Saturday, February 25, 2017

Personal Thoughts!


Some personal thoughts: I seldom write a memo devoted entirely to my own expressions but I wanted to present my thinking regarding Trump's economic and social plans and more broadly speaking, his agenda.  I will begin with a set of questions about what he has proposed doing and ask you to decide whether his ideas and the few actions he has already implemented make sense.

How Trump implements them and to what degree he introduces a more conservative approach than you either have been used to and/or gotten comfortable with and how they may vary from what Obama did or failed to do is another matter.

I will try to organize my presentation in a logical and connected manner but the interrelationships make it somewhat difficult but I will do my best.

I will begin with a series of questions and you decide whether you think they are radical, what Trump proposes makes sense, should be embraced and realistically address the problems we face etc.

a) Is it important for America to become energy independent?

b) Is it important for America to have protected borders?

c)  Should any president try and restrict known criminals from entering our nation?

d) What is our economic/social responsibility to illegal immigrants?

e) Should illegal immigrants be deported and if so would your answer be the same if they had no criminal engagement beyond illegally entering our country?

f) Does Obama's excessive spending impact Trump's ability to spend on his programs?

g) Will a rise in interest rates cause unwanted inflation level's?

h) Are Trump's efforts to impose his will and strong arm corporate decisions wise?

i) Should Trump lower the tax rate, reduce restrictions on repatriation of corporate earnings earned overseas and what kind of tax simplification is desired and most productive?

j) Does education play a part in our economic outlook and, if so, would America be better off if we re-introduced more vocational training education ?

k) Should Trump encourage foreign companies to invest in America?

l) Do you believe Obamacare should be reformed? Is their any part of Obamacare that should be retained and, if so and it creates significant deficits, how should it be financed?

m) Does it matter if America continues to spend beyond its means?

n) Do you believe Trump's economic goals  which are intended to expand domestic employment, level the playing field, in terms of world trade, are worthy?

o) Is Trump's nationalistic desire to "Make America Great Again" dangerous?  If so why?

p) Can Trump even make America Great Again?

q) Why is Trump so hated by the left and name what he has done to deserve the historic resistance to him?

r) Are the tactics of the left to cripple Trump from governing justified and within the bounds of democracy?

s) Is Trump anti-Semitic and a racist? If so identify specific, actual examples.

t) Is it time to impeach Trump and if so, for what?


Donald Trump firmly believes our nation has drifted, lost its "mojo" and been subjected to much bad energy and work place legislation, lopsided trade agreements and restrictive tax policies.

He is pressing the Republican Congress to reduce tax rates so that corporations will be encourage to repatriate profits earned from their overseas operations. Depending upon the new rate and terms of the tax changes American corporations should bring trillions back to America and begin to re-green our nation.

Tax relief and simplification should also be given concurrently to individuals.  Why?  Because though, personal tax cuts will produce even higher deficits, if they stimulate economic activity the level of tax receipts should rise and partly offset the deficits as well as provide increased consumption which would buttress the case for re-greening which would spread to higher employment and increased tax receipts. What goes around comes around, so to speak.

An economy growing at 3 plus% would more than justify a modest interest rate increase which would help The Fed and drive re-employment. 

There will be conservative Republicans who will be reluctant to vote for legislation which will add to our deficits, particularly in the face of rising interest rates which will result in higher funding costs and sap more capital away from a rising GDP.

Rising rates and a growing economy could also result in a stronger dollar which would cost consumers more and thus dilute benefits derived from tax reductions.  This is an unavoidable loop feed back problem which is virtually impossible to avoid.

Assuming corporations begin rehiring one of the problems corporate managers complain about is the lack of qualified employees.  We have graduated from a muscular labor force to an intellectual one. This circumstance begs the question of whether we need to increase vocational offering as part of America's educational mix. I, for one, believe we have watered down the educational experience and  are cheating our youth and the nation with the wrong type of base education needed by today's competitive demands. We place too much emphasis on higher and costly degrees that leave students with crunching debt and jobs that cannot expunge the cost and leave enough for a decent standard of living.

Obama allowed government loans for education to balloon knowing the tax payer would ultimately be stuck because most students are unable  to meet their loan obligations which now amounts to $1 1/2 trillion.

Trump has engaged in putting pressure on select companies to reduce what he claims are egregious costs incurred by government, ie Air Force One, the F 36 etc.  I understand Trump's desire to set the tone when it comes to government overspending, waste, inefficiency and lack of tough purchase negotiations. That said, Obama cannot, nor should he, negotiate with every company doing business with the government for a variety of reasons. First, the number of negotiations required are impossible to achieve, the savings accomplished send an important message but they also can result in lowered profits that become counterproductive and finally such behaviour distorts th free market.

