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BTRTN: Not Yet Tired of Winning

Born to Run the Numbers on a two week period when you would have thought that Donald Trump's reality show was not "The Apprentice," but was actually "The Biggest Loser."

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/not-yet-tired-of-winning.html

Excerpt: "Perhaps the climax of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign hyperbole was his claim that once he became President, we would all 'win so much' that we would 'get tired of winning.' Full disclosure: I was keenly skeptical about this particular epochal vision. As a lifetime follower of the New York Jets, I could not imagine a circumstance in which I would become “tired of winning...”

Then, with the election, Republicans seized control of the executive branch, the House, the Senate, and soon after Mitch McConnell succeeded in stealing control of the Supreme Court. I became convinced that if someone was about to get “tired of winning,” it was not going to be me.

Imagine my shock and awe when I realized that of all of Donald Trump’s campaign promises, this is the one that turns out to be the one closest to being correct. Now, to be fair, one reason this one has a chance of being the most accurate campaign promise is because the rest are lying in the Capital morgue. There is no wall, no Muslim ban, no tax reform, and we have not “handled” North Korea. The second reason why this campaign promise may be true is because it is not the Republicans, nor the Tea Party, nor the white supremacists, and not the neo-Nazis who are winning, although the latter two groups can make a stronger case than the former. It is actually the progressives. The Democratic Party enjoyed a September winning streak that was surpassed only by the world-beating Cleveland Indians..."

BTRTN: Not Yet Tired of Winning

Born to Run the Numbers on a two week period when you would have thought that Donald Trump's reality show was not "The Apprentice," but was actually "The Biggest Loser."

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/not-yet-tired-of-winning.html

Excerpt: "Perhaps the climax of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign hyperbole was his claim that once he became President, we would all 'win so much' that we would 'get tired of winning.' Full disclosure: I was keenly skeptical about this particular epochal vision. As a lifetime follower of the New York Jets, I could not imagine a circumstance in which I would become “tired of winning...”

Then, with the election, Republicans seized control of the executive branch, the House, the Senate, and soon after Mitch McConnell succeeded in stealing control of the Supreme Court. I became convinced that if someone was about to get “tired of winning,” it was not going to be me.

Imagine my shock and awe when I realized that of all of Donald Trump’s campaign promises, this is the one that turns out to be the one closest to being correct. Now, to be fair, one reason this one has a chance of being the most accurate campaign promise is because the rest are lying in the Capital morgue. There is no wall, no Muslim ban, no tax reform, and we have not “handled” North Korea. The second reason why this campaign promise may be true is because it is not the Republicans, nor the Tea Party, nor the white supremacists, and not the neo-Nazis who are winning, although the latter two groups can make a stronger case than the former. It is actually the progressives. The Democratic Party enjoyed a September winning streak that was surpassed only by the world-beating Cleveland Indians..."

BTRTN: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

Born to Run the Numbers on the need for new thinking about Korea:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-korea.html

Excerpt:
"The single most effective thing that the United States could be doing to combat North Korea is to create and foment a Korean Spring… a recognition among the people of North Korea that Kim Jong-un is a savage tyrant who is terrorizing, repressing, and starving his own people to save his own position... Why aren’t we waging the most aggressive and sophisticated communications program in history to let North Koreans know that their leader is a cruel tyrant who is endangering their families, repressing their freedom, killing their opportunity, and preventing them from joining in the prosperity and economic vibrancy of free nations?

"Sure, it will be tough to get that message into North Korea, but we must. Smuggle it, mail it, put it on flash drives and air-drop it. Put it in water-tight canisters – messages in a bottle -- that wash up on the shore. Put it, Trojan-horse style, in gifts. Yes, and have Lin-Manuel Miranda write it, Patty Jenkins direct it, Bruce Springsteen sing it, and Stephen Doyle design it. We need to put a world class team of creative artists and media gurus to the task of communicating with the people of North Korea. Advertisers know that for all the money they spend on television, the most powerful medium in the world is word of mouth. Once we get the fire started, there will be no stopping.Like there was no stopping Lech Walesa, the people from the east pouring through the gates of the Berlin Wall, a man in front of a tank Tiananmen Square, Martin Luther King… or Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Hamilton."

