Thanks for nothing Obama. The unemployment rate has been cut in half. We have had 78 consecutive months of private-sector job growth. We have seen the biggest job growth in manufacturing since the 1990s. The auto industry has shown record sales. Clean energy production has doubled. Our deficit has been cut three quarters. The stock market has tripled. We have the fewest uninsured in our history and we now have marriage equality nationwide.

So, are we really better off now?

Time to Trump things up! Ten reasons why I will be voting for Donald J. Trump:

1. Nativism — Trump clearly loves this country more than Hillary Clinton. He will put “real Americans” first — no matter what. Plus, Hillary lied and might have put our country at risk; clearly he loves America more.

2. Taxes — Trump is clearly “way smarter” when it comes to taxes. He found ways to get around blowing his hard-earned money to support our country. Hillary on the other hand blew our tax dollars traveling to other countries as Secretary of State — working out peace accords and restoring our trust abroad. Plus she lied.

3. Women — Trump shows us all just how important looks and weight are in this world. He understands much better how a woman should use her body. After all, he has been with enough to know. Plus, I am sure Hillary probably lied about her weight.

4. Mexicans — He will build a wall to keep all the bad Mexican rapists and drug dealers out. Hillary wants to find ways to allow some of these hardworking people to stay here — pay taxes and contribute to our society.

5. Muslims — Trump understands that most Muslims are terrorist and need extreme vetting. Hillary, for god’s sake, wants to welcome and respect all religions.

6. Veterans — Trump will ensure that we care for all veterans and respect their grieving parents. He will make sure those persons vulnerable to PTSD not be allowed to serve. Has Hillary ever done anything to help the military and those that have served this great country?

7. Disabled — Trump has brought the conversation of disability out in the open. He has made us all understand that we have become overly sensitive to persons that might be less abled. What has Hillary done to support persons with disabilities?

8. African Americans — Trump understands “the blacks” better than any of us. He knows how horrible their communities and lives are. He made sure no African American had to live in the substandard housing he created. Has Hillary ever done anything to support Civil Rights?

9. Uninsured — Trump will do away with Obamacare. Hillary wants to find ways to insure even more people.

10. Global warming — Trump is smart enough to know that global warming is a hoax and of no real impact to our lives. Hillary wants to let science and facts guide her policies.

Rusty Cockrell lives in League City.


(25) comments

Ron Shelby


Jarvis Buckley

Trump is such a better person
than Hillary.

Carlos Ponce

I have the feeling this column was written tongue in cheek by a pro-Hillary disciple. But some will not recognize satire when they read it.

My list has judicial appointments as the main reason. Trump has put out a list of potential appointments, men and women who know and understand the Constitution like Antonin Scalia. Hillary has a bucket list of Supreme Court decisions she wants overturned. Her appointments would include justices who will do her bidding.
On my list I would include foreign policy. The current administration has a policy of appeasement. When it comes to trade deals and treaties I am reminded of the old cheer, "Elevator, Elevator, We got the shaft." Donald Trump would renegotiate these "deals". The era of appeasement started with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

Paula Flinn

Flawed & Disgusting.

Carlos Ponce

So glad to see that you recognize this as a "flawed and disgusting" attempt by a pro-Hillary supporter. I knew you as an English teacher would recognize this as satire, albeit, a poorly written piece of satire. Some readers won't.

Paula Flinn

The last point is the clincher, although I thought of satire as soon as I started reading the article. Imagine basing your conclusions on Climate Change & Global Warming on "facts and science"! Whatever else would a reasonable person use?[beam]

Carlos Ponce

Are the man-made climate proponents using "facts and science"?
Fact: The polar ice caps on Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa are melting. Global warming?
MAN-MADE Global warming? I think not. The phenomenon is solar system wide, probability attributed to solar flares. What is the real answer?
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.v But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Luke21: 25-28

Randy Chapman


Mark Stevens

11. First Amendment--Trump will "loosen" the libel laws so he can sue anybody who irritates him...create lots of work for idle lawyers.

