The thing about Trump that stands out in the two years of his presidency is that every thing is about him. He brags he’s the greatest president, and he has accomplished more than any other (he lies a lot on this subject, and many others). He attacks any person or entity that he thinks is undermining his image.

His defenders say don’t pay attention to all his bombastic words, look at all he has accomplished; lower taxes, fewer regulations on business, two conservative Supreme Court justices on the bench. Fair enough. But his failures are huge and need to be looked at too. Consider the following:

1. He failed to “force Mexico” to build his Great Wall on the southern border. Instead, he’s currently threatening to shut down our government if Congress doesn’t cough up the money, roughly $25 billion, for his impractical boondoggle.

2. He failed to replace the Affordable Care Act, as promised. Most middle-class of America still suffers from shockingly high, unaffordable, insurance premiums and deductibles.

3. He was going to get out of all “unfair” trade agreements around the world and renegotiate them all individually. So far, the results are negligible. Currently, he’s in a tit-for-tat high-stakes bluffing game (tariff war) with China, the world’s second largest economy. Not to worry; Trump is a great deal-maker. (According to his non-stop boasts, never mind his five bankruptcies in the business world.)

4. In his “deal” with North Korea, he stopped our annual military training exercises around South Korea in exchange for Kim Jong Un’s “promise” to denuclearize his nation. He then declared there’s no longer a threat of a nuclear armed North Korea. Yeah, sure.

5. He kowtows to Putin endlessly and does nothing to counter this thug’s aggressive moves in Ukraine and the Middle East.

6. He boasts he has rebuilt our armed forces. To the contrary, military brass say the money appropriated will fall far short of accomplishing needed modernization.

7. He hasn’t “drained the swamp in Washington” as promised, but made it worse.

Conclusion: His failures loom just as large, if not larger, than his accomplishments. Meantime, his constant blather on Twitter and his unscripted, off the cuff remarks on TV, divide our society, offend our allies, and embolden our enemies. Words matter. And his could very will push our nation into a disaster. Beware this narcissistic, dangerous, bragging demagogue.

Bob Fields lives in Santa Fe.

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Carlos Ponce

No Bob. Your diatribe is an interesting take on Left wing propaganda but is far from accurate.
1. No one (except Left wing pundits) ever thought Mexico would write a check for the wall. There will be increased revenues in the American economy through renegotiation of NAFTA. The USMCA will bring in the needed funds. But like all expenditures it has to go through Congress.
2. The American Health Care Act failed for lack of a single vote from a US Senator who promised to remove the failed ACA but did not vote for the measure. Trump's fault? You can believe that if you want but not because of lack of effort on Trump's part.
3. Apparently you haven't studied the renegotiated Trade Agreements. None are perfect but they are better deals with Canada, Mexico, Europe. China will take a little more time. Things look promising since China has been hit hard economically and is only now ready to negotiate.
4. How many missiles has North Korea launched since Trump talked to Kim? ZERO. Negotiations continue. Hurry up, Trump, Bob Fields is impatient!
5. Kowtows to Putin????? No. He's offered European nations an alternative to Russian oil which would decimate the Russian economy, Russian troops have been attacked and killed in the Middle East by American forces. Economic sanctions were placed on Russia. Too much evidence to the contrary, Bob.
6. Ask members of the current Armed Forces. They have a serious disagreement with what you post. High level of support among current service men and women for a reason. Budget proposals were based on recommendations from the Pentagon.
7. That swamp is huge. It will take some time to drain. Made it worse? No Conclusion: Despite the rantings of Left wing media, politicians and other Trump haters, President Donald Trump is doing a GREAT job and will be re-elected in 2020. Sure he brags. Like Will Sonnett used to say, No brag, just FACT!"

Emile Pope

More excuses for failure...In case you didn't know, trade agreements don't bring revenue to the government, but to businesses. So Mexico is not paying for the wall (which donald said they would do). How are those tax cuts that were to increase revenue turning out? donald's a failure and making excuses for that does little to change that...

Carlos Ponce

" trade agreements don't bring revenue to the government, but to businesses."
That statements shows a lack of understanding of the contributions of businesses to Federal government income revenue.
Businesses pay taxes.
Businesses hire people who pay taxes.
Tax revenue is UP since the tax cuts were implemented.
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
"Income Tax Revenues Are Up 9% This Year — Is Trump Tax Cut Paying For Itself? "
https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/income-tax-revenues-trump-tax-cuts-economic-growth/
"TRUMPONOMICS: Tax Revenues Up Big After GOP Tax Cut"
https://www.dailywire.com/news/26928/trumponomics-tax-revenues-big-after-gop-tax-cut-james-barrett

Dan Freeman

Mr. Ponce is misquoting his own sources. The next paragraph in the Investor’s Business Daily editorial stated: “For the fiscal year as a whole — which started last October — all federal revenues are up by $31 billion. That's a 1.2% in increase over last year, the CBO says.” This was then re-interated by the Dailywire. So we have Mr. Ponce citing an editorial which then incompletely quoted the editorial. Both relied on the Congressional Budget Office.

