Your 1.22.20 Playpen

I have to admit that one thing Donald Trump doesn’t get enough credit for is his subtle sense of humor.

Oh, wait… he was serious about that?  Never mind.

If you don’t want to discuss that, I’ll give you a twofer today.

This country… Jeebus.

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109 responses to “Your 1.22.20 Playpen

  1. FisheriesDawg

    Never Trump Republican here.

    I’ve adopted a policy of just not watching/listening to him. It’s just nonstop stream of consciousness garbage. He never says anything of any substance, so I don’t waste my time. I’ll catch up on summaries of State of the Union type stuff after the fact if needed. And since I quit Twitter, I find myself a lot less annoyed by the written garbage he puts out as well.

    When we get a serious President at some point in the future I’ll pay attention to them again. But the hell with this clown. I’ve got better things to do. He’s the political equivalent of that recruiting guy with the persecution complex you linked yesterday. It’s all a troll for media hits.

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    • mwo

      More like stream of unconsciousness.

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    • Derek

      Yep. I don’t watch either. The fewer memories I have when its over the better.

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    • Chris

      Chamber of Commerce Republican virtue signaling is hilarious and scary, considering what Trump is going up against.

      Hilarious when considering what Republican values the other side represents that Trump doesn’t.

      Scary when considering the emotional inclination of weak minded individuals to vote on feelings rather than logic and policy.

      Luckily, I have a very good feeling I’ll be laughing a lot the next 5 years. Still not tired of all the winning!

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      • Scary when considering the emotional inclination of weak minded individuals to vote on feelings…

        Pretty funny coming from someone whose comments tend to encapsulate the primary tenet of Trumpism: Suck it, libs!

        Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😉

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      • FisheriesDawg

        Basically, if you’re concerned with honest-to-God conservative principles, you’re screwed until at least 2024 when it comes to the office of the President. Probably longer, if we’re being honest. My goal in voting until that point is to try to get the Republican Party back in some sort of sane lane. That may require voting for some real asshats, but I’m playing the long game.

        I may or may not vote for a Democrat for President in November. But no matter how awful their eventual nominee is (and there are some truly awful ones still in play), that doesn’t make Donald Trump any more qualified or fit for the office. You can keep grading him on a curve if you want, but you’ll keep getting shitty candidates if you keep supporting shitty candidates because you’re too scared of the other party to grow a backbone.

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        • Chris

          What honest-to-God conservative principles does the Left hold? Only way to get conservative agenda in DC is to have House, Senate, and Presidency.

          Don’t cut off your nose to spite our face. I voted Cruz in the GA primaries FYI.

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          • FisheriesDawg

            Not many, but they seem to be more and more aligning with free markets while Republicans under Trump’s reign are becoming WAY too protectionist for my taste.

            But that’s beside the point. It’s not that the left isn’t conservative. They never will be. It’s if the right gives up conservatism to fight the left, what has it gained?

            I’ll admit I’ve been pleasantly surprised by his judiciary picks. His rhetoric suggests that he believes in a powerful Presidency and a weak legislature, but when he outsourced his picks to the Federalist Society, he kept his stink off of those nominations. Would that he’d do that all around.

            But you mentioned this in the context of an existential threat. If there is any existential threat, it’s the federal deficit and resulting national debt. Trump doesn’t care one bit about it…in fact, his history suggests his tendency is to continue to take on debt until things collapse, then he walks away. If he does that here, though, you and I are left holding the bag. When he took office, the national debt was $19.9 trillion. It’s currently $23.3 trillion and we’re projecting our first $1 trillion deficit in FY2020. I’m old enough to remember when Republicans professed to care about the deficit, and I can’t see how we get back to that reality until Trump is gone.

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            • Chris

              I agree Trump is no Conservative, and it’s funny the left tries to paint him as such. He’s much more in line, ironically, with the old Blue Dog Democrats.

              I agree 100% on the deficit. Realistically, It would take a super majority in congress to get anything done about it however, without it being political suicide. Again, Cruz was my first choice. If you care so much about national debt, you have to realize who the biggest enemy is right? Hearing the left mention anything about fiscal responsibility is as ludicrous as hearing Lyndsey Graham talk about sending troops home from the middle east.

