A State of Confusion

With the seemingly endless amount of news tumbling out of the administration orbit, it’s hard to keep things straight.  This could be because we seem to be headed in two directions at once on so many things.  A terror nerve gas attack takes place in the United Kingdom that is traced back to Putin’s Russia.  While officially we backed our NATO ally , our President called Putin to congratulate him on his re-election that virtually everyone saw as rigged.  Trump never even mentioned the attack to Putin.  When pressed, the administration fell back on the old saw “we need good relations with Russia.”  Surely the leader of our close ally Theresa May wasn’t amused. While his administration takes some actions against Russia, Trump himself refuses to take Putin to task.  Down deep, what is our real policy towards Russian aggression?  Our allies must be wondering, especially, those on the front lines.  Of course, when you threaten your allies with stiff tariffs at the same time we’re telling them you’re with them all the way you can understand their confusion. Wars often start with miscalculations, think August 1914.

The recently passed Omnibus Spending  Bill tossed the idea controlling our national debt out the window.  The credit people at Moody’s and economists from all sides warn this irresponsibility can’t go on forever. Some small government  and/or fiscally conservative Republicans were appalled and even the President threatened to veto it at the last-minute. Trump caved, saying he had to sign in order to get desperately needed money for our military.  So what do hear now? He wants to take money from the military to build his wall.  With estimated to cost over $25 billion that’s quite a few planes , tanks and ships. Maybe we didn’t need these after all.  Is the military budget there to protect us or is it a Presidential slush fund?

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