Trump and the Economy…

There is a Facebook page showing Mark Cuban saying, in September 2016, that if Donald Trump became our President, the stock market would tank.  The only real sign of any malaise is that eliminating from the perpetual whining of the liberals trying to make believe they were right about this man.

There is no doubt that some segment of Trump’s votes came from liberals who couldn’t, and still can’t, stomach their party’s candidate, Hillary Clinton.  I have no way of knowing how many votes can be attributed to those Democrats disappointed by their party’s candidate, but there certainly were enough to make an impact on the outcome.

The economy seems to have avoided going into the tank.  The Dems seemed to have developed highly selective memories, but that is not an unusual occurrence.  Mark Cuban is making more money than he’d likely have made with a ‘president’ Hillary.

The economy, as a measurement, is about the same as the national election in terms of the state of public opinion, except for the fact that the economy is always highly fluid.  If people aren’t doing well, it suffers; if people are doing well, the economy hums along.  Today’s economy is solid and it shows no signs of Trump-fatigue.  Sort of the “same old, same old”.  The Dems are still preaching despair and the Trump Administration scores more points every day where that counts; with the American people.

Learned liberals preach to us dumb conservatives, but it doesn’t take because we see a solid economy and a President who is actually being a President for all the people, just as he promised.  Mark Cuban, in his heart of hearts, is applauding Trump because he has to be making more money given that his prediction of an economic armageddon was in error.  Of course, we see no retractions of his earlier prediction.

Similarly, we don’t see the world stage tilted crazily because of Trump’s win.  We still have North Korea with which to deal, BUT we also have President Trump at the helm to boldly assert our rights as the dominant economic force in the world today.  We are also, incidentally, the most dominant force militarily in this world today.

The North Korean dictator continues to make threats, to puff his chest while killing off his own people, even as we stand ready to answer the call to arms.  The North Korean launch of various satellites and various missiles tells us this will not end without us taking action of one sort or another.  That will provide Russia with more propaganda material and that is too bad, but we will take the action necessary to protect our interests and, above all else, to protect our lands.

I still am most concerned with our infrastructure and our vulnerability to a low-level nuke strike that could ‘fry’ our electrical grid system, our computer banks used for defense, etc.  That would cripple us.  I believe we will need to act preemptively, and I pray that we will know the precise time to do that without holding on a week or a month too long on the diplomatic scene.

This is all very tricky.  We owe China a huge debt that grows every month.  We have some decided issues with Russia and we know that country will use North Korea to its own advantage.  We have the usual weak-kneed United Nations that is as ineffectual as always, and we may well have to stick our finger in the eye of the UN if that body gets to thinking it can force us to back down.

This is a life or death decision-point.  I am comfortable that we have the right person sitting in the Oval office after eight years of ineffectual kowtowing to the world by the Obama crowd, vestiges of which will be with us for a long time to come, unfortunately.

Us voters knew what we were doing when we passed on Hillary Clinton and went with Donald Trump as our Commander-in-Chief.  He has a few rough edges since he is not a politician and doesn’t much care about things like that.  He has made his pledge to you and me.  He will not be afraid to act boldly.

Was I a chubby dictator in North Korea, I’d be thinking about how to pull my chestnuts out of this fire without having to make a stupid decision by attacking the United States of America.  I’d know what I was committing my country and myself to if I did so, but I might also believe my own rants and think I could best the U.S. mano-a-mano.  It is this unreliability of North Korea’s leadership that would tip the scale for me if I were sitting in the Oval Office.

The launch order would be issued before the end of 2017.

Press Equality: Fact or Fiction?

Let’s get this out of the way up front:  the answer is FICTION!

A report from titled “a tale of two presidents and one newspaper’ leads off with the following paragraph:

The stench of failure hangs over Mr. X’s White House.  The people know it, judging by the opinion polls.  Corporate titans know it and whisper disenchantment with a fellow conservative.  Washington knows it when an Administration official calls the budgeting process “an unmitigated outrage” and when Mr. X’s closest friend in the Senate pronounces the President “as very close to set in concrete.”

Mr. X’s loss of authority only halfway through his term should alarm all Americans.  The economic nostrums he brought to office have not had the predicted effect.  Only by recognizing his errors will he find better ideas.  To rationalize the failure so far, or to blame his predecessors, the media and Congress, is to condemn the nation to two more years of destructive confusion.

