Raju Shartri

As one of my readers Raju responded to my article “Australia Speaks” highlighting Morning Joe on MSNBC’s efforts to destroy the Trump administration. I thought others might want to read his comments.

As a first generation immigrant, I have sensed that no matter which party occupies the WH, the citizenry loses in the party’s rhetoric after a couple of terms, three tops.  Out there in many countries that I have lived in, the common man’s wisdom says American foreign policy does not really change, regardless of which party is in power.

One of my readers responded to my article, Australia

What I have not yet concluded is whether that is because the political parties overdo their preaching because they believe in it, or whether it is their desperate search for a unique selling proposition that makes them progressively pursue stridency in their rhetoric.  As a consequence the political discourse becomes more shrill than enlightening.

Whatever happened to the qualities like common sense, pragmatism and sanity, not to mention dedication to hard and smart work that made America special to the rest of the world?

Trump’s campaign came as a breath of fresh air to me, in a way paradoxically, because he refused to apologize for America’s traditional values that had impressed me as a young man.

And it seemed hypocritical when the mainstream media harped on his “wash room” confession while never referring to Bill Clinton’s Oval Office adventures and misuse of his official high position for his sexapades.
Given the promiscuity of the 1960s that went on to challenge the notions of old fashioned morality and has almost become a norm (if one is to believe hollywood, and every stand up comedian who cannot complete a sentence without a four letter word) such holier than thou stand by the liberals stinks.

Regards … Raju

Raju Shastri

Australia Speaks

This morning [5/5/17] Morning Joe, MSNBC continued it slanted coverage of Donald Trump’s policies. One of the guests on the show was the Australian Ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey who was questioned about President’s Trump’s election victory and questioning whether or not Australia could work with the President of the U.S. given his policies. Ambassador Hockey shut the mouths of Mika and Joe [not on the same set with each other] when he said that what caused Trump’s win was a discontent with what has gone on in the past and his people realized the president policies were popular in this country and that similar movements were occurring around the world. The silence by the anchors and the panel was deafening.

Barry’s gone

Have you ever considered how much a name influences our thinking and acting process? JFK and FDR immediately jump to mind because of the actions and stands they took or we believed they acted upon. There are others of course, Cesar, Ali. MLK, Hitler, Rocky well you get the idea, there can be a lot of power in a name. Consequently, when I say Barry’s gone it might not seem as significant as the other names I have mentioned. Even Cassius Clay doesn’t mean as much to the world as Muhammed Ali did. Ali represented something, someone to respect because of his sports successes and to fear because of the mystery to the average person behind a Muslim name, or the Islamic religion. There was the clear threat of violence with the Muslim name Cassius had chosen to adopt coupled with the rebellion against our country’s laws regarding military service in this country.

You might ask the question; what does this little commentary on names have to do with the title of this article, Barry’s gone? First I would like to make the point that the individual I’m referencing was known most often to his friends and political acquaintances as Barry, a seemingly innocuous and somewhat common name. Actually, Barry was just that, innocuous until political handlers who saw his potential got a hold of him and gave back his original name. A handsome young man, articulate and of mixed race in a time of emerging political correctness Barry became Barrack Hussein Obama. Due to world events his political advisors quickly had him drop Hussein from his stage name and went with Barrack Obama. The name inferred mystery, fear of his Muslim ties and potential power. Of course, to his closest friends and confidents he remains just plain Barry.

The first hundred days of Trump not withstanding Barry is gone and if you call him Barry and allow his goals and objective of a community organizer to come through you can see he wasn’t as scary as his stage name would imply but the damage he inflicted on our country was and is frightening.

Tendentious News Media

There is no question that the mainstream news media is on a quest to destroy the Trump administration and every program he has endorsed. The point is that without ever having a meeting the press has been able to co-ordinate headlines with a common theme, Trump is unreliable, poorly educated in the rules of governing and unethical. The polls they reference [with no verification of their authenticity] show a steady erosion of support by the American people of the Trump agenda and in some cases numbers that say Republicans are solidly against Trump.

