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Bob Bell: Trump sees the problem, finds the solution

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By BOB BELL

As with most elections we tend to get lost in the weeds as election day approaches. Did one candidate say something stupid or the other candidate say something mean?

Having lived through almost 20 presidential elections I have developed some insights regarding what really matters. I find it helpful to look at the election from 30,000 feet to see the big picture.

For example, what is the deal with President Trump and his detractors? First of all, Donald Trump is the first non-politician elected president since George Washington. The political class hate that and consequently him. He approaches problems as a businessman not as a politician. He sees a problem and finds a pragmatic nonpolitical solution regardless of the politics.

Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are streaming over our southern border? You build a wall to stop them. This is not a Republican or a Democrat solution, but a practical solution.

President Trump inherited a government deeply mired in the swamp. People get elected to Congress and within a few years many of them (excluding our Alaskan delegation) are millionaires.

How does that happen? Well, the fat cats such as those in healthcare, non-profits, defense contractors, George Soros, lobbyists etc. not only provide the money to get them elected (Al Gross $17 million), they also see that they make good investments to accumulate wealth. In return they get their lucrative government contracts.

High ranking federal employees make sure it all works in exchange for pay and benefits far more than comparable jobs in the private sector. You have to wonder how did the Clintons accumulated a net worth of over $100 million when they were on government salaries most of their lives? Big corporations paid them $500,000 to make a speech.

A for-profit college, Laureate International University, paid Bill Clinton $18 million to be its “honorary” chancellor. Shortly thereafter the government shut down two of its main competitors. I guess that was just a coincidence.

Also, does anyone really believe Hunter Biden was paid $80,000/month to sit on a Ukraine gas company board and was paid $3.5 million by a Russian politician’s wife due to his business acumen? This is the definition of the swamp.

Donald Trump comes along and doesn’t need the fat cats to get elected. He also doesn’t need the federal employees to help him stay in office. He is there to drain the swamp, and that includes politicians of either party who don’t represent the people, big corporations and their government contracts and overpaid federal employees who make it all happen.

Of course, they all hate him. Their gravy train is being derailed. What we are witnessing is an all-out assault on the president by the whole Washington cabal. Their financial future depends on getting him out of the White House.

I just hope most Americans see this on Nov. 3.

Bob Bell is a civil engineer who ran for House in 2012 and is the author of Oh No! We’re Gonna Die Too: More Humorous Tales of Close Calls in Alaska’s Wilderness

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Excellent!!!

    • From the NY Times: The Swamp That Trump Built. “A businessman-president transplanted favor-seeking in Washington to his family’s hotels and resorts — and earned millions as a gatekeeper to his own administration.”

      nytimes.com/interactive/2020/10/10/us/trump-properties-swamp.html

      • The New York Times has lost all credibility with it’s false reporting and constant unnamed sources. Their lack of coverage of negative news against those with whom they are politically aligned is darn near criminal.

  • Well said. Short, concise, and great swamp examples. It is too bad liberals can’t understand something so simple.

  • Short and sweet, our current president is doing the job we hired him to do, let’s do it again.

    • Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that my comments on this article aren’t being posted. Perhaps because they are disagreeing with the editorial. Too bad that – unlike the mainstream media, Bob Bell and “Must Read Alaska” can’t handle dissenting opinions. That makes this propaganda, is not really free and open journalism. Who’s the fake news?

      • Sue, I see your comments. Frankly the NYT has not been an arbiter of Truth for a long time now. We cannot trust that the NYT is being truthful at all in stories regarding Donald Trump, or stories about anyone on the freedom side of center and away from the Socialist / Communist totalitarian side of center. If you truly believe mainstream media CAN handle dissenting opinions, you are sorely mistaken.

        Regardless, I believe in your absolute right to express yourself via your First Amendment right to do so. However, incorrect your comments may be. Obviously, so does MRAK, since your comments DO show up here.

  • To the point!

  • nailed it, Bob. Agree with the other comments.

  • Trump wants America to be out from under China’s Jackboots and become mineral independent. The mining industry, Pebble being Alaska’s issue, has been severely handicapped by a permitting process engineered by China’s proxy obstructionist environmentalists.
    Under the statehood act Alaska can select federal lands, which must be approved by the fed. As Alaska has been dragging it’s feet and hasn’t yet selected all the land permitted, there isn’t any “no recourse” final approval. This little detail, while in a legal grey area, does set the stage where the fed could possibly reverse the approval for any parcel selected so far, with the burden of show cause on the state.
    This would side-step state permitting altogether, making Alaska irrelevant.
    Will the law of unintended consequences strike again?

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