Tuesday, July 11

The G19.

President Donald Trump has no desire to keep United States as the leader of the free world.




 This is not what anyone saw coming. Our role as leader of the free world kept in most cases peace across the world. The 20th century two wars world wars in the first half. As the leader of the free world succeeded in keeping the communist movement and the Russians from taking over much of the world.  The Cold War was run by Republican and Democrats as president kept the world safe.  The collapse of the Soviet empire was not followed by a major war which historically mostly what happens at that time.  History will be kind to President George H.W. Bush. President Donald Trump  either want does not want to be the leader of the free world, or doesn't know any better.

 My view of this is that President Donald Trump is incompetent he does not have enough understanding of the world history of last century or even before, to understand the consequences of those decisions. Every other nation in the G 20 was just taken aghast by the way he acted and what he said. China and Russia are the other two large military and economic powers that will take our spot but they don't same intentions. We kept the trade passages open.  Everything we did Russians won't do that neither will the Chinese.

 If he gets his way will be relegated to a second-tier power.   It would be a complete repudiation of the last 75 years. America would not be great again.  He will go down as the worst president in the history of United States.


Monday, May 29

President Donald J. Trump the Isolationist.

 The Shove Seen Around The World.


After the conscientious meeting with the NATO allies,  Angela Merkel said that after the meeting, that NATO could no longer be depended of the United States, to act as part of the post World War II European and American military alliance.  This alliance brought the end of the Cold War without any major military operations. The political and financial alliance brought an end to the Soviet Union Empire. President Trump brought out his campaign issue that declared the NATO nations were not carrying enough of the financial and military costs. He also refused to stand by the Paris accords that were designed to help decrease man made climate change.

Given the evidence by his repeatedly historically  ignorance,  that was quite evident, he may have signaled a a sea change in American foreign policy.  He also seemed to withdraw our support for Article 5 of the NATO agreement. A quick summary is an attack on one nations in NATO is an attack on all the other nations and guarantees military actions as one nation. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that "of course" President Donald Trump backed NATO's mutual defense doctrine, despite not making an explicit reference to it during a visit to Brussels this week. But given his repeated over and over again retraction of policy statements, that draw no criticism from the right, who is truly going to believe McMaster? Mr. Trump did not respond himself. He was too busy writing increasingly incoherent tweets since he arrived back in the White House. 


Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
I look forward to reading the @CommerceGov 232 analysis of steel and aluminum- to be released in June. Will take major action if necessary.

As a side note, the Carrier 800 jobs Trump touted as a result of his election, has 600 lay offs are being issued. 
He issued a statement saying that his foreign travel was a knock out. Well, if you think shoving a member of the NATO alliance out of his way, is  'knock out " you probably agree. But outside the alt-right world, the reviews were mixed at best.  

As usual,  using twitter of course, condemned the New York Times and the Washington Post  as "Fake News" in his angry and ignorant tweets.

The New York Times, quoted here and the Washington Post article here say basically the same thing.

We are withdrawing for the most part, as the primary force in NATO, to be replaced by France and Germany.  Two democracies, that Mr Trump seems to despise, are left to their own, repudiating over 60 years of military and economic cooperation.


BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Europe’s most influential leader, has concluded, after three days of trans-Atlantic meetings, that the United States of President Trump is not the reliable partner her country and the Continent have automatically depended on in the past.
Clearly disappointed with Mr. Trump’s positions on NATO, Russia, climate change and trade, Ms. Merkel said in Munich on Sunday that traditional alliances were no longer as steadfast as they once were and that Europe should pay more attention to its own interests “and really take our fate into our own hands.”

“The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over,” Ms. Merkel added, speaking on the campaign trail after a contentious NATO summit meeting in Brussels and a Group of 7 meeting in Italy. “This is what I experienced in the last few days.”
Ms. Merkel’s strong comments were a potentially seismic shift in trans-Atlantic relations. With the United States less willing to intervene overseas, Germany is becoming an increasingly dominant power in a partnership with France.

Most of the voters that supported Donald Trump, wanted to change the way things were done in D.C. Most of them may have voted for him, because Hillary Clinton was a successful target of the anger against D. C. I don't think that a majority of the regulars to this blog, may not have voted for Donald Trump, if they knew how he was going to effect a sea change in American foreign policy. Instead of working with our 60 year old partners in NATO, he seems to be much more interested in dealing with the Russians on a non contentious partner in many endeavors. The same thing is his friendship of anti-democracy dictatorships, as in Turkey, Egypt, Venezuela and the religious dictatorships like Saudi Arabia. 

