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Do you Understand the Brilliance of Donald Trump?

November 21, 2017

Most of the talking heads you watch on TV never managed a lemonade stand. This includes the Mainstream News Media, Congressmen, Hollywood Celebrities and Writers of every description. They have no idea what President Trump does on a daily basis or why he does it.

I, on the other hand, was given colossal responsibility in the government and also made a few dollars in a dozen business enterprises. Before I retired from the Air Force, I commanded a six billion dollar multi-national, joint Provisional Wing. I wrote the 2007 book, Top Gun Management. I walked the halls of the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Agency. I visited with Presidents, Generals, legendary Senators and billionaire businessmen.

What looks like pandemonium to the greenhorn looks like the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to me.

Watching Donald Trump maneuver through the Swamp, Saudi Palaces and World Capitals is to watch the Master at work. He does not lead from behind nor does he sway to and fro. Our President plays for keeps and does not flinch. He does not bluster, draw red lines or make idle threats.

Just two and a half months after taking the Presidential Oath of Office, President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria saying, “No child of God should ever suffer the horror of the chemical weapons attack Syria launched on its own people.” Don’t think for one second that despots failed to pay attention. That was a clear message that a new Sheriff had arrived. The World stood up and took notice.

China’s leaders had such low regard for Barack Obama they would not even provide a staircase for him to leave Air Force One during his chaotic arrival in Hangzhou before the start of the G20 Conference.

For the same Conference, Chinese authorities rolled out the red carpet for other leaders including India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, Brazil’s President, Michel Temer, and the British Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The leader of the world’s largest economy on his final tour of Asia was forced to disembark from Air Force One through a little-used exit in the plane’s belly after no rolling staircase was provided after he landed in the eastern Chinese city.

“The reception that President Obama and his staff got when they arrived here Saturday afternoon was bruising, even by Chinese standards,” the New York Times reported.

Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s former ambassador to China, said he was convinced Obama’s treatment was part of a calculated snub, “These things do not happen by mistake. Not with the Chinese,” he said.

The Saudi Arabia visit when Barack Hussein Obama bowed down to King Abdullah in the palace stood in stark contrast to President Trump’s visit when King Salman met President Trump at the bottom of the steps of Air Force One and bowed to our President.

If Liberals and Never-Trumpers would pay attention, they might see how things work in the real world as opposed to the Swamp and Never-never-Land.

Trump’s ascension to the pinnacle of power in America was not unlike a Business Tycoon who just completed a large-scale acquisition and merger that brought together multiple smaller companies into one giant conglomerate.

After the merger, the CEO wants to put his or her own people in charge of everything. That’s what Obama did and why his Cabinet looked like a combination of the Dirty Dozen and the Keystone Cops.

Fundamental change cannot be done with a Magic Wand. All those smaller companies in the merger had their own executives – and, at least for the short term – a CEO needs to keep many of them around to keep things running as the blending progresses. So, you keep many of those executives around, letting them retain their own senior staff. You even appoint one of them – the head of the largest of the companies you acquired – to be the CEO of the conglomerate, and he pledges to get all the departments working together harmoniously.

After a well-oiled transition period, some of them are doing fine in the new conglomerate, while others are clearly causing trouble.

In fact, the one you appointed CEO, is clearly a disaster. And the newly merged departments are working against each other. Furthermore, you have good suspicion he is dealing in insider trading – nothing you can take to a prosecutor, but there is a lot of circumstantial evidence building up. Worse, he is not only doing his own dirty dealing, but it appears he may even be leaking intellectual property to your competitors, helping them take market share from you. Does that sound like Reince Priebus?

Clearly, ole Reince has to go – and go now.

The problem is, many of the senior employees in your conglomerate are loyal to him. If you just fire him and put in your own chosen CEO, you know you could get a lot of backlash from disgruntled employees. Knowing that in your business there is such a small profit-margin, you really can’t afford anything at all that threatens performance. So, what do you do?

