Trump, the first 100 and Broken Promises

I was thinking the other day that historically people have rarely been so interrupted or disturbed by a President, their politics or lack thereof.  The policies yes, but not the person themselves.  We just go about our lives and complain. I have never seen such conflict or press on a President.  So I did a tad bit of research on what is happening currently, it is still ongoing but here are some observations.  I know some of you will have huge problems with this but its what I have seen and researched either by person to person interview, or utilizing reliable research.

 

Promises to the regular guy, a learning curve and broken promises, along with a bad budget.

 

*After a HUGE tax break by Pence which will cost the State millions and a highly publicized effort on Trumps part, Carrier still cut 600 jobs this month in its Indianapolis factory this month. The parent company is shutting down the Huntington, IN parts facility completely costing another 700 jobs.

 

*Although GM is going to rehire some of the 1100 employees laid off either at the Lansing MI plant or at the newer plant in 2018, this was a plan Trump took credit for that had already been in the works by the company with its union workers.  GM CEO Mary Barra, who is on Trump's economic advisory council, said the firm had no plans to alter their manufacturing plans to please the president.

 

*The Exxon jobs announcement was something that had been in the works since 2013, by Exxon.

 

*Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne would not give the President credit for their nearly 2,000 jobs saying “"I wish I could give him credit for this, but the thinking was in place beforehand."  He also added he would need clarification about any production statements on Mexico.

 

*On Lockheed Martin, Trump didn’t seal the deal although he took credit because he was there to ink the deal.  The press and tax credits were part of the design. The deal that was signed however had been worked on prior to Trump for quite some time.  

 

*The deal with Intel in Arizona had been in the works since 2011, delayed due to demand of the product.  No inside on the sweet spot that made the CEO or board give Trump credit, but they did.

 

*With Walmart, Trump had absolutely no impact here, the addition of the 10,000 jobs was announced in January but planned in October 2016, according to Walmart representatives.

 

His budget cuts will hit Americans particularly hard in programs people count on.  The top priority is to cut the taxes to the wealthy for 35% to 15%. It will get through w/o Dems but will be temporary and will come at great cost to the Republicans.   One of his major promises during his campaign was to coal miners, having them in the Oval office to promise them more even.  BUT, unless Congress intervenes by late April (the budget) government funded health benefits will abruptly lapse to over 20,000 retired miners.  These are people that worked all their lives and have specific job related diseases.  Trump has Said NOTHING to Help them!!!!  There are Congressional members trying to raise his attention as well as people he promised.  It is immoral to promise tax cuts to Wall Street and not protect miners that have been protected since the days of Harry Truman.  The money comes from the abandoned mine fund and into the retiree bill.  It should be permanent.

 

I know in Ohio..the Steel workers who voted for him are turning around.  I grew up there...they did not vote for a guy who wants corporate tax cuts, wants to eliminate meals on wheels or low energy assistance  or Appalachian Regional Commission to build a wall.  Not all areas, but where I grew up that voted Trump for change, is feeling slightly betrayed. 

 

Here’s the thing, is he really running the White House, or is he just delegating the work hoping for a win? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see him do something to HELP Americans or at least in the best interest of 99% of Americans and NOT in the interest of BIG business.  Its arguable I know.  But I would like to see him help people first and care about the legislation he is signing.  What I see from him is executive orders that eliminate programs except those needed by a friend or acting as President while profiting from the office in business.   For example his new tax proposal would help those making more than 500,000 by cutting their taxes to up to 113,000.  However, those making 25-50,000 will have a tax increase.  Just remember they aren’t my numbers.

 

I would like to see him as President…do his job, you know the one where he works on legislation with Congress. He needs to get involved.  Then maybe Republicans wont get slaughtered in their races in 2018.  It will be the least offensive of the bunch that are affected and some of them I actually like.  However, like many, I predict a war..it happens with most Republicans on the offensive (about 81 offensive war years vs 64 Dem offensive war years).   Hopefully people will understand what is happening by then, I just don’t see a positive outlook for the regular guy here.  Now he wants to review the protection of national parks...yeah, put that up to the highest bidder.

 

 

Comments

wsucram15 Added Apr 25, 2017 - 6:03am
Still not going to argue...but feel free to read and comment with intelligence please. 
George N Romey Added Apr 25, 2017 - 7:01am
Jeanne great article.  Smoke and mirrors.  Trump just another Johnny Come Lately of promises that won't be kept.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 25, 2017 - 9:36am
All Presidents spin the news to take credit for the good things happening and deflect the blame for the bad things happening.  Most cant fulfill their promises because this involves persuading Congress to pass legislation.
 
Trump appears worst than most in this regard because he has little control of the promises he makes, making them sound easy and trivial while at the same time hasn't built any support in Congress to make his plans a reality.  He cant accomplish anything major with executive orders. 
 
