The rhetoric of the current president is aimed at the people most likely to vote for him. They're mainly the anti-abortion people, the fanatical gun people, and the neo-Confederates and other far right wing groups. This is where his votes come from.

However, if you look at his actions, the tax cut, withdrawing from the climate agreement, the Iran nuclear deal, and the nuclear treaty with the Russians, who profits from these? It's not the people who his rhetoric targets, it's the wealthiest people in the country and large industries in the defense and oil sectors.

So, to the people that voted for that man, what have you gotten for your vote? You have only gotten rhetoric and a goose egg.

David Dumas

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Don Schlessinger

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Carlos Ponce

I benefited from the tax cuts. My TRS retirement check grew after the tax break went into effect - less Federal withholding, Dumas.

You will find good church going people among his followers. Promises made, promises kept. But we still have a ways to go. Trump deserves re-election. He even fulfilled promises made by previous presidents to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. Very important that we take care of our most trusted ally in the Middle East.

Gary Miller

Carlos> Trump base can be described one way. WE love America, the opposition hates America and wants to punish it's greatness. Thank GOD love is stronger than hate.

George Caros

Sure but your tax liability at the end of year is more. My taxes went up now I'm paying more for the goods I buy. Farmers are going bankrupt no infrastructure, no health plan, no more friends other than Putin and NK. President Reagan must be during over in his grave at how the Republicans love Putin

Carlos Ponce

The rate of inflation is minimal but it's funny for a Liberal to complain about taxes. Farmers are going bankrupt - due to rising interest rates according to Forbes and the Washington Post. Trump has asked the Fed to help out but he's only appointed a couple to that Board. The rest aren't as cooperative to him as they were to Obama.

No infrastructure - Trump has called on Congress to work on infrastructure legislation but the House is preoccupied with junk legislation.

No health plan - the disaster known as Obama care, aka ACA, will be replaced as soon as it goes through the court system. Dems in the House still are trying to resuscitate that horrible piece of legislation instead of trying to find a Constitutional replacement.

No more friends other than Putin and NK - That's pure partisanship with NO basis in reality. The US has friends in Great Britain, Israel and now Mexico is helping stem the flow of illegals from Central America. The rest of the world will come along soon.

Doubtful that Ronald Reagan is doing anything now. But we learn from son Michael Reagan that Trump's ideas are compatible with his father's.

Just wondering which of the Democrat Communists-Socialists George Caros is backing in 2020.

Emile Pope

Actually he nominated the chairman. And President Obama asked for infrastructure legislation but the Republicans blocked it and everything else. And trulmp doesn't have a replacement for Obamacare and never did. More garbage as usual...

Carlos Ponce

"Actually he nominated the chairman." And the chairman gets ONE vote, Emile.

Emile Pope

Garbage. There are five members. Four, including the chairman, are Republicans nominated for trump. So he’s responsible for this ruined economy...

Emile Pope

Nominated by trump...

Carlos Ponce

The economy is doing fine, not "ruined".

"Russia, Russia, Russia" and "Collusion, Collusion, Collusion" have been replaced by the Liberal press to "Recession, Recession, Recession". That too is just political rhetoric.

Carlos Ponce

In December 2011 Jerome H. Powell was nominated to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors by President Barack Obama. He later became chairman under President Trump after Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen resigned.

Emile Pope

Garbage again. Yellen left when her term expired. And trump nominated Powell to replace her as chairman. Four of the five members on the board are Republicans including the chairman. Explains why the market is stagnant...

Carlos Ponce

Someone had to be chair so Trump nominated Powell who was originally placed on the Board of Governors by Obama.

When asked if the United States is headed into a recession, Yellen said: “I think the answer is most likely no. I think the U.S. economy has enough strength to avoid that." Aug 14 2019

So Obama Fed Chairman disagrees with your statement the "economy is stagnant". She says it is STRONG!

Carlos Ponce

Emile posted, "Yellen left when her term expired. And trump nominated Powell to replace her as chairman." Not quitye, Emile.

Read this NPR article, "Yellen Resigns From Fed Board After Being Passed Over To Keep Top Post".

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/20/565499305/yellen-resigns-from-fed-board-after-being-passed-over-to-keep-top-post

And here is a link to her RESIGNATION letter:

https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/files/other20171120a1.pdf

"I am writing to inform you that I plan to resign as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, effective upon the swearing in of my successor as Chair."

