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Trump’s Inaugural: A Hostile Transfer Of Power

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Trump's inaugural: A Hostile Transfer Of Power

Everyone who wondered what Steve Bannon has been doing in Trump Tower now knows the answer: He was drafting the new president’s vengeful and cliché-laden inaugural address, which is certainly the least impressive speech of its kind in memory and likely one of the worst in history.

With its repeated harping on “America First” and the thieving perfidy of Washington, condemning both parties in government, this speech plainly reiterated the same messages formulated by the former Breitbart.com chairman during last year’s campaign. It sounded as if Trump were still on the stump, stirring up his fans, rather than seeking to unify the country and take on the profound responsibilities of the nation’s highest office.

But who can blame Bannon and Trump for returning to their battle-tested themes? Gazing out over the National Mall toward the Washington Monument, where a crowd less than a fourth the size of Obama’s 2009 audience stood, and pondering their dismal approval ratings, they had to yearn for the wild enthusiasm of rallies past. What better way to revive the base than to conjure again that dark vision of an America brought low by crime, drugs, immigration, joblessness — and elitist conspiracies at the center of government?

Of course, there is a good reason why a new president — especially one who failed to win the popular vote in an extraordinarily rancorous election — should try to strike a generous and welcoming note on Inauguration Day. The task of governing that the chief executive faces is vast, complex, and daunting, as Trump is now learning, and demands at least a gesture toward national unity. An inaugural speech crafted to encourage such harmony is the mood music of our “peaceful transfer of power.” And by the time a president takes office, the country is usually weary of partisan bitching and expects the victor to display a measure of grace.

Or at least most of the country expects the president to do that. But Trump’s most fervent supporters may well have been pleased to hear him echo their anger once more. When he vowed that he was giving them back their country and that they would never be ignored again, he directly appealed to the resentments that brought him unexpectedly to power.  Even when he offered a few rhetorical tropes against “prejudice,” Trump sounded insincere and perfunctory.

But if it is thrilling to agitate the base, it is also tempting to take that strategy too far. While Trump and Bannon may not worry much about bad reviews and raised eyebrows, what the speech promised will be impossible to deliver. They cannot eradicate crime, which is already at historic lows, and they have no idea how to cope with drug abuse. They cannot wipe radical Islam from the face of the earth, which would require military action far beyond the scope and capacity of the United States. They cannot bring back the jobs that have disappeared through automation and trade, which will only be made worse by the punitive measures they have threatened.

More troubling than the false promises and fake facts, which have long since become standard for Trump, was the unrelieved expression of fury. Clearly he and Bannon have decided they know no other way of speaking to the country effectively. So this new president won’t even attempt to bring an uplifting moment or send a signal of calm. He can only do outrage and clamor.

It is impossible to govern the country in this style, as we see already in Trump’s failure to fill so many vital positions that he was forced to ask Obama appointees to remain in place. Months after the election, he remains obsessed with his Twitter feuds, enmeshed in petty scuffles that reinforce the doubts of the broad public, stimulate his innate rage, and reinforce a destructive loop. His inaugural address was merely another version of the same degraded monologue, at a moment that demanded something else entirely. It was yet another sign of worse to come.  

IMAGE: Secret Service agents walk alongside of President Donald Trump’s limousine as it passes empty viewing bleachers during the inaugural parade that followed his swearing in at the Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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  1. Dominick Vila January 21, 2017

    I did not watch the Inauguration. I was too busy pulling weeds, giving my Pug a bath, and doing other important chores to participate in a love fest designed to aggrandize an arrogant, immature, and vindictive narcissist.
    My response to the author’s comments is that a pathetic and divisive presidential speech by Trump is consistent with the narrative he has employed since he announced his candidacy. His main goal is not to do what is best for the United States, or make even a gesture of reconciliation, or an attempt to mend the political divide that currently exists in the USA. His speeches are harangues to rally the most extreme ideologues in the country, by portraying an image of misery and decay that contrasts with the realities that surround us. To implement his agenda, which is designed to turn a Narcissist into a Messiah, he needs the unconditional support of his base, and that can only be accomplished by implementing some of the most extreme proposals he has articulated during the past several months. Among them, replacing the ACA, mass deportations, and inflict pain on every Muslim, except those wealthy enough to pay homage to the new Savior. What Trump said yesterday is vintage Trump. People like Bannon may write his speeches, but ultimately the person responsible for those speeches is the man that delivers them, and the man that does exactly what he has been proposing, regardless of consequences and how detrimental his policies are to our well being.

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    1. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

      GM Dom,

      Since Despicable Donald has tweeted every side of every issue at one time or another so doing “what he’s proposed” is more a matter of finding the precedent; rather than any predictive vision.

      You’re already seeing the waffling, confusion, sloganeering, and “fuzz wording” involved with repealing Obamacare. The Republicans never have had any plan beyond the slogan. Best quote from a Trump supporter who was angered that Congress has wasted this time talking about the ACA when they need to be repealing Obamacare.

      Trump’s speech set out a vision of a very dark America. I’ve already spoken to Aaron on the issue, could I impose on you to incorporate that here by reference? We just need to insure that the Republicans are forced to own that America. We need to insure that Trump and America’s Pravda do not now suddenly notice that America is better and ascribe it to the Leader.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

        I am not certain of anything coming from US media these days. So I now rely on foreign news media more. A BBC news brief on Thursday said something I think is probably the most scary issue.

        According to the Titan of Trickery, he intends to renegotiate the US debt. You can see all of the countries we are indebted to already going berserk believing Trump thinks he can force the total debt down like he does his loans and the fines he manages to manipulate. China is going to allow the US to cut what we owe them? Russia?

        The BBC also aired a piece on how this moron wanted a show of military might at HIS swearing in. He had less than 2,000 people there and those 2,000 bikers never showed up. They knew if they did, they’d be sitting ducks for the Hell’s Angels, The Breed or Pagans, who’d rip them to shreds.

        So while we may not have any choices left and the Republican Regime has taken over this country, we must must must let them fail and ALL without our help. I’ve already been in contact with my state legislators that I will not vote for them in the next state elections if they in ANY way cooperate with the Republicans.

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        1. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

          I do get a lot of news from the BBC. I’ve posted before the problems with profit oriented news services. Government owned, but not controlled. Dedicated professionals desirous of accuracy. Goes back at least as far as Gulf War I, when the British press conferences were much more enlightening than the US.

          I would recommend that you not slip into Trump Derangement Syndrome. We’ve spent 8 years watching the Republicans oppose everything President Obama suggested for no other reason than he proposed it. I don’t want to see the reverse. As an example, Trump has announced that his Trumpcare proposal is about ready for release. Short of everyone is on his own, there’s really only one policy ready to go. Medicare for everyone. I thought it a better idea than Obamacare even 7 years ago. So do I oppose my preferred policy just because Trump’s endorsed it?

          Trump was able to welsh on his debts because of the US Bankruptcy laws. There is no similar controlling authority internationally. Equally refusing to pay interest or redeem T-Bills based on the ownership is stupid, discriminatory, and probably illegal. Voiding them entirely is beyond insane. Even without regulations, how does one ask the international community to loan to the USA after Trump has us default?

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        2. Jim Samaras January 21, 2017

          They don’t need YOUR vote, you’re a radical, mindless know nothing. Their constituency will vote for them if they DO cooperate and they know that. You are just a disposable piece of skin to be thrown away. It’ll take awhile to get your mind right sweetie!

