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      07-29-2019, 07:26 AM   #133
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The inconvenient truth about Trump — he's doing what he said he would

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To the extent to which his record in office conforms to pre-electoral promises, Trump’s record has been the best of any U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge


So Conrad Black is a bit of a Canadian Character, many dislike him but I do like reading him. He has owned several newspaper chains and had run in's with the US criminal justice system. He is wicked smart and not always easy to read, but some of you may find this op-ed from the National Post interesting.

In The Globe and Mail last month, one Ian McGugan wrote a piece that was titled, very aptly but probably not in the way intended, “Dumb and Dumbest.” He quotes Simon Wren-Lewis, a quasi-Marxist economist and economic advisor to the British Labour Party (deep) shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, an authoritarian quasi-Marxist, and to his leader, the antediluvian, anti-Semitic national embarrassment Jeremy Corbyn. Other than as a former Oxford academic economist, McGugan did not introduce the source of the sage question that inspired his think-piece: “Why are we governed by incompetents?” McGugan helpfully chimed in that in “a growing number of countries, the only qualification for high office appears to be a complete lack of qualifications.” The next apercu was inexorable: “The most glaring example of a dolt-in-chief is Donald Trump. He is averaging a dozen false or misleading claims a day, according to a tally compiled by the Washington Post.”

The Washington Post abandoned that nonsensical claim to count the president’s liberties with the truth 18 months ago, and it was counting every instance of Trump’s casual hyperbole as if it were a direct violation of his Constitutional oath. In fact, by the ultimate litmus test of the integrity of holders of high political office, the extent to which his record in office conforms to pre-electoral promises, Trump’s record has been the best of any U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929), who promised, and did, nothing, in the piping days of American isolationism, Prohibition and complete absence of requirements for collateral in borrowing to buy equities. (This was a bi-partisan policy trifecta that eventually gave us Al Capone, Hitler, the Great Depression and the Second World War.)

Trump promised prosperity, tax cuts, renegotiation of disadvantageous trade deals, the annihilation of ISIL, the establishment of a southern border that would control entry to the country, the shaping up of the military, revival of the concept of nuclear non-proliferation regarding Iran and North Korea, withdrawal from the inane and self-punitive Paris Climate accord, a resuscitation of education through non-unionized schools and incentives to the reintroduction of free speech in academia and the end of NATO’s condition as a gang of defenceless freeloaders (such as Canada), generously accepting a military guaranty of their territory by the United States without paying for it.

Trump’s record has been the best of any U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge

The fact that he has delivered wholly or partially on all of this is, to borrow a phrase from one of the great charlatans ever elected to U.S. national office, Al Gore, “an inconvenient truth” that the conventional media of the Western world have great difficulty acknowledging. The Canadian media would have to be scrutinized by a veritable Sherlock Holmes to unearth the facts that the United States now has 1.6 million more positions to be filled than unemployed people, that per capita GDP growth has tripled, the economic growth rate is more than three times that of the European Union, more than 50 per cent above the Obama record, and that working- and middle-class income and purchasing power are growing for the first time this millennium.

Never mind, Trump’s the dolt-in-chief, as the whole world knows. Of course he has a complete lack of qualifications for this position. The facts that he made billions of dollars putting up high-quality buildings, founded a television program that pulled in about 25 million viewers every week for a decade and a half, that he made an astounding comeback from insolvency, paying all his creditors, is the only person elected president of the U.S. never to have held any public office or military command, devised a pioneering strategy of branding, self-promotion, social media and talk-show support to become president — all of this merely proves his lack of qualifications to do anything. (His foray into the casino business was a junk-bond operation, where everyone knows the risk.)