This is my opinion on why so many 'unnamed sources' are willing to expose the connections between the Trump administration and let's be honest, his Russian allies. The other story on Jared Kushner that had been dominating the news cycle for several days, and it' snot going away, is  further evidence that the President wants to repudiate the anti-Russian alliances that ended the cold war and lead to the collapse of the Russian empire a I said above. 

Mr Trump has also indicated that he's seriously considering tariffs on imported goods, mostly from Mexico, again a democracy, for he most part, and others. I for one don' t think that the policies he's following are going to behelpful to economic growth in the United States because we are part of a world economy, and no where near as dominant as we were. If we get into a trade war, there are no winners. and what he is ignorantly not aware of, are the dangers to our economy. The last two major economic collapses have occurred  under Republican Presidents. It may turn into the same "knock out" as we had under Calvin Coolidge.

Thursday, May 25

Another One Bites The Dust

Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe By The F.B.I.

Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.
Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.

The FBI's scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau's sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but the Trump family circle. The Washington Post first reported last week that a senior White House official close to Trump was a "person of interest," but did not name the person. The term "person of interest" has no legal meaning.

From all I have  learned, there are no criminal issues, but it just keeps coming out. Another thing that makes no sense, is why Kushner has a role in the office. Nepotism is almost bad judgement, he's got zero foreign policy experience yet he's got a key roll in decision making. And that's one of the problems that the President demands loyalty, But he is under investigation by the prosecutor, and could be called to testify in a grand jury, and he cannot refuse testify, or be  faces imprisonment for contempt of court. 

The resemblance to Water Gate is getting interesting. The only criminal issues could  be obstruction of justice. We don't know where it's headed, but we have to wonder why these keep drip, drip, drip. 

And the other story is the results of the Gestapo.. Republican in the lead.  

Gianforte leads in early Montana results

An already unpredictable House race was shaken up further after Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assault for allegedly attacking a reporter.


Republican Greg Gianforte has an early lead in Montana's special House election, as returns trickle in a day after he was charged with assault for allegedly attacking a reporter covering his campaign.
The race between Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist captured national attention this week after Gianforte’s on-tape blow-up with The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, which was described by him and three other journalists who witnessed the episode as a “bodyslam.”

Gianforte's lead over Quist was at 50 percent to 45 percent with about 230,000 ballots counted.

TrumpCare Will Leave 23,000,000 Americans Left To Die

What is Worse, is the loss of protection of previous conditions. 
Hurry up and die, so we don't have to take a financial risk.

 
TrumpCare

C.B.O. Has Clear Message About Losers in House Health Bill

 

The Senate now has a clearer sense of who would win and lose under the health bill the House sent them. It also got a startlingly direct message from government analysts about how destabilizing one of the House ideas could be.

The Congressional Budget Office published its assessment of the House health bill on Wednesday, and warned that a last-minute amendment made to win conservative votes would result in deeply dysfunctional markets for about a sixth of the population. In those places, insurance would fail to cover important medical services, and people with pre-existing illnesses could be shut out of coverage, the budget office said.

It found that about half the country would face thinner coverage for people who buy their own insurance, as it would be unlikely to include mental health and addiction treatment services, maternity care or rehabilitation services. Medical deductibles would also increase.
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In states that opt out of pre-existing conditions will lead to price increases of insurance will go up in some cases, perhaps mine, by 800%

The absolute truth about the Republican assault on the health of those of lower means, is the taxes that helped pay for better coverage for millions came out of the hands of millionaires,  the usual inent of any Republican health bill is another chance to greatly reduce the tax burden on the already wealthy top 1%. That would mean a few people would get billions in tax cuts, and the people left behind will not be able to provide insurance for themselves or their families. 

The C.B.O. reports that instead of 24,000,000 Americans will lose their coverage, so it's only 23,000,000. This will come at a cost, from the reduction on taxes on the wealthy are $3,200,000,000
That is thirty two billion 

We have a federalist form of government but there is no reason to use that as an excuse to push millions off the insurance plans.


