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DJT has taken the Presidency to an unprecedented low (a lower swamp). During his tenure he has hired essentially lackeys who respond to his whims no mater whether these  whims are true, false proper or improper. Most of them or perhaps all are afraid of being called put in tweets for doing the opposite of what he wants or trying to explain what he meant by what he already said. It seems that making the effort is enough to stay off his “radar” but does nothing to further an agenda that benefits the American people that they were put in place to serve. This administration while providing entertainment is not in place for that purpose, it is in place  serve the people , ALL of the people. Too many decisions have been made for special interests and to fulfill extreme campaign promises that benefit the few. It is our job (voters) to elect the best people to work in Government (including Congress) and we have failed for a long time. To be sure we voters all want good government but we have been subverted by political parties and their subsets. I believe we all are Conservatives as defined: “holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion”. The difference among us is that we have allowed louder voices to usurp our thoughts of who or what we think we are as Conservatives. With this is mind we need to disregard what candidates from any party attempts to tell us what to think by using innuendo, lies and misconstrued information from many sources. The goal of all candidates is to get elected, after that the handlers take over and spew out whatever it takes to get legislation passed, repealed or altered and many times to our (voters) detriment. Keep in mind that all information is not necessarily correct or incorrect but sometimes is skewed using certain wordage in certain sentence construction. It is my opinion that we can do better by reading as many sources as we can to get a wider view than what is presented as “campaign facts” leaving the entertainment to the professionals in TV land and the movie industry. If we (voters) do not constantly read several sources and evaluate what is being presented to us we will continue to have poor government from the Local to Federal level. Going out on limb, I would state that any one running for election is to be viewed with skepticism and questioned severely when conducting “town halls” or campaign stops, it is your right to question.

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“The problem with this country is with the politicians, not with the people,” exclaims Sultan Aziz Abu Hasan, a clerk sitting behind the desk at a small pharmacy.
“We need to get those thieves out,” says Fizza Ali, as a crowd listens attentively to the debate about democracy between the candidate and voters.”
This statement was made by a resident of Mosul to a candidate for office. This resonated with me since it reflects my thoughts about our own politicians especially now. The United States has undergone nearly two years of incompetent Federal Leadership all with the assistance of a Neer do well Congress lead by two of possibly the worst Congressional leaders in our history. The goal appears to be to attack the most vulnerable among us. All of the talk about jobs, deals that affect our allies and the egocentric executive actions area pushing us into the position of being nearly a third world situation. The worst part of this is our 2 Congressional leaders(?) have abdicated their duty to the country in favor of a Narcissus who happened to get elected. Each action by this Resident is aimed at campaign promises that do nothing for America as a whole but benefit small groups of people whose interest are solely their own. At this time the “Evangelical conservatives” are pushing for moral authority over us all by supporting the selection of “conservative” judges in high courts which will shift the courts to the right for years (do we want a bunch of “ROY MOORE’S on the bench?). Every action of this administration will push us back as country to a time where it was OK to kill anyone with an accent or a different skin color. The long range effect of this administration will surely create rifts among us which is exactly what this administration thrives on along with the daily diets of  misinformation and outright lies streaming on twitter, backed up by the talking heads of the administration.

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Bob Bryan 6 hrs ago

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Over 1,100 leading economists sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the president to reverse course on recent trade tactics — lest the US repeat one of the biggest mistakes of the Great Depression.

The letter, organized by the conservative-leaning National Taxpayers Union, warned that recent tariffs and trade protectionism were harmful to the US economy. The economists cited a 1930 letter that warned Congress against passing the Smoot-Hawley Act, a large package of tariffs that many studies cite as a major reason for the depth of the Great Depression.
“Congress did not take economists’ advice in 1930, and Americans across the country paid the price,” the letter says. “The undersigned economists and teachers of economics strongly urge you not to repeat that mistake. Much has changed since 1930 — for example, trade is now significantly more important to our economy — but the fundamental economic principles as explained at the time have not.”
The Smoot-Hawley tariffs, much like Trump’s measures, were designed as protection for US industries. But they ended up making the situation worse.
Included on the new letter are 14 Nobel laureates and economists from across the political spectrum, including former chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
The letter also quotes the warnings from the 1930 letter, which warns that tariffs raise prices on consumers, damage industries that rely on trade director or indirectly, hurt the fortunes of American farmers, and lead to retaliatory measures from other countries.
The 1930 letter also painted the tariffs as a threat to national security.
“Finally, we would urge our Government to consider the bitterness which a policy of higher tariffs would inevitably inject into our international relations,” the 80-year-old letter read. “A tariff war does not furnish good soil for the growth of world peace.”

