Friday, July 22, 2016

Stay Scared and Angry; Get Another Gun; Don't Worry; I'm on My Way. /s/ The Donald

 Left 50; Drop 50. Shot, over; Shot out. Splash, over; Splash, out. Roger. 
Fire for Effect
(For a Fire Mission in Progress)

In this acceptance speech Trump said: “Here, at our convention, there will be no lies.” But he spewed plenty – fact-checkers found lots of instances where Trump not only twisted facts but made false claims and that site shows plenty of sources to back up their summary – will the GOP read it? Ha, doubtful.

My Introduction: In truth, Trump is textbook sociopath and compulsive liar:

Trump accuses everyone of lying, but he is sociopath: that is he has little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others as he comes across as often charming and charismatic, but skilled n manipulative and self-centered ways that average people just do not see or believe due to the lack of understanding that affliction and surely it is with Trump.

Trump is not only a sociopath but he is also be compulsive liar. That is he lies out of habit because it is normal for him. It is his reflexive way to respond to questions while skillfully bending the truth about everything large and small.

For Trump, as for all compulsive liars, telling the truth is awkward and uncomfortable, because lying feels right.

Now, a few top choices of his false claims from that acceptance speech:

1.  Trump Tax Plan: Trump is correct that he has called for substantial tax cuts — deeper than any of the other presidential candidates — that would result in lower taxes at all income levels. But the biggest cuts would come for the wealthiest taxpayers, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation. While the tax cuts are undeniably large, the Tax Foundation cautioned that the loss in revenue — even with expected benefits to the economy — would “increase the federal government’s deficit by over $10 trillion” over 10 years.

2.  Trump on Heath Care (the ACA/Obamacare): Trump said that he’d repeal it and “Again you will be able to choose your own doctor.” The law didn’t take away the ability to choose a doctor, as we’ve said before. As most Americans know, and some 55 percent have private insurance — the insurers usually have a network of doctors to choose from. The ACA didn’t change that. He also claims that the government was coming between you and your doctor, but, again, false – the ACA does not come close to establishing a government-run system like Britain or Canada for example (Government telling patients which MD they have to use).
3.  Trump on Trade Deficit (Goods and Services): Trump used a bit of cherry-picking when he said, “Our trade deficit in goods reached nearly — think of this, think of this — our trade deficit is $800 billion … last year alone.” The important word here is his mention of only “goods.” The trade deficit counts both goods and services, and it is much smaller (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show the value of goods that the U.S. imported was $763 billion (not $800 billion). Re: Our services exported include: travel, education, and intellectual property such as software that was $262 billion less in services than it exported — creating a positive balance in that column. Overall, the U.S. trade deficit in goods and services was just over $500 billion last year/not the $800 billion he mentioned. Trump skipped over the fact that that figure peaked a decade ago having reached a high in 2006. In 2015, it was 34 percent lower and that downward trend is continuing now in 2016.

4.  Trump Refugee Policy: Trump said that “there’s no way to screen” those refugees to determine “who they are or where they come from.” That’s false. All refugees admitted to the U.S. go through an extensive vetting process that involves multiple federal agencies and can take up to 24 months to complete.

5.  Trump on the Clinton Email Scandal: Trump again twisted the facts when he said that Clinton “illegally stored emails on her private server while secretary of state, and deleted 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime.” The FBI on July 5 cleared Clinton of wrongdoing, and found no evidence of a cover-up.

6.  Trump on Regime Change in Libya: Trump criticized Clinton for her “failed policy of nation-building and regime change, especially in Libya. How about a big Rick Perry oops at this point. Why? Easy: Trump also supported the military ouster of Colonel Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, at that time.

Background: Trump denied he ever said that in one GOP debate during a heated exchange with Ted Cruz. Actually this is what Trump said in February 2011: “The U.S. should go into Libya on a humanitarian basis and knock this guy out very quickly, very surgically, very effectively, and save these lives.”

His full statement was posted on YouTube at “From the Desk of Donald Trump” on February 28, 2011 (about 1:45). Yes, that Donald J. Trump: Now the official Republican presidential candidate for the General Election, November 8, 2016.

Related from the RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, in his remarks (call it Hillary bashing redux): He said in part that “A Clinton presidency only means more debt.”

Yes, true, with this important caveat. Her tax plan would result in a “relatively small increase in the debt,” (cite study by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget).

That same nonpartisan group also found out that the Trump/GOP tax and spending plan, on other hand, which GOPers always fail to mention and selectively forget, would cause a “massive increase in the debt.”

So, it goes on right until Election Day – kind of sad, isn’t it?  I mean that this race is perhaps the ugliest, meanest, nastiest, and ultimately probably will be the most-expensive in American history, and for what? To see how low we can lower ourselves to pick our next president?

Finally (I’m on a roll now but almost done).

In the end we must ask ourselves: What does this process say about us and not necessarily any final list of candidates? Simple I think: For example, change is the word we always here, but one that always lacks context and meaning. But, that word has to mean more than the standard flair of a typical campaign that we are somehow immune from accepting what it really means. It’s easy to say, but hard to define and on purpose too, I think. Change is far more than changing your socks daily, or changing the route you drive to work, or change that makes minor adjusts in your daily routine. Someone once said the more things change, the more they stay the same. That applies to our political system today, I think, nearly 100%.

Massive change in our political system is long overdue – to make it better that it is today. How to define that word is the key. Whatever definition is applied, it should be made by the people and our choice and not by the pros we see year in and year out who decide for us and seek and want our trust and vote.

A fair and open ballot access and process that is easy for anyone to gain and try to run for office – anywhere across the country. Cut out the big parties; stop or greatly reduce the influence of big money; and stop suppressing the vote. That is if that is what we want to define for change. A system that delivers truly representative democracy that we claim we want and not that which “someone else” tells us what they think we need.
Now, finally (whew) I’m done. May God have mercy on the United States of America should Trump win. And, please, forgive those who vote for him. 

Okay, I'm done. Really, thanks for stopping by.

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