Friday, September 8, 2017

Autocracy or Kleptocracy?

The autocratic methods Trump used in business do not translate to governing.

Eight months in, Trump has few significant mileposts in advancing his agenda.

While many Obama-era regulations have been undone, big-ticket legislative items (repeal and replace) have hit the wall.

The reason is that what may have worked for Donald Trump in private business are ineffective in the White House.

One example is that Trump had a reputation for encouraging competition among his staff, believing that conflict leads to creativity.

As a reality-TV star, Trump mastered the art of manipulating the media — which he used to great in the otherwise lackluster GOP primary.

However, having won, hogging headlines is less important than crafting a logical media narrative.

While debate behind the scenes can be useful for a competent political administration, strident public divisions undermine the executive branch.

The owner of a private company can demand whatever action he wants within the bounds of the law; the president is limited by the constitution.

Without the bipartisan cooperation of Congress, the president cannot advance a legislative agenda.

On congressional legislation, an isolated president like Trump has only the veto.

With Trump, there is no unified message — just a series of tantrums and attacks.

Moreover, a megalomaniac drunk on vitriol only trashes the Trump’s approval ratings.

Trump hampers the ability of the Administrative branch of government to recruit and maintain top-tier talent. Who, with any sense of esteem, would work for such a dishonest jerk?

Much of the presidential image of the Obama years rested upon a president with a cool national persona. He was called “no drama” Obama.

American politics is a team sport, and the executive branch is a team within a team.

Donald Trump has yet to learn the role of a team leader. And, for him, it may be too late!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Half a Trillion

So trump gets up from lunch and says: "What are the damages?"

Hurricane Irma is already one for the record books.

You may have seen a bold headline warning that Irma is a “Category 6” storm.

There is no such thing.

According to the NWS, Irma is the strongest storm ever in the Atlantic. And it’s not far off from the all-time record hurricane/cyclone wind speed of 190 mph.

As a Category 5 with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, Irma now ranks among the most powerful cyclones ever recorded. Irma has sustained these 185 mph winds for more than 24 hours, a record length of time. And it’s one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall.

Armchair meteorologists suggested that, since Irma’s winds were 28 miles per hour past Category 5, 6 makes sense.

Other armchair meteorologists claim Irma will dissipate into a colony of piss ants by the time she reaches Florida.

Some pray that the hurricane will pass by and hit the gentiles instead.

If "God only knows," then Irma is a "Gift from God." Receive her like a guest!

Hurricanes are quite likely to become stronger, and the strongest ones more frequent.

Oy Vey! Expect more guests!

Don't worry, Irma will not close Trump Tower Tampa!

It closed before it opened.

But Category 6 still is not going to happen. The scale was developed from 1 to 5.

The purpose of the categories, known as the Saffir-Simpson scale, is to quantify a hurricane’s destructive power, and the destructive power of a Category 5 hurricane — one with sustained winds of at least 157 miles per hour — is virtually total.

On Wednesday, the fierce storm hit the leeward (i.e. northeastern) Caribbean islands, moving through Barbuda and St. Martin. The New York Times reports widespread damage to property, homes, and infrastructure on these and other islands. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda told reporters Barbuda “is totally destroyed — 90 percent at least.”

So Trump's question can be honestly answered: "Since you took office, the damages from global warming events accelerated. Apparently God does not favor the folks who voted for you."

Road to total destruction, remember Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola?

You KNOW what they say in the Cult of Trump: "I will survive!"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Trump views different!

Low-information voters elected trump. What do you expect?

It’s Trump’s unique perspective that amazes me.

Trump’s problem is his obsession with Obama. Trump’s primary motivation is the erasure of Obama —not only from the political landscape but also from history books.

Trump wants to be better than Obama — thereby held in higher esteem. Instead, he’s the first YUGE a$$h0le to be elected president. (GRAA generally recognized as an a$$h0le)

Trump became president because he is a con man that craves being held in high esteem.

It’s just that -- he isn’t.

Trump compares his popularity to that of Obama.

For example, remember his claim about his inauguration crowd size exceeding that of Obama’s?

But Trump is Trump, and Trump is trash.

Trump accrued wealth, but not culture.

Some try to accommodate the socially isolated retard.

Trump has a fan-club of one.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trump, failed promises, and 2020

Trump is unpopular; he has a 13 point disapproval spread (53/40).

Voters think he has failed on some of the core promises of his campaign.

Forget repeal and replace. That is Trump’s Political Harvey! (among his cult followers)

Only 15% believe he 'drained the swamp,' to 64% who say he hasn't.

When it comes to Trump’s 'Making America Great Again,' 59% say he hasn't.

Trump has YUGE issues with how voters feel about his character. Only 39% think he is honest. 49% of the voters come right out and call Trump a liar.

By a 39/34 spread voters express the belief that Trump is more corrupt than Richard Nixon.

Trump has a lack of transparency. 61% of voters still think he should release his tax returns.

The upshot of all this is more voters support of impeaching Trump- 48% say he should be impeached.

52% of voters say they wish Obama was still President to 39% who prefer Trump.

Trump continues to trail both Bernie Sanders (51/38)

and Joe Biden (51/39) in possible 2020 match ups.

Also leading Trump in hypothetical contests are Elizabeth Warren (45/40),

Mark Cuban (42/38),

Cory Booker, and

Richard Blumenthal (42/39).

Trump ties Kamala Harris at 39% each

and John Delaney at 38% each.

Off the record, Republicans want someone else to be the party's nominee in 2020.