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Emails are coming in from around the world – here is one from Germany:

Endlich werded ihr wohl Euren geisteskranken, Lügner und lächerlichen (in der ganzen Welt) unfähigen Präsidenten los sein. Amerika war unter seiner Präsidentschaft nicht mehr das, so wie ich es kennen gelernt habe, und genau so sieht es der Rest auf der Welt. Es ist nur schade das seine Großeltern Deutsche waren.

Finally you will be rid of your mentally ill, liar and ridiculous (in the whole world) incompetent president. Under his presidency, America was no longer what I got to know, and the rest of the world sees it exactly like that. It’s a pity that his grandparents were Germans.

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Trump Portrait

I saw this post on social media, clipped it here.

Since this is just an image, here is the text version for easier reading and for the search engines.

Stop for a minute and look at this photo.
This is NOT a political post by any means.
This is simply something that everyone should stop and think about.
Can you imagine the weight he must be feeling right now?
When he signed up for this role (without pay) he did it for us Americans.
He didn’t do it for the fame or glory, he had all that.
The magnitude of what we’re currently experiencing has to be paralyzing.
For some, NOTHING he does is ever right or good enough.
Do you ever wonder how he must be dealing with it all?
When his head finally hits the pillow at night after press conferences and meetings.
Does he break down and cry from all the pressure?
Is he scared and confused?
Is he even able to sleep?
Can he shut his mind off at all?
Or does he lay there and talk to God all night praying for strength and answers?
Whether he’s making you proud or not, look at this photo and ask God to soften your heart just a little bit and lift this man up in prayer.
He needs them right now more than ever.
He is carrying the weight of OUR country on his shoulders.
Be kind and pray for President Trump and for the entire world. 🙏🏼❤️

Unfortunately, I don’t buy any of this. If I were asked to write the equivalent, this is what it would be:

Stop for a minute and look at this photo.
What we have here is a colossal failure of a person.
Can you imagine the fear he must be feeling right now?
When he signed up for this role, he knew it would be the ultimate infomercial.
He would have carte blanche to usurp enormous government resources from our own and foreign government to line his own pockets.
He knew he would forego his salary to make him look good to the stupid masses of voters he cares nothing about.
He didn’t realize it could come with responsibility.
Much of the disaster we are currently experiencing was directly or indirectly created by his ineptitude and lack of judgement.
Do you ever wonder how he must be dealing with it all?
He pretty much does nothing unless he makes money or attracts adulation that he so craves.
He throws tantrums when things don’t go his way.
He ridicules his own staff and followers.
He lays there at night drawing up battle plans for the next day, since it’s him against the world.
No matter what he says, to me he does not look like a person who believes in God.
We are carrying the mess he has created, the six trillion in debt, the 226,000 COVID dead, on our shoulders for decades to come.
Just so he can bask in self-adulation.
We must vote him out of office, and see his ilk run for the shadows like roaching under the florescent lights.

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Trump likes to say that we don’t really have a problem. It just looks like a problem, because we see more cases than any other country because we test more  than any other country.

To elaborate on that, I guess we could say that “testing causes cases.”

Well, testing does not cause cases. The cases need to be there before testing can find them. That would mean that other countries that do less testing find less cases, but the cases may or may not be there.

However, I can conclusively say that testing does not cause deaths.

We have the highest death count.

People die of COVID whether they have been tested or not.

None of Trump’s statements even make sense anymore.

Who are we kidding?

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During the last debate, Trump said he didn’t think the federal government should be involved in the minimum wage. The chart below shows that it hasn’t. No change since 2009. But the rich have almost tripled their net worth.

Do you really think Trump is looking out for the average Americans? Who are these people at Trump rallies? I wonder what their wages are.

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The President of the United States is the target of allegations of assault and rape by 19 different women. He was a close friend of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Here are some leads about sexual abuse of children by prominent Republicans. Only the best in Trump’s circle. I honestly do not understand how, after all this open corruption and so much criminal activity by Trump’s inner circle, there are still millions of Americans who support him.

I do not understand.

