Transition begins

I said the transition to the Biden administration would begin sometime between November 25 to December 1, 2020. It started yesterday, November 23, 2020. What was holding up the transition was Trump’s lawsuits in key states. Losing his lawsuit in Pennsylvania and certification in Michigan were critical to the General Services Administration’ consent to begin the transition.

My predictions going forward: The recount in Georgia will confirm that the last two recounts were right, Joe Biden won the election. Similarly, nothing will change in the partial recount in Wisconsin, except the Trump leadership PAC will pay 3 million dollars.

“The President can sue a ham sandwich, he can send a thousand lawyers to Pennsylvania, but it’s not going to change the basic fact of the matter.”

John Fetterman, PA’s lieutenant governor, responding to a question on the lawsuit to stop counting later arriving ballots, Nov 6.

I am hoping we are seeing a wind down of frivolous lawsuits from Trump. In Pennsylvania, Trump’s legal team appealed Judge Brann’s scathing dismissal. They are not looking for a reversal, but instead claim Judge Brann erred in ignoring the second amended lawsuit. My prediction here, is the court will let stand Brann’s opinion very quickly.

Judge Brann’s called Trump’s PA case “Frankenstein’s monster. ” Dr. Frankenstein, in bringing a corpse to life again, had to patch together various body parts in such a way that his monster could barely walk.

I am on Trump’s emailing list, and receive about 15 emails a day (all go to my spam folder) claiming how they need funds to protect election integrity and prove to the courts, that the election of Joe Biden was rigged. This is a lie. Now the fine print. “Save America” PAC is set up as a “Leadership PAC”, there’s nothing stopping Trump from having fundraisers, say at the Trump Doral Golf Resort and enriching himself, the Trump organization and anyone employed by the PAC. High paying jobs for Donald, Jr, his girlfriend, Eric, Ivanka, Lara, Jared, and the rest of the gang. Save America, Save Doral Golf Resorts, Golf Club West Palm Beach, National Golf Resort, Sterling, VA, Trump’s Jupiter Golf Resorts.

Yes, Save America is to put Trump and his organization and their needs ($$$) above the Republican Party. Save Trump and his billions (soon to be millions after the IRS audit) and his resorts.

Yes, this is Trumpism! On top of every other problem, real or imagined, we have this enormously huge conspiracy against America, that somehow alluded the FBI, the CISA and some 30 courts around the country – Election rigging by evil Democrats, and Rino (Republicans in name only).

Rinos are those that still cling to old Republican ideals of balancing the budget and maintaining a strong defense. Now totally outdated by saturating social media with slogans, like Save America. A massive coordinated and evil conspiracy to steal the election is the only way that Donald Trump could have lost.

Let’s forget this post election Trump sideshow. Trump has already kicked out of his administration anyone with an ounce of integrity, with the latest victim being Chris Krebs. Amazingly, the DHS has not disabled the “Rumor vs Reality” webpage. Unfortunately, I believe Trump supporters and of course the president, reject reality and embrace the rumors. Reality vs Rumors. This is how we save America, or the Republican Party, by being the most gullible and misinformed party in existence.

Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. We have failed miserably in containing Covid-19. The real challenge is an incredibly difficult one, and that is to restore confidence in government and our institutions, such as the CDC, FDA and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It is desperately needed now, as we need all Americans to get vaccinated.

When the vaccine is available where I live, I will be first in line. Every time someone is not vaccinated, they likely will spread it to others before it is discovered. Take a good look at the people you associate with or just pass by, acquaintances and loved ones. You can be part of the chain in spreading the disease because you don’t know you have it at first.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Trump tells his donors they’re paying for recounts. They aren’t.

Pennsylvania counties certify election results despite isolated pushback from Trump allies

How many times has President Donald Trump played golf while in office?

Getting rid of Trump

Joe Biden won the election with 306 electoral votes. Donald Trump is obstructing the normal transition in every way possible. This has never been done before.

Either its obstruction or apathy, but never the cooperation needed to transition to a Biden administration. As the virtual G20 meeting discussed the Covid-19 pandemic, Trump went golfing. See link below.

