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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Credit where credit is due

It's always embarrassing when writers who have never worked a single day in their lives at any business that actually makes anything try to opine on matters related to management:
Conservative writer Roger Simon argues that all “remaining Never Trumpers” must apologize for being wrong about the president. He chalks up Trump’s “astoundingly successful” first year to the fact the president is a “quick study.”

But what evidence is there that Trump has actually learned the art of presidential management?

Aside from the mandatory flattery required of Republican elected officials, there’s remarkably little testimony that Trump has involved himself in the process of governing. Tax reform was carried across the finish line by the GOP congressional leadership. Net neutrality was repealed by independent Republicans at the Federal Communications Commission. Foreign policy is a more mixed bag. If the president deserves credit for the defeat of Islamic State, it’s because he let “the generals” do their thing. On the other hand, credit (or blame) for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris accord on climate change certainly goes to him.

In general, it seems to me that Trump’s success (such as it is) is less attributable to sudden mastery of the issues than to staying out of the way of rank-and-file Republican policymakers, activists, and bureaucrats.
What Goldberg fails to recognize is that staying out of the way of competent subordinates is the key to the art of all successful executive management. Donald Trump is the exact opposite of Richard Nixon Lyndon Johnson, who didn't hesitate to get on the phone with a lieutenant in the field in Vietnam in setting a ridiculous new standard for micromanagement in foreign policy.

Micromanagers like LBJ reliably fail for the obvious reason that no one can know everything, master everything, prioritize everything, and be everywhere at once. Only Reagan had similarly developed delegation skills, but he did not choose his subordinates as well as Trump has, and more importantly, Reagan did not hold his subordinates accountable the way Trump does.

None of this should be a surprise. Back in November 2016, I observed, "The God-Emperor is absolutely ruthless when it comes to taking action on underperforming team members. He doesn't care how it looks, he just shuffles the deck and draws."

That's why I expected, and continue to expect, the Trump presidency to be vastly more successful than anyone anticipated. It's why I expect him to easily win re-election in 2020. The great CEOs have always been able to master the delicate balance between staying out of their subordinates' way and stepping in to deal with matters themselves when personal intervention becomes necessary. And lacking business experience as he does, Jonah completely fails to understand Trump's demonstrated mastery of this balance, as he absurdly credits the Republican establishment for Trump's success.
To listen to Trump’s cheerleaders, the biggest obstacle to conservative victories is the party establishment, when in reality it looks more like it’s running the show.
Not only is the GOPe not running the show anymore, it has been largely broken to heel by Trump, as evidenced by the Republican Congress's sudden ability to pass tax reform after repeatedly failing to do anything. The large number of pre-2018 retirements and resignations will further demonstrate that the GOPe is no longer in control, as will the success of Trump-endorsed candidates in the Congressional and Senatorial elections.

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Blogger exfarmkid December 31, 2017 8:26 AM  

How did Jonah Goldberg ever get a syndicated column in the first place?

Blogger Jimmy Glover December 31, 2017 8:37 AM  

There was a book written about what he's doing.

It is called projection.

It is the EGOP and the never trumpers who are standing aside and allowing the GE and us deplorables to try to reverse course.

They could help, but it would invalidate their usefullness to the MSM.

Anonymous Faceless December 31, 2017 8:39 AM  

Do you remember how the crowd hated Trump and loved Rubio and Cruz in the 3/3(4?)/16 debate? Asked how to create jobs, Trump espoused traditional GOP dogma - lower taxes, less regulations, government out of the way - and they cheered Rubio and Cruz saying that was not a plan, and instead, what we need is a jobs bill, but OUR jobs bill. Jonah Goldberg's a non-Marxist communist who loves the central planning, as most GOPers are in the "Never Trump" camp, led by the son of the famous Marxist communist Kristol.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 8:39 AM  

Obama did 1 thing, Obamacare, in 8 years. 8 years. After the election, I spent a while trying to find anything useful that he accomplished, even if it was negative. All they did for 8 years was spend money & corrupt the systems.

Tax Reform (not just cuts) alone is more than Obama did in 8 years. #NeverTrump are #Can'tThink. Or, really, #PathologicalLiars.

@1 exfarmkid

He used to be a lot better.

Blogger Salt December 31, 2017 8:40 AM  

I wonder what qualification Goldberg would say Trump is lacking most? Community organizer perhaps?

Blogger Anno Ruse December 31, 2017 8:47 AM  

"I wonder what qualification Goldberg would say Trump is lacking most?"

Not duplicitous enough. How can we trust him if we don't know he'll lie for us?

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 31, 2017 8:47 AM  

"They could help, but it would invalidate their usefullness to the MSM."

@2 Roosh alluded to that in article.

http://www.returnofkings.com/68124/the-american-conservative-establishment-is-collapsing

Blogger Billy December 31, 2017 8:48 AM  

Not related to the post- But who defeated Isis? I thought Russia teamed up with the Sirians to defeat them. Did the US have a role, are our we just talking?

Blogger VD December 31, 2017 8:50 AM  

Did the US have a role, are our we just talking?

The US role was to get out of the way of the Russians, Syrians, and Iranians. Under the Obama administration, the US protected ISIS from the Syrian government.

Blogger McChuck December 31, 2017 8:52 AM  

* sperg moment * It was Johnson, not Nixon, who micromanaged in Vietnam. But yeah, how can anybody give credit to the Establishment for what the God Emperor has accomplished! Other than serving as roadblocks and hurdles, what have they accomplished themselves? Oh, yeah, they helped lose a Senate seat that should have been an easy win.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 8:52 AM  

Though the part that #NeverTrump can ever admit to is that Trump's Twitter and approach is an explicit Strategy. They can't stop talking about the Man, and that is very, very intentional. He's like a media vacuum space, sucking in all of the discussion. Why? Because they can't screw up what his agencies are up to in the mean time.

That's how all of the reforms are being done. Away from the "news", since the media exists for the purpose of driving everything to the ends the Elite want. But Jonah can't see the entire structure of World Trade has been up-ended in the last year because the USA is going to export as much energy as possible, while removing the unbalanced trade deals. That's going to radically change the complexion of the world for the next two decades.

But #NeverTrump can't accept they're wrong, because otherwise they won't get on TV.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 31, 2017 8:54 AM  

"Other than serving as roadblocks and hurdles, what have they accomplished themselves? Oh, yeah, they helped lose a Senate seat that should have been an easy win."

@10 Allahpundit immediately came to my mind with that.

Blogger szopen December 31, 2017 8:55 AM  

The same with our gvt. Previously tey managed to get the best budget ever and economic growth (and that while still pursuing insane, socialist policies) - and it was all sidelined as "Well, with good economic climate, everyone would manage". RIght now they again managed to get economic growth and very good budget (while adapting even more socialist policies, but this time some of them at least having some sense) - and still every economist is saying "well, the economy is doing well despite their efforts, and with such economy it's not hard to get budget.. but we still have huge deficit! And the next year economy would collapse!"

BTW, we have insanely huge deficit. But, remembering that none of the previous gvts had surplus, I don't know how anyone can claim that previous regime had decent policymakers and pursued sane policies and THIS ONE OMIGOD THEY HAVE A DEFICIT!

As they say, once it might be luck. Twice, it must be something better than luck - or you are so lucky it doesn't matter.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 8:58 AM  

@8 Billy

We'll know, in a decade or something. The main change is no one is talking, at all, though the fact the USA stopped funding multiple sides, at the same time, probably has something to do with it.

Though there has been some fairly different approaches in both Tactics and Electronic Warfare that's clearly different. I'm pretty sure we've seen some of the first roll-outs of advanced Active Intercept approaches.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 31, 2017 9:06 AM  

At Instapundit right now is more never Trump opinions being highlighted.

