Archive | July, 2016

64. Profit by Creating Fears

31 Jul

Sub-title: Trump and Davidson, similar despicable methods.

For a year or so, many political leaders in both parties have recognized that Trump is fear-mongering voters as a method to get elected — and judging from past behavior, also to make copious profits. Personal profit has always been his goal and why should we believe otherwise now. Often his plan is to distort facts (like our military is a disaster) and then to say that he alone can solve this (made-up) problem. (Hillary, on the other hand, has a long history of helping people.)  Please see my previous blogs for more details on these issues.

I just listened to a video clip by James Dale Davidson about a future financial disaster for the USA. For many boring minutes with lots of repetition he described a stock market crash, massive unemployment, food lines, devalued houses, worthless U.S. dollars, hurricane destruction, etc. The whole world will be against us and will get revenge for our long control of global trade. Along the way, Davidson promised to tell how each of us can be protected by reading his publications free of charge. As the clip progressed it became more and more clear that he would finish by trying to sell profitable literature. In the end, little was free, and his advice would cost hundreds of dollars.

Davidson should have learned his lesson many years ago. In 1993 he co-authored a book The Plague of the Black Debt where he made some dire predictions about President Bill Clinton (will have one term) and the U.S. economy, all of which were dead wrong.  Our future U.S. economy will go through cycles of success and failure, but we don’t need self-fulfilling doomsday prophecies.

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg (former NY mayor) called Trump a CON man and I am sure it would be the same for Davidson — fear-mongering for profit. I am writing this blog because I was struck by the similarity in manipulation.

For those who do not know how Trump will profit, here are examples:

1. His written proposed U.S. budget involves a substantial decrease in taxes for very rich people. But even worse, it will massively increase our national debt with very profound consequences for all of us.

2. He has stated that workers are paid too much and he will not increase minimum wage.  So, Trump can pay less in wages.

3. After leaving office, he can profit from books (he pretends to write) and by speaking fees.
Trump if nothing else, is an expert in profiting from the losses of others, so I imagine secret deals while in office will make him (and family) richer.  Of course, profit is probably not his only goal, I assume that power and ego are also of interest.

I have to add a comment on a recent Trump blunder (see my previous blogs for a detailed critique of his candidacy). He insulted the Muslim father of a fallen soldier. The father stated that Trump has never sacrificed for our country. Trump answered that his sacrifice was “working very, very, hard” and making lots of money. Actually, if he had worked very hard (like most of us) and earned little money I could be sympathetic. But what does Trump know about hard work. He started off with $1,000,000 and his employees did all the hard work. After his early business failures, he cleverly figured out how to greatly profit from such failures. He would obtain a large loan based on family wealth, make false promises, let the business fail with lots of lay-offs, and make money by paying himself a good salary, and by not fully paying employees and vendors. Evidence for this is hundreds of law-suits.

63. GOP Dedicated to Destroy

29 Jul

This is a commentary about some recent presidential election events and issues.

The Republicans have been dedicated to destroying many things, but most horrible is their abuse of Hillary Clinton since she started running for President. Not many complaints before that!

Can you imagine several years when all leaders of a major party were dedicated to telling vicious destructive lies about you to ruin your reputation; and their staff searching every minor detail of your life, then exaggerating and lying about everything they could find. This history is a tribute to the strength and tenacity that Hillary possesses. I have examined every accusation against her, and like most of those well-informed have concluded, nothing is there except for a few minor mistakes that ordinary intelligent people would make. What if Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, etc. were subjected to such intense examination, and someone exaggerated their mistakes. We know what happened to Donald Trump — thousands of really bad things were found — no exaggeration needed.

Michelle Obama’s speech was spectacular. All Democrats loved it.

Doug Elmets, who had been a speech-writer and advocate for President Reagan supports Hillary because Trump is “petulant” and “dangerously unbalanced.”

