Trump Contract Poll

Have you read Donald Trumps contract with the American Voter? What do you think of his 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again? Which policies do you support most and what pledges do you hope he does NOT follow through on?

Which parts of the Trump Contract do you most FAVOR? (choose up to 6)

 

Which parts of the Trump Contract do you most OPPOSE? (choose up to 6)
Trump's Contract

Trump’s Contract

 Trump Contract p. 2

Trump Contract p. 2

 

 

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Positive Side of Trump Victory- Draining the Swamp

There are many issues which split Americans, but everyone agrees that we should Drain the Swamp in Washington, DC.

Drain the Swamp

Drain the Swamp

Fear of Political Corruption is why Trump Won

While it appears that Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote with 52% of voters NOT voting for Donald Trump, one campaign promise that most Americans would like to see Trump follow-up on is Draining the Swamp in Washington, DC

Americans Top Fears

Americans Top Fears

Dan Mitchell hit the nail on the head when he said Washington is sleazy “because politicians and bureaucrats have massive powers to give undeserved wealth to those with political connections” due to an intentionally complex tax code and massive regulations. Yes, some politicians want to do right, but ask yourself why there are 11,000+ registered lobbyists with expenditures of over $3,000,000,000.00 annually in DC? This figure does not included campaign contributions – We all know that smart businesses do not invest money without an expected payoff.

Replace Opaqueness & Incomprehensibility with Transparency & Simplicity

Trump’s 5 point plan for Ethics Reform is a good place to start to drain the swamp, but we should encourage our elected officials to go much farther to reduce corruption, increase fairness and level the playing field for all Americans. Opaqueness and incomprehensibility are tools used by special interests to tilt the playing field in their favor with most Americans in the dark as to what is going on. More Transparency and simplicity are needed to put the democratic process back into the hands of the people and bring fairness in Washington, DC:
1. Simplify the Tax Code– With a tax code of over 75,000 pages, smart guys like Donald Trump are able to figure out (or had their congressional friends create) ways to pay little or no tax while the majority of Americans are left scratching their heads and making up the difference. Trump, with the input of all Americans, should come up with a 1 page document of Fair Tax Goals, Principles and Guidelines and then create a tax code of under 100 pages that implements this.
2. Simplify Regulation– While Trump’s idea of removing 2 existing federal regulations for every new federal regulation, may help us to move in the right direction, stating CONCISE Goals/Objectives/Principles/Guidelines/Rules is the best way to put individuals and small businesses on a more level playing field with big business/special interest groups and help keep the democratic process alive.
3. Punish Corrupt Politicians and White Collar Criminals the same as Blue Collar Criminals.  While blue collar crime makes for more sensational news, white collar crime has 14 times as much financial impact in the United States according to Megan Graham. Also, blue collar crime typically only impacts a single person, family, or community, while a single political or white collar criminal can have a much wider impact.
4. Fine Businesses, PACs and Special Interest Groups for false or intentionally misleading “free speech” These groups engage in false information strategies to confuse an issue which discourages public participation, making it easier for politicians to take care of the politically connected. Punishing lies will help the public hear the truth and make rational choices that are necessary for a healthy democracy to flourish.

A majority of Americans did not vote for Donald Trump and some are scared of what he may do when he takes office. Let’s focus on President Elect Trump’s good ideas. Please tell your elected officials that you strongly support efforts to clean up Washington, DC and make American Great Again.

Do you support cleaning up corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC?
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PGA Tour: Big Changes Coming?

Is Q School dead as we know? Could the Tour year start before January? Could top amateurs, reinvigorated veterans and top foreign player be forced to play a year on the Nationwide Tour before being able to play on the PGA Tour? Might we see the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tours merge with a new sponsor for the “development series”?

The answer for 2012 is NO, but after that it is less certain.

