It was his most important job interview for the most powerful position in the world, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump didn’t even bother to prepare (9-27, A1, “A furious fight”)? Unbelievable.
Half the time during Tuesday night’s debate Trump acted as if he couldn’t care less.
He dodged questions, sniffled like a coke head and interrupted and insulted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
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I’m going to vote for the person who is actually qualified for the job and has spent a lifetime building her resume.
Do I wish we had different choices? Absolutely.
But I know who the better candidate is between those we have.
As we get deeper into the election season, more and more of us become economic analysts from watching and reading all the coverage. What those exciting news shows fail to tell us, though, is what they’re actually talking about when they throw in those buzzwords to slam or support a candidate.
As a student pursuing a master’s degree in economics, I’ll say here what I’ve been helping my students with.
A budget deficit is when spending surpasses savings or earnings in the period of one year. Debt is the year-by-year accumulation of deficit. Debt and deficit aren’t necessarily bad things so long as someone is willing to finance them. In the case of the United States, this is the financial industry.
Getting out of a recession requires spending. If we don’t have money, that means a rise in taxes or foreign borrowing. Gasp.
Like any business, the government needs revenue to operate. This is why we pay taxes.
Now the decision is, if the government is to borrow, would you rather it be indebted to its own citizens or to some foreign investor, say, China?
Trump as president
I need to understand how decent, moral people can support a woman who is as corrupt as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Is it because you think Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is also corrupt and has no government experience?
He is being sued by some students at Trump University. We don’t know the circumstances. He has had other lawsuits against him and bankruptcies, but he has not done anything that constitutes a felony, unlike Clinton.
If he has had dealings with Russia, they haven’t affected our national security, unlike Clinton’s using an unsecured server to send and receive classified information.
Washington, D.C., is a mess, with politicians becoming wealthy while in office. The corruption of the place must be stopped, and Trump is our only hope to stop it. There is no justice because the Justice Department is politicized.
With Attorney General Eric Holder, there was no prosecution of the people responsible for the Internal Revenue Service scandal, and he stonewalled on the Fast and Furious guns scandal. Now with a clear case against Clinton, the current attorney general, Loretta Lynch, refuses to act or investigate the Clinton Foundation.
We cannot allow the Clintons to get in the White House.
Historically, the Earth has experienced several ice ages and recoveries. The New York Times said three years ago that global warming had plateaued over the previous 15 years despite a rapid Co2 rise.
Can Al Gore explain the aforementioned inconsistencies as they might relate to man-made global warming?
Scientific studies as early as 1864 by James Croll linked ice ages to variations in the Earth’s orbit. By the 1920s, astronomer Milutin Milankovitch had developed the Milankovitch Theory, which describes the collective effects of changes in the Earth’s movements on its climate.
Something called Earth-sun geometry produces variations in the amount of solar energy that reaches Earth. The three elements of cyclic variations are eccentricity, obliquity and precession.
Eccentricity: The Earth’s orbit around the sun varies in distance from the sun, along with intensity, over a 98,000-year cycle.
Obliquity: The variation of the tilt of the Earth’s axis whereas seasons become more or less exaggerated over a 40,000-year cycle.
Precession: The wobble of the Earth’s axis and a turning around of the Earth’s elliptical orbit of the Earth itself, which increases/decreases seasonal contrast, over a 19,000-23,000-year cycle.
Recent findings: More study needed.
Police, social media
I read in The Kansas City Star where a Kansas City police officer may have violated a social media policy (9-25, A6, “KC police officer may have violated social media policy”).
Let me assure you that if it is not a violation today, that it better become one tomorrow. I happen to be white but I still wouldn’t want to be pulled over by Officer Donald Ebert, the officer responsible for writing on social media: “Should have dropped the entitlement card and listened the first time. Good shoot,” in response to the shooting death earlier this month of an unarmed black man by a police officer in Tulsa, Okla.
I don’t believe that a person with ideas like this should be allowed to interface with the public. I certainly wouldn’t want to be a black male and be pulled over by him.
Odds are that something bad is going to happen.