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November 18, 2016

Trump Transition and the Usual Blame Game

 

The long knives are being unsheathed at both ends of the elitist political scene, both Democrat and Republican establishment players, all in efforts to protect their critically threatened turfs. Those who have long suspected in a means of collusions between the duly entrenched of the two parties to defend their mutual interests are about to watch as the proof will be represented by the allied and mutual attack front put forth from both camps. Their target will be every last appointee and proffered candidate to fill out the cabinet and others in the thousands of positions President Elect Trump will be needing to fill by the time he takes the oath of office. We have already seen some of the attacks coming from the political spectrum presumably from both ends. There have been assaults on the suitability of John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani where remarkably they were both accused of warmongering and of displaying poor quality in their choices in previous positions they held. The proof was their unwavering support for Israel which was translated into attacking nations solely because they threatened Israel and not due to any threat they might pose against the United States. Oddly enough the nation given as the example was not the usual Iraq War but the support for bombing the nuclear sites of Iran as such only is a threat to Israel. I guess Iranians chanting every Friday “Death to America. Death to Israel,” and their referring to the United States as the Great Satan and Israel merely the Little Satan is evidence of their not being a threat to the United States but solely a threat to Israel. The inclusion of Rudy Giuliani was due to his having attended the 2012 Paris rally of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, an Iranian dissident group that was on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. Well sure, that makes him a neocon warmonger if ever there was one. Anyone caring to read Rachel Marsden’s reasoning can find it in this article titled, Trump Shouldn’t Choose a Neocon as Secretary of State. Needless to point out, she would likely also be against either of these solid conservatives from holding any appointment under a President Trump.

 

A group of Democrats have already called for an investigation and possible grand jury to look into members of President Elect Trump’s transition team as having broken campaign laws for having worked towards the election of Donald Trump should now forbid their working on his transition. Who, one might ask, would these people expect to work for the President elect’s transition team. Probably Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank would pass inspection but surely not any supporters of Donald Trump. Another group had come out against Trump calling into service anybody from Wall Street or who have held high office in any of the Fortune 500 Companies because of their ties to big business. These people solely want tried and true political appointees who are simply retreads of the very people who have gotten the United States twenty-trillion-dollars in debt and have been all but totally unable to balance a budget and then stick to that budget rather than break the back of the budget at the first opportunity to spend additional funds for the worst of reasons, to stimulate the economy from Washington D.C. If there is one thing we all should have learned by now, it is that no amount of spending from Washington D.C. will ever create as many jobs as cutting taxes an equal amount will cause. Monies from Washington D.C. always seems to have caveats and cut outs which result in political allies getting wealthy and the people becoming that much the poorer. Perhaps the time has come to try and run the Federal Government in Washington D.C. as a corporate board which meets to solve problems which are impeding progress at the state and local level and otherwise simply seek ways of trimming the Federal Government back to the barest of bones as possible. We all know that should the Federal Government outside of border enforcement, military defense budget, and foreign policy be cut by sixty percent that it would still mismanage just as well as it does now but would do so with much greater efficiency on each dollar spent.

 

John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank

John Bolton and Rudy Giuliani
Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank

 

A number of honest researchers and academics, yes such people do exist as Thomas Sowell and Ben Stein both have proven repeatedly, have sought for the entire Federal Government take each and every law and legislation previously passed and still enforceable, every single regulation written, and all other forms of Lawfare or enforceable code or related orders including every standing executive order to be reviewed. These Constitutionalists propose a simple test be applied, does it pass as Constitutional and if so under what Clause or Amendment. Anything surviving such review need undergo another test, does it impinge upon the restrictions of the Tenth Amendment. Anything found wanting is to be dissolved, repealed or otherwise stricken from the record. The governance that remains would find great pleasure and support from the common man. Of course we could never count on the government to all but slit its own throat thus such will never happen as long as the people are not demanding such. Still, to dream is one of the few pleasures which has yet to be regulated and taxed, but the government is most assuredly working to repair such oversight.

