Monday, April 25, 2016

GOP is Doing What Democrats Did in 1972 - Selecting the Most Extreme Candidate Who Loses 49 States

We are seeing a reverse of 1972, when the Democrats picked the most extreme candidate (George McGovern, the Bernie of his day) and lost 49 states. I know because I was the young college kid at the University of Texas voting for the first time. We were devastated. And we learned.

This time is the GOP falling into that tar pit of disaster. In 2016 it is the GOP picking the two worst candidates in their history. As Lindsay Graham said, picking between Trump and Cruz is like picking being shot or taking poison. Romney looks angelic in comparison.

It portends a major shift in America. Like it or not, America is moving left while the Republican party has tried to move even further right, to the point of having another Barry Goldwater moment. Only Barry Goldwater was a moderate compared to today's GOP candidates who seem even more extreme.

I know this because I ran in more than one GOP primary for Congress (before returning to the Democratic party) against the most powerful politician of the day. I wrote a chapter on that experience and about how our primary system is producing the most extreme candidates like Trump/Cruz.
In Texas our Attorney General is under indictment.  Our Ag Commissioner came into office pushing fat fryers on kids (obesity epidemic be damned) and then charged taxpayers his expenses to fly to Oklahoma for "Jesus Shots" (whatever the hell that is). Why?
Because in Texas the most extreme candidate  wins the GOP primary. Whoever that is wins the general election in a one party state. As a result, the GOP is now picking the most hated politicians on record, Mr. Trump and Cruz. 
Another reminder was when Tom DeLay, the person I ran against, this week defended an admitted child molester from serving even 6 months in jail because he is a fellow Congressmen.  Not a whiff of sympathy for the boys molested by his friend. Sick.
I ran against Mr. DeLay and wrote about it and our broken primary process. Details in "Predicting 911 and Running Against the Hammer" - If you want better government, the answer is there...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay Defends Child Molester Hastert as "Christian" - How is This Better Than ISIS?

SHOCKER - Former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) is defending a convicted/admitted child molester, Dennis Hastert, another former Congress leader, calling him a good "Christian" man. The same guy willing to throw the book at everyone else wants leniency for his buddy that sat and waited for small boys to come by so he could molest them.
If that is what being Christian means, count me out. Using the term Christian to defend child molesters is like ISIS uses Islam in its twisted way to excuse murder and sex slavery. I would NEVER defend a child molester, regardless of the time I had known them.
You do NOT cross the line between adults and children - never!
I ran against Tom DeLay four times when he was at the peak of his power - because I could not stand his policies. He even voted against rail money that Houston drivers had paid for in gas taxes, and gave it to Dallas instead - totally outside his district that wanted it.
My experience is in the chapter "Predicting 911 and Running Against the Hammer" in "Better Times Ahead April Fool." (This "Christian" man wasn't against having men steal my Congress road signs or doing push polls -- "if u knew my opponent was a lefty, commie, progressive alien from Mars, would you vote for him or me, Tom DeLay!'--that kind of stuff).
Now I learn that being the good "Christian" he claims to be, he is defending a child molester, calling him a good "Christian" man.
Yes I lost but now that I see what kind of twisted man Tom DeLay is, I am glad I tried to rid Congress of another phony Christian and hypocrite who is now defending child molesters instead of insisting he serve the maximum time for violating a minor. 

Have things changed recently? Unfortunately, too many in Congress claiming Christian "family" values are still being caught with their own pants down. We need Congress reps more concerned with jobs than their sex drives and bathroom laws. What bathroom law prevented a male predator from attacking boys in Hastert's case?
Michael Fjetland, JD/BBA

I Saw Socialism Up Close as a Global Negotator -- Why Bernie Sanders Version is Equally Disastrous

Bernie Sanders calls himself the "Democratic Socialist" as a badge of honor.

In my global negotiations I was in socialist/communist countries such as the Peoples Republic of China (its real name) in the early 80's. I went to Nicaragua just before it was taken over by the socialist Sandinistas. Know what I found?

