going to put our message out in the public: our good economy, our trade deals, unemployment, new jobs, corporate expansion, and tax cuts. I want Americans to know about all these and other good things that have happened in our Administration. Because the Fake News doesn’t report on those things, I’m the only one who can get it all out there. That’s why I use Twitter so much. My message goes to millions of Americans on Twitter without being filtered, misreported, or just flat lied about.”

Who can forget this happening in the White House:

He has a point! CNN’s Jim Acosta demonstrated the very worst of today’s media in that White House briefing.

Good News

Let’s be honest: this media is horrid to President Trump. Non-partisan media monitor groups have audited every news outlet numerous times and reported this: news about Mr. Trump in most cases has been negative more than 90% of the time — and in some cases 95% of the time. Much of their reporting has been incorrect, misrepresented, and sometimes just downright false.

I’m a journalist. There has NEVER been a time when so many “reputable” news sources like the Washington Post, New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, and even the Wall Street Journal have withdrawn stories about the President — sometimes with a formal retraction, sometimes by just editing and re-releasing stories. I know factually that process happens ONLY when the editor of any of those stories approves its written or electronic details as presented. That happens only when those editors wish to discredit Mr. Trump.

Why is that so? Read the line at the beginning of this article that states: “The media factored heavily in the policy-making and White House voicing during the Obama years. With Trump, they saw their inside track for all things politics stomped out. So they set out to diminish the President in every way possible.”

“I Wish…”

In a perfect world, those who support President Trump but would really enjoy seeing moderation in his messaging, would in large part utter a collective sigh “IF” the President tamped it down. In closing this today, why don’t we list a few of our “I Wishes” about and to President Trump.

“I Wish…”

  • The Media would collectively begin to tell the truth about ALL things “Trump” — both good and bad.
  • The Media would stop narrating with their “political perspectives”  in news stories or newscasts and would simply just give us the news! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they did so trusting that Americans are smart enough to figure things out on our own?
  • The Media would give the credit due Mr. Trump and this Administration for each of their monumental accomplishments during the past 3.5 years for the American people. NO other President has achieved such results in such a short time.
  • The Media would callout all those on the Left and those on the Right — EVERYBODY — guilty of publishing reports termed “news” that are incorrect, sourced incorrectly or not at all, and force each other to be real journalists and reclaim the attribute of journalists that existed for 200 years that this crop of reporters threw away: INTEGRITY AND TRUTH IN REPORTING.
  • The President would continue to speak to Americans the way he has for the past two weeks. He has softened his messaging, calmed his delivery, and has seldom uttered the negative words and names he has used incessantly during his first 3.5 years. It’s important to mention this: much of what we are seeing and hearing from his own mouth and those of the members of his Coronavirus tactical team would certainly have been translated into “politispeak” by the media in reporting the content of these daily briefings, IF they were not televised live. That is the primary reason Mr. Trump has contributed heavily in almost all of those daily reports. I wish he did not feel it necessary to do so for that reason.

Summary

I predict Donald Trump will win the November election. There: you have me on record!

Some will say, “Dan, aren’t you fearful that the Left will hang the economic downturn experienced during the Coronavirus pandemic on the President? Won’t they hammer through all of their reporting that he didn’t know what he was doing, he didn’t prepare sufficiently to prevent further spread of the virus and the death of so many Americans?”

Here’s what I know: the undergirding of the American economy is such that has not been experienced at any other time in my 66 years. It’s strong, it’s wide, and it’s deep. With the measures the President has already ordered that have and are being implemented right now along with those still on the drawing board, Americans will beat Coronavirus!

Because of the huge growth in the economy, the losses that have happened primarily from fear in the marketplace will NOT kill the economy. In fact, I predict during the six months immediately following the end of this pandemic, the U.S. economy will soar again — but to NEW HEIGHTS! The facts show how this never-before-seen economy happened on his watch. That cannot be credibly disputed.

Sit back and relax. Yes, we are in a horrible time. Yes, people will get sick and people will die. Few remember that in 2009, 16 million Americans were infected with H1N1 and 1000 died. Let’s pray (and I believe) we will not see Coronavirus even remotely close to those numbers.

Hey, when Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said this about President Trump: “Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time,” WE KNOW HE MUST BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK!

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Is There Something Happening We Don’t Know About?

Note: There will be no podcast today. The reason: the video included in this story needs to be watched as well as listened to — it’s that important. Please read through the preliminary sections and then watch this powerful video. Thanks!

Dan

Is There Something Happening We Don’t Know About?

This question has puzzled me now for almost four years. Watching all the things that happen in Washington regarding American politics and their impacts on American lives is virtually impossible to follow. Why? There are far too many moving parts, many of which are impossible for average Americans to understand. That inability results directly from the hiding of details from most of us. Whether those details are “confidential” or “classified,” it seems there are far too many of these types of roadblocks to understanding.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, I heard about the Deep State and a phenomenon called “Q” or “QAnon.” As many resources as we have at TruthNewsNetwork, through the last three-plus years, our research results always stop short of answering that question. Yet again and again, Q posts, predictions, suggestions and opinions seem to be confirmed or proven to be accurate.

Who is Q?

That’s a great question. Speculation about Q being a single person, a group of people, a very connected intelligence official or even President Trump himself run rampant.

The Media are horrified at the enigma of Q. It’s been humorous to watch their numerous attempts to define for us all who Q is and what the goal or objective or purpose is there for Q. The one term used unanimously by every mainstream news outlet labels Q as a conspiracy theory. No doubt they are horrified at the thought of there being someone or some people who are closely connected to those at the top of this government that knows more than they know.

President Trump has never spoken publicly about Q although he is asked quite frequently if he knows Q’s identity. I actually saw him respond to a reporter who asked that question. The President’s response was, “I could tell you and you would really be surprised.” That the President knows the identity of Q has the media petrified! Why? Because they have no idea.

Whatever is Q’s identity pales in importance when examining his numerous posts which contents are mystical. His stories and statements about the most topical issues of the guy again continually stupify the Mass Media. They simply do not get how anyone could actually be further inside the Federal Government than they. And it is horrific to them that this Q person seems to have beaten them again and again with some type of information access Q apparently holds.

Here’s what I want you to do: watch the following video. Most of our partners know of Q. We’ve presented previous introductory information about Q through the past few years.

I have NO inside information about the Q phenomenon. I cannot (and will not) vouch for the existence of nor the reliability of information that Q disseminates from time to time.

I encourage you to watch the video once. Then watch it again! After doing so, I’d love to see your comments. Please post your thoughts on the website front page. If you’re too shy to post, I’d still like to see those via email. Let me hear from you at dan@TruthNewsNet.org.

Thanks!

Let me close with two observations:

  1.  The ironies of the statements posted with their actual truths immediately being shown in this video are riveting;
  2. The panic with a sense of unified “Aw, Q is just a conspiracy” by the media tend to make me believe there IS something deep going on that average Americans are oblivious to.

Maybe QAnon is NOT so hidden and mysterious. Maybe they know something we don’t. MAYBE Q IS REAL!

CoronaLying

It’s regrettable that during this real national emergency during which we have been urged by our government to “pull together for the common good,” that there are those who continue their continuous efforts to divide the nation along political, racial, gender, and religious lines. But it continues.

I just watched New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, in a news conference, actually acted contritely. The Governor seemed tired. He indeed, despite his historical continued vitriolic partisan attacks on the Trump Administration, said the following:

“We’re not Democrats. We’re not Republicans. We’re all Americans facing an American issue. It’s time for us to pull together for the common good of all Americans. It’s essential states and the federal government work together to fight this crisis.”