So what did CBO say about whole year 2017? Using CBO data: “The federal government finished fiscal 2017 with a budget deficit of $666 billion, an increase of $80 billion over the previous year. It was the biggest shortfall since 2013 and the sixth-highest on record.

The deficit equaled 3.5% of gross domestic product, up slightly from the prior year. Spending rose by 3% for the fiscal year, while receipts climbed by 1%. The government’s fiscal year runs from October through September.” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-ends-fiscal-2017-with-666-billion-budget-deficit-2017-10-20

But the CBO continues to note the pattern will get much worse. “Projected deficits over the 2018–2027 period have increased markedly since June 2017, when CBO issued its previous projections. The increase stems primarily from tax and spending legislation enacted since then—especially Public Law 115-97 (originally called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and called the 2017 tax act in this report), the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123), and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141). The legislation has significantly reduced revenues and increased outlays anticipated under current law.” https://www.cbo.gov/publication/53651

Mr. Ponce please completely report your sources and base your statements on facts.

Craig Mason

That is simply not rue

Craig Mason

Sorry commented on the wrong response. That is not true was meant for the comment by Mr. Ponce.

Carlos Ponce

Danny boy, the statement was about TAX REVENUE. Your statement was about DEFICITS. You are misleading! They are related but two different subjects.

Carlos Ponce

Danny Boy, according to Politifact tax revenue is up. Up for individual, down for corporate but overall HIGHER. Being a Liberal outlet they have to include "It’s not clear that the Trump tax cuts caused the increase in tax collections."
Not clear to them but it did happen!
Now don't confuse tax revenue with deficits. The deficit is HUGE so the interest on it will continue to increase it. Be patient. TRUMP TO THE RESCUE!

Jim Forsythe

Coming to the recuse includes increasing tariffs to help pay for the Tax Cut?
The bottom line is about to go over 22 Trillion,
Some thinks the tax cut is great because it may have reduced the amount of taxes
they pay, but forgot to add in the amount the tariffs increased the amount they pay the government.
When we have a down turn in the economy, we will have to raise taxes to make up for the loss.

Corporate taxes add only 7%.
So where does the federal government's revenue come from? Individual taxpayers like you provide most of it. Income taxes contribute $1.688 trillion, half of the total. Another third, $1.238 trillion, comes from your payroll taxes. This includes $905 billion for Social Security, $275 billion for Medicare, and $47 billion for unemployment insurance. Corporate taxes add $225 billion, only 7 percent.

Carlos Ponce

"Coming to the recuse (sic) includes increasing tariffs to help pay for the Tax Cut?"
Trump wants no tariffs. It was the only way to get countries to negotiate to renegotiate trade deals. Worked for Mexico. Worked for Canada. Worked for Europe. Now it's working on China.

Emile Pope

That's the sound of the market crashing....

Carlos Ponce

There was NO stock market crash today, Emile.

Ron Woody

Ditto, Carlos!

Just one additional thought. If I am a citizen of Japan and it has now been over one year since North Korean missiles have flown over my nation I would be ecstatic that someone finally acknowledged a very real threat to my life. I would not care how bombastic the rhetoric!

Mr Fields, the best description of the last three years that I have heard:

"The media and Trump opponents take Trump literally and not seriously. Trump supporters take him seriously and not literally."

At your age if you are taking any elected official literally then I am sad for you being naive.

The difference is almost that simple.

Has President Trump stated one group of Americans must punish another at the polls? Has Trump used the IRS to punish opponents? Why did no reporter ask about BLM when they were calling for dead cops? Is that not hate speech? Why does the left and media ignore the call on revised/stronger immigration laws dating back to Barbara Jordan all the way to Clinton and Reid?

I do not care for much of President Trump's rhetoric, but the hypocritical whitewashing of previous administrations sickens me.

Even President Carter, great man poor President, has stated the treatment of this President has not been equivalent to the recent past.

My difference is yes Trump brags a lot, but I have yet to experience the elitism exhibited previously, that I am to ignorant to manage my own life decisions.

Rusty Schroeder

I bet Bob voted for Beto.

Bailey Jones

Carlos - your first point (I didn't read the rest) seems to be that Trump is a liar, and everyone who voted for him knew it and didn't care. I think that perfectly sums up our era. I didn't vote for George H.W. Bush, but I spent this weekend awash in nostalgia about the days when our presidents devoted their wholes lives to serving their country instead of themselves, embraced their military obligations instead of hiding behind dubious medical deferments, were self effacing and humble instead of braggarts, gentlemen instead of serial adulterers, faithful husbands devoted to their families, spoke of charity and compassion towards humanity, were mentors to their subordinates, diplomatic in their dealings with the world, and able to form lasting friendships that lasted across decades with equally distinguished people instead of consorting with scoundrels and then tossing them under the bus. And I remember the Obama years where, even in the face of a hostile opposition and endless investigations, the administration emerged without a single indictment instead of - how many are we up to now? And mostly I miss the days when Republicans spent their energy promoting Republican values and programs instead of rationalizing a lying, boorish, bragging, amateurish fraud. I genuinely pity my Republican friends - it must be exhausting. I fear this next year will wear you out.

