THE DON JONES INDEX…

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

12/24/19…  16,574,71

12/17/19…  16,578.79            

    6/27/13…  15,000.00

 

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  12/24/19…28 267.16; 12/17/19…28 267.16; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

 

LESSON for December 24, 2019 – RING OUT the OLD!

 

The holidays are – at once – brutally elongated and jammed up tight against one another.  Black Friday, which began, last year, a few days before Thanksgiving swelled to a Black All Week, beginning a few days before Halloween.  Events also piled atop one another like bulging Santa bags of good cheer and grief while Don Jones was divided among himselves; the only American common was… shopping.

Buying stuff.

On credit.

The President and his supporters said that the economy was booming, the leading indicators said so too (but with a lot of asterisks).  The Dow reached record heights, several times, homelessness was also up, but joblessness was down.  (One of those asterisks… does the Bureau of Labor Statistics count the jobs created, or the people who might be holding down two or three of these part-time positions?)

2018 wobbled to a close more divided than 2017, inasmuch as the midterm elections ejected a Republican majority from the House of Representatives, replacing it with a bunch of 1) angry young Socialist or 2) cautious Red State moderate Democrats.  Washington became an out-of-control merry-go-round… or perhaps one of those game shows that boinks contestants out every week.

In our final Index, we noted the cashiering of yet another Trumpster.  Now, it’s the turn of Gen. “Mad Dog” Mattis – the last of Djonald Unchained’s military-based adults to step out of the playroom and shut the door behind him,” we noted, asking “What next?”.  What came next were a lot of things, but no more career military officers in the Cabinet – a bad thing given a petulant President in need of parental authority to steer him away from the crazy, but a good thing inasmuch as any overt power grab would probably not be backed up by the armed force of armed forces.

Then again, we now have… (whoosh!) SPACE FORCE!  (whoosh!)

Now, again… with Christmas and New Years’ Day both falling in the middle of the week… let’s tiptoe back in time (the way that the kiddiecam’s most creepy and notorious hacker invites toddlers to join him among the tulips as he places his tulips on their… CENSORED!)  To wallow in the debris of a damn good year for the one percent, a fair-to-middling ride for the rest of the Joneses (with, of course, the usual exception of mass shooting and tornado victims and lottery winners).

See the highs and lows of 2018 as Attachment Two.  Now, let’s go over what the first half of 2019 brought us… and how those developments developed into what we have today… the momentous and the absurd, the troublesome and the tasty, the quick and the dead, the Dow and the Don.

 

JANUARYJan. 1 – 23,327.46; 15,749.43 (Revised: 16,347.38); Jan. 8 – 23,531.35; 15,712.43, Jan. 15 – 24,065.59; 15,730.21 (Revised: 16,330.96);  Jan. 22 – 24,404.48, 15,695.00 (Revised: 16,294.36);  Jan. 29 – 24,570.96, 15,700.71 (Revised: 16,299.77).

January 1, 2019 – LEST AULD ACQUAINTANCE be FORGOT! – 2018 in review. (See Attachment Two) National Security for Times Square balldrop bans umbrellas in pouring rain. 

January 8, 2019 – SHUTDOWN SMACKDOWN! “Tonight, Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, took to the airwaves (resulting in the cancellation or pushback of episodes of Ellen’s Game of Games and the FBI) to make a direct appeal to Don Jones to pressure his Senators and Representative into allocating 5.7 billion in Federal funds to build a wall across the border with Mexico, and to justify his shutting down of some (not all) of the government until he gets his way.”  Also: Dow up sharply.  Talking toilet invented.

January 15, 2019 – MARTIAL PLAN? – “DJI Contributor Emeritus, CNC Board Member, former Congressman and Independent Presidential Candidate Jack “Catfish” Parnell has revised his stance and now supports building Donald Trump’s wall across the Mexican border after conversations with youth groups in Los Angeles last night.

Build the wall!” the candidate told local media.  “Build it fast and build it now!”

When asked “Why?” Parnell gave a one-word answer… “Banksy.”  (the graffiti art on Trump’s wall could be worth millions)  Also: POTUS welcomed the victorious Clemson football team to an honest-to-goodness White House Banquet of Big Macs, fried chicken and pizza and fries piled on a table!  Will a National Emergency or declaration of Martial Law automatically end the shutdown (and what could be the collateral damage)?  Illinois denies permit for R. Kelly concert. 

January 22, 2019 – BILBARR the BARBARIAN! - Bad things come in threes for President Trump… the government shutdown stumbles forward, the Mueller investigation’s big wheels grind on and an angry Congress, hungering for blood, is presently considering the qualifications of one-time Bush I boy wonder William Barr for Attorney General.  Rockers KISS and Bon Jovi offer free food to striking government workers.

January 29, 2019 – STAY of CHIEF EXECUTIVUTION! – “On Sunday President Donald Trump waved the white flag as Nancy… uh… penetrated him with the extended right arm of the Statue of Liberty while Chuck stood on the sidelines, giggling.  The Shutdown Crusade has come to an end not dissimilar to the conclusion of Custer’s adventures at the Little Big Horn.”  Roger Stone exposes the tattoo on his back before heading off to court.

 

FEBRUARYFeb. 6 – 25,411.52; 16,236.16; Feb. 12 – 25,053.11; 16,242.03; Feb. 19 – 25.891.32; 16,264.71; Feb. 26 – 26.057.98; 16,264.40

February 6, 2019 –IN the YEAR of the PIG! – “Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, finally gave his much-postponed State of the Union address before a newly-elected, hostile Congress with grimacing Nancy Pelosi elevated above his shoulder like Snoop Doggy Speaker pretending to be a buzzard…” on the occasion of the Chinese New Year…”  Post-holiday unemployment was sharply up, the weather outside was frightful and the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3 in a dull-as-dust Superbowl.

February 12, 2019 - HYPER-LINK’N! – “A lot of people… not all of them from below the Mason-Dixon line… back in the day did not like Lincoln…” case in point, blackface horrorshow in Virginia.  Elizabeth Warren fingered for fraud in using Native American affirmative action to enter the Texas Bar.  Oscars still no-host. 

February 19, 2019 - GUNS n’ ROSES! – “February 14th will also take on the additional burden of being that date remembered as representing the massacre of 14 students and three coaches (one also a teacher, two were school security) at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida.”  The stock market was hot as a pistol, gasoline prices plummeted and our lifelong (?) allies, the Kurds, storm the last ISIS redoubt.  Jussie Smolett’s lynching case starts to unravel.

