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November 13, 2017

Rape, Sexual Harassment and Feminist Hypocrisy

 

Let us all admit this right up front, Harvey Weinstein was and probably still is a pig and a disgusting one at that. He deserves much of the scorn for his practices and using other human beings as sex objects, toys even. We should also accept that he operated in this fashion in a time when such was more of a common practice than today and was almost alive during times when slaves existed in many places around the globe openly. If we were to be complete honest about this practice, then we should expect to have much, if not most, of Hollywood, producers, major stars and starlets and to be sure, male and female sexual predators alike. But that is simply Hollywood and the sexual harassment and worse produced as matter of fact coin of the realm.

 

What about one who preached modesty for women, proper behavior and restraint for women, unbecoming clothing to hide the female form all so men would not act like the sexual predatory animals they presumably are and then acted exactly as one of those predatory animals men presumably are? Should the feminist lobby and membership be outraged or understanding as this presumably honorable man has been accused of acting boorishly, committing rape and taking advantage of his position of power and influence in order to take advantage of women who trusted him. The man holds and has held prestigious positions such as a former Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and also teaches at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford, is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar, and the Université Mundiapolis in Morocco plus is also a senior research fellow at Doshisha University in Japan and is a Swiss academic, philosopher and writer. Since the accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up with some of the women unknowns, a few women of stature have also brought accusations that in their youth when they were not accomplished, they had been victims of this illustrious man of religion.

 

The man in question, as you have all probably recognized already, is Tariq Ramadan, the Islamic Imam extraordinaire of Europe and as much loved and respected by the seculars of Europe as he is by Muslims the world over. The allegations against Tariq Ramadan must be addressed seriously just as they would be inspected with all seriousness were this a cleric of another religion. Imagine how seriously women would be taken if they were to come forward with similar charges against one of the Catholic Bishops or Cardinals claiming that as a priest they had molested and raped these women in their youth or if high clergy of a protestant church or respected Rabbi were accused of these same charges. In any of these cases, the women would be canonized by the Feminist Movement and these Christian or Judaic clergy, religious men would not be permitted an ounce of sympathy and would be held accountable and their accusers believed just as have the charges against Harvey Weinstein. It has taken Oxford University a number of weeks before deciding to influence Tariq Ramadan to take a leave of absence until these matters have been cleared. The basic response in Europe has been to treat him with kid gloves and accuse the women of slander and protest their absurd and contemptible accusations against such a man who stands above reproach.

 

Islamic Imam Extraordinaire of Europe Tariq Ramadan

Islamic Imam Extraordinaire of Europe Tariq Ramadan

 

Did we miss the demand that we return to the 1950s or earlier where a woman accusing a man of rape was ridiculed and charged with asking for it or is this a unique case where the person accused is absolved due to their religious orientation granting automatic immunity against such charges. To claim that Tariq Ramadan cannot be held to the same standards as other men is to support the Islamic claim that if a woman was raped, then she deserved it unless she can produce four men to support her claims and were witness to such an act. There would never be four men who would claim to have witnessed such an act as rape and not intervened to prevent such an abhorrent act, thus the women could never produce sufficient witness to uphold her wild accusations. Tariq Ramadan would be dismissed as innocent and his accusers stoned in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and much of the Islamic world. In reality, no woman would dare bring such charges in a Muslim nation, as they would know they were risking their own lives with such an accusation. To bring a charge such as these against a man of the stature and position of Tariq Ramadan would be certain death. Fortunately, these women are in the Western World and thus are not risking their lives, only their reputations.

