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Monday, December 18, 2017

Unthinking is Deplorable

At the end of the year, let the record show that unthinking people exploited the American Political System and its weaknesses to promote a class of leadership that is neither patriotic nor loyal to the US Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Most haven't a clue about what they have done or how incompetent they are as members of a pluralistic democracy that is the American Republic. They don't know the jobs of US Congress nor do they understand the Job of the President and the Executive Branch. They don't spend any time studying resumes or engaging their representatives at an actionable level.

Most citizens have their hearts in the right place, though only a small percentage are engaged in their government at every level. That is a forfeiture of their rights and responsibilities.

How much time should a citizen setaside in a week to address their government and how it is performing? One hour, two, three, or four? What must be sacrificed for doing that?

Unthinking and failing to engage citizen responsibility is deplorable.

Image: Tee Public

The Failed Congress

Observe for the record that the Republican-led Congress is primed to pass tax legislation that few members of Congress have read, much less debated. The American government system is supposed to vet and vigorously review the law. If Congress doesn't do that, they are derelict in their duty.

When members of Congress fail to uphold their oath by performing responsibly, they should be impeached, and surely removed from office.

My book, How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017, describes the duties of President and addresses members of Congress. Here is a review.

To perform the responsibility as a citizen to recruit, evaluate, and select candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, I propose the following process:

1.              Define the job
2.              Derive skill, knowledge, and experience requirements
3.              Solicit candidate resumes
4.              Compare resumes with the requirements and seek to verify the candidate's claims
5.              Score the resumes
6.              Select the highest scoring candidates

First, begin by understanding the Job Model for a US Member of the House of Representatives.

“As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate) and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.”

Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution sets three qualifications for representatives. Each representative must: (1) be at least twenty-five years old; (2) have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years; and (3) be (at the time of the election) an inhabitant of the state they represent.

As with other Constitutionally-defined requirements, they are out of date and wholly inadequate. Yet, leave it to Congress to correct that. They won’t.

We the People and our political parties can force changes and improvements.

Understand that at the time of the birth of the nation, citizens didn’t live that long and rose to maturity in life early. The economy was largely agrarian, and the population was sparse. The nation has grown and is vastly more complex as are the needs of the people.

Job Model of a US Member of the House of Representatives

“Whether working on Capitol Hill or in his/her congressional district, a representative’s schedule is extremely busy. Often beginning early in the morning with topical briefings, most representatives move quickly among caucus and committee meetings and hearings. They vote on bills, speak with constituents and other groups, and review constituent mail, press clips and various reports. Work can continue into the evening with receptions or fundraising events.” 

Task 1: Represent the needs and issues of constituents of their respective Districts.
Subtask 1.1: Meet with and listen to constituents
Subtask 1.2: Communicate with constituents
Subtask 1.3: Share their sources and contributors to legislative content

Task 2: Create laws, amend, and retire them.
2.1: Create implementation schedules.
2.2. Define systems for implementing laws and regulations.
2.3. Enact budgets and funding mechanisms.

Task 3: Caucus and participate in Committee meetings.
Subtask 3.1: Collaborate with members
Subtask 3.2: Acquire knowledge about legislative topics through participation
Subtask 3.3: Negotiate and compromise

Task 4: Research and review sources of legislative input.
Subtask 4.1: Engage external sources of expertise
Subtask 4.2: Consult with Department Heads
Subtask 4.3: Engaged representatives of the Executive Branch

Task 5: Vote for or against political measures, motions, and bills

Task 6: Impeach as necessary.

“The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration. In addition to this basic power, the House has certain exclusive powers which include the power to initiate all bills related to revenue, the impeachment of federal officers, who are sent to trial in the Senate, and in cases wherein no candidate receives a majority of electors for President, the duty falls upon the House to elect one of the top three recipients of electors for that office, with one vote given to each state for that purpose.
The presiding officer is the Speaker of the House, who is elected by the members thereof and is therefore traditionally the leader of the controlling party. He or she and other floor leaders are chosen by the Democratic Caucus or the Republican Conferences, depending on whichever party has more voting members. The House meets in the south wing of the United States Capitol."

Please Read Part 2.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Tormentous Year With Trump

Sixty-two percent of Americans favor the Special Prosecutor's investigation into Russian interference in elections. The public has witnessed indictments, guilty pleas, and house arrests of members of the Trump campaign. They are a dishonest group, and the investigation continues with apparent reach into the Trump family members.

Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he had no business dealings with the Russians and that is untrue. So, why is there no impeachment action by Congress at this point?

The rule of law and due process takes time. If Donald Trump makes further attempts to interfere with and obstructs the process, then we Americans have an exacerbated national crisis.

Trump's attacks on the Special Prosecutor and his premature talk about wielding his pardoning powers are trouble indicators that he has something to hide and has not learned that his behavior in office is unacceptable.

This American will not tolerate another year of abuse of democracy by this Congress and President without a fight.

My sword is my words.

Paul de Vree - 'My word is my sword' (1969)

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Costly Turnover in Trump Administration

Several media outlets are addressing "turnover in the Trump administration." They have very different slants on the subject. Mine is based on my book, How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing.

First, I believe that the historical approach to staffing the Presidency is flawed. Comparisons with past administrations are amusing but may have no relevance.