Isn’t it amazing how attitudes morph when the realities of life push to the front of the consciousness of politicians?

I’ve stated this on numerous occasions in writing about the vast and concerted efforts by many on the Left to blame everything wrong in America on Conservatives: “Will it take another war, another horrific earthquake, an attack against Americans by foreign enemies like 9/11 to rally Americans in unity once more?”

It looks like we are on the eve of such an occurrence.

When Andrew Cuomo in an act that seems almost his “final straw,” it appeared that what he was saying was, “I give up. Maybe the President’s right. Maybe I’m wrong. But for certain, New York needs the help of the Trump Administration, as hard as it is for me to admit it.”

Cuomo, in curbing his animus for Donald Trump, joins another Trump “governor enemy” in changing tunes about the President. California Governor Gavin Newsom has also paused his rancor at Mr. Trump in the wake of emergency assistance from the Trump Administration to help his state.

When the cruise ship with numerous coronavirus-infected passengers was held offshore at San Francisco, the governor reached out to Washington for help. Donald Trump personally intervened. Newsom had nothing but good to say about assistance offered to California by the President.

“We had a private conversation, but he said, ‘We’re gonna do the right thing’ and ‘You have my support, all of our support, logistically and otherwise,'” Newsom told reporters at a Monday news conference.

“He said everything I could have hoped for,” the governor asserted. “And we had a very long conversation and every single thing he said, they followed through on,” he noted.

Newsom said that he had received “consistent” support from Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Maybe, just maybe, politicians may be coming around to understanding and accepting that President Trump and his coronavirus tactical team know what they’re doing and that this administration has the welfare of the nation at heart. Maybe they can all just drop the partisan rhetoric and finger-pointing and get along for the common good of the country for a while.

I’m not so sure about the media, though. The attacks rife with lies just keep on coming.

A New York Times editorial board member has graduated from not understanding basic arithmetic to telling lies on social media about the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Times’s Mara Gay tweeted Monday afternoon, “Trump told governors this morning they are on their own: ‘Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,’ Mr. Trump said to the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times.”

Her tweet, which has been shared by more than 5,000 social media users, is a lie of omission.

President Trump did not tell the governors they are on their own. He told them they can streamline their respective responses by taking specific actions at the state level. He also made sure to tell them they have the support of the White House.

The note that Gay shared with her more than 72,000 followers includes a link to the New York Times’scollection of live updates on the COVID-19 virus. That collection includes the relevant portion of Trump’s remarks to governors.

It reads: “Mr. Trump told a group of governors that they should not wait for the federal government to fill the growing demand for respirators needed to help people diagnosed with coronavirus.”

Trump told them specifically, “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves.”

“We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves,” he said, according to the New York Times. “Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

This is nowhere near what Gay’s tweet suggested the president had said to the governors. There is no other way to characterize her tweet than to call it “fake news.” It is intentionally false information, disseminated broadly on social media with the explicit intent of misleading people. The only real difference between Gay’s tweet and the sort of stuff the Russians pumped onto social media during the 2016 presidential election is that Gay is an American citizen.

(Published 3/16/2020 by the Washington Examiner)

It’s not just the New York Times. Want another example?

  • On Feb. 28, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank tweeted out, “Remember this moment: Trump, in South Carolina, just called the coronavirus a ‘hoax.’ ” The tweet has since been “liked” more than 162,000 times. Milbank subsequently wrote a column repeating the claim. But anyone watching Trump’s rally in the Palmetto State that day knows this wasn’t what Trump said. “Trump said that when he used the word ‘hoax,’ he was referring to Democrats finding fault with his administration’s response to coronavirus, not the virus itself,” noted FactCheck.org, which generally leans left.
  • The Washington Post accused GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of fanning “the embers of a coronavirus conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked by experts,” namely that the Chinese may have engineered the virus in a lab. But as Cotton noted on Twitter, he was merely laying out one among several hypotheses about the virus’ origin, including that the virus may have originated from a well-known biological testing facility in the Wuhan region — a possibility that can’t be ruled out, even though Cotton admitted it was unlikely. The Washington Post appeared more determined to slap down GOP lawmakers for airing hypotheses than, you know, investigate the Beijing regime.
  • The New York Times quoted anonymous sources to say the White House was “muzzling” Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This prompted Fauci to cry fake news. “I have never been muzzled, ever, and I have been doing this since the administration of Ronald Reagan. I am not being muzzled by this administration.”
  • On the heels of the president’s announcement of a sweeping travel ban from other countries and declaration of emergency, a Sunday CNN chyron (Headline on-screen graphic) read: “Trump on Coronavirus: From ‘Hoax’ to National Emergency.”The trouble is that Trump never called the coronavirus a “hoax” — this is an inaccurate and misleading distortion of what he has said, created and propagated by major media. And CNN won’t stop repeating it.
  • Politico Reported President Trump called Coronavirus a Liberal Conspiracy. Their reporters Nancy Cook and Matthew Choi also mislead readers with the headline, “Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax.’” Their report further stated, “He sought to deflect blame at a time when many Americans sought leadership and scientific facts,” the story reads, ignoring the multiple press conferences Trump held with the Centers for Disease Control officials to explain new travel restrictions and other precautions.
  • New York Times called it ‘Trumpvirus.’ In a not so subtle headline, New York Times Columnist Gail Collins suggests who is to blame for the coronavirus. Hint: It’s not China, where the outbreak all started.
  • Washington Post A columnist said the Media isn’t doing enough to combat Trump on Virus information. Margaret Sullivan took the “blame Trump” storyline a step further when she charged the media with “helping him spread” his lies. Sullivan lamented Trump’s “disdain for scientists, medical experts, intelligence officials, journalists and others who deal in a fact-based reality.” Nevermind the White House’s coronavirus task force, and Vice President Mike Pence’s appointment of Ambassador Debbie Birx as the new response coordinator. Birx is a “physician, researcher, and former HIV/AIDS program chief at the Department of Defense and then at the CDC,” where she is respected for her “unparalleled leadership of the lifesaving global AIDS program first established by President Bush in 2003″ and under both the Obama and Trump administrations. (Sounds qualified to me)

We could continue with example after example how the Media continue to show their number one objective — of almost all the Mainstream Media — is to simply abandon journalistic integrity and any commitment to truth in reporting when anything regarding Mr. Trump’s handling of Coronavirus might be beneficial to the American people. Just go after him with guns blazing! We’re not going to do that. Rather than continue to throw rocks at television screens and grab the radio knob to change stations, let’s take a short break and come back with something inspiring to show and let you listen to. A doctor has found a method that is successful in killing the coronavirus with HEAT! You surely don’t want to miss this.

Watch and listen closely:

Can you say Wow!

Summary

Do you have a bunch of questions? You bet I do!

  • Why haven’t we heard of this? The Cold Arrest Procedure IS TRADEMARKED! It’s been tested successfully in actual use in 55 other countries.
  • Dr. Dimme seems to know what he is saying. I’ve heard for years that the reason influenza dies off almost always in late Spring is because the influenza virus cannot withstand the heat of Summer. Doesn’t that make sense to you?

Now, let me fill you with a yesterday-for-me conspiracy theory. I, through research, discovered this video and prepared it for this story. I was excited. I even shared it with several friends. However, last evening when I went to YouTube to download the video for re-broadcasting here, IT HAD BEEN REMOVED! On the blank screen where that link took a viewer, there was this written across the screen: “This video has been removed for violating our community guidelines.”