February 26, 2019 - TAX the ROBOCALLS! – Let us presume, as does Rep. Parnell, that a penny tax on the trillion calls Don Jones makes in an average year will cost him/enhance the government ten billion dollars.  Taxing mobile calls at five cents will raise $50 billion, putting the squeeze on consumers to the extent of a dollar a call (400% of the average yearly payout to the phone companies) will wipe out the yearly deficit in and of itself.

“Now that would be oppressive, so let’s scale back the tax to two cents which, in the average year, would raise 20 billion.”  Trump changed his mind, will leave US troops in Syria.  Girl Scout cookie season begins.  Couple kicked off Royal Caribbean and stranded penniless in Mexico after medical emergency.

 

 

MARCH March 5 – 25,806.63; 16,259.89; March 12 – 25,650.88; 16,374.26 March 19 – 25,887.38; 16,372.41; March 26 – 25,657.73; 16,383.68

 

March 5, 2019   WAITIN’ on UNCLE JOE!– We all think we know Joe Biden, but do we?  We know the face, and the presence – the Vice Presidency might be a slough of despond, but Uncle Joe mastered it for eight years and with nary a slip save a few quips that were more or less accepted as part of the package, as mostly consisted of a black President with whom most of us could feel sort of comfortable and in a self-righteously tolerant way.”  The Trump/Kim peace talks in Vietnam fail, tornadoes kill 23 in Alabama.  Iditarod dog race begins in Alaska, “support” pit bull mauls child.

March 12, 2019 – AMERICA’S BROWNOUT! – (B)illionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 77, who had been considering getting into the race for the Democratic nomination this cycle, dropped out of the race, as he did in 2008 and 2016.  (See Attachment One)  "While there would be no higher honor than serving as president, my highest obligation as a citizen is to help the country the best way I can, right now," Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed on the news site he owns, Bloomberg News. "That's what I'll do, including the launch of a new effort called Beyond Carbon."  Hillary also declined, but Democrats shot themselves in the foot when Ohio Senator and promulgator of the “Dignity in Work” campaign, Sherrod Brown, surprised the experts and the uninitiated alike by taking his name out of consideration for 2020. 

Americans started paying down their debts, but most of what they did buy was foreign, crashing our balance of trade.  Lawyers disputed the meaning of “free range” eggs. 

March 19, 2019 – SPACE FARCE! – “NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin rode into orbit aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket…  on March 29, Koch and Anne McClain are scheduled to conduct NASA’s first all-female spacewalk.  Private sector competitor Elon Musk guested on a podcast hosted by comedian Joe Rogan, where he sipped whiskey, brandished a Samurai sword, and then took a long toke on a joint, provoking a massive and massively expensive USAF investigation.

He may yet be banned from defense contracting and Tesla goes under, but unemployment was down on 3/19, though inflation was up – especially for gas.  Active shooters murdered 49 Muslims in New Zealand and a Turk retaliated by shooting 12 in the Netherlands.  Donald Trump starts a one-sided Twitter war with John McCain who can’t reply, by reason of being dead.

March 26, 2019 - THE SPY who ****** ME OFF! After an interminable two plus years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally completed his investigation of President Trump’s purported collusion with the Russians – an investigation that wandered into the misdeeds of various Trumpian satellites and resulted in guilty pleas, convictions and prison terms for the unfortunate flunkies…” but not the President himself, who celebrated by playing a round of golf with Kid Rock.  Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft got a “massage”, his star tight end Gronk retired and Stormy lawyer Avenetti was arrested for fraud.

Real estate sales skyrocketed – but not the house in Texas, where 45 rattlesnakes were found.

 

APRILApril 2 – 26,258.42; 16.411.25 April 9 – 26,341.02; 16.422.62 April 16 – 26,384.77; 16.394.56 April 23 – 25,657.73; 16.393.94 April 30 – 26,592.21; 16.394.17

 

APRIL 2, 2019   MUELLER EXORCISED, TRUMP EXONERATED… or?...  BilBarr, the Barbarian stated that the President had been “exonerated” of all charges – a finding royally received by Trump and his base.  Media comments and transcripts included.  American trade deficit falls.  Guilty verdicts or pleas on Jayme Kloss killer, Charlottesville Nazi auto-killer, Yale soccer coach (bribes) and the Washington state bridge-pusher (2 days!)… experts dispute whether country song “Old Town Road” is really country (because the singer is black?) and rock and roll hall of fame castigated for electing two women and five male bands.  RIP to rapper Nipsy Hussle, Mick (Jagger) is sick with unknown illness and Batman turns 80.

April 9, 2019 – DON JONES does DRUGS! – Two months ago, governing.com (see Attachment Two) surveyed legislatures in 41 states, all of which are fed up with the costly costs of Big Pharma and are looking for ways to wrest some of the decision-making authority from Washington.

“Democrats are blaming the price increases that vastly exceed the inflation level or the average wage increases accruing to Don Jones on corporate greed.  Republicans contend that the problem is Obamacare, and promise to repeal the measure through the courts (ultimately through the Kavanaugh Supremes) and replace it with… well, nothing.”

“As they say… a conservative is a liberal who’s just been mugged, so too… there’s nothing like a Republican who’s just been diagnosed with a “pre-existing condition”.

Strangely enough, both revenues and expenditures were down.  Mormons agreed to baptize babies with gay parents.  South African rhino poacher killed by elephants, then eaten by lions.

April 16, 2019 – AMERICA’S OILPIATE ADDICTION! – “(T)here is one crushing addiction that every Don in America (with the possible exception of a few homeless people under the bridges) possess… and that is addiction to oil.  Even the lucky bums are tangentially guilty… without oil there would be no cars: hence, no roads and therefore no bridges save a few leaky contraptions of ropes and wooden slats.”  April oil prices up 6.5%.

Notre Dame cathedral burns.  Tiger Woods in historic Masters win.  Eye candy junkies binge on Star Wars 9 trailer and new Game of Thrones season.

