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Sunday, January 20, 2019

It’s still hard wrapping my brain around the words “President Donald Trump” — but there are strategies for moving in that direction. Indeed, I’ve come up with three comforting thoughts about the next how-many years.

1) Trump has no fixed principles. He’s not a real conservative, which presents some interesting possibilities for those of a more liberal bent.

For example, he’s talked about having the federal government negotiate with drugmakers for lower Medicare prescription prices — a capital idea that Democrats have been promoting forever.

This comforting thought is tempered by the strong possibility that Trump will not do it. Here’s why:

It’s a non-alternative fact that pharmaceutical company stocks swooned when Hillary Clinton seemed close to victory. They rose after Trump won, but on the very day he accused the drug companies of “getting away with murder,” pharmaceutical and biotech stock prices plunged. Were Trump to tweet “never mind,” they’d probably shoot up again.

If his circle of friends and family got wind of these market-moving tweets in advance, they could make a pile. Of course, that would be insider trading and illegal.

The day Trump bashed the F-35 fighter jet over costs, shares of its maker, Lockheed Martin, fell nearly 2.5 percent. But the stock price started its rapid descent six minutes before the tweet went out.

Just sayin’.

2) Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million votes. This is not to question his presidential legitimacy. The Electoral College decides the winner. We are only noting the obvious: Many people voted for him, but “the people” did not. And since the election, Trump’s approval ratings have taken a steeper dive.

Sure, he and his surrogates can fight off numbers showing sparse attendance at the inauguration. They can dismiss the millions who protested his inauguration. But the people who count know how to count. Journalists, government officials, Democrats, and Republicans are clearly losing their fear of Donald J. Trump.

John Brennan showed an astounding lack of reverence when an aide relayed the former CIA director’s deep anger at “Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA’s Memorial Wall of Agency heroes.” Brennan, the aide added, believes that Trump “should be ashamed of himself.”

Guess Trump’s habitual bashing of the intelligence community and his earlier remark likening the CIA to Nazis didn’t go over so well.

Norms of political discourse don’t get turned off for one side and not the other. With Trump’s popularity bleeding away, gloves are coming off all over Washington.

3) There’s comfort in knowing that with real power, Trump can no longer get away with contradictory positions. On such matters as Obamacare, there will be consequences whether Trump does one thing, the opposite, or nothing. And should those consequences involve hurting ordinary people, no amount of populist hypnosis is going to convince them otherwise.

Trump’s executive order directing government agencies to ditch provisions of the Affordable Care Act that impose a financial or regulatory burden has heightened anxiety among insurers and the public. For example, the mandate to buy health coverage or pay a fine could be interpreted as a burden. If it were to be weakened, more healthy people would drop out of the health care exchanges, leaving insurers saddled with a sicker population. The exchanges would collapse.

Now, that may be Trump’s game plan. Kill the ACA without putting Republican fingerprints on a straightforward repeal. Make the public believe it died of natural causes.

I doubt that’s going to work. The people don’t like having security taken away from them. Note I said “the people.”

Cold comfort, perhaps, but let’s take comfort where we find it.

Follow Froma Harrop on Twitter @FromaHarrop. She can be reached at fharrop@gmail.com. To find out more about Froma Harrop and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators webpage at www.creators.com.

IMAGE: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk during the inaugural parade from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pool

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104 responses to “Three Comforting Thoughts About President Trump”

  1. dbtheonly says:

    Trump, angered at his declining popularity? Trump desperately bouncing from idea to idea to restore his fading glory? This is not a good thing.

    Republicans have spent 8 years being the “Party of No”. Obviously they’ll have a hard time trying to shift into stating that they believe in as a positive, non buzzword, program.

    • TZToronto says:

      Alternatively, Trump’s popularity is on the rise. [sic] It’s only those dishonest pollsters who say his popularity is dropping. “The people” know a good thing when they see it, and Trump is the most popular President ever to have assumed the office. [sic] By the end of February, 130% of Americans will approve of the job he’s doing. How does Trump know this? Well, he’s smart. Just ask him. Of course, only Fox News will be able to ask such a question, and his answer will go unchallenged.

      • mike says:

        Trump had a helluva day yesterday! Met with Union and Business leaders, TPP gone, Mexico City reinstated, Fed. Govt hiring freeze.
        He is keeping his promises.
        Your problem is you continue to underestimate Trump.
        He will be nominating judge/judges for SCOTUS, 100+ lower court judges. Setting the agenda for at least the next 4 years.
        So keep those snarky comments coming knowing they mean zilch.

    • mike says:

      Bravo Sierra
      Trump could care less what his popularity is. He ignored his numbers in the primaries and during the general election and yet he won. Keep the snide remarks coming as Trump gets his agenda done.
      Yesterday he had a helluva day! Look for more.

      • chino49p says:

        Comey and the russians handed the election to drump and everybody knows it. You are delusional and will make a good commrade for your russian masters.