“Oh, Dan, you’re just a conspiracy theorist!” Ok. You try it yourself. Here’s the link. Click on it and see what YOU get: https://youtu.be/TfKmOeZbVV4

Put that in your peace pipe and smoke it for a while! Fortunately, I found it hidden at two other sources and downloaded both.

I’m not confident in what’s going on. But something’s going on. I’m doing my best to find out and will let you know if I do and what it is.

In the meantime, it might be a good idea for us all to spend a few hours in the sauna!

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We Get More Than COVID-19 From China: In Our Food

“One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus…”

That’s the first line of an old song: a REALLY old song! Who sang that song? Think about it and I’ll give you the answer at the end of today’s podcast. “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus,” is a great thought for us today. We all awakened this morning. And we awakened to a World full of uncertainty — THAT’S certain!

Just a few words about COVID-19 today before I give you some information that is critical to us all to consider.

  • As of last evening, worldwide there have been 174,961 cases confirmed;
  • As of last evening, worldwide there have been 6705 deaths;
  • That means .0022% of Earth’s total population have been infected (7.7 Billion in the World);
  • That means 3% of those infected have died.

(These numbers are sourced by a very reputable institution: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center)

Johns Hopkins has an online constantly updated map with complete numbers for each country on Earth with a map. Anyone can access it for updated and accurate information. Here’s a link that you can use anytime. I suggest you download and keep it somewhere saved: on your phone, laptop, iPad, or computer. And when you see or hear the raving of “The Sky is Falling!” that we hear all day every day now, click on this link to get REAL numbers. (It appears in more vivid detail when on a computer, but works with all wireless devices)

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

When one puts the horrors of this disease and its status in the “whole” instead of just a few counties, states, or large cities, it’s not nearly so daunting. But, once again, let me be careful to state this disclaimer: in NO way do we at TruthNewsNetwork denigrate the validity, seriousness and vast documented cases of COVID-19. Everyone should take all necessary precautions as presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as they pertain to you and your specific circumstances.

I highly encourage all to stick to the representations and suggestions given and made by only EXPERTS. But also please keep this in mind: In many ways, we are seeing and hearing their OPINIONS on this matter. Just like you and me, the professionals have scant historical references regarding this virus. Keep that in mind.

What Things Can We Fix?

On Saturday in our podcast, I passed along a really good piece of information for all to consider — not just in these circumstances, but in each of our lives forever:

Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes

If we want to lose weight, we must regulate our diets and add exercise as well. If we don’t do those things, we will NOT lose weight. You can think of hundreds of things to which this will apply. But for the purposes of planning for and dealing with Coronavirus and any future similar emergencies and other possible events, we all need to adopt this thought in our preparations: “Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes.”

China

The U.S. outsourced a massive part of our lives, primarily to China, over the last 50 years. For decades we have basked in the good things about our doing so: less expensive, pretty much just as reliable, abilities to manufacture quicker and with higher volumes of production, etc. But as our country adopted a mindset of normalizing the American losses with this massive outsourcing, we forgot to examine some of the negative consequences we automatically have received just for outsourcing.

Many of our governmental regulations are costly and intensely complex for companies and even entire industries. Thankfully, by outsourcing to China, the regulations for all that for those things included in outsourcing, for the most part, go away. Year after year, the layers of reduced regulations have made a large pile, which has numbed us to just what and how much has been lost to us in the care and protection to Americans those regulations have given us.

Yes, in large part, these regulations have been cumbersome, costly, and unrealistic (and in many cases unnecessary) to keep us safe. But there’s one sector where there are glaring and very obvious regulatory protections that we need today and always will: Food and food products.

Today we inspect several of these and with research details pass along just what we are getting from American outsourcing in these goods and services while saving money.

Food From China’s Real U.S. Savings.

Smithfield Farms, the largest pork producing farm in the U.S.A., was sold recently to China with the unanimous support of its stockholders. The hogs will still be raised here but slaughtered and packaged for sale there before being sent back here. This includes labels of Morrell, Eckrich, Krakus, Cudahy, Premium Hams, Cook’s and Gwaltney. The same with many chickens. They can now be shipped there, but when they come back, all that is required regarding source is that they were “Raised in the U.S,” not that they were processed in China. The chickens will be all processed and most sold to fast-food restaurants for sandwiches, along with schools and supermarkets. Remember: restrictions and requirements for the slaughter and handling of pork and chickens being processed there are quite different than those in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Elsewhere…

We recently learned that Starkist Tuna is now owned by South Korea, which is in a major conflict with the U.S. concerning quality, safety, and record-keeping, which South Korea refuses to produce.

Sources from a Google search are numerous on this subject. One that was promoting the eating of Tilapia said to, “Avoid any Tilapia with China as its source.” During your next grocery shopping excursion, take a peek in the seafood section at the numerous packages of frozen Tilapia. Most are labeled as “Farm Raised.” That seems innocent but read further: most of those somewhere in the packaging will show their source to be China.

Several documentaries that are not well-marketed in the U.S. show the filthy conditions in which their meat and fish are raised and processed. Some foreign workers have to wear masks as they work in these places because the food is so rotten and filthy, it disgusts them. Many of their fish raised in Fish Farms are daily fed raw sewage. Asian countries, as a rule, have little or no food inspections for exports.

Some of the Most Common U.S. Imported Food

  • Green Giant frozen vegetables are from China, and so are most of Europe ‘s Best.
  • Arctic Gardens and Birdseye products are, for the most part, safe.
  • Grocery store garlic, unless clearly marked “from the USA or Canada,” can be unsafe for consumption. China is the largest producer of garlic in the world. It is common for garlic fields to be fertilized with human waste.
  • Most honey is shipped in huge containers from China and re-packaged here. Americans should consider buying only Honey that is marked “Home Grown” or “U.S. Sourced.”
  • The “Our Family” brand of Mandarin Oranges says on the can: “From China.”
  • Several large U.S. grocers sell canned peaches and pears in a plastic jar that comes from China.
  • All “High Liner” and most other frozen fish products originate in either China or Indonesia. It is common, for example, for the package to be marked “Pacific Salmon” on the front, but the small print states the salmon are farm-raised in one of those Asian countries. There are NO regulations in any Asian countries for use in farm raising fish.
  • The cold product Cold-FX is grown and packed in China. Laboratory tests have found some of the product contains fecal bacteria.

Some Good Suggestions Regarding Imported Food from China

  • If the country of origin is not clearly marked, beware. If produce, ask an employee.
  • Watch out for packages which state “prepared for,” “packed by,” or “imported by.” We don’t understand the lack of mandatory labeling, especially the produce.
  • The country of origin should be clearly shown on the item in the store.
  • Go to the local farmers’ markets in season and keep a wary eye open the rest of the year.

How is it possible to ship food from China cheaper than having it produced in the U. S. or Canada? For a few cents more, consider buying the “Liberty Brand.” Buy the “Gold Brand” or the “Dole Brand” from Hawaii or California.

Fish and Other Foods

  • Recently The Montreal Gazette had an article by the Canadian Government on how Chinese feed farm-raised fish: They suspend chicken wire crates over the fish ponds, and the fish feed on chicken droppings.
  • If you search the internet about what the Chinese feed their fish, you’ll be alarmed; e. g, growth hormones, expired anti-biotic from humans.? Never buy any type of fish or shellfish that comes from these countries: Vietnam, China, Philippines.
  • “Steinfeld’s Pickles” are made in India – just as bad. Another example is in canned mushrooms. “No-Name” brand came from Indonesia.
  • Be careful when purchasing those little fruit cups. They formerly were made in Canada in the Niagara region until about two years ago. They are now packaged in China. Most are sold in Aldi stores.