Trump isn’t leaving Biden much to help with Covid-19 crisis. The reason why there aren’t more bankruptcies is because the Fed has been propping up the economy with loan programs with the Treasury’s blessing. Unfortunately, the cooperation between Jay Powell, chairman of the Federal Reserves Committee and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, has broken down, in terms of renewal of emergency funds to help keep the economy going. By any measure, new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the Covid-19 pandemic is far worse today than at any time since it first began.

Yes – the handoff to Biden in January 2020 will come stripped of what was working. Call it Trump’s revenge. Worldwide, we just hit a new high of 11,000 people dying of Covid-19, and the president goes golfing and the Treasury Secretary restricts the Feds ability to keep our economy from collapsing.

There are limits to what Trump can do. Washington stays intact despite a vengeful president. To start the transition process, the Administrator of the GSA, Emily Murphy has to be satisfied that Joe Biden has at least 270 electoral votes to be the apparent winner of the election. I predict this will occur sometime between November 25 and December 1. The certification of all key states will be done by December 1. Georgia was certified on November 20. Michigan and Pennsylvania certify on Monday, November 23, then Nevada on Tuesday, November 24. The last two, Arizona and Wisconsin are November 30 and December 1, 2020, respectively.

A partial recount is taking place in Wisconsin in a few districts which voted heavily for Biden. It was done at Trump’s request. He’s is paying 3 million dollars to have it done with his observers in attendance. But these observers are breaking the rules, objecting to every ballot for no reason, removing their mask, sitting in chairs reserved for other parties and even picking fights. More fodder for pointless lawsuits, I’m certain. See links below.

Georgia completed its recount/audit which showed Biden won by 12,670 votes, not the around 14,000 votes. Georgia was vote was certified by the Georgia’s governor, so I would say Biden is the apparent winner of Georgia. Next Tuesday, Trump can request another recount, which will be done by high speed scanners.

On Nov 21, Trump lost his lawsuit in Pennsylvania. Judge Brann delivered a scathing rebuke to the his lawsuit for an injunction, in which the Judge said, in essence, “You have got to be kidding” by blocking certification and disenfranchising 7 million voters in Pennsylvania, so just possibly, the legislature could override the electorate. This was to be based on what some observers thought were possible violations of rules.

Lawsuits like these are paid for by citizens, who still are having trouble believing Trump lost fair and square. Trump has now either withdrawn or lost 30 lawsuits. A lawsuit is withdrawn when it is so obvious that it has no chance of succeeding, because it’s filled with duplicate claims that were already denied for lack of evidence.

If our voting machines or voter registration had been hacked or in anyway compromised, you would want the CISA (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency), part of Homeland Security to back up the accusations. Christopher Krebs was appointed as the CISA Director in 2017 by Trump until he was fired on November 17, 2020 for disagreeing with Trump on massive fraud in the elections. Note that the fraud only occurred in states Trump lost by very narrow margins.

Groups which talk about counting all legal votes and election integrity, really want neither. They are looking for someway to overturn our elections, or at least discredit the 2020 election process in anyway they can. The intelligence community warned us that bad actors from Iran, China, North Korea and Russia could spread misinformation on the integrity of our electoral process, to discredit our democracy. They left out the president of the United States.

Despite all the noise and nonsense in the courts, I am hoping Administrator of the GSA will sign the appropriate document this week, as the states certify election results.

Bottom line this is the worse transition in our election history. I hope I never see this again in my lifetime.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Links:

Pro-Trump ‘voter integrity’ group that is calling Pennsylvania voters has ties to White House

Wisconsin officials: Trump observers obstructing recount

Trump fires director of Homeland Security agency who had rejected President’s election conspiracy theories

Coronavirus Cases:

Yahoo Finance: Treasury’s Mnuchin declines to extend 5 pandemic programs

Trump skipped a coronavirus meeting with G20 leaders to play golf

Trump endgame

Trump lost the election. Somehow, conceding and wishing the winner well, is definitely not in his game plan. There is no obligation to concede. He’s busy raising money for the “Trump Defense Fund.” I don’t know if he can use the money raised to defend himself and others, when they go after him for tax fraud in New York.

Donald Trump will leave the White House on January 20, 2021. The great egomaniac president time is up. Republicans will show him the door. He hit rock bottom on Friday, with the Giuliani press conference.

