Trump's New Year Message

stanb
Joined: 02 Jul 2008, 13:31

05 Nov 2017, 10:07 #2201

Donna Brazile dropping bombs.   When is the let going to finally admit that the Clintons are corrupt
to the core?   Anyone read Clinton's book on why she lost the election?  I do feel bad for Huma getting
mixed up in all of this..

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/11/03/s ... linton-dnc
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battlingignorance
Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

05 Nov 2017, 13:42 #2202

Oh please, stan - millions on "the left" have been screaming for a long time that they dislike and distrust the Clinton machine.

And Brazile's claims have already been up-ended and challenged...other than by Trumpistas (conveniently ignoring how deep his corruption goes), to whom the book seemed like an absolute gift. Does anyone wonder why it has come out just now? Has anyone wondered who was behind it?
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battlingignorance
Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

05 Nov 2017, 20:16 #2203

Hey stan, Dianne, Masky, et al....should we "lock 'em up"?

Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary in the Trump administration, shares business interests with Vladimir Putin’s immediate family, and he failed to clearly disclose those interests when he was being confirmed for his cabinet position.
Ross — a billionaire industrialist — retains an interest in a shipping company, Navigator Holdings, that was partially owned by his former investment company. One of Navigator’s most important business relationships is with a Russian energy firm controlled, in turn, by Putin’s son-in-law and other members of the Russian president’s inner circle.
Some of the details of Ross’s continuing financial holdings — much of which were not disclosed during his confirmation process — are revealed in a trove of more than 7 million internal documents of Appleby, a Bermuda-based law firm, that was leaked to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. The documents consist of emails, presentations and other electronic data. These were then shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists — a global network that won the Pulitzer Prize this year for its work on the Panama Papers — and its international media partners. NBC News was given access to some of the leaked documents, which the ICIJ calls the “Paradise Papers.”
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Da Man
Joined: 10 Aug 2008, 22:42

05 Nov 2017, 21:29 #2204

Gee, BI: pretty soon Trumpy won't have anybody able to work for - or with - him. Even Rex Tillerson's position is not secure. 😞
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stanb
Joined: 02 Jul 2008, 13:31

05 Nov 2017, 22:24 #2205

But again, Trump is only in office because of the DNC and corrupt Clintons. The left has  no message, no organization and no leadership at the moment..  
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Leland33
Joined: 02 Apr 2011, 03:07

05 Nov 2017, 23:25 #2206

stanb wrote: But again, Trump is only in office because of the DNC and corrupt Clintons. The left has  no message, no organization and no leadership at the moment..  
There is infighting at both the RNC and DNC - mainly because of the Trump presidency.

BUT THE DNC IS WORKING ON CHANGE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND THE VOTING/ELECTION
PROCESS FOR THE PEOPLE

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In part this is an email from Tulsi Gabbard (U.S. Rep. Hawaii) ---


•"The DNC’s approach of casting out those who haven’t fallen in line with the establishment and who are demanding real reform is destined for failure and further losses. While we await the final recommendations of the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission, we must make sure our voices are heard now, as we fight for a new path forward that is more inclusive and strengthens our democracy.

Will you sign our petition demanding the DNC establish accountability measures in their decision-making processes, eliminate undemocratic superdelegates, and ensure open or same-day registration primaries to ensure we return to a party structure that is about people?

http://aloha.votetulsi.com/page/s/dnc?s ... 71030-subb

It doesn't matter if you supported Hillary or Bernie—it’s long past time to stop the counterproductive infighting and name calling."

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Stan - don't be counter productive and sign the petition.
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battlingignorance
Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

06 Nov 2017, 13:09 #2207

stanb wrote:But again, Trump is only in office because of the DNC and corrupt Clintons. The left has no message, no organization and no leadership at the moment.. 
You mis-wrote. "Corrupt, lying, cheating Trump is only in office because...." Just a bit of truthful, factual balance for you there, OK?!

Do you attribute any of it to the consistent (and effective) gerrymandering by Republican machine for the past 20 years (Democrats actually represent millions more Americans)? Or the social media meddling by outside forces (a non-arguable point, now)?  How about the stolen Supreme Court seat...did you support that?

And, the DNC and "the left" are two distinct and different entities, stan. The DNC leadership blew it, no argument there - and the party needs sweeping change...in personnel, message, and attitude.

China will be eating our lunch as a universal super-power - financially - in just a matter of a few years...the 200-odd year experiment that is American Democracy is almost done....mostly from within.
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

07 Nov 2017, 03:50 #2208

"...this is a mental health problem at the highest level."

-Donald Trump, in remarks about this month's mass shooting

For once, I absolutely agree with him. 

Is it possible he's beginning to understand just how out of his depth he is? 
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brainfix
Joined: 04 Jun 2006, 00:10

07 Nov 2017, 03:54 #2209

Street intelligence is not a Trump virtue, nor will it ever be.
"What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof." - Christopher Hitchens
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stanb
Joined: 02 Jul 2008, 13:31

07 Nov 2017, 08:44 #2210

"China will be eating our lunch as a universal super-power - financially - in just a matter of a few years...the 200-odd year experiment that is American Democracy is almost done....mostly from within."