 

We can expect the assaults to rise after every name is floated, leaked or, dare it occur, actually be named as intended for a position in the Cabinet, Ambassador, Under Secretary or any of the myriad of positions; there will be a cacophonic clamoring in the media with editorialists, guest columnists, political expert testimonials and general discontent from letters to the editors not to mention the full page ads in the New York Times, the paper of record for such political shenanigans, discounting these individuals character, suitability for service, previous suspected faults, previous faults somehow gone unmentioned till now, reprehensible views, complete lack of a nuanced approach and potentially a general threat to the governance as we have known it. That last one in particular would be seen as a compliment and endorsement here at BTC. We could use a few people who call into question the current modes of operation in government and hopefully mix things up in such a way that some of the less necessary parts fall away, that would be wonderful. Still, the coming negativity will be double the norm as both party machines will be working overtime to tie President elect Trump and his coming administration into knots so tight that they never manage to fill a single position, especially Cabinet posts and then demand to know why the Administration was unprepared for what will come directly due to these pointed attacks aimed at subsuming any power or functionality from the White House.

 

Hopefully President elect Trump has researched how previous Presidents facing such universal opposition courted the necessary coalition of politicians in order to carry out the responsibilities of the Presidency. One of the earlier Presidents facing opposition unlike any President previous or since was President Lincoln but his resolute and severe actions would not be tolerated in today’s political climate. A President just as forceful but who played within the boundaries was President Truman. His down home charm, though many who opposed him might witness otherwise, and force of will came through and he has only gained in stature over time. President Lyndon Baines Johnson played hardball as well as having collected a lot of credits with members of Congress and was not above using brutish dirty politics when necessary and will not win you many friends, and Trump needs friends almost as badly as he needs allies. Then there was President Reagan who knew the art of a deal and also realized the most powerful weapon in any politician’s armory, the people. As long as a President can reach the people, something a President need not even rely on the mainstream media to accomplish today, and explain in simple, understandable terms what they desire to accomplish, the means by which they can reach those goals and how such will benefit the average man, then that President has his secret weapon, the will of the people supporting his programs. Yes, the media can play just as hard at that game and even attempt to twist, spindle and mutilate the President’s message sixteen ways come Sunday, but the President can reach the people in a manner even the media will find difficult to blunt. The President can even use the media fighting his proposals as a selling point with the electorate as divided as it appears to be today. Still, all a President needs is a decent start and some positive results. Nothing sells like success and we bet Donald Trump is as aware of that adage as we happen to be.

 