        • mike says:

          Where’s the beef?
          Even Obama said there is nothing there.
          Your problem is the defeat of Hillary was so devastating those living in denial continue to look for reasons and can’t face the fact the democratic leadership had no clue to the real mood of the country, had a poor message and a poor messenger who was very weak and untrustworthy. Face it Trump had a better message.

          • chino49p says:

            The real mood of the country? You are stating alternate facts which are just LIES. Clinton had almost 3 million more votes than drump. The only reason drump won the electoral vote was the russians and Comey, and the world knows it. Everybody knows that the election turned around with Comey’s interference and not because of drump’s message. Of course his lies that Clinton should be in jail and that he was going to have her prosecuted flowed right with Comey’s influence peddling. But of course you drumpsters don’t like facts.

          • mike says:

            Isn’t it interesting the “direction of country” has jumped 10 points since November.
            Rasmussen who has always had Obama approval high now has trump at 57% approval.
            Only you that are ignorant of general election facts think popular votes mean anything. It’s the EC, stupid! Hillary knew that and she blew it for you.
            If Hillary hadn’t tried to hide her activities as SoS from the American people Comey, her emails, her private server, FOIA would have made this all moot.

          • chino49p says:

            Stupid is as stupid does. You are the one who brought up the “mood of the people”, and you are too stupid to know that the mood of the people “is” reflected in the popular vote although not in the electoral vote. It is a fact that drump is one of the most unpopular new presidents in history.

            Whatever Clinton hid, it is nothing compared to what drump is hiding, including his being in league & in hock with Russia and other criminal enterprises around the world. Nothing they swore up & down about Clinton being a criminal and needing to be prosecuted & in prison was the truth which is why nobody is trying to indict her now, it was all to deceive the voting public. drump will go down in history as the worst president of all time and the biggest liar of them all.

          • mike says:

            I see the Trump Derangement Syndrome has you by the cojones. Your post is a load of crap.
            Keep your head buried up your anus.

          • chino49p says:

            Stupid, moronic, and deranged are monikers that fit you to a T. Your alternative reality will come to no good.

      • Independent1 says:

        “Trump could care less what his popularity is.”

        You are such a pathological lying fool it’s astounding!!!

        The first days inside Trump’s White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot

        Trump turned on the television to see a jarring juxtaposition — massive demonstrations around the globe protesting his day-old presidency and footage of the sparser crowd at his inauguration, with large patches of white empty space on the Mall.

        As his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was still unpacking boxes in his
        spacious new West Wing office, Trump grew increasingly and visibly enraged.

        Pundits were dissing his turnout. The National Park Service had retweeted a photo unfavorably comparing the size of his inauguration crowd with the one that attended Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony in 2009. A journalist had misreported that Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office. And celebrities at the protests were denouncing the new commander in chief — Madonna even referenced “blowing up the White House.”

        Trump’s advisers suggested that he could push back in a simple tweet. Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a Trump confidant and the chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, offered to deliver a statement addressing the crowd size.

        But Trump was adamant, aides said. Over the objections of his aides and advisers — who urged him to focus on policy and the
        broader goals of his presidency — the new president issued a decree: He wanted a fiery public response, and he wanted it to come from his press secretary.

        Spicer’s resulting statement — delivered in an extended shout and brimming with falsehoods — underscores the extent to which the turbulence and competing factions that were a hallmark of Trump’s campaign have been transported to the White House.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-first-days-inside-trumps-white-house-fury-tumult-and-a-reboot/2017/01/23/7ceef1b0-e191-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html?utm_term=.9b2f4b9cab60&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

        • dbtheonly says:

          But you see, you’re citing MSM sources which, as IV tells us, can’t be trusted.

          They only use their sources of “truth”. Which tells them that what they hear is the truth. It’s a closed bubble. Now the ramifications for a participatory democracy, when one party refuses to accept reality, is staggering. Of course, they’ll just say that we are the ones refusing to acknowledge the truth. That only strengthens the point.

          • Independent1 says:

            Here’s an article about ‘alternative facts’ and the truth;

            EDITORIALS _ There are not ‘alternative facts,’ just truth and lies

            At a supposed press briefing Saturday, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer blasted the news media for supposedly reporting the size of the crowd at the inauguration. The problem with Spicer’s rant is that there are plenty of photographs that show there were far fewer people in the audience during the inauguration and along the parade route than in 2009, when Barack Obama was first sworn in as president.

            “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said on a day when millions of people gathered around the world to support equality and women’s rights.

            Politifact called this a “ pants on fire lie.”

            Trump himself, in a speech at the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday, said there were 1.5 million people at his inauguration. This was so absurd that the Dallas Stars hockey team spoofed the president by announcing that 1.5 million people attended its Saturday game in an arena that holds about 20,000 people.

