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Trump Tariffs and the Globalist Spinning Heads

Image result for spinning headsIt is funny to watch the talking heads opine, wring their hands, and pop Valium on live TV over Trump’s proposed steel and aluminum “tariffs”.  They cry that Trump is creating a “trade war” and that our really nice allies are going to hate us.  Even farm groups are getting in on the act claiming that wheat, soybeans, and other commodities are going to be subject to retaliation.  The absolute dumbest comment that is often repeated is that there are only 250,000 workers in steel and aluminum but there are 6,500,000 workers who need steel and/or aluminum products to support their industries.  A trade war would endanger 6,500,000 workers versus only 250,000 who may benefit!  Really, a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum, will cause 6,500,000 people to be laid off!  Then, our idiotic Congressional hacks all badmouth Trump’s policy even though they have no idea what it is like to compete today in the so-called “free market” of globalism!  They all need to get a real job and get some dirt under their fingernails!

Subsidies Are Tariffs:  First of all, “tariffs”, a tax on imports or exports between sovereign states, is only one way to screw your trading partner!  How about when your country produces wheat and my country produces wheat, but your country pays you $1.00 per bushel to produce your wheat.  This allows your country to produce more of a product that may not be economically viable if not subsidized.  The result, the world “free” market is now being flooded with a product because of one country’s subsidy!  This is not fiction.  When I was farming and growing sugar beets, the EU decided to subsidize their beet and cane production.  The result is that world sugar prices were driven down to $.06 a pound and we had to stop growing and EXPORTING sugar while the EU subsidized growers overproduced creating more downward pressure on sugar prices.  The EU farmer did not receive only $.06 per pound, they received almost $.25 per pound due to direct and indirect EU farm subsidies!  Their subsidy increased as world prices in the “free market” went down.  China and others do this today with Steel and Aluminum and a whole host of other products and commodities.

VAT Taxes:  Mexican IVA (VAT) tax is levied at the rate of 16% on most imports from even the US.  China, the EU and many other nations charge US manufacturers a VAT tax on all of their exports into these countries.  While the US manufacturer can recoup the VAT tax when the produce is resold in the designation country, the US product is automatically 16% more expensive than competing local products that are exempted from the VAT tax!

Quality/Health Restrictions:  MANY countries have set artificial import barriers by imposing harsh Quality or Health restrictions on incoming products.  These restrictions are levied against specific products from specific nations.  Case in point is Japan’s restrictions on importing US beef and other animal products.  In order to protect its own beef producers, Japan imposed quality requirements on US beef that even Japan’s own producers could not meet if the same standard applied to them.  The EU applies the same discriminatory barriers to US imports for many food products coming into the EU from the US. 

One of the funniest examples I personally experienced was when I was working in Tunisia.  Tunisia was a prior colony of France so France kept their paws in the Tunisian economy especially long after their independence.  Wine grape juice was sent into France and many of the French import restrictions on juice from Tunisia were waved entirely.  ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT WERE LABELED AS “FRENCH WINE” AFTER BEING PROCESSED IN FRANCE.”  This ticked off the Italians who thought they were part of the EU with France.  I guess they never read George Orwell’s Animal Farm.  (French wine is more equal than Italian Wine! )  If you were in the US trying to export wine to the EU, forget it.  It would be easier and cheaper to import heroin!  

So, without belaboring the topic with more details of a Tariff is not just a tariff, don’t think that the word “free trade” does not mean that countries we try to export to are “free” to our exports.  Also, that even if both countries have the same tariff percentage, VAT taxes, heath and quality fees may erase the “free” part!  One other nutty “tariff” is the EU’s global warming restrictions.  If the grand poohbah of the EU decides your country is not doing its part to lower cow flatulence, I mean global warming, then you could get a demerit, tax, on all products coming from your country!

What is Trump Trying to Accomplish?

  1. NAFTA:  Hold Canada and Mexico’s feet to the fire on renegotiating NAFTA and leveling trade imbalances, including quality standards, VAT, and other non-leveling practices.
  2. ChinaTrump wants to deal with China Top-To-Top rather than have a knock down drag out with them publicly.  Trump needs to maintain a dialogue with Xi on North Korea and a whole host of issues that are vital to our national interest.  He wants to whittle down the trade deficit with China but in as low-key a way as possible.  The blowhards who want to “attack” China head on are not responsible for leveling trade and maintaining world stability, Trump is!  Trump will deal with XI directly on intellectual property, currency manipulation, state industry dumping and other related trade issues.
  3. EU:  The EU sticks it to us on trade every time they get a chance.  Whether it is on agricultural products, BMWs/Mercedes, or steel, the EU does not treat us as a valued trading partner and do not particularly concern themselves over our trade imbalance.  Try exporting a horse to the EU.  If your horse does not have a passport, yes a passport, with all of the injections your horse has had, no deal.  Remember the French and others eat horse meat and they want to know what their meal has been injected with!  Trump sees NATO and the EU as intertwined.  Subsidizing their defense is not acceptable and having an unfair trade imbalance just adds to this level of unfairness in Trump’s mind.  He will negotiate long and hard with the EU and will do so openly as he did NATO and their lack of owning up to their commitments.

