US Trade Deficits: A Tariff Equalizer

While the EU is blistering as they attempt to retaliate against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, they are now attempting to target peanut butter and orange juice.   But the trade war isn’t simply the US vs the EU, it is also the EU against the UK!   However, the commodities their economic experts target is rather odd; Brazil accounts for 50% of all global orange juice. US production is in a downward spiral, has been for years, exasperated recently by Florida crops destroyed by Hurricane Irma and – exports are “flat”.   Which means the tariff on orange juice is worth $0.00.  

US peanut butter export partners include Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. The European consumers are concentrated in The Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Spain.   Unlike other European countries, The Netherlands top export partners include the UK and the US with Germany being the number one destination.   In 2016, Spain’s highest trade surplus partner was the UK at $8.2 billion, an increase of 3,014%.

The EU has already initiated a trade war with the UK using BREXIT as blackmail.   However, in their tit-for-tat plundering, it would appear they haven’t considered the consequences to countries in the EU other than Germany and France. Given they are the fundamental leaders of the EU decision making schematic, they don’t appear to be making wise choices.

Currently, the UK’s largest trading partner is the EU, with the US coming in a close second. If the EU cuts off the UK and imposes tariffs, the US is calmly waiting in the shadows ready to pick up any slack.   While the EU already slaps a 10% tariff on the import of US automobiles, by contrast, German automobiles are charged an import duty of just 2.5%. The hypocrisy of the German government and by default the EU Commission is beyond comprehension.

It would seem that the EU and Germany are playing a game of chicken without realizing their engine is out of gas.

In 2016, 54% of UK imports came from within EU countries.   If the EU hardlines trade, the UK will slowly shift partners. Currently the largest trade partners include: Germany, Spain and The Netherlands (the same countries that like all the US peanut butter…weird).

While the EU has been considered an ‘emerging superpower’ over the last decade, its share of the global economy has been steadily declining. Add to the fray the growing welfare as a result of refugee and immigration policies, the demand that the EU fund their own military, and Economic policy decisions now seem to be playing a game of chicken without a car…

And the media is at the wheel.

The EU Commission has grown into a Fat Walrus with a budget closing in on $160 billion Euro’s and most assuredly rising. Taxing, penalizing, overseeing, demanding, and fining seem to be their role.   Air pollution is a problem in the EU and despite targets being established in 2005 and 2010, 23 of 28 countries don’t meet the goals.   It’s a joke.

Sanctions on member states not meeting ‘refugee quotas’ was another EU brainchild that has backfired.

And yet, we continue to forget the sage fairy tale that recounts the race between the tortoise and the hare.   While the EU Commission has stated that a) this has been in the air for some time, and b) they will retaliate, and c) they will take this to the WTO, retaliation is not a defense recognized by most courts…  

The US trade deficit in goods is $811 billion, with the largest categories being commercial aircraft, automobiles, and food. The largest deficits were earned with China, Japan, Mexico and Germany.  Germany imports autos, aircraft and pharmaceuticals, while it exports autos, industrial machinery and medicine.   China charges a 25% tariff on US imports of automobiles.

For the Democrats and the GOP to gasp at the horror of equalizing tariffs, they would seem to have ulterior motives that don’t include the prosperity of the US.   Most recently, Trump announced that his goal was to create just that – a direct constant equalizing of all tariffs – thereby eliminating ‘inequality’ – the same catch-all phrase employed by Democrats about – everything Democrat…

But after all the hrumphing and blubbering and demanding, it looks as though the EU, Japan and Australia are begging for their own exemptions.   Bottom line? Trump is looking to close the trade deficits – China, Japan and Germany – it is now your call.

Trump WINS!

When Trump took office:

1)   The DOW had plunged to 17,400. It now stands at 26,071. A gain of 54% in one year!

2)   The unemployment rate dipped from 4.6% to 4.1%. A drop of about 10%.

