The Way Back to Political Sanity Could Also Involve Facebook, Google, CNN

It’s clear Facebook and Google had an unwitting hand in derailing our government. But the same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of our politics can also be used to heal our divided country and make a permanent and lasting fix.

heartoftexas1It’s clear Facebook and Google had an unwitting hand in influencing the outcome of the 2016 election and derailing sanity in our government. Some days our situation seems almost hopeless. But the same platforms that helped spread Russian lies and changed the arc of our politics can also be used to heal our divided country and even make a permanent and lasting fix.

Proposing the Facebook or Google Politics Only Page  – Democracy Online – a Town Hall 24/7       

This would not be a place to post pictures of our kids or what we had for dinner. Obscene words would be auto-banned from entry.

This would be a place where advocates for issues post ideas. There would be civil chat-room discussions that focus on reaching the informed consensus that reflects the attitudes and desires of the majority of Americans. It could have national, state and even local discussion groups. It would be a perpetual town hall meeting of sorts.

With the degree of dysfunction in government, why should Americans leave governing ourselves to politicians alone? 

Politicians have repeatedly proven themselves to be sold out as a group. Yes, there are dedicated public servants in politics. There are also greedy business people and criminals who effectively steal ( legally ) from the public, and some even have foreign bank accounts to hide their theft. These politicians are, at best, unnecessary middlemen. A politics only page, where we discuss ideas to improve the common good and how to pay for it, could repair the citizen-representative disconnect which is so glaringly obvious this year.

Politicians should just be doing our bidding anyway. The re– in “re-presentative” government means we must first “present” our ideas. If we don’t first present ideas, we can’t blame the greedy-by-nature so-called politicians for taking advantage of their status – and representing for themselves – or for their donors.  After all, the main USA representative, the president, is clearly self-dealing.

We can’t blame the politicians any longer. That’s getting old.  We can only blame ourselves for letting them do this over and over to us. We must change the laws against self-dealing too. Why do we allow representatives to have undeclared bank accounts? Why do we allow a presidential candidate to not show his taxes.  This is pure stupidity. And it’s doing us in. 

Politicians should really be bots for our decisions with no right to sabotage the majority opinion.

There would be rooms to discuss all issues from gay rights to gun rights and links to real information from recognized experts on all sides of the arguments. There could be a place for political ads by American companies and vetted individuals, with equal space for ideas guaranteed. And yes, some issues are more national in scope than others, like air and water quality.  There could be even world-wide discussions to pave a way to real world peace – to end terrorism – and even to insure the survival of the species. Imagine that! We have this technology right now. The google/facebook technology was just sabotaged by international criminals to get their boy to win the election of 2016. Reverse engineer this technology to redefine the way government functions.  This is easy! 

Regular Mock Votes 

An essential part of any mock government site would be regularly scheduled mock voting days. Maybe we could have them once a month. We could call the first Tuesday of every month – Mock Vote Day and re-form the once healthy civic tradition of getting real information and voting our minds. The sheer numbers in these monthly mock government votes would inform the honest players ( there are some now, but this would help weed out the sold-out ) in our actual government the direction the majority really wants to be steered.. Mock Government Voting is a super strong meme. Statistics don’t lie – they inform us. 

And then we can finally insist that our representatives re-present the ideas of the majority, the way a democracy should work because we will know what the majority wants and even why. – Politicians who don’t represent the consensus would be quickly exposed and voted out or removed from office for not representing the majority. 

Based on the current popularity of news shows, I think Americans are ready for this. We can essentially use the same door employed to enter this dysfunctional governmental state- to exit it!

And if they ( Facebook, Google, or CNN) don’t want to do this – we can do this ourselves too. We can even Shark Tank it, if need be

Can we share this on social media so it gets to the powers that be in the media, please?

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About the Author

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971.  He attended an International Finance class with Donald Trump, back in the day.

When the internet became viable in 1995, Joseph created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website, WigSalon.com. He still operates WigSalon today.

Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and his songs often reflect his political point of view.

