All of us knows what the future will bring. Some are so desperate that they consult psychics and fortune tellers. The political equivalent is polls. It is about as accurate as the other two methods.
There has been a lot of excitement over polls that show most Democrats beating President Trump. In 2016, polls much closer to the election predicted that Hillary Clinton would win. We will all have to wait until November 3, 2020 to find out who wins.
Joe Biden today promised to cure cancer if he is elected president. Politicians have been making that promise at least as far back as Richard Nixon. The problem is that they are ignoring basic biology.
Cancer is not a single disease but a collection of several hundred diseases. It is not like a communicable disease in which a foreign substance, like a virus or bacteria, enters the body. Instead, it is caused when cells mutate. That is a natural process that occurs constantly. Nothing is going to change that. Of course, some substances, like cigarette smoke, can increase the likelihood of cancer occurring. Medicine can try to control cancer through early detection and better treatment. It is a painstaking process. A drug developed by the East Germans has been found to be effective with a type of lymphoma in just the last few years.
I am not questioning his sincerity. He lost a son to brain cancer. I don’t think there is anything more painful than losing a son or daughter. Cancer has changed my life. A few years ago, I lost the love of my life to it. Last year I was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. I am in remission but it will come back some day.
Cancer is a horrible disease. We are making great strides but it will be long, hard fight to defeat it. We are fooling ourselves if we think there is a magic cure out there.
Theodore Roosevelt described his foreign policy using the phrase “speak softly and carry a big stick”. I guess the Trump foreign policy is “speak loudly waving the stick”.
The tariffs against Mexico would have gone into effect today. Fortunately, the two countries have reached an agreement. It is too soon to tell how long it will last.
I believe the two sides could have worked out their differences privately but that’s not President Trump’s style. He made it a public spectacle as he intimidated Mexico into submission. Clearly, he used a win-lose strategy. In reality, it was lose-lose. The rest of the world now sees that the United States as a bully that cannot be trusted.
This is another in a long list of occasions when he has put his ego before the needs of the country.
Joe Biden is ahead in the polls and is likely the best hope Democrats have to retake the White House. I think he made a huge mistake this week. He had been under fire for his longstanding support of the Hyde Amendment. It limits the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. After defending his position, he suddenly changed his mind.
I believe it was a huge political mistake. There is a thundering herd of candidates on the extreme left. He is one of the few among the traditional liberal heart of the party. He should stake out that ground rather than chasing after the extreme. It makes him look inauthentic.
Donald Trump will go into the election with a united party and the advantages of incumbency. If a Democrat is going to win, he or she can’t make these kinds of mistakes.
We keep our precious constitutional rights by speaking out when someone is mistreated. This is particularly true with those that are unsympathetic. One such person is a Paul Manafort.
Normally a prosecutor’s job starts after a crime has been discovered. The Mueller team went after Manafort to get him to turn on President Trump. Not many of us could survive an investigation that had millions to spend and desperately wanted an indictment.
This is just the beginning of the outrage. A New York prosecutor is hell-bent on indicting people associated with Trump. Undoubtedly his goal is to after Trump himself. He has filed charges against Manafort. Even though the trial is months away, he had Manafort transferred to the notorious Riker’s Island jail. He is being held in solitary confinement. Doing this to a seventy-year-old man amounts to torture.
Many agree with me, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Probably the greatest threat to our liberties is a runaway prosecutor. This guy is clearly using the criminal justice system to wreak political vengeance.
Last week President Trump announced that he would add tariffs to Mexican goods if they don’t stop the flow of immigrants from Central America. This was not a well-reasoned decision; it was a presidential temper tantrum.
These immigrants can come here legally. It is my understanding that it is also legal for them to enter Mexico. His ultimatum says they must change their laws, build the necessary infrastructure and hire and train thousands of border guards. He gave them ten days to accomplish all this.
His action has enormous consequences. It will damage our economy. It will lead to an increase in illegal immigration from Mexico. Worst of all, it shows the world that, as long as Trump is president, they can neither trust nor rely on the United States.
This also hurts him politically. The two things he needs to do to maximize his chances of reelection are to keep the Republican Party together and the economy strong. If the Democrats somehow manage to nominate an electable moderate, he could be in trouble.
It seems that he believes that he doesn’t need facts nor the advice of others; just his instincts. Those instincts served him very poorly in this case.
It’s not a good idea to act out of emotion rather than reason. A person may end up looking foolish. This is the case with many Democrats who are so full of hate they can’t think straight.
it can also allow a person to be manlipulated. I believe we saw an example of this on Wednesday. President Trump had a meeting scheduled with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to discuss infrastructure. Just before of the meeting, she accused Trump of a cover-up and used the word impeachment. He said he wouldn’t deal with Congress until they stop investigating him.
so now we have the President on record putting himself above the needs of the country. We also have a Speaker who cares more about playing political gotcha than serving the country.
as expected, each side is defending their person while attacking the other. In the meantime, nothing happens except more political gamesmanship.
The presidential election was 2 ½ years ago yet people are still complaining that Trump is not a legitimate president. They cite Russian interference, Comey and many other reasons. Six months after the Georgia gubernatorial race, the loser she should have won citing voter suppression.
Apparently counting the ballots is not a democratic way to hold an election. To ensure “fairness”, we evidently need to have North Korean style elections with only one name on the ballot. Perhaps Joy Behar and author Fran Lebowitz could lead the movement to install a dictatorship. Behar called for the jailing of all Republicans while Lebowitz said Donald Trump should be killed.
I can understand why some on the Left are so upset. True socialism, in which government owns the means of production, has never been implemented through a free election.
There was a celebration in New York awhile ago. The legislature passed a bill that allows abortion even if the birth process is under way. More recently there was a celebration in Alabama. Their legislature passed a bill that virtually outlaws abortion and would imprison doctors.
I believe that more people would favor a middle of the road bill than either extreme. Unfortunately, those people are not in power. Instead, we have a government in which one party caters to New Yorkers and the other Alabamans. Frankly, both parties are more interested in pushing their extremist agendas and fighting the other side than they are in the welfare of the American people.
Right now, there is not a viable third party so we are stuck with the Democrats and Republicans. Hopefully, either the two parties abandon their rigid ideology or another party comes along.
Many politicians see the world in black and white. They are 100% right and the other side is 100% wrong. As a centrist, I often believe both sides are wrong. China is a case in point.
The Obama administration did a horrible job with China (and many other countries). China could do whatever they wanted. Our response was either lukewarm or nonexistent. Joe Biden seems to be following course. He recently said China was “no competition for us”.
President Trump is getting tough with China but, no pun intended, is like a bull in a china shop. He seems to focus only on the balance of trade. His tariffs are hurting our economy. No company can afford to absorb them so they are passed along to consumers. Their retaliation is costing us exports. They used to buy our soybeans but now buy from Brazil. Some jobs do return to the US but at a very high cost.
China aims to be the leading superpower in the world. One day they will have the planet’s largest economy. They want to be dominant in intellectual capital. They have an aggressive foreign policy and are becoming a military superpower. They also play by their own rules. There are millions of young engineers and scientists but they also steal trade secrets.
We should neither fear them nor demonize them. Instead, we need to meet the challenge head-on. We need to become a stronger competitor and deal with them on all fronts. If they break the rules (as we see them), we need to respond. That means going after companies and individuals that do wrong rather than expect their government to do our bidding.
International relations is a lot like surgery. It requires a firm but delicate touch. That’s why doctors use scalpels instead of meat axes. We would be better off if President Trump had a few scalpels but that’s not his style.