The Russian Endorsement of Trump

Top Russian Officials Discussed How to Influence Trump Aides Last Summer



Paul Manafort, then the Trump campaign chairman, at the Republican National

Washington  — American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former American officials familiar with the intelligence.

The conversations focused on Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign chairman at the time, and Michael T. Flynn, a retired general who was advising Mr. Trump, the officials said. Both men had indirect ties to Russian officials, who appeared confident that each could be used to help shape Mr. Trump’s opinions on Russia.

Some Russians boasted about how well they knew Mr. Flynn. Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russia, who at one time had worked closely with Mr. Manafort.

The intelligence was among the clues — which also included information about direct communications between Mr. Trump’s advisers and Russian officials — that American officials received last year as they began investigating Russian attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of Mr. Trump’s associates were assisting Moscow in the effort. Details of the conversations, some of which have not been previously reported, add to an increasing understanding of the alarm inside the American government last year about the Russian disruption campaign.

Drip Drip Drip 
The truth of the Russian involvement in the Donald J. Trump election effort in  the United States. The free elections are one of the underlying foundations in the United States Constitution. 

The Russians were vital in the victory of Donald J. Trump. It's that simple.  

The denial by our excellent host is unchanging.

President Trump Branded Press "Enemy" of the American People

The Billings Gazette Retracts Their Endorsement of Gene Gianforte.

The Republican Party of Trump
 This is just another assault on the first amendment. The Republican party, lead by Donald Trump in their assault on the most important amendment of the Constitution of the United States. He sets the table for this and what is even worse, the Republican leadership will not take on Trump and as of this morning, has not withdrawn their support on the assault on he Gazette Reporter.

The Billings Gazette is a conservative news paper, I was a subscriber when I lived in Billings. But they are being responsible as you will see here. I haven't heard a bit from the President on this and when he does, my prediction they will carefully call him out but will not withdraw their support.

We're at a loss for words. 
And as people who wrangle words on a minute-by-minute basis, that doesn't happen often.
What happens even less — hopefully never again — is a Montana candidate assaulting a reporter. While there are still questions left unanswered about GOP House hopeful Greg Gianforte's altercation with Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, eyewitness accounts, law enforcement investigations and records are all shocking, disturbing and without precedent.

That's why The Billings Gazette editorial board is also doing something without precedent: We're rescinding our editorial endorsement of Greg Gianforte.
Although we're greatly troubled by this action against a member of the media who was just doing his job, to make this an issue of media intrusion or even a passionate defense of the role of a free press during an election would be to miss the point.
If what was heard on tape and described by eye-witnesses is accurate, the incident in Bozeman is nothing short of assault. We wouldn't condone it if it happened on the street. We wouldn't condone it if it happened in a home or even a late-night bar fight. And we couldn't accept it from a man who is running to become Montana's lone Congressional representative.
We will not stand by that kind of violence, period.
We previously supported Gianforte because he said he was ready to listen, to compromise, to take the tough questions. Everything he said was obliterated by his surprising actions that were recorded and witnessed Wednesday. We simply cannot trust him. Because trust — not agreement — is essential in the role of representative, we cannot stand by him.
While we clearly made a poor choice in our original endorsement, an even bigger mistake would have been to stand by it, or say nothing even though this editorial appears on Election Day and may open us to criticism of trying to unduly influence the outcome.
We'd point out that all the other questionable interactions Gianforte had with reporters, including one case where he joked about ganging up on a reporter, must now be seen through a much more sinister lens. What he passed off as a joke at the time now becomes much more serious.
To the voters who have not voted yet, we simply urge you to evaluate each candidate very carefully and make the best choice.
To those who have voted: Unfortunately, Montana does not allow those who voted early to reconsider and vote again. We're one of the few states that does not. This would seem to be the best reason we should urge our state leaders to change that law.
We understand that not all the facts about the case have come out, and that Gianforte should be allowed due process. But the eye-witness accounts and the recordings have stunned us. And a citation by the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office makes this more than a misunderstanding that can be spun by campaign staff.
We also hope that other longer-term lessons can be realized from this bizarre, deplorable scuffle.
First, we hope that Republican party members and leaders call this for what it appears to be, an inexcusable act. We hope that partisan politics has not eroded our decency to the point where leaders and supporters feel the need to defend the indefensible.

As this is written, the silence of the President and the Republican leadership, is deafening . 


Five Years