23 Minutes of Trump

 

Does anyone remember why President Trump held a press conference on Tuesday?

I almost 100% agree with this editorial by James Freeman. Trump really needs to shut up and just work on stuff that helps people. He has these moments of brilliance but then for every moment of brilliance, he tends to surround it with about 100 moments of pure incompetence.

For the assembled members of President Trump’s economic team who stood behind him at Trump Tower on Tuesday, the first six minutes of his press conference must have seemed like a promising start. Here was the President describing a significant government-created problem and offering the beginning of a sensible solution.


In any case, Tuesday’s press conference became even more interesting over the next 17 minutes. That’s when Mr. Trump took questions from reporters and decided to largely abandon his hopeful message on liberating Americans from red tape. Many of his assembled advisors were suddenly fascinated by various spots on the floor of the Trump Tower lobby as the President offered further analysis of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump

In general, I question anyone that says something like “my Republican Party”. Really? Is it yours?

I have said for at least a decade that both of the big parties are actually smaller sub-parties that vie for control and typically band together for a common cause. The reality is that the majority trend of both parties was away from the American worker that has

  • 2-3 kids,
  • tries to remain faithful to his spouse,
  • shows up for work on a regular basis but probably doesn’t love his/her job,
  • tries to improve his/her home a little every year,
  • tries to keep those kids out of jail,
  • tries hard to get those kids through school and college,
  • enjoys a good movie now and then,
  • enjoys time with family and friends more than the movie though,
  • and expects to pay his way through life while getting treated fairly by those around him/her.

Trump’s White House Mess

 

I couldn’t agree more with one of the recent editorials on the WSJ – especially the last part:
The new White House chief of staff can improve matters but it’s unlikely to be much of a change. And then there’s the question of how long any improvement will last. We’ve seen brief bouts of normalcy from this president before. Staff changes will only get Mr. Trump so far. The problem with his administration isn’t the administrators.

Source: Trump’s White House Mess

Tell Fake News posters to delete their posts

I think Trump is doing a terrible job as POTUS and would be very happy if he would just resign. I didn’t vote for him because I thought he wasn’t the most qualified candidate on the ballot.

However, I despise it when people post FAKE NEWS (be it a blog, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media). There is a significantly edited version of this video that shows Mr. Trump ignoring the child in the wheelchair. As this video shows, nothing could be further from the truth as Trump spends a considerable amount of time with the child.

If you see someone post the edited version of the video, correct that person. Tell them they are spreading fake news and tell them to take down the fake news. The only reason that fake news exists on Facebook and other forums is that we do not chastise those that spread the lies.

Mandatory minimums on drug crimes isn’t racist but Congress can still do better

 

Jeff Sessions’s policy won’t lock up harmless stoners, but it will help dismantle drug-trafficking networks.

While I personally believe that drug use should be decriminalized and managed by the ATF (probably with a slight rename), I also believe that laws should be enforced as written. If Congress chooses to continue to create a black market for drugs, then the law enforcement professionals are duty-bound to enforce those laws.

I truly believe that crime would drop if drugs were licensed with the production and selling of those drugs was monitored, managed, and TAXED.

Calling Mr. Sessions a racist because he has chosen to follow the laws that are written by Congress is absolute foolishness and probably partisanship.

Here are a few salient facts that I have copied from various points in a recent WSJ article. I encourage my reader to click through to the linked article.

Some of my thoughts on the problems with North Korea

The United States cannot right the world’s wrongs. For the most part (there are exceptions), we will have to step in when those wrongs influence other nations though.

So when North Korea threatens to attack South Korea or Japan, that is a problem. Especially when we agreed to protect both countries from attack by treaty. They exist in their present form because of the US. So when Obama, Bush, and Clinton do an ostrich in the sand to North Korea, that is a big problem.

It is the responsibility of the United States to protect both countries because we have a treaty that says that we will. As long as the Kim family is only cruel to their own people, then we can leave them alone. When the Kim family and the leading generals of North Korea threaten the safety of Japan and South Korea, then it is equivalent to threatening the US.