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The Year of Failure for Trump
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:46 pm    Post subject: Sarcasm plus Reply with quote

Very sarcastic comment, of course.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:43 pm    Post subject: Whew! Reply with quote

Glad to hear it... super grin
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Whew! Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
Glad to hear it... super grin

Well, sometimes our resident ostrich/goose does show some sense, I'm happy to say. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:21 am    Post subject: Promises kept (for a change) Reply with quote

This should please the few Trumpists among us... wink

10 promises Trump kept in 2017
The mind-numbing deluge of Trump administration controversies sometimes obscures the fact that Donald Trump achieved quite a number of the things he set out to do. Could form the nucleus of a reelection campaign »

https://www.yahoo.com/news/10-promises-trump-kept-2017-2-121123027.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_14
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:04 am    Post subject: Pfffft! Reply with quote

Those 5 things are certainly nothing to be proud of.....
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:55 am    Post subject: Which five? Reply with quote

I agree with you, nothing to be proud of, but which five out of the ten do you mean?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:54 pm    Post subject: 9 not 5 Reply with quote

Oops meant 9 not 5...The ISIS thing may not be too bad a thing as it seems ISIS might be on the run... I hope they’re not recuperating somewhere to try amd make a comeback....
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Trump's Year Of "Horrible" Leadership Reply with quote

Fareed Zakaria's Brilliant Take On Trump's Year Of "Horrible" Leadership

https://youtu.be/v4U9qWxoR7k



See also The Year America Abandoned Its Leadership of the World in the Geopolitics thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:21 am    Post subject: What’s Red, Blue and Broke All Over? America! Reply with quote

What’s Red, Blue and Broke All Over? America.
If the blue states hated Trump, the GOP, and the heartland before this tax bill, one must wonder what revenge they will inflict once they get back in power
BY Joel Kotkin

Beneath the sex scandals, moronic tweets, ridiculous characters, and massive incompetence that dominate Washington in this mean period of our history lie more fundamental geopolitical realities. Increasingly it is economics—how people make money—rather than culture that drives the country into perpetual conflict.

The tax bill brought that conflict to the surface, as Republicans made winners of Wall Street and the corporate elites, as well as most taxpayers and homeowners in lower-cost states, and losers of high-income blue-state taxpayers in high-tax states such as California, New York, and New Jersey.

A U.S. News and World Report headline denounced the bill as a declaration of “War on the Blue States,” comparing it to the infamous Kansas-Nebraska Act that allowed those states to determine whether to adopt slavery in the face of Northern objections. Others in the blue world suggested the bill meant that America no longer wishes to be “at the forefront of the new economy.”

Many progressives see their vision of a post-industrial economy—green, high-tech, and media-centered—as representing the enlightened future. The blue states are all too often hostile to the manufacturing, agriculture, and energy industries critical to the heartland’s, and the nation’s, future prosperity and security.

The Great Divide

A look at the current Republican majority explains much of our new sectional divide. The states with the largest share of jobs tied to industry (PDF)—Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Alabama—all went for Trump. In contrast, the share of manufacturing jobs in key Clinton states like New York, California, and Massachusetts is no more than half as large.

Differences are even more stark in industries such as energy, mining, and agriculture. The watershed of the Mississippi River, largely controlled by Republicans, is the source of 92 percent of U.S. agricultural exports, and 78 percent of global feed, grain, and soybean exports. The only other major player is California, whose position is threatened by water policies and the prospect of renewed drought.

Perhaps even more politically critical is the energy industry. The top three states for oil and gas jobs—Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana—are all deep red. Much of the recent growth has been in the industrial heartland states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as oil-shale-rich North Dakota. All went with Trump.

Blue states have generally abandoned these basic industries. In fact the third largest energy-producing state, California, seems determined to eliminate its once powerful oil and gas sector, while New York, unlike its neighbors, has decided to strangle the emergent shale oil industry in its crib. Manufacturing, on the rise in much of the country, is stagnant or declining in many blue states. Some of the most precipitous drops in the numbers of highly paid blue-collar jobs overall since 1991 have been in California, New York, and Illinois (PDF).

Interior California and upstate New York—the red parts of the big blue states—have declined into a kind of Appalachian dystopia. Nearly half of the 16 counties with the highest percentages of people earning over $190,000 annually are located in California. Yet, the state also has a remarkable 77 of the country’s 297 most “economically challenged” cities based on levels of poverty and employment. Altogether, these troubled cities are home to roughly a third of the state’s population.

California has been portrayed as a “boom state” because of strong growth in finance, technology, media, and tourism rather than tangible production. Workers in these industries tend to be far more liberal than those in manufacturing, mining, energy, or agriculture, and to congregate in the highly urbanized parts of the state.

The professional and business services sector, clustered in New York and Chicago, also amounts for the highest share of all jobs in the blue bastions of Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Read more:
https://www.thedailybeast.com/whats-red-blue-and-broke-all-over-america?via=newsletter&source=Weekend
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:54 am    Post subject: Donald Trump is destroying his own presidency Reply with quote

Donald Trump is destroying his own presidency
The investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia is serious, but what’s imperiling Donald Trump’s presidency is, well, Donald Trump.

https://youtu.be/DhN8IhWGaaQ


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