WOULD LIFE BE BETTER IF HILLARY WERE PRESIDENT?

I’m a white male with an income in the top quintile. Trump’s policies are built for people like me. If I were devoid of compassion or a love of what makes America great, then I might be doing fine.

Instead, I grieve for those who’ve been hurt by racist Trump supporters encouraged by his tacit approval of their behavior. Not just the man who was killed the other day, but several of my friends who have been the victims of racism and outright disrespect by people who informed them that now that Trump’s president, it’s okay.

I empathize with my friends who will no longer be able to get a mortgage because of Trump’s executive order on insurance premium cuts.

I empathize with the many people I don’t know who will be affected by the Dakota Access & Keystone pipelines.

I empathize with the people in the Baltic states whose lives will be affected by Trump’s tacit approval of unfettered Russian expansion.

I fear for the future of the students and educators who will be affected by the Republican plan to bleed money away from public schools and finally break the back of the teacher’s unions.

As an American, I know that it’s not just about me. America is great because of the efforts and participation of everybody, not just the plutocracy.

Out of many, one. e pluribus unum. It’s our nation’s motto, and we’re forgetting it.

PRESIDENT IN 2020 HILLARY OR TRUMP

Hillary is not going to run again. If the 2016 election proved anything, it’s that a large percentage of Americans have been drinking Fox-flavored Kool-Aid for a quarter century, and nothing will shake their conviction that Hillary is Maleficent. Democrats need to nominate another candidate, preferably someone younger.

Without knowing who his opponent will be, Trump has a better chance only because he’ll have the advantage of incumbency. He might have just enough true believers, and Republican state government might pass voter-ID laws to suppress just enough Democratic votes, to squeak through again.

HOW MENTALLY ILL DO PROFESSIONALS BELIEVE TRUMP TO BE

Many people armchair diagnose Trump with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), but even the psychiatrist who wrote the DSM IV criteria for NPD does not agree that Trump has NPD. In fact, Allen Frances, the psychiatrist, argues that Trump doesn’t have mental illness at all.

Quoting the letter he wrote, published in The New York Times:

Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them. He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.

Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither).

Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.

WHY DON’T ALL AMERICANS HAIL PRESIDENT TRUMP

Posted by: Peter Flom

Well, it depends on what exactly one means by “hail.” One meaning would be to say hello to someone when we see them. We don’t do that because most of us never see him.

But you probably mean “to acclaim; approve enthusiastically.” We don’t do that because we do NOT approve of him. It’s hard to say why anyone would approve of him. And, since we still have freedom of speech, we aren’t required to hail him.

Donald Trump is a narcissistic sociopath with signs of paranoid schizophrenia.

LIBERALS DEFINE TRUMPS SUCCESS IN FIRST 100 DAYS

What Trump has “accomplished”:

reinstating the Keystone pipeline – this is bad for the environment.
reinstating the universal gag order – women all over the world will now be turned away from receiving legal medical help.
reinstating the deportation of undocumented immigrants that are not criminals or dangerous to society – this does no good for anyone, especially the families that are torn apart.
Chose Gorsuch for SCOTUS, who is anti women, POC, immigrants and pro corporations
The rest of what Trump has written in his Executive Orders consist of:

telling his cabinet secretaries to do their jobs (which would be like your mom asking you to do your chores on national television)
asking for more information on the subject
creating loopholes in ethics for lobbyists and members in his administration
or…they are suspended/revoked by the court systems.
Trump’s “tax plan” was 250 words (my answer to your “question” is 32 words longer), 7 bullet points, giving tax cuts to the richest people in the U.S., ignoring small business owners.

Trump has gone back on his campaign promises regarding Syria, Mexico paying for the wall, draining the swamp, NAFTA, China, etc.

Trump claims that he is bringing jobs back by claiming deals made by Obama before Trump was elected.

Trump continues to have zero transparency.

Trump continues to divide the country by making no effort to bring people together.