When a new administration arrives, it is dependent on holdovers to continue operations. Among the existing staff are highly competent and knowledgeable people for which it is wise to keep them.

For the most part, the President will want to appoint department and agency heads who are aligned with his agenda and his party's platform.

From a citizen's perspective, we want Presidents to appoint staff who will stay the course of one to two terms in office. Why is continuity important? The answer is that it is costly to recruit and hire senior staff. It is vital to have continuous management which can be held accountable for their performance. The government cycles of planning, budgeting, program initiation and implementation is at least four years with overlap among cycles and processes.

Changing staff is disruptive and evasive of responsibility and accountability. Effective executives nurture the team and keep it together. Turnover is a significant trouble symptom that management isn't performing well.

Staffing the administration is a President's first primary task, and President Trump is failing at that with grossly noticeable problems.

Members of his campaign are under arrest and indicted. His National Security Director resigned for lying to the FBI. His Attorney General has recused himself from the Russian election interference investigation.

These are nontrivial problems, and the press is correct to call Trump on the carpet for his ineffective leadership. They are the citizens' voice.

The New Yorker addressed the situation this way. (Way too wordy.)

"Staff departures have been a constant of Donald Trump’s first year in the White House. Michael Flynn has put in a guilty plea. Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Anthony Scaramucci were pushed out. Sean Spicer is off working on a book. Omarosa Manigault, the former contestant on “The Apprentice” whom Trump installed in the Office of Public Liaison, was reportedly fired, on Tuesday. In September, Politico reported that “a fast-growing number of White House staffers” were updating their résumés, making lunch dates with headhunters and prospective employers, and counting the days until 2018. “There will be an exodus from this administration in January,” one Republican lobbyist told Politico. It has already been confirmed that Dina Powell, the deputy national-security adviser, will leave the White House early next year and that Paul Winfree, the deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and the director of budget policy, will head back to his old job at the Heritage Foundation after this week. Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, has signaled that he will leave the Administration once the fate of the Republican tax bill is decided.
This degree of churn is “off the charts,” according to Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, who has spent years tracking White House turnover rates. Next month, Tenpas will release her findings about Trump’s first year in office. The data—some of which she shared with me this week—is striking: even if every one of Trump’s senior aides stays put until January 20th, the anniversary of his Inauguration, his first-year turnover rate among top staff—some sixty positions in total—will reach or exceed thirty-three percent. Turnover, as Tenpas defines it, includes resignations, firings, and shifts of opinion within the White House. Trump’s first-year turnover rate will be three times higher than both Barack Obama’s (nine percent) and Bill Clinton’s (eleven percent) and double Ronald Reagan’s (seventeen percent), which is as far back as Tenpas’s analysis goes. And this, almost certainly, is just the beginning. Every one of the past five Presidencies saw a massive jump in departures during its second year: typically, the rate more than doubles as staff burnout intensifies, legislative initiatives bog down in Congress, and midterm elections, almost inevitably, deal a setback to the President’s party.
Turnover isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Trump traded up when he hired John Kelly to replace the ineffectual Priebus as chief of staff and H. R. McMaster to succeed Flynn at the helm of the National Security Council. But the coming and going of key players have a cost. When senior staff members leave, institutional knowledge leaves with them. Valuable relationships—with members of Congress, state officials, or interest groups—can be weakened or lost. Junior staff members are often left without a sponsor, a portfolio, or clear direction. During his campaign, Trump often promised to run the White House like a business, but few C.E.O.s would accept or survive, a level of staff attrition as high as this Presidents.

It began almost immediately.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Morning Blast from Trump

The President addressed FBI law enforcement officers this morning at Quantico. The general theme is that law enforcement needs our full support and respect. Fine.

However, his posture included that he appreciated their loyalty to him because no one is more loyal to them than Donald Trump. That is surely debatable. It is most certainly Trump's style of patronizing the audience in a manner sounding like an authoritarian dictator.

Trump, the manipulator, added the attack on the immigration process that uses a lottery system to admit people into the country. He alleged that "many of them" are criminals of various types.

I agree that the lottery idea is ignorant. Congress should fix that immediately. However, to make generalized accusations against a segment of immigrants is wrong. That is the trouble with Trump. He takes something that is correct and adds his personal "wrong" ingredient and spin. That undermines his credibility.

Americans have the backs of law enforcement. Donald Trump serves Americans so long as he enforces the law and if he has not broken the law. Stay tuned for the outcome because this presidency is on probation and We the People are the probation officers.

On Probation

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Population Size and Natural Resources

Population Size and Natural Resources

One of the topics in my new book on sustainable economics discusses the fact that many populations result in living in locations that are inhospitable to their numbers. Where people live, and work must have sufficient resources. For a variety of reasons, people end up in the wrong places where the population is too dense.

Whether locations can support them or not, they attract people. One instance is the State of California. The state's popularity includes Pacific Ocean beaches, mountains, and consistently warm weather. In fact, much of the region is a desert without a natural potable water supply. 

The climate is attractive however the geophysical problems are dangerous such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Applied technology attempts to mitigate deficiencies. Still, excess population contributes to environmental damage including unhealthy air and water.

There is a limited capacity to support people, though there is deficient political will to address the problem. 

Issues such as illegal immigration manifest in California because the state promotes farming due to the multiple growing seasons. 

