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Long con: A complex scam that happens over weeks, months or even years. and involves a long series of steps and even scripts and costumes, like a play. The purpose is to rob the victim of greater amounts than could be accomplished in a “short con” of a day or two.
Question: What is the best way to swindle an egotist? Answer: Appeal to his ego.
Which of these two world leaders will outwit the other?
Moscow (AFP) – President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of responsibility and act accordingly.
“Since he managed to achieve success in business, that shows he is a clever person,” the Russian strongman said in an interview with NTV television that has already aired in the country’s far east, quoted by TASS news agency.
“If he’s clever, that means he will fully and quite quickly grasp a different level of responsibility.”
Putin said that Russia “expects that he will act precisely on this basis.”
The Kremlin said last month that the two men agreed, in their first phone call after Trump’s election win in November, on the need to “normalise” Russia-US relations.
In Putin-speak, “normalize” means to do what Putin wants, which given enough flattery, Trump appears quite amenable.
Here are some of Trump’s comments about Putin, comments that demonstrate Trump’s insatiable lust for compliments.
- “Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done — whether you like him or don’t like him — he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia, period.”
- “Putin has big plans for Russia. He wants to edge out its neighbors so that Russia can dominate oil supplies to all of Europe. I respect Putin and Russians but cannot believe our leader (Obama) allows them to get away with so much…Hats off to the Russians.”
- “Will he (Putin) become my new best friend?”
- “I think he’s done really a great job of outsmarting our country.”
- “I think the biggest thing we have is that we were on ’60 Minutes’ together and we had fantastic ratings. One of your best-rated shows in a long time. So that was good, right? So we were stable mates.”
- “I think that I would probably get along with him very well. And I don’t think you’d be having the kind of problems that you’re having right now.”
- “I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.” (Actually, he and Putin had been interviewed in separate countries at different times for the same news program.)
- After Putin praised Trump as a “talented person,” Trump said, “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”
- In defending Putin against allegations he had been killing reporters, Trump said, “He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country. I think our country does plenty of killing also.”
- “I have no relationship with (Putin) other than he called me a genius. He said Donald trump is a genius and he is going to be the leader of the party and he’s going to be the leader of the world or something. These characters that I’m running against said, ‘We want you to disavow that statement.’ I said what, he called me a genius, I’m going to disavow it? Are you crazy? Can you believe it? How stupid are they.” (Putin never called Trump a “genius.”)
- “I don’t think he has any respect for Clinton. I think he respects me. I think it would be great to get along with him.”
Seemingly, Putin will be able to lead Trump to do anything, merely by dangling praise in front of Trump’s nose.
Putin on Thursday reiterated Moscow’s readiness to work with Trump’s administration once the president-elect takes office in January.
“It is important to normalise and start to develop bilateral relations on an equal and mutually-beneficial basis,” Putin said in his annual state of the nation address.
During the US election campaign, Putin praised him for appealing effectively to disenchanted American electors.
“He represents the views of a significant part of society in the United States that is tired of those elites who have been in power for decades,” he said in October.
Trump is just an “ordinary” (?) billionaire who doesn’t like those elites who already have been in power for decades. Here are a few of those “ordinary, non-elites “ he has appointed:
Steve Mnuchin, Treasury secretary, former investment banker, hedge fund investor and executive at Goldman Sachs. Owns a $26.5 million house in Bel Air, California.
Wilbur Ross, Commerce secretary, billionaire investor and former banker.
Elaine Chao, married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, served as the 24th, formerly United States Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under George H. W. Bush.
Rep.Tom Price, has been in the House for six terms.
Betsy DeVos, Education secretary, billionaire married to Dick DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, attorney general, ten years in the U.S. Senate
Todd Ricketts, deputy Commerce secretary, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and the son of Ameritrade founder and billionaire Joe Ricketts.
Seema Verma, founder, president and CEO of the health policy consulting firm SVC Inc. Created thr Healthy Indiana Plan, the health insurance program that requires low-income participants to pay into a health savings account and has high deductibles. According to Verma, “You have to make your contribution every month, with a 60-day grace period. If you don’t make the contribution, you’re out of the program for 12 months. It’s a strong personal responsibility mechanism.” As of 2014, SVC Inc. had been awarded over $3.5 million in Indiana state contracts. Verma was accused of conflict of interest because she concurrently was employed with Hewlett-Packard, earning over $1 million during a period when the company had secured $500 million in state contracts.
Stephen Bannon, chief strategist and senior counselor, executive chair of Breitbart News, a far-right website and is associated with the white supremist alt-right.
Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, national security adviser. Was fired from the Pentagon’s top intelligence job. Called Islam “a cancer” and “a political ideology” that “hides behind this notion of it being a religion.”
Putin’s compliments, so unlike his public persona, are part of his long con, getting a neutered Trump on his side, when Russia makes its inevitable aggressive moves.
We already have seen it:
Donald Trump said that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t make a military move into Ukraine — even though Putin already has done just that, seizing the country’s Crimean Peninsula.
“He’s not going into Ukraine, OK, just so you understand. He’s not going to go into Ukraine, all right? You can mark it down. You can put it down. You can take it anywhere you want,” Trump said in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”
“Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?” Stephanopoulos responded, in a reference to Crimea, which Putin took from Ukraine in early 2014.
Trump said: “OK — well, he’s there in a certain way. But I’m not there. You have Obama there. And frankly, that whole part of the world is a mess under Obama with all the strength that you’re talking about and all of the power of NATO and all of this. In the meantime, he’s going away. He takes Crimea.”
When you hire an inexperienced, self-absorbed, teenaged, twitter child to do a serious, experienced, man’s job, that is exactly what you get: an inexperienced, self-absorbed, teenaged, twitter child.
My fear and my prediction: Putin will flatter, cajole and seduce Trump’s inflated ego, while eating America’s lunch.
Meanwhile, Trump, along with his billionaires and right-wing extremists, will accelerate the 1%’s attack on the middle class and the poor.
This is a prediction I pray will be wrong, but the signs aren’t good.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
•Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
•Any monetarily NON-sovereign government — be it city, county, state or nation — that runs an ongoing trade deficit, eventually will run out of money.
•The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes..
•No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth.
•Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
•A growing economy requires a growing supply of money (GDP = Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
•Deficit spending grows the supply of money
•The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
•The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
•Progressives think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
•The single most important problem in economics is the Gap between the rich and the rest.
•Austerity is the government’s method for widening the Gap between the rich and the rest.
•Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.