Many argue that trade imbalances are not harmful and are actually healthy by providing US citizens with low-cost products.  They argue further that even if a US company cannot make broom sticks as cheaply as they are made in and shipped in from China that is OK because the US consumer is getting a cheaper brook stick!  That great unless you worked at the US broom stick factory!  They will then argue, that is ok, they have unemployment, welfare, food stamps etc. to fall back on! 

So, we lose our factory that paid taxes, we lose the taxes from the employees who used to work at the broom stick factory, and now we have to subsidize the Chinese Broom Stick by giving our ex-broom stick employees $65,000 is welfare and other government paid goodies!  Bet you don’t hear Larry Kudlow or the Wall Street Journal mention that little paradox!  Trade imbalance can be offset with foreign investments back into the US IF THOSE INVESTMENTS PRODUCE US JOBS!  In the past 40 years we have lost out export base, increased our trade imbalance to $800 Billion, and CLOSED 55,000 US factories!  Maybe some of these really smart people need to go back to their Ivy League schools and try ECON 101 again. 

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Trump knows you have to stimulate the supply side via business tax and regulation reductions; stimulate the demand side by creating good paying jobs; and leveling our trade imbalances by insisting on a fair international trade playing field.  The US is 5% of the world population and consumes 25% of the world output including our own.  Trump knows that you cannot have low exports and continue to lose our own industries and jobs and still maintain a healthy GDP and economic growth.  

RD Pierini



DC Now on Trump-Time! And They Hate IT!

Overworked Congress!  NOT

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President Trump is teaching Congress and this nation that we better learn to Walk-And-Chew-Gum at the same time or we will perish as a nation.  Immigration Reform, Infrastructure, Opioid Crisis, School Safety, Welfare Reform, Fair Trade Restructuring, VA Reform, Healthcare Reform, Korean Nuclear Crisis, Syrian War, Iranian Nuclear Program, Middle East Peace, Afghan War, Stabilizing Iraq, Crushing ISIS, the War on Terror,  are all on TRUMP’S FRONT BURNER!  All this while Mueller, two committees in the Senate and two in the House are investigating Trump, his administration and his family for any possible wrong doing they can find using “Russian Collusion” as their cover…

Congress however, has trouble tackling even one of these at a time!

Last week was a perfect example.  Following the school shooting in Florida, Trump held a series of meetings with school children, their parents, law enforcement officials and elected officials to discuss the tragedy and preventative solutions.   A day after one of Trump’s summits when he called for Congress to act, Mitch the Turtle McConnell, announced that the Senate could not possible take up school safety as they had to concentrate on BANKING next week.  Seriously, kids are being killed and you are worried about the FDIC!

 This nation is suffering from a chronic case of DEFERRED MAINTENANCE.  There is not one single thing I can think of that works the way it should in government at all levels. 

  • The FBI ignores a tips that could have saved 17 people in the Florida shootings; Broward County adopted the “Promise Program” that kept them from arresting the Florida shooting one single time out of almost 50 confirmed complaints;
  • We have at least 3 federal circuit courts that think they are Congress and are above the President;
  • We have and FBI and a DOJ that is so politically corrupt that the almost got away with rigging the last election;
  • We have a federal water policy that is crippling our agricultural output; we have almost a trillion-dollar trade imbalance that robs a trillion dollars out of our GDP every year;
  • We have had at least one law enforcement killing per week since the first of the year and Obama’s 8 years of bad-mouthing our police; 
  • We are being challenged every day by North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, ISIS, Terrorists, and others while we have a depleted military and support infrastructure;
  • We have not passed a real budget in 10 years!  Trump proposed his on time and so far Congress has not done a thing to pass it!
  • We have a main stream media that is so Anti-American that it is helping to destroy the very fabric of this great nation.
  • And I could go on for days!

The Republican Congress needs to step up and start passing Trump’s agenda and doing so on his timetable, not theirs!  The Senate needs to grow up and return the Senate to a 50 vote majority and vote on the backlog of legislation awaiting them from the House.  The Senate needs to vote up or down now on all of Trump’s appointments.  It is criminal that they have not even voted on our ambassador to Germany!

And, Congress needs to stay in session and do their job!  They are all worried about the 2018 Mid-Terms.  News flash!  IF you don’t pass Trump’s agenda, you won’t have to worry about the 2020 election as you won’t be in office!

RD Pierini





Wall Street Does Not Know How To Deal With Prosperity After Obama!

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After nearly recovering its losses from the January highs, today the Dow Industrials fell by 299 points!  Why?  The Federal Reserve Chairman basically said the economy was good, actually, really good.  Even though most of the Fed members thought the Fed would raise interest rates 3 times in 2018, the markets could not help themselves but think the Fed would raise the interest rates 4 times! (they meet quarterly)  This sent the 10-year treasury bonds to 2.91% Interest!  2.91% is Healthy!  Not a reason for panic.  So, “Wat Up”!

Wall Street is schizophrenic at best when it comes to the Trump booming economy and its impact on stocks!  When the 10 year treasury hits 2.91%, which is not high during a growth period, and wages increase by 2.9% in January, 2018, (the highest since 2009) the Wall Street analysts and the buy/sell algorithms are both in the dark and sell off!  Today, (2/27/2018) was no different!

