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Maximus1978
Maximus1978
I don't think I've explained on here how I see most of the people who joined Trump's administration.  I happen to think the majority of them are opportunists or grifters.  They saw the potential for short-term gains and can leave when the situation is no longer worthwhile.  That's particularly why it's so difficult to figure out which cabinet members are responsible.  I've suggested that the White House is not very cohesive at times and that the level of functioning is rather dysfunctional.  It doesn't matter if people agree with me or not.  That's just happens to be how I characterize it.  Trump wants unconditional loyalty.  However, you can't just buy real loyalty from an individual.  You earn that through genuine respect for someone.  It's not something you can purchase.  That's why so many people who have joined him are willing to stab him in the back.  They don't respect him and they never did.
LRM704
LRM704
If you really want to see world news, I'd recommend PBS.  Yes, you're going to tell me it's liberal and there's no credibility.  However, I've seen PBS cover the news before and it actually reports on a lot of issues in various countries.  I don't even watch PBS, quite frankly.  I just know that it'll fill the niche you want.
Doubleadownon12
Doubleadownon12
Politics / N word tape / View Post
Quote Originally Posted by Mark_The_Narc:

From the original question. No I could care less. OMG he said the N-word. A 73 year old man has never said the n word before. Get real. C'mon folks. Life goes on. Pocketbook issues win the day when it's all said and done. 



I have to tackle this one. First off, you're suggesting it's normal for anyone, especially an older person, to have used the N word in a derogatory manner.  Saying the word during the course of a conversation and joking around is much different than saying it as an epithet, although even that is likely up for debate.  Why is it okay for Trump to use the word and direct it at someone he hates that happens to be black?  I am getting real.  You can't normalize the use of the word and suggest any of us could go out in public and do it.  Are you going to do that tomorrow?  I doubt it and so of course you know why it's wrong.


Secondly, if we're discussing pocketbook issues, inflation is currently outpacing wage growth.  I know some of you must have noticed the article detailing it.  I don't think that was good news at all for Trump.  It's already bad enough Trump likes a weak dollar and while he has temporarily restored some of the dollar's value (due to treasury bonds yielding higher), that's temporary and won't last.  He increased the trade deficit last year and we imported more goods.  He doesn't have a damn plan to reduce the deficit and so I don't even think he can possibly win any trade war.  We were already going to pay more as consumers when companies are forced to spend more money on importing goods with a weaker currency and passing the cost to consumers.  Tariffs will do the same thing and I don't have any confidence in him to have a competent and cohesive plan.  I think he's impetuous and the Chinese are much smarter.  In fact, I believe they anticipated Trump's actions and prepared to find alternative buyers for their exports.  He can't beat them and I don't expect it to happen.
cave0707
cave0707
I already tackled this on Yahoo! but I welcome anyone to make a genuine attempt on here, specifically since nobody even tried.  I know exactly what she was driving at and so I'd like for a Republican to make a credible case on her behalf.  Why do we need to change the demographics and curtail legal immigration?  She can't walk it back.  That's exactly what she was driving at and I said months ago on here that's why I never trust Republicans on immigration because I believe they simply want to make it as hard as possible for anyone to become a legal citizen.  Prove me wrong and explain why she's correct in what needs to change and how Republicans are going to streamline the system to make legal immigration fair and reasonable.  I doubt anyone can plausibly do it.
Maximus1978
Maximus1978
The problem is that we're talking about whether asylum is really an option for immigrants and whether the U.S. is receptive to offering it.  I saw that the DOJ changed the definition and I remember commenting on here months ago how I'd actually side with the Republicans if I could trust them on the issue, when in fact I believed they just want to keep as many people out of the country as possible.  I believe in asylum.  Life is difficult and some countries are unstable and dangerous.  It's easy to have no empathy and focus on just Americans because if you're born in this country, you likely had a better shot at life right off the bat.  I argue that Americans take it for granted, not because that they don't love the country, but rather that they don't envision if they had been born into poverty in some shithole country, whether they would have been afforded a chance at a decent life or if they might die.


I take it a step further and I say it doesn't even matter what the country's consensus is on asylum.  Perhaps majority opinion is not necessarily the best way to come to a conclusion. 