The conservative establishment basically fell into the laps of jewish momma's boys and their socio/sexuality and insecurities issues.

Goldberg grew up in NYC has never said boo to the people who turned it into the third world, but he drives across country stops at gas station and was scared witless by white cowboys in pickup trucks with rifle racks in them and writes an entire column about his time in Redistan that would make Scalzi sound like an ass whoopin pussy slaying mofo.

Trump looks for weakness in his opposition, conservative intellectuals being trained to only buttress their arguments, basically like training your infantry only on how to fill sandbags.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer December 31, 2017 9:12 AM  

These are the same people who thought they were going to get smoking gun evidence on Obama ordering fast and furious or the IRS scandal etc. Obama hired people he knew would do those things for him. He probably made a couple veiled statements about "I wish there was someway we could bring the gun issue to a resolution" or "I keep hearing concerns from congress about these non-profit political action committees, is that really legal?". He never gave an order though. He made his views clear and his subordinates figured out the how, knowing they would have his backing.

Trump is doing the same thing. He is hiring people he knows have the expertise. He simply makes what he wants to happen clear to them and they figure out the how. That is how it is done properly.

Blogger The Kurgan December 31, 2017 9:15 AM  

(((Every single time)))

Blogger CM December 31, 2017 9:17 AM  

I thought the executive was too powerful of a branch. I thought Trump was authoritarian.

All I see is JG claiming Trump has reigned in the executive and that Trump is impressively anti-authoritarian.

That is what he meant to say, right?

I'm voting DJT 2020.

Blogger Lazarus December 31, 2017 9:18 AM  

Goldberg should have just apologized. Now he just looks like an idiot or dissembler.

81 Signed Legislative Accomplishments

Whether you agree with them all policy-wise or consider them significant accomplishments, is irrelevant. As a data journalism-centered site, we find records noteworthy and this is yet another record. The previous record was held by President Harry S. Truman.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 31, 2017 9:20 AM  

Trump knows women, the same cannot be said of the GOPe establishment who at best are situational alphas.

Alysa Milano is now tweeting that having read a day's worth of the GE's tweets she is in the fetal position on her couch.

The momma boys take her literally and want to rush in to orbit, hold her hand be more pitable then her and maybe get some pity sex.

What Milano wants is a Chad shitlord to boost her tingles.

Anonymous Macca December 31, 2017 9:25 AM  

How did (((Jonah Goldberg))) ever get a syndicated column in the first place?

It is a complete (((mystery)))

Blogger Wynn Lloyd December 31, 2017 9:29 AM  

Can you link me to that article? I tried searching but couldn't find it.

What a revolting cuckservative.

Anonymous aids_ridden_faggot December 31, 2017 9:29 AM  

Lyndon Johnson... didn't hesitate to get on the phone with a lieutenant in the field in Vietnam...

Is that a joke or was LBJ even more retarded than I thought

Anonymous Iowa Corn Farmer December 31, 2017 9:33 AM  

Weird how all the remaining #NeverTrumpers have last names like -stein and -berg.

All German last names.

It must be those evil Germans being Nazis again. A very shifty and duplicitous ethnic group.

Blogger Harris December 31, 2017 9:38 AM  

Frankly, that article is just embarrassing for Goldberg. The complete lack of understanding in what it takes for an executive to be successful is on display for all to see.

Anonymous Causal Lurker December 31, 2017 9:40 AM  

Once again J. Jonah Goldberg pounds the desk, demanding pictures of the Trump-man. Hmm, that gives an Alt-Hero inspired idea for a completely diverged superhero.

It's not presidential management. It's command ability, something the Establishment derided for decades. Manage your resources, situations, and conditions. Lead your major subordinates, provide resources and direction, and let them achieve. Step in and redirect or remove when necessary. The last time we had the full package was Eisenhower.

Lack of testimony of involvement? The nearly complete absence of Trump's fingerprints on details IS evidence. The larger views (periodic removals and changes of people, praise and defense of others) and the use of public scourges like Twitter and a broken Fake Media are evidence of how the GE shapes and directs his campaigns

Strategy is the art of indirect maneuver to achieve goals. It's often not clear until the penultimate stages, and then becomes blindingly obvious. You don't reveal all the details. President Trump published his goals in detail during the campaign, and used public appearance and the opposition press to highlight one goal at a time. How he operates? This is never discussed in advance. It takes time to maneuver, but harms fewer of your own people and uses less resources.

Tactics is the art of direct maneuver to reach an immediate goal. This gets expensive in terms of life, energy, and resources. The establishment types specialized in futile, head-on attacks to reach goals, with little regard for how many people got burned out or had their lives ruined, or how much money and effort was expended. Little to no lasting benefit was reached. Very few thought out the larger picture. The details were either discussed endlessly in public first, or were obvious reactions to the left's actions.

We're seeing the first fruits of the campaigns. We can speculate about what comes next, but don't be surprised about an unexpected outcome or an unusual direction. I expect an unusual number of incumbents (on both wrong sides) over the next four months to make bland announcements of needing to spend more time with family, pursue X, or take sinecure appointments (while they can). The Establishment can follow suit. Enjoy (exploit?) your backers while they're still there.

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 9:41 AM  

"like training your infantry only on how to fill sandbags."

Nice, very apt metaphor.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 31, 2017 9:41 AM  

The Con establishment including Breitbart is basically in the hands of people who think Stan Kubrik's "Scary goyim" works are literal.

Then the anti-semites give us tales of 10ft tall Jews who eat babies while financially ass raping us innocents.

Man babies all around no wonder our women are crazy (both jewish and gentile).

Anonymous A Texan December 31, 2017 9:48 AM  

Trump also had to do some public head bashing to get some of these things done.

The leading cuck Ryan always whines about 'how hard' it is to get things done in DC and us working rubes just don't understand.

Anonymous Laz December 31, 2017 9:53 AM  

(((Goldberg)))

Blogger Miguel December 31, 2017 9:53 AM  

What do Hillary, Obama, NeverTrumpers and chronic deseases have in common?

Blogger Al From Bay Shore December 31, 2017 9:55 AM  

If you dudes get a chance, check out Victor Davis Hanson's video commentary on Trump and Trumpism and his appeal (fun begins around 37:00) . It is, literally, the opposite of NRO's positions (as you know, VDH writes for NRO). VDH, to me at least, seems to have a connection with Trump.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzXJi9-1SUs&t=8s

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 31, 2017 9:55 AM  

It is true Jonah is more pitiful than Lucianne, and it is no doubt true that the women in Jonah's life love their pitiful little man, but on the other hand IMO what they want is for a man to call them from his office order her to cook a nice meal, chill a good bottle of wine and put on that nice dress she looks so good in, for when he gets home it is eat, drink and then upstairs for some adult merriment time. (push - pull technique)

Anonymous The Watcher of the Skies December 31, 2017 9:56 AM  

It is quite revealing to see how Goldberg who authored such a classic book like Liberal Fascism, can't see how Trump operates and is able to succeed in his tasks. I would assume someone like Goldberg understands the art of rhetoric inside out. It is obvious that he doesn't.

I give CREDIT to both Vox and Rush Limbaugh for seeing and explaining, each in their own style, the art of being Trump.

There are many others who deserve credit for fleshing out Trump too but these two shine for not being quitters when things look like they're going south in Trump's camp. Both Vox and Rush have the best advice for how to react and what to expect when things appear to get hairy for Trump and his agenda.

TRUMP HASN'T DONE ANYTHING UH?

https://pastebin.com/JnS5Qy2Q

Blogger Karl December 31, 2017 10:13 AM  

I'm surprised W. didn't get credit for selecting and relying on competent subordinates. This is the fundamental aspect of his successes AND failures, and the main theme in his post-admin book.

