51 thoughts on “News/Politics 10-29-18

  1. But I’d heard this was all Trump’s fault too…. 🙄

    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2018/10/28/synagogue-shooter-hated-pro-israel-trump-so-media-tied-his-motive-to-migrant-caravan-687844?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=BPR%20Email&utm_campaign=DMS

    “Two separate narratives have emerged regarding alleged synagogue shooter Robert Bowers, who on Saturday opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing at least 11.

    The first narrative — a media favorite — describes him as a right-leaning fanatic whose views on the incoming caravan from Central America appear to be in lockstep with the Republican Party.

    The second narrative centers more-so on his virulent antisemitism and anti-Trump rage, both of which some commenters have noted matches the rhetoric of the Democrat Party.

    Touted by left-wing commentators on CNN, the first narrative focuses on posts Bowers recently published on the social media website Gab in which he blamed the incoming caravan of migrants and illegal immigrant on HIAS, a Jewish refugee agency.

    “Several of the messages that he was posting was against a Jewish refugee resettlement agency. One of the points he was making is that this agency is bringing people in, Jews in, and he said, among many other things, that ‘my people’ are being slaughtered,” a CNN anchor noted Saturday.

    “This is also what you hear on the far right. On talk radio, you hear about an alleged invasion that obviously is not really happening,” CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter added. “That’s the rhetoric on the far right.””
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    “The second narrative places the spotlight on Bowers’ hatred for both the Jewish people and President Donald Trump, whom he’d accused of being under Jewish control.

    “Bowers made his hatred of Trump clear,” Slate magazine noted in a report Saturday. “‘Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist,’ he wrote two days ago. ‘There is no #MAGA as long as there is a kike infestation.’ At another point, Bowers reposted a message that suggested Trump was under the control of Jews, who are out to destroy Western civilization.”

    Below are some screenshots of his anti-Trump Gab posts:

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  2. Don’t walk, run……

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/walkaway-movement-urges-disgruntled-democrats-to-leave-the-party-behind

    “A newly created political movement urging liberals to leave the Democratic Party held a march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

    The five-month-old #WalkAway movement advocates that those who feel disillusioned with the party — which some say uses scare tactics and identity politics — to come out publicly against it.”

    “Several hundred supporters attended Saturday’s mile-long march along Pennsylvania Avenue — from John Marshall Park near the Capitol to Freedom Plaza near the White House.

    “We’re walking away from the Democratic Party and literally walking toward freedom,” #WalkAway founder Brandon Straka told Fox News.”

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  3. An A+…..

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/susandudley/2018/10/17/report-card-on-trumps-deregulatory-activity/#1e0025c275bd

    “All but the most ardent followers of regulation usually greet the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory & Deregulatory Actions with a yawn, but that is not the case with the report the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) issued this morning. The Trump administration is using the Agenda not only to share its planned regulatory and deregulatory actions over the coming year, but also to report on agencies steps towards achieving the president’s deregulation promises. It is clearly proud of its progress on this front; the Agenda is being issued much earlier than in past years (when OIRA has struggled to get it out by December), and is accompanied by a colorful report with flashy graphics.

    The big headline from “Cutting the Red Tape: Unleashing Economic Freedom” is that agencies’ achieved a 12-to-1 ratio of deregulatory-to-regulatory actions in fiscal year 2018, for a net savings of $23 billion (equivalent to about $1.6 billion in annual savings). Let’s look at these more closely.

    Billions in savings reported

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contributed more than half of the reported net savings, or $12.5 billion. It issued four regulatory actions and 25 deregulatory actions. About two-thirds of these savings appear to come from streamlined reporting requirements, an observation that is consistent with the UK experience in implementing its 3-in-1-out policy for regulations. According to British experts, “by simplifying forms and processes, compliance became much less costly without any underlying regulatory changes or compromising mission.”

    The report claims the Department of Labor saved $3.2 billion from its 11 deregulatory actions, including one that allowed small entities to join together to form groups or associations to provide lower-cost health insurance than is available on the individual or small group market. The Department of Interior’s 18 deregulatory actions are estimated to save $2.5 billion in present value terms and the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate about $1.2 billion in savings each.”

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  4. Kizzie, After your good advice, I stopped myself from laughing. However, I did find this to be interesting.

