Decisions Prior and During Trumps Upcoming Presidency

It’s not even the inauguration yet, and Donald Trump appears to be getting warnings from notable people regarding his actions as President-Elect.

Here is what was just reported in the Washington Post titled….

TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY IS DOOMED

“Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities – two big fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful. unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson, that took some time to sink in; Trump is already there. Johnson ascended to the presidency upon the death of John F. Kennedy and then won election in a landslide over  Barry Goldwater. Nevertheless, an air of illegitimacy clung to him like an odor….  But Trump ought to pay attention to [Congressman] Lewis and what he represents. The President-elect will take the oath with a minority of the popular vote – a substantial deficit of almost 3 million votes. He enters the oval office with historically dismal poll numbers, lower now than right after he won the election. He has done nothing to woo the majority of Americans who rejected his candidacy…. Lyndon Johnson would no doubt warn Trump that he is already on thin ice and he will plunge through it the moment Congress takes the measure of his unpopularity.”

RICHARD COHEN…

It is a valid statement. Donald Trump still doesn’t get that fact that he will become the most powerful person in the world. Everything he says and does, on Twitter, with the news media, speeches, and personal comments made without serious thought all count and will effect everyone who has the slightest involvement in the topic at hand. But to this point even with his growing power, Donald Trump does not know how to keep quiet when he needs to.. He seems to take pride in taking fights with people. He’s made various comments about his intelligence community, and other leaders of other countries. One notable famous leader – Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, a traditional ally,  has been attacked with his words when he says….

“And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think she made a catastrophic mistake, very bad mistake,” adding that he always had “great respect” for Merkel and that he still viewed her as one of the most important world leaders.

So what’s his motive now, to rule the world with what he believes is right and everyone else may be wrong?

He is going head on with people that will be supporting him, protecting him and the citizens of this country. He behaves in a way that is seemingly non-Presidential. The result is that he is loosing support from a majority of people from the time of the election up to his inauguration. Who does this kind of thing?  Actually, no-one except Donald Trump has ever done this. His popularity is plummeting now to around 40%, while his unfavorable rating has risen to 54%. In EVERY election in the past, the nominee received rising popularity.  He is digging a hole around him that he may not be able to climb out of.

Everyone accepts that Trump won the election, even if he didn’t do it with the popular vote. He did it by the electoral vote, but the majority of voters voted for the other candidate. If Donald Trump continues in this fashion, he will eventually run head-on with his own Congress and if this happens, he will then ‘fall through the ice’ in a sense to loose complete control of his Executive branch and then after that there will be calls for his impeachment.

My last comment, turnaround is fair play. Donald Trump called President Obama an Illegitimate president as he stated he was not born in the United States. All proof has it that President Obama was born in Hawaii, and Obama himself produced his own birth certificate. That was done in hopes that Trump and Obama’s critics would stop spreading the false allegations. Now when civil rights leader John Lewis, now a member in the U.S. Congress as the Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, has now called Trump an illegitimate president, Donald Trump is the first to use his favorite media ‘Twitter’ to tweet against the civil rights icon, a person who is respected by almost all on the planet who believe in the thought of a democracy and personal freedom.

This is what he has done so far as president-elect, but what does he promise to do when he becomes president? In another column quoted from ‘The Washington Post’, columnist Michael Gerson mention this in his piece….

TRUMP HAS STACKED THE DECK AGAINST HIMSELF

“[Trump] has promised a tax cut that will, by one estimate, reduce Federal revenue by $7 trillion over 10 years. He has promised an infrastructure initiative that may cost an additional trillion. He has promised to rebuild the military. He has effectively promised not to make changes in Social Security and Medicare. And he has promised to move swiftly toward a balanced Federal budget. Taken together, these things can’t be taken together. Trump has made a series of pledges hat can’t be reconciled.”

Michael Gerson

So with the intention to bring down the national debt, he will succeed by doing the opposite, which means that his plans as stated above will never get approval through  even the Republican led Congress, as led by Paul Ryan want to do things to decrease the national debt. He still has yet to realize that he needs all the support he can get from Paul Ryan.  It appears that only the self appraised businessman does not have a solid grasp of the outcome if his policies around spending are implemented.

