In response to the commentary by Norman Pappous ("Trump's Ukraine call an attempt to drain swamp," The Daily News, Oct. 2): This addresses just what's wrong with Washington. Politicians go in poor and come out rich; if not themselves, then their families.

You don't see this information in the newspaper enough, possibly because there's not enough room with all of the hate Trump articles. I would like to see more of this kind of news, other than some of the trash we're getting.

Clyde Holt

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Emile Pope

donald goes every weekend to a golf course he owns and charges the government. Drain the swamp when he hires his family? How many lobbyists and CEOs did he hire in his administration? Requiring donald be honest is much better than objecting to people pointing out his corruption.

Carlos Ponce

"every weekend"??? That's hyperbole. Funny, when Trump uses hyperbole, Emile calls it a LIE.

Emile Pope

"I won't have time for golf when I become president" Hyperbole?

Carlos Ponce

He's doing a great job running this country even while playing golf. The donkeys on the other hand are on "Witch Hunts" and have accomplished very little other than pass worthless legislation they know will never see the President's desk. Just more grandstanding on their part.

Gary Miller

Emile> A golf course is the perfect place to do business that can't be leaked to your lying press.

Emile Pope

Your president is a crook...

Carlos Ponce

Emile is wrong as usual.

Gary Miller

Emile> Each month when he gets his pay check he gives it back to the government. 3 years X $400,000 = $1,200,000 More than his golf I suspect? His family members don't need a "Biden" job because they are already rich. As far as I have seen Donald has been more honest than Emile Pope.

Emile Pope

Either your math or your logic is lacking...

Carlos Ponce

Democrats are panicking. Their politics has always been to DEMONIZE the opposition party. The Democrats of Galveston County are few but vocal. Not to worry. The majority of Galveston County knows the Democrat "Green" platform would devastate the county's economy. Making use of the God given resources with respect to the environment is proper but the "Green" platform is a job killer.

Bailey Jones

Have you tried Breitbart? Drudge? Daily Caller? InfoWars? Washington Examiner? The Blaze? Judicial Watch? The Federalist? Red State? Weasel Zippers?

Miceal O'Laochdha

Bailey, thank you for Weasel Zippers! I initially thought you were joking with this name, which I mistook for an old Frank Zappa and the Mothers album. But, I did something I rarely do: 'googled it". And discovered it is an actual thing. And, with a Mission Statement of: "scouring the bowels of the internet" it makes a fantastic juxtaposition to the tired old Times motto of "all the news that fit to print".

Bailey Jones

I'm thinking of adding Weasel Zipper to my list of handy epithets.

Miceal O'Laochdha

It is definitely superior to calling someone a Mullet. I see them all around me now...

Craig Mason

What both parties need to be concerned about is the non-affiliated swing voter like myself. The democrats have gone entirely too far left and alienated what was once the base of their party, the blue collar working person. If it was up to some of these folks, myself and many like me would be out of a job. The republicans have lost their minds and rally behind democrat from New York City. Reminds of that old Pace Picante sauce commercial where it is talking about the guy who gets his picante sauce from New York City. They are aghast at this, just as I am at Trump. People have short memories, lest we forget that Trump and the Clintons were once best buds and he was a democrat. Trump is a liar, a philanderer and ingratiates himself to tyrants and despots. Can you imagine if Reagan, both Bushes, Obama or Clinton would have said they believe the president of Russia over our own intelligence community. People would have lost their minds. With all of that said not everything he says and does is wrong and I think the press is especially hard on him. Although he is his own worst enemy when it comes to that. I think he has made a couple of good moves by renegotiating NAFTA, prison sentencing reform, pulling out of the Trans Pacific Partnership and lowering the corporate tax rate. Still waiting on the middle class to get their cut, but I have been waiting on that for years. The problem is the bad he has done outweighs the good. Abandoning the Kurds, attacking healthcare, pulling out of the Iran deal, Pulling out of the Paris accord, alienating our allies and so much more. He is however the current commander and chief and I pray he will utilize the experience around him and make better decisions. He needs to really consider deactivating his twitter account. I am sick of his constant tweets and hey look at me persona. With all being said, back to my original point, the disenfranchised voter like myself will be the ones to make the difference in the next election. We are the ones who feel like our party has left us. The base democrats and republicans only control 75 to 80 percent of the vote, the 20 to 25 percent are going to be the ones who swing this election. People can and do make educated choices not based on party. Its going to be an exciting year.