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  5. Victor Davis Hanson nails it again.

    https://amgreatness.com/2018/10/28/caravan-contradictions/

    “A “caravan”—the euphemism for a current foot-army of more than 10,000 Central Americans—of would-be border crossers has now passed into Mexico. The marchers promise they will continue 1,000 miles and more northward to the U.S. border, despite warnings from President Trump that as unauthorized immigrants they will be turned away. No one has yet explained how, or by whom or what, such a mass of humanity has been supplied, cared for, and organized.

    Once at the border, the immigrants further predict that they will successfully, but illegally, enter the United States, then claim refugee status, and finally rely on sympathetic public opinion—and progressive political activism—to avoid deportation.

    If past experience is any guide, they are quite right in thinking they can melt into the population, ignore future legal summonses, and count on the de facto amnesty that currently protects 22 million illegal aliens, the vast majority from Mexico and Central America. Border crashers assume rightly that U.S. security agents and the military will not use force, on the principle that Central Americans appearing on CNN battling helmeted Americans with batons and tear gas is bad American “optics.”

    But for all the staged midterm theatrics, the caravan illustrates the abject ironies and paradoxes of the entire illegal alien project.

    Refugees, True and False
    Central Americans claim they are “refugees,” forced out of their homes by violence and endemic lawlessness to save their very lives by migrating to the United States. They insist on that rationale because of quirks in American law that make it more difficult to deport resident “refugees” (especially those with small children) than ordinary illegal aliens seeking improved economic conditions inside the United States.

    Yet the migrants are now for the most part well inside Mexico. The Mexican government has generously offered succor. No one is threatening their lives. Mexico has even offered temporary residence for those who seem to have good grounds to be admitted as true political refugees.

    In response, the caravan migrants have ignored those offers, because the vast majority are not true refugees. They are mostly no different from the millions of illegal aliens who have entered the United States for higher wages, for the chance to send remittances to their families back home, and for the generous entitlements of American social services that supplement entry-level wages and subsidize remittances. (We keep ignoring that a 15 to 20 percent federal tax on all remittances sent from the U.S. to Central America and Mexico—around $60 billion a year—would, along with a wall, provide a deterrent to caravan immigration.)

    To be sure, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are often violent places. They have been so for centuries, both before and after the Spanish conquest. But pause and reflect on the ensuing paradox: fury and fear over endemic lawlessness now prompts thousands to wish to break the law to enter the United States, and continue to ignore statutes by illegally residing here.

    Do the migrants ever pause and wonder whether their own past and present attitude to the law in the abstract may in some small part explain why their own country in the concrete is often prone to lawlessness? In other words, why would a host country welcome in aliens who break the law to enter it because their own former home is lawless?

    Honduras or El Salvador is not an abstraction. Each nation is a collective of people who likely harbor the same general assumptions as those in the caravan—and neither will improve if its population abandons it or assumes that it can also soon break the law with exemption. It is Orwellian to leave a nation because of its lawlessness and then, first, to enter another nation illegally, and, second, to continue to reside in contravention of the law.”
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  6. Remember, it’s ALL Trump’s fault…. 🙄

    https://amgreatness.com/2018/10/28/the-rhetorical-art-of-blame-laying/

    “As a public service, here are some things that are in no way responsible for creating a “climate of political violence” in the United States:

    -Public performances of plays that depict the execution of Trump-like figures.

    -Publishing a Trump assassination fantasy in the New York Times.

    -The constant, deliberate misrepresentation and denigration of mainstream conservative policy positions by the corporate legacy news outlets and elected representatives on the left—and their incessant refusal to be accountable for it. There are too many examples to link. Start with the steadfast equivocation by media outlets between conservative perspectives on immigration in general and their criticisms of illegal immigration in particular.

    -The recent use of violent rhetoric by presidents on the left: for example, when Barack Obama advises supporters to oppose opponents by saying if “they bring a knife, we bring a gun.”

    -The media’s valorization of virtue-signaling celebrities who make threats against the president’s family, disparage his supporters, encourage public violence, or create violent images like the mock-decapitation of the president.

    -Antifa’s (and associated groups’) violent responses to peaceful exercises of conservative speech in public spaces.

    -Leftists running high-profile conservatives out of restaurants.

    -Maxine Waters’ encouragements of those who would use violent methods to signify their opposition to the Trump Administration.

    -Hillary Clinton’s call for a hiatus on civility until Democrats regain control of the government.

    -The widespread, false, and cynical equivocation between conservative speech and hate speech.

