19 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-28-17

  1. I’ve had Amy’s Ice Cream. It was good. I’m going to have to do some more field testing before I agree with Mr. Vance.

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  2. Watching Trump is like watching the old Glenn Beck Show on Fox. As he is forced to learn something about domestic issues, foreign policy, and our form of government, he will say things that most educated people have known for years, but he just learned yesterday.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-nobody-knew-that-health-care-could-be-so-complicated-235436

    To be optimistic, perhaps Trump (like Beck) can educate his followers by sharing those “new” things he is learning on a daily basis.

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  3. Continuing with the optimism, it is clear that the only people Trump respects are other business executives. It is likely that these executives will inform Trump that international trade and immigration are also “extremely complicated” though no one knew this before.

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  4. Trump is used to telling someone to do something and he/she does it.
    Otherwise, he’s fired.
    Congress needs prodding or they wouldn’t do anything.
    They are primarily concerned with image and re-election.
    Even the best of them. Re-election is the first thing on his mind.

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  5. Ricky,

    While there are some here like me, who voted for Trump, he only has one “follower” here.

    That would be you. You seem to follow every Twitter tweet he posts, You seem to read every article ever written about the man, especially the one’s critical of him. Myself and others wouldn’t know about half of what he says, were it not for you. So thank you for following (or maybe stalking is the better word?), and keeping us advised of Trump’s outrage of the day, so we don’t have to. 😀

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  6. Glenn Beck. That was a wild viewing experience, alright.

    I’m still not following the post-Trump political scene closely, it seemed like a good time to take a break. I’ve “followed” Trump on Twitter for several years since he has a national golf course in our area and we’ve all covered aspects of that. But somehow I don’t see his tweets as president (which is fine; it gets lost in the many others that crowd up my daily feed).

    I hear bits and pieces, here and there, about what’s going on & what’s been said (although Nancy Pelosi — or was it Diane Feinstein or Barbara Boxer? One of them — appeared in one of my dreams last night for some reason; she/whoever was speaking, I was taking notes). But I’m really pretty much out of the loop for now. And I kind of like it.

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  7. AJ, Did I say above that you were a follower of Trump? I have heard that being thin-skinned is one of the side effects of joining the cult.

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  8. Ricky,

    It was obvious what you meant. Trump’s the cult leader right, you’ve said so yourself?, You’ve already stated many of those supporting him are delusional followers of his cult. I don’t know anyone who is that into Trump that you’d be led to think they joined a cult, but you have made the comparison. I don’t see it, but I did recently have some Kool-Aid, so I may have been turned already. And I have in the past been accused of being in the Jesus cult by WMBer Lincoln, so I do have a history of being susceptible apparently. 🙂

    I also think you could make the argument that Trump’s opposition is almost cult like, if you were to believe his followers are.

    On the left side they hold rallies, chant their incantations, and cause mayhem. Useful minion idiots mostly, led by Obama led community organizers.

    On the right, the RINO’s meet regularly to plot ways to stop him. chant from the same talking points, and they have minions as well, though mostly at National Review and Never Trump HQ.

    Perhaps we’re all already compromised.

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  9. The debates/discussions going on in Washington on tax reform/cuts, the budget, and healthcare are very interesting. Trump really hasn’t been very engaged to this point, but his speech tonight could be very important. It could signal his intentions and motivate his supporters.

    Obamacare repeal is as dangerous for the Rs as its passage was for the Ds. A simple repeal before a replacement is in place would be very harmful to the chances of the Rs in 2018.

    If Reagan were president he would use tonight to carefully spell out the problems with not only Obamacare, but our entire healthcare system. He would detail the elements of reforms. He would not overpromise, but would call for shared sacrifice by providers, insurers, consumers/patients and taxpayers.

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  10. The writers for National Review, The Weekley Standard and the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal are generally well-informed, rational and conservative. They have praised Trump’s cabinet and Gorsuch even as they condemned various bizarre or foolish actions. They are committed to conservative principles, not to a party and certainly not to a man.

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  11. I was listening to the radio this morning and some poor congressman in Louisiana was being shouted down by the Resist crowd because he was starting his town hall meeting with prayer and the pledge of allegiance. These are the same people who can’t tell the difference between a man and a woman.

    Trump is doing just fine. If Republicans loose any ground in 2018 it will be entirely self-inflicted.

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  12. I see several Democrats are planning to bring illegals as their guest to tonight’s speech.

    Trump should respond by bringing some ICE agents as his. And then all the guests can have a meet and greet when the speech is over. 🙂

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  13. Right on cue, one of the business executives explained immigration to Trump sometime between my 9:31 a.m. post and my 7:18 p.m. post.

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  14. Ricky,

    Trump has said all along he would remove the criminals, and then we can decide what to do with the rest, with the help of Congress. Nothing has changed. While the hysterical media and leftist may say otherwise, he’s been consistent. This isn’t a shift at all. His plan has never been wholesale deportations. That’s just nonsense from the fevered dreams of his opponents.

    From Nov. 2016.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/donald-trump-immigrants-criminals-231293

    “Donald Trump will begin tackling the issue of illegal immigration by rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records, a group that he estimates at 2 million to 3 million people, the president-elect said in an interview to air Sunday night.

    “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” he said in the interview, to air on “60 Minutes” on CBS.

    “But we’re getting them out of our country; they’re here illegally.”

    Only then, Trump said, will he figure out a plan to deal with the “terrific people” who are in the U.S. illegally but have otherwise clean criminal histories. Securing the border, he said, is a prerequisite for any other action on immigration.”
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    And even Trump’s early 5 point Illegal Immigration Plan released in Aug. of 2015 during the primaries said so as well.

    http://thepoliticalinsider.com/boom-donald-trump-announces-5-point-plan-about-illegal-immigration/

    “4) Oppose “DREAM Act”

    In his book, Trump said he opposes the so-called DREAM Act, and he lambasted sections which grant in-state tuition benefits at public colleges and universities, resulting in a situation where illegals may pay less that out of state U.S. citizens. He did not offer any suggestions in the book about deporting illegal aliens.However, he has since advocated the deportation of illegal aliens, while allowing some back into the country through an expedited process.On CNN New Day’s with Dana Bash, Trump stated, “I would get people out, and I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so that they can be legal,” adding the “bad dudes,” such as criminal illegals, would not be allowed in. Asked about the so-called DREAMers, Trump stated, “On a humanitarian basis, you have a lot of deep thought going into this, believe me.

    “I actually have a big heart, a lot of people don’t understand that. The DREAMers, it’s a tough situation. One of the things is we’re going to expedite – when someone’s terrific, we want them back here. But they have to be legal.”

    When Bash pressed whether the DREAMers should be deported, Trump elaborated, “They’re with their parents, it depends. Look, it sounds cold. It sounds hard. We have a country. Our country is going to hell. We have to have a system where people are legally in our country.””
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    He knew then exceptions could and should be made, and he’s consistently said as much.

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  15. I am feeling really good about this. Trump is going to let the Mexicans finish building my new house. Now if one of the executives will just explain free trade to Trump, I will be able to focus fully on the NBA which is also very interesting these days.

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  16. No. They are not happy. This is the analogy I was thinking about as well.

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