3)   The GDP Growth Rate for the year 2016 was 1.6%.   For the first year of Trump’s office, it doubled to 3.2%.

4)   A massive tax overhaul was instituted in which repatriated $$$$$ are already beginning to be pledged back into the US economy – Apple is leading the pack.

5)   The 3% Investment Tax on rental property implemented within Obamacare was repealed!

6)   The mandate for requirement that everyone be insured – repealed.

7)   Offshore drilling is opened allowing US dependency on the Middle East to ease and give the US a bump in independence.

8)   In 2017 housing starts surged 13.7% year over year.

9)   The Swamp continues to be “Purged”.

10) States are given more sovereign power

11) Federal Agencies are eliminated and/or downsized.

12) Trump takes no salary!

13) Jerusalem is identified as the capital of Israel

14) Trump derailed 1500 new regulations as a result of his 2-to-1 slash enactment

15) ISIS is floundering

16) Syria is ever closer to repatriating and rebuilding

17) The Paris Climate Summit which is a Fake Agenda that has accomplished nothing is no longer a US mandate.

18) Illegal immigration is down nearly 24%, and arrests increased by 40%

19) Signed legislation to revive NASA

20) Went after MS-13 gang members for an 83% increase in arrests

21) Increased grant funding to cops

22) Launched massive reformations to benefit Veterans

And the LIST keeps growing exponentially. This is Only ONE YEAR! And despite all the successes reaped by Trump, the Democrats continue their whines and whinneys as they try and try to blow the House Down.  The Wolf huffing and puffing…

I doubt ANYONE, any man, any woman, could have succeeded to such an extent despite the barrage of missiles and nuclear warheads lodged against Trump this past year. He has shown that he is a man of immeasurable strength and will, integrity and honor. He ain’t perfect, but then no one is, and we are quickly climbing from the gutters of global bereft communism to a country with a core and root system that is centered and built on a foundation of rock and fertile soil.

Now if we could just get all those heavy weight Hollywooders and wealthy Californians to actually pay a fair tax rate as they so robustly support – all would be well … and the deficit would melt away.

Anyone?  Anyone?

Leader vs Boss: Chaos vs Order

A number of years ago my now ex-husband came home all proud from his weekend getaway and produced for me a two page single spaced typed list of rules, or regulations, that he wanted to impose on me, our marriage and my children with me.   I got about a fourth of the way through, tossed it in the air – and laughed. What else could I do?

Society has devolved into a chaotic vision of what constitutes a ‘Boss”. Today, a boss is often someone who relegates and utilizes power to manipulate, humiliate and use until the cup is empty.   The nuance isn’t about a relationship with the person/employee, it is about absorbing everything they have and tossing them aside as there is a new inventory being manufactured to replace the old.   But what happens when the ‘newly manufactured’ employee has been trained within a ‘deregulated’ university and is then deposited into a ‘regulated world’?

By contrast, a Leader is someone who guides, sometimes with stern ethics and morality, and sometimes with a gentle touch. But the guide is always directing his flock forward, ever teaching, ever loving. The Leader desires his flock to remain with him their entire life out of Loyalty, Love and Trust. He wants to see his flock grow. The idea that one might stray is deeply sorrowful.

So what happens when the youth that will be working in our regulated corporations, our hospitals, our pharmacies, and our government have been raised to covet self, to be weak, and to be deregulated in all that they do?

They will all fall down.

The collapse of leadership is a systemic problem that has infiltrated our homes and schools, and will in a very short time seep into the fabric of our corporate world with such ferocity that it may not be able to recover. It is not simply a US anomaly, the leadership of France, Germany, the EU, Sweden, Norway, etc… have all succumbed to the false supposition that a deregulated society can be sustained within a regulated world.

Hollywood is just a small fractured example.   But they had the money to hire regulated professionals to buy their way out of their deregulated ethics.   A generation of young people are about to embark on a new journey and be integrated into a business world that is ruled by Bosses, not Leaders.

