The Freeform Nature Of The Shape-Shifting Presidency

We owe that statement to George Will. On MSNBC’s ’11th Hour With Brian Williams’ Thursday, 20 April 2017, he added that the Presidency of Donald Trump is like ‘Open Mic Night at the Improve’.

That is the assessment of the first 90 days of the Presidency of the Businessman From New York from a staunch, conservative Republican.

In the past 30 days, this is what has happened:

According to Ron Insana, CNBC financial contributor, stated that ‘A review of Donald Trump’s business career would lead one to say that he has always over-promised and under-delivered. Whether his long list of bankruptcies in the ever-profitable casino business, the failures of his “university,’ steak, vodka or clothing lines, there has been a history of putting himself first, while ignoring the needs of his constituents.

We may be seeing that play out in his approach to government, as well. As in business, Trump has a constituency of one … himself … just ask his stock and bond investors, his suppliers, contractors, laborers, or even his customers. Unlike Trump, they rarely, if ever, participated in the “upside” of Trump-branded products.

So, too, is this happening in the early days of the Trump presidency. His executive orders notwithstanding, the folks who voted for President Trump, thus far, have nothing to show for it. Indeed, it is quite early to make a claim that Trump has failed his constituents entirely, but the handwriting may be on the wall.

His signature initiatives, populist in nature, be it “The Wall,” the travel ban, the enactment of the American Health Care Act, or possibly even tax reform, are either delayed or dead on arrival.

In strict economic terms, some of his signature legislative goals, while keeping his campaign promises, would no doubt hurt the very people he proclaimed to help.

Enactment of the AHCA would have cost 14 million people insurance coverage. The president is now doubling down on an AHCA revival, which is needed to cut Medicaid by nearly $1 trillion, those budget savings deemed necessary to fund comprehensive tax reform.

The president’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative is the type of overhyped product he has sold in the past, promising great rewards to American workers despite the fact that it is unlikely to create more jobs, or bolster the lot of the truly economically disenfranchised.’

When it came to his recent flight and speech to the people of Snap-On-Tools in Racine, Wisconsin, this past week, the company executives were notified of his coming just three days before the event. This is a classic example of disorganization within this Presidency.

Insana continued, ‘There is precious little empirical data that immigration, for either high or low-skilled workers, harms “native” American workers. This ill-conceived complaint has been leveled at immigrants since the Irish were disembarking their boats in the 1840s.

Dispossessed Americans are hoping that the president’s anti-immigration, anti-globalization and anti-trade liberalization orders will bring back jobs that have largely been lost to innovation and automation. It’s simply a big promise that can’t be kept.’

“His own “special” interest, the family business, is benefiting from his presidency, as his trust is held in his name, his son, Eric, plans to brief him quarterly on Trump deals, while daughter Ivanka gains trademarks in China after sitting next to China’s president Xi at a recent State gathering.”, Insane continued.

‘The President is also claiming that he created 600,000 jobs since his time in office began. No doubt, he can take credit for a stock market rally and consumer confidence jumping on hopes that his business friendly agenda would pass, but that has yet to translate into actual job creation.

He promised to remove special interests from government, drain the swamp, increase transparency and close the revolving door between government officials and lobbying.

His own “special” interest, the family business, is benefiting from his presidency, as his trust is held in his name, his son, Eric, plans to brief him quarterly on Trump deals, while daughter Ivanka gains trademarks in China after sitting next to China’s president Xi at a recent State gathering.

President Trump’s re-election campaign and joint party committees have directed $500,000 in campaign funds to Trump companies since Trump ascended to the White House, amid myriad other reported violations of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Again, a constituency of one benefits for none.

Even on the military front, the president has talked loudly but carried a tiny stick. His understandable response to the Syrian gas attack, left the Syrian airbase intact but destroyed a mosque.

His “armada” sent to the Sea of Japan to threaten North Korea was heading 3,000 miles in the opposite direction, although no one in the White House bothered to correct the record until recently.

It was a bluff…something even a failed casino owner knows something about. The problem is if you bluff and lose … you can’t bluff again.

It’s about the show. It’s about theatrics. It’s about gilding the lily.’, Insana concluded.

The Secretary of Defense was making threats about North Korea. The Vice President of the United States was at the demilitarized zone in Korea. The Fleet was heading the other way. The spokesperson for the Presidency. the Press Secretary, one Mr. Sean Spicer, gave misstatements pointing out a profound ignorance of the condition of American Jews in particular, and minorities in general. He used the term “Holocaust Centers.” This suggests that Spicer does not even know the term ‘death camps’ or ‘concentration camps.’ It was not just a funny slip of the tongue-it was a shocking display of ignorance that is profoundly hurtful. Jay Michaelson in wrote, ‘At a certain point, whether someone is maliciously deceptive or stupidly ignorant becomes irrelevant. At a certain point, the dumb bully is both dumb and a bully. He’s dangerous either way, spreading falsehoods, attacking the vulnerable.’