I am afraid this is the direction..  

Today's elections should e interesting. I have no idea what to expect.  
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DM3194
Joined: 07 Feb 2008, 22:54

07 Nov 2017, 13:20 #2211

stanb...
it's Election Day, so don't be such a gloomy-pants!

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And don't forget to vote!
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battlingignorance
Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

08 Nov 2017, 14:51 #2212

In other election news....
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battlingignorance
Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

08 Nov 2017, 23:16 #2213

Anyway - now that's all out of the way (#thanksamanda!), back to what Congressional Republicans and Trump have planned for us all:

Under their proposed Tax Bill, corporations are still allowed to deduct state and local taxes. Workers are not. Corporations are still allowed to deduct business expenses. Teachers (for instance) are not allowed to deduct any.
Corporations are still allowed to deduct more than $10,000 in property taxes. Homeowners are not.
Corporations are still allowed to deduct moving expenses (...even if they are moving overseas. To, say, China.) Families are not.

And this is on top of a $1.5 trillion corporate tax cut.

Let's be clear, this is not the "middle-class tax cut" espoused by Lyin' Ryan and his Cronies.
Working families get the crumbs and the super-wealthy get everything else.
"Corporations are people, my friend!"  No, Mitt - they are not -- the people are getting screwed.

Any thoughts on behalf of the defense, CAO Trumpistas?
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battlingignorance
Joined: 01 Sep 2012, 12:06

09 Nov 2017, 13:20 #2214

Here's one for the education-haters - Post Graduate students will be screwed under the Rethug/Chump Tax Bill as proposed.
PhD programs function as apprenticeships: the candidates (students) teach classes and conduct research to gain experience, and in exchange - universities waive their tuition fees and provide modest annual stipends to the PhD students(and that's really modest - nobody is doing it for the money) — but at least students don’t have to have a lot of money to do it.
The tax-reform plan could upset that delicate financial equation. Currently, the system taxes only the PhD students' stipends as income. The GOP wants tuition waivers to count as income, too and they plan to tax that “money” as well, potentially almost quadrupling students’ tax bills. Which means that for many prospective and current PhD candidates, higher education could become a financial impossibility.

But that's OK for the Rethugs...the less educated people are, the more likely they are to vote right-wards.
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Karly
Joined: 20 Feb 2010, 02:12

09 Nov 2017, 13:31 #2215

These people must stay up a night trying to think how to screw the country in every way possible.  
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t
Joined: 11 Aug 2007, 04:04

09 Nov 2017, 13:47 #2216

stanb wrote: But again, Trump is only in office because of the DNC and corrupt Clintons. The left has  no message, no organization and no leadership at the moment..  
no

He is in office because 60 million people are too stupid to understand the importance of the office
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Fishtown Boy
Joined: 17 Jan 2008, 23:36

09 Nov 2017, 14:12 #2217

t wrote:no 

He is in office because 60 million people are too stupid to understand the importance of the office
Best post in the thread.      Don't forget "stupid", and Racist.
Enjoy Every Sandwich
Warren Zevon
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Fortune Cookie
Joined: 13 Nov 2010, 17:37

09 Nov 2017, 15:02 #2218

battlingignorance wrote: Here's one for the education-haters - Post Graduate students will be screwed under the Rethug/Chump Tax Bill as proposed.
PhD programs function as apprenticeships: the candidates (students) teach classes and conduct research to gain experience, and in exchange - universities waive their tuition fees and provide modest annual stipends to the PhD students(and that's really modest - nobody is doing it for the money) — but at least students don’t have to have a lot of money to do it.
The tax-reform plan could upset that delicate financial equation. Currently, the system taxes only the PhD students' stipends as income. The GOP wants tuition waivers to count as income, too and they plan to tax that “money” as well, potentially almost quadrupling students’ tax bills. Which means that for many prospective and current PhD candidates, higher education could become a financial impossibility.

But that's OK for the Rethugs...the less educated people are, the more likely they are to vote right-wards.
Even the stipend was once not taxed (depending on the particulars). That changed under Reagan, when this dishonest effort to shift the tax burden more and more onto the middle class first ramped up. 
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Damon
Joined: 25 Jun 2007, 22:00

09 Nov 2017, 18:14 #2219

Actually I lived quite happily as a grad student with a teaching assistant ship.
I was also a live in tutor in an undergraduate living group. That got me room
and board which is huge in Cambridge. As a result my salary for teaching
classes was not needed for living expenses and I could afford a car and to
race a boat in the Marblehead 110 fleet. All I had to do was help undergraduates
with whatever they were taking. That meant I also learned about
subjects I never took as a physics major.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Karly
Joined: 20 Feb 2010, 02:12

09 Nov 2017, 18:28 #2220

My son was completely self-supportive while getting his doctorate.  He taught many classes over those years and I think that works well for the school and the grad students financially and in other ways.  His biggest expenses aside from housing were a modest car and the rock-climbing gym so he actually saved some money on his stipend.  Also a lot of the work was research which is sponsored by National Science Foundation and/or companies but that money is awarded to the Dept/Lab not the student directly...not sure quite how that works. Labs that get a lot of sponsored research can take more grad students.  This administration needs to stay away from educational policy.
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