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  #1698184 4-Jan-2017 09:21
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dclegg:

 

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And without warning the Republicans killed the Office of Congressional Ethics

 



And they've now backtracked on this, after disapproval from Trump. 

The cynic in me thinks this was an orchestrated pan by all involved, to make his "Drain the Swamp" rhetoric seem more real.

 

 

 

 

Wow, no matter what happens people want to believe the worst. 

 

 


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  #1698186 4-Jan-2017 09:21
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Geektastic:

 

Certainly no one in the US gives a flying truck what people in a country most of them cannot find on a map which has a population less than half that of San Diego County thinks about their election decisions.

 

 

Trump cares - apparently.

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1698188 4-Jan-2017 09:28
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Rikkitic:
Geektastic:

networkn:


I've always thought the idea of the US Govt turning on it's people causing a big civil war for which citizens needed big powerful guns to defend themselves against the Govt preposterous.... Until now. 


 



 


I never have. I've watched aghast as most of Europe's people have been quietly disarmed by their governments over the past decades. 



So you seriously think it is a good idea for everyone to be armed? Just like America?


Those who pass suitable vetting, yes.





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  #1698189 4-Jan-2017 09:31
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networkn:

 

dclegg:

 

freitasm:

 

And without warning the Republicans killed the Office of Congressional Ethics

 



And they've now backtracked on this, after disapproval from Trump. 

The cynic in me thinks this was an orchestrated pan by all involved, to make his "Drain the Swamp" rhetoric seem more real.

 

 

Wow, no matter what happens people want to believe the worst. 

 

 

What's the best?

 

Having a corrupt, deeply socially conservative, authoritarian GOP calling the shots - or having a loose cannon like Trump carrying through his tweeted promises?

 

 


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  #1698192 4-Jan-2017 09:35
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Fred99:

Geektastic:


Certainly no one in the US gives a flying truck what people in a country most of them cannot find on a map which has a population less than half that of San Diego County thinks about their election decisions.



Trump cares - apparently.




If a Tweet constitutes proof of caring you have a much lower bar than I do!





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  #1698195 4-Jan-2017 09:41
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Geektastic:

If a Tweet constitutes proof of caring you have a much lower bar than I do!

 

 

 

It was a tweet from the President elect.

 

Americans I know are deeply embarrassed by Trump.

 

It'll be interesting to see how long it takes for US Beef farmers to lobby (against McDonalds etc) to get Trump onto the idea that using NZ ground beef in burgers is un-American.


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  #1698205 4-Jan-2017 09:48
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Fred99:

 

Geektastic:

If a Tweet constitutes proof of caring you have a much lower bar than I do!

 

 

 

It was a tweet from the President elect.

 

Americans I know are deeply embarrassed by Trump.

 

It'll be interesting to see how long it takes for US Beef farmers to lobby (against McDonalds etc) to get Trump onto the idea that using NZ ground beef in burgers is un-American.

 

 

Chances are that of the ones you know, on average one in every 2 voted for him, so not that embarrassed. 

 

I deal with a fair number of US based companies and staff from those, most days. Before the election very anti-Trump, after he elected, admitted they voted for him but didn't want to say so before the election for fear of the reaction. 

 

Bottom line a LOT of Americans want what he is selling. 

 

If I read between the lines on your comments on Beef, it feels like you would blame that on Trump too, though it wouldn't be him suggesting it. American beef farmers would have every right to lobby that Americans should use American Beef. It's good for us that we get to supply some.

 

It's also fairly amazing to me that most people here who are Anti-Trump (and I am hardly his biggest fan) are prepared to take everything BAD he says as face value, but nothing good at face value.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #1698210 4-Jan-2017 10:16
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networkn:

 

 

 

If I read between the lines on your comments on Beef, it feels like you would blame that on Trump too, though it wouldn't be him suggesting it. American beef farmers would have every right to lobby that Americans should use American Beef. It's good for us that we get to supply some.

 

 

What are you trying to say there?

 

If Trump imposed a heavy duty on imported beef, that would be good because it met the lobbying demands of US beef farmers?

 

If that becomes accepted trade policy (globally - the US is still the world's largest trading nation) then take that to it's logical conclusion.

 

We should start building Trekkas in NZ, with your support  lobbying NZ govt to impose heavy taxes on imported cars, that'll make NZ great again.

 

 

 

 


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  #1698215 4-Jan-2017 10:21
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networkn:

 

 

 

Chances are that of the ones you know, on average one in every 2 voted for him, so not that embarrassed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought we'd cleared up that misunderstanding much earlier in the thread.

 

Chances are that of the ones you know, about one in every four voted for him.

 

 


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  #1698257 4-Jan-2017 11:54
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Fred99:

 

networkn:

 

Chances are that of the ones you know, on average one in every 2 voted for him, so not that embarrassed. 

 

 

 

I thought we'd cleared up that misunderstanding much earlier in the thread.

 

Chances are that of the ones you know, about one in every four voted for him.

 

 

To be fair, he could be suggesting that "Americans you know" could have twice the percentage of Trump supporters compared to the general voting population. laughingwinkundecided

 

Personally, I don't think that's likely though. laughing

 

Are most of your American friends uneducated poor white Evangelical Christians living in trailer parks?

 

 


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  #1698266 4-Jan-2017 12:07
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Credit to Trump for calling out the GOP on trying to weaken a very important function. Will be interesting to see how that same office he has defended will treat him through his presidency, because there are at the very least some prima facie concerns about the ethical conduct of many of Trump wheeling and dealing before, during and after the election. 

 

Perhaps he genuinely cares. Perhaps he is trying to curry favor with them so they go easy on him. Hard to tell.





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Credit to Trump for calling out the GOP on trying to weaken a very important function. Will be interesting to see how that same office he has defended will treat him through his presidency, because there are at the very least some prima facie concerns about the ethical conduct of many of Trump wheeling and dealing before, during and after the election. 

 

Perhaps he genuinely cares. Perhaps he is trying to curry favor with them so they go easy on him. Hard to tell.

 

 

Yeh I would like to think he genuinely cares, perhaps he does, perhaps it makes him look good when he talks about draining the swamp. But that ethics committee decision by Trump was good IMO, he could have really easily done away with it and it probably wouldn't have affected his approval ratings in the slightest. Trumps biggest problem to laying out his own agenda is the GOP. They will butt heads. 


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  #1698319 4-Jan-2017 13:04
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Credit to Trump for calling out the GOP on trying to weaken a very important function.

 

 

 

 

If you read his second tweet, he makes it plain that it shouldn't be the first priority of the GOP to shut it down. Not that he didn't want it shut down.

 

 

 


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  #1698321 4-Jan-2017 13:08
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I think he has made it quite clear he doesn't think it's a good idea. 


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  #1698332 4-Jan-2017 13:36
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Credit to Trump for calling out the GOP on trying to weaken a very important function. Will be interesting to see how that same office he has defended will treat him through his presidency, because there are at the very least some prima facie concerns about the ethical conduct of many of Trump wheeling and dealing before, during and after the election. 


This is the Office of Congressional Ethics. It does not apply to the President.

The Executive is under the Office of Government Ethics. Different thing OGE has made a few recommendations to Trump regarding his business interests. The OGE has praised Trump (on Twitter) in advance for saying he will divest some interests. I'm not sure if he has actually done it or if the office was praising for saying he will.

Edit: worth noting the OGE is actually a branch of the executive.

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