          Many times debt is renegotiated at the business level but you wouldn’t know that because you were just a low level coffee retriever.

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          1. sigrid28 January 21, 2017

            Misogynist alert! Misogynist alert!

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          2. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            When backed by the full faith of the United States of America you don’t renegotiate. The Constitution also has a little something about the country paying it’s debts.

            Section 4 of the 14th Amendment comes in: “The validity of
            the public debt of the United States, authorized by law … shall not be questioned.”
            In other words the national debt is our and Trump can’t just write it off. Congress approved all the spending and there for all the debt. I wonder If Prez Trump has read the constitution yet. I see he took to EO’s fast.

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          3. Jim Samaras January 21, 2017

            Another know nothing heard from I see. We can if it’s agreed upon by the nation we owe. You’re not smart enough to cut a deal like that so please go back to the handle you pull for a living

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          4. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            We owe the money, our government sold them bonds with the Governments word to pay backing them up. Now you want to make the government of the United States of America a liar. If we did that our countries word would be worthless and we would become a third world nation. Plus it’s part of our highest law, the Constitution that says we can’t go back on our debt.

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          5. Jim Samaras January 21, 2017

            Think about what I said…..If a deal is cut and the owed nation agrees to accept less if we do X then we have defaulted on nothing! Don’t ask me what that deal may or could be as that’s why Trump was elected and his cabinet may help that end. Just an idea as I’ve seen it done before in business not to say it will but it could. Understand?

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          6. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            When Trump has paid less then contracted for people stopped doing business with him. He can no longer get money from most of the banks both here and in other countries. People don’t want to do business with him anymore. Why do you think he has sucked up to all those Arab nations.
            http://fortune.com/2016/03/21/donald-trump-bank-loans/

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          7. JPHALL January 21, 2017

            Obviously you have not been keeping up with what is happening to Greece and other countries unable to pay back their loans.

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          8. Jim Samaras January 22, 2017

            Obviously you’re under the misconception that the Greek economy is comparable to the US. What kind of deal are you under the impression that Greece could cut with anybody? They carry zero weight.

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          9. JPHALL January 22, 2017

            PATHETIC as usual. My point is that debt is handled differently between people and nations. A person just needs to find one person or institution while a nation’s debt needs a group. The US debt is covered by a multitude of individuals and several nations.

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          10. Jim Samaras January 22, 2017

            I understand that completely. I don’t believe it will be an issue however but if it becomes one I’m glad we have a deal maker in office that may just come up with a plan that is agreeable to all involved.

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          11. JPHALL January 23, 2017

            You are hilarious! First you posit a ridiculous situation then act like you never stated it. Sad!

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          12. Jim Samaras January 24, 2017

            What posts are you reading where I’m denying what I’ve written? Anything in an attempt to discredit anyone or anything the Trump administration may do huh? As usual with you ignoramices. Just watch and learn

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          13. Jim Samaras January 21, 2017

            lk

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          14. Eleanore Whitaker January 22, 2017

            Well sure asshat…We don’t need to vote anymore do you scumsucking scumbag? You and your Russian hackers gathered billions of bits of data on all Democratic voters when you and your Commie buddies hacked into DNC emails.

            If you get your balls ripped off big mouth by women who have had enough of your Baron of BS and you and your right wing dickheads, don’t say you weren’t warned.

            But just in case you think I won’t vote against anything and everything you and your Titan of Trickery pulls, think again.

            Did you miss the 500,000 men and women in DC? Or the rest of the 400,000 in nearly every state including the 3,000 in Houston and across Europe. .Your ass is grass and WE are your own personal lawn mower.

            Maxine Waters already started a petition to impeach your treasonous bastard Baron of BS.

            Once you start with his kissing Putin ass and the Russians hacking into our election, your boy has ONLY to do one single thing to “give aid and comfort to the enemy” and he is going to prison for treason.

            Now get off the drugs Rock Star wannabe. You are not in power..you don’t even have power over your own bowel movements. Mommy has to wipe you doesn’t she?

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          15. adler56 January 22, 2017

            Don’t hold back Eleanore- tell them how you really feel. Love the “Titan of Trickery”- has kind of a gong show ring to it but I like it anyway.

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          16. Eleanore Whitaker January 22, 2017

            I have no intentions of allowing any right wing nutbagger to rule my life. They do not pay for MY taxes nor my bills. And I am not going to allow them to sit on their lard butts using my tax dollars to play their games.

            Samaras is smarting because he and his right wing bullies saw 500,000 women CALL THEIR BLUFF. Bullies never do come out of hiding. I call him the Titan of Trickery because always referred to himself as a “financial titan” which was such BS when you consider how many people he had to stiff just to become a billionaire.

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          17. Jim Samaras January 22, 2017

            Your vote? Are you a congresswoman? Your congressMAN probably already knows that you’re a whiny, ignorant little know nothing and women like you will be back in the kitchen serving sammiches and coffee like the insignificant serfs you are.

            Maxine Waters is another insignificant, painted up piece of garbage like many other California race baiters. She will slither into oblivion under this administration hoping not to be noticed as democrats will never have control of anything for some time to come. You libtards are now breathing your final gasps of air and will sink under the republican tidal wave that will now take over power for the next half century. Now off your knees, wipe your chin and get me that sammich you low information wench.

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          18. Eleanore Whitaker January 23, 2017

            Yes …Rock Star wannabe…MY VOTE…my NJ Congressman is Frank Pallone. You live in North Jersey and you haven’t voted in year. Guys who have been in the pen can’t vote.

            My Other Congressional Reps are Bonnie Watson Coleman, Chris Smith and our Senators are Cory Booker and Robert Menendez.

            You CONs are liars. You’ve already been caught is more lies and now you are calling that “alternative” reality?

            You CON men know you rigged that election. The more you CONS brag how easy it was for your Money Messiah and BAron of BS to win the Electoral Votes, the more it creates suspicion of just why it was “so easy.”

            Try not to feel badly when we get your Baron of BS on charges of treason. You do know what Article III of the US constitution says about “adhering” to the enemy? “Giving aid and comfort” to the enemy? Russia hacked into our election. They are now an enemy. Your Baron of BS has but to meet with this enemy and “adere” to a single deal that gives the Russians “aid and comfort” and that Rock Start long hair of yours will be shaved like your balls.

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        3. FT66 January 22, 2017

          You are quite right Eleanore, anyone who wants reliable News, just tune on BBC. They are back to the driver’s seat as they used to be. Their News are well filtered and no room for propagandas.

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        4. adler56 January 22, 2017

          Trump is in for a shock- he had been able to get away with not repaying contractors and banks but countries will be a different game and he’ll lose.

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    3. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      Dominick, Like you, I also refused to watch the biggest sham in U.S. History. I was motivated to doing an early spring cleaning. I wore black and I saw a whole lot of women shoppers doing the same in my town.

      It is more than obvious we whom The Baron of BS considers his “enemies” are now on his registry of targets to be removed.

      Remember when the righties all called President Obama our “messiah?” Well now WE get to do the same with one caveat…they now have their MESSIAH OF MONEY. Men like Trump allow money to go to their heads and there is NO human life worth more than that almighty dollar.

