The ONLY Reason to Vote for Trump

Max Learner once said, "When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil." For those weighing the candidates dealt for the upcoming 2016 presidential election, the consequences of their vote could prove less malignant were they to heed such learned counsel.

For me, the choice between America's two evils is not about which presidential candidate has the potential of doing more good, but rather which will leave less carnage behind. Considering the contrasting defects between Trump and Clinton can be summed up as the bombastic bully versus the criminal-in-waiting, I'm convinced the choice is as clear as Hillary's email servers.  

While one can only imagine what could become of America in the hands of a spectacularly corrupt, career politician (married to an impeached president and perennial philander, no less), I think it's a safer bet to hand the button to spectacularly successful businessman, regardless of his equally spectacular intractable behavior. 

The ONLY reason to vote for Trump is that he is repairable – Clinton is not.

Listen folks, we're up the proverbial creek without a paddle any way you look at it. However, don't you think it's wiser to trust America's challenges to a person who's mastered the art of the deal versus a serial scoundrel who's mastered the art of the steal

Either way, the country is in for one heck of a ride. Regardless, at the end of four years of Trump, even at his worse, the weight of his ego will amount to nothing more than a flat tire. It's repairable and America will be on the road again, recovering quickly. 

However, there are disastrous ramifications for sanctioning a consummate gangster. Hillary will place a burden on our country so great that it will rupture our economy, tear our constitution to shreds, and make recovery a multi-decade proposition, if ever.

To wit, come this November, when contemplating which candidate will earn your vote, you need recall ONLY one reason you're going to reject the politician and vote for the businessman: Trump is repairable – Clinton is not

Simply jot down this helpful axiom and carry it with you in the voting booth. The country and I thank you.

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Trump Pence - Making the Most of Awkward Campaign Initials


What's the best strategy for fending off the inevitable arrows when you've been dealt a hand laden with conspicuous drawbacks? Head them of off at the pass – beat them to the punch-line

I think my slightly salty meme does this adequately – don't you think? 

What's your take?

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The Trump Vote Enabler!

Obviously, I am not a fan of Donald Trump. Why? For me, it's about character

In 1998, when my then seven year old daughter asked me, "Daddy, what's a blow job," I realized at that moment not only how the defects of our elected officials can affect us Americans right in our very home, but how vital it is for us to elect leaders who best epitomize principled character – a person who lives in such a way that we are proud their honorable lifestyle is imparted to our children. 

In short, Trump does not exhibit the exemplary character traits that I admire, nor would I want his attitudes and uncivil way of expressing his perspectives be adopted by my children, let alone our nation.

Mind you, Hillary Clinton's conduct is equally, if not more, odious. Both she and Trump reside at the bottom of the proverbial barrel – though this particular container appears to be more contaminated than most. 

However, when the stratum of scum is microscopically peeled away, Trump is located a few layers higher from the nethermost. And being a proponent of the principle of "the lesser of two evils," I am bound to cast my vote for Trump – as distasteful as that is. 

To wit, if you are anything like me and feel duty-bound to vote in presidential elections, you just might require assistance this cycle in casting your ballot. Both options are a tough, tough, call. Regardless, since our choice is between suffering from a greater loss of freedoms or enduring a bombastic, vainglorious trumpeter, I have to go with the latter. 

I trust my Trump Vote Enabler® will give you the courage to step out, turn out, and do what needs to be done. With any luck it will only be four years...right?

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They All Belong Behind Bars

Bernie is a carny who is best treated as if approaching a circus cage. His whacked yet dangerous ideas are entertaining for sure but that's the extent of him. 

Hillary's most significant and welcomed service to America will occur when she serves her time in prison – I would not expect amorous conjugal visits from Bill.

Donald cannot open his mouth without complaining or throwing tantrums – "whining Don" is better suited for a crib than the oval office. 

The only candidate best equipped to restore America is Ted – nevertheless, it's still a sentence carrying a minimum term of four years, with four more years awarded for good behavior.

Let's hope whoever earns the presidency, they will put the interests of the country at the fore.  

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The Consequences of Liberalism

The Consequences of Liberalism (Googtoon©2015 Mark Jordan Koeff)
If President Barack Obama's statements likening ISIS to a "JV Team" were not incriminating enough, just hours before Frances' worst terrorist attack ever, Obama was on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” where in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, he downplayed the threat of ISIS.

Stephanopoulos' softball question to Obama regarding whether ISIS was gaining in strength, was as expected, if not planned, quickly denied.

Obama responded, “I don’t think they’re gaining strength. What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain.”

Obama also admitted that, “What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures," but fell short of conceding his failure to articulate a cogent and comprehensive strategy is a possible cause for global terrorist resurgence. 

So then, how has Obama's tune changed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris? President Obama claimed he doesn’t “want to speculate” on who perpetrated the attacks. Regardless of a profusion of reports affirming that the gunmen were shouting, ‘This is for Syria,’ and ‘Allahu Akbar’ our feckless leader is incapable of stating the obvious. 

