Racial unrest. A $1 trillion deficit and $4 trillion more in debt. The laughing stock of the world. Forty million of our fellow Americans are out of a job due to the virus. The airline industry is barely flying. Many small businesses have closed.

Can't go to the movies. Can't travel. Can't go to work if you still have a job. Teachers and children can’t attend school safely. Can't drink in a bar because they're closed. Can't attend concerts, indoor sporting events or church. Can't attend outdoor sporting events unless they allow limited attendance.

So, while you're suffocating in a mask to avoid the spread of the Trump virus, remember to stop thinking about your selfish self and ask the question: Are "we" better off than we were four years ago?

This election isn't about you. It's about "us."

Literally.

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David Hardee

Your recitation is of the last 8 months under effects of the China virus. If you live under such short term analysis then, OK - it has been bad. If your referring to the Trump administration then your analysis needs correcting. For the period of the Trump administration till the virus the USA was roaring into the best results for the economy, people especially minorities and stifling the terrorist organization.

The last 8 months are the results of a pandemic and the USA has done the best it could. considering all the traumas created by political obstructions and the BLM organized belligerence resulting in looting, burning and killing supported by the Democratic controlled city administration.

You did not assign blame but the inference needed clarity in this period of trauma..

David

Cindy Moreland

I will assign blame...tRump and his cronies.

Carlos Ponce

Cindy, your assignment of blame is unsubstantiated.

Charles Douglas

It would seem that China and XI JINPING are well on the way in accomplishing what Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, Vladimir Putin and Russia could not accomplish! That is to influence this nation to rebel from the inside! We have American citizens who loves CHINA with a passion and hates America with a vicious scorn! They are very protectful of China and wants to give them our jobs, factories, and are willing to sell America out to become another Hong Kong!!! Thank you LORD for Donald Trump! The Mayor of Moscow, Putin, Russia, XI JINPING and China have bought and paid for the BIDEN FAMILY! Those who are involved with the cover up, .....turns a blind eye and look the other way! All the financing for the looting, burning, upheaval, killing, robbing, beatings in the streets of America now is coming from those who LOVES SOCIALISM and Red China! Bernie Sanders and AOC'S kind of SOCIALISM is a step away from COMMUNISM!

Carlos Ponce

"Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Yes. Under Obama I had to scrimp and save money to pay my property taxes for 13 months. This year I had all the money to pay 2020 property taxes at the end of January 2020! Thank you President Trump!

Charles Douglas

Yes I'm better off now than I was four years ago! YOU .. [censored].....SKIPPY.. I'm better off! I stated prospering the day after I excaped from the Progressive Plantation! I'm debt free ( Romans 13:8 ) and owe no man NOTHING but to love him!! The Rich ruleth over the POOR and the borrower is SLAVE to the LENDER! ( Proverbs 19: 5 )

Yes!!!! I excaped from the Democratic Plantation, I'm free, and I'm prosperous! I don't need government handouts! I'm free to help orphans, widows, and the poor in South America, and Africa, and around the world through different missionaries! My kids were educated through some of the best universities in the nation! I was free to work hard, to earn job promotions, To go to college, I was free to graduate from Bible College, I was free to graduate from the Police Academy and free to retire from Multiple Careers...& Before all that, I was free to go down to the recruiting station and sign up to serve this country like any other red blooded American man could have done!

It was three rules kids who lived in my house had to abide by: 1) Do not ever cross the threshold of my front door with anything under a "B" grade on a report card! 2) Not Having Is No Excuse For Not Getting...pay the price, work hard, go the extra mile, and compete! 3) THE WORLD DOES NOT OWE YOU NOTHING!!!!! Now somebody tell me, ..WHO IS IT THAT HAS HELD ME BACK? Oh talk back to me ...if you can!

Terri Abraham

How did Trump lower your property taxes? Mine have gone up every year. Is he giving you some luck back for praising him here so often?

Gary Miller

Terri. He's like me. Trump increased my take home enough my property taxes were easy to pay.

Carlos Ponce

Correct, Gary Miller. Trump did not LOWER my property taxes but with the tax cuts I had enough to pay my 2020 taxes back in January. But there's still a lot of Liberals who claim tax cuts were only for the rich. I'm not rich but I got a nice tax cut.