Summary

While the Chines inferior and sometimes even toxic products, dangerous toys, and goods are sold in North American markets, the media wring their hands. Yet, 70% of North Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended. Think that through:

Why do we need the government to suspend trading privileges with any foreign nation? Free Market trade has been and still is the greatest determiner of the success or failure of products and services purchased and consumed by people. Consumers should simply send a message to China just as is done regarding domestic products. If they do not meet the standards expected by consumers, those consumers should cease their purchases.

Shoppers should make these decisions by educating themselves. Take a look at the labeling of every product you buy, and if it says “Made in China” or “PRC” (that means sourcing includes Hong Kong), one should consider another product or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, and you will be equally surprised at what you can do without.

If 200 million North Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that will create an immediate billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor!

The downside? Some Canadian/American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory.

Just one month of trading losses will hit the Chinese for 8% of their North American exports. The Chinese are brilliant in economics. They do the math just as do we. “Supply and Demand” is a simple read for them. Americans by sending the message NOT purchasing those products would force regulating production sufficient for the satisfaction of their consumers, Americans, or they would continually lose that business.

No, this story has nothing to do with COVID-19 or Armageddon, but it certainly strikes a chord for all of us. What we consume and its sources and development are critical to not only our pockets but, more importantly, to our health.

After all, is not that why the world is in a panic regarding Coronavirus: our health? The two SHOULD BE interchangeable.

I almost forgot: who sang that song, “One Day at a time, Sweet Jesus?” Cristy Lane.

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Facts Not Fear

“There is no greater fear than the fear of uncertainty because the unknown is something that can’t be looked in the face, challenged, overcome.”

That’s why this COVID-19 business is so unsettling: we just don’t know. And not knowing, not understanding what, why, who, and when will drive one crazy — if we let it.

Here’s just one batch of Coronavirus headlines in one Sunday news outlet:

Kentucky patient under 24/7 armed guard after REFUSING to self-isolate…

Ohio Orders All Restaurants, Bars Into Close…

Illinois Too…

‘Time For Persuasion And Public Appeals Is Over’…

How the USA Reached Turning Point…

NEWT: Plan For Worst-Case…

Will require World War II like response…

CUOMO: Mobilize the Military…

A cautionary tale from Italy…

Attitudes split along partisan lines…

Presidential Party Became Coronavirus Hot Zone…

TRUMP NEGATIVE…

HELL: Travelers Waiting ‘Shoulder To Shoulder’ For Hours…

BAN EXPANDS…

FEAR SYSTEM WILL BUCKLE…

S&P 500 Had Choppiest Week Since Hoover Was President…

Mnuchin vows to keep markets open…

Bank in Midtown Cleaned Out of $100 Bills…

States turn to cash reserves…

Seattle Airport to House Homeless…

Robberies by suspects wearing medical masks in multiple states…

How many of those stories did I read? NONE. I’m personally tired of the non-stop noise.

Here’s what we at TruthNewsNetwork are going to do everyday beginning tomorrow: one bullet-point section at the bottom of each story will outline the latest statistics and “facts” regarding coronavirus that we have been able to verify are actual. Most will agree that we’re NOT getting very much information about COVID-19 that we are comfortable in believing IS accurate. I’ve had enough of that!

We have what some may feel is an unfair advantage. That have is a niece named Dr. Jessica Manning. She’s a brainiac. She has trampled through the jungles of Africa chasing ebola, dinge fever, and the latest is COVID-19 in Cambodia. She’s renowned for her work in infectious diseases for the last decade+. And she found herself of late in the epicenter of Coronavirus.

Zuckerberg and Gates funded a massive research project to find an automatic method to identify diseases quickly through a person’s blood. Just weeks ago, they did just that!

An article published just days ago tells the story (and her in this part of the story). I thought it would be timely to share so that you can feel a bit more comfortable about the unknowns and that at least part of them  — at least in small part — are about to be made much easier to make “certain.” If you want to read the story before finishing here today, click on the following link: https://www.wired.com/story/a-disease-tracker-backed-by-gates-and-zuckerberg-tackles-covid-19/

Panic Begats Mania

We’ve all seen and heard the horror stories about what’s happening in the coronavirus surroundings. It seems that today’s Media are focused on nothing about ridding the world of this horrible disease, but are concentrating on blaming folks for its every existence. The conspiracy theorists are everywhere. And the list for blood and ratings drive the ship.

There ARE certain factual things we should process to consider actual actions for us to take. You’ve heard many of them already. But you probably have not heard from someone from within the inner circle who has a history of dealing with serious issues. None of those are probably in the class of COVID-19. But there have been many. Wouldn’t it be wise to turn to someone who can back out the insanity and give just some plain facts and suggestions for we non-medical dweebs to launch in our lives? We have someone with that kind of advice. Here are his ideas for me and you:

Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Hi,

I know there is some confusion about what to do next in the midst of this unprecedented time of a pandemic, school closures, and widespread social disruption. I have been asked by a lot of people for my opinion, and I will provide it below based on the best information available to me today. This is my personal and well-informed opinion, and my take on the necessary steps ahead.

What I can say as a physician and public health leader, is that what we do, or don’t do, over the next week will have a massive impact on the local and perhaps national trajectory of coronavirus. We are only about 11 days behind Italy and generally on track to repeat what is, unfortunately, happening there, as well as much of the rest of Europe very soon. At this point, containment through contact tracing and testing is only part of the necessary strategy. We must move to pandemic mitigation through widespread, uncomfortable, and comprehensive social distancing. That means not only shutting down schools, work (as much as possible), group gatherings, and public events. It also means making daily choices to stay away from each other as much as possible to Flatten The Curve (see below).

Our health system will not be able to cope with the projected numbers of people who will need acute care should we not muster the fortitude and will to distance each other, starting now socially. On a regular day, we have about 45k ICU beds nationally, which can be ramped up in a crisis to about 93k. Even moderate projections suggest that if current infectious trends hold, our capacity (locally and nationally) may be overwhelmed as early as mid-late April. Thus, the only set of interlinked strategies that can get us off this concerning trajectory is to work together as a community to maintain public health by staying apart.

The wisdom, and necessity, of this more aggressive, early, and extreme form of social distancing can be found here. I would urge you to take a minute walking through the interactive graphs – they will drive home the point about what we need to do now to avoid a worse crisis later.

So what does this enhanced form of social distancing mean on a daily basis, when schools are canceled?

I can suggest the following:

1. No playdates, parties, sleepovers, or families visiting each other’s houses. This sounds extreme because it is. We are trying to create distance between family units and between individuals across those family units. It is uncomfortable, especially for families with small children or for kids who love to play with their friends. But even if you choose only one friend to have over, you are creating new links and possibilities for the type of transmission that all of our school/work/public event closures are trying to prevent. The symptoms of coronavirus take 4-5 days to manifest themselves. Someone who comes overlooking well can transmit the virus. Sharing food is particularly risky – I do not recommend that people do so outside of their family. We have already taken extreme social measures to address this severe disease – let’s not actively co-opt our efforts by having high levels of social interaction at people’s houses instead of the schools. Again – the wisdom of early and aggressive social distancing is that it can flatten the curve above, give our health system a chance not to be overwhelmed, and eventually may reduce the length and need for more extended periods of extreme social distancing later (see what has transpired in Italy and Wuhan). We need to all do our part during these times, even if it means some discomfort.

