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I would not allow Trump to define what the national anthem means. It's not about "his country" but about mine too. The flag represents freedom of expression, including the right to protest the flag, the president, the whole damn country if one chooses. And, don't tell me, leave politics out of a sport, because it's already politicized. The Pentagon has given money to the NFL to display patriotism, have jets fly over stadiums, etc.

Before 2009, the national anthem wasn't televised, many players stayed in the locker room, and there wasn't too much fuss about standing, kneeling, or running to the bathroom or buy a hot dog and a beer.

But, that's what Trump does to rally his base. He is not going to help them get better jobs, have health insurance (good coverage), consumer protection, etc. But, he gets involved with an issue for which he has no authority to do anything about, and his supporters say, "yeah, that's my guy!" 

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All of our intelligence agencies agree that Russia interfered with the last US election and helped Trump. There lots of indications that Trump, his family and businesses, and his campaign have had ties to Russia. This, by the way, will be resolved one way or another. I'm waiting to see what special counsel Muller (former FBI chief) will find.  Of course, Trump may fire him like he fired Comey, but this will be an obstruction of justice offense.

Trump is such an irresponsible person, a dangerous moron, who's totally unqualified for the important job ..Russians helped him get. It beats me why so many people don't see this.

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1 hour ago, athinaios said:

Trump is such an irresponsible person, a dangerous moron, who's totally unqualified for the important job .

i can't believe people voted for this president

blind mice

 

but.... wasn't it you that said it's not the end of the world...checks & balances?

to me it's 25 years backwards... a shame

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17 hours ago, tantra129 said:

but.... wasn't it you that said it's not the end of the world...checks & balances?

 

Hmmm, I don't know if I said that....because:

..In a system whereas the checks and balances actually work, I'd say, OK, Congress and the courts could curtail presidential power. But, I don't think this system works today in the US when the same party controls both the executive and legislature. I'm amazed that only 2 Repubs (both retiring) are clearly critical of Trump when others keep mostly mum.

I also know that presidential power is ..powerful, so there's only so much the other 2 branches can do. Presidents can sign executive orders (instructing the bureaucracy), appoint people to important positions, start (not declare, but this is a detail) a war, etc.

A test of the checks and balances will (?) be if Trump fires special counsel Muller or violates the constitution... .let see if a Republican Congress would act.

 

PS>Just yesterday, VP Pence broke a 50-50 tie in the Senate to pass a law that reduces consumer protection, in that if you're screwed by a bank you can't sue!

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Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Surrenders to Feds

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Following the surrender, the indictment was unsealed. The indictment lists 12 counts, including conspiracy against the United States and unregistered agent of a foreign principal. The full indictment can be viewed here: justice.gov

Is America great again yet?

 

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7 hours ago, Chris Tsamados said:

Love the way a Greek can potentially bring down the US presidency!

Yet once again, Greeks save the world! Ha, ha,... Funny. :happy-427623:

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Special investigator Muller (former FBI chief) will get to the bottom of this. His top deputy was the one that broke up the Italian mafia in NY and put away many gangsters, so he knows how to get people. Obviously one tactic is to get insiders to testify on the big bosses....

One thing for sure so far, there was ..eagerness for a collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Trump Jr has admitted so, and he's not the only one.

But, I think there's a bigger story here, besides Trump colluding with a foreign power to win the election, in that I think there are links, like bankrolling the Trump business, money laundering, etc. Trump said he'd release his tax returns after he was elected... We're still waiting... I wonder why he's not doing that when everyone one has...

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Well there is potentially a video that exists with Trump and a group of Russian prostitutes, it'd certainly explain his reluctance to bad mouth the Russians.

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Apparently its a watersport video, but this is all speculation...

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It's way past midnight, and I'm watching the Senate debate a horrendous tax bill. Even conservative think tanks acknowledge it's a big give-away to the wealthy. Those (the majority of taxpayers) who make under $70/year will see taxes go up. This bill is very unpopular and the GOP is trying to cram this through with little debate and, most importantly, without time for the Senators to know exactly what's in the bill. 

This will add to the deficit but no worries, cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are coming in order to reduce the deficit.

I'm sorry but this is a new low for the conservatives.

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Only in America.  Try that s**t in Australia and it would be political hari kari.  What gives ?

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Too many people don't really understand government and how it works. They vote for a party that is for the interests of big business and the very wealthy. They voted for a president because the other candidate was not liked and she had some "secret" emails... Many voters don't think that electing a president and members of Congress greatly impacts their daily lives and their future, from the environment, to consumer protection, to retirement, to education and health care.

These days I see so many people willing to camp outside stores to get a sale deal for few bucks but aren't willing to spend 10' voting.

@Bananas you ask, "what gives?"...  In 1832, Britain passed the Great Reform Act that allowed the common people to vote. The conservatives were panicking because they had been openly advocating for the aristocracy, banks, big business, and generally for nothing to benefit the lower classes. However, they figured out that their party could forge an alliance with the working class. How? They'd would sell patriotism, law and order, xenophobia, identity politics, religion, morality, and a ..great Britain!  Today the cons are in power.

Sounds familiar?...

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I didn't vote for Trump, not really a fan of his antics (although I WOULD have voted for him over Hillary if there weren't a 3rd option)...but I'm dancing a jig that the tax plan passed....I'll be saving a bundle.

The stock market is through the roof...that pads my pockets as well.

All in all, on a personal level, I'm happy with his presidency so far.  It's had a positive financial impact on me and most people I know, and hasn't had a negative impact in any aspect of my everyday life.  

