Could This Be the End of Trump?

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He says our invasion of Iraq was a mistake and destabilized the Middle East. In  Warpublican primary season the dumbest thing to do is to say a war was wrong. An already excited Republican establishment is now so full of hate for the truth-teller, I can’t find any line they won’t cross to keep Trump out of a position of power. Trump is doomed.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/election/2016/02/13/gop-debate-nine-trump-iraq-bush/80365744/

Letter to WSJ on Trump, Trade and Wealth

Dearest Editor,

Daniel Henninger makes great points on the wishful thinking/anger that is the basis for Trump’s support (Trump Among the Canaries, Feb. 11 Journal).

Since this election is all about pure BS anyway; what if we allow consumers to trade freely with China, Mexico and Japan AND keep their $400 billion the politicians want to waste on the F-35 project? That would equate to over $900 billion kept in the private sector that actually makes our economy work.

Only a start, I know. But of all the stimulus available nothing works better than nothing at all.

Love,

Fritz Groszkruger

 

Fighting for Freedom

This is what it looks like:

Riot police arrest a protestor in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. Photo: Vincent Yu, AP / AP

Not this:

In Hong Kong, the freest economy on earth, that freedom is under attack. Street vendors are fighting back, as the Chinese government tries to licence them.Here in the land of the free, we just bend over and say go ahead, let me have it. These vendors and their supporters are real heros fighting for freedom. We should be supporting them, not the murderous thugs all that foreign aid goes to.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/world/article/AP-Photos-Hong-Kong-new-year-celebration-marred-6817391.php#photo-9376247

 

Our Youngsters Deserve Better

It’s birthday time around here. Thirty-five years ago on February sixth my Dawnie had this giant baby pop out and run around the hospital like the gingerbread boy. Well not quite but almost. I remember telling my grandpa, “Dawn had a boy and his name is Hans.” Grandpa looked at me, astonished. I asked what was the matter. He was shocked that we would name a kid after that big guy on Bonanza. No Grandpa; Hans. I was already learning how entertaining life can be for the hard of hearing.

Hans shares his birthday with Ronald Reagan. Ron spoke at my high school and I got to ask him a question back in 1969. The big hubbub then was that Reagan wanted to raise tuition at state colleges. He was no Bernie Sanders, eh? Reagan was no Fritz either. Even at that time I wondered what business it was of the state’s taxpayers to furnish the world with educated workers. I figured that was a parent’s or even the future worker’s responsibility. We can’t discount endowments and scholarships as a more legitimate method of helping promising students. These things could be expanded dramatically with the vastly more efficient use of educational funding of a totally private system.

Maybe Ron was trying to be nice to all the people who had come to expect someone else was going to pay; pulling the rug only part way out from under them. Idealists or ideologues have a real problem with addiction. Not their own but with those who depend on the system. To pull that rug out all the way would create such mayhem that the cure could become worse than the disease. Yet to continue with the growing state must certainly lead to that point Magaret Thatcher recognized, where the money runs out.

Hans was a terrific trumpet player in high school. We took him and a friend to see Dizzy Gillespie in Iowa City. Dizzy was getting old and losing his touch, but the thing about a show like this is the caliber of the musicians that surrounded him. There was even a young man, Ryan Kisor, from Sioux City North sharing the stage who still plays with Wynton Marsalis.

Ronald Reagan was surrounded by exceptional people as well. And it is funny (or tragic) that those people are ignored or marginalized today. These were the people who helped Reagan lead us through an era of peace and prosperity. (There’s always an exception, of course. In this case, being in farm country, we can’t ignore the farm financial crisis of the 80’s that was a result of the export demand bubble burst by our Cold War foreign policy.)

The memory of Mr. Reagan has been hijacked and distorted to enrich the pockets of the powers that be. The fall of the Soviet Union, for example, is mistakenly held up as an example of Reagan’s aggressive foreign policy. There is a big difference between peace through preparedness and strength, and military adventurism. It is a sad commentary on the confidence today’s conservatives have in limited government when out of one side of their mouths come “rights that come from our Creator” and “the sanctity of life;” and out the other side comes, “see the sand glow,” and, “ help introduce him to the 72 virgins.”

If conservatives truly believed in free market principles they would see the Soviet Union collapsed out of the lack of incentive to excel and a hopelessness for future advancement. But they have fallen for the war profiteer’s line that attacking people makes their friends, our friends. There was even someone quoted in the paper as voting for Marco Rubio because he would be strong in defending us from Islamic extremists. Why is it so difficult to understand?

Take a look at a widely accepted measure of the economy; the New York Stock Exchange. In the last five years Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Northrup Grumman (military hardware stocks whose products are purchased by you and me whether we like it or not) have gained about 400% while the Dow has risen 50%.

We are being conned. The Warvanglicals are leftists and the Democrats are leftists. They make a great team confiscating our savings to either produce a failing society like the Soviet Union or an empire such as the failed one in Rome.

Our youngsters deserve better than to grow up in a country where half their working lives are spent as slaves to special interests.

Ronald Reagan’s wise associates that I mention are Pat Buchanan, David Stockman and Paul Craig Roberts. They are worth checking out.

 

Joey!

So, I’m sitting here trying my darndest to write this column and I look at the mail. Jazzonthetube.com has sent this. Kevin Schoneman worked miracles while leasing the Surf Ballroom. Two of them were the two visits by Joey DeFrancesco. We sat just a few feet away from this combo both times. Like any great leader, Joey had a way of surrounding himself with talent.

Trump Carson Cruz

So Ted Cruz’s workers supposedly spread a rumor that Ben Carson was quitting the race so Ben’s voters would jump to Cruz. Well it makes sense because there isn’t a whit of difference between these guys. (Oops. If this were NPR race would be an issue.) They are both warvanglicals, valuing unborn life over humans outside the womb. Just listen to how they picture colateral damage to our war in the Middle East (against people inspired by us and not anymore a threat to us than a common criminal looking to stoke a drug habit. Certainly not a justification for the trillion dollar bs we call the war on terror. Now the war on ISIS because terror got tired). Not much different from the pro-abortion crowd’s  ideas on the products of a “terminated pregnancy.” Come on, tell me the difference.

These politicians have so little regard for life, why would they care about some trivial little rumor that they know will be forgotten and whose end justified the means. Actually, that qualifies them both as leftists doesn’t it? Make the sand glow. Good Lord, help us.

Trump. meanwhile is calling for a revote because of it. This goofball says Cruz said he was for Obamacare. How outrageous. Although Trump just last week said “we” need to help. Well then. What is Obamacare? Help, right?

Besides all that, who in his right mind would vote for a 35% increase in cost, to every American, of any imported good?

Caucus night quote

H.L. Mencken

“The state — or, to make matters more concrete, the government — consists of a gang of men exactly like you and me. They have, taking one with another, no special talent for the business of government; they have only a talent for getting and holding office. Their principal device to that end is to search out groups who pant and pine for something they can’t get, and to promise to give it to them. Nine times out of ten that promise is worth nothing. The tenth time it is made good by looting ‘A’ to satisfy ‘B’. In other words, government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advanced auction on stolen goods.”

H.L. Mencken