              Tariffs are a slippery slope, and certainly a double edged sword; however, considering the decades of a Chinese malpractice it certainly is an effective tool in the short term. Phase 1 just rolled out which should help with some American businesses affected in the retaliatory response. At the end of the day, Trump has done more than talk tough to China, which is all that has happened over several decades to no avail.

              That being said, I don’t understand how anyone could think Trump is a bigger opponent to conservative principles than the radical Left that has taken over the democrat party.

              Again, don’t cutoff your nose to spite your face. Watch the democrat debates, for as long as you can stomach it, to see what the realistic alternative is.

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              • S

                Average national debt as a percentage of GDP:
                Clinton 0.5%
                Carter 2.21%
                Bush II 3.24%
                Trump 3.73%
                Bush I 3.75%
                Reagan 3.94%
                Obama 4.92%
                Make of that what you will.

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              • FisheriesDawg

                It seems like you don’t actually agree with me that deficits are all that important. While we may agree, you find appointing judges to be far more important than worrying about the deficit. I tend to think that’s a Pyrrhic victory, as the threat from the national debt is far more imminent than the threats to religious liberty et al presented by the courts.

                What you’re telling me is that I have to support the guy who stands for $1 trillion deficits because the other guy/gal might end up standing for $1.5 trillion deficits. And if each election happened in a vacuum with no effect on the next, maybe that’s a legitimate point. But that’s not the case, and my focus is already on 2024 since I think either of the main choices will be terrible as far as the deficit (and plenty of other issues) is concerned. Republican politicians aren’t taking spending seriously because Republican voters have told them clearly that it isn’t a priority in their embrace of Trumpism. I refuse to be a part of that. You’re as much of the problem that’s going to screw my kids in the future as Bernie is. In fact, you may be worse…at least Bernie believes what he’s advocating for is actually going to make America better in the long run. You know better, but you’re too scared to do anything about it.

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                • Chris

                  Let not perfect be the enemy of good.

                  I get it, you are a single issue voter. I just find it incredibly short sighted to spite the candidate closer to what you want because it’s not enough, so you will help the party that is FURTHEST away from you aligned values this election. Your sanctimony might leave your kids with a socialist policies like the Green New Deal one day. Sad!

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                • FisheriesDawg

                  I voted for Bush in 2000 and 2004 and Romney in 2012. I’m not a utopian by any means. But I have lines, and if a candidate crosses them, they’re not getting my support, regardless of how bad the other side is. For instance, I didn’t vote for McCain in 2008 because I thought he was a dishonest blowhard who did whatever was politically expedient and had almost no personal principles when it came to politics. I’m not a single issue voter, but if you’re indifferent to the federal deficit, as you and Trump seem to effectively be, you’re not on my political team. At best, I might be part of your short-term coalition, but then again, I might not.

                  As far as Trump goes, as you’ve acknowledged, he’s not a conservative. He’s also got some extremely serious personal and ethical deficiencies. I think that having him as the figurehead of the conservative side of American politics for another four years will be more costly than having an ineffective Democrat in office until 2024. For instance, I’d much rather have:

                  Biden 2021-2024
                  Nikki Haley 2025-

                  than

                  Trump 2017-2024
                  AOC type 2025-

                  Therefore, I’ll be pulling a D ballot in March and voting for Biden. If he’s the nominee in November, I’ll probably vote for him. If Warren or Sanders are the nominee, I’ll vote third party as I did in 2016. If it’s Buttegieg…I just don’t know yet. Thank God Harris is out of the mix. She was truly the most awful of all of them. She publicly bragged that she’d use the Constitution for toilet paper. She was as dismissive of liberty as Trump is, except she’s far more competent than he is and has far worse public policy goals.

                  2016 wasn’t the last election for the Republic. 2020 won’t be either. If the candidates are terrible, don’t vote for them. If you do, you’ll just keep getting terrible candidates because there are sadly plenty of primary voters in both parties who want truly terrible people (as evidenced by the nominations of Trump and Clinton last time) representing their party. The only way to stop those people is to refuse to vote for their choices out of a misguided sense of pragmatism.