This not a shock.  While he could get elected without the support of his party, he cant get Congress to pass new legislation without forming a base of support.  Since he doesnt really support the GOP, they  dont support him.
Dino Manalis Added Apr 25, 2017 - 9:54am
Trump is starting to realize issues are complicated and he needs independent think tanks to advise him with policy strategy.  At the same time, Trump has to be less controversial and more unifying, like he was when he gave that speech before members of Congress, to garner bipartisan support for his legislation.  Bill Clinton triangulated Republicans on the issues during his presidency, Trump should triangulate Democrats and try to bring them to the negotiating table to compromise.
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 25, 2017 - 10:50am
President Trump has knowledge on the Politicians who are corrupt and they fear Trump. Trump has dealt with politicians all his life gave money to dems-repubs. Trump is 100 yards ahead of our corrupt politicians. Trump will eventually get what he wants-The Art of the Deal. Watch how a brilliant business man wins.
Bill H. Added Apr 25, 2017 - 12:23pm
 
Exactly - Smoke and Mirrors for sure.
Trump is the master of deception, deflection, denial, and blame. He learned this well during his career.
He continues attempting to convince his voter base that he is accomplishing so much for the country during his first 100 days, when in actuality the only strides he has made is to alter the system to increase profits for his empire and those of his business associates, which was his only real goal in the first place.
Yes, Micahel....."Trump will eventually get what he wants-The Art of the Deal. Watch how a brilliant business man wins."
And we the people will suffer for it.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 25, 2017 - 12:48pm
Only 64 years under the DEMs. Well, that's not so bad then. /sarcasm
 
Are you kidding me? You're crowing about 17 years less warmongering? Do you even hear in your own head how sick that is?
 
Apparently not. 
 
Its those kinds of statements that only serve to reinforce that ALL DUHmericans are inured to war, that warmongering is as prevalent as obesity in the DUHmerican geneome. 
 
At any rate DUHmerica is about to learn its warmongering will be repaid in the so-called homeland. Pence rushing back to DC from Hawaii, All of the 100 of the Senate being called to a meeting at the WH Wednesday and Tillerson addressing the UN on Friday about NK. 
 
The plan is already in place they just waiting for an excuse or will create a false flag but either way S. Korea will suffer greatly for it. But hell, they're only an ally. No big deal. 
 
Not to mention the fallout spreading across Japan. 
 
That will show that guy with the funny haircut who's boss of the world won't it!
 
Its coming to DUHmerican shores very very soon. Richly deserved and WAY overdue. 
George N Romey Added Apr 25, 2017 - 3:33pm
War here we come.  As useless as Obama was at least the guy kept the neocons from a major war.  Cue false flag, followed by speeches, followed by a war someone. Only question is where will they get all the bodies to fight?  I suppose mercenaries will soon be in demand.
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 25, 2017 - 4:25pm
Hussein Obama gave Lunatic Iranian terrorist-nuclear weapons-Barry Soetero Jr. also gave these murdering scum billion dollars. Hussein Obama supported BLM terrorism-Barry Jr. is now rounding up his former street thugs ACORN. Obama useless, wrong Obama aided our enemies brilliantly. Useless-No-Enemy yes.
His pastor's fav words--God Damn America-Hussein Obama got that message.
George N Romey Added Apr 25, 2017 - 4:31pm
Yep you keep thinking Trump is going to grow factory jobs, keep us out of never ending wars and conflicts and fix Washington.  He has already proven he is nothing more than the continuation of the Bush and Obama dynastic clan.  Same old, same old.
George N Romey Added Apr 25, 2017 - 6:14pm
The problem will be that we will topple the crazy NK dictator but then what?  Will the people want US interference?  Isn't that the plan of neocons?  Create an era of unending wars after the dictator is taken out?  Does NK become Iraq 2?
 
Second, the globalist control governments, corporations, the banking sector, technology, etc.  The person that would take these entrenched and obscene rich interests on needs to be fearless, even to the point of realizing that they and family members might be taken out.  Not  many people are ultimately going to put their lives and the lives of their family on the line.  They will capitulate to the whims of the elites.
 
The only real answer is the total collapse of a system that is unsustainable and cannibalistic.  This is what capitalism has become today.  How long can it survive and how many more financial gimmicks can the elites conjurer up to keep it going?  Decades ago who could have guessed the Federal Reserve buying up all the garbage bonds (mostly MBS) from Wall Street to enable a rebirth, or zero interest rates for years on end? 
 
There is a reason that Russia and China are buying up gold.  There is a reason many of the elites have purchased little islands in the middle of nowhere and have constructed another mansion there.  Those in the know, know what is going to happen sooner or later. Some people saw 2008 coming a mile off and profited like bandits.  Others were caught with their pants down around their knees. 
 
The conditions that brought on the meltdown of nearly ten years ago are still present, only bigger, scarier and more dangerous.  Only a fool thinks the world is headed towards peace and prosperity. 
 
wsucram15 Added Apr 25, 2017 - 7:32pm
No Jeffry..not "crowing" about anything, those are just some facts I thought interesting to add, I put in the Democratic stats to be fair.
" This is already part of a new agreement with China, in exchange for their support."
Expat where did you get that data? Right now it is a consideration..but in my opinion we will remove a large portion not everything.  We cant we have other alliances in the region, but we can reduce.


DC is all smoke and mirrors.  I have so much more material also, just not substantial yet.. But Im going to SLIGHTLY agree with Expat on this one just to say..something isnt right in Washington DC.
 
It is a mistake to think this is the same old same old....this isnt normal polarization...maybe but I doubt it. You have a crazy man running around DC who could literally shoot someone (his quote) and no one would do a damn thing. 
 
All I can say is..buy some water. You are gonna need it.
 
Jeff Michka Added Apr 25, 2017 - 7:56pm
WB's leading Trumpist Micahel Dolan pontificates: President Trump has knowledge on the Politicians who are corrupt and they fear Trump.- like you should when the fallout starts raining down, but you'll have you Orange Il Duce to make it right, right? 
George N Romey Added Apr 25, 2017 - 8:02pm
Jeanne my belief is that the far right really wants Trump gone so they can put in their own kind, Pence.  Trump has no real friends in Washington, as Jimmy Buffett sang "fins to the left, fins to the right."
 
