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marymary100 - 31-7-2017 at 22:52

Honest to goodness America. I can't even go out for a few hours without the Whitehouse being in disarray again.


John_Little - 1-8-2017 at 09:09

Very very frightening thunderbolts and lightning!


LSemmens - 1-8-2017 at 10:20

It makes me wonder if Trump has the reigns held so tightly that he is running 'murica like one of his businesses, or that he, really, has no idea what is going on and the inmates are, in fact, running the Asylum. Sadly, I suspect, the latter.


marymary100 - 1-8-2017 at 10:59

I think Trump is unwell and is running the country as if it is The Apprentice. Unfortunately they threw the baby out with the bath water and in a desire to be different has not looked at political experience, but rather very rich people who verge on the upper end of the sociopathic scale. Expletives in business conversations are apparently considered acceptable in America.

Trump used foul language which was shown on TV before the vote. Guess what, Americans still voted for him, or at least the convoluted system of voting favoured him. He did not win the popular vote in reality.

While I want peace and calm I'm concerned that it is the military who are now running things behind the scenes.

Someone had to, for sure, but I am not reassured by the promotion of military experience over diplomatic or political.


scholar - 3-8-2017 at 01:23

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Originally posted by marymary100
Honest to goodness America. I can't even go out for a few hours without the Whitehouse being in disarray again.

Actually, it is quite the opposite.

The White House had been in some degree of disarray, and a new White House Chief of Staff was picked to bring more and better order.


marymary100 - 3-8-2017 at 19:25

If you think the Trump Whitehouse is anything but a disaster there is no hope for you.


John_Little - 4-8-2017 at 07:46

I'm surprised at you, mm. You'd never give up on someone as a teacher! There is always Hope. Even for Scholar.


marymary100 - 4-8-2017 at 08:37

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Originally posted by John_Little
I'm surprised at you, mm. You'd never give up on someone as a teacher! There is always Hope. Even for Scholar.


As a teacher, that would be true. And my statement has the qualifier "if".


John_Little - 4-8-2017 at 09:45

Yeah but he really does believe it. Must try harder.


scholar - 4-8-2017 at 21:42

If you think the White House is entirely a disaster. . .

When Assad used chemical weapons, Trump ordered a counterstrike. He didn't make empty threats, as did Obama, and he didn't muster up for full-scale war between the US and Syria. Syria and Russia complained, of course.

When information came that Assad appeared to be ready to attack in such a way, again, Trump warned not to do so, that the U.S. would react again.

And, the government forces did not attack with the chemical weapons.

That sounds like the sort of measured, effective U.S. response that gets good results.


scholar - 4-8-2017 at 21:45

If you think the White House is entirely a disaster. . .

Trump has been quietly cutting back on unnecessary regulations that were hurting businesses operating in the U.S. Most new jobs in the U.S. come from small businesses.

Are you aware that the U.S. stock markets have been going up?


scholar - 4-8-2017 at 21:52

If you think the White House is entirely a disaster. . .

Did you know that Trump has done what he can toward building the Keystone Pipeline?

Did you know this is good for American jobs while it is built, and that it will allow cheaper oil transport?

Misguided environmentalists opposed the pipeline, with the result that more fuel had to be burned for oil transport that is less safe, and the cost has been higher.

[I do believe the Native Americans are right in asserting their rights with respect to one of the planned pipeline routes, and that an alternativepath must be used.]

Two weeks ago, I bought gasoline for $1.92 per gallon!shocked_yellow:D:D:D


scholar - 4-8-2017 at 21:55

If you think the White House is entirely a disaster. . .

A fine Constitutional Supreme Court judge was nominated for the Supreme Court, and approved, with confirmation by the Senate.

This is one gift that will keep on giving, for many, many years.kewl_glasses

And Trump has made many excellent nominations for Federal courts.


LSemmens - 5-8-2017 at 04:27

If you think $1.92 a gallon is expensive for fuel, you are right out of touch. Here, we pay $1.32 a Litre! (the price today - sometimes it's as low as $1.05, sometimes pushing $1.50. Just to give you some idea of the concept 4.55Litres = 1 Gallon.


John_Little - 5-8-2017 at 07:36

I'm glad you didn't put all that in one post, Scholar.

:-)


marymary100 - 5-8-2017 at 08:49

If you think those three posts are indicative of success after 6 months in office, your expectations are very low.


scholar - 5-8-2017 at 09:08

If you think the White House is entirely a disaster. . .

The new employment numbers show more than 200,000 jobs were created in the U.S. last month, and unemployment went down to 4.3%.

Trump has pushed for American-based companies to keep their operations here, instead of moving them to countries with lower wages. Several companies have changed their plans to open plants outside the U.S. instead of keeping the work here.

