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The Wall April 26, 2017

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Chinese has six simple words to describe something unrealistic: 鏡中花,水中月;flowers in the mirror or moon in the water. These things are merely images. They are not real.

One by one, Trump’s election promises have become flowers in the mirror or moon in the water. They are merely words from a politician because politician’s promises are meant to be broken, Trump or no Trump. 

Last year, Trump has repeatedly said that he’ll build a tall and beautiful wall and he insisted that Mexico would pay for it. He then said that he’ll ask Congress to pay for that beautiful wall using American tax money. Now, he changed his mind and said that he will not seek funding for the wall now.

Source: BBC News.

Maybe we can call Trump’s border wall: 霧中牆 or a wall in the fog; now you see it, now you don’t.

We’ll lump our three expressions together to emphasize that Trump’s election promise is just that: out from Trump’s mouth and into your ears. 

Nothing to it. No big deal. Don’t lose any sleep over it. We are used to your lies.

鏡中花,水中月,霧中牆。

By the way, has the White House received all the designs of the border wall yet? 

Democrats, time to move on April 20, 2017

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Democrats, haven’t they, your so-called leaders, done enough damage to your party already?

Bowing redline Obama. Need I say more?

Immoral, greedy, lying, influence peddling, corrupt, heartless and highbrowed Clinton.

The “I did not have ……. with that woman….”, “I never told anybody to lie, not a single time, never” and “I need to get back to work for the American people” liar.

It’s time to move on, find someone else to cling on or look for greener pasture.

Ever thought about coming over to the not-so-big tent with a red R on its center pole? They need people. The middle age whites are, for the last time, struggling to be taken seriously by American voters.

The joke of democracy April 20, 2017

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Will you trust the 2020 American presidential election result?

May be Russia should send a few observers to monitor and report irregularities of the U.S. election in 2020.

Same can be said for American politicians April 18, 2017

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Politicians, no matter where they are from, are like a bunch of weeds growing on top of a broken brick wall. They bend their backs ever so easily along the direction of whichever way the political winds blow. 

They eat their pre-election promises for lunch. They change their minds as long as they serve their self-interests. They smooth talk from both sides of their mouths to cover up their tracks of lies. 

I know for afact, they exist in the U.S. And, according to eye-witnesses account, they are just active in France too.

Not on his 1st day and not now April 12, 2017

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Trump on the campaign trail: Trump claimed that China suppressed its currency, the renminbi, to make its exports more competitive with US goods. Trump likened this to “raping” the US”. He repeatedlyG promised to label China a currency manipulator on his first day in office.

Trump in the White House:

Here is one more example on Trump changing his mind.

Before the White House:

After the White House:

Now,  do you see a pattern? Are they Trump’s lies or it was just game American politicians play?

Oh, no. I forgot what Trump said about his respect of Putin and his love of Russia.

Did you vote for him?

Democracy American Style April 7, 2017

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Democrat went nuclear.

Republican went nuclear.

They all went nuclear.

American Democracy at its finest moment?

Should American people on the unemployment line or running between jobs laugh or cry at the nuclear fallout?

Can Trump recover? April 5, 2017

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What a disastrous start by a U.S. president ever! 
Trump’s ego hurt him, his ignorance of how Washington works made him not qualified as a major player inside the Beltway and some of his his tweets were laughing stock of the world.

Add to these embarrassment were serious allegations of illegal contacts between Trump’s campaign staff and Russian diplomats in the U.S.

With FBI and Congressional Investigations on going, Trump’s political fate is unclear. If Trump was found to have personally involved in a plot to discredit Clinton as a presidential candidate, he may be forced to leave the office.

Additionally, Trump’s executive orders since occupying the White House were divisive, poorly executed and inciting hatred among differen classes of the American people. This was really bad.
Trump’s empty threats to certain members of the Freedom Caucus made him looked small and it damaged the presidency.

Can he recover?

Of course, he can.

He has to pull the party together by working with all members of the Republican Party. He has to prove to the American people that he is indeed a great negotiator he repeatedly claimed he is. Work with Ryan and McConnell, reach out to moderate Democrats, revive the Trump/RyanCare legislature and pass the Individual and corporate tax reform he promised to the Middle Class and American businesses.

If he fails to pass the individual and corporate tax reforms, his presidency may be over in 2018.

I will give him the benefit of the doubt and see what he can do.

In the meantime, STOP THOSE TWEETS and be a statesman instead.

兩個一樣差 April 2, 2017

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你知道馬英九和美國國會有什麼相同的地方嗎?