 

April 23, 2019 - CRAZY RICH SOCIALISTS!– ”The Trump campaign (be it eventually dubbed MAGA, KAGA, KAWA or whatsoever) has raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press.  Global News Canada reports that the Republican National Committee, brought in an additional $45.8 million in the first quarter.”  Bernie is richest Democrat, followed by John Delaney.  Joe Biden is undeclared and unlisted.  UK tabloids demand access to forthcoming Royal Baby, warn of “Mockery!” if rejected.  Happy birthday QE2 – she’s 93

 

April 30, 2019 - IMPEACHMENTS and CREAM! “Uncle Joe” Biden jumps into the 2020 fray, immediately holds a fundraiser that raised as much money in a few hours as the vaunted Pete Buttigieg has in his whole campaign… by the time the weekend ended, he’d socked away some thirty mil; almost as much as The Bern (but less than half of what Avengers Endgame raked in on Thursday midnight showings alone).  CBS analyst Ed O’Keefe’s question: do Americans want a “grumpy old man” campaign?… has been answered with a resigned “alright”.  Avengers Endgame movie and Taylor Swift songs drop and rake up record cash.  Election victor Netanyahu names Golan settlement after Trump, who snubs another celebration of the lying correspondents

 

MAYMay 7 – 26,438.48; 16.465.65 May 14 – 25.374.99; 16.458.04 May 21 – 25.877.53; 16.475.81 May 28 – 25.877.53; 16.462.67

 

MAY 7, 2019   THE PRESS GANG – Friday, as Don Jones observed, or didn’t, was World Press Freedom (or simply World Press… whatever) Day over there in Ethiopia…” (t)he current sponsor, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) being a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Paris, their cash crop, the Press Freedom Index as compiled by the RWB: (Reporters without Borders).  

As usual, the freest media were to be found far, far from Africa, in a small, elite tier of cold, European ministates…” Norway was #1, followed by Sweden and the Netherlands.  The United States ranked 45th and falling, due to lying social media and anti-social words and deeds by Donald Trump.  The Misery Index takes a tumble as wages are up and unemployment down.  Maximum Security wins Derby, then disqualified. RIP Chewbacca.

 

May 14 – RIDE the SNAKE! – While most good Joneses declare that they hate Socialism, three quarters of them will also tell you that they want “…more equality, single-payer healthcare, employer-paid childcare and parental leave, an increase in the minimum wage, an increase in their wages and all this with lower taxes and a still-lower inflationary toll.”

An impeachment “sometime after Labor Day, but before Halloween” and subsequent acquittal and re-election is predicted, owing to the voters continuing to make decisions with their “reptile brains” (seeking food, fearing everything else).  Gov. Cuoma blamed New York’s loss of the Amazon warehouse on fears of gentrification.  Investors blamed higher oil prices caused by Iran’s attack on Saudi tankers for a thousand-plus drop in the Dow… retaliating “patriots (probably not big investors) burned a mosque in New Haven, Ct.  RIP to Doris Day = welcome to the world Baby Archie and welcome back to freedom Anthony Weiner.

 

May 21, 2019 – EIGHTEEN MOTHS to GO! – The field of Democratic candidates for 2020 is mostly set… at least the credible and barely credible ones (like Bill DeBlasio)… the first quarter 2019 financial reports are in and the days to the first debates are already dwindling down to a precious few.  Uncle Joe Biden enters, sweeps the polls but financial prospects are disappointing.  In all, twenty Donkeys are assessed and their celebrity endorsements listed (indicted, later jailed Varsity Blue mom Felicity Huffman endorsed… and jinxed?... Kamala Harris).  Oil prices still rising, stupid criminals are still stupid and we bid adieu to Game of Thrones and Big Bang Theory.  Hawaiian hiker survives 16 days trapped at bottom of a ravine by eating berries and moths. 

 

 

May 28, 2019 – COMMENCETRUATION CAMP REDS and BLUES (Part One)! “Within weeks… even days, perhaps… around two million freshly minted college and university graduates (bachelor’s degree, more or less – another million or so Associates and a smaller number of Masters and Doctors) will put away their caps and gowns, box up their books and pencils (to use an anachronism) and stumble out the door and into a bright new world that may have a use for them… or not.”

Politicians, entertainers. Scientists… even a few businesspersons… trekked to America’s politically correct universities to tell the young folk what to do.  Billionaire Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said that today (5/17) was a beautiful day.  "Find your passion," said actor Ken Jeong.  "And if you found your passion, as you graduate, let that evolve."  “Deep fake” photographs proliferate. 

 

JUNE -  June 4 – 25,332.28; 16.460.22 June 11 – 26,048.51; 16.474.09 June 18 – 26,465.54; 16.477.86 June 25 – 26,548.22; 16.495.06

 

JUNE 4, 2019 – LET US PREY! Franklin Graham (Billy’s Boy) has risen up to slough off the burden of his namby-pamby father and has initiated a National Day of Prayer for Donald Trump and against His enemies.

Like no President before him, Trump was under attack, Graham said. From Democrats, from traitorous  Republicans (like John McCain, whose memorial ship some… other person… attempted to hide from the Japanese Emperor with a cloaking device), the media, even powers and principalities beyond the human realm.”  He praised Project Blitz (an alt-right playbook), God and guns; some peanut gallery Christians called for jailing Obama for treason, but a a peanut on the African-American Hinterland Gazette responded: “I'd pray for the possum who knocked over my trash cans last night before praying for that piece of human garbage.”  And a Roman revenant offered up an appeal to Jupiter.

God’s love did not extend to the falling Dow, nor to the Virginia Beach sniper who racked up twelve random kills.

 

June 11 – COMMENSTRUATION CAMP REDS and BLUES (Part Two)! – More bloviating baccalaureates in their annual commence bacchanalia…

“‘Language is a place of struggle. The oppressed struggle in language to recover ourselves, to reconcile, to reunite, to renew,’” averred transgender actress/activist Laverne Cox.

"(I)t was a relaxed thing here," singer Cindy Lauper who attended, but did not graduate from Northern Vermont University.

“Throughout most of our American history it’s been pretty easy to call yourself a Christian, but things are different now,” Vice President Pence said at Taylor University. “Lately, it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs.”  And then he... or, rather, his image on video... sojourned down to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

At Dickinson University, Pierce Brosnan... actor and whale lover... said “James Bond could not take on climate change alone.”  Speechwriter Peggy Noonan spoke at Notre Dame where she fondly remembered her old boss Ronald “The Gipper” Reagan and excoriated “an entertainment culture from which the poor and neglected are unprotected and which is devoted to violence and nihilism.”  (Here’s lookin’ at you, Bondie!)  Author Jerry Spinelli praised “Winning!”  But the real advocate was President Trump at the Air Force Academy, who promised: "You’re going win so much you’re going to get so tired of winning — but not realy."