12. Fourteenth Amendment--Trump's version of Due Process will be to selectively prosecute his political opponents (and who else?) giving us parity with Russia, assorted Banana Republics, and Idi Amin's Uganda, among others.

13, 14, 35c. anybody?

Mark W. Stevens

Carlos Ponce

Pure baseless conjecture, Mark.

Jennifer Lance

It's obvious you are confusing Trump with Hillary.

Diane Turski

Always a pleasure to read a well written article here!!

Jim Forsythe

Jun 16, 2015 By Thomas A. Hawk in Campaigns

“Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now,” Trump said during his announcement speech. “We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again.”
Donald Trump believes he is that leader. Whether people take his candidacy seriously or not, he has the money, he has the name recognition (i.e. the celebrity), and he has actually won a presidential primary before (bet you didn’t know that). (He has won a presidential primary in a major state
In 2000, Trump was among five candidates listed on the Reform Party primary ballot in California. He had filed papers the previous autumn to become a member of that party and one of its presidential candidates. Although he had withdrawn from the race months earlier and did not campaign for the primary in California, he received 15,311 votes in the June event, 44 percent of the total.)
Here are 10 reasons why (at least in his view) Trump’s candidacy should be taken seriously:
1. “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” – Donald Trump, 6/16/15 
2. He is original.
3. In fact, he plans to make the whole debate over entitlements irrelevant.
“I don’t think I’d be cutting Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. I think what I do is make the country so rich, you wouldn’t have to bother.” – Donald Trump, 8/13/13
4. He has a foolproof plan to defeat ISIS (that he is strategically keeping close to the chest).
“I don’t want the enemy to know what I’m doing,” he said. “Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to tell at some point. But there is a method of defeating them quickly and effectively and having total victory. I don’t want to be Obama where he goes on television to explain exactly when we’re going to attack a certain city, what we’re going to do, what hour we’re going to be using for the attack, how many men are going in — I don’t want to do that.” – Donald Trump, 5/27/15
5. But he plans to make ISIS “very, very nervous.” 
6 He is going to make America great… again.
7. He knows how to build walls.
“We have to build a wall. … Look, I build some of the greatest buildings in the world. Building a wall for me is easy. And it would be a wall. It would be a real wall. Not a wall that people walk over.” – Donald Trump on immigration, 1/26/15
8. “I don’t need a super PAC, because I’ll spend my own money.” – Donald Trump, 5/19/15 
9. He has support from the people.
“People would come up and say, ‘Mr. Trump we’d love for you to run. We know you aren’t going to, but can we have a picture with you?’” – Donald Trump
10. Trump can trump China.
“When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time, all the time” – Donald Trump, 6/16/15

Kelly Naschke

how can anyone even consider Hillary now that the depths of her corruption have been made known? she is the most corrupt politician that the US have EVER seen. its a sad fact that the distraction of trumps alleged sex scandals (which have for the most part been debunked and disproven) have been the leading news story over the FACTS that have emerged from the WikiLeaks email releases. Democrats sure like D' in Dodge, Divert, Defer from TRUTH.

Willis Briggs

Kelly, the depth of her corruption is not yet known, more to come. [wink]

Don Ciaccio

Rusty, you left out some major accomplishments of Barack Obama's and they are some doozies:
1 He has spent more than all other presidents combined and has us in debt for 19.2 trillion.
2. He has a record number of Americans on food stamps
3. Obamacare premiums are skyrocking up and this year many policy holders will get a 50% increase on their policy costs.
4. His Obamacare took millions of families away from their doctor "you can keep your doctor". A BOLD FACED LIE
5. Wages are stagnant and this is the weakest recovery from a recession in US HISTORY.
6. Race relations are the worst we've seen in 50 years. "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon Martin
7. Police are being killed by angry folks that were inflamed by such statements as "the police acted stupidly".
Yeah, he's done a lot to America. Guess we all know what his HOPE & CHANGE plan was gonna do to our country.