            Lies, especially if they are repeated often enough, become very hard to refute. All Americans, not just journalists, must be on guard against accepting a Trumpian version of reality while we can still separate facts from “alternatives facts.”

            http://bangordailynews.com/2017/01/23/opinion/editorials/there-are-not-alternative-facts-just-truth-and-lies/?utm_source=BDN+News+Updates&utm_campaign=cf222c3f1d-RSS_AFTERNOONUPDATE_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_715eed3192-cf222c3f1d-82548417&goal=0_715eed3192-cf222c3f1d-82548417

    • InformedVoter says:

      The problem you have is that the approval ratings are part of the problem President Trump was talking about. Obozo’s adjusted approval rating puts him in the 30-40 range, below GW, who also was slammed by the fake MSM approval ratings. President Trump’s adjusted approval rating is approaching 60!
      Besides, President Trump could care less about what the fake news sources say about him. He will continue to ignore them, as he did with CNN, and occasionally call them out on their fake stories.

      • dbtheonly says:

        Exactly!

        Trump’s adjusted popularity makes him the most popular President, EVER.

        Except for all those illegals voting, Trump would have won every State, and DC too!

        Trump is not bothered by alternative facts. He makes his own facts and informs us of them through his Ministry of Truth. Just watch Fox for the Truth.

        • InformedVoter says:

          I see that you are a believer in the MSM and that you most likely believed that their FAKE polls that showed that HilLIARy was leading. The MSM kept publishing FAKE polls and even ran with polls that HilLIARy personally paid for to publish FAKE numbers so as to discourage Trump supporters from voting. So how did your belief in those FAKE polls work out for you and HilLIARy?
          From the beginning, President Trump has made statements that the MSM have claimed are false, yet upon inspection, they turned out to be true. Claims like illegals committing more crimes, that certain pockets have voter fraud running rampant.
          So go ahead and continue to believe the FAKE news the MSM feed you and I’ll continue to believe the links that state the truth. To refresh your memory, I kept providing links that showed that Trump was ahead in the polls and all you guys did was tell me I was lying. So Trump got a MANDATE from the voters and he’s started to dismantle Obozo’s “legacy”, with just a pen and a phone.

          • dbtheonly says:

            Polls showed Hillary with a small lead. Final votes had her with a small lead. Trumpkins can’t get over that can he?

            Keep believing the Department of Truth. Anything else is a trick by the agents of Goldstein.

          • Jan123456 says:

            (Ministry of Truth)

            But it is unnerving at Trump’s similarity to Orwell’s 1984.

          • dbtheonly says:

            This is America. We have a Department of Truth.

            It’s only unnerving to those who don’t love Big Brother.

            I’ll reference you to “mike’s” “You created us” post above. If you grant me that he believes what he writes, then you see the world he lives in. You see the imaginary wrongs of which he’s the victim.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Why you keep insisting on proving you’re low information is beyond me.
            The polls had HilLIARy with a guaranteed 238 EC votes – she ended up with 227! In fact, the MSM kept chiding conservatives with “since it appears that HilLIARy will win in a landslide, we expect Trump to just quit the election leaving the GOP scurrying to find an alternate candidate”.
            In Michigan, the Detroit Free Press had HilLIARy ahead by double digits until two days before the election, but they still had her up by 8-9 points. On the morning of the election, using exit polls, the Free Press DECLARED HilLIARy the winner not only of MI but of the general election!
            So, you can claim (incorrectly) that she only had a small lead, BUT the truth (there’s that word that lefties are afraid of) was that the MSM polls were FAKE.
            Yup, I’ll stick with my sources, as they’ve been proven to be correct and true time and again. You can stick with your FAKE sources all you wish. How did that practice work out for you in the election? A MANDATE for President Trump.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Counterpoint: you’re so deluded that, not only do you claim to have won UTTERLY IMAGINARY awards ceremonies, but you claim a whole bunch of outright lies are true. It’s because you’re real stupid, of course, but literally nothing excuses you (e.g.) repeatedly claiming that TARP lost money when it made billions of dollars in profit.

            Maybe learn to read someday; it has its benefits!

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic “usually inaccurate” poster: TARP LOST billions! Obozo and the fake MSM make the FALSE statement that TARP made a profit because they’re only counting the money spent during Obozo’s years. If you add in the billions that went into TARP under GW, then TARP LOST billions.
            You are so low information that you just can’t help posting “usually inaccurate” information. Meanwhile, my near perfect record of posting true statements makes me a “distinguished contributor”.
            Still waiting for your proof on Deb’s resignation.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Counterpoint: you’re so very stupid that you keep replying to me even though I’ve told you multiple times I don’t bother to read your gibberish.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic the “usually inaccurate” poster: why do you keep embarrassing yourself with you stupid posts? Even the other lefties are snickering behind your back.
            You made yourself look stupid and you continue with your denials.
            Why don’t you just admit you were wrong and move on? You truly need to find one of those crying rooms.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            So no quote huh.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic and “usually inaccurate” poster of lies, I guess you didn’t see the news story that HilLIARy admitted it.

          • I Am Helpy ✓ ᵈᵉᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:

            So no quote huh.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic and “usually inaccurate” poster of lies: Can you hear your fellow posters laughing at you – AGAIN? How you prove your pathetic intelligence over and over is amazing.

