Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Did the Russians get a "raw" Deal with Trump?


An Old Political cartoon reflects the Alaska  Purchase of 1867.
Historically it was not a popular move by the American 
government . Relations with Russia have always 
gone up and down over 200 years.

The biggest theoretical question I have had all along . If the Russian Collusion is true , yes they meddled and Mr. Trump is a bye product of a conspiracy . I had to giggle a bit , I remember a interview that Donald Trump gave to the 700 Club  . In 2017  Trump told CBN founder Pat Robertson in this  interview  that (1)>>Russian President Vladimir Putin “would like Hillary” because she would lead a weak military and energy prices would increase under her administration. Trump praised America as the most powerful country in the world and argued that it’s only getting stronger “because I’m a big military person.” Had Clinton won, he said, “our military would be decimated” and “our energy would be much more expensive.” “That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me,” Trump said. It is so Ironic right now that the Russians don't Like Trump at all . The Russians made a pretty bad mistake with Donald Trump . I see that what President Vladimir (2)>>Putin wanted was the easing away of the Obama sanctions \, a return to normal relations . What is at stake since this is  (3)>>the "new cold war". With bad relations with Russia , and a return to the aggressive militarization of both nations aiming nukes at each other . Most of this is Ironic. Russia was hoping for normalizing relations with America . With the election of Trump.What happened is even baffling the Russian government . Their scratching their heads. They "realized" they made a big mistake with man they helped elect . What really really turned out was that Donald Trump ended up kissing butt to the old hardcore 1950s Republican war hawks that live in a different world . The world of the Pre- Reagan - Gorbachev , Pre- SALT treaties .  I often been questioning a lot that has been going on with the last election . I saw a lot of "peculiar" things during the (4)>>GOP  debates / nomination of Trump that do rule out a Russian interference . That's what the collusion theorists missed , that Donald J Trump won the nomination of the Republican party . So this begs the question of Republican Collusion. How much did they know ? .    A lot of things are puzzling. What I  believe  , want to really  believe is that the Russian meddling if "true" was  nothing but a big political mistake on Putin . Donald Trump is irrational , he is no way a Ronald Reagan. Who would say " Tare down this Wall "... Donald Trump can be down right dangerous. Unpredictable . Contrary to the immense propaganda on the internet , that we would be worse off with Hillary is not even founded on fact . MAY BE HILLARY would have brought an olive branch to Putin .  Just Maybe she would have done away with the Sanctions that President Obama unleashed on Russia . Russia may have placed too many hopes of Trump .  My big question is how to end this new cold war , return normalization , dialog with Russia  even under a Trump regime . There is so much at stake.

Mueller ridiculous indictment (additional Material).
How Gullible are we Americans ? Why has a new wave of McCarthyism has swept through our nations media ,  with specialty Congress ?  Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced  (why is it always on a Friday afternoon?)  Friday.  Yes, I still don't see the evidence on how our election was influenced . The so called Russian Trolls {bloggers-} spread false information on the social media during the election  . It hard to believe that some how my own government is trying to convince me that Donald Trump is a puppet of Putin . Even if Mueller's own investigation indict of the 13 Russians , the ridiculous attempt to extradition of the so called criminals  still can't explain how Trump won the nomination of his party in 2016 . A White House spokesperson went even further Saturday, suggesting that Democrats and  (5)>>the mainstream media deserve more blame than Russia for political division in the U.S “There are two groups that have created chaos more than the Russians,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said on Fox News. “And that’s the Democrats and the mainstream media who continued to push this lie on the American people for more than a year, and quite frankly Americans should be outraged by that.”But even as Trump and Gidley claimed vindication in Friday’s indictments and downplayed the impact of the Russian effort, other top administration officials are acknowledging the attack and calling for consequences. Mueller will have  the final say. I think the witch hunt will go around in circles for a long time .