Don Ciaccio

And for the record, I was 110% behind using the stimulus to update our roads and bridges. We haven't had a major highway bill since Eisenhower. Those "shovel ready jobs" never materialized. Instead, the money went to bail out Wall Street. Sad

Jim Forsythe

Will this be enough? Its a start.
IBarack Obama have struggled throughout his administration to achieve. The bill, unveiled Tuesday, would also put an end to the cycle of temporary extensions and threatened shutdowns of transportation programs that have bedeviled Congress for the past seven years, making it difficult for states to plan long-term projects.” (“Congress Reaches Deal On 5-Year Transportation Bill,” AP, 12/1/15)
“Architects of the transportation bill, including Republicans and Democrats in each chamber, hailed it as a major achievement…” (“Bipartisan Talks Yield $300 Billion Highway Bill,” The New York Times, 12/1/15)
“…the overwhelming consensus is that the final product is broadly palatable and a big win for a Congress that has struggled for so many years to provide a steady stream of funding for the Highway Trust Fund.” (Politico’s “Morning Transportation,” 12/2/15)

Don Ciaccio

Jim. Barack obama promised the American ppl he had shovel ready jobs in his $9,000,000,000 stimulus package that helped convince congress to pass it. The funds were there. Why did he not follow thru on his promise to give us new roads & bridges in 2009?

Jim Forsythe

I looked and could not find a $9,000,000,000 stimulus package for 2009. If you can point me to it , it would be great. The approximate cost of the economic stimulus package was estimated to be $787 billion at the time of passage, later revised to $831 billion between 2009 and 2019

The Act specifies that 37% of the package is to be devoted to tax incentives equaling $288 billion and $144 billion, or 18%, is allocated to state and local fiscal relief (more than 90% of the state aid is going to Medicaid and education). The remaining 45%, or $357 billion, is allocated to federal spending programs such as transportation, communication, waste water and sewer infrastructure improvements; energy efficiency upgrades in private and federal buildings; extension of federal unemployment benefits; and scientific research programs.
Infrastructure - $27 billion for highway and bridge construction and repair
Senate — $46 billion for transportation projects, including $27 billion for highway and bridge construction and repair and $11.5 billion for mass transit and rail projects; $4.6 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers; $5 billion for public housing improvements; $6.4 billion for clean and drinking water projects.
House — $47 billion for transportation projects, including $27 billion for highway and bridge construction and repair and $12 billion for mass transit, including $7.5 billion to buy transit equipment such as buses; and $31 billion to build and repair federal buildings and other public infrastructures.

What can we get for $27 billion. The cost of building roads is below. Bridges cost how much?
Construct a new 2-lane undivided road – about $2 million to $3 million per mile in rural areas, about $3 million to $5 million in urban areas. Construct a new 4-lane highway — $4 million to $6 million per mile in rural and suburban areas, $8 million to $10 million per mile in urban areas. Construct a new 6-lane Interstate highway – about $7 million per mile in rural areas, $11 million or more per mile in urban areas. Mill and resurface a 4-lane road – about $1.25 million per mile. Expand an Interstate Highway from four lanes to six lanes – about $4 million per mile.

Don Ciaccio

Sorry meant about 900,000,000,000. No funds there for any shovels or road gravel?

Jim Forsythe

$27 billion from the stimulus package did not go far . Roads need to be addressed.

In 2013, the latest year for which the Federal Highway Administration has released data, the Federal highway program committed $30.1 billion for new projects improving 65,500 miles of highway and 4,887 bridges

Don Ciaccio

I10 needs to be at least 8 lanes hadn't been changed since it was built. Pathetic.

Blanca Bell

Great article! Go Hillary!

Randy Chapman

Yes, Go Billary, go to jail!

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