The difference between NK and Iraq was that Saddam Hussein may have been a tyrant but not an out of control psychopath.  And China doesn't seem to want to get caught up in the drama.  Unlike the US, China plays by the golden rule of mind your own damn business. 
 
Finally, there are politicians that understand that our debt fueled, money gimmick economy is on a crash course with reality.  Student loan debt is right where the subprime mortgage market went into meltdown.  Subprime auto debt is imploding.  Americans are further into debt now than in 2008.  Unemployment, the kind not counted, is running rampant.  The stock market is seriously over valued and we are back to the days of real estate flipping.  Derivatives are in the neighborhood of $1 quadrillion.  The economy even as weak as it is now is slowing down.  Some in Washington DC see the hand writing on the wall and they are scared. 
 
Politicians are frozen because they have no answers and their big money donors do not see (nor care) the huge axe swing over our heads.  Those living life large in the bubble never want to admit to the bubble. 
 
I agree gets some water and be ready for something far worse than the 1930s.  Central Banks can't simply digitize hundreds of trillions to make this go away again.
 
 
Kate Moss Added Apr 25, 2017 - 8:30pm
Trump appears to be the most loathed in USA history across the political spectrum. However Truman was also widely disliked by the end of World War Two, though not nearly as much and not for all of the reasons Trump is.
wsucram15 Added Apr 25, 2017 - 8:32pm
I agree, the ONLY threat to Trump is Pence.  If he was "the big negotiator and the art of the deal guy"..he would have seen that one coming.
No he has some friends, the kind with power and money. I didnt say anyone liked him, but business is business.  But its odd, DC is blood thirsty absolutely. But you cant see that towards Trump.  Even the dems are walking on the snide comment side of the street.  No one is doing anything.  It should not be like the with all control to GOP in DC.
The Republicans are afraid due to his base...but the dems?  Its weird people are thrilled with the economy...IDK why. Debt is higher than at any other time due to loans and again the "subprime"..anything.  Student loans will be the death though of the government and people both.
Unemployment is bad..no one works full time anymore, so people live off credit.  As far as the big money donors..all you need to do is look back to the depression and AFTERWARDS..  They are just waiting to sweep up the mess, CHEAP.
George N Romey Added Apr 25, 2017 - 8:47pm
Jeanne the Democrats are clueless.  They still do not understand how they lost an election against someone like Trump. They think if they simply bide their time Trump will self destruct and they will be welcomed with open arms. Just like we thought that if we got rid of Hussein the Iraqis would welcome the US with open arms. Christian religion, Yankee Doodle Dandy-the whole bit. 
 
The far right figures either Trump comes their way fully or they make his life miserable and he walks.  No worries, Uncle Mike is here.  They too are waiting in the wings to let the scenario play out.
 
The American people?  Now people like you and I and some others see the game for what it is.  Then you have the die hard MSNBC or Fox News types, the useful idiots for the elites.  Sadly they still number too many.  So in 2018 maybe the House swings back to the Dems, the stalemate and games continue and the elites have a happy jolly good ole time.
 
HOWEVER, the system is not sustainable and is feeding on itself.  Former $100K professionals now working for $10 an hour part time (I met a women today went from $125K a year to $10.75 working part time in a law office).   Like you said Visa, MasterCard and American Express to buy groceries.  Fastest growing businesses?  Payday lenders and credit repair shops.  The system is blinking red and the control tower just took a valium.  Some elites just like in 2007 see the iceberg and will profit very handsomely.  Others like a couple of traders from Lehman Brothers that went home and put a bullet in their head because they were living so large they would have been bankrupt in 2 weeks-never thinking the multi million dollar paychecks and fast gaining stock options would ever go bust.
George N Romey Added Apr 25, 2017 - 8:53pm
Remember Truman was a dupe substituted last minute for VP to exit hard core New Deal Henry Wallace.  What most people don't know is that in 1940 the corporate Democrats wanted to bounce Wallace as VP.  FDR threatened to refuse the nomination and given his popularity and almost 100% agreed chance of winning they backed down and Wallace stayed.  By late 1944 FDR was too sick to put up a fight.
 
Truman was not ready for the office. He had only had one short meeting with FDR during the first couple of months.  He was far out of his league.  He eventually recovered somewhat but by then the neocons were beginning to take over (hence McCarthy witch hunts and the Korean War).
David Marino Added Apr 25, 2017 - 9:00pm
You said you did thorough research.  Sources?
Michael Grav Added Apr 25, 2017 - 10:50pm
I dont know much about it other than i dont know why people here in UK moan about Trump when he is a living symbol of Brexit
C Daniel Myers Added Apr 25, 2017 - 11:49pm
Interesting effort, not quite accurate on coal miner healthcare, tax plan profile, various other elements, but it's more interesting to see the range of wild shots from the other commenters. 
While i don't know whether President Trump is going to "be all he can be", he's certainly not going to suck like Obama or even Bush. The degree of acrimony by the Dems and Obama's Deep State are completely unparalleled, including the mid-level judiciary, the minority number of states that are still Dem controlled, and, of course, the astonishingly biased and worthless media...
This guy is going to beat his opponents senseless I a frontal manner over the next 3 years, then get re-elected.
Think about this: this man has successfully completed hundreds of multi year projects with thousands of people involved and tens to hundreds of millions for 40 years: he will not quit, he will not give away his negotiation positions ahead of time, he has some baseline principles that he'll go to the mattresses for - and they are all about us... Protecting Americansfor damned once...
wsucram15 Added Apr 26, 2017 - 9:22am
George -I saw that somewhere, on Truman, offhand I am not sure where, I think I have it in my history notes somewhere.  I am really disappointed in the Dems right now, they have gotten some very strongly worded formal letters from me. So much so that when they had a town hall here, I was invited by the Senators staff and had to confirm. Like most of the town halls though, there are so many people that a dozen or so get to ask questions out of 1,000 ppl. I have written to Perez..everyone.
You are right payday lenders..I almost kicked my daughter in the ass the other day for even mentioning that due to overwhelming bills because of her baby due next month. Credit repair shops..what a joke. That you can do on your own or depending on income you can get real help discounted.  People are so lazy. But why?  If you cannot afford it..dont buy it.  Keep the essentials only. When people stop buying (demand) then things are gonna crash. I keep telling everyone that Paulson and Burry that made the most money from the crash of 2008, have been buying gold and land with a water source or investing in water recycling.  Seriously.
 
