Saturday, February 4, 2017

45.7 - Switzerland Second

45.6 - International Support for America First



From: http://magazin.spiegel.de/SP/2017/6/index.html

The rest of the world has a new image of America. I'm not sure this is the real way to put America first...

45.5 - Warren Buffet vs. America First

I've been bothered by this "America First" slogan. Part of this is the fact I work with a very diverse set of people.

I watched the new "Becoming Warren Buffet" movie on HBO this week. And one of the things he said really crystallized my problem with the "America First" slogan. To paraphrase he said:
"I won the lottery. There was a 1 in 40 chance that I was born in the US. And there was a 50-50 chance that I would be born male. So I have a hard time understanding why my life is worth more than anyone else on earth."

Friday, February 3, 2017

45.4 - To Friend or Fight or Hide?

One of the big choices facing not only politicians, but businesses and other Nations will need to choose which strategy when working with Donnie. Like the bully in the playground, the choice is to:

  • compliment him and give him your sandwich at lunch
  • fight him publicly
  • try to avoid him

Putin, most Republican politicians and the business leaders who heed his calling out on the playground yard are "trying to work with him". Just like the bully, he is easy to out-smart by playing to his ego. Tell him you will keep workers in the US, tell him you are creating jobs in the US and he gets his ego rush and thinks it is all because of him.

On the other hand, there are businesses who are trying to avoid - Uber and Nordstrom are the two stories in the news today. But with boycotts going both ways Pro Donnie and Anti-Donnie, most smart businesses who want to take this strategy will just cover up for a while.

For politicians - both leaders of other nations as well as US politicians, there is a similar version of the decision to be pro or anti (or hide from) Donnie. Of course it is expeditious for Democrats to fight - they have a lot to gain if the pendulum swings back from Donnie. For Republicans it is clear he is giving them enough that they will keep bringing him their lunch money. For other Nations who are not under autocratic rule, it is much more complex. While they may receive benefits from their relationship with the US (protection, trade, tourists), politically at home getting too close to Donnie is not politically smart (16% popularity in this poll).

Figuring out how to play with bullies is tough. Just ask the Australian Prime Minister...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

45.3 - President Loses Lawsuit

How do citizens of the US and World take the news that Donnie lost a lawsuit against members of a golf club he bought?

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-01/trump-wins-by-losing-a-court-fight-over-debt

For me, it makes me upset that someone abuses the legal system like this instead of doing the right thing in the first place. It makes me upset that the leader of our country bullies people who have a signed agreement.

He is now playing on a much larger stage. Trying to intimidate world leaders and going back on promises made by our country.  It is just embarrassing and "Sad".