By his own reckoning, Mr. X became President for one basic reason: to restore the morale and power of America.  By his own analysis, that meant above all “rejuvenation of our economy” so that America could regain industrial strength, put all its people to work and defend its interests around the world.

These are the opening three paragraphs of a New York Times editorial about Ronald Reagan’s first administration published on January 9, 1983.  This is the way this ‘news’ outlet chooses to frame the current President, as well.  It does that with any and all Republicans who are conservative presidents.  There is usually something to be said for consistency, but that doesn’t apply in this situation.  This is simply a reminder of the decided slant the liberal press has always displayed when the words ‘Republican’ and ‘conservative’ are intertwined.

We who are of both the Republican and the conservative persuasions have become accustomed to this fallacious use of opinion as being fact as opposed to what it is: propaganda.  This same approach is used to smear anyone who dares be Republican and conservative.  Unfortunately, there are those who despise those of us who dwell in two places simultaneously:  people who are committed Republicans and who are also committed conservatives.  Democrats and liberals, who seem conjoined at the hip, are never assailed for their beliefs even when those are once again proved to be erroneous assumptions and bad for the country.

The Pew Research Center has done another study which found the media, in general, was over three times more negative towards President Donald Trump in his first 60 days in office compared to former President Barack Obama in his entire first year in the White House.

“Fake news” is a reality, not just some fictional phrase coined by President Trump.  It is not just a once-in-awhile reality, it is a normal function of the liberal press.  The subject might be a matter of ‘news’ but its treatment by the press lends it an air of inauthenticity which makes it, from President Trump’s perspective, “fake news”.

Pew has done another study which reported that 89% of Democrats believe that the press keeps politicians from doing things they shouldn’t do, compared to just 42% of Republicans who see the press as a watchdog.  This is a simple result when you consider that Democrats are liberal and Republicans, by comparison, are conservative.  The Democrat Presidents have leaned decidedly liberal, so why wouldn’t the liberal press heap accolades upon them?

Then, imagine the power of a liberal Democrat President who was also the first black person to occupy that office.  He could do no wrong from their perspective and they still believe that even as his governing failures, coupled with a complicit Democrat Congress, become apparent with the passing of time and the changing world in which we live.

President Trump uses the shorthand term “fake news” as the description of the product of the press he interacts with day-in and day-out.  His Press Secretary may not use the term often, but she too understands this dynamic.  There may be some fact included in stories but the liberal left slant to the news lends an air of incredibility…thus “fake news”.

Hillary or Nikki?

Hillary Clinton continually pleads with her fellow Americans to let her become the first female President of the United States of America and we’ve wisely chosen to avoid that occurrence.  For some that is an indication that us males are so stuck in our rut against feminism as to fail to see a quality candidate who is female.

How about if we look at a female who has shown she has everything necessary to claim that mantle as our first female President of the United States of America?  That lady would be Nikki Haley, our current Ambassador to the United Nations and former Governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017.  She also happens to be Indian-American, is a graduate of Clemson University and is an Aquarius which makes me happy given that she and I share the same sign albeit with me having that sign for a much longer time than she.

Her full name is Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley, born on January 20, 1972, in Bamburg, So. Carolina.  Her parents are Sikh immigrants from Punjab, India.  She is a graduate of Clemson University, holds her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and helped her mother grow Exotica International, an upscale clothing business into a multimillion-dollar company (info courtesy of

This is one excellent lady who has the experience to be a great President.  That can easily be contrasted to Hillary Clinton who loses in virtually every comparison to Nikki Haley.  She has been upwardly mobile in public service roles and won entry into the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004.  She is an anti-tax fiscal conservative who won election to the Governor’s office in November 2010.

This could become the first head-to-head female Presidential race in our country’s history, and Hillary would have a tough, tough time overcoming Nikki Haley and her accomplishments and her squeaky-clean history.

Admittedly, we are likely another full term of President Trump away from needing to think seriously about a Republican candidate for the office of the President.  She voted for him after some back and forth, so I suspect he could be an ardent supporter of her, as he has been to now if she were to make these decisions and put the various things necessary into motion.

