Bone Spurs

Trump Has An Owie


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Donald Trump, the self-described best negotiator, has caved in again. Just like he did with Nancy Pelosi, Trump looked China square in the eye and blinked. Trump has taught the world that if they’re in a negotiation with him, all they have to do is wait him out.

Trump is delaying a ten-percent tariff on Chinese goods until after the holiday shopping season. While previous rounds of Trump’s tariffs didn’t affect clothing (Ivanka’s fashion line and “Make America Great Again” products made in China), the next round will , in addition to electronics and toys. In case you’re not a parent, kids like to get clothes, electronics, and toys for Christmas.

Trump still claims China is paying all the costs of the tariffs, though reality proves U.S. consumers are paying the price for the previous rounds imposed by Trump. So basically, Trump is saying American shoppers don’t pay for tariffs but let me delay this round of tariffs so American shoppers won’t have to pay for them until after Christmas.

Trump’s stubbornness and stupidity are two reasons the stock market is tumbling and there are new fears of a recession. While consumers and economists have had confidence in the economy, they don’t have it in Trump.

Donald Trump inherited a great economy from Barack Obama. It’s his greatest accomplishment, as inheriting is his greatest life accomplishment. His other big accomplishment is that even he hasn’t destroyed the Obama economy…yet. It appears that is about to change. Just like his daddy’s money, Trump will burn what Obama left for him. And, when the economy starts reeling and stockbrokers realize the guy in charge of the government doesn’t understand tariffs or taxes, they start selling. Yesterday was the worst day of the year for the Dow.

Trump raised tariffs 10 percent, then 25 percent. He initially left off items like clothing and cell phones, but the next round, which is now scheduled for December 15, will hit $300 billion of almost all Chinese goods at 10 percent. Some tariffs will still take effect on September 1.

When tariffs are raised, companies like Wal-Mart and Target have three options. They can find a new source for goods (like Vietnam or Mexico), or they can eat the increased prices themselves (which a lot of them have been doing), or they can pass the price increase to their customers. Even if American consumers don’t pay the higher fees, American companies will. Americans are still paying for these tariffs, not China.

I am not an economic expert, but apparently I, a guy who draws funny pictures and makes fun of people for a living, understand this topic better than the president of the United States.

The one thing that’s been keeping the Trump dumpster fire afloat has been Obama’s economy. Voters have short memories and they suck at seeing the future. But they do live in the present. When their pocketbooks and bank accounts are hurting in November 2020, Captain Bone Spurs will finally feel their pain.

Many economists believe it was good policy for Trump to back down on this latest round of tariffs, but they don’t like the politics of it. Nearly everyone agrees China has taken advantage of us in trade, but hardly anyone agrees we can win a trade war…or that anyone can win a trade war. Trump now has to find a way to end another crisis he created.

The only hope with the next round of tariffs is that Trump chickens out again. It can go either way. The guy is stubborn while also being a coward. Let’s hope the chicken wins over the jackass. Or, he delays the next round, then hopes everyone forgets about it. With his supporters, that’s very possible.

But trust me on this, when we go into battle, over a trade war or a real war, Captain Bone Spurs will save himself and once again, avoid doing any of the actual fighting.

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Can’t Get Rain On The Bone Spurs


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The Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918 near the Marne River in France during World War I greatly contributed to the lore of the United States Marines. It was one of the first battles for American troops entering the war which was a victory for the allies at a cost of 1,811 American lives. The Aisne Marne American Cemetery which contains American remains is a monument to those who fought in the battle. The names of 1,060 Americans who went missing and whose bodies were not recovered are engraved on the walls of the site.

Major General James Harbord said in 1923, “Now and then, a veteran, for the brief span that we still survive, will come here to live again the brave days of that distant June. Here will be raised the altars of patriotism; here will be renewed the vows of sacrifice and consecration to country. Hither will come our countrymen in hours of depression, and even of failure, and take new courage from this shrine of great deeds.”

Unless, of course, it’s raining.

Even though other leaders, like French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were able to attend ceremonies for their war dead in the light French rain, Donald Trump canceled a visit to the cemetery and chose to stay at the American embassy and watch television and tweet. The White House said his trip was canceled because of the rain.

Other American presidents have attended events in the rain. The White House said the rain created traveling and security issues for Trump, but aides to other presidents said there were always backup plans in case of rain because weather does happen.