NOTES AND COMMENTS:
(1)>>Russian President Vladimir Putin “would like Hillary” .  Hillary knew about political diplomacy . I assume that she would have in time removed the sanctions against Russia . Putin would have used his "charms" to bring America back to reason . Yes , reason. Its hard to guess what our relations would have been if Hillary did win . I don't think that we would be running a "investigation " on  "meddling" in our political system . That is why I think that Russia was so misguided { deceived } on Trump.  After all the witch hunt , anti- Russian propaganda in America . I can see that Putin would have like Hillary instead .  (2)>>Putin wanted was the easing away of the Obama sanctions . The Russians went after our election system — what did they expect would we do? Do they know us so little they thought they could go after our elections  in theory ? They had to know us better. I think some in the Russian business class are coming to realize that Putin made a serious mistake. U.S.-Russia ties have fluctuated greatly over the years. Russia was initially an ally of the U.S. throughout the tumultuous political years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s and was an early ally of the U.S.'s war on terror after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. However, Putin, who has led the country as president or prime minister since 2000, has long been a critic of U.S. attempts to expand its influence around the world and now faces what his U.S. counterpart and former political ally, Donald Trump, described in August as "an all-time and very dangerous low" for relations between the two powers."We have to turn this page and move forward and our relations should be based on mutual respect and we should treat each other as equal partners," Putin said, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency(3)>>the "new cold war"Lingering grievances that surfaced under the administration of President Barack Obama have left the two nations deeply suspicious of another's intentions. Persistent U.S. accusations that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential race has led to multiple sanctions and tit-for-tat diplomatic attacks between the countries, while dueling military buildups between Western military alliance NATO and Russia have played out across Europe.(4)>>GOP  debates / nomination of Trump that do rule out a Russian interference .  No one is seriously thinking that the "Russia interference  accusations " are really a cover up to a political coup in the United States . Donald Trump won the nomination of the Republican party . Was this the part of the Russian interference ? For a candidate like Trump to win the nomination, it means that several things have gone wrong — both for the Republican Party and in the assumptions we made about how party nominations work. Yes, I thought that Gov. Rick Perry , or Sen Cruz was going to win the nomination . Curiously the Atlantic magazine clues us in , here its says.   " The indictment is also conspicuous for failing to allege any act of collusion between the Russian actors and any Americans at all. There are no identified American co-conspirators and there certainly is no allegation that the Russians acted with the knowledge of (much less the approval of) any individuals in the Trump campaign. As far as the indictment is concerned, the Russian activity was initiated by the Russians for their own strategic benefit, and candidate Trump may only have been an incidental beneficiary of their activity". (5)>>the mainstream media deserve more blame than Russia.  To take the last one first, it’s irresponsible to reflect on Trump’s candidacy without considering the unprecedented way in which he dominated media coverage from the beginning of his campaign, which was worth the equivalent of $2 billion in paid advertising. Any time a demagogic candidate wins a nomination, it suggests a potential failure of political institutions, including (but not limited to) the media.  Republican tactics payed off with Trump because the fringe American saw him as a "outsider" , but one must consider Trump's celebrity ability to reach the gullible voters who saw Hillary Clinton as nothing more than a "continuation " of the legacy of Bill Clinton . Hillary was damaged goods , her lack of explaining the Benghazi failure , the wasted e-mail investigation was one of the American media's best propaganda against her  . BUT NO WAY IS Donald Trump in the clear ! It can't exonerate him . Trump's has had numerous business associations with Russia , some are down right embarrassing , Trump is also so self incriminating its unreal . 

Friday, February 9, 2018

The "DEEP-ER STATE" of the UNION .

Notes to President Trumps State of the Union Speech.
The stock market is going
Up and Down for
the next few months .