Contact Info

Joseph Aronesty 1809 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266                                Text: 818 423 1533  Email: MyName @ gmail

 

 

Sexual Disposition and Job Performance Do Not Necessarily Correlate

In most cases, how we deal with our varied sexual dispositions does not “have to” impact the way we approach our daily jobs. For example, John Kennedy is generally thought to have been a great president, and yet it is well known that he had affairs. However …

mooreI’ve been thinking about the rash of sexual allegations that has erupted against men in positions of power and public service. This is my take on it all.

In a lifetime, we all have many different roles to play: child, friend, student, parent, worker, spouse, player, etc. And one of those roles is our personal sexual stance. It usually occupies no more than a few hours a week of activity, with much more time spent thinking and fantasizing about it all.

Our sexual tastes are basic, primal, and largely beyond our control. And we play our sexual roles only during limited times when those primal desires well up in us. 

Etymological and philosophical aside: The “x” at the end of the word “sex” literally depicts the connection, the crossing or juncture between two people. Sexual appetite drives the engine that populates the world. Many of us would not be here today had it not been for some weird sexual encounter that took place perhaps a thousand years ago. So unless we are speaking about forced unwanted sex, it’s really hard for me to be too critical of the myriads of various sexual encounters on planet earth.

Further, in most cases, just how we deal with our varied sexual dispositions does not have to impact the way we approach our daily jobs. For example, John Kennedy is generally thought to have been a great president, and yet it is well known that he had affairs. And yes, there are plenty of functioning people in politics, business and even military service who happen to be gay – and that does not correlate with their job performances. Sexual stance and job performance – simply put  – do not correlate. 

However, a damning line can be crossed. A hard line exists when one person uses superior strength to force unwanted sexual relations – or a position of power or drugs to induce sex that would not be wanted in a clear state of mind. Those transgressions should be treated as crimes because they are crimes. But crimes also have statutes of limitations – and for good reasons. And yes, 40 years is too late to indict for a non-murder crime. That is the law and it appears to be a good one. 

Can a person who has a fetish for 15 year old girls at the age of  32 return to a job at age of 70 – and do it well? Honestly, that answer has to be yes. If we are talking about situations where the female had at least some complicity in the arrangement, unless there was forced sex ( which is rape and a crime for sure ) there’s just not a one-to-one relationship between whatever happened during fleeting private moments – and one’s ability to do a job well – the very next day. 

So even though I find what Roy Moore did 40 years ago deplorable ( a proper use of that word at last ) if I were running against him I would not overplay that hand. After-all, I don’t think at the age 70 Roy Moore is a danger to teenagers.

I would much prefer that Doug Jones make his cases against Roy Moore on his record and the way he will do his job as a senator. I would advice Doug Jones to attack Roy Jones not for 40 year old sexual allegations – but for these reasons:

  • Moore is a climate denier
  • Moore does not respect gay people and their rights
  • Moore has nationalistic, racist and tribal positions on immigration
  • Moore wants to repeal the ACA
  • Moore advocates for trickle-down
  • Moore stands with Donald Trump
  • Moore favors cutting funding for public schools and promoting charter schools, vouchers, tax credits, home schooling, and Christian schools 
  • Moore opposes abortion, same-sex marriage, and civil unions
  • Moore wants to defund Planned Parenthood

There is plenty to campaign against there. And Doug Jones must also explain why he will be better for Alabamans.

I really think we should get a lot of these sexual allegations off the front pages of the our papers and broadcasts – and asap. They are largely distractions. There’s not much meat on those bones. They just involve fleeting personal relations and yes – weaknesses – but between two people. Gun rights, healthcare, tax fairness, clean air and water, Trump’s impulsiveness – these issues involve us all. That’s what governing is all about, right?

Let’s focus. These sexual stories are sucking up too way much oxygen and causing us to lose focus on the many larger, more important issues we must deal with … right now. 

…………………….. Joseph Aronesty

Let’s Focus

 

How Trump is Bankrupting the USA with his Foreign Bank Accounts

Trump and all his top level players have foreign bank accounts. We should end that right away.

cookie-trumpWhen Trump prevailed in the election he rigged with Russian helpers, he was as shocked as everyone else. We all could see that in his acceptance speech and demeanor. Shortly after, there were some off-script comments that revealed his attitude to his new position. I knew Trump from Penn and AC. It’s hard to fool people that know you. Trump’s mindset after the win was “I  just got the keys to the biggest money-making machine on the planet. And I am going to figure out how to milk it the way I have been doing with real estate.” I will discuss a simple way to make sure this does not happen here again. But first. 