(R) Ralph Shortey (Trump’s Oklahoma Campaign Chairman & OK State Senator)

Indicted on four counts of human trafficking and child pornography. Pled guilty to a federal charge of child sex trafficking after hiring a 17-year-old boy for sex. Sentenced to 15 years in prison, in addition to ten years of supervised release and ordered to pay $125,000 in restitution:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ex-oklahoma-state-senator-gets-15-year-prison-sentence-for-child-sex-trafficking

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/trump-s-oklahoma-campaign-chair-plead-guilt-child-sex-trafficking-n822461

https://apnews.com/article/c645e8d17a2f46a8aade113e0c93328a

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdok/pr/former-oklahoma-state-senator-sentenced-fifteen-years-child-sex-trafficking


(R) Dennis Hastert (Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives & Illinois Congressman)

One of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to go to prison — Hastert molested at least four boys as young as 14 years of age when he coached wrestling at an Illinois High School. Sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years’ supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. A civil case is due back in court for a status hearing on Jan. 8, 2021 at the courthouse to further address the jury trial, should it still occur amid the pandemic.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dennis-hastert-sentenced-to-15-months-in-prison

https://apnews.com/article/f0aca550dabc4e4c9c642e91f832d6ed

https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/ex-house-speaker-hastert-gets-15-months-idUSKCN0XO178

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/ex-u-s-house-speaker-dennis-hastert-starts-prison-term


(R) Joseph Dendy (Cobb County GA Republican Party Chairman & Sunday School Teacher)

Sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on four counts of child molestation, four counts of first-degree cruelty to children, three counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, and one count each of aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation

https://www.13wmaz.com/article/mb/news/former-cobb-gop-leader-gets-life-in-prison-for-child-sex-abuse/450073411

https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/former-gop-chairman-arrested-on-child-molestation-charges

https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/cobb-gop-chairman-dendy-indicted-molestation-charges/Ajxs2SiORqMCCdVZpGqj1M/


(R) Tim Nolan (Co-chairman for Trump’s Kentucky Campaign & Former Campbell County Judge)

Served as a judge, school board member and city solicitor, forced 19 victims to perform sex acts, including seven who were minors under 16. Sentenced to 20 years in prison:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/ex-kentucky-judge-enters-plea-deal-in-human-trafficking-case

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2018/03/26/tim-nolan-judge-tim-nolan-conservative-activist-tim-nolan-human-trafficker/400004002/

https://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/ex-campbell-county-judge-sentenced-to-20-years-for-sex-crimes


(R) George Nader (Trump Foreign Policy Adviser)

Sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography and transporting a minor into the United States for sex:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mueller-witness-george-nader-sentenced-child-porn-sex-trafficking-charges

https://www.courthousenews.com/child-sex-trafficker-from-trump-tower-meeting-gets-10-year-sentence/

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/mueller-probe-witness-pleads-guilty-to-child-sex-charges/


(R) Jim Knoblach (MN State Representative)

Knoblach’s daughter, Laura, alleges that the prominent legislator inappropriately touched her for most of her life, behavior she confided to close friends, family and authority figures at her school and church for more than a decade:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/minnesota-state-lawmaker-ends-reelection-bid-amid-daughters-allegations-of-inappropriate-touching

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/09/22/minnesota-rep-jim-knoblach-ends-campaign-amid-allegations-daughter/1397071002/


(R) Brandon Hixon (Idaho State Representative)

Resigned while under criminal investigation for molesting two girls, including a young female relative for more than 10 years, then killed himself three months later, shortly before his ex-wife and two others were to testify before a grand jury:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-lawmaker-facing-sex-abuse-probe-was-coward-for-killing-himself-ex-wife-says

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brandon-hixon-former-idaho-lawmaker-facing-sex-abuse-inquiry-kills-himself/


(R) Paul Petersen (Maricopa, AZ County Assessor)

Pleaded guilty to human smuggling in adoption scheme.

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/paul-petersen-pleads-guilty-to-human-smuggling-in-adoption-scheme

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/09/paul-petersen-arizona-official-indicted-adoption-fraud-scheme/3926733002/


(R) Mike Folmer (PA State Senator)

Pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/mike-folmer-pennsylvania-state-senate-child-pornography-sentencing-20200721.html

https://www.npr.org/2019/09/18/761894162/pennsylvania-state-senator-arrested-on-charges-of-possessing-child-porn

https://6abc.com/mike-folmer-republican-state-senator-child-porn/6328875/


(R) Tony Yocham (Hamilton, TX Chief of Police)

Arrested September 12, 2020 by Texas Rangers on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

https://www.kwtx.com/2020/09/13/hamilton-police-chief-arrested-by-texas-rangers/

https://www.kxxv.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county-chief-of-police-arrested-for-continuous-abuse-of-a-child


 

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Here are the mugshots of 10 of the 13 would-be Michigan kidnappers.

