Wednesday, May 31, 2017

California's TAXING PROBLEM.

There are many things that anyone living in California has to "fear" . Foremost is the high cost of living in the Golden State .  The states politicians could exasperate an already overburden system to the point of collapse. (1)>>People don't like taxes and it's obvious . BUT GOV.  Brown has already called the complainers FREELOADERS .  The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them … They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit,” he said. Brown was speaking in Orange County, defending State Assembly newcomer Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), who is facing a recall effort after voting for Brown’s new transportation taxes in April. The new tax raises existing gas taxes — already among the highest in the nation — by 12 cents per gallon, with higher taxes on diesel, and slaps car owners with higher annual registration fees. Critics have pointed out that the burden of the tax falls most heavily on middle-class Californians.  A new poll found that 54 percent of Golden State voters think they pay too much income tax. The latest Field Poll also shows that 40 percent of Californians actually believe they’re taxed just enough. Only 2 percent said taxes are too low.Party affiliations and income levels played a significant part in beliefs about taxes. Four out of five Republicans think taxes are too high, while 52 percent of Democrats are OK with the current tax rates. People in the lowest income bracket in the survey, earning less than $40,000 a year, were least likely to gripe about paying their government dues. There is also without (2)>>question a mass exodus of people out of California. During the 12 months ending June 30, the number of people leaving California for another state exceeded by 61,100 the number who moved here from elsewhere in the U.S., according to state Finance Department statistics. The so-called “net outward migration” was the largest since 2011, when 63,300 more people fled California than entered. 
Californians to blame .
Yet voters just passed higher California taxes, at least until 2030. California'sProposition 55 extended the “temporary” 13.3% tax rate on California’s high-income earners, the highest marginal tax rate in the nation. Well, it's only temporary, through 2030. These personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000 started in 2012. It hits 1.5% of Californians, those with a single income filing of at least $263,000, or a joint income filing of at least $526,000.Many of these people must be thinking about cuts in federal taxes they might get in 2017. Yet the disproportionately high California tax rates are an increasingly large share of their tax burden. That is causing some to weigh the benefits and burdens of the Golden State. Tax-free Nevada is just across the border. Texas, Washington, and Florida also have beckon. (3)>>It seems that MOST CALIFORNIANS are gullible . Over the years we were hit with various propositions on the ballot that "claimed" to be funding education , but in reality like the vice taxes on cigarettes , alcohol  & the Lottery.  What percentage of that money went to local schools is a mystery ? Some of these tax laws linked to the education system of the state seem to be paying for other things . Of course Gov. Jerry Brown's hike on gas taxes for example is illegal since voters never approved them .Since 2003 we have had various bond measures , tax increases to pay for roads  . So where is the money going ?
2018 California's attempt for  Health Care for all.
Bigger Taxes are coming . California has a plan for the single -payer system healthcare . For it (4)>>SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE . However we need to look at what the states lawmakers are doing , compare it to other single payer systems in other countries . As far as socialized medicine in Canada , UK or EU .Other nations approach their single-payer systems in a variety of different ways.Canada’s system is different from Germany’s, which is different from Britain’s. Each country ensures that all residents have access to high-quality and affordable healthcare. But they take different roads to get there. The California way has some fiscal problems. The Sacramento Bee notes that, even after accounting for an estimated $200 billion that could be saved by replacing current state-run health programs with the single-payer program, the state would still need to come up with $200 billion annually.A single-payer system generally works like this: Instead of buying health insurance and paying for premiums, residents pay higher taxes. And those taxes are then used to fund the insurance plan — in the same way Medicare taxes are used to provide insurance for Americans 65 and over. California's proposal is particularly expensive because it's not just a single-payer proposal, but a generous one. As Vox details, "the state would pay for almost all of its residents' medical expenses—inpatient, outpatient, emergency services, dental, vision, mental health, and nursing home care—and Californians would not have any premiums, copays, or deductibles." Undocumented immigrants would be covered too.

Last Word :
California has among the highest taxes in the nation. Its base sales tax rate of 7.5% is higher than that of any other state, and its top marginal income tax rate of13.3% is the highest state income tax rate in the country.California state taxes are among the worst in the country, according to the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit research group in Washington D.C. The state has the highest state-level sales tax rate in the nation at 7.5 percent, although this is slated to drop to 7.3 percent at the end of 2016. Combined with local sales taxes, the rate can reach as high as 10 percent in some California cities. So think about it . Don't assume you tax money is going to where its supposed to be going .

