1. 8 REASONS WHY REPUBLICANS MUST DUMP TRUMP
2. Trump, His Virus, and the Dark Age of
3. How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Casinos, Left
Contractors Unpaid, Ruined
Investors & Made Millions
The Pentagon’s Real Strategy: Keeping the Money
This is a Nederlog of Friday, June 17, 2016.
is a crisis log. It may be a bit special, in that it contains three
articles on Donald Trump, but I like the articles and I think Donald
Trump is a very dangerous lunatic (as seems also the opinion of
the writers of the articles, even though they don't say it quite
), so here are the articles on Trump's
qualities and qualifications:
8 REASONS WHY REPUBLICANS MUST DUMP TRUMP
item 1 is by Robert Reich and gives a nice
summary of eight reasons why the Republicans should dump Trump; item 2
is by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship and compares him to previous
political madmen in the USA, and notably to Joseph McCarthy; item 3 is by Amy Goodman and details how Trump makes
money: by bankrupting his casinos (4 times in a row); while item 4 is not about Trump but about the
Pentagon, and gives the Pentagon's real strategy: Getting
as much of the American taxpayers' money as they can for themselves.
And before starting on the articles, I like to make one
additional point on the political career of Donald Trump:
Those who are most to blame for the arisal of the Trump phenomenon are
not Trump and his band of racist and xenophobic dimwits but the
main media, which have been almost completely changed and corrupted
over the last 15 years, and these days mostly serve propaganda,
deceptions and lies rather than the truth, because
they are well-paid and are only interested in their own profits and
With a more or less decently functioning main media (and I don't
mean: agreeable to me or my ideas or values; I simply mean media that ask good and
honest questions and require truthful answers)
the arisal of a man like Trump as the presumed presidential candidate
for the Republicans would have been impossible.
first item today is by Robert Reich on his site (without its own link,
This has the following start, with eight
reasons. I copy the start and the reasons, but not their
explanatory texts: You can get these by clicking the above dotted link.
The boldings and links are in the original text:
The Republican Party still has time to
change its mind. Right
now it’s supporting for President of the United States a man
1. who divides us by race and
ethnicity and religion.
2. whose incendiary lies are inciting violence
across this land, but he excuses them.
3. who bullies, humiliates, and threatens those who
dare cross him.
4. who spreads baseless conspiracy theories.
5. whose hateful and demeaning attitudes toward
women and boastful claims of sexual dominance have been filling the
6. who believes climate
change is not caused by
humans, contrary to all scientific proof.
7. who proposes
using torture against terrorists,
and punishing their families, both in clear violation of
8. who wants to cut taxes on the rich, giving the
wealthiest one tenth of one percent an average tax cut of more
million each every year - exploding the national debt and
future of Social Security and Medicare.
This man is Donald Trump, and the
Republican Party wants him to
be President of the United States.
Quite so, and this is a strongly
recommended and quite short piece, that also comes with a video that
takes 5 minutes that is very well worth viewing:
I also think Robert Reich seems
rather angry, but if so, that is quite justified.
2. Trump, His Virus, and the Dark Age of Unreason
This is by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship on Common Dreams (and
This starts as follows:
There’s a virus infecting our politics
and right now it’s flourishing with a scarlet heat. It feeds on fear,
paranoia and bigotry. All that was required for it to spread was a
timely opportunity — and an opportunist with no scruples.
There have been stretches of history
when this virus lay dormant. Sometimes it would flare up here and
there, then fade away after a brief but fierce burst of fever. At other
moments, it has spread with the speed of a firestorm, a pandemic
consuming everything in its path, sucking away the oxygen of democracy
Today its carrier is Donald Trump, but
others came before him: narcissistic demagogues who lie and distort in
pursuit of power and self-promotion. Bullies all, swaggering across the
landscape with fistfuls of false promises, smears, innuendo and hatred
for others, spite and spittle for anyone of a different race, faith,
gender or nationality.
Yes, indeed: Trump certainly has quite a
few predecessors in the USA, and Moyers and Winship proceed to list a
few. I will skip that (it is worth reading) and only select one
bit about one of the worst:
Which brings us back to Trump
and the hotheaded, ego-swollen provocateur he most resembles:
Joseph McCarthy, US senator from Wisconsin — until now perhaps our
most destructive demagogue. In the 1950s, this madman terrorized and
divided the nation with false or grossly exaggerated tales of treason
and subversion — stirring the witches’ brew of anti-Communist hysteria
with lies and manufactured accusations that ruined innocent people and
their families. “I have here in my hand a list,” he would claim — a
list of supposed Reds in the State Department or the military. No one
knew whose names were there, nor would he say, but it was enough to
shatter lives and careers.
Quite so, and there is considerably
more on McCarthy, who indeed seems to have been mad - but he
did not get to be the presidential candidate of his GOP, as
Trump did succeed in becoming, unless he is stopped, although
that requires courageous and principled Republicans,
who seem very rare, these days.
