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…..

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Disrespect Our Soldiers?

There is so much stuff out there but the one that irks me the most is the fake crap about how people are disrespecting out troops….and then he does not know protocol of those troops….

After he had repeatedly railed against professional athletes over perceived slights to the American flag and military, President Donald Trump joked on Wednesday about a bugle call that is part of the armed forces’ time-honored tradition of showing respect for the Stars and Stripes.

The bugle call occurred during Trump’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar used by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in Harrisburg and before the president’s address on tax revision.

“What a nice sound that is. Are they playing that for you or for me?” Trump said before turning to the audience. “They’re playing that in honor of his ratings,” he added, referring to the popularity of Hannity’s news program.

Trump went back to speaking about economic growth as several audience members behind him stood up. The bugle call was “Retreat,” which signifies the lowering of the American flag on a military installation. Although Trump attended a military high school, the commander in chief appeared unaware of the music’s meaning.

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.

Closing Thought–11Oct17

My Brain Is Bigger Than Your Brain!

I have often said just how childish the Trump person can be.

He, Trump, is taking grief over his thing with SecState Tillerson….so our commander in chief has a way to solve this problem….a contest.

We may never know for sure whether Rex Tillersoncalled President Trump a moron, a “f—ing moron,” or never let an unkind word pass his lips, but Trump himself offers up a solution to the conundrum: “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests,” the president says in an interview with Forbes. “And I can tell you who is going to win.” Trump also doubles down on his contention that Tillerson “was wasting his time” in negotiating with North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un, leading his interviewer to question whether “publicly upbraiding” the nation’s top diplomat renders him ineffectual. “I’m not undermining,” Trump responds. “I think I’m actually strengthening authority.”

Seriously?  The world is going to crap and our prez wants to compare IQs with his SecState…..so sad and so pathetic.

This is a silly 7 year old tantrum…..

I would say just by saying this sort of crap then his IQ may not be as high as he thinks.

Was this just a joke?

Trump has spent time denigrating Tillerson privately and praise him publicly….that is the kiss of death for Tillerson…..how much more can he tolerate?

“I don’t know. I’m not a diplomat” is an odd statement to make if you’re a high-ranking US Cabinet official tasked with critical matters of diplomacy. Yet those words were uttered by the US secretary of state during a September meeting at the UN regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the kickoff anecdote in Dexter Filkins’ deep dive in the New Yorker into the Trump administration oddity that is Rex Tillerson. From a hardscrabble childhood in Texas, Tillerson ascended to the top of the Exxon hierarchy, where he got used to calling the shots and making major decisions of his own volition. It’s a drastically different role than his current post as President Trump’s foreign policy chief, where the reticent former executive now finds himself in a job “marked by strife and confusion” and “uncomfortably subordinate to an unpredictable man,” Filkins writes.

The story delves into Tillerson’s “mixed” legacy at Exxon, including his attempts to rehab the company’s image on climate change, as well as an almost obsessive drive to make multibillion-dollar deals with overseas entities, even those that may have flouted US foreign policy; his “very close” relationship to Vladimir Putin receives special note. His challenges now are quite different, including a high number of vacancies in the State Department, a seeming inability to keep up with the day-to-day, and a reportedly sour relationship with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. “Rex … f—ing hates her,” one official says. The undercutting of Tillerson’s efforts by the president himself is only adding to the pile-on that has observers wondering how much more he can take. “Tillerson was contemplating his retirement from Exxon, after which he could do whatever he wanted. … Now he’s got to feel like he’s covered in s—,” one aide says. “I can’t imagine this is what he expected.” Entire profile here.

Let’s say he goes….who is in the shadows waiting their turn in the diplomatic barrel?  Will there be an IQ test for the position?

This admin gets more pathetic by the day…….and it is only 274 days old….what can the future bring?

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.

Closing Thought–09Oct17

Hubris Thy name Is Trump!

I mean we all take credit every now and then for something that may not be all that original to ourselves….we all have an ego that needs massaging from time to time….

But our president has out done even the infamous Tennis great McEnroe…….

President Trump defended his throwing of paper towels to Puerto Rican hurricane victims in a weekend interview on a Christian network—and claimed to have invented the term “fake.” The towel-throwing, which San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz described as “terrible and abominable,” was simply a bit of fun with the crowd at a distribution center, Trump told Mike Huckabee on Trinity Broadcasting. “They had these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels,” Trump said, per NBC News. The crowd was “loving everything. I was having fun, they were having fun,” he said. “They said, ‘Throw ’em to me! Throw ’em to me, Mr. President!” Trump accused Cruz of “doing a very poor job” with her hurricane response.

