Trump to increase Deficit and Debt by trillions: The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has announced: “The Trump budget will raise the National Deficit by billions every year and the Debt by trillions over the next ten years.” Trump claims his proposal will grow the Gross National Product (GDP) 2.8% (+0.1% over the average 2.7% 1980 to 2016.) The CBO states the Trump’s GDP will drop to 1.9%. Trump claims his budget will increase Revenue by 75%, (driven by increased tax revenue from economic and population growth). The CBO says 55%, pointing out Spending increases will offset Revenue. The CBO says Trump’s budget will result in the annual Deficit increasing $720 billion per year and Debt $22.3 trillion over ten years. Are you aware that the economy has enjoyed an annual surplus for the past few years despite fighting conservatives and the Great Republican Recession? Like a fake-wrestling pro, Trump touts tax cuts for all, but while no specifics have been given for worker tax cuts, Trump will reduce taxes for the rich from 35 to 15%, slicing further into government Revenues, increasing Deficit and Debt, and cutting Medicare, Social Security, and National Health. While the poor, the average, the health-insurance-less and everyone else not in the top 1% continue to languish or suffer, the National Defense Budget, employing undeniably bugaboo scare tactics, will rise by tens of billions every year for a President playing chicken with Kim Jung-un to see who starts a nuclear war. Conservatives love to tell us that the average joe doesn’t care who’s in charge as long as he gets ahead. Are you and your children getting ahead or do you just want to spit in the government’s eye because the past government wanted all Americans first not just you? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Fake-wresting style president: A hunk of Antarctica the size of the state of Delaware fell off recently about the same time Trump was decrying “the injustice he and his son were getting over talking business with the Russians.” The ice sheet flow has already raised global ocean levels that could bring on a deluge of homeless to swamp the Syrian refugee crisis, but Trump’s greatest efforts relate to hiding from justice. For the past two hundred days in office, dodging the critics has been Trump’s modus operandi; Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burns. “My son is a good person,” is a standard Trump excuse. “There are good people among the alt-right.” Trump describes all his maligned associates Flynn, O’Reilly, Ailes, Manafort, and Stone as good people. No one is good who shows up to march for evil. Trump lives in a world where a lot of Americans would do business with the devil. To Trump the business of government is personal gain. Decades old national infrastructure is in decay. Americans carrying Nazi signs are killing people on the streets. Millions are dying from lack of health insurance. Constant protests have sent Republicans scurrying into holes away from constituents. Meanwhile, Trump bypasses the mainstream press, makes threats with tweets, and does family business deals around the world as nations flock to his hotels and resorts. The Trump card is to cast aspersion for lack of progress on Party leaders. Pense, Ryan, McConnell, and Cruz see the chaos, ignore an inept CNC, and continue to support Trump to protect their own interests. Tax cuts for the rich to Republicans are the holy grail. Even a nincompoop as President is acceptable if you can get rich off his time in office. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Government is the solution not the problem: Contrary to what greedy conservatives want you to believe, government works, it works well and it serves essential needs. Conservatives rant about government waste, but business wastes much more and then passes costs onto the consumer. Taxpayers pay a ton of money to run government, but business-run public services actually cost far more and still do not meet the needs of all the public. Imagine our Marines having to make a profit, controlling disease by the least amount dead, or giving away billions of dollars in land to build and intercontinental railroad. No business could or would build the interstate highways, public dams, rebuild after floods or hurricanes. Many corporations got their big start from free government research and development, interest free loans, special grants, and untold subsidies. If it were not for government support the business world could not stay in business. Government employees are not some hidden away bureaucrats. Government employees are the nation’s school teachers, hospital workers, police, fire and rescue workers, and all the military. Government employees operate national parks and recreation centers, the national defense systems, the national guard, and homeland security. Conservatives brag of self-sufficiency, but 96% of the tax benefits of home mortgages are reaped by the top 20% of the wealthy. Would you rather live with excessive wealth hopefully trickling down or a system that shares a community-responsible operation, run by management and employees who have the right to hire, fire, compensate and direct their own mutual destinies? Government may restrict business profits but no more so than any law that protects the citizens from becoming victims of exploitation. Government exists to help individuals do publically what they cannot do on their own. Ask yourself if your standard of living today is better because you earned it or because business did you a favor? You have to work for business, but government works for you. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
A dangerous child is in the White House: Trump is death and chaos at our doorstep. With his childish lack of anger control and a fickle finger on the nuclear button, Trump represents millions of dead in days over offhand juvenile remarks such as, “We’re going to bring fire and fury (to North Korea) like the world has never seen.” Nuclear Chicken is for immature delinquents. Diplomatic policy at the point of a gun, or a blabbermouth, kills and cripples millions. Just like the invasion of Iraq brought us ISIS and a flood of refugees, bombing North Korea will open the doors for a worldwide Asian intifada against the United States. For eight years Obama controlled the North Korean threat by backing down Kim Il Jong skillfully altering the carrot and the stick. Trash talk from boastful far right blowhards to nuke the slopes back to kingdom come, means annihilating South Korea, boatloads of millions of fleeing Asians, and market crashing entire economies overnight. The UN just negotiated a peaceful agreement with N. Korea, backed by a non-partisan US congress. Then this child with no control mouths off in a position supreme power to ruin peace with an outrageous blunder. No not Kim Jung un, Donald Trump! Now we have two megalomaniacs ranting at each other, threatening millions of innocent lives. Trump backers don’t believe death will happen to them, but they are ready to killing half the world to save themselves. Remember the Nazi War Crimes. Unlawful presidential orders should not be obeyed by the military. Murder by Presidential tweet is still murder, and murder is never pro-life. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The Terrorist Straw Man: 44,000 Americans die every year because they don’t have access to health insurance. Media reports on terror to raise ratings. Right wing hucksters talk about terror to stir up their base. Republicans use the idea of terror as a Red Herring to distract from their economic failure. Terror is even used to double the military budget, but terrorists are not invading America. You are more likely to die taking a bath than from the hands of a foreign terrorist. American terrorists kill more Americans than foreign terrorists. Thousands of American children go hungry in school so the military can bomb innocent families in Syria? How many thousands of Syrian terrorists are invading America? Hysteria in Iraq created ISIS, endless war, and history’s worst refugee crisis. The Iraq war waisted over $2 trillion unbudgeted dollars, four-thousand four hundred US young soldier’s lives, and hundreds of thousands of innocent victims. Mongering terrorism is yelling fire in a crowed theater. Idiots are ready to shut down government because they don’t have enough money to start another war. We are living in a culture of war. We are not winning the war on terrorism, we are creating more terrorism. The Iraq war did nothing to protect America. Fifteen years of war in Afghanistan has not saved America. Patriotism is helping Americans at home, not policing the planet. Rep. Paul Ryan asks how would we pay for Rep. Bernie Sander’s “free college.” Stop funding the $2 trillion dollar war in Afghanistan. The politics of war lead to more war. The poor and the middle class don’t need bullets, they need libraries. Small government is government control. Democracy is big ideas, spread out interests, competition compromising for progress. Why in the world spend $1.45 trillion on the F-35 airplane, while 20 veterans commit suicide every day, not on the battlefield, but in beds here at home? Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
The Conservative Delusion: “I don’t know when we stopped being self-sufficient” is a typical conservative social comment currently in fashion. The truth is America has never been a country of self-sufficient people. Poor people can’t be self-sufficient. Mostly they get buy, get sick or get dead. Sick people can’t take care of themselves. The injured, disabled, handicapped, elderly, and the too young always need help. In point of fact, better than sixty percent of the population of the United States has never been “self-sufficient.” Community welfare has always been extremely limited. Most communities just suffer. In the nineteenth century life expectancy was half of what it is today. People who have suffered because of accidents, crime, neglect, and bad luck are seldom self-sufficient. Mothers with children, no spouse or a drunk for a husband have a real hard time living let alone being self-sufficient. Minorities constantly degraded, jobless, and without hope, last to be hired, first to be fired, living in ghettos, working two jobs with no transportation have always found it virtually impossible to to be self-sufficient. When it comes down to it, it takes a really a self-centered conservative wearing cultural blinders to think him or herself, let alone our society, as self-sufficient. Most government laws help those who already have most of what they need. Government welfare makes business more profitable, government funds mostly improve already better schools, government builds roads and bridges for people who have vehicles to use them. Marginalized citizens don’t care about doubling the defense budget. Law and order without justice is for white people. Our tax system favors homeowners while redlining higher insurance rates for the poor and minorities. Conservatives are deluding themselves into believing self-sufficiency is admirable. They really want a meAmerica, or at least a me-first America not a weAmerica. American society is polarized today, just as badly as it was in 1817 or 1860 or 1950, because too many people think too many people are getting more than they deserve. The mission of our country is for everyone to work to promote prosperity among all Americans not just for crooks who can rig elections. The purpose of government is to help people do things they cannot do on their own. The welfare of the public is the purpose of government. Self-sufficiency is for hermits. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump Trash Talk: Anyone inclined to pity Republican support of Trump has only to hear Trump speak publicly to admit they are knowingly associating with a con man and a crook. Trump Talk is studded with glittering generalities like “everyone knows” demonstrating lack of information not proof. Trump errors are listener misinterpretations and mistakes, or deliberate misquotes backed by threats, disdain, accusations, and slander. Loyalty is one-way, blame is always on someone else. The opposition is deliberately denigrated, accompanied by slurs, innuendo, and lies. Trump Talk is the false bravado of fake wrestling, the mindless banter of circus barkers, and the smooth sneakiness of street junkies. Equating Trump Talk with “plain talk” is plain stupid, akin to pandering a thief as misunderstood. Trump Talk always includes at least one lie. Trump cannot even talk about his family without lying about something. Trump Talk is lies to cover up lies. Trump lies so often that his lies have become commonplace, business as usual, like a politician who is lying when he says I am no politician. Trump Talk is cleaning up the swamp of Washington by instead filling his cabinet with purely predatory business thieves, incompetent flunkies and election hacks. Trump Talk is expanding the wars in the Middle East only to find his generals telling him he is losing on every front. Trump Talk is about new jobs that were actually on the docket since 2016 and an economy moving forward at the same pace as eight years under Obama. Trump Talk is disruption, setting faction against faction, put downs to make himself look good, and talking out of both sides of the mouth so as to appear on both sides an issue. Trump Talk is deliberately misleading and irrationally derived, like using a hammer to swat a fly in a splashy display of showmanship. Trump Talk is business BS laced with good old boy bar room banter, saying whatever you can get away with until you get caught. Trump Talk is a total disregard of manners, ethics, and morality, all talk and no walk. Trump Talk is trash talk from someone uncultured and flaunting ignorance, someone loved by his ignominious base as he debases the office of the presidency. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.