Agriculture is automated, yet migrant workers are needed to support crop tending and harvesting. Migrants find it more attractive to stay in the state in contrast to going home when the job is complete. They have families and want to keep them with them. Doing that places an extraordinary burden on public services for which business, government, and taxpayers haven't adequately accounted. 

The problems aggregate from local and state government to the federal government that shares responsibility for protecting the borders and managing population migration.

Laws are on the books governing the circumstances. However, legislators failed to enforce the laws and to provide adequate resources to manage the situation. That manifested into a national crisis. 

The questions remain:

What are California's optimal population size and demographics including the workforce skill, knowledge, and experience profiles?

What are California's limits regard to clean air and water?

What is the deviation between the present situation and what is acceptable?

If there are too many people living in different places, what is being done about it?

"In February its eight “jail facilities” held an average of 17, 362 men and women: more than the 15, 300 inmates held in all 63 county jails in New York state. All but one of Los Angeles County's facilities are overcrowded, and the system as a whole has 38% more prisoners than it is meant to house. 
The Economist

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jones Turns the Tide, 'Alobama"

Doug Jones' margin of victory is 20,000 votes that are 0.5 percent or less though enough to win with confidence. What does that say for the state of Alabama and the Republican Party?

The fact that Donald Trump and the GOP backed Roy Moore, a candidate with despicable character revealed the level of immorality prevalent among the political community. The percentage of Republicans who are deplorable, individuals with flawed behavior is greater than the twenty-five percent that this analyst had previously estimated.

That circumstance points to a lack of intellectual development and shows how elastic individuals can be in trading "Christian morals" for accepting sexual misconduct, racism, bigotry, and discrimination.

This morning, Donald Trump awakens to the news that once again, he has failed to defeat his nemesis, Obama.

"The upset win by Jones means the GOP will have just a 51-49 edge in the Senate for the next year. A Democratic victory in a traditionally Republican state will also doubtlessly have GOP lawmakers in both chambers worried about next fall’s midterm elections." 
The Hill
"Jones wins Alabama Senate seat for Dems 
MONTGOMERY, AL. — Democrat Doug Jones is projected to win Tuesday’s special Senate election in Alabama, dealing a huge blow to President Trump and costing Republicans what should have been a safe seat in a deep-red state. 
Jones's victory over Republican Roy Moore comes after Moore faced multiple allegations of molestation or sexual assault against teenagers." 
The Hill email

Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore
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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Throw Out the Morals

The deplorable rule now. The Republican Party has embraced immorality and illegality on many fronts. The President of the United States is illegitimate. The party the elected him are insurrectionists. Democracy in America is going down, and the popular majority is too quiet in their protests.

Republicans are so ideologically committed to greed, racism, and bigotry that they will embrace a child molester for the Senate. They accept a misogynist as their President.

Will they stop and change course when the Special Prosecutor makes the case that this President and regime, including Congressional leadership, are traitors?

As it stands, there is only one legitimate American political party, and that is the Democratic Party.

Image: The Daily Beast

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Trump Cases - Before and After Inauguration

Here is a call to all lawyers to help a citizen sort the matter of prosecuting Donald Trump if the evidence warrants.

There are two situations:

1. Candidate Trump's involvement in coordinating, conspiring and colluding with Russians interfering in American elections.

2. President Trump's actions to impede the investigation by obstructing justice.

If it is proven that the Trump campaign violated laws and regulations governing Amercian elections and the political system, then his legitimacy as President is in question.

If he is not the legitimate President, then none of his administration is legitimate. The executive branch is null and void.

If members of Congress participated in obstructing justice and the investigative process, then they would also be subjects for impeachment.

Since the Vice President is a member of the Trump campaign and is apparently conficted by his association with Paul Manafort and Donald Trump, he would be unable to serve as President.

The discussion about the President being immune from prosecution for obstructing justice might be a consideration only if it is determined that his actions as a candidate were legal and that his subsequent incumbency is legitimate.

The focus now should be on the candidate's actions. Second, a President must not have business conflicts with his serving. To determine that requires scouring his financial records. That has not been resolved and is now a part of the Special Prosecutor's examination.

Talk about pardoning, and that of immunity from being charged with obstructing justice has the cart way ahead of the horses.

I am not a lawyer, just a citizen for which ignorance of the law is without excuse.

"Trump's lawyer sparks intense debate on obstruction of justice
President Trump’s personal lawyer kicked off a fiery debate on Monday with one controversial statement: The president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice. 
The assertion comes in the wake of a presidential tweet, which legal analysts dubbed anywhere from “cataclysmic” to “a non-story,” that raised questions about whether Trump has put himself in legal peril in the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election."

Deplorable of the Year
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Trump Is Steamrolling America

The immoral and illegitimate President is rolling over 62% of Americans who oppose him and the Republican-led Congress.

He endorsed a pedophile child molester, and Alabamans appear to be going along, as is the evangelical Congress. Religion and morals under God don't matter. What does?

The rule of law matters and so do We the People. I am resisting. How about you?

Worse Than Trump

American citizens might wonder what can be worse than a reckless and irresponsible misogynist racist President? The answer is a Republican-led Congress that continues to permit him to get away with it.