      I heard a middle aged guy in the grocery store yesterday saying, “Now that we FINALLY have a REAL president, he will make us all millionaires.” Then, the two women they were with said, “You have to have a man to run. Women are not good leaders.” Who raised these grossly insecure, lackluster 30 something morons?

      All I can say is that if these guys are the hands we are leaving this country in, I can’t see it lasting longer than the Baron of BS has to point and delegate Putin to run it all for him.

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  2. FireBaron January 21, 2017

    To me, the greatest irony of Teflon Donnie’s rants is that just about everything he has railed about is the result of the Republican Congressional majorities in place since 1994 and the effective elimination of any government regulations that encouraged businesses to remain in America by the Shrub administration! Every Republican President since Reagan has appointed Cabinet level officials who have made a mockery of what brought our country to the pinnacle of economic, military and social power, standing heads above our allies in those accomplishments.
    Now, we have a man in the position of “Leader of the Free World” who does not understand one iota of what our legacy is. We have a jingoistic narcissist who has surrounded himself with a coterie of sycophants who will nod and agree with every utterance from his Twitter account.
    Another irony is considering his promises to us in the Middle Class, his cabinet appointments for Treasury, Economy, Labor, Commerce, Justice, and Energy have the appearance of bringing the weasels in to guard the hen house. Why weasels and not foxes? At least foxes appear honorable and reasonable. Weasels are just weasels, and beneath respect.

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  3. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

    All the news media now wants is to “give him a chance.”

    Do the have ANY idea just how close this country is, now in the hands of billionaires who wheel and deal, has become to hostile countries like Russia and China who can easily outwit these billionaire nitwits? These guys have more ego than they do brains.

    44 Presidents and now this middle aged bunch of lazy bum morons want to steal everything the older generations worked for so they don’t have to break a sweat. “The Hand it ALL to ME ME” generation can’t wait for their parents to die so they can “GET IT ALL.” This is their “takeover attitude.” Little do they know their kids are feeling the same way about them.

    The only thing left to do now is to huddle in our masses, revolt, resist and refuse. Elections in this country will be a sham from this day forward. The Republican Regime has won and is now in CONTROL…their favorite word. So, you bet these lazy bums don’t want to have to work…they’ll pass it all off to their privatized privatizers who will pass it off to theirs and so on until the list of crony contractors looks like a mad rush to enlist in the military.

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    1. sigrid28 January 21, 2017

      REALLY great comments today, Eleanore. At least they make me feel better. I used to be a film review in another life (and worked in television public affairs programming), reading four newspapers a day, inviting guests and prepping the talent, and otherwise being part of the behind the scenes crew that puts the show on the air. The rank and file at the network news outlets and CNN and MSNBC seem to me to be holding their noses and just trying to get through the transition, though I don’t know if it was necessary for them ALL to cover the WHOLE miserable inauguration ceremony all morning from the first traffic cone to the moment when members of Congress were filing in to the inauguration luncheon. Ugh!

      It’s a good thing my child is old enough so he isn’t corrupted by hearing me muttering a word that begins with an A and ends with an S whenever Trump and his cronies get airtime–I wouldn’t call it coverage. I spent some time watching the hearings last week. It was fun to see Sen. Warren take on Dr. Price in real time. I was delighted when a Dem questioned Wilbur Ross about why he had retained his interest in a shipping line that transports oil (no conflict of interest there, says Ross–just needed to keep his state-of-the art ships protecting the environment). There was a lot of black is white and white is black going on, with Republicans in the hearings picking at Democrats for seeming “concerned”: variations on the theme of “take a valium.” If someone had said that to me, I would have punched them in the nose.

      So, yes, I did watch a part of the inauguration just preceding the swearing in and the aforesaid speech. I noted that the Missouri State choir was very good–but all white. Trump could hardly stand to sit through it. Also the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, all white also, singing the usual patriotic fare, which Trump was able to handle better. The Trump contingent were trying to keep smug grins from surfacing, what with the Obamas standing so close by. There were fun costumes: As our fashion critics at SFGate noted today, Kellyanne was dressed like Paddington Bear. Dick Cheney in his cowboy hat and the Bushes stood together behind the Trumps, with the Clintons to their right–all of them happy, happy, happy. These two dynasties have that facial hardware down flat.

      The speech was everything that Joe Conasen said it was above. I could have done without Trump’s sniffing and the fist pumping. For a performer, Trump really is a terrible public speaker. Looking at cutaways of the adoring crowd, it occurred to me that his corn-ball delivery may confer greater honesty on him in the eyes of his followers. It’s of a piece with the anti-intellectualism which is to me the greatest hallmark of his appeal. It’s not hard to understand what he says and take it in. Looking at the goofy red-white-and-blue get-up worn by Trump’s devotees, hanging on his every word, in MAGA caps that make old people look as much like little boys as possible, it occurred to me that, to them, Trump’s speech is not meant to be message with any content. It is s like a lullaby, soothing and reassuring, promising comfort and security to adults who cling to an immaturity at their core: Trump has given them permission to refuse to share.

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    2. adler56 January 22, 2017

      Are you my twin from another mother? Wouldn’t change a word.

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      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 22, 2017

        After yesterday’s 900,000 million protesting in the US and globally, I’d say right now the back room of the GOP is smelling pretty bad from all of that diarreah. Their big act they hoped was that we would remain a silent majority no matter what their Money Messiahs do. They got the shock of their lives from all of those peaceful protestors.

        Spicer should stop parroting his Baron of BS. He got trounced in the hurried press report when the Baron thought he would try to bass the media for making it “look” as if so few attended he TV Celebrity Swearing in.

        The wonder of it is their capacity for denial. They actually think all they have to do is keep denying the lies they tell and it will all be fine and dandy.

        Once you start with the fact that Russians hacked into our elections and Trump throughout his entire debates and afterward, sweet talked the very people responsible for that hacking, no matter what any right winger or Republican says, that’s treason…by virtue of Article III of the US Constitution…”adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

        These nasty mouthed nuts will be lucky they are not lynched by the very gangs of angry women they thought they controlled who decide to out them by having their heads shaved.

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  4. avesraggiana January 21, 2017

    Yes. But he still WON. And to Trump, winning and winning always is all that matters. The terrifying truth is for those of us who didn’t vote for him, we’re stuck with him now. And for those who did, they have NO idea what they’re in for.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      To the Baron of BS…HE is all that matters. All that pretend ACT he puts on about how he is going to save the world, how he is going to make millionaires of ALL Americans…How he is going to SHOW our enemies how tough he is. This guy is living in fantasyland and his ACT has all of HIS “people” believing it.

      So, I guess we get to sit back, laugh our asses off when he CANNOT hope to come through with his promises. That’s the difference between we who KNOW what is possible and his “people” who have lived so long on fantasyland dreams of “someday,” have no clue.

      This is the guy who can’t keep his anger under control. This is the guy who thinks ONE WORD from him and it’s all a DONE DEAL. His fantastic past reputation as a crook and a liar, notwithstanding and his inability to face reality that he is not GOD.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 21, 2017

        all of the DUMPSTER’s people are brain dead

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        1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

          His supporters are in for the worst ride of their lives. Look at them for who they are..the women are so financially dependent they believe NO woman can ever be self supporting. The men are big mouth, overly aggressive, loud, rude bullies who think one bellow from those big mouths is all they need to take over.