Most chairs resign from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors when a new chair is appointed. But SHE DID RESIGN.

Charles Douglas

This is why I'm so glad that conservatives are taking the upcoming elections serious. I saw a movie many years ago where alien POD PEOPLE were invading the earth and taking over the minds and bodies of earthlings. The aliens then would do the thinking for the ones they inhabited! The author of this Op-ed puts me in remembrance of that Old movie! This author is trying to make us think our nation would be better off with a third rate military, with all our jobs abiding in Mexico, India, Vietnam, and China! He would have us believe, that, it would be better for us, if there was a 90per cent tax levied on our businesses, thereby killing small businesses in this country! He would have us to believe it would be okay for the Government to take our free speech away, if you fail to agree with the far left! He would have us believe that nobody need to work anymore, everything shall be FREE! He will have us to believe that it's okay for the WORLD'S poor to crash our borders, break our laws, and take advantage of this country's social programs, which other people who work hard and earn there way, will pay for! He will have America become another member of the EUROPEAN UNION, where one man in one country will call many of the shots for many counties! This is why Great Britian is leaving the EU shortly! In short, Satan is setting this thing up just right for that 666 syšem, and the Anti-CHRIST! It was Barrack Obama who said, " I will fundamentally change this country and the world before I'm through!" He did not quite make it, but Hilliary was hand-picked by the enemy to finish Obama's mission! They say the night she lost, she curled up in a fetal position cussing everybody and crying!!!! Later she apologized to Obama for losing...it was reported! I wonder why!!!! Now many of the left are RIDING with BIDEN!!! The man can't hold a thought and can barely speak a sentence!! Last word, "Be not ignorant of the devil's devices!

Claudia Burnam

Well said Mr. Douglas, well said!

Claudia Burnam

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Gary Scoggin

Wow. He said all of that?

Bailey Jones

So.... if Hillary was chosen by Satan, then it must have been Jesus that gave us the miracle of Donald Trump. Now it all makes sense.

Carlos Ponce

It's all in God's plan. " Everyone is to obey the governing authorities. For there is no authority that is not from God, and the existing authorities have been placed where they are by God." Romans 13:1

God placed Obama as president. Then God gave us Trump.

Wayne Holt

Not to wade too far into a theological thicket but this to consider regarding Christians obeying government and observing laws by government: Jesus taught: "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's."

I am always curious why Christians--not necessarily you, Carlos--believe this means we are to obey governments no matter what. In our almost singular case, America was given a wonderful blueprint in our founding documents that was to guide our government for all time. To the extent that our government does NOT follow those principles, I think a very convincing argument could be made that we do not owe it a rendering of our obedience at all. "What is Caesar's" in the American case is peace with all who wish us peace, strong defense for those who wish us harm, the sovereignty of We the People as being antecedent to government (which was formed to protect and further our rights) and all treated equally before the law. In our unique case, it is not Caesar's privilege to declare more than what was ordained from the beginning of our republic; beyond those principles, his claims are fraudulent.

Just my opinion on this topic, nothing more...

Carlos Ponce

"this means we are to obey governments no matter what." No, it does not mean that at all.

Charles Douglas

( Acts 5:26-29 ) At that point, the captain went with the officers and brought the apostles—but not by force, for fear the people would stone them. 27) They brought them in and made them stand before the Sanhedrin, where the high priest interrogated them. 28) "We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us responsible for this man’s blood.” ( referring to Jesus ).



29) But Peter and the other apostles replied, “WE MUST OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN." ...In the interest of clarity!!!!!! CD.

George Caros

Putin gave us Drump

Carlos Ponce

God placed Obama as president. Then God gave us Trump. Why two such disparate leaders?

In the Gospel of Matthew we read:

"All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The `sheep' he will place at his right hand and the `goats' at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, `Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world.

Then he will also speak to those on his left, saying, `Get away from me, you who are cursed! Go off into the fire prepared for the Adversary and his angels!"

There is a reason why one party is considered the "Right" and the other is considered the "Left".

One party abhors the taking of innocent life and goes along with Jesus' definition of marriage. The other does not.

Craig Mason

So God also gave the world Hitler, Mussolini and Idi Amin? I am a Christian and I know that Satan has power as well. Not every action is ordained by god some are driven by evil.