(1)>>People don't like taxes and it's obvious .  California sends more taxes to the Feds than the Feds send to us.  The poorer states take more taxes from the Feds than they send.  The richer states, of which California is one, support the poorer states. The Total state and local tax burden in California pulls in 11.4% of state income.  The national average is $9.8.  So if we apply those percentages to an income of $100K, then in CA you're paying $11,400, while on average you're paying $9,800.  That's a $1,600 difference.. which is substantial altogether.  But!  Split into daily increments... that's barely enough to buy you a lattè a day.  Plus, your income in California will be higher, outpacing most places more than the $1,600 difference, so you're not out money. They tax EVERYTHING that they can possibly find a way to tax and we STILL need to pay (and are taxed again) for our bus and train rides, recycling pickup, documentation fees any time you do something at a gov building. Point is, we get taxed so that services can exist, then we get to pay again in order to use them.  (2)>>question a mass exodus of people.  The Mercury News reported : "A dive into Internal Revenue Service data shows distinctly that, while poor people are, indeed, leaving, the largest group of outmigrants tends to be middle-aged people making between $100,000 and $200,000 annually. They may not be ideal algorithm creators for Facebook, but they do constitute the solid middle ranks critical to any healthy economy.Indeed, since 2010, the Golden State has seen an overall net outflow of $36 billion from these migrants (and that counts only the first year of income). The biggest gainers from this exchange are where Californians are moving, to such places as Texas, Arizona and Nevada. That some California employers are joining them in the same places should be something of a two-minute warning for state officials.But California leaders have other things on their minds that do not include accommodating the aspirations of residents who refuse to abandon suburban homes, or who are unwilling to desert their cars for the pleasures of mass transit. Until Californians demand a government that reflects their aspirations, too many people will continue to have to seek their futures elsewhere, to the detriment to those who remain behind."  (3)>>It seems that MOST CALIFORNIANS are gullible . For the last two decades most voters raised taxes. I remember Gov . Jerry Brown in 2012 fooled Californians , Gov. Jerry
Brown, seeking to promote his Proposition 30 tax initiative, is telling voters that while "the California dream is still vibrant," the tax increase is needed to keep it that way. We had tax increases for education . This tax was supposed to be temporary . Always bait and switch. The Prop 30 tax did not go away . Advocates of higher tax rates can get very specific when they want to. A recent article in the New York Times says that raising the tax rate on the top one percent of income earners to 40 percent would generate “about $157 billion” a year in additional tax revenue for the government. This ignores mountains of evidence, going back for generations, showing that raising tax rates does not automatically mean raising tax revenues — and has often actually led to falling tax revenues. A fantasy expressed in numbers is still a fantasy. Proposition 13, the original groundbreaking statewide initiative that limited the power of local government to increase property taxes; Proposition 62, which gave voters powers to approve or reject certain tax increases proposed by state and local government; Proposition 218, which expanded these powers and Proposition 26 (2010), which shut down the practice of mislabeling “taxes” as “fees.” The court confirmed that these constitutional amendments were all designed to protect taxpayers by limiting the power of local government to impose taxes, but were not limits on the power of the people to impose taxes via the initiative process. (4)>>SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE . Health care is too expensive for each of us individually but if we pool our money we'll have enough for all of us collectively.   The "single payer healthcare " is a dream . BUT I would not go increasing taxes with out addressing the cost of our healthcare system first . I would take any healthcare system that lowers out of cost payments , with specialty with families with more than one child child . 

Contra Costa Examiner also explains another "problem":

And this while the state and local governments in CA are currently struggling just managing subsidized care, let alone actual state-run hospitals.
There was a county-run hospital in Contra Costa County (Doctor's Medical Center in San Pablo) that recently shut down because it was hemorrhaging money at such an alarming rate and the County simply found it expeditious to kick some money to privately run critical care facilities to make up the gap.
Likewise, in Alameda County, the county hospital also ran itself into the ground and is now essentially being leased to a subsidized private provider who also can't seem to stop running at an enormous loss.
While the actual boots-on-the-ground facilities are exploring various methods of privatization in order to achieve basic functionality, the legislature is actively working to put all medical facilities in the state back into the hands of the very system that is frantically trying to divest itself of those facilities due to its inability to run them.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Hot LINE to the Kremlin. & Saudi Deal .