The next phase of the egotistical president will be a mix of sleaze politics and television, not hotels, golf courses or casinos. It will be sleaze politics for sure, because sleaze sells. Facts are boring and unimaginative.

He’s the ultimate showman and marketer. He wants to go back to the Apprentice days, because the Apprentice made money. The key to the next phase will be the television networks with really zero scruples – namely One American News Network and NewsMax. He will be more than willing to partner up with them, continuing the narrative of how the Democrats are destroying America.

He knows the themes. It’s the Dems, communists and radicals. They are taking over the country. They spied on his campaign in 2016, punished him with the fake investigations, and ultimately stole the election.

He’s formed a Political Action Committee (PAC). That’s where the cash will come from to continue to market Donald Trump, who fell victim to diabolic forces controlled by the Democrats. It will keep him in the game.

I feel author Michael D’Antonio, who has written two books on Trump, really nailed it on Trump’s next moves. The PAC is incredibly important to promoting Trumpism. The sleaze networks look at Trump as something still very marketable. Republicans in Congress will still cling to him as they rally against the Biden presidency.

The slogans and themes he will promote are very familiar. It’s all about the Dems, socialism and total government control. The Dems will take away your guns, make friends with our Muslim enemies and radicals, destroy our schools, open our borders to Mexico, let in drug dealers and rapists and waste trillion of dollars on the New Green Deal. Take your pick.

Trump wants admiration. He wants his rallies and people around him who will make him look good. He wants to keep contacts which will keep the Trump organization growing. However, there will not be any more real development. Trump will sign branding deals, so his name can be on buildings and help with marketing efforts outside of the US. Look for a Trump tower or resort in Saudi Arabia, or United Arab Emirates soon. He knows there will be more court battles over his taxes. He will of course, consider this as an attack by the Democrats.

He prefers the counter offensive to the normal defense of his actions. So, Save America, will coincide with hate corrupt Democrats who stole the election. It was the corrupt, disgraceful, despicable state officials who rigged the election and nobody stood up to them except Rudy and his legal team. The courts just ignored mountains of evidence and were too timid to take action.

This is Trumpism.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Links:

Trump camp fundraises off Giuliani press conference

What’s next for the Trump show?

Election Recounts – Deal or No Deal!

If Trump wants a recount in Wisconsin, he’s got to pay 7.9 million dollars for it. If the recount shows he won, the state has to refund the money. Biden leads in Wisconsin by 20,470 votes. Deadline to request a recount is tomorrow, Dec 18.

In 2016, Jill Stein requested a recount in Wisconsin. As a result, Clinton gained 713 votes, Trump gained 844 and so Trump ended up ahead by 131 votes. Whoopie doo!

If the recount doesn’t cost 7.9 million dollars, Wisconsin gives Trump a partial refund.

Nevada has the same deal for Trump. I don’t know the deadlines or the cost of a recount. In 2016, Jill Stein requested a partial recount, and it ended in a net gain of 3 votes for Trump.

Deal or No Deal? If Trump goes for the recounts, the only thing that will come out of it is the count is off, perhaps a couple hundred votes. It will further legitimize the initial count of votes.

Deal or no deal. We shall see.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Misinform/obstruct or Concede

Since Trump lost the 2020 election, he will have earned the reputation of a president who puts himself and partisan politics above what is good for the country. This is the way he began his term and it will end even worse.

“Have lawyers, will sue” is what our president does instead of concede. It’s consistent with his BS on fraudulent ballots. Of course, it is getting tiresome. “The president avoided speaking to reporters but kept up his tweeting, claiming “a mountain of corruption & dishonesty” in the US election, despite lacking evidence.” Reporting from Al-Jazeera.

Court cases are being dismissed quickly, score now is 16 dismissals to zero wins. Almost zero. The Trump observers were allowed to stand six feet away from the election workers in Philadelphia. Of course, what they want is to stop the counting. The counts in Pennsylvania add to Biden’s lead. There is at least one court case that was dismissed within hours of being heard.

It is the opposite of what happened in Al Gore’s case in year 2000. He wanted the counting (or really the recounting) to continue in select counties in Florida despite legal deadlines. The Supreme Court decision is complicated, but its effect was to end the recount. The difference in votes in Gore’s case was 537 out of 6 million votes cast.