In just a few short days now, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. My hopes are that with knowledgeable people around him, he will govern without giving the American people all these false hopes that he plans to fix everything. He’s even stated that he now has his own medical insurance replacement, something that even Republicans can tell you that they do not know anything about.

The disarray in Washington has already started, even before Donald Trump has been sworn in, and it’s being felt around the world.

Trump Lies before Intelligence Agencies release Unclassified Report on Russian Hacking

Yesterday, the unclassified version of the intelligence report concerning Russia attacking the U.S. elections was published, and is supposed to teach us a great deal on what the Russians did with influencing our elections in 2016 along with reasons why they did it. The five page document is attached to this article. So what was the report actually about. First, it was not about Russia or Hillary Clinton, nor is it about our election in 2016. One more guess on what or who it may be about. It’s about Donald Trump. It is revealed in the report that our next president will lie about the evidence that was published by the very intelligence agencies that he will be in charge of in just a few short weeks.

Mr. Donald Trump actually put the lie in writing, even though we can read the report by the intelligence agency and observe that he is lying. This is about national security stuff, and the President-Elect will lie to us.

Again, what was published was the unclassified version of the report that is contained in this report. On every single page of the report, there is a box at the top of the page that reads as follows…

“This report is a declassified version of a highly classified assessment; its conclusions are identical to those in the highly classified assessment but this version does not include the full supporting information on key elements of the influence campaign.”

President Obama and the president-elect did receive the classified version of the document yesterday morning. Donald Trump either didn’t read the report or is making up his own assessment of the matter, disregarding what our central intelligence professionals have discovered. He publicly lied what was in the report right before it was released, not thinking that anyone other then himself knew how to read it.

The statement released by Donald Trump after he received the classified version of this report. Keep in mind that he may not have written the statement, but it is the statement published by approval from him, on the President-Elect web page and has not been redacted.

“While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election…”

Donald Trump claims that there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election. But here is what is actually in the report under ‘Scope and Sourcing’ – page ‘i’ of the report.

“We did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election. “

The only conclusion here is that our next to be president of the United States is lying to us.

How about other lies he made in the same statement…

“There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful”

Actually the report did not say what was published on the President-Elect website. Here is what the report actually says in page 3 of the report.

“Russia collected on some Republican-affiliated targets but did not conduct a comparable disclosure campaign…”

So you can only conclude that Russia was successful in stealing data and documents from the RNC as well, but it can be concluded that they did not outwardly publicize it because their only goal in mind was to influence the election, in favor for Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton.

The president-elect may think that the American people are idiots, especially that we know so much about him but still elected him President of the United states. Maybe he doesn’t fully grasp that we the people can fact-check his statements, as I will be doing in this blog. It was a decision that Donald J. Trump openly published, so the relevance of it is stated right here, as other decisions by our next president will be.

Donald Trump will give me so much to write about in the next four years. My goal is to update the readers and fans of this blog. Again, when Donald Trump does well, it will be stated here in all of its glory. But in reciprocal, when he does wrong, like lying to the American people, I will highlight it and state its relevance to the American people.

Immediately below is a link to the unclassified report…

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GM to Lay Off Up To 2000 Workers in Lordstown Ohio and Lansing Michigan

 

Donald Trumps main campaign slogan… “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”. You wouldn’t know it by reading an announcement by General Motors stating at least 1250 workers will be indefinitely laid-off on January 23, 2017 in Lordstown, Ohio, along with another 840 workers on January 16, 2017 at the GM Grand River factory in Lansing, Michigan. Can he save these workers like many believed he did at the Carrier Air-Conditioning Company? Ironically, Donald Trump will inherit the problem during his presidency, even though he claims that he is ‘the JOBS president’. People that work at both of these plants overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump, and now these 2000 workers will be let down by the man they voted into office. Trump is about to find out that even though he is about to become the most powerful person in the world, as POTUS, he will have absolutely no power in situations such as this.

The plant is not moving jobs to Mexico, but claims that because of dropping sales of these particular models of ‘The Chevy Cruise’ and Chevy ‘Camaro’ and Cadallac’ATS’ and ‘CTS’ luxury cars, they can no longer make a profit worth keeping the assembly lines open.