On a much smaller scale we have seen some of the ramifications in business as some don’t survive the mass exodus that can occur when a Boss does not understand the nuance of Leadership. Stories reveal that once hugely profitable companies wither and fold, unable to survive the oppressiveness of Boss.

My generation was a generation of ‘scramblers’, when things got tough we knew how to scramble. Scramblers are most often the core of Entrepreneurship. They are the drivers of innovation and sustainability. So what happens when this current generation is the one holding up the pillars? Certainly there are exceptions to the rule, but they are the few among the many, and in a world defined by numbers, their strength will be tested to it’s infinite power.

My son was recently the victim of a “Boss”, a woman who didn’t see the value of drive, loyalty, education, and hard work and instead saw greed, self, and jealousy. He is but one example among hundreds of thousands, and as the generation of ‘safe spaces’ exits their deregulated universities and attempt to embark on a career, they will find themselves to be replaceable commodities in a world where Leadership is a foreign concept and control is paramount. There are no ‘safe spaces’ in the real world.

My ex-husband certainly didn’t understand the concept and continues his spiraling self destruction. The stories abound, from husbands to fathers to managers to bosses to government.

Trump is exercising the command of Leadership within a hostile Swamp of government officials who have usurped their position and become ensconced in a drive of power and control.   He is in a Battle that would have taken down anyone else with the second blow. If we do anything less than support him, take a pillar, then we are responsible for what could be the New Age Fall.

McCain, Graham, Rubio – Traitors, Termites?

McCain continues to energize and highlight himself in the news by making absurd accusations and demands as though he himself was a self-proclaimed demi-god. A wolf in republican clothing, his wealthy wife has empowered him with the notion that he can say and do anything without retribution, tact, dignity or honor. Given he was once a man of the military and these values were inherent in every military man, he has sullied the very essence of the character and bravery befitting a man of this uniform!  He is doing a dis-service – to The Service!

His most recent tirade was to scream at Rand Paul claiming he is working for Vladamir Putin because Paul objected to a unanimous consent motion to advance a bill pushing Montenegro approval to join NATO and usher in a fast track to EU membership. In essence, the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe is viewed as nothing less than a parallel to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. They are one and the same.

Montenegro is largely a Serbian Muslim nation. Its historical involvement in the Bosnian Serbian war in the 1990’s has left horrific marks on Croatia given the systematic torture and brutal executions perpetrated. In 2015, their President and Prime Minister were named “Person of The Year in Organized Crime” by an investigative journalist network. The organization, OCCRP, has been involved in numerous anti-corruption investigations including the Panama Paper Caper.

So what is the point in fast tracking a corrupt regime into the EU that is predominantly Muslim?  It serves to divide the EU into further chaos and civil war as thru the incorporation of a radical Socialist/Communist state.

The powers that be are nervous.  Their plan upended and their agenda destabilized, they are like hyenas fighting for a carcass.  Ramping up their time-table has become critical.  And McCain, Graham and Rubio are spokespersons for this Swamp.

There are other anti-administrative ‘Republicans’ hard at work to dismantle, disrupt and discredit. Rubio is attempting to recreate lost fame by discrediting Trump’s record thus far despite the fact that his service has encompassed exactly 8 weeks. So what did Rubio actually accomplish?

Well in looking at his top five laudings, it would appear that his accomplishments were actually his opinions and not a true ‘actionable accomplishment’; defending freedom, tackling education challenges, attempting to reform the tax code, talking about human rights, and ‘fighting for conservative ideas’ … whopppeeee…

In other words – his ‘DID’ – nothing worthy of mention. But he is quite vocal in his deriding of Trump – after eight weeks in office.

Lindsey Graham. Another vocal opponent of our current administration albeit more from the standpoint of ‘good cop’. Graham continues to focus on things the public just doesn’t give a flying fluke about – Trump’s taxes? Trump’s allegations of wire tapping? Why doesn’t Graham actually produce a solution, something concrete, something that addresses the American People? Because there is another agenda.