Trump talks about the fact that America's pharmaceutical discoveries make the entire world healthier. However, he also complains, perhaps justifiably, about drug price increases costing our government untold amounts. Yet, It takes over $2 billion and ten years to develop a new drug and the new drug's cost must recapture the cost of failed drug discoveries.

Yes, the world is partly relieved of developing drugs as long as we do it for them but then they place price restraints on the drugs they buy so they can sell them domestically at subsidized prices. Is this fair and should we do something about this?  

Encouraging foreign companies to locate and produce in America is a no brainer.

All of Trump's talk about raising tariffs may be a good pre-negotiation strategy but I doubt Trump will pursue this tactic aggressively because we know from the first major depression this is a dangerous strategy with ominous consequences.  Let the markets sort things out but re-litigating trade policies that are more balanced is an undertaking I would favor.

Spending on rebuilding our military has a double edge consequence.  Protecting our nation is the president's first responsibility and sends a signal to our allies we are moving away from the self-defeating policies of Obama. That said, it also provides jobs but increases the deficit.

Protecting our borders is another responsibility of any president and comes with a high cost but also has an off set effect because it reduces the monies government  spends on welfare for illegals. There are those who believe we have a moral, as well as a constitutional obligation, to support illegals as if they were legal citizens.  I find the logic of bleeding hearts who embrace this thought borders on economic insanity.  Furthermore, their thinking is anti-thetic to the rule of law which forms the basis of our Republic.

The same goes for those who support sanctuary cities. I would have thought the Civil War we fought resolved the matter of whether we wanted to have a union where the government had certain rights which were sacrosanct and could not be defied by lower state and local governments. The idea of protecting illegals is repugnant enough but doing so when an illegal criminal is protected defies common sense and all morality.

Health care reform is demanded if only because Obamacare has proven so flawed and costly it cannot be sustained.

If we have become a society that truly believes government entitlements come with no cost we are fools and our republic will ultimately go the way of all flesh. Nothing that is unsustainable becomes sustainable because it comes from government.  We The People are the government and we cannot demand of ourselves that which we cannot produce, cannot afford and thus, have no right to have simply because we mistakenly believe we can pass the bill to the next generation forever.  At some point passing the buck ends.

Obama and progressives apparently believe there is no cost America cannot endure and bear. That is fraudulent thinking.  One can argue over the details of Trump's policies but it is insane to embrace views that suggest protecting the nation is old fashion, keeping illegals out and our borders safe is unworthy of a compassionate people, providing health care at a cost that will end our ability to do so is wise and a persuadable option and taxing the fruits of labor to support insanity is a common sense approach.

I understand, as Trump and Congress implement his policies with respect to protecting our nation, changing immigration policies that recognize the consequential reality of having failed to protect our borders, instituting tax and trade policies designed with the nation's economic and employment needs in mind and redesigning a rational and affordable health care program is, not only, critical but also will be heatedly debated.

I defy anyone, however, that believes we can continue to spend our seed corn.

In terms of his social policies, Trump is trying to reunite our nation.  There are those who hate him , who suggest he is an anti-Semite and is racially insensitive. They cite administration appointments, comments taken out of  context and the implementation of policies, some of which were misguided or poorly designed,  to support their beliefs.  Trump entered office as the first president in our history who  had no prior political involvement and/or a prior record of being a public office holder.

Trump's support of the police and other public servants who protect our lives has been attacked as radical because of infractions by some professionals against a class of our society. Their anarchistic response has been  to break our laws and to antagonize in the hope further abuses will occur.  The American family has been broken by misguided policies.  We have entrapped the most deprived in bad education circumstances and allowed their living conditions to be overrun by gangs engaged in wanton murders and dope peddling.  Nothing in Trump's campaign suggest he favors these conditions and supports their continuance. Any argument to the contrary falesely impugns his motives and portrays his words falsely.

Trump wants to return government back to the people.  He wants to bring back the embrace of constitutional government and his first nominee to The Supreme Court is testimony of such.

You may not like Trump because of his personality, you may question his character, you might be turned off by his hair do and speechifying but the initial policies he seeks to implement, in order to redress our failures and decline, I submit,  are legitimate and overdue .

Time will tell whether he can accomplish some of his worthy goals but, I daresay, it will take more than 30 days to undo decades of corrupt and misguided governance.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Anti-Semitism The New Social Liberalism. If Trump Is Nuts Perhaps We Need More Insanity In The White House.


The new way to smear Israel on American campuses. (See 1 below.)

McMaster's thoughts re Muslims. (See 1a below.)
A prominent leftist tactic is to resort to character assassination in order to create doubt about their opponent's sanity and credibility.