So what will Donald Trump do about this issue. Is he going to tax GM for laying off their workers? In all fairness, GM had already disclosed before Trump became President-Elect that they were furlowing workers at these plants.

 

 

Mexico to pay for ‘The Wall’ — A Confirmed EMPTY Promise

Two weeks before the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States – Donald Trump, a promise made by the President-Elect is destined to be broken. Trump now has changed his stance on who will pay for the wall. Now he plans to get the U.S. Congress to approve of a bill to pay for the wall, or let me say in a another way, the U.S. taxpayers will pay for it. He also indicated that it would be much quicker for the U.S. to build the wall with funds approved by Congress now, then get Mexico to pay for it later.  When?   Maybe when he turns 100 on June 14 2046. Really? !!!

What happened to one of his very original campaign promises that Mexico will pay for the wall? Even with this new revelation, Donald Trump will certainly find out how difficult it will be to get Congress to approve of the funds needed to pay for the wall.

How much will the wall cost? The actual cost for the rest of the border wall (roughly 1,300 miles) could be as high as $16 million per mile, with a total price tag of $15 billion to $25 billion.  How does the U.S. Congress plan to reduce the Federal Budget if they must tack on up to another $25 billion? That will NEVER happen. Nice try Donald…..

This will certainly be one of the many failed promises of Donald Trump. People who have voted for  him for making such a promise will feel let-down.

But there are also reports saying that the Republicans in congress will be willing to pay for the wall. In a chance that a bill gets approved to pay for it, the promise by Donald Trump will still have been broken, as Mexico did not pay for it, the U.S. taxpayers did.

 

The 115th U.S. Congress Sworn In – Donald Trump to become POTUS on January 20th

The 115th U.S. Congress now led by Republicans were sworn in on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2016. The new U.S. Senators were sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden, along with the House members lead by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. This is now the beginning of a total Republican takeover of Washington D.C. to now include the Executive Branch, soon to be run by the new 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, along with a solid majority of Republicans in both the House and Senate.
You would think that now it’s clear sailing for the Republicans as far as legislation powers go. In a sense, they do have the upper hand with a 52-48 advantage in the Senate and a 241-194 advantage in the House. The fact is that the U.S. Senate only needs 60 votes to approve bills, and you would think that the new Congress will have an easy time repealing Obamacare. Actually that is the furthest from the truth. In order to fully repeal the ‘Affordable Care Act’ known as Obamacare, the Republicans will have to acquire bipartisan support to get their major tasks fulfilled such as replacing Obamacare, or reforming of the immigration system. Even passing spending bills or raising the federal borrowing limit will require help from the Democrats to get things moving forward.
Nevertheless, the Republican agenda for January and February is to accomplish more in under 90 days then the Congress even attempted to handle the entire year of 2016. Their efforts will be bogged down at first, with the Democrats promising a fight with Senate confirmations, especially during the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, picked by President-Elect Donald Trump as his Secretary of State, and Senator Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General. With Tillerson’s ties with Russia, both the Republicans and Democrats will vet Tillerson in his confirmation hearings, which may not turn out well. How will Tillerson handle Russia after receiving that countries ‘Order of Friendship’ award’ in 2013, now that he is supposed to represent the values of the United States in the political arena, not as a CEO of an oil business?

Why did Tillerson receive the reward? As reported in the Washington Post in an article by David Filipov on December 13, 2016,

“Tillerson won the award after signing deals with the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft, whose chief, Igor Sechin, is seen as Putin’s loyal lieutenant. The partnership had begun a drilling program in the Arctic’s Kara Sea, where Exxon made a find, and had agreed to explore shale oil areas of West Siberia and the deep waters of the Black Sea. But then U.S. sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea kicked in, and the partnership was put on hold.”

If Tillerson is not confirmed, then who may be Donald Trump’s second choice? Maybe Donald Trump may call on Mitt Romney for his second choice as Secretary of State after Trump finally figures out how difficult it will be for him to get what he wants all the time in the  Congress.
In Donald Trumps world of today, he gets everything he wants. When he becomes the President of the United States (POTUS) on January 20th, he will not have a total say on everything that he wants. He will highly depend on the U.S. Congress to pass all the bills, led by newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who does not agree with everything the new President will want, along with Mitch McConnell, who also believes that Trump is already stepping over the line when it comes about speaking in favor of Russian President Putin. He will also be sidetracked many times, beginning with the onslaught by Democrats with all of the  ‘conflicts of interest’ charges that he will face.