Is there not one ounce of patriotic allegiance to the nation in the batch of red-colored rightists?

The President attacks all of our sacred institutions while aligning with the Russians who helped elect him. 25 % of the nation's deplorable go along with that.

"Trump Slams FBI on Twitter 
President Trump launches an online tirade against the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and accuses its former director of lying."

Lock Them Up

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Conspicuously Absent

Has anyone noticed that there has been no mention of Trump's tax returns of late? One thing that the Special Prosecutor didn't have to request is the Trump tax returns because he already has them. The IRS has been working them over for over a year.

Therein lie the money trail and the story that might explain Trump's approach with the Russians.

My theory is that the Russians helped bail him out of his financial calamity when his businesses were going bankrupt. That's when he became conflicted and indebted to the Russians.

He became their instrument. He made promises as he had to do to conceal his problems and exposure.

Believing in his superior savvy, he figured that with the help of his family, he would manage the situation mob-style.

That didn't work.

My critics will ask me for proof. I am postulating possible explanations for Trump's radical behavior. Let the facts accumulate as they are. I am a predictor.

(Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Fake President

"There is nothing fake about pleading guilty." Carl Bernstein/CNN

Donald Trump rode to The White House on an unscrupulous campaign and with themes that brought out the worst in American voters. Unapologetically, they are deplorable.

"Making America Great Again" is a fraudulent slogan because the nation and its people under the rule of law are solid assets.

Political parties failed the citizens by promoting flawed candidates. The US Congress failed Americans by permitting corporatists and wealthy persons to multiply their votes with dollars. That undermined the principle of equality.

I confronted Mitch McConnell with that problem at a new event in 2016 at which he replied that the law must be changed to ensure one person means one vote. If corporations are persons too, then they should not be able to expand their influence through campaign contributions. He didn't say that I did.

The issue today is that President Trump repeatedly said his campaign individuals had nothing to do with conspiring, coordinating, or colluding with Russians in the interference of the Election 2016.  That is a lie as evidenced by Paul Manafort, George Popadopolous, Richard Gates, Michael Flynn, Jerred Kurshner, Jeff Sessions, and Mike Pence among others.

Guilty pleas and prosecutions are before us as evidence to the contrary.

President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. The US Congress is obstructing justice by failing to hold the President and administration accountable.

"There’s a narcissistic fraud in the White House. An angry, hollow, vindictive man is running the country. What bottomless emotional need does he have for acclaim? It is hard to know where his rampant narcissism ends and serious mental problems ensue. He lies prodigiously and for no reason except he obviously has an unclear vision of what the truth is." 
Barbara Streisand


Year End Report

The year 2017, I wrote 867 blog articles under "How to Select an American President." The initiative is mine as an author and independent journalist. It is intended to inspire voters, political parties, and elected officials to improve the qualifications and evaluation process for candidates for public office.

I published two books:

How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing Division of Simon & Schuster.

Regenerating America with Sustainable Economics by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing Division of Simon & Schuster.

If American voter-citizens read these books, it will create a community that can make a difference in improving the American Political System and economic model for the future.

If they don't, by the time the population reaches the same understanding that I am offering, it will be too late to save the nation.

Both political parties need to consume these books and to debate their contents. That is my hope, and with readers like you, we can advance the books to The New York Times Best Seller List to build the community as envisioned.

Thank you for reading and please ask questions and offer debate as you feel it is needed.

James A. George

Absurd American Regime

End it.

It's my country, and I want it back.

With Michael Flynn pleading guilty of lying to the FBI about his involvement with the Russians and much more, it is another nail in the coffin of the Trump presidency.

It is also a nail in the coffin of a Republican-led Congress that is supremely corrupt. The Congress is desperately trying to pass a tax package that benefits their corporate and wealthy donors even at risk to the nation's economic and military security.

Congressional leadership is so corrupt and misguided that it is obstructing justice by turning a blind eye to an illegitimate president. The President persists in assaulting the media and any branch of government that opposes him. That is tyranny, plain and simple.

Allowing this President to flirt with nuclear war with the North Koreans, Russians, and Chinese is horrendously irresponsible.

I am calling for the Democratic members of Congress to "stop work." They should put full attention to impeaching the President by resistance and revolt under the rule of law.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rape the Nation

The GOP tax legislation rapes the future generations.

The GOP-led and Trump-demanded tax plan will harm the nation both near term and in the long run. It increases the debt irresponsibly. Trump said it would pay for itself. He is wrong and lied as that is what this President does.

"Senate GOP tax bill would add $1 trillion to the deficit, Congress’ analysts conclude 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the tax bill is close to the finish line, and claimed the economy has grown "in anticipation" of the bill. (Reuters) 
By Erica Werner, Mike DeBonis and Damian Paletta November 30 at 4:02 PM

The Republican plan for a massive tax overhaul steamed toward Senate passage on Thursday, even as a nonpartisan congressional scorekeeper said the plan would fall short of GOP claims that it would pay for itself.

Call to Congress to End Errant Brinkmanship

Only the Republican-controlled Congress can stop President Trump from continuing his reckless behavior while undermining the rule of law and defying the Constitution and his oath of office. Congress is America's last line of defense even though its leadership conflicts by corrupt influence by corporatists and wealthy persons whose actions are unpatriotic. 