Hillary Clinton, speaking to Hunter College graduates at Madison Square Garden, touted the Mueller investigation and reminded the audience that on February 20, 1939, Nazis held a hate-filled rally at the arena. Oprah, at Colorado College, told graduates graduates: “You will stand up!”  (But nobody got a car.)  Harvard recruited the former Ostie and current primer minister of a reunited Germany, Angela Merkel, who launched into a jeremiad against “walls”, saying that: "Where there was once only a dark wall, a door opened."

To which, replied comedian and talk show host Bill Maher, “(L)et’s not kid ourselves, you’re not that special, and the future belongs to China and our robot overseers.”

Out in the real world, the Dow recovered,  and the Hong Kong government’s announcement that islanders faced deportation to Beijing if they did not behave launched the first protests.  America’s response was to conclude another trade deal with the Chinese – then, after banning English classes for migrant children, President Trump went to Europe for D-Day while Nancy Pelosi said “no to impeachment, yes to imprisonment,” while a sexy shooter who killed a giraffe said: “He was delicious!”

 

June 18, 2019 – HIGH SCHOOL POPULARITY POLL! – “(The) first week in July will be momentous – not only in that debate winners will be preening, the losers (at least those for whom the money has dried up) slinking back to their day jobs and the excluded snarling and whining and gnashing their teeth, probably hanging on because they can contend that the process is rigged.

“Which, of course, it is.

“What are the leadership leaders in the Democratic National Committee obsessed with?

“Money!”

Tonight, Djonald Unchained officially kicks off his 2020 campaign… at Disneyland!  But he has a problem.  The polling data, revealed for the first time by ABC News, showed a double-digit lead for Biden in Pennsylvania 55-39 and Wisconsin 51-41 and had Biden leading by seven points in Florida. In Texas, a Republican stronghold, the numbers showed the president only leading by two points.

Quinnipiac University has for the first time conducted national head-to-head polls matching up Trump and some of the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls. None of the matchups is good for Trump.  According to the WashPost, Trump trails six wild donkeys by between five and 13 points, with Joe Biden holding the biggest advantage and the lesser-known candidates — Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg — holding the smallest leads.

Some gleanings from the future, on and off target, from the peanut galleries at Politicaljack… “Check out this scumbag Hunter Biden: Leaves his crack pipe in a rental car along with an Attorney General badge and two DC drivers licenses, (g)ot kicked out of the military for testing positive for cocaine. His ex says he blew all their money on drugs and hookers. Left his wife for his dead brother's wife.  Dude is CREEPY. I guess it runs in the family… and the Conservative Political Journal, which predicted:Beto O’Rourke is slowly emerging as the democrat’s golden boy for the 2020 primary. But, his freakish past may turn off some people.”

War clouds loom as Iran accused of mining Gulf tankers and accelerating nuclear bomb capacities.  Feds bust 1700 pedophiles.  OJ celebrates 25th anniversary of Bronco ride by saying he’s got “a little getting’ even to do.”

 

May 28, 2019 – RENT TOO HIGH! – “(Jimmy) McMillan, an African American with formidable facial hair, black gloves and a booming voice has asserted this in (New York) races for Mayor, Governor and… with Vice Presidential candidate Vermin Supreme… for President.  He has not yet thrown his hat into the ring for 2020 yet, but… who knows?

“(T)he non-entities cluttering up the Democratic field as will be on display tomorrow and Thursday have aired plenty of jibber jabber about hard times and inequality, the disappearance of good jobs at living wages for all but the inheritor class and some technological elites,” but, on housing costs… deep, deep silence.

Half a millennium ago, untenanted land in rural Britain was known as “the commons” – perhaps for the common sort of people thereon.  This practice was defended in 1649 by the “Diggers” and by 20 year old Kentish peasant and founder of the “Common Treasury”, Jack Cade, who mobilized a peasant mob and won several victories over Henry VI’s troops before being finally vilified by Billy Shakespeare, apprehended and beheaded.  The Enclosure Act of 1801 finally enacted landlord hegemony in the old and new worlds, forcing small landholders into the city factories to serve as badly paid wage slaves or emigrate to America where cheap (Native American) land could be found.

Time passed, the propertied class tightened the screws until, starting in the 1960s, rents began rising faster than incomes.  “Some of the many charts and graphs in Rentonomics detail the rent/income index.  From parity in 1960 (100%) incomes were growing to 110% in 1980 to a peak of 130% in 2000 before falling back after the Bush recession to 120% in 2010.  Rents laped past incomes to  over 120% in 1980, 145% by 2000 and, contrary to incomes, jumped to 165% in 2010.”  In the five cities where the best jobs are to be found, the discrepancy is now even higher.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, the twenty Democrats onstage (five excluded for insufficiency of money) will have to… as the saying goes… find a backbone.  Or grow one.

Or not.

Apropo: housing sales and valuations were way, way up… which is reckoned as a good thing in the DJI, but is not without hazard.  Conservative policies prevail: the good - Trump backs away from starting a war with Iran, the Fed leaves interest rates alone, Memphis nixes Graceland expansion, and the bad – Mister T. also promises to save old, smoky coal plants despite two refinery explosions in two weeks.  Wayne Newton shoots at a burglar – and misses. 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

 

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

 

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

 

See a further explanation of categories here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

 

 

DON JONES’ PERSONAL ECONOMIC INDEX (45% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

 

RESULTS

 

SCORE

SCORE

OUR SOURCE(S) and COMMENTS

 

  INCOME

(24%)

6/27/13

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

12/17/19

12/24/19

        SOURCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wages (hourly, per capita)

9%

1350 pts.

12/17/19

+0.55%

Jan. 2020

1,554.15

1,554.15

http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages  23.83

 

Median Income (yearly)

4%

600

12/17/19

+0.05%

1/1/20

714.69

714.69

debtclock.org/    33,617

 

Unempl. (BLS – in millions

4%

600

12/17/19

 -2.86%

Jan. 2020

1,337.66

1,337.66

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000   3.5

 

Official (DC – in millions)

2%

300

12/17/19

  -0.05%

1/1/20

583.21

583.21

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 5,782

 

Unofficl. (DC – in millions)

2%

300

12/17/19

  -0.16%

1/1/20

630.22

630.22

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    10,539

 

Workforce Participation

Number (in millions)

Percentage (DC)

2%

300

12/17/19

 

 +0.02%

 +0.01%

1/1/20

285.56

285.56

In 158,700 Out 95,600 Total: 254,300

http://www.usdebtclock.org/  62.41%

 

WP Percentage (ycharts)*

1%

150

12/10/19

 +0.16%

Jan. 2020

152.26

152.26

http://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  62.39

 

 OUTGO

(15%)

