Trump, His Agenda, and the Radical Left

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Robert Ringer


While it appears that the Dirty Dems are intent on digging themselves an even deeper hole, I agree with Steve Bannon that Trumpsters would be making a big mistake to assume they will ever give up. Even if the DDs end up with less than 40 seats in the Senate and a much smaller minority in the House in 2018, you can be certain that they will fight on.

Why? Two main reasons: stupidity and hatred. Stupidity, of and by itself, would be bad enough, because you can’t reason with stupid people. But when you add hatred to the mix, it becomes uncontrollable and highly combustible.

I (by sheer accident) happened to watch a few minutes of the Dirty Dems’ election of a new party chairman last Saturday, and the best way I can describe it is to say it was creepy. It made me feel like I was being invaded by germs and gave me the urge to take a long shower to wash them away.

Some character by the name of Tom Perez beat out anti-Semitic commie Keith Ellison, which, quite frankly, disappointed me. I’ve always believed that if Ellison became the new co-face of the Democratic Party (along with Granny Pelosi), it would spell disaster for the Dirty Dems in 2018, let alone 2020.

But the good news is that, in a display of warm and fuzzy Democratic Party unity, Perez got the Democratic National Committee’s 435 members to agree to make comrade Ellison “deputy DNC Chair,” whatever that means. Upon hearing Perez’s words, Ellison hugged him so hard that it appeared something sexual might be going on.

The bottom line is that after narrowly escaping the death knell of having Ellison replace the universally loathed Debbie What’s-Her-Name, the Dirty Dems managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory by allowing him to slip in through the back door. Throw in Pocahontas to finish out the triad, and the Dirty Dems have a guaranteed lost cause on their hands.

It’s hard to imagine the new Democratic Party leaders appealing to blue-collar guys and gals in rust-belt areas like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania in a creditable way, but if they have the chutzpah to try, my guess is that they’ll be run out of those states on a rail. After decades of having their votes taken for granted, the blue-collar workers of America have caught on to the Democrats’ “vote-for-us, then get lost” game, thanks to Donald Trump’s shining a bright light on it.

But no matter how many more seats the Dirty Dems lose, their hatred and stupidity are sure to drive them on. Like cockroaches, history has clearly demonstrated that they can never be defeated, thus those who place liberty above all other objectives should heed Steve Bannon’s words and focus on containment rather than victory.

Remember, the communist fairytale has been trudging forward since Karl Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto in 1848, nearly 170 years ago. In fact, there’s strong evidence that Cro-Magnon man, and possibly even Neanderthal man before him, engaged in some form of communal organization.

That said, it’s imperative that those in Trump’s inner circle continue to hold his feet to the fire and press him hard to keep as many of his campaign promises as possible. Unforeseen circumstances and the relentless dirty tricks and criminal activity of the Radical Left (including the Demomedia Party) make it certain that a number of Trump’s promises will not be kept, while a number of others will be delayed for a very long period of time.

That’s why it’s so important for Trump to fulfill his most important promises as quickly as possible, and I would put the following items at the top of the list:

  • Cut taxes. This move should be significant in size and set into motion as quickly as possible, as it will have the most immediate impact on the economy. Which is crucial, because if the economy booms, it will have the Dirty Dems insanely thrashing about for phony and crazy talking points even more than they are now.
  • Drastically cut regulations. Perhaps even more so than tax cuts, dramatically reducing the number and scope of federal regulations would almost certainly cause an unprecedented economic explosion. The long-term goal should be to completely shut down as many regulatory agencies as possible, with the EPA first on the list. This is all part of the broader objective of drastically reducing the size and scope of government.
  • Restore law and order, which includes moving forward with the Mexican border wall, cracking down on illegal immigrants from the south, and defunding sanctuary cities. While illegal immigration could be instantly and immediately eliminated without a wall (Do I need to explain why?), the optics of a wall are essential to the red-meat crowd and devastating to the globalists.
  • Constantly increase the intensity of extreme vetting for Middle East refugees. This is really just another facet of law and order. It’s not only a matter of security, but also an important issue when it comes to deflating the dreams of the one-world-government guys. At the same time, of course, the Trump administration will certainly continue to work on getting his executive order(s) approved by a federal court (probably the Supreme Court).
  • Dramatically build up the military. Very costly, but, in the long run, a peaceful world could actually be cost efficient.
  • Completely repeal Obamacare and replace it with a free-market-oriented healthcare plan. I’ve got my fingers crossed, but with all the politics involved, this this could take more time to accomplish than the 200 days the Trump team is touting. If so, it’s absolutely essential that there be very visible and ongoing progress made to offset the loud, nasty, never-ending lies the Dirty Dems will be promulgating about people losing their healthcare. (The constitutional fact that healthcare is not a right is an unwinnable argument in our firmly entrenched entitlement society, so it’s a waste of time to even discuss it.)

Freeing the energy industry is near the top of the list as well, but it need not be discussed here given that it’s already well underway. The massive number of jobs it will create will smother the shrieks of the global-warming crowd, which includes both the low-information true believers and the shameless liars in their ranks. As to infrastructure, the country is falling apart, literally, but realistically all we can afford to do right now is continue to nip away at the problem and hope to address it “big league” a few years down the road when we have some of the other urgent matters under control.

Unfortunately, while all this is going on, the Trump team will have to expend a great deal of time and financial resources fighting political attacks on at least four fronts. These include the Fake News Media, the Fake Conservative Media (George Will, Bill Kristol, et al), the crazed Radical Left base of the Democratic Party (Pocahontas, Pelosi, Schumer, the aforementioned Keith Ellison, et al), and the McCain-led liberals in the Republican Party (Lindsey Graham, Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, Maine senator Susan Collins, et al) who will do anything to stop Trump from succeeding.

The latter is the most dangerous group, because if these fake Republicans continue to vote with the Dirty Dems, the Republican Party’s majority in both the Senate and the House will be nothing more than an illusion. Which is why Trump must act quickly. The longer it takes to show tangible results, the greater the danger that the McCainites will gain steam and get an increasing number of finger-in-the-wind Republicans to jump ship.

Having said all this, it is once again important to face up to the reality that it’s a virtual certainty Trump will continue to increase the national debt, in which case the hypocritical Dirty Dems are sure to make it a major issue, which it is. For most of my life, I’ve been in favor of slashing the budget and paying down the national debt, but the time for doing that has long passed. I realize it sounds like heresy, but George Bush began putting that hope out of reach, followed by Barack Obama’s putting it completely out of reach (by design).

As a footnote, I should point out that the one big difference between Obama’s budget deficits and those that Trump will be running up is that Obama’s spending went toward anti-American policies, while Trump’s deficits will be the result of pro-American policies. In any event, since solving the debt problem is no longer a realistic goal, the objective should be to use new debt for pro-liberty, pro-security, pro-economic-growth purposes and deal with the problem down the road.

The most likely solutions for dealing with an unpayable debt are: (1) default; (2) giving up part of our splintered nation (preferably California) to the owners of our debt; or (3) runaway inflation (which is, in effect, just another manner of default). Personally, I still favor getting rid of California.

One last point: Much as it pains me to go along with prevailing wisdom, I believe the time has come for Donald Trump to recognize that he doesn’t have time to lower himself and constantly do battle with the media, Hollywood, and other miscellaneous lowlife. I think a one- or two-sentence smack down every now and then is more than sufficient.

The greatest pain Trump can inflict on his critics is to ignore them, because it would make them even more irrelevant than they already are. And, as a bonus, I can guarantee him that when you ignore your detractors, it’s an incredible high that’s impossible to describe. Do it, Donald … please do it.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

49 responses to “Trump, His Agenda, and the Radical Left”

  1. RealitySeeker says:

    "For most of my life, I’ve been in favor of slashing the budget and paying down the national debt, but the time for doing that has long passed."