The people were dirt poor and had nothing, yet those at the top of the party had access to education, money, cars, privileges that the 99% outside the party didn't have. yYu can see in the photos I published in my book showing "old" China under Mao's economy in 1982, people wearing the same drab clothes pushing brooms in the streets before it adopted a free market.  The people that I met at the Ministry of Machine Building had privileges in special shops no one else could access. They drove us around in the only cars available - government cars that looked like they belonged in the 50's when I was there in the 80s.

In socialist Cuba, the Castro brothers and their top commanders have it all. Everyone else has to live on $20 a MONTH (yes, that's $5 per week in 2016 dollars), even doctors! Nothing grows. 

Bernie's proposals would do here what his friend Fidel Castro has done in Cuba - wreck our economy. His ban on fracking would cost millions of jobs overnight, while his plan of raising taxes on low and middle income by $4,700 a year would be the price for "free" college. Where does any of this make sense?

I saw socialism and communist on a global scale. Our system is not perfect but beats socialism and communism a thousand times over....

Sorry Bernie, your socialist ideas haven't worked any place in the world where I have seen it in action. Your economic plan would cost us $15 TRILLION in increased deficits, while raising taxes on the middle and lower income by $4,700 a year (compare that to Trump/Cruz plans that would create $10 Trillion Deficit versus Hillary's $1 Trillion.)

That is a stiff price to pay for "free" college. It would be cheaper for Americans to fly to Norway where it is free, even for foreigners.

See for yourself in "Better Times Ahead April Fool."  Socialism is not an answer.

Michael Fjetland
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

I have SPENT a Life Negotiating for America -- & put MORE thought into a plan to upgrade America than Sanders has!

Why does someone who has negotiated globally and been a terrorism analyst on TV think Bernie Sanders has no solutions?

Because frankly, as a non-candidate I have put MORE thought into a plan to upgrade America than Sanders has! And he's the candidate for president who recently admitted in a newspaper interview that he "never thought about" how to do the things, like breaking up the banks, he has advocated for over a year!

You can say "Let's raise the minimum wage to $15" but unless we upgrade our skills, we will still lose the global technology race.

I HAVE thought about it --for decades--and developed a real written plan based on experience in the real world (about 50 countries.) Unlike Bernie, when i traveled the world I was not chasing popes or to praise Fidel Castro and the Sandinista socialists who had taken power by force.

I went from a farm in Iowa to schools in Texas before becoming a legal negotiator selling American products globally (which actually create jobs HERE).   I did it as a young professional for Fortune 500, and later as an entrepreneur for small outfits after a lay off in the 80s (documented in "Better Times Ahead April Fool").

I have not been a government employee for the last 30 years as BERNIE has. I went broke in the 80's after a lay off. I know what the bro life is like more than the Bern.

Bernie hasn't even had a regular job like the bros in decades, so what the hell does HE know about being broke when he's been on taxpayer payroll over 30 years?

Bernie bros, the link below shows how the world really works -- by someone who actually got off the farm in Iowa and traveled the world on negotiations not tourist junkets to shake a popes hand (I didn't do that when I ran for Congress. My voters were here in the U.S. A.).

Bernie is pandering to your ass - you need to upgrade your skills because the rest of the world is getting smarter. We won't win a world that so many are clueless about.

It's in "Agenda for American Greatness."

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Most Shallow Unprepared Presidential Candidates in Decades - FEAR is not a SOLUTION

Disagreements are Ok. They are an unavoidable part of life (ask any married person.)  What's important is HOW we handle them. By calm discussion or name calling? By rational presentation of facts or by attacking the other person and their body parts instead of adult discussion?

Candidates and supporters who use attacks instead of facts for persuasion to make their point, do so because they don't have real solutions. In 2016, America has the most shallow, unprepared bunch of presidential candidates in history, who are pushing FEAR instead of SOLUTIONS.

By making you fear Muslims, blacks, gays, "the Washington Cartel" whatever -- you won't notice that the emperor is naked. You won't notice that their economic plans are bizarre and would rack up TRILLIONS in deficits. By making you hate the other guy, you won't notice your pocket being picked.  Remember when people were labeled witches and burned at the stake?  Fear caused by an innocent person's awful death on our own history.

By using your fear, you won't notice that the emperor is naked. You won't notice that his economic plans are bizarre and would rack up TRILLIONS in deficits. You won't analyze that slapping China with a 45% tariff (Mr. trump) would immediately cause most goods people use go up in price by 45%!

