Mr. Lebron James
The Los Angeles Lakers
2275 E. Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Dear Mr. James:
No one in my circles discusses French Modernist artists. That comforts me. Such a conversation would expose me as an illiterate on French Modernism, just as I am an illiterate on cooking, and many other things. When I know nothing on a subject, my mouth stays closed. That’s at least one difference in us.
You are an economics illiterate. You prove it often. The dishonest “reporters” who cover you want to be your buddy. They won’t embarrass you by being honest journalists, and treating your words as economics illiteracy. When you call Trump “a bum”, none of them will tell you that statistics rank him as one of our best presidents for black Americans.
His tax cuts and freeing us from absurd regulations have resulted in — after only 24 months — the lowest unemployment numbers EVER for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.
DURING THOSE 24 MONTHS, TRUMP’S POLICIES CREATED ABOUT FOUR TIMES MORE MANUFACTURING JOBS THAN WERE CREATED DURING THE ENTIRE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S EIGHT YEARS!!!
Remember during the Trump campaign when Obama mistakenly said, “What’s Trump gonna do? Wave a magic wand? These lost manufacturing jobs are not coming back.” Maybe manufacturing job growth depends on a president who knows what the hell he’s doing as opposed to some smiling idiot that was nothing more than a community organizer…
As a professional journalist, I cringe at some of Trump’s buffoonery, like repeating sentences and wearing us out with “great,” “fantastic” and other empty adjectives. He is egotistical and bombastic. He was not my original candidate which just goes to show how wrong I was. But there’s no question his policies have helped many more minority Americans than Obama. It’s not even close. Today, he’s working to free many black and Hispanic prisoners who, in his opinion, have been in prison too long for relatively minor offenses. Are you aware of that effort?
You need to look up Gross Domestic Product, adjusted for inflation, and learn what it means to everyday Americans. Learn what one GDP point means to employment, and see how Trump has kept the numbers climbing.
Your buddy Obama? In addition to being our worst foreign affairs president, and worst military commander-in-chief, his economic numbers all deserved an “F.”
He is our ONLY eight-year president who failed to give us at least one 3% or higher year of adjusted GDP growth. EVERY other president achieved at least one year of 4.28% or higher growth. Aided by Vietnam spending, Johnson had an 8.48 year. The best peacetime year — 7.83 — belonged to Reagan. …And Obama couldn’t even score a 3??? ..Go ahead. Look it up. .
You say you would talk to Obama, but not Trump? Why? Is it because you’re a star basketball player, and you feel this God given talent elevates you above speaking to the most powerful person on the face of the earth? How tragic that your ego is so misplaced.
Obama had BY FAR the worst debt accumulation record of all our presidents in our history. His economic blunders added about $9 trillion to our debt. NO OTHER PRESIDENT EVEN CAME CLOSE. That’s ALMOST as much indebtedness as ALL of the former POTUS’S combined!! This debt will fall to you, your children, and your grandchildren….
Poor families suffered most during Obama’s tenure while he & his family were on VACATION, most of his time in office, on taxpayer funds! His awful job numbers forced a record number of people to receive food stamps. Black household income under Obama fell steeply as black unemployment rose. …Oh yes, you can look that up, too.
But the worst part of what Trump inherited is that Obama, like Bush and Clinton before him, thought bribes and sweet talk were the best ways to deal with North Korea . As the North Koreans neared being able to wipe out your present area of employment, Los Angeles , with a nuclear-tipped missile, Trump became the first president to stand up boldly to this rogue nation. Have you noticed North Korea , because of Trump, has stopped launching missiles over Japan ? ….Noticed; North Korea has released political prisoners?…Notice; North Korea has returned the remains of U.S. Service members? …Absent sturdy spines, Clinton, Bush, and Obama could not approach those major achievements.
Obama naively bribed the planet’s worst terrorist nation, Iran , with what was supposed to become a $150 billion handout, mostly in cash, and without notifying Congress. Did Obama not know many of those U.S. Tax dollars would help fund Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism? Of course, he did. He just wanted to appease the masses.
Remember the $800 billion of your, and everyone else’s tax dollars in his early stimulus for “shovel-ready jobs.” Most of those tax dollars went to political cronies. He handed $500 million to Solyndra, a solar company run by HIS boosters. The company soon went bankrupt. Our half-billion in tax dollars vanished with it. (And Trump can’t get 5.7 billion to build a wall to keep ALL Americans safe because he is asking to do it LEGALLY with Congress’ approval?)
Trump is often obnoxious, but people with courage often have that hang up. Obama always talked big, smiled a lot, then feebly stood by and did nothing.
A perfect example was when Putin infringed on Ukraine and annexed Crimea . What did Obama do?? …Not one damned thing!!
One of Obama’s most cowardly moves came when he warned Assad not to cross “the red line” in Syria. When Obama’s warning was ignored, which Assad knew would happen, Obama once again did nothing.
Now please Mr. James, be honest.. If this happened with Trump in charge, do you really think this action would have occurred without some retaliation?? …Hopefully, you’re not that naive.
It makes me sad that you, as someone with a national voice would be so ignorant of economics, and also presidential decisions. I encourage you to do more reading and thinking as you watch the nation’s GDP numbers improve, and minority employment rise.
Read about “Right To Try,” which frees terminally ill people to sign a lawsuit waiver, and take an experimental drug that might not be approved for many years. Democrats fought this sensible plan for years because it would cost them HUGE donations from the drug industry.
In order to become at least somewhat intelligently informed, Mr. James, why don’t you read about a Navy that Obama left to Trump that struggled with almost half its carrier aircraft unsafe to fly.
…Read about Trump’s giving the VA the right to fire any employee who neglects or abuses a patient.
…Read about Trump’s courage in challenging, actually demanding that, NATO partners begin to pay their fair share rather than keep mooching off the U.S.
..You might also read the wisdom of two of the world’s brightest people, black intellectuals Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams. They have written numerous books. Sowell and Williams’ integrity, remarkable insights, and clarity of expression cause their common sense to soar off the page to readers, both BLACK and white I might add.
Or, you could ignore vital Trump decisions, and remain an illiterate on both presidential achievement and economics.
If you disdain knowledge, and keep calling Trump or any other U.S. president a bum, YOUR word; other people with normal intelligence might actually begin to wonder who the real bum is with a bigger mouth than Trump’s!