OK , I caved in and watched  President Trump's first  State of the Union address . With people some "boycotting" it . I had to tune in and give me own opinions . About  (**)>>The "good" & "bad" Trumpism. While a few people  I know , I asked them what they thought of it , YES, asked me What I THOUGHT . As far as a great speech , it was not so great . (1)>>I sensed looking at Trump that he was not exactly a happy man , his facial expressions gave way to an irate man , who addressed a divided Congress. Trump overstuffed his speech with stories of people in the audience, and some of those stories were indeed emotional. But they were overshadowed by the rhetoric and divisive language. Trump also had a habit of clapping for himself, which was a constant loud distraction in the microphone. This was a speech mostly for the base. The speech kicked off as a lackluster affair, as Trump rattled off a trumped up list of “victories,” taking credit for a booming economy that he inherited from President Barack Obama. If you saw that none of the Democrats were applauding or standing , the whole Senate House looked gloomy . (2)>>Mr. Trump while swimming in scandal regarding the Russia probe did deliver  on some of his "promises". I have to give him a good notation on his Tax plan . The Democrats here are entirely wrong in regards to taxes . I know , have studied economics that there are two things that do stimulate a economy , but neither party in our political system likes the other . First , you have to reduce Taxes {Republican} . Second , you have to raise the wages across the nation {Democrat}. The more money a person , or  business corporations  have  , this exactly creates a stimulus that puts a certain amount of wealth , buying power to the population . While this seems perfect , its not entirely , this nation has far too long never kept up with the cost of living expenses . In certain states in the union no can afford to buy a home either . We have issues with wage inequality , the lowest earners on the tax scale will not see much of an increase . While the top 1 % , business corporations took a boost from the plan . You can pick so many wrongs with it , but it has some positives . Another note is that the so called (3)>>Trump tax plan was drafted by Sen. Paul Ryan himself.    The government has to give back something to the people . reducing taxes is the first step . Many more things have to be done .  My opinion also , while the DOW & Stock market looked rosy at it's biggest numbers above 23,000 . Bragging about the rise of the stock market could backfire on the president if there is a sudden downturn. Stocks fell more than 1 percent Tuesday, as rising bond yields are becoming competitive with stocks that pay big dividends and traders are looking for less risky places to put their money. (4)>>The warning is that the stock-market is a bomb , if Mr. Trump ever gets impeached , as I have said before the market will dive so fast that its going to look like the what the Market looked after the 9-11 World Trade Center Attacks . SERIOUSLY! have to watch this , I really see why the Republicans are all standing behind Mr. Trump , out of fear of a domino effect .  According to Trump’s metric, almost $360 billion worth of wealth in the stock market disappeared Tuesday. In his speech,
Trump tied strong economic indicators to his policies. He took credit for 2.4 million jobs created since the election, although the 2.1 million added during his first year in office represented the slowest pace in six years, Economists say the White House can take some credit for consumer confidence, but in reality, the consumer was already spending before Trump and the GOP took control a year ago, and the labor market was already strong. However, the improvement in business attitudes and spending is a direct result of the changing of the guard in Washington and may be contributing to a more consistent growth pattern. Trump immediately angered those who supported him based on his pledge to crack down on illegal immigration by trying to sell lawmakers on what they ruefully insist is amnesty.His contentious immigration plan ends the Obama-era program (5)>>Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals granting temporary, renewable work permits to young immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parentsbut only after offering 1.8 million of them legal status and a chance at citizenship.   The most disturbing part of Mr. Trump's speech , which I don't agree with , (6)>>is that his administration wants to build more Nuclear weapons . Over the past decade, while the United States has led the world in these reductions, Now Trump plans the exact opposite strategy. The Pentagon confirmed its commitment to the modernization of the U.S. nuclear force that Obama approved in 2010 in exchange for Senate ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START. The military will introduce new bombers, submarines and intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as a new cruise missile for the bomber. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the plan will cost about $1.2 trillion over 30 years.  After the speech, Democrats struck a different tone, arguing that Trump inherited a strong economy and has not done enough to help American workers. The responses from Democratic lawmakers signal how they could counter Trump should he and the GOP use the economy as their main pitch to voters in the 2018 midterms and beyond. Republicans will partly count on a healthy economy to help them overcome Trump's dismal approval ratings during the elections this year. The GOP is trying to hold on to majorities in both the House and Senate as Democrats see an opportunity to gain ground amid anti-Trump sentiment. (7)>>The United States government has a serious deficit problem nearing 20 trillion . Deficit upon deficit. The last administration added a trillion to a already existing trillions from the Bush era . That still has to be addressed . With signs of economic growth under the Trump administration . There lurks a dark cloud .

The "deeper" state of the Union .