It would appear the mainstream media woke up from the election and stated the obvious; we didn’t control the outcome of the 2016 election. However, in this case the Trump team does not represent anything the press could possibly like. Trump does not feel the press needs to be notified on pending legislation, executive orders or policy changes before the public is told of his goals and intentions. Time and again we hear the news media say; what is Trump’s strategy with a particular foreign government and in some cases what will be the tactics in dealing with a foreign power opposed to our countries existence. It isn’t just in foreign policy but domestic issues where they demand the details on tax cuts, health care decisions and social issues related to violations of our immigration laws. No matter how little or how much information the Trump administration gives the news media they can turn it into a negative and they do. There is something else that really bothers me, the hatred and disdain the news media feels from the Trump ideas is the kind of feelings you get from an individual or group when they are filled with fear and panic from something or someone they can’t understand. I must admit they have been to a degree successful in the first hundred days of the Trump administration in sowing mistrust, doubt and fear in the publics minds. It would also appear that even when Trump is successful with a program or project the news media attempts to minimize the effect like the Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch. The one thing that seems certain is the news media must destroy the Trump “idea,” that his administration can have the support of the people with concepts that run counter to global governing and social programs supported by the state that can enslave the public with the “free” aspect of these services. Witness the effects of Obamacare with services that the federal government must provide and in five short years with the drum beat of the news media the public is demanding those services continue no matter how much it will cost the public in taxes and importantly the quality of the health services.

The only hope for stopping the tendentious news media’s campaign against the Trump administration is time and success. I noted in another article I wrote that it wasn’t until the 88th day of the Trump administration that the lead story in the news media was not about another Trump “mistake.” I would suspect that in spite of the news media if the Trump team has some small successes and with the aid of time they, the news media will inadvertently let slip those successes. The public which demonstrated in the 2016 election that they could see through the news media prejudice may slowly regroup behind the efforts of the Trump administration to regain our leadership on the international front while making America great again on the domestic front. The problem is we don’t know how long this may take.

Did you notice?

Yesterday was April 17,2017 and if you didn’t notice it was the eight eighth day in Trump Administration. It was also the first day the mainstream media did not lead their news reporting with a negative story about Donald Trump! Now don’t misunderstand me, the media did list the tax march [calling for President Trump’s tax releases] at about the fifth story but even that story was treated as more of a report than the mainstream media’s standard process of a position statement.

I wonder if this is the beginning of a calmer, more factual reporting process of the administration? It is possible helped by the forceful foreign policy positions taken by Trump that are well received by our allies and noted by our countries enemies.

Of course, the lame stream media is still hanging their hopes for a Trump defeat on the special elections in Georgia and that could happen. Further since everyone knows the media is solidly in the “Dump Donald” camp they will continue to beat the “he can’t pass health care” drum. They will tout the probable failure of the tax reduction plan, still the headlines are not a Trump failure story, maybe there is hope for fair and honest reporting, maybe……. I think not.


There are many definitions of the word insidious but the one I favor is from the Longman dictionary; an insidious change or problem spreads gradually without being noticed and causes serious harm. I believe that is what has happened to the average American family because of the erosion of the American economy. It is hard to define where this erosion began but I will venture an estimate of approximately 1995 with the dot.com bubble and an apparent surge in the economy. It is during this time [22 years] that the wages for average Americans began to flatten out and despite some new business development average American income did not noticeably increase and the insidious erosion of the American life style began.

The average American experienced this insidious erosion of their life style with subtle but important changes in their ability to provide themselves and their children with better education and job opportunities. It is true that because congress passed laws that allowed major corporations to move management off shore they were allowed to avoid taxes and lower their manufacturing costs. In the infamous global market our U.S. off-shore competitors offered much lower manufacturing costs closing our factories and leaving millions of workers without the opportunity for other jobs.