The question is not only how will Trump handle the U.S. Congress and issues regarding the national front, but how he and his newly confirmed Secretary of State can handle problems throughout the world, beginning with issues from Syria, North Korea, China and Iran, not to mention ISIS.

There are even more questions. Where will Donald Trump get the money or the support from the new Congress to build the wall on the Mexican border? Does anyone actually believe he will be able to get the money from Mexico? What does he plan to replace ObamaCare with, how does he pay for it? What Executive orders does he plan to reverse on day one? Will he commit U.S. Troups to wars in the Mideast? Will he attack North Korea? Will he become good friends with Russia, On the home front, will he kill Medicare or Medicade? So many questions, and so far, no answers.

On day one, January 20th, President Trump will inherit ALL of the problems of this country. He will have to make decisions every day on national and foreign fronts. I will support him publically on this blog when he does the right thing, and I will flog him with my comments when he does the wrong thing.  His first 100 days in office will be the telling tale of his presidency, and I’m wishing him well, but I truly don’t expect him to survive the onslaught of problems he will inherit. He’s chosen many people in his cabinet with no experience and expects them to help him make decisions of great importance to our security and future as a free country.

Donald Trump Cabinet – To Date – 21 To Need Senate Confirmation

President-Elect Donald Trump continues to move forward through the holiday season to select people for his Cabinet.

The following is a list of Trump nominees that must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Rex W. Tillerson      – Secretary of State
Ryan Zinke             – Secretary of Interior
Rick Perry               – Secretary of Energy
Andrew F. Puzder    – Sercetary of Labor
Linda McMahon      – Secretary of Small Business
Scott Pruitt             – Secretary of the E.P.A.
John F. Kelly           – Secretary of Homeland Security
James N. Mattis      – Secretary of Defense
Steven Mnuchin     – Secretary of the Treasury
Elaine L. Chao        – Secretary of Transportation
Tom Price              – Secretary of Health
Wilbur Ross           – Secretary of Commerce
Betsy DeVos          – Secretary of Education
Nikki R. Haley        – Secretary of the United Nations
Ben Carson            – Secretary of Housing
Mike Pompeo        – Secretary of the C.I.A.
Jeff Sessions          –  U.S. Attorney General

Yet to be confirmed are appointments for the following departments…

Secretary of National Intelligence
Secretary of Agriculture
Veterans Secretary
U.S. Trade Representative

The 21 positions above ALL need to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Not all of these people will have an easy time at getting confirmed in the U.S. Senate.

The following people DO NOT need Senate confirmation and have been appointed.

Kellyanne Conway – Counselor to Donald Trump
Peter Navarro – Trade Czar
Carl Icahn – Regulatory Czar
Sean Spicer – Press Secretary
Donald F. McGahn II – White House Counsel
Michael T. Flynn – National Security Advisor
Reince Priebus – hief of Staff
Stephen K. Bannon – Chief Strategist

 Counselor

Appointed

A close adviser who will help set the president’s agenda and formulate his message.

Kellyanne Conway Mr. Trump’s choice is his former campaign manager, confidante and spokeswoman. Ms. Conway also has a pollster background and therefore may rely on this skill set to keep tabs on public sentiment.

Director of Trade and Industrial Policy

Appointed

A new position that will oversee trade and industrial policy in the White House and direct an internal council that will run alongside the National Security Council, the National Economic Council and the Domestic Policy Council.

Peter Navarro Mr. Trump’s choice is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who holds a doctorate from Harvard and is the only credentialed economist in Mr. Trump’s inner circle. Mr. Navarro has been a staunch critic of current Chinese economic policies.

Special Adviser on Regulatory Reform

Appointed

This new position will oversee the president’s promised effort to unwind as many regulations on business as he can.