 

 

 

Total Inflation

7%

1050

12/17/19

 +0.3%

Jan. 2020

945.38

945.38

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.3

 

Food

2%

300

12/17/19

 +0.1%

Jan. 2020

272.31

272.31

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm       0.1

 

Gasoline

2%

300

12/17/19

 +1.1%

Jan. 2020

255.76

255.76

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +1.1

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

12/17/19

 +0.4%

Jan. 2020

249.67

249.67

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4

 

Shelter

2%

300

12/17/19

 +0.3%

Jan. 2020

270.37

270.37

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEALTH

(6%)

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

12/17/19

+0.70%

1/1/20

482.89

482.89

https://quotes.wsj.com/index/DJIA  28,455.09

 

Sales (homes)

Valuation (homes)

1%

1%

150

150

11/26/19

11/26/19

 -2.06%

+0.15%

Jan. 2020

Jan. 2020

199.89

240.73

195.69

241.09

http://www.realtor.org/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.35 Valuations (K):  271.3

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

12/17/19

+0.14%

Jan. 2020

240.68

239.28

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    61,190

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             AMERICAN ECONOMIC INDEX (15% of TOTAL INDEX POINTS)

 

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues (in trillions)

2%

300

12/17/19

+0.03%

1/1/20

404.13

404.25

debtclock.org/       3,504

 

Expenditures (in tr.)

2%

300

12/17/19

+0.07%

1/1/20

228.95

228.80

debtclock.org/       4,547

 

National Debt (tr.)

3%

450

12/17/19

+0.07%

1/1/20

316.50

316.28

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    23,142

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

12/17/19

- 0.04%

1/1/20

340.67

340.52

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    74,356

 

 

GLOBAL

 

(5%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

12/17/19

+0.13%

1/1/20

286.47

286.10

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   6,902

 

Exports (in billions – bl.)

1%

150

12/3/19

+0.24%

Jan. 2020

161.09

161.09

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  207.1

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

12/3/19

-1.70%

Jan. 2020

129.62

129.62

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/  254.3

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

12/3/19

-4.77%

Jan. 2020

105.90

105.90

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/Press-Release/   47.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL INDICES (40%)

 

 

ACTS of MAN

(12%)

 

 

 

  World Peace

3%

450

12/17/19

=0.1%

1/1/20

391.54

391.15

World reaction to impeachment muted; Trump’s BFF Putin calls it “invented”.  Another Chinese spy busted breaking in to Mar-a-Lago.  Riots persist in the usual places… India, Italy, France, Hong Kong and the entire MidEast.  US and UK in legal rassle over deadly driver claiming diplomatic immunity.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

12/17/19

+0.1%

1/1/20

211.16

210.53

Russian FSB (ex-KGB) headquarters assailed by actie shooter.  Over here, another hits Winston-Salem NC government offices.  Drones strike oil and gas facilities in Homs, Syria,  Brother of 39ers backup QB C. J. Beathard killed in Nashville barroom brawl.

 

Politics

3%

450

12/17/19

+0.1%

1/1/20

436.49

436.93

Claws are out at Debate-So-White as Booker, Castro protest exclusion.  Warren scolds Mayor Pete for fundraising in a “wine cave full of crystals”; he retaliates against “purity tests you yourself cannot pass.”  Trump plays nice – gives Federal workers Xmas eve off and soldiers a pay raise.  States play naughty, purging voter lists and… here come the lawyers.  Pelosi plays mixed – inviting POTUS to give his State of the Union Address February 4th, but hiding Impeachment articles until Mitch MacCheese authorizes witnesses at Senate trial.

 

Economics

3%

450

12/17/19

=0.1%

1/1/20

433.94

433.51

Dow hits another record height, but homelessness is up three percent.  Ford to add 3,000 jobs.  Fed Express hurting after Amazon bans online sellers from using them… its called Monopoly.  USDA hails Wakanda as a trade partner.

 

 

Crime

1%

150

12/17/19

+0.3%

1/1/20

225.04

224.36

Barber shot for giving kid a bad haircut.  Cheating hubby poisons wife with eye drops.  Texas woman accused of killing her BFF to steal her baby.  Gunfire proliferates: 3 shot at Montana casino, more at Oklahoma mall, Rhode Island old folks’ home and 13 at Chicago funeral for prior shooting victim.  Bad dog kills Utah woman, bad girl steals and crashes Fresno plane, wedding crashers beat groom to death with baseball bats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTS of GOD

(6%)

(with, in some cases, a little… or lots of… help from men, and a few women)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment/Weather

3%

450

12/17/19

 -0.2%

1/1/20

285.79

285.22

Cold wet weather predicted to moderate, no White Christmas except in US northern tier states.  Chicago temperature up to 50 degrees.  But the warmup will cause West Coast landslides.  Australia baking in record heat.

 

 

Natural/Unnatural Disaster

3%

450

12/17/19

+0.2%

1/1/20

331.47

330.81

Travel troubles, coast 2 coast .  Plane crashes into icy pond – pilot rescued via canoe.  Buses catch fire at LAX.  Train derails at Harper’s Ferry, W.Va.  Carnival Legend rams Carnival Glory in Cozumel.   (And they all spread measles!) NYC replacing building inspectors with drones.  Architect killed by falling NYC hi-rise debris.  Grinches warn… online toys KILL!  Apartment fire kills 6 in Vegas, whole Philly block destroyed by explosion.

 

 

LIFESTYLE/JUSTICE INDEX    (15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science, Tech, Education

4%

600

12/17/19

 -0.3%

1/1/20

656.92

654.95

Boeing seeks Max distraction by launching Starliner space shuttle with a passenger dummy… it fails, too.  Cyber attack (not the weather) grounds Alaska planes.  237M Facebook users hacked – personal data ends up on the Dark Web.

 

 

Equality (econ./social)

4%

600

12/17/19

 -0.1%

1/1/20

684.35

683.67

Community denounces Utah kid for having gay parents.  Dirty docs in Mass. refuse flu shots.  Little green army men joined by army women. Stephen Miller using ICE to hunt and deport immigrant children.  Iowa woman hunts and runs down “Mexicans”.

 

Health

4%

600

12/17/19

+0.2%

1/1/20

508.80

509.82

Nice Trump lights National Menorah, promotes artificial kidneys and plans to legalize Canadian drugs,  Experts say half the Americans will be obese by 2030.  Sick puppies infect people in 13 states and hard boiled eggs blamed for listeria outbreak.  Viewers wish Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek well.