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          1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 21, 2017

            PS im a man and I myself hate the ones like the DUMPSTER’S are . and im not one of them kind of men

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        2. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 21, 2017

          nope not God anti-Christ More likely

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          1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

            I was raised a Catholic and attended Catholic schools. But, one of the things I know is that evil is often disguised as “good.” No one has to be religious to identify “evil.” We’ve had more than enough examples of it throughout our lifetimes. Sadly, this middle aged generation has so slathered themselves in creature comforts that they no longer have the ability to know right from wrong. To them, if it makes them and only them happy, that’s all well and good.

            This is part of the culture of evil that masks itself as excess in everything, utopian luxury and all of the accoutrements of success they can steal, lie, cheat and deceive to get.

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          2. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 21, 2017

            I also was raised Catholic but as I grew older I truly feel there is no God . what I do believe is in aliens . and I think thy have came here ant told humans that there is GOOD AND BAD (EVIL ) in all of you and its what you choose to be yourself . but HUMANs always making mistakes thy dropped one of the O’s in GOOD and got GOD an understandable mistake by a human . so my thinking and feeling is that we all are GOD each of us are our own God . and its one to choose weather thy will be GOOD or BAD (EVIL ) that’s the understanding way I see things . for if there was a God then this God would and could never make a DONNY DUMP and or a Hitler or any and all the evils of the human race

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          3. Jim Samaras January 21, 2017

            I agree with you regarding the aliens! God is a myth brought about to control the unwashed public. However, the old biblical philosophy of “God works in mysterious ways” applies to DJT as you will see in the months and years to come.

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          4. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

            *Try this: Trump is Catholic but goes to Episcopal Churches, fights with the great Pope Frank, has a daughter that married into the Jewish faith, has a mom born in Scotland who was an illegal immigrant, had to go back to Scotland and then came back as a housekeeper for five years till she met his daddy. But then….whose counting? He has to be a great person….he tells us every day that he is. Of course he will still have to convince most of the women in the Nation that “they should be paying top dollar to go to the gyno of their own choice”!

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          5. Theodora30 January 23, 2017

            Not that it really matters Trump was never a Catholic. He is a “proud Presbyterian” which is not surprising since his mother was an immigrant from Scotland. His father’s family were originally Lutherans. Of course we all know he is anything but a true Christian.

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          6. adler56 January 22, 2017

            Your first sentence describes me too. You are making this easy for me- I don’t have to respond to these losers at all just trail along and “like” everything you post.

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    2. itsfun January 21, 2017

      I hope we are in for what President Trump has promised. Winning isn’t all that matters, but finishing second is nothing.

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      1. avesraggiana January 21, 2017

        Given President Trump’s very public, very well-documented behaviour during the election season and all the way up to his inauguration speech, your hope is an extraordinary one.

        Given my real life experience with pathological narcissists, whose behaviours are immediately recognisable to anyone who has had to suffer them, I can say with complete authority that Donald Trump’s words and actions leading to his winning the presidency, were textbook examples of Love Bombing and Gaslighting writ large. The rest of the narcissistic cycle is perfectly predictable. It’ll only be a matter of time before he Devalues and Discards us all, especially the people who fell for him, and voted for him.

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      2. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

        The problem with winners and losers in an election is the country loses no matter who wins. This isn’t a sporting event. This is our country, both those that voted for Trump and those that didn’t are still citizens and all voices need to be heard. The president needs to be the president of all Americans and as of right now I don’t think Mr. Trump understands that. I know his minions sure don’t.

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        1. itsfun January 21, 2017

          I agree with all you say except I think President Trump understands a lot more than many believe.

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          1. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            If he does he sure isn’t acting like it. Can you show one thing he has done to date to bring the country back together.

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          2. itsfun January 21, 2017

            He has been in office for one day. How much do you want him to get done in that time frame?

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          3. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            He has had two months and just yesterday a major speech and you can’t say he has done anything to bring the nation together.

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          4. itsfun January 21, 2017

            He has been in office one day. Using your logic, he has had 60 or so years.

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          5. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            He just gave probably his most important speech and it sure didn’t feel like a unity speech. Trump has given a dozen speeches since the election and they all were supporting the use against them not the we are the people.

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  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 21, 2017

    Trump takes office, vows an end to ‘American carnage’ it is the DUMPSTERS kind that is the America’s carnage the greedy 1 & 2 % rich . funny his speech nothing about the wall or banning Muslims all his promises he bulled the brain dead with . again I state all the DONNY DUMP’s failures (and I believe there will be many ) will be thrown right back at mostly the brain dead followers . for he will say when he falls its all your fault I never held any office before and it was you fools that put me in the house . so people (brain dead ones ) blame your self . all you did was feed the DONNY DUMP addicted junky my fix ! you feed me the drug that I seek so . it was the people that shot me up with all the attention I needed and I was happy with the over dose you gave me . all my failures are not on me BUT ON YOU the people of the country that put a child minded clown in to the house . as for tweeter will I give it up ? OHHHH NO WAY . in it self tweeter is a lot of my fix for my child minded addiction . and it will feed me the attention I so badly need .SO PROPLE BLAME YOURSELF FOR ALL MY FAILURES . for there not mine BUT YOURS NOW and you only have yourself to blame for you all knew and know and forever will always understand and know that it was a child minded addicted junky to attention that pulled my famous con , fraud & scam on you . AND DONT TELL ME YOU COULDNT HAVE SEEN THIS COMING EITHER it was right in front of you all along I bulled the bull over your eyes

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      Yes…American carnage…His daughter, Ivanka, selling her overpriced shoes and handbags made in China by laborers who are paid $11 a month. His sons and that moron son in law Jared Kushner, Mr. BIG real estate mogul whose daddy is in jail for fraud all prostituting the Trump name as if it was the hottest stock on Wall Street.

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 21, 2017

        thy all too will fall with the DUMPSTER just a matter of time its said give the child minded clown a chance . same was said to do for Hitler also

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    2. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

      He was trying to be uplifting in the speech.

      Now does that make you laugh or cry?

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      1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

        there is no uplift in DONNY DUMPS world or book just all DOWNFALL as much as a joke the clown car driver is for me it makes me more scared

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        1. dbtheonly January 22, 2017

          Yes, this is Trump doing nice.

          As if we needed another reason to worry.

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          1. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

            reasons to worry are now in full tilt with this clown in the house

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      2. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

        a good point was made on one of the news show either MSNBC or CNN the group of reporters were talking about DONNY DUMPS new press sect. thy stated how much he LIED about all the crap of how many people were there for the DUMPSTER . And one said if he can lie like that then what will he do if the president had send solders some place and thy get killed ? will he lie then about that also because DONNY DUMP told him too ? he is not acting like a press Sect. he was acting more like he was just protesting then giving a news report . whats next ?

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  6. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

    There is nothing like viewing – “A living legend in his own mind!”, for all to see. The Global Community has downloaded every Saturday Night Live since Alec Baldwin started doing the Trumpster. We are old enough to remember the old Comedy Record: “Welcome to the LBJ Ranch!”. Guess that old guy in Scotland that has been fighting with him for the last eight years can proudly say: “President WHO?”

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      He isn’t my president and never will be. He can do as he damn well pleases. I am old enough and have lived enough of my life now to know that what he is promising is that HE and ONLY HE can save the world from itself.