You send for Batman, Superman or a Hatchet Man. The hatchet man is someone you bring in for sole purpose of slashing the problems and shaking things up over a very short period of time – but doing so in such a way that deflects any blame or blowback away from you. As soon as the problems are hacked away, the hatchet man leaves – taking the ire and resentment with him, leaving you free to bring in your new team for a fresh start.

This is what happens all the time in the business world. And Donald Trump is a businessman. He knows how this works. He has lived this time and time again. We’ve seen him do it on “The Apprentice.” We’ve read about it in his books (I have an autographed copy). This should not be a surprise to anyone except for Liberals and Never-Trumpers who live in their own bubble.

When Trump won the election, he essentially performed the political equivalent of an acquisition and merger. He brought together different political factions – establishment Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party, religious right, moderates, independents, cross-overs – into one winning political coup. For some, it was a hostile takeover. So, if they were going to be dragged into it against their will, they would sure as hell resist.

Priebus, as the then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, was hired as White House Chief of Staff to be the sort of post-merger CEO. It was his job to bring all these political factions together and get them to work harmoniously but he failed. Worse, there is ample evidence to suggest he not only failed, but also worked against Trump and the Trump agenda. Look at the leaks. Look at all the chaos. Look at all the bureaucracy continuing to work at odds with the president. Priebus – and a number of other people around him – had to go.

Donald Trump had known for some time that Priebus was a disaster. He was going to give him his six-month trial period – that’s a fairly common thing in the private business sector. After that, heads were going to roll. But Trump himself didn’t want to be the Hatchet man. He needed to be able to lead after the bloodbath. So, what did he do? He turned to an old friend he has known for many years – someone with nothing to lose, someone who can step in with a hatchet and hack away, someone who can, after the hacking, just walk away from it all and leave the slate clean. He turned to Anthony Scaramucci.

So what does Scaramucci do? He comes in swinging. He fires a few people to make a quick example. He tells others they can “resign” right now if they want to – but if not, they will be fired. Others see what is going on and quit of their own accord.

That problem CEO, Priebus!? Oh, the new “structure” of the organization puts Scaramucci in direct competition with Priebus – and Priebus throws up his hands and says “fine, I’m out of here.” And Scaramucci does it all in a way that is spectacularly visible to draw all the fire from Trump critics.

So how does it all end up? It ends up with Trump putting in his new CEO – retired Marine general John Kelly – the one he probably wanted from day one, but held back – and the new CEO-White House chief of staff says “OK, Scaramucci – you are no longer needed here.”

General Kelly now has a clean slate to start fresh – and Scaramucci takes all the heat. Where the Left and Never-Trumpers see a circus freak-show, realists from the business world see a perfectly executed post-merger Hatchet-man job.

The political wonks see General Kelly taking command as the first sane thing to happen in this administration. They don’t realize they’ve been played, and played perfectly. And soon we will likely see some other changes that move the Executive Branch further towards what Trump has wanted it to be from day one. And then watch the real swamp-drainer get to work.

Oh, and Scaramucci? He gets a sweet deal out of all this – no doubt, he and his friend Donald Trump talked it all out first.

With Priebus out and Kelly in, things will settle down. Pretty soon, all the Left will have to say is “we just don’t like Trump’s policies.” Once that happens, the Left is dead because Trump’s policies are policies that most Americans actually agree with. We should put America first. We must build back our economy; create jobs; strengthen the military; protect the borders. Outside a few densely-populated Liberal strongholds, like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and – of course – Washington, D.C., in general, Americans agree with all of Trump’s plan. So, when all the Left has to say is “Trump’s policies are wrong,” the Left will literally be telling most of America, “you people are stupid and Deplorable.”

In 2020, running for his second term, President Donald Trump will win 47 states, just like Ronald Reagan did. The Left will be scratching their heads and wondering what just happened, while some may become Trump’s Democrats. And you’ll be able to look back and say, “hey, some of us told you all this back then, in 2017.”

Some of the Democrats can see this scenario already and they look at the sky and scream or they chant, “Impeach him, impeach him.” At the end of two terms, the snowflakes will still be staring at Trump like a calf looking at a new gate but they will also be scratching their heads and seeking a safe space.

