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Trump wants to leave NAFTA, why? One is he dislikes anything Obama liked, had anything to with, or championed. It is isolationism, which Trump also likes. Trump is not negotiating he is stalling! As far back as the 1930’s, we found that isolationism has short-term value, but in the long run, we only do well if we make sure our trading partners also do well. Trump thinks it should all be our way or the highway. He does not think like the leader of a country, but like a shark in business for himself just as he has done all of his life! Does not pay until he has been sued, then settles for pennies on the dollar! Or he intimidates and does the suing of the contractors and forces them to take less money because he knows they cannot afford to wait for payment! He is trying to run a country that way, it will lead to dangerous times for all of us, mark my works! The threat of leaving NAFTA has some short-term benefits; investors are moving money here to hedge their bets if things go south on negotiations! Also, the dollar is weakening under Trump, even though he has said he believes we have to have a strong dollar, in reality, it makes it easier for foreign investors to do business here in America. So he will ride this gravy train for as long as he can, plus his base has long been hoodwinked by his lies so he will not do well if he does weaken on NAFTA when he runs for reelection! However his advisers, yes Republicans, are telling him it will hurt us, in the long run, to leave NAFTA, not to mention our neighbors Canada and Mexico! However, we know how concerned he is about them!

Leaving the U.N. Human Rights Council, why? Because of our stance on immigration and our disregard for people who will be murdered, starved, or sold into the sex trade if sent back! Our policy started this year, under Trump, not Democrats, of separating children from their parents and putting them in camps. Of course, he lies about that and blamed Democrats. Anything wrong in the world is mostly the fault of former President Obama, everyone knows that because Trump has said so probably approaching a thousand times now! At least we left families of Japanese ancestry together when we put them in camps! We have been censored more than once for civil rights violations under Trump! The United States censured for human rights violations is incredible for me to even imagine, but to answer those charges by pulling out of the HRC helps us how! It sends signals that not only are we not planning to improve, but things are going to get much worse in the future!

Weakening NATO, why? Because he wanted to appear to his base like he knew what was going on when he did not! So he called NATO obsolete and said that if they got into trouble on his watch do not count on the United States coming to their help! After 82 days in office, Trump officially pronounced NATO rehabilitated, taking credit for transforming it into a modern, cost-sharing, terrorism-fighting pillar of American and European security. Never mind that very little had changed in the previous three months and that whatever changes had been made were in the works long before Trump entered the White House. After weeks of being cajoled and educated by the leaders of Britain and Germany, not to mention his national security team, Trump had to change his stance but of course beating his own chest by making claims that were not true, but what’s new!

Pulling out of the Paris Accord, why? Climate science, as far as the rest of the world is concerned, is a settled issue! Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement was because of the inevitable transition to low-carbon energy technologies that will send hydrocarbons—oil, natural gas, and coal, to a much lower place in the world’s energy needs agenda! It had nothing to do with science! Trump could not have carbon-based energy put on the back burner as his swamp creatures would not like that, and he is controlled by the 1%, let there be no doubt on that score. So he installs an anti-EPA toady as head of the EPA and now we can now set up fracking sites, dump waste in streams and rivers, and pollute the skies much easier than a just a year or so ago. Yes, it cost more money to be clean, but in a few years, with even more jobs created, it will not be. But Trump’s swamp creatures want it now, all of it, and if poisoning millions and millions of people is the price, well that is ok with them!

Do you get it now?

Credits go to Fortune, The New York Times, and NBC News for some of the information I used in this article, which I did fact check!

I am going to talk to you through my blog about Trump and the Iran deal! You, of course, do not have to read it, but I hope you do.

Mr. Trump just pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. He lied about why, and he lied about our allies backing his decision!

The newly uncovered facts in Israel’s PowerPoint presentation last week provided us with very little information we did not know back in 2008!  A large trove of information that was just liberated by an Israeli agent working with an undercover person in Iran did elaborate on plans that were even more elaborate, but again, this is not something we did not either know or suspect. But if you watched the Trump news conference you were led to believe this was all new and ongoing! It is not the real truth!

