Trump and Obama job numbers the same: In June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. economy gained 222,000, (forecast 178,000), a boost to the Trump administration. However, no boost to Trump can be claimed since, in June, 2016, the economy added 287,000 jobs outperforming projections (forecast 180K) by over 100,000 jobs. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was repeatedly disparaging of the jobs numbers under Obama, and called the economy a “disaster.” He lied then as he continues to lie now. The U.S. economy is identical under Trump and Obama. The average new jobs are the same under Trump and Obama. The unemployment rate in 2016 and 2017 increased in 2016 to 4.9 percent from May’s 4.7 while June 2017’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.4 from the 4.3 in May. Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi said, “We’ve been creating close to 200,000 jobs a month for more than seven years,” this despite early horrible jobs numbers thanks to the Great Recession. In support of Trump lies, White House Press Secretary and acting Communications Director Sean Spicer retweeted the Free Beacon Press and erroneously celebrated June job employment as a new record.” Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
In search of a greater purpose: Repeal and replace is a fish story wrapped in newsprint to hide the smell of American Greed. Medicaid covers 75 million Americans, 1/5th of our nation, 34 million children, 11 million disabled, and 7 million elderly, many living in nursing facilities. All their lives Medicaid adults were tax-paying contributors until skyrocketing heathcare greed consumed them. Republicans claim we can’t afford Medicaid, yet the hypocritical BS voted $1.45 trillion dollars for an airplane to bomb families with children in Syria. Another smelly tale Republicans haul out of the trash is, States can best care for their own. Seventeen Republican controlled States don’t participate in Medicaid and already have the heartbreakingly worst health records. Repeal and replace is a trillion dollars tax break for America’s wealthiest. American greed is a killer of Americans who care. Republican try to distract with outrageous balderdash like, “Why should men pay for women’s prenatal care?” or “Getting sick is your own fault, not mine.” Any party of small government is a party of small minds with deep pockets. Greed must be suborned to a greater purpose in life. We need to eulogize selfless deeds, stop worshiping wealth, and start praising the nobility of public mission. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Immigration reform is a plea for humanity: For more than a century foreign workers have drifted back and forth between homes away and in the US in search of work; mostly back-breaking labor disdained by Americans. When customs languish—ignored, abused, or misused for profit––all humanity suffers. Profitable labor at minimum wages forced on the powerless is a self-fulfilling prophecy of government welfare. When the economy is good, complaints about welfare are minimal. When the economy gets tough tolerance recedes. Dissension rises. Immigrant workers become scapegoats. Instead of reforming outdated customs Conservatives use public dissension as a whipping boy to distract public opinion from the corporate causes of economic failure. While foreign labor yields record profits, Conservatives persuade Americans out of work to blame immigrants instead of corporate criminals. By punishing foreign workers, Conservatives continue to reap the profits of cheap labor, while retaining political power. Instead of reform, Conservatives pass laws breaking up immigrant families and sowing fear knowing that passion always dominates reason. The average American is by nature friendly, but tell him or her, when their pockets are empty that it is patriotic to punish immigrants, and suddenly foreigners are “illegal aliens” and a threat to national security. It might be well worth noting that the average German citizen in 1935 was also a friendly fellow until times turned bad. That was when the Nazi state sold an economically suffering public on the idea that it was patriotic to kill foreigners and Jews. After all these aliens needed to be punished for taking jobs away from German patriots. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Trump is the king of fake news: Trump broke America’s promise to lead the world in energy conservation with fake news that the agreement was costing jobs, yet renewable energy has already opened five times as many new jobs as those closed to fossil fuels. Trump fake news gave himself an “A” for time in office, while 75% of America polled him failing. Trump fake news termed the FBI investigation of his hidden Russia contacts “a witch hunt.” As Congress and the FBI continue to assemble evidence for further investigations, Trump fake news replies, “I have every right to talk to Russia about America’s secrets…Back channel negotiating is part of the job.” Trump fake news includes: “Climate change is a Chinese hoax, US generals know nothing, US intelligence is a farce. Comey was a nut case. Our Third Fleet is in North Korean waters responding to their missile threat,” (actually next to Australia.) Trump fake news is, “Demanding loyalty of Comey is not inappropriate…I never asked Comey to suspend his investigations.” Trump fake news is Trump’s administrative plan. Constant fake new confuses everyone, confuses truth and falsehood, and deflects blame. “I’ve already brought back a million new jobs.” The four month facts are half a million jobs, the same monthly average as under Obama for the past eight years. Trump fake news delays disclosing his taxes, his income from Russia, and his personal financial benefits accrued as POTUS. Trumps lawyers admit Trump’s tax returns show income from Russia, but Trump calls their statements fake news. “Bush and Obama were not treated as badly as me,” is Trump fake news drama. Trump leaking government security for humanitarian reasons while calling whistle blowers “traitors” is fake news baloney. Trump’s daily lies are fake news contentions. Trump’s campaign promises were fake news electioneering. Trump’s personal slurs and putdowns Trump claims he never says are more fake news lies. Trump twitters are fake news official statements. Trump’s alleged record-breaking inauguration was fake news. Smearing Sally Yates and calling her disloyal for performing her job was fake news. Berating critics, the media, US judges, US congress, and the Republican Party, the mayor of London, the German Chancellor is all fake news. “I do not badmouth anyone, I intimidated them,” is Trump justifying name-calling as fake news “deal negotiation.” Nothing Trump says is real news. Everything Trump says is fake news. Trump is the king of fake news. Calling everything he dislikes fake news is just more fake news. Even the mainstream media is guilty of promoting Trump fake news, by constantly reporting Trump fake news. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Nobody believes Trump: Trump rages against the media for taking his tweets seriously, while WH spokesperson Spicer asserts Trump tweets are policy statements. Trump says China is reining in North Korea, but offers no proof? Trump claims Obama wiretapped his offices, but provides no evidence. Breaking the US promise to curb global warming, Trump mistakenly claims US jobs are being lost, yet the records show five new green jobs opened to every fossil fuel job closed. Trump lies about everything: “Russia did not interfere in the US elections, the FBI investigation is a farce, global warming is a Chinese hoax, my inauguration was the biggest ever, I would give myself an A for accomplishments to date, Comey was showboat disliked by everyone, I lost the popular vote to thousands of illegal aliens, and Obama is not a US citizen.” Every Trump utterance is now examined for a shred of validity. Experts say, “Trump is an inveterate liar; he lies to cover up lies, lies to promote opinions he believes are true, lies to confuse the public so people don’t know a lie from the truth, and lies because he just says what he feels.” “Trump digs coal,” read signs of his base supporters. Even Trump signs are unbelievable. We all know that coal diseases kill people, but paychecks close minds. “You can’t handle the truth,” Colonel Trump would have screamed to the courtroom. Propaganda is the conquest of public opinion. Big propaganda is big lies persuading good people to do the wrong thing for right reasons. America is full of good people so confused they can’t tell right from wrong. In the long run, truth may prevail, meanwhile living with lies is your own fault. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Immigrants made America great: Every generation of Americans has fears about new immigrants. Will they take away jobs? Will they change the American way of life? Will crime increase and neighborhoods deteriorate? Every generation’s fears about immigrants has disappeared through inevitable assimilation. German immigrants in the colonies almost started a war over taxes, yet Germans were the major contributors of troops in the Civil War against slavery. Irish were treated like dogs in burgeoning urban centers, yet built our nation’s railroad system into the world’s largest transportation network. Scandinavians opened the logging industry, Russians turned prairies into a breadbasket of wheat. Eastern Europeans were imported by entire towns to mine minerals turning western territories into states. For a hundred and fifty years Hispanics have been imported to pick fruit, garden homes, clean hospices, the grunt labor newly prosperous Americans no longer wanted. Today Hispanics make up the fastest growing and largest group of small business owners, and the majority of employers. Immigrants made America into the most powerful nation in history. Every new generation of immigrants is the hardest working and most productive workforce and the major factor imbuing new energy into those who came before. Fear of immigrants is not new. Anger at immigrants has always been used by the unscrupulous to garner power and wealth. Immigration, however, is the lifeblood of American greatness. Greed excites passions, but a greater America can only come about when the chemistry of new blood revitalizes the lassitude of routine. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.
Once upon a time there was a fake president of the United States. Everyone knew he was a fake president because he was always spouting fake news from unreliable sources, with no evidence, and full of preconceived opinions instead of facts. He had a trumped up name, but most people called him a liar. This fake president was a blowhard. He liked to call people names. It made him feel good to put down others. It made him feel even better to make those who criticized his errors feel his pain. It helped that he was able to belittle others for his own inabilities. Our fake president had a shallow mind and very little ability to reason beyond his own needs. To impress others, our fake president would make boisterous pronouncements believing loud conveyed importance. When questioned for details or clarification, Mr. fake president turned childish and petty, resentful of the idea that what he said could actually be at fault. As a result of his lack of forethought he quite often reversed himself often not knowing he had done so. He called others who changed their minds flip-floppers, yet Mr. fake was well known for being against something before he was for it then changing back without explaining why. Most of the positions this fake president held were generalized notions he had heard from acquaintances in his clique, slanted fake news stations, and those who pandered to wealth and notoriety. As a fake president, he knew he was elected to govern and expected to prepare for his lack of experience. Instead he ruled by fiat issuing daily edicts supplemented by lashing out with personal tweeting rants. Before he was elected by, what in his words was a rigged election process, this fake presidential candidate made such outrageous statements that no one thought he was capable of properly executing any public office let alone president. They were right. But it did not matter if a fake president ruled poorly. His followers did not like government and were always happy to see it fail. To complainers, the fake president would respond that he won the election––rigged or not, and he was the president––like it or not. The Republican party, whose leadership he soundly condemned, lined up behind him in lock step knowing that while they may be supporting a fake president, he was a fake they could use to obtain their political ends. People across the nation raged in protests. In every town hall they called his policies damned. Republicans feared a backlash, but knowing the public was fickle, they hoped enough time would pass that people would forget. The key, Republicans reasoned, was cutting taxes, cutting regulations, and cutting expenditures. Make enough money and who cares about fake presidents, party principles and ethical standards. Big bank accounts rule. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.