Remember, the goal is to Make America Great Again and put America first!


What Happens in DC, Stays in DC

November 16, 2017

I think you folks back home can appreciate the need to protect the Nation’s Secrets in the Nation’s Capitol Building. The hard working taxpayers should not be burdened with the scandals in the Swamp including Congressmen chasing Interns through offices and around the hallowed statues of Segregationists like Robert Byrd and J. William Fulbright!

The Congressmen sometimes work 20 hours a month and, we all know, all work and no play makes for very dull Congressmen.

Therefore, our esteemed Congressmen established a taxpayer funded slush fund that allows our Congressmen to commit the crime of sexual harassment, pay off anybody who might expose the crime and live happily ever after.

I know, you thought our Congressmen couldn’t accomplish anything just because they couldn’t fix healthcare, cut taxes, cut reckless spending or bring those to justice who traded our uranium to Russia for some magic beans.

Silly you! Our Congressmen not only make laws that hog-tie hard working Americans while quadrupling our healthcare insurance premiums, they also were able to divert tax dollars to that neat little slush fund. So far the fund has paid out fifteen million dollars in hush money. Those fifteen million dollars could have built a Bridge to Nowhere or bought bureaucrats 250 Sport Utility Vehicles to cruise around the Swamp and take two hour lunch breaks.

The latest Gallup Congress Approval Poll stands at 16% but we all know the polls are rigged. My sense is that the number is closer to 7%?

How do you suppose Congress was able to approve that slush fund? Was it approved on an unlit airport tarmac or on the Floor of the United States House of Representatives? How did the Congressional Budget Office markup the slush fund? How did Paul Ryan vote? Mitch McConnell? John McCain? Bob Corker?

Now that this criminal activity has been exposed, what are the chances Congressional Hearings will be held and a Special Prosecutor Appointed?

Congress has been silent while President Trump has been raked over the coals; will you allow this to be swept under the rug? Will you demand to know who was paid off, what for and how much?

I am just one old retired fighter pilot but I am sick and tired of the secrecy, corruption and debauchery that is rampant in the Capitol Building, Cannon Building, Ford Building, Longworth Building, O’Neill Building, Rayburn Building, Russell Senate Office Building, Dirksen Senate Office Building and Hart Senate Office Building.

Congress can investigate General Flynn and President Trump while they thumb their noses at the Constitution!!!! Nobody is accountable in the Swamp? Do you care?


November 5, 2017

During the Arkansas Primary Election, Governor Hutchinson and most of the Republican Legislators endorsed Marco Rubio. Little Marco carried only two counties, Pulaski and Benton.

Almost none of the Legislators endorsed Donald Trump who carried 59 counties. On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders won only one county during what we now know was a rigged election.

During the General Election, also likely heavily rigged, the registered vote was Donald Trump 60.57% to 33.65% for Hillary Clinton. Nobody knows what the actual vote was, likely more than 70% for President Trump.

The largest county with the Capital City of Little Rock and one of the most dangerous cities in America went for Hillary with 56.06%. Little Rock is the Swamp in Arkansas.

The first action Asa Hutchinson took as Arkansas Governor was to embrace socialized medicine. His nephews in the Legislature threw their support to their uncle Asa even though Senator Hendren had warned that the Obamacare Private Option would gobble up the entire Arkansas Budget.

Well, since 2010 the uninsured rate in Arkansas has jumped by almost 10% and next year the Obamacare Silver Plan premiums will jump by 23%.

Governor Hutchinson has fought tooth and nail against the President and for Obamacare against the will of the good people of Arkansas who elected him. I am including a link to a video of Governor Hutchinson’s appearance on MSNBC, yes, MSNBC where Asa Hutchison fits right in with the other Left Wing Liberals. Do you support Governor Hutchinson’s fight against our President and for big insurance companies and the hospital lobby?

Who owns Governor Hutchinson? His major contributions are Uncoded so we can’t know for sure. However, after Uncoded Contributions he received $207,412.58 from Lawyers and Lobbyists. The top sector was Finance, Insurance & Real Estate at $357,731.27. From Health he received $192,398.10 and from Health Professionals he netted $82,196.66. Hospitals and Nursing Homes chipped in $67,483.

