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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sustainable Economics is the Way Ahead

Dr. James Rodger and I have a new book at the publisher now, and the subject is sustainable economics. We are not releasing the title just yet as our editor has to work us over first if you know what I mean?

For our fellow citizens to advance beyond the present government calamity that is slowly revealing before us, we must take action.

1. The first action is to improve how we select and elect our representatives in government. We published How to Select an American President (c) 2017 Archway Publishing that has lessons about how to choose better candidates for all elected offices. I followed up with articles about How to Select Members of Congress, for the House and Senate. The references are all here for you to explore.

2. A second action is to read the platforms of both political parties. There are many problems with political platforms, yet it is imperative that you know what they say (read both). I have helped citizens by writing about them in the past, and perhaps I will devote an entire book to that subject in the future as it is on my to-do list.

3. The third is to understand that the American Political System is under assault by external threats, and from internal threats. The external threats include active intrusion by Russian and Chinese hackers as well as from terrorists. The foreign entities have crossed the line and may have successfully compromised the Republican Party including Donald Trump and members of the US Congress. As the facts and truth unfold, Americans are implored to clean up their political parties and demand improvement in how they operate.

4. The fourth and most important subject is sustainable economics. The reasons include these as described. The present economic course for America is unsustainable. Capitalism is unsustainable as it is. A new economic model must be developed to ensure economic security. Without it, the nation will become politically and economically unviable.

Exacerbated by political corruption and extreme conflicts of interest exemplified by the Trump regime and Congress, America teeters on the brink of political and economic upheaval.

The good news if American citizen-voters take action, the pursuit of sustainable economics can catalyze the nation into a positive direction with the outcome being a good life for all in the absence of poverty. That is the required outcome that the present politicians don't get.

I believe in you.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wealth Redistribution

It's going the wrong way.

I hope that citizens are watching the operation that is inflicting financial damage on them along with ruining their health while rewarding the robber barons. It is the Republican way, and that is not the American way. If you don't get a grip on this immediately, the nation will not only decline but will erupt into a violent reaction.

Wealthy politicians can only push people so far before they lose their patience and tempers.

"After Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, released a draft of the Senate health-care bill, on Thursday morning, the media finally began focussing on the essence of what Republicans are proposing: an enormous redistribution of wealth into the pockets of the already-wealthy. The bill would modify the health-insurance subsidies introduced under the Affordable Care Act and dramatically cut Medicaid, all to deliver a big tax cut to the nation’s richest households. But there’s another aspect of the legislation that has received less attention, and that’s the way it staggers its various provisions and claims billions of dollars in savings that are far from guaranteed."
The New Yorker 

What do you want from government?

What does your district need?

Selecting a Member of the US House of Representatives is your opportunity to choose the individual who is most qualified and who understands your needs and those of the District in which you live. That is not simple.

Is your district aka community performing well?

Is it a bastion of job opportunities?

Is it progressing sufficiently with good prospects for the future?

Is it addressing the needs of people like you?

Sending a representative to Washington is intended to help shape policies and directions that help you at home. How well are they doing that now?

"Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia 
By Mike Lillis 
Frustrated Democrats hoping to elevate their election fortunes have a resounding message for party leaders: Stop talking so much about Russia. 
Rank-and-file Democrats say the Russia-Trump narrative is simply a non-issue with district voters, who are much more worried about bread-and-butter economic concerns like jobs, wages and the cost of education and healthcare." 
The Hill

Friday, June 23, 2017

Confrontation Time

Peace-loving people haven't much appetite for confrontation. What we citizens face today is a hostile government that appears to have gained power by cheating the American political system. What are the charges and the evidence?

First, the Republican-controlled Congress allowed the conditions to exist in which Political Action Committees, wealthy persons, and lobbyists can amass large amounts of money to advance their candidates under the guise of free speech. The Court had no choice except to uphold Citizens United in representing that initiative because Congress had no desire to change the rule to ensure equal representation under the law. That is cheating the system and depriving citizens of their rights.