Wow there is so much to comment on . It's getting A BIT mind bending. Trump is trusting Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, with many sensitive issues. Now, it looks unsure if Kushner will even be in the position for much longer. (#)>>Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and one of President Trump’s most trusted advisors, discussed with the Russian ambassador the possibility of using Russian diplomatic facilities for the communications channel, it has been alleged. It's interesting to note as I wrote before is that Trump's Russian connections were all business related . Somehow after President's Trumps so many gaffes , (1.1)>> tweets and self incrimination . The look of being "guilty" {TRUMP} of Russian meddling & SO ON.Though Voting machines were not tampered with during the 2016 presidential election, voter rolls went untouched and there were no reported security breaches of official election offices, according to former President Barack Obama and the U.S. intelligence community. As far as 2016-related "hacking" is concerned, private individuals connected to failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had their emails stolen and leaked in batches during the election. BLAMING the Russians for me is a "false flag" , its more about shifting the blame away from  our broken system that made Trump win . It's a horrible policy , it has all the ear marks of cold war mentality , McCarthyism . It's a wild goose witch hunt that will go in circles . (1.2)>>The ONLY EVIDENCE against Mr. Trump is the Business associations . I think there is a lot dirty laundry if you believe the (***)>>MOB connection stories. Now Jared Kushner, Both the (1.3)>>Washington Post and the New York Times report Kushner wanted to set up the back channel to avoid surveillance by U.S secret services.The discussions between Kushner and ambassador Sergey Kislyak took place between Trump’s election triumph and his inauguration in January and reportedly left the ambassador shocked at the suggestion the American could be allowed to use embassy equipment. The 
Kushner's red  hot line
for Moscow .
former F.B.I.
  director Comey  is known to have drafted a series of memos about his interactions with Trump, and—importantly—with other White House and Administration officials. Whether Kushner is mentioned in the Comey memos is not known. But its striking that The first, which was originally reported by The New Yorker, occurred in early December, at Trump Tower, when Kushner and Michael Flynn, then the incoming national-security adviser, met with (1.4)>>Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States. On Friday evening, the Washington Post added dramatic new details about what occurred at this meeting, which it said took place on December 1st or 2nd. Kushner and Kislyak, according to the Post’s sources, “discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure (2)>>communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring.” 
A few points about this story. First, the fact that we monitor the Russian ambassador’s communications isn’t a secret, but specific conversations like the one above are classified information. Someone at the FBI or the NSA is putting themselves way out on a limb here, presumably with the intent of damaging Kushner. Even if the story is true, there’s a motive behind the leak. Second, if Kislyak assumes, as he probably does, that his communications are intercepted, then it’s also possible that not everything he reports home is true. This is similar to another report this week about Russian officials bragging they could control Trump through Gen. Flynn. They may have said those things but that doesn’t make them true. In that case, the story itself said we didn’t know if they’d actually tried to influence anyone, only that they’d talked about doing it.  Why attempt to conceal communications from our own national security?  These are not signs of someone up to something innocent.  They are huge red flags, and that is, of course, why there was such alarm at the FBI et al. In context, the attempt to set up a secret communications line with an adversary may very well be part of a larger inchoate crime, i.e., evidence of intent. Five Democratic Congressmen also penned a letter demanding that Kushner’s security clearance be revoked. Kushner failed to disclose information on his foreign contacts, a requirement for top secret clearance. “Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials, was a significant issue for the Trump administration,” the congressmen indicated, citing Michael Flynn’s firing and Jeff Sessions’s recusal from the Russian investigations as reason for questioning Kushner’s clearance. “We are concerned Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deceptions.”
 The Real Truth behind Trump's Saudi Arabia deal.
Oligarchy has made an "arms deal" with Saudi Arabia . I have to put to question the vary true nature of this deal . Many suspicions arise .  On the afternoon of May 1, President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, welcomed a high-level delegation of Saudis to a gilded reception room next door to the White House and delivered a brisk pep talk: “Let’s get this done today.” Even in Israel, where Mr. Trump is likely to be welcomed with open arms, tensions have surfaced over his sharing classified Israeli intelligence during a meeting with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, and a smaller flap over the political status of the Western Wall.Still, the Saudi visit is not without risk. Mr. Obama made Riyadh, the Saudi capital, his first stop in the Middle East in June 2009, hoping to enlist the Saudis in a new Israeli-Palestinian peace effort. King Salman’s predecessor, King Abdullah, rebuffed the young president. President Trump has just announced the sale of a whopping $110 billion to Saudi Arabia which includes “tanks and helicopters for border security, ships for coastal security, intelligence-gathering aircraft, a missile-defense radar
system, and cybersecurity tools,” reports ABC News. It forms part of a 10-year, $350 billion agreement in a “strategic vision” between the two countries, reports the Washington Post.   But the White House said that Saudi Arabia would be spending $110 billion on defense contracts as part of a broader deal signed by Trump and Saudi King Salman during the visit. Curiously what is in this "broader deal" ? (3)>>It's strange for a President of the United States to go to the Western Wall in Jerusalem "pray " , and at the same time make "arms deals" with the Saudis ? The Israelis  gave a muted response on Sunday to a major arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia announced a day earlier during the visit to the region by U.S. President Donald Trump."This is a matter that really should trouble us," said Israeli Energy Minister Yuval
Steinitz prior to the weekly cabinet meeting, although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no mention of the deal in his customary public remarks. Arming the Saudis in military terms as an "ally" of the United States has far grater implications .
First Saudi Arabia is a strategic partner against Iran .  It must be noted 
Donald Trump should spend his time usefully in Riyadh by discussing how to avoid his Saudi hosts carrying out another 9/11 atrocity in the US instead of making baseless claims of terrorism against other countries, Iran’s foreign minister has advised.In his speech to Arab heads of state in the Saudi capital, Mr Trump repeatedly attacked Iran, claiming it “funds arms, trains militias that spread destruction and chaos” and pointing to Iran’s support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad as he committed “unspeakable crimes”.The US President added that people in Iran had “endured hardship and despair under their leaders’ reckless pursuit of conflict and terror”. Earlier, King Salman of Saudi Arabia also railed against Iran calling the country “the spearhead of terrorism”. It seems Mr. TRUMP is spreading the same misinformation against Iran for Saudi interests . Most of the 19 terrorists who murdered nearly 3,000 people in New York in 2001 were Saudi citizens and there have repeated accusations that members of the Saudi hierarchy were complicit in the attack.Iran’s foreign secretary Javad Zarif pointed out Mr Trump had himself previously suggested the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks. Giving Weapons to the Saudis is more a military plan for a future war . By arming an ally ahead of time AS MUCH AS THIS PROXY ARMS DEAL REALLY IS ABOUT . Third, and perhaps most perniciously, the deal means that the United States is stepping up its support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, in which more than ten thousand civilians have already been killed, an unknown number of whom were blown to pieces by American-supplied bombs. In a piece published at the Hill, Kristine Beckerle, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said her organization had documented eighty-one attacks by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen over the last two years, many of which were “possible war crimes. In almost two dozen of these cases . . . we were able to identify the U.S. weapons that were used.”