      Really? So how is it he couldn’t save HIMSELF from 3500 lawsuits and 151 federal lawsuits that ended up in fines?

      The cancer on this country right now is the right wing Tea Party Republicans. There is no point in hoping to vote them out. They rig elections. Let me repeat that…THEY RIG ELECTIONS. So now, no election can be fair, clean or honest.

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      1. Jim Samaras January 21, 2017

        Sounds like you need to be in one of those Re-Education camps honey to begin getting your mind right!! LOL….he IS your president like it or not

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      2. adler56 January 22, 2017

        Until gerrymandering is removed- we’re doomed. How can America put up with that and call itself a free country?

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    2. itsfun January 21, 2017

      Yep; An American President putting America first is just a terrible thing to watch.

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      1. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

        Yes, that America First worked out so well the last time around.

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        1. itsfun January 21, 2017

          He is the President of the United States, not Iran, Israel, China or any other country. What country should he put first?

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          1. yabbed January 21, 2017

            Trump will put Russia first because Putin will make him. Putin has the goods on Trump and Trump will do as he is told. Won’t be long before Trump learns that it is Iran, not Israel, that he is to favor. “Because Putin says so” is going to be the administration’s mantra.

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          2. itsfun January 21, 2017

            got any more fairy tales?

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          3. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

            Missing the point entirely.

            Typical.

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          4. itsfun January 21, 2017

            My point and I made it is its great to have a President that puts America first.

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          5. iamproteus January 21, 2017

            Please let us know when that happens. Regardless of what trump says, he will never put America first unless he can profit from it.

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          6. itsfun January 21, 2017

            That is nothing you know, you are just making things up.

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          7. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            At what point can you say Prez Trump has been selfless and put our country over his profits. He isn’t even pulling out of his companies. He has also selected like minded people as his cabinet. Actions speak louder then words.

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          8. itsfun January 21, 2017

            He is not going to be running his companies at all. His children will be. He has selected very successful people from the business world and other professions. He can’t change the way Washington works or “drain the swamp” with the same people that have been there all of their adult lives.

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          9. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            He is paying back a lot of supporters with jobs in his government. About half the people he is putting into jobs have zero quantification for the job but gave lots of money or support to his campaign. He’s not draining the swamp, he’s feeding the gators.

            As for his kids running things he is still the one to take the profit home at night and people who curry favors will understand that fact..

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          10. itsfun January 21, 2017

            He is changing the way things will get done in DC.

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          11. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            Yes he is taking Pay to Play to new heights. I wonder how much he is selling ambassadors jobs for.

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          12. itsfun January 21, 2017

            You have President Trump confused with Crooked Hillary.

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          13. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

            *Gee, we thought he was the Co-President of Russia….how could we be so far off?

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  7. Sam the Sham January 21, 2017

    Comrade Donat Trumpsky has “won”. He is now our “president”. I hope he gets impeached. I would love to see him in orange prison garb. As far as I’m concerned he is a POS, not POTUS. He “won” by collusion and traitorous activity. I don’t think he will see a full term. I think that the full weight of federal criminal statutes will eventually drive our “president” to his knees.

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    1. Eleanore Whitaker January 21, 2017

      He won’t be impeached..though, like you, I can only hope not for me but for the sake of the future or our children. Imagine children growing up right now with him as president? This is a guy who lies, makes promises he knows he can’t keep and then betrays the very foundation of our government: democracy by kissing up to the Russians. What message does that send our kids?

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    2. itsfun January 21, 2017

      Should he be in the cell next to crooked Hillary?

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      1. Sam the Sham January 21, 2017

        There is no crooked Hillary. She is the victim of a 30-year smearing and lying campaign against her because of her early health care efforts in 1992. She is head and shoulders above her critics, and you can take that to the bank.

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        1. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

          It goes back further than 1992. But Hillary’s always been the woman Republicans love to hate.

          Wonder what they’ll do now?

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        2. itsfun January 21, 2017

          Look at what has happened to her pay for play foundation. Now that foreign countries can’t buy Hillary, that part of foundation is shutting down.

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          1. iamproteus January 21, 2017

            Which right-wing rag did you find that little “fact” in?

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          2. itsfun January 21, 2017

            Just look it up on the internet. Its national news.

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          3. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            I guess little things like reading the article mite be useful. The Clinton Foundation isn’t shutting down but the Clinton Global Initiative Annual meetings are going a way at least for now. They are to different things.

            “Q: Is the foundation the same thing as the Clinton Global Initiative?

            A: The Clinton Global Initiative is part of the foundation. Bill
            Clinton started CGI in 2005. In contrast to other parts of the
            organization, it doesn’t fund or manage projects, or handle any of the money involved. Instead, it’s like the OKCupid of the charity world, matching funders with good causes. They do this at events throughout theyear, including a big annual meeting in New York every September that’sa who’s who of global movers-and-shakers.”

            http://www.snopes.com/clinton-foundation-dead-contributions-dry/

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          4. itsfun January 21, 2017

            I know, its the global initiative that is shutting down. Something like 22 employees will probably lose their jobs. The donated funds have greatly diminished since Hillary lost the election.

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          5. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            When donors are told you are stopping taking donations because you are going to be elected president you might expect donations to drop off. Most of last year this was the message from the Clinton Foundation to their supporters. The fact that they are only down by 37% is amazing.

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          6. itsfun January 21, 2017

            how about donations stopping when you lose the election and can’t repay your pay for play

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          7. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            Donations were down before the election an in fact the numbers you are seeing are from before the election.

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  8. itsfun January 21, 2017

    It is just a terrible thing that President Trump is putting America first. Veterans have been kicked to the curb the last 20 years. Now they will get the help they need. President Trump is only saying out loud and will do what Americans have thinking for years.

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    1. sigrid28 January 21, 2017

      Let’s see how that works out for you.

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    2. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

      “Arbeit Mach Frei”…..this is how he will help all of us Vets who put in our
      time to protect, defend and preserve our nation through the years! Meanwhile, he will be dumping Cobra, reducing the COLA for SSN and taking away the VA for your health needs……Fine fellow…that will go down in history as ……oh,
      never mind! Don’t forget about those Relocation and Re-Education Camps that are soon coming for all those “illegals and others as necessary”…..too!

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      1. itsfun January 21, 2017

        Just how much COLA have you received the last 8 years for Social Security? He is dedicated to the veterans. He even wants us to be able to use private hospitals when we can’t get treatment from the VA.
        What don’t you understand about the word Illegal? The President wants illegal immigrants to go back to their own country. He wants them to come here after being properly legally vetted. How many Americans do you want to be killed by illegals or how many Americans do you want addicted to drugs by illegal drug cartels? Were you one of the rioters last night throwing things and hurting people and looting? You sure sound like one.

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        1. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

          *A lady called in to C-Span this morning, supporting YOUR new President. She thought it was outrageous that “illegal Mexicans were driving new Ford, Chevy and Chrysler Pick up trucks and clogging up the highways of “her country”. Yep, that is why in WWII the ship from Europe containing Jewish Immigrants were not allowed to land in the United States and turned back to Nazi Germany! All the VA issues you bring up are already in process….Donnie can do nothing without the approval of Congress. Now, the COLA issue….who do you think pulls the pursestrings on SSN – Congress. Who had been stonewalling Obama for eight years? Congress! If you think that suddenly Congress is going to re-adjust the SSN COLA up to 22%……like the cost of prescription drugs have done in the last eight years, or food – rather than using electronics and autos prices as COLA values……sadly…you will be in error.

