The radar is busy tonight, so many different things on the screen that have me gritting my teeth and wearing the scowl that seems to be permanently etched on my face. The first snippet is one that will give you nightmares.
He can’t keep a secret …
Just yesterday evening, CNN reported that a Russian spy who was operating in a high-level capacity within Putin’s government, was extracted by the U.S. in mid-2017, in part because high-ranking intelligence officials feared that Trump’s inability to keep his mouth shut would put the spy’s life in danger. Believe it or not, Trump sycophant Mike Pompeo, who was then the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was behind the move.
The decision was made shortly after the May 2017 meeting in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, much to the horror of the intelligence community.
There were other reasons the intelligence community felt the “asset” might be compromised, but think about this one for just a minute, folks. The ‘man’ who holds the highest position in the government of a nation of some 330 million people, a ‘man’ who is privy to nearly every bit of classified information in the nation, is not trusted by his own intelligence people, cannot be trusted to keep a secret, to keep his mouth shut. He needs a keeper … make that a tag-team of keepers … lest he give his buddy Putin the nuclear codes! Ponder on that one as you drift off to sleep tonight.
Irresponsible to the nth degree …
I wanted to laugh, I wanted to cry … instead I held my head and let forth a string of language that is not appropriate for this blog. Former Goldman Sachs executive and current Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin announced that there will likely be more tax cuts in 2020! What made me laugh about the whole thing was remembering 1988 when George Bush, Sr., said repeatedly – “Read my lips: no new taxes”, and now I would applaud a president who promised “No new tax cuts”! My how times change.
“I think there’s no question the U.S. economy is in very good shape. As we look around the world, there’s no question that China is slowing, Europe is slowing — the U.S. is the bright spot of the world. And regards to a middle-class tax cut, you know, we’ll be looking at tax cuts 2.0, something that will be something we’ll consider next year. But right now, the economy is in very, very good shape.”
Trump and Mnuchin obviously need lessons in how budgets and economies work. Our national debt is spiraling out of control, currently at $22 trillion and growing every day, and they want to give another tax cut? Crazy! Why? Because, my friends, next November 3rd we will all go vote for either Trump or a democrat … and Trump figures if he can tout another tax cut that won’t help any but his rich friends, we will all fall to our knees and kiss his feet and then go to the polls and vote for him. This, my friends, is madness. Just about the very last thing this nation needs is another tax cut.
To further cut taxes is the height of fiscal irresponsibility, yet those who are easily fooled will applaud, will believe that they are getting something … never mind that their grocery bills have increased by $40 per month as a result of Trump’s tariffs, and never mind that the cost of a gallon of gasoline has increased by 43% since 2016. Meanwhile, the companies to whom you give your hard-earned dollars like Exxon, Amazon, Netflix, Delta, IBM, etc., will happily pay no taxes at all. Don’t be fooled, folks … sooner or later, the economy will reflect the perfidy of cutting income by removing taxes from the ones who can most afford it.
Dynasty??? I think not …
Trump’s creepy re-election campaign manager, Brad Parscale, has a plan …
“The Trumps will be a dynasty that will last for decades, propelling the Republican Party into a new party. One that will adapt to changing cultures. One must continue to adapt while keeping the conservative values that we believe in. I think they’re all amazing people, with amazing capabilities. I think you see that from Don Jr. I think you see that from Ivanka. You see it from Jared.”
I think that Mr. Parscale defines the word ‘amazing’ much differently than the rest of us. I find them all a bit ignorant and a whole lot ugly, both inside and out. One Trump is more than enough, thank you Brad. If I believed his prediction for a single minute, I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this post, but would be headed to the nearest point of exit from this country.
Science vs Trump …
Remember last week’s fiasco with Trump, the sharpie, Hurricane Dorian and Alabama? Well, today the New York Times reported that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross actually threatened to fire top employees at NOAA, the federal scientific agency responsible for weather forecasts, for correcting Trump’s dangerous misinformation. I said last week that it is a very dangerous situation when any politician, but especially one with the power of the president, can control what scientific information the public has access to. That Trump’s minion Ross was all too willing to do his bidding, to fire scientists to assuage Trump’s ego, is horrendous.
We also found out that it was Ross himself who contacted Neil Jacobs, the acting administrator of NOAA, from Greece where Ross was traveling and instructed Dr. Jacobs to fix the agency’s perceived contradiction of the president. Fix it??? It wasn’t broken! It was accurate … it was Trump’s statement that needed fixing, that was erroneous.
So now, do all scientists need to petition Trump for permission to state their findings on every front?
Still more competition!
Yet another republican has thrown his hat in the ring for the party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election. First there was Bill Weld, then Joe Walsh, and now Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina. This one must really frighten Trump for some reason, as he became somewhat unhinged … oh wait, he was already unhinged, wasn’t he? In a series of tweets, Trump attacked Sanford …
“When the former Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, @MarkSanford, was reported missing, only to then say he was away hiking on the Appalachian Trail, then was found in Argentina with his Flaming Dancer friend, it sounded like his political career was over. It was, but then he ran for Congress and won, only to lose his re-elect after I Tweeted my endorsement, on Election Day, for his opponent. But now take heart, he is back, and running for President of the United States. The Three Stooges, all badly failed candidates, will give it a go!”
‘Twould seem Trump is running a bit scared, eh? I will have more about Sanford, but for tonight, I am out of steam!
The conclusion to this collection of snippets can only be one thing: Trump must go!