(#)>>Jared Kushner. As NBC News reported, he is considered only a “person of interest” — a term that has no legal definition and does not signify that he could face criminal charges. But it is clear that Kushner remains at the center of the investigation. Back in April, it was revealed that he failed to disclose dozens of meetings with foreign officials on his security clearance application, The Hill reported. That included the meeting with Kislyak, the report added.“Among the meetings that Kushner omitted from his national security questionnaire were one with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and another with Sergey Gorkov, the CEO of the Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank,” The Hillclaimed, citing reports from the New York Times.Kushner has most recently come under scrutiny for reportedly failing to disclose millions of dollars worth of art on his financial disclosure forms.Kushner has emerged as one of the most important figures in the White House, deep within Donald Trump’s inner circle and taking the lead on many initiatives. It was Kushner who ushered through a more than $100 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, for example.(1.1)>> tweets and self incrimination A lot has changed in the two months since former chief Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller joined us to discuss the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s role in subverting the 2016 election: President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstine appointed Comey’s friend, former FBI director Robert Mueller, to oversee the investigation as Justice Department special counsel; and a large number of leaks points to the likelihood that Trump himself has attempted to obstruct justice. With the similarities to Watergate mounting, we brought Miller back to the program to reassess the scandal and where the investigation might lead.  (1.2)>>The ONLY EVIDENCE.  No American banks will approve Trump's loans because of 6 bankruptcies, that is why Trump and Co went to get loans from Deutsche Bank and Russian banks. They approved his loans and finally got contact with Putin... That is why Russians helped him in securing his presidency.. In turn they asked Trump to lift sanctions.....That is why he hired people who are loyal to him and to Russia in his cabinet... This is the real truth... Follow the money...  (***)>>MOB connection stories.  The March , 2017 the FBI and NYPD Joint Organized Crime Task Force have arrested ten men in New York City today on charges of running a racketeering conspiracy as part of an organized crime effort. What’s notable is that these men and their crime family have alleged ties to the Russian mafia and to Donald Trump – raising the question of whether this move was made as part of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Trump and Russia. Last year NEWSWEEK put out a interesting article on Trump ties to the Mob . Regrettably no one read it :   (1.3)>>Washington Post .  U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports told The Washington Post.The president's son-in-law and senior adviser inquired about using Russian diplomatic facilities for the communications, apparently to shield the talks, Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak told his superiors that Kushner floated the idea during a meeting at Trump Tower on Dec. 1 or 2, according to the Post, which cited intercepts of Russian communications reviewed by U.S. officials.Kislyak was reportedly taken aback by the proposal of allowing an American to use Russian communications equipment, which the Post noted could have carried security risks for both the Trump transition team and Moscow.Michael Flynn, whom President Trump had already tapped to serve as national security adviser at the time, reportedly attended the meeting.The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Friday responded to the report of Kushner's meeting by calling for Trump to fire him from his White House position as a senior adviser. (1.4)>>Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador. When Donald Trump delivered his first foreign policy speech of the 2016 campaign at a Washington hotel last April, a special foreign guest was in attendance: Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to Washington.Before the speech, the soft-spoken Russian envoy and other foreign ambassadors mingled at a backstage reception also attended by Trump and future Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to an account written by one of the event’s hostsAfterward, Kislyak sat near the front and listened as Trump bashed the Washington foreign policy status quo and repeated his controversial call for a new dawn in U.S.-Russian relations. “I believe an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia—from a position of strength only—is possible, absolutely possible,” Trump said in a ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel. “Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out.”   If Kislyak’s name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because the veteran diplomat was also at the center of the earlier Russia scandal that led to the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn left the White House in February after reports emerged that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about discussing sanctions on Russia with Kislyak during a phone conversation in December.But it turns out that wasn’t the only interaction between Flynn and Kislyak. On Thursday afternoon, the White House — potentially trying to get ahead of more damaging revelations — said that Kislyak and Flynn also held a previously undisclosed meeting in December. Also present at the meeting with Kislyak: Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and consigliere.  Some U.S. officials believe Kislyak to be more than a stubborn advocate for Russia’s foreign policy: On Tuesday, the Kremlin’s top spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, denounced as “fake news” a CNN report that cited unnamed U.S. officials alleging that Kislyak is an intelligence officer who recruits and runs spies.  (2)>>communications channel between Trump’s transition team .  Mr Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser last year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy, and remains an influential confidant within the White House.One likely area of interest for investigators would be Mr Kushner's own meetings with Russians, given that such encounters with a variety of Trump associates are at the root of the sprawling probe, now overseen by former FBI director Robert Mueller.Mr Flynn was pushed out of the White House in February after officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russia in a phone call. Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that that deception left Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians. Mr Flynn remains under federal investigation in Virginia over his foreign business ties and was interviewed by the FBI in January about his contacts with Mr Kislyak.(3)>>It's strange for a President of the United States to go to the Western Wall in Jerusalem "pray " , and at the same time make "arms deals" with the Saudis? Most of the Terrorism against Israel was Saudi sponsored  ,   Saudi support for the Hamas?    The royal family of Saudi Arabia donated more than $4 billion to the Palestinians between 1998 and 2003 to help finance offensive terrorist operations against Israel, a new report says.According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Washington, D.C-based group that monitors Mideast media, the House of Saud’s support has gone to “‘Mujahideen fighters’ and ‘families of martyrs'” killed in operations against the Jewish state.“For decades the royal family of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been the main financial supporter of Palestinian groups fighting Israel, through the creation of two major committees,” says the report, which was released 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trump's Saudi Arabia "deal".

