Rex Tillerson fired as Secretary of State

I’ve been observing Rex Tillerson’s fractured relationship with the Trump Administration ever since he was confirmed for the job. I always assumed it would all work out in the end and hoped that the President and Mr. Tillerson would patch things up. My assumption was based on the fact that he is well liked by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and President Trump has a lot of respect for his opinions. Unfortunately, my prediction was wrong and Rex Tillerson was fired yesterday as Secretary of State of the United States of America. It is rumored that he was fired in a very haphazard and disrespectful manner, eerily similar to the James Comey firing. If it is true that the President fired Tillerson over a tweet and didn’t even have the courtesy of having a proper discussion with him to formally inform him that he would be replaced and the reason for this personnel change, I lost some more respect for this President. An effective and inspirational leader doesn’t treat his subordinates and team members like doormats. You have to treat them with respect and courtesy. You have to take everyone’s views into account and exercise sound judgement to reach a decision. You cannot treat them like garbage and expect to be considered a good leader. President Trump’s weak and ineffective leadership at managing his own Administration is becoming an embarrassment for the country and the institution of the American Presidency.

I personally wouldn’t have had such a problem with this incident if Tillerson was laid off in a respectful and courteous manner and for the right reasons. President Trump seems to have fired his top diplomat because they had different views on certain issues of great importance with regards to foreign policy. Isn’t it good to have dissenting views so you are not consumed by your own bias in an ideological echo chamber? President Trump’s views on foreign policy, international trade, and America’s leadership role in the world are often flat out wrong, uninformed, and based on faulty assumptions. His populist, isolationist, and protectionist attitude is severely damaging America’s role as the undisputed global superpower that was already damaged by George W. Bush and Barack Obama. America needs to get back into its role of vigorous global leadership as the undisputed economic, military, diplomatic, cultural, and technological power in the world. For that to happen we need a whole of government and private sector response which will include competitive diplomacy, strong engagement and strengthening of military alliances, and the expansion of free trade and investment agreements with nations and blocs around the world. Tillerson seemed to be moving broadly towards those goals, albeit with limited success.

In my view, Tillerson had a lot of difficulty getting certain things done because he didn’t believe he had full buy in from the President. When you’re dealing with the Russians, the Chinese, Iranians, North Koreans, amongst a million other issues; you need Presidential support. He didn’t have it and that lead to his downfall. He was living a peaceful life with his family in Texas. Why did the President bring him out of retirement just to fire him in a year?

The President didn’t like Tillerson’s strategy because it valued the old school diplomatic process of talks, constant engagement, and the formulation of a coherent strategy for each region. This takes time, effort, and buy in from key stakeholders. This was too slow and cumbersome for Trump so he decided to replace Tillerson with someone who could perhaps work on his speed and they would be on the same wavelength. He chose Mike Pompeo, his CIA Director for the past year or so.

Pompeo has impeccable qualifications.

  • Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Armor and Cavalry Officer, U.S. Army (Captain)
  • Graduate of Harvard Law School
  • Successful business career
  • 3 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives

Mike Pompeo has become quite close with the President due to somewhat similar views and their friendship has developed from the Daily Intelligence Briefings that the President has everyday with the CIA Director and the Director of National Intelligence. I have no particular issue with Pompeo as Secretary of State except that it causes discontinuity in our foreign policy, he is known to have some Neo-Conservative views, and he may not dissent much with the President.

I am cautiously optimistic about the future, but I remain wary of the the constant staff turnovers at the White House. Mr. Tillerson, we appreciate your service and tenure as Secretary of State.


This is Saint Reagan signing off


Detente with North Korea?

The hot news of the past couple of days has been that Kim Jong-Un, Dictator of North Korea is interested in having a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Kim’s Proposals:

  • Signing of a peace treaty, which would formally end the Korean War that ended with a stalemate in 1953.
  • Installation of a U.S. embassy in North Korea and normalization of diplomatic relations with the United States, South Korea, and possibly Japan.
  • Missile testing freezes while talks are ongoing.
  • Possible denuclearization of North Korea.

To the layman this might seem like great news, but to a student of history, foreign policy, and international affairs this situation looks all too familiar. This is very likely a feint by North Korea. First of all, a North Korean summit with a U.S. President prior to any concrete concessions would look meek on our part. Kim claims that he will freeze missile testing while talks are ongoing, but those are just empty words and the reality is that he can restart testing whenever he likes. There is also no way to verify if his scientists and engineers are refraining from continuing R&D while the talks take place.

