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    Quote Originally Posted by tmw View Post
    Do you only care about money ? What has he done personally, different then what another Republican would have done ?
    personally like BEFORE he became POTUS? no not really. It's not my place to judge.

    NOW if you want to talk about since he has been in office, sure be glad to.

    but I will not have a debate with anyone that doesn't provide valid points. I will not debate points that have debunked over n over either.

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    Facts would be a blessed relief. Unfortunately they have been a subjective commodity lately. I've divorced myself from politics instead of reality, and I feel so much more free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmw View Post
    Do you only care about money ? What has he done personally, different then what another Republican would have done ?
    I don't personally "only care about money" (though it is nice to have!), but I do care about the positive things that the President has done to improve our economy to record levels.

    As for the "What has he done personally, different then what another Republican would have done ?" - Just think about that for a second.

    If it would have been Carly Fiorina (Republican, California) that was chosen to be our President in 2016, we would be in a completely different scenario. She is an avid believer in Climate Change and thinks something needs to be done about it (differing from Trump's views). She is also a huge supporter of the DREAMER act and has the exact opposite views on immigration than Trump does. I'm willing to bet that her policies and the direction of her administration would be quite different than the President's.

    If it would have been Jeb Bush (Republican, Florida) who was chosen to run the country, the same could be said. Jeb also opposed Trump's views on immigration. He called for the removal of Confederate items in the state (things that make up the fabric of America - Good or Bad). He was a supporter of the Trans Pacific Partnership (which Trump pulled out of in 2017), and had many other differing views from what the President has. Again, I'm willing to bet that Jeb's policies and direction for America would be profoundly different and we more than likely would not be at the economic point we're at now.

    Just a couple of examples there.

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    It may be my opinion, but I don't think they are going to change immigration policy much no matter what they say or who says it. For one thing they want to get the birth rate up. More importantly, if they can get cheap labor somehow, no one is going to make a loud fuss.

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    Re: Just how Crazy is Donald Trump!

    Quote Originally Posted by tmw View Post
    It may be my opinion, but I don't think they are going to change immigration policy much no matter what they say or who says it. For one thing they want to get the birth rate up. More importantly, if they can get cheap labor somehow, no one is going to make a loud fuss.
    Facts Madam, just the facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimslob View Post
    Facts Madam, just the facts.
    Thanks Mr. Joe Friday!

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    Well, I did say it was my opinion. It was just based on years of observation of people from both sides who make a lot of noise about the problem, but nothing changes.

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    Betsy DeVos: the billionaire Republican destroying public education

    Cuts, attacks, rollbacks – the education secretary’s campaign to dismantle America’s public system has continued unabated

    Betsy DeVos has become accustomed to hostile audiences. The House of Representatives’ education committee earlier this month was no exception.


    “When you approach a public school, you are protested,” the Democratic congresswoman Frederica Wilson told the education secretary. “When you enter, you are booed. You are the most unpopular person in our government. Millions will register to vote in 2020. Many will vote to remove you more than to remove the president.”




    It was a rare moment of clarity in the constant swirl of drama in Washington – border wall, Russia, partisan warfare, media bashing, tweets, impeachment – that seems to provide cover for Donald Trump’s cabinet secretaries to escape scrutiny. Chief among them is DeVos who, critics say, is quietly and insidiously destroying public education in America.


    DeVos’s record is proof, they argue, that when the smoke of the Trump presidency finally clears, the substance of his legacy on policy, deregulation and stacking the courts will remain – and take far longer to repair.


    “We’ve had plenty of Republican as well as Democratic secretaries of education but none of them, even those who believed in alternatives to public education, actually tried to eviscerate public education,” said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. “Here is someone who in her first budget tried to eliminate every single summer school programme, every single after-school programme, and who has done everything in her power to try to make it harder for us to strengthen public [sector] schools.”


    A billionaire philanthropist, DeVos, 61, attended a private Christian school in Michigan and sent most of her children to private Christian schools; she has had little exposure to public education. She became a champion of privately run, publicly funded charter schools and vouchers that enable families to take tax dollars from the public education system to the private sector.


    Since taking office, she has proposed billions of dollars in cuts to her own department, hitting class size reductions, after-school programmes, full-service community schools and student loan forgiveness. Even Trump overruled her on plans to gut the Special Olympics, and she has recently run into opposition from the Democratic-controlled House, which passed significant budget increases.


    Weingarten commented: “Here you have someone whose job it is to help students, 90% of whom go to public schools in America, and to help students in higher education navigate through their student debt or try to mitigate it. She’s failed on both accounts. Instead, she’s tried to defund and dismantle public education and make it harder for us to help kids in public education.”




    DeVos is currently attacking a programme, known as “borrower defense to repayment”, intended to forgive federal loans for students whose colleges misrepresent the quality of their education or otherwise commit fraud. The programme was expanded under Barack Obama but DeVos has been accused of stalling it for more than a year while she altered the rules and made it harder for students to get loan relief, resulting in a large backlog.


    Last month, a federal judge held DeVos in contempt for violating an order to stop collecting loan payments from former Corinthian Colleges students, a for-profit college chain that collapsed in 2015 amid allegations that it lied about the success of its graduates in order to get students to enroll.


    Weingarten commented: “I’m not surprised that a judge held her in contempt because, just like her boss, she mocks the rule of law. Her rule is: she’s rich and she’s a believer in her ideology and that should drive it, not her oath of office, not that this is democracy, not that she is the secretary of education. So the mood [among teachers] is: we told you so, we knew she’d be like this.”

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    With President Trump's Jan 2 state ordered assassination of Iran's most powerful military figure, General Soleimani, USA foreign and domestic assets will automatically go to high alert.

    Nobody in the West denies that General Soleimani was not a very dangerous man responsible for the past and probable future deaths of many US citizens and military people.

    Within days, Iran will violently retaliate. I suspect that Trump owned or branded properties around the world and their employees and guests are now at a much higher risk. Even Trump's personal family is now at much greater risk.

    This may well be the craziest and deadliest move of the Trump Presidency.
    Last edited by SalesServiceGuy; 01-03-2020 at 01:24 PM.

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    The Iranian Quds force seems to mostly project its powerful influence within the Middle East and not so much outside that. Its specialty seems to be supporting local Shiite militias sympathetic to its views.

    There are 10s of 1,000s of US personnel in the Middle East right now within range of Iran,

    Today the US launched a second missile strike in Iraq reportedly killing six militiamen sympathetic to Iran.

    Two large protests are planned for tomorrow in Baghdad, one in front of the US Embassy. The defending US Marines are authorized to use deadly force.

    Iran is thought to have a significant cyber capability which enables it to strike quickly anywhere in the world.

    Iran's three major oil refineries are very vulnerable to a crippling US long range stand off missile air attack.

    Iraq might ask all US forces to leave the country. Iran has been slowly trying to take over Iraq for years and has significant assets within the country.

    Questions swirl around the authority to use deadly force without Congressional approval.
    Last edited by SalesServiceGuy; 01-04-2020 at 12:28 PM.

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