Positive examples include his VP selection, and the diplomatic (Condi Rice) and military (Donald Rumsfled) responses to 9/11.

Negative examples abound too, and could put Trump at risk just as easily if he gets lazy. W. trusted Rumsfeld, a competent manager who took his eye off the ball years into the war which led to the surge, and big R losses in congress. And W. followed the advice of former Goldman Sachs Treasury chief, Paulson, on TARP when he should have let capitalism run its course through the banking system.

Trump rocks, but there is no perfect style. His enemies will find a flaw and exploit it, or at least try to.

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) December 31, 2017 10:24 AM  

Positive examples include his VP selection, and the diplomatic (Condi Rice) and military (Donald Rumsfled) responses to 9/11.

Are you insane?

Anonymous Tungsten-berg ((fake)) December 31, 2017 10:27 AM  

I am starting to think that Jonah did not write the classic, “liberal fascism“

It seems to of been written by another mind

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 10:29 AM  

The God Emperor said he was going to hire the best people, some not so nice, or even "killers" to get the jobs done. So he has done that.

Others, that he cannot hire, you can suppose he "deals' with on the level necessary to get the jobs done. He is far along the way to doing that too.

Anonymous Knight of Gondor December 31, 2017 10:35 AM  

“It is quite revealing to see how Goldberg who authored such a classic book like Liberal Fascism, can't see how Trump operates...”

Goldberg knows Trump inside and out... because Trump IS a Liberal Fascist. Trump’s base is the white working class, union workers in the Midwest, aka Liberal Fascists. All these white trash factory workers voted Democrat for four generations. They loved FDR and now they love Trump. Why? because Trump is and has always been a New York liberal.

What is it going to take for you to understand this? When Trump drops a trillions dollars on infrastructure (socialism)? When Trump drops Medicare down to age 50? When he refuses to cut social security? Did you know Steve Bannon idolizes “populists” like Huey Long? That Trump studies the speeches and rhetoric of Hitler? Look how this fake economic boom is being promoted as “jobs being created.” Only a Liberal Fascist like Trump would take credit for the stock market being up WHEN ALL THE CREDIT BELONGS TO THE FREE MARKET. The fact is Trump is an authoritarian bully and an economic ignoramus who appeals to racist lower class whites, same as FDR and Mussolini.

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 10:39 AM  

Josh (the sexiest thing here) wrote:Positive examples include his VP selection, and the diplomatic (Condi Rice) and military (Donald Rumsfled) responses to 9/11.

Are you insane?


I don't see, given the evidence, that anyone, who is not a GOPe pundit, part of DC/Virginia Gravytrain, or hiring illegals by the bushels full, can innocently take such a line. Innocent or naive at this point = Insane. Fantasy Land.

The Bushes are corrupt, CIA, parasites on America and the world.

Anonymous Tars Tarkas December 31, 2017 10:47 AM  

The Republicans were able to pass a tax cut because that is what they always wanted to do anyway. It would have been much better to have gotten actual tax reform and simplification of the tax code.
The GOP has been one of the biggest obstacles to the God Emperor than anything else. The GOP is probably going to lose the House in 2018 because the left is energized.
To be honest, taxes do not count nearly as much as the wall, which has not been started! Tax cuts can be undone, but once the wall is built, it will just sit there doing its job.

Anonymous Uncle John's Band December 31, 2017 10:58 AM  

@25. Causal Lurker

The ability to understand the strategic dimension underlies the bulk of midwit never-Trumpism.

Wild economic growth was always his path to landslide re-election, and much of his supposed lack of swamp draining has been a result of needing the congressional cucks to pass his agenda. Note how things are heating up now that the tax cut is in place and the cucks are expendable. Trump has seemed so nonplussed about all the "scandals" because they are all a sideshow; setting up the broad, integrated, MAGA framework was all that really mattered. Now he just rides the juiced economy and rolls out the deep state malfeasance. He’s already won, with no stupid chess analogies required. Just masterful strategic planning with too many moving parts for someone displaying Goldberg’s level of thinking to grasp.

Blogger Dos Voltz December 31, 2017 11:06 AM  

I remember once reading a paper on the greatness of Queen Elizabeth I, under whose reign the British Empire so expanded and prospered. The main thesis IIRC, was that she largely stayed out of affairs she knew nothing about, a very "hands-off" approach. She let the experts perform in their fields of expertise.

So Jonah probably doesn't realize it, but he is declaring that Trump manages his ego quite well and is far more humble than anyone gives him credit for. It's simply knowing that you don't know and being OK with it - that is not the sign of an over-bearing ego, but of a healthy one.

I notice Trump is very much unlike Obama with his speeches. Obama was all "me,me,me,I,I,I" while Trump is constantly saying "we" and giving credit to the masses who voted for him.

Fkn love that guy!

Blogger Shimshon December 31, 2017 11:07 AM  

"Only Reagan had similarly developed delegation skills, but he did not choose his subordinates as well as Trump has, and more importantly, Reagan did not hold his subordinates accountable the way Trump does."

Reagan also through subordinates under the bus when the heat was turned up. Look at James Watt.

Blogger Quilp December 31, 2017 11:09 AM  

The Republican establishment is reduced to whining they aren't getting credit for having barely passed tax cuts after a year of doing little else, when they control all 3 branches of Govt? What a sad state of affairs. Goldberg is the perfect spokesman for those who did everything they could to prevent any success whatsoever, but now want credit despite their bad behavior.

Anonymous JAG December 31, 2017 11:17 AM  

Tungsten-berg ((fake)) wrote:It seems to of been written by another mind

"Of" and "have" are two different words with different definitions. You are a millennial, correct?

Anonymous qualitycontrol December 31, 2017 11:24 AM  

Why do these (((Pundits))) always act like a bunch of gamma males when their ego is challenged? Even the guys that red their websites get pissed over their useless purity spiraling.

Blogger Duke Norfolk December 31, 2017 11:28 AM  

We're getting a lot of criticism of Trump from many in the alt-right these days too. Those who can't see beyond the very superficial to realize what is truly going on, and what will have huge implications for this country for many years. Their analysis is facile and absurd.

We all wish there was more direct action on immigration, of course. But too many people don't understand the dynamics of D.C. and how entrenched and powerful the Deep State is (I surely don't; but I'm learning).

Silly comments about how Trump needs to stop tweeting and just get things done are naive'; and pathetic in their similarity to the establishment types.

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 11:28 AM  

@1 "How did Jonah Goldberg ever get a syndicated column in the first place?"

How (((Jonah Goldberg))) got a syndicated column in the first place

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 11:31 AM  

Could Goldberg's odd, convoluted thought processes, be a GOPe form of doubling down? Sure. We Won, We Won, he signals, meaning the not Trump Republicans.

Go, go, go...Away Goldbergs.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 11:33 AM  

@39 Uncle John's Band

Fun part is that it isn't just "funny money" being shoveled to Wall Street so the numbers look good, but the reality is very different. It's durable growth spawned from NatGas & Oil extraction that pumps billions into the system from external trade. This isn't a time-based arbitraged money printing like what happened from 2008 to 2015.

And, it gets better. Because it's really "low hanging fruit" stuff, right now, it also means that it causes its own wake due to companies finally starting to expand. And Trump really only needs the entire Midwest's economy to be rolling to win re-election. (One can also expect the Dems will nominate Harris, so a Coastal. Expect the core 2020 campaign theme to be "Growth for the whole country, not just CA". )

We'll see what NAFTA's collapse does in Feb/March. Trump might outright announce the USA is leaving in the SOTU, but that's a low likelihood at this point. However, it'll matter for the pocket book of everyone in the Country.