So, where can a President Trump turn for such victories which will help the average man and family across the nation even including the left and right coasts, or should we say the left and the other left coasts? The first and most obvious and the one place President Trump already has the support of the people, repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. The best ideas in this case are the most simple and direct measures. Simply propose that the few and best measures such as insurance companies cannot refuse coverage for preexisting or chronic conditions and set the increased percentage allowable for certain widespread conditions such as spinal injury, diabetes, HIV and maybe as many as a dozen such conditions. Further allow full portability of one’s health insurance and a deductibility of all healthcare costs including insurance premiums up to a set figure, perhaps five-thousand dollars. There could even be a set price for a simple plan which cover only major medical such as emergency room treatment provided further in hospital treatment is required such as being admitted or setting a broken bone or other trauma or injury treatment but not to allow use of an emergency room as your physician to treat colds, flu and other minor medical needs, cover surgical procedure, cancer treatments and other major medical needs. This once was exactly what medical insurance was for coverage and everything else was one’s personal responsibility but government and work provided insurance pushed such cost effective measures off the road and replaced such with expensive regulations, paperwork, government mandates and soon medical costs were beyond reason. Finally, allow insurers to sell their insurance in any state once they offer plans across any state lines. Provide coverage in two states your plans are available to any state you wish to offer coverage while insurers wishing to take advantage of situation is one state or a few choice states can restrict their own areas of coverage but the states will no longer control who may offer insurance and as long as an insurer meets federally set minimal coverage, they will be able to be licensed in any state. Increasing competition should control prices bringing to an end the spiraling health insurance and hospital fees. Another ready to roll would be a tax simplification and reduction proposal. Such would also stimulate the economy and show results within a few months. If presented in a proper format then taxes on industry, corporations, companies and a rollback on regulations which stifle business coordinated with a simplification and reduction in taxation of the regular tax payer might get an entire package through Congress. Such easier to press through accomplishments could be used as their advantages begin to be evidenced to gain popular support for other needful legislation. One of the main items from day one must be the liberation of the energy industry from the oppressive regulations often pressed through by fiat of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or by Executive Order. Both forms of restrictions can be removed just as easily as they were imposed and completing the Keystone Pipeline would be a jobs program in and of itself. Drilling permits should also be issued as should fracking and allowing BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and limited Park Service lands for grazing would also give farmers and ranchers greater freedom to expand and better serve the people. Environmental restrictions which have unfairly favored solely the electric car for the benefit largely of General Electric and a few heavy political donors and have all but destroyed the development of the hydrogen powered vehicle should be repealed and the playing field leveled allowing all alternative fuels and sources for power to gain share of market equal to the quality and desirability of their product. These are but a few of the areas where government does not belong and time has long been coming where the entrepreneur is released from the shackles placed on too many industries by government.

 

The environment will be damaged will be the cry of the leftists. They will decry the sins of the United States ignoring the transgressions of many scales of magnitude more damaging by China, Brazil and much of the developing world. If they truly desire that the United States improve the carbon footprint of the world, they should be calling for programs where obsolete environmentally cleansing technologies are replaced in the coal, oil, gas and other power generation plants and taken by the government to be provided and installed on power plants in nations who have no such pollution treatment and mitigation technologies. Having lived long enough to remember chokingly bad air days in Los Angeles, seeing the brown inverted bowl over Denver coming down from Ft. Collins and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland as it burned in August of 1969 and reading that year of the death of all fish in Lake Erie. All the above mentioned problems are ancient history and there are fish in Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River has been cleaned and air quality across the United States is excellent by comparison. China had to all but close down the entire area for more than three weeks when they hosted the Olympics so as to provide breathable air for the games and the athletes; otherwise, the air quality would have affected their performances and their general health. That is a reality which need be repaired. There were similar restrictions for the Rio de Janeiro games held recently. There is much which can be accomplished with simple, ready to install technological upgrades which Western companies, especially those of the United States, could be provided using older technologies which are obsolete in Western nations but would benefit developing nations. The same can be done for potable water supplies and virtually every area of environmental technology. As such technology proceeds making older technology obsolete and it is being replaced, the old technology should be made available to developing nations and could be a central part of assistance to these nations bringing them into the developed world and improving their standard of living. Innovative thinking and planning are friends and the means to making friends, and who doesn’t need more friends?

 

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May 3, 2015

Baltimore Mother Who Showed She Cared

 

One Baltimore Mother, Toya Graham, upon seeing her sixteen-year-old son on the television coverage throwing rocks at police instead of in school took her parenting skills up a notch and intervened getting him out of the streets during the rioting. Where her technique might be debated, her love leading her to act was shown to the world. Toya Graham is being lauded and has been interviewed endlessly many of which can be found on You Tube attached as recommended viewing from our embed for those who may not have witnessed Toya Graham as she applied some negative reinforcement and the loving and caring reaction pushing her to some extreme parenting. Immediately following find the video of her actions caught on the streets of Baltimore during the riots.