          • I Am Helpy ✓ ᵈᵉᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:

            So no quote huh.

          • InformedVoter says:

            Hey HELLpy, the Pathetic and usually inaccurate poster of lies, the laughter of your ignorance is getting louder.
            Why don’t you just admit you lied about Deb and TARP and then you can crawl back under your rock of ignorance.
            Take it from a distinguished contributor, you are no match in this battle.

          • I Am Helpy ✓ ᵈᵉᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:

            So no quote huh.

      • I Am Helpy says:

        Counterpoint: you’re so deluded that you think you got a Special Award For Being A Good Poster.

  2. Dominick Vila says:

    If there is a ray of hope in the dismal scenario we are now witnessing is that Trump listens to his closest advisors. Especially when their advice involves “solutions” designed to transform him into a man larger than life.
    The original plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants has evolved into a plan to deport only illegal immigrants that have committed a serious crime since their arrival. Those that entered the country illegally in the company of their parents when they were minors are likely to get legal status, and illegal immigrants that have lived in the USA for several years may get work permits to work in the USA legally, without a path to citizenship.
    The ACA repeal is looking more like a procedural makeover, and changing the name of the program, than an actual repeal. The administration, and many Republicans in Congress, have already stated that portions of the ACA, such as the pre-existing condition clause, allowing dependents of policy holders to remain in their parents insurance policy until age 26, making it unnecessary for people to sell everything they have to stay alive, and providing affordable medical care to those who cannot afford high insurance premiums by continuing to subsidize premiums are all going to remain in the “replacement” plan. Guess what? That’s the essence of the ACA. The only things that are being debated is the mandate, and fines for those who prefer Emergency Room freebies to having to pay even a small part of premiums. Very likely changing the pseudonym of the program to Trumpcare!
    We are out of the TPP negotiations, and judging by recent comments by Trump surrogates, the NAFTA changes involve developing a bilateral agreement with Canada, and dumping Mexico.
    The whole thing is smoke and mirrors to give Trump’s most rabid supporters that something is being done to end “failed” programs, or circumventing the law in the case of illegal immigration…while essentially doing exactly the same thing President Obama did, minus sending dangerous criminals to porous Mexican prisons.
    What is going to be interesting to see is the extent of our departure from environmental protections, the Paris Accord on Climate Change, and foreign policy changes involving Iran and China.

    • mike says:

      I see you continue to underestimate him.
      You again are jumping to conclusions.
      Yesterday he had a helluva day. We watched yesterday his reaching out to union leaders, who by the way, walked out of the meeting giving a glowing report calling it incredible.
      Look for more!
      Today we learn Obama, the failure, gave Palestinian Authority $221 million dollars in his last hours. Anything to stick it to Israel. Millions more to UN and Climate programs.
      Sit back and watch knowing the left can delay but not stop Trump’s agenda.

      • Dominick Vila says:

        I was delighted to learn that President Obama gave foreign aid to the Palestinians. Admittedly, it is a pittance compared to what we give Israel, the largest recipient of U.S. foreign and military aid, but I am sure it will help them get food, RX, and clothing…if the Israelis don’t prevent them from getting it.

        • mike says:

          I am not at all surprised of your delight. Your snarky comments just confirm how anti-Israel you are. Knowing the history of corruption of the PA I am surprised you take this so lightly. Obama’s UN abstention and now this from Obama, the Muslim lover, takes one last shot at the right knowing he will see his legacy erased by Trump.

          • Marilyn says:

            I, too, was delighted. Israel is continuing their illegal settlement building in East Jerusalem so obviously they have no interest in peace. That does not apply to all Israelis because some are appalled by the actions of their own government. Having been to Israel and seeing how the Palestinians are treated, I was quite glad that the US abstention allowed for at least a statement of condemnation from the UN to be made.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Why do you think anti-Israel is bad, while you yourself treasonously support a foreign dictator?

      • I Am Helpy says:

        OK thanks for the Stormfront platitudes, Nazi traitor dude. Not sure why you think any of that is relevant, but of course we can’t expect much out of a high school dropout.

  3. Yes, it’s a comfort to know that the GOP is now in the spotlight, and now that the cover of sniping from the rear at the former President has been lifted, we find a band of sniveling little men and women, stark naked and in full view of America and the world, having to prove that they have some shred of decency left in their largely amoral carcasses. Just to say “No” won’t suffice anymore, now that they’re in the majority. We look for them to have to cover their backsides, hem and haw, and squirm uncomfortably—the penalty for being obsessive about wanting power and control.

    And thanks to Trump’s antiquated shrilling of “Only America”, China’s chances to stake the claim of The Major Player in world affairs are greatly enhanced, leaving America as an entity a 2nd-class player on the world stage. Yes, we have plenty of nukes, but you can’t eat nukes, nor are they acceptable as currency—except perhaps to N. Korea and other rogue nations.