 

But will being in the Western World make their accusations any more productive or will they be discarded as foolish women who should have known and expected such treatment from Tariq Ramadan meeting him in a private location without witnesses. They must have known that being alone with a Muslim man would drive his sexual desires beyond his abilities to control his actions. What were they thinking, one meeting him alone in a hotel room, she had to realize that he was inviting her to his own little den of iniquity. Meeting him alone anywhere, his office at Oxford, a meeting room at an Islamic Center, any location unsupervised would simply be an invitation to do with them as he pleased and he pleased to please them, or himself. These were Muslim women and one admitted to meeting him unveiled and wearing close fitting Western clothing which was in fashion, she had to be temporarily insane to agree to meet dressed thusly. These other students, they were likely improperly dressed to be meeting a Muslim man alone in an unobserved and remote location. The Quran warns women not to place themselves around Islamic men in any place or situation where the men might act animalistic as this is a temptation which no man can resist. Tariq Ramadan is being charged with being a man, a normal man under Islamic belief and as such, he could not be expected to withhold his desires and lusts in the presence of such temptresses. Obviously, the officials and public throughout Europe are well versed in all things Islamic and have already reached their verdict, Tariq Ramadan was acting as a man and these women are to blame for his actions against them as they were asking for it. They placed candy before an infantile mind and the child-man simply took the candy, what did they expect. If these women honestly believe that Tariq Ramadan did something untoward to them, maybe they should go back and consider the stress and irresistible temptations they placed before him and the terrible situation they imposed tempting him in such an unholy manner. To have expected anything different than what they received was simply ignorance and after all, would not any women accepting such a meeting with Tariq Ramadan be doing so knowing the result and secretly desiring such an end? We must understand that these women had glanced the beatific aura and rugged handsomeness that was Tariq Ramadan (see image below) and were taken by his radiance as well as the powerful positions he held and importance in the Islamic World, it is no wonder they sought to tempt him so shamelessly.

 

Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan

 

The end of this series of events, or fiasco depending on one’s predisposition, is still something we will need patience to wait and then ascertain. The initial reading of the tea leaves would indicate that Tariq Ramadan will lose some of his sheen but still be considered a radiant and brilliant person above reproach in the finer societies of Europe and for the leftists in the United States. He might lose his position at Oxford but is more likely to be granted a sabbatical to return to somewhere in the Middle East to further his studies only to make a triumphant return in a year to eighteen months. The women will be insisted to be more reserved and to reconsider their charges. Most will be glad to escape this circus intact and not permanently labeled as a woman without morals, as an easy woman. Hopefully, some will stick to their guns and perhaps receive support from some more prominent women, possibly Muslim women of prominence with a similar story from their past and Tariq Ramadan. There must be some Muslim woman who he demanded favors for a recommendation early in their career. Such a woman making an accusation would be risking becoming a pariah in the Islamic World and be without any support from the Islamic World. They would be signing their own death act should they return to the wrong country in the Middle East, North Africa or anywhere where Sharia is enforced. They would be best advised to avoid many of the Muslim neighborhoods where they enforce their own laws in Europe, the United States or elsewhere in the world. They would no longer be acceptable should they bring down a Muslim man for sexual misconduct as such so rarely exists in the Islamic World as to be considered an impossibility, something one would probably never witness in their lives. These women would become ostracized and face the wrath of Allah according to most Imams. This is the risk each of these women who have made accusations is already facing and that alone adds credence to their claims. The result of these claims and possible future claims will be interesting to watch, not so much the actions in Europe and the United States but throughout the Islamic World, that is where change is necessary and the reaction to this fiasco, as it is currently playing out, will tell us much about the future of the Muslim World, and thus the rest of the world as well.

 

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September 15, 2017

How to Kill Two with One Stone

 

If your aim is to cripple the United States and destroy its healthcare system with one idea, the left-wing of the Democrat Party is your place to be. If a Single-Payer Government Healthcare System is your desire, then the government will become almost exclusively a health care organization and abrogate all its other responsibilities. We are going to hear one lie repeated over and over during this debate quite often with a different nation place at the closure of the statement. Backers of the plan will claim, “Government run healthcare is used in every major Western nations and it works so well; just look at how well it works in (place your European nation of choice here). The problem is it has not worked in any nation without consequences, and the world cannot afford for the United States to fall for this trap and become just another collapsing European country. Inspecting each nation which has adopted Government Healthcare and some specifics become apparent to those wishing to see the truth.