Charles Douglas

Correction on my last post: The Rich ruleth over the POOR and the Borrower is SLAVE to the LENDER. Is Proverbs 22;7 ...and not Proverbs 19:5. [wink]

Mike Johnson

Trump's outstanding debt was at least $650 million in August 2016, in addition to an outstanding loan of $950 million to the Bank of China and Deutsche Bank (among other creditors)

So, Trump is a slave to China and others. Got it!

Carlos Ponce

So when Mike Johnson gets a car loan he is a SLAVE to the lending agency.

If Mike Johnson has a mortgage he is a SLAVE to the mortgage company.

When Mike Johnson uses a credit card he is a SLAVE to the credit card company.

Oh, that's right. Mike Johnson pays for everything in cash. Never mind! [whistling]

Pete Nanos

Smart people know that the reason this virus was so deadly was because Pelosi, Biden, Deblasio and Coumo all encouraged the spread by downplaying things when it first came out, but then there's people like you.

Cindy Moreland

You are a fool, your President withhold information of the virus.

Carlos Ponce

Cindy, look at the videos and/or transcripts of the Coronavirus Tasks Force News Conferences. You will see he withheld no informationDr. Fauci says Trump revealed all that came up in Conference briefings.

What did Trump hold back? He did not show a "Chicken Little" attitude - "THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING! WE'RE DOOMED!" He did not escalate this to the point of panic (but there were those who stocked up on goods like toilet paper!). His attitude was to hold on because things are getting better. And they are. Trump mourned every death but displayed the attitude of a LEADER, not a panicking simpleton.

Pete Nanos

and there we have it, Cindy. You're a lemming willing to blindly follow the unknowing over a cliff. Ignore the facts, ignore the obvious statements by Biden, Pelosi and the rest telling people it was nothing and they should ignore Trump's xenophobia and racism and go out to Chinatown or in DeBlasios case the subways. Libs like to make claims of how much more educated they are. Doesn't really speak well for the quality of education in this country. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to check records of what has been said. Hell, it's all on tape.You're just interested on what was said on CNN last night.

Gary Miller

Pete>You and I watch different sources of information than Cindi. It seems she is a CNN fool.

Gary Miller

Cindi> Trump announced the danger of Covid 19 so early Democrats were angered by his attempt at saving lives.

Jeff Patterson

So much misinformation in one statement it boggles the mind.

Tosha Jones

Maybe you should turn off the #1 enemy of the United States of America, which is the media, and do some hard research of your own. Yes, we're better off because we didn't have KILLARY in office. If you think President Trump is behind all of our problems, including the China Virus, you're very naive! Our issues didn't start 4 years ago, do you understand that? Wake up, turn off the TV, do your own research and if you still come the same conclusion, look in the mirror because you're part of the problem.

Gary Miller

Yes I'm Better off today knowing our government isn't liberal. I've increased giving to charity, Tunnels to Towers, and putting three times as much in savings as during the Obama regime. Got top prices for my "unregistered" gun collection. Still own 5 registered guns to use if BLM or Antifa start a shooting war after Trump is re elected.

Carlos Ponce

Tunnels to Towers is a great organization caring for the the families of first-line providers and service people who have fallen.

Charles Douglas

I told everybody recently that XI PING and China had American operatives in this country. China for all we know, set this Virus loose on the world on purpose. They lied about it, and had the World Health Organisation to help them to lie about it, by saying, the virus could not spread from person to person, and that it was not airborne!

They allowed Chinese citizens to fly out of WUHAN China, ..where the virus originated to all parts of the world, except other places in China. China bought up all available protective equipment they could ahead of time so they could sell them back to the rest of the world later at a big profit!

They did this to help stop the AMERICAN ECONOMY , which had surpassed their economy by far! Their economy was in free fall! Trump banned all incoming traffic from China to America and got lambasted and vilified as a XENOPHOBIC, and a racist by the LEFT, Pelosi, and Joe Biden!

Joe Biden to this day has never blame China for anything, nor have any of his supporters! They are throwing everything at Trump hoping something sticks.