Trump went on to boast about the term “fake.” “I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is ‘fake,'” he said. “I guess other people have used it, perhaps, over the years, but I’ve never noticed it.” It wasn’t entirely clear whether he was taking credit for “fake” or “fake news,” but he would be wrong in either case, according to CNN, which Trump often accuses of creating “fake news.” The word “fake” has been around for 200 years, while the term “fake news” started appearing in newspapers in the late 19th century. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that nobody could have done what he did in Puerto Rico “with so little appreciation.” He also shared a video of hurricane relief efforts “that the fake news media won’t show you.”

Daily I am amazed at the lengths this person will go to pat themselves on the back……Trump is setting a whole new bar for the term….HUBRIS!

 

What Is He Thinking?

Nate has left town!  Like all good windbags he is headed toward DC……now onto the news of the new week…..

To answer the question……He is not!

This week will tell the tale….will our president be so stupid as to “decertify” the Iranian nuke deal?

Word is President Trump will “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal next week, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to stay in the agreement or void it by imposing new sanctions on Iran. Citing “people briefed” on the matter, the Washington Post reports Trump is expected to deliver a speech, possibly on Oct. 12, laying out his administration’s new Iranian policy. CNN, whose sources include “two senior US officials,” reports that policy would be to work within the framework of the nuclear deal, which limits Iran’s nuclear activities, while attempting to strengthen it for the US. But Iran has said it’s not interested in renegotiating the deal, and European leaders say they don’t want to change the terms of the deal.

Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China, Iran, and even the US all agree Iran has held up its side of the nuclear deal. And on Tuesday Defense Secretary James Mattis said he believes it’s “in our national security interest” to remain in the deal. But Trump campaigned on the nuclear deal being unfair to the US. The president is said to be weary of a tenet of the deal wherein he must go to Congress every 90 days to report whether Iran is complying with it and if it remains in the national interest of the US.

I think that this will be a bonehead move……first, I would bet that he has NO idea what is said in the deal….but yet he is trapp[ed by his political rhetoric during the campaign and now if he wants to retain his base support he feels he must do something.

Let me help you understand the deal and then you will be one ahead of the guy called “president”….plus it is not that difficult…..Negotiators reached a historic accord last summer to limit Tehran’s nuclear ability in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions. Here is a guide to the Iran nuclear deal.

I told you it was not that difficult.

People everywhere are masking the case for the Iranian nuke deal……

Wake up. We are sleepwalking into an armed conflict. The hidden scandal of the Iraq War — the manipulation of intelligence to support a predetermined outcome — is now an overt political strategy to undermine a multilateral nonproliferation agreement. At a time when Iran was hurtling toward a nuclear threshold not easily undone by force or persuasion, the United States struck an accord with allies and adversaries alike that averted the solution everyone feared most — the kinetic option.

Now, those most vocal prior to the deal about the imminent threat of a nuclear Iran want to scrap the deal, put the world back on the brink of conflict, and open up a second nuclear front.

Source: Countdown to zero: The case for the Iran deal | TheHill

There is so much wrong with this idea of not certifying the deal and yet with all data available they are still playing a dangerous game……why?

Source: We Don’t Need No Stinking Deal! – In Saner Thought

The US has a major problem with the situation in North Korea….the nukes, the missiles, and the rhetoric…..and then Trump pulls out of this deal with Iran then he as doubled the nuke problem overnight

Trump is choosing a multi-front nuclear stand-off……he could be choosing a war over something as stupid as his political rhetoric.

To add fuel to the fire….trump offers up some cryptic statement at a dinner for military leaders…..

President Trump made an ominous remark after meeting with his top military commanders—and declined to explain what he was talking about. “You guys know what this represents?” Trump told reporters as he posed for a photo with First Lady Melania Trump, military officials, and their spouses before a White House dinner Thursday night. “Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.” When asked to clarify the remark, Trump said “we have the world’s great military people” present, CBS reports. Asked again what the “storm” might be, Trump said: “You’ll find out” and ended the questioning.

Trump may have been talking about Iran: Earlier Thursday, sources said Trump plans to “decertify” Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, which is due for recertification by Oct. 15. “The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence and chaos across the Middle East,” Trump said at the meeting with military leaders, per the Guardian. “That is why we must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.” There has also been speculation that Trump was referring to action against ISIS or North Korea, reports the BBC.

Great timing!  The weekend was spent in wild speculation by the MSM….something the media excels at….wild speculation.

But with this guy named Trump….we will not know for sure what what will come out of his mouth until it comes out of his mouth.

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