What these three and a host of other Republicans strive to do is undermine our current administration. Why? What do these three and others all have in common? An affiliation with George Soros.

Who are they?

They are a brotherhood aligned in ‘The Swamp”.

They reiterate the same Liberal agenda that defines Hillary – open borders, bring in unlimited refugees and immigrants, and legalize everyone automatically. They believe that climate change is man-made and our greatest threat. While Graham makes statements as to his supposed beliefs, his actions would seem to contradict his words. It is as though these men run based on a false reality of who they are, in order to covertly obtain votes based on their party status rather than their values.

Hence these men are not sheep or shepherds, they are the wolves, the hyenas, the predators who lure and destroy.

McCain is repeatedly photographed buddying up to Soros. Rubio’s biggest backer, Paul Singer, was a Open Society-George Soros backer as well. When a Republican mimics the policies and social agenda of Soros, it is a relatively easy to assert that they have potential connections through either funding, or through power structures. When their alignments are counter to those outside the swamp, it is an easy speculation that their rule is about to be attacked and they are aligned in their fight to preserve – The Swamp.

In other words, it’s basic math; when a Republican spouts the ideals of Hillary or Obama, they aren’t a Republican. A Republican would be someone who supported their candidate, his agenda, his design for a nation, free, independent, and market savvy.  They are not offering a solution – they are tearing down, destructive ‘Termites’.

If that reveals our friends are our enemies, and our enemies our friends – Drain The Swamp!

Presidential Debate – RIGGED!

Are the Debate Questions Leaked Or What??

I’m sorry, but Hillary can in no way speak off the cuff on an issue the way she appeared to in the debate. She looked to be reading her lines from a script in front of her. Which would only be possible if she already knew the question.

What good is a debate if you know all the questions and memorize answers? It’s absurd!

It’s boring! What makes a debate exciting is having opponents screw up like normal people and defend their screw up and the next and the next. That’s what creates character. Otherwise, all you know about a candidate is their ability to read… a good quality…BLECH!

Hillary is swaying. But she can definitely pull it together in a split second when she is on camera. We saw it today when she was weakly and meekly trying to navigate the stairs when no sooner did a reporter arrive on the scene and she nearly skipped down the remaining stairs and into her waiting limousine extended SUV thing that could take out the entire continent of Africa if it wanted…

And I’m listening to Trump on Steroids or coke sniffing up a storm, talking crazy fast, and everyone is going – WHHHATTT?

But we aren’t alone:

Hollande – the President of France… : has been embroiled in numerous sex scandals and pushing very personal bills on government payroll, – no one cares.

So what are the boundaries? At what point is a President of a country so perverse that we won’t accept him/her?

Obama was a purported cocaine dealer???

Cameron was connected to supposed underage sex trafficking.

And that’s okay. So what is NOT OKAY?

It would appear that despite each individual effort, this election will make and break friendships. It is so intense, so personal, that each feel a division that is quite new. The legality of speech is such that the manipulation of a sentence is so pronounced, it is just – evil.

How to say something that is completely diverse to your stance and politics is a media manipulation that creates more media manipulation. And now I hear Clinton claim she has a fact checker site that moderates statements. Are you kidding me? There is no bias of course! How ridiculous!

We listen and know that everything we hear is a lie. We listen and know that all the promises – are fake. We listen and know that the manipulation is to recreate the perception of history. To rewrite what actually happened. Isn’t that your biggest fear? Because it should be. How can we know anything if history is rewritten?

Heil Hitler.

Who? Most don’t even know a thing about the man, or even about the events of the era. Most don’t know much of anything because the powers that be don’t choose to make this so. Trump isn’t Hitler. Hillary isn’t Hitler. Even Obama isn’t Hitler. Hitler was unique and specific.