 

Freedom and Justice

3%

450

12/17/19

+0.1%

1/1/20

544.79

545.33

“Squirmy” squirms out of Blanchard murder rap, leaving his friend to face death penalty.  So will five Saudis fingered in fishy murder of journalist Khashoggi.  New Orleans court eliminates mandatory Obamacare clause – SCOTUS will rule, but after election.  Another anti-robocall bill passed, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS and TRANSIENT INDEX        (7%)

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural incidents

3%

450

12/17/19

+0.1%

1/1/20

451.67

452.12

Camila caballo exposed as a racist.  (A Cuban?)  Denver radio host fired for wishing for another school shooting to distract attention from impeachment.  Miss Virginia wins Miss America,  RIP auto racer and moonshiner Junior Johnson.  “Star Wars” finale (175M) stomps “Cats” (6.5M) at box office, “Richad Jewell” and “Bombsjell” also bomb.  Burning Gator festival.

 

 

Miscellaneous incidents

4%

450

12/17/19

+0.1%

1/1/20

456.09

456.55

History in action = 3600 year old Greek tombs and mass graves from 1921 Tulsa massacre discovered.  Bear jumps on car in national park.  Holiday charity stories bring happy tears, holiday puppy scams bring sadness and disease (see above).  Some assassinates zebra on Alabama farm… Donald Junior?  Shock and Claus ladies give waitress a $600 tip.  First Christmas mass not at Notre Dame since 1789 (a notable year in France).  Spanish “El Gordo” lottery distributes 2.4 billion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Don Jones Index for the week of December 17th through December 23rd, 2019 was DOWN 4.08 points.

 

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Attachment One – from various

 

TIMELINE – Debates

 

 

 

January, 2020

Seventh Democratic Primary Debate

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February, 2020

Ninth Democratic Primary Debate

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February, 2020

Tenth Democratic Primary Debate

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March, 2020

Eleventh Democratic Primary Debate

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April, 2020

Twelfth Democratic Primary Debate

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December 31 – 4th quarter financial reports due

 

 

 

PRIMARIES

 

 

Feb. 3

Early voting begins in California

Registered voters in California can begin casting their ballots today. And those who have signed up to receive vote-by-mail ballots should start receiving them today. Early-voting centers will be open through Feb 25.

Feb. 3

Iowa caucuses*

Feb. 11

New Hampshire primaries*

Feb. 15

South Carolina primary*

Feb. 22

Nevada caucus

Feb. 25

Nevada caucus*

Feb. 29

South Carolina primary

 

March 3

 

Alabama primaries

SUPER TUESDAY!

 

 

  Attachment Two – from DJI, 2018

 

JANUARY – We reviewed 2017 and noted that the government shutdown was quickly solved.  This year – not so! 

 

·         FEBRUARY -  Dow tumbles.  Hipsee’s Nunes v. Comey on piss tape.  McConnell replied: “I’m stronger than mule piss”.    Noel Francisco becomes #3 man at Justice Department.  Where is he now?  See this!  Where did Whittaker come from?    With the Fed embarked on a campaign to tighten monetary policy, the president has repeatedly attacked and has reportedly considered firing Chairman Powell.  Carter Page has his fifteen minutes as accused Russian agent.

 

MARCH – House Republican crime dog Devin Nunes’ report on Steele dossier released, redacted and redacted.  No confirmation of piss.  Pardoned Republican activist Dinesh D’Souza’s movie flops and author J. D. Vance decides against running for the Senate.  Milo Yannopolous accused of promoting pedophilia – Al Franken of groping a sleeping soldier.  Donna Brazile went on television.  Hillary Clinton writes a book

 

APRIL - James Comey and Michael Wolff wrote more books, Stormy Daniels wrote Full Disclosure, did a sex tour and lost her defamation suit. World’s happiest country… Finland denied sweeping its forest floors.   Our April Fool’s news correctly predicts Trump’s triumvirate of Mattis, McMaster and Kelly (not to mention Flynn) put at ease but it’s Sessions, not Rosenstein, who gets axed.  Paul Ryan also collects the scalp (or little hat) of House Chaplain Francis Conroy.

 

MAY -  The economy is doing well, so POTUS slashes CHIP medical care for poor children and rails against evil tech barons (“The Four”) in their race to be the first valued at 1 trillion.  Amazon thought to be leading the race to build the JEDI supercomputer, despite Trump’s ire.  JEDI remains mired in litigation – a complaint by Oracle was dismissed, but a second protest, filed by IBM, is due to be decided on Jan. 18, 2019

 

JUNE - President Trump off to Singapore to gladhand NoKo dictator Kim, then announces the formation of… SPACE FORCE!  Melania wears a cryptic trenchcoat.  Roseanne compares Obama advisor to a monkey and her show goes on “hiatus”.  Bill Clinton writes a book – fiction.

 

JULY - Brett Kavanaugh nominated for Supreme Court.  Tariff wars escalate… China and Canada angry. Proposed retaliatory tariffs on US agriculture exports have pig famers in Midwest squealing with rage.  We propose a tax on robocalls. 

 

AUGUST - Apple topped Amazon in race to One Trillion but by the end of the year had fallen to fourth behind Microsoft, Amazon and Google… all under one trillion; death of John McCain and ousting of CIA director Brennan brings a eulogy from Adm. William McRaven that elevates him to dark horse status in 2020.  Post-Roseanne media becomes a swamp of sequels, remakes and reboots.

 

SEPTEMBER -  Don Jones asks: who is the mystery leaker who leaked tales of turmoil to the White House?  Still unknown!   Trump hires Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer, and he says: “The facts are not the facts.”  The rich get richer, the poor stay poor and are castigated for spending too much on luxuries and using too much credit.  George Papadopolous gets 14 days and Bob Woodward publishes “Fear”.  Social media are cleaning old school print and broadcast fake newsers’ clock… investigative reporting shrivels up and disappears.

 

OCTOBER - Kavanaugh confirmed despite parade of women scorned (including a ringer from Stormy Daniels’ lawyer) and warns: “What goes around comes around.”  I like beer!” the nominee swaggers defiantly.  “I still like drinking beer.  If everyone who ever drank beer in high school was accused of sexual assault, it would be an ugly place.”  Experts predict North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitamp’s “no” vote will cost her her seat – and it did.  The rich flock to see “Hamilton”, which downplays his pro-slavery and anti-democratic views.