Trump receives Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor
 What a hypocrite .President Donald Trump was criticized as a hypocrite for seemingly bowing before the Saudi King, an act for which he had criticized then-President Barack Obama for doing back in 2012. I would not be writing again for a few days after I saw & heard President Trump's speech to the Saudi Parliament . This is so outrageous In Every step he mimics (1.1)>>President Obama when he bowed to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo , EgyptYe. BUT its worse . We are talking about billions of dollars to Saudi Arabian kingdom in military spending . The President confirmed he had signed a weapons deal with the Saudis worth $109.7 billion, predicted to grow to a $380 billion Saudi investment within 10 years, during his first trip abroad since his Inauguration.Mr Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the deal was (1.2)>>positive news for American employment and the economy. However its a shady deal Trump, during the campaign, blamed Saudi Arabia – and, I would argue, somewhat correctly – for playing a role in the 9/11 attacks, the greatest terrorist attack on American soil. At the same time, he was inking – while on the campaign trail – he was inking deals with eight hotel interests in Saudi Arabia to deepen his business ties. I mean hotels, casinos – a lot of it has to do with money laundering and Trump is really a master of that. The Gulf States have these great sovereign wealth funds, and Trump and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, want to tap into those. So, the ties are deep between Trump
May be the Saudi hold
on America is
deeper than we
realize .
and the Saudis, far deeper than other foreign countries which we hear a lot about. 
The Kingdom, as the Saudi nation-state is often called, probably isn’t the worst mutation Saudi Arabia could take. Something far more sinister than an antiquated monarchy lurks beneath the Arabian sands—Wahhabist ideology, the extreme form of Islam practiced by the warriors who helped the House of Saud ascend to power. Today Wahhabism is integrated into the Saudi government, but checked by the more modern royals. Osama bin Laden, a rigid Wahhabi, supported overthrowing the Saudi regime, which he saw as a bulwark of degenerate secularism. The Saudis’ modus operandi is to appeal to us with their rhetoric and a few strategic sops while single-mindedly pursuing their own interests at home. That the United States, the most powerful nation on earth, keeps falling for this masquerade is an embarrassment.Take the recent Saudi incursion into Yemen. Riyadh is bombing the Houthi militia—and only the Houthis—even though al Qaeda and the Islamic State have both infiltrated Yemen and stand to profit if the Shiite Houthis lose. (2)>>America is pumping its fist and slapping its Saudi ally on the back, providing aid and expertise even though the Houthis are one of the least terrifying factions in Yemen right now.
Trump Saudi Speech . What a bomb.
 Trump is challenging Americas old Arab allies about "honestly confronting the crisis of  "Islamic extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires." This speech is so awful if you heard it you be trying to make sense of it . The Saudi King himself must have been in shock just hearing it . (3)>>It's long drab speech with so many sugar coatings , references to "god" , howbeit incredible  .  Trump headed to Saudi Arabia on Friday - with a cloud of intrigue and scandal tailing him all the way. According to a story in the New York Times, he is not happy about embarking on this trip and even told an aide that he wished to cut its nine-day itinerary in half. He is set for meetings with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Italy and Belgium, all of which could become gaffe-fests for the loose-lipped and inexperienced president. His speech is about being more a salesmen , ONE CLUE is " For Americans, this is an exciting time. A new spirit of optimism is sweeping our country: in just a few months, we have created almost a million new jobs, added over 3 trillion dollars of new value, lifted the burdens on American industry, and made record investments in our military that will protect the safety of our people and enhance the security of our wonderful friends and allies – many of whom are here today" . Trump’s narrow focus on countering “radical ideology,” unfortunately, will only distract us from the real solution. 

