Why Donald Trump is the most impactful president-elect since Abraham Lincoln

December 10, 2016

Okay, sit back down. You’re okay. Breathe. Breathe. You’ll be alright.

I said, “impactful,” okay? “Impactful.” It’s not even a Gates approved word, it underlines red in Microsoft Word. Just relax.

First, lets take a little tour and see some other impactful presidents-elect so you will get a sense of context.

Why Ronald Reagan was a great president-elect

Ronald Reagan made a big impact as a president-elect. He grunted and hummed and winked and whispered and the Iranians released the American hostages even while he was taking the oath of office on inauguration day. He had sent the signals. The Iranians had gotten the message. It didn’t take 8 years. It didn’t even take 8 minutes. Jimmy Carter was still president but we all know why they were released.

Richard Nixon made a big impact as a president-elect. He and Kissinger had agents on the ground in Paris at the peace talks with North Vietnam. Even while LBJ was trying to end the war. Lame duck, President Johnson, could only fume.

Lincoln had to keep Kentucky in the union.

Abraham Lincoln was the most impactful president-elect of all. Lame duck, President James Buchanan was having a 19th century version of a Netflix binge, nobody knew what he was up to, so with the nation being torn apart, Lincoln had to send signals from Springfield, Illinois.

He was trying, among other things, to keep Kentucky in the union and so keep his wife, Mary Todd and her family together. Happy wife, happy life? And happy country too?

Donald Trump best president-elect since Lincoln

Everything Donald Trump has done as president-elect has been impactful and strategic.

His trip to Indiana and involvement with the Carrier Company was hugely symbolic. It said, 1.) I keep my promises, 2.) This administration will be about jobs, 3.) I want it done fast.

Now, I know, the media says that the Carrier Company is only one company and a handful of jobs, he can’t go to every factory. Those jobs are a drop in the bucket.

But a president doesn’t have time to meet with the 2.79 million federal workers in his bureaucracy. They pick up on what he wants by listening to his speeches and by following his actions.

Obama was about giving speeches in the Rose Garden. Trump is about leadership on steroids, showing us by example how to get things done. Before this is over companies will be coming to him with deals that will create more jobs.

Likewise the message to Boeing was clear. You gave a million dollars to the Clinton Foundation and had all of your execs give money to Hillary’s presidential campaign. Now you want government money in return. Well, in the future, companies that want to succeed will do so better by producing products that are of good quality, come in under bid and on time and are actually needed. The day of bribe is over, the new day of supply and demand is back.

Finally, the call from Taiwan shows that everything is on the table. We know what we need from China and what they need from us and the arrangement will have to be more fair.

Changing the rules of history

When Trump delayed in naming his first cabinet officer the media pounced, using a new measurement to judge president-elects. Obama had named his first cabinet officer after three weeks, they said.

But then, lovers of history like yours truly, reminded them that Reagan, Ford, Carter, Clinton, George W. Bush, had all taken six weeks. And when Trump surprised everybody and named off cabinet picks, pop, pop, pop, the media moved the goal posts. The rules had changed. President-elects would henceforth be judged by something else, we will find it, just be patient. It will be something that Trump doesn’t do well.

The fact is, whether he is a good president or not remains to be seen, but like it or not, he is indeed an impactful president-elect. Even a great one. He is sending signals that need to be sent. He is a leader.  And whether he got 40 jobs out of Carrier or 4,000 misses the point. It’s 40 more than any other president-elect has ever gotten before.

Donald Trump has come out of the gate fast.

 

 

 

 


Behind the scenes of Trump and Boeing and why the Donald is so fast out of the gate.

December 6, 2016

A little history will help us understand the President-Elect and his relationship with Boeing. In 2009 Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton went to Moscow to secure a multi-billion-dollar deal for aircraft built by the Boeing Company.

In return, Boeing threw in $2 million towards the World Fair, even though the State Department had said it would not solicit funds from them and would keep all donations from U.S. companies at the $1 million level.