 

NOVEMBER -  In runup to roundup of midterm elections, an angry man sends pipe bombs to Democrats.  Trump exploits “caravan” as issue and floats ordering the military to shoot unarmed caravan children.  House turns blue in the face, Senate stays red in the face.  Liberals promise two years of investigations and no legislation – Republicans stick to their Wall.  Sessions is purged – then hapless EPA peculator Pruitt.  California wildfires destroy Paradise.  RBG falls, breaks ribs, causes liberal jitters.

 

DECEMBER -  Chinese geneticist He Jiankui claims to have modified genes in newborn twins via CRISPR, pronounced 'CrispAh' (for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats).  DJI wonders if genetic manipulation might create superheroes (or villains) or maybe long-term astronauts.  The world condemns China and He (the geneticist) disappears.  More purges: Chief of Staff Mattis, UN ambassador Haley and Oscar host Kevin Hart.  French Yellow Vest protesters and stripey pants diplomats in Poland walk back concern about climate change.  The climate (fires, flood, freezings, broiling, earthquakes, volcanoes etc.) is not amused.

 

Attachment Three – from Donald Trump via WashPost (w/annotation by reporter Aaron Blake and 4,400 comments here)

 

President Trump sent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a lengthy and scathing letter Tuesday, raising a litany of complaints about Pelosi’s handling of the impeachment process on the eve of the House’s expected vote Wednesday on the articles of impeachment against him. The letter is chock-full of angry rhetoric and ominous warnings about the impending doom of American democracy, and it is also littered with false and misleading claims.

Below is the full letter, with highlights and analysis in yellow via Genius. To see an annotation, click above.

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

I write to express my strongest and most powerful protest against the partisan impeachment crusade being pursued by the Democrats in the House of Representatives. This impeachment represents an unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers, unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.

The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!

By proceeding with your invalid impeachment, you are violating your oaths of office, you are breaking your allegiance to the Constitution, and you are declaring open war on American Democracy. You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme — yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America’s founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build. Even worse than offending the Founding Fathers, you are offending Americans of faith by continually saying “I pray for the President,” when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!

Your first claim, “Abuse of Power,” is a completely disingenuous, meritless, and baseless invention of your imagination. You know that I had a totally innocent conversation with the President of Ukraine. I then had a second conversation that has been misquoted, mischaracterized, and fraudulently misrepresented. Fortunately, there was a transcript of the conversation taken, and you know from the transcript (which was immediately made available) that the paragraph in question was perfect. I said to President Zelensky: “I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it.” I said do us a favor, not me, and our country, not a campaign. I then mentioned the Attorney General of the United States. Every time I talk with a foreign leader, I put America’s interests first, just as I did with President Zelensky.

 

You are turning a policy disagreement between two branches of government into an impeachable offense — it is no more legitimate than the Executive Branch charging members of Congress with crimes for the lawful exercise of legislative power.

You know full well that Vice President Biden used his office and $1 billion dollars of U.S. aid money to coerce Ukraine into firing the prosecutor who was digging into the company paying his son millions of dollars. You know this because Biden bragged about it on video. Biden openly stated: “I said, ‘I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars’ … I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.' Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.” Even Joe Biden admitted just days ago in an interview with NPR that it “looked bad.” Now you are trying to impeach me by falsely accusing me of doing what Joe Biden has admitted he actually did.

President Zelensky has repeatedly declared that I did nothing wrong, and that there was No Pressure. He further emphasized that it was a “good phone call,” that “I don’t feel pressure,” and explicitly stressed that “nobody pushed me.” The Ukrainian Foreign Minister stated very clearly: “I have never seen a direct link between investigations and security assistance.” He also said there was “No Pressure.” Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, a supporter of Ukraine who met privately with President Zelensky, has said: “At no time during this meeting … was there any mention by Zelensky or any Ukrainian that they were feeling pressure to do anything in return for the military aid.” Many meetings have been held between representatives of Ukraine and our country. Never once did Ukraine complain about pressure being applied — not once! Ambassador Sondland testified that I told him: “No quid pro quo. I want nothing. I want nothing. I want President Zelensky to do the right thing, do what he ran on.”

The second claim, so-called “Obstruction of Congress,” is preposterous and dangerous. House Democrats are trying to impeach the duly elected President of the United States for asserting Constitutionally based privileges that have been asserted on a bipartisan basis by administrations of both political parties throughout our Nation’s history. Under that standard, every American president would have been impeached many times over. As liberal law professor Jonathan Turley warned when addressing Congressional Democrats: “I can’t emphasize this enough … if you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing precisely what you’re criticizing the President for doing.”

Everyone, you included, knows what is really happening. Your chosen candidate lost the election in 2016, in an Electoral College landslide (306-227), and you and your party have never recovered from this defeat. You have developed a full-fledged case of what many in the media call Trump Derangement Syndrome and sadly, you will never get over it! You are unwilling and unable to accept the verdict issued at the ballot box during the great Election of 2016. So you have spent three straight years attempting to overturn the will of the American people and nullify their votes. You view democracy as your enemy!

Speaker Pelosi, you admitted just last week at a public forum that your party’s impeachment effort has been going on for “two and a half years,” long before you ever heard about a phone call with Ukraine. Nineteen minutes after I took the oath of office, the Washington Post published a story headlined, “The Campaign to Impeach President Trump Has Begun.” Less than three months after my inauguration, Representative Maxine Waters stated, “I’m going to fight every day until he’s impeached.” House Democrats introduced the first impeachment resolution against me within months of my inauguration, for what will be regarded as one of our country’s best decisions, the firing of James Comey (see Inspector General Reports) — who the world now knows is one of the dirtiest cops our Nation has ever seen. A ranting and raving Congresswoman, Rashida Tlaib, declared just hours after she was sworn into office, “We’re gonna go in there and we’ re gonna impeach the motherf****r.” Representative Al Green said in May, “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected.” Again, you and your allies said, and did, all of these things long before you ever heard of President Zelensky or anything related to Ukraine. As you know very well, this impeachment drive has nothing to do with Ukraine, or the totally appropriate conversation I had with its new president president. It only has to do with your attempt to undo the election of 2016 and steal the election of 2020!

Congressman Adam Schiff cheated and lied all the way up to the present day, even going so far as to fraudulently make up, out of thin air, my conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine and read this fantasy language to Congress as though it were said by me. His shameless lies and deceptions, dating all the way back to the Russia Hoax, is one of the main reasons we are here today.