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            • Will (the other one)

              Given the past 30 years, elected Republicans only seem to care about the deficit when one of their own isn’t in the White House. Hell, Cheney said deficits don’t matter when Bush was in office. I think they may be a bit disingenuous in their protests (similar to Pete Peterson, who is deeply afraid about the future of social security and in now way has motivations beyond that which could enrich himself, no sir.)

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            You think the party of the Green New Deal and Medicare For All will be good for free markets and the national debt? Hokay.

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        • Chris

          Almost forgot about the judges. Trump in installing record number of conservative judges in all districts. And of course potentially 2+ Supreme Court justices next term.

          If you believe in conservative principles, do everything you can to help elect a president that will nominate conservative judges.

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        • ASEF

          Agreed. Guys like Chris have joined a cult of personality. It Trump does it, it’s conservative. If someone opposes Trump, it’s liberal. That’s their only litmus test. It’s amusing, because it is exactly the kind of lemming behavior they sputtered about on the left during the 8 years Obama was in office.

          It’s crazy to me that Justin Amash is the only Republican politician willing to put his principles ahead of meekly bowing down to Dear Leader. And he’ll probably lose his seat over it. I donated the max to him even though I live in NC. Until the sycophants who have become incapable of checks and balances start losing primaries, the Republican Party is stuck on stupid.

          And yes, I say that as someone who grew up in a Republican house in a very military Bible Belt town. I’ve been called an “f’ing liberal” too many times to count over the past 2 years because I opposed Bush’s massive deficits and Trump’s. Apparently deficits only matter when a black guy is in the White House.

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          • Chris

            Typical f’ing liberal race baiter.

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            • SpellDawg

              That’s taking the easy way out. How do you address his larger point, a supposed conservative running up a trillion dollar deficit last year alone during the “best economy maybe ever” (as he likes to put it)?

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            • ASEF

              Uh huh

              I grew up in a town dedicated to blowing shit up, mainly Russian. Church twice a week. Married the only woman I ever knew intimately. Two kids, one adopted. Highly suspicious of anyone who thinks government can craft better solutions than people motivated by personal benefit framed by a solid set of ethics.

              Trump bragged about cheating on his wives. Walking into a dressing room of beauty pageant contestants, some as young as 15 years old, unannounced hoping to catch some of them in stages of undress. Trump University. Selling our allies out and even stabbing them in the back.

              We could agree on a lot of principles and policies. Where you’re dead wrong is imagining that only Trump can get you there.

              Like most Trump supporters, you’re too wrapped up in imagining the theoretical horrors of a President Elizabeth Warren to admit the banal evil that is Trump.

              “Liberal race baiter?” Lol. Thanks for proving my point.

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              • Chris

                Lighten up, Francis. It was tongue in cheek regarding you bringing up race out of nowhere. Like a typical liberal race baiter would do.

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              • Napoleon BonerFart

                What’s your point? That Fauxcahontas is more ethical than Trump? Or that bank fraud Bernie is? Kamala Harris slept her way into office and then laughed about locking people up on minor drug and truancy charges. She’s black, so does that make her more honorable?

                Is it possible that national politics draws in psychopathic assholes who don’t give a shit about you and your problems? Or are you seriously suggesting that only one party gets them all?

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                • That Fauxcahontas is more ethical than Trump?

                  LOL. Trump’s paid out not one, but two multi-million dollar settlements on fraud claims since he was elected POTUS. I must have missed where Warren was similarly sued.

                  If your point is that no politician is squeaky clean, fine. If you’re trying to equate the two, it’s not convincing.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Using settlements as definitive proof of morality? You must be a lawyer.

                  I’m not equating anything. I’m simply amusing myself by reminding others that the party of identity politics has embraced a lilly white woman who lied about her racial identity in order to get a prestigious job. Maybe Warren was just hearkening back to Democratic principles of yore with the “one drop rule?” Some might call her actions fraudulent. I’m sure you wouldn’t. But some might.

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                • Using settlements as definitive proof of morality? You must be a lawyer.

                  A lawyer with awareness of Trump’s litigation history. YMMV.

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  2. JasonC

    Off topic: I saw that the QB from Houston (D’Eriq King?) that took a redshirt in order to transfer ended up at Miami. Apparently, Felippe Franks beat him to Arkansas.
    Miami sucked last season. Just wondering how much of an improvement that is over Houston from last season to this season….