(8)>>The deep state entered America’s national discourse in 2017 with the feeling of an already familiar character, ready to assume a starring role as hero or villain—depending on how you feel about Trump. It’s easy to dismiss the idea as the breathless complaint of a frustrated president who hasn’t learned to work the system. But it’s not that simple: There really is a kind of cabal that operates independently of elected officials in Washington—even if it’s not quite what Trump or his conservative allies think it is. In the daily circus of the Trump presidency — the tweets, the porn star, the racist trolling, the Russia investigation and the bizarro conspiracy theories about the Russia investigation — it’s easy to lose sight of normal political stories like Carrier. But normal stories are Trump’s biggest vulnerability, and the circus is actually his friend. Democrats would be wise to remind themselves of this fact every single day. On Friday, the US president approved the release of a classified memo commissioned by the (9)>>Republican chairman of the House intelligence panel, Devin Nunes, that alleges bias against Trump within the FBI and justice department. It is surely no coincidence that the extraordinary move – denounced as reckless by the justice department – coincides with the special counsel Robert Mueller reaching at least the end of the beginning of his investigation into alleged collusion between (10)>>Trump and Russia during the 2016 election. Curiously enough , the memo makes no sense that the FBI would be working to undermine Trump , since it was the FBI that foiled Hillary's chances at wining the Presidency by investigating her e-mails . In 2018, it seems, history rhymes: Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, last year, who in every sense helped  then, according to media reports, ordered the firing of Mueller.  Trump has been telling confidants that he believed the document would validate his concerns that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against him. But the FBI says the four-page document is inaccurate and stripped of critical context. And Democrats say the memo, which makes public material that is ordinarily considered among the most tightly held national security information, cherry-picks Republican talking points in an effort to smear law enforcement. According to the Daily Beast, the president’s decision to declassify the memo came about after he consulted the Fox News host Sean Hannity. In recent days, Hannity’s colleague Tucker Carlson called the allegations contained in the memo (11)>>“more troubling than the underlying crime in Watergate”. Another presenter, Jeanine Pirro, has called for investigators to be “taken out in cuffs”. The memo has demonstrated that the FBI had been monitoring former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page as well both during and after he worked for the Trump campaign. Remember that Trump accused outgoing Obama for wire tapping his "phones" { LOL ☺} that made a media frenzy . Personally I believe the memo is "fake"  , its another kind of distraction to anything regarding the collusion theory.  (12)>>Like a viscous circle ,   The President seems to be digging himself deeper and deeper in a problem that he created all around himself that started during his campaign .  




NOTES AND COMMENTS:
(**)>>The "good" & "bad" Trumpism.  The "theory" of a "good" and "bad" Trump goes like this : TAX CUTS = THE GOOD TRUMP . WALL & DEPORTATIONS = THE BAD TRUMP . Trump’s accomplishments aren’t minimal — and a huge number of his setbacks are self-made and rhetorical. All of which demonstrates why Trump is beloved by his base but carries an approval rating of 35%, the lowest approval rating of any president at this point in modern American history (every other president since Kennedy was above 50%, except for Reagan in 1981, who clocked in at 49%) (1)>>I sensed looking at Trump that he was not exactly a happy man , his facial expressions gave way to an irate man.   whose “State of the Uniom” address broke rec ords — it was the slowest in at least half a century.According to Business Insider, Trump spoke at an average rate of 72.6 words per minute in his 5,800-word, nearly hour-and-a-half-long speech, which explains why everyone in the audience looked so miserable.  He used the word “we” 130 times, “our” 103 times and “us” 15 times. He mentioned “the people” nine times. He used the word “I” just 35 times and “my” 14 times. He went with the second person “you” 25 times, though that includes “thank you.” (2)>>Mr. Trump while swimming in scandal regarding the Russia probe . For a "complete" analysis  I would recommend reading from the MotherJones magazine , which gives a detail history of Trump -Russia relations . [ see http://bit.ly/2s4FJ3D ] his business ties , and dealings , are only self incriminatory .(3)>>Trump tax plan was drafted by Sen. Paul Ryan himself.  This tax cut that was recently passed has all the marks of Sen . Paul Ryan himself . Critics has said that  it’s clear that Republicans will fall short of these promises. True, they made attempts in earlier versions of the bill, and those provisions just didn’t make it through last-minute dealmaking. But some of the guarantees turned out to be straight-up lies. So they went back to the drawing board to re-write the tax before the Christmas "promise" .   