2. Take walks/runs outside, but maintain distance (ideally 6 feet between people outside your family). Try not to use public facilities like playground structures as coronavirus can live on plastic and metal for up to 3 days, and these structures aren’t getting regularly cleaned. Try not to have physical contact with people outside of your family. Going outside will be necessary during these strange times, and the weather is improving. Go outside every day if you can but stay physically away from others. Try not to have kids play with each other (even outside) if that means direct physical contact. Also basketball or soccer involves direct contact and cannot be recommended. If people wish to go outside and have a picnic with other families, I strongly recommend keeping the distance of at least 6 feet, not sharing any food at all, and not having direct physical contact. Invariably, that is hard with kids, so these shared, “distant” picnics may be tricky. Do not visit nursing homes or other areas where large numbers of the elderly reside, as they are at highest risk for complications and mortality from coronavirus. We need to find alternate ways to reduce social isolation in these communities through virtual means instead of physical in-person visits.

3. Reduce the frequency of going to stores/restaurants/coffee shops for the time being. Of course trips to the grocery store will be necessary, but try to limit them and go at times when less busy. Consider wearing gloves (not medical – but perhaps washable) and of course, washing hands before and after well. Leave the medical masks and gloves for the medical professionals – we need them. Maintain social distance from folks. Take-out meals and food are riskier than making food at home, given the links between the people who prepare food, transport the food, and you. It is hard to know how much that risk is, but it is undoubtedly higher than making it at home.

4. If you are sick, definitely stay home and contact a medical professional. If you are sick, you should try to isolate yourself from the rest of your family within your house as best as you can. If you have questions about whether you qualify or should get a coronavirus test, you can call you primary care team and/or consider calling the Partners Health Care hotline staffed 8AM-8PM every day – 617 724 7000, or the Massachusettes department of public health at 617 983 6800. Don’t just walk into an ambulatory clinic – call first. If it is an emergency, call 911.

5. We need to push our local, state, and national leaders to close ALL schools, events, gatherings, and public spaces now. A local, town by town response won’t have the needed effect. We need a statewide, nationwide approach in these trying times. Contact your representative and the governor to urge them to enact statewide closures. As of today, 6 states had already done so. We should be one of them. Also, urge them to fund emergency preparedness and make increasing coronavirus testing capacity an immediate and top priority.

I realize there is a lot built into these suggestions, and that they represent a real burden for many people, businesses, and communities. Social distancing is hard and may negatively impact others, especially those who face vulnerabilities in our society. I recognize that there is structural and social inequity built in and around social distancing recommendations. We can and must take steps to bolster our community response to people who face food insecurity, domestic violence, and housing challenges, along with the many other social inequities.

I also realize that not everyone can do everything. But we have to try our absolute best as a community, starting today. It is a public health imperative. If we don’t do this now voluntarily, it will become necessary later involuntarily, when the potential benefits are much less than doing so right now.

Asaf Bitton MD, MPH | Executive Director | Ariadne Labs

Summary

Dr. Bitton is NOT a political pundit, A Democrat or Republican. He’s a doctor who specializes in what we’re dealing with today. Do I think he’s absolutely right on absolutely everything he said? I HAVE NO IDEA! That the problem with the uncertainty we face. Sometimes we just don’t know. And many of us react to that uncertainly by cranking up the fear machine. Fear does us NO good at all. It only creates unnecessary and often damaging thoughts and ideas.

Why not just relax it today, stay away from the Mainstream Media, stay away from the television and radio network gurus who are admittedly scrambling for ratings for advertising revenue. Why not spend the day “thinking” about where we are, where you and your family are, and how you can best prepare for the unknown that’s ahead? It certainly seems that doing so will do much more for you and those for which you are most concerned.

Want another old “Fear Thought” to concentrate on today?

Everything you want is on the other side of Uncertainty and Fear.”

Step back and seek some truths that you can implement to get you through all that and to the things that you want without Fear.

COVIC-19: FEAR!

As promised, here today is our emergency message to all of you. (It’s in podcast only)

There’s so much noise from all sides: telling us “truth,” giving us THEIR definition of “truth,” but we still do not know the “truth.”

How do we handle that? What can get us answers and get us through whatever lies ahead?

For answers — simple answers that don’t blame anyone — take a listen!

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Emergency: Very Important Message!

I’m writing this in the middle of the night after a day and one-half of fighting the fallout of the COVID-19 chaos that has now become part of all Americans’ lives.

I have a critical message to share with you today. But it will take me until 12:00 noon Central time to be able to present it. It will be ONLY in podcast audio format. Please come back at 12:00 noon Central today and plan on using your smartphone or computer to listen to a brief, information filled 1-minute podcast: no frills, no music, just frank talk.

It’s grim in America.

I’ll see you Saturday, March 14 high noon.

 

Dan

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Can’t we in America ever agree on one single thing — like a pandemic? Or is there some golden rule out there that allows everyone in the media to simply ignore facts and paint  ugly pictures for their partisan perspective?

There’s plenty for which to be concerned. We are in the early stages of a potential health crisis. In the U.S., it is NOT a pandemic…yet. Yes, it may become a pandemic. But maybe it won’t!

CNN’s least credible and most caustic host, Don Lemon, went nuts after the President’s Oval Office address Wednesday evening. Former Ohio Governor John Kasich attempted to answer Lemon’s questions about the corrections made by White House staff regarding segments of the address. As usual, the CNN anchor chose the most negative and most aggressive outburst against the President that lasted for five minutes. Lemon would not even let Kasich respond to his questions.

Of course, CNN responded on their website with a story titled, “Trump address sparks chaos as coronavirus crisis deepens.” Here’s a short segment of the CNN report:

President Donald Trump set out to steady a rattled nation and a diving economy in a solemn Oval Office address, but instead sowed more confusion and doubts that he is up to handling the fast-worsening coronavirus crisis.

Trump’s big announcement for keeping the virus at bay — what he said was a 30-day ban on travel to the US by Europeans and restrictions on cargo — was immediately engulfed in confusion.
The President later rushed to clarify on Twitter that he was stopping travel and not trans-Atlantic trade in goods, and officials said his plan did not apply to Americans or US permanent residents — though such travelers would face mandatory quarantines.
“The restriction stops people not goods,” Trump tweeted after his speech.
Trump also caused a muddle when he said he had convinced health insurance providers to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments. A White House official later said the President had meant to say that the copayments would be waived for coronavirus tests — but would still apply to treatments for the disease.
I’m not confident what your thoughts are about COVID-19, but I’m sure you agree with the President that coronavirus is a severe threat to not just America but to the World. Don Lemon acted as if President Trump brought coronavirus to the U.S. on Air Force One!
The President has a team of the most highly regarded physicians on Earth regarding all things infectious disease-related. That team has met daily for several weeks and conducts daily press conferences in which updates are given to the media, not by Vice President Pence, but by the doctors themselves. They answer every question asked by press members. Several billion dollars have been allocated and are being spent to quickly attack the virus at every level in the nation.
But let’s be honest: Lemon and others feel President Trump is responsible for everything negative that has happened to everyone in the world during the last three years. He has done absolutely nothing right as President, is doing nothing right fighting coronavirus, and no matter what he does in the continued fight, it will not have happened quick enough and certainly will not be enough. President Trump, I’m certain, long ago adopted the mindset that no matter what he does, the Lamestream media will immediately trumpet how wrong it is. And folks like Lemon prove the President right in that thought.
One thing that was NOT mentioned: doctors (you know, the ones the Left clamored should be running this campaign against coronavirus instead of the President) heaped praises on the President for his immediate travel ban of incoming persons from China. His doing so (according to the experts) prevented viruses arriving in the U.S. far sooner, which would have put millions more in harm’s way. When the President put that travel ban in place, the media and Democrats in Congress went crazy crying Mr. Trump in initiating that travel ban was xenophobic and racist!
Who would not expect today’s media to wait to report until THEY GET THE FACTS?

