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26 minutes ago, DayTrader said:

The thread is then understandably jumped on by the Trump haters. Fair enough. It seems in some people's world, every politician in history has apparently followed through on every one of their promises? I had no idea this was the case. Everyone but Trump of course? Is this the level we are dealing with here? With every word it seems these people prove my point of ...

''Err... but Trump.... er.... he's bad..''

''So what have Democrats positively done for you? What are their policies? Remind me please what they've done in 3 years...''

''Err... but Trump... he's ...er ... bad ... errr guns bad .... climate ... err .. '' 

You got me. Obama's record was clearly amazing and as a side note I am looking forward to Edward Snowden's book.  It was under Obama though, so fine. Never mentioned. I'm sure if Trump spied on the whole population it would be fine too and not mentioned. 

Comedy gold indeed. Takes a Brit to figure this out? 

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16 minutes ago, Ward Smith said:

Takes a Brit to figure this out? 

Looks like it yep. And thanks, it's not comedy to Gerry obviously.

I apologise for expressing heartfelt opinion, and defending YOUR nation when it's accused of being a bunch of druggies. 

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15 hours ago, frankfurter said:

Trump will capitulate on the trade war.  Why?  The key lies in who rescued Trump from his bankruptcies, who is the same person to support Trump financially in his election campaign.  That person made his billions in casinos.  That person has a casino in Macau, and that casino provides the great majority of cash flow to that person. The lease and operating licence on that casino is about to expire.  That casino is in SAR Macao, now part of China, and all lease/licence renewals will require Beijng approval. Readers can connect the dots from here.  Of course, the Trump propaganda machine will paint an entirely different picture, and the dumbed down drugged up 'murcans will believe. 

Yea and just who the hell are you exactly? 

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22 minutes ago, Gerry Maddoux said:

I'm clearly too old for this place. I'm not sure, as the heat is turned up, that you people realize just how shrill and demeaning you've become. Is this just a sign of our time? Is the next step farting in public and smashing someone in the mouth. This blog in general, and specifically this thread, has turned into a form of road rage. Good luck with that! Anytime I get as indignant as I read some of these pieces, I feel I've increased my risk of heart attack and stroke. Not only that but my father's favorite mantra used to be, "Your life follows your thoughts." The thoughts expressed on the above pieces reflect either a hostile, aggressive life or one to come. Thanks, because in the whirlwind of utter meanness, I have learned quite a bit. But it gives me heartburn to read this tincture of animosity.

Gerry it is indeed a sign of the times. I'd recommend avoiding geopolitics and some of the other threads if this gives you heartburn. I'd further point out that this site is relatively tame compared to the rest of the internet

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True. Don't go to 8chan etc Gerry haha.

That's like a medical warning for you x

 

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57 minutes ago, DayTrader said:

Economic Growth

  • 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.


Jobs

  • 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
  • More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
  • Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
  • The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
  • Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Unemployment claims at 50 year low
  • African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
    • African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
    • Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
    • Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.
  • Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
    • Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
  • Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
    • July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
  • Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
    • July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
  • Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
  • Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
  • Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
  • Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
    • 68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
  • Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
    • Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
  • Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.
    • Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
  • 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.


American Income

  • Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
  • Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
  • Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
  • Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
  • Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
  • Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
    • Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.


American Optimism

  • Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
    • NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.
    • SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
  • Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
    • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
  • Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
  • 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
  • Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.


American Business

  • Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
    • Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
  • ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
  • Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
  • Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
    • Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.


Deregulation

  • Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
  • Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
  • Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
  • Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.


Tax Cuts

  • Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law
    • Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
    • Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
    • Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
    • Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
    • Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
    • Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
    • Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
    • Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.
  • 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
  • More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
  • Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
  • Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.


Worker Development

  • Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
  • Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
  • Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
  • Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.


Domestic Infrastructure

  • Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
  • Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
  • Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
  • Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.