Bailey Jones

"There is a reason why one party is considered the "Right" and the other is considered the "Left"." You kill me, Carlos. I thought you used to be a history teacher. Maybe it was Bible history? (google "third estate")

Carlos Ponce

There are reasons for everything, remember God sent his on;y begotten Son to Earth to die. If you have trouble with the Bible take it up with the author and He who inspired it.

Dan Freeman

As usual Mr. Ponce is selective in his Bible reading. What he left out: 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’



37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’



40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Carlos Ponce

Left out because some dislike the length of my posts. Generally speaking, Republicans give more of their time, talent and treasure to help those in need than their Democrat brothers.

For example, CNN reports that one of the Democrat Presidential hopefuls gave less than one-half of one percent to charity. Instead he gives .....HIMSELF.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/17/politics/beto-orourke-charity-trump-tax-returns/index.html

Emile Pope

Simply more garbage...

Carlos Ponce

https://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/opinion/21kristof.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2012/06/01/giving-differently-liberals-and-conservatives-have-radically-different-views-of-charity/#7895b2eb8d58

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/03/conservatives_more_liberal_giv.html

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1018414674

https://ethicsdaily.com/republican-states-give-more-to-charity-than-democratic-states-cms-19923/

Gary Miller

Charles> If I were as smart as you I would have said this first.

Emile Pope

Wow! Did the Elfmen from the Crab Nebula tell you that? Apparently tinfoil does have a shelf life...

Bailey Jones

History will judge DJ Trump, assuming there is any history in our nation's future. There's no doubt he will go down as the worst human being ever to be president, it remains to be seen whether he will be judged to be the worst president, or just the worst to date. I add "to date" because I believe the damage he's done to our political institutions will inevitably bring worse. As hard to imagine as that is.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, looks like you woke up on the wrong side of your crib. No doubt Trump will be remembered as one of our better presidents once historical revisionism is replaced by REAL historians.

Bailey Jones

Do REAL historians come from the same school as your REAL climate scientists? lol

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, there is truth and there's what history revisionists write. Among real climate scientist there is no consensus.

Gary Miller

Bailey> Sure glad you aren't the judge on anything but your day dreams.

Emile Pope

Where's his better cheaper healthcare plan. How's the stock market?. Ask the farmers who are now on welfare how his trade policy is working out. Seen the deficit and the national debt? At least you still have medicaid, medicare, and social security right? Except he's now trying to cut all of them. The writer is right. All you have is empty promises which is what he's been about all of his life...

Carlos Ponce

"Where's his better cheaper healthcare plan." - Trump explained that last night. "How's the stock market?" The DOW is up by 206.70 to 25, 786.09. That's up 0.81%.NASDAQ is also up by 75.45 an increase of 1.00% and S&P is up 0.89%.

"Ask the farmers who are now on welfare how his trade policy is working out." Generally they still support Trump since his administration is finding other markets for their goods.

"At least you still have medicaid, medicare, and social security right? Except he's now trying to cut all of them." That's a LIE! Proof already given before.

Emile Pope

Everything you wrote is false. End of story...

Carlos Ponce

Emile, everything I wrote is true. You can look it up.

Emile Pope

Not my job...

Carlos Ponce

Emile for your information, the Dow Jones closed at 25,886.01 up +306.62 or +1.20%. It has increased +10.97% year to date.

Not your job? Well as Grandma Gump said, stupid is as stupid does. Posting the information is wrong when it is clearly accurate sounds mighty stupid.

Emile Pope

Where was it this time last year?

Carlos Ponce

Compared to a year ago today the Dow Jones is UP +1.28%. Look at 1 year change:

https://money.cnn.com/data/markets/dow/

Gary Miller

10;30 AM Dow up 270, 1.04 %. Up 24,883 since I bought my first share of capitalism. UP 25 thousand percent in my life ain't bad.

Gary Scoggin

Just think how much you'd be up without those Republican Recessions! :=)

Carlos Ponce

The last recession came a result of Democrat Barney Frank's ineptness.

Mike Zeller

If you believe that, George Strait, has some "Ocean front property in Arizona" , For Sale. [beam]

Carlos Ponce

What you post isn't true. What I posted about Barney Frank is true.

Emile Pope

The stock market is up 200 points from where it was this time last year. And Wednesday it was 600 points lower than last year. trump has ruined the market...