The U.S. has the capability to quickly defeat North Korea in almost any Military scenario, so for the President to quickly accept talks without preconditions looks weak and reflects poorly upon us on the global stage. There have been no reported meetings between lower level officials in the Trump Administration and the North Koreans. It would make more sense for the U.S. to quickly have a series of strategy and planning sessions with our allies in South Korea, Japan, and possibly Australia prior to making any decisions regarding high levels talks. Kim has actively been trying to exploit the divide between South Korean President Moon Jae-In and President Trump to hurt the long enduring U.S. – ROK alliance. The Japanese leadership was also reportedly perplexed and baffled at the President’s rapid decision to accept talks with Kim. A good statesman doesn’t treat his allies with disregard and disrespect, he keeps them well informed and understands their concerns while seeking to persuade them to view things from his perspective. I am aware of the fact that President Trump is not a statesman nor does he intend to become one, but observing that principle would be the best thing he can do for the country.

The Trump Administration’s tough sanctions package has likely inflicted severe damage on the fragile North Korean economy, but a person like Kim doesn’t give in so easily. The goal of the sanctions, diplomatic offensive, and displays of military might were to bring Kim to the table and eventually lead to total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Ostensibly, we have reached that point. However, I think the reality is more complex. In my estimation, Kim still retains his main objectives of pushing U.S. forces out of South Korea and reunifying the peninsula on his terms. But the realities of his military, diplomatic, and economic impotence have forced him to temporarily put those large scale objectives on hold and possibly lure the U.S. into making an unfavorable deal so he can create some breathing and maneuvering room. After we sign a treaty and possibly pass them some humanitarian aid, they will go back to doing what they do best. Being a thorn in America’s side.

My hope is that the President consults with our allies and works with his advisers to develop a detailed and comprehensive strategy that will lead to an acceptable outcome for the U.S. and North Korea. Any question of recognizing North Korea as a nuclear power should be off the table, forever. We can not and should not accept North Korea as a nuclear power state, that must be the red line. If we do accept them as a nuclear state and military power, then we will be setting a negative precedent in the world. We will be letting rogue regimes and terrorists know that the U.S. will respect and accept the existence of irresponsible states and groups with WMD and will not interfere. I would support starting low level talks between U.S. – ROK and North Korea after Kim makes a small gesture of goodwill such as moving his massive group of artillery pieces farther away from the DMZ. President Trump needs to take this situation seriously and ensure that we can come away from this experience with a safer world and a world where it is known that the U.S. will not accept rogues with nukes threatening their neighbors and us. It needs to be know that we will absolutely take decisive action when the homeland, our allies, or our interests are threatened. Our strategy should also demonstrate we are willing to make concessions, only in exchange for concrete actions and permanent behavioral change.


This is Saint Reagan signing off

Terrible Governance in the United States of America

Senate leadership in both parties are supposedly nearing a two year budget deal that would increase annual spending on defense by around $80B and other domestic spending by around $63B. It looks like this budget will sidestep the immigration debate and the situation regarding “Dreamers”, illegal immigrants who were allegedly brought to the U.S. as children. President Trump’s Justice Department will stop enforcing former President Obama’s DACA Executive Order on March 5th, so Congress will have to come up with some kind of legislation to deal with this soon.

The U.S. Congress has been funding the government via “continuing resolutions” for the past few years and it is an irresponsible way to govern for a several reasons. Continuing resolutions are short-term spending bills that typically span a month or so and are filled with a bunch of government pork, have no accountability to taxpayers, and constantly put Military readiness in peril because the Department of Defense isn’t clear if the money will come through and if priority programs will be funded.

This haphazard process seeks to escape from the idea of setting spending priorities, dealing with persistent and humongous budget deficits, and deciding what to do regarding our $20.6T federal debt. Governance like this is the reason that the world and even the U.S. is becoming skeptical of Democratic institutions. Racking up large amounts of debt, constant partisan bickering, and a lack of progress on imperative policy areas such as defense, healthcare, entitlements, welfare, education, etc. is hindering American economic growth and progress.

I would like the whole United States Congress and Trump Administration to have a series of meetings over two weeks to make the following decisions on a firm two year budget.