The World’s Fair was considered one of Secretary Clinton’s first successes at the State Department. Afterward, a grateful Boeing went on to donate nearly $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, as well, reportedly, encouraging its corporate leadership to participate in fundraising efforts for her presidential campaign. Boeing insisted that the deal with Russia had no bearing on their decision to donate to the Clinton Foundation, nor their donations to Clinton herself.

Boeing, and many other big corporations bet the house on Hillary, knowing they would win big for their investments when Hillary came to power and opened the government coffers.

One cannot blame the Donald for toying with them.

And no one should waste tears on the corrupt leadership at Boeing who knew full well what they were doing when they signed on with the Clinton’s.

Now, let’s talk about Taiwan.

They are saying that President Elect Donald Trump – messing with China – is unprecedented. He has to wait until he takes the oath of office. Those who love Hillary say what he is doing is dangerous. Those who love Obama say it is disrespectful. Those who love to be pundits on television say it has never happened before.

Sorry. They’re all wrong. There is nothing wrong with Trump sending signals. He should be sending signals.

 

Reagan messed with Iran as the President Elect and they let the hostages go even as he was taking the oath of office. It didn’t take eight years. It didn’t even take eight minutes.

Nixon messed with  North Vietnam, even though he was still only the President Elect. He even had envoys on the ground in Paris because he and Kissinger wanted to end the war their own way. Lyndon Johnson, a lame duck president, had to endure it.

I, myself, once met a head of state and passed a message from a President Elect. And if I can do it, well, it ain’t no big deal.

Perhaps the most important president elect in history was Abraham Lincoln. He had to say and do things quickly. The union was falling apart and the incumbent, James Buchanan was doing the 19th Century version of binge watching Netflix and wouldn’t come up for air.

So there is nothing wrong with a president-elect getting to work early.

The Trump critics can’t seem to make up their mind. First they say that his visit to the Carrier plant means nothing, it was only a few jobs, it was a drop in the bucket, the president can’t visit every plant. Then they say he is threatening world war three by talking to Taiwan.

The truth is that the Carrier incident was loaded with symbolism and was very important. It demonstrates that the president-elect is serious about jobs, will keep his promises, is going to act fast and expects the bureaucracy to pick up his style and follow suit. A president has to lead and not just stand in the White House Rose Garden and lecture the nation. Trump’s visit to Carrier in Indiana was leadership on steroids.

So too, the signal to China was important. It was a reminder that the United States has options. Yes, we want peace with China. Yes, we want to be able to buy their cheap products. Yes, we need their markets for our exports. But we cannot let our wishful thinking cause us to give away the store.

And Boeing? That is a signal to the corrupt corporate insiders who gave their bribes to the Clinton’s expecting a return on their investment. Want to be a success during a Trump administration? Build good products at a good price. Rely less on bribes.

 

 


Why George H.W. Bush will be ranked as one of America’s greatest presidents.

December 5, 2016

In a hundred years George H.W. Bush will be ranked among America’s greatest presidents. Maybe in the top five, with Washington, Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and, yes, his predecessor, Ronald Reagan.

It will be said that Lincoln saved the union but Reagan and Bush saved mankind.

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George H.W. Bush will be ranked as one of American’s greatest presidents.

Today we worry about what would happen if nuclear weapons fell into the hands of terrorists. In the Reagan – Bush years that had already happened. Both the Soviet and Chinese government’s had nuclear weapons and both sponsored communist regimes that were barbaric.

Pol Pot, who ruled Cambodia practiced the most virulent form of Marxism. He targeted for execution anyone in academia, medicine, the military, government bureaucracies, private business. He marked for execution anyone who wore eye glasses. His thinking was that if they wear eye glasses they can probably read and if they can read we must eliminate them to restart our nation without contamination from the West.

