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Sunday, July 30. 2017
Kevin is amusingly prickly, but misses the point. Trump was not elected for his IQ, breadth of knowledge, refinement, morals, wisdom, or policy savvy. He did not run on those qualities. He was elected because he was an outsider, to disconnect the cables and overturn the tables. He is trying.
A reckless non-careerist is what was wanted. You don't have to like the obnoxious SOB to appreciate some of the things he has done. If you dislike his personalty, then don't invite him to your next dinner party.
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I used to be a Williamson fan and have one of his books. He has contracted a bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. I can't read his stuff anymore.
Don't be so hard on Williamson. He's just a member of the Greek Chorus - a sock puppet in current parlance. Whomever is signing his pay check is calling the tune.
Yes, and he's doing a great job at not being Hillary.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. PDJT was elected because he was the only American running against two dozen commie globalists from both parties. We Americans had no other choice. The Others voted for still-not-my-President Clinton, and by Others, I mean idiots and fools.
National Review has lost it's mind. I get the impression that they would rather have Hillary! as president then some low class "salesman" like Trump.
They'd rather lose and feel morally superior then have someone who isn't one of them win...
Some of them came out and said they preferred Hillary to Trump. And may of them profess to still prefer Hillary. Those are the ones I can no longer take seriously
A few years ago, Glen Beck filled in for Sean Hannity at an NRA convention. I like Sean, but Beck was wonderful. When he said he wanted Hillary to win, it was "Goodbye, Glen." Same with P. J. O'Rourke, George Will, Bill Kristol, et al.
I can understand if you didn't want to vote for Trump. I can understand if you thought just about any negative thought about him you wanted, but if you voted for Hillary, you preferred the dishonest, corrupt, incompetent, leftist continuation of the Obama administration (at best) to the unknown (at worst).
I wouldn't invite Trump over for coffee (there's not enough room for the SS detail in my apartment, and I don't think my wife would let him in, anyway), but I wouldn't invite Kevin, either.
The Unbearable Smugness
I am very weary of repeating "It isn't about Trump, it never was about Trump."
It is about the Political-Media Complex, it's lack of empathy for, sometimes outright malice toward, the Middle. While they actively work against the well being and future of regular everyday Americans, they still expect them to roll over and whizz in the air. DJT was the only one who was in a position to push back against Financialist-Globalist Interests. If Ike were to speak today, I don't think he would warn of the Military Industrial Complex, they are the VJ tem in comparison.
To quote The Deplorable Phantom
"Finally, the damage to the nation was so great, that they got up off their butts and voted for the rodeo clown because anyone else would have been more of the same. "
Yes, this and the fact that Trump could self finance. The "more of the same", regardless of party, genuflect to the Globalists and the Financialists, for campaign funds, and party invites.
The Dems and the GOPe could have turned this around at any time, and still can, if they refocus on the very real concerns of the Working Middle, you know those people who aren't interested in hand outs, subsidies or gaming the system but aspire to be self sufficient, productive and contributing.
There have been a few Dems and Reps who have stepped out and made this very case but luckily, for Trump, they have been spitting into the wind. Any attempt to actively work for the well being and a positive future for everyday working Americans will be scuttled by the Political-Media Complex. They reject even being accountable to the Working Middle.
Mostly the "more of the sames" lack the necessary self awareness and are too self serving to respond. Trump is sure lucky in his enemies and critics.
If there is a single stumbling block on the road to the future, it is the bureaucracy as we know it. ET HALL
I have a superficial awareness off Edward T Hall, the pioneer who wrote “Beyond Culture”; he wrote the bureaucracy has : “no soul, no memory, and no conscience…. They are self-serving, amoral and live forever. What could be more irrational? Changing them is almost impossible, because they function according to their own rules and bow to no man, not even the President of the United States, or a Prime Minister. Custom, human frailties (foibles), and the will to power keep our bureaucracies going. … Paradoxically, most bureaucracies are staffed largely with conscientious, committed people who are trying to do the right thing, but they are powerless (or feel powerless) to change things. None of which would be so serious if it weren’t that these are the very institutions on which we depend to solve all our major problems. Some answer must be found to bureaucracy.”
Dr. Hall was writing in the 70s (I think) but even so, he now appears so naive regarding the character of the political class and its media subordinates. I don’t think his generous description is true of today’s coiffed and credentialed Mandarins. I think they are sly, underhanded, malicious, and all about style over substance, as pointed out by Mr Cummings .
In case you haven’t guessed my hobby horse, is the Bureaucracy, by any other name the Technocracy, the Clerisy. I think Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, nailed it when he wrote, “ To a greater or lesser extent, the story of this Euro-election has been the rise of the minor parties – some of them bizarre, some of them downright potty, but all of them united by a visceral dislike of the EU bureaucracy: its arrogance, its remoteness, its expense, its endless condescension and its manic and messianic belief in its right to legislate for all 500 million people in the EU."
I think it was Instapundit who had an article reminding us of how the regulator/bureaucrats f'd up light bulbs, washing machines, toilets..........