Do your research. Too many people are buying into generalities not backed up with thought. "How do your break up the banks?" The answer should not be "I never thought about it!"  Nor should it be "Let THEM figure it out!"  That isn't a solution; that is a cop out of someone too lazy to actually figure out a reasonable solution.  Hate Wall Street? No, its not perfect but what's your SOLUTION, because even communist China used the free market economic approach to mushroom its growth, bringing millions of Chinese out of poverty --unlike Castro's Cuba that stuck with a socialist economy and hasn't advanced in 50 years.  IN China they ride the 265 mph MagLev train; in Cuba, they ride 1957 cars.

Start HERE at Global American Values blog with "Agenda for American Greatness" and pass it on to those looking at the issue this election year.

It's not based on fear but FACTS and a strategy to make America a key part of a new high tech global economy in a rapidly changing world. I have seen what we are up against in the world since I spent a life doing deals worldwide for Americans (which create jobs HERE). I see them passing us by if we don't upgrade our skills to compete.  But not by killing our economy with protectionism that created the Great Depression and Fear of the other in a diverse country that we are....

That diversity is our greatest strength that is nearly impossible to match by any other country in the world.  It is not to be feared but harnessed as we deal with a rising China, nuclear North Korea, Pakistan and India, the Middle East, and a Europe being banged about by bad economics and millions of migrants, causing nationalist parties to rise, based on.....FEAR.

There is only one candidate of the remaining big 4 that is offering actual, sensible solutions. I'll let you figure it out, or find it in Agenda for American Greatness. Stay tuned.

Michael Fjetland, Author
Better Times Ahead April Fool

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bernie Sanders "Hanoi Jane" Moment Makes Him A Loser Against GOP

There is a reason that Donald Trump wants Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic primary nomination. He knows that there is a dark time in Bernie's past that would enable even someone as hated as he is to win.

Is America ready for a socialist President who courted two communist governments that gained power by bullets, not ballots? Bernie courted Fidel Castro - even took a photo with him. This is when Cuba's economy was living on handouts from the Soviet Union. yet Bernie claimed how "impressive" Cuba's situation was.

My bet is that even a fascist would beat a naive socialist if it came down to that choice on the ballot.  Here's what I know, some from personal experience.
Bernie Sanders also supported leftist Daniel Ortega who led the Sandinista violent takeover of Nicaragua. Sanders did it personally, verbally and positively,  Google it. The Nicaraguan economy under Sandinista socialism is so bad that children live in a dump where they forage for food. They are called "Children of the Dump" in Managua, Nicaragua, which I discuss in the 2 minute video below. That's the type of economy they have twenty years later. Yet Sanders praised the Sadinistas as much as Fidel.

Castro and the Sandinistas denied free speech. Castro still does. They denied elections. They denied people freedom to protest. They denied free speech, and even freedom to own their own businesses. Yet Bernie Sanders sought out to praise these dictators.  Remember Hanoi Jane? Bernie in the mid-80's was like Hanoi Jane. (When I went to Nicaragua before the Sandinistas, described in my book, it was for a water project; I never praised them after their takeover, ever).

Check out this photo of Bernie with Fidel. It is not a photoshop. One is smiling like a Cheshire cat. The other is not impressed.  Bernie wasn't there to tell him to set his people free. He didn't push for a free market. Bernie was there to praise him --unlike Obama who made Raul Castro answer reporters questions for the first time in his life during his visit to Cuba.

In this photo, Bernie looks as ridiculous as Michael Dukakis looked in the tank helmet when he was running for president.

I happened to know about what was happening in Nicaragua because as a young lawyer for a big company I was sent their on my first trip overseas, on a mission to negotiate a water project for a Fortune 500 company just before the Sandinista's took over. So I saw personally what was going on (which is detailed a chapter in my book "Better Times Ahead April Fool") not expecting it to relate to this presidential race. 

President Somoza was a crook yes; my book talks about how he was trying to sucker our company to do a project that would calm people down; but the Sandinistas turned out to be even bigger crooks. They wrecked their economy just as Fidel wrecked Cuba's. Yet Bernie approved and praised them.