People who are planning on kidnapping an American Governor and possibly executing her are called terrorists. Since we usually associate terrorism with foreigners, we have narrowed the term down to “domestic terrorists.”

Here are pictures of domestic terrorists. They are all white. I don’t know these 10 men, but I do know our media calls them “white supremacists.” I am actually curious about what goes on in the head of somebody who plans to kidnap and possibly execute a governor. I would like to have a conversation, maybe over a beer in the backyard. What would be their persuasive argument?

But this post is not about the would-be kidnappers. It’s about how our president responded to their story.

If these 10 people where Muslims, with dark beards and Arab head dress, our president would have responded with a further escalation of the ban of all Muslims in this country, and every Muslim American would have had to pay for it with abuse, discrimination, assault in public and pure fear for their safety.

If these 10 people were Hispanic, our president would have told us the Mexicans are murderers, rapists, criminals and needed to be deported, and – by the way – we need to build that wall. All Hispanics would have been further injured and damaged.

If these 10 people were Black, all black people would have been denigrated and the entire black-lives-matter movement would have been attacked as anarchist. The president would have blamed the black community for their crimes.

But these men are all white.

So the president attacked their victim, the Governor of Michigan. Apparently she had it coming.

 

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Hillary Clinton, Donny Jr., Eric and me. The First Lady is a wonderful woman who has handled pressure incredibly well.

— Donald Trump

 

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When Disloyal came out I knew I had to read it. Who is this most powerful of Trump’s enablers? Who is this guy that I read about long before Trump’s announcement of his candidacy, the ruthless wolverine who came after Trump’s victims and threatened to ruin them if they even tried to assert their rights?

When the White House found out that Cohen was writing this book, they tried everything they could to stop him from publishing it. It was going to be a sensational tell-all book.

Well, it is.

Cohen was there from the beginning. He knows Trump intimately, and he was his most loyal and effective confidante and protector. To understand Trump, we need to read Disloyal, because it tells what it was like to work for Trump.

Here is an excerpt:

We all flew to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the event titled Trump: The New Owner of WWE Raw. All of us invited were eager to experience what we knew was going to be a wild, fun night. In the dressing room under the stadium, we could hear the mounting noise of the crowd coming in, and it was obvious that the place was going to be sold out, not to mention the huge pay-per-view audience. This was when Don Jr. spoke out of turn, at least in the eyes of his taskmaster father. “Hey, Dad, are you nervous?” he asked. “What did you say?” Trump asked, his face reddening. “I’m going in front of millions of people. What kind of stupid fucking question is that? Get out of here.”

We all stood in awkward silence, staring at our shoes, feeling sorry for the son and his perfectly innocent question.

“God damn it,” Trump said with a heavy sigh, as if his son wasn’t present. “The kid has the worst fucking judgment of anyone I have ever met. What a stupid thing to say—to put that thought in my head.” Don Jr. said nothing, also inspecting his shoes, and no doubt desperate to flee. The hurt was evident in his face and demeanor, even though this was hardly the first time I’d heard Trump insult his son and remark on his supposed lack of intelligence. I often wondered why the son stayed around in the face of the abuse of his father, though I knew the answer, because Don Jr. had told me the story.

— Cohen, Michael. Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump (pp. 83-84). Skyhorse. Kindle Edition.

Obviously, the White House said that Cohen is a liar – and he is, by his own admission – but when you read his story, it’s obvious that he is not making this stuff up. He just tells it like it was, like a journal entry, and he doesn’t really “blast” Trump either. He just describes, almost soberly, some of his more atrocious deeds. The personality of Trump comes out, similar to how it came out in Mary Trump’s book Too Much and Never Enough.

Most of all I was struck with the realization that Trump USED Cohen, over and over again, until — suddenly — when Cohen fell due to his covering for Trump, he was no longer useful to him. Trump immediately disowned and abandoned him. Cohen is now in prison (at this time serving his sentence under house-arrest) and Trump is — still — in the White House. Trump uses people, everyone, his wife, his children, his best friends, his relatives, his employees, his vendors and contractors, and now the entire population of the United States, to serve him. Cohen’s book shows how he does that.

Michael Cohen’s book is not a “great book” or an exceptional memoir. It is a sober book, well told, revealing, and it shows us what Trump really is: a fraud.

