11 Reasons Why He Is Doing It: The Trump Press Conference and Now Florida

So President Trump held an unconventional press conference and now is headed to Florida.  His detractors are all a flutter.
Here is why Trump is doing it and why he MUST continue to do it.  Pls Share this link  and note that #5 is key.
1. It should be obvious to anyone watching how entrenched the Washington’s Establishment/Spoils System has become. They are fighting tooth and nail to keep those spoils of power and money. This is not a new phenomenon – history is littered with such examples.
2. Our governments are now 37% of the economy and handing out $6 trillion per year. How did they get so large even though so many Republicans have gone to DC to fix or shrink government? Understanding the answer to that question is key.
3. Part of the answer is that the Major Media drives narratives that result in ever larger government – and I am NOT talking about media bias.
Think of the response to Katrina ($1 billion spent after blaming Bush) v. 2015 Colo. EPA spill (little coverage because Obama was President and therefore no big outcry nor a spending bill). Multiply that over 50 years starting with the growth of TV and the Great Society in the 1960s and you will understand, in part, the explosive growth in government spending since then.
4. Part of the answer as to why reform Republicans have been ineffective is that most Americans don’t know what goes on in DC – they live their lives far from DC and most of what goes on in DC goes unreported. Do you think people really know where $6 trillion is being spent?
5. A big part of the reason reform Republicans fail is that Republicans go to DC to argue with those in DC (Democrats/Media) after getting elected by people in their home districts – instead of keeping the people in their districts, which gave them a majority in Congress, engaged in the process and using that political momentum to help with their reform efforts.
6. To change large government, Republicans have to not let #4 go on and they have to stop arguing almost exclusively with the Washington Post and Harry Reid/Chuck Schumer (#5).
7. Instead, reform Republicans have to CONTINUALLY educate and motivate a sufficient number of voters to keep the pressure on officials for true reform.
8. To do #7, Republicans must go around the Media and get out of DC.   PERIOD.
9. I have advocated the above for decades and in The Divided Era – my book.
By the way, what do you think the Left is doing now
10. Trump is using Rudy Giuliani’s model. When he got elected to Mayor of New York, there were 10 times as many Democrats on the City Council as Republicans. 10 times!  Yet Rudy succeeded!
Rudy didn’t just argue in chambers for his policies – surely that would have been a losing strategy. Instead, he held many public events and used press conferences (not to talk to the press) but to speak directly to voters about the problems the city was facing AND to call out who was obstructing him. Rudy used the BULLY PULPIT continuously to break the rotten Establishment hold on New City.
A guy named Teddy Roosevelt did the same.
George Washington went on two very long tours of the Country to unify it after he was elected. The Country was horrifically divided after the Revolution (FAR, FAR MORE than today) and Washington understood what it would take to bring people together. 
President James Monroe went on a months long tour as well after he was elected. He ran unopposed for reelection.
The latter two were nearly deified on their trips and the Country was never more unified in purpose or spirit than under their presidencies.
11. Without question, Trump will need to continually talk directly to the America people, in unconventional ways, to keep them on his side. His press conference was directed at the Media in stage craft only – it was really directed at the American people that he needs on his side. 
So stop the cynicism. Understand some history. Understand some leadership tactics that worked in the past that broke the status quo. I am not saying Trump is Washington, Monroe or Teddy. Yes he has jagged edges.  But, it is time to calm down.
However, that doesn’t mean he can use strategies that worked for them and the Country.
Tom Del Beccaro
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The larger our governments, the greater the competition for their spoils–therefore our divisions.”There simply is so much at stake today. As a result, our governments that benefit so many, employ so many, and tax so widely–in short our governments that pick so many winners and losers–are understandably subject to an intense competition for their control.” So writes author Thomas Del Beccaro in this fascinating study of the history of political unity and division in the US, from the Revolution to the adoption of the Constitution, the Civil War through Reconstruction, The Gilded Age to our present Divided Era.

Free Markets Work Best When Left Alone


Free Markets Work Best When Left Alone, there’s no need for SB32.

The Legislature is back in session after a summer hiatus.  They’ve come back to some daunting challenges, many of those of their own making.  One of those challenges is what to do about California’s (in)famous Global Warming Solutions Act, otherwise known as AB32.

One key piece is SB32 which, among other things seeks to extend a program which otherwise would expire. Gov. Jerry Brown, who is trying to reach an agreement with lawmakers by the end of August to

extend the program beyond 2020, said that he will “get it one way or the other.”

Much of the debate is about the current law’s cap and trade program, seen by many as the best option, but seen by others as a simple and illegal tax. Other types of reduction schemes are debated…from direct control regulations to a so called carbon tax.  What seems to be missing from the debates is the one solution that data shows are the most effective.  Using the power of free markets has shown better results that intrusive one size fits all government intervention.  The legislature should broaden their discussion to include non-government approaches if they are truly interested in reducing carbon emissions and believe something must be done.

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) have declined in seven of the past eleven years and in 2015 were 12% below the total for 2005. Total emissions from the electric power sector in 2013 totaled 2,053 million metric tons (Mmt), about 15% below its 2005 level. Similarly, the carbon (equivalent) intensity of the U.S. has declined between 2000 and 2013. While the U.S.’s total emissions rank high because of the size of the economy, its intensity (tons per dollar of GDP) ranks better than most other countries, especially some of the large industrializing developed countries, such as China. Imposing a domestic carbon tax might actually result in an increase in global emissions, as businesses—especially in manufacturing, but perhaps even agriculture—choose to move production to other countries where emissions intensities are much worse but energy prices more reasonable (in part due to the absence of carbon taxes or other mandates).

From 2008 through 2012, U.S. emissions dropped ten percentage points, while Europe dropped seven, despite no national carbon control (other than the relatively free market) regulation being in place in the U.S., and a near European-wide emission trading scheme there. The same better performance is illustrated on a state by state basis as shown in the second figure, looking at electric power sector in the various states.  It is stunning the difference in emission reductions between states like California with the most stringent and interventionist laws on the books compared to, say, Georgia with a relatively freer market for electrical generation.



 Source: http://www.ceres.org/press/press-releases/new-report-u.s.-power-sector-continues-to-reduce-air-pollution-emissions-in-advance-of-epa2019s-clean-power-plan

Source: http://www.ceres.org/press/press-releases/new-report-u.s.-power-sector-continues-to-reduce-air-pollution-emissions-in-advance-of-epa2019s-clean-power-plan

If California Legislators are truly concerned about the climate changing properties of carbon dioxide, perhaps they should include freeing the market and removing artificialities like renewable portfolio standard, cap and trade and other ineffective and ultimately harmful regulations. Or they can just let AB32 ride off into the sunset.


[1] Energy Information Administration at http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=18511

[1] Thomas Tanton, “Key Investments in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Technologies from 2000 Through 2012 by Energy Firms, Other Industry and the Federal Government,” American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C., September 2013, and http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=10191