Two articles that debunk the alleged charge that Trump is insane by Sens. Franken and Warren, who, themselves bear close watching. (See 2 and 2a below.)
1)  Anti-Semitism The New Social Liberalism

Author:  Nadiya Al-Noor     

Hating Israel is the thing to do today on university campuses. It makes you seem “progressive.” It means you’re “woke” and socially aware. It means you’re fighting against a tyrannical regime. It is supporting the struggle of an oppressed people at the hands of White colonialist supremacy. Zionism is racism. Israel is evil, end of story.
Except that’s complete nonsense.
Zionism is the support for and affirmation of the Jewish right to self-determination in their indigenous homeland of Israel. It’s the Jewish Civil Rights Movement. It is the struggle of a native people who have been oppressed for thousands of years, expelled from their land, killed and persecuted wherever in the world they went. It is the celebration of victory, of the return home after millennia of diaspora, of surviving and flourishing against all odds.
That sounds like something the Left would wholeheartedly support, right? Not anymore. The dominant narrative on campuses is that Israel is Nazi Germany 2.0, that Israelis are White Europeans who colonized the land of Palestine after WWII. The screams of “apartheid” and “genocide” go unquestioned. Israel is evil, end of story.
Nobody talks about the 850,000+ Jewish refugees expelled from Arab lands. Nobody mentions that the majority of Israelis are these refugees or descended from these refugees, not from Europe (not that European Jews are White). Nobody clarifies that Israeli Arabs have all the same rights as Jews in Israel, or that Arabs hold seats in Israeli Parliament, serve in the military, and are doctors and celebrities and shopkeepers and lawyers and teachers. Nobody mentions the thousands of Palestinians treated at Israeli hospitals and employed at Israeli businesses. Israel is evil, end of story.
So what should students do? There are many things students can do to show their hate for Israel. There’s the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, which supports labeling and boycotting Israeli products and cutting off ties with Israeli universities. Just pretend that these boycotts aren’t hurting Palestinian workers who make Israeli products. Just forget about academic integrity. There’s holding an Israeli Apartheid Week, which spreads vicious lies about the Jewish State to unsuspecting students. There’s supporting literal terrorists, as Students for Justice in Palestine does so very proudly. There’s targeting and harassing Jewish students. There’s screaming and shutting down events based on a speaker’s nationality and religion. There’s demanding an event be cancelled because it’s being hosted by a Jewish organization. And then, there’s protesting Holocaust Education Week in the name of Social Justice.
At Ryerson University in Toronto on November 29th, 2016, students from the Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine held a walkout at a student meeting proposing Holocaust Education Week. They degraded and intimidated Jewish students. They said they did it because there are other genocides that need awareness. That’s like protesting against breast cancer research because there are other cancers. The real reason is simply anti-Semitism.
Anti-Semitism is the acceptable form of bigotry on the Left. It’s thinly veiled as “anti-Zionism,” which really is just anti-Semitism with a fancy name, as it opposes the Jewish Indigenous Rights movement. Students are expected to hate Israel in the name of being progressive. Jewish students are painted as privileged racists, unless they disavow Israel and abandon their indigenous struggle in order to assimilate. My people (Muslims) are portrayed as helpless victims of ruthless Jewish aggression. Palestinians become pawns in the game of Jew hatred. The world falls for it. Israel is evil, end of story.
Studies show that a campus with an active Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter is more likely to have anti-Semitic incidents (no surprise there). My university, Binghamton University in New York, is unique in that the pro-Israel voice is the most dominant narrative. We used to have an SJP problem, but to my knowledge, they disbanded after the administration cracked down on their anti-Semitic harassment. Now our Muslim Student Association partners with our Hillel for mosque-synagogue interfaith trips. The Jewish and Muslim communities here are on good terms, because we see each other as people. We don’t allow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to define us.
Universities need to address anti-Semitism on campuses. If there was an Islamophobic incident at a university, you can bet the administration would deal with it much more swiftly. Anti-Semitism is tolerated because of Leftist hypocrisy. Because of the rampant anti-Semitism on university campuses and the racial diversity of students participating in Jew hatred, anti-Semitism is often excused or justified.
Jewish students, you need to be proactive. Don’t wait for an anti-Semitic incident to happen. Don’t wait for an SJP to emerge and fester. Hold an Israel Peace Week or Hebrew Liberation Week. Educate your fellow students. If you don’t speak up, anti-Semites will.
Anti-Semitism is unacceptable, even if it’s trendy.