At this point, Trump must win Pennsylvania to make the case he could win the election. In PA, Biden is ahead by 56,000 votes. Biden’s lead is well over 0.5%, so there will be no recount. I am hoping we get the projected results from Arizona and Nevada by next week. That will establish Biden wins even without PA.

Trump is doing what Russian agents and trolls have been trying to do for years, to sow mistrust among our citizens of our democratic system and institutions. This is exactly what the Director of National Intelligence warned about. They have seen Russia active in other countries as well.

“In September, U.S. intelligence officials warned that because of the pandemic, it might take a few days for the results of the presidential election to emerge—and that foreign adversaries might exploit the delay to spread false information intended to undermine confidence in the vote.”

Please see link below from NBC News:

The Russians have no need to spread misinformation. Trump and his allies are doing it for them
“Nothing that Russia or Iran or China could say is anywhere near as wild as what the president is saying,” said a former FBI agent who tracks foreign disinformation.

It is time for Trump to concede. I wish the Republicans can convince him that the time has come.

Stay tuned,

Dave

“Have gun, will travel”

Links:

Bob Dole was funny, John McCain was sincere: Here’s how presidential candidates have conceded over the years

California Congressman Ted Lieu calls Trump election lawsuits ‘meaningless’

Where Election 2020 stands?

Newton could explain this: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” in Newton’s third law. Things can look like they are at a standstill, because the forces are in balance. Lawsuits backed by evidence opens doors to the courts. Lawsuits presented without evidence closes doors.

In four states where Trump lost, lawsuits have been filed and quickly dismissed. Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada. Doors are closing because evidence good enough for Twitter, doesn’t come close to what is needed in court.

Trump’s baseless claims in Nevada

The vote count is continuing and this is not helpful to Trump’s case. Biden’s margin in Pennsylvania is above the 0.5% so there is no automatic recount.

You get a judge to hear a case because there is something to be presented that shows violations of the rules and could make a difference in the case. The “there” isn’t there.

It was in year 2000 (for those of us that remembers year 2000) when all that separated candidates Bush and Gore was 700 votes and lawyers could show up in court with the punch card ballots in hand, showing ballots that should have been counted. The case was resolved in favor of Bush.

Twenty years ago, candidate Al Gore gave a concession speech which is a model today, of the real choices candidates have between patriotism and partisanship.

Al Gore’s Concession Speech

I have to give the President George HW Bush the top award, with the best concession speech, “Thank you, thank you, thank you” and he then puts up his hands and says, “Hey folks we’ve got to get going” – from humility comes strength. And he begins with the fact that he had just called Clinton to congratulate him on becoming president.

A dozen more are on Youtube. Larry Sabato (University of Virginia, Center for Politic) provides a few clips of 3 presidents who lost re-election (Ford, Carter and HW Bush):

Sabato’s Crystal Ball America Votes 2020 – Episode 13

Stay tuned,

Dave

Calling our elections

“If you don’t like Tucker Carlson or Rachel Maddow or Wolf Blitzer, don’t worry, they’re not making the calls.”

It is not CNN, Fox News or any other news organization which is legally tasked to declare projected winners. The states certify their election results weeks after the election.

On November 7, 2020, at about 11:20 am, the Associated Press called the election for Joe Biden, the projected winner of the election. Within 20 minutes, every network had called the election. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris celebrated that night.

Not all networks follow AP. There’s another organization called Decision Desk HQ. They also called Pennsylvania but not Arizona. CNN has not yet to call Arizona.

Some felt that Trump should concede immediately. I did not feel this way, and if Joe Biden had been the loser, I would have felt the same way. Conceding soon after an election is “called” makes sense if the candidate has lost in several states. Here, it was only Pennsylvania and I saw no reason for Trump to concede that day. The next day, the vote margin exceeded 0.50%, a vote recount could only happen with a court order, which appears unlikely.

In contesting an election, the legal challenges should be directed to the narrowest margins, namely Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. However, as these challenges may be filed, it is likely that this week, the Associated Press will call the election for Joe Biden in Arizona and Nevada, which will mean Biden no longer needs Pennsylvania to win. Georgia’s recount will not matter.