On Dec. 9, a month after he won, there was this telling statement was “I don’t need your votes any more” . (Link to verify if you missed it or don’t believe it.) 

What should that tell you? Well, since then Trump has not drained the swamp. Instead, he has filled his swampy cabinet with people that are financial predators – just like he has always been. His treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchen made a fortune by buying people’s bankrupt homes. Jared Kushner’s real estate company will sue you right into prison if you fall behind on payments. Wilbur Ross made billions buying bankrupt corporations and selling their parts. Rex Tillerson has a 500 billion dollar oil deal with Russia that he is trying to get put in place. And Scott Pruitt gets kickbacks from industry to pollute our air and water. 

But where do all these foreign players deposit their graft dollars? Not here in the USA! That’s too easy to track. What all Trump’s players have in common is foreign bank accounts. Without foreign bank accounts, none of their financial games work.

Solution? We need to stop allowing government officials to have foreign bank accounts. That’s the simple and natural way to get honest sincere representatives.

Its clear that all of Trump’s players have a track record of profiting from bankruptcies. And so, they have a real financial interest in bankrupting America. They will all make money when they come back in with their cash and buy the assets they destroy back cheap. They even have a profit motive to pollute. A  polluted environment is worth less. What a sick crew we have allowed Trump to install here.

And Trump knows he does not need our votes any more – or even our agreement or support. He knows he is president for the next 3 years. His hands, and the hands of his hombres are in our collective cookie jar, and they are emptying it out as fast as they can because they also know good things don’t last forever in a democracy. ( In Putin’s Russia despots can stay in power longer by silencing the dissent. )

Trump and all his top level players have foreign bank accounts. They will bring their foreign cash back in to buy back the bankruptcies and devaluations they are busy causing right now. 

As citizens, must quickly find a way to make it so that people who hold national office cannot have foreign bank accounts. Foreign bank accounts are a permission slip for selling out our country. Most people don’t even dream of having foreign bank accounts. Most people like being honest. Why should we allow our representatives to have secret accounts in foreign countries? Can someone please answer that? It’s just too stupid for words. 

We give our politicians a permission to sell us out, when we allow them to deal for us – and also have foreign bank accounts. Trump and his team is happily doing that now. But there are others – in the senate and house ( and they will resist this) – and there will be more if we don’t make this illegal. And when foreign accounts become illegal for politicians to possess, those type of money laundering criminals just won’t seek office.

There is no downside to this. And there is no upside to doing nothing about this. 

In fact, even though its Trump’s hand is in our cookie jar now, we put that cookie jar on the counter when we don’t monitor the financial dealings of our representatives. It’s really hard to sell a system out, if all the money you get to make deals has to be deposited in US banks. But its really easy to do, if you have a foreign bank account.

This must stop! Will one honest representative or senator please stand up and propose this idea as soon as possible, please? Foreign bank accounts must be closed to run for a national office. The foreign funds must be transferred into the US before their name gets on a ballot. That will stop this from happening again. And I am not so sure that state representatives and governors should not have the same rules.

Better players will emerge when we have a system that is intrinsically designed to be honest. 

……………………………. Joseph Aronesty

PS.

And this sex stuff is a huge distraction. Get off it please! The French say “viv la difference”. It’s not an excuse for bad behavior, but men and women have different sexual agendas. Women can get pregnant. And men have too many seeds. That is nature. 

Let’s judge our representatives for who they have been for the last ten years. People do change – sometimes. Let’s judge them for what they have done and want to do for us. Al Franken seems like a real pubic servant to me. Roy Moore does not to me. If Alabamans like him, its fine with me. But I think being in Trump’s camp – the raider that he is – is reason enough to keep him out of our government. 