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    • David K

      How did LSU not grab him?

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    • The thing that has bothered me the most about Trump is his constant effort to totally discredit the news media. Pretty scary actually. I guess we should all be glad he hasn’t bought Fox News, renamed them Trump News, declared them the official state news source of the U.S. and had the FCC ban other news outlets from the internet and TV. Pretty sure that move is from Chapter 1 in the Evil Dictator for Dummies book.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Related to that, Pittman’s put together a damned decent staff over at Arky. Briles the younger gets a bit too much of a pass for not getting associated with Baylor, but he’s been a damn good OC, and then he gets paired up with Barry Odum as DC. I wouldn’t complain if Arky pulls an upset of Auburn next year…

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  3. 3rdandGrantham

    IMO, I think Trump is going to win in a landslide as long as the economy continues to hum along. Mind you, I personally won’t be voting for him or any democratic candidate; it’s just a prediction is all. With that said, I could get behind Bloomberg, but we’ll need to hear more from him. He’s the only one who could possibly knock him off. Again IMO.

    As someone who still occasionally travels but thankfully isn’t a road warrior of yesteryear, this who emotional support animal nonsense has truly gotten out of hand, and it just goes to show what a selfish, narcissistic society we’ve become coupled with unabashed over-sensitivity and PC nonsense.

    Seeing cats, dogs, and even miniature horses (yes, horses) https://bit.ly/30H1pk4 is bad enough, now you’re seeing them in restaurants, grocery stores, and the like. A few months back I witnessed a lady throw a complete fit while I was trying to enjoy dinner at a upscale D.C. spot because they wouldn’t allow her to bring her lap dog in to eat with her. She kinda looked like Kellyanne Conway, but I digress.

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    • dawgtired

      You may be right about Trump getting reelected but I’ll be shocked with all the noise the last few years. I admit, the economy looks good right now, but Trump’s only hope is that line up the Dems have going against him. I can’t believe they can’t find better candidates.
      The Dems really screwed this whole thing up. All that had to do was give Trump rope and he would have hung himself.
      They should have laid quiet with the impeachment process until they had all the evidence they needed, instead of pitching the impeachment idea so many times. Heck some of the impeachment talk preceded the evidence they found. It gives Trump ammunition and you know the tweet king will spout it.
      If they would just ignore him and continue about their business serving the people, the tweet king would just fade off into the distance.
      Their constant attention to him is keeping Trump front and center in the eyes of the masses.
      It’s time to give the attention to the people and let Trump go back to making reality shows.

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      • SpellDawg

        Trump ’16 would have to lost to both Obama ’08 (by a wide margin) & ’12. That was when he was a fresh unknown, there was a hope among some he might temper his stances when he took office. He’s now polling well underwater with suburban women (who alone might bury his chances) and college-educated whites, his best hope is keeping the traditional non-voters rallied.

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        • sniffer

          Good place to jump in. Those suburban housewives who have total disdain for Trump are mostly well educated, probably working and understand the world around them. I’m married to one. She detests his demeanor and language. She also understands that her/our retirement accounts are really healthy. She and her peers understand explicitly what AOC, Bernie, Warren, et al, mean when they talk about their economic plans. So, though they loath him as a person, they can live with his doctrines now and understand that in 2024, all bets are off. Hellooo, Hilary! shewillmakeacomeback

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    • dawgtired

      P.S.
      “this who emotional support animal nonsense has truly gotten out of hand, and it just goes to show what a selfish, narcissistic society we’ve become coupled with unabashed over-sensitivity and PC nonsense.”

      I don’t understand what’s going on with young people today. My daughter lived with 7 other girls during her attendance at UGA. 5 of the 7 girls had anxiety issues. They periodically had emotional breakdowns and constantly needed conversations of encouragement throughout their stay in Athens.
      Insecurities among people (especially the younger) these days seem widespread. Not sure if social media has added to this or not but it seems to be at the center of many conversations.

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      • Will (the other one)

        Much like the “all these kids want participation trophies” perhaps the blame should be on the parents…

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        • ETDF

          ^^^^^this 100x. These kids are made this way by their parents. I will also concede that social media amplifies the problem.

