Donald Trump is a true shyster! From the time he announced his candidacy, back in June of 2015, he has boasted about how truly great each of his promises would be. The best ever! You wouldn’t believe it! And then, of course, the bullshittiest “Just trust me!” RIGHT!
He has used that Pavlovian sales pitch in every one of his performances, in order to have the audience drooling to the point that they would accept anything! But now, it seems that the American people are beginning to see through this Bait and Switch charade! Remember who was going to pay for that Wall? But now///?
Over the past several weeks, National Security has been front and center. His Military’s Tomahawk Missile attack on a Syrian air field was so devastating, that the Syrian Air Force was still able to strike that same city, a couple of days later from another air field. Then, “My Military”, as he calls it, dropped a 22,000 pound bomb on caves in Afghanistan. But, when you live in a cave, however, surely other accommodations can be easily located! Donald’s Pentagon” responded to questions about Congressional Authorization, by citing an ancient War Powers Act—for Iraq!
Of course the saber-rattling then pointed toward North Korea, and even true Trumpians would hardly assume that any current attacks could be covered under the 1950 UN Resolution, authorizing that “Police Action”. But, then, to top-off VP Mike Pence’s “Shield and The Sword” speech at the DMZ, the Trump Regime promptly sent the Carrier Group to the wrong ocean. (Syria = Iraq? Indian Ocean = Sea of Japan?)
Honestly, I think that Donald Trump’s two generals—H. R. McMaster, his National Security Advisor, and James Mattis, his Secretary of Defense—are in those positions merely for the cachet that they bring to his personal Tough Guy image. But, it’s not just the McMaster and Mattis who seem to be mostly invisible. In fact, most of Trump’s Cabinet Officers seem to remain out-of-sight, and are only paraded-out when Donald needs them for photo-ops.
And now, some 90 days after his Inauguration, Donald seems to be feeling the heat! Political pundits tend to review what new Presidents have accomplished at the end of their first 100 days in office. It’s sort of a report card; but, in Trump’s case, it is totally blank—other than the many red checks in the Deportment Section. So, he’s trying to play catch-up, with smoke and mirrors!
Perhaps that’s why Donald takes great pride in signing meaningless Executive Orders, and then holding them up; but, angles each one into the TV glare, lest we see its irrelevance to the Affairs of State. In fact, he traveled to the Treasury Department on Friday, and merely signed documents directing Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to do what he has already been doing, and doesn’t need an Executive Order, or a Memorandum to proceed with. For instance:
1. One directs Treasury to review the regulations included in the Dodd-Frank Act, which President Obama signed in 2010. That Law was intended to rein-in banks after The Great Depression (4Q07-1Q09), which deeply harmed the U. S. Economy, and the contagion spread globally. “Dodd” was the necessary response to prevent a reoccurrence!
2. The second directs a review of tax regulations, which Obama imposed on corporations to avert “Inversions”, which are acquisitions of foreign corporation for tax purposes. Ironically, one of Donald Trump’s very mantras—remain and manufacture in America—would seem to benefit completely with that Obama Legislation!
As I watch these meaningless exercises—such as reviewing necessary regulations, with the intent to repeal them—I can only believe that Donald Trump remains committed to eliminate all vestiges of President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is thriving on the pompous nature his role, which only he could feel comfortable in, and spending most of his time holding: hateful rallies; photo-ops and his frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago.
And those Cabinet Officers? No photo-ops until after lunch, please!