1a) Trump's New Adviser Is Known for Respecting Muslims

Author:  Eli Lake     

In some ways, President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, is a lot like the man he is replacing, Michael Flynn. Both rose to the rank of three-star generals in the Army. Their worldviews were formed during the war in Iraq.
At key points in their careers, the two generals were withering critics of the groupthink endemic to the strategic class. For Flynn this was a devastating paper he published in 2010 critiquing intelligence collection in Afghanistan. For McMaster this was his 1997 book on the failures of the military leadership to speak truth to power during the Vietnam War.
But McMaster and Flynn are very different in their assessment of America's relationship with Islam and how this influences the long war on terror. In recent years, Flynn has focused on defeating the ideology of radical Islam. McMaster, on the other hand, has focused on getting radical Muslims to turn on al Qaeda and other terrorists.
Let's start with Flynn. Like the president he served, the retired general believes America should wage a political war against radical Islam. In his more heated moments, Flynn spoke about Islam itself as a political ideology, and one that is at war with Western values. Radical Islam's threat to the West was a key theme in his 2016 book “Field of Fight,” which he co-wrote with historian Michael Ledeen. In interviews with me over the years, Flynn has taken a more nuanced view on this than some others in Trump's orbit. Nonetheless, his approach, like Trump's, broke with George W. Bush and Barack Obama in emphasizing the differences between political Islam and Western values.
McMaster has taken a different approach. He helped rewrite the Army's counterinsurgency doctrine during the Iraq war, to apply the lessons of this kind of asymmetric warfare to the Muslim world. This meant in practice that he learned how to make allies out of Muslim fighters who had killed Americans, to turn the local population against al Qaeda. In McMaster's war, ideological purity was a hindrance to an effective campaign for the hearts and minds of pious Muslims.
“H.R., like all of us, has shaken hands with Muslims who fought against Americans and killed Americans and switched sides to fight with us against al Qaeda,” John Nagl, a retired lieutenant colonel best known for his books on counterinsurgency, told me. “He understands that the world is not one dimensional, that the Muslim world is not one-dimensional. Even people who are our enemies today may decide to fight on our side tomorrow.”
Nagl collaborated with McMaster when he co-wrote the Army's and Marine Corps's Counter-Insurgency Field Manual. At the time in 2005 and 2006, McMaster was commanding the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Tal Afar, Iraq, where he worked closely with the local mayor to build a Sunni Arab police force at a time when most of Iraq's Sunni Arabs were either supportive of or neutral toward the jihadi insurgency that had lit Iraq aflame. Nagl told me that he would be on the phone to discuss chapters of the new field manual and McMaster would have to cut the conversation short: “Car bomb, got to go.”
McMaster's success in Tal Afar became a model for the “surge,” the Iraq War plan led by General David Petraeus in 2007 that paid off and trained Sunni Arab fighters to join the U.S. side against al Qaeda in the western part of Iraq. A big part of McMaster's strategy was to instill a sense of cultural sensitivity among his troops. As George Packer reported in 2006, McMaster forbid use of profanity in front of Iraqis, as well as banning the derogatory term “hajjis,” a reference to the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
Sterling Jensen, who served as a translator in Iraq's Anbar province in the 2000s and worked closely with U.S. officers in forging the alliance with local sheiks against al Qaeda, told me that McMaster's appointment sent a reassuring message to Muslims. “For over five years I was in regular contact with McMaster through Najim al-Jubouri, the current commander of the Ninivah Operations Command in charge of the operation against Daesh,” Jensen said. “There isn't anyone who has been more supportive of General Najim and U.S. friends in Iraq than McMaster.”
Najim and McMaster first met in 2005 in Tal Afar. Najim, who at one point considered joining the insurgency against the U.S., became the mayor of the city and worked closely with McMaster to build up a police force that earned the trust of the local population. The two men have stayed in touch since. When I interviewed Najim in 2010, he credited McMaster with being one of the officers who saved Iraq from the abyss.
“Iraqis and Muslims won't see him as someone who hates Islam, even if the Trump administration is perceived that way. I have never heard him say anything against Islam,” Jensen said. “Being respectful is one of his defining characteristics.”
McMaster's relationships in Iraq could be an asset if Trump seeks to reassure the Middle East that America is not in a war against Islam. So far, the messages from Trump have been mixed. He backed away from a formal ban on Muslim migration into the U.S. But the rollout of the travel ban targeting seven majority-Muslim nations was so haphazard that many of his critics at home and abroad have described it as a de facto Muslim ban. If Trump seeks to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, then this impression will be further confirmed.
Privately, some of McMaster's allies worry that he will not have the power and influence of other political aides to Trump, like chief strategist Steve Bannon. Bannon has called Islam a “religion of submission.” He has a seat on the National Security Council; McMaster will now lead it.
This presents a new kind of challenge for McMaster. An Army general who made his name persuading Muslims to join the war against al Qaeda will now have to persuade Trump not to alienate them.