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  4. Gurkha Dawg

    The dems remind me of tech fans. Completely delusional. Trump will be completely exonerated in this impeachment hoax just as he was in the collusion hoax. Trump will crush any of the weak ass candidates the dems manage to agree on. If Trump keeps the stock market going up, pretty soon I will be sitting in a sky suite for the games drinking all I want.

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    • Dawgflan

      “Trump keeps the stock market going up” says the supposedly free-market conservative.

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    • RangerRuss

      Well, my business is booming. The folks that know me laugh at that pun. Business has never been better for me.

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    • Dawgflan

      “If Trump keeps the stock market going up”
      https://www.macrotrends.net/2481/stock-market-performance-by-president

      He’s still 10% behind the stock market performance of the most-worstest-ever president… but yeah.

      I see a lot of ex post facto and out of context justification on this thread.

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      • W Cobb Dawg

        You’re wasting your time. If/when you present facts to Pavlov’s dogs all they do is bark. A lot of them are well aware they’ve been conned. But it’s more comfortable to continue the con than admit a mistake.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        Sure Dawgflan, I remember the good old days under Obama when the Dow first broke 29,000. Market keeps going up, incinerating ISIS, killing murdering terrorists, banging porn stars, making Iran cry like a bunch of pussies, standing up to China on trade. Nobody fucks with the US anymore. What’s not to love? Trump 2020!

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        • Dawgflan

          Sure Gurkha, I remember the not so terrible days when the Dow went up 250% under Obama, Iran sanctions were rolled out in 2010, Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011, and the counter-ISIS campaign began in 2014. No banging porn stars that we know of, I’ll give you that.

          I voted against Obama both times but it’s bizarre what people will believe just because they want to.

          You keep giving all the credit to the 2nd stringer that doesn’t completely fuck up the huge advantage he’s been handed by others. It’s like giving credit to Stetson Bennett for the Murray State win because he “only” threw 1 INT but ran for a 1 yard TD in the 4th quarter of a game that was already 56 to 13.

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        • W Cobb Dawg

          “Nobody fucks with US anymore!”

          Iran lobbed missiles at our base, militia entered our embassy, Russian ship nearly collided with one of ours, 3 soldiers killed by attack in Kenya – all in the last 3 weeks. As I said, present facts and all Pavlov’s dogs will do is bark.

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          • Napoleon BonerFart

            Trump should probably draw a line in the sand!

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          • Gurkha Dawg

            Iran missed our bases deliberately because they knew better than fuck with Trump. Everybody knows that, even the dems. What the fuck is wrong with you. When our embassy was attacked the man responsible was quickly killed. Compare that to what happened in Benghazi. As soon as the people responsible for Kenya are identified they will be killed too. Like I said : Nobody fucks with the US anymore.

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  5. Mick Jagger

    As Clinton himself said, it’s the economy, stupid.

    I like (most of) Trump’s policies, although I think he is a self-absorbed jerk. He’s done a better job than the neighborhood organizer (WTF is that and how does it qualify one to be POTUS?) we previously had – for my billfold, anyway.

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    • jtp03

      Which policies do you like, and please be specific. (This is an honest question)

      I often hear this, but people never really manage to go into detail. They just say “policies”

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      • Mick Jagger

        I like taking a tough stance on tariffs and foreign policy – although they can both come back to bite ya in the butt. Also, something has to be done about illegal immigration – I think a wall is ridiculous though.

        I’m a political moderate who like common sense approaches – not the extremes we’re currently getting from the left and right. For example, on illegal immigration, no services which are paid for by taxpayers. Streamline the process to citizenship.

        I’m for self-sufficiency.

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        • jtp03

          But Illegal immigrants pay a myriad of taxes, although likely not as much in federal, but billions in state and local taxes. And if they are here with false documents, they pay into a federal system they cannot benefit from. That actually helps our bottom line.
          Many natural born citizens also do not pay federal taxes. Should they also not have access to these services?