Of course, his stature is pathetic and dwarfish except for the additional inconvenient truth about Trump — that he has achieved more prior to being inaugurated president than any of his 43 predecessors except three co-founders of the country, two victorious commanders of great armies in just wars, and the great distributor of war relief in Europe in and after the First World War, respectively Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Grant, Eisenhower and Hoover. But McGugan and Jeremy Corbyn’s economic guru, Wren-Lewis, who may have inspired the current Labour Party’s admiration of the Venezuelan economic miracle, acknowledge that Trump has competitors in “wind-baggery:” the British Brexit leaders Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

They “never really thought through what departing the European Union would mean in practice,” and were unaware that there had been a border between Ulster and the Republic of Ireland. In fact, they started and led the successful Brexit campaign and never wavered in their views. Farage has been the most capable British party leader since Margaret Thatcher and Johnson has risen in 25 years from Daily Telegraph Brussels correspondent to editor of the Spectator (I appointed him to both positions, where he was very successful) to mayor of London, foreign secretary and now prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Even allowing for the incontestable Delphic exaltation of McGugan and Wren-Lewis, Europe is a socialistic house of cards. Economic co-operation and the end of intra-European war are splendid. But Brussels isn’t answerable to the major EU powers or the ludicrous and powerless talking shop of a European Parliament. It isn’t democratic and that is the main reason why Britain is leaving. Without Britain, the EU will become a Franco-German hegemonic zone continuing, for notorious historic reasons, to pay unsustainable quantities of danegeld to organized labour and the small farmers, and treading water economically. If it does not adopt a two-tier system — a common market for all and political integration only for the countries that wish it, the European Union will disintegrate. Whatever happens in the EU, Britain will sever its excessive intimacy, but not its good relations, with western Europe. The fear-mongering of Mark Carney and others will be exposed as unfounded. Trump said two years ago that “A strong and independent Britain is a blessing to the world.” Johnson and Trump will strengthen the Anglosphere, the most positive force in world affairs for 200 years, and will in some respects revive the productive relations of Churchill and Roosevelt and Thatcher and Reagan. With the rise of China, this could be the most important strategic development since the end of the Cold War.

Also in recent editions of The Globe and Mail were columns by Omar El Akkad and Samra Habib, predictably attacking Trump as a racist, inciter of violence and head of a vast movement of hate-filled people. He and his followers welcome a million legal immigrants a year; his government is allied with many Muslim countries, and most Americans support his view that those who seem to think little of their country are welcome to leave it. (Trump is, admittedly, a strange cat and not to everyone’s taste including, sometimes, mine, but he is very accomplished.)

There are many competent democratic leaders apart from Trump and Johnson: Morrison (Australia), Salvini (Italy), Abe (Japan), Modi (India), Netanyahu (Israel), Merkel, though she has reached her sell-by date, (Germany), and possibly Macron (France), are among them. (If Corbyn and McDonnell last to the next British election, they will never be heard from again after that.) A greater problem than quality of political leadership is the almost unrelievedly banal groupthink and complacency of our Western media, as the Globe so helpfully reminds us. As Montreal’s Irving Layton wrote of anti-Americanism in Canada 50 years ago: “Cowardice is wisdom; mediocrity, sanity; philistinism, Olympian serenity; and the spitefulness of the weak, moral indignation.”
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^you needed to post that long missive twice? What's next? A compilation of trump tweets??
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Conrad Black:
To the extent to which his record in office conforms to pre-electoral promises, Trump's record has been the best of any U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge


So Conrad Black is a bit of a Canadian Character, many dislike him but I do like reading him. He has owned several newspaper chains and had run in's with the US criminal justice system. He is wicked smart and not always easy to read, but some of you may find this op-ed from the National Post interesting.

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Also in recent editions of The Globe and Mail were columns by Omar El Akkad and Samra Habib, predictably attacking Trump as a racist, inciter of violence and head of a vast movement of hate-filled people. He and his followers welcome a million legal immigrants a year; his government is allied with many Muslim countries, and most Americans support his view that those who seem to think little of their country are welcome to leave it. (Trump is, admittedly, a strange cat and not to everyone's taste including, sometimes, mine, but he is very accomplished.)

There are many competent democratic leaders apart from Trump and Johnson: Morrison (Australia), Salvini (Italy), Abe (Japan), Modi (India), Netanyahu (Israel), Merkel, though she has reached her sell-by date, (Germany), and possibly Macron (France), are among them. (If Corbyn and McDonnell last to the next British election, they will never be heard from again after that.) A greater problem than quality of political leadership is the almost unrelievedly banal groupthink and complacency of our Western media, as the Globe so helpfully reminds us. As Montreal's Irving Layton wrote of anti-Americanism in Canada 50 years ago: "Cowardice is wisdom; mediocrity, sanity; philistinism, Olympian serenity; and the spitefulness of the weak, moral indignation."

