Friends: It has been some time since my last post due to matters that have consumed my free time. We have now past the sixty plus days of our 45th President Donald Trump’s administration. He has many pressing issues before him along with promises he made during his campaign to his constituents not least of which is his interest in making (the United States of) America great again. I do not support a southern border wall separating The Nation from our neighbors to the south or north, for that matter. Yet, control of our political borders is a matter of national interest as illegal entry can lead to other more serious breaches of law too horrid and numerous to enumerate. Further, our domestic health care situation is again in need of review. This issue has been problematic for decades and its control (costs versus access versus stimulating innovation and girded by good business practices and systematically reviewed empirically based best medical procedures/practices) or loss of it were foreseen by pundits of the industry. Let us remember that Medicare was also revised and has continued to be so during its short lifespan beginning in 1965 under President Lyndon B. Johnson. President Trump’s promise to his constituents to spend on building-up our military and infrastructure are also critical and commendable but how revenues are apportioned under his administration will be contestable/questionable. Lastly, are his foreign policies represented by his Secretary of State (a former oil industry executive) Rex Tillerson. Although Tillerson is a highly qualified executive and an ostensibly intelligent individual, his forerunners have not been very successful as demonstrated by USA involvement in one (undeclared) war after another (in the Near East and North Korea) , from my viewpoint. Let’s hope that we do begin a national turn-around to American greatness again. We can do it together!
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An outsider, as I feel I am, is much enlightened by your website and I thank you for it. Nevertheless, without second guessing our diplomatic core and the Administration, I think of the innocent lives that are lost to “collateral damage”. The U.S. forces must pull-out now as, I believe, our objectives have been accomplished. Osama Bin Laden is dead. We must prevent Taliban threats at Home and not pursue enemies abroad unless they directly threaten our Allies. We do not have a right to invade a foreign country nor to direct its policies; we must execute our objectives successfully then leave ensuring that our wake establishes continued safety for our nationals and that of our Allies.
We’re drawing closer toward a major election (federal/state/local). Will the country decide we must have a new president and change course or continue on with the incumbent? President Obama’s administration has been filled with deep valleys since before he assumed office and his greatest achievement, with Congress’s help, has been the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and ancillary legislation. Much has been said against it but we continue moving forward to ensure that there is some form of universal health coverage for every American.
Three cheers for the people of Egypt! Now, they must progress to an orderly adoption of the rule of law and equality before the law for every Egyptian! The rights of women and minors must also be upheld. Good luck to them and their new found freedoms!