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        • Paul

          Mick, tariffs are paid by the importer, not the exporter. Tariffs are paid by American businesses and American consumers. They may provide some short term leverage but they are not a long term solution. Trump says that not all tariffs will go away with an anticipated second agreement. An agreement he doesn’t see happening until after the election. Tariffs have already cost the United States almost 70 billion dollars. They’re likely to stay in place at least another year. Illegal immigration isn’t the problem we are experiencing at the border. We are currently overwhelmed with asylum seekers. Seeking asylum is not illegal. There are many treaties, laws and agreements that govern the process. We need to put processes, procedures and facilities in place to address the current reality. Most likely, it’s going to get worse. We do need comprehensive immigration reform. A responsibility the Constitution gives exclusively to Congress. Congress needs to do its job.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        As stated Im not a Trump fan; never voted for him or will. But I’ll give him (or his admin) vast credit for their immense improvement to our overall cyber security posture, along with our much tougher stance against China and other top threat vectors.

        The Obama admin really dropped the ball here previously, and it really put us in a weaker spot, while frustrating top cyber leaders whom were tasked with protecting our commercial, gov, and overall vital interests. Unfortunately I’m not in a position to expound further given my role in security up here in D.C.

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  6. Normaltown Mike

    I don’t like Trump and my politics are anything but normal, but I find his press conferences hilarious. His manner of speaking and his willingness to throw out random jabs is bizarre in standard American politics yet funny.

    His presidency should be a great “teachable moment” about the limits of the Presidency and the supremacy of Congress, but alas, that hasn’t materialized.

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    • spur21

      And it won’t materialize as long as Congress is full of (many corrupt beyond imagination) career politicians. Term limits may save the country but not likely in my lifetime.

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      • Mick Jagger

        Yes, I am all for term limits and a flat/fair tax. You buy, you pay tax.

        Common sense stuff, y’all…

        No more political posts. I promise..

        Back to enjoying the Vandagriff commitment.

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      • RangerRuss

        Entrenched corrupt bureaucracy is a great threat to prosperity. The self serving slugs in DC need to be excised like the cancer they have become.

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  7. Mick Jagger

    Probably my 1st and last political post.

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  8. Jared S.

    Short-sightedness is pervasive in our culture. The total inability to see anything beyond the end of our collective nose. This goes for Dems/GOP/Libs/Right-wing, however we want to label ourselves… or others.

    The culture would label me a fiscal moderate and a social ultra-conservative, with a libertarian streak when it comes to foreign policy. And I’m okay with that, I guess. But at the end of the day, it really means there’s no home for me in national politics. No one, and I mean almost NO one wants to hear from people like me.

    People like me think Trump and McConnell, for instance, are a disgrace to their country and the Constitution they’ve sworn to uphold. Trump is guilty of illegally withholding foreign security aid in an attempt to use the office of president to extort a foreign country into doing him a political favor. McConnell and most Republicans don’t care, as long as Trump keeps “winning,” which I guess means making the Democrats mad. As the thoroughly logical (and therefore hated) David Brooks (he’s a RINO, don’t you know — after all he works for the NYT!) has often said, all Republicans have to ask themselves is whether they’d vote to remove Obama from office if he did the exact same thing —- we all know the answer whether we’re honest enough to admit it or not.

    Speaking of Brooks he’s often gotten to the heart of why it is so (utterly and completely baffling) why 80% of self-professed “evangelicals” support Trump. I can remember during the RNC in summer of 2016 he asked the pro-Trump leader of one Christian organization, “which of the Fruits of the Spirt do you think Trump embodies most?” and the leader’s mouth literally fell open.

    Ah, but the judges. I forgot! It’s all about the judges, y’all! The Trump presidency is simply a means to an end. Trump is a blunt but effective instrument with which to exact our revenge on the courts (they’re ruining this country, don’t you know?… legislating their liberal agenda from the bench… making schools teach about trans people to our kids and plotting to take away our guns…. and letting folks use EBT cards to purchase seafood at Kroger — I’ve seen it!). Wait, where was I?

    Oh yeah, there’s no place for people like me in national politics. People who have a sneaking suspicion that this “winning” at any moral cost will come back to bite us in our proud, scheming behinds.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      Sure. Tribalism reigns supreme in politics. Yes, Republicans would probably throw fits if Obama requested a foreign leader to investigate corrupt deals involving a Republican politician. Just like Democrats dismissed perjury, obstruction of justice, and witness tampering when they were committed by a Democratic president. Both parties are hypocritical. Surprise!

