United States – President’s Day 2017

February 16, 2017

PADMINI ARHANT. Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com. Spousal Partner Divine Mission.

By Padmini Arhant

The office of Presidency is a powerful position as the chief executive and commander-in-chief of the military in the nation.  Power comes with responsibility and ability to manage and maintain stability without compromising unity, peace and progress.

There is no doubt that politics pose challenges in many ways due to political, ideological and fundamental reasons except recognizing common grounds to build the nation for the benefit of all rather than selective few in society.

In the United States – the two political parties as Republicans and Democrats resigned to conservatism and liberalism with moderate position on both sides often bridging the gap in the otherwise political tussle on most legislations make governance nearly impossible. Lately media role exacerbates the condition. 

Not to mention the internal and external influence on government through lobby, campaign financing and think tanks policy disenfranchise electorate post-election.

Regardless of administrations whether republican or democrat, the political favors are exchanged between all three government branches viz. the executive, legislative and judiciary members and big donors behind candidacy. In politics, the tradition expanded for self and vested interests hindering necessary developments in the country.

The problem lies in the absence of accountability and collusion to protect one another exempting those involved in violations from facing charges that are normally enforced on ordinary citizens and others not in the exclusive club.

The polarization in society with the rule of law binding on all citizens while the lawmakers, government members and their affiliates, associates or anyone remotely linked to them not affected by such laws or ethics despite numerous breaches raise serious questions about the system declared as democracy.

Presidency with executive orders is misunderstood as privilege meant for misuse and administrations in the past and present misinterpret the purpose as extrajudicial power at their disposal that creates unnecessary tension and confusion.

There is one thing about campaign promises to attract political base and segments with belief on any issue in the contentious elections even when that leads to lofty and controversial aspirations and then the other dealing with practicality of fulfilling them upon assuming office.

As a result, the campaign strategy drawn on extraordinary goals to win elections fall short on mechanisms and means to deliver the election motivated pledge.

The newly elected administration headed by President Donald Trump signed executive orders on immigration and building the wall among several others might be prompted in adherence to personal convictions over due diligence. 

On the immigration matter – deportation of families with many having United States born children as dependents is not a rational measure and continuation of the earlier administration approach in this regard would prove alignment on ill-conceived exercise.

President Donald Trump professional background related to real estate and hospitality industry with immigrant workers contributing to business success is the reality that other businesses and companies deserve to boost economic growth understandably the President’s immediate priority.

The dynamics utilizing diverse skills and orientation that immigrants offer in different capacity instrumental in advancing macroeconomic prospects and international trade.

Any apprehensions on immigrants depriving American work force arise from businesses seeking higher profitability at lower cost of operation and simultaneously remaining competitive in the global market.

Many factors such as taxes, business incentives and employment structure for various categories would create better opportunity to maximize productivity in manufacturing and service sector.

The proposal to build the wall for border security is not prudent considering the scope of the project, the investment and effectiveness could drain resources with little or no impact on the intended course.

Instead President Donald Trump focus to ease trade relations with neighbors like Mexico and prevent arms sales to drug cartels responsible for violence forcing local population to leave their territory in search of safety and economic security would be far more viable in addressing the cause.

In terms of the recently confirmed EPA appointment of the former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has received well founded concerns and reservations with EPA role to save environment from relentless abuse with energy and automobile industry resistance to contain contamination, pollution and carbon emission threatening life and ecosystem at a rapid pace.

Environment protection agency (EPA) lacking in appropriate guidelines and enforceable options defeats the objectives for federal agency as oversight monitoring and preserving the environment shared by the entire nation and the world at large.

Accordingly, the incoming director Scott Pruitt justifying the post with actions favorable to environment like clean air and water are vital that would alleviate health hazards cutting costs on health care for many suffering from preventable illness in addition to promoting well-being for all.

Without healthy environment, wealth and prosperity is unsustainable and meaningless in the event of increasing environment woes endangering life and habitat.

As for other executive rules from the current administration, the topic will resume elaborating the pros and cons to evaluate the risks and recovery process.

Peace o all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

Spouse in Divine Mission

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 Politics – Public Service or Gold Mine?