This is truly funny, and horrific in that people listen to this dolt....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...766_story.html
trump-pardons-billionaire-friend-conrad-black-who-wrote-book-about-him
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But you were born in Africa
Ohhh...you're one of those "birther" people are you....
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This is truly funny, and horrific in that people listen to this dolt....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...766_story.html
The recipe with Trump is simple. Commit a federal crime, suck his nuts, get a pardon.
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By now you must be familiar with all the outcry about illegal aliens and foreign interference in the elections right? So that's why it isn't you.

Yeah...if you could just exit stage left, that'd be great..mmmkay (please read in the voice from the boss from office spce).

(I couldn't put in the "a" in spce..it *** it out for some stupid reason)
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So you're saying I could run as a Democrat and illegal alien and clean up?
Provided you swear fealty to Nancy and Chuck, yes.

And understand that if you break such promise, you'll be filled with such remorse that you'll be suicided. Ahem, pardon...you'll commit suicide...is what I meant of course.
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That's exactly who Hillary would want you to focus on while she does what she does best.
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Shes an old bag also. She will get hers again
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Shes an old bag also. She will get hers again
She doesn't seem to get "any" from Bill......
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She doesn't seem to get "any" from Bill......
Still makes me laugh when I finally heard the lyrics in the song "Grillz" by Nelly - "gotta bill in my mouth like I'm Hillary Rodham..."
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^you needed to post that long missive twice? What's next? A compilation of trump tweets??
So I thought it might fit into both threads.....and you should talk given the number of times you repost anti Trump memes.
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This is truly funny, and horrific in that people listen to this dolt....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...766_story.html
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He has an opinion, not surprised you don't agree....but he isn't wrong.
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So I thought it might fit into both threads.....and you should talk given the number of times you repost anti Trump memes.
I don't try to fit the encyclopedia Britannica into one post......then post it again!


Anyway, your guy is verbose and simply makes statements which are easily disproven.....in my opinion.


Did you buy any of the guys books?
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I don't try to fit the encyclopedia Britannica into one post......then post it again!


Anyway, your guy is verbose and simply makes statements which are easily disproven.....in my opinion.


Did you buy any of the guys books?
I haven't bought any of his books, but I just might. Did you? He is likely one of the greatest students of global history and politics. Is he verbose, maybe or maybe he makes people think a bit. He has made millions, tens and maybe hundred of them, owned newspapers chains and had audiences with royalty and world leaders. His view might not be yours but don't be too quick to discount what he says.....
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I don't try to fit the encyclopedia Britannica into one post......then post it again!


Anyway, your guy is verbose and simply makes statements which are easily disproven.....in my opinion.


Did you buy any of the guys books?
I haven't bought any of his books, but I just might. Did you? He is likely one of the greatest students of global history and politics. Is he verbose, maybe or maybe he makes people think a bit. He has made millions, tens and maybe hundred of them, owned newspapers chains and had audiences with royalty and world leaders. His view might not be yours but don't be too quick to discount what he says.....
After reading his quote that you posted, he has a zero chance of getting a book sale from me.
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Remember the ones showing HRC winning 90%+?

Actually Fox News predicted Hilary winning which she did, and went on the tube last Friday and said so. I wish you guys would pay attention.
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Actually Fox News predicted Hilary winning which she did, and went on the tube last Friday and said so. I wish you guys would pay attention.
Did I miss something? Hillary is president?
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Conrad Black:
To the extent to which his record in office conforms to pre-electoral promises, Trump’s record has been the best of any U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge


So Conrad Black is a bit of a Canadian Character, many dislike him but I do like reading him. He has owned several newspaper chains and had run in's with the US criminal justice system. He is wicked smart and not always easy to read, but some of you may find this op-ed from the National Post interesting.

