A few things crossed my radar this morning … things that either made me say “Say WHAT???” (I seem to say that a lot lately, had you noticed?) or shake my head (or fist). So, for your head-shaking pleasure, I bring you a few random bits ‘n pieces …
Who to blame … who to blame …
Shortly after I published my post about the ridiculous military parade Trump had scheduled for November 10th at a cost of $92,000 or more, it was announced that the parade has been canceled, or postponed until next year at least. At the time, no reason was given, but I assumed it had something to do with the cost. I was fairly certain that Trump would not be a happy camper, and I wondered who he would choose to blame for his own folly. Wonder no more … the lucky target of Trump’s wrath is none other than the mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel E. Bowser. Though he didn’t name Ms. Bowser specifically, but referred to “local politicians who run Washington, D.C.”, Ms. Bowser saw the finger pointed directly at her.
Notice how, he is going to make sure the taxpayers pay, after all, by traveling to Paris for no other reason than to prove, once again, his petulance. And, with the money he doesn’t spend on the parade, he is excitedly going to buy himself more toys in the form of jet fighters. Maturity just oozes from his pores, don’t you think?
Mayor Bowser, however, is not taking this lying down!
“Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).”
City officials say it was just over a week ago that Bowser received a letter from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen saying the event would take place “on or about Nov. 10, 2018” and discussing the need for planning and coordination with city agencies. Rather short notice. Still, the portion for which the city would bill the Pentagon, $21.6 million, is only about 23% of the total cost – the bulk of the cost is actually attributable to the Pentagon for military equipment, personnel, and related costs. The idea is still ridiculous and the time and money spent on planning this parade was a waste of our money.
Another favour to the wealthy …
There is a reason … a number of reasons, actually … that publicly-held corporations are required to produce quarterly financial reports. The reports disclose extensive details about their operations, including profit and revenue, and are used by investors to assess the health and well-being of the company in order to make investment decisions. But Trump’s buddies in the world of ivory towers have complained to him that they don’t like having to file the quarterly reports and would far prefer to only do the reports twice a year instead of four times.
“In speaking with some of the world’s top business leaders I asked what it is that would make business (jobs) even better in the U.S. “Stop quarterly reporting & go to a six month system,” said one. That would allow greater flexibility & save money. I have asked the SEC to study!”
The idea is unlikely to be popular with either the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) or with shareholders because the quarterly reports provide important insight into a company’s potential trouble spots and force its executives to address shareholders’ concerns.
Take mine … PLEASE!
Trump is foolishly revoking security clearances of any who have offended him in some way. He is shooting himself in the foot, and putting the nation at risk in doing so, for the knowledge, experience and insight of those whose clearances he is revoking is invaluable and could be crucial one day. But, that is a whole ‘nother story … nobody ever expected Trump to act reasonably or intelligently.
William H. McRaven is a retired Navy admiral and was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. When McRaven heard that Trump had revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, he penned the following open letter:
Dear Mr. President:
Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.
Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.
Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.
A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.
Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.
If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.
The letter speaks for itself.