I'm deviating a bit here but I was trying to talk about Anthony Bourdain for a minute with my friend the other night.  It was because my friend pointed out some executive at the baseball game roughly around our age and how he's more successful than us.  I argued that success is just a measure of what society values and what supposedly matters.  Did that individual compromise himself in the process of being successful?  Is he actually happy with life?  Bourdain was successful by how society measures it but obviously he was discontent and unsatisfied.  I saw suicide calls increased to one major hotline in the U.S. after his death.  When I contemplate life, I think about what I personally believe is the right thing to do in a given situation.  The right thing to do is offer asylum in credible situations where it applies.  I do not think that anyone could convince me to think otherwise about the issue. 
darkhorse12
darkhorse12
Politics / TARIFFS / View Post
Quote Originally Posted by Doubleadownon12:

Never understood how the pea-brained right wing, which is supposedly all about free market capitalism and gets totally freaked out about socialism, could support a guy whose trade policies are so similar to Hugo Chavez's. I disliked Trump from the beginning because his thoughts on trade are really infantile and are similar to the ideas that a banana republic nationalist dictator would roll out.

 

Because it was never about tariffs or NAFTA or MAGA. It was simply about pure unadulterated racism. As long as Trump lived up to his pledge of keeping the white race dominant in society, his supporters would support him unflinchingly.


I don't agree with that.  The reason why is I saw an old interview that Trump had with Chris Matthews.  It was from 2004 but I'm pretty confident that Trump still feels the same way about the dollar.  He talked about how he likes a weak dollar.  Then I got to thinking about how Mnuchin was picked as treasury secretary and how he played a role in the last housing crash.  Of course Trump likes a weak dollar.  It's easier for him to buy real estate and a housing crash would be great as well.  I think that's what he really wants to occur but would prefer it to be after 2020 and then he can just blame Democrats for it anyway.


I believe the Republicans are causing damage to themselves anyway.  It appears the Republicans have been emboldened by the results in 2016 and now think that half the country supports a far-right agenda.  Only 23% of eligible voters cast ballots for Trump and there are too many moderates and independents for that to actually be true.  They're advancing some of the biggest hardliners and pushing moderates aside.  That's a big mistake to me. 
cave0707
cave0707
I saw a suggestion about pardoning because people were discussing on an article what was the motivation behind Cohen announcing he paid $130,000 in the first place.  Someone suggested Trump told him in advance that he'd pardon him.  Personally, even though I know everyone disagrees with me, I see Trump as someone who throws others under the bus before taking responsibility for something.  I don't see that happening.  Although, I do admit he doesn't care what anyone else thinks at this point so he could be brazen enough to do it.  Another person told me that I might be wrong about evidence being destroyed in advance.  He said that they wouldn't have executed the search on just a hunch of finding potential evidence.  Apparently, they'd only have done this with the intention of knowing there was important evidence to be seized.  I'm not a lawyer so I don't know the process, but I admit I'm curious to see what the FBI actually found if that is the case.  I assumed they couldn't have possibly gotten anything worth a damn.  I'm okay with being wrong if I learn something from the experience.
cave0707
cave0707
Quote Originally Posted by StumpTownStu:

Cohen knew he was being looked at, as anyone close to Trump has been looked at. I'm pretty sure he did a fair bit of deleting, bleaching, and destroying in the last few weeks.


I agree with Stu.  I saw Cohen's statement about how the FBI behaved when I was at the gym last night.  Then I realized it's probably because he ditched anything pertinent ages ago.  Of course he wasn't really that upset.  He made sure anything that'd qualify as evidence ended up destroyed or moved to whatever he deemed a more secure location.
nature1970
nature1970
I actually believe it's the opposite.  It's probably easier for me to copy and paste a response I made on an article.

The U.S. dollar is down by more than 10% in value since Trump took office.  That means your money gets you less when it's converted in other countries.  That's how exchange rates go. Yes,  Samantha may be accurate about the CNY/USD rate dropping from 6.8 to 6.2, but that doesn't matter because I'm pointing out Americans now have a currency that's worth less.  Furthermore, she didn't want to discuss my other main point, which is that the trade deficit under Trump INCREASED last year.   We're importing MORE!  So these companies are now forced with a weaker currency to spend more capital on importing the goods!  That means AMERICANS are going to pay MORE money since the extra cost is passed to them!   The companies sure as hell aren't going to absorb it, geniuses!