    Furthermore, any hope of somebody like Ron Paul getting elected as president is completely dead. Donald Trump is as good as it gets for the American Empire, and there isn't going to be a savior who restores the American Republic. The only hope now is that President DT can delay the next Great Depression and perhaps the fall of Rome. And that hope isn't looking so good.

    Frankly, at this point, I think DT has about as much of a chance of averting a massive economic collapse as Herbert Hoover did at preventing the Great Depression. In fact, Hoover was a better man than Trump in my opinion.

    The only hope President Trump really has is the Federal Reserve Credit Machine. "Do I need to explain?"

    President Trump has a few things going in his favor.One of them is during the next 18 months the terms of 4 board members of the Fed expire. This includes Chairperson Janet Yellen. President Trump needs to replace these Fed members with those who are willing to massively expand the Fed's balance sheet to an additional 4 trillion and keep the prime interest rate low. Then Trump needs to increase the national debt to at least 25 trillion ( 30 would be better)… Meanwhile, Trump needs to keep in mind the EU is on the verge of collapse and so is China. In fact China has got BIG problems which time and space prevents a detailed explanation…

    So the bottom line is President Trump needs to prepare the Homeland ( aka the American Empire) for a very tumultuous period both foreign and domestic…. The Ancient Roman Empire survived numerous economic depressions, plagues and civil wars. How? By massive bread, circus and military spending all done by a charismatic caesar …. Actually, Rome had quite a few Reality Showman. And they knew how to put on a show. Sadly, the Roman socioeconomic model is President DT's only hope….

    Finally, I disagree that Trump should ignore his enemies…. I say, "let the games begin"…. that strategy worked for one caesar after another, and it can work for Caesar Trump — because the ignorant masses respond to such nonsense.

    Long live the Dollar! Long live Washington! Long live the Fed! Long live Wall Street! Long live DT!

    Quia gloria Romae! (For the glory of Rome!).

    • Jim Hallett says:

      While your strategy outlined above may work in the short run, the FED is at the heart of what is wrong with the republic, and is how the globalists have gotten control of the reins in Amerika. I want the FED eliminated, despite the fact there is not much popular support for that (the Dems hate it because it is the source of their progressive agenda theft funding and most others are too ignorant to know all the damage it has done in 104 years of existence). You are right in pointing out that DT can only "hold the fort" until the inevitable economic collapse occurs. I realize Ron Paul is not going to be president, but to abandon the limited govt. premise just creates more chaos. Perhaps, the only remedy is for massive succession by a number of states, so one can pick and choose those that have the MOST LIMITED govt. available. Let the Left Coast, New England, the Beltway Duo (MD. & VA), and corrupt Illinois have their own communist paradise, and the rest of us choose other places. The big rub is that in my travels to all 50 states, the places I like the best ALL fall into that group above – OR, WA, CA, and northern New England. My other hope is that George Soros will pass on, since it is unlikely anyone has the balls to jail this traitor, as he is responsible for funding much of the subversive crap that the "progressives" promote.

      • RealitySeeker says:

        "I want the FED eliminated".

        You may get your wish…

        But what replaces it? I say it shall be the US Treasury Department, but that doesn't happen until the collapse or shortly thereafter….

        So you want the " MOST LIMITED govt. available"? Do you? Well, that happens during a Dark Age. And you might also get your wish. A Dark Age, by the way, is much less common than a Great Depression, but a Great Depression precedes a Dark Age. Dark Ages come in different forms and wipe out entire super powers ( think: Rome, Egypt, Babylon, Greece) and sometimes entire races, too ( think: Anasazi or Aztec Empire)….

        What shall interest me greatly is whether or not the next Great Depression is actually the beginning of the next Dark Age….

        Buy gold, buy silver, buy gunpowder & lead, and have faith…..