  • Prioritizing what needs to be funded and what doesn’t.
    • Democrats have to get serious and admit that providing for the national defense is actually in the purview of the Constitution and most other things that the federal government does are not and that funding the Military is not ever going to be held hostage by them in negotiations.
    • Republicans have to get serious regarding how much defense spending is enough and what absolutely needs funding for the 10 year period. We cannot treat the DoD like a sacred cow and have to identify areas of increased efficiency and resource optimization. Ideas like privatizing the VA and cutting spending on small and/or unnecessary military bases and operations we cannot afford can be good ideas.
    • The $75B intelligence budget is too hard for anyone to stomach and there needs to be reform on combining and/or eliminating some agencies while also cutting down on personnel and ensuring all agencies are compliant with the U.S. Constitution.
  • Identifying policy areas ripe for bipartisan reform.
    • Civil Service reform.
    • Occupational licensure reform.
    • Housing finance reform (elimination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).
  • Identifying policy areas that require simple and relatively painless fixes.
    • Cutting 1% spending every year.
    • Making it easier to start a business.
  • Identifying a strategy that will keep federal revenues at around 15% of GDP and have the budget generate surpluses in 10 years that will be used to only pay down the national debt.
  • Identify whether the Congress believes the U.S. Armed Forces are a priority anymore or not.
  • Work with Military and Intelligence Agency leaders on a coherent strategy for achieving decisive strategic military and political victory in Afghanistan (Operation Resolute Support) and in Syria and Iraq (Operation Inherent Resolve).
    • It has been 17 years in Afghanistan, we must finally destroy the Taliban and all other terrorist organizations and finally secure the country. WE ARE STILL AT WAR, AMERICA JUST FORGOT ABOUT IT!
  • Finally identify what is to be done with ~11MM illegal immigrants in this nation and how the border will be secured to stop the inflow of people who have not been granted authorization to enter the nation and how to ensure people whose visas or Green Cards have expired will be sent back to their home country’s.
  • Have a bipartisan debate regarding how the U.S. is going to remain the worlds largest economy, this conversation has to center on what the government is going to do to ensure China does not overtake us in real GDP and how we will regain the top spot in the PPP GDP calculation. This will require Democrats acknowledging that the U.S. needs to remain on top, even if only to fund their handout programs. China overtaking us is not yet a foregone conclusion, there is still time to reform ourselves to stay on top and gain back that number 1 spot on the PPP list.


I do not understand why the politicians in this country especially, Democrats are busy with their bullshit redistribution schemes while we are facing an extremely dangerous international security situation and the U.S. is set to be overtaken by China. We need to get serious as a nation and get our fiscal house in order and also reform government at all levels if we are to remain globally competitive.

Congress needs to get serious about having real debates and reform the size and scope of the federal government. Hell, at this point I would even be fine with having a light “safety net”, as long as overall government spending is decreased and debt starts getting paid off.


This is Saint Reagan Signing Off

Book Review: Old Soldiers Never Die by Geoffrey Perret

I just finished reading Old Soldiers Never Die by British-American Author Geoffrey Perret. It is a detailed biography that covers the life of the legendary U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur. I profoundly enjoyed reading this book and I would say it is on my list of favorite books. There were many positive lessons to be learned from this book that cover the topics of history, leadership, team management, communication, military strategy & tactics, and many varied life lessons. There were also many lessons to be learned in what not to do. General MacArthur made many decisions in his life that were unfortunate and there is a lot of value in reading about those lessons and avoiding those pitfalls in the future if you become a leader in the Military or private sector.

The book is written masterfully and provides a lot of rich details on MacArthur’s early life being the son of a decorated Army Officer and the experience of moving to many different bases and living life out on the frontier. It covers the various struggles and difficulties he faced in his early days and the hard work he had to do do in order to achieve his dream of entering West Point and being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. His experiences, toughness, and perseverance in the face of constant adversity is shown. Also, his more romantic side and his views regarding heroism, soldiering, and patriotism are visible and offer some inspiration.

My favorite section of the book comes after MacArthur and his staff are ousted from the Philippines after the Japanese attack and he has to work his way back throughout the War to defeat the Japanese. He often faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles such as an uncooperative Naval Department, a distant Joint Chiefs of Staff, politicians who hate him at home, lack of supplies, lack of trained men, infighting amongst his staff, among several other issues. He breaks through all of these problems and shortages and starts the offensive against the Japanese. Along with some uncomfortable cooperation with the Air Corps and the Navy he is able to end the Pacific War and start the successful occupation of Japan.