Blogger Duke Norfolk December 31, 2017 11:35 AM  

Dos Voltz wrote:It's simply knowing that you don't know and being OK with it - that is not the sign of an over-bearing ego, but of a healthy one.

Yes. He's also quite willing to look like a fool to the public in pursuit of his larger goals (setting up distractions and misdirections brilliantly). A total egomaniac and narcissist would be worried about what the news and public is saying and thinking on a day to day basis.

That is not who Trump is. He is still sooo underestimated, even by many of his supporters.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 11:36 AM  

@44 qualitycontrol

You answered your own question.


@47 tuberman

The December 2020 suicide spike will be dubbed the "Trump Suicides". It's going to happen, so some are just signaling to us that they need help.

Blogger Rick December 31, 2017 11:38 AM  

It’s not just enough to say that Trump has experience running a succeful business. His kind of business experience is likely the most difficult kind you could do — building skyscrapers in Manhattan for gods sake. Can you imagine the competition with other developers plus the logistics plus the financing plus “city hall” who is literally his enemy. And he excelled at all this in spades and made mockeries of so called experts. For decades. And it’s not just office buildings — but luxury homes and vacation destinations. He knows pampering and that people want the good life, to be surrounded by nice things, good food, pleasurable experience. This is quite a different skill set than say inventing the iPhone or running a hair salon or a burger franchise.

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 11:38 AM  

@20 "Alysa Milano is now tweeting that having read a day's worth of the GE's tweets she is in the fetal position on her couch."

May she be REborn with clear eyes and a working brain!! (Yeah, like THAT would ever happen....)

Anonymous Tipsy December 31, 2017 11:39 AM  

Obama saw crises as springboards for enacting left wing policies. Trump sees crises as problems that need solving.

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 11:45 AM  

OT, but related, since the God Emperor's reign is helping this. A whole other type of "management."

Check out Stefan's new video on the Iran Protests at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbXWFKttVs8

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 11:48 AM  

@25 " It's command ability, something the Establishment derided for decades. Manage your resources, situations, and conditions. Lead your major subordinates, provide resources and direction, and let them achieve. Step in and redirect or remove when necessary. The last time we had the full package was Eisenhower."

Oh I WISH! (No, I know you're right but irritation and impatience overwhelms...)

He PROMISED to end DACA ON DAY ONE -- not: maybe, probably, not till possibly day 375! Building the Wall is sorta started, but not fast! Immigration is sorta-kinda slowing down -- but WTF is with STILL accepting hundreds of mentally ill immigrants that Australia refused to accept -- but the obamination agreed to in another of his poisons on his way out... If DAPA -- for the parents -- WAS ended, where are the busloads of parents going home?


Trump presented a 70-point immigration plan to Congress -- and chain migration is NOT EVEN MENTIONED in it?!?

( https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/trump-says-he-ll-end-u-s-visa-lottery-and-chain-migration )
...
"We're going to end both of them," Trump said at the White House on Tuesday.
...
Trump has repeatedly called the immigration system's family preference system "chain migration" and has backed legislation that would end the policy, reduce overall legal immigration to the U.S. and instead award visas based on merit. The proposal has not advanced in Congress."

When? When!? WHEN!? WHAT YEAR?! fer cryin' out loud!?

Blogger Lance E December 31, 2017 11:51 AM  

Dear lord. There's a reason we call it the executive branch. Does no one at NRO understand what an executive actually does? I thought these guys were supposed to be a bunch of old-guard business conservatives; you'd think at least one editor there would go "uh, buddy, you know the chief executive doesn't personally work in the factory, right?"

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 11:55 AM  

@56 Lance E

The clear answer is: "no".

Blogger NO GOOGLES December 31, 2017 12:14 PM  

@55
Do you know how much you sound like a child right now? "This pony you got me ISN'T THE RIGHT COLOR!"

And yet, Trump is still pushing his immigration priorities. He's just being smart about it. I understand that right wingers are worried about their politicians cucking on immigration, but Trump has endured an unbelievable amount of abuse and trouble and is STILL holding fast to his immigration vision. You're mad that the curtains in the new house you were just given don't match the blinds. You're complaining that the gold brick you were handed is heavy.

Also, it's been a year. Look at what Trump has accomplished. He hasn't been idle - he's accomplished more of what we want than any other president in history. He still has at least 3 years (very likely 7 years) to go. If you can't repress your womanish need to fret over the small things, at least do it somewhere else. It's unbecoming.

Anonymous Tungsten December 31, 2017 12:19 PM  

No, Dick. I dictated into a smart phone. You are a Spurg, correct?

Blogger Jack Morrow December 31, 2017 12:44 PM  

When it comes to subordinates, that renowned anchorman Ted Baxter said, "That's the great thing about this country: You don't have to be clever or talented--as long as you can hire someone who is."

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 31, 2017 12:46 PM  

Acccttchhhuaalllyy you misspelled "sperg"

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 31, 2017 12:50 PM  

@55 Avalanche: When? Probably soon after we primary all the incumbents in 2018.

Blogger James Dixon December 31, 2017 12:58 PM  

> Reagan also through subordinates under the bus when the heat was turned up.

"When the heat was turned up" and "when not getting the job done" aren't quite the same criteria.

Blogger Lance E December 31, 2017 1:00 PM  

@55 and @58

For those who still doubt that Trump will succeed on immigration, keep in mind we have Lindsey Graham now making public statements supporting RAISE and affirming the need for a wall. It's coming.

I believe their plan is to try to trade DACA for the wall and ending chain migration/diversity lottery. There were several people (e.g. Styx) who predicted this all the way back in 2016. There may be some Democrats who break ranks to support it, but mostly it's the GOPe that needed to be brought to heel before such a vote could take place.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 31, 2017 1:04 PM  

"@55
Do you know how much you sound like a child right now? "This pony you got me ISN'T THE RIGHT COLOR!" "

Google, Avalanche is a girl.

Blogger James Dixon December 31, 2017 1:05 PM  

> I believe their plan is to try to trade DACA

You want to bet that if that is the plan it'll wind up being something like a simple 3 year extension, after which they can be sent back.

Blogger DonReynolds December 31, 2017 1:05 PM  

Whenever people speak of technically competent and well-educated presidents, who were not attorneys by profession, there are two that stand out....Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover, and both were one-term presidents and both were repudiated by the voters when they ran for re-election. Unlike Bush Sr. or Ford, they did not come into the office by way of vice president.

Carter was the ultimate in micromanager. Not a single piece of paper could leave the White House without his personal initials on it. In no time flat, the President became the biggest bottleneck in the Federal government. Nothing could happen without his personal intervention ....yes, nothing. He was probably an extreme example of the micromanager.

Hoover came to office after an exciting career as a mining engineer in China and Australia. During the Great War, he directed the US relief efforts for all of Europe and in Russia during the famines that followed. As president he felt he lacked constitutional authority to act. There was no war emergency and the law had yet to recognize economic emergency. These were no peacetime controls for the president to exercise, still a good bit of what we know as the New Deal actually began under Hoover.

Blogger Ingot9455 December 31, 2017 1:13 PM  

@55 I don't recall Trump saying he would deal with DACA 'on day one.' I recall him saying he would handle the Dreamers 'with great heart.'
I know plenty of other people speaking for Trump who said, or wanted to say 'on day one.'

He did say this:

"We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties, in which he defied federal law and the constitution to give amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants."

He already terminated one of them and the other one, admittedly slower, looks to be in process.

Blogger Mike December 31, 2017 1:15 PM  

"staying out of the way of competent subordinates is the key to the art of all successful executive management"

Just that.