    • ◄Dave► says:

      "Long live…"

      Not very likely… at least David Stockman doesn't seem to think so:

      Please notice that Mar. 15, 2017 is only a couple of weeks away. Be prepared… ◄Dave►

      • Reality Seeker says:

        Yeah, I subscribe to both Stockman and Hunter, so I already watched the video and read David's column. David is an excellent articulator.

        I agree with you that everybody should get prepared; however, don't be too sure the American Empire unravels beginning on March 15th…. It's only a possibility. What's much more likely is a major EU member like France implodes years before America goes down in flames….

        I said two years ago on this very blog: Watch China. Watch France. When either one breaks down economically, the SHTF on a global scale soon thereafter And that's when I'll begin to make final preparations for a global depression.

      • Jim Hallett says:

        Good interview of Stockman. He has a much more profound understanding of the horrid underpinnings of the financial system than most. I am not sure whether March 15th will be "D-day" (the ol' Ides of March that did in Julius Caesar!), but a reckoning is coming, and it is going to be ugly for many!

    • Phil says:

      Great post, thank you!

    • Nasdaq7 says:

      I'm very interested in Trump's trade plans. It might work or it might not work. I think he must realise there will be a response from international countries and if the US raises import duties – what's he going to do then? Everyone will be fighting with everyone else and if you read economic textbooks – protectionism was the cause of the Great Depression – that and very high interest rates. He is also flirting with disaster in Syria. An overwhelming military response will work and I wish the US and its allies will succeed and will probably in 92% of the times in such a war vs. terrorist groups, just remember ISIS is a self-declared Caliphate. That has some meaning in the Muslim world. If ISIS is not defeated completely and there's a never-ending group of insurgents from across the world pouring in to help ISIS, the US might once again waste precious money, time,. lives and equipment in the Middle East. I've always hoped for such a war vs. ISIS, but thought that the Trump administration would wait and first secure the US stock market, profits, reduce financial risks, cut taxes, boost exports, eliminate the current account deficit, save money etc. But hopefully ISIS won't be much of a problem – Russia has already spent some big bucks there in the Middle East.

      • Nasdaq7 says:

        International countries will raise import duties if the US raises import duties.

        • Nasdaq7 says:

          It will be great to see fair trade, Communist China has been very fortunate with US trade policy, it is a totally unfair situation.

  2. Richard Van Der says:

    What an excellent, comprehensive commentary! And from Reality Seeker also! On another subject, I received in an email apparently Fake New that Soros had been arrested and charged. Is that coming? Is that possible? How can his influence be stopped? I hope Mr. Ringer and commenters have some good thoughts on that.

    • Jean says:

      I've often wondered why the US took such pains to arrest, try and convict a 70+ year old resident of Cleveland named John Demjanjuk for being an alleged Nazi war criminal and we haven't moved against the admitted and unrepentant Nazi collaborator, George Soros. He is on our soil often, chatting up the likes of Hillary Clinton and her ilk. He is an international criminal and unable to set foot in both France and Russia.

      • Jim Hallett says:

        AMEN! The reason he is not arrested or had his American citizenship revoked (Hungary will not allow him back in their country, so that should tell us something!) is that he is the lifeblood of finances – not matter how criminally obtained – for the massive progressive agenda. He is pure evil, and the sooner he is gone from all his evil doings, the better!

  3. edda says:

    A comprehensive list, indeed, Mr. Ringer….and a most worthy one. Whether its items can or will be fulfilled in the near future is the stuff of the country's future. But I do believe in this sentiment: “Everything you do is a seed that you sow. Seed bad, harvest bad. Seed good, harvest good. And the list goes on and on.” If our American culture can override the seeds of rampant entitlements, celebrity mania, and the hatred you bravely highlight in your beginning graphs, your list will continue to breathe and have life. Some what like our Constitution….

    • "Celebrity mania" for superficial minds. Hard for me to understand those who are fanatically bent on entertaining themselves! And now, ever-present cell phones pressed to ignorant ears! Some wouldn't even mind getting run over by a car rather than miss a word on their BrainFreeBox! If a Crash comes, maybe that will give them and instant cure!