So how is Arkansas doing now that so much money is going to politicians instead of healthcare? According to a CBS News report two months ago, Arkansas was ranked the fourth worst state for healthcare behind Louisiana, Mississippi and Alaska. That means Arkansas has a high heart disease rate, cancer rate, low number of dentists, etc. When it comes to life expectancy, quality of life, and overall health coverage, Arkansas is nothing to write home about.

The next time you walk into an Arkansas hospital or clinic and they hand you a clipboard that has been passed around between sick people, think about what kind of germs and diseases that clipboard contains. You won’t be handed a clipboard in Minnesota where the life expectancy is more than five years longer than Arkansas. Minnesota is second to Hawaii with the longest life expectancy, Arkansas is 46th.

Yes, Arkansas has a Health Department but what are they doing? How clean are our hospitals? Do they disinfect rooms or just change sheets? Is it cheaper to ply politicians with big bucks or to put patient healthcare first? Why do we need ten administrators for every Medical Doctor and why do we shackle Doctors with two hours a day of documentation? That’s a rhetorical question! The reason, as we all know, is because Lawyers make a fortune suing Doctors! Governor Hutchinson is a Lawyer and former Lobbyist!

Can Arkansas do better? Probably not with this Lawyer Governor! What could you do if you lived five years longer? What could you do if you had better healthcare at a much lower cost? That is what President Trump wants to give you and what Governor Hutchinson is trying to deny you!

Do you think Apple, Wal-Mart or Amazon could create a nationwide healthcare insurance company that could compete with Blue Cross? In a New York minute! I remember when the Blue Cross CEO in Massachusetts got a multimillion dollar pay raise after losing a huge percentage of customers. Multiply that by 50 states! There is no incentive for insurance companies to cut costs. Bean counters are paid more than Surgeons and CEOs are paid millions. The Wal-Mart World Headquarters in Bentonville would simply not be fancy enough for any major insurance company in America! Those Blue Cross Skyscrapers are not adding one second to your life expectancy but they are picking your pockets.

The aircraft pictured is just one jet owned by Blue Cross. This one belongs to South Carolina Blue Cross. It’s barely 150 miles completely across South Carolina! Do you hear a giant sucking sound? It’s the sound of insurance companies empowered by politicians sucking the money out of your pockets! Can you picture an insurance executive or Governor Asa Hutchinson riding in Sam Walton’s old Ford pickup?

My Fellow Arkansans, if you are content being stuck at the bottom of the heap, KEEP IT UP! Keep voting for slick career politicians who represent Lawyers, Lobbyists and Insurance Companies. We’ll keep the Nation’s highest taxes and lowest wages and keep coughing up money to buy new tires because Arkansas potholes have potholes. Arkansas will keep the 55 mph speed limit, not because it is safer or because it will save gas but because traffic fines are a major additional revenue stream for the Arkansas speed trap. Arkansas will keep its bloated bureaucracies and bureaucrats will keep driving SUVs.

Trump was Right Again, the Election was Rigged!

November 2, 2017

Donna Brazile was employed by CNN when she acquired the Presidential Debate Questions and shared them with Hillary Rodham Clinton. Donna has had an epiphany and written her tell all book eviscerating everybody except herself. That’s what Democrats do.

In her forthcoming book, former DNC chair Donna Brazile absolutely unloads on her Democrat Party, blasting Barack Obama for decimating the DNC’s finances, savaging the leadership of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and confirming that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had the party in its pocket long before she was its nominee. You’ll likely recall Donald Trump’s frequent play to Bernie supporters during the general election, claiming that the Democratic establishment “rigged” the nominating process against Sanders and for Clinton. He probably didn’t even realize how absolutely accurate that characterization was. Here is an extended excerpt from Brazile’s book, and my my, is it explosive.