Carl Icahn Mr. Trump has appointed Mr. Icahn, a billionaire investor and famed “corporate raider” who buys large stakes in companies and then forces policy changes to benefit shareholders. Mr. Icahn, who was an economic adviser during the campaign, is a longtime friend of Mr. Trump.

Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the President

Appointed

The press secretary is the face of the White House and representative for the president, framing messaging, responding to stories of the day and briefing the press.

Sean Spicer Mr. Trump chose the longtime spokesman for the Republican National Committee and top aide to Reince Priebus, who is the incoming chief of staff and pressed for his selection. While Mr. Spicer will be the face of the communications team, he will work with Jason Miller, director of communications, and Hope Hicks, director of strategic communications.

Secretary of State

Requires Senate confirmation

Whether Mr. Trump picks an ideologue or a seasoned foreign policy hand from past Republican administrations, his challenge will be that the State Department is the centerpiece of the post-1945 experiment of alliance-building and globalism, which Mr. Trump said he would dismantle.

Rex W. Tillerson Mr. Trump’s choice is the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, whose ties with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin may draw scrutiny during the confirmation process.

Interior Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The Interior Department manages the nation’s public lands and waters. The next secretary will decide the fate of Obama-era rules that stop public land development; curb the exploration of oil, coal and gas; and promote wind and solar power on public lands.

Ryan Zinke Mr. Trump has selected Montana’s freshman representative, a former Navy SEAL commander who was an early supporter of the president-elect and ran for office largely on a national security platform.

Energy Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

Despite its name, the primary purview of the Energy Department is to protect and manage the nation’s arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Rick Perry Mr. Trump has selected the former Texas governor, who in 2011 proposed scrapping the Energy Department while he was seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Labor Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The Labor Department enforces rules that protect the nation’s workers, distributes benefits to the unemployed and publishes economic data like the monthly jobs report. The new secretary will be in charge of keeping Mr. Trump’s promise to dismantle many Obama-era rules covering the vast work force of federal contractors.

Andrew F. Puzder Mr. Trump’s expected choice is the chief executive of CKE Restaurants — and a donor to his campaign — who has criticized the Obama administration’s labor policies.

Small Business Administration

Requires Senate confirmation

The agency guarantees loans for small businesses, helps them get government contracts and supports their interests on Capitol Hill.

Linda McMahon Mr. Trump has selected the former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment to lead the agency. Ms. McMahon, a failed Senate candidate from Connecticut, was with her husband, Vince, one of Mr. Trump’s biggest donors.

E.P.A. Administrator

Requires Senate confirmation

The Environmental Protection Agency, which issues and oversees environmental regulations, is under threat from the president-elect, who has vowed to dismantle the agency “in almost every form.”

Scott Pruitt Mr. Trump has selected the Oklahoma attorney general, who is a close ally of the fossil fuel industry.

Homeland Security Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The hodgepodge agency, formed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has one key role in the Trump administration: guarding the United States’ borders. If Mr. Trump makes good on his promises of widespread deportations and building a wall, this secretary will have to carry them out.

John F. Kelly Mr. Trump has named the retired four-star Marine general, whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The incoming secretary will shape the fight against the Islamic State while overseeing a military that is struggling to put in place two Obama-era initiatives: integrating women into combat roles and allowing transgender people to serve openly. Both could be rolled back.

James N. Mattis Mr. Trump announced at a rallythat he had selected General Mattis, who led a Marine division to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and led the United States Central Command from 2010-13. General Mattis, now retired, has been a critic of the Obama administration. He would need a waiver from Congress to lead the Pentagon because he has been out of uniform for less than seven years.

Treasury Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The secretary will be responsible for government borrowing in financial markets, assisting in any rewrite of the tax code and overseeing the Internal Revenue Service. The Treasury Department also carries out or lifts financial sanctions against foreign enemies — which are crucial to President Obama’s Iran deal and rapprochement with Cuba.

Steven Mnuchin Mr. Trump has selected Mr. Mnuchin, who served as his campaign finance chairman. Mr. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, has deep roots in Hollywood but no government experience.

Transportation Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The next transportation secretary will oversee Mr. Trump’s campaign pledge to increase infrastructure funding to rebuild America’s roads, bridges, airports and transit systems.

