Programming note: This post was finalized and scheduled last night, as this morning I have departed early to drive west, from Denver to Silicon Valley via Las Vegas. There I will spend the next 6-12 months helping a Valley company get their Quality Management ducks all in a row, and if I were a religious man I would add “and may God have mercy on my soul.” There are few places on the planet where I fit in less than Californey, and the Bay Area is one of the nuttiest environs in a nutty state.
But still, as I’m fond of pointing out, they pay me to go where the work is, not where the fun is.
Moving right along: It’s Trump Day! At noon EST today, The Donald takes the reins of power from outgoing President Obama – the very reins he pretty much grabbed from the lamest of lame ducks some time ago. Today’s ceremonies just make it official. But it’s significant, as this heralds another peaceful transition of power, one that goes back to when George Washington peacefully left office in 1797, handed the reins of power over to John Adams and went back to his farm, making the world’s kings, queens, emperors and potentates let out a collective “…what the fuck?”
Note that qualifier: “Peaceful” transition of power. It may be technically peaceful, but it remains to be seen how peaceful the Imperial capital will be while the ceremonies take place. Notorious dissembler and blowpig Micheal Moore has promised to lead a protest, and an unprecedented number of Democratic pols are protesting by eschewing the inaugural festivities.
So, what shall we expect to see in this brave new world, with our unexpected, unprecedented and somewhat surreal real-estate mogul/developer/reality TV star President? Here are some tidbits:
- The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its economic forecast for the United States, citing Trump’s policies.
- The national Democratic Party is still pointing fingers and trying to regroup.
- The Clinton Foundation is seriously downsizing, even before any action by the incoming Administration – no more influence to peddle, perhaps?
- President-As-Was Obama ain’t going anywhere. We’ll see plenty of finger-wagging from him for quite a while.
As I’ve been saying for a while now, it’s going to be an interesting four years – hell, it’s going to be an interesting first 100 days, traditionally that magical interval in which a new President expends a bunch of political capital to get agenda items implemented while the blush is still on the rose.
Here’s where it’s going to be different this time, True Believers; this rose has no blush. Never did, never will. The Donald won the GOP nomination over the objections of much of his own party, and won election (handily) in what a lot of folks, yr. obdt. included, saw as an unexpected upset. Most of the legacy media makes little effort to conceal their contempt for The Donald, and the feeling is certainly mutual.
But if he follows through on some of his stated positions – tax rate cuts, repairing the ACA, reducing regulation, and if we can persuade him to maybe eliminate a few unnecessary Imperial agencies, we may just have a few pretty prosperous years ahead. Cross your fingers! It’s going to be an exciting ride.