The Russian Connection is still on going. The ‘conflict of interest’ charges are popping up every day. The failure to fill the 2000 executive branch positions is ongoing. Told the head of China that he, the President of the United States, without Congressional approval, had just ordered 59 missiles strikes in Syria while dining in a public dining room in Florida. The President allowed his administration to ask the FBI to leak favorable information, in violation of rules protecting the Justice Department’s independence. The President declared the “court system” a threat to national security. And, his Attorney General, decided to attack the State of Hawaii by suggesting that it was only an island in the Pacific that halted a Presidential executive order to ban certain people from entering the United States. The President called NATO obsolete then reversed his position when the Head of NATO showed up at the White House. And Russia-Gate continues to live in the halls of Congress as quietly the Senate investigations are underway.

George Will has stated that Trump is the ‘Gatsby-for-our-Time’. And in making his point, he wrote, ‘”A dependence on the people,” James Madison wrote, “is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.’ He meant the checks and balances of our constitutional architecture. They are necessary because, as Madison anticipated and as the nation was reminded on Inauguration Day, “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” “Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history.”

In writing the ‘An Excess of Intellectual Emptiness’, Will stated, ‘What is most alarming about the president and his accomplices in the dissemination of factoids is not that they do not know this or that. And it is not that they do not know what they do not know. Rather, it is that they do not know what it is to know something.’

‘The Trump presidency’, Insana concluded, ‘in its early days, is already looking like a failed effort, one that uses gold paint to cover bronze trim.

It may also be used to make Trump rich again, even if it fails to make America great again.’

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64 Days And Counting

Seven years after the signing of the American Health Care Act, the stage was set to turn the tables.

But what happened was sarcastically stated by political scientist Ryan Enos, “in a hyper-partisan political climate, it’s actually an accomplishment to write legislation this unpopular.”

With a 17% approval rating, the Speaker of the House claimed he told the President to pull it. The President said no Democrats would back it. Unfortunately, as many times as he said that, more and more Republicans left the camp. They wanted no part of this bill. If they had finally agreed in what is becoming one of the most disorganized political parties in history, it would have been drastically changed in the Senate, been pushed back to the House where it would have been further watered down and some four months later, it would still be the hanging chad over all conversation in the Nation’s Capital.

So, what have we learned in the first 60 days of this new Presidency?

The overwhelming cloud hanging over this administration is Russian.
The second greatest cloud is familia patronage.
The third greatest cloud is refusing to learn political science.
And the fourth is the citizen’s acceptance of non-truths based on political preference.

A storm is gathering and the world is getting curiouser and curiouser.

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One Down. Forty-Seven To Go.

It is nearly impossible to look back and digest what has happened during the first few weeks of this Presidency. But here is an effort of President Trump’s First 50 Days:

And just during this past week,

◉ TrumpCare was announced in Congress.
◉ The President accused the former President of wiretapping him in Trump Tower.
◉ Speaker of the House Ryan Attempted to sell TrumpCare As A ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity’
◉ Many Republicans, along with Democrats opposed TrumpCare.
◉ WikiLeaks announced they would provide tech companies with CIA hacking tools.
◉ Trump’s revised the Travel Ban.
◉ Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) announced that former President Obama was running a ‘shadow government’.
◉ And, it was discovered that attorneys for Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, informed the incoming White House legal counsel during the transition that Flynn might need to register with the government as a foreign agent.
◉ Then there is the purge of 46 U.S. attorneys from the Justice Department.

All in a week’s work.

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Political Cornacopia Hellsappin & The Lilliputians

Even Olson & Johnson would be amazed. Mad Hatters all. Racing here. Going there. Racing everywhere under the direction of figure with orange hair spouting in the air. Things are happening with counter actions popping up everywhere like trying to hit the man in the hat in the hole with a heavy wooden mallet, too heavy to hit the target before it disappears. Then popping up to misdirect but just in time for the chasing press to crash into each other and before they can ask, there is another misdirection floating over there.

There…there…there…no over there.

There is a call for restrictions within our borders by a certain group that look a lot like a certain Middle Eastern religious order. There is a rising up by the people against that. Marching everywhere. Then a new nominee, while the marches continue in the streets not only in our country but overseas. There is the hanging up on a major ally during a telephone call by our head of state. And then nomination of a Secretary of reading and writing. Harrang….Harrang. She cannot spell. Apologize? Too? She’s not nominated for Secretary of State!

