That sad little boy in the White House

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Every body remembers the kid they grew up with, who was maybe rich and a little spoiled.  That poor little boy, he often was the brunt of everyone’s jokes. Everybody knew he cried at night from the mean things the kids did and said to him.  Some day he would get back at them.  In his mind, someday people would cheer for him and most important, like him.  He was in a private school, mom and dad were far away and little help.  He forged on and made it through school and with his daddy’s help, he started a small company he could call his own, so he could grow up and be just like his dad, successful.  As he grew older he learned that he could use his money and influence to bully and harass people to get things he wanted.  He also learned that women were objects to be collected like cars and people in general were easily manipulated with his money and power.  Does this sound like someone you might know?

As he grew older he became richer and richer, money and power acquisition were becoming a little boring so he decided to run for public office. Everybody laughed at him at first and said he had no chance to win the presidency.  He used his knowledge of the media to sway the public into thinking he was the man of their dreams and would fix the many problems that faced our nation.  He spoke in broad generalities with little substance other than “trust me” or “a beautiful plan” or ” it will be fantastic”.  To his surprise, and the world, he won.  Most of his staff had already written off the election and were heading home, but the American people, hungry for change, elected this man to office.

So here we are with a new president who knows next to nothing about the state of the world other than what goes on in his casinos, hotels and reality show.  He also suffers from a severe feeling of inadequacy and shows us this every time he talks about how he won the election.  To date he has done little to change anything other than write executive orders which have little legal clout.  His own party is losing faith in his ability to lead the country.  Senator John McCain, along with others, has blasted him several times on some of his antics.

Most important is the impending doom that is approaching President Trump as the CIA, NSA and the FBI are all investigating his possible connection with Russia.  There is apparently information that members of the Trump team were in constant contact with Russian agents during the campaign.  Apparently there are recordings of all these calls and they are being investigated right now by several government agencies.  If this turns out to be true, President Trump will become the second president to be forced to resign or the first to be successfully impeached.

I fear that the resulting turmoil that will ensue, if this chain of events does occur, could be enough to rock the foundation of our democracy.  Trump supporters, incited by the Fox Network (the other news media have been called liars) will take to the street and opposition groups will equal their numbers.  Weapons will be prevalent and there is a chance gunfights may occur.   There is little doubt the Trump supporters will out-gun the opposition.

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So get ready America, we are heading into uncharted waters.

The best money can buy. Trump’s $14 billion dollar cabinet.

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Gary McCoy / Cagle Cartoons
Gary McCoy / Cagle Cartoons

The following information was collected from the sites below.  One wonders how a president who claimed to be the people’s president can pick so many extremely wealthy people to advise him.

I found this information at :

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Net Worth: How Much Each Member is Worth

And

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2016/12/22/heres-how-much-trumps-cabinet-is-really-worth/#25668d636f02

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: $5.2 Billion. Forbes says $1.25 million.

Betsy DeVos is Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. She is a member of Richard DeVos’ family, which Forbes estimates is worth $5.2 billion. DeVos is married to Dick DeVos, Richard DeVos’ son. Richard DeVos made his fortune as the founder of Amway.

I do not believe this women has worked a day in her life. I know she did not sell AMWAY.

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin: $40 Million. Forbes says $300 million.

Mnuchin made his wealth as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before working for hedge funds. In 2009, he led a group that bought IndyMac, a California-based house lender that he renamed OneWest. Bloomberg reported in 2012 that Mnuchin was accused of being overly aggressive with foreclosures on mortgages  during his tenure as OneWest CEO.

Goldman Sachs , a key player in the financial collapse of 2005. Forbes says he is worth 300 Million.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross: $2.9 Billion. Forbes says $300 million.

Wilbur Ross, who earned the nickname “King of Bankruptcy” by leading Rothschild Inc.’s bankruptcy-restructuring advisory practice, was nominated to be Secretary of Commerce. Forbes estimates that he has a net worth of $2.5 billion. That puts him at #232 on the Forbes 400 list.

“King of bankruptcy”,  now that makes me feel good.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: $150 Million. Forbes says $325 million.

Rex Tillerson is the current CEO of ExxonMobil and was expected to retire in March. NBC News reports that Tillerson has an estimated net worth of $150 million. He made $24.3 million in 2016, according to the New York Times.

Tillerson has been at Exxon Mobil since 1975 and has never held a position in government. He has built a cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia in recent years, even receiving the Order of Friendship medal.

Lets run our government like an oil company.  That should serve us well.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: $7.52 Million. Forbes says $6 million.

 

Jeff Sessions, the longtime Alabama senator, was nominated to be attorney general. Before his career in the Senate, Sessions was Attorney General of Alabama and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. He also had a private practice before working in government.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sessions’ average net worth is $7.52 million. That’s 2.6 times more than the average senator’s net worth. It’s also 5.3 times more than the average net worth of the other representatives of Alabama in Congress.

How does a senator make that much money…One wonders.

 

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson: $30 Million. Forbes says 29 million.

Although Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon with no government experience, Trump nominated his former rival for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Celebrity Net Worth estimates that the Detroit native’s net worth is an estimated $30 million.

Again one wonders, how does a doctor become worth 30 million dollars?

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price: $13.6 Million. Forbes says $10 millon.

This man has a masters degree and he somehow became worth 13.6 million dollars?  How is that?

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao: At Least $22.8 Million. Forbes says $24 million.

Elaine Chao, who served as the Secretary of Labor for all eight years of the George W. Bush Administration, is Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of Transportation. Chao is married to Kentucky Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Washington Post reported in 2014 that McConnell’s net worth jumped from $7.8 million to $22.8 million.

So Mitch McConnells wife needed a job,  go figure…

Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon: $500 Million.

