When Did We Ever Have A Secret President?

Political History is a fascinating subject of study…..and if done correctly then the student can learn some fantastic information.

Last election the US came as close as we ever have to electing a woman as president …..but it was not to be.

But did you know that almost a century ago….the US was controlled by a woman in the White House…..you see our president at the time, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a stroke….a severe stroke.

Woodrow Wilson may have been one of our hardest-working chief executives and by the fall of 1919, he looked it.

For most of the six months between late Dec. 1918 and June 1919, our 28th president was in Europe negotiating the Treaty of Versailles and planning for the nascent League of Nations, efforts for which he was awarded the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize (an award he did not officially receive until 1920). Back home, however, the ratification of the treaty met with mixed public support and strong opposition from Republican senators, led by Henry Cabot Lodge (R-Mass.), as well as Irish Catholic Democrats. As the summer progressed, President Wilson worried that defeat was in the air.

Bone-tired but determined to wage peace, on Sept. 3, 1919, Woodrow Wilson embarked on a national speaking tour across the United States so that he could make his case directly to the American people. For the next three and a half weeks, the president, his wife Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, assorted aides, servants, cooks, Secret Service men and members of the press rode the rails. The presidential train car, quaintly named the Mayflower, served as a rolling White House. Also joining the party was the president’s personal physician, Cary T. Grayson, who had grave concerns over his patient’s health.

Source: When a secret president ran the country | PBS NewsHour

AS usual your history lesson for the day is complete…..now use it the next time someone wants a debate…..

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Closing Thought–16Oct17

Ever since his ride down the escalator in Trump Central back in the day I have though there was something off about Mr. Trump.  His constant ,mash ups with this person or that….his constant battling people in his own party and his nastiness towards Americans in general.

He seem to be losing it and only after 274 days in office….but do not take my word for it….

President Trump might be launching a new hunt for White House leakers soon because a lot of them seem to have spoken to Vanity Fair—and the picture they paint of the president’s state of mind is alarming. The sources say Trump is “unstable” and “unraveling” after setbacks including legislative failures and the Alabama GOP primary loss of Trump-backed Sen. Luther Strange, which they say has deeply affected the president. “Alabama was a huge blow to his psyche,” a source described as a “person close to Trump” says. “He saw the cult of personality was broken.”

Two other sources tell Vanity Fair that Trump raged to longtime aide Keith Schiller: “I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them.” Schiller, Trump’s security chief for many years, left his White House position last month. Republican sources say John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, has been doing his best to limit access to Trump—a policy that has left Trump frustrated. The insiders say Kelly hates his job but has stuck around to prevent Trump making “disastrous decisions.” The White House denied the Vanity Fair report, saying: “The president’s mood is good and his outlook on the agenda is very positive.”

How far will he take this minor “breakdown”?   How far will this go?  Hell even Bannon has said that Trump has less that a 70% chance of finishing his first term…..

Maybe it is time for some professional help…..

Closing Thought–13Oct17

When the news does not favor Trump then he takes to Tweeter and sets off belittling people or trying to draw attention to something that has anything to do with the running of this country.

He is so busy belittling people or trying to gin up some fake narrative that he misses his chance to come off in a good light.

For instance, instead of worrying about a knee or trying to take away the 1st amendment he should gave bee laser focused on the economy…..this week there was good news he could have used top bis advantage and to further his agenda…..

Stocks managed to post modest gains Wednesday on Wall Street, enough to set more record closing highs, the AP reports. Technology and health care stocks rose more than the rest of the market, while banks and phone companies fell. Johnson & Johnson rose 2.1% after the company asked regulators to approve a prostate cancer drug. Luxury goods maker Coach dropped 2.8% after saying it will change its name to Tapestry.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 4 points, or 0.2%, to 2,555. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 42 points, or 0.2%, 22,872. The Nasdaq rose 16 points, or 0.2%, to 6,603. All three closed at record highs. Small-company stocks lagged the rest of the market. The Russell 2000 index fell 1 point to 1,506.

Instead of showing his insecurities he should be thumping his chest about the good news from Wall Street.

It amazes me just how much good news he lets slip away while he chases one of his silly vendettas.

Five Worst Foreign Policy Presidents

I have been asked for the Winter session to teach a course of US Diplomatic History…I have already taught one on the US Foreign Policy in the Middle East…..and now with all the news about our diplomatic and foreign policy problems the school felt there would be interest in a course on the subject.  We will see!

