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The 16 Crazy Things Trump Promised On Day 1 - But Never Happened

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 12/22/17 21:07

by Dave Mindeman

From a Raw Story article by Sarah Burris

Call it hyperbole. Call it pandering. Call it blatant lies. But here are 16 things that Trump "promised" on the campaign trail that he would do on day one after being sworn in. (None of which has happened in nearly a full year in office). And just for clarification, we are mostly glad it didn't happen.

1. Fire all of the ambassadors

2. Repeal and replace Obamacare

3. Begin deporting all undocumented immigrants

4. "Clean house" and fix the Department of Veterans Affairs

5. Start work on "impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall"

6. Demand the Pentagon and intelligence agencies come up with a plan for ISIS

7. Pull out of NAFTA and renegotiate it

8. Kill gun-free zones

9. Stop Syrian refugee resettlement and build "safe zones" in the region

10. Stop all wasteful spending

11. End the so-called "war on coal"

12. Tell countries who won't take back criminals that they can't ever come to the US

13. Call companies and threaten his 35 percent tariff

14. Fight to end abortion rights and Planned Parenthood

15. End all regulations

16. Learn pretty much everything he doesn't already know

But, doggone it, we got that damn tax bill didn't we.
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To The Pompous Liberal Class - Shut Up For One Cycle

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 12/02/17 11:26

by Dave Mindeman

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the tax bill has passed. After a few minor cosmetic changes in conference committee, this travesty will be law.

During last year's election, the most irritating comment that people (supposedly on my side) kept saying to me is "it doesn't matter, there isn't any difference between the parties."

If you would dare to say that to me today, I would turn seven shades of red, blow up and take you out with me.

There is a pompous liberal class that complains about the Democratic Party ad nauseum without seemingly having the slightest clue that Democrats are the ones holding the finger in the dyke. Well, the dyke is breaking up right now.

Susan Sarandon, a card carrying member of the pompous class, said recently that "if Hillary had been elected, we would be at war." Well, spoiler alert - we ARE at war and now the war has spread with attacks on the middle class.

I used to believe that at some point the Democratic (or liberal) party members would come together and fight the common enemy; instead of fighting among ourselves. But, even now, that doesn't seem to be happening.

2018 is an off year - but it is vital...crucial...consequential. If we do not unite the Democrats, the opposition, and the independents - this country will be changed forever. I am not kidding around here. We are in deep trouble.

If the pompous liberal class can hold off on their uppityness for one cycle, maybe, just maybe, we can put that finger back in the dyke. If we can, by some miracle, create a Democratic wave with enough force to bring back a check on all of this madness - then you can go back to your pompousity and go back to your criticisms. At least, then, you will have some elected officials who will actually choose to listen.

This is not a drill. We need to be at battle stations. And we need to be one voice. I knew that this tax scam idea would be possible with an all Republican government - but I never thought it would be this bad. To transfer wealth from the bottom to the top takes us into a country of oligarchs. The Putin governing method with the Putin puppet President.

It is time to elect Democrats at every level. If they hold office, then we can hold them accountable. But we do not have the luxury of nuance. Work to get the best possible candidates in place - but once the ballot is set....vote like your life depends on it - because it does.
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Franken Situation: Now It Has To Be A Process

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 11/28/17 13:21

by Dave Mindeman

This Franken issue has become a dark rabbit hole. I can't defend Franken's actions, but this can get to a point where we have to let the process play out and stop the distracting arguments that keep us away from what we need to do.

Unlike a lot of other men being accused, Franken has volunteered to let an ethics investigation run its course. Has anyone else done that? Donald Trump is reversing the one apology he gave on the Access Hollywood tape. Roy Moore hasn't given an inch despite very credible testimony. Hollywood actors let their publicists handle the firestorm.

Now does that mean that Franken should not have to resign? No, certainly not. There comes a point where you cannot be an effective Senator if the conversation continues in this manner and there is little doubt that some uncomfortable situations did occur for several women.

But let's not let this devolve into an "I only believe her" or "I will never believe him" path. That isn't productive. Unfortunately, we have this awful tendency of going too far one way or the other. There is no question that women have been forced to suppress their discomfort and have been unable to vocalize outright criminal behavior. That is changing (and let's hope that this change continues) - but let's not lose sight of the differences in each situation.

I guess we should consider a time out on the Franken discussion. I know the Republicans will continue to make up for any reduction in sound bites from Democrats. But that is what they do. They attack Democrats and leave their own side alone. But Franken will have to deal with that if he wishes to stay on and muddle his way through this.

Given the fact that we have an agreed upon process....the Ethics Investigation.....let's allow that to play out. I hope that it will be a bipartisan process, but given the current environment, it is hard to believe that a fair and impartial procedure will occur. But so be it. We need to have some kind of public resolution and that is the avenue available.

In the meantime, the public discourse is getting a bit saturated. Every possible angle of the Franken story seems to have been examined. Even the women involved must be suffering from public fatigue on this.

I am not naive enough to believe that Senator Franken is not in for a rough time going forward. But that appears to be part of his penance.

Let's allow for a process and maybe we can find out what it takes to resolve these situations.

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