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Does President Elect Trump have to disclose financial Information?

On Donald Trump’s Transition Team website the following is posted:

“A full FBI background check in which an applicants history of employment, personal, travel, medical, financial, legal, military and education background will likely take.”
“Consideration is taken for possible conflicts of interest. Financial holdings and sources of income must be disclosed.Any conflicts must be remedied by divestiture, the creation of special trusts, and other actions.”
“Many appointees’ dealings with the Federal government both during and for a period of time after their service will be significantly restricted to prevent possible conflicts of interest.”

Does this include his own finances?  What about his children’s finances, since his children will be managing his business?

What about foreign involvements?  What about conflicts of interest?

Donald Trump also posted a letter with a headline about a “full readout” of his call from Putin.  There was nothing in it except the congratulations and sharing inerests.  As usual, no information.

This may be the beginning of the most corrupt administration in the country’s history.

 

 

 

 

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Respond to Trump’s Election

Has the country been destroyed?  No, but there are things that we need to do to combat the poison of a Trump presidency.

Where is the consolation?

I can now wish Hillary Clinton a good peaceful retirement, hopefully where Trump cannot reach her. Secondly I hope she will find some enjoyment, and I hope she will have time now to love up her grandchildren, and find a way to enjoy her free time and her money. Believe me, she has earned both.

Now we have to be unremitting in our criticism of Trump and his beliefs and his policies. First of all we need to protect the environment. That is the first order of business.

Second we have to respect the immigrants and the contributions that they have made and that they continue to make.

Next we have to push for better wages and fairer taxation policies. The wealthy get more benefits from the government, they should be asked to pay more as well.

We need to push for affordable post high school education. This can take many forms from free state colleges and universities, to affordable and available community college and lifetime training, to apprenticeships for people starting or changing careers.

As a woman I am offended by the treatment of women in Trump’s campaign. All of the women in his family have been models, and/or promoting fancy clothing. While we like clothing, it is hardly putting forward our best selves when what American women stand for is arm candy, sexual toys, or servants. Women want and have earned the right to be in power. We will make America great again. Right now it is not.

America is first in the military, in spite of what Trump has said, and unfortunately that is the one thing that he will build up. We are not first in education, we are not first in health care, and we are not first in the ability to make choices and move up in the world. We have a lot to learn. Donald Trump will not help us learn from the rest of the world.

But we have to keep trying to be better people, to be a better country. This will take some hard work and study.

Now it is time to get started. Sometimes the worst thing that happens can be the best thing in the long run, because if forces change.


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Truthful Trump ?

Hmmm. Can you say “Truthful Trump” and not laugh?

I can’t. His latest lie about Hillary Clinton using Clinton Foundation money for personal expenses is the ultimate lie.

Here is a secret: In my psychology practice I often found that when someone told a lie, he or she was really talking about himself or herself.

This fits Trump perfectly now that the truth about his use of the Trump Foundation has come out.  He has used the money to settle lawsuits, to make donations with money that was donated to his foundation, so that the donation looked like it was Trump’s money when it was money from other people.

By the way: I am still getting ads on my email for a get rich quick scheme that has Trump’s name on it. Anybody else notice this? When I checked it out is was a scam: Unfortunately under many different names, but the same scam: Junk information, good luck getting your money back.

Reply with your own experience. I really want to hear from you.


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My concerns about a Donald Trump Presidency

There are many reasons to be concerned about the possible Presidency of Donald Trump.  The concern that I want to talk about today is Mr. Trump’s behavior of criticising, denigrating, and in some ways threatening those people who do not agree with him or who do not support him.

For example, when Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said he was not ready to endorse Mr. Trump the Presidential candidate threatened to support his opponent.  When Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, would not endorse Mr. Trump he accused her of not doing her job.

Trump accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a fraud case over Trump University, of being a “hater” and accused him of being biased.  IMG_1554

There are many other concerns.  People are called names routinely during Trump rallies.  Mr. Trump has had a long history of questioning President Obama’s birth and lately his educational credentials.  (This is interesting in light of the questions about Melania’s Trump’s educational inflation and the recent questions about her visa.  Has Trump really been talking about his own family all along?)

Mr. Trump has used many methods to injure  those who disagree with him or who do not support him.  These range from threats (delivered by Mr. Trump himself, or by colleagues or employees) to questions about the person’s ability or qualifications.  Whenever Mr. Trump comes across them, he encourages them, repeats them, and reinforces them.  The comments and t-shirts available at his rallies demonstrate remarkable levels of hate.

Mr. Trump has a lot of influence right now and he can do a lot of harm.  Think about what could happen if he becomes President Trump.  He is a person who attacks and criticises people who cannot strike back with any power.  As a President, Mr. Trump would have a lot of power over people who work for the federal government and also indirectly over those who work for state governments.  Mr. Trump has frequently threatened the work security of someone who doesn’t support him.  This is a very effective coercive technique to get compliance.

This is a dictatorship.  This is dangerous.