You and your party are desperate to distract from America’s extraordinary economy, incredible jobs boom, record stock market, soaring confidence, and flourishing citizens. Your party simply cannot compete with our record: 7 million new jobs; the lowest-ever unemployment for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans; a rebuilt military; a completely reformed VA with Choice and Accountability for our great veterans; more than 170 new federal judges and two Supreme Court Justices; historic tax and regulation cuts; the elimination of the individual mandate; the first decline in prescription drug prices in half a century; the first new branch of the United States Military since 1947, the Space Force; strong protection of the Second Amendment; criminal justice reform; a defeated ISIS caliphate and the killing of the world’s number one terrorist leader, al-Baghdadi; the replacement of the disastrous NAFTA trade deal with the wonderful USMCA (Mexico and Canada); a breakthrough Phase One trade deal with China; massive new trade deals with Japan and South Korea; withdrawal from the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal; cancellation of the unfair and costly Paris Climate Accord; becoming the world’s top energy producer; recognition of Israel’s capital, opening the American Embassy in Jerusalem, and recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights; a colossal reduction in illegal border crossings, the ending of Catch-and-Release, and the building of the Southern Border Wall — and that is just the beginning, there is so much more. You cannot defend your extreme policies — open borders, mass migration, high crime, crippling taxes, socialized healthcare, destruction of American energy, late-term taxpayer-funded abortion, elimination of the Second Amendment, radical far-left theories of law and justice, and constant partisan obstruction of both common sense and common good.

There is nothing I would rather do than stop referring to your party as the Do-Nothing Democrats. Unfortunately, I don’t know that you will ever give me a chance to do so. After three years of unfair and unwarranted investigations, 45 million dollars spent, 18 angry Democrat prosecutors, the entire force of the FBI, headed by leadership now proven to be totally incompetent and corrupt, you have found NOTHING! Few people in high position could have endured or passed this test. You do not know, nor do you care, the great damage and hurt you have inflicted upon wonderful and loving members of my family. You conducted a fake investigation upon the democratically elected President of the United States, and you are doing it yet again.

There are not many people who could have taken the punishment inflicted during this period of time, and yet done so much for the success of America and its citizens. But instead of putting our country first, you have decided to disgrace our country still further. You completely failed with the Mueller report because there was nothing to find, so you decided to take the next hoax that came along, the phone call with Ukraine — even though it was a perfect call. And by the way, when I speak to foreign countries, there are many people, with permission, listening to the call on both sides of the conversation.

You are the ones interfering in America’s elections. You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.

Before the Impeachment Hoax, it was the Russian Witch Hunt. Against all evidence, and regardless of the truth, you and your deputies claimed that my campaign colluded with the Russians — a grave, malicious, and slanderous lie, a falsehood like no other. You forced our Nation through turmoil and torment over a wholly fabricated story, illegally purchased from a foreign spy by Hillary Clinton and the DNC in order to assault our democracy. Yet, when the monstrous lie was debunked and this Democrat conspiracy dissolved into dust, you did not apologize. You did not recant. You did not ask to be forgiven. You showed no remorse, no capacity for self-reflection. Instead, you pursued your next libelous and vicious crusade — you engineered an attempt to frame and defame an innocent person. All of this was motivated by personal political calculation. Your Speakership and your party are held hostage by your most deranged and radical representatives of the far left. Each one of your members lives in fear of a socialist primary challenger — this is what is driving impeachment. Look at Congressman Nadler’s challenger. Look at yourself and others. Do not take our country down with your party.

If you truly cared about freedom and liberty for our Nation, then you would be devoting your vast investigative resources to exposing the full truth concerning the FBI’s horrifying abuses of power before, during, and after the 2016 election — including the use of spies against my campaign, the submission of false evidence to a FISA court, and the concealment of exculpatory evidence in order to frame the innocent. The FBI has great and honorable people, but the leadership was inept and corrupt. I would think that you would personally be appalled by these revelations, because in your press conference the day you announced impeachment, you tied the impeachment effort directly to the completely discredited Russia Hoax, declaring twice that “all roads lead to Putin,” when you know that is an abject lie. I have been far tougher on Russia than President Obama ever even thought to be.

Any member of Congress who votes in support of impeachment — against every shred of truth, fact, evidence, and legal principle — is showing how deeply they revile the voters and how truly they detest America’s Constitutional order. Our Founders feared the tribalization of partisan politics, and you are bringing their worst fears to life.

Worse still, I have been deprived of basic Constitutional Due Process from the beginning of this impeachment scam right up until the present. I have been denied the most fundamental rights afforded by the Constitution, including the right to present evidence, to have my own counsel present, to confront accusers, and to call and cross-examine witnesses, like the so-called whistleblower who started this entire hoax with a false report of the phone call that bears no relationship to the actual phone call that was made. Once I presented the transcribed call, which surprised and shocked the fraudsters (they never thought that such evidence would be presented), the so-called whistleblower, and the second whistleblower, disappeared because they got caught, their report was a fraud, and they were no longer going to be made available to us. In other words, once the phone call was made public, your whole plot blew up, but that didn’t stop you from continuing.

More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.

You and others on your committees have long said impeachment must be bipartisan — it is not. You said it was very divisive — it certainly is, even far more than you ever thought possible — and it will only get worse!

This is nothing more than an illegal, partisan attempted coup that will, based on recent sentiment, badly fail at the voting booth. You are not just after me, as President, you are after the entire Republican Party. But because of this colossal injustice, our party is more united than it has ever been before. History will judge you harshly as you proceed with this impeachment charade. Your legacy will be that of turning the House of Representatives from a revered legislative body into a Star Chamber of partisan persecution.

Perhaps most insulting of all is your false display of solemnity. You apparently have so little respect for the American People that you expect them to believe that you are approaching this impeachment somberly, reservedly, and reluctantly. No intelligent person believes what you are saying. Since the moment I won the election, the Democrat Party has been possessed by Impeachment Fever. There is no reticence. This is not a somber affair. You’re making a mockery of impeachment and you are scarcely concealing your hatred of me, of the Republican Party, and tens of millions of patriotic Americans. The voters are wise, and they are seeing straight through this empty, hollow, and dangerous game you are playing.

I have no doubt the American people will hold you and the Democrats fully responsible in the upcoming 2020 election. They will not soon forgive your perversion of justice and abuse of power.

There is far too much that needs to be done to improve the lives of our citizens. It is time for you and the highly partisan Democrats in Congress to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy and get back to work for the American People. While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record.

One hundred years from now, when people look back at this affair, I want them to understand it, and learn from it, so that it can never happen to another President again.

Sincerely yours,

Donald J. Trump

Philip Bump contributed to this post.