 

 

Conditional Impeachment: Show Your Taxes or Step Down Now

If Trump won’t show his taxes, it’s time for the elected representatives of the USA on both sides of the aisle, to ask for the conditional impeachment of Donald Trump.

first posted May 2017, updated 11/11/17


impeachThe Russian hack of the 2016 election is now a national security emergency. Donald Trump and his inner circle members distract, deny and get caught in lies whenever Russian connections are brought up.  Trump’s taxes will reveal the exact nature of his financial dealings with Russia.  And that is the only logical reason he won’t willingly show them.  They would answer questions we need to know to be certain that Trump is not engaging in self-dealing and traitorous behavior.

  • Did Trump directly or indirectly pay Russians to hack our election?
  • Does he owe Russians money?
  • Is he trying to square a debt?

This is now past the point of a crisis. With 2018 less than a year away, and nothing being done to stop this from happening again, this is a national security emergency. 

In the face of this crisis, not doing all one can to be truthful, cooperative and helpful to our national cause is itself a form of obstruction on the path to the clarity justice. Has Trump engaged in activity which, if done from any other status except POTUS, would be indictable criminal behavior. If Trump is innocent of crimes, he would show his taxes – and put this behind him. It is so easy to do, if one is truly innocent, but quite impossible if one is not. 

Bankrupting the USA is a Putin Goal

Every day Trump is in office, we are spending countless millions of taxpayer dollars – not to make healthcare better, not to make infrastructure better, not even to build that stupid wall. Every day he has been in office we are wasting our taxpayer dollars guarding his many homes, paying for his golf, paying congressmen to squabble, and now defending the many criminals and spies in his orbit with endless discussions that proceed ad nauseum.

But now the divisiveness in the USA is wearing thin. We see a glimmer of hope that the left and right agree the investigation of Trump must go on. Republican senators are beginning to see the light. Some have announced retirement – couching their feelings about Trump. Like Caesar and Brutus, expect the senatorial fallout to increase. America has a long, proud history and has countless citizens and representatives on the left and right who are truly patriotic – not just phony king worshipers. 

Conditional Impeachment

If Trump won’t show his taxes, our elected representatives – on both sides of the aisle – ask for a “conditional impeachment” of Donald Trump. The impeachment procedure stops if he discloses his taxes, going back 10 years. A representative is sworn to do what their electorate wants. And tax-paying Americans want and deserve the truth about what happened in the 2016 election with the Russians.

Trump is now asking our sons to die for his war projects. If he won’t do that small thing (showing taxes is a small thing for most people) to save us all this time, money, energy and trouble, it will soon be clear to nearly everyone that Trump has no loyalty except to himself.

He has no real public mandate any longer. His approval rate is 33%. It means about 2/3 Americans want an end to the Trump presidency. He cannot govern effectively with such a small mandate. Only a dictator – like Putin – can do that. As we approach 2018, the need clarity on the 2016 election is critical.

Conditional Impeachment 

Make Trump this offer. If Trump won’t show his taxes, we will ask for his immediate impeachment. About 70% of Americans will agree with that. That’s a real mandate.

If Trump will immediately show his taxes, he is not impeached. It’s that simple. But we will still continue to pursue justice with Mueller’s independent investigation. 

Trump’s taxes are the one thing he has refused to show all along. It’s damning. It is clearly an effort to hide his past sins and dirt. What else could it be? 

If our representatives won’t do this, I had proposed a Citizen’s Union to impeach Trump be started back in May.  It seems Tom Steyer got my message and has started that ball rolling. Thank you Tom. But Al Green in the house, this is for you too. 

As the noose tightens, Trump will increasingly try to figure out how to get the Teflon back on his magical pan. He has already shown us that creating an international crisis to suspend the constitution and declare martial law – is not out of his playbook. Like a cornered rat fighting for his life, Trump will stop at nothing to save his ill-gotten fortune. Trump must be forced to be open and honest – he won’t do it without force- or be stopped.

Time to think outside the box. This “conditional impeachment” plan will create the right sound byte for all Americans to digest. After all, it should make sense even to people who think or hope he is actually innocent. 

The mandate for a “conditional impeachment”  – show your taxes or step down – will be overwhelming. Get that going. 

About the Author:

Joseph Aronesty graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He earned a merit scholarship to Wharton School but transferred to liberal arts in his junior year to focus on history, literature and music theory. He was in a class at Wharton with Donald Trump in 1967: International Finance. (Trump paid for his homework to get done in that class.)