 

The first and probably most important item of note is none of these nations has a decent military which could respond to any external threat. This has worked for Europe simply because they have NATO and NATO means the United States. Should the United States become just like Europe, then the entirety of the Western World becomes defenseless. That would leave Europe completely open to invasion by any of a number of enemies who do not care about their citizens but do care about their military forces. This brings to mind Russia, China and Iran right off the top of our heads. And as Iran has stated their desire to bring Europe to its knees bowing before Shia Islam, why not just invite them in and start the mass conversions and beheadings now. Why wait for the inevitable should there be no United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines? Allow the United States to fall for the Succubus of National Healthcare and she will become as weak as (place your European nation of choice here).

 

The main reason within the United States is the amount that taxes will need to be raised in order to have what will amount to Medicare for all. The first hurdle will be to get all the individual hospitals, physicians, clinics, HMO’s, PPO’s, EPO’s, POS’s and other various health plans to take Medicare style lowest cost for procedure payments. There will need at some point to pass a law which will make providing, receiving or paying for any form of healthcare outside the system to be heavily taxed. This will prevent the Middle Class from opting out of making the necessary payment into Medicare to belong and in its stead buying private healthcare at a private, government independent health providing system. This will never be made completely illegal, as the wealthiest five percent will still require their own competent best possible healthcare without traveling to Israel, India, Brazil or Mexico to receive their healthcare.

 

Meanwhile, the fee for receiving Medicare will start creeping upward leaving many elderly it was supposed to care for out in the cold without even basic care outside of Emergency Rooms. Taxes will also increase lowering the standard of living with every increase. The final stages will require the government to cut other programs in order to pay for healthcare costs which will continue to rise. The first cuts will endanger the military of the United States until the Navy becomes a shore patrol venture, the Air Force will fly only coverage of the United States skies, the Army and Marines an internal security force, the National Guard and Coast Guard will be absorbed into the Marines and Navy respectively and the Border Patrol absorbed into the Army. With time, even these will be drawn down to the point that the United States will barely be capable of guarding her borders.

 

 

After eviscerating the military and public Federal Protective Services, the government will begin to look elsewhere for funds. The Park Service, other social programs, anywhere and everywhere will become vulnerable and all the while, the quality of healthcare will fall. The physician pay will slowly be eaten away until nobody desires to become a physician, especially a surgeon or other specialist while nursing schools will become empty of students and healthcare will bleed and the number of places providing care will be eroded. Hospitals will be the first to close their emergency services and then their doors entirely. That will be the slow death of even the lowest denominator of decent care and the price will continue to skyrocket. Eventually the government will be forced to restrict service allowing only the most life threatening surgeries and other special services. Diagnostics will revert to the least expensive procedures and many actual diseases such as cancers will go undetected until far too late. Mortality figures will steadily climb and life expectancy steadily decline.

 

All of this will come at an ever-increasing cost with rising deductibles used as a way to discourage the use of the services which remain. When something is presumably provided for free, then it will be used to the point of abuse and beyond. This has been proven beyond debate using many government programs as the proof. Once the Federal Government ruled that all hospitals that receive government funds, that included Medicare and Medicaid and Veterans programs, were required to provide health services, particularly emergency room services, regardless of ability to pay for services, emergency rooms were swamped and hospitals who provided clinical services to the public found these clinics were used to replace normal physician visits costing hospitals from tens of thousands to tens of millions annually. Much of these care billings were passed by the Federal Government to the individual states who often were well behind or simply defaulted. What became basically free health care is what drove the hospital crisis threatening many hospital closings. This is one example of government health care and the inability to cover such costs. Another pair of prime examples are Veterans Hospitals and health care as well as Native American health care systems. Does anybody honestly believe that within a decade the same problems will not permeate any single payer government health care system?