BTRTN: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?

Born to Run the Numbers on the need for new thinking about Korea:
http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/how-do-you-solve-problem-like-korea.html

Excerpt:
"The single most effective thing that the United States could be doing to combat North Korea is to create and foment a Korean Spring… a recognition among the people of North Korea that Kim Jong-un is a savage tyrant who is terrorizing, repressing, and starving his own people to save his own position... Why aren’t we waging the most aggressive and sophisticated communications program in history to let North Koreans know that their leader is a cruel tyrant who is endangering their families, repressing their freedom, killing their opportunity, and preventing them from joining in the prosperity and economic vibrancy of free nations?

"Sure, it will be tough to get that message into North Korea, but we must. Smuggle it, mail it, put it on flash drives and air-drop it. Put it in water-tight canisters – messages in a bottle -- that wash up on the shore. Put it, Trojan-horse style, in gifts. Yes, and have Lin-Manuel Miranda write it, Patty Jenkins direct it, Bruce Springsteen sing it, and Stephen Doyle design it. We need to put a world class team of creative artists and media gurus to the task of communicating with the people of North Korea. Advertisers know that for all the money they spend on television, the most powerful medium in the world is word of mouth. Once we get the fire started, there will be no stopping.Like there was no stopping Lech Walesa, the people from the east pouring through the gates of the Berlin Wall, a man in front of a tank Tiananmen Square, Martin Luther King… or Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Hamilton."

BTRTN: Time for a New Bill of Rights

Born to Run the Numbers on the quiet Constitutional Crisis: it is time to end how partisan actors exploit the grey areas in our Constitution to subvert the will of the people.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/time-for-new-bill-of-rights.html

Excerpt: "Yes, the Constitution is off warranty and we blew past its 200 year maintenance and servicing without checking under the hood. Madison probably would have been stunned that there have only been 27 amendments in 240 years, and flabbergasted that only two have been ratified in the last fifty years. A strong argument can be made that the document itself actually no longer does a good job of reflecting the will and the inalienable rights of the citizens – not on the small stuff, but on the most crucial matters of government.
--Twice in the past seventeen years we have elected a President who did not win the votes of a majority of citizens.
--We have seen the will of the people to appoint a Supreme Court Justice eviscerated by inadequate governing language in the Constitution, and the very philosophical balance of the Court thereby shifted away from what the majority of the people intended at the time of the vacancy.
--We have seen the House of Representatives turned into a dysfunctional and non-productive forum for rigid ideologues to posture and preen while getting nothing done.
--We are living in a nightmare in which a single, terribly flawed and arguably deranged human being has the right and power to launch weaponry that would destroy civilization on earth, and we can do nothing about it.
Posted by reggieandlee | Tue Sep 5, 2017, 08:55 AM (3 replies)

BTRTN: Time for a New Bill of Rights

Born to Run the Numbers on the quiet Constitutional Crisis: it is time to end how partisan actors exploit the grey areas in our Constitution to subvert the will of the people.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/time-for-new-bill-of-rights.html

Excerpt: "Yes, the Constitution is off warranty and we blew past its 200 year maintenance and servicing without checking under the hood. Madison probably would have been stunned that there have only been 27 amendments in 240 years, and flabbergasted that only two have been ratified in the last fifty years. A strong argument can be made that the document itself actually no longer does a good job of reflecting the will and the inalienable rights of the citizens – not on the small stuff, but on the most crucial matters of government.
--Twice in the past seventeen years we have elected a President who did not win the votes of a majority of citizens.
--We have seen the will of the people to appoint a Supreme Court Justice eviscerated by inadequate governing language in the Constitution, and the very philosophical balance of the Court thereby shifted away from what the majority of the people intended at the time of the vacancy.
--We have seen the House of Representatives turned into a dysfunctional and non-productive forum for rigid ideologues to posture and preen while getting nothing done.
--We are living in a nightmare in which a single, terribly flawed and arguably deranged human being has the right and power to launch weaponry that would destroy civilization on earth, and we can do nothing about it.
Posted by reggieandlee | Tue Sep 5, 2017, 08:54 AM (0 replies)
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