David..what are your sources?  Im not doing a term paper and I have answered this many times in my years here.
Look Ive been doing legal research and writing since I was young (before computers).  But I  have jumping points for Political statistical or informational online sites for this and other current story data (not just this article) from multiple online sources  both liberal and conservative,  I listen to The President..The White House Staff.. Congressional members..town halls.  I utilized Global Research and Maps of War and went from there.  On sources- The Harvard Political Review is a fav, CSpan..Washington Post and I like a Russian newspaper or two, also several other sources like my Professors at UB, the Military and also people in Washington DC, SC, FL, WV, NJ, NY, MD, OH, PA..etc..  I have a gaggle of resources I use, but most people cant access like Mintel Reports, college data bases, legal data bases, census data (where you build your own reports)...etc.  One of my fav sources for leads, nah Im not giving that up...sorry.
 
I tell everyone to search google scholar. The business stuff is press release so its easy to find, but I did know people in a couple of the areas. The rest is leg work, you have to take source data and then research either by talking to people or doing the work yourself.  I protest from time to time so its not difficult. Then you check against a second source, sometimes a third.  The only way you learn is to discuss it with people that know. period. 
 
Expat..there doesnt seem to be in the EU..which I think is fascinating. We will see what happens in the run off in France. His daughter getting booed because of him isnt a good sign though. I think the press is putting a good bit on Trump right now.  Its because he isnt popular overall here. His base loves him, with them he is at an all time high in popularity, but thats holding steady at 40%. of total overall.  Lets see what he does in the coming months. 
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 11:35am
If you believe campaign promises then you WILL be disappointed. And I think Trump has a much better chance of being assassinated by a disappointed follower who has nothing left to lose, if Trump doesn't make good on jobs.
wsucram15 Added Apr 26, 2017 - 12:36pm
You know Steve, you might have a point.  Rush Limbaugh took a step back from Trump I think Wednesday morning.  That is death for a GOP member anywhere, especially with the incoming phone calls I heard.  But they were mad about the Wall, not even jobs yet.  I bet Trump is sweating in his buster browns, if not he should be..I actually grew up in farmland.
Thats what the Congressional members are worried about...Ive seen that, they need to get stuff done but perhaps not this way.  The fractures are pretty deep.
George N Romey Added Apr 26, 2017 - 12:45pm
Jeanne Trump correctly asserted that Washington was dysfunctional and that politicians have no concern for the ordinary man and woman.  He promised swift, radical far reaching change.  He will either deliver or not.  The economy improves or it doesn't.  He took the challenge and he will ultimately win or lose by that challenge.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 26, 2017 - 1:21pm
Trump appears not able to deliver.  I dont know if he even knew how government works, it is not a company and he is not CEO.  His executive orders are getting tied  up, because some change how the money is spent, and a judge correctly rules that is Congress function.  He doesnt appear able to get things through Congress, because he doesnt have a working majority.
 
Our government is set up  to thwart swift, radical far reaching change.  People who know history know that.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 1:36pm
Trump has made several attempts to make good on immigration, the wall, tax reform, and healthcare reform; but he has been blocked by Federal "judges" and Congress, like no one before. It looks to me like hardly anyone really wants him to succeed, which will make any success that much more meaningful for him. 100 days is an arbitrary number; 1 year is much more realistic to make an assessment. One early teel may be what he does with Dupont.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 26, 2017 - 1:42pm
Steve, he is blocked because he has failed to sell his plans to either Congress or the  voters.  Because he ran outside the GOP, the GOP feels no need to support him in Congress.  Because he hasnt sold his plans to the people, judges feel no pressure to support his executive orders.  Despite people calling him a dictator, the results since his election show how impossible it is to be a dictator in our system.
 
He has a majority in both houses of Congress, so if he cant get bills passed it is his own fault.
 
If he does not learn how to develop a working majority in Congress, he will spend his four years complaining about how Congress wont pass things for him, and judges over turn his EOs.
 