Where Do We Stand Regarding COVID-19?

We could go on and on with details of what actions have been put in place regarding every part known so far to be a piece of the coronavirus puzzle. But the U.S. has never before dealt with this type of medical attack. It is inconceivable to believe that any one person or any government could in one moment, one day, or even one month comprise and put together a list of actions that would eliminate the dangers pending with coronavirus.

I’ve heard numerous politicians and even some in the Media declare that this is NOT the time to point fingers, fire off attacks that are baseless at best and ridiculous and dangerous at worst. Rather than scream and cry about what is going to happen to Uncle Bill, let’s make sure we help Uncle Bill be as prepared as the medical experts, working 24/7 just like they have been, find a way out of all this for us.

As most of you know, I’m not a fan of the “traditional” media in America. Each day it becomes more obvious that today’s media have a political agenda. To that end, I understand those people need jobs; that most are just writing and reporting as they are being told by editors.

What we are missing are those wise sages from the 60s and 70s like Cronkite, Reasoner, Wallace and even Paul Harvey to talk “TO” and not “AT” us giving us JUST the facts. It is quickly becoming so ridiculous that no one can separate fake news from factual news. Isn’t that the antithesis of what Journalists are supposed to do?

As I write this, I sit in a resort looking over a gorgeous golf course behind which are snow-capped mountains in New Mexico. I came here to participate in a men’s conference — Men of Iron — that annually for 26 years convened in this spot with 1600 men who get together to share life experiences with God. I just received a call that the New Mexico Governor just decreed no meetings of more than 100 people in any one room can be conducted, and this conference has been terminated.

Yes, it’s very inconvenient for me. Yes, it will cost me great experiences with great guys, and what I have come to know is a beautiful time spiritually to seek (and find) guidance for every area of my life. But I’ll be fine! Those 1599 other men that came from nine different states will as well. (They are now going to stream the conference to all who will be at various locations)

What I refuse today is play “Don Lemon” and other media and political pundits who act that they are smarter and better prepared to lead this nation through this crisis than is President Trump. That premise is outlandish! Yet they think nothing of sharing that with all who will listen in.

  • Citizens of the U.K. questioned Winston Churchill as the Germans bombed London. “He can’t get this done!” He proved them wrong: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
  • Just 16 short years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in the shadow of that cloud of nuclear war, a young Bostonian went face-to-face with Russian leader Nikita Kruschev. American pundits immediately began to scream and cry, “Kennedy can’t do this! He doesn’t know anything about leading a nation. He’ll get us all killed!” With Russian warships loaded with nuclear missiles approaching Cuba, President John F. Kennedy drew Russia a literal line in the Caribbean that if they crossed, nuclear World War would ensue. Those Russian warships turned around: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

Not knowing everything doesn’t mean someone is stupid. Not knowing everything and refusing to get what is unknown from those who know IS stupid. Donald Trump is NOT stupid.

As pundits cried for his head regarding what they “thought” was illogical thinking, Mr. Trump — while they were just completing his impeachment  — he had already put together a team of the smartest, most knowledgeable professionals in every area of medicine — especially infectious diseases. They had met several times planning actions. The President initiated that BEFORE the Senate impeachment vote! Only AFTER the Senate vote to acquit the President did the brainsurgeons in Congress and in the Meda decide: “Maybe there’s something else we need to consider. That virus might be a path to impeach President Trump again.”

I rest my case. To quote that other great humanitarian sitting on a bus bench in Alabama — Forrest Gump: “Stupid is as Stupid does.”

 

Political Infuence’s Boss: The Grim Reaper

Harvey Weinstein heard his fate from a New York judge on Wednesday. Harvey is old, riddled with medical complexities, and is facing 20+ years in prison for rape and sexual assault. Without some type of pardon, Harvey will probably die behind bars.

That was not supposed to happen to Harvey. He, for decades, had significant political influence. No one on Earth contributed more money through the years to the Clintons than did Weinstein. Beginning with Bill’s first run for the White House, then for Clinton’s second term in office, Hillary’s Senate campaigns and then her two runs for president, Weinstein just handed his wallet over to the pair. But he did more than just that. When he reached his legal maximum in contributions, he began bundling for the Clintons. He is personally responsible for millions of campaign dollars for the Clintons’ various campaigns through three decades. In return, he planned to cash-in his political chits called “Influence.”

Where is Harvey’s political influence today? He’s going to die in jail.

Influence

Political influence flows through the streets of Washington, like floodwaters. It seems today that everything there is for sale. And it all has a price. Members of Congress may not sell their votes on specific issues. But when the lobbyist calls who three years ago got one’s grandson an internship that paid 15% more than it should have, that member of Congress is going to take that call — and listen. The lawmaker sold his or her political influence.

In the early 90s, I had just turned the corner with my newly formed company that had taken off after three typical years of struggling to get started. I was an active young man in our community that was well known, and (I thought) had a promising future. One day, three gentlemen walked into my office to meet with me. All three were good friends. One was a local school superintendent, one was a real estate developer, and the other was a longtime State Representative who was leaving that office to run for governor.

I was surprised but pleased to see these three. But I was shocked when I heard the reason for their visit: they wanted me to run to replace the representative in state government!

It took me a few moments to come back to Earth. I sat in silence for a moment and felt unexpected nausea rising in my throat. I didn’t understand and didn’t know then why I said what I said next, but I do know why now.

“There is NO way I will run for that office and I will NEVER run for ANY political office!”

That night I shared the experience with my wife. She looked at me with wide-eyes and asked, “Why did you say no?”

I had thought it through after the three left my office and reached a conclusion for my nausea and quick declination. I shared this with my wife: “I would always feel obligated to someone if I was a politician. And I don’t think I could ever get accustomed to that.”

I’m not a superhero or some perfect soul, by any means. But after their question and my answer sunk-in, I reasoned why I told my wife what I did: I could most definitely NOT have run a successful and winning campaign for the House of Representatives using just the money I had. There wasn’t much money available! A run for that office — ANY office — would require my asking for campaign contributions. I could not (and still cannot) envision a scenario in which I would be able to say “No” to a person who had contributed to my campaign if and when asked for a favor of any kind.

Several years later, I heard Rush Limbaugh respond on-air to a caller who asked him why he did not run for political office. His response was very similar to mine.

Don’t get me wrong: campaign contributions are necessary for today’s political system. There are certainly those who can access the political contribution system well and can then legislate with no arbitrary sense of obligations to supporters who may have contributed. I’m glad there are those public servants. I didn’t think I could do that!

There’s a multi-billion dollar industry that exists for one reason only: to use money and favors to purchase political influence from American politicians. It’s housed in law firms and marketing firms, almost all located on K Street in Washington, D.C.

Let’s take a quick look at just one race: the 2016 presidential general election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump:

Hillary Clinton raised $866.6 Million from individuals and companies; $201.5 Million from SuperPacs = $1,068,100,000 (that’s “Billion”)

Donald Trump raised $453.1 Million from individuals and companies; $59.1 Million from SuperPacs = $512.2 Million  (Trump of that amount personally donated $100 Million of that number)

Think about just how much money was contributed to those in the same election who ran for the House and Senate, to candidates for governor, mayor, state legislators, local city council seats and even dog catchers! The total must be tens of billions of dollars.

