NY Times Publishes Letters That Support Trump, And Then Publishes Letters That Ridicule Same People

The New York Times prominently published letters from several supporters of President Trump in the editorial section of the newspaper on Thursday. Was this some sort of scam? Why would the Times give “deplorables” an opportunity to laud the accomplishments and agenda of the most hated man among liberals.

Let me first say that I congratulate the Times for airing the opinions of others that they so vehemently oppose. This is an example of fair and balanced journalism. Yet I can’t believe that there might be a catch or a surprise forthcoming.

Note: The aforementioned was written last night. This morning I immediately checked the letters section of the paper and what did I find? Vicious attacks by liberal readers who really do believe that anyone who disagrees with their perspectives is deplorable. One person summed up the collective response of the letters. “Why do you keep asking questions of Trump voters? Who cares what they think?” This attitude is reminiscent of the recent Berkeley riots during which protesters ravaged the campus because they objected to a conservative speaker. So much for the home of free speech. Political haters should stop judging Trump and his supporters and reconsider their close-minded perspectives and inflammatory rhetoric. Frankly they give liberalism a bad name.

Generally the letters supporting Trump were well-written and thoughtful. These people knew they would be scorned by the radical left for having their political perspectives. This compares to the pathetic and trite comments by the letters today. Most of the pro-Trump letters clearly indicated that the president’s demeanor, attitude, belligerence and lack of complete knowledge of the facts are detrimental to the country. Notwithstanding all this they approve of his agenda and laud his accomplishments.

For the benefit of all the readers who side with the anti-Trumpers, I’d like to remind you of some of the positive things he has done and will do in the coming months. Everything in the administration is transparent unlike the previous president who thought every American was an idiot that could never understand his world view. I’m very happy he is  in retirement.

Allow me to expand on the ideas presented by the pro-Trump letters on Thursday.

  • Trump eliminated many burdensome regulations that Obama installed by circumventing Congress.
  • Trump was able to confirm a conservative judge to the Supreme Court, replacing a conservative judge who passed away.
  • Trump has dramatically impacted ISIS by enabling our military leaders to effectively deal with these terrorists.
  • Trump is in the process of terminating unfair trade agreements globally that cost the US billions.
  • Trump is moving the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  • Trump has indicated that he wants to increase the readiness of the military. Recent studies have shown a dramatic decline in the effectiveness of our forces.
  • Trump was able to enact his tax reform. It will benefit corporations and all citizens.
  • Corporations have promised to use tax savings to build new facilities in the US and to share increased after tax profits with workers.
  • Many corporations will bring trillions of dollars back from foreign subsidiaries at a one-time low tax rate. This money will generate revenues for the Treasury and a meaningful portion of it will be used for capital expenditures in the US, which will increase employment.
  • Trump is effectively dealing with North Korea attempting to clean up the missteps of previous administrations.
  • Trump is effectively dealing with Iran and will abrogate an inane nuclear treaty with our most hated enemy.
  • Trump is in favor of DACA. He will act to protect 800,000 innocent children of illegal aliens supplemented by more border security.
  • Illegal immigration has subsided markedly.
  • The stock market has increased about 40% this year enriching many Americans including millions of middle class individuals through their 401ks.
  • Trump has been totally transparent about his objectives something that has been helpful to those who report the news. Not that news people appreciate it.
  • Immigration reform is around the corner. No longer will our borders be porous enabling more illegals to enter the country and sap the resources of those states that accumulate illegals.
  • Trump has exposed the media every time it errs or twists the truth. This is not an attack on free speech. It is an effort to improve the reporting of news in this country. Conversely the press exposes mistakes made by the administration. Sounds like a fair trade off.

Of course there are many issues plaguing the administration including an ongoing and inane Russian collusion investigation. Additionally the relationship between the administration and Congress is not productive. And finally the president really does not act like a statesman.

Considering all the pros and cons, I would say, on balance, America is ahead of the game in spite of all the efforts by radical liberals to destroy the administration.