 
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 1:48pm
Yes, Bill, all of that is probably true. I did vote for him, but I was VERY close to voting for anyone else except him or Hillary. My entire goal for the past 9 years has been to keep Bill CLinton from ever occupying the WH again; and I consider myself successful in that respect. My only hope with Trump is that he will bring some needed change to Washington DC, but for that reason they will all fight him. That said, I gave up on him during the debates because he offered absulutley nothing of substance; but, again, I cast my vote against the Clintons. Looks like Hillary is coming back for another round, so my work is not done yet.
George N Romey Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:17pm
Again the problem I see is that Trump has too few friends in Washington.  A good chunk of his party would like to see Trump take a powder and their man Mike Pence take the mantle. Of course the Democrats absolutely hate the fact that he won the election.  His only answer is to be the ultimate diplomat and that doesn't seem to be Trump's skill.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:19pm
Trump is a successful negotiator, but I doubt that he has ever seen anything like the shenanigans that go on in Washington. I do like that he has involved his family though: any young blood in there is better than all those old gray men; and women.
wsucram15 Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:26pm
The problem with Trump is that he had absolutely (like most of us) no skill in politics. Observation or working in business is a different monster, Im telling you.  You have to know the game and you need to understand law.  Neither of which Trump understands.
Now with a Republican Senate, House and WH...this should be smooth sailing. I will say this though..there is a good bit of obstruction, not by Congress but by people.  Its crazy.   Im not even sure Congress knows what to do. 
Hillary will not be back..None of the Dems want her.  The polls were just up for that and everyone told her to sit it out.  If they do that, they are dead in the water, literally.  She may run for another office but her Presidential hopes are done.
Warren wont run..I do not know why...she would win if any democratic woman could. My money is on Cory Booker and if by any means Warren ran..her.  You will need a kick ass candidate to knock Trump out... those are two.  I also like the guy who is leaving the senate,  Chaffetz..he is abrupt but a stand up guy.    I know, wishful thinking..but I like him.  I also like Mullins from Utah, he is extremely intelligent on policy.
 
George N Romey Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:30pm
Steve the difference is that in most business negotiations both sides want to come up with a deal.  In Washington doing absolutely nothing (other than running your mouth on cable news) is perfectly acceptable. Since doing nothing makes the big money donors perfectly happy politicians feel no real threat.  Americans keep complaining then vote the same do nothings back into office.
 
So Trump is faced with a very different kind of circumstance.  The key is to get the opposition to the table with something they like. Obama did it with Boehner than screwed him when he found out that the Senate had come up with a deal more to his liking. 
 
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:33pm
Yes, the federal government certainly knows nothing about business. And if Hillary doesn't run perhaps Chelsea will. There is a new round of Democratic spawn coming on line with her and JPKIII.
wsucram15 Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:39pm
Bill- the fact he has written so may EO's should tell you that he has no control. What is it 30 now? Most of them are a waste of paper.  He should not be having this problem.  Dont you remember Paul Ryan smiling from ear to ear when Trump first came into office?  Congress has most of the power now.
Ryan  isnt smiling anymore and McConnell is back to his obstructive ways.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:43pm
Ryan smiling from ear to ear after comdemning Trump for his campaign gaffes.
George N Romey Added Apr 26, 2017 - 2:45pm
Ryan is a political operative and hack.  He is in DC for the fame, the attention, the money and the self grandeur.  The guy never met a microphone he didn't like.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:03pm
And he looks like Eddie Munster with that hairline.
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:07pm
Great Tax reforms- Great Economy-Democrat Party is near falling into the sewer of lies. The Great Hussein Obama Jr. is back and dems take his advise please-please. Obama was a Horror- still is a Horror-will always be a Horror. If Only the O' Horror did for Americans like he did for his friends- Iran terrorist nation. Obama doubled our debt-raised axes-had the biggest unemployed folks in recent history.
13 Islamic terrorism attacks in our states and O' Horror never blamed Islamic terrorist for their killings. If O' Horror said bad things about Iranian lunatics it would have insulted Allah.
Barak Hussein Obama- The Enemy With-in.
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:10pm
Obama doubled our debt- raised taxes
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:10pm
He was the perfect Democratic stooge, being Black. No one dared diss him; and still won't. Bill, Hillary, and Barrack: the true Axis of Evil.
George N Romey Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:23pm
Obama was a tool of the Wall Street elites.  Read the book Confidence Men.  By the end of 2007 Wall Street saw the handwriting on the wall and looked at all the major 2008 candidates to determine which one could be easily fooled into making them whole.  Obama was the winner and they supported Obama.
 
What they understood that if they connected to Obama as "intellectuals" Obama would respond in kind.  This is what Obama is about, running with the power brokers.  He wants to be in their league and seen as a fellow intellectual.
 
He never cared about most Americans and most certainly never gave a damn about poor African Americans.  Even Cornell West has pointed this out.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:28pm
He was the perfect Pied Piper; and the lemmings continue to follow him into his sea of lies. Meanwhile, Wall Street enjoys its heydays; again and again, with impunity.
David Marino Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:29pm
Whether your doing a term paper or not, if you're using data to make your points, it is always a good idea to tell people where you got that data so they can verify the information themselves without having to try to guess where your data came from.  If you aren't willing to do that, then you have deligitimized your assertions.  But that's just me...and many people I know.  
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:34pm
As usual, they are my opinions derived from logical conclusions based upon the best information available to me. If you want an explanation for my opinion you just have to ask; but you must be very specific. I'm always looking for fallacies in my logic and unreliability of my information to be pointed out to me.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:35pm
But that's just me...and nobody else I know.
David Marino Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:39pm
I did.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:41pm
Oh, not of me.
David Marino Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:42pm
I simply asked for sources, that's all.  I would like to see where the information came from.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:48pm
wsu, Congress ALWAYS had most of the power, they control the money.  Civics in High School taught us that.  The EOs are a way to try to avoid Congress, but it works to a very limited extent.  This is especially true if the judiciary feels no pressure from the voters to go along with the EO, then when the state Attorney General files a complaint, they are inclined to give the complaint a serious hearing.
 