Health Care

  • Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
  • Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
  • Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
  • Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
  • FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
  • Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
  • Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
  • Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
  • Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
  • Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
  • USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
  • Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
  • Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
  • HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
  • Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
  • Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.


Combating Opioids

  • Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
  • Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
  • $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
  • Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
  • Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
  • Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
  • Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
  • $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
  • Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
  • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.


Law and Order

  • More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
  • Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
  • Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution
    • Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
  • Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
  • Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
  • $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
  • Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
  • Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
  • Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
  • New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.


Border Security and Immigration

  • Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
  • Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.
    • ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
    • Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
    • Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.
  • Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.
    • ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
    • ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
    • ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
    • Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
    • Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
    • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    • DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
  • Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.
    • These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.
  • ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.
    • ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.
  • In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for
    • Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
    • More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
    • More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
    • More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
    • More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
    • Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.
  • Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
  • More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.


Trade

  • Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.
    • Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides.
    • Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
    • Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
    • Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
    • Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
    • Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
    • Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
    • Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.
  • Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
  • Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
  • Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.
    • 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
    • Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
    • Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.
    • Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    • Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
    • Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
    • Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
    • Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
    • American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade
  • OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.


Energy

  • Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
  • Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
  • Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
  • Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
  • Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
  • U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
  • United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
  • U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
  • Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
  • Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
  • Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
  • Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy
    • Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.
  • Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
  • Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.


Foreign Policy

  • Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    • Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force
    • Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
    • All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
  • Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
    • The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
    • North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
    • Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
  • Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
    • Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
    • Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
    • Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
  • New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
    • Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
  • Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
    • ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
    • ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
    • All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
  • Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
    • Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
    • Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
    • Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
    • Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
    • Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
    • Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.


Defense

  • Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • Released an America first National Security Strategy.
  • Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.
    • In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
    • Every member state has increased defense spending.
    • Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
    • NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
  • Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.


Veterans affairs

  • Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.
  • Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
  • Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
  • VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:
    • Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.
    • Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
    • Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
    • Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
    • Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
    • Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
  • Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  • Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
  • Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
  • Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.
    • Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
  • Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
  • Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

Are all British this effusive about Trump.

You are not really British ? Am I correct ?

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Yes I am! English! 

Please just quote small sections of stuff man. It's huge haha :) 

I'm English and can see through fake news. End of story. 

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16 minutes ago, DayTrader said:

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I said I was old, not dead. Good one!

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By the way Gerry, your Dad was very wise or he was simply ripping off Buddha ...  :) 

''The mind is everything. What you think, you become''

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My dad was a Western Oklahoma rancher whose father made the Land Rush and endured the Dust Bowl. He didn't do all that much Buddha. But he did read a lot of Zane Grey to us down in the storm cellar, and Zane was nothing if not enlightened, so you never can tell.

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https://ussanews.com/News1/2019/10/12/trump-announces-greatest-biggest-trade-deal-between-u-s-and-china/

uh, as predicted, Trump will make "huge progress", fantastic progress. Trump the hero of the day.  The propaganda machine is in full gear. 

Wow, oh wow. $50bn is no small change, or is it?  The trade "deficit" last stood at +$500mm. So, Trump has gained 10% of that - not bad actually, but is it huge?  Will this stick?  Nobody is gonna buy more US hogs than they need or can afford; but very good for Trump supporters that China loves pork.

So Trump gained a tit, but notice the MSM says zero about what Trump had to give for the tat. And you will never hear the real tat on MSM. 

Stay tuned for more of Trump the hero. Just don't forget it takes two to tango, and to give credit to the other side.

 

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16 hours ago, DayTrader said:

Yes I am! English! 

Please just quote small sections of stuff man. It's huge haha :) 

I'm English and can see through fake news. End of story. 

If could take a breather from your rant, rave, diatribe, please show where I wrote I am against Trump, as you so infer. 

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17 hours ago, DayTrader said:

Looks like it yep. And thanks, it's not comedy to Gerry obviously.

I apologise for expressing heartfelt opinion, and defending YOUR nation when it's accused of being a bunch of druggies. 

