The First 100 days

Discussion in 'West Mall' started by theiioftx, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    Yes, they are moronic hypocrites. But why are we largely unconcerned with it now? Their hypocrisy isn't a reason for us to follow their path. We have a major entitlement crisis looming, and we rejected leaders who were concerned about it and chose one who isn't. That isn't a good sign.

    And if we truly don't care anymore and are ready to accept a bipartisan agreement on having big entitlements, that's fine. European countries do "ok" (not great) with them, but they don't charge them on a credit card. They pay for them with big payroll taxes and big national VATs. I think that's bad policy, but I'll take it over just putting the bill on our kids with interest.
     
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  2. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    "triggered"

     
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  3. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    For the sake of efficiency, you could probably just save that as a 'fill in the blank' for re-use
     
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  4. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Even Bloomberg (of all news sources) is beginning to admit that the markets show the US gaining the upper hand over China in the "trade war"
    China’s yuan and Govt bonds have lost momentum
    Any US fund managers who put US retirement funds into Chinese firms (essentially Ponzi schemes) should be locked away

    Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
     
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  5. I35

    I35 5,000+ Posts

    I don’t think anyone is not worried about it. I pointed out that half the country don’t care about the debt when it’s their liberal President in offense. I think the right does care about it when we have a Republican President. But we also feel we are going in the right direction with the economy to at least put a dent in it. Trump worked in getting the economy going in the right direction his first 4 years and has succeeded. He’s already said his second term will focus on lowering the national debt. He’s backed what he’s said he was going to do for the first term for the most part. He’s earn the right to make promises that have a much better chance to be fulfilled more than any politician we’ve ever seen. Who could we put in office in 2020 that you feel that would cut the national debt? Heck, most of them are wanting to spend $30 plus Trillion.
     
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  6. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    uh oh, poor Mediate

     
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  7. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Delaying any of this aid will get you in big trouble with the media and rest of the establishment. And dont even think about asking why we send it at all.

    But think of what we could do with it in the US. Or, even better, imagine your money was still yours.


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  8. horninchicago

    horninchicago 5,000+ Posts

    Because they all think the reason other countries need aid is because of our failed policies through the years from the establishment.
     
  9. Monahorns

    Monahorns 2,500+ Posts

    I'm all for giving 0 foreign aid and removing all troops from a country if there, with some key exceptions. Any aid would be for a specific purpose and temporary.
     
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  10. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    Even though it's very little, I wonder why we would give any foreign aid to Switzerland. Per capita, it's one of the wealthiest countries in the world. In fact, it's so wealthy that their people can basically live in the Alps an eat fancy cheese and drink wine all day. They should be giving the US foreign aid.
     
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  11. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    I don't see a lot of evidence that the Right cares about the debt when a Republican is in the White House. We largely spent like drunken sailors under Bush and are doing the same under Trump and then righteously complained about the debt when a Democrat was in the White House. In other words, we do what Democrats have largely done, but they care about it even less than we do and don't even fake it very well. That's why our most fiscally responsibile years have been when a Democrat was in the White House and Republicans controlled Congress.

    And of course, though Democrats are quick to blame Trump, Capitol Hill is mostly responsible for the deficit, not the White House. After all, they spend the money and write the appropriations legislation. The President's power comes from the veto pen (which can be overridden) and from his political leadership. Those are substantial but not dominant. That's why the budget doesn't radically change based on who's in the White House.

    The root of the problem is that the Congressional leaderships in both parties don't make fiscal responsibility a serious priority. Even if they would prefer not to run big deficits, neither side prioritizes it significantly. Accordingly, compromises had to be made just to make the numbers work to pass budgets. Furthermore, everybody has shown their cards. Republicans know what Democrats really demand at a minimum - big social spending and protections for their donors' rent-seeking operations and rackets. Democrats know what Republicans really demand - low taxes and high defense spending for their donors. For the past several years, both parties have basically said "ok" to all three. That's going to mean big deficits even when revenue is strong as it is now.
     
  12. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Probably to get them to buy something
     
  13. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Sounds close to China's aid policy
     
  14. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    “Shoppers weren’t slowed down at all by their huge turkey feasts.”

    Consumers spent a staggering $4.2 billion online on Thanksgiving, a 14.5 percent from last year and a record high, according to new figures published by Adobe Analytics on Friday. This marks the first time that Thanksgiving shopping has surpassed $4 billion.

    In total, e-commerce behemoths saw a 244 percent boost in sales on Thanksgiving, while smaller retailers experienced a 61 percent jump.

    Phones played a huge role in the spike in Turkey Day shopping: Overall, nearly half of the revenue — 44.9 percent — stemmed from people’s smartphones, a 24.4 increase over last year.

    Thanksgiving Day shopping frenzy tops record with $4.1B spent
     
  15. I35

    I35 5,000+ Posts

    I was referring to the American people and not Congress since my post was aimed at longesthorn for now bringing it up. When a democrat president approves spending only half Americans care. When a Republican President approves spending everyone cares. I’m fed up with Congress on both sides. Only real difference is the Dems don’t hide wanting bigger government and the Republicans want it, but can’t campaign on it. Trump needs to address spending his last five years.
     
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  16. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    I think the American people from both parties want a balanced budget. They're just stupid, and the media coverage of the issue is warped entirely along partisan political lines rather than based on reality and figures. Democratic voters think the Bush and Trump tax cuts are actually major factors in the deficit and think that without them, we could have free healthcare and a balanced budget. Nobody shows them numbers. They also think that the Pentagon burns $100 bills for sport and that health, education, and welfare programs are barely surviving.

    Republican voters basically think we do the reverse. They think teachers, public employees, illegal aliens, and welfare recipients are robbing them blind and that our military is going broke and falling apart.

    And of course, everybody is wrong. So when they say they want a balanced budget, they have no idea what that means or what it takes to do that.
     
  17. LongestHorn

    LongestHorn 1,000+ Posts

    We do.
     
  18. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Liquor Man

    Enlighten us then.
     
  19. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    Your political priorities overwhelmingly and wildly suggest that you don't.
     
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  20. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    The name Newt comes to mind
     
  21. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

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  22. Monahorns

    Monahorns 2,500+ Posts

    Foreign aid is taking money from the poor in the US and giving it to the wealthy in foreign countries. It's injustice.
     
  23. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    It's interesting that buying 8 F-16s will boost Bulgaria's defense budget from 1.6 to 3.2 percent of GDP. That'll give you an idea of how weak Bulgaria's GDP must be.
     
  24. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Nice to have a first lady who is openly proud of her country
    It was a long 8 years of bitterness with the last one. In fact, both of the last 2 Dem first lady's were very sour. Just one more reason not to vote for them



     
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  25. Horn6721

    Horn6721 Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut.

    Visiting the White House during Christmas is on my bucket list.
    I think I should do it when we have a gracious First Lady who is actually proud of our country.
    Have the Haters criticized her on this?
     
  26. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

     
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  27. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Not sure how it happened, but for a brief moment, CNN was honest about something

     
  28. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    US still going ahead with Dec 15 China tariffs

    Markets freaking out
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  29. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Not that anyone will be shocked by this, but Jeff Bezos' personally owned newspaper, the WAPO, hated the FLOTUS/White House/Patriotic/Christmas imagery

    They took time out of their busy days to write: "The coat looks ridiculous"


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  30. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Macron is trending

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