    Imagine the irony—America, a nation founded on the ideal of “In Many, One”, having been established on a principle of morality and freedom, now on the verge of having itself supplanted from the role of being a beacon of hope, and a standard for morality based on spiritual sentiments from its inception, by a nation with a long history of suppressing Religion and motivated by allegiance to the bleak and deadening philosophy of Communism and the worship of the State and a single godless Party.

    Thanks to both the GOP and Trump’s myopia and juvenile obsession over “America First”, America will have become a small-minded nation on the world scene, all because of insularity, a curious and tragic attachment by and large to racialism, and a perpetual insistence on maintaining a self-centered orientation. Being self-centered and enamored with himself are major character flaws of Donald’s, and he accurately and faithfully reflects the same that many in America perceive themselves as—like a perfect mirror.

    • Independent1 says:

      We know that the Bible tells us in many places that God works in the lives and protects those who truly fear Him (are in awe of his power and do His commandments); so given that those who historically run governments generally are not true Christians and fill their lives with many un-Godly things; God takes little account for the workings of governments. Instead, he works to protect the lives of those who truly fear Him against the devious workings of dictators and all clearly amoral leaders. That can be clearly seen in the rise of many totalitarian governments over the ages that have oppressed and punished the people.

      To assume that God actually works to control the workings of governments, would simply mean one would have to believe that God abetted Hitler in allowing him to commit the many atrocities to happen under his reign. So we can be comforted in the fact, that whatever devious acts Trump and his GOP henchmen commit, were not influenced by or approved by God as God is truly not any part of their lives aside from their attempts to pretend that He is (which sadly applies today to all those who support the GOP and it’s many anti-Christian actions against the majority of Americans.

      • Right you are. I perceive, and maybe you’ve noticed this also, that many Christians, particularly those given to total literal interpretations, have come to think of Religion as an extension of Greek Mythology and that God is just the post-Hellenic Age as Zeus(or Jupiter if you’re of a Roman Mythology mind-set). Which is probably why Donald thinks God was looking down from Mt. Olympus on Inauguration Day, for no other reason than to smile kindly on Donald and wish him well. (The GOP probably have similar dreamy foolish day-dreams re: their impressions of their interactions with God).

      • mike says:

        Just more of your silly season.
        God had nothing to do with this election. What we know God gave us a brain to help those to see and understand the anti-Christian left and their policies to silence religion in this country.
        You can’t face the fact that Trump won.
        You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.
        You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.
        You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
        You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.
        You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.
        You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.
        You created “us” when you attacked our flag.
        You created “us” when you took God out of our schools.
        You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.
        You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.
        You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.
        You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.
        You created “us” the silent majority.
        You created “us” when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers.
        You created “us” when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors.
        You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
        You created “us” when you took a knee, or stayed seated or didn’t remove your hat during our National Anthem.
        You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.
        And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
        And we did it with ballots, not bullets.
        With ballots, not riots.
        With ballots, not looting.
        With ballots, not blocking traffic.
        With ballots, not fires, except the one you started inside of “us”
        “YOU” created “US”.
        It really is just that simple.

        • Independent1 says:

          What a bunch of total rot. We don’t need you mentally retarded right-wingers for anything but to get out of the country and let America move into the 21st Century instead of bringing America back into the pre-Great Depression era like Trump and Pence are doing at the moment!!!

          People dying is going to spike.
          Global warming is going to spike.
          Poverty is going to spike.
          Racism is going to spike
          and on and on!!!

          • mike says:

            LOL!
            “What a bunch of total rot.” “pre-Great Depression era” coming from a guy who just a few weeks ago said this.
            Independent1 mike • 11 hours ago
            “Every word is a pathological lie!!!!!!! Obama lied about nothing!!! It was health insurance companies who perpetrated the lie.” Keep that Chicken Little syndrome going. You’re such a silly little fella.

          • Independent1 says:

            Here’s just one update on how Trump’s idiocy will increase abortions and women dying during a botched abortion or during childbirth:

            Given the history of the gag rule, Trump’s rush to reinstate it is not a surprise. But that doesn’t diminish the significance of the order for millions of women and their families. The two largest recipients of family-planning funding from USAID, Marie Stopes International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, announced Monday that they won’t comply with the reinstated policy. IPPF, which will lose $100 million as a result, promised to “work with governments and donors to bridge the funding and service gaps the Global Gag Rule creates.” But even if the money materializes from another source, it will take time, leaving women—particularly poor and rural women—at risk to disruptions in access to care. MSI (which often works in unstable and emergency settings, such as in Nepal after the deadly 2015 earthquake) will lose $30 million, or about 20 percent of its annual budget. The organization estimates the shortfall could, during Trump’s first term, lead to 6.5 million unintended pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions, 2.1 million unsafe abortions, and the deaths of 21,700 pregnant women.

            https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-anti-abortion-order-is-actually-likely-to-increase-abortions/

            Keep those numbers in mind: 6.5 million more unwanted pregnancies; 2.1 million more abortions because of those added unwanted pregnancies and 21,700 more women dying than had Trump not revived the gag rule. (And you can be sure I’m not posting this to try and change your mentally retarded mind.)

