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by philbo
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:44 pm
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Trump will have 3 Chiefs of Staff in 2 years... something that took Obama 3 years to accomplish.
3 Chief of Staffs in less than 3 years of being President: Part of the reason why @BarackObama can’t manage to pass his agenda.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2012
Trump Scorched Over Tweet Bashing Obama For Burning Through ‘Chief Of Staffs’
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tr ... a7bf5bd27f

Trump's tweets age like a fine whine should. :biggrinjester:
by philbo
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:34 pm
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by philbo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:43 pm
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U.S. prosecutors name Trump in hush payments, detail Russian contacts
U.S. prosecutors said on Friday President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, and also detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help the Trump campaign... The documents turned up the heat on Trump by confirming prosecutors’ belief of his involvement in a campaign finance violation, while adding to a growing list of contacts between campaign aides and Russians in 2015 and 2016
It appears that tRump was being less than honest with his public statements during the campaign, and then after the election. Who would have guessed?
by philbo
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:21 pm
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Dow plunges for third straight day on weak jobs report and renewed trade tensions that erased all gains for the year. The Department of Labor released a generally tepid jobs report "as markets continued to absorb the destabilizing impact of President Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies".
More Winning!
https://www.nbcnews.com/business/market ... de-n945361
by philbo
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:25 am
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strogg wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:30 am
You're saying that lowering tax rates have resulted in a smaller tax revenue to GDP ratio? Well, no frikkin duh. That's first grade math. The point of the tax returns is to spur GDP and increase revenue...
Granted that the spin on the tax cuts was that it was going to spur GDP and increase revenue to offset any loss it would otherwise cause. Only problem is that no one at the time could explain in specific terms how this would happen. Now that the numbers are in it appears that the tax cuts will likely never pay for themselves and the deficit will increase to record highs... something I and others have stated all along.

Even that might not be so bad, except that tRump's trade policies may damage his tax plans even more than expected. But, I'm sure this is more winning for tRump and his believers. :roll:

Wall Street falls as Trump's threat sparks trade worries
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... op+News%29

GM warned Trump that his China tariffs would hurt jobs. He now complains that it's happening.
https://www.thisisinsider.com/china-tra ... fs-2018-11

Finally, while you may be ok with tRump's "easy to win " trade war and applaud farmers forced to lose their crops as a necessary expense, I respectfully disagree that such a policy is in America's best interest.
by philbo
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:08 pm
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Trump’s tax cuts aren’t paying for themselves
The increase in revenues at the beginning of the year can be attributed to a growing economy, but that growth was not offset by the loss of revenue due to the tax cuts.
Now that the 2018 fiscal year is over (as of Oct. 1), we can say with some confidence that the cuts have not begun to pay for themselves yet. The budget deficit has swollen under Trump’s hand to $782 billion, some $116 billion more than the year before. The wider gap can be attributed entirely to a shortfall in tax revenue; in particular, corporate tax receipts plunged $92 billion year-on-year...

Thanks to a growing economy, the US spent less this year as a share of GDP despite a nominal increase in outlays of $129 billion. But as a result of the tax bill, revenue fell 0.7 percentage points of GDP, driving up the deficit. In absolute terms, the US collected $13 billion more in revenues this year than the previous one—but if the old tax policies still held, it would have collected another $200 billion this year, according to a budget forecast created by the CBO in June 2017.
https://qz.com/1434388/trumps-tax-cuts- ... hemselves/
by philbo
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:25 pm
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Trump’s tax cuts still haven’t benefited the economy
So what did the Trump administration accomplish by cutting tax rates? Well, there is the higher federal deficit and larger indebtedness for the country. But that’s not an accomplishment. That’s a nightmare.

What he said :iagree:
https://nypost.com/2018/11/23/trumps-ta ... e-economy/
by philbo
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:50 pm
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Harvesting in a trade war: U.S. crops rot as storage costs soar

More farmers winning thanks to tRump's trade policies that act against free trade and capitalism.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKCN1NQ0GA
by philbo
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:47 pm
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CNN drops suit against White House after Acosta’s press pass is fully restored

It was apparently an about-face from the position that press secretary Sarah Sanders and deputy chief of staff Bill Shine staked out just three days ago hen they told Acosta and CNN that they would suspend his press pass again once a temporary restraining order against such an action expires. The administration’s decision to reverse it's earlier course came after CCN's attorney, Theodore Boutrous, filed for a new hearing and objected to the White House’s threat to remove Acosta’s pass after a restraining order expires writing that such an action amounted to “retroactive due process.”

Winning as only tRump can.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyl ... b8d99abbc9
by philbo
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:29 pm
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U.S. judge temporarily restores White House press pass to CNN's Acosta
“Whatever process occurred within the government is still so shrouded in mystery that the government at oral argument could not tell me who made the initial decision to revoke Mr. Acosta’s press pass,” Kelly said in his verbal ruling.