 

 

Wolff’s Book Is Tabloid Trash

If you are unaware that Donald Trump is screwing up the federal government with his unorthodox, unsophisticated, un-statesmanlike and inefficient style, you should read Michael Wolff’s new book that has Washington and the entire nation abuzz. If you’ve been reading the newspapers and watching cable news don’t waste your hard earned money on this trash.

In summary I found Wolff to be a dishonorable and vindictive pseudo-journalist no better than the horrible man he has set out to destroy in “Fire and Fury . . .” Wolff wants America to celebrate his writing skills in a book that is nothing more than a 300 plus page tabloid with hateful gossip about every important and influential person affiliated with Trump. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer must have been gleeful when they read this expose of the president and his merry men and women.

I gave Wolff too much credit to think that he might balance out all the personality attacks with some analysis of Trump’s agenda and the positive effect it’s had on America. It never happened as I slogged through his missive.

Wolff psychoanalyzed the Trump minions and the power groups that formed during the campaign and into the first year of the administration as if he were Sigmund Freud. The infighting between Bannon, Ivanka and Jared, Priebus and all the other members of the Trump team is the real story of the book, along with Trump’s ever changing attitude to each of these individuals.

Let’s be clear: There is no discourse at all about policies, campaign promises, achievements or the health of the nation in Wolff’s work. I suppose the latter issue is of no interest to him. The book is exclusively about the weirdos and sycophants that that surround the president.

This is not to say that every Trump advisor is a scalawag. Many of the people who took positions in the new administration are honorable and interested in public service. Little did they know that Trump was more of an emperor, than a leader of a democratic country. But the temptation to bolster one’s career is seductive, and now his aides struggle to keep the interest of their boss who has a difficult time staying focused.

The book does not fairly assess the performance of the Trump administration. It does not discuss the objectives and initiatives of Trump as he tries to make America great in his own way. The tome is about a very aggressive and self-centered man who pulled off the upset of the Century. Trump was a candidate that rode the wave of dissatisfaction in the country to victory. Today some regret supporting the man and long for the days of more traditional political leadership.

All of Trump’s worst behavior is on display and exploited by Wolff. Americans knew before the book was written that Trump is a compilation of bad personality and managerial traits. Without rehashing all of them, suffice it to say that the president acts more like a despot than a president accountable to a diverse electorate.

Trump needs to be told that he is the smartest man alive every day, even though it’s not even close to reality. He needs servants to tell him his way is the way to proceed on any important issue. He wants to be admired by his billionaire peers. Americans already know the complete list of Trump’s bizarre behavior and desires.

Wolff has unmasked the unbridled ambitions of several people that serve (or served) Trump. The most important odd duck is Steve Bannon, an almost humorous combination of Darth Vader and Yoda that embodies militaristic attitude and political egoism. Bannon tells all who will listen that he made Trump. Per Bannon Trump would have never been elected without his counsel and the administration is going to hell in a hand basket without his continuing mentorship.

For years Trump managed a company inherited from his father with an iron fist. Every employee followed him loyally or was fired on the spot. Trump believes the same tactics that brought him great wealth and notoriety will make him a successful president. The problem is that many of his aides are successful in their own right and will only kiss ass to a degree. Worse is the fact that they are uninhibited and freely leak to the press to advance their own positions. Leaking of information, including classified information by Trump’s staff is a major story line in the book.

Wolff analyzes all the other characters that surround the president. He writes as if he knows everyone’s deepest feelings and ambitions. Nobody could be so insightful about so many. This leads me to believe that Wolff has taken many liberties in his book.

The big question: Is Fire and Fury worth reading? My response is unequivocally no. You may feel left out in the cold if you are unable to say you read Wolff tabloid piece because it is being discussed in many circles. But so what?

If you really want a sense of what the Trump administration is doing regarding any of the major issues impacting the country tune into CNN and FOX to hear the spin of both sides. Chances are someone in the administration leaked information to the reporters.