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          1. itsfun January 21, 2017

            What happened in a World War cannot be compared to today. Terrible things are done in wars. We cannot know what the country felt, or what the reasons for these terrible acts. President Trump is the one who campaigned to allow us to go to private hospitals for care we aren’t getting from the VA. We won’t be getting any big raises for SS anytime soon no matter who is in office.

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          2. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

            Let’s see if we have this right: Trump is going to spend $10 to 12 Trillion dollars on Infrastructure. Another $3 to 5 Trillion on Military Upgrades. Another $3 Trillion for tax breaks to his wealthy buddies in the Global Banking Community and Congress cannot afford $200 million dollars to double our SSN Receipts…so people on fixed incomes can actually have a shot at living? He cannot control the cost of Prescription drugs because……someone’s back wallet is too thick with re-election campaign money? He can’t even send out a measley $600 dollar check to every man, women and child in this country like George and Laura did? Hmmm….”zometing is rotten in Danmark…maybe..ya tink?” Oh, and don’t forget dumping Cobra and the VA for Military and Retiree Families and putting them on the same “Medical Rationing” he wants the rest of us on? So, if we presently have an unbearable $20 Trillion dollar debt because of the banking splash down in 2007….let’s add another $18 Trillion in four years and see what happens to world interest rates then? Perhaps some inflation that will rival that of Jimmy Carter….up to 22% or maybe a whole lot more? Let us know along the way….about
            the Wonderful Brave New World of the Trumpster!

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          3. itsfun January 21, 2017

            Do you even know what infrastructure is. Our military is currently using parts of broken down planes to fix other planes. What good is a Air Force without planes? Already GM, Fiat, Ford, Carrier, IBM are bringing jobs back and creating new jobs because the business outlook is better. He is committed to helping veterans, not hurting them. How much have prescription drugs gone up in the last 8 years? President Trump has been in office for one day. You have no clue what a new healthcare law will be and what it will cover. Talk about a ignorant fear monger, just look in the mirror.

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          4. browninghipower January 21, 2017

            Bullshit…poor management. 600 billion isn’t enough? Really? Oh, but a trillion for the F-35, 15 billion for one Carrier is ok? What are you smoking? It’s all management, Cletus. And oh, as to SS COLAs…they are tied to current rates of inflation. Hasn’t been much un Obama. Moron…

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          5. itsfun January 21, 2017

            Trump has asked for another cost estimate for the F-35. President Trump wasn’t in office when the cost estimate for the F-35 was made. Again President was not in office when the cost of the aircraft carrier was made. That was under Obama’s watch as was the cost of F-35. Also President Trump has already got Boeing to lower the cost of a new Air Force one. The poor management you are talking about came under the watch of Obama not a President that has been in office for one day. You have the gull to call me a moron when you don’t even have a clue about how the costs came about.

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          6. browninghipower January 21, 2017

            You’re still a moron…those remain the costs. The DOD is responsible for poor management. And Boeing just saying so, doesn’t make it so. Like so much else in trumpworld, the bluster and bs get the headlines..the rest of the story is far different. God you are a sucker.

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          7. itsfun January 21, 2017

            You are calling someone a moron when you don’t have a clue about the costs or how they got that high. You want to blame President Trump for the cost of planes and ships that were negotiated under President Obama. In case you didn’t know the DOD reports to the President. You are worse than a moron. You are a absolute damn fool.

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          8. I Am Helpy January 22, 2017

            To be fair, you are the third or fourth stupidest person here; “moron” is the correct word to describe you.

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          9. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

            *And do you know what $40 Trillion dollars in Debt looks like in a diminishing workforce era, due to automation and new nano technology? Are you really ready to go back to school for four years and learn Interpretive Interactive Nano Resistance Technology? How about cars that require no more fossil fuel, or coal fired energy plants that become obsolete overnight and all with a nutcase at the helm? You’re right, we are even scaring ourselves! OK, so what manufacturing jobs are you going to get in this new Trumped up World that we live in? Going Global is only the beginning….we probably will have to go Cosmic! Which is why we are very afraid our your great savior and guardian angel….talking to Kim Jon Un.

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          10. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            New planes are being built even as we speak. It takes time. As far as using parts off planes that we have pulled out of service instead of ordering new parts, that’s just good fiscal use of money. Why was money buying what we already have.
            Do you think companies like GM and Ford make decide to make large moves over night. These jobs that Trump is taking credit for in the most part were going to be here any way. As far as Carrier we pay $7 million dollars to save 700 jobs.

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          11. itsfun January 21, 2017

            The seven million tax break for Carrier is over 10 years. Add up the total taxes the employees that had their jobs saved will be taxed. Also factor in the groceries they will buy, the homes, the gas, the clothes, the cars. That all will add up to over 7 million in 10 years. Ford cancelled a plant in Mexico. You don’t have to give the President credit for anything. He will get it done without your help.

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          12. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            Sorry but you have been able to got to private hospitals for a year now and Trump had nothing to do with it. You seem to think Trump cares about Vets.

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        2. browninghipower January 21, 2017

          If you really think trump gives a rat’s ass about Veterans, you’re in for a big surprise. And again…COLAs are tied to inflation rates. And in case you failed to notice, there hasn’t been much inflation over the last 8 years.

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          1. itsfun January 21, 2017

            I am not the one that was bitching about COLA for Social Security. That was Sundance98. I do believe Trump will help veterans more than the VA has been doing.

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          2. browninghipower January 21, 2017

            Got some great swampland in Florida for ya, too.

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        3. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

          He is so dedicated to Vets that once he was done using them in his campaign he held on to the money he raised until the press made him give it up.
          As far as Vets going to private hospitals, Obama already did that last year.
          http://www.cbsnews.com/news/va-allows-more-veterans-to-seek-care-at-private-hospitals/
          You also seem to believe that in the past illegals were welcomed into the country. That we wanted drugs coming in. You do know we have been building fences on our southern border and in fact we have already gotten a third of the border fenced or walled and have more border patrols then ever. I guess the fact that we send a lot of money to Mexico to help deal with those cartels. You wouldn’t know about any of this though.

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          1. itsfun January 21, 2017

            Who armed the drug cartels? Fast and furious comes to mind. Yes I believe the illegals were welcomed by the Democratic Party. They are seen as future votes by the Democrats.

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          2. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            As always you read the headlines but not the facts. Had Fast and Furious work it would have helped in the fight against the drug cartels. It failed for a number of reasons but not because we wanted it to. This wasn’t the first time it had been tried, it didn’t go any better when Bush did the same thing.Also do you really think less then two hundred guns made any real difference in the long run. There are 15 million guns in Mexico so how much of a difference did it make. As far as the democrats welcoming the illegals, who put together the immigration law that would have helped the problem and who blocked it? What moves have the republicans over the years done to solve the problem. The last law passed was under Bush 43 and it made it harder to send people back. The bill before that gave amnesty. So tell me it’s the Democrats that want them.

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          3. itsfun January 21, 2017

            So because there are already guns in Mexico its okay to give them more? The Democrats want them for future votes. Didn’t you hear Obama telling the illegals if they voted then they are citizens?

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          4. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            I didn’t hear Obama say any such thing and neither did you. You really need to get a better news source then Facebook.