Certainly, at that point, it’s time for Trump to thank his supporters and throw in the towel.

Others opined that Trump will never concede and that will be terrible ending to his administration. For four years, Trump has been on the attack of the media, and it must appear to him that they (and not the electorate) have declared him a loser.

Obvious, the Associated Press or Decision Desk HQ can not tell a president he has lost. It has to be an independent decision. I’m sure he will listen to his lawyers on the chances of his lawsuits succeeding. In public, Rudy Giuliani will blast away at election results, and confidently announce they have solid proof of wrong doing. Yet privately, Trump will want to know the truth.

Let’s face it – our nation is polarized and so are the broadcast networks. It is sometimes incredible how the news stories vary or what is considered the most important story of the day.

Yet, they all came together as you could flip the channel and see the identical projected winners of the election. They could still disagree on everything else. Commentators on conservative networks in general did not call the results as fake, rigged or stolen, as Trump did. The keyword was election fraud is suspect.

The general public wants results as soon as possible not only the winner of the presidential race but of the 435 congressional seats that were up for re-election. It reduces a network’s credibility if they project a winner one moment, and change it a few minutes later.

See the link for more specifics on election projection by Decision Desk HQ, and the Associated Press. ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News have a different method on election night. They rely on a partnership called the National Election Pool, which provides exit polling and other data to the member organizations.

The issue is always the same, if the outstanding votes can possibly change the outcome. When the difference between candidates becomes very narrow, then they have to err on the side of caution and wait for more votes to be recorded.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Links:

How the press calls elections, explained


AP Explainer: Why did AP call the election for Biden

Thank you election workers and voters

Poll observers and workers keep our system working. I know that the part time election workers, whether they are in the backrooms counting ballots, or at the desks checking ID’s are doing their jobs. It’s likely the person who signs you in and hands you the ballot today, got to work at 5:30 am, at least in Miami. Smile and thank them.

Turn out in 2020 is going to set new records. This is excellent. Whether the electorate votes to keep our current president for the next four years or elect a new one, it is the voters choice, as set in our constitution.

The enemies of democracy are the silence of the press and apathy of the electorate. Our election is labor intensive. At every polling location across this country, volunteers act as observers, making sure everyone gets a chance to vote. Every single legitimate vote must be counted.

In other countries, leaders find ways to engineer their re-election to perpetuate their hold on the countries. A country does not one day slip into a dictatorship, it happens through an erosion of the freedoms to assemble and speak freely and a willingness to accept corruption and autocracy.

Democracy needs participation and vigilance. Your vote counts. Bring your ID. If you are in line before the polls close and are at the right voting location, you can vote.

Stay tuned,

Dave

We’re rounding the corner

We are, but not the way Trump tells it. Nothing about Covid-19 is getting better. Trump holds these massive rallies, and yells his slogans. We have done incredible things. I would not go near one and I am in fear of coming in close contact with anyone who has attended one.

He’s shameless and totally self-serving. He takes credit for the 2014 Veterans Choice Act. The Choice program, which allows veterans to see doctors outside the government-run VA system at taxpayer expense, was first passed in 2014 under President Barack Obama. Yes, Trump tweeked it, to make better, but it is still Obama’s baby.

I like Dr. Fauci’s statement as he was not going to jump in front of the microphone when Trump was speaking.

Robert Wilkie, the VA Administrator, is equally bad, as he claimed the veteran’s wait time is way down, based on a study. Trump loves this stuff. Problem is it is a complete distortion of the truth, as the study showing reduced wait times was from 2014 to 2017, while Obama was president.

It’s all marketing and no substance. His base will cheer and wave the American flag. The truth is out there.

We are rounding the corner on seeing the hypocrisy and outright lies of the administration. If Trump gets his way, there will be someone in each governmental agency checking to see if reports and comments are in line with Trump doctrines.

The latest target is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), because they are produce the National Climate Assessment. The assessment says climate change is getting worse, and a large part of this is due to worldwide use of fossil fuels, and particularly bad in coal.

Trump doesn’t like this and it is why he appointed Erik Noble formerly a White House policy advisor, and now Chief of Staff of NOAA. He fired Craig McLean, acting chief scientist at NOAA. The problem between Noble and McLean was clear, as who should set policy, review and approve research, the Chief Scientist or the newly appointed Chief of Staff, who has political ties to the White House.