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I am reading Michael Cohen’s book right now, and one of the most revealing and interesting chapters to me what Chapter Ten – How to Fix a Poll. It’s not a widely known incident or story, but it tells more about Trump than many of the other stories and scandals that we have heard about.

In 2014, Trump was starting to get serious about running for office, and he wanted his image to be one of a highly respected and famous business man and real estate developer. Around that time, CNBC was celebrating its 25th anniversary as a network, and to do so it was conducting an online poll to determine the twenty-five most influential business people alive. The poll stated that “he or she should have altered business, commerce, management or human behavior – in other words, the person should be responsible for ushering meaningful change, with business being the primary sphere of influence.” Trump was one of the two hundred business people listed as contenders.

Inside the Trump organization, his secretary emailed everyone she could to click on the hyperlink to elevate the boss’ profile.

That is ludicrous to begin with. If I did that in my company, my employees would laugh at me.

But it seems to have been normal at the Trump Organization. They figured that if everyone “inside” were to vote on their computer, their phone, their tablets, the tablets of their kids, etc., it would be enough to get him into the top 10. When CNBC first started publishing results, Trump was near the very bottom, like 187 out of 200. Trump was reportedly pissed. He printed out the results grid, marked it up with a Sharpie and called Cohen: “What can we do about this poll? I am at the bottom of the fucking list. Check into this immediately and let me know.”

Cohen called an IT friend for help. His company knew what to do. They bought several batches of IP addresses to hide the fake polls, and inserted the votes to drive up Trump’s numbers. Their goal was to get him to number 9. Trump wanted number 1, but they thought nobody would believe it and it would create too much scrutiny. The IP addresses cost $7,500 for batches of 100,000, and they needed several. Trump approved the purchase.

They pulled it off, and Trump made number 9 on the list. He was all excited, had hundreds of copies of the list printed, sent it to all his friends and contacts to gloat, and distributed it to his visitors in his office.

Then CNBC completely removed him, no answers given. While Cohen never did find out what happened, CNBC had the right to do so. Being an IT guy myself, it’s obvious that CNBC figured out the fraud and without making much fanfare about it, which they could have, they simply removed him completely.

Trump was furious. He ended up not even paying the consulting firm that had pulled it off. He stiffed them for their services and for the purchases of the IP addresses. After all “they didn’t deliver the objective” so why should he pay them?

He was so incensed, he wanted Cohen to call the president of CNBC and tell him they’d sue him if they didn’t restore his rightful slot.

Think about that for a minute. Here is a business man that is so obsessed with his image that he is willing to openly cheat in a poll. Then he “wins” and is delighted. That’s like a boy scout stealing a trophy and showing it off as his own. Then, when the fraud is discovered, and the trophy is taken away, he is indignant, actually personally offended. The world has it out for him. He obviously believed himself that he “deserved” that award and it was taken away from him. Not only did he cheat, but he himself believed that he earned it.

If any school boy between age six and twelve did this, we would reprimand him.

But Donald Trump did this in 2014. That is the kind of man we elected for President of the United States.

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Bad Liars…

…are those the lie about stuff that is easily proven wrong within seconds.

Does Trump not realize that people keep records of his tweets and archives of his words in video?

He must know that, right?

And if he does, he thinks we’re all ignorant, stupid and lazy and wont’ bother checking.

Either way, he is insulting me.

In Trump’s denial, he said on Twitter and to the media that he had not made these remarks — although, he added, he thinks McCain was less successful than he has been in taking care of veterans.

“I disagreed with him with respect to the vets and the taking care of the VA. I wanted to do it a much different way, and I think it’s proven to be a much more successful way when you look at the success we’ve had with the VA and with our vets — with Choice and with Accountability, all the things I’ve got,” he said after disembarking Air Force One after a trip to Pennsylvania.

Again, Choice — which allowed certain veterans to be covered by the government for receiving care from doctors outside the VA health system — is not something Trump “got.” What Trump actually signed was the VA MISSION Act of 2018, which modified and expanded the private-care program created by the Choice bill.
The full name of the VA MISSION Act honors McCain: it is the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 2018.

Trump made at least one other false claim in his denial: he said he had “never” called McCain a loser. In fact, he did so at a 2015 event in Iowa, on camera — saying of McCain’s defeat in the 2008 presidential election, “I never liked him as much after that, because I don’t like losers.”
Later the same day, he tweeted out an article that was headlined, “Donald Trump: John McCain Is ‘A Loser.'”