Trump’s DACA Meeting Was A Flop

The president and Congress are doing everything possible to sabotage a solution for  800,000 young illegal immigrants who were brought into the US by their parents.

As I pointed out in an earlier blog the bipartisan conversation hosted by Trump had so many crosscurrents that a quick deal has become more remote every hour. This microcosm of our government in action is why Americans would be better off if the president and every member of Congress resigned today. It’s impossible for this group of sanctimonious, pseudo intellectuals to govern and make laws.

The meeting on Wednesday was unprecedented as Trump wanted to prove that he is not senile or incapable of leading the country. In this regard he wanted everyone to see him in action as he guided congressional lawmakers to a deal. The president invited the most important congresspeople to a sit-down to negotiate a quick resolution. The most important objective was clear- extend indefinitely the ability of several hundred thousand young illegals to remain in the country. Every person in the room expressed support of this mission.

Moreover, everyone agreed that the new law should be relatively simple and not include more comprehensive immigration issues, such as paths to citizenship for the 10+ million illegals in the country.

Trump was selling hard, but was the only person in the room and among the TV audience that failed to sense that some members were conspiring. Diane Feinstein indicated that a DACA solution should be a clean bill that would enable the 800,000 young people to stay and work in the US. This was a pipe dream.

Although Trump said he would support a clean transaction, he didn’t really mean it. A congressman present pointed out that a DACA solution without border security was a non-starter for House Republicans. Trump said this was not big deal. He was either asleep at the wheel or duplicitous.

Democrats responded that the wall, which is the most offensive part of border security from their perspective, would require a great deal of negotiation and should be part of a follow-up, more comprehensive, immigration bill.

Trump pooh-poohed the sidebars fully aware that he promised, scores of times, to stop illegal immigration with a wall. His base will revolt if any immigration legislation does not include it.

In any case Trump asked a House Republican if he had a bill ready to be enacted. The congressman responded affirmatively and added that it included DACA, elimination of migration and lottery immigration, which I defined in an earlier blog, and the WALL.

At this point everyone knew the situation was dire, except maybe Trump. There would be no quick legislation for the dreamers of DACA. Exacerbating the situation was a court order the next day  to reinstall DACA as soon as possible prior to action by Congress.

Trump is only going to get a DACA deal if he instructs conservative lawmakers to stop stirring the pot, and he proposes a wall that is far less intrusive than the one he talks about regularly.

This relatively small issue, DACA, clearly exhibits why our government is unable to rule and legislate. Our leaders have an opportunity to do a simple thing that would benefit many young people, and are unable to perform.

The Impending DACA (And Immigration Reform) Disaster

For those of you who were at work yesterday afternoon, I want to tell you about a “bipartisan” meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders from both parties representing the Senate and House.

The subject was immigration, and specifically the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (know commonly as DACA). DACA allows  individuals who entered and remained in the country as minors to receive a renewable period of deferred action from deportation and a work permit. This policy was established by President Obama in 2012 via regulation.

President Trump rescinded the regulation in September 2017 because it circumvented the responsibility of Congress to effect such laws. The rescission was delayed six month (until March 2018) to give Congress an opportunity to enact a new and permanent law for the affected illegal aliens. The policy has had a positive impact on the 800,000 young individuals involved, by all accounts. And it is generally seen as favorable by most legislators.

Back to the meeting. All the parties present were in favor of renewing DACA. Trump was ecstatic and Democratic members were cautiously optimistic about the direction of the conversation. To make a long story short, Trump asked one Republican House member if he was ready to introduce legislation to extend DACA. The individual said a draft of a new law was ready, and it included DACA, a rescission of chain migration and visa lotteries along with border security measures that would provide funding for the infamous border wall.

As a aside chain migration is a process in which legal immigrants are able to sponsor their extended families to obtain visas to enter the country. Visa lotteries provide visas to individuals from countries with low migration rates into the U.S, Both of these programs have been denigrated by the Trump administration. Essentially Trump believes that  immigrants are not being vetted properly and undesirable individuals are entering the country.