 

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

 

Former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (Democrat from Montana) told NBC News “I just think the time has come. Back in ’09, we were not ready to address it. It would never have passed. Here we are nine years later; I think it’s time to hopefully have a very serious good faith look at it.” He subsequently added, “I started out by saying everything is on the table. But I did make an exception and that was single-payer. I said, nope, we’re not going to put single-payer on the table. Why? In my judgement, America was just not there … It’s branded as socialistic by too many people.” Baucus was the main centrist Democrat around which the Democrat opposition to Single Payer Government Health Care had been anchored. With his new position, these few remaining centrist Democrats no longer have anyone to take their position and hold the line. This would likely mean that the entirety of the Democrats in both houses of Congress will support the plan which Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren plan on submitting in the Senate this fall as the way of saving the nation from Obamacare. This is just one more prime example of the Congress creating a problem just to take more power and completely ruin what they first damaged beyond repair. How turning all of health care over to the same people who destroyed the best system for coming up with new drugs, treatments and cures the world has known for the past two centuries will improve it rather than bring its destruction is beyond us. The Democrats by voting as if they were a single block represented by their most-extreme leadership probably in history will only need approximately twenty-five Republicans in the House of Representatives and three in the Senate. With John McCain and his cohorts of “Never Trump” Senators consisting of about a half dozen, the Senate passing such a measure is assured, the House might be a little closer but as it appears that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan seeming to be colluding with the Democrats, the House would also likely pass such and that is the story if the people of America do not wake up fast and scream until the mountains crash. Without a popular uprising, single payer government health care, just like in Europe, will destroy the United States and leave the Western World all but defenseless.

 

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July 18, 2017

How Trump Economy and Entire Program is Being Undermined

 

Jobs are picking up, the percentage of work-age adults in the work force is rising, unemployment is steadily dropping, consumer confidence is rising steadily, stock market is climbing, wholesale purchasing is on the increase and yet the economic output figures are glued in place or dropping and the dollar remains frozen or dropping against most other currencies. To many this just does not make any sense whatsoever as with all indicators rising, why are these last two frozen or dropping? It is as if something is falsely holding them down and preventing the economy from rocketing into the stratosphere. So, we seek as to where can we look to find something which could possibly be doing this and the one glaring figure we can find is that the previous economy was far worse than was reported and had been inflated and now they are deflating the bubbles created in order to make the economy appear even marginally healthy or at least less sickly. Again, we need to look into the bowels of the government as well as at an individual group of bankers headed by Janet Yellen called the Federal Reserve, an agency which is independent from the government but not from politics and though it was set-up to be kept under watchful eye of Congress has instead become another tool of the left most fringes of the Democrat Party, though do not expect anybody to admit such. The Federal Reserve is holding $4.5 trillion of United States debt which is unsecured. This debt was taken out by the Administration of President Obama and placed in banks as stimulus. The banks could not even give the money away, let alone have it be taken out in loans. This loan is being siphoned off by the Federal Reserve from the main loaning banks, which removes loanable money on hand and will be a steady drain on the economy. Of course this is exactly what was the plan should the Republican take the White House, simply siphon off gains in the economic picture to repay the debts made by the Democrats to boost the economic picture falsely during their time in the White House. The Federal Reserve has simply become another tool used almost exclusively by the Democrat Party and will definitely be used against President Trump as to some extent both parties see him as a usurper.