What has he accomplished? I think you know that Trump has done nothing for most of America.

Unlikely that the next 100 days will be any better

CAN TRUMP POSSIBLY GET REELECTED

Dan Munro, Author of Casino Healthcare and Forbes Contributor
Written Mar 6
Not a snowball’s chance in hell — and I doubt he’ll survive his first term. Here’s the track record in less than 5 weeks as POTUS:

Trump spends first 48 hours arguing about the size of his inauguration crowd.

Trump signs executive order on immigration, but it’s so poorly written that it causes chaos around the country and is immediately put on hold by a district court.

Trump chooses crackpot as National Security Advisor, fires him three weeks after inauguration.

Trump tries to bully China by playing games with One China policy, is forced into humiliating retreat after realizing he’s playing out of his league.

Trump casually green-lights a raid on Yemen over dinner. The raid turns into an epic disaster that kills a SEAL and accomplishes nothing.

Trump lays all blame for failure of Yemen raid on “the generals” who “started [the mission] before I got here” and “they killed him.”

Trump blathers about the [border] wall and a 20 percent border tax on Mexico, causing the Mexican president to cancel a planned visit.

Trump continues to claim that crime is skyrocketing; that polls showing his unpopularity are fake; and that refugees have wreaked terror on America, despite the fact that these are all lies.

Trump calls the media “the enemy of the American people.”

After weeks of confusion on their signature priority, Republicans finally realize that repealing Obamacare isn’t all that easy — and Trump goes on the record with this quote: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” Nobody?

Trump proposes spending an extra $54 billion on defense without realizing he can’t do that.

Trump accuses former President Obama of “wiretapping” his campaign prior to the election — and offers no evidence to support the allegation (without realizing that a President has no such singular legal authority).

Embarrassingly supports embattled AG Sessions — who is forced to recuse himself after lying under oath.
Is angered by AG who recuses himself — in spite of his personal belief that recusal was unnecessary.

Ties to Russian tampering of the election have dogged his short tenure — and effectively squelched any polling bump he might have recieved after a successful reading of a 60-minute speech before a joint session of congress.

Trump Approval Chart

As evidenced by this large (and growing) list of outright blunders, Trump is totally unqualified for the office he now holds. The ties to Russian tampering of the election is a likely impeachable offense — and this is at the earliest stages of discovery and prosecution.

As a part of that discovery, Trump’s taxes will likely be subpoenaed and we will all learn just how indebted Trump is financially to a wide assortment of shady banks around the world. Most reputable banks refused to lend into Trump ventures long ago — after getting burned in one of his many business failures (some of which resulted in outright bankruptcy).

Keeping his tax returns secret was a strategic imperative early in Trump’s campaign because everyone associated with the campaign knew that he wouldn’t have secured even the nomination had they been disclosed. As it is, Trump has refused to divest himself of his vast holdings — which are awash in financial commitments from a long list of allies and potential threats to American interests (both domestically and abroad).

This puts him in direct violation of the “Emoluments” clause of the Constitution — which he swore (on 2 bibles) to uphold.

The issue isn’t a second term. The issue is how soon will he be ejected?

NO WONDER REPUBLICANS HID THE HEALTH BILL

Republican House leaders have spent months dodging questions about how they would replace the Affordable Care Act with a better law, and went so far as to hide the draft of their plan from other lawmakers. No wonder. The bill they released on Monday would kick millions of people off the coverage they currently have. So much for President Trump’s big campaign promise: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody” — with coverage that would be “much less expensive and much better.”

More than 20 million Americans gained health care coverage under the A.C.A., or Obamacare. Health experts say most would lose that coverage under the proposal.

Let’s start with Medicaid. Obamacare expanded the program to cover 11 million more poor Americans in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The Republican bill would end the expansion in 2020. Although people who sign up before 2020 under the expanded Medicaid program, which covers people with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (about $33,900 for a family of four), would be allowed to stay on, many would be kicked off over time. The working poor tend to drop in and out of Medicaid because their incomes fluctuate, and the Republican plan would bar people who left the expanded program from going back in.

