Bill Tatro

Regarding his recent address to the nation in which he discussed the current situation involving Syria, the president gave a speech that was pretty much expected.  In essence, Russian President Vladimir Putin had already “checked” Obama with a brilliant move.  Putin effectively beat Obama to the punch by carefully listening to the offhanded remarks of Secretary of State John Kerry — and then Putin took Kerry’s remarks at face value.  Kerry made these impromptu comments when he was asked by a reporter if there was anything that Syrian President al-Assad could do in order to stop a military strike, “Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week — turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting (of it), but he isn’t about to and it can’t be done.”  Kerry also went on to say that any U.S. military action against Syria would be “unbelievably small.”  Yet, in his speech, Obama flatly stated, “The United States military doesn’t do pinpricks.”  Needless to say, all of this idle chatter has certainly captured the world’s attention. 

However, what was most interesting to me, since my friend Larry had already predicted Obama’s speech verbatim, was early on in the address when Obama said, “Our democracy is stronger when the president acts with the support of Congress.”  Amazingly, this statement was spoken by a man, who from the outset of his presidency, has continually tried — and has been successful — at circumventing the Constitutional process. 

Bill Tatro

Along with his 40-years of dedication in the financial services industry, Bill is the President and CEO of GPSforLife, has authored a highly successful book entitled The One-Hour Survival Guide for the Downsized, acts as editor-in-chief of his dynamic monthly financial newsletter MacroProfit, maintains his very own website at, and faithfully continues his third decade on the radio with It’s All About Money which can be heard Monday through Friday on Money Radio 1510 KFNN (Phoenix, AZ). Bill can be reached via email:

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