George, the reason that business is different is that in business the CEO is a form of dictator.  In a business the CEO controls how the money is spent, in government it is Congress.  So Trump needs a working majority in Congress or he gets nothing done.
 
Yes he should be able to form this working majority, but not if he doesnt make an effort, not if he thumbs his nose at the GOP party, not if he thinks he doesnt need Congress.
 
Maybe he will figure out how to accomplish things, but at this point it doesnt look like it.  He still doesnt realize he is not CEO anymore.
 
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 3:58pm
Trump will accomplish everything that he AND Congress want to jointly accomplish. It's that simple. The trick there is always to find something to "buy" that desire with. It's called "horse trading"; and Trump needs to learn it. In business he has probably mostly had his way, as Bill said, always pulling most of the strings. He was literally Too Big To (Let) Fail, which is what saved him, and propogated the Trump brand. He won't be allowed to skate like that in the land of horse traders.
George N Romey Added Apr 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
VERY FEW PEOPLE have done the amount of research I have on the Wall Street meltdown.  Fact, many saw it coming and it came because CEOs wouldn't take the MBS needle out of their veins because the profits were too good.  Insurance companies primarily AIG and MBNIA insured everything in sight for the same reason without ever bothering to examine what they were insuring (derivatives).  The rating agencies rated the MBS AAA because the fees were so good, they also refused to look at what they were rating.
 
These were people that committed fraud plain and simple.  The people on Wall Street that were crying wolf were fired, forced to quit, ignored, ridiculed, or sneered at.  The con was paying millions in salaries and few wanted their gravy train to be stopped.
 
By late 2007 the "smarter" people were getting sacred because they knew this crash was coming and they did not want to go to jail.  They looked at the three leading candidates-Obama, McCain, Clinton.  They believed that McCain would throw them all in jail and Clinton might do so too.  But the Senator from Illinois was the perfect stooge.  Na├»ve and easy to fool with intellectual arguments. With the other stooge Geithner at their call they made out like bandits.  The Fed bought the junk for book value and the party started all over again.  Sure a few CEOs like Stan O'Neil and Dick Fuld lost their jobs and companies but they made nine figures before it all went bust.
 
Trump was suppose to stop the con game but I see little evidence he will.  The system is again blinking red as the bubble has been reinflated with student loans, subprime auto loans, stock prices with no PE relationship, real estate and real estate flippers, overleveraged but underpaid Americans-essentially the same picture.  To think the final outcome won't be the same, or worse, is mind numbing,
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 4:08pm
As I see it Wall Street is safe, especially Goldman Sachs, because the politicians have their retirement funds invested there. Again, this is just an opinion, based mostly on logic. That they were all allowed to skate, except for the scapegoats, is a prime example of the failings of capitalism. I criticised capitalism the other day on Facebook, and some moron came back and said I should go to Venezuala and stand in a bread line because I won't find one in the USA. And she didn't look young enough to be a Jay-walking All Star.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 4:10pm
Oh, and the scapegoats got jobs again too. I was find of saying "we won't get (Fuld) again", but I was wrong.
George N Romey Added Apr 26, 2017 - 4:15pm
We have bread lines here, they are called food banks.  There are long lines and those running the banks tell me more and more its people over the age of 50, laid off from a job and employers not hiring them. When your age 50 you don't have your old childhood bedroom to move into.  People that 10 years ago would have no how, no way ever thought they'd be in a food bank line.  That was for junkies, ex felons, lazy people not wanting to work, etc. 
 
Just look at Wall Street.  The real bailout was the Fed buying the bonds for face value.  Those nine checks Paulson gave out were chump change.  No one was even prosecuted.  Dodd Frank was a joke.  Of course the behavior has started over again. 
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 4:33pm
We had bread and soup lines during the Great Depression, was my point; the early failure of capitalism. Only the socialism of the war effort dragged us out of that. And, yes, 0bama's economy consisted merely of bank interests held artficially low by the slight of hand QEs, while credit card interest rates stayed in the high 20%s. And I like to call it the FrankandDodd monster. All they really had to do was bring back Glass-Steigal.
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 26, 2017 - 4:51pm
Big Bad corrupt government has not been able to solve any of this country's social problems. None. So why should we be looking to grant big government anymore responsibility over our lives? But beware the current crop of Leftist anti America politicians-aka-class warriors intend to extort more money from the productive sector of the economy and to steer even more people into government dependency.
Under the guise of compassion,liberalism is actually empowered by dependency.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 4:57pm
The battery towers in the movie The Matrix were an excellent metaphor for the US of today.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 26, 2017 - 6:43pm
I'll take conjecture in the absence of good information, and in the face of fake news. Someone is bound to be right at some point, and the truth may shine through.
wsucram15 Added Apr 27, 2017 - 8:34am
George is right, I dont think anyone has done that amount of research on finance.  However, I also cannot give the confidence in Trump some of you do.
Also Congress has been useless for years, they may have had the power, but not utilized it.  They arent doing it now which is a shame.
 
Expat..this is not conjecture...it is research, factual research.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 27, 2017 - 8:56am
Confidence in Trump, at this point, would be foolhardy. I hate to say it, but we are back to the promise of "hope and change"; albeit Republicanish style.
wsucram15 Added Apr 27, 2017 - 9:01am
Well David, when I write a formal paper I use a annotated bibliography.  But this is a blog and unless I need to post a source for something in the article I dont post my sources.  There are usually quite a few and I listed some of them in my prior comment which is more than I usually do any more.
Some people do that, and if I feel it is required then I will do so to support my data, which I did. Research it, like I did.
Mike Haluska Added Apr 27, 2017 - 11:54am
Steve - your contention:
 
"We had bread and soup lines during the Great Depression, was my point; the early failure of capitalism."
 