Let me ask this question: knowing how the process exists, knowing WHY it exists, and, more importantly, knowing that “The love of money is the root of all evil,” why is this entire process still allowed in the United States?

The Process

I am a strict capitalist. I have started several companies. When doing so, I, in advance, puzzled through all the obvious obstacles I would face, determined when moving forward what was my overall objective of the company, how to achieve it, and then carefully put in place all the necessary resources for that objective. Those resources included infrastructure, personnel, operating necessities, and, of course, capital to power the ship.

The beauty and untarnished concept of capitalism worked perfectly in my case: all those companies did not succeed as hoped and as planned. But what determined their success or failure had nothing to do with anything but me and how I missed or hit the right stages in building and growing that company. What was at the end of a win in doing so? Financial freedom, a tremendous sense of accomplishment and value along with numerous OTHER opportunities.

Politics is not different at all. Someone seizes the same thoughts, ideas, and plans. The same requirements are there to build that idea and make it grow. It requires opportunity, infrastructure, personnel, operating necessities, and of course, capital. The difference between an entrepreneurial startup company and a life in politics is found in one word that is a necessity in both: money.

Political capital is raised by creating an environment structured to secure contributions. That environment is usually a combination of funding sources that include individuals, PAC’s and SuperPac’s, and from the candidate personally. Other than those, campaign contributions are restricted. To see just what those restricted contribution sources include, click on this link: https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/candidate-taking-receipts/who-can-and-cant-contribute/

This process was created to keep as much of the graft and political influence as possible from impacting elections. Money is the single largest energy source to make possible a win.

How do we stop all these dollars flowing into elections to, in essence, buy election results?

That has been addressed over and over again, year after year, decade after decade, for several hundred years! The most recent solution was “Campaign Reform.” Total reform seemed to be the only way to stop our steady move to an environment in which the candidate with the most money would win every election.

Let me throw a monkey wrench into the thinking on that. Take a listen to George Will, who explains what Campaign Reform is:

 

Wow! So is there any way to keep the political influence that results from campaign contributions impacting election results?

The answer is to eliminate SuperPacs. The problem in accomplishing that is the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court ruled in a famous case called “Citizens United” that SuperPacs can open the cash register at will to fund elections!

A super PAC is a modern breed of a political action committee that’s allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money from corporations, unions, individuals, and associations to influence the outcome of state and federal elections. The rise of the super PAC was heralded as the beginning of a new era in politics in which elections would be determined by the vast sums of money flowing into them, leaving average voters with little to no influence.

A Political Action Committee (PAC) compared to a Super Pac

The most important difference between a super PAC and traditional candidate PAC is in who can contribute, and in how much they can give.

Candidates and traditional candidate committees can accept $2,700 from individuals per election cycle. There are two election cycles a year: one for the primary, the other for the general election in November. That means they can take in a maximum of $5,400 a year — half in the primary and a half in the general election. Candidates and traditional candidate committees are prohibited from accepting money from corporations, unions, and associations. Federal election code prohibits those entities from contributing directly to candidates or candidate committees. Super PACs, though, have no limitations on who contributes to them or how much they can spend on influencing an election. They can raise as much money from corporations, unions, and associations as they please and spend unlimited amounts on advocating for the election or defeat of the candidates of their choice. Also, Super Pacs, in some cases, do NOT have to reveal sources of contributions.

Summary

How do we stop this crazy spending on elections to assure elected candidates are those best qualified for the job and not just the one with the most “connected” campaign funding sources? Get rid of SuperPacs! Since the Supreme Court already ruled in Citizens United that cannot happen, how can we rid the system of those SuperPacs? With a new law.

Who makes those “new” laws? Congress. And the fact that members of Congress are the chief beneficiaries of SuperPacs, it will be tough at best to get a change.

In the interim, I suggest you pay close attention to all those who run for elections that directly impact you: from the White House, Congress, your state and city. When you find a candidate with whom you agree, get the facts of their campaign contributions and contributors. If those dollars come chiefly from SuperPacs, be cautious.

There is no panacea for this. Americans need to pressure members of Congress to write a NEW law that addresses each of the reasons for the SCOTUS overturn of Citizens United. That needs to happen NOW.

The grim Reaper gleefully looks in using money to change our lives to be the way HE wants them to with no regard for you or me.

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Blame But No Answers

Every human in history has been born with a natural need for someone to lead them as they grow and mature. For children, leadership initially comes from parents, then teachers, then professors, then employers. Along the way, slip in wise friends, pastors, mentors, and even sometimes politicians. But human nature begs for leadership. But that in no way means that everyone has the ability to lead others. And many conflate the two: being led and leading. The differences are vast.

As all know, TruthNewsNetwork is a political entity engaged through the written and audio words to inspire others to think. We’re not here to lead or to be led. What we do is pass along tidbits of life issues that change every day that impact Americans’ lives in different ways. We NEVER tell our partners what or how to think. That would defeat our purposes and even our name!

Just as there are traits that make one a good follower — things like loyalty, honesty, a willingness to listen and learn, and honor — there are traits that are specific to, and required of, leaders.

What is “Leadership?”

Leadership is the art of motivating an individual or a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal or objective. That definition applies to leadership in every area of our lives. A leader understands that and works to personally grasp each element of that definition and make it their own. Then that leader must present the leadership concept to those who will be led, explain the responsibilities of both a leader and a person that is lead, and then implement those things personally while leading followers in adopting and learning themselves.

That seems simple enough, right? To many, it is. But to far too many, it is not.

There’s a high price to pay by one who chooses leadership. The essential element of the cost of leadership is dropping personal preferences and picking up whatever is best for those who are led — in every instance, in every circumstance, without fail. That alone will make or break a leader.

Today in U.S. politics, we have numerous people who govern at local, state, and federal levels who are elected or appointed leaders. Americans typically assume that each of those leaders is qualified to lead in the position they hold, willing to pay the prices that leaders must pay, and then led those who follow that leader. But we all know that seldom happens. Sadly, many leaders accept that role without the perspectives of leadership that are mandatory to succeed in leading others. Just because an American businessman holds a personal net worth in the billions does not necessarily qualify that person to be a leader. Look at former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Bloomberg felt his massive success in business proved his leadership skills for politics. The two seldom interface. Quite honestly, Donald Trump is a business success-to-leadership enigma.

Most self-made wealthy people are not good leaders AFTER becoming wealthy. Many become wealthy by being good leaders.

We have a plethora of politicians from whom we today can receive accurate leadership guidance. Unfortunately, most on today’s national political stage are those that teach us how NOT to lead. We could, in many cases, take their leadership decisions and flip them 180 degrees, and they would serve to lead much more effectively.

Leaders, as they age in their positions of leadership over time, become complacent and sometimes even lazy. Their complacency gives them permission to relax and take it easy. After all, they got to where they are by being good leaders. They have this leadership thing figured out. There’s no need to keep pushing, to learn more, to allow themselves to be consumed by serving those they lead, and teaching them the tenets of becoming good leaders. So they simply take it easy.

But you can bet, anytime a crisis or some major issue arises, they will quickly jump to their feet and begin passing out mandates for their followers to enact to fix the mess. But they seldom lead by example. It’s “do as I say,” not “do as I do.”

Their leadership begins to die a slow death. Their followers start to soften and relax and “take it easy,” just like they were taught.