Randy Chapman

Baily, next year will be no different than this one; a bunch of failed accusations hurled by the left that find no place to stick. The difference between this administration and the last one is that the left was happy, and the right didn't make up untrue accusations. Now, the left is no longer happy and does their damndest to manufacture trouble where none exists. Just typical progressive tactics, nothing more.

You'll have your chance to change things, possibly in 6 years or so, but even that may be too soon. You'll have to find a viable candidate. Your last was laughable.

Mike Zeller

Ditto, Bailey Jones!

Carlos Ponce

"Trump is a liar, and everyone who voted for him knew it and didn't care."
Obama is a liar, and everyone who voted for him knew it and didn't care.
Hillary is a liar, and everyone who voted for her knew it and didn't care.
What are described as "lies" by Leftist pundits like Bailey is political rhetoric - hyperbole. Bailey ignores when Liberals use it but points out when used by Conservatives.
ALL politicians engage in it.
When Hillary said there were no top secret e-mails deleted from her off site server was that a lie? Yes it was.
When Obama said medical rates and insurance would come down was that political rhetoric or a lie?
When Obama said if you want to keep your insurance you can keep your insurance was that political rhetoric? or a lie?
Obama said, "Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong," during a State of the Union message.
Even SCOTUS justice Alito mouthed out, "not true". A member of SCOTUS calling Obama a LIAR.
When Senator Harry Reid told the Senate Mitt Romney did not pay his taxes, that was A LIE.
Thousands more examples of times Liberals lied. But Bailey Jones' ears only perk up when Trump says something. Most of his alleged lies are mere political rhetoric. But apparently that concept is beyond Bailey's comprehension - unless uttered by a Liberal.
And since you bring up GHW Bush, when he said "Read my lips, no new taxes" did he lie or was it political rhetoric? Liberals labeled it a lie and hung it on him to elect Bill Clinton.
Bailey brings up Trump's military deferment.
Trump had a 2-S Student deferment issued July 24, 1964.
Bill Clinton had a 2-S Student deferment issued November 17, 1964.
"embraced their military obligations instead of hiding behind dubious medical deferments" Student deferments. But Bailey doesn't point out Bill Clinton who was reclassified 1A on March 20, 1968. By the way, Trump's student deferment was extended until October 15, 1968 when he received a 1-Y deferment for bone spurs as determined by doctors. On February 1, 1972 he was issued a 4F rating by the Selective Service System.
I had a 1-S student deferment in 1972 which continued in 1973-1977 due to enrollment in college (SHSU).
A 1-S rating was for "Student deferred by statute - (H) high school; (C) college."
A 2-S rating was for "Registrant deferred because of activity in study."
1-Y - Registrant qualified for service only in time of war or national emergency.
Note: The 1-Y classification was abolished December 10, 1971. Local boards were subsequently instructed to reclassify all 1-Y registrants by administrative action.
4-F - Registrant not qualified for military service.
By the way, Vice President Joe Biden also had a 4F rating.


Gary Scoggin

So is this where we add the litany of Trump lies? Not even two years in and a much longer list than this.

Carlos Ponce

If you used the SAME criteria for a lie on President Obama, you would find Barack lied just as often. Go back to your Barack Obama altar and light a candle.

Bailey Jones

Keep up the good fight, Carlos. Winter is coming. Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the Clintons - rightly despised as corrupt and amoral - have been elevated by the right to be the Gold Standard for presidential behavior?

Carlos Ponce

The Clintons have not been elevated to the standard you mention. With an increase in the demand to re-open the covered up allegations against Bill and Hillary I don't see what you describe.

Jarvis Buckley

Old Bob- typical socialist

Steve Fouga

Jarvis, it isn’t just Old Bob. Most people believe Trump is a failure as president. He’s wildly unpopular, as proven by the Dems’ mandate in the recent blowout in the House. The guy really hasn’t accomplished much, and some of that is already unraveling. This was all predictable, and was in fact predicted by over half the voters in the presidential election.