In Donald Trump’s defense, he’s just not as physically or mentally capable to deal with such harsh challenges, like a sprinkle. He couldn’t serve his country in Vietnam because of bone spurs. He wasn’t able to walk with other world leaders during his first presidential trip to Europe and instead had to use a golf cart. He doesn’t know how to operate an umbrella. And then, there’s his hair. Who are we to ask for miracles from Aqua Net?

It’s amazing that Trump supporters, especially veterans, believe Trump respects the military. Time and time again, he’s proven he’ll selfishly put himself before our nation. He has said POWs aren’t war heroes, he’s feuded and insulted Gold Star families, and he’s placed our service members along the border in an election stunt. In his two years as president, Trump has yet to visit troops in a war zone. Last year, he was scheduled to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone, but it was canceled because of…weather.

Rain, sharks, words on paper, black women, stairs….The list of stuff Trump is afraid of keeps getting longer.

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Captain Bone-Spurs To The Rescue


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When I saw the quote scroll across my news feed, “You don’t know until you test it, but I think, I really believe I would have run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon,” I couldn’t help myself.

Forgive my cynicism, but I don’t have much faith that Donald Trump, Mr. five-deferments, Captain Bone-Spurs, and can’t-criticize-Putin, would go rushing into a shooting situation. Donald Trump has never cared about anything except Donald Trump.

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Deferment Donny


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Donald Trump claims he has respect for the military. He says he’s rebuilding our armed forces and has even lied that he’s rebuilt our nuclear arsenal. He seems to be itching for a fight, whether it’s with North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, or the mayor of London.

During the presidential campaign, a veteran was so inspired by Trump that he gave him his Purple Heart.

In case you’re not familiar with it, the Purple Heart is awarded to those in the military wounded or killed during combat. My father earned a Purple Heart.

I have no idea what Trump could have said that would have inspired this veteran, who was wounded serving his nation, to give his Purple Heart to such a person like Donald Trump. When I think of “inspirational,” I don’t think of Donald Trump. When I step into something an animal made on the sidewalk, that’s when I think of Donald Trump. How could someone give their Purple Heart to a guy with five deferments, one of them being for bone spurs which never seemed to impact his golf game. How could he give his medal to a man who attacked a Gold Star family? How could he give one to a man who said POWs are not heroes and that he likes people who weren’t captured?

Trump said that he always wanted a Purple Heart. Does anyone join the military hoping they get shot or killed? If such a bizarre stupid comment had been said before my father passed away, I would have asked him, “Dad…did you join hoping to win a Purple Heart?” I’m pretty sure he’d say no.

Instead of politely, and humbly, declining the gesture from the veteran, Trump took the medal. I would have turned it down because I’m unworthy of possessing a Purple Heart (my little sister has my father’s medal and I gave my son his dog tag), and so is Donald Trump.

Over the past week, Trump has feuded with a pregnant war widow over comments he made. He never mentioned her husband’s name and told her “he knew what he signed up for.” He’s assured us he was very respectful…while continuing to do the disrespectful thing of tweeting about it, and then sending his four-star general Chief of Staff out to lie about it.

Trump claimed he had called the family of everyone who has been killed in the line of duty since he became president. That was a lie. He started calling after the press asked him about it. He promised a Gold Star father that he would personally give him $25,000, and didn’t send it until the press asked him about it (it was postmarked the day after being questioned about it). Trump claimed Obama never called or wrote letters to Gold Star families. That was, surprise, another lie.

Trump lies about everything, and when he makes an accusation about someone else, it usually fits him (like liar, loser, crooked, little, bad hair, ugly, fat, etc.).

Trump only respects what has the Trump brand on it. He has more respect for Trump Steaks than he does for the military, those who served, and those who have sacrificed. You would think a trust fund baby who used the bone spur method to avoid serving in Vietnam, while other men his age were dying there, would have learned a little appreciation, respect, dignity, humbleness, and honor by the time he reached the age of the 70.

Not only does Trump disrespect, he has no gratitude. He can prove me wrong and I hope in the future an interviewer will give him the opportunity to do so. It probably won’t happen because the interviewer will be working for Fox.

But, next time Trump is being interviewed, how about asking him a question where he can prove he has respect and gratitude. Ask him about the gentleman who gave him his Purple Heart.

Ask him if he remembers that gentleman’s name.

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