First, I want to be clear, up front, that I don't like or trust Trump.
But he's offered a lot of lessons in his first days in office that the current weak, impotent, sell-out Democratic leaders could learn.
He's a tough, strongman with a strong team. I don't like what he and his team are doing, but they are starting off with hard hitting actions that are building his credibility and loyalty from his supporters.
Aggressive first days setting actions in motion
Obama arrived in office with a profoundly stronger mandate, a majority in the house and a filibuster-proof majority in the senate (once Al Franken was confirmed.) He should have pushed through scores if not hundreds of bills and signed hundreds of executive orders. He didn't. He squandered the short time he had, then because he was a weak leader of the Democratic party, lost his filibuster-proof majority in the senate.
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Trump is speaking up for workers. As Paul Craig Roberts told me in our interview earlier this week, the Democrats no longer support workers. They have become neoliberals, supporting corporations. Trump, starting with his rejection of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has grabbed the pro-worker mantle and the clueless Democrats who are directly to blame for losing the White House and the Senate are doing nothing to take it back.
Bill Black writes, in his article, T he New Democrats Addiction to Austerity Will Not Die ,
I know the Republicans are complete hypocrites about federal deficits and debt. I know their dishonesty and faux deficit and debt hysteria, when a Democrat is president, harms the Nation and the world through the infliction of self-destructive austerity. Austerity's primary victims are the working class and government social programs for the poor and working class. That means that the Democrats should never mimic the Republicans' dishonesty, hysteria, and willingness to inflict austerity on the people of America and the world. Unfortunately, the New Democrats embraced the economic malpractice of austerity with the passion of a convert."
Black goes on to detail,
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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