 

Linda McMahon is the wife of Vince McMahon, the founder of the WWE. Forbes estimates Vince McMahon’s net worth at $1.14 billion. Linda McMahon’s net worth is estimated to be $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. McMahon worked in the WWE until 2009 when she began to pursue a political career. Both of her campaigns to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate failed, so the only political experience she has is as a member of the Connecticut Board of Education from January 2009 to April 2010.

Who could argue with that, bring somebody with experience in WWF wrestling to run the Small Business Administration.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry: $3 Million. Forbes says $2 million.

Rick Perry, who was once a Trump critic, was chosen to be Secretary of Energy, The New York Times reported on December 13. It’s ironic, since the former Texas Governor said in a 2011 presidential debate that the Department of Energy was one of the three departments he would eliminate if he was president. Over 60 percent of that department’s budget is devoted to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

If this was not so sad, it would be funny. One of the poorer people in the group.  He probably serves the others coffee when they meet.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke: $675,502. Forbes says $800,000.

On December 13, Trump nominated Ryan Zinke to be Interior Secretary. He is Montana’s sole Representative in the House and was a Navy SEAL from 1986 to 2008. The 55-year-old is on the House Natural Resources Committee and Armed Services Committee. Zinke was first elected during the 2014 mid-term election.

He may be the most normal guy there.

Secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder: $4 Million Salary. Forbes says $45 million. Quite a wide range.

Andrew Puzder is Trump’s choice for Secretary of Labor. According to the New York Times, a 2012 filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Puzder’s salary for 2012 was just over $4 million, although that was down from $10 million in 2012.

Puzder is best known as the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the fast food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. He’s been in the role since September 2000. He has been a harsh critic of President Barack Obama and does not advocate for raising the minimum wage.

WHOOPS!  Puzder is gone and now we have  Alexander Acosta being nominated and not much information on him.

Now there is a surprise, a man who worked in the fast food industry is against a minimum wage. He will Help Rick Perry serve the drinks.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin: $170,000 Annual Salary.

During his press conference on January 11, Donald Trump finally announced his pick for one of the key roles he had yet to fill. Dr. David J. Shulkin will be his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed, Shulkin will be the only member of the Obama Administration to be carried over into the Trump Administration, as he has served as Undersecretary to Obama’s last VA Secretary, Robert MacDonald.

Donald slipped up, he hired a poor Obama man.  Rick will tell you what to do…:)

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue: $6 Million.

George Ervin ‘Sonny’ Perdue III was Governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011, as the first Republican governor of the state since Reconstruction. Before becoming governor, he ran a successful grain and fertilizer business, notes the New York Times, and he returned to agribusiness after leaving office. He also made money by owning property in Houston County, Georgia.

Donald is going to need somebody with experience in the manure field.

Vice President Mike Pence: $211,510. Forbes says $800,000.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, lived a modest lifestyle compared to the other nominees before Trump was elected. His average net worth is $211,510, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Mike may need a few tips on getting rich and not paying taxes from his boss.

 

On another note, National security advisor Micheal Flynn resigned because of not informing the president of his phone calls to the Russians.

Trump says he did nothing wrong so why did he fire him?

More to come.

Boll weevil story or maybe the Donald Trump story

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Complacency has brought down more nations over time than any other force.  Our country is no different from any other.  We are getting fat, lazy and entitled and the walls of our beautiful cities are tumbling down around us.  This seems to be the natural evolution of anything devised by man.  There is a good chance that we are experiencing this downward spiral now. Maybe Mr. Trump is the medicine we need to help us get by this bump in the road.  Maybe Mr. Trump is the Boll Weevil.  You may ask, why do I compare Trump to a boll weevil?  Allow me to elaborate.

Back in the days when cotton was king, all the fields were fluffy white with cotton and the farmers were making lots of money. Along came a little weevil.  The farmers had all their apples in one proverbial barrel with little concern for the future and gave little thought of any on-coming disaster.  That disaster showed itself with a vengeance, as the boll weevil devoured most of their cotton crops in short order.  The farmers had to adjust to the infestation and plant different crops that the boll did not care for.  The weevil caused the farmers to diversify, thus securing their future in the agriculture business and avoiding the inevitable depleting of the soil they relied on for their livelihood.  In a twisted way the weevil helped them, it forced the farmers to look to an alternate sustainable future.  Maybe this is similar to the situation we find ourselves in today.  The election of Trump with all his regressive ideas about humanity and government may force us to reevaluate our future.  I think we might need a push in the wrong direction to force us to realize what is important to the future of civilization.  That push is Trump!  He is like the weevil showing up in the cotton fields.  This is similar to the way Trump showed up in a world that may have become complacent in its quest for the betterment of the human condition.  Hopefully we as a nation/world will hear the narrow, recessive thinking we are being exposed to and realize we are one nation in a world of nations tasked with the responsibility of preserving our delicate environment and society.

It is my nature to try to find some good in all things around me and I have to admit, the election of Donald has been a hard one to figure out.  Sometimes society needs a push in the right direction and occasionally that comes from the opposite direction that one might expect.  Trump has threatened human rights and challenged the word of law in numerous ways and he has only been in office several weeks.  Over three million women marched in small and large cities around the world to show their discontent with a scary and haphazard president.  Other marches were held to show dissatisfaction over the new immigration rules which are being tested in the courts as we speak and hopefully justice will prevail.

There is little doubt that we as a nation are divided but one must remember the old saying, ” United we stand, divided we fall.” We as a world are faced with many challenges in the near future.  If we work together we can endure.  If we continue to be at each others throat, we will fail.

NEWS FLASH!  The federal court system has overruled Trump’s attempt at limiting vetted immigrants from entering the country!  One small step for sanity.

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