Monday, January 29, 2018
What Trump Will NOT Say At State of Union Address
Trump will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, long after my editor’s deadline. Since he will be speaking from a teleprompter, saying words he did not write, I have no way of knowing what he will say. I do know that he will brag. He wouldn’t do a speech without that element. He will tell the nation the state of the union is the strongest it’s ever been in the history of the world. He will tell the nation he is the greatest President in history. He will remind the nation of his “land-slide” win last November. Of course, he will brag about the economy, the stock market, and the unemployment rates. He will tell you how his tax cuts help corporations, and in turn, will help you. He will tell the nation how much he loves the Dreamers, how much he respects law enforcement, and
WHILE I don’t know what he will say specifically on Tuesday night, I do know what he will NOT tell you. He will not tell you that our country is experiencing more chaos and divisiveness since the Civil War. While he may say the right thing in teleprompter speeches, the next morning we awake to a new twitter bomb. He is the chaos king and that makes him happy.
TRUMP WILL NOT tell you he is President thanks to 80,000 people across three states. With Hillary winning 3 million more in popular votes, that is not a land-slide victory for Trump as he keeps saying. He will not tell you he had a little help from his friends, the Russians, in those three states. The Russian bots were out in full-force across our country, but mainly concentrating on those three states via Twitter and Facebook with incendiary remarks and stories about Hillary, spreading the click bait.
WHILE TRUMP is bragging how great his tax reform is, there are things he will NOT tell you. The tax reform bill gave a 40% tax cut to corporations. The premise is that the corporations will pass this money down to employees. This is a case of smoke and mirrors. Trump bragged that Walmart gave bonuses of $1,000 to employees (turns out it was $1,000 if you worked there 20 years—not many have survived that long). Then Walmart shuttered 68 Sam’s Clubs and fired 500 corporate headquarters’ employees. Pfizer cut 300 research jobs aimed at Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s sufferers. There were no cuts to their Viagra-like research, however. The day Trump announced AT&T were giving employees a $1,000 bonus with the tax windfall, AT&T laid off 4,000 employees, at Christmas time no less. Comcast also bragged about their $1,000 bonus to employees, then promptly fired 500. The rest, was used for dividend payouts. And, while I admire the refreshing honesty of Kimberly Clark, makers of Huggies and Kleenex tissues, I hate what they did. They announced they would lay-off 5,500 workers in 2018. They said, “We will restructure to allocate significant capital to shareholders.” These are only a few companies with many others following suit. Unless Trump lies (which is possible) he won’t be talking about job growth.
TRUMP WILL NOT tell you that the United States has dropped to number three for the most foreign tourists, replaced by Spain in the second spot. Many cities and businesses make their money from the tourist trade. Keep an eye on that number. If it continues to drop, it will be a significant sign of our country’s diminished desirability in the eyes of the world, not to mention the economic impact it will have.
AS FOR Trump’s immigration policy, he will NOT tell you that ICE agents have been targeting and rounding up DACA activists and recipients and sending them to detention centers. If you think deportees are put immediately on an airplane and sent back, you are mistaken. They are mostly held in privatized, for-profit detention centers. Since there are no standards for these facilities, no public over-sight, and no accountability, these centers are rife with inhumane treatment and neglect. Many of these people, these fellow human beings, have known hell we cannot imagine when they were forced to flee for asylum to escape violence in their country. Few of these people being held are Trump’s rapists and murderers. Many have legal status but unable to prove it with no contact with the outside world.
THERE IS a Detention Center not far from here—located in Lumpkin in Stewart County. A group of ladies from middle-Georgia visited this facility a few weeks ago. Although they were not allowed to tour the facility, they were allowed to talk to a few detainees. The stories they heard were heart wrenching and left those ladies shaken. With Trump’s harsh immigration policy, it will only get worse. I don’t know how long it will take, but one day great journalism will expose this dastardly behavior by our government just as they did with Guantanamo Bay.
AND FINALLY, Trump will NOT tell you there is anything more important than getting rich, filthy rich. There is, but Trump doesn’t understand that. Women do. And, Trump will NOT tell you if white men won’t do their job to contain an out-of-control President, there are millions of red, yellow, black and white women poised to end this nightmare and save America.