President Obama
bows to his

(1)>>positive news for American employment and the economy. It's "positive" as for the Department of Defense . American made weapons would be flooded into Saudi Arabia which would some how end up in the hands of  al-Qaeda ? The circulation of American guns have flooded the Middle-East since the First Gulf War in the 1990s . A report yesterday that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, actually called Lockheed Martin to ask them to give Saudi Arabia a bargain-basement deal on this $100 billion arms transfer which may represent the largest arms deal in American history and that those weapons are going to be used against Yemeni civilians in a country which really represents the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.      (2)>>America is pumping its fist and slapping its Saudi ally on the back,.  The Saudis are paying for the weapons. This is one of the USA's main exports - killing machines.  Some lawmakers in the U.S. are pushing back, introducing a bill intended to limit U.S. arms transfers to Saudi Arabia. It would require the White House to certify that Saudi Arabia is taking all feasible precautions to minimize civilian casualties in Yemen, and stipulate that the White House must brief Congress on whether Saudi Arabia has used US weapons in previous unlawful attacks in Yemen. Other lawmakers have pledged to try to prevent future US arms sales to Saudi Arabia.  (3)>>It's long drab speech with so many sugar coatings , references to "god" , howbeit incredible  . You have to compare President's Trump speech with Obama's in 2009 . The 55-minute address electrified many Muslims in the Arab Middle East. The president celebrated the cultural, scientific and intellectual achievements of Islam to the delight of the audience inside the domed hall at Cairo University where he spoke -- and beyond. Trump pick a line from Obama's ? { see the full Obama speech here : Obama Calls On Muslims for a 'New Beginning' With U.S. } The Washington Post . Trump's bow bow speech is found complete in the Israeli News  Haaretz { }  The Speeches are so remarkably similar that I wonder if the "same writer" was used to write both speeches for Obama and Trump.