By Padmini Arhant

Choosing political career and joining the government would be normally considered a sense of duty to serve constituents, district, state, nation and the world at large.

The meaning of Public Service leading to the term public servant is regarded derogatory by members in government. Instead the designation preference is authority and powerful entity or lawmakers even when they are lawbreakers with no respect for the rule of law and ethics they enforce on citizens of the state.

Not surprisingly, the recruits in the administration are usually the ones committed to not necessarily serving the nation but the head of the administration and in most instances the spouse in particular.

How does one explain the wealth acquisition among White House staff with annual salary $172,200 and upon exit at the end of the term their net worth is millions of dollars? The same would apply to members of Congress as well.

Are they all born with silver spoon and pledged to serve the country?

In that case, shouldn’t they bequeath their wealth alleviating economic disparity?

Unless, the situation is other way around.  The primary purpose is to make hay when the sun shines and in politics it happens rain or shine – the perennial season.

How about the administration using IRS to intimidate political opponents or organizations for partisan agenda?

While protecting administration members in serious violation of tax evasions and tax fraud.

The administration of the former President Barack Obama hired White House Staff have done remarkably well considering the Hope and Change platform enabling the victory in 2008.

Synopsis on public service guaranteed wealthy status.

In 2012, the ex-President Barack Obama White House members on annual salary $172,200 or more net worth were as follows within three years of service in the administration and exponential rise towards the second term. 

Susan Rice – $20 million plus

Valerie Jarrett – $3.3 million to $13 million

Christopher Lu – $2.3 million and $5.2million

David Plouffe – $3.6 million

Jay Carney – $3.2 million

Dan Pfeiffer –   $2.1million

Just a few names among several for whom politics apparently is a gold mine.

No wonder the selective choices effectively compete in the gold rush.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

Spouse in Divine Mission

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Politics and Media Relations

By Padmini Arhant

How does Politics manage media relations?

Through wedding and pre-nuptial agreement. Marry media and bury the hatchet. 

In the former President Barack Obama administration – the media relation, a family affair. 

ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, former National Security Adviser in former President Barack Obama administration – This explains the ex-NSA Susan Rice sweep and mop strategy  in misleading American public on Benghazi scandal. 

CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications – Master stroke not to report on Ben Rhodes email elaborating coverup on Benghazi debacle.

ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former Whitehouse Press Secretary Jay Carney.

ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary.

ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood.

CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to Hillary Clinton’s former Deputy Secretary Tom Nides – No wonder there was all praise regardless of Benghazi, private email server and political excess baggage. 

Is this not a conflict of interest?  

Who is to report when the source outsourced to serve political interest.

Politics and cronyism evolved to become inseparable entity defending any indefensible position.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

Spouse in Divine Mission

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United States – The Parallels and Paradoxical Judgment

By Padmini Arhant

Whenever the wheels of justice are out of alignment and spin off breaking the trust and aspirations for fair outcome, the system collapse.

Politics in control of judiciary with judicial nominations and appointments stemming from the source responsible for diverse violations and constitutional breach cannot be expected to deliver justice.

Similarly, media and press along with entertainment industry directed to embellish and exaggerate performance of one administration while hold the other in extreme contempt clarifies the apparatus beyond repair.

There are many issues that are raised now were not pursued with prevalent zeal during previous administrations unspeakable crimes and undemocratic means exercising extrajudicial power in the executive branch.

Notwithstanding the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s defiance to secrecy on private email server and hacking domestic and foreign governments officials email and phones besides toppling democratic leaderships for perpetual chaos and unrest.

The advocates of democracy and liberalism or republican conservative values together with the so-called progressives and independents dismayed at current state of affairs originated long before and worsened thereafter possibly lost in memory lane.

Since twenty first century onset in the face of coordinated and coalesced 9/11 attack for preemptive aggressions against nations in the Project for New American Century (PNAC), the quest to deplete United States economy and foreign land resources never ceased.

Then the administration of hope and change arrived in 2008 intensifying the ill-conceived foreign policy and domestic woes that are misquoted as positive accomplishments.