“廢話”。你說,”這麼沒知識。真羞。馬英九是臺灣剛剛下台的臺灣總統。他現在官司纏身,一天到晚往法院跑。民進黨要趕盡殺絕,一定要把他關起來才高興。就是不關起來,累都要累死他。他跟美國國會有什麽關係”。”這简直是蘋果和橘子比。?風馬牛不相干,不能相提並論”。

有道理。從檯面上來看,馬英九和美國國會確實沒有什麼相同的地方。

美國國會有兩院:參議院和眾議院。參議院有一百個參議員,眾議院有四百三十五個眾議員。美國國會是美國三權分立中,立法的機構。他們還管錢。沒有國會的立法和撥款,美國總統什麼事情都不能做。一毛錢都不能花。

美國總統權力不小。他要出兵打仗,可以偷偷的出兵,然後再向國會報備。有時候,不照會國會也沒有什麽關係。他要跟其他國家商量世界大事,他可以派他的國務卿,坐著空軍二號,天天跑來跑去。這也不需要告訴國會。

可是,任何有關美國國內的事,國會的權力比總統大的多。美國總統要花錢,譬如 Trump 要在美國和墨西哥的邊境蓋一個又大,又高,又漂亮的,又結實的高牆,美國總統還得聽國會的指示行事,有時候還要看國會的臉色。

那美國國會跟馬英九有什麼相同的地方呢?

有那麽一點。

照道理,美國國會權力這麽大,雖然還沒有到手操有生殺大權,要你死就得死的地步,每個美國人民應該對國會感激萬分,肅然起敬,心存畏懼,驚為天人。每個美國人,應該在他們的有生之年,去美國國會山莊朝拜一次。大家在國會山莊外面樓梯下面,一字排開,拿出清一色,4′ x 6′ 的紅被單,鋪在地上。然後大家準備好,在指揮官的一聲口令之下,所有人往地上一趴,五體投地,口中高呼萬歲,萬歲,萬萬歲,看著國會山莊高高在上的屋頂朝,三拜九叩,行個大禮。

可是,實際的情形並不是這樣。美國人恨美國國會。覺得他們個個是騙子。為了騙人民的選票,國會議員,沒有良心,沒有遮攔,甜言蜜語就從他們的嘴巴兩邊冒出來。他們找自願者天天打電話,送電郵,發短信給你,要你捐錢。要你爲國家,爲你的州,爲你的子女,爲你子女的子女,幫他做一番轟轟烈烈的大事。

選上以後就原形畢露,我行我素了。競選以前說的話完全不算數。兩年或六年後,再來一次。每個人又被騙的稀里糊塗。錢也捐了,旗也搖了。該做的事,還是沒做。

因爲如此,美國也有一個馬英九,那就是美國國會,因為只有百分之九的美國人對美國國會有信心。

這是無獨有偶啊!

記得”百分之九”吧?好像臺灣也只有百分之九的人對馬英九他有信心。

真巧。

The greatest deal maker not March 28, 2017

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Trump proudly called himself the negotiator-in-chief but couldn’t even close a deal in the House of Representatives which is controlled by his own party. 

What kind of deal maker is Trump really? 

A losing one. So far. 

Have you heard of these deals?

Trump Steaks, Trump University, Trump Vodka, Trump Suits, Trump fragrances, Trump board game, Trump ghostwritten books, Trump energy drink, Trump eyeglasses and Trump chocolate bars.

These are all Trump deals.

Maybe Trump is over-rated?

Repealing Obamacare should be essier from the budgetary point of view because AHCA should save America tax payers nearly one trillion dollar over a decade. Tax reform, defense budget and infrastructure policies require debt increase to pass. 

The bill which ultimately would reduce national debt didn’t get to pass, what chance do the ones requiring more America tax money have over the objection of the Freedom Caucus?

Not a lot.

Trump might know how to close a deal on an apartment building but he probably knows nothing about heardcare, influence of the special interest groups, what it takes to control various factions in the Republican Party and how to deal with the opposition from the Democrat Party. 

Trump still has a long way to go and a steep learning curve to climb.

No one else to blame but Republicans themselves March 26, 2017

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Many conservative talk show hosts are doing their best to find cover for Trump. Ryan became the de facto scapegoat.

Some asked for Ryan’s head because he failed the party and Trump. Some even suggested that Trump was on board according to his tweet.

Some called out the “The Freedom Caucus” and suggested that they planted a dagger in the Trump presidency.

Well, I of course don’t know what’s going on in the Republican Party, but Trump, Ryan and the Freedom Caucus are all responsible for the misery they are facing now. 
Trump failed to negotiate a deal in his own party even though he kept touting his “best-deal-maker-ever-lived-in-this-world” image. Ryan didn’t do a good job as the leader of the Party. The Freedom Caucus forgot that the Republican Party was bigger than the Caucus. They sacrified party image and  party unity with by staying their ground and opposing the bill. 

Sadly to say, the Republican Party is probably the most disfunctional party of the land; about the same as the Democrat Party before the November 2016 election. 

The path ahead for the Republican Party is treacherous in the face of the united Democrat opposition. The budget, the border wall, the Supreme court candidate Judge Gousuch, the Russian inquiry, Trump’s unsubstantiated wiretap claim, the tax reform and infrastructure spending are all difficult legislation battles. Without unity, the Republican Party will fail to produce meaningful legislature, Trump will be trapped by his own wotds, Democrat will regain the Senate in 2018 and  Trump will be a lamb duck for 2 years.

Learn the lesson from the failure of the American Health Care Act and work together on the next agenda item. Trump and the Republican Party can recover from the first defeat. If one failure turns into two and two becomes three, Trump will be among the least effective presidents in recent memory.