She would be the perfect Republican response to whining Hillary Clinton.  If the Democrats found themselves up against the ‘Hillary or else’ situation in the middle of Trump’s second term, Nikki Haley would be the perfect candidate.  Can you even imagine a better match-up for Republicans?  She also was very much behind President Trump’s decision to support Jerusalem as Isreal’s capital.

There will be a first woman President of the United States of America, and that simply cannot be Hillary Clinton given her and her family’s history.  We simply could not do that to our world reputation let alone to ourselves.  This is, frankly, a golden opportunity to show faith in a Southern candidate, a woman who has demonstrated she is ready, a member of an East Indian faith, has everything Hillary wished she had but doesn’t, and to become the first woman President in our country’s history.

This has to be a political trifecta; it would be good for this nation, as well as its place in the world, and would forever blunt the Democrat rant about Republicans hating women.  And, it is simply an extension of President Trump’s faith in her as already demonstrated.


Gotcha Politics…

It seems we might have virtually no reporting of a political nature were it not for “Gotcha Politics”.  This strikes far more at the national level than anywhere else unless there is a very real need elsewhere.  Most of the “Gotcha Politics” occurring happens at the national level with a tiny bit at the state level.  In Wisconsin, the “Gotcha Politics” is aimed primarily at Governor Walker, a Republican in case you weren’t aware, who has been so successful he is a perfect target for press coverage.  Knocking down Republicans is fun stuff; similar postings on Democrats must not be fun since it never happens.  Maybe there is another reason, but I already digress.

Of course, the “really big show”  as Ed Sullivan might’ve exclaimed, usually has to do with some sketchy situation that someone is trying to whip into a big story that might destroy a politician with a national reputation since statewide politicos are only good targets in their own states and the news today is driven by national print media members.  And, of course, since there is a very real bias in the media, most, if not all, of these “wanna be revelations” flirt with Republicans.  After all, we have President Trump and that means there just has to be some ‘stuff’ going on in his party.

It doesn’t really matter if there is any truth involved, it just matters that the charge has been issued in order to drive another couple of days of bogus news stories until the next rumor is issued.  If the press were at all devoid of a favorite political party, there is a bunch of real stuff they could go after in the world of Democrats.  You will note, if you are at all aware of ‘news’ that these ginned up stories do not touch Democrats, or if there is even a mention of a Democrat it is buried so that one really must work to find the two or three words that make reference to that subject.

There is and has been for some time, a very real press vendetta and that vendetta is stoked with accusations, or at least heavy-duty innuendo, against Republicans.  The simultaneous paucity of such activity aimed at Dems ought to be embarrassing to the press, but that does not seem to be something they understand, and certainly nothing they fear.

Why not a big story on all the pauper Democrats elected to national office that ready themselves for retirement as multi-millionaires?  That isn’t possible simply because there are none who qualify.  Oh, they may well have been paupers when sent to Washington, but they have been professionals in the hunter-gatherer society they found when they got there.  Some of these people have a difficult time stringing words together to form a cogent sentence and yet they have millionaire bank accounts.  Who knew?

I happened to see a Republican House member this morning at my Bible study who has been in Washington for some time.  He isn’t a millionaire nor will he likely ever be a millionaire, and yet he has held office for several terms.  There seems to be a tilted playing field and it favors the Dems who are only too happy to accept the largess.  Reporters could have a literal field day if they were to take on the challenge of digging up good stories about Democrats, of tracing the history of who they were at first and who and what they have become, but that is not something their editors want, nor is it anything the reporters want to involve themselves with for some reason.

When President Trump assails the media, he sees all this kind of ‘stuff’ in the swamp and he is astounded at the size of this pool of largess that has escaped the news cycles for years.  Of course, the media has always had their love affair with Dems, so the lack of coverage is not surprising…just terribly exasperating to us Republicans and us Conservatives.

And President Trump also sees that he is the target of the media, that the media is ignoring, apparently intentionally, all the other stories they could be hammering away at in order to work at driving that proverbial stake through his political heart.  The press sits atop one of the great stories of all time, the largess accumulated by lowly politicians who have fed at the public trough for decades…but that just doesn’t cut it when there might be a Pulitzer on someone’s bookcase if they can just find some dirt that will stick.

Great work if you can find it, I guess.

Leadership…All Shapes & Sizes

Leadership is one of those qualities that many believe they have.  Some who believe themselves to have the characteristics of good leaders are correct about themselves.  Others with that same opinion of self are dead-wrong and always will be.  Leaders come in all shapes and sizes.  Some lead one or two, others lead 10 or 15, and still others lead hundreds and even thousands.