Some of these people are lying so much ...LIES now acts as if they have a profound legal right to flow toward, everytime they open their mouths. China, Cuomo, De Blassio, Biden, Kamala Harris, Antafa, BLM, are tearing the country apart, by condoning & perpetuating all the burning, looting, killing, and beatings of old people, and we have individuals on the LEFT... who will stand flatfooted, looking you in the eye...and say it is TRUMPS fault. I personally don't know if I could continue to function with that kind of HATE abiding inside of me!

domenico nuckols

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Charles Douglas

The end of the month of September is upon us and as such, it is time to talk about October surprises. Well, we've already had two sizzlers come our way that are devistational to the LEFT! 1) The gangbuster Peace Deals Trump has engineered between the nation of Israel and The Middle East nations, when no President in sixty years even hoped was possible! 2) All of a sudden we lose a Supreme Court Justice right before the Presidential Elections and Trump gets the opportunity to make a THIRD appointment in FOUR years! I said two, but I will count this as a surprise anyway! When every other President was shaking in their boots, and afraid, ..Donald Trump stepped up and recognized Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. ( Think God was not pleased with that?) Lastly, it would behove everyone to mark this down somewhere, there is more to come! Please don't take my word for it,....just go hide somewhere and watch! There is no way JOE BIDEN will will this election! NONE! I will give everybody a little tid-bit so as to refrain from angering those who still have not tuned in to what I'm saying! Joe Biden has as much chance of winning this election as "CROOKED" had! Here is one bigger & better; Joe Biden has as much chance as winning this elections as GOLAITH had of killing David son of Jesse! Ahhhhhhh ..."Dat BE NONE!" All the Sharpe folks will lean into what I said and get the "RHEMA" of it and not just depend on what is written! ( LOGOS ). P.S. I'm getting very excited!!!!![smile][smile]

domenico nuckols

Con man, liar, and a fraud. Don’t have to prove it. See New York Times

domenico nuckols

I pay more taxes than Trump

Carlos Ponce

I don't think so, domenico. You don't pay NYC taxes. You don't pay NY State taxes. And that NYT article is purely made up pre-October surprise. No sources cited, no documentation. It's just made up.

domenico nuckols

Keep on believing.

Carlos Ponce

Poor domenico! No proof, no sources named, no documentation referenced. If this had been submitted on the high school level a student would be given an "F". No one with even a a modicum of intelligence believes this.... but domenico does.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, In 2010, Trump received a $72.9 million tax refund that is being audited by the IRS. He received the sum after claiming heavy losses, but if he loses his appeal with the IRS, he will have to pay over $100 million to the federal government. If this is proven true will you no longer be a Trump supporter? Of course not, because in your eyes he can do no wrong.

The proof is in the tax document that Trump will have to release because a judge had ordered it.

A federal judge rejected President Donald Trump’s challenge to the release of eight years of his tax returns for a New York state criminal probe.

Trump has repeatedly been caught in fraud before. In one of the most infamous cases, he faced investigations over “Trump University,” a program that he launched that had no relation to any kind of legitimate educational institution as suggested by the name.

Carlos Ponce

Source of information? NYT who made up the numbers to goad the president into revealing his real taxes? This election is separating those with brains from the STUPID.

NYT refuses to reveal the source of their misinformation or provide any documentation. Why? It's the usual "unnamed anonymous" sources and they have no documented.

Carlos Ponce

Don't you think it STRANGE that within minutes of the NYT story release the Biden campaign had an ad with that same information? Sounds like the NYT is working in tandem with the Biden campaign.

Carlos Ponce

"He didn't pay taxes for 10 years!"

Looks like deja vous all over again! That statement was not made in 2020. It was made in 2012 by Harry Reid about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Was it true? No. But when later confronted, Harry Reid bragged to CNN, "They can call it whatever they want. Romney didn't win did he?"

The same people who bought that LIE in 2012 are buying it in 2020. Looks like Democrats are dusting off the 2012 playbook.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos more to be reviled, The Times has promised additional articles from Trump's tax returns in the coming days and weeks.

