February 20, 2017

100 Words -- Fake News

President Trump constantly decries fake news. If only we had known this sooner, think what the reaction might’ve been to the news in mid-October 2016 that the FBI had discovered new emails that could be pertinent to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Today, Trump supporters would say, “Not so fast, crooked media. This could be fake news! Let’s wait to see if this pans out before we draw any conclusions.” And don’t you know, right before the election the FBI says there’s nothing to it. Yessiree bob, Trump was right all along. Fake news will destroy America. 

February 16, 2017

100 Words -- Loyalty

Two things. First, Federal employees take an oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” The oath is to the Constitution, not the president. Second, during my time in the military I came to understand the difference between being in command and commanding loyalty. A new commander can give orders, but that only gets you a salute. Loyalty, trust, respect … those are earned. Comparing them to Nazis won’t exactly endear you to the troops. This would seem kinda obvious, and yet …

February 11, 2017

100 Words -- Sudden Deportation

I get that illegal immigrants can be deported, but this country has been sending mixed signals for decades. Ronald Reagan said, "I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though some time back they may have entered illegally.” Guadalupe GarcĂ­a de Rayos was convicted of using a false social security number. Every year, she’d check in with ICE. Every year she was allowed to stay. This year she’s deported with no warning. Talk about mixed signals. Maybe you have the right to do that, but that doesn’t make it right.

January 31, 2017

100 Words -- The Simple Life

Many Americans support President Trump’s move restricting refugees of certain countries from entering the United States. They fear another terrorist attack. They want to feel safe. After being around sudden death for a year in Vietnam, I offer this advice. You don’t need to look for death; death will find you when it’s ready. There’s no predicting when or how that moment will come. There’s no avoiding it. Here’s the thing. Death is forever. Life is not. This moment … that’s all you have. Don’t waste it worrying about dying. Enjoy life as best you can. It really is that simple.

January 30, 2017

100 Words -- On-The-Job Training

President Trump is ticking off his to-do list faster than a husband anxious to squeeze in an afternoon round of golf.  We get that you have campaign promises to keep, but there’s more to it than signing a piece of paper. You eliminated the second- and third-tier political appointees, leaving huge gaps in the chain of command. Now you’re learning that issuing executive orders is one thing, having them properly carried out is another. Let’s hope you figure it out before tackling Obamacare. Republicans will let you screw over the refugees … but twenty million voters? That will get their attention.

January 26, 2017

100 Words -- Job Story

President Trump has started a national conversation on jobs. I hope we talk about more than just trade. Many analysts argue robotics far outweighs trade as a job killer. I see this when my trash is picked up. The county used to have three-man crews:  one driver and two collectors. These were good-paying jobs with benefits, a toe-hold in the middle class. Now there is one driver. The two collectors were replaced by a robotic arm that scoops up the bin and dumps it into the truck. As a taxpayer I’m happy we saved money, but at what hidden cost?

January 25, 2017

100 Words -- When Winning Isn't Everything

Donald Trump says he lost the popular vote because people voted illegally. Now he wants an investigation, which hopefully won’t be as rigged as he claims the election was.  Hillary’s 2.8 million margin came mostly from California and New York. There are 22,345 precincts in California. If 2 million ballots were illegally cast for Hillary, that would be an average of 90 votes per precinct. If 1 million illegal votes were cast in New York’s 15,000 precincts, that would be 66 votes per precinct on average. Do you really think that scale of voter fraud would go unnoticed? Me neither.