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      • FisheriesDawg

        OK…so you’ve got two options:

        Oppose corruption
        Embrace corruption by your side

        I choose 1. Sounds like you’ve decided to choose 2. That’s all well and good, but when you choose the second option, you lose your ability to oppose corruption by the other side when they’re in power.

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          Nope. I oppose corruption. I just don’t catch the vapors over mean tweets and investigating Democrats.

          I think practically every president has abused his power. Most has abused it enough to be impeached. But true to form, Democrats spent years investigating Trump and have gone batshit crazy over some of the least objectionable stuff he did.

          BTW, given that you were wrong about me choosing option 2, are you sure you’re correct about you choosing option 1? Or are you willing to forgive corruption as long as it’s done in a traditional manner satisfactory to the deep state?

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          • FisheriesDawg

            You’re still choosing option 2. You’re equivocating. If he did something impeachable, you should say so and quit worrying about whether other people “get the vapors” over it. That’s completely irrelevant to the issue.

            Personally, I think what Trump did was impeachable. I think he deserves to be removed. I don’t think it’s politically prudent to do so now, though. The Democrats should have presented the evidence and then said “OK, American people, is this what you really want?” But that would have required a level of calmness and capability from them that they’re incapable of exhibiting, as, just like most elected Republicans today, they’re scared to death of the crazies in their base.

            I also think Obama’s “phone and a pen” statement was impeachable. W’s statement that he’d sign McCain-Feingold even though he believed it was unconstitutional was impeachable. I’d be doing backflips if Congress started taking this stuff more seriously and quit deferring unlimited authority to the executive branch. Political courage is in short supply in this country, which is what enables someone so dishonest and unethical as Trump to take over a major political party with little resistance from inside and loud cheers from the idiot fringes.

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              You’re interpreting my belief that Trump is just as bad as most other presidents, of both parties, as me choosing one party over another. I’ll just say I disagree.

              I don’t think that any of the Russia/Ukraine stuff is impeachable. Even if the Democrats could prove their allegations, which they haven’t done.

              I would have supported W’s impeachment over lying us into war. I would have supported Obama’s impeachment over expanding the war into a genocide in Yemen with the United States acting as Al Qaeda’s air force. To me, the extra-Constitutional political maneuvering just pales in comparison.

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  9. The Dawg abides

    Just read where Terry Jones died. Bummer. Blessed are the cheesemakers. RIP.

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    • Derek

      “What was that about hats?”

      “I’ll have the lot! And don’t go scrimping!!”

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    • RangerRuss

      Awwww I hate that. We used to watch Monty Python at Little Bob’s at Five Points while drinking draft beer and then sit on the porch and watch fender benders.
      Thanks for the laughs. RIP.

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    • Aww man, that sucks.
      The wife and I watched “Life of Bryan” and “Holy Grail” back to back on a rainy Saturday a few weeks back. I hadn’t seen them in years, she had never seen them at all. She kept saying “This is so stupid” but laughing so hard she had tears in her eyes. And I swear, honest to goodness, when they got to the rabbit scene she said (before the character) “It’s just a rabbit.” Hilarity ensued.

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      • RangerRuss

        My wife doesn’t get it either. At my birthday dinner after a few drinks I told Kathleen,”I don’t wanna talk to you no more you empty headed animal food trough wiper”. Kat responded,”I fart in your general direction”. Wife is all “Dafuq is ya’ll’s problem?”
        She simply doesn’t get it.

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        • Argoncdawg

          When I meet someone that slips in a random Monty Python quote I know I have found a member of my tribe.

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        • I’m assuming Kat is your sister? I took my Sister and a bunch of her girlfriends out for drinks to celebrate her divorce. Sis kept grabbing my arm and yelling “You’re in great peril!”

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          • RangerRuss

            Kat is my friend’s wife. One of the few sane females I know. Moved here from Kalifornistan for her Masters, married my bud and has become a great friend. She had a lot to learn about guns and safety but carries a .45 and I don’t even have to “ride me like a rented mule” anymore.