When the internet became viable in 1995, Mr. Aronesty created what is arguably is the world’s first click and buy e-commerce website.

Joseph is also a published songwriter, with hundreds of songs in his catalog. He now writes with musicians in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. He is an activist and his songs often reflect his political point of view.

 

The Special Election in Alabama Occupies a Pivotal Point in American History

The special election in Alabama is positioned at a pivotal point in our country’s history. Even if this sexual allegation had not come out on Roy Moore, Moore is in bed with Donald Trump. And that alone should give you pause to support him.

To all good people of Alabama – Republicans, independent-minded and Democrats:

In 2016, people wanted to vote out more than vote in. That has not changed. There is probably more of that sentiment today than in 2016. – But now its not HRC but Trump that is in the swamp – and even his followers know this down deep.

We need to be telling people to vote out the swamp creatures that our lying, hypocritical president has put in place to rob the good ordinary people of Alabama and all over this nation. We want good affordable caring health care for our sick and elderly, better education for our kids, infrastructure investments, clean air polices, and to pay for this we don’t want trickle down. We want taxes to increase on the super rich and Trump’s fat cat friends who ave had a free ride for too long, and are awash in cash.

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(This is my design but please – you can use it and improve on it. Print them up cheap. – Get them on cars in Alabama and get press on them. They send a strong message: VOTE OUT TRUMP GOP supporters. There is a large difference between a Republican and a sold out Trump Republican. Print them and distribute them to your support team members please. Its like those MAGA hats but with an honesty behind them.  It WILL work. People respond to branding. The word “Trump” can also be taken as a verb, so trump Republicans also means to outdo Republican political hacks.)

If you are a GOP member or supporter reading this, please consider that though you and your GOP friends are likely fine and decent people, Trump’s GOP congress members are not your friends. They simply don’t behave the way friends do.

  • Would a friend work so hard to take away your healthcare? 
  • Would a friend turn your child’s college education into an expensive affair that’s often hardly worth the effort?
  • Would a friend say one thing and then do another?

Trump GOP congressmen offer us lip service, but they have shown no love for actual people since Trump became president. This is because Donald Trump himself finds it hard to be close to people. And that is because Trump and his friends seem to view people as objects or cattle – to be milked. That attitude started for Trump when he owned casinos in AC, which is a business where other’s losses are your gain. We know about casinos in Alabama. Trump is still a casino boss at heart.

Alabamans! Know this too. Hillary is not coming back! She really is not. You don’t have to worry about her. Even the left admits she was a bit tone deaf and self-serving. Relax on that. You don’t have to vote GOP to keep HRC away. The GOP still speaks of HRC (and OBAMA) to distract you from thinking about them and what they want for their own and not for us – which is more because they are greedy souls and we can all see that now. They had a year to show their true colors. Enough!

Today, it is Donald Trump and his GOP associates that are your enemies. They are mostly self-serving middlemen trying to get ahead on your sweat, with little work, and without regard to public service they swear oaths to. 

Alabaman women!  I also think most Alabaman women, the instinctual creatures that they are, know all this down deep. Vote them all out! And its not for sexual allegations that Roy Moore should be voted out. It is for who he is and who he is aligned with. He is not your friend! Neither is Trump.

The Special Election in Alabama

The special election in Alabama is positioned at a pivotal point in our country’s history. Even if this sexual allegation had not come out on Roy Moore, Moore is in bed with Donald Trump. And that alone should give you pause to support him.

This is not about me but I know Mr. Trump. I went to school with him. He cheated on his homework at age 20. Big deal. But that attitude of cheating to win never left him. He has had foreign bank accounts for 30 years and he won’t show his taxes. Why? To conceal his financial crimes? Can you really think of an honest reason he won’t show his taxes beyond the old “it’s nobody’s business”?

Trump is supposed to be a public servant. And yet, Trump has never done a selfless thing for anybody else in entire life. He has given almost no charitable contributions from his own pocket. He would think that would be stupid. And he certainly does not care about you or Alabamans except how your support can help him get richer.