    -The would-be assassin who almost killed Rep. Scalise.

    -Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder saying, “when [conservatives] go low, we kick them.”

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  7. A quote from Robert E. Lee about his relationship with George McClelland comes to mind. Y’all have a good day.

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  8. Cyrus was telling me last night about an argument he had with one of his math professors (he majored in math, econ and accounting and apparently argued with them all). The professor was enraptured with the thought that ‘what if 2 +2=5 instead of 4’. Cyrus was more interested in math that could be used to build a bridge or a skyscraper. The prof told him—oh that’s in the engineering dept. So Cyrus went to the engineering dept. and asked his questions, and the prof said ‘oh, the math dept takes care of that’. No wonder China has to build our bridges.

    Don’t care about the misspelling or the quote at this time. I have a job I’m thankful for, and more importantly, I have a God who is sovereign. If He can be sovereign throughout all the foolishness of the past centuries, He can be sovereign over any foolishness the current one can hold. Have a great day, ya’ll.

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  9. Meanwhile, the men who fought against Lee and his losing side are finally being acknowledged.

    https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trump-declares-his-first-national-monument-honoring-african-american-troops-1.553964

    “President Donald Trump on Friday used his executive powers for the first time to designate a national monument, establishing a 380-acre site in Kentucky to honor African-Americans’ role as soldiers during the Civil War.

    The move won praise from local activists and conservationists but also criticism from several environmental groups, which noted Trump had used this same authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act last year to downsize two existing national monuments in Utah.

    Republicans had pushed for more than a year to establish a national monument at Camp Nelson in Nicholasville, Ky., which served as one of the largest recruitment and training depots for United States Colored Troops. While Kentucky was the last state in the Union to allow the enlistment of African-American men, the camp sent 23,000 of the roughly 180,000 black troops who fought on the Union’s side during the Civil War.

    “During the war, thousands of enslaved African Americans risked their lives escaping to Camp Nelson, out of a deep desire for freedom and the right of self-determination,” Trump declared in the proclamation he signed Friday.

    Jim Fryer, a retired Navy senior chief petty officer and descendant of men who fought in the U.S. Colored Troops, said in a statement Saturday, “These are hallowed grounds here, let it be a park, let it remain a park.”

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who last year recommended that Trump designate the site as a national monument, celebrated the announcement Saturday in an event in Kentucky attended by dozens of activists and Rep. Garland “Andy” Barr, R-Ky., who authored legislation to recognize it.

    “Camp Nelson, and all the patriots who have ties to it, holds an incredible place in America’s history, and President Trump’s action to designate Camp Nelson as a national monument will ensure the ongoing protection of the site and the story,” Zinke said in a statement, adding that he thanked the president “for using the Antiquities Act as it was truly intended.””

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  10. Walk or Run Away…..

    Or if you prefer, Blexit. 🙂

    See what that uppity Kanye started….. 😀

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/10/blexit.php

    “I have returned from Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit, the first part of which I wrote about here, including our visit to the White House. A highlight of the second half of the event was the announcement of “Blexit,” a new project spearheaded by Candace Owens.

    What is Blexit?

    BLEXIT is a frequency for those who have released themselves from the political orthodoxy. It is a rebellion led by Americans wishing to disrupt the simulation of fear.

    BLEXIT is a renaissance. It is our formal declaration of independence.

    You can read about it here. Candace and the rest of the crew are planning to criss-cross the United States, holding Blexit rallies in all major cities.

    This is, of course, the Left’s nightmare: African-Americans declaring independence from liberalism, the welfare state and the Democratic Party. And the current generation of fiery, smart young black leaders can, I think, make it happen in sufficient numbers to be a political earthquake.

    The announcement of Blexit took place in an auditorium where everyone present got a free Blexit t-shirt. It is the only article of clothing I own, or am ever likely to own, that was designed by Kanye West:”
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  11. This IS happening. The ads are running everywhere around here, they’re brutally honest, and it’s taking it’s toll on the child molester’s campaign.

    This is a good thing. :).

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/10/dems-panic-could-republican-bob-hugin-win-in-blue-new-jersey/

    “Republican businessman Bob Hugin is running a competitive senate race in New Jersey against Democrat incumbent Bob Menendez. The tightening margin has people wondering if Hugin could seal the deal.