In fact, the recently departed administration could get away with more of the same as the predecessor inflicting damages and magnifying problems at home and abroad.

Bush-Cheney administration introduced Islamophobia under the guise of national security was maintained by Barack Obama administration.

The President name Barack Hussain Obama was not acknowledged as a Muslim heritage and insisted on having nothing to do with Islam.

The Bush-Cheney infamous Guantanamo Bay and activities such as renditions including abductions for overseas detentions denying habeas corpus diligently pursued under former President Barack Obama administration.

The State department under former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton organized coups in Latin America, Egypt, Thailand and Ukraine not barring Syrian peace accord sabotage at every opportunity from the certified   democrat experiencing defeat in the 2016 Presidential election attributed to bizarre speculations except the candidate’s flawed trajectory.

The fact check on ex-President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could very well be slighted and lampooned through surrogates and talking heads in different form and shape. 

However, the administration’s egregious decisions sponsoring terrorism with funding, arming and training terror networks evolving into ISIS and direct involvement leading to irreversible loss of lives and destruction of innocent civilians’ future forced into refugee status are not laughing matter.

Congressional hearing on Benghazi scandal scoffed instead of admitting dereliction of duty on preventable fatalities of former U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and intelligence officials showing little or no respect for life in general.

In the same manner, the massive cover up on Abbotabad mission claiming victory in the killing of the deceased Osama Bin Laden and systematic elimination of Navy SEALS deployed in that operation under Barack Obama Presidency is all too sensitive for free speech condemnations audible at the moment.

The Presidency of Barack Obama foreign policy accelerated economic sanctions against countries identified as adversary.

Notably embargo impact citizens of the sanctioned nations depriving them from essentials like food, medicines and various items that are imported from other regions. The action is far more debilitating given the scarcity and lack of access contributing to slow and painful deaths of children, women and elderly suffering from chronic disease.

Yet sanctions are passionately endorsed at UNSC as the ideal choice to contain nations that are not in agreement with unreasonable demand from major powers exerting control over world population.

The troop withdrawals in Iraq was redeployed in the outskirts of Baghdad and Mosul while the remaining were dispatched to Afghanistan extending the occupation in the war torn nation indefinitely without any respite from shelling and carnage.

Asia Pacific encountered Pivot Asia strategy under Barack Obama administration with provocative maneuvers escalating tension in that part of the world.

Under Barack Obama PresidencyAfrica was lot easier to be militarized with drones, military bases and weapons cache to rebels protracting civil wars and interventions like in Sudan splitting the largest North African nation into Sudan and South Sudan with never ending conflict.

In south Asia, Barack Obama administration authorized predator drones in Muslim countries Pakistan and Afghanistan chasing men, women and children from their humble dwellings banned existence in their homeland in the irony on protest to Muslim travel ban now. The drone targeted east African Muslim country Somalia as well.

Middle East transformed into perennial turmoil with overt supply of arms and ammunitions to terror factions relocated from Libya and Afghanistan.

The middle east peace process consistently stifled with the administration’s veto at UNSC amid authorizing U.S. tax fund $38 billion dollars to Israel’s military aid over ten years beginning in middle of 2016 despite Israel’s contentious settlement activity.  Any tail end gesture with abstinence at UNSC highlights duplicity.

The blood rivers in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and Yemen enabled in the military and financial assistance to terror outfits and dictatorial regimes in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and lackeys viz. Turkey leadership Recep Tayyip Erdogan obliging Barack Obama administration instruction to provide shelter to terror recruits defined as moderate terrorists against Syria.

Nuclear proliferation amongst prominent nuclear powers expanded with subterranean nuclear testing under water and overland carried out unabated in the same breadth criticizing other nations nuclear ambitions aimed at deterrence as dangerous and contemptuous.

The former President Barack Obama came to power with Super Pac funding and mega donations from Goldman Sachs and big wigs in Wall Street. 

The administration had cabinet members like Larry Summers who quit midway in the first term and Timothy Geithner unapologetic tax evasions heading Treasury in the second term.  These individuals profile were well known as Wall Street bankers. Likewise, the other key posts from Defense to Commerce and Justice were not mainstream category either.