          • mike says:

            Bravo Sierra
            Our taxes paying for abortions or promoting abortions in OTHER COUNTRIES. Total bullsh*t.
            As usual, you emotional mental midgets see the sky falling.
            They’re not our citizens or our responsibility. Tax payer monies can’t be used for abortion here but fine to spend our taxes for abortions in other countries. Total BS
            Obama who saw no need to protect or felt responsibly for the Syrian People says it is not our responsibility to waste tax money on abortions in other counties.

          • Independent1 says:

            What a totally asinine comment which only serves to prove how big of a dirtbag you are: you carp about America working to save lives and reduce abortions in foreign countries by spending a few million dollars when studies have shown that each $1 of foreign aid returns $4 in economic benefit to America; but yet you support a guy who wants to waste billions upon billions on building a wall that numerous experts have predicted will accomplish nothing. Stupidity begets stupidity!!!

            CNN Breaking News: President Donald Trump will take executive action Wednesday directing federal resources toward building a border wall, a White House official confirmed to CNN.

          • mike says:

            CNN the fake news channel.
            Again, no cigar for you, numbnuts!

          • Independent1 says:

            You like this better from the Blabber/Buzz conservative news site?

            Trump to Sign Executive Order On Immigration Wednesday

            President Donald Trump was expected to sign several executive orders restricting immigration on Thursday, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to several congressional aides and immigration experts briefed on the matter.

            Trump’s orders were expected to involve restricting access to the United States for refugees and some visa holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.

            http://blabber.buzz/politics/86101-breaking-trump-to-sign-executive-order-on-immigration-wednesday

          • Independent1 says:

            And here’s one from Blabber/Buzz that’s nonsensical as there are no taxpayer funded abortions in America:

            Congress Votes to Permanently Ban Taxpayer Abortions, Trump Agrees to Sign

            http://blabber.buzz/politics/conservative/86162-congress-votes-to-permanently-ban-taxpayer-abortions-trump-agrees-to-sign

          • mike says:

            Only a numbnut like you would think it “nonsensical.”
            The operative word is “Permanent.” Duh
            “making the Hyde Amendment permanent law rather than needing approval every year in appropriations.”

          • Independent1 says:

            “Permanent” only until the next Dem president with a sane congress changes it to un-permanent!! Just more of your total rot!!!

            But typical of the GOP – go around spending millions/billions changing things that weren’t a problem in the first place. Like spending over 75 million nonsensically voting to repeal Obamacare over 50 times when they knew Reid in the Senate would kill the bill!!!

          • mike says:

            I see the diarrhea of the brain still continues to ooze out of your head.
            The insanity is all yours. Trump agenda is in full swing and you can’t do a damn thing about it. On Thursday of next week Trump will nominate the next conservative justice for SCOTUS and all you can do is watch. How perfect for the clueless left.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            “Sure, we broke the law repeatedly, but now you have to peacefully accept that.”

            Not going to happen, KKKomrade.

          • Independent1 says:

            Blabber/Buzz seems to be slow at getting the news about the wall.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Gosh that dumb crap you made up – or more likely, copy-pasted from a billionaire’s PR campaign – sure sounds truthy! It’s all incredibly false, naturally, but then you’re so stupid that you think the word “median” is actually “medium”.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            …and now that environmental regulations have been trashed to encourage greater business investment, our patrimony will be turned into a real swamp, habitable only by vermin.

          • Independent1 says:

            Trump is setting up America just like Hoover did back in 1929 for another depression. It was only 7 months after Hoover took office that the Great Depression is officially recorded to have begun – August, 1929; just two months before the ’29 stock market crash.

            The GOP’s focus on making ‘America First’ is simply going to create a lot of angst with people around the world which will greatly impact tourism and even immigrants wanting to come here. And it’s quite likely immigrants and even foreign-run companies may flee the country. All of this greatly impacting the economy. That’s what started to happen in Alabama within just a few weeks after it passed the strictest immigration law in the nation at the end of the Great Recession. It’s quite likely even Disney will see profit losses because of reduced foreign tourists coming to its parks.

            Republicans just don’t seem to get it – that you can’t revert to isolationism and then really prosper as a nation. The world has become too much of a global community, and the GOP is trying to take America out of that global community similar to what Kim Jong Un’s family’s dictatorship has done to North Korea. And look how the people in that nation suffer!!

            Hopefully, it’s not too long a time before people in America start seeing the fallacy of the GOP ideology of isolation!! And as we all know, when Trump and the GOP say ‘America First’ they really mean working to put the upper 1% of Americans and already profitable corporations first in any way they can.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            IMHO, Trump’s supporters are divided into three categories (1) those that don’t know better, (2) those that support his agenda, and (3) those that would sell their mother – or Master – for a few silver coins.

        • dbtheonly says:

          Interesting post. Who’d you copy it from?

          • Dominick Vila says:

            David Duke

          • dbtheonly says:

            Thanks.