Trump and the ‘madman theory’

At the heart of President Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically every member of the team — the heads of State, Homeland Security, the CIA, and most especially Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — could fit in a Cabinet put together by, say, Hillary Clinton.
The commander in chief, on the other hand, is quite the opposite — inexperienced, untraditional, unbounded. His pronouncements on everything from the one-China policy to the two-state (Arab-Israeli) solution, from NATO obsolescence to the ravages of free trade, continue to confound and, as we say today, disrupt.
The obvious question is: Can this arrangement possibly work? The answer thus far, surprisingly, is: perhaps.

The sample size is tiny but take, for example, the German excursion. Trump dispatched his grown-ups — Vice President Pence, Defense Secretary Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — to various international confabs in Germany to reassure allies with the usual pieties about America’s commitment to European security. They did drop a few hints to Trump’s loud complaints about allied parasitism, in particular shirking their share of the defense burden.

Within days, Germany announced a 20,000-troop expansion of its military. Smaller European countries are likely to take note of the new setup. It’s classic good-cop, bad-cop: The secretaries represent foreign policy continuity but their boss preaches America First. Message: Shape up.

John Hannah of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies suggests  the push-pull effect might work on foes as well as friends. On Saturday, China announced a cutoff of all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of 2017. Constituting more than one-third of all North Korean exports, this is a major blow to its economy.

True, part of the reason could be Chinese ire at the brazen assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half brother, who had been under Chinese protection. Nonetheless, the boycott was declared just days after a provocative North Korean missile launch — and shortly into the term of a new American president who has shown that he can be erratic and quite disdainful of Chinese sensibilities.

His wavering on the one-China policy took Beijing by surprise. Trump also strongly denounced Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and conducted an ostentatious love-in with Japan’s prime minister, something guaranteed to rankle the Chinese. Beijing’s boycott of Pyongyang is many things, among them a nod to Washington.

This suggests that the peculiar and discordant makeup of the U.S. national security team — traditionalist lieutenants, disruptive boss — might reproduce the old Nixonian “madman theory.” That’s when adversaries tread carefully because they suspect the U.S. president of being unpredictable, occasionally reckless and potentially crazy dangerous. Henry Kissinger, with Nixon’s collaboration, tried more than once to exploit this perception to pressure adversaries.

Trump’s people have already shown a delicate touch in dealing with his bouts of loopiness. Trump has gone on for years about how we should have taken Iraq’s oil for ourselves. Sunday in Baghdad, Mattis wryly backed off, telling his hosts that “All of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I am sure we will continue to do so in the future.”

Yet sometimes an off-center comment can have its uses. Take Trump’s casual dismissal of a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East. The next day, U.S. policy was brought back in line by his own U.N. ambassador. But this diversion might prove salutary. It’s a message to the Palestinians that their decades of rejectionism may not continue to pay off with an inexorable march toward statehood — that there may actually be a price to pay for making no concessions and simply waiting for the U.S. to deliver them a Palestinian state.
To be sure, a two-track, two-policy, two-reality foreign policy is risky, unsettling and has the potential to go totally off the rails. This is not how you would draw it up in advance. It’s unstable and confusing. But the experience of the first month suggests that, with prudence and luck, it can yield the occasional benefit — that the combination of radical rhetoric and conventional policy may induce better behavior both in friend and foe.
Alas, there is also a worst-case scenario. It needs no elaboration.

If we are wondering if Trump might have narcissistic tendencies, we've just lived through 8 years of an extreme case of it in the White House, so we ought to be able to know it when we see it. So far, lots of distant diagnoses of the current President, but actions speak louder then words, so let’s see what he actually does as President. We know what the last guy did - starting by proclaiming that he was smarter than any of his cabinet members and knew more about their areas of expertise than they did. And that was the opening pitch. Of course, with people like John Kerry around, that isn’t a very high bar…..