You can pretty much rule out the Environmental Protection Agency from actually protecting the environment. Same with the Department of Interior, as it is completely ignoring its mission and supporting the reduction of national preserves, banning development.

I applaud Director Christopher Wray of the FBI in keeping his integrity during this election time. He has said nothing on baseless conspiracy theories on Hunter Biden. Trump has expressed his displeasure as long as Wray is there, he can’t politicize the FBI.

The minimizing of the dangers of Covid-19 and use of hydroxychloroquine as a cure, that the liberal media was covering up. Trump’s Covid-19 taskforce stockpiled 63 million doses. They even gave 2 million doses to Brazil as a goodwill gesture after Bolsonaro visited Trump’s Mar-a-Largo home in Palm Beach. Trump has deep marketing skills, and will put an unrealistic positive spin on everything.

In Bob Woodward’s book, that Trump explains why he loves big rallies. It’s simple – the networks will broadcast them, and it’s hours of free publicity. And he loves to tell people how big the crowds are. Now this isn’t particularly smart during the epidemic.

Biden isn’t doing big rallies because of Covid-19. It’s smart and respectful of people’s health.

Please vote for Biden. Elections have consequences.

Links:

Trump takes credit for Obama’s gains for vets

Fact-checking Trump’s claims about hydroxychloroquine, the antimalarial drug he’s touting as a coronavirus treatment

2020 Presidential Election

These are the swing states. It takes 270 electoral votes to win. Neither candidate can win without winning some of the swing states.

Everyone should vote. Right now, if you have an mail-in ballot, there isn’t time to mail it in. There are drop boxes at the polling locations. You must go there in person.

The election is far from over. The map above is from a consensus of maps developed by many organizations. See www.sim538.com

For Donald Trump to win the election, he must hold on to the states he won in 2016. For Biden to win, he must flip a number of the states. The states which Biden might flip are MI, WI, AZ, FL and NC. If Trump wins the swing states, he will win the election for four more years.

I urge everyone to vote. The results may not be known on election day because so many Americans have voted by mail, and in many states, they are not allowed to tally the votes until election day. So vote and be patient for the final tally.

Stay tuned,

Dave

The only choice for the environment: Joe Biden for President

Hurricane Zeta is on it’s way to New Orleans. Need any more convincing?

Climate change does not cause hurricanes. It is a factor in making hurricanes more frequent and wetter, because the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico allow the tropical storms to linger longer in place and intensify. A Level 1 hurricane can more easily become a Level 5 one. I’ve seen what a Level 5 does, it crushes entire communities.

Climate change alters the climate patterns, and this results in unpredictable extreme weather events, including drought, floods, and severe winter storms. The forest fires in California, Brazil amazon rain forest and Patagonia, Siberia and along the artic circle, and in Australia’s Northeast are a product of global warming.

The good scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency have either been muzzled, left or been demoted. The head of the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, was a lobbyist for the coal industry. Words like global warming are no longer spoken within the halls of the EPA.

“Donald Trump is the worst present ever for the climate, our health and our safety. He views the power of the presidency not as a change for good, but as a weapon to damage the nation while enriching himself and his cronies,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brun.

This is real. The photos are from Northern California, where members of my family live. Fire rage in the San Gabriel mountains, close to where my brother lives. That makes this race pretty personal.

Sierra Club: Fall 2020

The Sierra Club is proud to be endorsing Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential election. Biden has laid out a bold vision of safeguarding our air and water, transitioning to a clean energy economy, and investing in communities that for too long have been left behind to deal with pollution caused by our reliance on fossil fuels. Vice President Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate made this ticket the strongest ever for proposed climate action. The Biden-Harris partnership will prioritize climate – and climate justice – in their administration while restoring the United States as the a global leader in tackling the crisis.

Make your voices known. Vote now.

Dave

Biden is the Best for National and World Problems, and Trump is Proving that every day

Yahoo Finance on attacks on Fauci:

Just the latest example was during a recent campaign call in which Trump said, “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” before going on to say, “He’s been here for 500 years.”

