How telling that President Trump’s first meeting of his first work day was not with representatives from the public but with a dozen-plus CEOs. Not surprising, since his cabinet is full of billionaires professing to understand the needs of working or poor Americans. During the meeting he threatens them with new taxes if they don’t do what he wants. Can you imagine the howling if this would have been a Democrat President threatening to block global trade or impose new taxes on American businesses?
The new administration says it will move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Why in the world with all the global challenges and hot spots would we want to kick that hornet’s nest? Haven’t we done that enough in the Middle East in the last 15 years?
The first lady Melania Trump has returned to Trump Tower in NYC. How many years has it been since we did not have the first family reside in the White House? She, like her husband, must not understand the sacrifices called for in service of the greater public good. Could it be because they have so little history of performing any service to anyone else other than themselves? Just like in refusing to divest himself of his business interests for the good of the country over his self interests.
Trump’s press secretary hints that the U.S. should get much more in return for opening our consumer markets to other countries. I can now see their strategy emerge as savvy business people. Developer / CEO Trump operates the “Mall of America” with 320 million buyers in his real estate development complex. He as a rent seeker just wants to be paid well for allowing others to sell to his captive consumers. Aren’t we ever so lucky.
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