Here are details about Dr. Ablow -
Let me issue the standard disclaimer of psychiatrists who discuss the mental health of public figures: I have not personally examined President Trump. 
Now, let me put to rest the concerns of Sen. Al Franken and political commentators John Oliver and Andrew Sullivan and anyone else who publicly or privately has questioned the president’s sanity:
Donald Trump is stone cold sane. 
When a man acquires billions of dollars through complex real estate transactions, invests in many countries, goes on to phenomenal success in television and turns his name into a worldwide brand, it is very unlikely that he is mentally unstable. 
When the same man obviously enjoys the love and respect of his children and his wife, who seem to rely on him for support and guidance, it is extraordinarily unlikely that he is mentally unstable. 
When the same man walks into the political arena and deftly defeats 16 Republican opponents and then the Democratic heir-apparent to a two-term president’s administration, the odds of that man being mentally unstable become vanishingly thin. 
And when that very same man attracts to his team the kind of intellect and gravitas represented (to name just a few) by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and commander of the U.S. Central Command, he cannot be mentally deranged. Period. It is a statistical impossibility. 
Those who assert otherwise are political opportunists, or fools, or both (and I am thinking here, in particular, of Sen. Franken). 
President Trump is the first human being to win this nation’s highest office without having held any other political office or serving as a general. Most political pundits thought his quest was pure folly. Most journalists assessed his chances as zero. So who was laboring under quasi-delusional thinking? Answer: Not Donald J. Trump. 
Anecdotally, by the way, I have never had one bad Trump experience. Not one. I own several of his ties — all of them of the highest quality. I have stayed in his hotels and never had a single complaint (and I am a born complainer). I have eaten in his New York restaurant — flawless service, excellent food. I own an apartment at Trump Place in Manhattan. Impeccable design, sturdy construction, fabulous amenities. A mentally unstable man would be unlikely to deliver superior products across multiple industries, don’t you think? 
If you’re still worried about the mental stability of the president, note this: The stock market doesn’t like instability. Investors, en masse, can take the measure of a man pretty darn well. The stock market has hit record high after record high since Trump’s election, and if you think that’s an accident, or that investors have all been fooled, it’s time to start wondering about your own capacity for rational thought. 
I should note that nothing I am saying should besmirch the reputations of men like President Abraham Lincoln or Sir Winston Churchill, both of whom are said to have fought the ravages of major depression or bipolar disorder. One was instrumental in ridding America of slavery. The other was instrumental in saving the world from tyranny. Mahatma Gandhi, by the way, also reportedly suffered from depression. 
Psychiatric illness does not, a priori, disqualify a person from rendering extraordinary service to mankind.
Mind you, neither Lincoln nor Churchill nor Gandhi led a nation after becoming a business sensation and television star. That trifecta defines one man: President Donald J. Trump. 
Now, think about those who are rabble-rousing about the president’s mental status. Take Sen. Al Franken. He’s all worried about the president allegedly overestimating the crowd size at his inauguration. But Franken is allied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who asserted she is Native American, when there is no evidence of that whatsoever. 
And they’re calling Trump’s sanity into question? Really, you can’t make this stuff up. 

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. 

Ego Over What Could Have Made America Greater? Bannon Banned? Fascist Left anti-Semites Must Be Confronted.

Back from Athens.
Elliott Abram's comments, at the SIRC President's Day Dinner, will be written up and after he approves them, I will post in a subsequent memo.

His presentation was balanced, insightful and the audience was  praiseworthy.

On a personal note, Elliott is one of the most down to earth and delightful people I have had the pleasure to come to know.

Trump pledged he would always do what is best for our nation and I believe he truly means that. However, when it came to his rejection of appointing Elliott, the number two person at State, I believe he allowed his own ego to win out over "Making America Great Again."

Elliott was supported for the position by Tillerson and even Trump's son in law and his extensive knowledge and contacts in The Middle East and his executive/management experience would have been invaluable.

Apparently Elliott was gutted by Brannon for the comments he made against Trump during the campaign.  Elliott's comments did not rise to the level of others, some of whom were subsequently approved to serve in the administration. Elliott is not bitter  and seems to have taken the decision in stride which is additional testimony to his character, decency and balanced maturity.

He made an observation in his comments that was no one from the political side of government should be allowed in NSA meetings and now it seems Trump has agreed to allow his appointee, McMaster, to have his way with personnel and Bannon will not be attending these meeting.
The fascist left is at it again and are engaged in contrived slurs and accusations against Trump as they rise from their gutters and rocks. they are employing sick tactics which will boomerang because Trump bears no resemblance to their hateful attacks. They do not understand this nation and remain, as always, a dangerous fringe element that needs to be resisted and their divisive message totally rejected. (See 1 and 1a  below.)

Unlike Erick Erickson, I do not agree the contempt from the left should be ignored. (See 1b below.)

Yesterday, my Congressional representative, Buddy Carter, held a town meeting attended by 600 ( I could not be there.) people.  Buddy told me most were boisterous, riotous, abusive and it appeared their strident cacophony had been orchestrated.  (click on Wednesday's front page story.)

What Buddy experienced is happening all over the nation as Senators and Representatives hold town hall meetings during their recess. They are being confronted by attempts to shout them and their supporters down  in a manner that indicates these thugs are uninterested in facts only creating discord. Sign of the times and evidence the left are revealing the pathological side of their psyche.
The nation's favorite Congressional dingbat speaks out again. (See 2 below.)