    Tamar Lapin writes at the New York Post:

    Bob Menendez holds slim lead over rival, latest poll shows

    Sen. Bob Menendez is holding on to a five-point lead on his rival ahead of the midterms — but his supporters aren’t very enthusiastic about their choice, a poll released Wednesday found.

    The Rutgers-Eagleton survey put the embattled Democrat — who fended off federal corruption charges last year — ahead of Republican Bob Hugin among likely voters, 51 percent to 46 percent.

    Even though Bob Menendez was never convicted on corruption charges, they hang over his campaign like a dark cloud. That may be part of what is driving some voters to Hugin.

    The Cook Political Report has changed the rating for the race to a Toss-Up due to the ethics problems:

    There is an addition to the Toss Up column as the race in New Jersey moves there from the Lean Democratic column. The contest isn’t about anything else but Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and his ethics problems. His opponent, pharmaceutical CEO Bob Hugin, has outspent the incumbent, $27.7 million to $11.8 million, according to the pre-election FEC report, and most of Hugin’s money has funded television ads. The Senate Majority PAC, the Democrats’ Senate super PAC, has now invested nearly $6.5 million in the race, including a $3 million advertising buy this week. This investment levels the playing field somewhat, but Hugin still holds a very definitive advantage on television.

    John Gizzi reports at Newsmax:

    Corruption Helps GOP’s Hugin Close in on NJ Sen. Menendez

    The jaws of the politically active in and outside New Jersey were left hanging Wednesday morning, as the just-released Rutgers/Eagleton Institute Poll showed Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., beating back Republican Bob Hugin by 51-46 percent statewide.

    Although the incumbent’s 5 percentage point advantage is above the margin of error (plus or minus 3.8 percent points), the Rutgers poll shows the race is highly competitive — something very newsworthy in a state that last sent a Republican to the Senate in 1972.

    Both the survey and experts on Garden State politics agreed Menendez’s trial on corruption charges (which ended in a judge declaring a mistrial) is the key reason for his precarious political situation. Former biopharmaceutical company CEO Hugin hits this hard and a major television blitz highlighted what the Republican calls Menendez “letting New Jerseyans down.”

    Hugin has reminded voters of this at every opportunity. ”
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  12. @#$# that Kanye! 🙂

    Al Sharpton is not pleased. He’s losing his grip on the masses still stuck on the modern day plantations.

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  13. TDS is an ugly thing to watch.

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  14. Yeah related to 11:44 and other posts in here lately, it’s a little cheeky, isn’t it, to listen to the same people who extol the cause of the South and southern generals and flags and all that get up in arms about modern-day so-called bad and bizarre ideologies and the violence those ideologies supposedly foment. Remember how man-stealing in the form of human chattel slavery was kind of a big part of Southern secessionist ideology? That was a bummer.

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  15. Now you did it Solar.

    Now we will all be subjected to a rant about what a good, honorable, decent, God fearing man Lee was,,,,,,,, unlike Trump……

    Again…..

    😀

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  16. Notice the difference?

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    One side uses the tragedy to push their agenda and to divide us, never letting a crisis go to waste, right?……

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    The other does not.

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  17. From Veith:

    Political Violence

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2018/10/political-violence/

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    Over the last few days, someone sends pipe bombs to virtually every prominent Democrat and Trump critic. A gunman in Pittsburgh walks into a synagogue during a Sabbath service, yelled “All Jews must die!” and kills 11 worshippers. A man in suburban Louisville on Wednesday tried to get into a black church but found it locked, so he went to a nearby grocery store and killed a man and a woman because of their race.

    When news of the 14 pipe bombs–none of which exploded–came out, some Trump supporters contended that some Democrat had sent these “fake bombs” to discredit President Trump and his supporters just in time for the November 6 elections. I’ve also heard someone suggest that the 7,000-14,000 Central Americans marching to the U.S. border were instigated by Republicans to discredit soft-on-immigration Democrats, just in time for the election. …

    It turned out that the pipe bomber, quickly identified and arrested due to the DNA evidence on all of those unexploded bombs, was indeed a crazed Trump supporter. …

    … All of this is the mindset of terrorism. Our troops have been fighting a war on terrorism. Now here it is on American soil, not in the name of Islam, but in support of other ideologies.

    Meanwhile, lesser forms of violence have been corrupting our politics. Democrats hounding Republicans out of restaurants, movie theaters, and other public places. “Antifa” [anti-fascist] activists expressing their “resistance” to Trump by breaking windows, throwing rocks at police, setting things on fire, and beating up people wearing MAGA hats. Then there are the “Proud Boys” who show up at the same protests to beat up left-wing protesters and to brawl with the Antifa crowd.