President George H.W. Bush kept one of the escapees from the Cambodian killing fields on his senior White House staff as a reminder of what he was facing down.

Reagan started the process that ended the Cold War but it finally ended on the watch of George H.W. Bush. Reagan called for the Berlin Wall to come down. But it finally happened under the patient, brilliant guidance of George H.W. Bush who not only knew when to act but also understood the value of restraint and who knew when to remain silent.

When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, Bush united the world against the action. When he led the Gulf War, the invasion against Iraq, his allies, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait paid for half of the cost.

Within three months, allied forces defeated Saddam Hussein and drove the Iraqi army out of Kuwait. President George H.W. Bush called an end to the hostilities, and allowed Hussein to remain in power in Baghdad. Bush was heavily criticized for his decision. Others advocated eliminating the Saddam Hussein government altogether, while we had the chance. But Bush, Sr. feared that it would destabilize the region and upset the delicate Sunni-Shiite balance of the Middle East.

It’s not very often in history that we get to see what would have happened if a leader made a different decision but in this case we can. Years later, Bush’s son, President George W. Bush would be confronted with the same choice and he would topple Saddam Hussein.

The region was plunged into chaos, hundreds of thousands lost their lives, millions were uprooted, Christian communities dating their history back to the apostle Thomas were exterminated, wars spread across the Middle East, and the United States, who borrowed the money from world banks to fight their war, was plunged into its  second worst economic crisis in history.

Someday, a hundred years from now, when historians catch up to all of these details, there will be marble statues of George H.W. Bush. And when they pass by parents will tell their children, it is not only what  you do that makes you great, sometimes, it is what you don’t do. It is when you stay calm, or stay silent, or as another president, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

 

 

 

 


Pigs in the Parlor: How the Trump White House will get rolled if it doesn’t watch out.

November 13, 2016

 

PIGS IN THE PARLOR

Donald Trump may have won the election but the Washington pigs are ready to rush the White House and run his government for him. It will be hard to keep them at bay. So far he looks like he’s got this figured out.

Here’s how it works.

He has to have specialists who can run the different departments of the White House. And that means people who have done it before. If you want someone to run Communications, they will tell him, you have to have someone who has run Communications at the Pentagon or HHS. Someone who has experience.

You can’t just bring in a ballplayer to the Major Leagues if they have had no experience in college ball or the Minor Leagues. And you can’t bring up a first baseman and expect him to play third base.

So once you bring in that new White House Director of Public Liaison, for example, who ran coalitions on Capitol Hill or at the Labor Department, or for Senator Snort, who hated Trump, he or she will quickly populate it with friends. They will open the door and rush them in. “Quick, quick, before they close the door.”

All of Senator Snort’s people will be in there. Trump haters.

“Oh, we need her, Mr. President, she knows how to do this in her sleep. She’s the best.”

“Hiya, Mr. President,” Giggle, giggle. “Yes, I didn’t vote for you but boy am I now convinced that you are the best!” Giggles and squeals.

The few loyal Trump folks will soon be isolated and set-up for failures which will be leaked to the pig buddies in the media who are happy to oblige since they have known the pigs for years and depend on the pigs for their stories.

The Weekly Piggy Magazine will have their folks stop by, urging the new Trump White House to promote government grants to the Hogwarts Think Tank, which buys ads in their magazine which pays their salary, which pays their mortgage.

And if the Trump White House doesn’t play along with the corruption they will have Miss Piggy, who writes a column for their magazine, appear on Fox News to declare, “Trump is not a true conservative he is now abandoning the Hogwarts Think Tank! Imagine that? Reagan loved Hogwarts.

Most pundits correctly predicted that Trump would bring in the Big Bad Wolf to be his Chief of Staff. But to Mr. Trump’s disgust, in time, he may learn that the Big Bad Wolf also likes the pigs. It makes him appear downright loyal by comparison.