 

 

 

 

Where we cannot actually commend her methods we also refuse to condemn them as often a parent understands the degree to which they may need to go to correct behavior of their child, especially teen age children. We most certainly hope and keep our prayers with Ms. Graham that she not be dragged into the mire that Social Services can put a parent through should they perceive that their style and tactics in correcting a child does not meet there esoteric guidelines which emphasize using reason and persuasion and never ever, no matter the circumstance, resort to physical assaults when conveying displeasure with one’s child’s actions. Personally, we would prefer to witness more parents willing to risk everything to correct their child thus using an intervention at the time of the action when possible or as immediately after any undesired action applying whatever you have found works best when communicating such corrections. If the mothers of only ten percent took to the streets to apply some degree of parental intervention and guidance preferably at as early a stage as possible and at every juncture which appears that some corrective actions are required, then we would probably see far less rioting and matters would be easier for law enforcement to police and shut down violent rioters. Unfortunately there are so many busybody agencies which extend from Humane Social Services or from the school system through teacher interventions, counselor advisement and other administrative forced guidance interventions or from somewhere out of the blue government program into whose clutches one might fall. I realize how much a parent can be up against from raising one of the most wonderful and brilliantly successful self-motivated and among the high-achievers of her generation who has put herself through college while working and gone beyond a Bachelor’s Degree and achieved several licensing certificates which have aided her advancement and the fact that she developed her potential and at the same time displayed her devoted service to a single company building her record of achievements while advancing from entry level through to management and almost beyond the cusp of entry management into middle and even upper management as she also has shown an interest in attempting to get her MBA in her specialty. Still, there was a series of difficulties encountered where the school system was distressed and expressed their concerns and even recommended that my wonderful and yet individual and creative daughter be placed on medications simply so they could put her into some special pigeon hole from which the school system would receive additional funding for having another special needs student. Fortunately intervention prevented their prescribing some psychotropic drug at the advice of meetings held between her teacher and a counselor noting certain undescribed but classified as troubling behaviors which would require her being put on medication. Thank Hashem that parental consent was still required a few decades back; it is frightening to think what is being done to our children by school systems.

 

The intervention of schools in parenting children where they place in the minds of children that they need not listen to their parents, that they have rights to watch television, have a cell phone, text instead of interact at the dinner table, eat what and when they please and how parents are there simply to provide for you and if they attempt any discipline, just tell your teacher or counselor and they will bring Child Protective Services down on your parent and that situation will be resolved to the child’s satisfaction. The only advice I can give parents, should Child Protective Services representative appear at your front door they will try whatever it takes to force their way past your front door and into your home; do not at any time permit them past your portal as once they gain entry they then have every right to act ‘in the best interest’ of your child. They are actually acting in the best interest of the state in furthering the forcing of your child into their assigned pigeon hole where they will learn to love big brother. Simply remember at all times that your child is the most precious of life’s treasures and their freedom to be who they wish to be is your war to be fought to allow them that path and not necessarily the path the government has decided is best. Our children are still ours for as long as a parent can prove control of situations which may arise, but keep such situations and their treatment on your application, never the state’s application. Only in the case of a felonious or extremely dangerous misdemeanor should you possibly do the best you are able to remain in the loop concerning your child. All these little items must be performed by both parents as it takes two to bring forth a new life, except in Britain where they now allow for three parent children as by introducing additional proteins, DNA strips and mitochondria into the embryo there can be advantages to resist diseases or correct for other abnormalities producing a superior child. Where this slippery slope will take us is something we will only see the results down the road ten, twenty or even thirty years. Who knows, they may know what it is they are doing or they may be playing with alterations which may prove to have been beyond the cusp and into the weird world previously found only on the very strange and twisted Island of Doctor Moreau.

