Sunday, May 14, 2017

If At First You Don't Succeed - Fire Everyone!

Advice for Trump's staff, cabinet and all advisory personnel.  Watch your Twitter accounts - you may get a Tweet telling you you're fired!

According to AXIOS the Donald is frustrated by all his hand chosen sycophants and he's thinking of cleaning house from Priebus to Bannon to Tom Price and Jeff Sessions.  Wow!
If you can't handle the job fire those who can.  Well, that's the Donald.  But what would happen if he actually did?  Who would he get to replace them?  Would any sane person want to work directly for this man?  If the answer is no think of the kind of people who would take the jobs!  Another wow.

Interestingly, Trump's frustration isn't for just one sin.  He's mad if people are too effusive in their praise of him, if they take credit for their own actions, if they fight too much among themselves, anything and everything. Much of it contradictory.  But then that's Trump.

I do agree that the in-fighting needs to stop and he can do it with a few firings to be sure.  There is merit to that idea for a lot of his staffers who he shouldn't have hired in the first place.  Cabinet members are another matter.  Price?  He hasn't done anything in the way of rolling back burdensome regulations that are well within his purview.  Sessions?  He talks the tough talk but will he walk the tough walk?  Yet to be determined.

Beyond that though, how would he get any replacements through Congress?  No matter how qualified  nominees may be you know the Democrats will demagogue them to death.  Republicans cannot be counted on to carry the day due to their own small but influential body of rogues.

So Tweet away Donald, fire all of them!  You could become a President without an administration! How incredible would that be?  Not only an emperor with no clothes but no one to even notice!
Take away the Twitter account on top of it and maybe there would be peace on earth.  Or at least here.

I wonder what kind of president  Mike Pence would make...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Has The Impeachment Countdown Begun?

It is so ironic that the man who promised to make America great again is the one standing in the way of having it happen.

I've said, as have many others, that Obama was narcissistic to a fault. He is.  It's always about him - even now that he's no longer in office.  And that's enough about Mr. Obama.

I never thought we could get two narcissists is a row though I think Hillary is also one.  Never-the-less we have a beaut in Trump.  The problem isn't so much his being a pompous indecisive bully, it's that   he does so many things that are just plain stupid and he doesn't even see it.

It's said he is quite smart and a shrewd businessman.  I knew of him but not all that much when I lived on the east coast.  All I really remember is that he took over the reconstruction of the Central Park ice rink and brought it in under budget and that his name was plastered on a lot of things.  As far as business acumen is concerned though, I wonder if it was his underlings who got things done and he merely took credit because he was the boss - and the bully.

In Washington the Democrats are having none of it to a fault.  They too are being stupid in their vindictive obstruction.   The Republicans are split to be sure.  Paul Ryan has his own agenda. As Speaker he is to lead but not dictate.  The Freedom caucus is wearing blinders when they talk about what they were elected to do.  No one votes on a single issue.  At least not enough people to get any of them elected.  The Senate is for the most part useless.

With all these weaknesses in two of the governing bodies you'd think Trump could muster a series of successes but what does he do?  He sabotages himself because he doesn't think things through.  He reacts. Impulsively. Period.

I have no doubt this lack of self-discipline will lead to his downfall. He has no sense of timing.  No finesse.  Certainly no charm nor wit to counteract his behavior.

The Democrats and probably more than a few Republicans are just waiting for that one indiscretion that will bring his house of cards tumbling down like a wrecking ball hitting Trump tower.

He'll have no one to blame other than himself but you know he'll blame everyone except himself.  The sorrow of it will be those good people who held their noses, took deep breaths and chose to serve under him will bear the brunt of the collapse.

I truly believe they did so for country.  Too bad Trump is serving only for Trump.  If that isn't true than does it not prove he is not fit to serve as our President?

Just wondering...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What's So Wrong With Pragmatism?

The trend in news coverage for the moment seems to be surprise that President Trump is changing where he stands on a variety of issues.  OMG, it's not what he promised during the campaign.  He's letting us down.

The only area in where he's letting us down is his inability to give up his tweets.  But then who expected that he would?

More importantly though is his stand on Syria and North Korea.  I think it's the one area where is actually listening to someone other than himself.  Because of that his views are shifting.  That's being pragmatic.

He's finding he doesn't know everything.  That's good.  Because he doesn't.  I'd really be worried if his attitudes didn't evolve as he gains more information to guide his decision making.  If only Congress would do the same.  Actually they've dug in their heels over untenable positions far more than the President.

He would appear to be learning that governing is no slam dunk.  That too is good. So much is being made of his first 100 days.  I'd give him a perilous "C".  It could have been far worse.  It should have been far better but at least the country hasn't fallen completely apart even though the anti-Trumpsters would have you believe otherwise.

If he continues to change his positions and they go in the right direction I'll remain cautiously optimistic.  Very cautiously.

Friday, April 07, 2017

AAAaargh! Back To Politics

Following the minuscule steps involved in trying to save an organization from itself has gotten to be drudgery so for the moment I'm back to politics.

Don't those nitwits in Washington ever learn anything?  Take health care reform.  The first try of repeal and replace failed miserably.  So what did they try to do?  Apply a few more bandages and force it through again before their Easter recess!  Hello?  DO IT RIGHT FOR ONCE!

The Supreme Court debacle.  You were mean to our candidate so now we're not going to confirm yours!  Yes, Judge Garland should have been given the courtesy of a hearing and actually should have been voted on because the premise it had never been done in the last year of an administration is stretching the truth to say the least.  But what's to be gained by this infantile refusal to confirm an eminently qualified judge?  It's nothing more than sour grapes.  GET OVER IT!

And now the missile attack in Syria.  Of course the Congress doesn't know the strategy. Even if policy and strategy were to spelled out behind closed doors it is obvious there are those within the government who cannot keep their big mouths shut.  Trump has already said he wasn't going to lay out anything within a billion miles of the media because he wasn't going to telegraph our enemies what he had in mind.  Never mind Obama used to telegraph stuff all the time then never followed through! But Trump is right.  DON"T GIVE AWAY OUR PLANS IN ADVANCE!

Sheesh.  Now I've gotten that out of my system, I can report my merry little band of film people are moving right along.  Thank goodness something is.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Board Meeting #2

Some boards are like pieces of wood but not mine!  We had a full crew today and got so much accomplished.  Just like it's supposed to be.

We discussed projects, delegated responsibility and set deadlines. I know one thing for certain, this group wants to make this organization work.  So do I.  Mind you, all of us are volunteers.

We have two major projects in the works.  One will be putting together a potential curriculum on film making for a local tech school.  The other a possible film to teach kids about the arts. It's exciting for me to be working with such energized and creative people.

After the meeting one of the members nabbed me for a chat.  Mind you I'm just getting to know these folks.  We must have spent a half hour or more while this screen writer told me about his former career in law enforcement and how it ties in with his pre-production efforts for a big budget film based on these experiences.  To be filmed in this area. Cool.

The talent we have in this little town of ours is astounding.  To be continued...