The wall according to Trump will deter illegal immigration across the Mexican border from many places further south. Anyone who has followed this story knows that the wall is extraordinarily controversial. It’s important to recognize that Trump made the wall a principle issue in his campaign and is obligated to build it to retain the support of his base.

Back to the meeting again. Trump said that it looked like a done deal. Immigration reform would begin with DACA, chain migration, visa lotteries and border security (a.k.a., the wall). Comprehensive reform would follow later to decide, for instance, the paths to citizenship for illegals and other huge issues relating to immigration.

The Democrats began to rise up and say they only wanted to extend DACA and keep all other items for later reform negotiations. Trump said it was no big deal and that all the items he favored could be negotiated now. This went on for some time as individual lawmakers made mini-speeches about why DACA was important as a first step in immigration reform. Everybody was talking past each other. Trump was trying to end the meeting by saying a deal was imminent, but it is not.

In fact when the press was asked to leave the room, one journalist asked Trump specifically whether DACA could be extended without the wall. He responded no, and that DACA needed to be supported with border security.

No matter what you read today, do not be enthusiastic that the 800,000 illegals covered by DACA will be protected before the clock runs out in March. The meeting was a perfect example of the dysfunctional government in Washington. The parties cannot even enact legislation they both are in favor of. It is a sign of the times.

Hollywood Acts Like It Really Cares About Abused Women At Golden Globes

It’s that time of the year when Hollywood begins to shower itself with awards. First the Golden Globes, then the Oscars. The winners make the same old inane speeches thanking executives for giving them opportunities to star in movies or TV shows, and then, they mention the scores of people on their “teams” who helped make it all possible. This group includes all the barely relevant individuals that preen the stars and serve as their personal slaves.

This year, all of the over-paid celebrities acted like they really cared about the young women who who have been abused and harassed every day since the beginning of movie making over a century ago, while they drank champagne. The starlets wore multi-thousand dollar black gowns to protest the eons of mistreatment of girls and women.

If all these people were truly sincere about their concern for the horrible conditions in their industry they would have boycotted the opulent backslapping event and accepted their awards by mail. But then there would be no red carpet and posing for the cameras and the celebrity magazines.

Seth Meyers got the ball rolling last night at the Golden Globes by making jokes about some of the sleazeballs that have been outed as sexual abusers in the past few months. It’s now okay to make fun of Harvey Weinstein by name because he can no longer blackball anyone who mentions his overactive libido.

For 30 years the man terrorized females with outrageous and shameful behavior and everyone looked the other way or grinned  and bared it to get a role. How many choice parts were delivered to women over the years because they gave into the darkest desires of powerful men?

Many of the women at the awards were subjected to this disgusting hazing process, but their memories are short because they achieved fame and fortune. Why didn’t some of these women speak up years ago to protect their sisters? I know, they were frightened and concerned about their careers. The women who took the dangerous first steps to out men like Weinstein should have been awarded Golden Globe statues this year.

Scores and maybe thousands of women have been raped, assaulted and degraded by men who abused their positions of power. How could this go on for so long? It’s all about money and fame, and of course fear. It finally came to head because some women put principle ahead of material benefits.

Maybe I’m in the minority, but I think Hollywood types are the most narcissistic people anywhere. They would do anything, and I mean anything, to get a role and be filmed and photographed. The money and notoriety these people receive is not commensurate with their skills- memorizing lines and shedding a tear at the right moment hardly warrants tens of millions of dollars of compensation. Yet these people just really love each other, and their groupies want to be seen with them in public. It must be great to be on the A-list.

As I looked across the room full of Golden Globe aspirants I couldn’t help wonder how many of the women were deflowered by men in attendance. Perhaps we will soon find out that several more male executives and actors with insatiable sexual appetites abused the women they worked with.

Now we are supposed to believe that aspiring actresses will receive parts based only on their performance in screen tests. Sexual favors will no longer be a part of the process in choosing a cast. Yeah right.