 

Meanwhile, if the rioters had simply waited a few days they would have found that the city was going to hold those responsible with the unfortunate death of a 25-year-old African-American, Freddie Gray, whose spine was snapped in custody of the Baltimore Police facing charges of murder. This was to be the result of their internal investigation. Did the rioting affect their deliberations and perhaps pushed the authorities to seek prosecution? Possibly, but that will remain something we can never know. The rioting may have little to do with the pursuit of justice as it does with plain old hooliganism and for some the free stuff which can be taken using the rioting as a cover for their acts of theft, plain and ordinary theft. The damage in Baltimore has been horrific and grown disproportionally by the reaction to each case as they have broken into mass criminal behavior. From spotty bits of coverage I have caught the main subject has been around how these rioters have been left out by society and that inner-city life is so hard and that many of the rioters are the product of a failed school system and failures by the city government. The suggested solution being discussed, I would guess to be the need to invest more into the school system and provide other constructive activities where the city needs to invest in the future. Isn’t all investments made to produce their results in the future? I mean there is no way that I can think that an investment can be made as an investment in the past. Oddly enough, the one item the Baltimore City Government could do, would be to make efforts to make large areas of the city into special tax zones where taxes paid by employers would be cut in half permanently providing their employees are predominantly from within the city. The kinds of industry sought would be those willing in working with the city school system which could be partnered in giving students specific training required to be productive in a variety of areas and expertise. Having such programs might also provide the impetus for some youths to find an area where they were interested in pursuing training at a higher level thus the school could provide the necessary education preparing children to chase their dreams, but also to provide jobs.

 

Still, there is the question of where will these riots lead? The pattern has been obvious where there has been the death of a youth usually by a Caucasian police officer under questionable situations which leads to protest and eventually rioting, arson, theft and vandalism. The real question people across the United States are having is what the odds are of their city being targeted with such unrest. Every major city is simply the pull of a policeman’s trigger and that city could implode into riots which might grow to the point of general civil unrest requiring the use of the National Guard troops. Calling in the National Guard might be simply setting up the next confrontation which could produce such an increase in the level of the rioting to the point where each city involved in rioting would spread the riots to the next city causing a chain effect spreading rioting across the country. The possibility of such an escalation will increase as the summer weather gets hotter and hotter. As far as the United States is concerned, is the potential for a repeat of the summer of 1968 leading up to the Democrat Convention. The effects of the rioting of that summer are still not totally repaired and likely never will be restored. Some cities managed to utilize the destruction to renovate and completely change the face of the center city. These were the miraculous success stories where the almost dead center city was renovated and even transformed into a place which was desirable. They included shopping areas with walking paths and bicycle and rollerblade lanes but no vehicular traffic. Mixed into these shopping areas were apartment buildings and townhomes and a short distance easily reachable by mass transit there was an industrial park. The one other major change these cities did was to lower residential, industrial, land, property and sales taxes. It may have taken few years but with their patience the new lower tax rates were doing exactly as first predicted, it returned vibrancy to the city and was returning more revenue than had been predicted in most cases. Unfortunately, some cities simply were incapable of making a transition when the riots broke out and some simply boarded up the damaged areas and limped forward with the memories of the destruction forever left almost as if it were a museum exhibit. As far as what is in store this summer, well, if this spring is any kind of indicator then the United States is in for a long, hot raging summer of discontent. Perhaps some forms of entertainment and show some progress in attracting businesses which creates jobs and thus present two paths, one the old school and the other new school and the new system where the education system works hand-in-hand with the education as explained earlier. Still, the single most important thing that is required is the lowering of taxes across the board as without making the grounds and situation attractive and desirable to investors, builders, industries and individuals no financial investments will occur. If you lower the taxes they will come, come to build, come and invest, come and produce, come to sell, and most of all, come to live life.