Leadership Today

Despite what we have been told, our President is brilliant. He’s intelligent; he has a quick wit. He never meets a stranger. He never turns away from a problem or issue. And he always fights.

But he’s compassionate. Those with whom he interacts to a person speak of how communicative he is, how friendly and courteous he is in one-on-one meetings, and how he effortlessly slips into the process of problem-solving every time one pops up. He defers to those with whom he has surrounded himself. And he allows them to act out their roles regarding tasks at hand. He always holds them accountable, but seldom in an abrasive or crass manner.

He’s a good leader.

Now before my liberal friends throw rocks at their computer screens for what I just stated, let me draw some stark comparisons.

“Other” Leadership Today

In America, we are in a “stage” of possible crisis: COVID-19, or “coronavirus.” It could become a national disaster. It might become another virus with which we find ways to live — like the flu. But no one yet knows the specifics of its ultimate results and, therefore, just how dangerous it may become. But Mr. Trump has been so far doing what he does rather well: Leading.

His detractors come from the woodwork to attack him.

  • “He didn’t start soon enough;”
  • “He didn’t ask for enough money;”
  • “He didn’t rely on experts;”
  • “He cannot lead in crisis mode;”
  • “No one trusts him,” etc.

Those are words we hear from many of our “leaders” in government today.

How about let’s be specific:

On February 25:

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, said the administration’s handling of the virus has been marked by “towering and dangerous incompetence.”

“Here in the United States, the Trump administration has been caught flat-footed. The administration has no plan to deal with the coronavirus, no plan and seemingly no urgency to develop one,” Schumer said.

Schumer’s comments came after the administration provided a closed-door briefing on the virus to all senators on that Tuesday morning.

On February 26:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “What he’s (Trump’s) doing is late, too late, anemic,” she added. “Hopefully, we can make up for the loss of time but we have to have professionals in place, resources that are adequate and not use scare tactics about people coming back to our country.”

The administration’s request proposes spending unused funds earmarked to fight Ebola, with officials seeking $1.25 billion in new money for vaccine development and purchasing protective equipment. Asked for her thoughts on President Donald Trump’s comments about the coronavirus, Pelosi replied tersely: “I don’t think the President knows what he’s talking about. Once again.”

On March 9:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and said she believes the financial market disruption on Monday is directly related to a “lack of confidence” in the White House.

“Well it is very sad, but I believe, what we know about the Dow is that they want certainty, they want to have confidence that there is a plan,” Pelosi told reporters.

“I think that what is happening there is a reflection of lack of confidence, and so we would hope that what is coming out of the White House will be more consistent with what the health advisers are putting forth,” Pelosi said.

“We would hope that rather than name-calling, (Trump) would be again joining with his health care professionals who are advising him and the rest of us in a well-coordinated government agenda,” she said.

On March 9:

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill said Monday that they could unveil their proposal for a second round of economic relief surrounding the coronavirus outbreak as early as this week. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are floating a series of legislative reforms designed to combat the spread of the coronavirus and provide economic relief to those most directly affected.

The package comes as an alternative to President Trump’s favored economic proposal, which features an across-the-board payroll tax cut for America’s workers. While the Democrats’ legislation is not yet drafted, Pelosi and Schumer huddled Monday night with the various committee leaders working on it in an effort to tie up loose ends. And Pelosi said the legislation could be drafted — and maybe even receive a vote on the House floor — by the end of the week.

“We are putting it together; it’s not like we just woke up this morning and started thinking about this,” Pelosi said.

“I don’t know that we can be ready this week but we can introduce this week. We can introduce [it] and we may be ready [to vote on it], depending on CBO, depending on [legislative] counsel and how quickly they can [estimate the cost],” she said, referring to the Congressional Budget Office.

On March 10:

In an interview with MSNBC’s host Lawrence O’Donnell, former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden was focusing on the coronavirus to attack President Trump. Asked if he thinks the stock market rout on Monday, which led to a temporary trading halt, is “a reaction to the markets realizing the president simply does not tell them or the world or this country the truth about this situation,” Biden responded, “I believe that’s the case.”

“Now, it doesn’t mean the market wouldn’t still go down, but it wouldn’t collapse, I don’t think. Now, who can say? But I think there’s no confidence in the president in anything he says or does,” Biden said.

During the interview, Biden said that the incumbent president has “no competence” in handling the coronavirus. “Unfortunately, the president has very—no competence in how to handle this crisis,” Biden said.

 

Those who stated these things are the Speaker of the House, Minority Leader in the Senate, the most recent “past” Vice President who is currently running to be the President. These are three who are arguably among the top most powerful and influential Americans in the leadership of a country with 330 million citizens.

Does anything you read or heard from them above demonstrate what one would think should be coming from the mouth of an American political leader?

Let’s bullet point what they told “we” Americans who they lead:

  • We have a problem: COVID-19 or coronavirus;
  • President Trump’s leadership is marked by “towering and dangerous incompetence;”
  • Regarding the President: “I don’t think the President knows what he’s talking about. Once again;”
  • “We would hope that rather than name-calling, (Trump) would be again joining with his health care professionals who are advising him and the rest of us in a well-coordinated government agenda;”
  • …the incumbent president has “no competence” in handling the coronavirus. “Unfortunately, the president has very—no competence in how to handle this crisis.”

Summary

Those are the top American leaders after President Trump.

I will not detail the numerous things that under Mr. Trump’s guidance, his “Coronavirus Team” has put in place. His team, under the guidance of Vice President Pence, includes the most revered and respected officials on Earth in the field of infectious diseases, bacterial research, healthcare organization, etc. in executing vast and specific tactics to simultaneously treat those infected with the virus, identify its sources, minimize any community transferring to others, and finding a vaccine — which has been found and already approved for testing! In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control — the agency that the leaders quoted above blasting the President for not listening to — have DAILY on television detailed the President’s support and allowance for the implementation of all the things that team has recommended to take care of the spread of this deadly virus to minimize health costs.

Then regarding the stock market ravaging on Monday of this week: does anyone think the President had anything to do with that? Not any reasonable person!

It happened based on two factors — and neither is named “Donald Trump.” The first is the understandable uncertainty of the economic impact COVID-19 will have on the thousands of companies working daily in the U.S. There are far too many unknowns at this moment to simply forget about the virus and “truck-on!” So what happens in this and all stock market sell-offs are companies sell stocks to put the cash from those sales into their reserves until the virus’s impact becomes known.

The second factor: an oil war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. This war between those two countries is probably the biggest factor. The Saudis want Russia to reduce the amount of oil they produce to join the Saudis in doing the same.

Here’s the REAL summary of today’s story regarding leadership: Pelosi, Schumer, Biden, and Sanders, for that matter, are NOT leaders. How can I say that? Leaders, when facing problems, address the issues head-on. But they never stop there. They immediately identify the details of the problem, call on experts to find or craft a fix, allocate whatever resources are necessary for the fix, then let the experts implement the fix. That’s what good leaders do.

Have you seen any of that from these or other Democrats in leadership? Nope. No Americans have. Have Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler, Biden, or any other Democrat in Washington stepped forward with details of what President Trump should be doing — in exact detail — instead of his current course of action?

But someone is leading the war on COVID-19: President Donald Trump. And by any educated and reasonable measure, He’s winning the war. And all Americans are the beneficiaries.

You know what? Mr. Trump will undoubtedly share — as he in the very beginning tried to do with China but was turned away — all of our successes with every other country.

Why would he do that?

That’s what a Leader does.

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