Donald Trump presidency…….D + 46
There were many times during my military and business careers when some individuals would become bogged down in minutia. This was not necessarily a bad thing if there were no time constraints and the minutia being provided stayed focused on the end product or mission. That was usually not the case, however.
Let me use the military as an example. Whether the planning involved training or war plans, there were always time constraints. Yet, some staff wienie would always want to use precious time to delve into the most insignificant of details that were only of concern to him, and not to the group or geared to the mission. The same situations occur during business planning meetings. It seems you always have one or two individuals that want to demonstrate their intelligence or elevate their importance by monopolizing time that just was not available. When asked a question, oftentimes these individuals would provide an answer in an overabundance of detail that was just not necessary. As a shortcut to brevity, I would chide these people with the phrase, “When I ask you what time it is, don’t tell me how to build a clock.” This phrase would usually get the ‘minutia minded’ back on track.
Most people have heard the phrase, ‘making a mountain out of a mole hill.’ Cute. I found that the phrase, ‘You are pole vaulting over mouse turds’ was much more effective in keeping a staff in line and focused based on our time constraints and mission.
So, with the ‘pole vaulting over mouse turd’ concept in mind; could it be applied to what is currently happening in Washington, D.C.? Unfortunately, I believe it fits all too nicely.
Donald Trump has been POTUS for 46 days. Here are some of the items that the liberal biased media and the Democratic party have brought to the forefront since the Trump inauguration. One of the initial biggies was that some female members of the Democratic party called for a boycott of the Ivanka Trump clothing line. You would think with all these ‘women’s marches,’ like the one occurring today as I am writing this, that these women would be ecstatic that a member of the fair sex is successful in business. Not the case! So, in defense, Kellyanne Conway mentioned on a Sunday morning news show that people should buy clothing from the Ivanka Trump collection. The response? The shouting began! “Kellyanne Conway needs to be replaced!” “Kellyanne Conway needs to be severely disciplined.” “Kellyanne needs to be prosecuted.” (As an aside, the Ivanka collection is having unprecedented high sales after the Democrat women called for boycott!)
Poor Kellyanne could not catch a break after someone posted a picture of her sitting on her feet on a sofa in the oval office. Again, the shouting began from the left. Disrespectful! (Followed by the three comments in bold in the previous paragraph.) Apparently, the liberals have forgotten about the picture of Obama with his feet up on the historical Resolute desk in the oval office. This desk was a gift from Queen Victoria of England. Or, about Bill Clinton having an intern under the desk.
Any disrespect there?
Other media consuming biggies is that Donald Trump uses ketchup on his steak. Earth shattering! And, recently, Ben Carson referred to slaves as immigrants. Again, earth shattering. Would you say the four mentioned situations are all important, or would you classify them as ‘pole vaulting over mouse turds.’ I am a believer that we could use toothpicks to vault over those turds.
Here are some items that I believe the media and our politicians from both parties should be focusing upon.
Earlier this week, North Korea fired four ballistic missiles in the direction of Japan. We have 50,000 service people stationed in Japan. Today, the North Koreans have said that they were trying to hit Japan, even though the missiles fell short by 150 miles. After the firing, we sent additional anti-missile defense weapons to South Korea. Now the Chinese are claiming we are being aggressive and spoiling for a war. I would say this is a biggie. Especially in light of the fact that the Chinese are constructing artificial islands in the South China Sea and fortifying them as naval bases. And…they are claiming the surrounding oceans as Chinese territorial waters.
China’s banks are financing much of the aggression that is being shown by not only the North Koreans, but by the Iranians. They are lending money for the purchase of all types of weapons to whoever wants to borrow and purchase, including nations that sponsor terrorism. Its nice that we continue to purchase Chinese made items so that their banking system can afford to finance the terrorists of the world.
Have you noticed how many times our ships have been buzzed by Iranian patrol boats in the Persian Gulf? It seems to be happening more and more as the Iranians become more belligerent. In the very near future, either they will fire on us or we will fire on them. Then what?
Not to be outdone, those pesky Russians are buzzing our ships with their airplanes. Much of this is to test the resolve of our new president. Nothing happened to any of these nations over the last eight years and they are attempting to determine if they can continue their aggression unfettered. After all, what decisive action did we take against Putin during his invasion of the Ukraine?
On the national front……………….
Have you seen anything of late about the national debt? Apparently, our politicians and media are not concerned about a $20 trillion debt. Maybe this debt sounds smaller if it is expressed as 20,000 billion dollars. The ‘b’ sound is apparently less menacing than the ‘t’ sound.
Did you realize that after 46 days in office, President Trump is still missing four key individuals from his cabinet? He is missing the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretaries of Labor and Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative. It appears that with the Liberals fighting every step of the way, it will take longer for him to get his cabinet. In comparison, Obama had 7 cabinet members confirmed on his inauguration day. Then there is the Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Have you seen this guy’s credentials? If he and Jesus had a contest to see who would get the least wet while walking across water….I think it would be close to a tie! His confirmation should be a slam dunk, but will no doubt be contested.
Of course the biggest item in Washington today is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The Republican roll out is now available for scrutiny and there is no shortage of scrutiny. At least it is one-tenth the length of the original act at 200+ pages versus 2,000+ pages. With that in mind, it will be read before being passed into law. Also, it is open to correction and amendment. This was something not available for the original bill when the it was rammed down the throats of the American public. I want to point out that health care is an entitlement and not a right. Entitlements can be taken away. This particular entitlement comes with a very expensive price tag.
So readers, I want you to scrutinize as to what is important and what is political and media grandstanding. What is important for the country versus what is important to a politician to get reelected. Those interests are not the same. Be discriminating about national and world events. What is more important? The way Kellyanne Conway sits on a couch or the fact that the North Koreans have fired four missiles at Japan? Don’t fall into the shenanigans of the media and some politicians by ‘pole vaulting over mouse turds.’