 

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March 22, 2012

The Two Things the Next President Must Believe

When I look at the different Republican contenders from among who President Obama’s opponent will come I am unsure if any of them have what will be necessary to renew the United States back into America, the hope for the world. I have my idea which one comes closest, but this article is not about whom I think is the man but about what whoever becomes the next President of the United States must understand, believe, and use as their driving force in implementing any plan. The next President must be fully aware of the world and the threats posed by the various situations. The next President must have a complete understanding of the coming threat Islam poses as they are on the cusp of initiating Islam’s third great push to conquer the world for Allah. The next President must also be fully aware that Government cannot repair what is wrong in America because it is the government which ails America. The next President must have a plan to take many of the current functions performed by government and push them off the government table back into the private sectors where they formerly resided. Government needs to release the death-grip it has on what used to be addressed through religious institutions and charities and return these to those institutions where it relies upon the people to sacrifice of their own accord and not through forced taxation. The next President must make divorcing the Federal Government from as many avenues of interference in the lives of the average citizen and return the government to the simple responsibilities which were granted it in the Constitution.

 

The next President will be facing a two headed threat from Islam with one head being led by Shiite Iran and the other head by the Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood which will control either through direct election or alliance much of Sunni Islamic nations. Europe will be so deeply looking inward due to their looming financial crises that they will either be of little assistance or very possibly fall under the influence of an allied Islamic and International Socialist movement. Both China and Russia will take a stand off position while arming the Islamic nations fueling their attempts to become the new dominant force in the World Politic. We are already witnessing the slow alignment taking place between Iran and numerous nations in South America, Central America, and even North America in Mexico. They will use these alliances and any bases of operation for either their elite forces or their terror proxies to infiltrate and attack the United States. The next President is going to have to forge an alliance which can address these threats both directly where possible and in covert manners in a new theater of warfare which terrorism will allow to be implemented. This will require more military spending, not less and will also require a goodly portion of such spending to be placed into covert operations not all of which will be allowed to be budgeted in the open as their ability to operate in stealth will be an absolute necessity. The onslaught against our capitalistic system and freedoms are about to face a threat every bit as dangerous as the Cold War and, if my fears are correct, much more intense and mostly waged by small operations teams committing high impact and causality terror attacks which may not appear to be coordinated mainly due to the fact that not all of them will be coordinated, they will be the lone wolf type attack, completely unpredictable. This next challenge to the United States and freedom will be a trying and intense conflict.

 

This leads to one of the reasons that the government absolutely must begin to divorce itself from the social support programs and turn these back over to the religious and civic organizations which handles such for the majority of American history. These religious and private sector groups are more efficient and adaptable to the different situations that may be found in the neighborhoods throughout the country because they are locally directed rather than centrally controlled as the overseeing regulatory agencies the Federal Government is fond of setting in place. As more of the charge for caring for those in need is passed back to the people, taxes can be reduced and with such the tax code will be able to be simplified. Many other systems which over the years have been confiscated from the local control and usurped into the Washington bureaucracy will be able to be returned to the control of the people most affected by these systems. The largest and most urgent should be the education of our children. Nobody can make a case that our educational system has improved since the formation of the Department of Education but, I bet a good case could be made proving the opposite. It is time to decentralize much of our governance and return to having the vast number of concerns taken care of and tailored at the local level. This will allow the people to have input and will allow for each area to try what they think is best, and should some areas find the magic bullet to any problem, then everybody can decide if it would help their situation and utilize those things found to work best. We cannot continue with this one size fits all dictates from on high in Washington DC because Big Brother does not always, or even usually, know best. The next President could very well end up on Mount Rushmore should he be able to decentralize much of the current Federal Government minimizing Washington’s oversight and control and in turn shrink the Federal Government into something we all can live with and actually afford. We all know by now that the monster growing inside the beltway, which has actually spread outside of the beltway and now reaches all the way to West Virginia, is out of control and can no longer accomplish the tasks it was originally supposed to accomplish because it has way too many distractions and frivolous programs, not to mention that most programs are duplicated at least once and some exist across numerous agencies all repeating the same steps and simply getting in each other’s way. Simplify, shrink, and send the powers home should be the campaign theme for the next President and we had better hope they mean that.

 

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