 

There was just a little bit of fibbing going on during the campaign for reelection and continued throughout President Obama’s second term whereby the figures of unemployed were defined so as to exclude the larger part of those without work by simply claiming they had left the job market. This caused the workforce participation percentage to drop but that was barely a statistic that anybody knew existed outside economics circles and thus was far less reported than the unemployment numbers. Now large numbers of those formerly considered not part of the workforce are returning and getting employed which has resulted in an increase in the percentage of those in the workforce but had kept the unemployment figures seemingly locked in place ever so slowly dropping. That works such that the news can claim that Trump is not doing anything about unemployment while ignoring the jump in the percentage of employable adults in the workforce as that number is still ignored this time because it makes President Trump look good just like it was ignored when it was used to make President Obama’s unemployment numbers from growing and would have made Obama look bad, so squelch it with that statistic. So this is one place where the reporting by leaving out the workforce participation is again painting a false picture of the economy, which is booming far more than being let on in the media. But the people gaining decent jobs know what the reality is as do their friends and relatives and the increased economic activity has touched virtually every working-class family and this will bode well for Trump and the Republicans come elections, both 2018 and 2020.

 

To complete much of the vital work on charging-up the economy, Republicans in Congress need to complete the work by any means necessary on tax reform, vital and complete tax reform, which requires starting by throwing out the entire tax books and starting from scratch. Patching the system will not work as that will simply further complicate the tax law and make it easier for using the IRS as a weapon as the codes are far too complicated and includes more than necessary contradictory codes and rules. On some of the more intricate deductions or allowances, should one call the IRS help-lines, supposedly the most knowledgeable people knowing the tax codes, twice, you are likely to end up with two differing results which in many ways contradict one-another. There are complications such as these which permit businesses to be targeted by the IRS as well as individuals and also for many wealthy to cut their taxes often claiming overlapping deductions so that expenditures are listed in more than one category thus taking a double exemption on these often large investment losses or other expenditures which results in them paying far less than they actually should owe. This is why the tangled web of rules and regulations has been permitted to remain for decade after decade despite all the promises to simplify the tax code. They never simplified the tax code, they just simplified the short-form and standard deduction forms such that it appears that tax reform was conducted. Put simply, it was a deceitful flim-flam. They made a two-page form fit on one page and thus claimed they had remade the tax code when they had honestly done nothing. Then there was the President Clinton tax cut where they cut the amount of withholding which gave everybody more in their paycheck and also made it that those very same people received a far lower tax return or owed the IRS at the end of the year because what was given by one hand was taken back by the other as nothing was done to the tax law, they just adjusted the withholding end percentages to allow you your money now only to take it from your grasp later.

 

Another threat to the economy and to many medium to small sized companies which employ over fifty-some employees and are unable to reduce staff to under fifty, say like a gardening company; which offers yearly packages which includes spring and fall preparation of the lawn and garden, mowing service in the spring-summer-fall with prompt snow removal including vehicle clearing in the winter and other such seasonal services such as twice yearly gutter cleaning and heat-pumps’ and airconditioners’ filter cleaning twice yearly with a customer base which requires a minimum of sixty full-time year round employees and the addition of twenty to thirty spring-summer-fall employees; such faces the ObamaCare enforcement coming this January which will place a burden on the company forcing them to reduce staff and form a secondary company to handle certain functions which hires another group of the original company’s employees thus everyone retains their job and salary with one or the other company. Such restructuring requires getting licenses and qualifying for certain government mandates to perform the company’s work plus insurance for the new company and all the government hoops , bars and other government requirements, bonding everybody and countless other details just to remain in business. This does not even cover the cost of new uniforms, convincing customers that this new company was required because of ObamaCare regulations thus they were forced to split the company and who coveres what and this second company was subordinate to the original company and will act with the same professionalism and if you liked your pool boy or lawn mowers, then you can keep your pool boy and lawn mowers and the two companies will work to guarantee continuation of all services. We are sure that we have left much out required and necessary to circumvent the onus of ObamaCare. Others might simply meet the somewhat ridiculous insurance demands required by ObamaCare, which presents its own set of challenges and costly requirements. The Congress could take huge strides simply by passing legislation which pushes the applications of ObamaCare back yet one more or two more years giving themselves and the public the needed time to forge a new and workable system and present it correctly and with succinct and accurate information on exactly what is required and making sure not to sell the new program with a basket full of lies as was ObamaCare and this time have the rallying cries be honest and sound more like, “we kept the best and removed the rest,” or “This time around, you will like how it sounds,” or finally, “This time you’ve seen it before we pass what’s in it.” And what would be the plan, you ask? We can give a suggestion and a place from which to find a model next.