  4. Robert says:

    Great article. Trump certainly has his hands full with the vast array of entrenched forces arrayed against him – lying or uninformed media elites, pandering liberal politicians, "conservative" politicians who are in the game for the money and power rather than having any real brains or commitment to conservative policies, insurance companies and other special interests who profit from the dishonest politicians etc. I agree 100% that Trump should not waste his time criticizing people that don't matter – such as actors in Hollywood – better to ignore them so they get less press and he shows them how truly unimportant their political opinions are. I think Trump is the best equipped person to fight this war and hopefully he will continue to be supported by smart, insightful thinkers like you, Robert and by the "people" who are being screwed*w$d by the swamp dwellers.

  5. Alan says:

    Trump is deeply flawed, but he was the only chance USA had at avoiding a slow death, so I'm glad he was elected. He could make things better, or make them worse. I'd rather roll the dice than continue the downward spiral of the past few decades. If Trump's presidency turns out to be a failure, then for USA it will be "back to the future" — a dystopian one. He may very well be our last chance to get the ship back on course.

  6. Jim D says:

    Great article Robert.

    And re your point of the possible appeal or revulsion of the rust belt states to the Dems platform – I can only speak for Pennsylvania. If you looked at the Red vs Blue in the last election, Pennsylvania was quite Red, except for the few counties around Philly, State College and Pittsburgh.

    So, the Dem's promise of "free stuff" and divisive identity polics still appeal to urban centers.

    Room for some continued education.

  7. Scott theczech says:

    The debt can be paid down; it is possible. There are several white papers published with viable plans for eliminating the debt over time – usually about 20 years. The CATO Institute has done some excellent work on this subject.

  8. TheLookOut says:

    Another great article RR. I agree, as difficult as it would be, Trump must
    ignore the media, they aren't worthy of his time. Everyone that wants to
    know, knows what they are, and they will not change. No one wants to
    feel irrelevant which they are fast approaching. Ignore the liars, and
    they will self destruct. Stupidity, and hatred are their only tools in trade,
    and that is becoming quite evident even to the fence sitters.
    Trump should focus, focus, and refocus on his agenda, and move
    stealthy to implement. Action without noise is the key.

  9. John says:

    As far as I can see, DT has squared off quite well with the political establishment in Washington, which is quite a feat considering he has no prior firsthand experience and in my opinion that bodes well for the future.
    As a member of the 1% club, DT will not be intimidated and that is exactly the leader we need right now.
    But, make no mistake, powerful forces are aligning against him, the Flynn affair was also a message being sent to remind the president who is really in charge. We can assume that other plots are either underway or being planned, just waiting for the right moment to be 'exposed'.
    As individuals, we have to help DT as much as possible but trying to convert as many of the heathens as possible by countering their fears and letting them know its ok to have peace through strength, a good economy with decent respectful wages, a country which respects the borders of its neighbours and expects the same in return.
    In order to do that we have to continue to be the balanced, sane people and carry that burden for all the others who are not. It's a heavy burden for only the president to bear, let'shelp him out!

    • Barbara Wells says:

      Correct. We must let him know he is not alone in this fight and support him. He really it out there all alone for the most part.

  10. Daniel says:

    Two points: 1) I have been listening to NPR (National Propaganda Radio) almost daily since the inauguration. The anti-Trump features and commentary have been nonstop; not surprising given its history of unabashed left-agenda-promoting pseudo-news. Why any thinking person would support NPR is beyond me. 2) I don't know whether to be amused or disgusted with the left's (and Obama's when he was in office) touting a successful economic recovery when any thinking person knows it was purchased on $10T+ credit spending. Hell, I could look pretty successful if I had carte blanche to spend as much as I wanted on anything I wanted regardless of consequence. I hope that president Trump will apply his business acumen to the national economy and expose the fraud of prior administrations' practices while championing responsible fiscal policies.