Thanks, we can use all of the help we can get!

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7 minutes ago, frankfurter said:

https://ussanews.com/News1/2019/10/12/trump-announces-greatest-biggest-trade-deal-between-u-s-and-china/

uh, as predicted, Trump will make "huge progress", fantastic progress. Trump the hero of the day.  The propaganda machine is in full gear. 

Wow, oh wow. $50bn is no small change, or is it?  The trade "deficit" last stood at +$500mm. So, Trump has gained 10% of that - not bad actually, but is it huge?  Will this stick?  Nobody is gonna buy more US hogs than they need or can afford; but very good for Trump supporters that China loves pork.

So Trump gained a tit, but notice the MSM says zero about what Trump had to give for the tat. And you will never hear the real tat on MSM. 

Stay tuned for more of Trump the hero. Just don't forget it takes two to tango, and to give credit to the other side.

 

So, basically, you don’t know anymore about the issue than anyone else does. Correct?

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6 minutes ago, frankfurter said:

If could take a breather from your rant, rave, diatribe, please show where I wrote I am against Trump, as you so infer. 

It is inferred from your previous rants, diatribes, and general nonsense...

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16 hours ago, Jabbar said:

Are all British this effusive about Trump.

You are not really British ? Am I correct ?

Kinda pisses you off when your anti-American, anti-Trump crap is dissed by a non-American...doesn’t it? Sorta takes the wind right out of your sails.

I feel your pain...

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17 hours ago, Gerry Maddoux said:

I'm clearly too old for this place. I'm not sure, as the heat is turned up, that you people realize just how shrill and demeaning you've become. Is this just a sign of our time? Is the next step farting in public and smashing someone in the mouth. This blog in general, and specifically this thread, has turned into a form of road rage. Good luck with that! Anytime I get as indignant as I read some of these pieces, I feel I've increased my risk of heart attack and stroke. Not only that but my father's favorite mantra used to be, "Your life follows your thoughts." The thoughts expressed on the above pieces reflect either a hostile, aggressive life or one to come. Thanks, because in the whirlwind of utter meanness, I have learned quite a bit. But it gives me heartburn to read this tincture of animosity.

Unfortunately, this site is but a microcosm reflecting the general level of animosity in the world. Sadly, the element of discourse has been removed entirely from all educational systems, save for those very few institutions still upholding classical education: but how many people choose this course? As you see, when people cannot discuss or win their position based on logic and facts, they then resort to hostility and character assassination. We may only hope that people like you, with values such as yours, may continue. 

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1 hour ago, Douglas Buckland said:

Kinda pisses you off when your anti-American, anti-Trump crap is dissed by a non-American...doesn’t it? Sorta takes the wind right out of your sails.

I feel your pain...

Hardly, I think Trump is correct to go after China. Tax cuts great for economy, but he needs to take care of your middle class re taxes.  They expire. He is correct about U.S. shouldn't be policing the world. Defending Europe and Mideast on your dime.  But does come thru when he needs to.

He didn't deliver on all his campaign promises.  He promised to get rid of the "Carried Interest" tax loophole. THE BIGGEST WALLSTREET AND HEDGEFUND LOOPHOLE OF ALL TIME. I estimate 999 out of 1000 of his supporters do not even understand what Carried Interest is.  Do you ? 

Americans talk about how Mideast factions been fighting forever.  How they hate each other.  Look in the mirror .  U.S. has never been do divided in its history.  U.S. Congress can't pass anything.  Congress has spent last 3 years making up stories to impeach the President, destroy lives of those that don't agree and promoting violence against other party. 

I don't hate U.S. You automstically think I hate U.S. because my name is Jabbar , not John, Robert, or Doug.  You're bias is showing.

Trump capitulated on Carried Interest.