Ask yourself this. If Trump cared about Americans or Alabamans, why does his daughter own sweatshops in China to create her clothing? That alone should tell you something. Could not that same clothing be made in Alabama, where the cotton is grown? That should tell you that the Trump’s don’t care for anything but personal wealth for themselves. And Roy Moore in on his team. Trump’s team members are not your friends and they don’t want to be your friends. 

Add to that the obvious notion that our president, regardless of who he may be, needs to be vetted as an honest patriot or we run the risk of having foreign governments rape and plunder the coiffures of our country from the inside out.

So even if Roy Moore was not accused of being a pedophile, being a Trump Republican is enough incentive for you to send Congress and this nation a message. Enough! We are better than this.

There is a difference between decent Republican people, decent Republican politicians (like McCain, Romney and Corker and many more) and Trump Republicans, who turn a blind eye to everything decent to fatten their own pockets.

I ask that you seriously consider voting against Roy Moore in the special election. If you don’t like the Democrat guy, write in the name of someone you know or trust to represent your interests. I ask that you send the message that decent people in America are outraged at what we are witnessing. And yes, Moore is important to the Trump GOP machine, so they have a majority to continue their Russian-backed agendas of destroying everything that was good about America and making themselves richer at our expense.

We can do something to restore justice for our neighbors and children. We can agree to identify and vote out all Trump Republicans and reset the path of our country back to the decent loving place it can be. I have nothing against GOP members like McCain who are not sworn to protect their “king”.

Send Congress a message. Vote all Trump Republicans out of office.

A movement started in Virginia. Let that spirit continue in Alabama, and soon we will see the change we all want and need.

Thank you for your consideration.

And here is a song to keep you inspired. Use bits of it if you like. From 4 minutes in – out – there is great sound bytes for radio. I wrote and produced this on the days after Trump won – if you can call that winning.

Thank You. Put those stickers on your staffers cars. Get press on them. You need more? Ask me. I made them for about 40 cents each. You can make your own too. The new design in this letter is even better than the originals which were made pre-2016 election.

I do this all from the heart. I want my classmate Donald Trump out of office ASAP.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for your consideration.

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Tax Break? The GOP Is Coming for Our Homes – Again!

When our national debt rises, interest rates rise too. That drives home values down and creates personal
bankruptcies in the middle class Then, the super rich buys your home cheap,
without a lick of work.

 homesThis is the thinking behind the GOP tax plan. Remember, a cold heart does not supply warm caring solutions. 

#1 – Eliminating the tax write off for home mortgages does not burden the poor or renters. It also does not burden those who are so rich that their houses are fully paid for.  The middle class – and particularly the middle class in states that charge income taxes – suffer greatly under this act. The tax adjustment adds up to a boon to the rich and to the poor without homes or mortgages – but a crippling burden on the middle class citizens that have homes with mortgages.

#2. The GOP tax plan collects less revenue than the current system, but our governmental obligations to the people such as healthcare, infrastructure, education, do not go away. That means our national DEBT will go UP even more under this plan. They don’t even deny that! That then devalues our currency further and simultaneously forces the interest rates to float upwards. ( Remember, they just got rid of Yellen. There was a  reason for that.) When interest rates go up – home values go down! That’s common sense. And then what happens is there are more personal bankruptcies and the super rich step in and buy back the middle classes’ homes on the cheap.

Remember how this same debacle happened at the end of the Bush term in 2008? It is destined to happen again under this GOP tax plan. Who benefited from that 2008 debacle? The big banks and the super rich like Jared Kushner and Robert Mercer, et al. Cold-hearted people do NOT supply warm solutions – not ever!

The GOP tax plan is a diabolical two-step plan designed to let the super rich gain a further stranglehold on average Americans. It must be resisted with all our inner strength.

Get in touch with your INDIVISIBLE chapter. Voting out Trump GOP members at every level of government will continue to be out path back to an America we all can respect. 

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Raise Our Voices is a song I wrote exactly one year ago today. ( SoundCloud ) Raising our voices at the polls, the workplace and on social media continues to be the path back to a better USA for all of us.

Great job Tuesday. But don’t rest on that. These super rich international players are still working hard ( if you can call that work) to bankrupt America and buy it back cheap.

Continue to vote the Trump GOP, and all their stooges in DC – out of office!