    • Barbara Wells says:

      You are so right about 'National Propaganda Radio.' I've been wondering the same thing all along. I'm afraid most people have not caught on to this.

    • Richard Van Der says:

      NPR is on "the list" to be, potentially, DE-FUNDED. Hopefully they will be!

  11. Mhg says:

    Again, a word about civil discourse and respect for those you don’t agree with. They have as compelling reasons for their beliefs as you and are as much a part of the national fabric as anyone else.
    About climate change, which the EPA is attempting to battle, 97% of climate scientists support this reality and state the need for urgent, immediate measures. It we are worried about a few Syrian refugees, the most educated and secular people of the Middle East, just wait until Bangladesh floods.
    Also, there is a huge need to bring in universal health care like all other civilized nations. One of the greatest drags on the US population is private health care which sucks up crippling chunks of income in insurance payments, is a major factor in 50% of bankruptcies and drains hard earned assets that should boost the next generation into the pockets of big medical corporations instead. Other countries pay way less of their GDP for health care and leave no one to die of untreated conditions for lack of money to pay. Imagine the personal freedom and economic energy that would be released if people could get the limitations and burden of private health care off their backs and pay a much more reasonable amount via their taxes.
    President Trump has a lot to think about. Let’s hope he thinks carefully before leaping into much needed change.

    • SteveR says:

      I wonder where you get your information that "97% of climate scientists support this reality" of global warming. (Oh, excuse me; climate change. Global warming isn't working out too well, is it?)
      Many of the scientists that I know say the figures were manipulated to show what they wanted it to show. A few still agree with the 'global warming' theory.
      Scientific method requires you to look at data and see what the data says, not look at what you want to show and show the data that proves your theory.

    • Reality Seeker says:

      Written like a true collectivist….

  12. Donalt Trump can take a lesson or two from Narendra Modi is doing to counter personal lowly attacks on him from his opposition: He completely ignores them. Once in a while he makes one or two liners that make people remember these liners for ever! Your advice to Donald Trump to ignore will certainly work, as it is working for Narendra Modi.

  13. larajf says:

    If you do carve out California, give me warning so I can sell my house for an inflated price first.
    The majority of the state is red. It's just the smaller blue areas have such a dense population (pun fully intended).

    I wanted to move years ago, but my husband wanted to stand his ground and not let the idiots chase him out of our state. We're both born and raised in California. But the cancer is too big now.

    I fear when we move we'll be ostracized at first. "oh, you're from *california*" Uh, yeah but we won't vote in any social justice crap, I promise.

    • Jim Hallett says:

      As one who lived in CA for 13 years, plus another 6 in WA & OR, I hate to see the demise of those 3 beautiful places (the most beautiful in all the USA, and I have been to all 50 states) to the "progressive" crap peddled by Sacto and Hollyweird. I found several like-minded libertarians when I was there, but most of them choose to NOT vote (part of the non-aggression premise of the libertarian ideology), so never got any stranglehold. SD was pretty conservative for the most part as was much of greater Sta. Barbara – 2 of the more spectacular places I lived in CA – but the Bay Area, and now much of greater LA hold all the cards (population-wise), so it doesn't matter what anyone else wants. It is a shame, but something like CalExit is probably needed, or at least breaking the state down into 3 separate entities (more workable anyway since one 40-million-strong place is not sustainable as a governing entity). Good luck. Southern OR is very nice, quite conservative (except for some of the Libtards in Ashland), has a good climate (not quite as good year-round as CA), but the state still votes "progressive", but you would not be surrounded by all the crap like you are in CA, since most of the Libtards are in Portland and Eugene.

  14. Serge says:

    Trump seems like a wise enough man to see through all the distractions coming his way. He's had enough experience with all the negativity in a short period of time. Speed, focus, and ignoring the stupid and hatefulls in every action he takes will win the US back.