This is partly because some of the traders have never experienced an up economy as they entered Wall Street at the end of the Bush regime or during the Socialist, no-growth regime of Obama!  It is safe to say almost none of todays Wall Street gurus were around after the Reagan tax cuts and the resulting economic boom of the late 80’s and 90’s.  So, what do the Wall Street Warriors of today need to understand?

The Fed is Stabilizing the Federal Reserve balance sheet and is Resetting interest rates to normal operating levels.  In short, the Fed is bringing back sanity to our monetary policy and is able to do so because of President Trump’s regulatory reform, Trump’s HUGE tax cuts to businesses and individuals, and the repatriation of 3-4 trillion dollars that companies have kept off-shore due to Pre-Trump high US tax rates.  Why is this critical?

During the Clinton and Bush administrations, the government created a false economy with idiotic economic policy especially in the housing and banking sectors.  The result was the crash of 2008 and the decimation of our financial underpinnings.  It was made worse under Obama and the Fed Chairpersons Bernanke and Yellen.  Obama soared the national debt, grew government beyond belief, initiated business choking regulations, and initiated trade deals that exported massive amounts of jobs out of this country.  The Fed, drove interest rates down to zero and itself created monetary deficits of $4 Trillion dollars via its Quantitative Easing, read to mean screwing the US citizen by driving down the value of their net worth in the trillions of dollars!

Under Trump and the new Fed Chairman Powell, the economy is back in a growth and business expansion mode while the Federal Reserve is able to raise interest rates, slowly and incrementally, while reducing its balance sheet deficit over the next 4 years!  In, short, the economy and our financial base is healing and becoming strong again.

So, what is the deal with Wall Street?  As I said, I do not think there are sufficient analysts and traders that really understand what it is like to be in an up-swinging economy!  The biggest fear in an up economy is inflation.  So far, there are no signs of inflation exceeding the Fed 2% target.  The 10 year Treasury bond is 2.91% which is healthy for a growing economy and will not in any way weight down on borrowing, if needed by businesses, nor overly burden our deficit as interest on our national debt comes due.  The repatriation of 3-4 Trillion dollars could add $600 billion to our treasury that is a gift as it was never going to come into our coffers before the Trump tax cuts.  Tax revenues from businesses and individuals will swell our treasury revenues as well.  Between the two, assuming Congress does not blow it all, we should be able to reduce our deficits.  

The second major benefit provider to paying down our deficits will be the rebalancing of our trade.  Every dollar of trade deficit reduces GDP by a corresponding amount.  So, if we can even out our $750 Billion trade deficit, we can add another $750 billion to our GDP and provide more dollars with which to pay down our debt. 

So Wall Street, chill out!  The Fed policy of gradually increasing interest rates will provide a cushion against inflation should inflation exceed the Fed targets.  When the Bush/Obama recession hit and interest rates were at zero, the Fed had no way to stimulate the economy as interest rates could not be lowered.  Bush/Obama could have turned the economy around by doing what Trump did and reduce taxes and regulations but that would go against everything Obama erroneously believes and Bush had basically checked out by 2007!

So, tomorrow is another day and it is more likely that the markets will close up for February and it will carry forward into March.  That is not to say that the markets won’t be subject to additional irrational Wall Street jitters but the short, medium and long-term economic outlook is sound.

RD Pierini


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Trump’s Immigration Proposal-Chill Out! Understand the Plan First!

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Trump struck a nerve on the Right and the Left when he had Steven Miller announce his Border Wall/DACA/Immigration Plan yesterday.  Given both wings have slammed this proposal, actually gives this plan more, not less, merit!  Pelosi/Schumer and Ted Cruz all hit the mics to thump their chests and condemn the President’s plan!

But, What are the Facts?

Amnesty Vs Path to Citizenship:

The right is clamoring that this plan is Amnesty for 1.8 million DACA candidates.  Any plan to them is equal to amnesty.  When you press them, they say that rather than amnesty, the DACA candidates should get in line like every other immigration applicant.  OK, I agree, but so does Trump!  An immigration applicant files for immigration then undergoes a medical, criminal, and other forms of background checking.  This takes anywhere from 6 months, if you are married to an American citizen, to 3 years plus. 

TRUMP IS PROPOSING THAT THE DACA CANDIDATES WAIT 10-12 YEARS TO BECOME A CITIZEN DURING WHICH TIME THEY UNDERGO THE SAME BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PROVE THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A DACA CANDIDATE.  Further, during this period, the candidates can be rejected if they enroll to receive any type of government subsistence; or, if they commit a crime; or if they return to their “home” country without permission.

The right is apoplectic about the 1.8M DACA candidates that were included in the President’s plan.  CHILL!  The 690,000 DACA candidates are those who enrolled in the DACA program.  No one really knows but it is estimated that there are another 1.2M potential DACA enrollees who have not signed up yet.  Before you start screaming, “They had their chance”, there is a small roadblock called the US Constitution and its Equal Protection clause.  If a person otherwise qualifies as a DACA Candidate but did not sign up, the likelihood is extremely high that the Supreme Court would allow those people to enroll in DACA.  You may say that they are not citizens and have no rights.  Sorry but since they are in the US and have been residing here they to inherit constitutional protections.  It may be that rather than there being an additional 1.2M potential DACA enrollees, it may be less, it may be more.  But, the President realistically included actual and potential candidates.  Would you rather have this or have him lie to you and in the end you find out there were really 1.8 applicants!  