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It should be apparent to all voters that we have been had in many ways. The swamp is not drained, Our health protection’s under the EPA are being rolled back and couple this with the changes in the ACA due to the “tax reform(?)” . It is of little importance what your politics are or what you think they are, we as voters are in a hole that gets deeper with every tweet. We have an administration with marginal ability with installed Cabinet members who have less ability but were passed in some cases narrowly by the majority party in Congress. If you are tired of the political system not doing what you think they should do then perhaps it is time to pay attention to who pays the political bills for your party members. Our TOTUS has no clue what’s going on and still refuses to listen to anyone except the less rational members of his inner circle who kiss his ring in spite of his obvious failings as a leader and perpetuates the misinformation train steaming out of his administration. I am wondering if at some point there may be a secret visit with an ambulance and a Gurney.

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Associated Press

4/10/2018

Fact-checking President Trump’s ‘Fake News awards’

© The Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Washington.
WASHINGTON — The FBI raid on the office and hotel room of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer provoked visceral rage from the president and a burst of misstatements. Here’s a look at his remarks:
TRUMP: “So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man, and it’s a disgraceful situation.” — Comments at a meeting with military advisers Monday.
THE FACTS: It was not a break-in. The FBI executed a search warrant obtained from a judge in conducting the raid and seizing records on a variety of matters, among them a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen. The application for the warrant was approved high in the Justice Department.
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TRUMP: “They found no collusion whatsoever with Russia.” — referring to the Mueller investigation.
THE FACTS: There has been no such finding. It’s true that evidence of collusion has not emerged to date in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russian figures. But the investigation continues and Mueller does not disclose what his probe has found except when filing charges. Although Trump focused his fury on the Mueller probe, Monday’s raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan, not the special counsel. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said the raid was based in part on a referral from Mueller, however.
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TRUMP: “Again, they found nothing. And in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.” — Referring to the Mueller investigation.
THE FACTS: They found something.
So far, four Trump associates have been charged in Mueller’s investigation, of whom three have pleaded guilty to lying to the authorities. Among them are Michael Flynn, former White House national security adviser, and Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide. Overall, 19 people, including 13 Russians, have been charged.
Mueller is known to consider Trump a subject of his criminal investigation at this point. Being a subject in an investigation — instead of a target— suggests Mueller may not be currently preparing a criminal prosecution of the president but considers him more pivotal than a mere witness would be.
To get a warrant, agents and prosecutors must establish for a judge that there’s probable cause of criminal activity and that a search of a property is likely to turn up evidence of that.
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TRUMP: “The stock market dropped a lot today as soon as they heard the noise of, you know, this nonsense that’s going on. It dropped a lot. It was up — way up — and then it dropped quite a bit at the end, a lot.” — Comments from the Monday meeting, after markets closed.
THE FACTS: His read on the market appears to overstate the impact the raid had on stocks. And while the market did give up most of the gains it had made earlier in the day, at the close it was up marginally from a day earlier.
The trade dispute with China has been primarily driving market developments in recent days.
On Monday, the Dow was up 440 points at about 2 p.m., after the president suggested the two countries could resolve their dispute, then started falling off. The market got worse when news of the raid was reported later in the afternoon, as investors fretted about the prospects for a constitutional crisis, but most of the damage preceded that development. It ended the day up 46 points.
On Tuesday, more news about the raid jolted the market, the Dow gave up a big chunk of its morning gains, but those losses were restored over the next hour. That’s been a pattern with recent political developments — short-term ups and downs that take second place to overarching questions about economic growth and corporate earnings.
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Associated Press writers Josh Boak and Christopher Rugaber in Washington and Marley Jay in New York contributed to this report.
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Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd
Follow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com/APFactCheck