It looks like he capitulated on China trade. He prob had to if he wanted to be re-elected.  Let's wait and see.  

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Jabbar said:

It looks like he capitulated on China trade. He prob had to if he wanted to be re-elected.  Let's wait and see.  

I posted thread about critics of the deal other day Jabbar. Any haters will love it. Think the last line hinted about re-election. 

By the way, it's a negotitation. This isn't directed at you, I'm just writing it here. People seem to forget this. Ignore any positives and jump on Trump while saying 'I don't mind Trump'. 

Moral seems to be ''let China do whatever they like for a few more decades / if something is hard or takes time, then don't bother''.

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2 hours ago, frankfurter said:

 As you see, when people cannot discuss or win their position based on logic and facts

Is this why you had NO answer whatsoever to any of the logic and facts? The truth must hurt I guess. Trust me, your silence in every single point proves every one correct.

You literally have just talked about the US propaganda machine and proved my point again and again.

US press - all lies, faked, propaganda

Chinese press - government controlled and all fact.

LOL you are truly hilarious. Bring out the next droid. 

Cheers. 

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11 hours ago, DayTrader said:

Is this why you had NO answer whatsoever to any of the logic and facts? The truth must hurt I guess. Trust me, your silence in every single point proves every one correct.

You literally have just talked about the US propaganda machine and proved my point again and again.

US press - all lies, faked, propaganda

Chinese press - government controlled and all fact.

LOL you are truly hilarious. Bring out the next droid. 

Cheers. 

Can you do no better than to spout your mantra and hostility? In the old days, we called this a broken record.

uh, where are your facts? Do you even know the definition of fact?

uh, where did I write the Chinese media is not propaganda?  You have inferred this: this is your twisted mind at work here. 

uh, where is your logic?  You consider inference to be logic?  Do you even know what is discourse?

Do you even know the meaning of slander? What kind of person can speak in only slanderous terms?  

What has your hate mail and slander to do with a prediction? 

Fact: Trump capitulated. The MSM propagandises this to be Trump's victory, and solely his victory, ignoring completely the simple fact this "war" is a negotiation and has a counter party.  Yet, you persist to deny the reality.  Bro, you need help.

 

 

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Fact: Trump capitulated.

Yep, that’s why the Chinese are in Washington instead of Beijing.

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15 hours ago, Jabbar said:

It looks like he capitulated on China trade. He prob had to if he wanted to be re-elected.  Let's wait and see.  

Exactly, this is all a huge long run out game. In the USA they have elections and ya know, democracy. Little stuff like that, people having a say in their own lives. We can't all be ruler for life and try to control droids, and in some cases succeed in this incredibly well it seems. This thread is hilarious seriously. I don't quite get the point in it. ''Trump will capitulate'', 2 days later ... ''see, he capitulated!'' Er, ok? Let's say he did? Is it all over? No. I thought it was about some casino guy and election time? Maybe no one has noticed but Trump has quite a bit on in fairness. I know Xi wants everything to be about him and the honeypot but there are other issues and nations besides his, as shocking as that sounds. I read this today...

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/gas-explosion-restaurant-china-death-toll-dead-wuxi-jiangsu-a9154121.html

1. An overpass collapsed last week in the same city, killing three people inside a car... 2. Jiangsu was the site of a massive chemical blast in March, when nearly 80 people died in one of China's worst industrial accidents in recent years... 3. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV says nine people have been killed in a restaurant gas explosion in eastern China.

While Trump does something meaningful before the next talks, maybe you could invest a little in your infrastructure, rather than just your military and breaking bones kinda talk? Just a suggestion. Lovely article. Always got money for tanks though. Big Bro Pooh kept happy. Ignorance is strength. Cheers. Bye.

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(Before my comical rants are attacked)  :) 

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