I have led others in the military setting and I have led others in a corporate setting.  I see some who think they are great leaders, and I see many of those that do not appear to have a clue about what leadership really entails.  Leadership in a military setting is bequeathed to those who are deemed to have some leadership talent.  Some of those ‘leaders’ prove early-on that they are not leaders.  Military leaders at the unit level are both non-commissioned officers (non-coms) and commissioned officers.  Lives literally are at stake.

Other people I have known and worked with proved to be very capable leaders in business settings and displayed their talents without fail no matter the setting.  Some settings where leadership is essential includes where lives are on the line (military, firefighter and police officers) and some include athletic activities of varying levels of importance, but which do not equate to a life or death situation.  However, there are those in athletics that seem to believe that every game (yes, these are still games) is a life and death matter.  Professional coaches are leaders where big bucks are on the line, and those positions can involve loss of jobs if winning is not the habit that owners expect it to become.

Then we get down to academic athletics where there are schools known far and wide for their athletic teams.  Those are the schools that do make hiring and firing decisions of coaches based on wins and losses.  Those are also the schools that tend to attract the top- tier talent because top-tier talent has to prove to itself that he or she can handle that next step up.  One seldom sees, at this level, the sight of a leader dressing down his or her team because they lost a game.  If anything, these leaders make a point of taking the entire blame upon themselves since they were the ones that taught the players, that coached the players how to play at the higher levels.  They were the ones that made the calls as to plays or formations.

When I see the players taking it on the chin from their coach, especially if in a public setting, I tend to make up my mind pretty quickly.  This is a man or woman who is not of the caliber required for such a position where emotions, and hopes, and even scholarships at higher levels are on the line.  Leaders learn quickly that the people they lead are ready and willing to look to them for leadership so long as their best is expected, and so long as they are part of the ‘family’ that constitutes the team.  Their teams will give their all.

Hillary Clinton is not a leader.  Donald Trump is a leader.  Vince Lombardi was a leader, but we see the NFL littered with people who finally got to the level they couldn’t handle.  Most of the great leaders no matter in what arena show themselves as the quiet, thoughtful, demanding but fair coaches in their field.  Sure, they’ll holler and show anguish on their faces but they do not belittle their team members.  When you see that occur, you know that person had been called to the level he or she was not capable of handling well.

Christmas – 2017

From Luke 2 verses 1 through 14 (Life Application Study Bible):

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up to the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds, living out in the fields nearby, keeping their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them “Do not be afraid”.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign to you:  You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,

and on Earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one and other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.  When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

And this from writings of Pastor Dawn Spies, Assistant Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Huburtus, WI:

These few verses in the gospel of Luke contain the entrance of Jesus Christ, God made flesh.  Even if you don’t know much about the politics or the geography, it’s had to miss the scope of this event.  We begin with a declaration from Caesar Augustus that can make every man, woman and child relocate for a census.  We end with lowly, scruffy shepherds as audience to a heavenly choir.  We hear the proclamationof good news and great joy…and find a new mother who “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7).  In the midst of these few verses, God shows us the sweep of His mighty reach from the heights of power to the lowly workers; the span of all creation is present at the birth of God’s only son.  And he comes in this unexpected way: a tiny baby.  In the midst of this Christmas, let us keep watch for all the ways God shows up.  Let us make room.  Let us pray:  Heavenly Father, prepare us to welcome your Son anew this day.  Show us how to make room in our hearts, to welcome Christ into our lives and to be the light of Christ to others, this day and every day.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

The Liberal Press…

I subscribe to a wide range of info sources given my need for “topic stimulation” six mornings a week.  Among those publications is the vaunted New York Times, and it does what I expected by keeping me abreast of liberal thinking.  Following is the rundown they provided electronically this morning:

Editorial:  Congress Refuses to Do Right by Children’s Health Care (By The Editorial Board)  The Children’s Health Insurance Program is in limbo while Republicans rejoice at a tax cut of more than $1 trillion for the rich.

Op-Ed Columnist:  The Great American Tax Heist (By Charles M. Blow)  The strategy:  Appease the rich on the front end; punish the poor on the back.