The PGA Tour has wisely floated some trial balloons to gauge public opinion and get feedback regarding the following:
• Have Tour Year end after the FedEx Cup Playoffs
• Have the current Fall Series be the start of the new Season
• Have 126-200 join the Nationwide Top 75 in a 3 event series to hand out 50 Tour cards for the following season
• Have Qualify School only determine NW eligibility

Players, Golf Fans and Tour Officials have raised the following Issues:

1. Less Drama/Interest in Q School when it doesn’t result in a tour card.
2. Stuck on NW Tour for a full year. Top Amateurs, foreign pros, reinvigorated former Tour Members and Q School grads might have to put a full year in on the NW to get (back) onto the Regular Tour.
3. Merging of the Two Tours/Short Season Jim Furyk said: “I’m worried about blending the Nationwide and the regular Tour together. The first year we do this, the rookies and first-timers get an extremely short season.”
4. Need to find a lead sponsor of the current NW Tour.

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Another Way Of Understanding the U.S. Debt

Got this email from my dad recently. Really helps the average citizen understand the current financial imbalances in the U.S. Government and highlights how unsustainable this is.

“Over simplified and not exactly how the govt differs, but still

• United States Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
• Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
• New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
• National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
• Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000

Now, remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget.

• Annual family income: $21,700
• Money the family spent: $38,200
• New debt on the credit card: $16,500
• Outstanding balance on credit card: $142,710
• Total budget cuts: $385.00”

What would you do if your family was in this situation? Some family members might not want to cut or get a new job (raise income), but the prudent ones sure would.

If your parents were living like this and you were forced to inherit family debts upon their death, wouldn’t you want to do something. While the size of the U.S. Government makes it much tougher to do this quickly, the bigger the debts grow without significant action, the harder it becomes to fix.

The public and our elected leaders need to stop being selfish and short sighted and start taking significant action NOW to start living within our means on a long term basis.

For related thoughts and a plan for action, go to Warren Buffet’s Plan

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2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year

LUKE DONALD- Shouldn’t really be up for debate, as Luke answered a lot of critics with his clutch win at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic to take the money title.

However, the PGA Tour decided to delay sending out the ballots until after the just completed HSBC Champions event in China which does not have official $ status, but does have official win status on the PGA Tour (a nice thing for Martin Kaymer). After winning the final regular event, Donald made reference to Continue reading

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Warren Buffet- Deficit Reduction Amendment

In a July 8, 2011 CNBC interview, Warren Buffet said “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.” Continue reading

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Tiger Woods Putting- Is it holding him back?

Yes, but that is not the only part of his game that is off from prior form.

Tiger’s putting and ball striking is better this year than last year, but not as good as he was in previous years according to the “Strokes Gained Putting” and “Greens Hit in Regulation” statistics on the PGA Tours website. Continue reading

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Slow Growth- Is it OK?

A thread on EpicSki reminded me that our current growth path is not sustainable as much as I wished it were. A 2% world-wide GDP growth rate is considered anemic, but that still results in an economic doubling in under 40 years. Economic growth has traditionally been highly correlated with increased energy use. Humans are becoming more and more technologically advanced, but we still haven’t figured out how to “improve” our lifestyle without using up more and more of the limited resources on this planet.

I have a bit of a brain teaser that I think is applicable to our current situation- Suppose a parent throws a piece of algae that doubles in size each year into a lake the day their first child is born. Assume that the Lake becomes completely full of algae the day the child dies at age 75. What portion of the Lake was filled with algae on the child’s 68th birthday? Continue reading

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Howard Schultz is Correct

Earlier this week in a Financial Times article and email to his employees and fellow CEOs, Starbucks head Howard Schultz asked “that all of us forgo political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally disciplined long-term debt and deficit plan to the American people.” Today on CNBC, he said that our “leaders” in Washington have put political ideology & self-interest ahead of citizenship & leadership. Leave a comment below or go to CNBC to participate in their poll.

Recently I wrote that I agreed with Charlie Reese’s opinion that it is the voting public that hires politicians. According to Open Secrets we hired a guy who spent $730 million (on the general election) for a 4 year contract that pays him $400,000 annually. Is it any wonder that we can’t economically create jobs and balance the budget?

It is being speculated that Barrack Obama will spend Continue reading

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