Based on the fact that I am charged with beating up only on the Democrats I wish to share. Perhaps this will protect my registered Independent status. As I have done in the past I begin with some historical perspective.

Like many societies, the U.S. has a long history of sometimes allowing the relevance of significant events from the past to fade from the conscious reasoning of the present. One case in point is what occurred right before the economic crash in 1929. Wheat prices here in Kansas, as elsewhere, were great — the best ever — so the reaction was to plow up too much of the remaining available land including areas that should have never been exposed to the constant winds of the Plains States. Eventually tons of topsoil were blown to the four corners of the Country. Then the prices of wheat tumbled, and the stock market collapsed. This mass disregard for the environment resulted in the Dust Bowl days, and was captured in literature such as “The Grapes of Wrath.”

Does that sound anything like the U.S. producing huge amounts of oil at whatever the cost, including the environmentally dangerous practice of fracking, and the prices for crude now dropping rapidly and significantly? This will undoubtedly frustrate the Russians whose main source of income is energy. Oil price declines by itself could trigger a proxy war with the intent of raising crude prices. The next domino that’s falling is the double whammy of wrecking both the supply and the demand side of things while we are challenged to keep the supply chain going as medicines for treating the Coronavirus will require materials and items, some of which U.S. drug companies likely no longer manufacture here at home.

Meanwhile back at the stock market, the Dow continues to drop.

Another case in point: The Smoot-Hawley Act of circa 1929 instituted tariffs, much like Trump has put in place. After the Great Depression many historians claim it was exacerbated by the Great Depression. Will this be another lesson unlearned and history repeating itself?

I have deep concerns for anyone who sees economics and history as the dismal sciences to be ignored. My aforementioned concerns also include what best-selling author and Independent Michael Lewis presents in “The Fifth Risk,” how “willful ignorance plays a role in these looming disasters.” Depth of knowledge and insight matters in leadership, and critically so in government. On page 30 Lewis cites Steve Bannon (Trump’s top adviser and “fantastic” guy according to Trump) referring to President Trump as “totally ignorant” about the workings of government.

With respect to someone who ignores advice and sees no need to know history, just think about President Trump. Then read “The Fifth Risk.” Among his many concerns, Lewis details how President Trump’s incoming government attended no briefings by the previous government, a protocol that’s been followed by many past administrations. He contrasts Trump’s negligent approach specifically with how President G.W. Bush did a thorough job of briefing the receptive incoming President Obama administration as to the fundamental and foundational operations of the government.

Extending the same critical responsibility and courtesy to the newly elected Trump administration, Lewis cites how Obama produced excellent briefing papers on the various Federal departments. President Obama also set up department meeting times, ordered food, and set up personal briefings for the incoming Trump administration. When the days came for Obama’s outgoing leadership to give these briefings, they were shocked that no one turned up for them from the Trump leadership team. To make the critical transitions even less effective, President Trump fired those who were recently hired to his transition team. Of course all these folks that he hired were fantastic, and then in short order he fired them all.

Ultimately and most notably, not one Trump staffer showed up to be briefed about the Department of Energy. Not one, even though this department controls all the Nation’s nuclear weapons.

How do you feel about President Trump firing folks in the Center for Disease Transition Team before taking office? Just type into a Google search, “was the CDC transition group fired?” and see for yourself that they were indeed fired.

Mr. Lewis’s book does point out the only exception to the Trump administration’s transitional meetings: the Department of Agriculture. For that briefing only one representative from President Trump’s team showed up. It was for the Department of Agriculture. The attendee was a political appointee from PepsiCo with no experience. When he came, the meeting was brief. He had only one question: could he get a list of any employees of the Dept. who might have attended any climate change meetings. Then he left. Does this perhaps sound like a connection to Koch Inc. energy production concerns? Mr. Lewis points out that the “climate change” question was a routine question asked by the Trump team at every turn.

I for one am not confident with a President who recently advised the Nation that everything was just fine, if not “FANTASTIC,” with respect to his delayed and inadequate response to the COVID 19 virus. On March 10,2020, it was reported on cable news that when the COVID 19 began in China, and then began to spread outside China, major nations and the WHO (World Health Organization) got together to create a test for the virus. Trump refused to join them saying that the virus would never get here.

To make matters worse, he announced that Americans going to work was just fine and originally that he had no intention of canceling any of his campaign rallies. Really?

Another bubble being over-stretch is the student loan bubble. This debt now exceeds all the U.S. credit card debt. ($1.75 trillion) It now is experiencing more defaults than any other sector followed by car loan defaults. I feel lucky to have paid only $97 full tuition at KSTC in 1968, but now due to the fastest inflating prices of any sector: university costs are putting citizens into a life of debt which I also fear will not continue without a crash.

A trillion dollar yearly government deficit, an epidemic being fought by those who had no briefings about how the department that was to fight it is managed, a tariff war that might be called Smoot Hawley’s II, the overproduction of crude to the extent of depressing the markets, a stock market that is spooked and doesn’t appear to have a bottom, and a student loan and car loan default setting records is flat out scary.