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Campaign promises are usually just (promises) that since most people who run for office cannot most times fulfill  these promises without a full understanding of what the long and short-range effects will be. The current Oval Office Resident is leading by adoration, He is no more than a panderer of misinformation, this misinformation gets him cheers and applause but it is a cover for his ineptitude. A trade war with China will trickle down to American farmers and exporters of goods. The tax reform  will not definitely result in more jobs even though there are some wage increases (average about 10%). This demand for a Border wall and more security is based on a campaign promise, not facts. The so called stream of immigrants is into Mexico and that country has that situation under control. The so called  economy boom is the result of actions taken before his election and rather than ride that wave, he is attempting to take credit for it while creating trade issues that will affect our European partners as well as our local businesses. The issues are actually non issues but this Resident has to have chaos to cover his lack of knowledge about the job and its effect on the US and our partners. A wiser man would gather folks who actually know what is happening in the world and act accordingly rather than people who have their own agenda and coincidentally does his bidding. The current media that touts itself as Conservative is rife with provocateurs as opposed to Journalists who report based on facts no matter what their personal beliefs are. This explosion of “isms” and adherence to specific labels is for the most part no more than covert Racism. It has been my experience that Anyone who states” they not biased about someone or something “is usually not telling the truth. We as people are not Saints so having biases is no true sin but denial of that bias to gain an advantage is. This is a major part of the “Campaign promise”. This is apparently a major part of the biased media, no matter which side they fall on. One main factor of our current political system is the ability to offer an idea (true or not) and have it go viral before its disproved or proved, once it is viral it nearly impossible to change due to the inherent or learned biases we All have. Contrary to popular belief the swamp is still in existence and as wet as ever. The true swamp is the long serving Congress who many of us have allowed to serve in spite of their failings as shown under this administration and the previous one. The remedy for this poor Governance is simple-Voting! If each one of us made the attempt to set aside our biases and looked closely at the candidate’s past and present actions we may find that they have not been doing us any great services. Two examples of the people we have voted for prior to their service in the current administration: Scott Pruitt and Tom Price. I firmly believe that the hope that we would get better leadership has not been in vain, we just needed to have the light shown on the long time servants of themselves by the advent of TOTUS.

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Thoughts: White Evangelicals who supported Donald Trump are as busy now as they were during the Salem Witch trials. Their purpose appears to be  making American in their image in spite of the Constitution allowing “freedom” of religion. It can be argued that what they are doing is just that. Looking at what they are for does not seem to support that. They are anti abortion period and like the NRA put their message out as the righteous  one. It appears that they have not considered that children born out of incest, rape and just the plain ignorance of youth can and has lead to abandonment by the parents, murder by the parents or if the baby is kept, a potential lifetime of abuse that carries forth as that child matures. These are some of the same people who complain about people who are receiving aid of some sort through Government programs. This does not appear to be very Christian to me especially since some of these same folks possibly had relatives who opposed integration and stood by during the lynching and murders of Black folk. It may be just me but how can one trust people who want what they want in the name of Jesus? To add more to this we have a person who took the oath of Office to uphold the Constitution which encompasses all of us and demands protection for us ALL not just some us who have specific agendas and supports his ever-changing dicta and capricious utterances. This makes me think that he possibly took the “Oaf” of Office rather than the Oath of Office. We have reached a time when people have forgotten what America is really about. It is about ALL of us not some of us , when we ignore these groups who have specific goals that exclude others then we have a problem. We should remember that what effects one group affects us all sooner or later.

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In the ongoing saga of  Administrative mismanagement, chaos and Congressional malfeasance anything that occurs in this current administration should be of no surprise to anyone who is paying attention. The supporters of this Resident will probably not see the light until  they are blinded by the long range effects. The recent tariff’s while not immediately, will affect many products  we send overseas and now China (one of our biggest trading partners) is imposing tariffs, if China decides to enforce more tariffs on items like Soybeans or automobiles, those 2 items would have a severe effect on many of TOTUS’ supporters. This Tariff issue is more about intellectual properties than physical issues and there are many. The installation of a vindictive child as Leader will over time push us ALL back 2 decades and alienate our allies. The rush to get things done with no apparent discussion is the wrong way to Govern. We already have an inept Congress lead by two self servers, adding a self aggrandizing child has only exacerbated our declining position on the world stage. There appears to be no understanding of how diplomacy  works or  what diplomacy is, yet policy is made and enacted much like a fleeting thought. Looking at the ongoing tweet storm method of Governing, we have a poor Tax reform enacted that on the face looks great but underneath the dirty end of the stick still falls to the mid to lower income Americans. Just because companies have given pay increases or bonuses to employees does not mean a boon to those employees and their families. More taxes will have to be paid on these increases and bonuses, the larger deduction will not offset these taxes. Larger deductions do not directly offset pay increases, there is only a percentage advantage. The Corporate tax cuts allow for the wage increases and bonuses but at the same time allows the investors and share holders to gain (how many low to middle income taxpayers own stock?). In the long run these tax cuts, tariffs and other executive orders will bite the low to middle class tax payers in many more ways that we never think of. For instance: The TOTUS has through his actions allowed for EPA regulations that protect our air and water but benefit the main polluters (our vehicles and certain industries), These actions do not produce any new jobs but have the capacity to cause and aggravate more illnesses for many of us. There is no upside for this Administration and the slide downward is getting slicker. To be clear we collectively do not have very good Congressional representation or Top down leadership and that falls on our shoulders because we as voters do not or will not investigate the people we vote for. The political ads are no more than buzzwords and soundbites that sound good enough to get someone elected but once in office, they do what is best for them and their party while our needs became tertiary or lower. This is again a call for all voters to forgo the entertainment value of our current administration and see behind the curtain. All of the actions of  “TOTUS” is for his edification and pursuit of adoration as evidenced by the ongoing campaign style meetings. Being adored is not the role of the Leader of our country, it is a thankless job if done as correct as possible and we see this administration tumbling into an abyss that will take many years to get out of and only if have the courage to make changes in our lackluster Congress along with electing a Leader (no matter which party) who is not Jar Jar Binks!