Since the President is putting a 10-12 year period restriction on the DACA candidates, I would think they would return to their parent’s home country and apply for citizenship!  It may be faster if this plan is adopted!  Since the President put in a 10-12 year implementation plan, this satisfies the BORDER SECURITY FIRST crowd!

$25 Billion for the Wall and Border Security

President Trump’s plan calls for $25Billion to be set aside, and not subject to future Congressional rescission, to build the wall, add more border agents, provide for additional security enhancements to the Southern and CANADIAN borders, and build border courts.  The President knows that he may or may not continue to have Republican majorities in the House and Senate and wants the funding to be set in stone.  Plus, he knows that he cannot implement all of the needed Wall and security changes in one or two budget years.  He does not want to take a chance on having Congress playing games with this funding.  Republicans or Democrats!

Chain Migration

President Trump included an end to chain migration and will ask that it be replaced with merit based migration requirements.  The only vestige to chain migration will be that an approved immigrant can bring his or her spouse and their children.  This also applies to the DACA candidates.

Visa Lottery Program:

The President is proposed that this program be eliminated totally.  As stated above, visa applicants will be subjected to merit based scrutiny and be required to meet specific criteria that documents that they will be contributory to the US economy.  More later.

Port and Northern Border Security

The President is also proposing measures to beef up port security to eliminate incoming illicit drugs and human trafficking.  These same measures will be put in place along our Canadian borders that span approximately 5,500 miles!  Just think how easy it is to cross the great lakes from Canada and enter the US!  Not hard!

Other Provisions:

Before we finish up with the other provisions, what Trump is actually doing is comprehensive immigration!  If he gets most of what he will finishing outlining next week, there were be few if any real major issues remaining regarding our immigration policy.  But, don’t tell the Left or the Media!

Legal Immigration:

The President will cut back on the numbers eligible to be approved to come into this country.  The President is slowing legal immigration to allow time to assimilate all of the chain, lottery, and refugee immigrants that have come into this country in the past 15 years.  He want to make sure we can ensure that hot pockets of unassimilated immigrants are successfully melded into our society and our economy.  He also wants to make sure that during the growth of our economy, that AMERICANS, not immigrants have priority to receive the newly created jobs!

The President is also proposing to crack down on legal Visa overstays that are the largest contributor to our illegal immigration.  As part of his border security provisions, he will be implementing tacking and apprehension policies to eliminate Visa overstays.

The President will also be proposing to beef up and require the use of E-Verify.  I am not sure if he will not only require private sector employees to use E-Verify, but he should force government welfare agencies, State Food Stamp agencies, and other governmental agencies who approve subsistence or healthcare assistance to use E-Verify.  Once the wall and other security policies are put in place, this will ensure that anyone who sneaks through will be caught by E-Verify and asked to leave or be prosecuted.

There will be other details that will be released next week and as they are I will update this post.  But, take a deep breath and take conservative and liberal media with a grain of salt when they rail against the President’s proposal.  Also, remember, final legislation is up to Congress.  So, when I hear Ted Cruz and other condemn this proposal, I would remind them that the President is trying to get YOU TO DO YOUR JOB AND COME UP WITH A BILL YOURSELVES!  It is easy to run up to a mic and complain. 

Actual work is hard, that is why it called work!

If the President can get his proposal through Congress, he will once again accomplish something no one has been able to do since before 1966, solve many immigration issues and secure this great nation.


RD Pierini



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Palestinian Cause Irrelevant to Middle East Power Players!

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The Palestinian “government”, and its President Mahmoud Abbas, are increasingly being isolated by the Middle Eastern power brokers consisting of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Dubai, and others.  The isolation is primarily the result of the Iranian Nuclear Agreement debacle pitting Shia Iran against virtually the balance of the Muslim Sunni Middle East. 

  • Iran presents an existential threat to the Sunni existence.
  • Secondly, President Trump, during his meeting in Saudi Arabia with 50 Middle Eastern and African nations, refocused these nations into a coalition against terrorism, a nuclear Iran, and their own national economies by creating plans to convert their oil wealth into broader investment economies. 
  • Third, Iranian backed Palestinian Hamas terrorism and Iranian controlled terrorist organization Hezbollah carries out attacks against Sunni nations and supports anti-Sunni uprisings such as in Yemen.  

In the late 1900’s, the Middle Eastern power brokers subsidized the Palestinian uprisings against Israel and in the case of Egypt, directly fought against Israel on behalf of the Palestinians.  This was a significant source of revenue for Egypt but the Egyptian people eventually forgot why they were fighting against Israel!  President Sadat of Egypt eventually signed a peace agreement with Israel extricating Egypt from a no-win war!  Sadat’s bravery was rewarded in his assassination by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Shrinking Israeli Footprint:  Since 1967, Israel has negotiated with the Palestinians and the US resulting in a diminishing land mass controlled by the Israelis.  The map below shows the lands controlled by Israel in 1967 and the impact of agreements in 1993 and 2001.  