You may say that I’m being excessively critical of Hollywood. After all it provides us with  very good movies and TV shows that are enjoyed by millions. It’s true, the market has deemed that highly successful actors be paid a fortune to perform, just like high performers in other industries. But none of the other industries flaunt raw sexuality and bad behavior like Hollywood.

There was a moment where Meyers was nice enough to remember all the other people who are part of the cinema and TV process including hair stylists, makeup people, set crews, coffee and lunch getters, etc. It was a tribute to all those who are interns earning no money or those making $15/hour. It was so rewarding that the stars remembered all the peons and slaves who do all the sh-t work for so little.

I hate these award shows. I resent all the self- aggrandizing, politically correct egomaniacs. In fact they remind me of Donald Trump. And the affair was an opportunity for Oprah Winfrey to declare her intentions to run for president. That’s all we need is another neophyte in the Oval Office.

 

“Fire And Fury” Tells Us What We Already Know

I admit I was anxious to read Michael Wolfe’s trashy book, Fire and Fury, about the Trump administration. My assistant scurried to get a copy of it for me on the first day it became available. I only had a chance to read part of the book and there have been no new revelations.

For the past year I’ve been very critical of Trump’s obnoxious, immature and self-aggrandizing persona. Yet I have been supportive of most of his agenda items. For those of you who have read my blog regularly you know I was in favor of the new tax cuts believing that if Americans have more money after taxes they would spend it and pump up the economy. Correspondingly I accepted the prediction that lower business taxes will make the US more competitive and higher profits will increase jobs and wages.

Further I’m supportive of Trump’s aggressive stances regarding North Korea, Iran and Israel, and his desire to have a strong military. And I want the federal government to stop illegal immigration, provide more jobs to decrease welfare, build and refresh our infrastructure and so on.

What I abhor and resent about the Trump administration is its total disorganization, never ending leaks and petty squabbles with anyone who disagrees with its direction, be they members of Congress, world leaders or other members of the administration.

Tweeting may be the next great communication tool of presidents, but I don’t believe anything substantive can be said with a few choice words. Policy should not be made at 4 a.m. by an insomniac president.

I read 75 pages, and Wolfe has done nothing other than to seek out anyone who has a gripe or negative comment about Trump. I’m beginning to think that the author is not at all interested in the whole truth or the other side of the story about Trump’s time in the White House. The more gossipy and dirty the perspective, the more likely Wolfe has it in his book. I guess that’s what sells.

We all know Trump picked amateurs to assist him and relies on even less experienced family members to advise him. The expectation that Jared Kushner was going to end the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is laughable. One cannot be elected president as a neophyte and select equally inexperienced individuals to create an organization to rule the the greatest country in the world.

We all know Trump is a 70 year-old child that has gotten his way his whole life. He needs constant self gratification and exaggerates (and lies) about everything he does to build his own self image. Americans expect their presidents to be mature, steadfast, inquisitive and statesman-like. Trump is none of these things.

His selection of outside advisors is an abomination and accounts for his administration’s disorganization and much of its criticism internally and externally. Steve Bannon is an egomaniac, a weirdo, who thinks he is the smartest man alive. Most Americans would not even invite him into their homes to hear his perspectives about government and leadership. He has no status as a senior political advisor for anyone.

Tillerson was a great businessman and is an ineffectual diplomat and organizer. He doesn’t have a clue how to handle Trump, so it’s no surprise that his ability to deal with Putin, Assad, Kim Jung-un and all the other maniacs that lead rogue countries is pathetic.

Sessions is a good and conservative man. He probably never met anyone else as ego maniacal as Trump. Since becoming Attorney General he has been impotent in his position and totally unable to deal with criticisms by the man who elected him

Almost everybody in America is critical of the way Trump behaves. They think he’s a liar, a misogynist, a self promoter, a really bad guy, etc. They are right. The man is despicable. So what are we learning from Wolfe? Not a damn thing. Absolutely nothing.

Perhaps, further into the book, Wolfe will talk policy and we will find out that Trump has a lot of good ideas for America. I doubt it but I will be steadfast about finding some balance in his tome.