The Big Bad Wolf may even sacrifice loyal Trump folk and sometimes feed them to the pigs. He would tell Mr. Trump that he, the Big Bad Wolf, alone stands between the president and a devouring host.

“I told those little piggies, Mr. President, that if they don’t behave I will huff and I will puff and I will blooooow their houses in.”

“Thanks Big Bad Wolf,” Trump will say. Thank God that at least YOU are loyal to me.”

But it looks like that isn’t going to happen to Trump. He’s not only going to bring in the Big Bad Wolf, by himself, now he’s going to bring in Roadrunner too. He will have both of them run things at the White House. One can blow their houses down if they don’t get the work done and the other can run circles around them.

So what more can you ask?

I’ll tell you. Trump needs a troika, a triad. Two will fight. Three, as Reagan taught us with Baker, Deaver and Meese, are even better. You will have one who can offer the tie breaking vote.

So yes, the President-Elect is almost there. But he still needs Yosemite Sam, you know who I’m talking about? The one who shouts and has a short temper. Trump’s got his Baker and his Meese. But he still needs his loyalty enforcer. His Lewandoski. At least to get things started. Because in the White House, the President knows, loyalty Trumps competence.

Now those are the pigs in the parlor.

What’s outside? The corporations with their lobbyists who want everyone to be burdened by regulations, except themselves. Who want money direct from the government, without competitive bids.  And who want money direct from the Federal Reserve where they can just print it as electronic numbers on a page.

And they aren’t pigs. They are hogs.  And they are really, really dangerous. Even the Big Bad Wolf is afraid of them. Roadrunner can only run for the hills. Yosemite Sam can only stutter. But that’s another story for another blog post.


Trump Wins, his rape charge haunts.

October 9, 2016

The mainstream media was stunned by Donald Trump’s performance Sunday night and is working overtime to offer some misdirection over his specific charges about Bill and Hillary Clinton’s victimizing and targeting of women.

The Associated Press, Politico and others are debunking Trump’s claim about Hillary laughing over the rape case.

But here you go. Listen to the audiotape for yourself. This from an earlier posted YouTube.


What Trump does now?

October 8, 2016

Yep, he’s been hit pretty hard. But you knew it was coming. John Kennedy once said, “nothing just happens. People make it happen.” And we know who arranged for the release of tapes damaging to Trump. And more will happen. A lot of money is at stake. A lot of people have invested in the Clinton’s and they want to get their money’s worth.

So what does Trump do now?

According to Evangelical Christian leaders, only a few months ago, Donald Trump accepted Christ  as his personal Savior, so it’s about time for him to cash in and enjoy the benefits.

According to Gallup as many as 48% of the American population claim to be born again. And millions more understand the concept of redemption.

Here’s what it means. Your past is forgiven, including anything you might have done or said ten years ago.

When the recent issues of Trump’s  vulgar comments are raised in the debate tomorrow, Trump should step up and declare his faith.

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“Look, I got into this race to make American great again. I have been sick about the corruption and the loss of jobs and the terrible deals we have made with China and Mexico and just about everybody else. I think the deal we just made with Iran is one of the most dangerous in history.

“But that said. I was wrong when many  months ago  I said that I didn’t need to ask for God’s forgiveness. I did, and I have, and I have accepted Christ as my personal Savior. And if I get nothing else out of this campaign I have that, and I have that for keeps.

“Now, if you want to judge me for things I’ve said and done in my past, enjoy yourself. I’ve asked for God’s forgiveness and I’ve asked for the forgiveness  of those I’ve hurt. God has forgiven me and I hold onto that.”

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That said, this recent flap, so far is about words. It cannot compare to what FDR did to Missy LeHand, or Jack Kennedy did to 19 year old Mimi Alford, or Bill and Hillary Clinton did to Juanita Broderick and other women who were victimized twice, once by Bill and later by Hillary who worked to discredit them and destroy their lives.

It is a marathon but Donald Trump can still win this thing.

