Saturday, February 18, 2017

Top Line: Week of 2/12/17

This week's Top Line will be dedicated to Donald Trump's 77 minute press conference from earlier this week.

There were so many verifiable falsehoods that I have stuck only to the statements that garnered the most press and attention.


  • Donald Trump has yet to fully resolve his conflicts of interest.
  • During the campaign, advisers close to Donald Trump, were in contact with Russia. This story is news.
    • Donald Trump's history with Russia is substantive
  • Donald Trump's visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend precipitated a potential national security breach--there is sufficient evidence for an investigation.
  • In the 8 elections since Ronald Reagan, the number of electoral votes that Donald Trump received ranks number 6. He received 304 electoral votes. Donald Trump under performed the median number of votes at 348.5.
  • Racism is defined, in part, by "the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race." Not all people of a given race know each other.
  • The Congressional Black Caucus is a group of black members of Congress. They have invited Trump to meet, but have not heard back from the White House.
  • Jake Turx--reporter for Ami Magazine--was definitely throwing a soft-ball question, simply asking if the White House would condemn the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents.
  • Donald Trump is far from the least racist person.
  • Savings for the F35 program are not attributable to any action taken by the current administration--the savings are due to higher unit orders which save money on a per unit basis.
  • The media's job is to interrogate authority, be skeptical of the official line, and seek out the truth. Media also issues retractions or corrections when the organization prints false or misleading content. By contrast, 70% of Donald Trump's statements have been evaluated as Mostly False, False, or Pants on Fire by Politifact.com--he has not retracted or clarified a single one of these statements.
  • Regulations do not hamper businesses in the United States. In fact, the World Bank rates the US as number 8 for "Ease of doing business" for 2017.
    • The number of regulations is less important than the quality of the regulations.
  • While the Boeing Dreamliner's parts are put together in the US, many of it's component parts still come from abroad. Made in the USA is somewhat of a misnomer.