The federal government offered job training, unemployment monies and vast education programs that most cases do not end in jobs once the participants complete their degrees. In essence the feds efforts to urge young people to go to junior or community colleges was a process of parking them for two to four years or more. The “students” hoped that in the years they were parked the economy would change and new jobs would open up and of course they didn’t. It is reasonable to believe that the federal funds for the many of these education programs are a complete waste of money and energy. Add student loans and the fact that both students and their parents are having to pay those burdensome loans back and you have a no-win situation.
The really good jobs are high paying technical jobs that are filled by students from overseas that enter this country via visa or green card programs. Meanwhile our top universities are being occupied by foreign students who upon completion of their advanced education returned to their native countries and key jobs in their local businesses competing directly against U.S. businesses employing average Americans.

Some have suggested that like Germany we should offer training in technical skills and our government response was to underwrite tuition for technical schools in the private sector like truck driving, transmission repairs, medical assistance jobs and similar lower income jobs. The net result is that few people actually got jobs and many states and the federal government lost the monies guaranteed to these private training schools. There were of course the many homes lost during the real estate debacle and those losses occurred mostly among average Americans.

The flat income level caused the average American to put off maintenance like fixing the roof of his/her home, replacing plumbing, buying a new car as opposed to a used one. The average American had to take Social Security benefits as soon as available and at lower pay out rates than if they had been able to wait until they were seventy. While their incomes slowly eroded big ticket items like real estate taxes continue to go up and in many cases Americans had to sell their homes and move to lesser quarters or rent living space at very high rates or contract for reverse mortgages. Let’s not forget the financial effect on the average American from political correctness. Yes, PC has added departments to federal and state government costs to cover PC issues and the average American pays for that in new taxes or government regulations that drive up the cost of living. We are more concerned with LGBT bathroom rights than we are with the education quality at the middle and high school level. PC also contributes to the state of depression or at least lack of hope that exist in this country. But I don’t want to distract from the financial issues by recounting the problems PC causes for the average American financially. As that effective Clinton operative James Carville said “It’s the economy stupid!

The average American has been required to dip into savings, 401 K plan and other retirement funds just to pay day to day bills. Factually more and more Americans have given up looking for jobs because they are being turned down day in and day out. This is happening because there are fewer medium skilled jobs in the country and the only growth in jobs is in the area of highly skilled technical jobs. But who is the average American? For decades, the definition has been middle classed. What is middle class? Pew Research says half of the U.S. population is middle class, in other words 160 million U.S. citizens are middle class. I might be more inclined to use the Financial Samurai definition of middle class income that says “If you make +/- 50% of your city’s household income for your age you are middle class.” Either way these numbers are horrific, 96 million eligible U.S. American citizens are unemployed and not looking for a job.

Meanwhile the federal government has trumped the success [in the last eight years] that the average American is enjoying but of course the average American isn’t seeing the successes the government claims. The automotive category touted by the government as an example of economic recovery engineered by mass bailouts isn’t really rebounding. The costs of doing business has been set by global models of low manufacturing costs, something we will not see change to high wage jobs in this country.

There is an insidious loss of hope and a helpless degree of depression. This is why tens of millions of voters in the 2016 election went with Trump attempting to overcome this insidious erosion of the average American’s economic life. The question is are those Americans who voted correct in believing that Trump can do it?

Are you tired yet?

I know I’m tired of everyone bombarding me with their Political point of view, usually laced with substantial anger. Recently I had a communication from a friend notifying me that he was no longer going to use Facebook because his purpose in having Facebook was to stay in touch with friends and instead he was getting angry political rhetoric. He said he gets enough angry political talk from the daily news shows. It occurred to me as I read the responses to my friend’s declaration of no longer using Facebook [almost all in agreement with his decision] that a lot of people are tired of the anger, fake stories and pontificating.

If you are like me and are tired of the unending negative news and anger why not consider boycotting the news programs not unlike the boycott of the Oscars, send a signal that you are tired of all the BS and want a return to civil discourse and rational observation.