MY readers know that I judge my presidents by their foreign policy chops….it is too early for me to choose Trump as a bad foreign policy president.

We have had some terrible presidents in foreign policy……and the American Conversation has put together a list…..

The president of the United States is granted wide leeway by the U.S. Constitution over foreign policy, more than any other policy realm. In addition to being the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the president can make treaties, appoint diplomats (with the consent of the Senate), and, due to congressional legislation, impose sanctions on foreign entities.

Since World War II, the United States has issued no declarations of war; all military actions have been initiated by the president. As per the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the president can deploy troops for up to 60 days without congressional approval. Thus, whatever the foreign policy of the United States—positive or negative—the president owns it: his vision and decisions can initiate a foreign conflict with very little to inhibit him. We call it the “Monroe Doctrine” and not the “18th Congress Doctrine” for a reason—and not all of them have been successful. Who were the worst foreign policy presidents in our history? Here are the five who make the cut:

Source: Five Worst Foreign Policy Presidents in American History | The American Conservative

Anyone you would like to add?  Please justify why you think they deserve a spot on the lists.

Voodoo Economics Returns

Roll us over and do it again!

Our Congress is once again on a break (is there ever a time when this isn’t so?)  They have tried health issues and failed…..they are talking abut some sort of gun regulations…..and since nothing is sticking to the wall then they will go to the ever popular tax reform.

And since the GOP is in control then we will try their fix for the economy…..supply-side solutions.

This solution has not been a answer for 30+ years….hey, why not try it again?

Our president has decided the “voodoo economics” will solve all the ills of our economy….

Billionaire US President Donald Trump wants to reform the US tax system, like others before him. But his plan looks more like tax cuts for America’s wealthiest and some of the world’s biggest corporations.

Although it’s yet to be fleshed out, it’s based on the idea that the cuts will pay for themselves, with the economic growth they generate in years to come. Yet, that’s never happened in the history of US tax cuts.

In economics jargon: this is a classic supply-side response to a demand-side problem. But why help companies and investors if workers are the ones in trouble?

It’s been done before and George HW Bush famously called it “voodoo economics” to discredit the notion that cutting tax rates will increase revenues.

Source: Donald Trump’s ‘voodoo economics’ | USA | Al Jazeera

An IST factoid:  Tax cuts have NEVER paid of themselves!

But you will be asked to buy into the dream anyway…..you cannot drain the swamp and keep the crap in place.

I have written on this subject before and pointed to the fallacy……..

Source: It Is Always Supply Side Economics – In Saner Thought

Source: The Humor That Is Trickle Down Economics – In Saner Thought

Source: Let’s End The Illusion Now! – In Saner Thought

A laughable solution that the population falls for almost every time.

We He Go Or Will He Stay?

We have had a couple of days of high drama…..did Tillerson call Trump a moron or not?

Well we still do not know for after his, Tillerson, speech he never clarified that one point….he worked hard to say everything that the president wants to hear……and it worked for now….for Trump has come out patting Tillerson on the back and saying what a fine American he is.

Tillerson has contradicted Trump on many occasions and yet he still retains his job….does not sound like a Trump deal now does it?

Truth be told I was not a fan of Tillerson after his nomination….I thought he was a poor choice to run one of the most important cabinet posts…..he brought nothing in way of experience to the job.

How much longer can Tillerson sing the Trump tune….especially on the handling of North Korea?

Rex Tillerson could be the worst of the 69 secretaries of state in the history of the republic, but he did not deserve the drubbing he took Sunday from his boss.

Moreover, Washington’s efforts to disarm North Korea were not served by the public humiliation of America’s chief diplomat over the weekend.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” President Trump tweeted Sunday morning. Then came the second blast “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

It was bad enough that Trump blasted “Rex” in public, but to compound the sin, the president did so while Tillerson was in Beijing, talking to the Chinese about disarming North Korea. China insists, as a price of its enforcement of sanctions, that America try to negotiate with Pyongyang. Trump’s words, therefore, undercut efforts to get Beijing to cut off the flow of cash to the stocky Kim Jong-un, also now known, thanks to Trump’s previous insults, as “Little Rocket Man.”

Source: Can Tillerson Sing Trump’s Tune on North Korea?

This last thing, the “moron” comment, has this growing rift between Tillerson and the president……can this thing be handled so that Tillerson keeps his job?

The American Conservative has taken a closer  look at this situation…..