We have a leader who constantly uses the word “fantastic” for anything that he is personally associated with. Would you buy a used car from a person who took this approach towards every car on his lot?

(24) comments

KB Thomas

Just keep all those cards and letters coming in.

KB Thomas

If the Dems could kick in the pants the person causing them the most problems, they would not be able to set down for a week. Good day.

KB Thomas

The greatest leader is not necessarily the the one who does the greatest things. He is the one to get the people to do the greatest things

Gary Lukert

Who is the leader today? Trump, who riles his evil people up to take AK-47's to protests...charge thru into a State Capitol, rude, overbearring? Also, who in a rally carries rifles...and one of their people kills someone. They included persons toting the Nazi Flag....in protests where no guns are needed...THEN, Trump says "there are good people on both sides." Sorry KB, anyone promoting NAZISM is not a good person. Trump refused to be critical of the NAZIS, and his (and, I assume Your) Violent Thugs. Trump's rhetoric has also prompted Mass Murder of people. And YOU and your Republicans criticize Democrats. It was also a CONSERVATIVE who bombed the Federal Building, killing more than 150 in Oklahoma City. Almost without exception, every Mass shooting...even in schools has been by a CONSERVATIVE. Conservatives are Violent people, and yes, they Murder...even in church, shooting a man down in cold blood in a Wichita church. You are a lover of evils!

Gary Lukert

Trump is not a leader, Trump is a Thug!

KB Thomas

Review Tom D'Ambre 400th show recap YouTube..........This is a must view video for all freedom loving Americans and pass it along to your friends.

Gary Lukert

Lies.

KB Thomas

Review the Hagman Report. We are living in the most dangerous time in U S history.

Gary Lukert

Lies.

Hananova

"The next domino that’s falling is the double whammy of wrecking both the supply and the demand side of things while we are challenged to keep the supply chain going as medicines for treating the Coronavirus will require materials and items, some of which U.S. drug companies likely no longer manufacture here at home.

Meanwhile back at the stock market, the Dow continues to drop.

Another case in point: The Smoot-Hawley Act of circa 1929 instituted tariffs, much like Trump has put in place. After the Great Depression many historians claim it was exacerbated by the Great Depression."

Wow, what a moron! LOL!

KB Thomas

Bill, this was a good article, but I do not agree with some of it but, sometimes it is better to be kind than right. You are paid by the Gazzete to write these articles and I have to take that ln consideration.

Louis

Here are seven dangers of fracking if you would like to know:

https://www.wilderness.org/articles/blog/7-ways-oil-and-gas-drilling-bad-environment?gclid=CjwKCAjwwYP2BRBGEiwAkoBpAn8w6rXmcurA19yOL8ZUhBNiBmn-FzOBtxHBdhtx1nlMffoym7G4FhoCdVYQAvD_BwE

Louis

How are these researched and documented problems with franking?

What are the health risks of fracking?

Fracking sites release a toxic stew of air pollution that includes chemicals that can cause severe headaches, asthma symptoms, childhood leukemia, cardiac problems, and birth defects. In addition, many of the 1,000-plus chemicals used in fracking are harmful to human health—some are known to cause cancer.

KB Thomas

The bubble will pop. Reviews video World Bank Whistleblower Karen Hudes.

KB Thomas

Now for some good news!! Review this video Hannity: The Safe Reopining of America.

Gary Lukert

All Hannity ever says is LIES. Hannity is Evil beyond Evil!

KB Thomas

Woodrow Wilson "I am a most unhappy man, unwitting I have ruined my country. Now just a few men control the country." Quote on Federal Reserve.

KB Thomas

Harry Truman "I never would have agreed to the formation of the CIA back in 47, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo."

Gary Lukert

Well, as you are a Radical Person...closest to the Republicans, they are in Charge now, tell them to end it. But, I am sure Trump wants to use it against is enemies...and anyone disagreeing with Trump in any way is HIS ENEMY!

KB Thomas

Review this video. X22 report episode 2174B The Depth of the swamp is exposed, the shadow government is forced into the light.

Gary Lukert

With Trump, the Swamp is getting deeper and deadly. Trump is NOT for America. TRUMP is first and foremost FOR TRUMP.

Gary Lukert

Lies.

CommonSenseOverFear

Though much in here is true information, I HAVE to point out that the opinion given in fracking as IF it were true, make me question much of the author’s purpose and bias. Fracking has scientifically been proven to be safer for the environment than traditional oil drilling AND more cost effective.

Gary Lukert

CommonSenseOverFear: That's what FOX NEWS, TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS DO NOT HAVE! They use everything the Democrats say and do...like it will destroy the country. Fear...Grips you and Trump and Republicans and your Nazi Friends! You are all Evil! You are doing everything you can to destroy Democracy.

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