Real Leaks, Fake News

According to Donald Trump, he said at the impromptu news conference, “The leaks are real, the news is fake.” This quote will probably go down in history as one of the best presidential quotes ever. “The Donald” says he never talked to Russians or ordered any of his top-level advisers to talk to the Russians, however we are learning that is an “alternative fact.”

More important is even conservative commentators on Fox News are pointing out the instability of this president, and his ability to lie at a drop of a dime. According to White House insiders Trump is constantly watching conservative channels that generally favor him. But that is changing.

Check out this video from Shepard Smith from Fox News.

 

 

It’s About Jobs

Big tech companies take advantage of the American worker by hiring consultants.

Big tech companies take advantage of the American worker by hiring consultants.

President Trump has landed in Charleston, SC to visit the Boeing plant. I suspect he will make promises to the people about how he’s going to bring jobs back to the country. Employment is at a low of 3.9 percent, which is pretty good compared to what we endured during the Bush Administration.

Trump talks about jobs moving overseas , but no one is talking about the “real” employment landscape, the one not affecting the blue collar worker, but the one that is directly affecting white collar workers. In the Bay Area “consulting” or “gigging” is the new thing. “Bigly” companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are taking advantage of workers by hiring them as consultants to work a short term of a few months with no benefits. But the company can extend the term up to two years and the worker still gets nothing. So even though the statistics say unemployment is low, there are a lot of people who are under-employed. Also, companies don’t have to move overseas to cost American jobs. Many high-tech companies move essential departments like advertising and customer service, to countries in India and the Philipines. What’s more insulting is the company often requires the employee to train the replacement or they will not be entitled to a severance! This is criminal, but no one is talking about this.

The reality is the employment landscape has changed and not for the better, and until the American worker stands up and demands their rights by forming unions, protesting and boycotting these companies and their products the job climate will only continue to get worse.

Message to the People

Trump says he will not concede

Trump says the fake news is unfair

Right now President Trump is conducting a a press conference, or in his case under-speech, on TV. I believe I’m watching a president implode. His ranting at the press, alternative facts and blaming is just amazing!

Trump says the media is unfair, and is portraying his administration as “chaotic.”Just yesterday on CNN Republican Senator John McCain stated, “There is no leadership in this administration. It’s total chaos.”

The New York Times released an article yesterday about out General Flynn’s conversations with the Russians and how he lied to Vice President Pence. But what’s important in the article is what did Trump know and how long did he know it? The article claims Trump knew about Flynn’s Russian scandal three weeks ago. Trump has been in office for 24 days.

To deflect attention from Russia-gate, Trump blames the Obama Administration for the “mess he inherited” and fake news. He also blames Hillary, who has been amazingly silent in regards to Trump’s continues attacks on her.  He continues to say that his administration his running like a well-oiled machine despite the firing of General Flynn, the Muslim Ban, Kellyanne Conway’s ethics violation and retailers dumping Ivanka’s over-priced duds made in China.

Russia-gate should be at the pinnacle of America’s concern. The idea that a foreign government or entity, can influence and change the direction of our democracy. Russia-gate also forces Americans to question the current election process specifically the electoral college.

 

No rules

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Friends, it’s so good to be back with you. I couldn’t stay away, there’s just too much to talk about and that we need to talk about.

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