Bill Clinton’s speech last night was marvelous and I totally enjoyed his account of his courtship of Hillary. Despite a past conflict, it is so apparent he and Hillary have adored each other over the vast majority of their lives. He made a wonderful case for her lifelong efforts to help less fortunate people and her sincere interest in progressive ideas.

After the speech of President Obama, Hillary showed some genuine love for him. The look of gratitude and adoration on her face could not be faked and was remarkable. In fact I kept looking at Bill to see if he was jealous (not).

All the speeches at the Democratic Convention have been extremely positive and have been very supportive of Hillary. What a contrast with the dark, pessimistic, and untruthful speeches of the Republicans, especially the dismal speech of Trump.
His method is to re-write history to suit his needs, and then use altered facts to illustrate failures that only he can correct.

Some recent Trump LIES:
False: Our military capability is a disaster (truth: better than ever)
False: Hillary enabled Bill in his indiscretions (really ?)
False: Under the Iran deal, money from the USA treasury was given to Iran (Truth: the money was Iran’s, having been confiscated as apart of sanctions — it could not have been used for infrastructure or other USA works).
False: We got nothing under the Iran Nuclear Deal (several provisions prevent their development of a bomb.)
False: Wisconsin unemployment rate is 20%. (Truth: 4.6% in 2015)
False: He never accused President Bush of lying about WMD’s (recorded in transcript)
False: Muslims in New Jersey celebrated in the streets the 911 attacks (no evidence at all)
False: Trump University had an “A” rating from BBB (last operational rating in 2010 was a “D”)
False: 81% of murdered white folks were attacked by black people (truth:  most murdered by other whites)
An Internet search will list many more Trump lies.  I just watched Hillary’s great acceptance speech.  Final thought:  too many balloons.

62. GOP Distrust of FBI

13 Jul

The House Judiciary Committee Hearing yesterday, July 12, 2016, was concerned with the final judgment on the Hillary Clinton email issue. (Please see my previous blog.)

FBI and other top investigators from the Attorney General’s office spent many months investigating more than 30,000 Hillary emails. The total effort resulted in a massive amount of data which would take many weeks to examine.

FBI Director Comey, who was originally Republican, and a dozen or so top investigators unanimously agreed that Hillary should not be charged with a crime. This was based on precedence, relevant statutes, interviews, and massive data. Director Comey testified for many hours detailing much of the data behind the conclusions. He is the expert on this information.

YET, Republican Congressmen on the committee rudely berated Attorney General Loretta Lynch for accepting FBI Director Comey’s recommendations after a lengthy meeting. They implied that she should have examined all of the data behind the decisions, and that she should testify on that data. Why would any personal opinion that she arrived at be of more value than the conclusions resulting from an extremely competent investigation?  The desperation of Republicans to ruin the reputation of Democrats is bizarre and ludicrous.

61. “Extreme” FBI Attacks

9 Jul

Powerful and brave Hillary Clinton is still standing and running after many years of ridiculous and malicious abuse by desperate GOP officials. They cannot win on the important presidential issues and are forced to rely on inane character assassination. I have discussed the nonsensical Benghazi issue in previous blogs. Here is my detailed analysis of the email question.

Hillary has always maintained that she did not send out any emails that were marked classified. She did send or receive a number of emails that were as some point classified, but none of them were correctly marked at the time with a classification header. This is consistent with what she has always said.

Hillary sent three emails out of 30,000 with a (C) marking buried in the text — but without required “confidential” headings. That is one minor error per 10,000.

“Guccifer”, the hacker, confessed that he actually did not hack Hillary’s email. This is part of the desperately-lying mentality of Hillary haters.

Rep. John Mica (Republican) hinted at conspiracy, but his nasty innuendo was angrily rejected by FBI Director Comey.