The corruption charges against former Attorney General Eric Holder declining to show any interest in Wall Street bankers and financial institutions mortgage fraud among several other findings on unlawful practices confirms the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington.

Accordingly, the tradition of exchanging favors following political win judiciously continued under Barack Obama Presidency evidently erased from media and loyalists database.

Barack Obama administration domestic policy – the Bush tax cuts to wealthy were preserved burdening the middle class and actual tax payers in the economy.

On health care reformObamacare imposition of mandatory insurance subscription with penalty upon failure to comply is a bonanza to health insurance industry gaining 30 million subscribers through legislation.

Financial reform – Dodd – Frank act leaving several loopholes to satisfy Wall Street bankers requirements and incorporating former Federal Reserve Chairman and Bilderberg group elite member Paul Volcker rule was not entirely an effective measure to restrict financial institutions from conducting business as usual.

Not to mention Senator Chris Dodd and Vice President Joe Biden as well as some republican lawmakers’ family affiliation as Wall Street lobbyists compromising any regulations and enactment.

Furthermore, the formidable 1933 Glass Steagall Banking Act long regarded an obstacle for Wall Street private endeavors was repealed in 1999 during democrat Bill Clinton administration paving way for successor Republican George W. Bush administration carte blanche authority resulting in 2008 recession and housing market debacle.

In this context, the Obama Affordable Housing Act continues to mislead homeowners ending in foreclosures than necessary relief in home retention critical to protect housing market and job creations in construction industry.

EnvironmentBarack Obama and Hillary Clinton scuttled Copenhagen COP 15 treaty exacerbated environmental challenges for developing countries and island nations bearing the brunt on unusual weather conditions that are not addressed in Paris climate pact.

Social Issues – Regardless of clamor and denials, the rise in African American deaths under Black Presidency is an irrefutable reality. Additionally, the unemployment and homelessness amongst blacks compared to other racial demography increased in the absence of specific program to improve the disadvantaged situation.

There is one aspect of law enforcement clashes with black citizens and then the other black mistreatment by Black Presidency demonstrated in the Secret Service and Washington D.C. Police fired bullets at unarmed civilian – the young black mother Miriam Iris Carey with her thirteen months old daughter Erica in the back seat on October 3rd, 2013 at the White House doorstep is reprehensible.

Subsequently refusing the victim’s family request to allow the child to attend her mother’s funeral could only be interpreted as power corrupts human mind and absolute power endanger safety and security of anyone not within the circle.

Then on July 19, 2010 African American citizen Shirley Sherrod, Director, Georgia State Rural Department for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was a casualty of political expediency.

Shirley Sherrod was unfairly fired by President Barack Obama in reaction to Fox News aired doctored videotape.

Troy Anthony Davis the African American executed on September 21, 2011 in the southern state of Georgia through lethal injection that could have been averted with a Presidential pardon then reversing the trend on history repeating itself in reminiscent of plantation era.

On the topic of billionaires flocking the present administration, that should not be a surprise considering money and politics are intertwined with one aiding another and vice versa.

The media frenzy on the new administration representation with billionaires obviously neglects the important factor about the previous administration entry into White House with maxed out credit cards and exit with phenomenal bank balance and offshore accounts qualifying membership in billionaire club.

Politics double standards are nothing new. Nonetheless the ex-President Barack Obama message to homeowners losing their homes was one should live within means and not exceed affordability.  Although the advice for any other item would be appropriate, the investment in home for living would be evaluated on sustainability.

Interestingly the same was not applied to President and family extravagant vacations at taxpayer expense to a tune of $100 million on a single African Safari trip when the rest of the country was struggling to make ends meet in the sluggish economy at that time.

To summarize Barack Obama Presidencythe proof of the pudding is in the eating and aptly reflected in the elections 2010 to 2016 not excluding the unsuccessful Summer Olympic bid for 2016 in Chicago.

The administration legacy espousing violence and shunning transparency exemplified in the emergence of ISIS and downward spiraling in humanitarian cause for a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Too good to be true on campaign trail perhaps proved to be as such.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter PadminiArhant.com

Spouse in Divine Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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