            I1 is right, it is total rot, but rather nicely done, don’t you think? All those assumptions that simply aren’t so, just put out there as facts.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            They are called “alternative facts” db, ALTERNATIVE FACTS. What not so long ago were called lies. 🙂

          • dbtheonly says:

            But note how they’re just assumed to be true.

            “You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.”

            No one’s ever argued to take away their guns. It’s an Alternative Fact. But see how it’s just assumed to be true? As if limiting machine guns is attacking a basic right. As if limiting the ability of people on the “Terrorist No Fly List” is a threat to American security, where in fact the exact opposite is true. Terrorist + Guns = bad.

          • mike says:

            Wrong again.
            Already our military veterans, those who support third-party candidate and those who are pro-life have been the victims of an attack by the Department of Homeland Security who has labeled them “right-wing extremists.” The groups are added to the list of targets which includes the conservative organizations who were targeted by the IRS.
            Obama announced last Friday that the Justice Department proposing a rule change that makes receiving nebulous “outpatient” services from a professional such as a psychiatrist would be a red flag under gun ownership rules. According to the proposed rule change being treated as an outpatient will be akin to being committed to a mental institution.
            President Obama claims that his Health and Human Services agency is issuing the rule in order to get past the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It would allow “express permission” for “entities” to hand over select records to the federal government or “information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands.”
            The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) warned then that the administration was widening the definition of “mental deficiency.” They were seeking ways to send people to mental institutions for “mental defectiveness or mental illness” or “for other reasons.”
            Reported EPIC: “The phrase ‘for other reasons’ is overly broad and vague.”

            2014 Obama churned out 23 executive actions on gun control—executive actions intended to curb gun rights. Fortunately Congress handed Obama a sprawling defeat as lawmakers refused to agree to more stringent and far-reaching plans to suppress gun ownership.

            The Obama tried to chip away every aspect of owning a gu with goal of ending the Second Amendment.

          • dbtheonly says:

            Last Friday? After noon there was no President Obama, or did you miss that?

            But okay.

            Mental Illness + guns = bad.

            You want the other side of the debate?

          • mike says:

            Now numbnuts that was from a 2014 article that I pasted. Your problem is the facts dispute your asinine comments.
            Here is a perfect example of the overreach of the Obama administration on gun control.
            http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/defense/295484-va-is-restricting-veterans-gun-rights-without-due-process

            Give the government an inch and watch them take a mile.
            You trust the Federal Govt., like millions of other Americans I don’t.

          • Dominick Vila says:

            They have perfected the art of persuasion to a science. In all honesty, their success is also due to our inability to present a narrative that demonstrates the truth, in terms that cannot be disputed, to the ill informed. We have as much responsibility for the creation of the Trump phenomena as does the Tea Party, what is left of the old fashioned conservatives, and a media more interested in ratings and profits than practicing unbiased journalism.

          • mike says:

            Name some, genius!
            The silent majority came up a bit your a$$ in November. You social-wariors are gone. Your part is decimated for years to come. The Obama administration built on sand is now being washed away.

          • mike says:

            Bravo Sierra

          • mike says:

            Author unknown.

        • I Am Helpy says:

          We created you by not being white males. Got it.

        • FireBaron says:

          You can’t face the fact that Trump won.
          You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech. Nope, only asked for “equal time”.
          You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms. So, where were those guns at President Bush and VP Cheney’s rallys? Never saw a one.
          You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs. Nope. The only people who have attacked Christian beliefs are your fellow “Christians” who do not believe that Catholics, Orthodox, or Mainstream Protestants are “Real Christians” because we don’t believe in having our ministers preach politics.
          You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists. As long as you keep referring to other cultures and colors in derogatory manner, like they say, “if the shoe fits…”
          You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic. Why? Just because you are terrified of anyone who doesn’t look, speak, dress or act like you?
          You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way. ‘scuse me, but that’s what you tell everyone else.
          You created “us” when you attacked our flag. I’ll give you that one.
          You created “us” when you took God out of our schools. Nope. Just removed the requirement that forced kids in Public Schools to have involuntary prayer. If you have ever faced a math class about to take a test, you will know that Prayer has never left schools.
          You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism. After all, who cares about equal pay for equal jobs, health care accessibility, etc.
          You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals. Are you still complaining about the 15th and 20th Amendments?
          You created “us” when you attacked our way of life. You mean the one that requires anyone not looking like us to treat us like “The Massa!”?
          You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control. That’s a fun one. The Presidents with the largest non-military growth in the country’s history were Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Bush. As for government intrusion, you have lost more civil liberties during Republican control of the White House and/or Congress.
          You created “us” the silent majority. No. The Silent Majority was an invention of the GOP in the belief that if someone wasn’t against them, they were for them.
          You created “us” when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers. So, I guess the policemen who shot black men in the back or spent hours talking down white gunmen instead of shooting them as they would a Black man is the norm.
          You created “us” when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors. Actually, that was your insurance companies and doctors that did not want to be tied to the ACA until they saw how much more money could be made off of it. Also, the “policies” you complain about losing were those that provided pretty much no benefit.
          You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country. Nope. That was the GOP when they rewrote the tax codes under Shrub that allowed all the jobs to go overseas. Add that to the companies that refused to upgrade their US facilities, effectively obsoleting many of their long-time employees.
          You created “us” when you took a knee, or stayed seated or didn’t remove your hat during our National Anthem. But it’s OK for your fat gut to have beer stains all over your US flag tee shirts, or your women to sit on their flag pants.
          You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating. Of course, the cost of the penalty (thanks to the GOP) was less than the cost of health insurance. But it does allow the government to cover your cheap butt when you show up at the ER with no insurance and no way to pay for your treatment.
          And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
          And we did it with ballots, not bullets. And passing laws making it harder for people of color to vote.
          With ballots, not riots. And acts of intimidation at polling and voter registration places
          With ballots, not looting. That’s because according to you, people of color have nothing worth getting (except your insistence on raping their women).
          With ballots, not blocking traffic. So, having barricades set up to prevent people from freely expressing themselves under their 1st Amendment rights is NOT blocking traffic? Must be “alternative facts”.
          With ballots, not fires, except the one you started inside of “us” Oh, you mean those crosses are only Day-glo?
          “YOU” created “US”.
          No, you Redneck SOB, you were always that way. Just when you had a candidate who got away with speaking the way he did would any of you dare to crawl out from under your rocks and expose yourselves to the light of day and truth!