 

Congress could develop a minimal coverage system for any insurance company desiring to be within the system. The coverage should include twice-yearly visit to dentists, four times visits to your contact physician, wellness care, vaccinations, certain drugs which would be the most used for injuries and recovery from surgery and other wellness drugs. The system would also cover emergency room care with a requirement that the patient actually need be admitted even if just for a procedure such as setting a broken bone. The system would also cover eighty percent of the cost of necessary surgeries. Finally, the systems can also offer basic-plus, bronze, silver, gold, platinum level care programs for additional costs and have them include what each system decides is best for them and their patients. Insurance companies would be permitted to open their own wellness healthcare systems of clinics with physicians, nurses, specialists and be attached with hospitals in any area and require their patients to use these facilities. The platinum plan might simply include that you choose who cares for you at every level even to who removes any organs to who removes hangnails. For details, we can advise something likely unexpected, look to Israel and their system where everybody pays a fee to cover the basic services no matter whose plan you are on and this allows the government to reimburse each plan dependent upon the number of people they cover. There is no mention of preexisting conditions because there is no need for mentioning it, the plans cover such at the basic level for some conditions such as chronic dandruff to heart conditions that might require silver level additional coverage. Prescriptions are covered at varying levels according to plan. There is no Cadillac plan unless you see platinum as such. Everybody is required to join one of the systems at the basic level which is covered by the payment to the government yearly or monthly (the yearly payment saves you a small amount) from which the individual systems are reimbursed. Each system must cover the basic requirements but if they wish to attract patients, they can offer more under the basic plan despite the government not increasing the payment, this they are covering on their own. This is also the attraction of the other above regular plans, which can be tailored to the expertise, and specialties of the physicians they have in their cadre and thus making such an offer readily less costly. People will be required to mostly remain within their system and not all systems will be available everywhere, but there will be at least two systems operating in every location so as to offer some variety of coverages to the people. As stated, see the Israeli system where there are four companies which offer healthcare and further insurance through additional coverage offers. The system incorporates the basic coverage for all plus competition for people to take their plan and thus competition that keeps the price of the additional coverages lower. So, the Republicans could work to offer such a healthcare solution that even the Democrats would have to support not having anything superior to offer, especially not ObamaCare. Further, companies could offer to pay for people’s healthcare by offering some level of additional care with the healthcare insurer of their choice in order to attract employees. Everyone would have the opportunity to gain an angle in order to maximize the level of care for the entire population. How about giving this a look-see, huh guys?

 

President Donald John Trump

President Donald John Trump

 

Then there is the problem of the “Deep State” and the bureaucracy thus generated. Part of the problem is in simply numbers that can be brought to a screaming halt with one simply action. The majority of government workers work for the Administrative Branch, they work directly for President Trump. Where he may not be permitted to fire anybody without due cause, there are other ways he can reduce staff. First and most effective is to cease all hiring outside of the military and only allow military hiring under the people at arms and nothing for the civilian corps attached to the military including the Pentagon. With the hiring freeze in place the federal government employee numbers will drop slowly at first and then generally gaining speed until it becomes an epidemic. That point will permit the transference of the remaining employees to where they are truly needed and taking from the departments, which had become the place where people were given jobs as payment for contributions from daddy to some Congress critter. When a particularly undesired department has been depopulated of its employees nation-wide, then the Secretary of that department can close the door, hand in their resignation with a declaration that their department no longer exists. Imagine a depopulated EPA, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and numerous other departments closed because they no longer were viable due to depopulation of their workforce. This would take two terms but really only six years before some departments could be closed, but Donald Trump needs to start now and make sure that not even relatives are squirreled into positions, which is one of the most lethal means of getting incompetents jobs in the federal government. Trust that we have first hand positive proof of this actual system at work.