Anonymous Crew (not the one who makes stupid claims) December 31, 2017 1:21 PM  

President Trump, Making NASA Great Again!

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/12/28/NASA-is-planning-the-first-interstellar-mission-a-trip-to-the-Alpha-Centauri-system/1931514473538/?utm_source=The_South_Will_Rise_Again

Blogger Nakota Publishing December 31, 2017 1:22 PM  

I won't have much confidence in Trump until Kushner is booted from the inner circle and Bannon is brought back. I like what the God-Emperor is trying to achieve, but how can one do great things with a neoconservative uber-zionist spy as one of your chief advisors? That little twerp will get us involved in a needless and destructive war with Iran, which is just trying to act out its own nationalist destiny in defiance of the globalist puppet masters.

Blogger James Dixon December 31, 2017 1:24 PM  

> I won't have much confidence in Trump until Kushner is booted from the inner circle and Bannon is brought back.

Bannon is more valuable right where he is.

Blogger Ingot9455 December 31, 2017 1:27 PM  

@70 Kushner looks to be doing all right with Saudi Arabia.
Which is teaming up with Egypt, Israel, and Jordan against Iran.
And I don't think I'd consider a war with Iran as 'needless' if it comes about.

And considering that Trump actually spoke the words of support (through an intermediary) that Obama held back on Iran...

And that he's arranged over the past year for Hamas and Hezbollah to have other things to do than go back to Iran and ruthlessly suppress Iran's simmering internal rebellion like they did before...

It's almost like God-Emperor Trump and his people have plans.

Anonymous Uncle John's Band December 31, 2017 1:37 PM  

@ 48. Looking Glass

It's the synergy between trade, diplomacy, military, taxation, etc. MAGA really is just one unified strategy. Like using the same cheap energy that is punishing foreign competitors to offset inflationary pressure from a growing manufacturing economy. When you look at how the pieces fit together, there is a really clear path to "impossible" growth numbers.

While Trump is a singular individual, he has also laid bare the intellectual limitations of the entire political class.

Anonymous Desert Rat December 31, 2017 1:40 PM  

All I know is that President Trump has faced more heated, concentrated and intense opposition from media, the dimrats and key leaders in his own party than any president in my lifetime. That he has been able to accomplish anything at all is a testament to his skill and determination. That he has actually accomplished a great deal in the face of such open hatred and obstruction is little short of amazing.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 1:46 PM  

@67 Ingot9455

As it stands, DACA is actually terminated. It had to be redone in Sept, but all Trump did was give an extension to non-deportation. No new wavers are going out and that 6 month suspension ends in March.

DACA is an optics minefield, which is exactly why Trump is playing it the way he is. Personally, I'd be willing to allow the "DACA" tagged permanent residency in exchange for the complete overhaul of Immigration that's needed (and enforcement) along with the Wall. Basically make the Dems & GOPe trade all of the illegals for a few illegals with a tag on their name. Trump has to balance the position among that minefield, which is exactly why there'll be no deal ever reached that isn't exactly what Trump wants.


@70 Nakota Publishing

Jared's portfolio is dealing with the Middle East players. This has a lot of benefits and makes the Elite Jews' minds go in circles they can't deal with. Trump leverages a lot of things very effectively.


@73 Uncle John's Band

Yup. The real master stroke isn't actually something Trump has to do. They weaponized the Presidency so much that they never expected Trump to be "The Mule". However, Trump would be offended by that reference. He's Alexander the Great that pulled Excalibur out of the stone.

Because of that power, which Trump only has to minimally use, he can change all of the economic calculations. Once the money flows change, they're like a flood. The train doesn't have any breaks, and no Man can stand against the Flood. Then scores start to be settled. Then people start asking tough questions of the previous era.

Trump has been signaling what his ultimate plans are for a while. He always does the pressers with other foreign leaders under 3 paintings: Washington, Jefferson & Jackson. His plan is that, whenever the final history of the USA is written, the "great Presidents" go #1 Washington and #2 Trump. It's a risk worth costing yourself Billions to undertake.

Blogger Robert Coble December 31, 2017 1:56 PM  

The sheer amount of abysmal ignorance concerning leadership and management among the boomers (my generation) is incredible, but there is no particular indication that the subsequent generation(s) understand either. Sorry, but those two things are NOT the same.

(An aside: I was appalled to learn that the average number of professional programming books on the average programmer's desk was less than 2. [Ref.: Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister] I thought that thesis was absurd, so I went around a large development group (300+ people) looking at their office bookshelves. In most cases, I didn't find ANY books or magazines related to programming. That was bad enough, but when I started looking at manager's desks for leadership and project management books, I found virtually NONE anywhere in the organization. Worse, almost all of the "managers" had never read any books on the subject. AND they just couldn't figure out why projects were way over budget and far beyond the original estimated completion date. None of them had ever heard of The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering by Frederick P. Brooks Jr. Oh, did I forget to mention it was a Federal government development organization?!?)

The most important function of a leader is to have and to "sell" a collective vision of what needs to be accomplished as common goals to his followers. It is an entirely different thing to "manage." Leadership is about vision and focuses on the people required to accomplish those goals. Management is about "resources" (and attempts to deal with people as just another "resource). Whenever I have heard someone talk about "managing resources" when talking about people, I know that they are NOT leaders, and know NOTHING about real leadership.

When I read Trump's The Art of the Deal immediately following the announcement that he was running for POTUS, I realized immediately that Trump is the very best kind of LEADER, and would do a fantastic job as POTUS. He has a vision for the country, AND he knows how to place people into positions where they can implement that vision. He doesn't have to DO anything more than supply the weapons and then put competent people in charge of using them appropriately. If someone appears to be competent but is not, when that becomes known, he either slaps them HARD (redirecting their energies) or removes them and puts someone else in place who understands the vision and is committed to fulfilling it. It's nothing personal; it's just getting the job done.

LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY (else you will get steamrolled into the pavement)!

Anonymous roadrage December 31, 2017 2:03 PM  

They're a pain in the ass, a drain on your resources, and then they kill you?

Blogger Lance E December 31, 2017 2:15 PM  

@65

A DACA "extension" without citizenship would definitely be preferable to amnesty. I probably diverge from Vox and many others here in thinking that even if they were eventually granted citizenship, it's still a pretty good trade for permanent changes to the immigration system. After all, we're already taking in 1 million immigrants (mostly Mexicans) every year, so if we legalize 1 million now but shrink that number to near zero next year, it's basically a wash next year and a yuge win afterward.

And if we cut Mexican immigration down to near-zero levels and continue to deport portions of the 30 million illegals already here, we'd end up with negative net immigration from Mexico. The key is to have the permanent measures in place before granting anything to the "dreamers", and it appears that Trump may have finally gotten through to parts of the establishment on this.

@76

That's some serious boomerposting right there. You expect programmers today to read dead-tree books? What an unbelievable waste of time. Any book you buy will be obsolete by the time you reach the end of it, let alone after it's been sitting on your desk gathering dust for 3 years.

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 2:28 PM  

@51 "building skyscrapers in Manhattan for gods sake. Can you imagine the competition with other developers plus the logistics plus the financing plus “city hall” who is literally his enemy."

You left out the Mob too -- it is NOT possible to build (or run) a large building with e.g., concrete suppliers or garbage and water services WITHOUT 'skating' carefully with the Mob. You'll notice not a whiff of scandal associated with Trump, and yet he operated extremely successfully there. That means he is capable of drawing and observing -- and making dangerous others observe -- necessary boundaries!

The God Emperor is not 'lost' dealing in the swamp -- he's got decades of swamp experience, without getting swamp-goo all over himself!

Ave imperator!