Trump: Anti-Semitic threats are ‘horrible and painful’

Trump said that the bomb threats against Jewish community centers were a reminder of the need to “root out hate, prejudice and evil.”

President Donald Trump condemned the many bomb threats against Jewish community centers throughout the United States, referring to them as “horrible” and “painful” during remarks on Tuesday after touring the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” said Trump.
“This tour was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms.”
Trump, who has Jewish grandchildren from a marriage between his daughter Ivanka, a Jewish convert and that of Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner, has expressed sensitivity to any charge of anti-Semitism thrown in his direction. Trump appeared to have misunderstood a question posed by Jake Turx, an orthodox Jew serving as the White House correspondent for Ami Magazine, who asked the president about countering such anti-Semitic threats.

“It’s not a simple question, not a fair question,” Trump responded. “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you have ever seen in your entire life.”

At a joint press conference the day before, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said that “there is no greater supporter of the Jewish people and the Jewish state than President Donald Trump.”

1a)This is the Donald Trump that I have known for over 30 years. 

Liz Crokin is an award-winning author, a seasoned journalist and an advocate for sex crime victims. Liz began her journey at the University of Iowa where she received a bachelor’s in journalism and political science.Trump Does The Unthinkable by Liz Crokin

Donald Trump is a racist, bigot, sexist, xenophobe, anti-Semitic and Islamophobe -- did I miss anything?....yup¦  he is also deplorable. The left and the media launch these hideous kinds of attacks at Trump everyday; yet, nothing could be further from the truth about the real estate mogul.

As an entertainment journalist, I've had the opportunity to cover Trump for over a decade, and in all my years covering him I've never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president.  Keep in mind, I got paid a lot of money to dig up dirt on celebrities like Trump for a living so a scandalous story on the famous billionaire could've potentially sold a lot of magazines and would've been a Huge feather in my cap.
Instead, I found that he doesn't drink alcohol or do drugs, he's a hardworking businessman.

On top of that, he's one of the most generous celebrities in the world with a heart filled with more gold than his $100 million New York penthouse.

Since the media has failed so miserably at reporting the truth about Trump, I decided to put together some of the acts of kindness he's committed over three decades which has gone virtually unnoticed or fallen on deaf ears.

•In 1986, Trump prevented the foreclosure of Annabell Hill's family farm after her husband committed suicide. Trump personally phoned down to the auction to stop the sale of her home and offered the widow money. Trump decided to take action after he saw Hill's pleas for help in news reports.

•In 1988, a commercial airline refused to fly Andrew Ten, a sick Orthodox Jewish child with a rare illness, across the country to get medical care because he had to travel with an elaborate life-support system. His grief stricken parents contacted Trump for help and he didn't hesitate to send his own plane to take the child from Los Angeles to New York so he could get his treatment.

•In 1991, 200 Marines who served in Operation Desert Storm spent time at Camp Jejune in North Carolina before they were scheduled to return home to their families. However, the Marines were told that a mistake had been made and an aircraft would not be able to take them home on their scheduled departure date. When Trump got wind of this, he sent his plane to make two trips from North Carolina to Miami to safely return the Gulf War Marines to their loved ones.

•In 1995, a motorist stopped to help Trump after the limo he was traveling in got a flat tire. Trump asked the Good Samaritan how he could repay him for his help. All the man asked for was a bouquet of flowers for his wife. A few weeks later Trump sent the flowers with a note that read: We've paid off your mortgage.

•In 1996, Trump filed a lawsuit against the city of Palm Beach , Florida accusing the town of discriminating against his Mar-a-Lago resort club because it allowed Jews and blacks. Abraham Foxman, who was the Anti-Defamation League Director at the time, said Trump put the light on Palm Beach not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination.   Foxman also noted that Trump's charge had a trickle-down effect because other clubs followed his lead and began admitting Jews and blacks.

•In 2000, Maury Povich featured a little girl named Megan who struggled with Brittle Bone Disease on his show and Trump happened to be watching.  Trump said the little girl's story and positive attitude touched his heart.  So he contacted Maury and gifted the little girl and her family with a very generous check.

•In 2008, after Jennifer Hudson's family members were tragically murdered in Chicago , Trump put the Oscar-winning actress and her family up at his Windy City hotel for free. In addition to that, Trump's security took extra measures to ensure Hudson and her family members were safe during such a difficult time.

•In 2013, New York bus driver Darnell Barton spotted a woman close to the edge of a bridge staring at traffic below as he drove by. He stopped the bus, got out and put his arm around the woman and saved her life by convincing her to not jump. When Trump heard about this story, he sent the hero bus driver a check simply because he believed his good deed deserved to be rewarded.

