An incumbent president, usually runs on his achievements during the prior three plus years. But, much of what Donald Trump has claimed to have accomplished is not true. From environmental issues, energy, the economy and immigration, Trump has claimed credit for accomplishments during the Obama administration. Trump also falsely portrayed much of his own administration’s efforts as successes, when in fact they were not.
The 20,000 lies that Trump has told over the last 3 1/2 years are quite incredible. His version of a stupendous economic recovery in 2018-2019 is total nonsense. The economy was not in collapse at the end of Obama’s term. It definitely had crashed during George Bush’s last year, losing 800,000 jobs a month and it was President Obama had turned it around, adding about 200,000 jobs a month. In fact, when Trump cites statistics on how well his administration has done, he typically goes back in time, to the date of his election (November 8, 2016) and not his inauguration date in 2017 just to steal some credit from President Obama.
In the upcoming blogs, I intend to examine more closely the “three E’s” – the environment, energy and the economy, plus I intend to address immigration policy and the “build the wall” craze (it should be called enhance the “see-through fence” initiative). Trump could brag all he wanted as a real estate developer. Now he is getting caught every single day, in multiple lies.
Immigration policy is a real pile of crazy sh*t, Sorry, I just didn’t know how to express this any better. For months Trump kept bragging how great his policies were, because apprehensions at the southern border were going down, 40%, then 61% and finally 78%. So, immigrants were not trying to sneak into our country, because they were afraid of being caught. Of course, apprehensions started to rise, and Trump again bragged that his policies were a tremendous success because they were going up. Down is great, up is great, who cares, it’s all in the presentation? In January 2020, the President celebrates great numbers on immigration again, this time apprehensions again were going down. So, down, up and down again, all with dubious statistics, and all causes to celebrate the tremendous success.
I believe it is necessary to dispel the barrage of false claims in order to establish the truth. There is an enormous distribution system of false information. Energy, environment and the economy issues are all intertwined. The “fake news” is often slick presentations, with selected facts helped along by industry lobbyist groups. Just one small example – I saw on a cable news program, a clip showing barges filled with coal going down the Mississippi river, and the newscaster was talking about how US coal exports had doubled since 2016, which is true. Yet, in about 2 minutes, I could verify that US coal production had continued it’s steady decline during the Trump administration. This rise in exports was simply that more coal was being sent overseas, because the demand was dropping in the US. Major coal companies filed for bankruptcy in 2019 and 2020, including Cloud Peak Energy and Murray Coal.
So, I am preparing my first blog on the environment and more will follow. I am always receptive to comments from my visitors, contrary to my opinions. As usual, I will support my statements with links from the internet.