Anonymous roadrage December 31, 2017 2:29 PM  

Any book you buy will be obsolete& etc.
Nonsense.
Ever read anything R. J. Rushdoony wrote in the 70's?
The Institutes of Biblical Law?
The Revolt Against Maturity?
The Politics of Guilt and Pity?
Howsabout The Institutes by John Calvin?
Or The Bondage of the Will by Luther?
Don't get carried away there, son.

Blogger Ingot9455 December 31, 2017 2:44 PM  

@78 As Ann Coulter repeatedly puts; the Dems and the Judiciary repeatedly renege on every immigration 'deal'. There were still court cases getting in on the first Reagan amnesty thirty years later. How can you make a deal with that?

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 31, 2017 2:52 PM  

Robert Coble wrote:I thought that thesis was absurd, so I went around a large development group (300+ people) looking at their office bookshelves. In most cases, I didn't find ANY books or magazines related to programming. That was bad enough, but when I started looking at manager's desks for leadership and project management books, I found virtually NONE anywhere in the organization.
As in physical books? You expect programmers to keep physical books near their desks that have computers on them?
The 1970s called,they miss you as much as you miss them.

Anonymous The Abyss December 31, 2017 2:56 PM  

The fact that the GOP Establishment is patting itself on the back right now is more evidence of Trump's skill as an executive. You want your subordinates to take pride in what they accomplished under your directives - you want them to own it. They produce better work that way. I am sure Trump is quite happy to have the GOPe feel this way at the moment.

On the other hand, Obama and Clinton were all too happy to take all the credit and bask in the glory, and they had a media that was eager to help them pass the buck when their initiatives failed (stimulus, Libya, Iraq, Obamacare, etc.).

Blogger Snidely Whiplash December 31, 2017 2:56 PM  

roadrage wrote:Any book you buy will be obsolete& etc.

Nonsense.

You complain about programmers not having programming books, and when called on your nonsense you cite a bunch of theological treatises. How many programming books written even 5 years ago would not be considered out of date today? Ever hear of Agile Development?

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 3:04 PM  

@81 Ingot9455

You don't. Which is why DACA dies a slow death. There's no viable deal the GOPe or Dems will accept, which is why the optimized game theory approach to the situation (for Trump) is to play it purely Machiavellian. That's the power of a timed self-removing policies from the cat-bird seat.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 31, 2017 3:06 PM  

Robert Coble,

Could you recommend a reputable bowtie establishment?

Thanks in advance

Blogger Robert Coble December 31, 2017 3:24 PM  

@82

There were no ebooks, nor dead-tree books. They collectively were totally ignorant of the available literature on the subjects. Most expressed surprise that there were actually magazines devoted to those topics.

None of which invalidates the point of my original post: the lack of knowledge of leadership and management skills, particularly when applied to President Trump.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

Blogger Akulkis December 31, 2017 3:46 PM  

You forgot LBJ calling up a rear-gunner on a B-52, during the middle of a mission, because God knows that man couldn't have shot down a fly, let alone a MiG without personal coaching coming directly from the Oval Office.

Blogger Nate73 December 31, 2017 4:06 PM  

I forget if VD was saying this or a guest post was saying this, but recently it was something about decoupling managerial rank from salary. Because apparently in modern corporations the only way to give someone more money is to promote them?

Blogger Robert Coble December 31, 2017 4:14 PM  

@86:

Sorry, never wore them; YOYO if that's your thing.

Blogger Akulkis December 31, 2017 4:30 PM  

@44

"Why do these (((Pundits))) always act like a bunch of gamma males when their ego is challenged? "

To ask the question is to answer it.

Anonymous qualitycontrol December 31, 2017 4:40 PM  

@91. Akulkis
Let me rephrase that question: Why are disproportionate amounts of Jews gamma men?

Blogger Rashadjin December 31, 2017 4:43 PM  

@87 Robert Coble

You really should've listened to the programmers in regards to programming references. They don't use books or ebooks because it's all living libraries on the web. Anything less is useless in practice these days. See MSDN Refs | PHP Ref | JavaScript Refs | Q&A Sites

There are some fixed, basic concepts and structures in programming that something like a book could be useful for during initial learning, but the practice is that these basic concepts and structures are tweaked into each language's idiosyncrasies and so it's easier to just look those up online as necessary too. Once the book learning is done early in your career, if that happens at all, you never go back. The near countless pages of the living internet is your reference. Nothing less comes close.

Now their managers are a slightly different story...

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 4:49 PM  

@58 Do you know how much you sound like a child right now? "This pony you got me ISN'T THE RIGHT COLOR!"

Sure, partly. Your putative objection would be more accurate is it were: "This pony you got me IS A PARROT! And it's DEAD!" And I'm partly like a fed-up adult who expected the man we elected to hold closer to his promises to us that got him elected! I can also count between day one and eighteen months, if then. IF then!


And yet, Trump is still pushing his immigration priorities. He's just being smart about it.

Smart? Let me repeat: the seventy points he wants on immigration that he sent to Congress and chain migration does not appear! What is possibly "smart" about that? That Uzbeki animal who killed those NYers brought in twenty-three other unwanted persons on his chain! And Trump has not done anything except say 'it needs to be stopped.' I acknowledge, he does not want to appear to be a lawless dictator like his predecessor... However, when the boat is filling with water that's sloshing over the gunwales, you HAVE to plug the leaks right this instant; not promise to go into drydock in maybe 18 months -- IF the "crew" will vote to let you do it!

Trump ...is STILL holding fast to his immigration vision.

Yes, so you say. I don't see it. He's doing bits and pieces, on the edges, without addressing the "holes in the boat." He's also not telling his base -- the folks who are desperately relying on him to do what he promised -- why he is failing on his most important promises to them!

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 4:51 PM  

@58 You're mad that the curtains in the new house you were just given don't match the blinds. You're complaining that the gold brick you were handed is heavy.

I'm complaining that tens of thousands of people who should be kicked out or prevented from entering are still entering! He "could," he "may," lower the one million annual refugees to 50,000 ... next year, or the year after.... He SAID he was going to protect this country by closing the borders. He was going to end DACA immediately -- now it's "Congress I'm going to give you 6 months to write a bill to let them stay!" I did not vote for that! I voted to end DACA on day one! It's ILLEGAL! It's an un-Constitutional program! But he's not ending it. (Hey, "stroke of the pen, law of the land," remember?)

We're already skating at the edge of too many legal immigrants (and illegals illegally) voting to be able to maintain the slim, bare edge that might allow us to save this country! Coulter says that the damned somalis in MI were what threw the Gropenator into Congress to 'tip' the voting there to force obamacare on us. WITHOUT those unwanted, unneeded, violent, unassimilable, expensive (raping) immigrants who do NOT belong here -- we would not have been forced into the insurance system (and the waivers for congress!) we got. You know, the obama health insurance program the Repubs swore and swore they were writing bills trying to get rid of for eight long years -- and once we gave them the chance, they PROVED they had never meant it!

Think about it: they say it's ~800,000 DACA "children" -- then add their parents (don't see them getting kicked out, do you?); that's now 2.4 million. Then add their sibs -- and the damned DACA "families" are not producing one child or two, they're producing 3 or 4 -- but let's underestimate: Let's say half of the DACA families have just two other sibs -- so each family is five: that's two million of them, and add the other half "as if" those families only had the DACA kid: there's 3.2 million. And since the God Emperor seems NOT interested in acting on the chain -- let's say each of those families brings in, not 23 relatives, but merely 5 -- and "suddenly" we've got 16 million! All because the President did NOT keep his "kill DACA on Day One" promise to us! How many of those will illegally vote ... oh hell, it's not even worth bothering...