The International Atomic Energy Agency, our own CIA, and our Energy Dept. have all said that Iran is currently following all the rules of the agreement. Almost all of the fissionable material that could be used to make a nuclear bomb has already been moved out of the country.  All of our Allies have begged Trump to stay in the deal, but as you know he did not. However, in his remarks today he made it seem like they were all on board and agreed with his decision, which is exactly the opposite of the truth! Even the original opposition to the agreement have all said that it is working so do not mess with it! Trump ignored everyone, fired those close to him who were telling him this was wrong, and filled it with yes men who will tell him what he wants to hear. He has put our Allies and us in way more danger.

He is going to try and set a nuclear deal with North Korea when he just pulled out of an international nuclear agreement just today! So how is that going to set with an already suspicious regime! Not well, cannot but make things more difficult!

Trump is right about them being a major supporter of terror, but everyone knows this. They also still plan and build missiles. Everyone also knows this. But everyone, all our partners on the world stage, knew we could only go after nuclear bomb developments and get a deal. This would give us 15 years without a nuclear bomb threat while we try and make inroads with them for peace in the region.

So lastly, not only did our Allies not agree, Trump basically threatened them all to go along or else! He has put them and us in more danger than we were in yesterday! We will see how that goes! Peace and stability, well he just shot that all to hell!

History, who has not heard me harp about that! Well let’s look at history, I did the research for you, and unlike your politicians, I am not a prevaricator!

The Great Depression (1929 to 1939) was caused by huge wealth and income inequality in our country. Combined with extensive new tariffs being imposed. Who was at the helm when this occurred, you ask? Herbert Hoover, a Republican was! Who dug us out of the largest most destructive depression in history? Well WWII put it on hold as jobs were available for the war effort, so some people say that was what ended the depression. However for that to be true we would have had to stay in a state of world war perpetually! Plus it was illusory as the war put us in extreme debt, which as you know causes its own problems. Same reason our debt is so large now, we have been at war 222 years out of 239 years since we have existed. This means we have only been at peace with the world for 20% of our history! So no, not the war! Roosevelt started the New Deal, but it was put on hold during the war, and Roosevelt passed away before his new proposals for post-war America got enacted!, He was responsible for new ideas and a successful template! Harry Truman was actually responsible for continuing the New Deal, implementing the Marshall Plan, NATO, and using United Nations veto more than any President to fight communism and the Soviet Union! He did continue Roosevelt’s ideas and kept the Great Depression at bay, and more infamously was one of the world’s leaders instrumental in starting the Cold War. So the Great Depression started by a Republican was left for two Democrats to fix! Wealth and income inequality, new tariffs imposed, sound familiar? How about exactly what Trump is doing right now!

The Great Recession (2007 to 2009) was started by banks gambling with investor’s money and going for the quick profit! That meant making dangerous and very risky investments and loans! Big business and Wall Street were concentrating on big bonuses and profits, risking their customer’s money, and not caring! Who was at the helm during this disaster, yet another Republican, George W. Bush! Who got us out of this disaster, regardless of what you have been told, it was President Obama, and he did it without any help whatsoever from Republicans. Did it cost us, you bet! Were the steps President Obama took necessary, yes they were! It was the biggest economic disaster since the Great Depression, in full swing when Obama took office and gone before he left office. You can hyperventilate all you want, but this is history, and will be recorded as such, no matter what you wish to be true! You will notice that the recession was in full swing when Obama took office, and if you look at when the recession ended, it was in Obama’s first year as President. And the economy, jobs, and unemployment all steadily got better during his Presidency, regardless of what the Liar in Chief or his minions told you! It is all in the public record, plain and simple, all you have to do is learn to read and not watch, well, you know!

So if you go back up and look at what I just said caused the Great Depression, it appears Trump has decided to create exactly the conditions that caused it, of course blaming everyone and everything around him as he leads us into either the next Great Depression or a nuclear war. Something to look forward to! If you look at real history, the record of the U.S. economy, every time we have a depression or major recession Republicans are almost always in charge. There is always huge wealth and income inequality, a suffering middle class or no middle class, and the debt rockets into the stratosphere. Republicans always campaign for a balanced budget, then get in office and run the debt up by enormous leaps and bounds. Has always been thus, lie, then give huge tax breaks or loopholes to the rich, make laws that only favor the already rich and Wall Street, and you get a recession, every damn time. History, it is all there; all you have to do is crack open a book or two and start reading. Not some book by some crackpot, I am talking about the dull, painstaking business of reading documents, looking at the debt and deficit and see who actually ran it up and why! You always have to look at why. Was it war, tax cuts, trade, and what dates, not what some lying politician told you! History, it does not lie, people just lie about it!