When he became Speaker, Ryan said he was reluctantly passing the title of Ways and Means chairman, and the opportunity to focus attention on tax reform, to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)Now, the 2017 tax revamp will bring the American tax system more into lockstep with those conservatives’ thinking than perhaps ever before — making the idea that what works for corporate America will work for the country at large a central plank of U.S. policy for decades to come, maybe even a generation or more. (4)>>The warning is that the stock-market is a bomb . I don’t think Trump, a billionaire businessman will intentionally do anything to hurt the market, but in the words of J.P. Morgan, “The market will fluctuate” and that market includes stocks, bonds, real estate, currencies, and commodities. Blame the investors who many maybe Democrats . Trump is elected for 4 years, will the market change? Assuredly. Since most of the past 8 years have been up, some of the next 4 will be down. Monday’s stock plunge was the worst in six and a half years, with the Dow sinking by more than 1,100 points, despite President Trump’s repeated insistence that the economy is thriving under his leadership. (5)>>Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Mr. Trump's  seemingly "generous " offer to the Democrats to deal with DACA . President Donald Trump offered Democrats a concession on immigration but at a price that so far they’ve been unwilling to accept.The administration Thursday night proposed giving 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship in exchange for drastically reducing family-based migration. (6)>>is that his administration wants to build more Nuclear weapons .  During the State of the Union speech , Mr. Trump unleashed the plan to increase our nuclear weapons stock pile . Crazy . President Donald Trump wants more weapons with small yields, which would in theory give military planners more options for waging a "limited" nuclear war that, while unimaginably destructive, would presumably stop short of completely wiping out human civilization. (7)>>The United States government has a serious deficit problem nearing 20 trillion . The practical obstacle to reaching compromise on those issues is the budget deficit increase produced by the tax cut. The ideological one is opposition of Republican congressional leaders, if not the president himself, to a larger role for government.  President Trump follows , keeps the status quo,  the national debt has exceeded $20 trillion for the first time ever — rising the same day President Donald Trump signed a bill into law suspending the debt ceiling and allowing unlimited federal borrowing.The debt ceiling had been frozen at about $19.84 trillion since mid-March, and the Treasury Department was forced to use "extraordinary measures" to prevent borrowing from exceeding that level, the Washington Examiner reported.  What happens now is we get to see whether Trump can make good on two completely incompatible promises he made as a candidate. Both concern the debt. He vowed 1) to eliminate the debt—all $20 trillion of it—in eight years while 2) not touching entitlements like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.Why are these incompatible? Because entitlements—which devour 60% of all federal spending—are, by far, the biggest driver of the debt. And with 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily (projected to continue through 2029) it’s quickly getting worse. Every year, four million more people go from working to getting a check from Uncle Sam. Remember: entitlement spending is “mandatory,” meaning lawmakers can’t touch it.You don’t have to be a math whiz to figure out what that’ll do to the budget, but here’s what the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office predicts: “Outlays for mandatory programs increase as a share of GDP by 2.4 percentage points from 2017 to 2027—mainly because of the aging of the population and rising per capita health care costs. Social Security and Medicare account for nearly all of that increase.”In turn, this means that discretionary spending—stuff that CAN be touched by lawmakers—will drop to about 5.3% of GDP over the next decade. That doesn’t leave much to cut—just a small part of the federal budget that lawmakers and Trump can take an ax to. Good luck wiping out $20 trillion in debt from that. (8)>>The deep state entered America’s national discourse in 2017.  The deep state is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as meaning “a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.”  Political scientists and foreign policy experts have used the term deep state for years to describe individuals and institutions who exercise power independent of—and sometimes over—civilian political leaders. The Washington swamp — the deep state — is bigger, more vicious and more dangerous to American liberty than even a cynic could have imagined.Now that we know what the declassified House memo says about government misconduct, we also know what it means. (9)>> Republican chairman of the House intelligence panel, Devin Nunes. The memo, written by Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, raises concerns about the FBI’s securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant as part of the investigation into possible ties between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. The memo claims the FBI and Justice Department’s actions in obtaining the warrant against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page ”represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process”. However, the memo appears to fall short of the promises made by some Republicans – namely that the evidence it contained would cast doubt on the origins of the Russia investigation. Much of the information it contained involved allegations Mr Nunes and others had previously made public. Democrats also point out that Australian officials told the FBI about another Trump campaign official, George Papadopoulos, had possible knowledge about Russia’s activities. The memo itself states that information about Mr Papadopoulos ”triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016.” . (10)>>Trump and Russia during the 2016 election.  