Since January 20th, I have been trying to figure-out just what Donald Trump’s Agenda is. Does he even have a Plan? Donald seems to have a very limited attention span, and his conceptual capability seems limited to that which he already “knows“ to be true. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to realize that many of his actions might have equal, and opposite reactions! Again, what is his Plan for America?
This morning, a friend pointed-out that Trump is taking credit for Saudi Arabia breaking ties with Qatar, for having relationships with terrorists. Hmm! Doesn’t Donald realize that the U. S. has both its Central Command, and its Air Force Central Command Headquarters, located just west of Doha, Qatar?
After Donald Trump held his tongue on his recent visit to Riyadh, and after he kowtowed to King Salman, the Saudi King gave him some sort of award, perhaps for praising the Arabs. But, doesn’t Trump know Saudi Arabia is the chief exporter of Wahhabism, one of the most extreme forms of Islam, which can also lead to terrorism? And, doesn’t he know that 15 of the 19 terrorists, who used jetliners as weapons on 9/11, were also Saudi Nationals?
It is quite disturbing that Trump proposes to slash 31% from the State Department Budget. State partially fund programs, which help offset the impact of dire poverty and religious fanaticism–two key factors in civil unrest and the rise in terrorism. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, when he learned that State would be slashed, said: “I’m going to need more bullets.” Every dollar spent by State reduces the need for several dollars on Defense!
Can we really deny helping the residents of impoverished nations to: fight malaria and tuberculosis; inoculate peasants against various diseases; provide family planning and prenatal care; empower women. to reduce crimes against them; and provide clean water and sewer systems in rural areas. There is no reason why America shouldn’t help the Peoples of these regions, when we can!
And today, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, while appearing before a Senate Committee, couldn’t even explain what would become of our nation’s Public School System, which Donald Trump also expects to cut. Should’t we make the vital investment in Education to prepare the students of today, for the jobs of tomorrow? And, that should begin with Early Childhood Education; because, that’s where future success starts!
Donald Trump’s opting-out of the Paris Accords didn’t surprise me either, since he has been doing the bidding of the Mega-Billionaires–and not the American People–all along! They wish to de-regulate all industry; but, the fossil fuels appear to be highest on their list. And, this is a horrific situation, with the largest economy, and the second-biggest polluter, taking the Cheap and Dirty way out its environmental responsibility!
And when Donald Trump takes his rightful seat, among the “Leaders” of the only two other nations who failed to sign the Paris Accords—Presidents Bashar Assad, of Syria, and Daniel Ortega, of Nicaragua—he will truly be in his element, indeed! In essence, they will be telling the world to just Fuck-Off!
Traditionally, America has been a bastion of technological innovation, with our combination of: government funding; venture capital; academic excellence and entrepreneurial expertise. In years past, this government funded “assembly line”, has led to discoveries, such as: ENIAC, the first general-purpose computer; TV; the PC; the Internet, mapping of the Human Genome, GPS, etc. And, such discoveries and innovations spawn new industries—and thousands of high-paying jobs.
Since his Announcement on the Paris Accords, last week, Donald Trump has chosen to Isolate America from the world, at large. That will impart our commitment to education, as well as our global excellence in science and technology. What bright student from overseas would want to study, let’s say, Engineering in the U. S., when the most-respected professors are moving overseas, in search of research funding? As a result, we may very well see a rapid decline at our various technology hubs. So, is this really Donald Trump’s Plan, to Make America Irrelevant Again?