Also, it's important to discuss that we can't fix the value of the dollar now.  Why?  The Republicans passed a tax bill that added 1.5 trillion to the deficit and we're continuing to print devalued money.  That makes it impossible to fix the value.   The U.S. is actually in a TERRIBLE POSITION to start a trade war!  The currency has been weakened and we're relying on importing more!  We are going to lose a trade war and Americans don't seem to understand our economy has serious problems that will be exacerbated by Trump's actions.
joe pockets
joe pockets
Politics / Stormy Daniels / View Post
Quote Originally Posted by Sabanesque:

This thread gives evidence of the Dunning-Kruger effect:

Stupid people will continue arguing forever and will not budge from their position, regardless of any valid arguments brought against them. That also means they will not notice if the other person happens to be more intelligent and competent. 



I don't argue that the effect hasn't been observed, but I do have a problem with the last part of what you said.  Noticing someone is more intelligent or competent tends to be subjective.  I will use a political analogy to demonstrate.  It was my judgment that Hillary, despite being a phony person who doesn't relate well to the average person, still would be much more competent and knowledgeable in office than Trump.  If anything, I believe Trump has only solidified my original conclusion.  However, you think that's crazy and I shouldn't even admit I voted for Hillary, which of course is subjective and your perception of things. 


There's no way I can possibly convince you and people get emotional when they debate.  Furthermore, it seems implied by the statement that people automatically defer to those who happen to be intelligent and listen to them.  I find people are stubborn and refuse to change what their minds have formed in terms of current reality.  You have to restructure everything in terms of how you previously thought the world or society existed. 
QMICH
QMICH
Quote Originally Posted by Midnight1:

So why did you vote for him?

Just askin....


If that question was directed at me, I did not vote for Trump. 
joe pockets
joe pockets
Politics / Stormy Daniels / View Post
Quote Originally Posted by Dsn150:


Do you extend the same courtesy to your President?


I believe respect is earned, not given.  I think Trump is a giant prick who sounds ridiculous.  There is nothing he could possibly ever do to convince me otherwise.  I don't care if he wants to sleep around and likely doesn't even care about being married, although I don't really understand the point of marrying Melania when he could have a kid with anyone if he just sees women as breeding tools. 
QMICH
QMICH
Quote Originally Posted by thirdperson:

Problem is that Trump runs the white house as though it is a family business.  However the US is not a private business.  Chief of staff Kelly agrees with General McCaffrey that Trump's son-in-law is unqualified to represent the US in foreign policies.  Kushner's security clearance has been downgraded which reduces access to important intelligence.

He has been repeatedly criticized because of his lack of experience and conflict of interests.  For example, Saudi Arabia prince brags that Kushner is in his pocket.  Also his companies have been accused of falsifying documents filed in New York so that he can maximize profits. 


I don't think that's the problem with the White House.  The problem is that it's quite difficult to work for someone you can't please and so the actual dynamic of the administration is people joining for their own motives within a set amount of time.  Then they leave when it has become untenable and they can no longer continue, for one reason or another.  I'd suggest it's because Trump really isn't a person you can reason with and so you can't have a civil discussion about the matter.  Once he's convinced of something, you have to support him or he'll think you're questioning his judgment.  Of course, you are supposed to act as a countermeasure or a balance because one person is not right all of the time about every single thing. 

People wonder how I could possibly be so sure of such things and I tell them it's because I work for someone very similar to Trump, except she's actually dumber.  His supporters don't understand that conversing with him for an extended period of time reveals how often he'll talk about himself or make the conversation relate to him in some manner.  My boss does that constantly and I'm quite certain Trump is pretty similar.  It's actually annoying to talk with someone who really isn't listening and frequently will make the current topic about himself or herself.
DoubleUp4Life
DoubleUp4Life
I'm actually more upset about the tax bill they passed.  I came to the realization that they can't fix the value of the dollar dropping now.  We're continuing to print devalued money while the debt isn't being addressed.  They added 1.5 trillion to the deficit.  I don't have to be an economist to realize those are the necessary components to fixing the value.  I believe most Americans don't know anything about the dollar and its value because they don't bother to pay attention to the value.  They probably assume it's always strong.  Citizens in other advanced countries definitely judge if their currencies are doing well.  It specifically lets them know if the government has policies in place that are working.  That's another thing my friend pointed out to me.  Other countries are likely not converting their currencies into U.S. dollars at this time.  I suppose that does make sense.  The U.S. looks like a bad bet right now so they're going elsewhere.
Ness1
Ness1
Since I keep seeing this... check your My Picks Profile under Streak Survivor so you can see if it shows the pending pick that you selected.  If it doesn't show anything and just has your last win or loss, then it obviously didn't submit and you need to try again.  I always check just to confirm it went through.  It takes under 10 seconds to do it.  I'm sure people can find the time.
QMICH
QMICH
Quote Originally Posted by KeyElement:

We may be lucky the dollar is only weak; some economists say it is near collapse. The problem is debt. When the only way you have to pay your bills is by printing more money, that sparks inflation and all the problem becomes cyclical. Create debt, print money. Create debt, print money. No REAL WEALTH stands behind the newly printed money and the cycle continues. If a majority of U.S. Treasury bond holders demanded payment in REAL VALUE WEALTH the economy would collapse tomorrow. They don't, because that would take them down with it, but they don't want any more treasury bonds as investments either.

Yes, corporate expense is passed on to the consumer, but both the consumer and government are throwing the tab on their credit cards.   



That was part of my hunch but the dollar has dropped by a pretty large amount in value in just a year.  You can attribute it to just that sole factor alone?  We already had a lot of debt that wasn't being addressed.  I find it hard to believe that additional recent debt suddenly caused the massive drop in value.   I understand everything you said but it just seems like a very sharp drop and in a fairly short span of time.  I would expect something like what you described to cause value to be lost gradually, not precipitously.
QMICH
QMICH
Quote Originally Posted by thirdperson:

US trade deficit has jumped to its highest level in 9 years according to commerce department.  Despite Trump's tough talk to correct make-believe problem, his policies are doing the complete opposite.

According to American enterprise institute, tax cuts may boost deficit by $200 billion.  More inflation increases US spending on cheaper foreign goods. 

However most economists say the gap between imports and exports doesn't matter.  US runs a deficit because it buys alot and saves little.  Also globalization has reduced the cost of getting goods to consumers.  Trump doesn't understand that eliminating trade deficit won't make America great.


Well, I think it matters if the dollar remains weak long term, which I am fairly sure is going to happen.  Nobody seems to be able to explain to me why the dollar has dropped so much in value and how it can be fixed.

If businesses are forced to spend more capital on importing goods, since America clearly imports more than exports, eventually that increase in expense will be passed on to the consumer.  I don't see how that couldn't happen.  It's obvious. 
sicknesscity
sicknesscity
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-ultimately-want-see-strong-dollar-193743818.html

I was busy and didn't get around to this topic but I see it wasn't discussed, so I figured I'd see what everyone on Covers has to say about it.  For anyone who wasn't paying attention, Mnuchin essentially tried to argue a weak dollar is good. 

Personally, the way I see it is that a weak dollar is bad.  That means my individual purchasing power has been reduced.  It gets me less when I have it converted in other countries.  How is that good?  In fact, doesn't it suggest that current inflation is outpacing the value of the dollar and wage growth, which indicates too many people are living beyond their means and could cause a housing crash?   That's the conclusion I came to about it.

Also, I saw someone try to counter with an argument that manufacturing and exports benefit in such an instance.  Even if I take that at face value, how does that matter more than Americans being able to get the most for their money?


darkhorse12
darkhorse12
I'm entertained so far but Schumer is from New York.  All these people calling for term limits should probably concentrate on Trump needing to become a better negotiator.  Schumer is going nowhere.  Trump has to deal with him.  Trump's best tactic was using litigation in order to force contractors to settle for less, so I don't know how he can really use that in this instance.

It sounds like the hardliners close to Trump are convincing him to get more out of the deal.  That isn't practical or wise and if the Republicans go nuclear as I saw Trump suggest, which to me seems like he's already given up on negotiating, then I believe they'll regret it in the future.  It would only make Democrats push extremely liberal policies when they have a majority, unless you actually believe the Republicans are going to be in charge for the next 10 to 20 years.  I think it's crazy to believe something like that but I know some Republicans are confident it'll happen.
QMICH
QMICH
Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaSlim:



If we are talking about present Norwegian emigration only ..yes you are correct ..not many Norwegian are leaving Norway today ..because it isn't a shithole...........

.................



You got me to laugh.  I'll give you credit on that.