LouAnn Nichols

Amen

Carlos Ponce

"Most people believe Trump is a failure as president. He’s wildly unpopular, as proven by the Dems’ mandate in the recent blowout in the House."
BULLSTUFF, Steve! BULLSTUFF!
Compare the number of Democrat Congressional seats lost in 1994 (62 = 54 House seats+ 8 Senate) during Bill Clinton's first midterm and lost in 2010 (69 = 63 House seats + 6 Senate) in Obama's first midterm to the number of Republican Congressional seats lost under the last midterm (39 seats). That and Republicans GAINED Senatorial seats!
If I were to post "Bill Clinton was wildly unpopular, as proven by the Republican mandate in the 1994 blowout in the midterms" or "Obama was wildly unpopular, as proven by the Republican mandate in the 2010 blowout in the midterms", Steve Fouga would cry FOUL!
This happens every midterm for the party in power but not as bad for Trump as it was for Bill and Barack. Does this mean Trump's more popular???????
Bill - 62 Democrat seats lost
Barack - 69 Democrats seats lost
Donald - 39 Republican seats lost as expected loss but not as bad as Bill ans Barack. Trump must be MORE popular using your methodology!

Steve Fouga

Fair enough. I'll amend it to "He's wildly unpopular." How's that?

Carlos Ponce

" I'll amend it to 'He's wildly unpopular.' How's that?"
How about, "I, Steve Fouga, don't like him." Far more accurate.
Wait until he's re-elected in 2020.[beam] Trump is doing a great job!

Gary Scoggin

Looking at howthe 2020 Democratic presidential field is shaping up, you may be right. If it’s a tired old socialist like Bernie Sanders or a tired new one like Elizabeth Warren or Kamala Harris the Democrats won’t carry five states.

Steve Fouga

“I don’t like Trump” is definitely accurate; “Wildly unpopular” is still true.

Carlos Ponce

"Wildly unpopular" is opinion, not fact. Remember Trump won handily in Texas especially Galveston County in 2016 and in 2018, no Democrat won statewide or Galveston County elections. So based on the election results, I'd say Trump is wildly POPULAR in this state and county. One could conjecture that Hillary, Beto and Bell were not as popular as Trump, Cruz and Weber and could back that statement with election results. Now if you lived in a blue state or one of the few blue Texas counties......[cool]

Emile Pope

Because of gerrymandering. A greater percentage of people voted Democratic than when President Obama was in office. Gerrymandering is why there weren't more Democrats elected. And voter suppression...

Carlos Ponce

The Supreme Court has already ruled there is no gerrymandering in Texas.
See Abbott, Governor Of Texas, et al. v. Perez
Gerrymandering in other states has been alleged but each state map can be challenged in court. So far, not much. See Gill v. Whitford - North Carolina.
Just don't say something stupid like Joy Behar did about gerrymandering in Senate races.

Craig Mason

I think Bob was right on point for the most part. He missed the new Mexico, Canada, US trade agreement that will replace NAFTA. The president truly has the opportunity to effect some serious change. He really needs to stay off the Twitter and really just tone down the rhetoric. Words do matter and everybody loathes the guy who always has a better story or has done more than anyone else. We call those guys whopper toppers. So if the president can refrain from the boastful lies and stay the course he can truly do some good for this country. I for one want the president to do well.

Jim Forsythe

Sometimes it hard to focus on the topic. This is not about anyone but Trump.
The one's in the past can not change what happened. We have a president that will be required to work with others (the house) and is he up to the task?
Will he be a leader to all of us, or will he tweet and call people names?

He has made boast in the past, that have not came to be.
President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” .

Is shutting down the government the best way of getting what you want, instead of working with others. Unless he gets his way, will he take his ball and go home.
US President Donald Trump says he would "totally be willing" to shut down the federal government unless congress authorizes $US5 billion to fund his long-promised wall along the border with Mexico.

Trumps wall has become a possible barbed wire deterrent.
Trump said that if congress does not fund the wall he might try to get it done another way and referred to the deployed troops' work installing "barbed wire and fencing and various other things".

At a cost that will be over 70 Millions by the 15th, he wants to spend more on barbed wire and fencing. The money spend so far, has prevented how many from entering the USA?
Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there could be new troops at the border in the future with new missions. A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the border mission could be extended beyond the current authorization through Dec. 15.

Carlos Ponce

To put it bluntly, Trump haters will always try to discredit Donald Trump no matter what he does - for now.
Historical context - GHW Bush haters did the same to him in the early 1990's. But after his death they're now saying nice things about him, even CNN.
How about going to the front of the line and stop the hate NOW! It will stop you from eating your words years from now.[beam]

Jim Forsythe

The main person discrediting Trump, is Trump.

When GHW Bush talked about "a thousand points of lights," it was not hard to understand for most.
A few never quite got that one
July5, 2018
Following a moment where Trump talked about putting America first, he referenced "a thousand points of lights," a phrase coined by Bush during the 1988 presidential campaign.
"What the hell was that, by the way, thousand points of light? What did that mean? Does anyone know," said Trump. "I know one thing: Make America Great Again, we understand. Putting America first, we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one."
"Thousand points of light" is a term Bush used to reference community volunteer organizations that "spread like stars" throughout the country.