Fate…fate…fate…what will be our fate.

In comes the heads of countries, one after another. Another executive order permitting the Canadian oil pipe. The multi-lingual head of the Maple Leafers comes in, eloquent and standard-bearing, fitting for a king. No hype. Hoping he will not land in the fate as in Mexico. The organged-haired one stating, you are not like Mexico. ‘Oh Canada’ Relief. Then the head of the Rising Sun comes a calling and then flies down to Mar-A-Lago to play a round of golf to be seen gathering in a public space with the head of all that is good and seen talking about top secret information while everything blows up as the #1 security chief, flying everywhere, lands on to the resignation desk for not being forthcoming. Once retired, then fired now resigned and headed to committee hearings about to talk about what he knows to this date. What will be our fate?

You cannot make this up. Nope. You can not make this up.

Get on your bike. Go over there. Arnold’s a flop. No way to stop. Answer that. That’s fake news. No it’s not! There’s a tweet. My ratings were better than the Terminator feat. It’s a misdirection. There’s another tweet. The crowds were bigger. These are all lies. Tweet again. It’s the press’ fault. Who’s creating all the leaks? Bad press. Going another way. The baggy-eyed Madgabber, with a cacophony of sound, says everything is fine. She’s under investigation and now she is saying he’s resigned. The Press Sect in a wildly misdirect, saying he did, he didn’t and there will be no fall (not the season). But now the Madgabber while she’s is on FOX, then on MSNBC and now on ‘The Today Show’ asking, ‘What’s the fuss?’. When asked a question, she just repeats the same ol thing. No admission of fault. Nothing more than the party line. Which party?

A new party?

With new rules. With new people. With a lot of leaks.

The majority party is suddenly silent. The minority party is beginning to figure out that there is an opening. But it too is responding weakly.

The mighty Washington Post and New York Times are on the heels of the story. It is not new to them as there is a faint hint in the air that this could lead to a constitutional crisis. The mighty press is on the heels of the story. They are on the hunt to end all of this madness in glory.

Suddenly the music has stopped. The chairs have stopped moving. Everyone of the players have hunkered down.

Tonight will be better when the figure with orange hair begins his night with an avalanche of tweets as he’s ready to do his shadow fight, after he watches television for his news or appears of FOX News and then the entire political cornucopia hellsapoppin and the lilliputians start all over again.

Berma Shave!

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One Down, Two Hundred And Seven To Go.

In this the first week of holding office, the following occurred:
◎ Affordable Care Act
◎ Immigration and a border wall
◎ Voter fraud
◎ Requests new photos of Presidential Inauguration
◎ The environment and infrastructure
◎ Hiring freeze for federal workers
◎ Mexican President cancels planned visit
◎ Pushed Gas and Coal Boosting Plans
◎ New policy makes borrowing costs more expensive for homebuyers and labor costs more expensive for homebuilders.
◎ Announces group of business leaders and CEOs to be part of his “Manufacturing Jobs Initiative”
◎ United States reiterated our deep bond with Britain

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A Dow Look

On Tuesday, November 11, 2008, America went to the polls. The Dow closed at 8.692.96.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, America went to the polls. The Dow closed at 18.259.60.

On Tuesday, November 11, 2008, the University of Michigan consumer confidence index was 55.3.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the University of Michigan consumer confidence index was 91.6.

In October 2008, the Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 107.2 million full-time wage and salary workers were $720, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported.
In October 2016, the Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 112.8 million full-time wage and salary workers were $827, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported.
In October 2008, the medium household income was $50,303.
In October 2016, the medium household income was $57,929.

In October 2008, the average salary in the U.S. was $44,321.
In October 2016, the average salary in the U.S. was $50,000.

In October 2008, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 6.50%
In October 2016, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 4.60%.

In October, 2008, total car & truck sales in the U.S. were 834,723*
In October, 2016, total car & truck sales in the U.S. were 1.370,721

*October 2008
Under Tata, Jaguar and Land Rover have forsaken public disclosure in America. Buick, Mercury, Pontiac, and Suzuki all show sales that are just above half what they were last October. Cadillac, Chrysler, GMC, Hummer, Porsche, Saturn, and Volvo posted less than half the sales of October/2007. Arranged by their total sales, here’s the list of major automakers competing in the United States in October 2008 & 2016.