And attacking Trump on his taxes and tax rates and taxable income, right now – I don’t give a dang! That’s not the dominant agenda – and that’s where Hillary looses! We have so many different legitimate issues that give the people angst and anxiety, we need to address those and have the media actually acknowledge that those ARE our issues. I don’t care anymore about you! I care about US.

President Whomever – I don’t give a rocks ass damn about you. I don’t want to hear about YOU! I want to hear about what you will do for the WE PEOPLE!

The candidates for President of the United States are bickering over paint color choices and their individual dinner items, I don’t give a RATS ARSE. Come ON!

Talk like a PRESIDENT.

I hate this political farse. It is so messed up.

Trump vs London’s Muslim Mayor

So the newly elected muslim mayor of London who professes anti-discrimination, tolerance, and equality is bashing Trump.

Despite the fact that Trump made positive and gracious comments about the mayor, he insists on being derogatory and inflammatory. Seems rather hypocritical.

In fact it is borderline fear mongering and seems to be an attempt to interfere in the election process in the US by a UK national. Something the UK despises Obama for doing – right? And Trump’s response is interesting, “Because I think if he does a great job, it will really — you lead by example…”

So what example is Mr Khan displaying? Certainly not one of good faith, of integrity and honor – instead he is exhibiting decisiveness, derision, and arrogance. The same Khan who defended Farrakhan by attempting to lift a UK ban on Farrakhan’s right to enter the country. Farrakhan had been banned from entry due to his highly fanatical and racially charged bigotry. Khan felt that ban violated human rights and attempted to overturn it thereby allowing Farrakhan rightful passage into the UK where he would then be allowed to vocally elicit his hostile and threatening commentary on the Brits.

So whose human rights was Khan actually protecting? The people of the UK? The whites? The Christians? The Jews? No. Human rights are sometimes veiled in atrocity.

Khan’s response, “Even the worst people deserve a legal defense.” In other words he has no ethics, he just did a job as a legal defense attorney. He also defended Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a prominent leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who called Shiites ‘heretics’, considers Jews, Christians and Alawites infidels and believes Hitler was a great man who put Jews in their proper place and was ordered to do so by Allah. Of course Hitler was an Atheist, but that’s another conversation.

These are the characters that Khan felt obligated to defend. A defense he chose – not one that was imposed on him.

This is the man who derides Donald Trump for his desire to limit our borders from extremist muslims stating that Trump just doesn’t understand this religion of peace. Really? Because al-Qaradawi doesn’t follow peaceful ideals – he advocates for suicide bombing and annihilation.

Was the election mired in any fraud? “A mix up of voter registration meant that ‘many’ people could have voted multiple times”. Apparently, due to a computer glitch people were sent two and three polling cards.

In the borough of Barnet, thousands of voters were actually turned away unable to vote because their names were not on the registration despite them holding a registered ballot. No one has released the number of voters turned away of the 250,000 residents. But that was merely the tip – apparently, dozens of boroughs reported electoral fraud.

According to a London newspaper, fears are being privately expressed that there has been “massive postal vote rigging.” The extent of the fraud may well be staggering: out of a total electorate of 46 million, some 7 million voters registered for postal ballots — more than the total number of votes polled by the Liberal Democrats. All of the incidents being investigated have occurred in Muslim Pakistani highly colonised areas, including Lambeth, Westminster, Enfield, Hounslow, Haringey, Brent, Bexleyheath, Camden, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham.

While Scotland Yard is investigating 28 cases of election fraud, whether the outcome will result in any recount, or true legal action – remains to be seen, but judging from history, it is doubtful.

And so, London is now faced with accepting and absorbing the politics and ideals of a mayor who glorifies the Muslim Brotherhood and it’s ‘peaceful’ endeavors while demonizing Trump. An interesting point of view.