 


What if Hillary is forced to drop out?

September 12, 2016

 

 

First, before I get started, let me say that this is not to question Hillary Clinton or her campaign. Don’t put me in the vile category of Matt Lauer who was taken to task by the New York Times for daring to ask her questions during a recent NBC forum.

And please don’t include me in “the deplorables” that Mrs. Clinton defines as racists, homophobes, Islamaphobes who support Trump. My circle of family and friends include all of the targeted groups she mentioned.

Clinton, who is the 2016 Democratic nominee for president has not actually had a press conference in 2016. And I completely understand why the New York Times wants her to be protected from prying questions. It now turns out that she has been ill for weeks.

This probably comes as no surprise to the long lines of well wishers she has been coughing over at events across America. There must be a trail of pneumonia a thousand miles long.

No, no, Hillary Clinton does not have neurological issues. Notwithstanding the concussion and the blood clot on the brain, this is not about any of that. This is just pneumonia. As Donald Trump would say, “Believe me.”  She just has highly contagious pneumonia. No neurological issues. It would be highly inappropriate to pry about that.

And to prove that point her campaign had her appear outside of Chelsea’s apartment and smile and wave to the media, who stood back to give her room to cough, and arranged for her to hug a little girl and get her picture taken. Apparently Hillary’s highly contagious pneumonia is not relevant for the little girl , after all, a photo op is a photo op.

A few nights before people paid $34,000 a piece to contract pneumonia. This little girl got it free.

But just for the record. Just to know. Just for fun. What would happen if Hillary Clinton’s health forced her to drop out of the presidential race?

Again, keep in mind, it’s not gonna happen. But let’s say for another candidate, one less protected by the New York Times and the 1% an ordinary, non Clinton candidate in the same situation.

FDR had polio and got elected. John F. Kennedy carried colitis, prostatitis and Addison’s disease into the White House with him. He was drugged throughout much of his presidency and suffered side affects such as depression. Of course, the voters didn’t know about all of this at the time.

Presidents and presidential candidates get sick like the rest of us. They even get pneumonia. President Eisenhower had heart attacks during his second term in office. In 1973, President Richard Nixon was hospitalized for pneumonia. When he was released he made such a subtle joke that the media missed it. Said Nixon, “The doctors tell me I feel fine.”

But okay, okay, if it were to happen, if you insist, let me tell you what we know about who would take her place.

In 1973, Senator George McGovern won the Democratic Nomination at the Convention in Miami. He chose Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri as his running mate.

Two weeks later it was learned that Eagleton had neurological issues. He did not have a blood clot on the brain like Hillary Clinton but he had suffered depression and was hospitalized and experienced electroshock therapy.

McGovern said I am 1,000 percent behind Eagleton. But there was such an animated discussion in the medical community that Eagleton was forced to resign from the ticket. McGovern chose Ambassador Sargent Shriver to replace him and the Democratic National Committee agreed.

Keep in mind. Technically, if Hillary withdraws, the Democratic National Committee will select her replacement. The Chairman of the DNC is that very angry, brooding presence on ABC television, Donna Brazile. But the delegates themselves are overwhelmingly Clinton, handpicked folks who will do as she directs.

What forced Eagleton from the ticket was the drumbeat in the medical community. It became a cacophony that the media could not ignore.

In this case, it is hard to imagine that the media and corporate elites who want Hillary are going to let pneumonia be a disqualifier. If raising $3 billion for quid pro quo selling of power and access is acceptable, then they will find the doctors to say what is needed to say to defend Hillary.

In the first debate, with all eyes on her health, Hillary Clinton will get that fast ball right down the middle of the plate and like Ronald Reagan, who was asked about his age, and knew the question was coming, she should be able to hit the ball out of the park.

“I will not make health an issue of this campaign,” she will say, “I will not exploit for political purposes my opponent’s irrational and unstable comments.”