Elaine L. Chao Mr. Trump has selected Ms. Chao, the labor secretary under President George W. Bush. Ms. Chao, who is married to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has been a fixture of the Republican establishment in Washington.

Health and Human Services Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The secretary will help Mr. Trump achieve one of his central campaign promises: to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The department approves new drugs, regulates the food supply, operates biomedical research, and runs Medicare and Medicaid, which insure more than 100 million people.

Tom Price Mr. Trump has selected Mr. Price, a six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and orthopedic surgeon who has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Price has said the law interferes with the ability of patients and doctors to make medical decisions.

White House Counsel

Appointed

As the president’s adviser on legal matters, the White House counsel may have an unusually daunting job in the Trump administration, given Mr. Trump’s far-reaching business empire and potential conflicts of interest.

Donald F. McGahn II Mr. Trump has chosen Mr. McGahn, who served as general counsel for the Trump campaign. Mr. McGahn, a Washington lawyer who pushed to deregulate campaign finance and election laws, served on the Federal Election Commission for five years.

Commerce Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

The Commerce Department has been a perennial target for budget cuts, but the secretary oversees a diverse portfolio, including the census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wilbur Ross Mr. Trump has selected Mr. Ross, an investor whose fortune is estimated by Forbes to be $2.9 billion. Mr. Ross has said the United States must free itself from the “bondage” of “bad trade agreements,” and has advocated threats to impose steep tariffs on China.

Education Secretary

Requires Senate confirmation

Mr. Trump has said he wants to drastically shrink the Education Department and shift responsibilities for curriculum research, development and educational aid to state and local governments.

Betsy DeVos Mr. Trump has selected Ms. DeVos, a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and an education activist who is a passionate believer in school choice, as his nominee.

U.N. Ambassador

Requires Senate confirmation

Second to the secretary of state, the United States ambassador to the United Nations will be the primary face of America to the world, representing the country’s interests at the Security Council on a host of issues, from Middle East peace to nuclear proliferation.

Nikki R. Haley Mr. Trump has selected Ms. Haley, the governor of South Carolina, as his nominee. The daughter of immigrants from India, she was a prominent and frequent critic of Mr. Trump early in his run.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Requires Senate confirmation

The secretary oversees fair-housing laws, the development of affordable housing and access to mortgage insurance. As a real estate developer, Mr. Trump is attuned to the tax breaks for housing development.

Ben Carson Mr. Trump has selected the former neurosurgeon and presidential candidate to be his nominee to lead HUD. Mr. Carson had previously said he did not want to work in government.

C.I.A. Director

Requires Senate confirmation

Mr. Trump takes over at a time of diverse and complex threats to American security. The new C.I.A. director will have to decide whether to undo a C.I.A. “modernization” plan put in place this year by Director John O. Brennan, and how to proceed if the president-elect orders a resumption of harsh interrogation tactics — critics have described the tactics as torture — for terrorism suspects.

Mike Pompeo Mr. Trump has selected Mr. Pompeo, representative of Kansas and a former Army officer, as his nominee. Mr. Pompeo is a member of the House Intelligence Committee and was a sharp critic of Hillary Clinton during the congressional investigation into the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Attorney General

Requires Senate confirmation

The nation’s top law enforcement official will have the authority for carrying out Mr. Trump’s “law and order” platform. The nominee can change how civil rights laws are enforced.

Jeff Sessions Mr. Trump has selected Senator Sessions, of Alabama, as his nominee. Mr. Sessions is a strong proponent of strict immigration enforcement, reduced spending and tough-on-crime measures. His nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986 was rejected because of racially charged comments and actions, which are very likely to become an issue as he faces another set of Senate confirmation hearings.

Carrier Deal – A Big Controversy – Not All Jobs Saved as Stated by Trump

As reported by Angela Hanks of ‘Newsweek’- December 8th, 2016 issue, Donald Trump made a decision to pay Carrier with $7 million in tax incentives, so that the company would keep jobs from going to Mexico or overseas. Donald Trump bragged that he cut the deal with Carrier and 2000 jobs were saved in the deal. But the deal really only saves 850 jobs. These jobs are not even guaranteed to stay. The jobs still may move to Mexico, or may eventually just disappear.