Carlos Ponce

"The main person discrediting Trump, is Trump."
The man who rated his performance A+ is discrediting himself? I think not, Jim.
And on Bush's "thousand points of light":
"Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service -- to be, in his words, 'a thousand points of light' illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world."
Donald J Trump, November 30, 2018.

Jim Forsythe


Trying to play both sides of the points of light, is part of Trump, discrediting Trump.
.
Donald Trump Statement on George H.W. Bush Death Mentions ‘Thousand Points of Light’ Phrase He Mocked at Rallies.
"GHW Bush haters did the same to him in the early 1990's. But after his death they're now saying nice things about him" applies to Trump.
On the day that George Herbert Walker Bush died, is the same day that Trump said his statement about him.
"George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018

Every President has made mistakes and none warrant a A let alone a A+. For a President to place himself above all other Presidents in the past, in not playing to reality. Many were very good at some fazes of the job, but not all.
Self rating does not mean squat.
When someone rates themselves with no flaws, and others believe it, the rating system no longer has meaning. It also means the person is full of themselves, has no room for improvement as they are already at a point that they can not improve, because of the way they see themselves.

Carlos Ponce

If you take all of what Trump said on the topic you will see what he means: The thousand points of light are part of what makes America great.

Gary Scoggin

John Wayne played the same character in almost every movie he ever made. Same with President Trump. He uses his business and TV persona as his President persona. This works for some people but not for others. Whether or not it’s the best way to lead a nation is the issue. I don’t think it is but others obviously disagree.

Carlos Ponce

"[A] thousand points of light – I don’t know what that means. I know what strong political leadership is. I know what’s happened over the course of the past eight years. These programs have been cut and slashed and butchered, and they’ve hurt kids all over this country." Mike Dukakis
In 1988 Democrats thought “a thousand points of light” was a joke — a bad joke that Bush used as an excuse for minimizing the federal government’s role in helping people. The notion that “a thousand points of light” could do the government’s job (as the Dems see it) of lifting people up was deemed bizarre, if not incomprehensible.
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/trump-not-the-first-to-mock-a-thousand-points-of-light.php
"New York, if you're watching, the people of Vermont want to send you a message," Governor Jerry Brown said to thundering cheers at a Burlington rally. "I may not say read my lips, but I will say one moonbeam is worth a thousand points of light."

Victor Krc

Its better to light one little candle than to curse the darkness. [smile]

Jim Forsythe

Which is it?
Really Carlos, you complain about "But after his death they're now saying nice things about him, even CNN. " and Trump does the same, but you think it is OK, because Trump did it. You can not have it both ways, it's either right, or it is wrong.
Which is it?

"If you take all of what Trump said on the topic you will see what he means: The thousand points of light are part of what makes America great. " What I see is a person that said nothing good about George H.W. Bush until his death.
He tries to cover up what he said in the past with a statement that he does not believe, unless what he said in JULY WAS A LIE. Both statements can not be true.
This is a, A+ President, I think not.

Carlos Ponce

"This is a, A+ President, I think not."
Okay, I'll give him an A++.

Gary Scoggin

I think a thousand points of light was brilliant. It spoke to the obligation we all have to help those less fortunate. But, given his personal disdain for charity, I can see how Donald Trump wouldn't like it.

Gary Scoggin

"Okay, I'll give him an A++." I wish I had been in your class back in the day because you obviously grade on quite a curve. ;-)

Jim Forsythe

Carlos,which is it?
Really Carlos, you complain about "But after his death they're now saying nice things about him, even CNN. " and Trump does the same, but you think it is OK, because Trump did it. You can not have it both ways, it's either right, or it is wrong.
Which is it?

Jim Forsythe

Gary, that's not how it would have worked. You would have been giving yourself the grade. If you wanted a A+, you could have given yourself one.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, self - evaluation is an important part of today's work ethic. Bosses want to know how you think you are doing. Millions think Trump is doing a GREAT job .
Look at the Houston Chronicle article, "Examples of Answers to an Employee Self Evaluation." It applies to small businesses but I think you'll get the idea."
https://smallbusiness.chron.com/examples-answers-employee-self-evaluation-15761.html

Carlos Ponce

Jim asks, "Carlos,which is it?"
Looks like Jim will never get it. Sad. [sad]

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, I have had many self - evaluations. If I was to turned one in with a score of a A++ (the score you gave Trump) I would have been asked, who do you think you are, and they would have said ,they only knew of one person that was perfect.
Since you insisted that Trump is a A++ President, is any other President rated above him , or is he the best of all time.
If you say he is the best of all time, who is second? Please give your top 5 Presidents of all time, and the grade you would give each of them!
What percent of the American public would you say would give Trump a A++?

"Jim asks, "Carlos,which is it?"
Looks like Jim will never get it. Sad"
What is sad, is you refuse to answer my question, which one of Trumps statements were true, as both can not be true.

