Closing Thought–03Jul19

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day and the subject of patriotism and love of country will also be celebrated.

The highest form of patriotism is to put country above personal ambition……and we know that the 45th president does that at every turn (that was sarcasm)…..but there is a new low to his rhetoric and his ego-centric dealings.

His daughter with Marples, Tiffany, is the center of a news report……it seems Trump would cut her off if she decided to join the military and serve her country……

Donald Trump’s prenuptial agreement with his second wife, Marla Maples, contains shocking revelations about his finances and values, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday.

“A source recently passed me a revealing document from this era: Trump’s prenuptial agreement with Maples. Its draconian terms suggest a penuriousness at odds with his public image as a free-spending billionaire in his gilded triplex penthouse. And its confidential financial statements included in the agreement is a sketch of Trump’s immense privilege and the wealth he squandered, telling in both what it illuminates and what it obfuscates,” reporter Gabriel Sherman wrote.

“More than anything, the prenup shows how fiercely Trump wanted to protect the money he did have. Maples reportedly wanted $25 million, but Trump agreed to pay her only $1 million if they separated within five years, plus another $1 million to buy a house,” Vanity Fair reported.

“Trump also would stop making $100,000 child support payments for Tiffany when she turned 21. The agreement states that Trump’s payments would cease earlier if Tiffany got a full-time job, enlisted in the military, or joined the Peace Corps,” the magazine added.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/trump-made-2nd-wife-marla-maples-sign-prenup-that-cut-off-daughter-tiffany-if-she-joined-the-military-report/

Now that is a true LOVE OF COUNTRY (again sarcasm)……..and a higher form of patriotism.

To be honest this is not unique to Trump….it is a common practice for the wealthy that want it all and not to have to pay for their freedom.

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Speech To End All Speeches!

That is our president since his dream of a military style parade (more later) was crapped on he will do something that has not been done in about 70 years….he will give a speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial…….

More details are emerging about President Trump’s Fourth of July event in Washington, which the New York Times describes as “the next best thing” to Trump’s axed military parade. As hundreds of thousands gather at the National Mall for the celebration, Trump will address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial; the last president to do anything similar was Harry Truman, who in 1951 spoke in front of the Washington Monument on the 4th. The US Park Police confirms Trump will speak at the memorial. “We continue to work with the White House on creating a Salute to America program that will bring Americans from all over the country together in [a] celebration of our great nation,” adds a National Park Service rep.

The Washington Post points out a slew of “new security and logistical challenges,” noting a second entertainment stage may be erected in addition to the one on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The fireworks display will be moved from the Washington Monument grounds to West Potomac Park, while the National Independence Day Parade will be held as usual, per WTOP. There’s been no comment from the White House, but some Democrats have piped up with the criticism that Trump’s speech will change the flavor of the staunchly nonpartisan event. “People are going to be angry,” says DC Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton. \

Seriously?

First, the security will be a nightmare but beyond that Trump has NOT paid the tab for his 4 day inaugural celebration….but that is to be expected unlike the rest of us Trump feels he is too good to pay his bills.

Secondly, it is a national holiday and I expect Trump will talk about himself and not the nation or how he will bring the people together in this time of massive division.

Third, he may not get his authoritarian military parade but he will get damn close……tanks and more tanks.

President Trump isn’t getting the full military parade he wanted in DC on the Fourth of July, but he is getting some mighty symbols of military power—tanks. It’s not clear how many or exactly where they’ll be, but the president said Monday that tanks will be stationed somewhere on the National Mall, reports the Hill. “We’re going to have some tanks stationed outside,” said Trump, who will speak from the Lincoln Memorial on the holiday. “You’ve got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas.”

The AP, meanwhile, apparently got a peek: One of its photographers spotted two M1A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles on flatcars at a DC rail yard, and they were being guarded by military police. On Monday, the DC council said that it opposed tanks as part of a parade because of the potential damage to roads, tweeting, “Tanks, but no tanks.” The tanks won’t be the only military presence: The Navy’s Blue Angels will do a flyover, and the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines are expected to be on the podium with the president, reports the New York Times.

All in all…this will just be another Trump rally that will do nothing to help this country deal with the society we have now…..just pomp and ass kissing to celebrate Trump and not our country.

And how can this person talk about selfless sacrifice for he has never had to feel this…..

That is sad!

Capitalism Has Failed!

I realize this post will not sit well with those individuals that have more money than brains…….but let’s look at it….capitalism has failed.

The truth is that the “economy” is booming according to some….then why are most Americans are overworked and underpaid and the future looks no brighter than now……

Let’s look shall we?

Some years ago, I faced up to the futility of reporting true things about America’s disastrous wars and so I left Afghanistan for another remote mountainous country far away. It was the polar opposite of Afghanistan: a peaceful, prosperous land where nearly everybody seemed to enjoy a good life, on the job and in the family.

It’s true that they didn’t work much, not by American standards anyway. In the U.S., full-time salaried workers supposedly laboring 40 hours a week actually average 49, with almost 20% clocking more than 60. These people, on the other hand, worked only about 37 hours a week, when they weren’t away on long paid vacations. At the end of the work day, about four in the afternoon (perhaps three in the summer), they had time to enjoy a hike in the forest or a swim with the kids or a beer with friends — which helps explain why, unlike so many Americans, they are pleased with their jobs.

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/american-capitalism-failed-us-overworked-underemployed-powerless-ever/

Now we see a debate taking hold should the US embrace socialism over the soul sucking capitalism we have today?

In 2016, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ran on a platform that many thought would’ve ruined his political chances. He ran as a democratic socialist, disavowing America’s longtime capitalist consensus and proudly wrapping himself in a label pundits considered political poison. And it worked.

In American politics, and particularly in the Democratic Party, the primacy of capitalism is, for the first time in ages, an open question. Sanders is expected to run again in 2020, and to run with the support of a grassroots movement that thrills to his break with capitalist convention. He’ll face, among others, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who says one key difference between her and Sanders is that she’s “a capitalist to my bones.”

https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2019/1/7/18167691/what-is-socialism-capitalism-sanders-warren

Personally I do not care what we call it…..as long as the children get educated, people make a living wage, health is for everyone, etc……so can a bit of socialism help capitalism?

Larry Fink, the chief executive and founder of BlackRock, published his annual letter to the chief executives of all the companies around the world in which it invests last week.

And Fink’s message was: don’t put profits first. Put “purpose” first. “Purpose is not the sole pursuit of profits, but the animating force for achieving them,” Fink explained.

“Profits are in no way inconsistent with purpose – in fact, profits and purpose are inextricably linked.”

This corporate purpose, he went on, means investing for the long term, serving a community, developing the talents of a workforce. And so on. BlackRock also says that bosses’ pay should not rise faster than that of the firm’s workers and has threatened to vote against remuneration committees that agree to excessive awards.

It’s enough to make the libertarian epigoni of Milton Friedman, the economist who famously asserted “there is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits”, choke on their cornflakes.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/blackrock-socialism-capitalism-stock-market-sacha-romanovitch-grant-thornton-a8737131.html

We need some help……this deal is just not working the way it was intended…..reform NOW or face the consequences.