In The Globe and Mail last month, one Ian McGugan wrote a piece that was titled, very aptly but probably not in the way intended, “Dumb and Dumbest.” He quotes Simon Wren-Lewis, a quasi-Marxist economist and economic advisor to the British Labour Party (deep) shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, an authoritarian quasi-Marxist, and to his leader, the antediluvian, anti-Semitic national embarrassment Jeremy Corbyn. Other than as a former Oxford academic economist, McGugan did not introduce the source of the sage question that inspired his think-piece: “Why are we governed by incompetents?” McGugan helpfully chimed in that in “a growing number of countries, the only qualification for high office appears to be a complete lack of qualifications.” The next apercu was inexorable: “The most glaring example of a dolt-in-chief is Donald Trump. He is averaging a dozen false or misleading claims a day, according to a tally compiled by the Washington Post.”

The Washington Post abandoned that nonsensical claim to count the president’s liberties with the truth 18 months ago, and it was counting every instance of Trump’s casual hyperbole as if it were a direct violation of his Constitutional oath. In fact, by the ultimate litmus test of the integrity of holders of high political office, the extent to which his record in office conforms to pre-electoral promises, Trump’s record has been the best of any U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929), who promised, and did, nothing, in the piping days of American isolationism, Prohibition and complete absence of requirements for collateral in borrowing to buy equities. (This was a bi-partisan policy trifecta that eventually gave us Al Capone, Hitler, the Great Depression and the Second World War.)

Trump promised prosperity, tax cuts, renegotiation of disadvantageous trade deals, the annihilation of ISIL, the establishment of a southern border that would control entry to the country, the shaping up of the military, revival of the concept of nuclear non-proliferation regarding Iran and North Korea, withdrawal from the inane and self-punitive Paris Climate accord, a resuscitation of education through non-unionized schools and incentives to the reintroduction of free speech in academia and the end of NATO’s condition as a gang of defenceless freeloaders (such as Canada), generously accepting a military guaranty of their territory by the United States without paying for it.

Trump’s record has been the best of any U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge

The fact that he has delivered wholly or partially on all of this is, to borrow a phrase from one of the great charlatans ever elected to U.S. national office, Al Gore, “an inconvenient truth” that the conventional media of the Western world have great difficulty acknowledging. The Canadian media would have to be scrutinized by a veritable Sherlock Holmes to unearth the facts that the United States now has 1.6 million more positions to be filled than unemployed people, that per capita GDP growth has tripled, the economic growth rate is more than three times that of the European Union, more than 50 per cent above the Obama record, and that working- and middle-class income and purchasing power are growing for the first time this millennium.

Never mind, Trump’s the dolt-in-chief, as the whole world knows. Of course he has a complete lack of qualifications for this position. The facts that he made billions of dollars putting up high-quality buildings, founded a television program that pulled in about 25 million viewers every week for a decade and a half, that he made an astounding comeback from insolvency, paying all his creditors, is the only person elected president of the U.S. never to have held any public office or military command, devised a pioneering strategy of branding, self-promotion, social media and talk-show support to become president — all of this merely proves his lack of qualifications to do anything. (His foray into the casino business was a junk-bond operation, where everyone knows the risk.)

Of course, his stature is pathetic and dwarfish except for the additional inconvenient truth about Trump — that he has achieved more prior to being inaugurated president than any of his 43 predecessors except three co-founders of the country, two victorious commanders of great armies in just wars, and the great distributor of war relief in Europe in and after the First World War, respectively Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Grant, Eisenhower and Hoover. But McGugan and Jeremy Corbyn’s economic guru, Wren-Lewis, who may have inspired the current Labour Party’s admiration of the Venezuelan economic miracle, acknowledge that Trump has competitors in “wind-baggery:” the British Brexit leaders Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

They “never really thought through what departing the European Union would mean in practice,” and were unaware that there had been a border between Ulster and the Republic of Ireland. In fact, they started and led the successful Brexit campaign and never wavered in their views. Farage has been the most capable British party leader since Margaret Thatcher and Johnson has risen in 25 years from Daily Telegraph Brussels correspondent to editor of the Spectator (I appointed him to both positions, where he was very successful) to mayor of London, foreign secretary and now prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Even allowing for the incontestable Delphic exaltation of McGugan and Wren-Lewis, Europe is a socialistic house of cards. Economic co-operation and the end of intra-European war are splendid. But Brussels isn’t answerable to the major EU powers or the ludicrous and powerless talking shop of a European Parliament. It isn’t democratic and that is the main reason why Britain is leaving. Without Britain, the EU will become a Franco-German hegemonic zone continuing, for notorious historic reasons, to pay unsustainable quantities of danegeld to organized labour and the small farmers, and treading water economically. If it does not adopt a two-tier system — a common market for all and political integration only for the countries that wish it, the European Union will disintegrate. Whatever happens in the EU, Britain will sever its excessive intimacy, but not its good relations, with western Europe. The fear-mongering of Mark Carney and others will be exposed as unfounded. Trump said two years ago that “A strong and independent Britain is a blessing to the world.” Johnson and Trump will strengthen the Anglosphere, the most positive force in world affairs for 200 years, and will in some respects revive the productive relations of Churchill and Roosevelt and Thatcher and Reagan. With the rise of China, this could be the most important strategic development since the end of the Cold War.