According to New American, the Deep State’s “Plan A,” is the imploding “investigation” into alleged “Russian collusion” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said Stone. If and when that fails, which Stone suggested was likely and soon, the establishment would move to “Plan B.” In essence, Plan B would involve trying to get a majority of Trump’s cabinet to declare him unfit for office. This would allow Trump to be removed under the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment.(11)>>“more troubling than the underlying crime in Watergate”.  Trump's tweets are a bit amusing and at best self incriminating . He said , “This is Nixon/Watergate,” he tweeted  last March, while falsely accusing President Barack Obama of tapping the phone lines at Trump Tower. Trump has declared that “Benghazi is bigger than Watergate” and said the Obama-era sale of uranium mining interests to Russia is “Watergate, modern-age.”   . The last election could have been rigged on both sides of the political system . It could be a most bizarre twist of Russian meddling would be that "they" have wire tapped Trump himself , while at the same time , trying to hack Hillary's e-mails at the request of Trump who asked Russia to hack and find Hill's 30, 000 e-mails . (12)>>Like a viscous circle.  the Russians did not fully trust Trump . They may have had an incriminating but politically embarrassing dossier which could topple the Trump administration . At the time, Mr Trump denounced the document as fake news, and its veracity has widely been questioned.But Sir Richard Dearlove, who ran MI6 between 1999 and 2004, told  BBC's Newsnight programme: "I think that there is probably some credibility to the content..I wouldn't put it any more forcefully than that."Among the more lurid allegations was a claim that the Russians held evidence of Mr Trump hiring prostitutes during a visit to Moscow .The file also claimed that the Trump campaign team had multiple contacts with Russian officials during the presidential election race. [ see this URL : https://themoscowproject.org/dossier/ ] Trump supporters started a misinformation campaign about the dossier, circulating images on 4chan and Reddit that include passages not contained in the original document. They claim the entire dossier is made up and that it was sent to a Republican strategist, Rick Wilson, last year. Wilson denied being the source of the leak. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Democrats "cave" . And Mueller presses ON!

Democrats "caved in ".
President Trump was celebrating this week that the (1)>>Democrats "caved in" ending a government shutdown . Surrendering to Trump Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday talks on immigration and border security are "starting over" after he and the White House have exchanged a series of blows about President Donald Trump's border wall. While lawmakers and sources say he was not heavily involved, the president was in full celebratory mode after Senate Democrats on Monday ended a government shutdown they forced over objections to immigration policy after just three days. Even though public opinion polls showed voters placed more blame on Trump and Republicans (48 percent) than Democrats (35 percent) over the shutdown, Trump’s tweets show he is sounding a message of victory. It took two weeks for Washington to agree on how it will fund the government for the next three weeks. When the resolution that ended the government shutdown came, shortly after noon, the  (2)>>Senate Democrats tried to claim it as a victory of sorts. The notion that the President and the Democrats might be able to find common ground hinged heavily on personality. Trump himself is ideologically erratic, the theory ran, obsessed with media approval and cutting deals. Senate Minority Leader  (3)>>Chuck Schumer opposes the immigration framework released by the White House — a potentially fatal blow for the prospective legislation in the closely divided Senate.The New York Democrat on Friday accused President Donald Trump of using a proposed path for citizenship for young undocumented immigrants as cover for making sweeping — and damaging — changes to the legal immigration system. "This plan flies in the face of what most Americans believe," Schumer said on Twitter. While Trump "finally acknowledged that the Dreamers should be allowed to stay here and become citizens, he uses them as a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system and adopt the wish list that anti-immigration hard-liners have advocated for for years."  Interestingly ENOUGH,  IN MY LAST BLOG POST I talked about why we really need immigration reform . (3.1)>>Both Parties in our Congress and Senate have kicked the problem of immigration to the curb . Trump's own actions are a wake -up call , how rational or un-rational they seem to the die hard left , they are injecting a voice into a broken system . While I find the "wall" ludicrous & expensive , we do need border security , but a wall with Trump's name on it  is antagonistic in nature .  Its really symbolic of a nation that is frightened of outsiders ,  foreign  invasion.  (4)>>Of Course the creation of a police state . Trump probably won't get everything he wants, but with the fight shifting to U.S. policy on legal immigration, he has outlined a clear path for Congress that could satisfy those who want to permanently protect Dreamers and those who voted for Trump because of his border wall plan and the larger crackdown on illegal immigration that it has always represented. If the wall works fully, it should exclude roughly 200,000 possible migrants per year. At that rate, it will take nine years to offset the inflow allowed by the accompanying amnesty for at least 1.8 million illegals. In that long run ,  sadly many will be deported, families broken up . before the dust settles, in the next years mid term election MAYBE , hopefully we will have sound legislation that grants new citizenship for  all immigrants  .