This is an excerpt from my book on what I found in Nicaragua - something Bernie apparently didn't see:
" ----------------------
Michael’s Journal
Nicaragua 1977
            Though the night seemed quiet when I stepped off the plane into the darkness of Nicaragua’s capital city, Managua, the pot was already boiling as the taxi took me to the pyramid-shaped Intercontinental Hotel.

 Photo above: The pyramid building is the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, capital of Nicaragua. Famous, flamboyant Howard Hughes was living on the top floor at the time of the 1972 earthquake, and fled. I stayed in the same hotel when I arrived in 1977 – the city still had not been re-built.

            All hell was about to break loose.  Only I was too naive to know it.  Hell, the whole world was naive about this flyspeck of a country in Central America that no one had ever heard of, until it became a household name during the Reagan administration.  Maybe a couple of spooks in the CIA knew the lid was about to blow off, but they weren’t talking to me or my Fortune 500 bosses. If they had, no one would have sent me, right?  But here I was on my first international trip as a young lawyer. Now what?

            The first indication that something was strangely amiss was the empty blocks we passed in the taxi on the way to the hotel. Whole blocks were barren of buildings: here a building, there an empty block, then another building then another empty block. It was eerie. Like a moonscape or something from a WW II bombing. But I heard no shooting, saw no overt violence.

Photo: After the quake in Managua

           I asked the taxi driver what had happened.  He said that an earthquake before Christmas in 1972 had knocked down many of the buildings.  The devastation looked like a scene from Bosnia in the ’90s. I found out later that President (a title synonymous with dictator in those days) Somoza had taken millions in U.S. aid money to replace the lost buildings, yet years later the blocks remained empty and there was no sign of construction activity.

            Eighty percent of Managua's buildings had been destroyed or damaged in the quake; over 10,000 people had been killed.  Somoza apparently looted the money, and people were ..." (cont at the link.)

Yesterday it was Cuba and Nicaragua, tomorrow it will be other countries. We can't afford na├»ve dreamers as president leading our ship of state through these perilous global waters of terrorism and global tax schemes. Frankly, such a lack of judgment disqualifies a person from being considered a serious candidate for a country that is built on elections, free press, rule of law. 

Of the remaining candidates, only Hillary Clinton has the experience and judgment to be president of the United States in these turbulent times in this inescapable global economy. The other choices are people with insane ideas that would cost trillions in debt and global ill will.  This is a time when America has to be the adult in the room when Europe is facing a split and China is about to become the world's No. 1 economy with a growing military presence.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Both Trump and Sanders - Far Left and Right are Trade Isolationists Who Would Destroy Our Economy

Bernie Sander and Donald Trump are in two different parties but both isolationists on trade. So both fringes are the same, once again.

Fact is, China has NO Trade Agreement with us - never has -- so "Trade Agreements" don't explain job losses.  We run deficits because we buy more of their stuff than they buy of ours. Only a trade agreement can reduce their tariffs for our companies to sell more there.

However, the article points out that Bernie expects low wage countries like Vietnam to pay U.S. wages as part of a trade agreement! That's absurd -they can't go from 65 cents to $6 an hour wages overnight.  That's like asking New York rent in Iowa - doesn't work.

This article points out that high wages in the U.S. are because we make high end goods - like aircraft. In low wage countries they make low end goods, simple things like electronics or clothes. That will happen WITHOUT trade agreements folks - it is the free market at play on a global scale.

Taiwan was once the low wage country taking our low end manufacturing. Then it was China. Then it went to Korea. Now its Vietnam. Tomorrow it will be another country. That's how it works. It is a constantly changing dynamic.

China started low end, yet its labor wages have gone UP - to the point where they can't make it cheaper than us.

Isolationism hurts US. It's what caused the Great Depression, along with increasing tariffs.  Trump and Sanders would be economic disasters with their strange trade ideas.

I spent many years promoting American made goods around the world and wrote about it in Better Times Ahead April Fool.  I lost deals because we had no trade agreements with a country we wanted to sell our technology. 

I saw plants move into other countries where there were no trade agreements, because it was the only way to avoid tariffs that would have driven up the price too much for the buyer.  If you want to see how it works, check out Better Times Ahead and Agenda for American Greatness, at the link.