There were numerous prescient predictions made by MacArthur that have held true. He predicted that Asia would be the continent of the future and he is correct. There is vast economic growth and great power competition happening in the Indo/Asia-Pacific region with a rising and militaristic China, growing India, an apprehensive and fearful Australia, and a worried Japan and South Korea. Many countries are becoming wealthy and indeed powerful. If the U.S. is to maintain global leadership, we need to ensure that we have strong military, diplomatic, cultural, and economic foothold in Asia.

He predicted that Japan would become rich, successful, and a strong American ally; he was correct. He told JFK not to engage in a ground war in Vietnam, he warned him it would be a disaster; he was correct.

The story of General MacArthur is one filled with heroism, romance, and the will of a great man who did what was necessary to save the American Republic and ensured we would live to fight another day. I agree with him that history is just the collection of the biographies of the great men who created that history, he believed in exceptionalism and so do I. It is the classic American story of hard work, adversity, failure, and finally glorious triumph. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this fantastic book on one of the greatest soldiers who ever lived.


“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away”


This is Saint Reagan signing off


A Government Shutdown

On Saturday, January 20th at 12:01 PM EST the Federal Government of the United States was shutdown. It means that Senators and Representatives of both parties couldn’t compromise on a budget and that as a result of their inability to form an agreement, the federal government ran out of funding and was shut down. Generally, budgets require 60 votes in the Senate to pass and 218 in the House of Representatives. The Senate can pass budgets and bills with 51 votes (GOP currently has 51 seats), but Democrats may use the filibuster and that will lead to requiring 60 votes to pass the budget because you need that many votes to invoke cloture, which ends the debate.

Congress has been funding the government through “continuing resolutions” for the past few years. Continuing resolutions are short term spending bills that don’t allow any time and deliberation for actual spending reform. Passing a budget a year at a time will lead to spending reform and that is why Democrats and Statist Republicans don’t want go back to a system of some accountability. They use these continuing resolutions and claim that the other party won’t compromise. I don’t really care too much if the Federal Government shuts down but there are some risks.

  • The U.S. Federal Credit Rating could be downgraded, as happened in 2011.
  • Military operations can become strained because certain procurements and training programs have to stop. Troops may or may not get paid.
  • Investment into the U.S. slows down because global confidence is waning in our economy.

Some funny things about these government shutdowns is that they never lead to an actual shutdown. 800,000 “non-essential” federal employees have been furloughed or sent home. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The fact that we have 800,000 “non-essential” government employees at the federal level clearly demonstrates how incompetent our government is. I would guess that these non-essentials cost the taxpayer at least $50B a year and that is a very conservative estimate.

And what is the actual disagreement between Republicans and Democrats you ask? It isn’t even about important issues such as entitlement reform, cutting government spending, deregulating the economy, etc. The major fight here is regarding legal and illegal immigration and border security. The Democrats essentially shut down the government over DACA. They literally shut down the government because they want to provide amnesty to people who entered the country illegally. What the f**k is wrong with the Democratic Party and those who support them?

Republicans are asking for increased military spending to:

  • Expand the Naval fleet.
  • Purchase more Aircraft, recruit more pilots, and increase flying time for pilots.
  • Recruit new personnel for all branches.
  • Invest in nuclear modernization and develop new “limited strike” nuclear weapons.
  • Increase R&D spending on new space weapons, cyber tools, and other technology.


On the real fight regarding immigration the GOP wants:

  • An end to chain migration, which is a system that allows U.S. Green card holders to sponsor an unlimited number of people to immigrate to the United States.
  • An immigration system that focuses on skills and education while only allowing nuclear families to immigrate.
  • An end to the diversity visa lottery that seeks to provide 50,000 visas to people from countries that are underrepresented in U.S. immigration.
  • $18B of funding over 10 years for a southern border wall.
  • Limit the rights of people who turn themselves in to border patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Limit asylum for these people. Allow children to be deported.


Democrat asks:

  • Green cards and a path to citizenship for all DACA recipients which could be anywhere from 800,000 to 3.5MM people.
  • Overall, a path to legalization for the more than 11MM illegal immigrants in the country.
  • Domestic spending increases that match increases in Defense spending.


What the Democrats are doing is despicable but the reason is because they are betting that their politicking will pay off in the midterm elections. I don’t know if this strategy will pay off or not. But if there are segments of the American voting population that think that the Democratic Party shutting down the government over illegal immigrants and increased defense spending is “brave” or a good idea, it just proves that there is no one as stupid as the voter.

