The political landscape is changing so fast that what is perceived one day as agreeable might be perceived as disagreeable or otherwise quite differently after such changes by the next day, and ongoing. Even so, giving President Trump’s famous Address to Congress 28 February 2017 another read, I’ll comment on some of the top issues.
Editorial Article by Jim Lantern in Norman Oklahoma
LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL
Sunday 12 March 2017
President Trumps words in quotes. My remarks follow in italics.
“Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others, have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs.”
Hopefully more of that will continue and others will follow their example.
“The stock market has gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election on November 8th, a record.”
Impressive, especially if it benefits the country, not just those directly involved with the stock market.
“We have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential Federal workers.”
They also need to terminate non-essentials, especially Obama leftovers who could be a threat to progress.
“We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a 5 year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials — and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.”
The art of misdirection could undermine all of that. Such lobbyists could go into stealth mode.
“We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job‑crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every Government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every 1 new regulation, 2 old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.”
Excellent. That plan being done and should result in amazing progress sooner than later.
“We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines — thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs — and I’ve issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.”
This is one of the issues that has been in flux, especially regarding American steel. As President Trump becomes better informed, he might make different decisions regarding this and related issues.
“We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
I agree with that course of action.
“To protect our citizens, I have directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime.”
Good idea, but I doubt it will be effective. More direct action is needed, less talk – except for better understanding the causes of violent crimes – in turn possible solutions.
I believe the real reason why the so-called war on illegal drugs has failed is mainly because of corruption within law enforcement – those who should be helping to stop the problem are themselves part of the problem. I don’t see that coming to an end anytime soon – not in the next 4 years of Trump’s first term.
This of course is one of the most controversial issues, for which I believe there will be no end in the foreseeable future. Trump will not be able to completely solve this problem – even within two terms if reelected.
We need to strengthen our military, and then unleash its full strength on ISIS to obliterate it. Unconventional nonmilitary methods might also be needed to achieve that goal – especially for terminating all terrorism…
- Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focusing on Irish novelist Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, the film creates an origin story for its title character, Count Dracula, by re-imagining the story of Vlad the Impaler. Luke Evans portrays the title character, and Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, and Charles Dance appear in supporting roles.
- The mythical story of Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into Dracula is revealed. As the Turkish invade Romania, Vlad decides to sell his soul and become a creature of the night in order to protect his homeland.
- On October 2, 2014, executive producer Alissa Phillips revealed at the UK premiere of the film that there might be a sequel to the film. On November 3, 2014, Box Office Mojo speculated that, based on domestic and foreign earnings to date, the film “is likely on the edge of earning enough to start a modest franchise.” On September 27, 2016, Evans told LRM Online that there have been talks and conversations about including his character in the larger shared universe.
Master Vampire: [holds Vlad by the throat] Why spill blood if not for the pleasure of it?
Vlad: Because men do not fear swords. They fear monsters. They run from them. By putting one village to the stake, I spared ten more. Sometimes the world no longer needs a hero. Sometimes what it needs… is a monster.
Master Vampire: [tightening his grip a little] And you believe you know what it means to be a monster? Hmm?… You have no idea… but I’m going to show you.
Some people believe Trump is a monster. Our enemies need to believe that.
The amazing true history story about the real Vlad the Impaler – a Christian hero, who did battle with an earlier version of ISIS about 569 years ago, is as follows…
“I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program, and reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel.”
I agree this is a step in the right direction.
Desperately needed immediately.
“Tonight, I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare with reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better Healthcare…”
Battles in progress. Time will tell. I miss how affordable easy health care access was back in 1986 when I got my first bleeding stomach ulcer at age 30.
I agree. Further, I have some of my own ideas. I believe education needs to be streamlined – eliminating all of the frivolous courses to focus on those need to obtain and maintain employment – and the higher goal of creating new businesses to in turn create more jobs. The transition from high school to college should be seamless, and with apprenticeship options as paying jobs to help pay for related classes. I believe in a 4-day school week, with employers having a 4-day work week for employees who have children in school – so those families can enjoy a 3-day weekend.
Yes. Let the voyage begin…
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