    Today’s politics uses the language of violence, even when there is no actual violence. Opponents are “enemies.” “We’ll kick their ass.” “We’ll destroy them.” “We’ll weaponize that issue.” Etc. All sides talk like this.

    *I suppose in the absence of any kind of common truth, when all beliefs are seen as nothing more than an imposition of power, we can expect politicians to impose their power, rather than to discuss anything rationally.*

    Luther stressed the importance of social order. Human sin must be restrained, not unleashed. Governments must counter anarchy, not cultivate it. Political violence as practiced by mobs, inquisitors, tyrants, rioters, and rebellious peasants cannot be countenanced. …
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  18. Huh.

    “New leader of the free world”

    I guess they didn’t get the memo…….

    “German chancellor Angela Merkel will not seek re-election in 2021

    Chancellor also tells Christian Democrats she will not seek re-election as party chairwoman in December”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/29/angela-merkel-wont-seek-re-election-as-cdu-party-leader

    “After dominating European politics for well over a decade, Angela Merkel has said her fourth term as Germany’s chancellor will be her last.

    Speaking after disastrous regional elections in Hesse and Bavaria for her Christian Democrats and its Bavaria-only sister party, Merkel on Monday said she saw the results as a “clear signal that things can’t go on as they are”.

    She said she would not be standing as party leader at the CDU conference in December nor seek another term as chancellor at Germany’s next federal elections, due in 2021, adding that she would withdraw completely from politics after that date.”

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  19. I agree, but they seem set in their ways, so Trump and others will continue to point it out.

    The coverage the last 2 days also shows much of the press is also an enemy of truth, as well as all things Republican or Trump..

    Just stop it, then the criticism you get for doing it will stop as well. Stop pretending you don’t earn the disdain and the criticism that results from your biased coverage. Easy peasy.

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  20. I think a lot of people would be fine with just criticism, even some of the bombastic stuff, but the timing on this one as bad, exacerbated by calling media not just THE enemy, but the TRUE enemy–as opposed to false ones like bomb mailer guy or Jew killer man?–that’s not a good look.

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  21. Trump is going to send many, many Republicans down to defeat in eight days when you consider his effect on state and local races. I am afraid Scott Walker will be one of them.

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2018/governor/2018_elections_governor_map_no_toss_ups.html

    After that, conservative Republicans will have to decide whether they want to try to retake their party or just sit back and watch the bipartisan lunacy. When Schiff and Co. come after Trump and the Cult with wagon loads of subpoenas, you would have to expect Dear Leader’s behavior will become even more entertaining.

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  22. Nichols and Navarro spent substantial time criticizing both Democrats and The Trump Cult. They compared the responses of the two groups:

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  23. Ricky, I don’t think so (your 7:07). I get the sense that people really don’t want to vote for the party that is threatening to impeach a new Supreme Court justice before he has even been sworn in, whose people are chasing politicians out of public places, and so forth. It seems to me he is picking up more supporters than he is losing (especially among people of color).

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  24. Cheryl, You may be right. We shall see. My impression is that no one is paying much attention to what any of the Dems (or any of the Republican candidates) are saying. This election is about one man, the man who is not on the ballot.

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  25. 7:24 and 7:35 Speaking of which, we had a humorous exchange at the office today.

    My wife is not really into politics. She always voted Republican until 2016. Even then she voted for all the Rs except Trump and did not vote for anyone (even Arnold the Dog) for President. However, lately she has been very busy with our grandson and her mother and has just ignored the mess in Washington.

    This afternoon I overheard the following:

    My son: I voted today.
    My wife: Who did you vote for …. for President.
    My son: Uh, Mom. You probably shouldn’t be voting.

    She then gave him a frown that would have been scary back when he was 4 or 5.

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  26. Preach it Sister.

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  27. “Those individuals probably know who they are.”

    Found another….

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    And who their enablers are too, right Jake?

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    Preach it.

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  29. The beatings will continue until morale improves….. 😳

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  30. A very wise young fellow. It will be up to young conservatives like him to clean up the mess.

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  31. Some companies got their product into the US before the tariffs hit. They’re hitting now, China is looking at all US companies very carefully and some are making plans to build new factories elsewhere.

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