Tom Price, secretary of health and human services, discussing the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
The bill would also, for the first time ever, apply a per-person limit on how much the federal government spends on Medicaid. This change could shift about $370 billion in health care costs over 10 years to state governments, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Many state governments, faced with limited budgets, would be forced to cut benefits or cover fewer people.

For people who buy insurance on federal or state-run health exchanges, the G.O.P. plan would greatly reduce the A.C.A.’s subsidies, which come in the form of tax credits. For example, a 40-year-old living in Raleigh, N.C., who earns $30,000 a year would receive $3,000 from the government to buy insurance, 32 percent less than under current law, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The bill would provide older people more generous subsidies — those over 60 get a subsidy of $4,000, or twice as much as 20-somethings — but insurers would be allowed to charge older people five times as much as younger people.

The plan would do away with the current mandate that requires nearly everybody to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. (Instead, insurers would be allowed to charge people who don’t maintain their insurance continuously 30 percent more for coverage.) But because the legislation would still require insurers to cover pre-existing conditions, people would have a strong financial incentive to buy insurance only when they got sick — a sure way to destroy the insurance market.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, have railed against high premiums and deductibles for plans sold on the health exchanges, but that problem would only worsen under their proposal because insurers would almost certainly raise their prices as the pool of the insured shrank. Republican lawmakers seem to think that people who can’t afford insurance are simply irresponsible. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, for instance, told CNN that people should invest in their health care, “rather than getting that new iPhone.” Word to Mr. Chaffetz: Health insurance costs more than $18,000 a year for an average family; an iPhone costs a few hundred dollars.

While working people lose health care, the rich would come out winners. The bill would eliminate the taxes on businesses and individuals (people making more than $200,000 a year) who fund Obamacare. The tax cuts would total about $600 billion over 10 years, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

House committees will start considering the bill on Wednesday. Even if it passes the House, some Republican senators object to the Medicaid cuts and the Tea Party wing hates the idea of retaining any subsidies.

Republicans have been vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act even before it became law in 2010. But they still haven’t come up with a workable replacement. Instead, the G.O.P.’s various factions are now haggling over just how many millions of Americans they are willing to harm.

TRUMP BLAMES MILITARY FOR SEAL’S DEATH IN BOTCHED YEMEN OPERATION

What do you think of Trump blaming the military for SEAL’s death in botched Yemen operation?

There’s a story in my family about how my grandfather’s military career almost came to an end over an ill-fated intelligence-gathering mission.

On September 2, 1958, a C-130 on a reconnaissance mission flew into Soviet-controlled airspace along the Turkish-Armenian border. It was intercepted by four Soviet fighters and shot down, killing all seventeen servicemen aboard – six crewmen, and eleven personnel of the Air Force Security Service, then the U.S. Air Force’s cryptographic intelligence unit[1].

It’s still unclear what caused the plane to enter the restricted airspace – there is speculation in declassified documents that the aircraft was lured into the airspace by false navigation beacons, but there has never been any evidence found to support this – but regardless of the cause, the incident demanded an investigation.

My grandfather, the squadron’s commander, was recalled to Washington, DC, in the days following the incident to debrief the Air Force’s senior-most leaders about the mission, and what had since been learned. The first question, though, was, “Who’s responsible for this?”

My grandfather certainly wasn’t calling a play-by-play from his far-away office in Germany. Operationally, he had likely signed off on dozens of similar operations as part of the broader intelligence-gathering effort. He could have blamed the pilot, the plane’s instruments, his operational instructions, Soviet aggression – anything – and probably could have been right.

Instead, he answered, “I am.” In his view, the lost airmen were under his command, and so their deaths were his responsibility.

His commanding officers agreed; but rather than sack him, they went about the work of figuring out what happened, what could have gone wrong, and how to prevent subsequent incidents.