President Trump is pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety in national security. A wrongful Congress is gambling that their disproven tax policy will continue to improve the economy. It will have the opposite effect.

Read my books: How to Select an American President and Regenerating America with Sustainable Economics. Americans need to get smarter and real quickly before this regime ignites World War III.

"The dangerous game of North Korean-American brinkmanship
Tony Magliano Nov. 3, 2017 
North Koreans watch a news report of an intermediate-range ballistic missile launch on a big screen at Pyongyang station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Aug. 30. (CNS photo/Kyodo via Reuters) 
Remember the game of chicken? 
It’s a foolishly high-stakes challenge in which two drivers risking death, drive on a collision course towards each other until one of the drivers chooses to swerve away.
Since neither driver wants to be called “chicken,” meaning coward, they both push the decision to swerve away to the last possible moment, each hoping that the other driver will be the one to back down and swerve away. 
This is a very dangerous game – a game now being played between North Korea and the United States. 
But in this game of chicken, the high-stakes of two possible deaths increase to hundreds of thousands of probable deaths. And if it goes nuclear, the stakes rise to millions dead.
During this year North Korea has launched over 20 missiles – some flying over Japan – and according to seismic readings may have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. And if not already, it is getting close to being able to hit the U.S. with one or more nuclear-armed missiles. 
For its part, the U.S. has deployed in the Pacific three aircraft carrier strike groups. This armada of warships carrying attack aircraft and cruise missiles is capable of launching a massive preemptive attack upon North Korea.

Emergency Alert: Authoritarian Grab

This is not a drill, nor is it fake news.

The news on all channels is that Donald Trump is mismanaging diplomacy in dealing with the increasing threat from the Republic of North Korea, issuing an ultimatum to China, for instance.

Concurrently, the authoritarian President is continuing his attack on the free press with his secretary saying that it doesn't matter if the Trump is truthful or not because he is in charge.

The Republican-controlled Congress is so hell-bent to pay back their donors with un-earned tax cuts that they are blind to halting the President's undermining the rule of law while behaving recklessly. The leadership is engaging in obstruction of justice by failing to address Trump's conflicts and violations in upholding his oath of office.

Trump continues to engage in petty topics that are a distraction from the primary interests of the nation's security both economic and military.

Impeach Donald Trump for democracy's sake. America is losing it.

"Trump's authoritarian streak 
Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN
Trump threatens media for critical coverage

Washington (CNN)When he looks in the mirror, President Donald Trump sees a strongman. 
He vows to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea, admires the world's toughest leaders, calls for television networks to lose their licenses and roasts critics on an Orwellian Twitter feed. 
But he's an autocrat in word rather than deed. 
Trump says he wants nuclear arsenal in 'tip-top shape,' denies desire to increase stockpile
So far, America's political, judicial, military and media institutions have checked most attempts by the President to stretch his power beyond constitutional norms and to question freedoms embedded in the nation's DNA. 
The President's struggle to cement long-lasting political achievements along with efforts by his aides to rein him in had meanwhile tempered fears of some critics when he took office that Trump was a tyrant-in-waiting. 
Trump has slipped comfortably into some of the imagery, rhetoric, and affectations exhibited by dictatorial leaders throughout history and in illiberal societies around the world."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Emergency Alert: Trump Unhinged

The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson reported on MSNBC's Morning Joe program this morning that he believes Donald Trump's mind has deteriorated to a perilous state. The Huffington Report published a series of stories that are evidence that Robinson is correct.

The Republican-controlled Congress is responsible for keeping Trump in office, even while the evidence mounts that he is conflicted and extremely incompetent. Worse, the Special Prosecutor is building a case that Trump's associates were conspiring with Russians to intervene in the American election process.

Donald Trump has apparently lost his mind and must be removed from office as the news also reports that the US is in striking range from North Korea including all major cities.

Impeach Donald Trump
This is an emergency.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trump Undermines 'Good Faith' Negotiating

Donald Trump has long-touted his negotiating skills in business. However, it was bullying and cheating that are his credentials. That doesn't work in a pluralistic democracy.

Telegraphing undesirable behavior and adverse outcomes in advance of a "bipartisan" meeting won't work. Senior Democratic leadership is too savvy to keep playing Trump's game.

If the government shuts down, the Republicans and Trump are to blame, and most Americans can see that. The consequences will hurt more Americans and underscores the reality that this is a bad government regime.

Trump must be impeached for cause along with Republican leaders who are obstructing justice and undermining the Constitution and the rule of law.

"Top Democrats Pull Out Of Planned Meeting With Trump 
November 28, 201712:07 PM ET
Brian Naylor  
That meeting between President Trump and the bipartisan leaders of Congress will not be bipartisan after all since Democratic leaders suddenly pulled out of the planned Tuesday afternoon get-together at the White House. 
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, leader of the House Democrats, announced they would no longer take part after Trump tweeted he doesn't "see a deal" between Democrats and the White House over funding the government past Dec. 8, when current funding is set to expire." 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

America, on Psychotic Break

A commentator on Morning Joe this morning said that many allied diplomats believe that America is on a psychotic break with Donald Trump in charge. I think that too given that Trump and his Secretary of State are at complete odds. Trump is continually undermining the State Department with nepotism diplomacy, thrusting his daughter and son-in-law into roles that are inappropriate and for which they are without qualifications.

