Donald Trump

What Causes Your Child to Become a Bully? | HuffPost

What are we to do with the bully in the ultimate bully pulpit?
How did the president become the person who now insults and degrades everyone who does not idolize him? Where does this need to be revered come from? And most important, what is the correct response to this type of bullying?

Dr. Gail Gross looks at what makes a child become a bully.

Source: What Causes Your Child to Become a Bully? | HuffPost

President Trump’s long, lonely, Columbus Day weekend — Quartz

US president Donald Trump is increasingly frustrated and lashing out, surrounded by aides who struggle to contain his impulsive behavior with a combination of distraction and stalling techniques that make him seem more like a toddler than one of the world’s most powerful men, according to multiple advisors in Washington, DC. The long Columbus Day…

via President Trump’s long, lonely, Columbus Day weekend — Quartz

The Trumps and the Truth – WSJ

George Bush ran on being a kinder, gentler conservative, but what got him elected was the emotional drain from eight years of Clinton scandals. Whether contrived or real, Bill Clinton’s scandals wore the voters out. It was one reason wooden Al Gore lost, the other being his wooden-ness.
Donald Trump maintains strong approval numbers from Republicans, despite the near constant controversy. There is no indication that his base is slipping away. Still, no matter how devoted, lies cause voter fatigue.

From WSJ-

Even Donald Trump might agree that a major reason he won the 2016 election is because voters couldn’t abide Hillary Clinton’s legacy of scandal, deception and stonewalling. Yet on the story of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, Mr. Trump and his family are repeating the mistakes that doomed Mrs. Clinton.

Source: The Trumps and the Truth – WSJ

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

A little girl who wants an impossible Christmas present perfectly sums up the wants of a large segment of the voting public who came out  for Donald Trump. Kudos to the USPS for the ad of the season, and the statement of our times. I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.

Short of promising everyone that they would be young again, Donald Trump promised just about everything else. All the good-paying jobs would return. Immigrants who are stealing our jobs would be sent away. We would be great again. And in the minds of the American people who have been convinced by politicians that this country is going down the tubes, that message means a lot of things that are mostly pipe-dreams today.

When we were great

America was great in fifties and sixties. It was an era of prosperity and promise, of high paying jobs with companies that also provided health insurance and retirement. The country was growing at a brisk pace, we were the most powerful nation on earth, and no one challenged us.

That is the America that flyover voters think about when they hear the words ‘great again.’ The reality of this day and age are far different. The global community that we have created is diverse and interconnected. We are not the only game on the planet. We are one of many, and that means that we cannot force our will on the rest of the planet.

We must learn to compete

Yes, we still have economic power, but so do others, and they make things, make them well, and make them cheaper. And until those countries develop into first world countries, they will continue to compete well against developed countries with higher paid workers. Eventually their wages will also rise like ours did, but that will take decades.  We have never had to compete before this. It is time to learn.

We must embrace a new defense posture

We are still a great nation in terms of defense, but we cannot use that power in the same way we did a half century ago. Knocking over a tin-pot dictator is part of the old ways. They don’t work when those dictators are not the enemy, when an underground movement operates within the very countries you are aligned with. The attacks in Paris cannot be solved by American troops on the ground.

Hope is not a plan

Donald Trump did not tell you how he would make you great again, because he does not know how to make us great. The people who have his ear have convinced him that deregulation and a better business climate is going to turn this country around. It will certainly make companies more profitable, but the good jobs that pay well and offer benefits will not return. Businesses make a greater profit without them. They have been doing well for years, with fewer employees. That will not change. I want a hippopotamus for Christmas. Only a hippopotamus will do. It is very unlikely that you will get one.

Kinda looks like Donald


All That Blind Trust Jive

Pssst. You wanna know how your Senator got so rich? It’s pretty easy if you know what the government is going to do before they do it.

The Infrastructure Game

Probably the most popular get rich quick scheme of all. Say you just got a new extension to a road in your state, or a new curb-cut on the interstate. If you purchase the land before the road is announced, you can make a killing. But that is not the only way. Think of all the vendors and suppliers of gravel and tar, all the heavy equipment people. Plenty of opportunity to make a killing buy bringing home the bacon, and keeping a nice chunk for your kids, or best friend.

The Defense Game

This works great for defense too! If you know what the DOD says they need, you probably also know who will be awarded the contract. This was really popular during the reign of Dick Cheney due to a really bad decision called ‘sole sourcing.’  That’s when you award contracts to your former employer because of vital security information that is never divulged. It makes making your first billion a lot easier than those nasty silicon valley start-ups that are so prone to going belly up. It’s a license to steal from the American people.

The Talking Game

This one is like taking candy from a baby. You find a nice lobbyist who needs a friend in Congress, and you take warm showers with them. In return, they invite you to speak at their annual convention. It is called an honorarium.  That is what they call a bribe in Washington. It usually comes with free plane tickets, meals, and so many other perks.

And Blind Trusts?

Well, there is no such thing if the people managing your business are also raising your grandkids. You would have to blind and deaf to not make a killing in this situation. Any trust so configured will have their pick of the juiciest deals. And they can become the very conduit into the White House that the upcoming administration accused the Clinton’s of being. This blind trust can take pay-for-play to a new, richly rewarding level.

Of course the real blind trust in all of this is the trust that American voters placed in this most peculiar of places. A real estate developer and beauty pageant owner who promised them the moon.