The Newsweek article further stated

“For all of Trump’s tough talk about companies facing consequences for moving jobs out of the United States, it appears that his plan in practice is to line companies’ pockets as these companies continue to lay off their workers.”

The Newsweek article continues…

“Trump may have bought those workers a little time, but he has by no means helped secure their futures. In the meantime, Trump has set a dangerous precedent for other companies: Threaten to move jobs overseas, and the government will pay you off to keep some of them in the United States.”
U.S. workers that may loose there jobs as their company decides to relocate overseas will have allot to be concerned about. If Donald Trump tries to fix it, most likely it will stay broken, and in these cases most likely will be at the taxpayers expense. So where did Trump get the money to make this deal in the first place? Actually, he didn’t do a thing, but takes the credit. His Vice-President elect Mike Pense, the present governor of Indiana, took state funds – tax incentives that were used to pay-off Carrier. Did this sink in yet? Mr. Donald Trump and Mike Pence has taken U.S. taxpayer dollars and has given it as a payoff to Carrier.
As Angela Hanks of Newsweek said in her December 8th article,

“Donald Trump’s Carrier deal is a Scam”.

More Factors Come to Light with Trump’s Carrier Deal

 

NOT A GOOD DECISION

I had previously reported that the majority of jobs would still be lost to Mexico, and that Carrier Corporation would be keeping a small amount of employees at the plant in Indiana. There are various reports on the correct number of people that are getting axed. Trump claimed that the deal he made with Carrier would save employee jobs. Actually as reported today by CNN Money, Carrier actually made an announcement that 800 out of 1400 jobs would be saved, at a cost of $7 million dollars at the expense of U.S. taxpayers of Indiana. This means that at least 500 people will be let go from the comany. The company will also receive $200,000 a year to retain the 800 workers. What encouragement for other companies to copy what Carrier has done.  Thank you Governor Pence, still acting Governor of the State and President-Elect Donald Trump!

Remember how Donald Trump claimed that he was going to tax Carrier at 35% of all products they sell to the United States but built in Mexico? It now looks like the shoe is now on the other foot. Carrier has now hiked the prices of its air conditioners and furnaces up to 5% and will take effect on January 1, 2017. To be honest about their decision, they planned to do this even before they negotiated with Trump, but the fact is even after all they are receiving to keep workers in the states, they will still up the cost of all products sold in the United States. 

Trump Takes a Phone Call from Tiawan’s President Breaking Long Outstanding Protocol

 

Not a good decision

Another decision that Donald Trump has made is that he has broken decades of protocol , actually since the mid 70’s, with a simple phone call with Tiawan’s president. It is important that the President-Elect simply ignored the fact he will be the next U.S. president, No U.S. president has had diplomatic contact with Tiawan since the 1970’s. China is very upset with the change in protocol, and has lodged a formal complaint with the United States.
Ok, so you can’t take back the phone call. It’s happened so now what. First the implications of the phone call throws up a red flag about his fitness to be president. He does things not in tradion it seems, but obviously that is not what he is about, and he ran on non-tradition and change.  He’s presently on a nationwide ‘thank-you tour for getting elected to the presidency.  No other president has done that. People also wonder now that he’s willing to break long standing protocol with Tiawan, his upcoming Secretary of State choice seems to be critical.
And there is a conflict of interest here. Trump has interest in building luxury hotels in Tiawan according to a reporter and staff writer of the Taiwan News on November 16, 2016. So you have to wonder if this is all about diplomacy, or to line up his own pockets with dollars. He has nothing to loose here, but everything to gain, and from a foreign governments to boot – but it is a blatent example of  ‘conflict of interest’.
Presently, all that Trump is doing is making the news, but figuratively speaking, he is hanging out his neck just enough to get it chopped off as soon as he becomes president. The Republicans are happy to let things slide when it comes to Trump, because now they have a big agenda that the Congress has been working on for over a year on things that they plan to get done. I’m certain that the Democrats will not let anything slide regarding U.S. protocol with foreign nations.
Donald Trump has already caused a diplomatic incident and he is not even President yet. Continued actions such as this will shine a negative light about the United States to our allies accross the world.
Maybe I’m wrong about Trump. Maybe he will not make decisions of this nature when he takes the oath of office as the 45th President of the United States, but maybe he will. He is not showing any sign that he will change.
Donald Trump believes that once he is president, he can do what he wants. Even if that were the case, acting in such a way as president of the United States, will cause issues for himself and others. The stocks will fluxuate upon his every tweet. That’s scary. He continues to tweet because he feels that it’s a great way to immediately talk to at least 40 million of his followers on Twitter in which he will be able to get his word out fast. Thanks to the news media, they follow each and every tweet, and they monitor his feed all the time, which is exactly what Donald Trump wants. He wants the media to be talking about him all the time.
By now, everyone believes that Donald Trump will be a very vocal and a very outspoken president. But he also claims that the element of suprise is something he plans to incorporate when it comes to wars, and he may receive his first test on this revelation when he claims that he will confront ISIS and destroy them. He will be considered a war president, but the question is will he start his own war with another country. Seeing how he can easily provoke China with a simple phone call, what’s next on his agenda to make headlines?