 

Another step that can be taken is to allow for open bidding on the “shovel ready jobs” for the repair of infrastructure on the Interstate Highway Systems, which is a Federal Government responsibility to maintain. Doing it on citywide and interconnection bidding systems such that all of the highway and bridge reconstruction in a metropolitan area can be performed by one contractor while the open road repair work and reconstruction where required can be bid upon by other companies better suited for such work. The work order should enforce the bid with stipulations that there will be no cost overruns, and such overruns will be the responsibility of the contractor, work will be completed on time as scheduled with the costs for any breach of the scheduled repairs stated plainly in every contract. Every bid should be required to stipulate the amount of materials, their kind, weights or numbers, number of people, types and numbers of equipment and exact dates for completion of each stage, the closure dates and methods and rerouting traffic plus scheduled methods of having maximum operability during all three day weekends and other high traffic dates such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Fourth of July and other such important high volume traffic days. These construction contracts should be easily made iron-clad and specifying every detail with strict and binding penalties should the contractors be in noncompliance. This should be one of Trump and his compatriots’ main special abilities, contracts.

 

As a summation, the Trump administration should concentrate on two basic ideas. The first in relative importance and ability to accomplish would be comprehensive tax reform, which includes a complete rewriting of the entire tax code from scratch. The negating of the entirety of the existing tax code and regulations would be easier by far than attempting to alter the existing maze. That would provide a clean slate upon which a very basic and easy tax code could be enacted. The next is the replacement of ObamaCare with a workable system with easily understood requirements based upon competition in order to keep prices affordable and to maximize competition. The system must provide common wellness care to all for a base price and everyone required to pay for this basic level of care making the healthcare universal. Israel has such a system upon which the United States could model their system, though the United States system would, by necessity, will be considerably larger, but larger does not necessitate more complicated. Then the remainder of the promises that Trump made can be addressed one after the other. But there has been a distinct problem, which we cannot say was not anticipated. The Republicans, like the Democrats have been reticent, in the Republican’s case by disorganization and some who simply hate Donald Trump, the Democrats because they refuse to permit any other party or people to craft laws because they are the sole people, in their opinions, who can be trusted to enact laws and craft the future. President Trump need call a meeting with the Republicans of the Senate where he reads them the riot act. He needs to place the fear that they will lose their positions and that should they continue their opposition to the President’s plans that Donald Trump will campaign for and finance an opponent in the primaries and assure them that they will lose unless they get on board now, immediately. Then the President need to choose some particular reasonable Democrats, those who are not so far to the left that the make Bernie Sanders appear reasonable and level headed. He need have them to the White House; give them a nice luncheon similar to the one given the Republicans. Then the President can explain his programs and plans to make things better for all Americans and try to persuade at least a small number of them to come on board for whatever programs and ideas they feel comfortable supporting. With the minimal numbers of Democrats who are willing to put the American people ahead of Senate Democrat Leader Charles E. Schumer, Assistant Democrat Leader Dick Durbin, Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray, Chairwoman of Policy and Communications Committee Debbie Stabenow, Vice Chair of Conference Elizabeth Warren and Vice Chair of Conference Mark Warner, not to mention Chairman of Outreach Bernard Sanders (and he actually is not even a Democrat, he lists himself as an Independent). There have to be at least a half dozen Democrat Senators who place the people ahead of politics or has the greatness of the United States Senate degraded to the point where they are simply a high school level group of nerds and jocks where nobody dares assist the other side because to do so would be treason against your fellow nerds or jocks. Once considered the greatest debating floor of the world and now it is no more than a gym locker room where the jocks flick their towels at the nerds and everybody is locked into their position of the pecking order. That would be truly one of the saddest assessments in the Western World and could be the end of the last hope for Western Civilization.

 

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