And Mueller presses ON!
For me Mueller was in the inner circle of Mr. Trump for a while before he became a special prosecutor.  For almost one year now, the “Special Counsel” heading up the investigation into thoroughly  (4)>> allegations of “Russian collusion” during the 2016 election, has wasted taxpayer money and valuable time. Mueller’s investigation has been proven to be irredeemably biased, with practically his whole team consisting of Trump-hating, Hillary-loving, “activist” FBI agents and lawyers, and over the past few months, a litany of serious and shocking information has surfaced. President Trump said that he was willing and eager to be interviewed by Robert S. Mueller III,its interesting that he's not afraid  of Mueller . Trump can ask for special counsel 'to be fired for any reason,' says former independent prosecutor. Robert Mueller has hired several high-dollar Department of Justice prosecutors, seven of whom donated to (5)>>Democrat candidates including Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The order appointing a special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein didn’t even identify a crime to be investigated. He has said the DOJ doesn’t conduct “fishing expeditions,” but one expert said this is a backward investigation where there is no stated crime but an investigation where you search all over and see what you can come up with. The special counsel's team could interview Trump soon on some limited portion of questions — possibly within the next several weeks, according to a person close to the president, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal conversations. Asked on Saturday if he had agreed to be interviewed by Mueller, Trump said he had nothing to hide."Just so you understand, there's been no collusion, there's been no crime, and in theory everybody tells me I'm not under investigation. Maybe Hillary [Clinton] is, I don't know, but I'm not," Trump told reporters at Camp David. "But we have been very open. We could have done it two ways. We could have been very closed, and it would have taken years. But you know, sort of like when you've done nothing wrong, let's be open and get it over with.""Because, honestly, it's very, very bad for our country," the president added. "It's making our country look foolish. And this is a country that I don't want looking foolish. And it's not going to look foolish as long as I'm here."
............And the STATE of The UNION address.
This is Donald J Trump's first State of the Union Address . I think Trump is going to throw punches,first of the the "ratings" meter is going to soar along the lines of a shock -value-  speech . The media should get a "earfull" of Trump propaganda.Trump is giving the speech “with the lowest approval ratings of any president in his first year in the history of presidential polling, and can point to the least number of legislative accomplishments,” White House officials have offered few details of what Trump will say other than that he will take credit for a healthier economy and tie its continued growth to the Republicans’ new tax plan, as well as argue his case on immigration, trade, infrastructure and national security.While most of Tuesday's prime-time speech will be devoted to domestic issues, the president is also expected to discuss some foreign policy, officials said. They said that includes his plan to have China and other countries pressure North Korea economically to persuade it to give up nuclear weapons. Officials previewed the themes of the State of the Union on the condition they not be named, saying they didn't want to get ahead of the president's remarks. Early versions of Trump's speech indicate the president, facing an in-house congressional audience grimly divided along ideological lines, will adopt a unifying tone with the theme of a “safe, strong and proud America.” The approach marks an attempt to shift the national conversation from Trump's dismal public approval ratings, an election year that threatens (6)>>Republican control of Congress and a White House consumed by an investigation into Russian campaign meddling.Eleven long months later, Mr Trump has been President for a year, believes he has delivered on many of his electoral promises, and considers himself to be a victim of “fake” media coverage and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.The probe has  often distracted from this president’s message. Trump’s address to financial and global leaders in Davos, Switzerland, last week followed reports that he ordered a top White House lawyer to fire Mueller last June but backed off when the lawyer threatened to resign. Trump called the report “fake news.”More than anything, the White House has indicated that the president's remarks will likely seek to strike a tone of command and stability against the backdrop of a political system that has been reeling since his arrival one year ago.Trump's speech on Tuesday night – even if he reads conciliatory rhetoric from his Teleprompter in flawless fashion – won't alter election outcomes more than nine months from now.