Emile Pope

If after all he's done people are still considering voting for him then they don't concern me unless they are off their meds...

Carlos Ponce

Readers, I think Emile is going to vote Trump this time! [wink]

Gary Miller

Craig> Almost correct. America is divided 36 % GOP. 30 % DNC. 34% independent.

GOP is 96 % behind TRUMP, 66% independent say they are for TRUMP, 15% of DNC say they'll vote TRUMP. 2020 could be closer than a landslide.

That FOX Impeachment poll the media is touting was biased. FOX admits they polled 12 % more Democrats than Republicans. 52% to 40 %. Surprise? More democrats favor impeachment than Republicans.

Ron Binkley

Craig.......you nailed in on the head......Thank you!

Maris Helfrich

Talk about BLIND loyalty to an ineffective, corrupt Presidency when the majority of our citizens do not approve of his job, and support the impeachment inquiry! I support the Daily News representing where the people are.

Carlos Ponce

"majority of our citizens do not approve of his job, and support the impeachment inquiry!" So you believe those "polls" - the same pollsters who told us Hillary would win and Trump had no Electoral path to the presidency.... Old Earth saying: If someone fools you shame on them. But if fooled a second time that means you're stup...

Gary Miller

Maris> FOX has admitted that Impeachment poll was biased. 12% more democrats than republicans were polled. 52% to 40 %. Rasmussim poll last week said Trump approval was 52%.

Gary Miller

The story is about the conduct of the local news (?) paper. I wish one change could be made that forced all media to tell THE TRUTH> ALL THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. I suspect with that rule enforced neither Obama or Trump would have been elected and HRC would be serving life in prison. If the media couldn't lie this would be a much different world.

Charles Douglas

Wow! Everybody seems to be mad at.. and disgusted with President Trump this morning! Should be thanking him, because if it was not for him we all would be like Hong Kong now! China is already commanding the NBA, NIKE, and the TECH VALLEY companies in California like Facebook, and they would flourish under a Democratic leader like Crooked Hilliary, a Liar like Warren, a Fool like BETO, or an Incompetent like Spartacus. Please don't forget about Ole Hands Biden and his ambitious son, Money Hunter! I can hardly find NOTHING, of mine where the words, MADE IN CHINA ...is not written in or on It! This is totally pathetic, and incompetence of the highest order, to allow such a trade imbalance to occur, to the point where national security could become a problem. Plus China is a communist country which abuses it's citizens, and violates their civil rights, and we are doing this magnitude of business with them? They are buying us like they are buying Hollywood, like they are buying and controlling the NBA, like they bought JOE & MONEY HUNTER, BIDEN. I read somewhere that after Hunter and Joe got paid, the American Navy changed how it conducted the sailing of their ships near China, & areas, they claimed. Somebody need to check this out! An Incandescent fool should know that China of all nations does not go around giving away 1.5 billion dollars to incompetent children of American politicians, for nothing! Anybody who doubt that we have an out of control "SEWER" operating in DC ..should check with TSO.

Craig Mason

Fake news!

If Warren is a liar, which she has told a few whoppers, what is Trump? He has told a last count about 12,000. Is he a bigger liar? A liar, lair pants on fire? The difference is when Warren tells a lie about her heritage or whatever, it doesn't affect my pocketbook or 401K. When Trump lies it effects both. Stand back and take a long hard look, you cannot with a straight face, say that Trump is not a liar.

Charles Douglas

Hey, last I heard, Warren was not identifing nor explaining where the money would come from, nor how she would pay for all these green deal mandates her liberal administration would deploy. We're talking about fossil Industries shutting down, job killing legislations, and more which she has already campaigned on. I won't push her few lies you expounded on, but I will tell you this, ...if she gets in office and do what she says she gonna do, your 401k, and your pocketbook WILL DEFINITELY, take a turn for the worse. I will not go into all the stuff she wants to give away FREE! YES I will, ...FREE college, free Medicare, free REPARATIONS, she promised Al Sharpton she would support! Check that last one, ...that might fatten my POCKETBOOK. No sir, you vote Warren all you like, I will vote For the next POTUS,..DJ TRUMP! I don't care if he lies, I care about his results! Best economy here ever, lowest unemployment for African-Americans, ever, lowest unemployment for Hispanics ever, lowest unemployment for women, in seventy years, ...I could go on, but I don't want to give you to much see. I'm going to save some for later.