Carlos Ponce

I've answered your question, ad infinitum. But you can never grasp the concept of political rhetoric. I might as well be talking to a brick wall.

Jim Forsythe

You are telling me that Trump is not telling the truth, and that is Ok because he said it at some campaign rally that was not his.
When are we to believe what he says? When he tweets, at campaigns, talking to the press? A, A++ president would never not tell the truth.
Since you insisted that Trump is a A++ President, is any other President rated above him , or is he the best of all time?
If you say he is the best of all time, who is second?
Please give your top 5 Presidents of all time, and the grade you would give each of them!
What percent of the American public would you say would give Trump a A++?

Carlos Ponce

Apparently the concept of political rhetoric is still beyond your comprehension.

Jim Forsythe

You are telling me that Trump is not telling the truth, and that is Ok because he said it at some campaign rally that was not his.
When are we to believe what he says? When he tweets, at campaigns, talking to the press? A, A++ president would never not tell the truth.
Since you insisted that Trump is a A++ President, is any other President rated above him , or is he the best of all time?
If you say he is the best of all time, who is second?
Please give your top 5 Presidents of all time, and the grade you would give each of them!
What percent of the American public would you say would give Trump a A++?

Carlos Ponce

"You are telling me that Trump is not telling the truth.."
No, I'm not.
Like others in office he is engaging in political rhetoric. It's a shame you have never grasped that concept.
Many Liberal forum posters wrote during the last campaign, "Texas is going to turn blue."
Since it didn't happen that means they lied.... right, right, RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!
No, they were engaged in political rhetoric.
Another forum poster wrote, "Trump is wildly unpopular!"
Was he right? Was he wrong?
Neither. He is engaged in political rhetoric.
Jim Forsythe has posted political rhetoric. But he won't let others like President Trump do the same. "It's a LIE, it's a LIE, it's a LIE!" No it's political rhetoric.

Jim Forsythe

"Like others in office he is engaging in political rhetoric" Then when is he telling the truth? He is always in campaign mode . You complained about "But after his death they're now saying nice things about him, even CNN".
Trump did the very same thing , saying nice things about George Herbert Walker Bush after his death only, and you think it's is OK because it's Trump.
"Texas is going to turn blue." is true , just a matter of when.
"Trump is wildly unpopular!" is true unless it is a Trump backer.
A President is held to a higher standard once he takes office than others are.
"No it's political rhetoric." No it is a lie.
You can package cow dung how ever you want, but it is still cow dung.

Emile Pope

Rhetoric[a] is the art of using language to convince or persuade. Using language to convince someone of something that isn't true is simply called lying. Don't confuse the two...

Carlos Ponce

Jim, I have predicted that Texas will turn blue - following the Rapture. Then it's all yours.[beam]
Until then, Texas is in the hands of Republicans.[beam][beam]

Carlos Ponce

Nice definition, Emile. I hope you understand its meaning.

Jim Forsythe

This year race for the Senate is a preview of things to come.
In 2018, Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke lost his Senate bid to the incumbent Ted Cruz by about 200,000 votes; a significant gain for Democrats in the state. O'Rourke's performance in the 2018 Senate race has shaken the notion of Republican dominance in Texas, with analysts predicting greater gains for the Democrats going into the 2020's

With the Trump winning by a smaller margin that past Republican candidates and Hillary being a weak candidate,it shows the cracks in the Republican wall. With people moving to Texas from Blue states, this trend will continue.
Trump pulled only a 9% margin over Hillary Clinton, which is a recent low, and little more than half of Romney’s margin.

Carlos Ponce

"This year race for the Senate is a preview of things to come."
You mean, Hollywood is going to pour more money into Texas election?
How much did Jim Forsythe's Beto vote cost? $14.70 per voter.
Beto spent $59,162,289 in a losing effort to garner 4,024,777 votes
Winner Ted Cruz spent $33,896,025 to get 4,244,204 votes.
Ted only spent $7.99 per vote.
Hate to see money for being the main reason Beto got any votes. It didn't work for Hillary who outspent Trump in 2016.
The best things in life are free
But you can keep them for the birds and bees
Now give me money, (That's what I want)
That's what I want (That's what I want)
That's what I want, (That's what I want), yeah!

Jim Forsythe

Small amounts of money from donors from all over made up Beto's funds. Cruz's money came from where?
The Lone Star State added up to more than all of the other states’ amounts combined. The states that delivered the next highest sums, California and New York, didn’t even come close.
The large amount of money from small donors indicates to me that a lot of people are willing to back someone they believe in.
My Sister in Kansas knew about Beto, but did not know much about Cruz, even with him being a Senator.
When Beto started running most said he was going to lose by 10% . If Texas was as Red as you think, that would have been true. Starting to look like a Purple shade is starting in Texas.