  15. Alan says:

    In 2009, a University of Illinois student conducted a two-question survey for her master's thesis that asked respondents if "global temperatures have risen and that humans are a significant contributing factor." Skeptics and proponents typically answer yes to both questions, so unsurprisingly 97 percent said yes. Additionally, only 79 scientists responded to the survey.

    A student at Stanford found in 2010 that 97 percent or 98 percent of "the most prolific climate change writers" believed that "anthropogenic greenhouse gases have been responsible for 'most' of the 'unequivocal' warming." No mention on how serious the problem was, and he only found the views of 200 researchers when the number of climate change researchers are in the "thousands."

    Blogger John Cook determined in 2013 that 97 percent of "abstracts of peer-reviewed papers" believed that "human activity is responsible for some warming," but a more exhaustive study of Cook's work determined that only 0.3 percent of the 11,944 papers reviewed by Cook concluded that "human activity is causing most of the current warming."

  16. Judith Davies says:

    Dear Robert…great ideas as usual…except for the part about getting rid of California. We conservative America loving, freedom loving, hard-working middle-class citizens would not want to be kicked to the curb and end up with having to be run-over by Hollywood in every area of our lives! Imagine those goons completely in charge of their own country…no don't! When you speak with our President, please give him all of your suggestions. I am sure he will listen…but leave out the get rid of California part…paalleese!!!

    • Jose says:

      Yeah, imagine half the people in the Republic of California getting slaughtered by the Mexican mafia and their drug cronies because they had no way to defend themselves.
      Cal would be begging Uncle Sam to take in the remaining refugees and sending in the F Troops to restore order.
      For a state that is close to 40 million people, you can't tell me they have less crime than most of the country, and considering quite a bit of Mexicans are so ashamed to be called Mexicans, that they have to call themselves Hispanic or Latino, and don't want to be a part of the melting pot and force the USA to be bilingual declining to learn the language; I would say that if California decides to cede from the union that the call the new place Mexifornia. A disgrace.

  17. Rick G says:

    Great article again from The Tortoise.

    I have a great idea. And I am not kidding. All of us Trump voters, of which I am one, need to make a one-time visit out there to California. We need to line up along the San Andreas fault, and don't laugh, I'm serious, then everyone jump up and done in unison and keep doing it til the west coast shelf finally cracks off and slides into the Pacific Ocean. Serves them right.

    President Trump needs to get on the stick and get moving NOW, because he has a very short window within which to get his agenda rolling big time. Usually mid-term elections don't turn out too well for incumbent presidents as recent history has shown. He is still basking in the glow of his historic victory and travelling around the country telling about it over and over. It's done. Now is the time to get busy and start carrying out his agenda of promises!

  18. Phil says:

    We like the conservative ones in Texas, also…just leave the nuts out on the Left Coast, please!

  19. Phil says:

    Agreed with Robert that the GOP Light is the biggest threat Trump faces. Jury is still out on that one.

    It is going to be fascinating to see how the debt works out and what we end up doing to replace our present system. Will it be gold based? Whatever happens, it will hopefully be nonviolent.

  20. Rocketman says:

    I wrote a comment in the five minute forecast a couple of weeks ago where I said that the USA financial "tipping point" has already been reached and no matter what Trump is able to do over the objections of the rank and file democrats and republicans it's TOO LATE TO STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA. At best he is only going to slow things down and give this country a few extra years of life.

  21. Woody Garvey says:

    I'm going to offend the bankers, exploiters and kneejerk whatevers here.

    First as to taxes, a great number of loopholes need to be eliminated. Taxing is a crummy way to incentivize behavior. Profits should do that. For instance the deductibility of mortgage interest made some sense 60 years ago when deflation was feared (bad for banks). But rampant inflation and bubbles show it should have been eliminated long ago. Of course it should be gradually grandfathered out so as not to make people realize their homes are only worth a third of what they thought.

