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Moving out and Cashing in April 28, 2017

Posted by hslu in Election, Liberal Media, Obama, US Government.
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The path to riches for any American politicians are quite straigh forward:

Being able to lie is a positive on your resume. If it comes naturally, you are born for the job. You are good at debate in high school and quick on your feet. You start from school board, move on to city council, get into state office, work your way up to Washington DC representing your district, become a governor or Senator and finally throw yourself into the center ring of the presidential circus. If you have what it takes or luck is looking after you, you end up as your party’s presidential candidate. 

Finally, you face your opponent in a few more rounds of debates on national TV, and on the election night, you either become the president or you go back to your old job.

While in the oval office, you start enjoy the fruit of your success big time with tax payers funded vacations complete with your own chef, butler and a big flying limo.

After you do your time and pay your due in that big boring old building, your earning power takes a big jump the day you walk out of that fortified compound.

Obama did just that and it is time for him to cash in. 

Well, everyone does it why can’t he?

See the number of fingers? Of course I didn’t say a word. I just let my fingers do the talking. Cantor Fitzgerald countered 250. We settleed on 4. Everyone was happy. $400,000.


Billy did it for 250. Hillary, a two-time loser, also pocket 250. Being the first black president and a 2-term president, it is only fair for Obama’s $400,000 engagement fee. Obama once called Wall Street bankers ‘fat cat’ for a reason. A skinny cat just can’t afford $400,000, can he? People who called Obama “hypocrite” are jealous because no fat cat will ever ask them to speak, not even for free.

Let’s be frank, what comes out of Obama’s mouth, isn’t very important. Cantor Fitzgerald doesn’t care much what Obama has to say. People go to that kind of events for one thing and one thing only. It isn’t food. It is the connection they are after.

Cantor Fitzgerald won’t fork out the entire $400,000 either. It is a tax deductible event and tax payers may foot part of the expenses.

Also, don’t expect liberal media will report this because that’s just the way America is. No big deal. 

To hell with the 99%. It’s not Obama’s problem anymore. In fact, it never was. It’s time to enjoy life.

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?

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.

You are fired. March 25, 2017

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In general, VCs don’t buy a family business no matter how successful it is. Trump should apple the same principle too: no relatives in the White House. 

Democrats and the liberal media should have a field day with imploding of Ryancare legislation and SNL, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! will make a mockery out of the Trump family too.
So Trump is “furious” but will Trump utter the words: “You are fired” to Ivanka and Khshner? 

Please stay tuned.

 “MAR-A-LAGO Act” March 25, 2017

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Obama should be subjected to “MAR-A-LAGO” too.

Source: U.S.A Today

Well, all U.S. presidents should too. Who knows who or what is buying access at “MAR-A-LAGO” or the White House. 

Let’s pass the  “MAR-A-LAGO Act,” Congress.

Do Americans even care? March 25, 2017

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Yeah, the Pentagon said that there will be an investigation about civilian deaths in the hands of U.S.-led airstrike in a western neighborhood in Mosul.

Then what? An apology by a Pentagon spokesman is probably all American people will hear six months later. But do American people even care what’s going on in Iraq? Probably not. They care more about Kadashine’s next bf than how many Iraqis got killed by American bombs and missiles.

However, Iraqi people and a lot of people in the Middle East will remember every death in the hands of the U.S. government.

Hatred against the U.S. in the Muslim world perpetuates.

Making sense March 22, 2017

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http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/03/22/john-stossel-is-trumps-budget-draconian-careless-and-counterproductive.html

I enjoy reading John Stossel’s comments and watching his TV shows.

The U.S. national debt limit March 19, 2017

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March 16, 2017 is an important date for U.S. federal government because it can no longer borrow from the public as it has been in the past to fund its operations.

The American national debt will be frozen at its current level: about $20.1 trillion because the mandatory debt level has been reached.

But, that doesn’t mean America is out of cash to pay its bills: principal and interest on the debt, social security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid payments, salary to government workers and soldiers and payments to government contractors for F-35 stealth fighter jets, new Ford class aircraft carrier, M-4 assault rifles and M1 A3 Abrams tanks. 

However, there will be no infrastructure projects. No Trump border wall. no  tax cuts for American citizens and no tax relief for American corporates until the debt limit is raised by the Congress.

As of now, the Treasury Dept has to use extraordinary measures to keep the federal government from shutting down until about October or November 2017. By then, Congress has to raise the debt limit or the U.S. government will be in bankruptcy.

Assuming the debt limit is lifted in time, when will this borrowing end? 

Maybe America can use the threat of bankruptcy to re-negotiate with its creditors. Several optionsare available such as forcing creditors to take 60% haircut on all outstanding loans, change the term of existing loans to 100 years and modify interest rates on all loans to negative.

Alternatively, American federal government, maybe all Americans should consider this option too, should cut up every credit card it uses and start living within its means.

Is this likely in the next two decades? Not a chance unless pink pig flies.