 

If you think you are smarter than everyone around you, you’re definitely not. If you have a colleague who thinks he is much better at his job than everyone, he is definitely not. Well, if you feel this way about yourself, or come across anyone who overestimates their own abilities the same way you do,…

via The Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They’re Amazing — Sparkonit

I am glad that women and even a man or two are finally coming forward and saying enough is enough! I am a man, a man who thinks women are the dominant species on this planet. Sure, we have bigger muscles in most cases, we are testosterone driven, which in certain instances makes us heroic, or mistaken for heroic! But in modern society, we pale in comparison to womenfolk in almost every other capacity as humans! Women can compete in almost any intellectual quest where a man and a woman have equal opportunities to succeed. Woman are less likely, in this authors opinion, to think war is an answer unless we are being directly attacked or threatened in some way that precludes negotiation or arbitration! A woman will not see everything as a competition, but more as an opportunity to learn and succeed! Forget the movie version of any competitive woman as a shrew!
So, having said that, women exist in a world where men control how successful they will be by an alarming percentile! This control is what, in my humble opinion, is why powerful men have gotten away with sexual harassment, or worse, with very little consequence. If a woman, say in the world of business, was to make it known that a man was being inappropriate or even sexually dangerous, steps would be taken to satisfy any regulations in place, but nothing of consequence to the man involved in most cases! The woman, in a disturbing amount of cases, are punished with job stagnation or outright dismissal after a period of time has passed where her job performance evaluations have gone from superlative to unacceptable after such an incident is reported.  So much so that she had to be let go! In the military, if you are a career-minded woman, making any charge of sexual harassment, even rape, is a career-ending decision in most cases!
So the fact that woman are finally coming forward, even though in most cases these are a woman who have waited until their careers were either secure or at their end, is heartening. That they are coming forward in numbers is also about damn time. So maybe I should clarify a few things here. All harassment is disgusting and uncalled for. But when it involves underage women I cannot tell you how enraged I become. So I welcome any and all exposure to any individuals who are suspect. Sure, some of it will be spurious, but when the sexual misconduct is brought to bear by multiple women about the same man, well that needs some serious and immediate consideration!
So now we come to a question I would like to put to you. Do you think these men, regardless of who they are, should be held accountable? Should these claims at least be investigated? And one last question, why is not Trump, who has at least a dozen accusers not under scrutiny. He has even been accused of rape. Now when you have a lot of money as Trump is reported to have, you can get away with a lot! So these women were up against it from the start! But the fact that so many came forward, well no matter how cynical you are, some have to have merit. And then there are the words of Trump himself bragging about his sexual misconduct! So where is the quid pro quo here since Trump is ignoring the Moore case but had no problem tweeting about Al Franken. So should he not be hoisted on his own petard!

Here is a link to a detailed report on the twelve women that have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or actual assault!  Click here for link

Trumps tax bill is not a boon to you and I! It will put nothing in your pocket, not the middle class or the poor in America. Sure Trump promises it will put $4,000 dollars a year back in your pocket, but that is a bald faced lie. It is not only a lie, but this tax bill is going to cost you big time when you know the truth.

First off economists know that the lion’s share of the tax cut goes to corporations. Well who owns the lion’s share of stock in our corporations, the top 1% and maybe in lesser degree the top 10%! Those little pieces of stock you own are not going to get you squat! So who pays the taxes for corporations, shareholders do! Corporations themselves do not pay taxes, only people pay taxes, despite what a GOP controlled Supreme Court has told you corporations are not people, and only people pay taxes. So this tax cut makes the richest in our country richer, because as shareholders in all the major corporations they will pay a lot less in taxes! I mean that is what they all paid for when they bought their politicians!

You and I, well to start off with the $4,000 dollar boon to you and I is false, a lie. You might see $600 bucks. But in reality you will be paying through the nose. Where to do you think they are going to get the money to give to the rich, I’ll tell you where, from you and me. How, you ask? By getting rid of, or vastly downsizing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal aid to education, food programs, and on and on. Why do you think they want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act so badly, it has nothing to do with healthcare, they could care less about your health! It is because it frees up billions of dollars for this gift to the rich. That is the whole reason the GOP exists right now is to get what the Koch brothers and their ilk paid for, a significantly lower tax on the rich and corporations. They Koch brothers just held a conference in Washington recently to complain about why the GOP has been so slow to get them what they paid for, and they were not even subtle about it! We will not even get into the estate tax, which only comes into play for the very rich, not your average Joe, farmer or rancher, as they would have you believe. It is all a lie that will cost you dearly, not only in your pocketbook, but also in lives as well!