That contrasts with the previous administration, which killed jobs by refusing to give approval for coal mining operations to open, and which refused to approve the Keystone Pipeline.


scholar - 5-8-2017 at 09:31

Quote:

100 Accomplishments In President Trump’s First 100 Days

1. Vice President Mike Pence.
2. Justice Neil Gorsuch, an originalist committed to the Constitution.
3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a conservative committed to the rule of law.
4. Defense Secretary James Mattis, a warrior committed to restoring America’s military.
5. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a former general committed to border security.
6. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former CEO who understands how the real world works.
7. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, a brain surgeon from a humble background.
8. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, a doctor who understands health care.
9. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school choice and educational reform.
10. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former governor who knows the energy industry.
11. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a former CEO who understands the business world.
12. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a conservative committed to reining in big government.
13. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, a fearless advocate for American values.
14. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, a true fried of Israel.
15. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, a conservative warrior against crony capitalism.
16. National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, an accomplished military commander.
17. White House Counterterrorism Adviser Sebastian Gorka, committed to defeating radical Islam.
18. Restored the U.S. alliance with Israel.
19. Welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.
20. Restored U.S. leadership in the world.
21. Enforced red lines against the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
22. Dropped MOAB bomb on ISIS; sending a clear message to Iran and North Korea.
23. Secured Chinese cooperating in pressuring North Korea.
24. Secured release of Aya Hijazi, American charity worker held in Egypt since 2014.
25. Imposed a five-year ban on lobbying the government by former White House officials.
26. Imposed a lifetime ban on lobbying for foreign governments by former White House officials.
27. Repeatedly called out the liberal media for “fake news.”
28. Repealed mandate that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.
29. Signed executive order reinstating Reagan policy against taxpayer funding of overseas abortions.
30. Stopped U.S. funding to the United Nations Population Fund, which promotes abortions.
31. Signed executive order establishing “extreme vetting.”
32. Signed executive order demanding a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS.
33. Signed executive order calling for construction of border wall and 5,000 border agents.
34. Signed executive order directing Justice Department to cut funding to sanctuary cities.
35. Signed executive order initiating a temporary federal hiring freeze.
36. Signed executive order withdrawing from the Transpacific Partnership trade deal.
37. Signed executive order relaxing enforcement of Obamacare to greatest extent possible.
38. Signed executive order requiring two regulations be repealed for every new one issued.
39. Signed executive order requiring comprehensive approach to illegal immigration and crime.
40. Signed executive order seeking increased penalties for crimes against police.
41. Signed executive order promoting energy independence.
42. Signed executive order putting American companies and workers first.
43. Signed executive order mandating review of federal regulations in education.
44. Signed executive order investigating national security impact of foreign steel imports.
45. Signed executive order requiring an audit of executive branch agencies.
46. Signed executive order requiring every agency create a regulatory reform task force.
47. Signed executive order rolling back Obama environmental infringements on private property.
48. Signed executive order to prevent future taxpayer-funded bailouts.
49. Signed executive order to reverse Obama restrictions on offshore energy development.
50. Signed executive order calling for a major review of national monument designations on federal lands.
51. Signed executive order establishing a new office to reform the Veterans Administration bureaucracy.
52. Signed executive order to address concerns of Rural America.
53. Signed executive order establishing White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
54. Signed executive order creating a commission on drug addiction and the opioid crisis.
55. Signed executive order to combat transnational criminal organizations and international trafficking.
56. Repealed transgender public school bathroom mandate.
57. Repealed “Stream Protection Rule” that hurt coal industry.
58. Repealed Social Security Administration (SSA) gun ban.
59. Repealed Labor Department “blacklisting” rule with $500 million in regulatory costs.
60. Repealed Interior Department rule that restricted state and local authority in land use decisions.
61. Repealed unfunded education mandate that created new standards for teachers.
62. Repealed education rule that undermined state and local control.
63. Repealed regulation that prevented drug testing for unemployment compensation.
64. Repealed rule that banned some hunting in Alaska.
65. Repealed regulation that created vastly more paperwork and reporting of worker injuries.
66. Repealed regulations on Internet Service Providers.
67. Repealed rule that allowed states to force workers into government-run savings plans.
68. Repealed Dodd-Frank regulations that disadvantaged domestic companies.
69. Imposed sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile violations.
70. Imposed sanctions on Iran for human rights violations.
71. Ordered a review of the Iranian nuclear deal.
72. Produced a budget that cut $54 billion from bloated federal bureaucracies.
73. Produced a budget that would eliminate 50 programs and more than 3,000 federal jobs.
74. Produced a budget that boosted spending for defense, homeland security and veterans.
75. Produced a tax reform plan that simplifies the tax code and reduces taxes for businesses and families.
76. Approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
77. Approved construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.
78. Shutdown illegal immigrant advocacy program at Department of Justice.
79. Established Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office.
80. Reduced illegal immigration at the border by 61%.
81. Called for “major investigation” of voter fraud led by Vice President Mike Pence.
82. Called for repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which limits free speech of pastors and churches.
83. Called for 50% cut in funding to the United Nations.
84. Supported English as official language by dropping Spanish version of the White House website.
85. Purged “climate change” alarmism from White House website.
86. Returned bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.
87. Succeeded in getting NATO nations to boost defense spending by $10 billion.
88. Halted $180 billion in regulations.
89. Signed legislation expanding private healthcare options for veterans.
90. Relaxed Rules of Engagement in the fight against ISIS.
91. Imposed sanctions on Venezuelan vice president for international drug trafficking.
92. Consumer confidence highest in 17 years.
93. Small business confidence highest in 11 years.
94. Stock market is up 10% since inauguration, up 15% since election.
95. Exxon Mobil announced $20 billion/45,000 job expansion in U.S.
96. Charter Communications announced $25 billion expansion, creating 20,000 jobs in U.S.
97. Accenture announced $1.4 billion expansion, creating 15,000 jobs in U.S.
98. Intel announced $7 billion expansion, creating 10,000 jobs in the U.S.
99. Ordered renegotiation of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico.
100. Named former Congressman Scott Garrett, an outspoken critic of the Export-Import Bank to the bank’s Board of Directors.