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            • .45? That’s heavy for a chick. If it’s a 1911 tell her I love her…

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              • RangerRuss

                She was trained on 1911 but carries a full size XD in that big ol bag of crazy she calls a pocketbook. Driving to ATL every day I understand why. She and my wife, who totes an XDS .45, make fun of my shooting buddies and their Eurotrash 9mm.

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    • Will (the other one)

      He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      He’s eaten his last mint.

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  10. Paul

    The whole “emotional support animal” initiative turned into a giant scam overnight. We need to stop it yesterday. People are attempting to bring emotional support peacocks on airplanes. Dogs that are not trained are biting people. It’s ridiculous. I know some folks are genuinely helped by animal companions. I also know the vast majority of people are simply taking advantage of the fact that they can get away with it.

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  11. Dawgflan

    Since the Obama-haters and Trump-haters are out in full force, I’d like to recommend the most recent Frontline – “America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump”

    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/americas-great-divide-from-obama-to-trump/

    The storyline related to the Obama birth certificate conspiracy is the most compelling. Trump went on all the media outlets to fan the flames of conspiracy, and forced Obama to reveal additional copies of his legitimate birth certificates. Obama took it personally, and in probably his most personal but petty moment as President, retaliated by humiliating Trump, face to face, in front of the media and political elite at the White House correspondence dinner. The footage and interviews related to that event make me wince. Two powerful men, both feeling personally insulted, airing their grievances through the media.

    Clausewitz said something to the effect of war being politics by other means, but we live in a time when the opposite is true – politics is war by other means – and the country is just collateral damage of powerful people’s egos and bank accounts.

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  12. The Republic will abide…

    At least we got Soleimani. A stopped clock is right twice a day and all that.

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  13. Argondawg

    The only nominee on either side that might sway me from voting Libertarian is Tulsi Gabbard and she has been marginalized by the party. Politics has always followed culture. We don’t have so much of a political problem as a cultural problem. I think Trump winning is more about a big FU to both parties. He just happens to be on the right because that was a primary he could legitimately fight in. There is nothing conservative about the guy other than the judges he nominates. I think Trump wins again and I think the court in 5 years sits at 7-2 and shit is gonna get real. We are living in weird times man.

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    • AlphaDawg

      Tulsi just filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary and her she’s a “Russian Agent” assertion.

      And Trump is basically a 90’s era Democrat.

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  14. PTC DAWG

    Typical Wednesday drivel.

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  15. Union Jack

    Along the lines of emotional support beer, Browns and Bengals fans are trying anything to ease their pain.

    https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/01/could-browns-blues-be-cured-by-medical-marijuana.html

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  16. Napoleon BonerFart

    So disappointed in the Virginia rally.

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  17. Gurkha Dawg

    Holy shit! I know someone that we can all agree we hate. I was clicking around on the internets when I saw a picture of Tim Tebow and his blushing bride. The caption of the photo was: “To watch the two of them begin their life together was just beautiful.” Said Urban Myer.

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  18. ciddawg

    Senator…not falling for it … you secretly Love the Trumpster but you do enjoy riling your chin wiping liberal fanboys even more…keep em coming…can I put you down for two tickets to the Mt. Rushmore unveiling in 2025? Pearls and more Pearls ….

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    • FisheriesDawg

      As I said above…Trump’s fans are solely in it for the trolling.

      Case in point.

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      • ciddawg

        Again, hit dog hollers… Trolling is all you anti Trumpers & USA apologists deserve…you don’t give a shit about anything but maintaining your position that Trump is bad because espn, keith olbermann and the nice man in your book club says so….there is no rational, reasonable conversation that can be had with you bedwetters…all Trump has done is lead this Nation out from under the malaise, unemployment and control of China, Russia and the UN where your team (weinstein. pelosi, obama, biden and hillary) desperately tried to put us while lining their pockets with kickbacks and corruption…Even now your teams braintrust, (Nadless and Shiff his pants) are perjuring themselves on the floor of the Senate and you spineless pussies want to throw rocks at Trump …suck it… wipe your chin and change your sheets… I was wondering who still had rachel maddow’s nutsack in their mouth and believed she would call them in the morning….

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