The type of email-server used by Clinton was traditional for  Secretary’s of State and was used by Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.  It has also been used by many other public officials that did handle classified info.  (So why the “extreme” carelessness)

FBI Director Comey seems to be intelligent and reasonable, and has tried to be impartial, but has had a Republican affiliation. We thank him for not charging her. But does his GOP background explain why he said that the email carelessness was “extreme”. Does three (improperly marked) classified email transmissions out of more than 30,000 seem “extreme” to anyone? Most would say “a little careless” or not careless at all. Who is so perfect that they could do all of 30,000 things, perfectly. Comey might argue that she should have recognized some documents as requiring classification, but that is very subjective. Classifications are not permanent and change at times. There are no specific rules to cover all situations. Testimony at the recent Oversight committee hearing suggests that the (c) classification could be misinterpreted.

My only argument with FBI Director Comey is his characterization of “extreme” carelessness. Most people would accept what she did as just a small number of understandable errors. And certainly this highly intelligent candidate would be even more conscientious in the future handling of documents than other candidates. If Republicans who handled classified info were examined for a year, like Hillary, what would be the finding. Lets have the FBI check-out every email sent by Speaker Paul Ryan and see if he does better than: one error in 10,000.

60. List of Blog Titles

6 Jul

The following is a list of all my Blog Titles:
————-  2012 ————
1. Some Major Principles (Mar
2. Voters Beware (Mar
3. Big Governmentfor Women (Mar
4. Consciousness (Apr
5. Social Dawinism (Apr
6. Self-defeating Votes (Apr
7. Voter Education (Apr
8. Psychotherapy and Science (Apr
9. Vote Democratic (Apr
10. Vitamin C and Colds (Apr
11. The “Private Sector” solution (May
12. Bain Capitalism (May
13. Health and Educaton: rising costs (Jun
———–  2013  ————
14. “Wealthyvolution:” A new word (Sep
15. Debacles: costly and ubiquitous (Oct
16. Political Morality (Nov
———— 2014 ———-
17. Mouthwash Blues (Jun
———— 2015 ———-
18. Energy, Food, Water, and our Survival (Apr
19. American Lazy Slackers? (Apr
20. Mr. Jones Saves Capitalism (Apr
21. Simple Political Re-wording with Dangerous Consequences (Apr
22. Back-pain and calf-tension (Jun
23. Treatment for common back-pain (Jul
24. Republican poll misinterpreted (Jul
25. Bernie Sanders Interpretation of “Socialism” (Aug
26. Approve the Iran Nuclear Agreement (Sep
27. Trump can’t be bought? (Sep
28. Bernie Sanders on the Mark (Oct
29. Hilary Clinton: outstanding (Oct
30. Stretching program for back pain (Nov
31. ISIS Hysteria (Nov
32. Who supports Trump? (Dec
33. Jihadist attacks vs auto accidents (Dec
———– 2016 —————                                                                                                        34. Climate change: Simplified (Jan
35. POTUS Proud (Jan
36. Capitalism corrupted (Jan
37. Careful Voting (Jan
38. Trump’s Wall (Jan
39. Dem Dual Debate (Feb
40. Hindu NASA astronaut (Feb
41. Politics of Fear (Feb
42. Questions for Trump? (Feb
43. GOP Tax Nonsense (Feb
44. Is Trump a spoiler? (Feb
45. Trump as “Statesman”? (Feb
46. The Candidates 2016 (Feb
47. A Republican Policy of Revenge (Mar
48. Morning Joe “Trickles up” (mar
49. Is Cruz better than Trump? (Mar
50. Trump, Torture, and Aging inhibition (Mar
51. Flint water and GOP Policy (Mar
52. Ingested Lead Detox (Mar
53. Global Dysfunction (Apr
54. Free Public College (Apr
55. Why do they hate us? (May
56. Why: Not-Trump? (May
57. Secret of Trump (May
58. Deranged Murderers who Happen to be Muslim (Jun
59. Email Issue vs Policy Disasters (Jul                                                                                60.  Title List                                                                                                                       61. “Extreme” FBI Attacks  (Hillary Emails)   (Jul

 

 

59. Email Issue vs Policy Disasters

6 Jul

The FBI just published its finding of innocent (July 5, 2016) on Hillary Clinton email practices.  So voters must decide how this issue and a few other trivial negatives compare with the questionable candidacy of Donald Trump.  Here is my summary:

Hillary Clinton:          The FBI found “carelessness by Hillary and her colleagues” in the use of emails, but no criminal actions. There were no serious consequences, just an ordinary imperfection in a few cases out of many thousands. No worse than the imperfection of the FBI director who violated neutrality and made political statements. Remember it is the job of the FBI to find criminals, the more found, the higher their ratings. Also, mistakes made could have been by State Dept. employees and not Hillary. There is no claim that any emails actually marked classified were sent by her, as she has consistently claimed. The classification of communications is not the job of the Secretary, but that of designated others. Hillary’s email server decisions were consistent with long-standing State Dept. traditions and in fact were the same as that of a previous Secretary, Colin Powell, a Republican.  (I have to add that careless emails would not happen when Hillary is president, as all communications are carefully monitored and sent by trained White House staff.)

All of the serious negative talk about Hillary began with her run for President. No one thought much about it before. Unlike Trump, she has many years of experience and service to ordinary USA citizens as First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. She is enthusiastically supported by the past President and is the most qualified candidate that we have ever had. True, for many years she has taken campaign contributions from rich people, but there is absolutely no evidence that she has supported their agenda. It takes a lot of money to run for office so her strategy is understandable.

Regarding the Benghazi issue, Hillary was accused by Republicans of lying, in her characterization of the attack. The GOP said it was a “terrorist attack” and at only one point she said it was part of a protest against an anti-Islam video. So it all gets down to speculation about what the attackers were thinking: simple terrorism or anti-video protest. How can we know what they were thinking — one captured suspect said the attack WAS revenge for the anti-Islam video. Republicans have no reasonable arguments, they are just desperate to find something negative to say.

Donald Trump:        Vengeful actions and childish name calling of colleagues and others, suggest an inability to deal with foreign nations. He already has damaged relationships with Mexico, Great Britain, and all Muslim majority countries. His written proposed budget includes tax decreases for very rich people. He thinks workers are paid too much and does not want to raise the minimum wage. He lies about past events to suit his political needs. He advocates torture, which the revered President Reagan was against. He disrespects women and finds their biological functions to be disgusting. He frequently changes his mind about major issues, depending on his audience.  As a businessman, he has filed four major bankruptcies and numerous other businesses, such as Trump University, failed.  But here is the kicker, in almost every failed venture, Trump personally benefited by $millions while workers lost their jobs and contracted companies were not fully paid.  Hundreds of lawsuits were filed against him regarding payments and promises unfulfilled.

His goal has always been to make as much money as possible — how does that help us? He brags about making money from bankruptcies.  If the USA goes bankrupt, you can be sure that he and his very rich friends will profit by it, while the citizens will suffer a disaster.  He argues against the TPP, but Democrats are already working on making such treaties better for workers. He says that he is a great negotiator, but does not prove that our problems are the result of bad negotiation. Negotiating with contractors is trivial compared dealing with a nation like China or Russia. Many contractors can do a job, but there is only one China and one Russia and our relationships with them cover finances, defense, treaties, boundaries, human rights, alliances, travel, industrial development, membership in international organizations, etc. (Please see my previous blogs for more information.)

So who should we vote for?          Hillary Clinton is a known quantity, who will at the very least move forward on the Presidents agenda in a reliable and safe way — and could make major improvements, especially if there is a Democratic Congress.  Donald Trump, on the other hand, is fully capable of causing major disasters for our country.  We don’t even know what he is really proposing because he frequently changes his mind about critical policies.  For example,  if his tax plan were implemented as written, there would be a disastrous increase in our national debt and heavy constrictions in basic services.  Can we trust him to make  complicated decisions, such as:  when to go to war, how to make a treaty, when to send in troops, when to withdraw them, when to apologize for killing innocent civilians, when to form a coalition, when to do nothing, etc.  You only understand all the many complications when you have the experience of a leader, such as Hillary Clinton.