Regarding budgets, the continuing resolutions system is an affront to good governance and it needs to stop. Congress needs to pass budgets for 1 or 2 years at a time. Congress has totally stopped demonstrating their power as a coequal branch of government and have been downgraded by the Imperial Presidency and Activist Judicial branch. Congress simply fights over the President and not over the actual problems. Congress needs to come to a meaningful compromise that will cut total spending (discretionary and mandatory spending), increase defense spending till readiness is back up to where it should be, and makes an actual effort towards generating surpluses and paying down debt. Our debt is around $20.5T now and our unfunded liabilities for the entitlement monsters of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare total more than a $100T. The Federal Reserve cannot keep printing money (expanding money supply) to pay down the profligate spending of Congress. Continuing resolutions really hurt military readiness because the military is unable to properly plan or execute procurement, R&D, recruitment, and training programs because of the uncertainty regarding the availability of funds.

I would support a compromise that cuts total government spending at around 5% a year in exchange for legalizing all DACA recipients and I would even go as far as a one time legalization drive for all illegals. But after the legalization, illegal immigrations should be stopped with stronger border security and changing illegal immigration into a criminal offense from a civil one. If spending is cut at around 5% a year, the budget will either be balanced or generate a small surplus in 4 years. 5 cents of off every dollar government spends isn’t that much and compromise is worth it so that debt, dollar devaluation, and entitlements don’t ruin the greatest country on the planet.


This is Saint Reagan signing off

Civil Society and Community vs Government

From the founding of this Republic, the American society and culture has been focused on families, communities, friends, colleagues, and neighbors helping each other out in times of difficulty rather than through government fiat. When French Diplomat and Political Scientist Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in the early 1800s he marveled at how Americans rolled up their sleeves and helped each other without involvement from government. If a neighbor’s barn burned down, all the neighbor’s pitched in and helped the family quickly rebuild it. That is the kind of country we had, where individuals voluntarily chose to help their friends, families, and neighbors without the gun of government pointed at their head.

Do we have that kind of society anymore? Some would say yes, some would say no, and some would say we still have some aspects instilled in our society. I would venture to say that most of this has dissipated from society. Our country spends trillions of dollars each year on social welfare spending, so that feeling to engage in civil society voluntarily has decreased throughout the country. I am not by any means insinuating that this is completely gone in society but it has decreased substantially. America still leads in voluntarism, charitable donations, charitable works, etc. but that may be a function of our national size and wealth rather than the same level of voluntary community activity remaining. When we spend trillions of dollars on social programs every year at the federal, state, and local levels; it can create a feeling of complacency and resentment in society. When so much of our income and wealth is being stolen by the government and redistributed to those who haven’t earned it, it can breed resentment in taxpayers who don’t wish to donate additional money, time, energy, or ideas to community causes such as cleaning up litter on the streets, food at a soup kitchen, or free medical exams to the poor. Since we can see on the news the sheer amount of money the government spends on these programs, we assume that all issues are basically taken care of.

I argue that this situation of the government taking over all aspects of community life such as providing healthcare and food to the poor, cleaning up parks and lakes, organizing community events, running libraries, conducting small construction projects, etc. has frayed the bonds of society and our feeling of camaraderie with our friends and neighbors. Everything has been centralized and usurped by the state and this isn’t good for society because it dehumanizes us and turns people into cogs of the state. I often feel resentment at people who don’t have to work and receive free benefits such as Medicaid and Food stamps from the government. The federal government stole my money which I earned through productive economic activity and give it to who someone who didn’t. That doesn’t seem fair to me and reduces my personal incentive for participating in community activities. The government has usurped almost all community activities. Small towns and cities used to make the education decisions for their children together, now that is usurped by federal and state level bureaucrats. The government is even in the business of running concerts and summer camps for kids during the summer time, it has taken the incentive away from people to make the tough decisions with their neighbors regarding changes to the local community. We have outsourced our responsibilities to nameless and faceless and bureaucrats and there is no one to blame but ourselves.

I believe that America’s political and cultural divisions can be solved by eliminating government from these areas and allowing communities to independently make these decisions. This will create the incentive for people to take responsibility for their schools, parks, and community activities among other things. All levels of government need to be heavily downsized so that the American people can make their decisions at the local and individual level, in a way that directly affects them. Constantly sweeping change in Federal policy every few years is setting a bad precedent for the country and is dividing us further and further.