The judge said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ initial statement that Acosta was penalized for touching a White House staffer attempting to remove his microphone was “likely untrue and at least partly based on evidence that was of questionable accuracy.”
To expect a different ruling at this time would be a clear indication that one really doesn't understand the law. Wonder how tRump will make this sound like a victory? :lol:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... NL1XW?il=0
by philbo
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:40 am
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CNN sues White House over revoked credentials of correspondent
CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House correspondent Jim Acosta, whose questions and reporting have been a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump.

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-usa- ... SKCN1NI1SM

This will be interesting as it involves issues of the 1st & 5th amendments seldom litigated. Last case that even comes close to this situation held:

"[...D]enial of a White House press pass to a bona fide journalist violates the first amendment unless it furthers a compelling governmental interest identified by narrowly and specifically drawn standards. [....A]ppellants must publish or otherwise make publicly known the actual standard employed in determining whether an otherwise eligible journalist will obtain a White House press pass. [...N]otice, opportunity to rebut, and a written decision are required because the denial of a pass potentially infringes upon first amendment guarantees. Such impairment of this interest cannot be permitted to occur in the absence of adequate procedural due process."
Robert Sherrill v. H. Stuart Knight, Director, United States Secret Service, Etal., Appellants, 569 F.2d 124 (D.C. Cir. 1977)
by philbo
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:27 am
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Trump intimately involved in arranging Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal payoffs:

President Trump was personally involved in arranging hush money to a porn star and a Playboy centerfold despite his repeated denials that he was aware of the details, according to a bombshell report published Friday by The Wall Street Journal.
https://nypost.com/2018/11/09/trump-per ... -mcdougal/
by philbo
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:14 am
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bbhack wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:55 am
philbo wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:39 am
bbhack wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:24 pm
... but I'm not interested.
And that sums up what's wrong with the silent GOP who have acquiesced and enabled the amoral activities of the current administration. If the story doesn't fit your preconceived narrative you just don't want to be bored with anything more than what you already believe to be true. To borrow from above:
Bottom line, what tRump says for the next two years became a lot less important after the midterms. It seems that votes do matter, and apparently our president seems agitated he may not get his way any longer.
And you address none of the points. I won.
A bunch of conclusory statements without any underlying reasoning or supporting facts is not a making a point. When you make a point I'll be sure to respond. Until you can do that, "I'm not interested."
by philbo
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:09 am
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rotor wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:52 am
philbo wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:47 pm
rotor wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:07 pm
Not saying there was "collusion" but if there was what statute would have been violated? Is collusion illegal?
Trump and his surrogates have repeatedly sought to delegitimize the special counsel’s investigation by saying there was “no collusion” and calling the special counsel’s probe a “witch hunt.” By focusing on the word "collusion" one might miss the fact that the convictions of trumps former associates and indictments of more than 2 dozen russians has instead relied on statutes containing words such as “conspiracy,” “obstruction of justice” and making “false statements.”
As I asked (and I didn't ask you), is collusion illegal and you didn't answer but it was nice of you to change the subject. Jaywalking is illegal but not collusion. So we have to find another crime to go after Trump with because collusion is not illegal. The special prosecutor did uncover illegal actions by some of Trump's associates and they were collateral damage. Even if Trump had asked Putin for info to use against HRC (and I did not say he did), what Federal statute would he have violated?
Never changed the subject, just pointed out that collusion was never used by anyone other than trump and his surrogates to distract from what Muellar was actually tasked to do. Attached is the original document authorizing the special counsel and what he was charged with investigating. Do you see the word "collusion"? Even once? Nope, no matter how far you stretch it. He was authorized to investigate "any matters that arose or may rise directly from the investigation". The reference to 28 C.F.R. Section 600.4(a) authorizes Special Counsel Mueller to investigate and prosecute “federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses.” So, the wild goose chase is you insisting we stick with the word "collusion" when the investigation was never hobbled with that limitation.
https://assets.documentcloud.org/docume ... Russia.pdf

As far as responding, when you post in a public forum, one should expect the public to respond. Kinda thought that was obvious, but maybe not.
by philbo
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:54 am
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mojo84 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:30 pm
Russia has tried to influence our elections for decades. The US does the same.
You're absolutely right. Illegals have been crossing the border for years, why care? It's only a misdemeanor. We build nukes, Russia and China build nukes, if N. Korea and Iran build nukes, why care? China steals intellectual property, but so has the US thru the years... why care? trump lies about protecting preexisting conditions, caravans and all manner of things, but all politicians lie, why care? Hillary did something years ago, but why would I be interested in that? Why care?

Your thoughtful and considered analysis is visionary in it's application. Truly applicable in any situation. :tiphat:

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