The Great Depression was NOT a failure of Capitalism - it was a failure of the Federal Reserve System to do its job.
 
"Only the socialism of the war effort dragged us out of that."
 
The various programs inspired by Keynesian economics prolonged the Great Depression.  After WWII the US was the only major power that wasn't devastated by destruction, thus we became the "only kid left standing".  Our industry had an insatiable demand to satisfy for decades after the war. 
 
 
Steve Borsher Added Apr 27, 2017 - 12:41pm
C'mon Mike, The Fed is a product of capititalism, ergo ...
 
Yes, winning WWII created a 2 decade long high of euphoria. I do not know how exactly it all worked out, but I tend to think of it as manufacturing momentum created by the war, coupled with the nationwide resolve to win the war propelling US forward. Kind of like the nationwide comradery after 911; which, unfortunately, only lasted about 2 weeks.
 
The socialism I mentioned was just in that almost everyone worked for the government during the war; in one way or another.
Mike Haluska Added Apr 27, 2017 - 2:25pm
Steve - thanks for the clarification.  As for the Federal Reserve - if you do some checking it is INDEPENDENT of the Federal Government.  Its members are appointed by the President, but they aren't accountable to anyone.  They wouldn't even allow an audit of their books after several hundred $BILLION just went "missing"!!!
 
Steve Borsher Added Apr 27, 2017 - 2:31pm
Yes, Mike, I am well aware of the Feds "independent' status, but they are still part of the capitalistic system. I quoted independent because they artificially held rates low to help their legislative cronies in driving the stock market up artificially as well. They are all in collusion. And I liked the way they put a woman in charge after Bernanke got nowhere. It was the same ploy GM used with Mary Barra during the ignition switch scandle: Congress always goes easier on a woman. The only good thing about Yellen is that she made it crystal clear, in her inactions then actions on rates, that the stock market IS the economy (stupid), as far as the Fed and its cronies are concerned.
George N Romey Added Apr 27, 2017 - 5:07pm
The Fed is suppose to be free of politics in theory just like the Post Office or Amtrak. This in part is how the Fed was sold to Americans in 1912.  Of course politics will play a role.  The difference is that the Post Office and Amtrak are required to provide full financial disclosure to Congress and the American public.  If someone like Ron Paul comes along and asks the Fed for disclosure they can tell someone like Ron Paul to go piss up a pipe.  Can you imagine the CEO of Amtrak refusing to provide a financial accounting of their income statement and balance sheet.
wsucram15 Added Apr 28, 2017 - 10:07pm
Awesome replies everyone!!!!!!
John G Added Apr 29, 2017 - 7:32pm
because they artificially held rates low
The natural rate of interest is zero. Generally central banks act in the bond market to push the interbank rate UP to their target.
The Fed is not really independent. It has to act hand in hand with Treasury on an hourly basis to maintain the system in working order.
There are all sorts of conspiracy theories out there being peddled by gold sellers and those who just don't understand the system.
Steve Borsher Added Apr 29, 2017 - 8:34pm
Basically, nothing is as it is presented to US. Expat is right, and I live that way, to not dwell on possibilities, but take care of business as necessary. That is why I have stopped watching all opion based news program since the election. They were all massively wrong about the election, and I have no faith in their abilities any longer. Mostly I have always formed mu own opinions based on the best information I could get. Conjecture does still play a part in that it sometimes brings up something Ihadn't previously thought of; but NOTHING unproven ever holds sway over me.
George N Romey Added Apr 29, 2017 - 9:29pm
Steve our government is evil, plain and simple.  The media pundits are nothing more than cheerleaders for the corporate and financial elite.  The Fed is the private piggy bank for the elites.  Isn't it strange there is no usury even when rates remain at history low rates.  The banks and large corporations get near free money. 
 
We the people are just the mushrooms growing in crap.
Donna Added May 3, 2017 - 1:00pm
Wsu, great article.  I have.been away for a little while..personal stuff..Nice to see you still fighting the good fight!!
George N Romey Added May 3, 2017 - 1:09pm
Hi Donna good to see you back.  I miss your wisdom and maturity. You and Jeanne really do keep us in line.
Donna Added May 3, 2017 - 1:11pm
Hi George,,it is good to be back..
George N Romey Added May 3, 2017 - 1:27pm
Donna in my support groups I speak of you and Jeanne. I say I only now these two women by social media but yet despite their many problems (caused by a failing US economy) they are always there for the good and to help others.  It distresses me that we never see qualities like this in our so called leaders.
Micahel Dolan Added May 3, 2017 - 1:41pm
First 100 Days.
Let me suggest that Donna and W15 look into Obama's 2,400 Days.Obama's 2,000 plus days as president-Trump in his 100 days accomplished more for Americans than Hussein Obama did in his 2,000 plus years. Hussein Obama did allot for Iran and MBH.
President Trump will clean the swamp- swamp filled with crooked politicians both dems-repubs want to rid themselves of the non politician president.
Trump will beat them down-Trump will not fold and bow to liars like Paul Ryan-Chuck U Schumer- Mitch Mc Connell- Maxine Waters and the rest of the swamp rats. President Trump will lead and in 100 days illegal invaders has been a success-illegals are down 60 %.
Shane Dean Added May 4, 2017 - 12:41am
I stopped reading when I go to the part about "programs people count on."  When did we let ourselves become slaves to our government?  
 