The ship-of-state is SINKING; the water is still flowing in, our enemies are still trying to keep, protect, and 'citizen-ize' the ones they've brought... and NO ONE is trying to patch some pretty damned yuge holes!

Also, it's been a year. Look at what Trump has accomplished. He hasn't been idle - he's accomplished more of what we want than any other president in history. He still has at least 3 years (very likely 7 years) to go. If you can't repress your womanish need to fret over the small things, at least do it somewhere else. It's unbecoming.

So, "shut up and hope something good magically happens"? How many DECADES have republicans been doing that? (I was NOT a republican... I only came back after 20+ years specifically to vote FOR Donald Trump.) I keep wondering if it were possible to get EVERY Trumper in the country to start tweeting him every single day: "Build the Wall" or "Cancel DACA NOW" or "No more refugees" -- not some sort of conversation or explanation -- just a short vote to remind him that we're out here! No, I don't think he has forgotten -- but if a million such tweets bog twitter down, the media would HAVE to report on it! (No, I can't start it – I'm not a user of twitter. I tried actual mailed postcards handed out to folks to mail to the White House.)

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 4:51 PM  

@62 Avalanche: When? Probably soon after we primary all the incumbents in 2018.

I SO hope you're right! I SO hope we've got the time to GET there!

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 4:52 PM  

@69 “President Trump, Making NASA Great Again!
NASA-is-planning-the-first-interstellar-mission-a-trip-to-the-Alpha-Centauri-system

Oh NO! Where will we get black women mathematicians to make sure the equations are right?!?!

Anonymous Avalanche December 31, 2017 4:53 PM  

@78 A DACA "extension" without citizenship would definitely be preferable to amnesty. I probably diverge from Vox and many others here in thinking that even if they were eventually granted citizenship, it's still a pretty good trade for permanent changes to the immigration system. Counting or NOT counting all their family members brought in -- and ALL voting liberal/socialist?

After all, we're already taking in 1 million immigrants (mostly Mexicans) every year, so if we legalize 1 million now but shrink that number to near zero next year, it's basically a wash next year and a yuge win afterward.

You're ONLY counting the DACA "children" -- and not their mothers and their sisters and their brothers and their aunts... and anyone else they can bring in from their home village!

And if we cut Mexican immigration down to near-zero levels and continue to deport portions of the 30 million illegals already here, we'd end up with negative net immigration from Mexico.

So, you were too young to watch when Reagan tried that? Unless we find a way to forever keep the damnedDems OUT of office -- it will all go to hell anyway! And the idiot bunnies will NOT keep it down anywhere near zero -- and I am dubious the Repubs (or even our wished for Alt Right party!!) will be able to keep the number near zero for any length of time...

The key is to have the permanent measures in place before granting anything to the "dreamers", and it appears that Trump may have finally gotten through to parts of the establishment on this.

Well, I hope you're right.

Blogger Akulkis December 31, 2017 4:53 PM  

@55 Avalanche

Pipe down, woman.

When you're not trying to justify your role in destroying Mayberry America (because *stifling*), you're impatient with a man who has been under literal lawfare seige with trumped up charges and falsified evidence since before he even took office.

I've lost close to 15 years of the most financially productive years of my life due to H1-B shenanigans.... you don't see me coming on her bitching like you do. The man's working on it. Give it time.

Blogger JRH, esq. December 31, 2017 4:57 PM  

>> But what evidence is there that Trump has actually learned the art of presidential management?

Gettin' shit DONE. Duh, Jonah.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother December 31, 2017 5:01 PM  

Avalanche, I agree with Akulkis. Pipe down. You're spraying hysterical verbal diarrhea all over this post.

Blogger Akulkis December 31, 2017 5:03 PM  

"Carter was the ultimate in micromanager. Not a single piece of paper could leave the White House without his personal initials on it. In no time flat, the President became the biggest bottleneck in the Federal government. Nothing could happen without his personal intervention ....yes, nothing. He was probably an extreme example of the micromanager."


Submarine Captain, who never got promoted high enough to have people under his command who he couldn't order to personally appear in front of him, literally in the flesh, in under 60 seconds.

A submarine captain is never allowed to trust that his suburdinates are doing anything right. When they're not in the conning tower, they're inspecting some part of the boat or another.

Carter never got off the boats, intellectually or politically.

He never learned how to trust.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 5:03 PM  

@92 qualitycontrol

Because media positions is about the only ones they can get via nepotism. They bring in a lot of them, we just see the ones that rise to the top.

Blogger Akulkis December 31, 2017 5:22 PM  

"While Trump is a singular individual, he has also laid bare the intellectual limitations of the entire political class. "

And more importantly, he's laid bare the political treason of the entire pseudo-intellectual class."

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 6:09 PM  

Ingot9455 wrote:@70 Kushner looks to be doing all right with Saudi Arabia.

Which is teaming up with Egypt, Israel, and Jordan against Iran.

And I don't think I'd consider a war with Iran as 'needless' if it comes about.

And considering that Trump actually spoke the words of support (through an intermediary) that Obama held back on Iran...

And that he's arranged over the past year for Hamas and Hezbollah to have other things to do than go back to Iran and ruthlessly suppress Iran's simmering internal rebellion like they did before...

It's almost like God-Emperor Trump and his people have plans.


It is highly unlikely to be a hot war with Iran, as there are many operatives infiltrated into the protesters ranks, and not USA op people. The Mullahs extra money strings have been cut too. They have to be freaking. The players from the NWO, who could put CIA and other West mercenaries on the ground to help Mullahs are gone. Oh,oh time to say goodbye, clerics.

Anonymous map December 31, 2017 6:22 PM  

All,

The biggest threat the GE faces right now is the Federal Reserve. While the DACA issue is simmering and while I agree with those who claim that more should be done on this front, Trump's team needs to understand the threat currently being posed by the Federal Reserve.

The Fed's primary tool for manipulating the economy is the buying and selling of bonds in bank reserve accounts. This controls the level of liquidity in the market. If the Fed wants to reduce liquidity, it exchanges cash for bonds in bank reserves and if it wants to increase liquidity, then it exchanges bonds for cash in bank reserve accounts. This mechanism was initially created to maintain the gold standard, but was abandoned when Nixon took us off of gold.

Today, this mechanism is used to control interest rates, primarily the Federal Funds Rate.

The key point to understand is that the Fed Funds Rate has a fixed relationship to the the Prime Rate of roughly 3.25%. This means that every time the fed funds rate increases, the prime rate increases by 3.25%. This fixed relationships was established in the early 1990's, whereas, before then, the fed fund rate and the prime rate moved independently of each other.

The Feds manipulation of the Fed Fund Rate is the reason why the housing market detonated back in 2007-2008. The rate went to 5% which drove the prime rate to over 8.25% and actual rates to 11% or above. This was upwards of a 400% increase in borrowing costs that, coupled with ARMs, wiped out the housing market.

The Fed has raised the fed funds rate more in the first year of Trump's presidency than it has in all eight years of Obama. And they are promising more rate hikes in the future.

Basically, the fed is threatening to dampen the demand for liquidity by increasing rates to short-circuit the economic effect of the Trump tax cuts.

There are two ominous developments that I have noticed. The first is the 60 point run-up in the price of the gold future since its low of 1239. It's now over 1300. This means that people would rather hold metal than dollars, meaning demand for liquidity is going down. The second is that I cannot track up-to-date data on the fed funds rate at Barchart.com, like I used to. Barchart is what the Chicago Mercantile Exchange uses to train new traders. Under the FFY00 symbol, I could get the up-to-date fed funds data. Now, the latest is 2012. I don;t know why this change was implemented, but it is not good.