And finally, Michael Wolfe is an incompetent advocate of his own work. He has trouble putting two sentences together. I saw him interviewed on Meet the Press. He does nothing to give his readers confidence that he’s is a good investigative reporter. Yet he’s going to get rich from the book.

Why did Trump and his staff allow this troll of a reporter to “sit on a couch” in the White House and interview the occupants? Trump obviously expected him to say positive things. He was delusion to think this would happen.

I’ll report back if I find a shred of balance in this book. Don’t hold your breadth and don’t waste your money. If you want to hear people bash Trump just turn on free TV to CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC or CBS.

There Are Important Things Happening In Iran And Israel

While most eyes are on the president’s ongoing battles with the press and Democrats relating to collusion, other assorted charges, and North Korea, two extraordinarily important issues are unfolding abroad with much less fanfare.

The first is unprecedented protest in Iran, a country that always discourages dissent aggressively. The importance of this development is too great to ignore. Iranians are disgruntled with the priorities of the ayatollah leadership that controls the country with an iron fist. Most of the money generated by oil revenues and the $100 billion Obama gave Iran two years ago, as part of his efforts to endear himself to Iranians, has been used to fund the country’s nuclear program and subversive military adventures in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Syria.

Iranians have experienced hyperinflation, food shortages and generally poor economic conditions that include high unemployment. Exacerbating all this is repressive governmental control of the daily lives of average Iranians.

The protests are yet another new Arab Spring in which average people are clamoring for more government spending to improve their lives. In addition unhappy citizens are demanding more human rights and democratic rule, all anathema to repressive government leadership.

The Trump administration via Nikki Haley, the US United Nations ambassador, are siding with and encouraging the protesters to the dismay of Iran leadership and all of Iran’s Shiite allies.

As expected other Security Counsel members are against US intrusion in Iranian internal affairs. A massive revolt in Iran would not be in the economic interests of several European countries and Russia along with the Shiite world. The opposition is saying that the US is using the protests as a means to ultimately abrogate the Iran nuclear deal. The derivative impact of the deal has enabled European countries to dramatically increase trade with Iran over the past two years since the signing of the pact.

It’s time for the US to do everything possible to encourage a regime change in Iran. More sanctions, even without support from other nations, are in order and recommended. This could be the final strike that could result in a change in government.

The second situation that has been somewhat underreported by the press relates to the Israel/Palestinian conflict. For the umpteenth time the combatants are trying to determine whether they support a one-state or two state solution. Unfortunately allocation of territory in a two-state process, among countless other issues, will hamper the process indefinitely. Israel is more than reluctant to cede land that might endanger its security. Additionally the future of Jerusalem is front and center since the decision by Trump to build an embassy in the Holy City.

A one-state process is not a path preferred by Israel because of the demographics in the country. Israeli population growth is very low (2% in 2016) while Palestinian growth was 106% from 1990-2008 (4.3% per woman in 2012). Over time the Palestinians would have substantially more citizens than Israelis similar to South Africa before its revolution. The minority would rule the majority, an unsustainable situation.

A one-state solution is not a path that Israel will take because of demographics. Yet the Palestinians, if they are patient would benefit by this strategy.

A change in the Palestinian strategy to one state could make peace that much more elusive.

 

It’s 2018. What’s On Trump’s Agenda?

USA TODAY provided a list of “7 Things To Watch” relating to President Trump in the New Year. This essay will discuss each of the items and include two others that are equally important.

North Korea. The maniac that leads NOKO continues to threaten the US, South Korea and Japan. Additionally he has indicated that he will launch more ballistic missiles in an effort to perfect their performance and prove that the continental US is in the range of his weapons.

In the meantime Trump has responded with tweets telling the world that he has greater nuclear power than NOKO (really Mr. President?) and that he will obliterate NOKO if it makes any stupid decisions.