Ron Paget

Thank you for having the courage to state your opinion about Donald Trump. I am discouraged when I read most opinions in the Galveston Daily News. More of us need to speak out before it is too late. Thank you

Victor Krc

As far as I am concerned the biggest Trump success so far has been his appointment of constitution-originalist federal judges. This will have long term beneficial consequences in helping protect our freedoms from the legislation-from-the-bench court decisions issued by judges who see that they can give force of law to their personal political agendas by hiding behind the "living constitution". We have had too much legislation enacted by unrepresentative and unaccountable judges, too many Supreme Court decisions based on "emanations from penumbras". The Supreme Court is the nearest thing we have to an oligarchy in this country and we need to have more responsible sitting justices. The left appreciates the power of the Supreme Court as their agenda items have been given force of law for many years by the Court. We have seen the shameful brown shirt tactics they used to try to destroy Justice Kavanaugh in his confirmation process because they fear his originalist judicial philosophy. I would have thought that Mr. Fields would at least appreciate this, if nothing else.

As far as Trump's personal likeability is concerned I will just say that I would not like to have a beer with him, BUT I like many of his policies. He knows that he will get negative press no matter what he does so he chooses to defend himself, sometimes in ways that make me cringe a little. On the other hand the mainstream media and the not so mainstream media present "news" stories to the public as if they were the prosecution in a criminal case. There is no opportunity for cross-examination at that time, just a one-sided presentation. And the media knows they can do this because they also control the means through which a response can be made, that is they could before Twitter. Heretofore many Republican politicians have been intimidated by the media because they knew they were in a rigged no-win game. Trump doesn't buy in to this approach and uses Twitter to defend himself, albeit sometimes in ways that are crude and bombastic.

By the way, as far as kowtowing to Putin is concerned, was it Trump who was caught on a live mic telling Russian president Medvedev to "tell Vladimir that I will have more flexibility after the (2012) election", referring to defensive missile negotiations Also why didn't Obama send the 82nd Airborne into the Ukraine after Putin invaded it in 2014? I guess it all depends on what your definition of kowtowing means.

Michael Byrd

Well said

Raymond Lewis

40 comments so far and one person has 14. Hope the poor guy is getting paid by the comment. His head seems about to explode any day now.

Mike Zeller

Ray, 9 out of 10 times, I skip over his comments.

Steve Fouga

That’s a lot of scrolling. I’d like to see more thought, reasoning, and personal opinion from Carlos, rather rote repetition and unending links to “facts” that are at least debatable and sometimes downright hogwash. But, as Carlos says, he has a lot of fanboys here, so his approach obviously works.

Carlos Ponce

I used to give only thoughts, reasoning and personal opinion but reverted back to documentation with the constant belittling, sardonic responses. Some bullies never grow up.[whistling]

Steve Fouga

I feel ya. Things are tough all over.

Dan Freeman

Leave him alone. He provides us entertainment.

Carlos Ponce

As for my comments, I have many people who love what I write. One commented, "I love when you put the Libtards in their place. You counter their illogic with facts." I ask them refrain from use of the term "Libtard" since many of my Liberal friends find it offensive.

Doug Sivyer

Bob, you are absolutely right on target with this article. Of course the tRump supporters will never agree as we know but let them live in their fantasy world for now. Change is on the horizon. The majority of this nations citizens are fed up with this clowns antics.

Dan Freeman

I need to clarify an assertion by Mr. Ponce. He claimed “Tax revenue is UP since the tax cuts were implemented.” He then cited Investor’s Business Daily: “"Income Tax Revenues Are Up 9% This Year.” He failed to note they went on to clarify “For the fiscal year as a whole — which started last October — all federal revenues are up by $31 billion. That's a 1.2% in increase over last year, the CBO says.” This is far less of an increase in revenue implied by Mr. Ponce initial claim. I also cited the actual CBO statement that “Spending rose by 3% for the fiscal year, while receipts climbed by 1%.” So Mr. Ponce has deliberately misrepresented the small rise in revenue (1%

Carlos Ponce

And Danny Boy is still getting confused. There are so many holes in your post it would not even qualify as Swiss cheese.
I never implied anything, just stated the facts. Tax revenue is UP. That's a fact despite Liberal predictions of doom and gloom should the tax cuts be implemented.

Victor Krc

Problem is, ain't nobody going to cut spending. And that is our fault.

Carlos Ponce

Trump has asked every Cabinet agency to trim their budget by 5%. Asking is one thing, actually trimming is another.

Gary Scoggin

Having lived through more cut x% across the board mandates that I can remember I remain shocked how people confuse that simple command with good management. Good management means looking at your operation and making intelligent cuts and capturing achievable efficiencies. Across the board cuts are the way out for a lazy manager.

Jim Forsythe

Gary, maybe all Cabinet agencies have the same problems at the same time and each are 5% over budget. The chances of this being true is ZERO.
Gary you are right, being a good manager is not the easy way, but it is the right way!