In contrast to President Obama, French President Francois Hollande offers us a different perspective:

“To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.”

I can only hope the world is watching and and taking note. On the one hand we have a slick politician who told the world that terrorism was "on the run," "decimated," and "on their heals," and has yet to come to grips the gravity of Islamic terrorism. On the other hand, we hear a French politician tell it like is, exposing the existential realities of terrorism. So I ask you, which of these leaders inspires confidence in fighting ISIS?

Will the horrors in France be a wakeup call for the world? We can only hope - and possibly write blog posts....


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Capitalism vs Socialism

Capitalism vs Socialism 

"Democracy and Socialism having nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude." Alexis de Tocqueville 

Shortly after posting my Googtoon meme on my Facebook page, a good friend (and a deeply possessed liberal) posted his most insightful comment, "Plenty of bread in capitalism, if you can afford it!" To which I replied:

Once again, another American showing their stripes. So very sad, but I guess it’s what’s to be expected from decades of an eduction system telling children what to think rather than how to - independently. 
Capitalism vs Socialism - The 2016 Presidential Election (Googtoon ©2015 Mark Jordan Koeff)

We know from history that socialism has been the single most devastating cause of carnage and death. No other system or philosophy comes anywhere close. 

We also know that ALL political systems, being man conceived and implemented, are inherently flawed. There is no such thing a perfect system. No matter how noble and just one’s intent in devising an economic blueprint, someone or some group is going to suffer. There is no getting around it. Human beings are flawed and thus so are their designs. 

The real issue, however, is not so much that all political systems are imperfect, but rather EVEN IF God himself handed down the perfect system, it would still be run by…yes, you gessoed it, HUMANS!

So then, the question is not which system is flawed, because they all are, but which one is the BEST and has the most potential for advancing the human race. 

Again, Socialism is not only contrary to human nature, but has proven to be the most deadliest force on the planet. 

Capitalism, on the other hand has given the world the greatest years or prosperity the world has ever know. Though far from perfect, it has yet to be leashed in it’s purest form and it’s darn near impossible to keep the bloody hands of socialists from diluting and perverting it. 

To wit, for me, it seems that wisdom is found in actually trying Capitalism, unfettered by liberal intervention, and then tweaking it as we discover the facets that don’t advance freedom and property.


Quickly now, a brief summary of the opposing economic systems:


Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry, and the means of production are privately owned and operated to maximize profit, with the price system providing price signals for the factors of production. Central characteristics of capitalism include private property, capital accumulation, wage labour and, in some situations, fully competitive markets. In a capitalist market economy, investments are determined by private decision and the parties to a transaction typically determine the prices at which they exchange assets, goods, and services. Since Capitalism presents its citizenry with enumerable life choices, it's cornerstone of the Declaration of Independence and the pursuit of happiness. 


Socialism is a social and economic system characterized by social ownership and democratic control of the means of production. It is also a political theory and movement that aims at the establishment of such a system. "Social ownership" may refer to public ownership, cooperative ownership, citizen ownership of equity, or any combination of these. Although there are many varieties of socialism and there is no single definition encapsulating all of them, social ownership is the common element shared by its various forms.


The 1916 Presidential Election offers the American people a stark contrast in philosophical and political realities. While the Obama administration has always been far to the left of the Clinton administration, it apparently is nowhere near far enough for the current Democratic base. And two Democratic frontrunners are listening: Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton. They not only promise to shift further in a leftward drift but appear to be in a race for who can out-socialize Stalin.

The question is not if Democrats are moving left but whether an otherwise pop-culturized, indolent society is paying attention. My guess is that we are not. However, the election is still young and we have yet to dance. 

I promise to do my part to wake up the country. How about you?

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Thomas Jefferson Quotes
  • A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.
  • When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. 
  • The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
  • It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
  • I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
  • My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." 
  • No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms
  • The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
  • The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. 
  • To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. 
  • I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." The Federal Reserve Bank (The FED) is a private bank.


Relatively Speaking

The Language of Music, Relative Speaking ©2015

Facebook meme of Albert Einstein
posted by fellow musician, 
Samuel Oliver Scott.
The Language of Music, Relatively Speaking was motivated by a post I saw on Facebook by a fellow musician, Samuel Oliver Scott. Though I had seen it before, something about it struck me differently. 

The thought occurred to me that many things in life are indeed relative, which segued into thinking about the relative keys in music. Voilà, E Major's  relative minor C#. Of course.

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In music, relative keys are the major and minor scales that have the same key signatures. A pair of major and minor scales sharing the same key signature are said to be in a relative relationship. The relative minor of a particular major key, or the relative major of a minor key, is the key which has the same key signature but a different tonic. Relative keys are closely related keys, the keys between which most modulations occur, in that they differ by no more than one accidental (none in the case of relative keys).