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Close Neighbor Support:  The Palestinian government has been using terrorism attacks against Israel to continue to harass Israel.  Jordan, Israel’s neighbor to the East, has provided lip service support to the Palestinians as have Syria and Lebanon.  Jordan is being drained trying to deal with Syrian refugees, Syria’s civil war has decimated that government, and Lebanon has its own internal problems and fight against Iran backed Hezbollah.  All three have other priorities now relegating the Palestinian cause moot.   the Palestinian government is now somewhat isolated in dealing with Israel and on receives support in the United Nations.  The UN Support is pretty much lip-service and has done little to change the conditions on the ground!

European Support:  The Palestinians have solicited the support of EU nations and have been pretty successful gaining their votes in the UN Security Council and General Assembly.  But, the EU does not want to get its hands dirty nor really give any real help to the Palestinians and risk the ire of the US under Trump.  

Status Today:  So, without the Middle East power player’s financial and military support, and only receiving tepid support from the EU, the Palestinians have been relegated to a paper tiger in the region.  Yes, they can lob Iran supplied rockets from the Gaza strip and parts of the West Bank, but they have no real economic infrastructure from which to build a nation nor care for their people.  Israel is committed to dealing with a recalcitrant Palestinian government and deal with their attacks on a case by case basis.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is tightly aligned and supported by the Trump Administration.  Israel knows that President Trump has their back and the Palestinians know that President Trump will keep pressure on them to get to the table.

In short, the Palestinians prime support is coming from a Shia Iran who has become the prime enemy from the predominant Sunni Middle East.  Without external financial support, the Palestinians cannot support themselves!  President Trump just fired a shot across the Palestinian bow by recognizing Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and that the US would be moving their embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.  This was a huge wake-up call for the Palestinians and took a bargaining chip off of the Palestinian side.

Yes, many of the nations of the world railed against the Trump decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem but in the final analysis, none of these phony expressions of outrage will change the new status quo between Israel and the Palestinians.  The Palestinian government will have to decide if they want to become a real nation or merely exist as an irrelevant terrorist group.  The contrast between the economies of Israel versus the Palestinians is stark at best.  

  • GDP:  Israel’s GDP is US$138.5 Billion while the Palestinian GDP is a paltry  US$10.5 Billion
  • Exports:  Israel exports equal US$92.3 Billion while the Palestinian exports are only US$6.47 Billion.

Palestinian President Abbas has a real challenge in trying to  convince Palestinian Hamas to moderate and cut a deal. 

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Hamas is literally a terrorist organization is survive off of cash from other countries.  They have no interest in governing!  If their terrorist attacks escalate, Abbas risks the US directly supporting Israel.  I am not sure if there is a deal to be had, but for the first time since 1948, conditions in the Middle East may force the Palestinians to wake up and negotiate in good faith.  If not, they will remain an impoverished group without a real home.

RD Pierini




Brian Kilmeade’s Bizarre Anti-Trump Positions & Ill Humor Hurt Fox and Friends

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Kilmeade is a co-host of the highly acclaimed and most watched Fox and Friends with Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy.  The format for the show allows the hosts to state their opinion on the current topic and ad lib commentary when they feel appropriate.  It is a combination of hard news, commentary, with real human interest.

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Doocy and Earhardt tend to use this freedom sparingly and keep to reporting news rather than trying to crack jokes about the current topics or interjecting their opinions over and over again on the same topic.  On the other hand, Kilmeade often tries to turn the news into his personal comedic shtick and mostly falls short of being funny!  If the topic has anything to do with President Trump, Brian oftentimes takes the side of his progressive friends like Senator Jeff Flake or Senator Lindsay Graham!  He also name drops that he spoke to them on such and such a date.  Today provided a good example.

Topic:  Claims of President Trump being a Racist; Trump calling specific countries “shit holes”; and the DACA debate

  • Kilmeade apparently gave little or no credibility to Senators Cotton and Purdue (and the President himself), when they stated publicly that they did not hear Trump use the term “shit hole” nor disparage Haiti or other nations.  Kilmeade said over an over that he thought the President HAD TO explain himself to the American public about his “shit hole” comments, that the President himself denies saying.  Obviously Kilmeade believes that he actually knows what was said because he had talked to Lindsay Graham over the weekend!  Really, Kilmeade believes the Trump-hater Graham over the President of the United States?  
  • Kilmeade has been an unending critic of President Trump’s use of Twitter ever since Trump announced his candidacy!  This is especially true if the Trump Tweets are aimed at Kilmeade’s RINO confidants Senator Graham, Flake, and Bob Corker.  Kilmeade constantly rails against Trump “stepping on his own message” and being non-productive in his use of Twitter.  Earth to Kilmeade, “TRUMP RAN FOR PRESIDENT AGAINST 16 REPUBLICANS AND CROOKED HILLARY AND IS NOW THE 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES”, YOU DIDN’T!  Further, Trump can’t step on his own message that he wants to get out.  By definition, it is HIS message!  Maybe Trump is at least as smart as you are and knows that no matter what he does or says, or doesn’t do or say, the Left, RINOs and Never-Trumpers will never accept the Trump Presidency nor Donald J. Trump policies!  He has proven that he can set the message and or stop the current narrative pretty much at will.
  • Kilmeade also counsels the President to COMPROMISE on DACA in order to not shut down the government and to get a fix to DACA.  We realize that either the vote on DACA or on the CR to keep the government running will require 60 votes in the goofy Senate since McConnell will not undue this undemocratic Senate rule and allow majority rule.  But, your assumption that no compromise on DACA means that the government will be shut down is erroneous.  First of all, the two bills are separate.  if the Democrats and your RINO friends shut down the government, it is on the Democrats and RINOs.  If DACA, coupled with the border wall, border security, end to chain immigration and the visa lottery system as defined by the President is not passed, that is on the Democrats and the RINOs.  Trump has already compromised on the DACA program by even considering permanent status for the DACA enrollees by using the legislative process.  Obama, the Democrats and RINOs loved the unconstitutional move by Obama to create “DACA” in the first place as it got Congress off of the hook!  Maybe you want to try backing the President so we can ensure that the government is not shut down and DACA is once and for all fixed.  RINOs idea of compromise is giving in against principle and the Democrats believe compromise is either getting everything they want or walking away and blame the Republicans.  The Democrats only want to keep DACA alive and unresolved so they have a 2018 issue!  I have no doubt that if the government is shut down and/or DACA is not fixed you will blame the President.

