AR: Can you describe the extent to which “corruption by proxy” is the mode of the Trump family? The affairs of the Kushner family and Qatar are in the news; Eric and Donald Jr. are managing their father’s portfolio; how has this been, and how can it be exploited by special interests? What can be done to guard against this type of corruption in the future?
PS: We are approximately 15 months into the Trump presidency. Thus far there have been no large sweetheart deals that I have been able to detect involving foreign entities. But mark my words: They will be offered them. The Chinese have been quite explicit about their strategy: They want to soften Trump’s policies on China by going through his kids. And they plan to do that by offering them lucrative deals. As I say in the book, for the sake of the country they need to resist those deals at all costs.
While Trump argues that the cost of tariffs is being borne by China, the real loser is the American consumer. All told, these Trump tariffs cost the average family $831 a year, more than offsetting the average tax cut for a household in the bottom 80%. And now Trump is saying he’ll impose even more costs on the American people as part of his erratic and ineffectual trade policy.But this is not the only area where Trump is driving up costs for the middle-class to increase corporate profits; he’s used a wide range of government powers to take actions that hurt working families.
Growing up in the 50/60’s I remember the air raid sirens and the evacuation to the school basement to get ready for nuclear fall out!
I can’t imagine what it is like now when Tommy, the kid sitting in the back of the class, opens fire on the students in front, or he is reported to be at the mall shooting the “invaders”, when I was a kid invaders came from space and we knocked them off at the arcade for a quarter!
I feel so sad for the children of today that are in fear of going to school, all we had to be afraid of really was “when is that book report due?” or “surprise math test today”.
At some point children are losing their childhood, being inundated by news of another “Mass Shooting Today or Active Shooter Status” armed security in public & high schools is a tragedy they should not be exposed to while they are just trying to cope with learning the skills to have a long and enjoyable life and dealing with puberty!
This is where I see it breaking down, elected officials being lobbied by corporations with the “promise of campaign funds” is wrong at all levels and from all industries, corporations, unions and groups, money and politics should never be used to put anyone in power over anything, it breeds corruption!
Thank God in Canada we do not have as bad an issue with guns as in the USA but it is getting worse as illegal fire arms are finding there way here as well. Death by Cop is almost guaranteed in a shooting scenario in the US because from an Officers perspective “everyone has a weapon” and they are in fear for their lives at every crime scene, traffic stop, domestic call or just on routine patrol.
A President that is constantly using social media and dividing, not just his own country, but the world, is a threat to civilization on this planet. The total denial of climate change, pitting City against City, State against State, driving a wedge between allies through the use of tariffs instead of diplomacy in three short years and claim that “He is responsible for a booming economy” that was started long before he came to power is the biggest threat today!
Washington (CNN)The United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia Friday, as the US military prepares to test a new non-nuclear mobile-launched cruise missile developed specifically to challenge Moscow in Europe, according to a senior US defense official.
Wall Street Journal_ “Their entire information warfare and political warfare strategy, which is to craft narratives around whole nations, has been a GRU mission for 10, 15 years now,” said Mr. Nance, who outlines the organization’s tradecraft in his recent book “The Plot to Destroy Democracy.”
I am not a highly educated individual and these opinions are my own, but I do know what scares a lot of people and there are enough tangents with previous build up to CHAOS going on now under President Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un to make us ALL VERY AFRAID!
US President Donald Trump has shaken global faith in America’s leadership, an international survey found, as confidence in him lags behind other major world leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping. The Pew Research Centre found 70 per cent of people surveyed across 25 countries this year said they lacked confidence in Trump, compared with 27 per cent who said they trusted the American president’s handling of international affairs.