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Explain to me how can a program work when it is restricted as the Current administration has restricted the ACA (aka Obamacare). This program which benefitted many more people than the GOP wants you to believe has been under attack since it’s inception. The current administration has derided it as a failure but not telling the whole truth. Campaign rhetoric and promises that harm the public are as criminal as bodily harm. The administration will point to this decrease as a victory but ask the people who are affected by the loss or decrease of health care. If you are affected by these changes then you need to step up and engage in getting people elected who will do what good for you. MA.
Reuters 15 hours ago

CMS’s Verma says 11.8 million signed up for 2018 Obamacare exchange plans
(Reuters) – About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, a 3 percent drop from last year when 12.2 million consumers signed up, according to a final government tally released on Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The tally includes both sign-ups on the exchange run by the federal government for 39 states, which was released on a provisional basis late in 2017, and on the 12 other exchanges run by Washington, D.C. and the remaining states.
CMS said the average premium before tax credits in 2018 is $621 a month, an increase of more than 30 percent from last year.
However, those receiving tax credits – around 83 percent of consumers on Obamacare – will pay around $89 a month on average in premiums, the agency said. That is down 16 percent from $106 a month last year.
Private insurers sell strictly regulated individual insurance plans through the Obamacare online exchanges that the government subsidizes based on a person’s income.
U.S. President Donald Trump in October cut off billions of dollars in subsidy payments to insurers that help people pay for medical costs, causing insurers to raise 2018 premiums or drop out of selling plans in the Obamacare marketplace.
His administration also halved the enrollment period to six weeks and cut the federal advertising and outreach budget by 90 percent. It also has proposed putting cheaper insurance policies offering bare-bones medical coverage on the Obamacare market in 2019 or 2020.


President Donald Trump pitched his steel tariffs as a way to save U.S. steel jobs, saying it was a move designed to urge “all companies to buy American.”
However, some small businesses, like LOOK Trailers in Indiana, are feeling the heat from Trump’s trade move.

“LOOK’s president, Matt Arnold, said the company has seen steel prices increase 25 percent and aluminum as high as 35 percent. He told CNBC that he’s afraid his suppliers’ prices have even further to run in the months ahead.
Although the company already uses 75 percent U.S. steel and aluminum, now its competitors are also moving from foreign to domestic steel. That’s driving up the demand for steel producers domestically and adding costs to businesses’ bottom lines.
Arnold said that the company has managed to honor fixed prices on committed orders, but that means they’ve been “getting hit and absorbing price increases and then pricing out three months.”
He said the net effect has been the same on the whole industry in this area.
“Whether you’re public or private the hit has been to your bottom line,” Arnold said.
Trump has said he hopes shuttered steel mills will reopen and add new life into the American steel industry. But that process could take more than year, if not longer, leaving some businesses without enough U.S.-made steel and aluminum.
Arnold said another factor affecting his business is rising wages because of a tightening labor market.
“It’s a battle every day. It’s how to get more out per man hour. While battling rising wages, competitive workforce, and now you add the third one, which is rising raw materials. You have to be right today. There’s no margin for error,” he said.
The average cost of a trailer from LOOK is about $3500, which is already a 9 percent jump from 2017.
The last time the U.S. slapped major tariffs on steel imports, under President George W. Bush in 2002, companies like LOOK Trailers experienced a 10 to 15 percent hike in prices and a drop in sales. Businesses are hoping this time will be different.”

CNBC News , 3/29/2018

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