Kilmeade, Insecure or Just Insensitive?

Then there is the issue of Brian’s comments regarding women.  It is hard to discern whether Brian is insecure when it comes to dealing with women as equals or is just plain insensitive.  Brian’s attempt at humor falls way short on this topic and is oftentimes disgusting and demeaning. 

In late 2012, Brian once quipped when asked by a caller on his radio show when he was interviewing Alisyn Camerota,I don’t know who was the scout that got you guys, but they rock.”   Brian responded;  “It was actually – we go to the Victoria’s Secret catalog and we said, “Can any of these people talk?” And they all could and they all went to college.”  Seriously?  Then how does Fox scout men?  Look for men with calluses on their knuckles from dragging them on the ground!

Again in 2012, Brian ticked off his co-host Gretchen Carlson with another “unfunny” quip following a segment that included Steve Doocy interviewing members of the U.S. Navy Band about the band’s recent inclusion of women.  Following the interview, Brian shoved his shoe in his own mouth by saying, “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.”  Carlson obviously did not see the humor (neither do I) in Brian’s remarks and told Brian, “You read the headlines. Since men are so great. Take them [women] away,”.  Brian, always having to have the last laugh when he steps in it replied, “All right. Finally.   Leaving an all male crew, she needed a shower.”  Watch the encounter here:

Brian also has a habit of interrupting Ainsley when she is making a point counter to his.  Steve will sometimes intervene but Ainsley now apparently feels comfortable and openly confronts him when he steps on her line, or toes.  

Brian vs Dr. Alveda King Today:

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Today Brian was on his high horse demanding that Trump come out and “Explain” his shit hole comments to the American People.  He kept making this point throughout the show.  Towards the end of the show, they had Dr. Alveda King on to discuss MLK Day, John Lewis’s anti-Trump comments, and the current controversy surrounding the alleged shit hole comments.  Brian tried to solicit Dr. King’s support on his call to have Trump come out and “explain” himself for his mistake.  Dr. King shuts him down at 3:24 on the following video: .


I am sure if Ainsley ever reads this she will defend Brian to the max.  That is just who she is and we love her for it.  But, Brian and Fox News should know that many Fox and Friends viewers oftentimes fast forward through Brian’s comments and his poor attempt at humor.  His bully tactics are not appreciated and detract from the wonderful show.  I can honestly say that we love it when Brian writes a new book as we know there will be substitute guest hosts to take his place.  When Pete Hegseth fills in, we know we are in for a treat along with Ainsley and Steve.  

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RD Pierini




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Why Democrats Do Not Want a DACA Solution

Democrats care about the political issue of 
DACA, but not a solution for DACA.

What?  If DACA enrollee issues are solved legislatively, then the Democrats have nothing to “RESIST” and lose one of the few leftist illegal immigration issues the American Public support, to a large degree.  Democrats and the left and MSM need to have issues to use to bash the Republicans and President Trump.  When an issue is solved, then it is off the table to rile up identity politics bigots!

On Thursday, leftists, including Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Lindsay Graham, met with President Trump to discuss their “bi-partisan compromise” for a DACA solution.  In fact, this compromise funded only 10% of the wall, increased chain immigration and did not weaken Visa Lottery program.  Further, it eliminated all of the border security recommendations by DHS!  Finally, it granted amnesty to all of the DACA enrollees and basically regurgitated the “Dreamer Act”.

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When Trump questioned the sanity of the proposal and turned it down, Dick Durbin and Lindsay Graham went to Plan B and “leaked” out false Trump comments regarding “Shit hole Countries” (not Shit Hole People!) and framed the President as a Racists.  For the past 72 hours, this racial branding of the President has been parroted continuously by Left Wing Media, RINOs and leftist.  The goal of Durbin and Graham was to push Trump into a corner so he would have had to soften on the wall, amnesty etc, OR have President Trump walk away from a DACA solution altogether so they could slam him with its defeat in the 2018 mid-terms!  OBVIOUSLY THIS GROUP OF KNUCKLE DRAGGERS STILL DO NOT GET TRUMP!