FYI – are all these “Khan’s” descendants of Genghis Khan…who fathered hundreds of children and whose DNA accounts for millions of possible descendants.  The same Khan who purportedly was responsible for the death of 40 million?

Rubio – Was The GOP Debate Rigged?

While the headlines of bloggers evaluate the news that Rubio’s Campaign Press Secretary is the daughter of Fox News VP, Bill Sammon, the crafter of the GOP debate questions, they seem to have missed a point.

While Fox News had a direct conflict of interest – so did Rubio!

With Brooke Sammons tweeting extensively about Rubio’s purported ‘win’ at the debates, and Cruz making the statement that he was being unfairly and unequally attacked by the questions posed to him – Rubio skated. In fact Christie even stated that the questions seemed to be unfairly targeting Cruz while Rubio seemed overly cocky, his answers potentially rehearsed. When responses are too clean, too sharp, too rehearsed, the hairs on my back begin to prickle…

Could Sammon have given the questions to his daughter, Brooke Sammon, so that Rubio could craft answers before the debate?

Definitely a possibility. Sammon has a history and it isn’t all good.

To add fire to the furnace, apparently, the pollster, Frank Luntz, who was asked to air results of the debate immediately afterward is also connected to Rubio. Luntz was hired by Rubio in 2012 to write “100 Innovative Idea’s for Florida’s Future”. Luntz tweeted and tallied and splurged in his raving reviews of Rubio while cashing in on the frenzy. While these relationships should be revealed for their conflict of interest, they weren’t and the silence didn’t just run through Fox News – it ran through Marco Rubio. And that does not bode well for an honest, God driven, man of integrity.

While Fox News purports to be unbiased, this is a rather disingenuous move with one motive – bump up Rubio in the ratings, and attack Cruz and Trump. If it is discovered that Rubio had access to the debate questions beforehand, that could mean the end of his campaign. But the ideal of unbiased is a rock laden road for Sammon who has been caught directing the opinion of his journalists on a number of occasions.

While it is not a media crime to be biased, most stations openly admit their view, others allude to it, and still others are bought out. But Fox’s claim puts each and every journalist into the limelight as they lose credibility with the knowledge that Sammon tells them what to say, what to think, what opinion to have, and who will win in an ‘unbiased format’. It’s like rigging a football game.

Could Rubio and Sammon find themselves in a legal pickle?

There are laws regarding “Ethics” under the US Office of Government Ethics Statute 18 USC; 201 – 209 which detail the code of conduct of all government employees. Conflict of Interest laws require ‘full disclosure’ – Rubio did not comply with that directive.

In addition, Florida has enacted very strict Ethics Laws with respect to past and present government employees and those running for public office. The purpose of these laws is to uphold faith and trust by the People in a government that is not beyond reproach. When that truth is violated, there are consequences in place.

While as a result of Sammon, Fox News may lose viewers, Rubio stands to lose his very core – his integrity as a Presidential candidate.

GOP Debates – Are We Done Yet?

I don’t know what I hate more watching the debates or listening to everyone peck like chickens at mealtime over every single misused word, phrase, gesture, facial expression, or nuance. I hate listening to the banter about the candidates wives, children, college days, party days, days days. I hate it across the board. I think it is childish and serves no purpose other than venting. And while we are all guilty of the same, I still hate it.

Generally speaking, do debates really sway, or is it the polls and the polling that sways the voters?  I think debates are simply another topic for a bored media.  The only other countries that have rousing debates include Mexico, Taiwan, Iran, Canada, Zambia and Kenya.  Not exactly the comparable we would like to espouse – but the true nature of our tactics.

When you step back and watch the rhetoric it all boils down to – “I am great and everyone else is an idiot”. And as we get closer to the election the commercials become nastier and nastier until I can’t even watch anything but Netflix for fear I might be attacked by the venom of the words that ultimately occupy much of the airtime.