There are some very good people advising Trump. Christopher Wray is one, Director of the FBI. Anthony Fauci is another, member of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus. Fauci has served 6 presidents as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He was first appointed in 1984 and has helped lead the U.S. response to a range of diseases like HIV/AIDS to Ebola and Zika.

What qualifies as good and bad with Trump? First, people must give him credit for things he hasn’t done and things you know aren’t true. He’s been like that his whole life. Truth is not particularly important. Putting a positive spin on everything is all important.

All Trump wants Dr. Fauci to do is sing high praises to Trump and tell everyone that everything will be alright. All Trump wants from Christopher Wray is to smear Biden by declaring Hunter Biden is under investigation.

The sad truth is the cases of Covid-19 are on the increase in certain areas. It tells us we are not doing enough to control the spread. We are not rounding the corner.

A sign reads “In Fauci We Trust,” referring to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, outside a home in Rockport, Massachusetts, U.S., July 13, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder – RC2FSH9HM5N3

Trump likely will fire Director Wray after the election, because he is honest. Trump also criticized Wray over the FBI director’s testimony that antifa is an ideology and not an organization, contradicting Trump’s claim that it should be declared a “terrorist organization” engaged in attacks on cities.

“These are thugs, these are bad people,” Trump said Friday, adding “they are anarchists and they are agitators and they are looters and rioters and everything else.”

Please Vote. And vote for the man who will put what’s best for the country ahead of what is best for himself and re-election.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Final debate: October 22, 9:00 pm EST

It should be a bit more controlled event. As each candidate is given 2 minutes to respond to a question, the opposing candidate’s microphone will be turned off.

Six topics were selected: Fighting Covid-19, American Family, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security and Leadership. This could change. See BBC link below. The basic format will not change.

Trump has already begun an attack on the selected moderator of the debate, Kristen Welker. In Arizona, Trump called her a “radical Democrat” , backed up by the New York Post and numerous Facebook postings, all completely baseless.

The “radical Dems” at this point covers about half all Americans who don’t favor Donald Trump as their president. At last count, perhaps more than half of all Americans, as noted Republicans are voting against him as well.

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker, the moderator for the third presidential debate, has not donated money to Democrats, according to contribution data. Welker is currently registered to vote in Washington, D.C., with no party affiliation, according to the District of Columbia Board of Elections. A photo of Welker with Barack and Michelle Obama is from a 2012 White House reception for the press.

Fortunately, there are a lot better places to get your news, than the trashy New York Post, One American News or a lot of highly biased commentators on cable networks.

For those still undecided about who should be the next president, I suggest watching the debate, and checking the fact checker sites the next day to get a better understanding of who is telling the truth. Factcheck.org and politifact.com are my two favorites.

Last minute accusations of corruption, simple chants (ie: “lock her up”) or name calling are favorite tactics of Trump. The latest attack on the “Biden’s” is also baseless, and comes after a complete investigation by the Republican controlled Senate vindicated any wrong doing by Joe Biden, while Vice President. It is Rudy Guiliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, who is currently under investigation as two of his close associates have been arrested.

Please note this site accepts viewpoints to the contrary. Your comment may not be immediately posted, but I am making a real effort to check and approve every comment that isn’t offensive, spam or off topic.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Links:

Controversy on Kristen Welker (Tagged as a radical Dem by Trump. Note that Trump congratulated her in January when she became NBC weekend anchor)

BBC News: US election 2020: Trump and Biden feud over debate topics

Biden is best for Global and National Problems – Part 4

Character

Honesty and working for the best interests of our country instead of a political party are two essential characteristics of a good president. It was George W. Bush who suggested a third characteristic – Humility.

What I find incredible, is that after the truth is revealed, Trump does not back down. Whether it is Mexico is going to pay for the wall or some absurd conspiracy theory, he doesn’t let go of it. It’s like it becomes part of his repertoire. The best explanation comes from Jared Kushner, “Controversy elevates the message” and facts don’t really matter.

I will just add a few quotes from those closest to the President in recent years. I really like this wonderful axiom:

Facts are threatening to those invested in fraud. DaShanne Stokes.