Some high tax states are gonna have to scramble to figure out how to compensate for some aspects of the tax plan, but overall I see most negative attitudes toward the tax plan as a result of not fully understanding the complexities of it all (totally understandable) and also just the product of gross misinformation that's out there combined with the lack of willingness of the general public to actually read and learn for themselves rather than be spoon fed their opinions by the talking heads.

Also, if the estimates of over $3 Trillion being repatriated to US is close to true (depends on who you listen to...some people say it's bull while others consider it low) it can only benefit the country.  

What parts of the tax plan is everyone here unhappy with?

On the tax plan subject, I thought this was a funny little video:

It shows 2 things. 1. how ignorant most people with strong opinions are and 2. On any issue, you can always ask questions or show statistics to lean whichever way you want.

Edited by BostonThanatos

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Don't be confused by the small arguments. Look at the outcomes. The middle class has not gained any ground since the 1970s. Wealth concentration to the very top is highest since the gilded age. Economic advancement for poor and middle class is worse in the US compared to most advanced western countries. [check the Economist and Wall Street Journal on this]

Unemployment is very low as it was under Obama; some economists call it "full-employment" but wages have not advanced (adjusted for inflation in decades).  Corporations are sitting on trillions of cash.

A slice of middle class will see marginally lower taxes that will expire, whereas the corporations breaks are permanent; same for very wealthy individuals, investors, pass-through, etc.

Taxes should be used to buy.. civilization and the good life. It's what you get for paying taxes. Not saying all taxes are good or as used prudently, but goodies cost money. Paying less taxes may seem good but not having health insurance, or pay high tuition rates, living in toxic environment, etc, cost you a lot more.

So, outcomes? Compared to major countries, people in the US are not as healthy, or educated, or relaxed (more stress due to weak social safety net, higher crime, etc), don't live as long, and don't have as many chances to opportunity.  But they are freer, right?...

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4 hours ago, athinaios said:

The middle class has not gained any ground since the 1970s.

Corporations are sitting on trillions of cash.

This can't be sustainable, eventually something is gonna give no? 

Health care should be a no brainer for such a rich country, people should not be denied medical assistance or treatment because it is not within their means...this should be something all citizens can rally around but its not the case. People are imbeciles, shame on all and any who are against this and the ones who actively work against this....I would say what I really feel but get F'd you soulless parasites.

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On 02/12/2017 at 11:53 AM, athinaios said:

These days I see so many people willing to camp outside stores to get a sale deal for few bucks but aren't willing to spend 10' voting.

There are many reasons for people not voting, and low turnouts are not good for the layman. Ideally, elections should be national holidays, and voting should be mandatory with penalties for those who don't. But monkeys have a greater chance of flying out my brown eye.

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5 hours ago, Tzatziki said:

This can't be sustainable, eventually something is gonna give no? 

Health care should be a no brainer for such a rich country, people should not be denied medical assistance or treatment because it is not within their means...this should be something all citizens can rally around but its not the case. People are imbeciles, shame on all and any who are against this and the ones who actively work against this....I would say what I really feel but get F'd you soulless parasites.

I don't know what's sustainable if the time frame isn't specified, but the US is the only advanced country with such weird notions about the role of government. Of course it's tribalism and a particular major political party has succeeded in framing the lack of universal health care as ..freedom. Who needs a social safety net, public libraries, parks, good infrastructure, accessible good education, etc,? It's the middle and lower classes. These benefits of citizenship must be paid for and they could easily be if the US rearranges its spending and taxing priorities.  I pay taxes for the local schools (which by the way are great) while not having any kids in the system. I've paid health care premiums for ever and only recently I had a medical emergency (I'm OK) when my insurance paid for it.  When I become very wealthy, my taxes--in absolute numbers and as a % of income--should definitively go up.... unless they leave me more money to create jobs (haha).

The great example of people voting against their interests is a morally corrupt party that convinces voters they're free when they actually lack good opportunity and forgo possibilities for a better life. I'm talking, of course, about the Torry party in 19th c. Britain.... (what else?)

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For the most part I think you are right, but concerning the parties in the US, yes they are not the same, but I feel that they serve the same "masters" overall. The people do get tossed a bone I think generally with the democrats, but when someone like Bernie came along and wanted to make drastic changes, his own party was working against him...Maybe it was ppl who were more loyal to pant suite lady than they were to the party, but that is totally a stab in the back to the voters and the process.

 

Also speaking of the Clintons, Bill even though everyone loved him did some dirt too, he was responsible for some regressive policies. I think regarding incarceration rates and maybe privatization of correctional facilities, but im not 100% sure I will need to check on this.

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Most politicians who want to be elected to high office have to play to the public sentiment. They can be honest like Bernie who said that democratic socialism is the best way to the good (better) life in the US. It wasn't the Dem party establishment but the voters who rejected his message. And those primary voters were even more to the left than the generic Dem or mainstream Repub.  Now, many people do change their minds over time, not during the heat of a campaign. Dems will be proposing universal health care in the next prez election. But, there's a fear among the population of socialism, even though there's a clean majority that favors its basic tenets. Same with Obamacare, where the majority was against it, but if you asked them separate about the particular provisions, they loved them.

And if you were to be in politics, what would you say?.... Also, would you try to get elected and do 10% to help people's lives or be marginalized and do nothing for them?  This when the other party would actually harm middle class interests.

No matter who Hillary Clinton was, I'd bet that she would be raising her own taxes right now to pay for Obamacare, not what Trump did to benefit himself and the super wealthy.

Elections have consequences....

 

Here's a review of the first year under the current so-called president from The Atlantic

 

PS> The top two Repub Congressional leaders said they want to end food stamps, Medicaid, and all sorts of "entitlements" (for the poor not the rich of course).

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