Second, the Donald Trump campaign employed lying as a strategy. It appears that they benefited from Russian interference and propaganda to help Trump. From Trump's own statements, he encouraged the Russians. While we don't yet know what the Special Prosecutor and investigators have discovered, we do know that the National Security Agency and FBI have verified Russian interference. We also know that Donald Trump has consistently refuted or undermined the finding which creates the appearance of aiding and abetting the Russians.

Third, Donald Trump has apparent conflicts of interest with his businesses that are unresolved and are violations of the Emolument Clause of the  Constitution. His family members, sons, daughter, and son-in-law have unresolved conflicts of interest and possibly more grave breaches as they are under investigation.

The Misprision of Fraud breach by Trump and Pence regarding Michael Flynn is an ongoing investigation with plenty of circumstantial evidence that should be of much concern to citizens.

Compounding these terrible circumstances is a Republican Party that is so conflicted in its pursuit of power that they are willing to sacrifice democracy to maintain it. The leadership is participants in obstruction of justice, and some may have colluded with the Trump campaign as it will likely be shown that it committed treasonous acts.

To go along with this circumstance is capitulation the Americans cannot afford. Witness today that The Trump White House continues to try to impede freedom of the press. Impairing the press must not be tolerated for an instant.

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Trump did something right today

No, he didn't invent the law. It was ready for action before he arrived. Congress got around to passing the legislation and presenting it for his signature.

It is the new law that empowers department executives (in the Veterans Administration) with more freedom to assess employee performance and to fire them with cause. It makes it easier than the civil service procedures. The story from the Washington Post has an edge to it.

With the greater freedom to fire, there is also improved protections for Whistleblowers.

One might wonder, if this is such a good idea, why doesn't it apply to all departments. It just might if it works at the VA.

What President Trump did well today was to praise veterans and to promote significant improvements from a department that has been inexplicably abusive to its clients.

What President Trump might want to think about, along with his Congressional colleagues, is that this same compassion is deserving of every American in need of government services, including affordable healthcare.

Today, was good practice for a President who needs to perform much better.

"Veterans have been on the vanguard protecting the nation — waging war and securing the peace. 
Now those who assist them are on the forefront, serving as guinea pigs testing major changes in civil-service procedures that protect federal employees and taxpayers. 
Coupled with earlier revisions in the Defense Department layoff process, the new legislation portends significant and across-the-board civil service changes for the federal workforce. 
The latest transformations are in the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which President Trump will sign soon, perhaps this week."

Good job.

Trump Throws More Rocks

There is a bully in the play yard, and he throws rocks. He's a spoiled brat who has yet to meet his judgment. Donald Trump has disdain for the rule of law and justice. The evidence is rooted in his history as is his behavioral disorder.

Today's anecdote is he doesn't like the Special Prosecutor. As he did on more than one occasion with criticisms of judges and the court, he is now lashing and gnashing at Robert Mueller.

Guess what? That will come back to bite you.

"Trump questions Mueller's objectivity 
President Trump in a new interview with Fox from the White House questions special counsel Robert Mueller’s objectivity, saying he is “very, very good friends” with fired FBI Director James Comey." 
The Hill 

On the attack.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cruelty from the Republican Congress

Witness cruelty.

I read the 146-page health care legislation that the Republicans scribbled behind closed doors with the intention of ramming it through just like Obama's Democratic Congress did with the Affordable Care Act. The result was defective legislation.

There is an enormous difference between the Republican-controlled Congress and Democratically-controlled Congress.

Democrats try to help as many people as they can.

Republicans are content with keeping the wealthy 1% happy while inflicting harm on everyone else.

Before your eyes, witness the horror. You can tell Republicans to knock it off, but they won't. They are too conflicted. They are not representing the majority of the people.

Boot them out at the next opportunity. In the meantime, look out for the poor and minorities because this government is a brutal regime.

"Thursday June 22, 2017

Police Forcibly Remove DisableHealth Care Bill Protesters Outside Mitch McConnell's Office

Capitol Police forcibly removed protesters gathered outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office on Thursday, with at least one photo showing drops of blood on the hallway floor." 
Huffington Post