Emile Pope

Don't care if the president lies??? Best economy ever???

Carlos Ponce

Better economy than Obama's.

Craig Mason

Dow was 26430 on 10/9/18 it was 26496 today. That looks like a stagnant economy to me. The day after on 10/10/18 the Dow dropped 800 points. One of the largest one day drops in the Dow history. So basically from 10/9/18 to 10/10/19 the Dow has only risen 66 points. Back to Warren and her new green deal I never said I supported her or the deal. It’s a campaign fallacy just like Mexico is gonna pay for the wall. Neither will happen. I just have never been able stand a liar!

Carlos Ponce

" He has told a last count about 12,000." Now, THAT's a lie!

Craig Mason

Yeah it’s probably 13000 by now

Carlos Ponce

Craig, check out what they construe as "lies". Trump will say there were 100, the media will say "THAT'S A LIE, OUR FACT CHECKERS SAY IT WAS ONLY 99!" I don't know you but I bet you are smart enough to double check and not swallow Leftist propaganda.

Isabel Collier

These hate Trump and the USA non-affiliated swing voters, i.e. I don't know what I stand for. Can't point the just one lie Trump told but there are 13000 of them?

Charles Douglas

If you feel so strongly about weather DJ TRUMP lies, then when he invites me to his big inauguration , ...if I think about you, I might bring you up, ...if I think about It! Lol

Emile Pope

At the end of the day, the president is a crook...

Carlos Ponce

Same gibberish from Emile.

Carlos Ponce

Choose sides.

On the one side you had an enthusiastic group showing support for the President, the military, the police, law and order, the rule of law.

On the other side you have people hiding behind masks, taking caps off their owner's heads - setting them on fire, verbally assaulting the press, police, spooking the horses the police rode on, hurling bottles of urine on the police, setting fires. The news reporters warned viewers of the possibility of lewd signs, chants since it was being aired live.

Protesting is part of American life protected in the Constitution. This went beyond what is acceptable.

In the Star Tribune we read the following: "A Hispanic couple wearing Trump gear, along with what appeared to be their teenage daughter, made their way down First Avenue while protesters yelled. “He hates you,” the protester said to the family, referring to Trump. The woman retorted: 'Mexicanos por Trump!' [Mexicans for Trump!]"

Seeing this in Minneapolis last night on the news I kept thinking about the Beatles song: "But when you talk about destruction, Don't you know that you can count me out. Don't you know it's gonna be alright, Alright, alright."

Jim Forsythe

Melissa Meyer-Thompson, 54, of Cannon Falls, Minn., held a sign that read “Trump is not Minnesota nice.” She said, “I made the sign because when I was thinking about why I wanted to come, I thought this president doesn’t represent what I really feel like America is about, caring about other people, so it kind of dawned on me.”

Carlos Ponce

That was one of the nicer ones, Jim. The Trump haters had a myriad of signs laced with profanity. They're not nice.

Ron Binkley

I want to see less about the bum!

Anne Reiswerg

You will probably see/read more about him Ron, now that the photos of him with Igor and Lev are hitting the news. There is a great pic of Donnie Jr. having lunch with Lev & Igor too! You just can't make this stuff up.

Jim Forsythe

"What makes this so dramatic is who these people are, their connection to Giuliani," said Briffault, who studies campaign finance. "I think it's a bombshell because of its connection to Ukraine and Trump."

Ron Binkley

Since Trump is backed in a corner, I'm sure he will do something to advert our attention away from him. I wouldn't put it past him to call out Iran and put us in an all out war and try to make himself look like a hero that he is far from being.

Carlos Ponce

"Backed in a corner"???? Trump's relishing in such baseless statements. You're making him happy, Ron.[beam]

Carlos Ponce

Which bum, Bernie Sanders, the porn writer, Joe Biden who used his office to gain his son millions, etc. etc. ?

Paula Flinn

Didn’t you forget the word “allegedly,” Carlos, or were you there?

Carlos Ponce

Everything is verified, Paula.

Jim Forsythe

So, no Republican son or daughter has ever held a position for which they had no qualifications?

Holding a position for which you have no qualifications or experience is considered a bad thing?