The State Department is gutted. No Professional worth their salt wants to work in this regime. Tillerson's slashing the budget makes diplomats vulnerable to security risks. A weakened State Department shifts more burden to the Department of Defense, skewing policy toward militarism.

Trump and his Congressional patsies are hell-bent to give tax breaks to corporations and wealthy persons whether they need it or not. That will add Two trillion dollars to the debt while threatening the middle class and poor.

This authoritarian regime is out of control and dangerous, ignoring We the People.

"Congress returns to nightmare December 

Lawmakers are bracing for chaos in December as they plunge into several high-stakes legislative fights. 
Both chambers are expected to be in session for roughly 15 days before leaving town until January, but the looming battles could push their exit date closer to Christmas.
Republicans want to get a key agenda item, tax reform, to President Trump’s desk by the end of the year. 
That would be a daunting task even under the best of circumstances — but Republicans are also facing a Dec. 8 deadline to avoid a government shutdown, with fights over immigration and healthcare also crowding onto the agenda." 
The Hill

Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Americans Can't Believe It's Government

The Republican Party served up this news item to me today via email. They are crazy.

Several tribes in America may be on the verge of sectarian eruption. It could get violent because the President and Congress are undermining the rule of law and failing to uphold the Constitution.

  • Right-wing conservatives including evangelicals, misogynists, and corporatists
  • Moderate Republicans, a vanishing tribe
  • Moderate Democrats, a vanishing tribe
  • Left-wing Liberals, a populist group with a propensity to grow

Charges are under investigation by a Special Prosecutor that is addressing apparent intrusion by Russians into the American Political System. Allegations are that members of the Republican Party and the Trump Campaign broke laws and committed conspiracy toward colluding with the Russians.

The Democratic Party appears to be mounting a more organized resistance with efforts to file impeachment charges and to take abuses before the courts.

Meanwhile, the Republican Congress is attempting to ram legislation forward that will pay-off their corporate and wealthy constituents with a tax plan. It is base on the same theory used by Ronald Reagan that turned out to be false and failed.

Multiple economic evaluators say that the plan will favor the rich and bite the middle class and poor. That is apparent to anyone who can read the idea that has been a secret.

Americans must resist and revolt against the legislation that will harm the nation.

Citizens must back initiatives to prosecute the members of the Executive and Legislative branches who are obstructing justice.

"Breaking News From GOP Insider Brief 
A White House official issued a harsh criticism of Congress' nonpartisan group of tax experts Friday, calling a recent analysis from the outfit "incredibly misleading" and "dishonest," reports the Washington Examiner. "There’s probably been no more dishonest or misleading study than that one that came out yesterday,” said Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs. He was referring to an analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation published Thursday that found that the Senate GOP tax bill would raise the taxes of some middle-income groups. Short was asked about the analysis on CNN."


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Republicans are US Enemy #1

One of the two political parties in the US is on the record with a platform that is opposed to the Middle Class and Poor. If citizens cared to read it, there are no surprises.

If someone told you that your elected officials have no interest in providing affordable healthcare for all Americans of equal quality, what do you think?

If they said, "We're going to leave 30 million Americans without, and we don't care because we don't want to pay for it?" What do you think?

Do you believe that elected officials of that callous ilk will do anything to care for you?

"SENATE REPUBLICANS JUST THREW AN OBAMACARE BOMBSHELL INTO THE TAX DEBATE "Republicans in the U.S. Senate want to gut Obamacare in the latest draft of tax reform legislation they released late Tuesday. The new version of the tax bill repeals the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all Americans either purchase health insurance or pay the penalty." Jonathan Cohn breaks down what exactly that means." 
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The answer is that this illegitimate government that is ruled by a compromised regime and authoritarian leader and in an environment of obstructed justice is not working for you. Democracy is up in flames. Do you feel the heat?


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jeff Session's Mockery of Justice

The sitting Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has an extremely poor memory as his testimony before both chambers of the US Congress demonstrates. One must wonder about his competence and capacity since he cannot remember details about significant events in which he was an active participant. Would he remember a Russian spy, diplomat, or confident if they were sitting or standing next to him shaking hands? Probably not.

Not recalling is Jeff Sessions' best defense against being found guilty of conspiring to collude with the Russians.

Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian investigation because he is an alleged participant is a seamy politician from the disgraced state that is unrepresentative of the morals and integrity becoming the office.

A Disgrace to the Nation.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Congress, Oh Save US

We have but only one Congress to save our nation from an unfit and tyrannical President. As divided as the Republicans are, can they not get their act together to rally patriotic allegiance to our Constitutional government to open their eyes to the necessity to impeach Donald Trump?

It may be that capitalism has so corrupted them that profit and self-gain have eroded commitment to their oaths of office.

Republicans and Democrats can get on the same page to agree that Trump must go. That means, wiping the administration slate clean of corrupted appointments. It is a do-over situation.

"Trump Russia: US 'in peril over president's stance'
12 November 2017

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump met recently at a summit 
Two former US intelligence chiefs say Donald Trump's stance on Russian meddling in last year's presidential election is putting the US at risk. 
The US president sparked uproar by suggesting he believed Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he said there had been no interference. 
The two leaders briefly discussed the allegations at an Asia-Pacific summit. 
US intelligence has long concluded Russia tried to sway the vote in Mr Trump's favour."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Trump puts America in peril

President Trump appears to be intimidated by Putin and the Russians. Turning his back on the National Security apparatus in favor of trusting Putin is contradictory to upholding his oath of office and allegiance to our nation.