If Trump is staking his credibility on the expanding economy, then he needs to reign in the Federal Reserve and prevent it from destroying his signature policy.

Anonymous Rick W December 31, 2017 6:30 PM  

@76 Robert Coble

You are correct about the difference between a leader and a manager. 5 years ago managers were managing the decline of the software company I work for. 4 years ago, a leader took over and we are now growing some in an overall declining market.

Modern cubicles do not allow space for books. I have printouts of our software install manuals lined up on top of my desk. No books at work. 4 bookcases at home.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 6:35 PM  

@105 tuberman

They've killed the Internet, but we're still getting nearly live video from the Kurdish regions. Even the protests started in a heavily Kurdish region.

My conjectures at the moment:

1) The Op is being run through the Kurds
2) Infrastructure was pre-built
3) Actual "match lighting" event probably wasn't
4) Protesters are showing massive tactical discipline (only attacking buildings at night)
5) Kurdish fighters have been freed up with ISIS run out of Iraq proper.

A quick timeline:

2017-09-25: Kurdish Independence Referendum
2017-10-17: Kurdish forces pull massively back, giving up Oil-rich regions (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraq-losing-kirkuk-kurdish-forces-075055626.html)
2017-12-27: Spreading protests in Iran begin

Theory: The Kurds, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel cut a deal where the Kurds will get de facto control over NW Iran for their help in a regime change operation. The CIA Director was in Riyadh a few weeks ago finalizing plans, after some deal was reached about how the USA would respond. Likely US support is limited to Electronic Warfare and other intelligence, though US Forces may show up to capture some of the nuclear sites.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 6:41 PM  

@106 map

First, Trump gets to replace the Fed Chair in about 6 weeks.

Second, much of the problems with the economy in the Obama era was due to the rates being too low. It misprices Risk to a massive extent. They can't push yields too far up for the time being, but another .5% will help not hurt matters.

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 6:47 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:@105 tuberman

They've killed the Internet, but we're still getting nearly live video from the Kurdish regions. Even the protests started in a heavily Kurdish region.

My conjectures at the moment:

1) The Op is being run through the Kurds

2) Infrastructure was pre-built

3) Actual "match lighting" event probably wasn't

4) Protesters are showing massive tactical discipline (only attacking buildings at night)

5) Kurdish fighters have been freed up with ISIS run out of Iraq proper.

A quick timeline:

2017-09-25: Kurdish Independence Referendum

2017-10-17: Kurdish forces pull massively back, giving up Oil-rich regions (https://www.yahoo.com/news/iraq-losing-kirkuk-kurdish-forces-075055626.html)

2017-12-27: Spreading protests in Iran begin

Theory: The Kurds, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel cut a deal where the Kurds will get de facto control over NW Iran for their help in a regime change operation. The CIA Director was in Riyadh a few weeks ago finalizing plans, after some deal was reached about how the USA would respond. Likely US support is limited to Electronic Warfare and other intelligence, though US Forces may show up to capture some of the nuclear sites.


Seems logical, and at the very least much of this will turn out like you say. Your Kurd info is great.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 31, 2017 6:55 PM  

@109 tuberman

Kurds and Iraqi central government have been contesting Kirkuk since 2003. Kurds held the referendum then just left 3 weeks later. There was an entire military offensive by the Iraqis and the Kurds just didn't show up.

It means a deal, a very big one, has been cut. What does it entail? Dang if I know! The US Deep State seems utterly caught off guard (but Trump wasn't), which means we probably had almost nothing to do with it.

Turkey + northern Iraq border to the Caspian Sea is a lot of territory. A lot of territory populated by Kurds already. This could get very interesting.

Blogger tuberman December 31, 2017 7:32 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:@109 tuberman

Kurds and Iraqi central government have been contesting Kirkuk since 2003. Kurds held the referendum then just left 3 weeks later. There was an entire military offensive by the Iraqis and the Kurds just didn't show up.

It means a deal, a very big one, has been cut. What does it entail? Dang if I know! The US Deep State seems utterly caught off guard (but Trump wasn't), which means we probably had almost nothing to do with it.

Turkey + northern Iraq border to the Caspian Sea is a lot of territory. A lot of territory populated by Kurds already. This could get very interesting.


Yep, I will get more and better sources on this area. Thanks!

Blogger James Dixon December 31, 2017 7:40 PM  

> Any book you buy will be obsolete by the time you reach the end of it, let alone after it's been sitting on your desk gathering dust for 3 years.

Sigh. No. Simply, no. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Computer-Programming-Vol-Fundamental/dp/0201896834/

> How many programming books written even 5 years ago would not be considered out of date today?

See above.

> Once the book learning is done early in your career, if that happens at all, you never go back. The near countless pages of the living internet is your reference. Nothing less comes close.

Now this is true. It's only basic concept books that are still useful years later.

Blogger Daniel December 31, 2017 8:09 PM  

Stackoverflow is the best

Anonymous map December 31, 2017 9:14 PM  

Looking Glass wrote:@106 map

First, Trump gets to replace the Fed Chair in about 6 weeks.

Second, much of the problems with the economy in the Obama era was due to the rates being too low. It misprices Risk to a massive extent. They can't push yields too far up for the time being, but another .5% will help not hurt matters.


This is incorrect.

Interest rates cannot be "too high" or "too low" as a natural market condition. Too low, and you will not have enough lenders. Too high, and you will not have enough borrowers.

The low interest rates that we saw before the housing crash was due to inflation being run out of the economy. Starting in the mid 90's, Greenspan contracted the money supply in the face of congressional tax cuts in an effort to derail the Nasdaq. This induced deflationary conditions that lasted for a long period of time.

Remember, interest rates have two components: the demand for credit and inflation. Interest rates were low because inflation was low.

Anonymous Bukulu December 31, 2017 10:37 PM  

Good grief, The Mythical Man Month is as relevant today as it was the day it was released.

Now, in this internet age it's been a long time since I've had any programming language reference in dead tree form, but that's a completely different thing.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 01, 2018 4:55 AM  

How many programming books written even 5 years ago would not be considered out of date today?

See above.

That's one....

Blogger Lance E January 01, 2018 12:01 PM  

@98
You're talking about chain migration, which I already addressed. Please to be skill your improve reading on comprehension.

Reagan didn't sign an amnesty deal that included immigration enforcement/infrastructure or reforms. He signed an amnesty deal period, with the supposed promise of future cooperation on that other stuff which never came. That's why any deal needs to be written into law from the start, with some appropriate caveats saying that green cards won't be issued for another 5-10 years and are contingent on the wall actually being built.

As a bonus, you'll then have a million barely-legal immigrants demanding that the wall be built so that they can get their green cards. It's all about incentives.

Blogger Lance E January 01, 2018 12:04 PM  

@114
>Interest rates cannot be "too high" or "too low" as a natural market condition

You consider central banking with fiat currency to be a natural market condition? Not even close.

Blogger SciVo January 01, 2018 6:54 PM  

Duke Norfolk wrote:Dos Voltz wrote:It's simply knowing that you don't know and being OK with it - that is not the sign of an over-bearing ego, but of a healthy one.

Yes. He's also quite willing to look like a fool to the public in pursuit of his larger goals (setting up distractions and misdirections brilliantly). A total egomaniac and narcissist would be worried about what the news and public is saying and thinking on a day to day basis.

That is not who Trump is. He is still sooo underestimated, even by many of his supporters.


Yes. It's like that story about him sending photos of his hands to the guy that insulted them. So many people misunderstand, and think that means he's insecure about them. No, it tells me that as a young Chad he learned some stage magic, and is still misdirecting people by telling them to look at his hands. Literally.

And it still works. On grown adults who should know better.

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