Since the release of the DACA SHIT HOLE LIE, Senators Cotton and Purdue, who were also at the meeting, denied hearing the Trump shit hole comments.  Same for other attendees include Trump staffers and THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF!  Who had the most to gain by spreading this false narrative?  Durbin and Graham!  Durbin by protecting the Democrats by setting up Trump as the fall guy for no DACA solution.  Graham, for making himself somewhat relevant and promoting his pro amnesty bias.

If the DACA enrollees have a brain between them, they will push to support President Trump.  If the President’s solutions are not supported in Congress and the nation, then there will be NO DACA SOLUTION!  The Democrats will go into the 2018 Mid-terms blaming the Republicans and “racist” President Trump for a failure to protect the DACA enrollees and the Republicans will lose the house and possibly the Senate over an issue that should be in their wheelhouse, and deservedly so! 

Even during this latest barrage of racist claims against Trump, Paul Ryan FAILED to back Trump or even give him the benefit of the doubt.  You would think that after Trump handed Ryan a huge win on Taxes, Ryan would have some respect for Trump.  Then again, skunks never change their stripes!

PS:  Just a friendly message to DACA enrollees.  Protesting and blaming American Citizens for your issue is not a winning ploy.  Maybe thank the generosity of Americans for trying to come to a solution on YOUR behalf!  In the final analysis, you are merely a pawn for Leftist Democrats who will play you like a cheap fiddle!  If the Democrats cared about you, they could have solved this issue in 2009 and 2010 when they had majorities in both houses plus a Democrat President!  Get It?

RD Pierini


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The New Wealth Distribution-To Our Middle and Lower Income Levels

What Bonuses and Wage Increases Signal

Nay-Sayers on the Right and Left scoffed at Candidate and President Trump’s insistence and constant promoting of massive tax cuts to individuals and businesses.  Once the tax cuts were ushered through Congress by President Trump, the new mantra was that the tax cuts were for the rich and big business!

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All of these “Henny Penny”, “the sky is falling” idiotic pundits were WRONG, AGAIN ABOUT TRUMP AND HIS POLICIES!

Bonuses VS Wage Increases: (125 companies, 2.3M Employees Impacted Positively)

You may have wondered why many of the early companies who have announced bonuses or wage increases have started with bonuses rather than wage increases.  Simply, bonuses are a one time event where wages carry forward and permanently increase a business ongoing labor expense. 

But, now, with Walmart announcing bonuses and wage increases, companies have finalized their analysis and are seeing short and long-term benefits to their operations.  Their analysis is showing that they will gain not only additional cash flow as a result of lower taxes and regulations but long-term sales and revenue benefits from the economic growth in lower and middle-income wage sectors.  Further, more people will leave government subsistence and join the ranks of the employed where they will have more disposable income.  

The transition from giving one time bonuses to raising wages of entry-level and upper income wage earners is a long-term signal that the Trump tax cuts will have a dramatic and lasting impact on the US economy! Not only are companies “feeling the love” for the tax cuts, voters are feeling that same “love”:

The Hill reported today that:  “Two-thirds of voters polled, 66 percent, said in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday they would characterize the economy as “excellent” or “good.” Quinnipiac noted that figure is the highest rating since it began asking the question in 2001.”

While President Trump’s personal approval numbers remain below 50%, numbers like these point out that people like the Trump economy.  With the mainstream media is skewing its coverage of President Trump with 95% negative coverage versus 5% positive coverage, they are not impacting the perception of voters on the Trump agenda.  

The best part of the Trump Tax Cuts is that the President just reversed the Obama socialist “redistribution of wealth core” by allowing taxpayers, individual and business, to keep their own money and allow the economy to lift up all income groups.  (those in California and New York need to talk to their own governors!)   The reliance on government handouts has already started to recede and will soon be at historic lows.

  The taller Trump becomes, the more diminished Obama becomes!

RD Pierini




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Trump’s DACA Meeting Trumped Conservatives and Liberals! Killed “Fire and Fury” Narrative

The Art of the Deal Lives On!

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Yesterday you witnessed a brilliant political move by President Trump when he sequestered Democrats and Republicans in his cabinet room and spent 55 minutes in front of national press cameras allowing both sides to state their positions on DACA, the wall, border security, chain migration and the lottery visa program.  After 10 minutes, it seemed that the participants forgot the cameras were rolling and they started sparing over immigration issues ranging from border security to comprehensive immigration reform that would include amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens.  It was pure mastery of the media and a showcase of how to completely change the narrative from the anti-Trump “Fire and Fury” book to how presidential Trump looked in bringing all sides together to discuss a contentious issue.  

Trump used this forum to drive home the following issues:

  1. That Trump will consider a DACA solution ONLY if it INCLUDES the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.
  2. Any DACA deal will be a separate vote from the budget vote.  
  3. Trump allowed the Democrats to drive home their requirement that DACA NOT include the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.
  4. Trump put the onus of dealing with DACA squarely on the House and Senate and that he would support whatever legislation that is passed.