The rationale for that includes arrogance and compromise. Suspected is that deep in Trump's business files and personal history lies "dirt" to be used against him. Hope is that the Special Prosecutor will find sufficient evidence to convince the Republican leadership to put the nation first.

It is past time for removing Donald Trump via the impeachment process. He imperils the nation.

"But asked directly whether Russia was responsible for the meddling, he skirted the question again and avoided putting the matter to rest. 
"As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership," he said. 
His grudging, caveated acceptance of a finding the US intelligence community arrived at months ago put him closer to the position of most of those in his administration. But it stopped short of answering the direct question he was posed about whether Russia was responsible."

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The Authoritarian Ball

Trump and Putin meet.

Donald Trump has long since crossed "the red line," for the American democracy. His management approach tramples the American form of government that he conjures is a swamp. Democratic pluralism is to be revered and not demeaned.

Trump continues to undermine and ridicule the institutions that protect us from tyranny. He does that because he is the source of what is harming our way of life. He is a fraud and is intent on cheating middle class and poor citizens of equality and fairness.

His behavior speaks for itself. This President is a treasonous traitor. Let the Special Prosecutor make the case that is mounting with strong evidence that he and his team have conspired with the Russians to intervene in the American election process.

"Trump criticized for saying Putin is sincere in denial of election meddling 
President Trump’s comments, made after informal chats with the Russian president, drew strong reactions. Trump also referred to former top U.S. intelligence officials as “political hacks.” Former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said of Trump’s remarks, “The fact that he would take Putin at his word over the intelligence community is unconscionable.” 
By Karen DeYoung, Ashley Parker, and David Nakamura
The Washington Post

The Authoritarians

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Foolish Charade

Asking Donald Trump to confront Vladimir Putin about Russian meddling in US elections is merely foolish. It is troublesome, risky, and dangerous to have a President who is under investigation for possible conspiracy and collusion with the Russians to be conducting the pretense of a discussion about it.

The US national security agency, intelligence, and investigative agencies are trusted sources for Americans. A President who is an incessant liar is not. His word is no good here, there or anywhere.

"Trump, in Vietnam for (an) economic summit, says Russia's Putin 'said he absolutely did not meddle in our election.' 
The U.S. president told reporters that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had more than one informal discussion Saturday after crossing paths at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam before Trump flew to Hanoi for a bilateral meeting Sunday with Vietnamese leaders. 
"He said he absolutely didn't meddle," Trump said. "I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. ... He said he did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did." 
The Washington Post email

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Republican Timeout Analysis

Is it time up for Congressional Republicans or a timeout? Congress and the President are hell-bent to pass "tax reform" legislation. However, they have not been forthcoming about what it is they are trying to fix.

Are they trying to simplify the tax preparation process?

If that is the aim, their strategy appears to be to eliminate deductions and to replace them with an increase in the standard deduction. The trouble with that is centered on which deductions are eliminated and how much allotment taxpayers get in return.

The spirit of the Republican strategy and aim is worn on their sleeves. They want to reduce corporate taxes and lower the tax rate on wealthy persons under the theory of trickle-down economics. That is a non-starter for Democrats and the Middle Class because it doesn't work.

Republican rhetoric says they want to benefit the Middle Class. However, their numbers don't work. They take away from the Middle Class and poor to feather the bed of wealthy donors.

Even if they take a timeout, they can't fix their approach without a revolutionary change in ideology. That isn't going to happen as there is no time for that even if Republicans wanted, which they don't.

Now, they are like a smaller herd of mastodons running for the cliff chased by Democrats bearing speers.

"GOP PUSHES FORWARD ON TAX PLAN FOLLOWING ELECTION LOSSES "Despite a growing sense that a Democratic wave could be coming in 2018, House Republicans showed little sign of letting up on their tax proposal Wednesday, with a bill set to move out of committee on a party-line vote Thursday and onto the floor as early as next week." According to the Congressional Budget Office, the current GOP tax plan would add $1.7 trillion to the national debt. [HuffPost] 

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

America Gets it Right in the Rearview

This morning poll results show that President Trump's approval rating has sunk to the lowest in history. Most Americans are adjusting their assessment that matches both his performance and behavior.

Being stuck with a lousy president has enormous consequences. It increases risks and undermines democratic reform. Looking over your shoulder into the last election cycle and ask what happened?

Both major political parties defrauded American voters. The Republican and Democratic Parties failed to vet, verify, and validate their candidates. The candidates bearing their brand were dangerously flawed, both Trump and Clinton. Americans deserve better than having two poor choices.

However, citizen-voters bear part of the responsibility because they have no standards for selecting and electing Presidential and Congressional representatives.

I address the problem and offer a solution in my book, How to Select an American President.

Actions needed to correct the problem begin with your reading the book, discussing and debating it. It requires a majority of Americans in the middle class to adopt the principles and standards for reform.

Please read my blog. Share it with friends. Follow me, and I will take the fight to Congress. I am not asking you for a contribution. Just read my book.