    2008 to 2016

Toyota: 135,818 to 161,116 (#3)
Scion: N/A to 376
Ford: 114,969 to 178,623 (#2)
Chevrolet: 107,313 to 181,964 (#1)
Honda: 75,756 to 113,292 (#4)
Dodge: 53,267 to 41,514
Dodge Ram: N/A to 49,443 (9)
Nissan: 49,833 to 102,312 (#5)
Jeep: 21,360 to 68,826 (#6)
GMC: 21,109 to 42,668
Hyundai: 20,820 to 61,304 (#7)
BMW: 20,203 to 24,017
Chrysler: 19,903 to 14,181
Mazda: 16,442 to 22,711
Lexus: 16,283 to 24,803
Volkswagen: 15,889 to 24,779
Kia: 15,483 to 48,977 (#10)
Mercedes-Benz: 14,996 to 31,383
Pontiac: 13,054 to N/A
Subaru: 12,917 to 53,760 (#8)
Acura: 10,108 to 12,869
Cadillac: 9,541 to 13,948
Saturn: 8,583 to N/A
Buick: 7,642 to 20,046
Mitsubishi: 7,486 to 7,637
Audi: 7,443 to 17,721
Lincoln: 7,399 to 9,069
Infiniti: 7,112 to 11,208
Mercury: 6,753 to N/A
Mini: 5,272 to 3,954
Volvo: 3,717 to 6,340
Suzuki: 3,482 to N/A
Saab: 1,975 to N/A
Porsche: 1,427 to 4,506
Hummer: 1,368 to NA
Alfa Romeo: N/A to 23
Bentley: N/A to 312
Fiat: N/A to 2,622
Genesis: N/A to 1,201
Jaguar: N/A* to 3,219
Land Rover: N/A* to 5,532
Maserati: N/A to 1,304
Smart: N/A to 418

What will history tell about this period?

What will the future bring?

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A Tisket A Tasket. Let’s Pic A Cabinet.

‘A tisket a tasket. Let’s pic a cabinet.
Picking people who have all the class.
And along the way he dropped it.’

Picking a cabinet pulls one in many directions. First there are the promises made to the people while campaigning. Second there are the promises made to the people who were in your inner circle. Third there are the obvious strong points of the various prospects. Fourth there are the promises of the party. Fifth, in this case, there are the promises of the family. Sixth, there are the reminders of those who were against you in the race. Seventh, there are the Congressional realities. Eighth there are the Senatorial realities (it takes 60% of the Senate to advise and consent to a Cabinet nominee). Ninth there are the public relations realities. Tenth, there are the believer’s base realities.

So, first step is to pick a cabinet. And much of the attention is paid to the selection for the Secretary of State. This is the diplomatic face of the nation abroad. This is the person who will be front and center all over the world reflecting the President’s policy.

This has been quite a scene as people of supposed importance have marched in and out of the golden towers in New York to visit with the President-elect. There was the venom spewing former ex-mayor of New York who has been the pitcher of vile for the campaign. His claim to fame is that he was be a favorite of the faithful. Another is a disgraced ex-general. There is a Senator from Tennessee who is head of the Foreign Relations Committee. There is another General who’s claim to fame is he has a son who was kicked off the staff of the President-elect. Then there is the former Party Presidential candidate. And of course, there have been more who have paraded to the golden tower on 5th Avenue.

But let’s concentrate on the ex-Governor of Massachusetts who hails from a tour as the head of the Salt Lake City Olympics. An early opponent of the President-elect, and a frequent critic most recently in the State of Nevada when he again denounced the soon to be President-elect, he is a man who has an affinity for doing good and serving the nation. His attempt at seeking the Secretary of State position would be a no-brainer in Congress. His selection would be praised by the Party. The President-elect’s faithful would be in a tar-and-feather mode. It got so bad that before his second appearance at the golden gates and dinner with the President-elect, the President-elect’s personal spewer of illogic positioning stated she didn’t understand why the former ex-Governor of Massachusetts was even coming back? She asked out loud, as only she can, ‘I don’t even know if he voted for the President-elect’?

Thus the fate of the man from Massachusetts was sealed. Clearly a clumsy sophomoric p.r. move by the ‘personal spewer of illogic positioning’ was a call-out of the President-elects intention NOT to hire the man who would be left out in a normal governmental position this time. But this time is no normal governmental organization. This is abnormal…or as the President-elect likes to call it, this is how the government will operate in the next four years.

Oh, there is that thing about challenging the voting count in three key States. But that doesn’t stand a chance of doing anything.

Then there is, of course, the reality that the President-elect didn’t win the popular vote. And it was not even close.

As of this week, the Democrats have accrued 65,250,000 total votes so far, compared to the President-elect’s 62,686,000, meaning at least 2,564,000 more Americans voted against the new President-elect. In other words, his opponent, the former Secretary of State won the popular vote.

In a variant of the second line in “I lost my yellow basket”, it says….

‘I dropt it, I dropt it,
And by the way I lost it.’

By the way, he lost it.

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