So, in a nutshell within the GOP front-runners; Trump, Cruz and Rubio, where do they disagree on issues:

  1. There are apparently only a couple points on which Rubio and Cruz disagree: immigration and the notion of privitizing social security. Cruz and Trump agree on immigration policies.
  2. Cruz and Rubio vs Trump = 3 points: Trump wants higher taxes on the wealthy, does not support free trade, and wants to avoid foreign entanglements, ie regime change conflicts, coups.

That’s it. So the debate is really about ‘changing our minds’ with respect to these issues, which is for the most part unrealistic.

The Democratic front-runners are an even easier comparison. When viewing the issues, the only point on which Hillary and Bernie disagree is – gun control. There was one point in which Hillary agreed with Cruz and Rubio – foreign entanglements, and one point where she agreed with all GOP candidates – making voter registration easier.

So for all the rhetoric, commercials, and debates – that’s the bottom line. The rest of it is only mud slinging and slander and harsh tongues. Imagine if that was how we actually voted….but then there is the matter of sincerity – and that’s where the popularity contest muddies the Truth. Unfortunately, the media and candidates have yet to figure out that ganging up and bullying are not tactics that the voters appreciate – and in the end we do make the decision, and we do remember.

While the various polls have Trump leading at anywhere from 30% to 36%, and Cruz with 12% to 25%, and Rubio with 11% to 18% – whatever your voting preference, those are the current GOP national numbers. But all the candidates that have to drop out because they will never carry the baton should consider who they want their voters to ultimately support – because they represent upwards of 37% of the votes according to Reuters latest poll – and they could change the game.

Hillary and Bernie are a bit more complicated with Hillary ranging between 48% and 54%, and Bernie with 27% to 41%. The difference is that O’Malley is already referring his backers to Sanders which represents a block of 1% to 10% and the undecided’s remain on the sidelines with 1% to 14%. Some of the undecided’s may jump ship and not vote at all (I know of quite a few) or defer ranks and vote Independent or Republican.

Personally, I think we should limit debates to say – 3, and have candidates who don’t maintain a 10% populace within ten months of the election, defer.

As in – let’s move on.

Trump Trumpets the GOP Debates – and wins…

As it is the GOP debates swoon all of about 14 to 24 million people each time they are broadcast. The voting age at 18+ is estimated to represent about 245 million people. That means the debates target about 5 ½ to 10% of all voters. Not exactly a number that makes one swoon.

Realistically, people like to be entertained, take out the dominant entertainer, Donald the Trump, and the viewing might just plunge.

But perhaps that is the real point the Trump card is posturing and it has less to do with Megyn Kelly than with Trump proving that a Non-Trump Debate is a bore and ratings drop. Reality TV has more viewers than the debates…

Nobody is tuning in to watch Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier. Certainly the Cruz fans and Carson fans and Rubio fans will turn on their sets, but most, myself included, really find the debate an event to ignore at all costs. Moderators are biased, answers are text book, and it is more about who can out schmooze the other than anything of value. It is more about how has a better talk base, who is following the polls to know what their new ideals are, and trying to make mash of your fellow Republican candidates.

Trump, the Reality TV star, will be absent and I imagine advertisers who paid a pretty penny for the multi million audience game, will be pretty growled when they find that der party is over…given the Trump followers will tune out and some of the other candidate ‘s followers as well – simply out of boredom.

By contrast, over 114 million people watched the last Super Bowl. That’s the place to BE! Be seen!

He is a businessman, and I’m sure he knows where the audience is, who is a draw and who isn’t. It’s actually a smart PR move because it generates even more headlines, even more debate than the debate! Everyone is talking about Trump ignoring the debates – which defines even more as the man who won’t bow to politics.

Instead Trump claims he will use that same time to rev up donations for veterans – a worthy cause. Hopefully he will give a thumbs down to the disgraced Wounded Warriors charity for their self seeking, personal entertainment excessive spending.

But the politicians – well they just showed their naiveté because the Trump Trumped – again.