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          5. itsfun January 21, 2017

            I saw replays of him saying it.

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          6. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

            Is he really advocating gun control? The same guy who joined the Republicans in insuring that those on tne terrorist “no fly list” aren’t prohibited from buying guns?

            Whoda thunk it?

            Thank you for catching my point above. Trade is not a zero-sum game. We all benefit. When Trump slaps his 45% tariff, and prices go up that 45%, who’s gonna hurt? Everyone everywhere. A tariff does nothing beyond raising prices for everyone.

            When Trump gets to define trade as a plus 1 here = minus 1 there; he wins.

            Looks like “its” been O’Keefed.

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      2. dbtheonly January 21, 2017

        I think you’re missing the point, and in doing so are granting Trump and his trolls an undeserved legitimacy.

        Running a country, being part of a community, at every level, is not a zero sum game. To “prosper” I do not need you to fail. For our community to “prosper” we do not need the neighboring communities to fail. In fact their failure actually hinders our success. As a nation success for the USA does not require Mexico to fail. Again, Mexico’s failure is our failure as well.

        Trump’s America First and Joy Through Strength, more apropos than Work is Freedom, deny that community of effort, that collective security, which is our greatest inheritance from The WWII generation.

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        1. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

          *You may be on to something….in China if you are Politically Incorrect…..you lose your job and are not allowed to get another one. You become a terrible burden to your family and eventually wind up on the streets..and homeless. Kind of like what has been happening here and will be De’Rigeur….under the Trump Administration.

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          1. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            If you like the dollars and cents of the matter we have increased exports to Mexico by 400%. They buy almost as much from us as we do from them. When your major trading partner has money to spend they can buy things from you. How many jobs do you think $194 billion in exports creates.

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          2. Sundance98 January 21, 2017

            *That horse has already left the barn. We agree that it is far too too late to do a re-do of NAFTA or any other trade agreement. The deals done by George H.W. Bush and the Clintons crafted the great Global Community we are now living under. Winners and losers abound. The TPP and TAP agreements in retrospect were probably necessary. Obama turned out to be right on everything else….so even though we fought those agreements….at least we had a place at the table. Now with the Trumpster…..not so much! This may put us way back in bus unless someone in the Dems can come up with some great trade solutions for the Euro Zone and Asia. Along with saving SSN and the ACA. for starters.

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          3. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

            NAFTA never was the problem and TPP really doesn’t do that much. Our trade problems are China and the EU. It looks like China my end up taking care of themselves. There labor costs are rising and the cost of transporting the goods keep going up. They no longer have an economic advantage. Right now they have the factories that make the electronics built with our money. As time passes we will get back much of those factories but with out the jobs. Factory jobs are a thing of the past. What once took 100 people can now be done by two. What people don’t seem to understand is that we manufacture more goods in the US today then at any time in the past. We have increased our manufacturing every year for a very long time.Saving SS isn’t all that hard, just raise the top point that it’s collected at and raise the with holding by .75%. Fixing the ACA is a little more complicated. The funny thing is the money is there. Without increasing the cost to the public of medical care we could have the finest system in the world. What we have to do is stop making billionaires in large number in the healthcare industry. Over half the industry is no profit right now. The problem is we are being ripped off the other half. One of the best paying sales jobs is working for the drug companies.If you want to solve almost any problem in government follow the money.In reality it’s the only real tool the government has.

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          4. Sundance98 January 22, 2017

            *God we hate someone that knows what they are talking about! Good Grief, you are going to kill the art of blogging if you keep this kind of actual fact finding and revealing stuff going on. One point you didn’t mention was how involved China is in the Dark Continent and is busy doing alot of community service projects to get their fat shoe in the doorway. They are looking for low cost manufacturing and labor costs too. Their projected growth for 2017 is 4.7%, which is way down from their growth rates three or four years ago. Their people are rich, the quality of life is up and they are inherently good business folks. Additionally, they even have a great sense of humor and great family values. Our technology advantages under Obama will quickly recede under Trump. We need new industries based upon cutting edge new products like nano-tube electronics and non fossil fuel autos and trucks. We could achieve these goals in less than five years……unless Trump puts the brakes on these and wants to go back to build more Coal Fired Energy Plants and Earthquake producing Fracking Fields. At any rate, YOUR comments are spot on and should be greatly appreciate by all. You are also right on target regarding not only Healthcare and Big Pharma, but Big Chema, Big Agra and of course Big Oil.

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          5. bobnstuff January 22, 2017

            My question is are all the people in Washington that blind? Are all the leaders of major American companies so short sighted not to see these things. Africa is the next growth market and we will be shut out of it if we are not careful. All these business cycles have been going on for a long time. Why can I see them but those that should be looking for them be so blind. After the end of WW II America had a strong lead because we had bombed everyone’s factories. Then Europe bounced back and we say imports of products our short sighted companies over looked like Small cars light weight bicycles and the like. Next the Japanese took at bounce with small electronics and better small cars , motorcycles, and lots of toys. Taiwan kicks in next with cheep labor and become what Japan was in the beginning. Now China comes out of the dark ages and jumps in the game with both feet. All the time our manufactures are clinging to the old products and old greed. Our over paid owners and CEO’s are seeding our own fall. The wars of our would are really in the board rooms and in the market place and I fear we are losing. I live in a Tech city, We have some of the brightest young minds in the world and the Universities to train them. These people are the hope of our country and of the world. We need to support them but I am a fraud that support will not be coming any time soon.

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          6. Sundance98 January 22, 2017

            *We will put it simply: Sweet Harmony of thought on all counts!
            Amen …sir! (P.S. – you are not a fraud….we know you meant “afraid”.)

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    3. JPHALL January 21, 2017

      Where have you been? Did you ever bother to read American History? Veterans have been complaining about their treatment since after the Revolutionary War. In fact, Pres. Hoover commanded Gen. MacArthur and he in turn sent Gen. Patton to attack and remove veterans camping out on government property while complaining in DC in 1932. (The Bonus Army)

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      1. itsfun January 22, 2017

        I care about veterans living today. President Trump can’t fix what happened in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

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        1. I Am Helpy January 22, 2017

          So why’d you vote for Trump, a man who repeatedly attacked veterans in his campaign? Oh, right – you actually don’t care about veterans other than as propaganda.

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        2. JPHALL January 22, 2017

          As usual you are pathetic. The point is that veterans have always been mistreated in this country. Every administration promises to fix it but never does. When it comes to veterans issues I wish Trump the best. I hope he can get the Republican congress to act since they have refused forever even for Republican presidents.

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          1. itsfun January 22, 2017

            As usual you are just guessing about what is going to happen. You try to pass your guess off as a fact. That is pathetic.

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          2. JPHALL January 23, 2017

            IF YOU WOULD BOTHER TO READ BEFORE YOU REPLY YOU WOULD KNOW THAT I SAID NOTHING ABOUT THE FUTURE. When faced with the truth, you as usual turn to BS.

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          3. queenbee January 27, 2017

            You missed the point, you need to spend more time reading than posting BS.

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    4. I Am Helpy January 22, 2017

      It’s hilarious that you’re so stupid you think Trump is putting America first. Putting America first is what Obama did; Trump is putting Russia first.