CNN Politics, by Daniel Dale, Sept 4, 2020

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It is dumbfounding to me how Trump and his minions must think we’re all stupid.

During the Obama/Biden administration, the stock market went from rock bottom and steadily climbed for eight years, with occasional dips and peaks. Unemployment went down steadily. Now they keep telling us that the Obama years were “the slowest economic recovery.” Maybe it was slower than they would have liked, but at least it was a recovery!

Steve Scalise says that we have the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years. What planet does he live on? Our unemployment rate is 10.2%, which is the worst since the Great Recession, brought on by the last Republican administration in 2008.

  • We didn’t have more than 1,000 people die every day from a pandemic virus with no end in sight. We’re approaching 200,000 dead in a six month period. Remember how upset they were when four people died in Benghazi?
  • We didn’t have racial riots in the streets of the major cities in the country. More people died in riots in the last few days than did in Benghazi.
  • We didn’t have tens of millions of jobs lost with an unemployment rate of 10.2%.
  • We were able to go to restaurants.
  • Our children were able to go to school.
  • There were no vigilantes killing people in the streets.
  • There were no protestors with assault rifles in statehouses and governor’s offices.

Now Trump calls all this the fault of the Democrats?

All this stuff started under Trump’s watch. We’re looking at Trump’s America, and not even Trump likes it.

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Mary Trump’s tell-all book about her brother Donald Trump sold 1.35 million copies in the first week after publication. My copy was one of those.

Mary is an educated professional, a psychologist and a very good writer and story-teller. She is the oldest daughter of Trump’s oldest brother Freddie, who died very early in life. She has unique insight into the upbringing and lives of the five Trump siblings by her grandparents. Of course, Trump and the White House tried to stop publication of this book. Trump tweeted:

“Mary Trump, a seldom seen niece who knows little about me, says untruthful things about my wonderful parents (who couldn’t stand her!) and me, and violated her NDA,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “She’s a mess! Many books have been written about me, some good, some bad. Both happily and sadly, there will be more to come!”

Some Trump supporters have called the book a “book of lies” but I doubt that when they say this they have actually read it.

There is nothing scandalous about it. It just tells the story of a family in Brooklyn, led by an autocratic and self-absorbed man, Fred Trump, who build a billion-dollar real estate empire, and who shaped Donald Trump into the person we see today.

If Trump hadn’t ascended to the presidency, none of this would have been interesting to anyone, and the Trump Organization would have gone on doing what appears to be shady business for decades to come.

But that is not how things went.

Here is an except:

Donald was to my grandfather what the border wall has been for Donald: a vanity project funded at the expense of more worthy pursuits. Fred didn’t groom Donald to succeed him; when he was in his right mind, he wouldn’t trust Trump Management to anybody. Instead, he used Donald, despite his failures and poor judgment, as the public face of his own thwarted ambition. Fred kept propping up Donald’s false sense of accomplishment until the only asset Donald had was the ease with which he could be duped by more powerful men.

There was a long line of people willing to take advantage of him. In the 1980s, New York journalists and gossip columnists discovered that Donald couldn’t distinguish between mockery and flattery and used his shamelessness to sell papers. That image, and the weakness of the man it represented, were precisely what appealed to Mark Burnett.

— Trump, Mary L.. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man (pp. 195-196). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

Too Much and Never Enough is a very readable book, not too long to become a tedious read, and it explains Donald Trump. What he does, how he acts, and more importantly, what he doesn’t do or say just makes sense after having read this book.

I would highly recommend it to everyone, both Trump supporters and the rest of us.

