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  # 2154652 4-Jan-2019 23:18
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Trump's wall won't block rich refugees though...







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  # 2154654 4-Jan-2019 23:41
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I've found an old toe nail clipping I'd like to nominate as President for 2020.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2154689 5-Jan-2019 08:37
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The Washington Post - While federal workers go without pay, senior Trump administration officials are poised to get $10,000 raises

 

January 4 at 1:48 PM

 


While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year.

 

The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay.

 

The raises appear to be an unintended consequence of the shutdown: When lawmakers failed to pass bills on Dec. 21 to fund multiple federal agencies, they allowed an existing pay freeze to lapse.

 

Congress enacted a law capping pay for top federal executives in 2013 and renewed it each year.

 

The raises will occur because that cap will expire without legislative action by Saturday, allowing raises to kick in that have accumulated over those years but never took effect, starting with paychecks that will be issued next week.

 

 

 

 

The Washington Post - Trump threatens to keep government shut down for ‘months or even years’ to get wall money

 

January 4 at 2:02 PM

 


President Trump told congressional leaders Friday that he would keep the federal government closed for “months or even years” amid a dispute over border wall funding, as the White House scrambled to unify the GOP behind Trump while some Republicans are showing impatience with the now two-week old shutdown. ...

 



 





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  # 2154692 5-Jan-2019 08:45
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US President Donald Trump sought to push back against talk of impeaching him that has intensified since Democrats took back control of the House, arguing that his adversaries want to remove him for office because of his popularity and success.  [Stuff]

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/109745922/trump-pushes-back-on-impeachment-talk-citing-his-popularity-among-republicans

 

 

 

 

 

I must have had a sheltered life. I've been lucky. Whenever I have done very well, and people like me, I never felt I was about to be fired. Dodged a bullet there!


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  # 2154808 5-Jan-2019 12:00
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And now he is considering keeping the government shutdown for months or years...

 

 

But when Trump appeared in the Rose Garden a short time later, he characterized the meeting as “very productive” if “somewhat contentious.” He confirmed that he’d told congressional leaders the shutdown could go on for years, although he said he didn’t think it would.

 

At the same time, Trump seemed to hold out the possibility that the shutdown would never end.

 

“We’ll see what happens. It may get solved, it may not get solved,” the president remarked.

 

“I thought it was really a very, very good meeting,” Trump said. “We’re all on the same path in terms of wanting to get government open.”

 

But Trump strengthened his rhetoric in his demands for more than $5 billion to build a wall along the southern border, saying it must be built out of concrete or steel. Democrats have rejected providing any new funding for a border wall.

 

“The southern border is a dangerous horrible disaster,” Trump said. And contrary to Democrats’ demands, he said the government would stay shut down until the issue was resolved.

 

“We won’t be opening it until it’s solved,” Trump said.

 

Questioned about how the 800,000 federal workers now on furlough or working without guaranteed pay would cope without a safety net, Trump said: “The safety net is going to be having a strong border because we’re going to be safe.”

 

Trump insisted that most of the workers impacted are behind what he is doing, because border security is more important than next week’s paycheck.

 

“’Mr. President keep going, this is far more important,’” Trump said these workers would say to him if they could.

 

The leaders of federal workers unions have in fact deplored the ongoing shutdown, decrying its impact on the workforce and pleading for it to end.

 





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  # 2154823 5-Jan-2019 12:36
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And more. From here:

 

 

Afghanistan apparently is not worth much more to him. At a Wednesday cabinet meeting, the president said he was happy to let the Taliban and ISIS fight each other without American troops in their way.

 

That’s what Trump wants. He scoffed at “the generals” who want U.S. troops to fight them both, as they do at the request of Afghanistan, alongside the Afghan security forces the U.S. has spent 17 years building up. Trump did not mention what the Syrians or Afghans wanted for themselves. He did not reveal what his past or incoming defense secretaries, Joint Chiefs, or combatant commanders wanted, other than they wanted to stay and fight alongside their partner forces.

 

After deferring to establishment national security advisors like Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster for nearly two years, Trump has suddenly decided to stop. In the past month, he has rejected in part or whole the two most important ongoing U.S.military interventions in the world, scrapping the “South Asia strategy” he reluctantly announced in September 2017. Moreover, he has effectively torn up the National Defense Strategy, the plan to counter China and Russia that former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approved just three months ago, presumably after his own White House’s review.