Privatizing Social Security and Medicare

 

Not a good decision

It all started back in 2005 by George W. Bush. His State of the Union speech, centered around his belief to prioritise the New Deal’s guarantee of a dignified retirement. It became his number one priority. Back in 2005, then House of Representatives Minority Leader from California, Nancy Pelosi rejected the plan from Bush then, and is willing to begin all over again with President Trump after he takes his oath of office of the Presidency in January.
During the election campaign, Donald Trump swore to protect Medicare on the campaign trail, but now is compiling a list of privatizers, beginning with Paul Ryan who has been trying to gut Medicare and turn it into a fist full of vouchers beginning next spring. Then there is Georgia’s Congressman Tom Price who is be designated as Trumps Secretary of Health and Human Services. If you check history, Tom Price has a long history of wanting to slash Medicare and Medicaid and stands behind Paul Ryans plan to voucherize Medicare.

Will the Democrats fight again?

Here is a quote from Elizabeth Warren as she commented on the issue in 2005.

“The American people didn’t give Democrats majority support so we can come back to Washington and play dead. They didn’t send us here to wimper, whine or grovel. They sent us here to say no for efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder. They sent us to stand up to what is right, and now they are watching, waiting and hoping, hoping that we show some spine, and start fighting back”

The Democrats fought and won. They were rewarded by voters. They picked up 31 seats in House in 2006, while Nancy Police became the House Speaker and Harry Reed became the Senate majority speaker.

It appears that the Republicans are already ready to pick a fight that they absolutely cannot win. The Democratic party built Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that helped protect the American middle class.
Donald Trump is in the process of creating a Cabinet full of millionaires and billionaires and they will attempt to roll back all the gains created for the American middle class. If he is as wise as some may think, Donald Trump may veto any such plans for privatisation. But I wouldn’t bet money on it.

What is to come next regarding plans for Medicare from a totally Republican controlled Congress led by Donald Trump is not predictable. On one hand, Trump says that he will not allow Medicare to be prioritised, but on the other, he nominates people for Cabinet positions that want to prioritise Medicare. But to be sure, Donald Trump will loose his base overnight if he tries to mess with Medicare that helps the middle class. If Trump doesn’t realise that it would a very stupid thing to do, then I sincerely believe his political future will be in jeopardy, not to mention how stupid it is in the terms of economic management.
So essentially how they want to prioritise is to give everyone 401K’s, giving wall street the edge and our 401K funds will be dependent on the ups and downs on wall street.

Here is what President-Elect said in a speech he gave back on June 15, 2015…

“Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it. Get rid of the fraud, get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it. People have been paying into it for years, and now many of these candidates want to cut it. you save it by making the United States, by making us rich again by taking back all of the money that’s being lost.”

But Donald Trump reverses course on just about anything he says or promises. But if he even attempts to mess with Medicare or Social Security for that matter, it will be nothing less than a disaster in the making. The Democrats will come at this with everything they have and the political impact would have a incredibly negative effect against Trump.

So at first when I heard about some of the hires to be in Donald Trump’s Cabinet, I was alarmed, but all you have to do is go into the history books and look up George W. Bush and what happened to him when he tried to prioritise programs that would hurt the middle class.