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  • February 7 – <10 cases: “He (Xi) will be successful, especially as the weather starts to warm & the virus hopefully becomes weaker, and then gone.”
  • February 10 – <10 cases: “a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April.”
  • February 25 – 15 cases: “So I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away.”
  • February 26 – 15 cases: “You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
  • February 27 – 60 cases: “It’s going to disappear…One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”
  • March 6 – 319 cases: Trump again stated the virus would “go away.”
  • March 10 – 994 cases: “We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away,”
  • March 12 – 1,631 cases: “It’s going away. We want it to go away with very, very few deaths.”
  • March 30 – 168,680 cases: “It will go away. You know it — you know it is going away, and it will go away.”
  • March 31 – 193,954 cases: “It’s going to go away, hopefully at the end of the month. And, if not, hopefully it will be soon after that.”
  • April 3 – 284,504 cases: “It is going to go away. It is going away.…I said it’s going away, and it is going away.”
  • April 7 – 410,788 cases: “It will go away” “the cases really didn’t build up for a while.” “I think what happens is it’s going to go away. This is going to go away”.
  • April 29 – 1,068,111 cases: “It’s gonna go. It’s gonna leave. It’s gonna be gone. It’s going to be eradicated and – uh – it might take longer. It might be in smaller sections. It won’t be what we had”
  • May 8 – 1,326,579 cases: “It’s going to go away. And we’re not going to see it again, hopefully, after a period of time.”
  • May 15 – 1,517,723 cases: “It’ll go away at some point, It’ll go away. It may flare up and it may not flare up.”
  • June 16 – 2,211,406 cases: “I always say, even without it [a vaccine], it goes away.”
  • June 17 – 2,237,660 cases: Coronavirus would “fade away”.
  • June 23 – 2,246,338 cases: “We did so well before the plague and we’re doing so well after the plague. It’s going away.”
  • July 1 – 2,778,452 cases: “We’re headed back in a very strong fashion. … And I think we’re going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that at some point that’s going to sort of just disappear. I hope.”
  • July 19 – 3,836,674 cases: “I will be right eventually. You know, I said, ‘It’s going to disappear.’ I’ll say it again. … It’s going to disappear, and I’ll be right,”
  •  August 1 – 4,620,239 cases, 154,360 deaths: ” Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!”

Now I get it. All these cases, and these new infections, are only there because we have done more testing. If we did less testing, there’d be less cases. Does that mean that if we had stopped testing completely on June 17, when we had 2.2 million cases, the spread would have stopped, instead of the number of infections doubling in the ensuing six weeks?

This is obviously a flawed conclusion and meant simply to confuse people, rather than educate them with useful information and facts.

If you do less testing, you KNOW ABOUT LESS cases. The cases are still there. The testing itself hasn’t infected people. The virus has. Doing less testing will simply give us a false sense of security, and more people will die, and the death count will go up. The government apparently is only interested in how bad things LOOK, not in how bad things really ARE. Unfortunately, our citizens are dying based on how things ARE, not how they LOOK for the government.

It’s not about the numbers and recording the numbers. This is not like ratings on TV shows. Real people are dying every day, one 9/11’s worth every three days! Yet, our government is concerned with how the numbers look.

Even Trump’s claim that we have done far more tests than any other country is not accurate. We may have done more actual tests, but our test counts per capita are not first in the world.  Googling for 10 seconds yields this information for anyone to access: Our World in Data: Testing for Covid-19.

I can’t wait for getting back a government that gives its people useful and actionable information, rather than political propaganda.

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Trump has been proclaiming since the day he took office that the market has been the best in the history of the country during his presidency. Looking at the facts, that is just not true.

For every president since we have market indicators, with very few variations,  the latest president had the highest stock market numbers. But looking at relative gains from inauguration day forward for Obama and Trump, we see a different picture.

Obama entered his presidency at the tail end of a market crash of epic proportions. The economy was in free fall at the end of Bush’s term in 2008. The chart below shows the S&P 500 index for Obama in blue and Trump in red, aligned on the left side to the inauguration date.

We can see how the free fall continued for Obama for another few weeks and then the graph started going up steeply and steadily for the next year, before it dipped again.

Trump’s index also rose steadily for about a year and a quarter, before its first dip. Trump’s slope is actually more modest than Obama’s was, and Trump’s S&P gains never went over 50%, while Obama’s were beyond 80% at about 1,000 days.

S&P percentage performance from Inauguration Day, Trump vs. Obama [click to enlarge]

I often hear complaints from the right about how the economy suffered under Obama. It really didn’t. There were several things that were bothersome: The recovery took a long time, probably due to significant regulatory burden. Unemployment improved throughout all 8 years of Obama’s presidency. While the recovery was slower than we would have liked, I would not exactly call this “suffering” and I for one never minded paying more for gas in exchange of cleaner air and water.

Trump’s stock market rose steadily too over the first 3 years, but then, unfortunately tumbled back to the beginning. It has recovered since, but there is no telling where it is going to go next.

I would certainly not make any predictions right now.

Every morning when I get up I look up into the clouds to check if there are any giant alien spaceships floating above our cities ready to laser-beam us to annihilation. I would not be surprised to see those in the second half of 2020.

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