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  9. easthills January 21, 2017

    What would it have hurt him if he had been more uniting in his speech? It shows how little he knows about human nature that he spoke the way he did. The positive coverage he would have generated would have been only a benefit to his administration. As I read his speech my only thought was, ‘who is pulling his strings’. Somebody is…

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  10. Jim Samaras January 21, 2017

    Trump supporters actually work for a living is why there were fewer there than for Obama.

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    1. browninghipower January 21, 2017

      Nice try, Cletus.

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    2. iamproteus January 21, 2017

      Thanks for the laugh, Jim! And here, I thought itsfun was the most ignorant fool around! Are you two engaged in a race to the bottom?

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    3. bobnstuff January 21, 2017

      In fact Trump supporters are more likely to not have jobs. They are old or uneducated and stand a greater chance of being unemployable. Look at the unemployment rates in the states that went for Trump Vs. the states that went for Clinton. You really need to get out in the real world.

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    4. I Am Helpy January 22, 2017

      You tell yourself that, Nazi.

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    5. Eleanore Whitaker February 6, 2017

      WRong moron. CNN just interviewed the people in the town of Beattyville KY. The first time they were interviewed was when LBJ visited them 50 years ago because 50 YEARS ago, Beattyville KY was considered the poorest town in the US. It is still the poorest town in the US 50 years later.

      Every Republican states complains there are no jobs until you watch the interview on CNN and see why: They love Trump because according to one Beattyville man, “he is already rolling out the coal trucks.” Sure he is. Coal to be exported to Russia’s failing Siberian coal mine project.

      Then, there was the Beattyville woman who said, “This has been the poorest town for the last 50 years.” What the hell does that tell you? That the top 20 poorest towns in the US are ALL in Republican states.

      When Bush left office in 2008, no matter how you lie, distort or use your pigfaced alternate facts, the DOL reported that 8 million Americans were out of jobs…the highest number in 17 years.

      Try again you lying SOB. You don’t work. You live on welfare in a cold water walk up in one of NJ’s highest minority cities. A white boy racist GREEK moron who lives in a city with one of the highest minority populations. What the matter Onassis? Can’t afford to get off your lazy butt and get a better place to live?

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  11. yabbed January 21, 2017

    How embarrassing. Trump gave a party and no one came. So sad. Lock ’em up. 🙂

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  12. Patrick Henry January 21, 2017

    What a glorious day for all AMERICANS. Now I can take a break from this anti-American, hateful site, Trump is President!!! Adios.

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  13. FT66 January 22, 2017

    The speech was a total sham as such, the entire world is still talking about it. Even his friends in Russia are stunned, look paralysed and totally confused. It looks like their goals won’t be met as Trump might be removed from power with no time.

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  14. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

    a good point was made on one of the news show either MSNBC or CNN the group of reporters were talking about DONNY DUMPS new press sect. thy stated how much he LIED about all the crap of how many people were there for the DUMPSTER . And one said if he can lie like that then what will he do if the president had send solders some place and thy get killed ? will he lie then about that also because DONNY DUMP told him too ? he is not acting like a press Sect. he was acting more like he was just protesting then giving a news report

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  15. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

    a good point was made on one of the news show either MSNBC or CNN the group of reporters were talking about DONNY DUMPS new press sect. thy stated how much he LIED about all the crap of how many people were there for the DUMPSTER . And one said if he can lie like that then what will he do if the president had send solders some place and thy get killed ? will he lie then about that also because DONNY DUMP told him too ? he is not acting like a press Sect. he was acting more like he was just protesting then giving a news report . and next what will the DUMPSTERS lying gang be doing next ?

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  16. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

    a good point was made on one of the news show either MSNBC or CNN the group of reporters were talking about DONNY DUMPS new press sect. thy stated how much he LIED about all the crap of how many people were there for the DUMPSTER . And one said if he can lie like that then what will he do if the president had send solders some place and thy get killed ? will he lie then about that also because DONNY DUMP told him too ? he is not acting like a press Sect. he was acting more like he was just protesting then giving a news report you seen and heard the BULL FROM THE DUMPSTER during the election. now you will see the BULL CRAP run thick and the deepest it has ever in time

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  17. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

    a good point was made on one of the news show either MSNBC or CNN the group of reporters were talking about DONNY DUMPS new press sect. thy stated how much he LIED about all the crap of how many people were there for the DUMPSTER . And one said if he can lie like that then what will he do if the president had send solders some place and thy get killed ? will he lie then about that also because DONNY DUMP told him too ? he is not acting like a press Sect. he was acting more like he was just protesting then giving a news report you seen and heard the BULL FROM THE DUMPSTER during the election. now you will see the BULL CRAP run thick and the deepest it has ever in time .. the BULL one thinks been going on with the DUMPSTER me I feel the full load of the BULL is yet to be seen and or heard . ///////DONNY DUMP says he is going to make jobs ! YA right he is taking jobs away heck even fact checker’s job now for one dosent need a fact checker any more with the DUMPSTER for all he says no checking needed for its all lies

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  18. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 22, 2017

    bottom line on DONNY DUMP and his brain dead followers as Hitler had and still has his Nazi sympathizers skin heads or any and all the hateful clans so be it the same for ISIS there will always be an evil in the world that are mislead with the hate thy hold so dearly from within their evil body’s . so also will be the DUMPSTERS BRAIN DEAD FOLLOWERS its is in them as it is in DONNY DUMP him self the evil and hate is within so deep its the make up of his and their DNA and AIDS & CANCER is like a alter boy to the DUMPSTER THEM AND ALL THE EVIL CLANS OF THE WORLD

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  19. Eleanore Whitaker January 22, 2017

    The words in Article III regarding treason fits the Baron of BS to a “T”…”levying war against them (states) or in “Adhering to their enemies, giving aid and comfort.”

    Now, all The Hump has to do is dare to make deals with Putin that he can’t keep secret from WE the people, and he gets nabbed for treason.

    Why? Because there is solid evidence among 6 intel agencies The Russians hacked into DNC emails and gathered enough voter information to sink every US election from this day forward. Once you start with his cozying up to Russians who hack into a US election, nothing ANY right winger says has validity.

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    1. InformedVoter February 5, 2017

      Oh poor Elle, but your BS statement about 6 intel agencies is nothing but balderdash and you know it. There is absolutely ZERO proof that the Russians did the hacking. NO intel agency will provide proof.
      Anyway ALL US intel agencies say that the Russians DID NOT influence the election results.
      You lefties just can’t handle the truth that America hated HiLIARy.

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  20. ivory69690@yahoo.com January 23, 2017

    from the Washington post >>be that as it may . but tell me a couple things here 1 if all the GOP governors of states was to allow their states to use the ACA (all of them ) do you think instead of 20 million being able to use the ACA might the numbers be up to 100 million ? and with that many more would it no help to bring all the cost down ? 2 what’s wrong with the 1 & 2 % greedy rich paying not more but just a fair share of a percentage in taxes . the same % every one else pays . and with that where do you think the nations debt be today ? again no more just the same of a % as every one else . me I think the country wouldn’t have even close to the debt we have today . and what the DUMPSTER wants to do first kill the ACA and all that money go’s back to the greedy rich and on top of that DONNY DUMP want to give BIG TAXS cut that will only favor the 1&2 % greedy rich . yes some will god to the other people . but at what cost to the country ? remember the DIRTY BUSH did and pulled BULL CRAP like that and what happen ?a DEM came in and saved the country OBAMA

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