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The Trump Card, in a Pic



Trump explained by a picture.

The attached picture illustrates what the Trump card will do, so as to result in America being great again. Everything is relative, as would be the level of greatness he would bestow upon “us” or “US”. The picture shows an old clamp that had operated for years submerged in a pond, taken on and off, yet surviving. Its brother or sister was lost between fall take down and spring revival of the pond. I had to purchase a replacement and went to the local hardware store, still within walking distance of my house.

I had been twisting and untwisting the old clamp as I walked. Even discovered living organisms in the threads/teeth of the drive for the clamp. But, I could go back and forth by hand easily. As I walked home with the new model, I could not twist it by hand, and it was thus illustrated and illuminated to me what the Trump card would be doing to (not for) America. The old clamp is made of alloy steel (the brown in the picture is organic residue, not rust). The old screw mechanism is clearly forged to a significant degree, whereas the screw in the new version is aluminum, and merely machined after casting. (Forging hardens the steel, especially at the edge where it can come into contact with other materials. Machining after casting leaves the aluminum, a softer material to begin with, with no appreciable “hardening” at the edge.) Notice the longer length of the head of the screw. That length allows for application of stress over a greater mass in the equations discussed below.

The band on both version is steel (though the band in the new version has merely been stamped and brushed once. The old one is polished, with divergent results similar to the hardening from forging, then machining vs casting then machining.) Bottom line, the old one was made to last, the current version was made to meet the specifications for the initial application, and no implication as to how many times you can rely upon it.

The biggest detriment to repeated service of the tool is the aluminum screw drive used to move the steel band. Remember, this is intended to hold a hose in place under pressure and it should be tightened to a significant level in order to function as intended. There is way more engineering that applies to the difference, but the numbers that carry the day today, and the numbers promoted by Trump, are not supplied by engineers, they are supplied by bean counters. His supporters are beans and he is counting on them. (The bean counters are the Sheep from the Randy Newman song of the same title. Trump is the Kingfish, as set out below.)

Here is the summary: America was great when we were making products like this old clamp. (Note, the old clamp has “Murray Gold Seal” stamped on it. The new clamp has no manufacturer claiming it, or suggesting any level of quality.) The Trump card’s version of great will be the new version. One that may work in its intial application, but one that is not expected to work repeatedly for its expected life. The new version is much cheaper to make, both in the cost of the good of which it is comprised and the time and effort it takes to spit it out. Also, the new version can be made almost entirely by machine. The bean counters love it and justify it all day. There are probably equations in the record upon which they rely and which show the force that can be safely applied to the screw slot. Note that it is deeper than the old version, and that it does not have the reinforcing rim around the head of the drive. The equations are at least for the first use, and might be theoretical for many uses, but any such equations for the alloy steel version would always be for many more applications, and that does not even take into account the wear between two disparate materials comprising the screw mechanism and the band (as far as hardness and various stress allowances).

The Trump card will not make us great, again, as we once were, he will merely bring us to the top of the current heap of countries that make a whole bunch of cheap stuff that doesn’t last, and the wages paid for that effort will correspond to the world market place, which will be much less than the relative value of working in America at the time to which he would have us reach back. Oh, it will be great for him, and his ilk though.

(For Trump diehards, I know you can make excuses around this, and you will. If you are a disciple, you got to believe. Just remember that guy that took all those believers to Central American and had them drink the cool aid. Go in peace.)

Kingfish by Randy Newman

There’s a hundred-thousand Frenchmen in New Orleans
In New Orleans there are Frenchmen everywhere
But your house could fall down
Your baby could drown
Wouldn’t none of those Frenchmen care

Everybody gather ’round
Loosen up your suspenders
Hunker down on the ground
I’m a cracker
And you are too
But don’t I take good care of you

Who built the highway to Baton Rouge?
Who put up the hospital and built your schools?
Who looks after shit-kickers like you?
The Kingfish do

Who gave a party at the Roosevelt Hotel?
And invited the whole north half of the state down there for free
The people in the city
Had their eyes bugging out
Cause everyone looked just like me

Here comes the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Everybody sing
Here’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Every man a king

Who took on the Standard Oil men
And whipped their ass
Just like he promised he’d do?
Ain’t no Standard Oil men gonna run this state
Gonna be run by little folks like me and you

Here’s the Kingfish, the Kingfish
Friend of the working man
The Kingfish, the Kingfish
The Kingfish gonna save this land

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