Despite Tillerson’s denials yesterday and Trump’s denials today, the rift between him and the president is impossible to ignore. The Postreports:

For months now, Trump has been piqued by rumors of disloyalty that have filtered up to him from Foggy Bottom, the home of the State Department. In private meetings, the president has also been irked by Tillerson’s arguments for a more-traditional approach on policies, from Iran to climate change to North Korea, and by Tillerson’s visible frustration when overruled. Trump has chafed at what he sees as arrogance on the part of an employee.

And as Tillerson has traveled the globe, Trump believes his top diplomat often seems more concerned with what the world thinks of the United States than with tending to the president’s personal image [bold mine-DL].

If Trump thinks the Secretary of State’s job is to burnish the president’s personal reputation instead of promoting the interests of the U.S. (and I have no difficulty believing he thinks that), it is little wonder that he and Tillerson are such a poor fit. Tillerson may already be widely regarded as one of the worst Secretaries of State in modern times, but even he seems to understand that boosting Trump’s personal image isn’t part of his job. Even if it were part of his job, Trump would make it impossible for him to do that because he is constantly gainsaying Tillerson in public. The president chose Tillerson for the position, but can’t keep himself from second-guessing and contradicting his own appointee and thus guaranteeing his irrelevance in the eyes of other governments.

Source: The Tillerson-Trump Rift | The American Conservative

This situation is just silly…..Tillerson is gone it is just a matter of optics when.

Right now Trump has lost so many high placed advisers that he needs to kick back and wait for a better time….he will continue to feel up his base and when they come on-line with Tillerson leaving….then he will be gone like a dirty shirt.

My guess is, unless something changes, buy January 2018.

It’s Gun Control Again

We have had another attack where multiple lives we lost by a douche with a gun….in this case many guns….and of course the debate has started again…all the political theater that this subject can muster.

Now is the time to look at the laws…..NO!  Now is not the time we should wait for calmer heads….

Gun Control?  Is that truly the conversation we should behaving right now?  Maybe not……

Statistician and writer Leah Libresco used to yearn for what she once considered “common-sense gun-control reforms.” Then she and her colleagues at FiveThirtyEight spent threemonthsanalyzing all 33,000 gun deaths the US sees per year, and her whole perspective changed. The sad truth is that the broad policies many people call for, like “banning assault weapons,” actually wouldn’t save the vast majority of those people, she writes. In the Washington Post, she delves into specific reasons why—in the case of an assault-weapons ban, gun hobbyists can easily turn a semi-automatic into an assault weapon, while skilled shooters can change magazines so quickly that limiting them might be “meaningless.” She also explains why it’s actually not useful to compare US gun laws with the strictly tightened laws in Britain and Australia.

So what could work in the US? “Narrowly tailored interventions to protect subtypes of potential victims, not broad attempts to limit the lethality of guns.” That means individualized attention, like identifying gang members for intervention, putting police priority on women who are endangered by specific men, or getting older men (who make up the biggest share of gun suicides) access to care and help. In the end, Libresco “was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners,” she writes. “But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. … We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.” Read her full column.

Personally, I think this whole conversation that we seem to have with each attack….is not the conversation we should be having.

In closing I want to offer up some red meat for all those liberal haters (and there are many)….it comes from the most hated liberal…Michael Moore…..

In a move highly unlikely to be approved by the NRA, Michael Moore has come up with a replacement for what he says is the “ancient and outdated” Second Amendment. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Moore offered a 28th Amendment that protects the right of people to “be free from gun violence,” Hot Air reports. “A well regulated State National Guard, being helpful to the safety and security of a State in times of need, along with the strictly regulated right of the people to keep and bear a limited number of non-automatic Arms for sport and hunting, with respect to the primary right of all people to be free from gun violence, this shall not be infringed,” it reads.

“The public’s safety comes ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun,” wrote Moore. He said under the new amendment, it will be possible to pass laws requiring people to keep their guns at government-regulated storage facilities instead of at home, the Hill reports. He also suggested limiting clips to six bullets, banning semi-automatic weapons, and requiring men buying guns to obtain waivers from current and former spouses. This approach, he wrote, will meet the needs of everybody except the “serial killer, the mass murderer, the violent ex-husband, the disgruntled employee, or the disturbed and bullied teenager.” (Lawmakers want to ban a device the Las Vegas gunman used.)

Let the yelling begin…..please have a medical specialist stand by.