•In 2014, Trump gave $25,000 to Sgt. Andrew Tamoressi after he spent seven months in a Mexican jail for accidentally crossing the US-Mexico border.  President Barack Obama couldn't even be bothered to make one phone call to assist with the United States Marine's release; however, Trump opened his pocketbook to help this serviceman get back on his feet.

•In 2016, Melissa Consin Young attended a Trump rally and tearfully thanked Trump for changing her life. She said she proudly stood on stage with Trump as Miss Wisconsin USA in 2005. However, years later she found herself struggling with an incurable illness and during her darkest days she explained that she received a handwritten letter from Trump telling her she's the bravest woman, I know. She said the opportunities that she got from Trump and his organizations ultimately provided her Mexican-American son with a full-ride to college.

•Lynne Patton, a black female executive for the Trump Organization, released a statement in 2016 defending her boss against accusations that he's a racist and a bigot. She tearfully revealed how she's struggled with substance abuse and addiction for years. Instead of kicking her to the curb, she said the Trump Organization and his entire family loyally stood by her through immensely difficult times.

Donald Trump's kindness knows no bounds and his generosity has and continues to touch the lives of people from every sex, race and religion. When Trump sees someone in need, he wants to help.
Two decades ago, Oprah asked Trump in a TV interview if he'd run for president. He said: If it got so bad, I would never want to rule it out totally, because I really am tired of seeing what's happening with this country.

That day has come.
Trump sees that America is in need and he wants to help.
How unthinkable!
On the other hand. have you ever heard of Hillary or Obama ever doing such things with their own resources?
Now that's really unthinkable!

1b) Ignore Them

The Democrats, having badly misinterpreted the success of the tea party movement in 2010, have decided to replicate what they perceive as the tea party movement headed into 2018. To a rather good level of success, the Democrats once mapped out what they thought the “vast right wing conspiracy” looked like and created groups to mirror their imagined VRWC (never mind it did not really exist). The Democrats, however, will not have the same success this time and Republicans should ignore them.
The central component of the Democrats’ effort is continual protests. In addition to protesting at every available opportunity and staging walk outs, the Democrats are piling into congressional townhall meetings to shout down congressmen and share their too good to be true sob stories about how Obamacare has helped them. They have a ready contingent of reporters to help them advance their narrative. On Monday, for example, twenty protestors in one city managed to capture the entirety of the local news media’s attention. In another, a teacher who claimed to be a Christian claimed her faith demanded support for the individual mandate. Not only did she get on TV, but she got to pen an op-ed in the Washington Post.
Republicans can and should ignore all this and instead plow ahead with repealing Obamacare for a number of reasons.
First, while some of the protestors are constituents, the overwhelming majority of protestors showing up are Democrat activists bussed in for the occasion. They are flooding the zone with protestors to ensure maximum media attention, but few of the people can actually vote for the congressmen.
Second, Republicans made large gains by campaigning repeatedly to repeal Obamacare. They got re-elected on promises of repealing Obamacare. Do they really think they are suddenly going to be swept to defeat by keeping that promise?
Third, because of redistricting, even those Democrat partisans showing up at town hall meetings are not reflective of the Republican districts. The Democrats have failed to understand the key success of the tea party movement. It was a movement about getting Republican congressmen in line with the wishes of their congressional districts. That has been done. The GOP has moved right as a reflection of the tea party movement because its congressional challengers won primaries by more closely mirroring the districts.
Democrats, to the extent they have a comparable tea party, would be playing in Democrat districts moving them left. And there are fewer of those than Republican districts.
Right now, the Democrats are in 24/7 grievance mode. They are disruptive, angry, combative, and being disrespectful at many of the town hall meetings. They are expertly creating and packaging made for TV movements for local media. And none of it matters. Because of the way most congressional districts are drawn and because of the continued unpopularity of Obamacare, it simply does not matter.
The media would have you believe it matters because the media is sympathetic to the left. But it does not and they should be ignored.
Republicans should promptly repeal Obamacare. They can come up with a replacement plan that will probably get Democrat votes once Obamacare is repealed. They will get no help from the Democrats at all on any plan to restructure Obamacare as long as they keep Obamacare in place.
Ignore the protestors. Kill Obamacare.

DELIGHTFUL: Maxine Waters Calls President Trump’s Cabinet ‘A Bunch Of Scumbags’ 

Maxine Waters acts like a walking, talking disaster.  She says Putin invaded Korea, gets PUNKed into thinking Russia invaded Limpopo, is on a witch hunt to Impeach Trump and now has the audacity to call Trump’s cabinet ‘A Bunch Of Scumbags’.