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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Trump in summary

Nut job.

This author, analyst, and independent journalist is exhausted by frustration that the majority of American citizens who did not elect the illegitimate President have been unable to move the needle toward impeaching him.

The New Yorker describes the administration this way.
"A diary of this Administration’s alarming edicts, stumbling policy reversals, disquieting personnel decisions, frequent tantrums, and bumbling incompetence. It is an exhausting and terrifying litany." 
The New Yorker
Congress is corrupt and obstructing justice. The Treasury, FBI, and National Security Agency has failed so far to present their cases to remove Trump. The facts are all clogged up in the system that apparently doesn't know how to deal with the authoritarian who has barged right into The White House.

I wrote a book to try to motivate citizens to improve their part. Most are not reading it.

How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c)2017 Archway Publishing.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Congress and #45; hard to do the wrong things

The Republican Congress and President Trump have long sought to repeal Obamacare. They have not done it. Why?

Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, works to a great extent to address the need to insure all Americans with quality health care.

Conservative Republicans don't want to meet the need at all, and they want to repeal it.

Moderate Republicans want to repeal and replace it with a system that relies more on free-market management and less government.

A minority of Americans don't want to be required to have healthcare. They are misguided and their actions undermine the need to spread the cost across the largest population of participants possible.

The more citizens learn about the Republican alternatives that will definitely harm tens of millions of Americans, they resist and object to it. They will likely sound their objections at the polls in November.

That is why it is hard for Republicans to go on the record, doing the wrong thing, and doing it harshly.

"New ObamaCare repeal bill on life support
BY SCOTT WONG - 04/27/17 05:14 PM EDT   
The tide is quickly turning against the new ObamaCare repeal legislation.
At least 21 Republicans have said they would vote no on the revised GOP healthcare bill negotiated by centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and conservative Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). 
Those "no" votes include Reps. Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.) and John Katko (N.Y.), all centrists who had reservations about the previous ObamaCare repeal bill that was pulled from a floor vote last month because of a lack of GOP support."

Health Care is a Human Right

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Democrats should keep their eyes on the future

Last year on this day, here is what I wrote. As a journalist, you are on the record forever.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wondering about Vice Presidential candidates

First of all, if you don’t like the candidates that you have, you can almost bet that they will not pick a VP that is equal to or greater than themselves. American voters have little say in the leading candidates making the choice, except to accept or reject the entire ticket.

Democrats will most likely select Hillary Clinton. Rumored is that she might pick a woman running mate. That would appropriate since there has been a long deficit in women heading the executive branch of government.

In fact, women have been deficiently represented in Congress.

I proposed that for every Congressional District Representative and Senator that there be two seats, one woman, and one man. That would double the seats in Congress in both branches. That is a good idea because the workload is too high for the present staffing.  That would ensure a measure of gender equality.

Who are the leading women Democrats who “could be” qualified to run for president?

1. Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

No, not her. Sebelius is not qualified.

2. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Marginally qualified.

3. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Marginally acceptable.

4. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Marginally and maybe better than Clinton or Warren. Surely better than Sanders.

5. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen


6. Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill


7. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren

As qualified as Hillary Clinton and more qualified than Sanders.

8. Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire
Former Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire

Marginally qualified.

9. California Attorney General Kamala Harris
California Attorney General Kamala Harris

Not qualified.

10. Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg

Not qualified.

Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News who made the list.

At the outset, this analyst advocated a Mark Warner and Kirsten Gillibrand ticket, and it didn’t matter who was on top.

Democrats should keep their eyes on the prize.

Trump pretense on tax reform

Today, there was a press conference introducing Donald Trump's ideas about tax reform. They are superfluous and hype, the fodder of a political campaign and not actionable legislation. An incumbent President is expected to put meat on the table and not bony ideas.

The intention to simplify is good. The claim that American corporations pay too much is a boldface lie. That is what is expected from this illegitimate President who mixes facts, fiction, and folklore interchangeably.

It is just more bullshit, and nothing will happen between now and the next time that you must prepare your tax return.

By the way, we are still awaiting Donald Trump's tax return.

"White House unveils plan to overhaul tax code in what could be a major test of President Trump's ability to achieve his agenda 
The announcement of the plan — a set of principles with few details — will set off a major push on Capitol Hill to advance tax legislation later this year, as well as a massive lobbying battle over its provisions. The plan includes sharp cuts to individual and business tax rates. 
Republicans will likely criticize the plan for massively increasing the deficit, and Democrats will say that it disproportionately benefits the wealthy. 
The stakes are huge for Trump, who wants to follow in the footsteps of other Republican presidents who’ve made tax cuts a central part of their legacies." 
The Washington Post email

First Presidential Task

Failure at this can be fatal to the Presidency. The first task of the President of the United States is staffing. Qualifying, vetting and selecting and appointing is a process that must begin far in advance winning the election. The provisional shadow government must be seated in advance. There is so little time to get the job done in a live operational environment.

That is the downside of selecting a President who has no political experience. It can be fatal to government performance and the presidency.

"Lisa Rein has a fascinating story on the front page of today’s paper about Cabinet secretaries who are growing increasingly exasperated with how slowly the White House is moving to fill top-tier posts. They believe the vacancies in their departments are hobbling efforts to oversee basic government operations and promote Trump’s agenda. 
It turns out that one important explanation for the sluggish process is that lots of people inside the White House have veto power over who gets even junior jobs. Trump, who fancies himself a decisive leader, is in many ways governing by committee, something Republicans often attacked Barack Obama for." 
Power Post/The Washington Post email

Read my book: How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing.

Congress misses the mark on healthcare

Start with the required outcome: "Affordable health care for all Americans of equal quality."

The metric is 100% coverage. Got it or not?

Right now, Obamacare comes close. The Republican Congress is way off the mark. Their motivation to appeal to conservatives in their party puts the endgame even wider from the goalposts.
"House GOP circulates new changes to health bill 
House Republicans are circulating the text of an amendment to their ObamaCare replacement bill that they believe could bring many conservatives on board. 
According to the legislative text of the amendment obtained by The Hill, the measure would allow states to apply for waivers to repeal one of ObamaCare’s core protections for people with pre-existing conditions." 
The Hill email
Republicans in government are not listening to their constituents.

No deal

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Americans have no clue

Regarding the "size of government," stories are ridiculous. The Pew researchers surveyed to discover what citizens believe about government size, which illustrates how pointless polls can be.

The form of government should follow the function of government. The question should be, what is the highest order purpose of government in the democratic republic under the US Consitution?

In my books, How to Select and American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2107 Archway Publishing and Smart Data, Enterprise Performance Optimization Strategy (c) 2010 Wiley Publishing, I proposed this:

Purpose of the American Government

Optimize the return on national resources through collaboration among individuals and public and private enterprises.

Government creates the optimal environment in which these entities can thrive to create a good life for all in the absence of poverty on individual merit and with consideration for those who are disabled or unable.

Private enterprise creates wealth from which government enterprise operates in proportion.

Citizen needs and demands are the drivers which are constrained by economics and laws and regulations that ensure economic, social, and environmental responsibility in balance.

Comprehending the meaning of this is worthy of much discussion because this analyst believes that most people are clueless about it.