Gary Miller

Emile> My Kansas and Nebraska wheat and soy bean farming KIN tell me they are doing great and expecting things getting better.

Dan Freeman

Mr. Ponce refers to Beto O’Rourke who said "Amy and Molly are serving food tonight at an Annunciation House shelter,…that's where I spent my Christmas Eve in El Paso."

The O'Rourkes generally gave about 1% compared to the average American donation about 2% of their income to charity. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane gave about 3% of their income to charity the past two years, according to his tax returns. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2018 tax returns showed she and her husband Bruce Mann donated 6% of their income.



It's not clear how President Donald Trump measures up, since he hasn't released his personal tax records. The Donald J. Trump Foundation agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision amid an ongoing lawsuit filed by New York state concerning its finances.

Finally, while studies have shown Republicans donate more in raw dollars, the poor donate a larger percentage of their income. Moreover in the study cited by Mr. Ponce the conclusion is: Ultimately, total levels of redistribution—both private and government—are higher in Democratic-leaning counties.



Just as Mr. Ponce limits his biblical quotations he is selective in his other summaries.

Carlos Ponce

"he is selective in his other summaries." I explained that some readers complain my posts are too long.

2%, 3%, 6%? Mittens Romney gave the usual Mormon donation of 15%+. Donald Trump gives away 100% of his presidential salary (except for $1). He has little say in the income from his "other" sources held in a trust. I give at least 10% mostly to my church but other charitable organizations such as education foundations.

Dan Freeman

Glad you tithe. No one was shaming you.

Carlos Ponce

But this country is made of people who DO tithe. Someone who portrays themselves as a Christian or Jew and donates less than 1%? 2%? 6%? We do not judge but even the widow who gave her mite gave more than these - percentage-wise, and many would consider this when casting a ballot.

"Kamala Harris (Baptist) (and her husband) made nearly $2 million in 2018, giving 1.4 percent to charity (which totals out to about $27,000); Elizabeth Warren Methodist) (and her husband) made just shy of $1 million (donating an improved 5.5 percent to charity in 2018)." Hmmm..... No wonder why they want the GOVERNMENT to care for those in need when it is their obligation.

Emile Pope

Interesting how you judge someone's Christianity by how much money they donate but ignore all of the things that Trump did and does that are definitely not Christian...

Bailey Jones

And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”



A high bar, indeed.

Carlos Ponce

From the original Greek:

"A man approached Yeshua and said, 'Rabbi, what good thing should I do in order to have eternal life?' He said to him, 'Why are you asking me about good? There is One who is good! But if you want to obtain eternal life, observe the mitzvot [Commandments].' The man asked him, 'Which ones?' and Yeshua said, 'Don't murder, don't commit adultery, don't steal, don't give false testimony. honor father and mother and love your neighbor as yourself.' The young man said to him, 'I have kept all these; where do I still fall short?' Yeshua said to him, 'If you are serious about reaching the goal, go and sell your possessions, give to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come, follow me!' "

Essentially the same with some noted differences.

But following His sacrifice on the cross, things changed:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved. Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God's only and unique Son."

"For it makes no difference whether one is a Jew or a Gentile, since all have sinned and come short of earning God's praise. By God's grace, without earning it, all are granted the status of being considered righteous before him, through the act redeeming us from our enslavement to sin that was accomplished by the Messiah Yeshua. God put Yeshua forward as the kapparah for sin through his faithfulness in respect to his bloody sacrificial death. [Yeshua (Jesus) takes on the sins of the world.] This vindicated God's righteousness; because, in his forbearance, he had passed over [with neither punishment nor remission] the sins people had committed in the past; and it vindicates his righteousness in the present age by showing that he is righteous himself and is also the one who makes people righteous on the ground of Yeshua's faithfulness."

Bailey, all one has to do is believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is Lord and Savior and one is saved. One's salvation leads to one doing what is right in the Lord's eyes.

Bailey Jones

I'm afraid I can only give your religious opinions the same credence as I give to your opinions on science and politics.

Carlos Ponce

These are not my " religious opinions" but those found in the Bible.

Charles Douglas

High bar Mr. Jones? Care to shed some light on what you mean by, high bar?

Charles Douglas

Oh and Mr. Jones, what Mr. PONCE posted was not his religious opinion but as a student of the word of God, I know it to be bible truth. Just to be clear.

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