Trump’s Deficit…….and Not the Intellectual One

Deficit, not my department, implies bankruptcy maven Donal Trump after achieving the milestone of a trillion dollar deficit while claiming the “best” economy ever. This can’t end well. Ask his partners in his six previous bankruptcies.

“President Donald Trump, who promised during the 2016 campaign to eliminate the federal debt, has instead overseen a dramatic increase in deficits.”

Medicynical note: in his rush to outdo the Obama administration Trump has succeeded……..in doubling the annual budget spending debt in just three years. Quite an accomplishment. One that our children and grandchildren will have the honor of paying back. Trump has indeed succeeded in running the government like his previous bankrupted businesses.

Money buys ACCESS : America’s lubricant

Even Bill Gates can be bought.

“On Monday, CNBC reported that Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates met with late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2013 after Epstein “unleashed an aggressive lobbying campaign” to secure that meeting. In an interview published on Tuesday, Gates offered his explanation of why to the Wall Street Journal: Epstein knew a lot of rich people!”

Medicynical note: Bill, the issue is not that there were only men present or that you didn’t partake in his crimes but rather that you had anything at all to do with this monster. Money in America is the universal lubricant.

The Worst……….President Ever?

Some people assert that Trump is in fact a Russian asset; whether you agree will depend on how you define the term. But it has become clear that across the government and the country, everyone has had to adjust their expectations and actions to the fact that the president of the United States simply cannot be trusted to uphold America’s interests, if doing so conflicts with his greed, or his desire to please a foreign dictator, or simply some whim he had while watching “Fox & Friends.””

“It may be some time before we understand the full extent of the damage that has caused.”

Medicynical note: Unbelievable. And Moscow Mitch too.

America is broken: Health Care

Unpaid medical bills are a leading cause of personal debt and bankruptcy, with hospitals from Memphis to Baltimore criticized for their role in pushing families over the financial edge. But UVA stands out for the scope of its collection efforts and how persistently it goes after payment, pursuing poor as well as middle-class patients for almost all they’re worth, according to court records, hospital documents and interviews with hospital officials and dozens of patients.”

“UVA sued patients for as little as $13.91 and as much as $1 million during most of that period, until July 2017, when it restricted lawsuits to those owing more than $1,000, the analysis shows.”

Medicynical note: We are broken. That’s not an opinion but a sad fact. Consider that we tolerate a non system of health care that is bankrupting us collectively and individually. Consider that we uniquely, as policy, deny the risk from global warming and its human activity related causes. Consider that we consider money the equivalent of free speech. Consider that we turn a blind eye to the presence of unlimited numbers of weapons of war in the hands of “sportsmen”, mental incompetents and paranoid self proclaimed “patriots.” Consider that we have judges selected and confirmed who are misogynists, homophobes and racists. Consider that our President and his party’s leadership deny the threat to elections from foreign governments despite advice from our law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Consider that we tolerate the above and that there is a chance we lamely accept the above as American Exceptionalism.

He’s Really a Moscow Mitch…..the Russians ARE Coming

Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.

This doesn’t mean he’s a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ourselves.

Medicynical note: He is either a do anything to “win,” no matter how illegal and/or anti-American or a Russian puppet. Neither is acceptable but……That’s our Mitch.

It’s Not Even Short Term Thinking– it’s Self Immolation

As August wound down, the populist troika of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and Jair Bolsonaro proved once again that the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil would be better off with no leaders rather than the dubious characters that currently pretend to govern these countries.”

“In all three cases, these leaders escalated their nationally destructive policies this summer in ways that have alienated even their erstwhile supporters. Once again, they have demonstrated that they have no interest in making America, Great Britain, or Brazil great again. They are only interested in doing as much damage as they can before they are ultimately dragged out of office.”

Medicynical note: in the case of Trump it’s being the anti guy. Anti Obama, anti regulations. But, of course he slavishly genuflects to the Russians, his big business supporters and the monied class in our country. “Donald Trump is a moth that can’t stop itself from flying directly at the flame of fame (or, more accurately, the inferno of infamy). He could stay off Twitter, but instead his tweets piss off one group of voters after another. He could stay away from the press, but his lies, gaffes, and personal attacks are amplified throughout the media universe. Arguably, this is a strategy to solidify the base and reinforce Trump’s reputation as an anti-establishment gadfly.

Bolsonaro is about being anti environment (like his model Trump) and opposing “intrusive” NGO’s. “Oh, and more profits into the pockets of Bolsonaro’s friends in the industries that are paving the paradise of the Amazon and putting up a parking lot.

Johnson’s motivation is a little about being the anti guy, supporting a hairbrained policy without knowing the consequences and just hoping for the best.

Truth and scientific knowledge is not in the skill set of any of the three.

He Lies…..Because that’s What He’s Always Done

On Monday, Trump told reporters that he held “high-level talks” with China about the trade war, adding “this is the first time I’ve seen them where they really want to make a deal.””

“Global stocks instantly reversed what looked to be another day of heavy losses, following the Dow’s 600 point drop on the previous Friday. His comments soothed anxious investors. “

“But China said that those talks never actually happened. And CNN reportedthat: “Instead, two officials said Trump was eager to project optimism that might boost markets and conflated comments from China’s vice premier with direct communication from the Chinese.””

Medicynical note: He’s running the government like his businesses (sic)……..5 bankruptcies and counting. Trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see thanks to his tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, billions for his wall and bail outs to tariff victims. If re-elected he’s promised to go after Social Security and Medicare. VOTE