NOTES AND COMMENTS:
(1)>>Democrats "caved in".   Schumer always knew his government shutdown was untenable.Not only did Schumer come up short of getting a deal to prevent the deportation of "Dreamers" — people brought to this country illegally when they were children — but he divided a Democratic Party that had previously been unified. And he let Trump and McConnell walk away from it all as the clear winners on politics, policy and strategy. He’s putting up a faux resistance to funding The Wall, comprehensive immigration law enforcement and a narrow deal allowing highly vetted “dreamers” to stay. (2)>>Senate Democrats tried to claim it as a victory of sorts.  Now, the Republicans run the place! The Republicans run the House. The Republicans run the Senate. Trump made a deal with the Democrats only have (What do Democrats have?) 48 votes. Republicans have 52. Democrats made a deal with Trump. Democrats announced the deal, claiming victory.  Some Democratic strategists said Schumer got enough to justify re-opening the government.Schumer and fellow Senate Democrats have been accused of  the shutdown after insisting that any temporary spending bill to keep the government fully operational include permanent protections for the so-called DREAMers -- immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.(3)>>Chuck Schumer opposes the immigration framework released by the White House —The White House's proposal to Congress would provide a legal path to citizenship for 1.8 million "Dreamers" who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children and a $25 billion "trust fund" to build the border wall. It would also sharply curtail legal immigration by ending the nation's diversity visa lottery program and limiting the ability of legal immigrants to sponsor family members who are not spouses or children. By offering to protect Dreamers who had signed up for President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and those who didn't, he's putting pressure on Democrats and their allies to concede to him not just advance funding for the wall with the "trust fund" but also to consider changes to the legal immigration system.(3.1)>>Both Parties in our Congress and Senate have kicked the problem of immigration to the curb .  The cheap-labor policy has also reduced investment and job creation in many interior states because the coastal cities have a surplus of imported labor. For example, almost 27 percent of zip codes in Missouri had fewer jobs or businesses in 2015 than in 2000, according to a new report by the Economic Innovation Group. In Kansas, almost 29 percent of zip codes had fewer jobs and businesses in 2015 compared to 2000, which was a two-decade period of massive cheap-labor immigration. Because of the successful cheap-labor strategy, wages for men have remained flat since 1973, and a large percentage of the nation’s annual income has shifted to investors and away from employees.    (4)>>Of Course the creation of a police state .  The potential for a police state is clear. There is little limit to what immigration cops could do. Under the order, they would be able to deport anyone convicted of fraud in any official matter before a governmental agency. Or unauthorized immigrants who have “abused any program related to receipt of public benefits.” That could include millions, including someone who put a wrong address on a school application, a common practice for parents trying to move their kids to a better school. The number of immigration police to enforce these laws is expanded under the order. The Department of Homeland Security is authorized to hire 10,000 more immigration and custom agents. In an Nazi like fashion , If the addition of all those ICE officers wasn’t threatening enough, Trump wants local police officers and sheriff’s deputies to work with immigration cops to round up immigrants.  (4)>> allegations of “Russian collusion”.  The direction the special council on Russian collusion is taking makes it likely to follow Darwinism into junk science. We establish a desirable answer to a subject, then hammer it into place like a malleable metal until the objectionable corners are made to fit the square hole desired.  (5)>>Democrat candidates including Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Unfortunately the Clinton's are right up their with him. The blind disconnect because of party affiliation is why he is the president. Bernie Sanders would be the President today had the Clinton's and Schultz not rigged the primary. So we had two slime balls run against each other... and in the name of 'winning', America got what it got.The country picked a painted orange reality TV show star, over a dredged up dynastic political family member. The facts of Hillary Clinton’s collusion are complicated and involve, as it were, many more entities than the fairy tale of Trump’s collusion. For this reason, in a world where good political fiction trumps confusing facts, it is tempting to prefer the Trump collusion narrative, if only to avoid a migraine.But doing so requires ignoring many interrelated facts already available in the public domain that make sense only in the context of the treasonous, un-democratic scheming of the Clinton campaign—first to deny Bernie Sanders a fair shot at the Democratic nomination, (6)>>Republican control of Congress.  Republicans will be defending just 8 of the 34 seats that are up for re-election in November, most of which are in solidly red states. Democrats, on the other hand, are defending seats in states that have a pattern of voting Republican for both Senate and presidential candidates.