    Second, taxes should be drastically reduced on the LOWER END. Trickle-down economics has been a mirage, like low interest rates stimulating small business. In fact it is relieving the lower end that leads to immediate increases in spending and useful products. Anyone high in business knows that the exorbitant corporate top pay is not really justified. So, maybe tax rates should go up there. I don't think too many CEOs would quit their jobs.

    Many of the plutocrats slaver at higher defense spending, which is production that satisfies no real need or want of the common man. Thus it should not be done with NEW revenues, but from the benefits of wiser spending. For instance, a pentagon study identified an annual $125 Billion waste. Cut this in half and you can spend $54 Billion that Trump feels will improve the military and have a lot left over. Unfortunately this needs to be "grandfathered in" to ease the pain on the government parasites.

    Also, get over it, we have no "allies" we have paid for friends (sort of geopolitical prostitutes). Trump is right; they need to pay US for the services we give them. We should no longer pay tribute to every little country that threatens us with something. Who knows how much money we would save then.

  22. Nik Rictus says:

    No doubt mortgage interest deduction needs to be capped at around 12k per year. What most people do is look at their paycheck and get the most house they can afford, about 1/3 of their income and in some places in California and New York nearly 50%, even if that much of their home is under or not utilized at all. A huge waste.

    I do agree an overall a 3 prong approach is needed, cut the budget across the board at 1% a year for the next 30 years of all programs, yes even Social Security, and Medicare along with 1% increase a year in premiums and deductibles. And yes even the Pentagon and the GI retirees the same for their retirement checks and TriCare.

    It would be a gradual process for sure and probably not that noticeable. Although I would like to see a 10% immediate cut across the board with all Fed expenditure programs and then 1% cut per year for next 20 years.

    The Fed budget was never meant to be this cancerous blob that reduces the value of our money.

    When Social Security started, recipients were expected to only live 5 years after retirement, but due to advances in medical technology and more awareness of healthy living habits, retired folks for the most part are drawing Social Security 20 to 30 years past the age of 65.

    And it appears nearly 40% of medical costs are for end of life care, this seems like a huge drain of tax payer dollars for folks that are near the end of the natural life cycle. Obviously, most everybody believes in preserving life so that folks can live and die with dignity, but at some point you have to wonder how do fund all this, and where do we draw the line of taxpayers paying for this?

  23. dan says:

    You talk of the Dems being stupid and hateful.
    But, you put down California as if we're the same and it's our own fault.
    We are no different than you or anyone else, anywhere.
    Some of us voted for Trump.
    Just not enough of us,
    But to send all of California into the landfill of hate and stupidity, is bewildering.
    Your reasons for hating California sounds the same as the Dems hating Trump.
    Do you find California so deplorable that we all should go to hell.
    I have been reading and enjoying your sermons (and books) for years.
    What has sent you on the anti California rant?
    I have to defend my home when necessary.
    Please stop with the California hate.
    There are two sides here, too

    • Robert Ringer RJR says:

      Wow! I've got to work on my writing if that's what you got out of it. I lived in California for almost 20 years, and moss of them were among the best years of my life. Some of best friends – and best libertarians and conservatives – are in California. And they agree with me that California's demise is very, very sad. The problem is that the good guys are far outnumbered by the bad guys and lunatics who have destroyed the state. If you think you can help fix California, I'm all for it. But it appears to me to be too late. It would take several generations to turn things around, but even then it's unlikely because the educational propaganda system is too firmly entrenched.

  24. TN Ray says:

    I'm not certain, but didn't the founders believe in the "right" for a state to secede from the union if they chose to do so? California wants to put that issue on the ballot..right? If so, if they vote to exit … Is that OK? It's OK with me. Or, if Trump burned their cities to the ground, and killed untold numbers of young men, to force California to stay in the "union" would he become so popular that he would be enshrined on Mt. Rushmore, receive a Trump Memorial, and get his face on US currency? It's all academic, because California's whack-o's are more likely to burn their own cities to the ground.

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