Also in recent editions of The Globe and Mail were columns by Omar El Akkad and Samra Habib, predictably attacking Trump as a racist, inciter of violence and head of a vast movement of hate-filled people. He and his followers welcome a million legal immigrants a year; his government is allied with many Muslim countries, and most Americans support his view that those who seem to think little of their country are welcome to leave it. (Trump is, admittedly, a strange cat and not to everyone’s taste including, sometimes, mine, but he is very accomplished.)

There are many competent democratic leaders apart from Trump and Johnson: Morrison (Australia), Salvini (Italy), Abe (Japan), Modi (India), Netanyahu (Israel), Merkel, though she has reached her sell-by date, (Germany), and possibly Macron (France), are among them. (If Corbyn and McDonnell last to the next British election, they will never be heard from again after that.) A greater problem than quality of political leadership is the almost unrelievedly banal groupthink and complacency of our Western media, as the Globe so helpfully reminds us. As Montreal’s Irving Layton wrote of anti-Americanism in Canada 50 years ago: “Cowardice is wisdom; mediocrity, sanity; philistinism, Olympian serenity; and the spitefulness of the weak, moral indignation.”
So, Calvin Coolidge was a knucklehead-what's your point? They are related IQ wise? There isn't one person who knows anything about history that would claim the quiet one was a great president. Geesuz H Christ is that far-fetched.
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Actually Fox News predicted Hilary winning which she did, and went on the tube last Friday and said so. I wish you guys would pay attention.
Ah yes, how could I forget president Hillary.
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So, Calvin Coolidge was a knucklehead-what's your point? They are related IQ wise? There isn't one person who knows anything about history that would claim the quiet one was a great president. Geesuz H Christ is that far-fetched.
Looks like they were equated in terms of delivering on campaign promises. You read something else. Trump keeps delivering and left keeps denying and decry racism to any and everything he says despite his record and words showing exact opposite. Obama was a bigger racist by a wide margin. Nobody called him out, weird.
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While I agree that the U.S. needs to play hardball with China regarding the trade war that he began, I think Donald Trump’s approach and actions are misguided, bizarre and alarming. They make us question not just whether Trump understands how tariffs work, but whether or not he has a full grasp of his mental faculties based on his recent comments and tweets. His behavior, statements and Twitter tantrums are moving past just being inflammatory and embarrassing. They are becoming increasingly alarming with his accelerating erratic leadership, spinning out wild conspiracy theories, proposing absurd land purchases, provoking racial and religious divisions and even using messianic language describing himself. Trump really thinks that he has powers and authority that our Constitution clearly says belongs to other branches of our government. He wants to be more than just an autocrat. He really wants to be an absolute monarch, but is currently acting more like the king with no clothes. I really think that he is losing it....!

The most recent examples are very disturbing and include the following:

- Asking Denmark to sell Greenland to us.

- Asking who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or (China’s) Chairman Xi?

- Stating that “our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking to for an alternative to China....”

I really do wonder if Trump understands that what he is doing could really adversely affect the global trading system, as Stanley Fisher, former Fed Vice Chairman has said. The U.S. economy would be doing even better if Trump would just leave it alone and cease his stupid, misguided and ridiculous tweets that make corporate leaders nervous and confused, let alone the rest of us American citizens. If Trump continues down his path leading to his fantasy rabbit hole while at the Group of 7 meeting in France, then the calls stateside for invocating the 25th Amendment will become louder and more prevalent.

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