Raymond Lewis

There is a reference to "Mr. Ponce". Mr. Freeman, in turn, is being referred to as
'Danny Boy'. The purpose of that is....?

Carlos Ponce

I composed a song dedicated to Dan Freeman in an earlier forum sung to the tune "Danny Boy".[beam]

Gary Scoggin

I always figured that, and calling Emile by his last name, were just little passive-aggressive games.

Jarvis Buckley

Raymond & Steve both write their share of anti-Trump propaganda .
That is fine in my opinion. Different view points are what these forums
Are for. I'm a Trumpster . I appreciate
his hard work for our country. It used to be the gold standard for getting elected was.- "Are you better of today than you were when President Trump was elected?." If you are truthful you would say "yes".

Raymond Lewis

You will have to remind when I have written an "anti-Trump propaganda" comment. Don't think I have. Or was that it simply your interpretation.

David Hedgepeth

A critical mass turning point has been reached when Bob Fields runs down a Republican let alone Trump. It is still a mystery as to why it took him so long to figure it out.

Charles Hughes

LOL

Gary Miller

I have my own rating system for Presidents. Promises made, promises kept. Last six presidents? Kennedy +++, Carter 0, Reagan +++, Bush 41 + -, Bush 42 ++, Obama O of at least a dozen, Trump so far? SCOTUS ++, tax Cuts +,Economy +, trade +++. If Trump left office today he'd rate best of last six. He still has several promises he'll try to keep in next 6 years. Like the wall and immigration, Iran and NK. All you liberals/Democrats/Progressives hated his promises and hate him more for keeping them.

Jim Forsythe

Is the Iran oil block, the best thing for the USA and the World? Risking a all out war in the Persian Gulf is
a risk worth taking and for what. To keep a campaign promise.
December 04, 2018
The United States will not be able to stop Iran exporting its oil and any move to prevent Iranian crude shipments passing through the Gulf would lead to all oil exports through the waterway being blocked, Iran's president said on Tuesday.
The United States has imposed sanctions on Iran and U.S. officials say they aim to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero in a bid to curb the Islamic Republic's missile program and regional influence.
"America should know that we are selling our oil and will continue to sell our oil and they are not able to stop our oil exports," President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech during a trip to the northern Iranian city of Shahroud.
"If one day they want to prevent the export of Iran's oil, then no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf," he said.

The problem with North Korea is not better and maybe worse in the last 2 years. Risk of war still remains . North Korea Says It Has Tested a Newly Developed 'Ultramodern Tactical Weapon' a Seoul-based military expert, said a “tactical weapon” in North Korea refers to “a weapon aimed at striking South Korea including U.S. military bases” in the South so that the North may have tested a short-range missile or a multiple rocket launch system.
Earlier this month, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry warned it could bring back its policy of bolstering its nuclear arsenal if it doesn’t receive sanctions relief.

Gary Miller

Tax receipts are up by more than taxes were cut but the deficit is up. Not from spending? How can that be? Debt service is way up because of Fed Reserve interest increases. 2.5 % added interest on 22 trillion is more than receipts and spending. The Fed kept interest rates at 0 to help the Obama economy, Did the Fed increase interest rates to hurt Trump's economy? The Fed governors are Obama appointments.

Victor Krc

I do not pretend to possess the knowledge of economics of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez[tongue_smile] but the reason the Fed has been raising interest rates lately is just because the economy has been performing so well. If a "brake" on the economy in the form of higher interest rates is not implemented then the economy can overheat which will lead to higher inflation, which hurts everybody, particularly us old geezers living on fixed incomes. Then we can start wearing those stupid red and white buttons that we wore during the mid-1970's - Whip Inflation Now (WIN). Real interest rates these past years have been near zero or even slightly negative because the economy was performing so poorly and we had to make money cheap to encourage economic activity. Now that the economy has greatly improved we have to make money more expensive to moderate economic activity.

Dan Freeman

Mr. Gary Miller does not understand the Federal Reserve. It does not set the interest rate on the debt. That is set through public auction of Treasury Bills and Bonds, in which he may participate. There are seven Governors of the Federal Reserve. Four are Republicans appointed by President Donald Trump, one is a Democrat appointed by President Barak Obama, and two positions are vacant.

Carlos Ponce

"That [interest rate on the debt] is set through public auction of Treasury Bills and Bonds, in which he may participate."
How is the interest rate on a treasury bond determined?
"Many external factors influence Treasury prices and yields, such as the monetary policy of the FEDERAL RESERVE and the perceived health of the economy."
https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/041515/how-interest-rate-treasury-bond-determined.asp
While as you put it, " It does not set the interest rate on the debt," the Federal Reserve has influence on Treasury interest rates.
So you should rephrase to say, " It does not DIRECTLY set the interest rate on the debt but influences that rate.

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