 

In place of these strategies, Trump offered his strange mix of talking points and lies.

 

“I mean, I’m the only person in the history of our country that could really decimate ISIS, say we’re bringing the troops back home over a period of time — I never said so quickly, but over a period of time. But everybody gives me credit for decimating ISIS,” Trump said, as his cabinet listened in silence during the televised portion of their White House meeting.

 

“So we do that, and we say we’re going to bring the troops back home, where they belong. I’ve been campaigning on that for a long time, before I won, a big part of my campaign: I want to bring our troops back from the endless wars. We have endless wars. They’ve been going on for 19 years in the area. But I’m going to bring them home from Syria.”

 

But nothing is that clear with this commander in chief. After his introductory ramble, Trump began answering reporters’ questions. Within moments, he contradicted himself, assuring that U.S.troops were neither completely leaving Syria, nor leaving too soon (“We’re slowly bringing people back”), nor abandoning Kurdish partner forces. “We want to protect the Kurds,” he said, without saying how.

 

“We are continuing to fight. We never let anybody down. And there was a lot of misinterpretation, but I think you’ll see at the end, that’s working out,” Trump said, of U.S. military support for the Syrian Democratic Forces. “But what we’re doing is the right thing to do. And in many respects, it’s very exciting because I like winning. When I took over Syria, Syria was a mess.”

 

Trump continued, dismissing analysts who have argued that his withdrawal order benefits Russia and Iran. “They don’t like seeing us leave because we’re knocking out ISIS. Let them fight ISIS too. We’re spending all of this money. I want to spend money in our country.”

 

But it was Trump’s next line that was most jarring.

 

“Syria was lost long ago. It was lost long ago. And besides that we’re talking about sand and death. That’s what we’re talking about. We’re not talking about, you know, vast wealth. We’re talking about sand and death.”

 

In other words, by Trump’s logic, if Syria had more tangible wealth — he did not identify what, but presumably some resource that benefits the U.S. pocketbook — then it would be worth continuing to send troops into the lethal military mission there.

 

Wealth. Not power. Not strategic advantage. Not human rights. Not human life. Wealth.

 

Trump did not say that he saw in Syria a vital geopolitical location, or an unbelievable women’s movement or the seeds of true democracy sprouting amid the U.S. ground forces, or leverage toward a Geneva peace process on Syria’s political future to rewrite its constitution, end Bashar al-Assad’s regime, and create a U.S.-friendly Syria-Iraq axis that could be a bulwark to the Iranian regime’s regional hegemonic aspirations and from financing and arming terrorism.

 

Trump saw none of that. He saw “sand and death.”     

 

The president’s remarks at his first Cabinet meeting of 2019 were more than another jaw-dropping stream-of-consciousness moment from the president. They were nothing less than a total rebuke of his administration’s defense strategy — and of the U.S.counterterrorism strategy of the past 17 years.

 





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  # 2154834 5-Jan-2019 12:44
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freitasm:

 

This is the joke:

 

 

 

Dated 2014

 

 





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  # 2154838 5-Jan-2019 12:53
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  # 2154902 5-Jan-2019 14:34
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It seems to me that in public situations Trump feels pressured to keep talking but he simply doesn't have the intellect to put forward any coherent argument on any topic so it comes out as one long ramble that is riddled with inconsistencies.

 

It would be the same if most of us tried to talk on a subject, even one we knew well, without notes for five or ten minutes without stopping. Few people are equipped or trained to do it.

 

There are exceptions of course. Gorbachev once spoke for something like 4 hours continuously in a televised interview without notes, without repetition and without hesitating. Possibly boring but nevertheless astounding.

 

I think most of Trumps public ramblings should be ignored. It's only his official announcements we need to be concerned about.


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  # 2154911 5-Jan-2019 15:14
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"Remember that Trump had GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress and still, somehow, managed to bluster and blunder his way into a shutdown. That’s difficult to do. It’s kind of like wearing both a belt and suspenders, and still having your pants fall down around your ankles."

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/speaker-pelosi-will-show-trump-hes-not-the-only-one-with-power-in-washington/2019/01/03/aedaf696-0f99-11e9-84fc-d58c33d6c8c7_story.html

 

 

 

 





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  # 2154913 5-Jan-2019 15:18
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Rikkitic:

 

It’s kind of like wearing both a belt and suspenders, and still having your pants fall down around your ankles.

 

 

That made me laugh so hard! (Thanks) Unfortunate, but TRUE!


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