MR. TRUMP, NOW THAT YOU DROVE THE COUNTRY OFF A TRADE WAR CLIFF, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NEXT? I'M GOING TO GOLFY LAND!!! Consider the following:
#Trump used taxpayer money to fly to Mar-a-Lago this morning so he can #golf and raise money for his 2020 campaign. Yes, he's barely been in office for 13 months and he's officially running for re-election now. Normal, mentally stable presidents typical wait until almost the 3rd year to do this.
A typical full 18 hole round of golf takes 4-6 hours, so let's average it to 5. You could easily add an additional 1-2 hours per outing for misc. obstacles like travel time, lunch, etc. We'll be generous and add only 1 hour. That's 100 × 6 = 600 hours. He's probably done anywhere from 50 to 100 unnecessary Monster's Ball "Make me feel good" rallies/events. Each of them easily consumed 3-5 hours for travel, prep, attendance, hair styling and bald spot hiding, etc. Again, let's be very generous and count only 50 events at 4 hours per = 200 hours.
The standard work year is calculated as follows: 50 weeks (you don't count the 2 weeks of vacay time) x 40 hrs = 2000 hours. Plus 160 hours for the month of February = 2,160 hours.
2,160 minus 800 = 1,360 hours.
37% of his first 13 months has been wasted on #bullshit . Now, start thinking about how much time he spends tweeting, speaking to reporters, calling Fox News, doesn't spend time on the PDB, wasted time on other unnecessary trips, and he isn't working on any major projects or legislation either! It would be a very safe bet you could bump the percentage up to and easily beyond 50% of available hours completely wasted.
All that said...and as insulting and outrageous as it is...it's probably a VERY GOOD THING he's such a blundering ball of inefficiency and incompetence because...imagine the actual harm he could do if he had some skills!?!? _
This insane idiot is starting a trade war. If Uncle Putin had a dearest wish, this would be it. This, combined with the #goptaxscam bill, and our lowered popularity among our allies and other world leaders, will make the 2008 real estate bubble look like a pleasant day at the park! I'm not kidding around! We're talking 1920s Great Depression type results if this is left unimpeded.
The Executive branch mainly controls trade policy. Therefore, this will take a large amount of cooperation from congress to stop this.
Trump supporters are under the delusion that the economy is booming. It's not. It has been slowly/steadily improving over the past 8 years but in this past year of Trump, the U.S. Dollar has declined /weakened. If we were booming, this would be increasing! *Swipe for my screenshot of 1yr chart. I can't even begin to explain, in any respectable way, how the 3 bottom incomes have decreased or stagnated when adjusted for inflation.
My advice to the average person:
DO NOT make any large purchases (e.g., houses, business/commercial ventures, expensive car, RV, etc) until Trump is gone and we have a stable administration. Don't believe me? Read about the financial troubles of 2004-07 RE bubble burst. Be frugal, trim the excesses now and SHELTER YOUR MONEY.
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RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!
I just wanted to lay something out clearly. Mainstream media isn't connecting the dots. It's the #TrumpRussia connection and the two main events that tipped us off and are strongly connected. I mentioned this in an old post last year but I wanted readdress it now with timelined quotes.
#Trump brought up #Russia first, out of the blue and for no logical reason during a July 2016 presser. At least to the average person or journalist it didn't relate or connect.
During a July 27, 2016, press conference - Trump said:
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let's see if that happens. That will be next.” Note that last part...THAT WILL BE NEXT. Very revealing isn't it? The press never pays attention to that last bit.
After that incident, Trump didn't do any more campaign press conferences. The 'Russia' comment was suspicious and brought undesired attention. He would try to distance himself from it and shrug off Russian involvement next. Here's how that went just two months later.
During a debate against #Hillary Clinton on September 26, 2016 he said, "It could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds." Strange, isn't it? He called out Russia directly for help with HACKING then later covers for them and says it was a 400lb freak.
The obvious question - Why didn't you ask the entire hacker community in general for help recovering that data? Why was it specifically and solely Russia?
Ths is academic, of course. It's obvious. He screwed up. Instead of saying Wiki-Leaks and using them for cover, which would have made perfect sense, he blurted out RUSSIA!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This is a good article to read but I wanted to use it to make a point about the seriousness of the security clearances problems with this White House.
I offer two analogies I have direct experience with.
Corporate IT Security:
From the time I was a rookie cyberjock until later in my career; if basic corporate security protocols for companies like Sony, Deloitte & Touche or Liberty Mutual were violated, you would have been interviewed and reprimanded. Your clearance would have been downgraded and/or removed. If you weren't fired, you'd be placed on a watch list and be in the dog house for the next year or so. There may have been criminal charges filed. All to protect intellectual property and corporate secrets.
There is a four tier penalty chart.
Tier 1 violation is when the 'entity didn't know' there was a risk. Penalties are $100-$50K per incident. A Tier 4 is when the 'entity acted with willful neglect or intent' and is $50k per incident. 'Per Incident' could mean per breach, event or record.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES are handled by the DOJ. Yes, the one in D.C. It has tiers too that range from $50K & 1 year imprisonment to $250K & 10 years imprisonment. And that could all be based on a per incident scale too. All to protect your personal privacy.
THE WHITE HOUSE:
Here we have an administration that is not only completely indifferent, but purposefully negligent. There is proven disregard for national security. Except, we're not talking about business or personal data. We're talking about top secret information that could put our country and civilian/military lives at risk. Think about that. The average local pharmacy or law firm has more respect for data security and treats it more seriously than the #Trump White House!
This is not about 'politics' or 'sides'. This is about a non-functional executive branch of government practicing wholesale incompetence, that needs to be made to account for it's criminal behavior.