First, she takes a hatchet to the state of the party heading into the 2016 election:

My predecessor, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, had not been the most active chair in fundraising at a time when President Barack Obama’s neglect had left the party in significant debt…Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired so she didn’t have to inform the party officers how bad the situation was. The Saturday morning after the convention in July, I called Gary Gensler, the chief financial officer of Hillary’s campaign. He wasted no words. He told me the Democratic Party was broke and $2 million in debt. “What?” I screamed. “I am an officer of the party and they’ve been telling us everything is fine and they were raising money with no problems.” That wasn’t true, he said. Officials from Hillary’s campaign had taken a look at the DNC’s books. Obama left the party $24 million in debt—$15 million in bank debt and more than $8 million owed to vendors after the 2012 campaign and had been paying that off very slowly. Obama’s campaign was not scheduled to pay it off until 2016…If I didn’t know about this, I assumed that none of the other officers knew about it, either. That was just Debbie’s way. In my experience she didn’t come to the officers of the DNC for advice and counsel. She seemed to make decisions on her own and let us know at the last minute what she had decided, as she had done when she told us about the hacking only minutes before the Washington Post broke the news.

I would get to the bottom of whether Hillary Clinton’s team had rigged the nomination process, as a cache of emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted online had suggested. I’d had my suspicions from the moment I walked in the door of the DNC a month or so earlier, based on the leaked emails. But who knew if some of them might have been forged? I needed to have solid proof, and so did Bernie. So I followed the money…By September 7…I had found my proof and it broke my heart…The [Clinton] campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearing house. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee.

Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the thirty-two states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement—$320,000—and $33,400 to the DNC. The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn. “Wait,” I said. “That victory fund was supposed to be for whoever was the nominee, and the state party races. You’re telling me that Hillary has been controlling it since before she got the nomination?” Gary said the campaign had to do it or the party would collapse.
The timeline is damning. Brazile writes that the ‘victory fund’ agreement that basically placed the Democratic National Committee under the control of Hillary Clinton’s campaign was signed months before a single primary vote was cast. This is extraordinary:

The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings. I had been wondering why it was that I couldn’t write a press release without passing it by Brooklyn. Well, here was the answer…When the party chooses the nominee, the custom is that the candidate’s team starts to exercise more control over the party…This victory fund agreement, however, had been signed in August 2015, just four months after Hillary announced her candidacy and nearly a year before she officially had the nomination.

“If the fight had been fair, one campaign would not have control of the party before the voters had decided which one they wanted to lead,” she writes, stating the obvious. I’ll note that this extraordinary scheme somehow didn’t make it into What Happened. How strange. Finally, Brazile describes her phone call revealing these discoveries to Bernie — placed on September 7, in the thick of the general election’s home stretch:

I had to keep my promise to Bernie. I was in agony as I dialed him. Keeping this secret was against everything that I stood for, all that I valued as a woman and as a public servant. “Hello, senator. I’ve completed my review of the DNC and I did find the cancer,” I said. “But I will not kill the patient.”…I told Bernie I had found Hillary’s Joint Fundraising Agreement. I explained that the cancer was that she had exerted this control of the party long before she became its nominee. Had I known this, I never would have accepted the interim chair position, but here we were with only weeks before the election. Bernie took this stoically. He did not yell or express outrage. Instead he asked me what I thought Hillary’s chances were. The polls were unanimous in her winning but what, he wanted to know, was my own assessment? I had to be frank with him. I did not trust the polls, I said. I told him I had visited states around the country and I found a lack of enthusiasm for her everywhere. I was concerned about the Obama coalition and about millennials…When I hung up the call to Bernie, I started to cry, not out of guilt, but out of anger. We would go forward. We had to.

These revelations should send shock-waves through the Democratic Left. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump repeatedly suggested that Hillary Clinton’s party had secretly manipulated the rules of the game to make sure that anyone who challenged her would be crushed. They were right. And the millions of people who voted for — and donated to Bernie Sanders — were betrayed and lied to. I’ll leave you with this: Brazile casts herself as a truth-finding pillar of integrity in this account, but beyond sitting on this information for more than a year, didn’t she also play an active role in pro-Hillary rigging?