The threat of nuclear devastation, and destruction of SOKO in a conventional war with its northern neighbor are the darkest clouds hanging over the world. Trump’s un-statesmanlike responses to this situation are disconcerting although in recent days Kim Jung-un has been in touch with SOKO to discuss working together to ward off military action by the US.

Infrastructure. A deal can be made between Republicans and Democrats on this issue. The specter of taking on more debt to bring our country’s roads and bridges up to snuff should not deter our lawmakers. Democrats appear to be amenable about working towards a resolution of this non-partisan issue. Plus it will increase employment among many working Americans.

Health Care. The health care system is in total chaos. Prices are soaring, premiums are increasing dramatically and availability of doctors is shrinking. Obamacare is a colossal failure even though liberals continue to laud the entitlement.

The objective of providing medical insurance for all Americans is a noble one. But the mandate that forced all citizens to buy excessive insurance coverage or incur a tax (recently abrogated), and Obama’s desire to pump up his legacy with this ill-advised and not well thought out new entitlement resulted in an expensive disaster. The focus of health care should be on those that cannot afford protection, not universal participation. Ultimately the expansion of Medicaid in every state is what the federal government ought to be encouraging.

Immigration. The problem is far greater than the 700,000 immigrants brought to the US illegally when they were children. Dealing with this group is only the first item on the immigration agenda. They should all be given a path to citizenship that includes good behavior over time.

The greater problem is the fate of 10+ million illegal aliens in the country that are stressing the financial resources of several states. Mass deportation is not feasible, although troublemakers should be rooted out and returned to their countries of origin. The path for these people should be rigorous. Finding jobs, learning English and paying taxes along with good behavior must be part of any deal.

The wall, at first a Trump pipedream, is becoming more viable especially if it prevents additions to the existing number of illegals in the US. And real vetting of immigrants, students, workers and visitors is critical to reducing terrorist threats.

Welfare. Welfare costs are skyrocketing. The US gives too many too much encouragement to sit at home and cash government checks. Able-bodied people, not children or the infirmed, should be required to work in lieu of receiving government support. Jobs should be available, and no exceptions should be made.

Liberals will fight this effort believing that handouts equate to more votes.

Iran. The jig is up. It’s time to put maximum pressure on this rogue state. Its leaders are fomenting trouble in many parts of the Middle East. The US has rightly sided with Saudi Arabia against Iran and should penalize the latter for grievous misdeeds. Greater economic sanctions will ultimately topple the current regime. Recent government protests are an indication that the people are unhappy and the end may be near for the belligerent ayatollahs.

The Iran nuclear deal is a farce. It’s bad in every sense. Iran will develop a nuclear capability and threaten all Sunni states and Israel. Iran is on a path that is exactly like NOKO. By waiting the US will end up in the same situation as it is with NOKO.

The Debt Limit. If Republican promises that the tax cuts will inspire greater economic growth and more tax revenues prove to be true, the US can afford to increase defense spending, pay for tax cuts and begin to decrease the deficit. Now is not the time to quibble over another two or three trillion dollars.

The problem began during the Obama administration when spending for health care and continuing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan increased the deficit by several trillion dollars without any payoff.

My additions to the list include: the sexual abuse revolution and the Russian Investigation.

Sexual abuse. Abuse must end now. America needs to bring to an end all but the most serious cases of sexual abuse from the past. Significant crimes should be adjudicated. Prospectively businesses, federal, local and state governments, the military and religious organizations must adopt a zero tolerance policy against abuse. There should be no quarter for any new corroborated incidents of this ilk.

The continuation of the war between the sexes will be harmful to women in the long run. In fact they may actually lose ground by trying to avenge 7,000 years of male abuse in a year or two.

The Russian Investigation. It’s time for Robert Mueller to tell America what he has uncovered. It’s time to issue indictments, if any, and end this inane witch-hunt. The invasive activities of Mueller’s left wing gang of attorneys are not good for the country and are costing a fortune.

2018 will be a very stormy year. Hopefully the country will prosper, terrorism will subside, rogue nations will collapse and all Americans will be wealthier, healthier and happier.