These enumerations are not of equal weight/value, and some are results which Trump influenced. The list does make the point that the Trump White House was accomplishing things while the biased old media have been concentrating on areas where Trump has been ineffective.

And, he has continued to work for the American people in the time since this 100-days report.


marymary100 - 5-8-2017 at 10:19

For those who don't know, Gary Bauer served under Reagan for 8 years.
He is pro-Israel, anti-abortion even in cases of rape, pro traditional family, anti-gay marriage, enforced adoption of English as the language of the US, pro income tax cuts and decreased regulation of small businesses anti worker's rights and minimum wage. He's not great at making pancakes and calls on religious people to break the law when it doesn't fit with their beliefs (but only if Judeo-Christian). Pretty much what the profile of a pro-Trump activist would be expected to be.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWUaN2HagRo)


LSemmens - 5-8-2017 at 23:30

The first 20 are just political appointments which every president would have needed. Some of the next few would have been carried over from the previous administration given that many of those negotiations would have taken a lot of time and back and forth. Signing bits of paper does not mean anything has been done. Repealing legislation requires a little bit of co-operation by the rest of the parliamentary team. Again, I'd suggest that some of it, at least, was nothing to do with him, anyway. You get the idea.....


scholar - 6-8-2017 at 23:29

Quote:
Originally posted by LSemmens
The first 20 are just political appointments which every president would have needed. Some of the next few would have been carried over from the previous administration given that many of those negotiations would have taken a lot of time and back and forth. Signing bits of paper does not mean anything has been done. Repealing legislation requires a little bit of co-operation by the rest of the parliamentary team. Again, I'd suggest that some of it, at least, was nothing to do with him, anyway. You get the idea.....

The accomplishments involved in the appointments have to do with the fact that the positions were filled with people who support policies that make things better, not worse. Obama's own financial advisors reviewed the effects of the very expensive stimulus plan and concluded that the economy did not show as much recovery as would have happened if the money had not been spent. The government spending that was supposed to help instead impeded economic growth, because money spent on the government programs was not available for other uses that would have helped more.

The executive orders are more significant than usual, this time around, because Obama was fond of overreaching. He would order things to be done that were not authorized by law, and which had harmful effects on the U.S. But, the harm that Obama's executive orders set in motion could be stopped by executive orders reversing those orders.


scholar - 6-8-2017 at 23:35

Quote:
Originally posted by LSemmens
If you think $1.92 a gallon is expensive for fuel, you are right out of touch. Here, we pay $1.32 a Litre! (the price today - sometimes it's as low as $1.05, sometimes pushing $1.50. Just to give you some idea of the concept 4.55Litres = 1 Gallon.

Quite the opposite. The $1.92 price under Trump's energy-friendly administration contrasts with prices that went to more than twice that cost under Obama's oil-is-evil White House. Obama's time did see some low gas prices when oil production increased on private lands, in spite of Obama working against development on lands which the federal government controls.


scholar - 6-8-2017 at 23:37

If you think the White House is entirely a disaster. . .

In January, Toyota was planning to build a new auto factory in Mexico, for cars to be sold in the U.S. Trump told them they'd better think again.

Toyota did not build the Mexico plant. But now, in August, they have announced they will build a new auto plant in the U.S.


John_Little - 7-8-2017 at 07:04

If you think Mexico is paying for a wall.......


LSemmens - 7-8-2017 at 07:26

Ask Germany how their wall went. The only real successful wall that I can recall has be that big one in China, only 'cause it's old and tourists love it.


John_Little - 7-8-2017 at 17:48

Hang on. What about Hadrians Wall? And Offer's Dyke? Not many Mexicans in Wales or Scotland! Mind you, they didn't pay for those either.


LSemmens - 8-8-2017 at 02:41

Yeah! Buuuut! Seriously, I'd not heard of Offa's Dyke before. You Brits need to go BIIIG to beat the Great Wall, or that little pebble we call Ayres Rock. If Trump manages to get his fence off the ground, it may be a tourist trap, but, getting Mexico to pay for it. I think we stand more chance of sending Trump to the Moon.


John_Little - 8-8-2017 at 08:54

Now there's an idea!


marymary100 - 8-8-2017 at 14:06

A rather appealing one.


A bunch of fake pro-Trump Twitter accounts were just closed down as other people's IDs had been misappropriated. The irony of it is that many of these tweets were complaining about "fake news".