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Monday
Aug282017

[WVLY West Virginia] August 28th: Jack Talks Trump's Pardon of Joe Arpaio

I appear on WVLY West Virginia with my buddy Howard Monroe on August 28th.  Mr. Trump is standing by his pardoning of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  And yet, there is a reason he is being criticized by both Republicans and Democrats including a former Vice President and a current Republican Speaker of the House.  He let Arpaio off of the hook before he was even sentenced, before he ever served a day in jail, despite the fact that he ignored and absolutely repeated flouted a Federal Judge's order to not violate the U.S. Constitution and target people because of their ethnic heritage which he has absolutely no right to do. 

It is striking and just another example of this President's willingness to ignore and undercut the Judiciary, an equal in the balance of power that is simply fundamental to the operation of the United States of America. He attack of the Federal Judge in Ohio that he described as a "Mexican" was breathtaking.  This is likely worse.

I continue to wonder how long Republicans will accept this kind of behavior.  This is nothing short of an attack on the institutional structure of the United States. I hope you can catch it.  

 

Thursday
Jul272017

[WVLY West Virginia] July 27th: Jack Talks Trump's Disgusting Military Transgender Tweet

I appear on WVLY West Virginia on July 27th with my buddy Howard Monroe. Mr. Trump seemed to take everybody my surprise including the Pentagon when he tweeted that he was going to exclude all Transgender people from serving in the military. His claim seems to be that they are disruptive and cost too much.

Lets start with the disruptive part. This is what some said about minority groups, specifically African Americans. Some said the very same thing about women. Those same people then shifted to the gay community. It seems that the idiocy that drove each of those arguments into the proverbial trash bin of history has found their latest target, the transgender community. There is simply no study that supports this contention. Thousands serve honorably in the military now and the country has not fallen. Further, the U.S. spends tens of thousands of tax dollars to recruit people to serve, and these people want to serve.  The question is about their conpetency, not how they identify themselves.

As to the price, this is simply false.  There is nothing in the literature that supports this. Even the Rand Corporation, unabashedly conservative, that has put the additional cost for the thousands who serve at a miniscule number compared to the entire budget.  Compare this to the cost of viagra and this argument is nothing but laughable.

This is going to be a fun conversation and Howard is just a great guy. 

Monday
Jul102017

[WVLY West Virginia] July 10th: Jack Talks Trump's Isolationism

I appear on WVLY West Virginia on July 10th.  As Mr. Trump returns from the G20, a lot of people are trying to understand the take-aways.  To begin with, there were major issues that were being addressed at the Summit, climate change, meaning the Paris Accords, and trade agreements. Unfortunately, in many ways, the U.S. was hardly involved in either.

One has to give Mr. Trump at least a little credit.  He said climate change was a hoax and that he was going to pull out of the Accords.  He has done so. Of course, with the help of big U.S. oil companies, he and his supporters bought into this concept while the rest of the world in a united front disagree. As a result, as the world attempts to address this issue, the U.S. is shunted to the side and ignored.

The other issue discussed was free trade.  In fact, a massive agreement did take place between the European Union and Japan for a free trade agreement.  Was the U.S. involved?  Nope. Mr. Trump's protectionist statements and new stance insured that the U.S. was on the sidelines and therefore had absolutely no impact on the agreement.  This agreement is larger than all of U.S. trade combined.

In the end, the problem is these two areas do not work in isolation. All of these other countries see these areas as very important and are doing more than moving forward without the U.S., they are purposely ignoring the U.S., excluding them from the room, and pushing them from the epicenter of world power.  

Some may argue that that isn't a bad thing.  It is.  When you are at the epicenter, when you are at the table, you get to dictate terms.  Think of it like the U.S. House ad Senate.  The majority party gets majority in the committees and subcommittees. However, what one the most important things they really get is control of the agenda.  This is a big part of what the U.S. is losing, the ability to dictate agenda.  And most importantly, they are losing power.

This will be fun.