Trump Not Only One to Change Party Affiliation

Was Donald Trump’s party affiliation simply a business decision?

Changing platforms to conform to the lobbying ideals of the then president was possibly an explanation to explain Trump’s party jumping, but upon review didn’t really match up.

He’s not the only one who has changed political parties. Hillary Clinton was a righteous Republican supporting Nixon and Barry Goldwater once upon a time. In the 1970’s she became an avid supporter of McCarthy and changed her affiliation to Democrat. Pat Buchanan was a Republican turned ‘Reformed Party’ candidate, turned Independent, turned Republican. Rick Perry was a Democrat who supported – Al Gore. He switched to the Republican side when Bush was President.

But the most interesting switcheroo was from the potentially new contender, Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg was a staunch liberal Democrat until he decided to run for office as NY mayor in 2001. Switching to a Republican affiliation, he won the election. However, as a Republican he supported abortion, gun control, same sex marriage and stem cell research, all very Liberal views. Later, he switched again and registered as an Independent before attempting and failing at a presidential run in 2008.

Other switchers include Joe Lieberman – a one time Democrat who became a McCain style NeoRepublican, Elizabeth Warren – a one time Republican, Arianna Huffington – a once Republican who switched to Democrat leaning Independent in order to make a run as governor, and Kerry’s wife who switched to Democrat when Kerry made a presidential bid.

For most, the switch was a political mission to win an election. Trump was a businessman, his affiliations and support of both parties financially was probably more ‘business’ motivated. But his eye on the Presidency has long roots.  In 1999, the same year Trump changed his party affiliation to Independent, he announced his intention of running for President. In 2004, Trump again claimed he would be running, after he had changed parties to that of Democrat. In 2008, he lambasted Bush and intimated he might run as an Independent but instead changed party affiliation to that of Republican.  Two years later he registered as having ‘no party affiliation’ and made a ‘sortof’ bid against Obama.  In 2012, he switched back to Republican and made his White House bid known in 2015.

In politics it would seem that the sway is to be what the perceived position is of the Americn people at the time.  Become the person they think the people want and capitalize on the whim – a chameleon. Use the polls to determine what the people want, and become that person – as in poof!  Unfortunately, such a person doesn’t really have any true grounded ideals, and create instead confusion and distrust from those who do.   Rubio is a great example of “let me wait to respond to that question when the polls tell me what side I’m on” type of political rhetoric.

And while Trump is playing up on the anti-Socialist views of Hillary and Sanders, it is hard to find anything discounting to say about Cruz – so instead he attempts a Canadian birth frenzy which is of course, leaving everyone yawning.

What is the Trump stance? In a nutshell:

  1. Defund Planned Parenthood – pro-life.
  2. Cut the defense budget and eliminate the EPA and Department of Education
  3. Address corporate inversion – bring corporations back to US with incentives
  4. Family values
  5. Animal rights
  6. Diplomacy vs demonizing of other countries
  7. TPP a bad deal – restrict free trade with China
  8. Get rid of Super Pacs funding of candidates
  9. No gun control
  10. Address mental health problems
  11. Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Account
  12. Fix VA Hospitals by using private doctors
  13. Defeat ISIS at all costs
  14. Stop illegal immigration and put a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants
  15. Enforced Border between US and Mexico
  16. Leave minimum wage where it stands
  17. Cut taxes and repeal estate tax
  18. Raise taxes on Hedge Fund Managers
  19. Rebuild infrastructure
  20. Junk our nuclear arsenal – it is outdated

Do these align with Republican views? I would venture everything is on par – with the exception of his proposal to cut the Defense Budget. A major overhaul of fraud and corruption within the defense budget would be more productive.

And while we have watched as Trump has taken a few large financial hits as a result of his opinions and stances, Dubai golf course and Scotland wind farm, it could prove just as easy for him to sway again to the business model of whatever works to make him more wealthy.