          • mike says:

            You still don’t get why the left got such an ass kicking in November.
            Your post just shows why you lost the election. After almost three months you still don’t have a clue why you lost. Your party has no electable leader or a party with an identity. You have lost almost all your political power, No WH, No House, No Senate, 12 Governorships and 1000 state democratic legislative seats. All the left can do is stall but can’t stop Trump’s agenda.
            If you think my post doesn’t have relevance and if you ignore “us” you will continue losing.
            Trump tapped into the mood of millions of Americans and won.
            Everything and I mean everything in that post was felt by millions of Americans and all true. You arrogant social-warriors with your superiority complex caused your loss.
            Trump is President.
            Stock market hit 20,000 this morning and you think Trumps not going to succeed. The left is nothing but a bunch of lunatics.

          • Independent1 says:

            And there goes more of the pathological lying – the left got an ass kicking??? What a joke!!!

            THE LEFT WON THE ELECTION BY MILLIONS OF VOTES AND THE RIGHT STOLE IT!! AND YOU KNOW IT!!!

            WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY YOU TRY TO WEASEL OUT FROM THAT FACT – THAT THE RIGHT STOLE THE ELECTION – BY DOING JUST LIKE TRUMP AND CONSTANTLY PERPETRATING A LIE!!!!!

            YOU THINK IF YOU LIE ABOUT IT LONG ENOUGH IT WILL BECOME TRUE!! JUST LIKE THE MAJORITY OF DEMENTED CONSERVATIVES IN AMERICA TODAY!!!

            LIE, LIE, LIE AND LIE SOMEMORE!!!

          • mike says:

            What a silly and delusional person you have become.
            Trump won the EC with 56% majority, by the way, determines the next President. Why the smartest women in the world did not comprehend that simple little fact is beyond belief.
            Still acting like a retard on that stolen election crap.
            Trump won and is dismantling Obama’s legacy he built on sand. Bye-Bye Obama and your social-warriors.

  4. Jim Samaras says:

    Those exchanges are and were on life support way before Trump took office.

  5. ORAXX says:

    I would be happy for any good thing that comes out of the Trump administration, like not starting a major war and crashing the economy, but my expectations could not be lower.

  6. itsfun says:

    Isn’t it just a terrible thing to have a American President that puts America and Americans first?

    • Independent1 says:

      Yes, when ‘putting America first’ is nothing more than a dog whistle for: Let’s work harder at feeding more money into the pockets of the already wealthiest Americans and massively profitable corporations.

    • I Am Helpy says:

      According to the GOP, yes. That’s why they ran Trump.

    • FireBaron says:

      We wouldn’t know. We have a President who puts his stock portfolio first.

      • itsfun says:

        Bringing jobs back to America, protecting us from illegal immigrants. In one week he know has praises from unions. He is getting rid of TPP. Bernie supporters should love that. He wants to stop the giving of 221 million to Palestine that Obama gave them in his last hours and the dark of night. My prediction is even you will end up loving President Trump.

        • Jim Samaras says:

          Oh yes they will!!! Right now they’re like Mexicans that don’t know they’ll be paying for the wall….LOL….I love it!

        • I Am Helpy says:

          What “jobs” is he bringing back, you delusional moron? What protection do you need from immigrants, you racist coward? He’s getting rid of a perfectly good trade deal because it contains environmental protections he hates. He’s getting rid of aid to Palestine because he wants to start a war in the Middle East to benefit Putin.

          You are insane.

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