People need to read about how to catch wild pigs and quit expecting the government to bail them out.  Our country was founded by people trying to get government OUT of their lives.  Now the sheeple are content to let the government run their lives as long as the free cell phones keep coming.
 
I read junk like this and wonder why I bothered to serve in the military.  I was trying to protect my country from outside threats; I had no idea my nation would eat itself from within.
wsucram15 Added May 4, 2017 - 6:52am
Shane.. I am not a slave to anyone or anything, especially a government that I think  and feel does not represent the people anymore.  Im here and what is happening now is a side show.
I really do support the military and because I have a problem with our elected officials, does not mean I dont have absolute respect for you or any military member. I come from a military family and yes a protesting family.  Because a people do not agree with the policies of the goverment (our freedoms) does not mean you fought for nothing...you fought for our rights to have them.  Thank you.  Im sorry you feel my opinion is junk,  or people need free cell phones? 
 
George, I am flattered. Thank you for your confidence that means a lot.
 
Donna..glad you are better and nice to see you back!!!!! :)
wsucram15 Added May 4, 2017 - 7:05am
Micahel..
I am glad you feel so strongly about Trump. But I respectfully disagree.  I do hope that he does succeed as President in time.
I didnt make this about Trump vs, ANY other administration, you did.  I am amazed at people constantly defending him against Obama, including him.  Like the inauguration, I was there..were you?
I feel that signing executive orders reversing the previous administrations work is not "draining the swap", that draining the swamp occurs when you rid Washington, DC of the corruption, which Trump promised to do, he has not.  In fact he added to it and on a personal level.
wsucram15 Added May 4, 2017 - 7:42am
Hey George..I told you I worked some campaigns and with the very Congress (give or take a few) that are now in office. I wish our "leaders" acted with any modicum of decency or even as adults.  They fight like children.  Its crazy. 
For example, the snipping you see in the press by Spicer , Trump, Pelosi and Schummer is FAR worse behind the scenes.  The stories I hear from time to time are hysterical.   But I have seen Republicans and Dems go at it while I was in the Capital Bldg, twice.
They still battle, but I Think now, the Dems just wont assist at all, and thats because of Ryan and McConnell, mostly.  I dont think most people understand that, they really cant support Trump while he is pushing GOP agenda that will hurt people.  Also its principle, when something needs done however, it will get done. 
They are working side by side with the people, they are not trying to lose their seats.  Ive been party to meetings on both sides and seen this. But it is what it is..
You should run for office, locally. I try to encourage people who want change to do so..I think you have the moxy and also the intelligence. Besides Florida needs some new blood.
Micahel Dolan Added May 4, 2017 - 9:44am
President Trump is under attack from all democrats and many many republicans. Scumbags like the liberal ass-hole on CBS NIGHT SHOW said President Trump eats COC? Trump is a battler and he will not run scared. Politicians are whores they will only do what benefits their reelection. Many of our political leaders are crooks and degenerates- some molest children. You say people should run for office for change, well a man has done that and he won. President Trump worked his ass off and got elected.
GOP agenda hurts people- WOW, have you dismissed the utter disaster know as the Hussein Obama 8 years of failure for America- yet Hussein Obama did all he could to aid Iran and alibi for Islamic Terrorist attacks in America.
President Trump is hated by all corrupt politicians that tells me he is a better leader than crooks like Hillary Clinton.
 
wsucram15 Added May 4, 2017 - 1:38pm
Stop comparing them..perhaps then you can give him a shot at his own presidency.
Yes the agenda of the GOP, which during the Obama years was obstructionist, is now being used against them but in a much larger and more obscene volume.
Your ideal that Trump is hated by "all corrupt politicians" is insane.  Who do you think is using him for their agenda?  Worse yet, the people with the actual skin in the game, the real Swamp and actual corruption..(none of whom have any respect for him or his presidency), love him to tears.  
If he really bucked the system as you think he does..NOTHING would get done, I mean NOTHING.  Trump is too narcissistic for that, he likes to look good.  In no way shape or form is he a match for McConnell or Ryan and he does not have their power in Washington, DC. Their voters care about what they get done, not Trump. 
Trump knows this now.   Awww, he will get some wins here and there..but he will tow the GOP line. Period. 
 
John G Added May 7, 2017 - 2:37am
Our country was founded by people trying to get government OUT of their lives.
I don't know what universe you live in but the white invaders of America established a government. 
Steve Borsher Added May 8, 2017 - 11:30am
Yes, "government for the people" is a total oxymoron.
George N Romey Added May 8, 2017 - 6:19pm
Jeanne I don't have the patience for politics. I'd insult too many people.  Too many fakes.  Bush was a fake, as Obama as now Trump.  Down her DWS and Rubio both fakes.  I'd never be able to fake it.
Jeff Michka Added May 9, 2017 - 4:45pm
Geo Romey declares: Jeanne I don't have the patience for politics. I'd insult too many people.  Too many fakes.  Bush was a fake, as Obama as now Trump.  Down her DWS and Rubio both fakes.  I'd never be able to fake it. - Pretend holding office is like interviewing for a job.  If you can hide your contempt for "elite bosses," you'll do fine in politics. But then....
Steve Borsher Added May 9, 2017 - 4:54pm
All you really need to run for office is the ability to fool yourself into thinking you can make a difference, and promote yourself; as loudly as possible. Loud talking has a mezmerizing effect on most people; politicians even use it on each other. And the less they have to say, the louder they talk.

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