It’s shocking that Commander-in-Chief Trump would do anything other than take ultimate responsibility for the death of an American serviceman. The military may have planned the raid before he became President, but he signed off on it. The responsibility for its successes or failures ultimately rests with him, because he’s at the top of the chain of command. It doesn’t mean that he’s personally accountable, but that he understands his role as the ultimate authority in the chain of events that resulted in Owens’ death.

My personal view is that his buck-passing gives more evidence to his supreme lack of fitness for the office he occupies. It’s an expectation that when things go wrong and lives are lost, the President has the capacity and good sense to accept responsibility – especially when it’s his signature on the dotted line to authorize the military action. President Kennedy took responsibility for the Bay of Pigs operation, and President Carter took responsibility for the failed operation to rescue the American hostages in Iran.

To pass the buck and claim that it’s the generals’ fault, or the fault of any other operator, that things went bad and lives were unnecessarily lost is unacceptable conduct from a President.

WILL TRUMP REGRET BEING PRESIDENT

Do you think Donald Trump will regret being president?
Dan Erlich
Dan Erlich, Jew, Zionist, Father was officer in the Palmach, sailor, quite creative/handy

I think he will truly regret and fears being regarded as the worst president to have ever served in the office. This realization will come but however, I don’t think he regrets being president – just yet…

Tens of millions of Americans think he is an ass hole more than this number know he is a liar. Millions of Americans are taking to the streets and have done so multiple times including several times spontaneously in the first THREE WEEKS of his presidency, this is unprecedented that a new president has drawn this level of ire from the population that they go to the streets in protest and say that they refuse to grant their consent to be governed by this man or his administration, Large numbers of people are convinced he has mental issues up to and including being delusional. Stores are dropping his Daughter’s brands in droves. He has exposed his owned Trump assets to terrorist reprisals. People are marching in the millions in the streets on a repeated and regular basis, thousands are showing up to Republican congressional town halls in protest, Trump got his butt handed to him twice by the courts, he got caught dismissing a capable dedicated acting attorney general wrongfully. He does not like being over ruled and his responses expose his childish ego for all to see.

He has lived without his Wife by his side for three weeks – he has met her in Palm Beach on two weekends in a row – I guess once a week for him is plenty but if not it is all he is getting. He got in two rounds of golf so far in three weeks. Not bad, not great. The point being that his time is no longer his own and for a man who had plenty of money and the freedom to do as he wished, he no longer has this freedom to do as he wishes. The white house is a prison, nicer than most but still a prison.

He is not allowed to fly HIS jet, it is in storage and he has to use Air Force One and shlep the White House press corps wherever he goes. This plane is nice, but it is not as nice as his plane is. He has to ride around in a bomb proof truck they call the beast and he can not drive any of his own cars, so what is the point of owning these toys if he derives no personal enjoyment from them. He has this three story condo in Midtown Manhattan with a great view that he does not get to live in, his Wife lives there with his young son and he has to live in Washington DC… in public housing and use Obama’s toilet. He has to do his own hair. His life is not “optimal” is an understatement and in particular compared to what it was.

He learned how to salute – that was a big deal.

He has not learned how to shake hands yet.

So give him a few weeks, then he will regret being President, when he wants to spend more time with his Wife, when he wants to golf more often, when he gets tired of people telling him he is an ass hole, when he wants to use his own jet, when he wants to drive his own car, when he gets tired of people saying he is a liar.

He might get off on killing a billion or more people by pushing a button – that might be his idea of fun. Afterwards is not so much fun.

Look at the pictures of Obama enjoying himself as a retiree, smiling, relaxed plenty of money, his Wife by his side, no responsibilities, no aggravations and then look at a picture of Trump – he looks like he sucked on a lemon.

Does he regret being President? I wonder if he is smart enough to regret it yet. He is seventy years old and he is just starting. Obama is fifty five years old and he is over it. You tell me which man is smarter, it is not a question it is a rhetorical statement of fact.