Here is where to order: Soft or Hardcopy:

The Washington Post

Saturday, November 4, 2017

How to Select an American President: Analyst's View of Trump Case

How to Select an American President: Analyst's View of Trump Case: First, is there a case against Donald Trump? For sure, the evidence is mounting for the Special Prosecutor to open a specific investigation...

Analyst's View of Trump Case

First, is there a case against Donald Trump? For sure, the evidence is mounting for the Special Prosecutor to open a specific investigation into Donald Trump and not just the Russian incursion into the American Political System.

Before launching into the case against Trump, consider Trump's latest protest tirade made while he was on the way to Asia for a severe diplomatic tour.

Trump criticized the Department of Justice for failing to investigate Hillary Clinton. His allegations are based on a book by Donna Brazille that said that Clinton had a contract with the Democratic Party that compromised the independence and integrity of the party organization in assuring equal treatment for all candidates.

The Clinton and Democratic Party relationship should be investigated by the Federal Election Commission as the FEC may also have cause to investigate the Trump and Republican Party relationship. Trumps calling for the DOJ to investigate his political opponent is akin to an authoritarian act and is undemocratic and undermines the rule of law.

By factual evidence as the public knows it, Carter Page, George Popadopolous, Paul Manafort, and Rick Gates, all Trump campaign associates, engaged the Russians with the intent to obtain their support in undermining Hillary Clinton's campaign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions swore under oath that he did not know of that. However, there are at least three contradictions to his statement that make him vulnerable to charges of perjury and lying to Congressional investigators as well as the Special Prosecutor.

The public also knows that Donald Trump Jr and Jerrod Kushner were directly involved and met with Russian spy representatives.

The smoke around The White House doesn't get any thicker than that before a fire ignites. 

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Welcome Candidates' Resumes

On my blog page, Facebook added a place for political candidates to post their resumes. That is exceptionally good.

As new candidates for high offices appear, I will evaluate their resumes using my approach as recommended in How to Select an American President By James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing.

If you have a candidate for Congress that would like me to consider, just send a message. If they have announced their candidacy, I will evaluate their resume.

Go to my Facebook page: How to Select an American President. Like and follow the page.

I encourage you to do read the book and do the same. We will compare results, with your permission.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

More Disturbing Behavior from The White House

There is never a surprise from Donald Trump as his behavior is predictable. His response to the deadly terrorist incident in New York included attacking the Judiciary and Congress. His disdain for due process and the rule of law is consistently evident.

The evidence mounts against the Presidency that gained entry to The White House apparently, by all means, including illegal.

Donald Trump does not know how to engage Congress and the Judicial branches as partners in the process. His behavior is despotic by contrast.

My book, How to Select an American President by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing advise voters to elect Presidents who have a command of Constitutional Law and who respect the rule of law. Donald Trump is unfit.

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Immigration Lottery

One of the few things about Donald Trump's ideas about which I agree is that immigration into the US should never be by luck and chance. At this stage of national maturity, each case deserves thoughtful consideration about the prospect of applicants becoming productive and self-sustaining citizens.

Regarding the treatment of immediate family members, there must be vetting and consideration about the aggregate becoming self-sustaining.

Much discussion is needed about this topic, and not at as a whiplash reaction to a terrorist incident.

My book, Regenerating America with Sustainable Economics by James A. George and James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, addresses the topic thoroughly.

"Trump seizes on N.Y. attack to push immigration and vetting policies 
After the Las Vegas shooting, the White House said it was “premature” to discuss gun laws. But after the New York attack, President Trump said immigration laws must change. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) 
By David Nakamura and Ed O'Keefe November 1 at 8:11 PM 
President Trump moved Wednesday quickly to gain a ­political advantage in the wake of the New York terrorist attack, casting blame on Democrats for lax immigration laws and calling the criminal justice system’s handling of suspects “a joke.”
A day after a man, identified by authorities as an Uzbek immigrant, killed eight people on a Manhattan bike path in an act authorities said was inspired by the Islamic State, Trump seized on the deadly crime to renew his calls for a series of hard-line policies."

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Paul Ryan, Unqualified

The Nation depends on a 47-year-old Speaker of the House to lead the overhaul of the American tax system. The trouble is not his relatively young age. It is his skimpy resume that should have precluded his becoming a candidate for Congress, to begin with. Yet, without standards, and without political parties properly vetting them, citizen-voters are let to judge in the blind.

Resulting from a senior system that tends to advance elected officials without consideration for qualifications and achievement, the nation is stuck with a deficient government.

Judge for yourself. Look at his resume. What did he accomplish before becoming a professional politician?

Read my book, How to Select an American President to better understand how to evaluate resumes of a prospective candidate for all elected offices.

"This is Paul Ryan’s moment of truth. 
The 47-year-old Speaker of the House has been preparing for it ever since the Wisconsin Republican won his first election to Congress nearly two decades ago. 
Tax reform has been Ryan’s true passion and life’s work on Capitol Hill. The former Ways and Means Committee chairman has given countless speeches on the subject and spent the past year pitching the GOP’s tax framework to manufacturers around the country.  
And tax reform — if it passes or fails — could be the last landmark piece of legislation Ryan works on in Congress, several of his GOP colleagues said."

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