Then, let’s stop asking Jared to broker peace in the Middle East, and stop having Ivanka show up to meetings she has no reason to be at. And Ben Carson, who knows nothing about HUD, or Betsy DeVos, who wants to turn our entire educational system into a for profit industry. Just to name a few of the unqualified, inexperienced people currently employed by the Trump administration.

Carlos Ponce

I'm certain both sides of the aisle have engaged in such activity.

"Then, let’s stop asking Jared to broker peace in the Middle East" So Jim wants the KILLING to continue in the Middle East. I didn't know Forsythe was such a war monger.[sad]

Emile Pope

Another false equivalency...Donald’s daughter and son in law are totally unqualified for their non jobs...

Carlos Ponce

You have to excuse our friend Emile. He has the Schiffles.

Jim Forsythe

He had no prior experience in government or politics. Apart from a semester as a member of the Institute of Politics during his freshman year at Harvard, Kushner has not been engaged politically. This is not a starter job.

Jared is qualified how? Did Peace brake out for the Kurds? Syria and Turkey are a mess, and killings are Escalating . Two days before President Trump announced that he would pull U.S. military back from the border zone in Syria, Americans and their Kurdish allies had removed senior ISIS fighters from the battlefield. When the Kurds are no longer, these and others ISIS fighters that were being held, may come back to haunt us.

Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Did Jared make sure the ones that did it were held accountable

"2019, the Trumpian “message” to the Middle East might be summed up as follows: For US buddies and clients of the US arms industry, brutality is no longer a cause for shame - or even pretend shame. Impunity is in infinite supply, journalists are legitimate targets, and human rights and freedoms are things to be brought up only when America’s favorite Iranian nemesis can be cast as violating them. In other words, welcome to the era of unabashed enthusiasm for authoritarian repression."

Jared Kushner is in charge of the Middle East peace plan of the Trump Administration. What is his plan? He’s going to eliminate the borders of Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. What about the need for walls? Jared going to create a borderless region – a kingdom, if you will – from the Nile to the Euphrates.

If Jared was not Trumps SNL, he would never be cocidered for such a job,

Carlos Ponce

"He had no prior experience in government or politics." - George Washington

"He had no prior experience in government or politics." - Dwight Eisenhower

Many with plenty of experience in government or politics being along baggage. Our Founding Fathers wanted a citizen run government.

Jim Forsythe

To try and say that George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower had no experience is just not true. Both had experience leading men and working with government. Please do not compare these two men to Jared, as he has none of the leadership qualities that they possessed.

George Washington: He supported the initial protests against British policies; took an active part in the nonimportation movement in Virginia; and, in time, particularly because of his military experience, became a Whig leader.

The experience of the French and Indian War earned him a reputation as a solid leader in the American colonies. The decision to name him commander of the Continental Army in 1775 was not difficult

He hosted the Mount Vernon Conference (1785) at his estate after its initial meetings in Alexandria. But, the following year, encouraged by many of his friends, he presided over the Constitutional Convention, whose success was immeasurably influenced by his presence and dignity. Following ratification of the new instrument of government in 1788, the electoral college unanimously chose him as the first President.



Dwight Eisenhower was a Leader of men and worked with Presidents before he become one. He was at West Point. At the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Eisenhower graduated first in his class of 245 officers, and he was quickly given important assignment.

Both Eisenhower and Patton published articles in 1920 advocating that the Army make better use of tanks to prevent a repetition of the static and destructive trench warfare of World War I. He served as an aide first to General John J. Pershing, commander of U.S. forces in World War I, and then to General Douglas MacArthur, the Army's chief of staff. Eisenhower moved to the Philippines in 1935 to organize and train the army of the Philippine Commonwealth.

Carlos Ponce

"To try and say that George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower had no experience is just not true." Jim asserted ""He had no prior experience in government or politics." They had military experience, not politics nor government before assuming the presidency.

Jim Forsythe

Founding fathers stated that they wanted a citizen run government, they meant all citizens should be involved; wealth and privileged crowd, and the average citizen. They did not mean that a person should be put into a job they are not qualified for.

With no experience, Jared is trying to be a equal when he is dealing with people that have done this job for years, but he is not. Experience at the negotiating table is very important, as we are starting to see with the problems that are happening in the areas that Jared is over. We can say goodbye to any chance of holding down ISSI in this area of the world.