Op-Ed Columnist:  Republicans Despise the Working Class, Continued (By Paul Krugman)  Tax cuts are so unpopular because their disdain for working stiffs shines through.

Op-Ed Columnist:  You Cannot Be Too Cynical About the Republican Tax Bill (by Thomas B. Edsall)  The speed with which it passed is a problem, but the law itself is much worse.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Trojan Horse in the Tax Bill (By Bryce Covert)  Paul Ryan gets what he wanted.

Editorial: Women’s Lives, Cut Short by the Men They Knew (by The Editorial Board)  It’s time for Congress to fix loopholes in a gun control law meant to save women’s lives.

Op-Ed Columnist:  My Worst Columns (by Nicholas Kristof)  People loved some of my columns in 2017.  But not these.

Op-Ed Columnist:  When #MeToo Goes Too Far  (By Bret Stephens)  Verbal harassment and rape are both wrong, but there’s a difference.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer:  Why Judges Matter (by Linda Greenhouse)  As the government’s war on abortion and even birth control mounts, Trump is trying to remake the courts with the least diverse nominees in decades.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer:  Presidential Incapacity:  A Holiday Gift Guide  (By Sarah Vowell)  Perfect last-minute choices for any person, inspired by Donald Trump, thinking about the history of the 25th Amendment.

Op-Ed Contributor:  The Real Coup Plot Is Trump’s  (By Yascha Mounk)  The president and his allies in the news media and the Republican Party are overthrowing the rule of law and the truth.

Op-Ed Contributor:  Susan Rice: When America No Longer Is a Global Force for Good  President Trump’s National Security Strategy articulates an “America First” vision that may only make America weak.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Away in a Manger…Or Under a Palm Tree?  (By Mustafa Akyol)  We’ll probably never know for sure where Jesus was born.  But there are some things that Christians and Muslims alike can agree on.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer:  Beware, Italy.  Santa the Invader Is Coming.  (By Beppe Severgnini)  Italy’s cultural fascination with America stirs deep feelings among the faithful when Santa Claus outpaces baby Jesus as the chief symbol of Christmas.

Op-Ed Contributors:  The Nuclear Showdown in Georgia.  (By Zach T. Pate and William E. Webster, Jr.)  A decision on the construction of two new reactors will say a lot about the future of nuclear energy in the United States.

Attending the Nobel Prize Ceremony After Trump Snubbed the Winners  (By Sarah Bowen and Mark Nance)  The contrast between their warm celebration in Stockholm and their cold reception back home is a harbinger of the United States’ future irrelevance.

Op-Ed Contributor:  Why Holiday Stories Matter  (By Stephen Greenblatt)  A recent study of hunter-gatherers reminds us that our fictions are more than entertainments.

Op-Ed Contributors:  Israel’s Left Goes Right   (By Abe Silverstein and Nathan Hersh)  Avi Gabbay, the new head of Israel’s Labor Party, thinks the best way to beat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is by imitating him.

Op-Ed Contributor: How Sacred Is The Confession Booth?  (By A. Odysseus Patrick)  Catholic priests should be legally compelled to report to law-enforcement agencies admissions or allegations of abuse made in confession.

On Campus:  Home from Harvard, Back in the Holiday Hot Seat  (By Leah Yared)  I’m the daughter of African immigrants, so my college experience is everyone’s business.

Why ‘The Graduate’ Is a Vietnam Movie  (By Beverly Gray)  It is a film about an older generation’s seduction of youth for its own ends.

Editorial:  New York Hot Dogs in a Corn Dog State  (By The Editorial Board)  What strange attraction does Iowa hold for Mayor de Blasio?  Governor Cuomo or Senator Gillibrand may soon have an answer.

Editorial Observer:  A Judgement Day Cardinal Law Can’t Avoid  (By Elizabeth Williamson)  His protection of pedophile priests as archbishop of Boston made me question my faith, yet the Vatican intends to honor him in death. 

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This is a typical day’s topics in one of the biggest names in liberal thought and reporting.  As you can see, the attack against the right and conservative thought, in general, is waged viciously in this world.  The titles alone give you enough information to reach such a conclusion.  Imagine the content that accompanies the title, and it is possible to see how minds not accustomed to critical thinking can be easily swayed to the liberal perspective.

This also signifies a day on which a particular topic escaped me, so I took the easy way out!  Apologies to those who expected more than this today.