...and gas cans!
I think a lot of people underestimate Trump. His brusque and the effort to paint him as a fool has many people under estimating his intelligence. He may be the smartest president in our lifetime. I also think too many people confuse "slickness" with intelligence. Obama was slick like a dishonest used car salesman. Bill Clinton was slick like a sneaky child molester. JFK was a figment of Joe Kennedy's imagination and what his money could buy. Eisenhower was an accomplished officer who know his trade well but hardly brilliant. Nixon may have actually been one of our most intelligent presidents but I would still bet Trump trumps him.
Re: "Nixon may have actually been one of our most intelligent presidents..."
"Who's the smartest guy in the Republican Party?" I asked eight Republican governors and U.S. senators when I was a young newspaperman in the 1964. The governors and senators knew Nixon, Scranton, Goldwater, Lodge, George Romney, and Nelson Rockefeller personally.
In response to my question, the eight governors and senators all gave the same answer: "Nixon."
"He was elected because he was an outsider..."
The fellows who wrote up your constitution were pretty careless, weren't they?
In composing the terms of presidential eligibility they appear to have said nothing about the need to have been a Beltway insider or an Ivy League lawyer or a longstanding party hack.
I despise Trump. I've despised him for 40 years.
He's the right man in the right place at the right time.
Today’s Federal Debt is $19,844,938,940,351.37 (7/30/17).
The amount is the gross outstanding debt issued by the United States Department of the Treasury since 1790.
But, it doesn’t include state and local debt.
And, it doesn’t include so-called “agency debt.”
And, it doesn’t include the so-called unfunded liabilities of entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Federal Debt per person is about $60,818.
At the end of FY 2017 the total government debt in the United States, including federal, state, and local, is expected to be $23.4 trillion.
Nothing else matters if we don't stop the bleeding. We are basically already on the verge of bankruptcy, if not over the line. And yet all government wants is more and more spending, from bailing out Obamacare to everything else.
We are addicted to deficit spending and I don't think we can quit. We will never pay it off and most probably will never pay it down. We will continue to borrow until it all comes crashing down around us. When interest rates return to a more normal 6% the payment on the debt will be untenable and we will not be able to make the payments. And even when this all happens we will still borrow or try to borrow. Our government needs a 12 step program or an intervention. But sadly it isn't gonna happen. What will likely happen is we will continue down this road until we crash into a great depression lasting 10 years.
It is not just the deficits. In addition they hobble American business and suppress the revenues that would be generated along with all the tax revenues, not to mention the jobs.
Also, the stimulus spending went into a leaky bucket and a percentage that reached the employees, who are also consumers, flowed offshore.
That is the rub. Trump is a doer in a city of talkers. Academics are not people who accomplish in general. They chatter on about things, write things, while the doers are doing.
Clearly, it is unrigorous to equate skills at doing with skills at talking. My experience of good practitioners is that they can be totally incomprehensible— they do not have to put much energy into turning their insights and internal coherence into elegant style and narratives. Entrepreneurs are selected to be just doers, not thinkers, and doers do, they don’t talk, and it would be unfair, wrong, and downright insulting to measure them in the talk department.
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
Keep in mind, Trump has been very successful in not one but three very difficult and different fields. He's a successful Manhattan developer, builder of buildings. He was a successful television star. Reality TV, but then he wasn't just regurgitating written lines. He won the Presidency over the odds, in a new and unique way spending far less money than the "experts" ever thought possible.
When someone say Trump is dumb or uneducated, that is a clear signal of someone without critical sense or self discipline to face objective facts.
Can't stand the guy. Wouldn't want to meet him (or any of the others for that matter, well maybe Rand Paul) but I would have crawled across broken glass to vote for him and will again.
Not because of who or what he is but because of what he isn't.
"He cannot negotiate a health-care deal among members of a party desperate for one,"
Actually, what we've seen is that they are NOT desperate for one. They're trying to avoid one while making it look as if they want one so that both the supporters and the opponents of change will vote for them. That's why they all voted for repeal when they knew it wouldn't pass but didn't when they would have actually been held accountable.
"... can’t manage his own factionalized and leak-ridden White House,"
Check back with me on this one in a few months now that Kelly and Scaramucci are in charge.
"... and cannot lead a political movement that aspires to anything greater than the service of his own pathetic vanity."
It aspired to appointing a Supreme Court justice who thinks that Congress and the States should amend the Constitution, not 9 unelected people. It aspired to fill Federal judicial openings with judges who think the same. It aspired to remove Statist regulations. And those aspirations are being met.
"... can’t manage his own factionalized and leak-ridden White House,"
We are in the middle of a palace coup. These leaks are mostly from Democrat operatives still in the swamp. Political fighting in DC is normal but what we are seeing today is not normal. The elite are trying to overthrow Democracy. They intended to put one of their own puppets in office and the voters didn't fall into line as predicted. No previous president could stand up to this all out assault either.
I'm more interested in his appointments than his style. I love nearly all his appointments so far. I never thought I would be this lucky.