The observations of a well read individual with an interest in community development and economic growth.
The Golf Season
I just received my Tee Time book today. Many of the deals which were in the previous Tee Time book are no longer there. I will be playing and practicing at least twice a week. I also will be buying a used car. Let's get to it.
President Trump celebrated 100 days in office yesterday in Harrisburg, PA. The Commonwealth of PA was key to his victory in the 2016 Presidential election. He deserved to bask in the glow of his flurry of Executive Orders and measly legislative achievements. He has signed over 30 Executive Orders. He was able to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed as a Supreme Court justice after the nuclear option was utilized by the Republican controlled Senate to lower the threshold for a Justice to be nominated to 51 votes from the former 60. After Gorsuch, it has been mostly tough going for the President.
He has falsely claimed that massive voter fraud kept him from winning the popular vote against Hillary Clinton. He also falsely claimed that he actually had the largest electoral college margin in recent history. In fact, Donald Trump lost the popular vote in November's presidential election by a larger margin than any other president in U.S. history. Imagine that. He also falsely claimed th…
I am reading a book entitled Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West. It is non-fiction and a nice break from my run of James Patterson and Eric Jerome Dickey Novels. It is a tough read and focuses on some families that were instrumental in attaining fortunes and helping to 'settle' present day America west of Saint Louis. I hate the world settle because it makes it seem like the land wasn't settled before encroachment of Anglo-American settlers.
I am amazed by the number of Indian tribes mentioned in the book. I remember the Comanches, Navajos, Apaches and Cherokees from watching western movies while growing up. I am presently reading a chapter in which it mentions Osage tribes. I want to recount a number of other tribes which all have a history that should be told in this country: Umpqua, Clatsops, Cocos, Wacos, Wichitas, Tonkawas, Pawnees, Arapahos, Pascagoulas, Alabamas and Choctaws. It is amazing the number and variety of Indian…
Under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, it seems like the citizens of Venezuela were living a pretty good life. Mr. Chavez was the President of Venezuela from 1999 until 2013 when he died. He was also the leader of the Fifth Republican Movement. This party merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. He was the beneficiary of high oil revenues in the mid 2000's and focused on poverty, literacy and income inequality. He was an outspoken leader and made alliances with Fidel and Raul Castro and other strong man leaders. He symbolized a proud leader for his people and has many followers today.
I was interested in Venezuela because it seemed like this leader had utilized the oil revenue to help his citizens. He was an enemy of the United States because he leaned more towards a Marxist philosophy. He supported Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and that was good for this area of islands that depend so much on tourism. He died of cancer.…