You will notice while Obama was in office the GOP harped on the debt and the deficit constantly. How dangerous it was to increase the debt, and not to decrease the deficit. Even though President Obama did decrease the deficit more than any of the last five Presidents, but the GOP does not talk about that! What do you hear today from the GOP presently, absolutely nothing! The GOP does not talk about the debt and deficit at all! Why? Because this new tax plan and the Presidents budget will add tens of trillions of dollars to the debt! The tax plan alone would reduce federal revenues by $9.5 trillion over its first decade alone! It could increase the national debt by nearly 80 percent of gross domestic product by 2036! And the good ole trickle down theory is the only avenue to pay it back, which we know did not work for Reagan or Bush, or ever for that matter! Now Trump is not a populist. He could care less about the average Jack and Jill, he tells you lies everyday that he does, but lies are his stock in trade! He only cares about amassing power and wealth for himself, and that is all he cares about. Well, and being worshipped by one and all, but that in itself does not cost us anything but our sanity!

Note: These bills were posted by a friend of mine as bills we should be aware of! I looked them up, read them, and added the names of who was responsible for them. You will notice they are all Republicans. The most egregious in my opinion, although all are bad ideas, are the attempts to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency, Public vouchers to replace federal aid to education, termination of the Department of Education and the National Right to Work! This last item, regardless of the title, gives the employer the right to tell you that you have no rights! They will be able to dictate wages as they wish! It strips the work force of any power it might have had to protect itself! You need to pay attention to who and what you vote for because pretty soon the country you claim to love will not exist anymore! You will be working longer for less, your fishing grounds and salmon runs will be fouled with open pit mines! Your streams, lakes and oceans fouled with crude! If you thought you were being restricted in your use of federal or even state land, just look at what happens when it is sold off, you are told to stay off, period! And don’t be surprised to find a fracking operation going on right in your back yard fouling your drinking water, or setting it on fire as it comes out of your faucet in some cases! Get smart, quit clicking on click bait and then reposting it. Most of it comes from Veles in Macedonia and Russian sources! I see my friends falling for and sharing click bait all the time. The truth comes with a lot of work! Do not post until you have done the work, or you are working against our democracy, not for it!

 

  1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency

Introduced Feb 3 2017 by Matt Gaetz [R-FLA]

  1. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education

                 Also repeals nutrition standards for schools

         Introduced Jan 23, 2017 by Steve king [R-IA]

  1. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education

         Introduced Feb 7, 2017 by Thomas Massie [R-KY]

  1. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife

Introduced Feb 7,2017 by Don Young [R-AK]

Already signed and enacted by Trump Apr 3,2017

  1. HR 370 Another attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act

INTRODUCED BY TED CRUZ Feb 14.2017 [R-TX]

  1. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood (Be aware of what this agency actually does before you make a judgment. They provide health care for woman who cannot receive it elsewhere, and they do not use federal money for abortion services. They also give counsel of all other options other than abortion.)

Introduced Jan 6, 2017 by Diane Back [R-TN]

  1. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one is devastating to the working class … it ALSO applies to Union members) it takes away any clout the working class has now! Which is not much!

Introduced Feb 1, 2017 by Steve King [R-IA]

  1. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill

Introduced Jan 3, 2017 by Lou Barletta [R-PA]

  1. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)

Introduced Jan 3,2017 by Trent Franks [R-AZ]

  1. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran. These are sanctions that are nonnuclear. Meaning that our current Gov. wants to go outside the nuclear agreement and enact sanctions not agreed to previously, this just an example of strongman tactics. It should be noted that the Iran Nuclear Agreement has been couched by the current administration as an Obama creation! When in fact it was created by many nations over years of deliberation. So when we, in our mighty wisdom, decide to pull out, or try and subvert it, we are waving our middle finger at all of our nation partners in the world, basically telling them to go frack themselves. Way to win friends and influence people!

Introduced Feb 1, 2017 by Peter Roskam [R-IL]