Orchestrated by Obama

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By Donald Lambro

"The measly number of jobs that the Obama economy created last month is raising new fears of a steeper employment decline this year and next.

Last Friday’s shocking Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report stunned economists, shook Wall Street, and offered little if any hope for long-term, unemployed Americans finding full-time work anytime soon.

It doesn't get much worse than this! Watch what happens when this guy tries to load his new truck.

“There’s nothing good in this morning’s report,” Carl Tennenbaum, chief economist at Northern Trust, said last week. “We had very low levels of job creation, wage growth isn’t budging, and the unemployment rate would have risen if the labor force participation rate hadn’t fallen.”

The U.S. Labor Department’s data-gathering arm said employers added only 142,000 jobs in September, far less than the 201,000 jobs that were forecast.

The BLS’ estimate in August was revised downward, too, showing that the economy had produced only 136,000 jobs, not the 173,000 jobs originally reported.

July’s jobs report was also revised lower from 245,000 to 223,000. The administration is big on revising job data, because the original, exaggerated estimate draws all the news coverage and the downward revision is ignored.

Taking Friday’s revision into account, employment gains have averaged just 167,000 a month over the past three months. In a nation of 160 million working age adults, that is pathetic.

Worse, there are bigger job cuts to come, with future layoffs totaling 58,877, according to the job analysis firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

That’s a 43 percent jump from the previous month, and it’s on track to score the highest layoff levels since 2009. “We could see more job fallout” to come, the firm said.

Economic analysts are digging into the rapidly shrinking figures to find the chief causes of America’s downward job spiral. The Obama administration is putting all the blame on the global economy’s slowdown, particularly China.

But critics are pointing to more local problems here at home: the Obama administration’s anti-growth, anti-job, anti-investment fiscal policies. The nation’s workforce has shrunk to 62.4 percent of the population, the lowest level since 1977, as discouraged workers have stopped looking for employment.

“The new numbers are poor on pretty much every level,” writes New York Times star economics analyst Neil Irwin, who says September’s job numbers “are easily the worst of 2015 so far.”

“This is usually the point in one of these stories where we list the silver linings — the countervailing details that suggest it isn’t as bad as all that. This report doesn’t really offer any,” Mr. Irwin says.

“Average weekly hours fell. Average hourly pay was unchanged. The number of people in the labor force fell by 350,000,” and the number of people who reported having a job fell by 236,000,” he said.

President Obama and his apologists in the White House keep pointing to the low 5.1 percent unemployment rate as one of his biggest accomplishments. In fact, he had little if anything to do with it.

The declining unemployment rate is largely due to the way the BLS defines long-term jobless people who have given up looking but still want to work.

When BLS survey-takers ask them if they have looked for work in the past four or more weeks, and they say “no,” they are not added to the unemployed list and the jobless rate goes down. Pretty clever, huh?

Let’s add one more nail into what and who’s responsible for Mr. Obama’s 5.1 percent unemployment rate.

Morgan Stanley, a leading investment firm, released an analysis last week that said the falling unemployment rate was “entirely attributable” to the decline in the labor force participation rate.

In his rah-rah speeches about his economy, Mr. Obama always throws out rosy manufacturing numbers. But what about last week’s Institute of Supply Management report that suggests U.S. manufacturing “slowed to a standstill in September,” Mr. Irwin asks.

Indeed, since August it’s shed 27,000 jobs, the largest two-month decline since 2009.

Mr. Obama is silent as the grave on that question. Don’t look for a story on the nightly network news about it, either. It doesn’t fit in with their agenda.

But while Mr. Irwin easily ticks off all of the painful economic figures he can find, he seems to throw up his hands about what’s causing the economy’s collapse — except to say that “there is an underlying economic fragility causing” this and “that something deeper is wrong with the global economy.”

Yeah, sure. When something isn’t working, like much of America’s workers, blame somebody else, except the guy in the White House who is clueless about how to produce stronger growth and good-paying jobs.

The day after Friday’s jobs report, The Washington Post blamed it all on “China’s economic malaise” which, it said, was “spilling over onto American shores.” The Post buried the jobs story on Page 12.

But the nation’s business economists were taking it very seriously and didn’t mince words in their responses. There was more at stake in this report than just jobs.

“It was an ugly report,” said J.J. Kinahan, TD Ameritrade’s chief market strategist. Weak jobs data “paints an ugly picture for GDP and [third quarter] earnings season, which unofficially kicks off next week,” Mr. Kinahan said.

We’re closing in on the seventh year of Mr. Obama’s job-challenged economy that the Federal Reserve says is still in recovery — the longest since the Great Depression. The president and his Democratic allies have failed miserably to put America back to work. Instead, they’ve made it harder to create jobs, lift incomes and get ahead.

The Republicans need to grab this issue by the throat and make it the singularly most important political issue in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Have courage. Help is on the way."

Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and contributor to The Washington Times.

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