“I think we need to look harder at who we elect and I think we should start, all of us, regardless of what our views are of politics, I think we should look at people running for office and put them through a filter, what is their character like, what are their ethics and if elected, are they willing to represent all of their constituents and not just their base.” General John Kelly, former Chief of Staff.

A former White House chief of staff, retired Marine general John Kelly, told friends that Donald Trump’s “dishonesty” is “astounding” and “pathetic”, a report has said. “The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me,” the retired Marine general told friends, according to a report by CNN. “The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life,” he allegedly said. As reported in CNN. See link at the bottom.

When Trump called Mexicans “rapists” in the speech announcing his candidacy on June 16, 2015, Priebus called him and said, “You can’t talk like that. We’ve been working really hard to win over Hispanics.”
― Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House

From his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, “As I’ve been saying since the beginning, Trump was a mobster, plain and simple.”

“His style is chaos itself. And when you have chaos at the top of the federal government, that creates chaos throughout every other level of government. That means, we can not perform our security functions well. Elizabeth Neumann, Former Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention.

The lies and deceptions are accelerating, as people are now going to the polls in many of the swing states. According to CNN:

For fact checkers, the period from Friday through Sunday was one of the most challenging of Trump’s entire presidency: he made at least 66 separate false or misleading claims over that three-day span. In other words, it was 66 false or misleading claims without even counting all the times he repeated some of those same 66 claims over the course of the three days.

Trump did have a packed schedule. On Friday, he made a speech to Florida seniors and held rallies in Florida and Georgia; on Saturday, he held rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan; on Sunday, he held a rally in Nevada.

This one is from his recent rally in Florida:

Trump boasted in Florida: “Since the China virus, we have created — a record in the history of our country — 11.4 million jobs over just a short period of months.” Yes – true, but it neglects the loss of 22 million jobs over the prior two months. Since Trump took office, there has been a net loss of jobs.

Biden is the clear winner in the area of honesty, working for the American people and at the same time, being humble.

Stay tuned,

Dave

Links:

Fact Checking Trump’s massively dishonest weekend

Biden is the Best for Global Problems – Part 2

Climate Change

From “A planet in peril”, New York Times, Editorial Board, Oct 18, 2020.

For anyone who cares about the health of the planet, the Trump years have been, to say the least, profoundly discouraging. Barely two months in office, President Trump order his cabinet to review and remove any regulatory obstacles to the production of oil, gas and coal; shortly thereafter, he renounced America’s support for the landmark Paris climate agreement, thus shedding any claim to American leadership on a global crisis.

It was more or less downhill from there. He methodically decapitated Obama-era rules aimed at limiting emissions from power plants and oil and gas operations and mandating increases in fuel efficiency. He also opened public land hitherto shielded from mining and drilling exploration.

There were other assaults large and small on environmental protections, but the most damaging were those that undermined rules to diminish greenhouse gases while enabling the industries that produced them. All this despite the climate-related carnage in front of his own eyes, conspicuously the fires in California – and despite authoritative studies warning that failure to wrench emissions drastically downward over the next decade will bring irreversible damage.

Emissions in America, pre-Covid-19 declined slightly thanks partly to the switch to cleaner fuels and the determined efforts of states and cities to do the job Mr. Trump won’t do. Globally, however emissions have been rising and the seas with them.

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So absolutely well stated. Climate change is a significant factor in recent extreme weather events includes both prolong drought and hurricanes/ monsoons. This year we went through the entire list of 24 named hurricanes and now Hurricane Delta is destroying the western areas of Louisiana and Texas. The forest fires and devastating ecological damage is occurring now in the Brazilian amazon rain forest, the incredible unique wetlands to the south (Pantanal), Australia, and all along the artic circle in Siberia, Greenland, and Alaska.

Yes, our air is clean, because the carbon pollutants go to the upper atmosphere and cause trapping of solar rays. Our planet is overheating like one big greenhouse.

Obama understood the severity of the problem and so does Joe Biden. They will put qualified people who have the interest at heart. We need global solutions, and this means action from China, Russia, India and Brazil.

Donald Trump puts fossil fuel lobbyists in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency. Yes, our air is clean, because the carbon pollutants go to the upper atmosphere and cause trapping of solar rays. Our planet is overheating like one big greenhouse.

Stay tuned,

Dave