THE CASE FOR TRUMP BY CONRAD BLACK

I realize you may have already made up your mind, maybe this will let you know you are making the correct choice.   Here is the article from Trump’s friend, noted financier Conrad Black who says LOOK BEYOND THE BRASH-THE DONALD IS WELL-SUITED TO MAKING DEALS AND BEING A LEADER.  Read on…………….  _____________________________________________________________

The greatest single political problem in the Western world is sclerosis of the imagination. In Congress, on the hustings, and in the media, the U.S. is reduced to two camps.

One side is calling for swinging strokes of a spending scythe on the government with the threat of a shutdown behind it, and the other side is offering more redistributive taxing and, through the quaint and incompletely recycled ex-communist Bernie Sanders, a trillion-dollar bribe in the forgiveness of all student loans.

In the media, we have shrieking heads with very few people saying anything intelligible.

In Canada, there are cries of alarm over the deficit, though it is hardly a surprise and seems to top out at less than a third, as share of gross domestic product, than where the U.S. sat for seven years (1.5 percent against 5-7percent).

Donald Trump horrifies Canadians as a caricature of an ugly American of the 1950s vintage: loud, boastful, boorish, ignorant, obscenely materialistic, and illiberal in every respect, as nauseating a personality as he is reassuring to us of our comparative civility, culture, and equability, our inoffensiveness and niceness, if not exactly our style.

There is some reason for this judgment of Trump from what we have generally seen of him in public now for 30 years.

In private, he is charming, solicitous, engaging, and companionable, never pompous, devoid of prejudice, abstemious, and a traditional and conscientious family man. He is a generous civic leader in New York, a quality builder, and a generous employer and philanthropist and friend.

I scarcely recognize the self-obsessed blowhard I see on television, but the fact that he is doing so well must be taken as indicative of the rage of scores of millions of Americans as the work themselves to the bone to stumble from pay check to pay with maxed-out credit cards and loud rumors of recession.

They are angry about rising crime rates, the many thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars that have been squandered in the Middle East to produce an appalling humanitarian crisis, the debasement of the currency and the reduction of their great country to the status of a laughingstock.

If elected, Trump would have a clear mandate to clean up the scandalous quagmire of American political campaign financing that has reduced every candidate, except him and Michael Bloomberg, to Oliver Twist mendicants, with cupped hands and begging bowls, and has brokered most legislation among the special interests that finance members of Congress.

He would have a mandate to dispense with Obamacare, over which the president misled the public about keeping their own doctors and avoiding higher medical costs, an untruth more certainly deliberate and of more relevance to most American families than George W. Bush’s ultimately unfounded claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Trump would enter the White House with a mandate to define the U.S. national interest in the world, in cooperation with allies, and to enforce it.

He would have a mandate to streamline and decentralize the federal government, bring in bipartisan entitlement reform that would make government affordable, and product tax reform.

He has already defined that reform as meaning no breaks for the billionaires (not like the phony, if entertaining, grandstanding of Warren Buffett).

 

 

 

 

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MARIJUANA-DO YOU REALY WANT TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN?

DO YOU THINK VOTING YES ON NO. 1 IS A JOKE? THINK IT WON’T HURT OUR YOUTHS? THINK IT’S OK FOR YOU, IT’S OK FOR YOUR KIDS? THINK AGAIN, IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT? BEFORE YOU DECIDE READ THIS:

Statement from Bishop Robert P. Deeley on Question 1
In November, Maine residents will cast their vote on Question 1, which seeks to decriminalize the recreational use of marijuana. Passage of this referendum would make it legal for your children to possess marijuana, a fact recently confirmed by Maine Attorney Genera1 Janet Mills.
In a particularly inflamed political climate, perhaps it is best to use the example of another state that has gone down the path Maine is considering now. Examine the devastating impact felt in Colorado since the commercial sale of marijuana began in January of 2014. A comprehensive report issued last month by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug    Trafficking Area states that since marijuana has been legalized, marijuana-related traffic deaths have increased by 62 percent and marijuana-related hospitalizations have increased by over 30 percent.
The use and abuse of marijuana by the youth of Colorado has increased by 20 percent since Legalization. The young people in Colorado rank first in the nation for marijuana use, an illegal activity for anyone under the age of 21.It should come as no surprise that expulsion and dropout rates have spiked significantly; family lives have been negatively affected; and anxiety about public safety has risen.
Do we really want to bring these issues to Maine families, schools, and communities?
Marijuana represents a significant part of substance use in America and adversely affects the health of millions of Americans. The widespread use of marijuana, particularly by young people under the age of 18, is steadily increasing while scientific evidence clearly links its long-term damaging effects on brain development. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states:  ‘When marijuana users begin using as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affects how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Marijuana’s effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent.”

Legalizing a drug for recreational use that causes these effects on the human body, particularly our youth, is not a path that civil society should choose to take. Maine is currently waging a losing battle against opioid abuse. Our attention must not be diverted from that health crisis, nor do we want to add fuel to the problem by increasing the number of marijuana users who might one day “graduate” to other illegal/illicit/proscribed substances. The legalization of marijuana can only serve to worsen this crisis. The Catholic  Church teaches “the use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.” The diocese hopes that voters will listen to doctors, public safety agencies, and substance-abuse professionals who have expressed their opposition to this dangerous prospect.

Legalizing marijuana sends a message to our young people that this recreational drug use is acceptable. I join the Maine Medical Association, the Maine State Chiefs of Police, the Maine Association of School nurses, the Office of the Attorney General, and many others in opposing the legalization of marijuana. I urge the voters of Maine to vote NO on Question 1 on November 8,2016