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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.

 

 

 

 


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Donald Trump Should Not Apologize To Republicans

The Donald’s remarks reflect the behavior of the Republican leaders.

Republican leaders are shocked…shocked! at the comments of Donald Trump. Ryan and Mc Connell state carefully that his comments are racist in tone and claim to disagree with them.

Hmm… I wonder. I believe that Mr. Trump violated the Republican rule about speaking in code; that racist comments should be disguised. Republicans pride themselves on not being against the poor, the immigrants, the women who get health care from Planned Parenthood, or the people who are something other than white. The code is: They are against those who are lazy, those who take the jobs of the hard working, those who wait for government handouts, those who don’t practice abstinence. In other words, those who are not white men and well off.

Republicans pride themselves on not being against the poor, the immigrants, the women who get health care from Planned Parenthood, or the people who are something other than white. The code is: They are against those who are lazy, those who take the jobs of the hard working, those who wait for government handouts, those who don’t practice abstinence. In other words, those who are not white men and well off.

Mr. Trump broke this code. He is openly critical of women who are not “tens.” “Pig” is a word that can be used. His infant daughter may or may not have large breasts when she grows up. He will put up a wall so that those Mexicans will not take the jobs of the white men. Workers in the United States make so much money that they cannot compete in the global market and therefore should settle for lower salaries.

The Republican leaders have supported these positions but they do that in code. One distressing example was Jason Chaffetz, a Republican congressman from Utah who criticized Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood.  Ms. Richards makes a good salary for heading up a national health care organization. Mr. Chaffitz was critical of her salary and the uses of the funds that are received by Planned Parenthood. Much of the money received by Planned Parenthood comes from donors. Mr. Chaffitz was rude, often questioning her aggressively but refusing to let her answer any of his questions.

So no, Mr. Trump should not apologize to his Republican colleagues. Their behavior has been just as punitive, just as insulting, and even more damaging. Personally, I would rather be called a “pig” than have my integrity called into question for heading up an organization which delivers health care and (oh my!) contraception to poor women.


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Enough of Trump

Note to news shows:  Focus on real issues!

Why do we have to talk about Trump?

I watch the newscasters every night discussing the latest, or replaying Donald Trump’s statement from last week, last month, last whenever. Then they ask why everybody talks about Trump!!

Here are some suggestions:

When Trump says “I will be wonderful to women” try some research on this. How well does he pay and promote women? What happens in the Trump organization when there is sexual harassment? (Even when it is from the top.)

For all of the candidates, from both parties:

What do you think should be done about the increasing income inequality in this country?

What do you think should be done about the cost of education?

What do you think should be done about the numbers of undocumented workers in our country?

What do you think the United States should do about the many refugees in the world from war, crime, poverty, terrorism, and persecution?

There are many other questions that could be asked, and the answers could get some followup research.

It would be a welcome break from shows in which a candidate appears, only to be asked about what he thinks about Donald Trump!


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Defense of Fox news!!

I cannot believe that I am defending Fox news!

But here goes:

Usually I like Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.  I think she makes too much of minor issues some times. But today…

Chill out Rachel!

First of all, 10 candidates on any stage is too many,

We should have fewer candidates, not more. What difference does it make who makes the ninth and tenth and eleventh spots? They are far out in the field any way.

There is another debate at 5 o’clock on Fox news for those candidates who didn’t make the top 10. People who want to watch it will watch it.  Most shows on tv can be screened when people want to see them, rarely are we restricted to live presentation. So all of them will have exposure.

I personally think the first debate (for the bottom seven, to be held at 5:00 EDT) will be the better one. Both might be worth watching. Perhaps none of them will be worth watching.

One thing is certain. Missing out on that top 10 candidates debate will not end anybody’s political career. There is plenty of time for commentary, news making, and there will be more debates. There is more than a year left: lots will happen.

Maybe more people would take the first debate seriously if the news media would stop calling it the “children’s table.” Name calling and demeaning comments are not limited to the word “rapists.”

While there is a lot of fuss made about the criteria for the first debate there is very little attention paid to real issues:

the need for cleaner air and water,

the need for better and safer infrastructure,

the need for more work,

the need for better wages,

the number of regulatory agencies that are underfunded,

the excessive role of fundamental religious views in politics.

What would happen if these issues were mentioned, debated, addressed?