For those who think that Trump’s statement to sign whatever legislation comes out of the Congressional deliberations was a sell out, remember:

  1. The President spent last weekend with Republican Congressional leadership and hammered out the 2018 legislative agenda. 
  2. This agenda included separating DACA from the upcoming government budget vote;
  3. This agenda included a DACA agreement that would include the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program.

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So, when the President convened the bi-partisan bicameral meeting yesterday, he already knew that the Republican leadership had committed to the President’s agenda!  Even if the Democrats try to severe the DACA legislation components and exclude the wall, border security, chain migration, and the visa lottery program, the Republican majorities could vote them down.  

Also, remember, Mitch McConnell and the Republican Senate WILL NOT change the voting rules and allow either of these bills to pass the Senate with a simple majority.  This means that the budget and DACA bills will both require 60 votes to pass. 

It is difficult to imagine that DACA, with the wall, border security changes outlined by Secretary of DHS Kirstjen Nielsen, end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery program, will pass anyway! 

  • This will put the onus of not dealing with the DACA enrollees square on the back of the Democrats. 
  • Also, if the Democrats do not step up and fund the government, the government shut down will be square on the back of the Democrats!

Still think Donald J. Trump does not understand the art of the deal and is not committed to his hard-line on border security!  Think again!

RD Pierini


See also our article published this week regarding DACA and its fiscal and political impacts on America:  “DACA is CACA-690 Thousand vs 325 Million” (link:



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Steve Bannon-Nuts or Just Plain Crazy

Bannon’s behavior since joining the Trump Campaign has often been bizarre at best.  When he entered the White House in January of 2017, his behavior has been schizophrenic with bi-polar extremes.  Schizophrenic as he obviously delusional believing things that are not true, and is having cognitive issues that are seriously impairing his thought processes.  Bi-polar extremes in his seemingly hi-low emotional swings and attacks on others out of the blue.  Add in a dose of narcissism and you have a full-blown ticking time-bomb!

Attack’s on Trump’s Family:

I have been arguing for months that Bannon is nuts for attacking Trump’s kids and their spouses, either directly or indirectly via Breitbart commentary.  No one in their right mind would go after the children of someone they claim to support whole-heartedly and not expect repercussions.  Bannon would have to think the President sees the flaws his own kids and Bannon’s brilliance for pointing out their failures!  To the President’s credit, he has not lashed out publicly at Bannon for these attacks over the past year in spite Bannon’s numerous derogatory remarks about Ivanka, Jerod, and Don Jr..  Bannon had to be delusional to think that participating in this trash book and reiterating his attacks on the Trump would go unchallenged by Trump himself.  Did Bannon really think he was more important, more enlightened, and more powerful than President Trump?  Probably! 

Bannon’s Leaking and White House Departure:

As soon as the election was over and the transition began, Bannon began leaking against others on the transition team to demean them and seemingly to enhance his own position.  This continued until after the inauguration and came to a head in August of 2017 when the President had enough and fired Bannon.  (He would have fired Bannon earlier in April but the leaking by then chief of staff Reince Priebus complimented this action.)  President Trump allowed Bannon to resign without any disparagement from Trump, this was probably a mistake.  But, the only reason Bannon came to be the Campaign Manager and then a senior advisor was that the Mercer family made his inclusion a prerequisite for their support for Trump.  The Mercer’s and others have withdrawn their support for Bannon in favor of Trump.

Why would Bannon leak which obviously hurt the Trump agenda?  Remember, over the first 5 months, there were an average of one Major leak per day from the Trump administration.  Come to find out, it was not only the deep state, but a deranged Bannon who leaked damaging information against the Trump Administration.  Bannon must have been one, delusional in thinking that everyone else was out to stop Trump, and by extension Bannon’s, agenda.  Two, on Bannon, the narcissist, wanted to demean everyone else around Trump so Bannon  would be the only “brains” behind Trump! As stated above, Bannon’s hyper neurosis was so extreme that he even extended this Trump threat to Trump’s own children!  

The final straw was Bannon’s sponsorship of Michael Wolff in the White House allowing this author to interact with many members of the Trump Administration and gather bits and pieces of information that he turned into a salacious and widely discredited piece of trash book.  This is the ultimate leak by Bannon and the ultimate act of betrayal for not only the Trump Administration, but for the President himself.  I really do not believe Bannon was stupid, I really think he is mentally not well.  No one in their right mind would help to fabricate this salacious book against someone they purport to support.

Bannon’s 180 Today

To drive home my point, today, Steve Bannon recanted and apologized to the President and his family and reiterated his “Unwavering support” for President Trump and his agenda!  After describing Don Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer at Trump tower as treasonous, he now states, “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around.”  

Bannon is finished as a political consultant/advisor in this country.  He may also lose his position with Breitbart as their board is considering his removal.  But, the real losers, are the hard-working men and women of this country, our military, and those in dire economic straits, who are relying on the President and his agenda to improve their working, combat and economic conditions.

Bannon not only betrayed the President and his family, but your family as well.  President Trump will ultimately prevail but his agenda has suffered a setback I  terms of momentum.  Trump understands that momentum is crucial and that “status quo” is not a dynamic condition.  He will fight back against Bannon and Wolff and come out ahead on the back side.  In the Interim, he will have to expend valuable energy that could have been used productively!

RD Pierini