This is Saint Reagan signing off

Are the Democrats even for America?

Before I start I will disclose that I am an Independent voter who typically leans Republican because I have observed that they offer candidates who typically support economic liberalism, fiscal responsibility, a strong national defense, individualism, and other areas of priority to me. That doesn’t necessarily mean they always act upon what they say, just like any other politician but their track records are somewhat better in these areas than Democrats. I would vote for a Democrat if there were any viable candidates who leaned in this direction and had something positive to say on these matters.

I have noticed some strange trends in the Democratic Party recently. It is moving farther and farther left and now I see no distinction between the typical Democrat and an outright socialist. I am not saying this in an exaggerated manner but based on the recent evidence and my observations. They are increasingly statist, repudiative of America’s historical success, and unwilling to show support for assertive American leadership. They advocate state involvement in almost every aspect of life. I really cannot understand how a political party in the worlds largest and most successful economy continues to advocate against the policies and the principles that made us the most powerful nation on Earth in economy, culture, military force, and international affairs. How can they want to increase government spending and taxation more when total government spending (federal + state + local) is already reaching 39% of GDP? Are we so different from France and the other European nations that many Americans make fun of for their socialist ways? The average European nations government spending to GDP ratio is 52%. As our politicians, especially on the Democratic side lose control over America’s fiscal house, government spending will continue swallowing the whole economy.

This is a nation built on the idea of free markets and free people. But in 2018 American businesses and individuals are being choked by the record levels of regulatory and tax burdens levied upon them by the state. Democrats only advocate more of the same even though it has led to anemic economic growth throughout the Obama years. Democratic led policies during the Obama years lead to almost doubling the national debt, multiple years of $1T budget deficits, and anemic economic growth. Democrats would like to double down on that strategy of raising taxes, “investing” into the economy, and expanding the size and scope of government. JFK, a prominent Democrat once characterized economic growth as “the rising tide that lifts all boats” and his party is now openly hostile to strong economic growth and fiscal responsibility.

Democrats and their base need to understand some basic principles of economics:

  • Government doesn’t create wealth, it confiscates it
  • All government spending is a tax on the economy, although a small amount is necessary to fulfill constitutional mandates such as a strong national defense, basic government operations such as diplomatic offices, etc.
  • Rising government spending crowds out private investment
  • Government job creation actually leads to job destruction in the private sector
  • Government doesn’t have the right to steal from productive people to redistribute income and wealth to purchase votes
  • Universal benefits such as so called universal healthcare, pre-k, college educations, etc. are not possible from an economic standpoint and they aren’t as successful as they are claimed to be in nations that have them
  • The federal budget deficit needs to be closed by spending cuts, not tax increases due to the limitations demonstrated by the Laffer curve
  • Entitlement programs aren’t currently sustainable and expanding them will further increase the chance of fiscal ruin
  • People aren’t poor because someone else is rich
  • Regulation rarely achieves the intended effects and the “good intentions” of government have generally lead to very perverse effects
  • Large government is antithetical to healthy and free markets, as demonstrated by the history of our nation
  • There is no such thing as a free lunch


Current Democratic policies seem to be geared towards things that don’t really help the everyday American. Government is supposed to create an environment where individuals can succeed with limited interference. Government is supposed to enforce contracts between individuals, protect people and their property from domestic or foreign encroachment, and to keep the homeland safe from attack. These are the general roles of government and Democrats seek to transcend these and enter every part of our lives with their statist policies. They are far more interested in protecting “Dreamers” than they are in creating a healthy economic environment for American high school and college graduates to attain employment or start businesses. They are more interested in securing the wellbeing of Somalian and Syrian refugees with taxpayer funds, but they are uninterested in the failure of the V.A. to take care of our brave veterans. They don’t want to allow Americans to keep more of their own money via a tax cut, but they would like to steal money from them to give it to those who haven’t earned it. Democrats have a become a party of identity politics, economic stagnation, redistributionism, and a force against American values.


While I don’t like everything President Trump does, he has taken some positive forceful action towards policies that have really hurt the American economy, worker, student, and entrepreneur. He is cutting down regulation and just signed a $1.5T over 10 year tax cut into law, this will help the economy and will be the rising tide that lifts all boats.


This is Saint Reagan signing off