The article ends thus and indeed answers
the last point I just made:
I quite agree and this is also a
No profiles in courage there. But
why should we expect otherwise? Their acquiescence, their years of
kowtowing to extremism in the appeasement of their base, have allowed
Trump and his nightmarish sideshow to steal into the tent and take over
the circus. Alexander Pope once said that party spirit is at best the
madness of the many for the gain of a few. A kind of infection, if you
will — a virus that spreads through the body politic, contaminating
all. Trump and his ilk would sweep the promise of America into the
dustbin of history unless they are exposed now to the disinfectant of
sunlight, the cleansing torch of truth. Nothing else can save us from
the dark age of unreason that would arrive with the triumph of Donald
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His
Casinos, Left Contractors Unpaid, Ruined Investors & Made Millions
This is by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!:
This starts as follows:
A series of new investigative
articles have revealed Donald Trump’s shady business dealings in
Atlantic City, his failure to pay contracted workers over the years,
and his decision to partake in what may amount to "calculated tax
fraud"—a felony. We begin by looking at how Donald Trump bankrupted his
Atlantic City casinos, but still earned millions. "Even as his
companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own
money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of
dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his
failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business
acumen," wrote Russ Buettner and Charles Bagli in The New York Times.
They join us to discuss their piece (..)
This is from the introduction to the
interview. I select just two bits from it.
Here is the first, on how Trump made money from going bankrupt four
times with his casinos - and gaining money nevertheless, it seems
essentially from forcing his investors to pay him while they
take the losses:
BUETTNER: (..) I think
the most surprising thing to me was the pattern that just repeated over
and over again, which is him buying high, mortgaging even higher and
then promising that everything was going to be wonderful, and the
inevitable happens, that they run out of cash. The casinos can’t
support the debt that he’s put on them. He’s able to get his investors
to take a haircut, a big cut in the money they have coming. And then
the pattern starts all over again.
You might well ask how often it happens that
a self-claimed brilliant or genius business-man like Donald Trump gets
bankrupted four times and still survives, it seems also with
AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean four times?
Four times bankruptcy?
RUSS BUETTNER: Four times bankruptcy, yes, yes.
So it seems Trump is unique in this way as
well (as a major bankrupt, whose
AMY GOODMAN: How unusual is it for a
businessman to have four bankruptcies?
CHARLES BAGLI: Well, I think it’s somewhat
unprecedented. And the idea that Wall Street continued to give him
money—not once, not twice, three, four times—I mean, we were kind of
holding onto our heads, when you look at the full record down in
Atlantic City. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it.
bankruptcies are paid by the banks and/or his investors).
This is also a recommended article.
The Pentagon’s Real
Strategy: Keeping the Money Flowing
This is by Andrew Cockburn on
Truthdig and originally on TomDispatch:
This last article today is not about Donald
Trump but about the Pentagon, that
seems less interested in wars or in "defense" than it is in laying
claim to as much taxpayers' money they can get:
After 15 years of grinding war with no
obvious end in sight, U.S. military operations certainly deserve such
obloquy. But the pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on
Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the
military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful
one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.
Given this focus, creating and
maintaining an effective fighting force becomes a secondary
consideration, reflecting a relative disinterest—remarkable to
outsiders—in the actual business of war, as opposed to the business of
raking in dollars for the Pentagon and its industrial and political
partners. A key element of the strategy involves seeding the military
budget with “development” projects that require little initial outlay
but which, down the line, grow irreversibly into massive, immensely
profitable production contracts for our weapons-making cartels.
Yes, indeed: It's all about money,
in the first place, money for the Pentagon and its generals.
Meanwhile, ongoing and dramatic programs
to invest vast sums in meaningless, useless, or
superfluous weapons systems are the norm. There is no more striking
example of this than current plans to rebuild the entire American
arsenal of nuclear weapons in the coming decades, Obama’s staggering
bequest to the budgets of his successors.
As I have said quite a few times since
2009: Obama is a very conscious fraud in the sense that all his
messages to the public are meant to increase his personal reputation by
phrasing what the public wants, whereas many of his real
policies are the opposites of what the public wants. This is just
another - major - example of this strategy of duplicity.
And in fact rebuilding "the entire American arsenal of nuclear weapons in the coming
decades" is a complete waste of money,
were it only because Soviet "socialism" is quite dead.
Then again, money for the generals and
enormous profits for the war industries are what the Pentagon is really
Thank you Obama for massively lying to the
public and spending incredible amounts of money to satisfy the generals
and the war industries!
The U.S. is currently in the
process of planning for the construction of a new fleet of nuclear
submarines loaded with new intercontinental nuclear missiles, while
simultaneously creating a new land-based intercontinental missile, a
new strategic nuclear bomber, a new land-and-sea-based tactical nuclear
fighter plane, a new long-range nuclear cruise missile (which, as
recently as 2010, the Obama administration explicitly promised
not to develop), at least three nuclear warheads that are
essentially new designs, and new fuses for existing warheads. In
addition, new nuclear command-and- control systems are under
development for a fleet of satellites (costing up to $1 billion each)
designed to make the business of fighting a nuclear war more practical
This massive nuclear buildup, routinely
promoted under the comforting rubric of “modernization,” stands in
contrast to the president’s lofty public ruminations on the topic of
The article ends as follows:
Faced with such boundlessly
on the public purse, no one should claim a “lack of strategy” as a
failing among our real policymakers, even if all that planning has
little or nothing to do with distant war zones where Washington’s
conflicts smolder relentlessly on.
In brief: The Pentagon has a very
successful strategy: It is to get as much money from the American
tax payers as is possible, and to prevent this money gets
invested in infrastructure, education, healthcare and other civilized
ends, and instead gets invested in ever better and ever more
This is also a recommended article.
One reason they don't say it is that they did not study psychology or
medicine. I have an excellent M.A. in psychology, and while I don't
think that is a real science, I do think I learned a few things.