Carlos Ponce

No documentation and no sources named..... REALLY? [rolleyes]

Gary Miller

Trump pays what law says he should pay. Congress added legal deductions to encourage spending.Trump uses those deductions. Do you use any deductions to reduce your tax bill?

Charles Douglas

Domenico is exemplifying the ways and means China is using as an example to all their supporters. China did not worry about whistleblowers during the Virus issue, they just kidnapped them, and they have not been heard from since! China believes in....." it is our way or your rear end!" That seems to be the way their supporters have gravitated to around this country, even those in Congress!

Please note what is happening on the streets and in communities operated by Progressives! The looters, killers, beaters of the elderly, and rioters acts just like China, and Russia. They act entitled! I thought we had a democracy here in America, and everyone was innocent until proven guilty, with basic rights of freedom protected by laws. I thought we had what use to be called Due Process!

This nation owes Eric Snowden a golden apology and backpay for his troubles encountered after exposing the treason and treachery of those who have been perpetuating communistic behaviors and violation of constitutional law ...going on in this country for some time now! It took somebody like BIDEN & OBAMA to bring us down to what we see going on here! The DEEP STATE is ruling and reigning, and doing whatever they please.

We live in a time when a man can get a Nobel Peace Prize for excoriating and vilifying the country which elected him President, and he is reelected to a second term! Now Joe and his whole family took a que from that, and sold us all out while becoming FILTHY RICH! If this man is elected President, Russia will take all of The Ukraine instead of just Crimea! China will immediately attack Tiwain and proclaim martial law in Honk Kong, because there will never be another chance like what they will have with A bought man in the Oval Office of America. Lastly, there will be no telling what North Korea will come out with, while Old Joe is laying down on the job!

Biden and Obama are weak and scared! Any leader who allows a THIRD rate Islamic State like Iran to intimidate them, stop an AMERICAN ship on the High Seas, board that ship, and hold automatic weapons on American sailors on their knees with hands on their heads while they take propaganda videos ...are a disgrace! All that was child's play to what will happen if OLD RACIST JOE is elected! Be careful wrongly vote for!

Charles Douglas

Correction:**** Be careful who you vote for.

domenico nuckols

Mail in voting is safe. Show me proof it’s not.

NYT in the coming days will have release the proof Trump is a con man, liar, and a fraud. I know from personal experience. I’m from New York.. (40 years ago)

Carlos Ponce

No proof will be provided, domenico. Just more made up data.

domenico nuckols

Trumpets should stop blaming others and should look in the mirror. Where’s the big beautiful health care plan can’t there isn’t one. It’s easier to drop 20 million Americans of their present insurance.

Carlos Ponce

It's there, domenico!

The new plan will actually be "affordable".

domenico nuckols

Carlos, can you tell me where I can see the plan? There isn’t one

Carlos Ponce

Overview:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/healthcare/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-america-first-healthcare-plan/

Larry Grissom

The author of this opinion should honestly educate himself but too late. He’s already the fodder of jokes at get togethers. He’s reciting the last 8 months like it removes the historic gains the first 3 years. Idiotic.

Dalton Logan

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domenico nuckols

You will never see a comprehensive plan to replace ACA because there isn't one.

Carlos Ponce

Trump still wants the specifics to be passed through Congress.

domenico nuckols

Carlos, that’s an idea. How much does it cost or what does it cover? How do you implement it? It Trump succeeds in getting ACA declared unconstitutional, 20 million Americans will be WITHOUT health insurance. Why not make changes to the ACA oh, Obama did it so it’s no good? Who pays for the heath care of the 20 million, we do with higher premiums. Like very thing Trump as done is a scam.

Carlos Ponce

See above answer to find cost, coverage, etc.

domenico, the ACA is definitely a fixer upper but far easier to start from scratch rather than mend.

domenico nuckols

Carlos, it took years to pass ACA, what are millions going to do without health insurance if the replacement bill takes as long?

Carlos Ponce

domenico, when SCOTUS finds it un-Constitutional they will ask Congress to piece together a LEGAL replacement or have one imposed on them.

Carlos Ponce

In the meantime, ACA will be sun-downed.

Charles Douglas

I love Judge Barrett as much as I do Trump Diesel, & HANNITY!

[crying][tongue][love] !!!!!!!!!!

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