Let’s stop asking Jared to broker peace in the Middle East and replace him with someone that is qualified, and stop having Ivanka show up to meetings she has no reason to be at. And Ben Carson, who knows nothing about HUD, or Betsy DeVos, who wants to turn our entire educational system into a for profit industry. Just to name a few of the unqualified, inexperienced people currently employed by the Trump administration.

"Kurdish forces long allied with the United States in Syria announced a new deal on Sunday with the government in Damascus, a sworn enemy of Washington that is backed by Russia"

Carlos Ponce

"They did not mean that a person should be put into a job they are not qualified for." That's Jim Forsythe's implication, NOT what the government meant. They wanted the input of DOCTORS, LAWYERS, FARMERS, BUSINESSMEN - NOT PROFESSIONAL politicians which is what we have today. Jim Forsythe's OPINION they are NOT QUALIFIED is simply that - his OPINION. Many disagree since they are doing a good job. Put your hatred away. It makes you look biased and prejudiced.

Jim Forsythe

Jared Kushner is in charge of the Middle East peace plan, and it is not working.

Jared Kushner's Plan for what to do with the Kurds, not working.

You can not have a person that does not the right skill set, Jared Kushner, and expect him perform at the level that is needed.

He does not have the skill set that is needed at this level.

You may want Amateur Hour in the White House, but this is very dangers for the people of the world.

Carlos Ponce

Looks like the Left is continuing their anti-Semitic rants on Jared Kushner who is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. Kushner is working on peace between Israel and the "Palestinians". The other groups mentioned are auspices of others.

Jim Forsythe

Jared Kushner is taking the reins of President Trump’s impeachment defense — why? He has other jobs, but now adds more ? The presidential son-in-law has so far failed in high-profile assignments to bring peace to the Middle East, come up with a grand compromise on immigration and get America to kick its opioid habit. Trump’s statement about bringing the best people to his administration was about Jared Kushner? Really? Among the 320 million people living in the U.S., can he possibly, by any imaginable measure, be considered one of the ‘best people’ to help run the government? He has no experience, no skills, and no discernable aptitude for the role. Kushner has been famously handed a laundry list of responsibilities but few have resulted in any notable successes. His Mideast peace plan for example, is considered so dead on arrival that it has never even been released for fear it could do more harm than good.

He supports the settlements, which are illegal under international law and are condemned by every nation on the planet (including, usually, the U.S.), except Israel. Does the fox ever consider himself guilty of raiding the henhouse?

Jim Forsythe

The nepotism law, passed in 1967 The law states: “A public official may not appoint, employ, promote, advance, or advocate for appointment, employment, promotion, or advancement, in or to a civilian position in the agency in which he is serving or over which he exercises jurisdiction or control any individual who is a relative of the public official.” The law includes sons-in-law as ‘relatives’.

Carlos Ponce

"Jared Kushner is taking the reins of President Trump’s impeachment defense — why?" No, that's not true Jim. But what you post is being reported by the Liberal media. They're taking off from a CNN report that reads "Jared Kushner is one of the officials focused on Trump's impeachment strategy". They also mention Mick Mulvaney - but that name won't get the Liberal gullible salivating. Are you salivating?

Carlos Ponce

On Jared Kushner's hiring violating the anti-nepotism law here's a Liberal news source, "DOJ: Hiring Kushner does not violate anti-nepotism law".

https://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/jared-kushner-white-house-job-justice-department-ruling/index.html

Liberals finding fault with everything the President does is like dogs barking at the moon.

Steve Fouga

Get your fill of pro-Trump articles while you can. He will not seek a second term. [cool]

Emile Pope

The penal system might disagree...

Carlos Ponce

"He will not seek a second term." He is already seeking a second term and will be re-elected.

Steve Fouga

The fact that he's seeking it illegally will force him to drop out. It's over, Carlos. Get used to it. Your boy is circling the drain. [cool]

Bailey Jones

There does seem to be an unusual amount of desperation in the flailing around here lately.

Jim Forsythe

Steve, are you going to see the Eagles? Tickets go on sale Friday.

Carlos Ponce

No Steve. Trump is going to win! [beam]

Steve Fouga

Jim, no I’m not, but I saw them at the height of their powers in 1975. Fabulous performance.

Jim Forsythe

Eagles - Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill – - are going to play all of “Hotel California” and also play some of there greatest hits. The cost is the only reason I may not . You have made rethink it, and I will more than likely go.

I have seen to some good groups, but this may become my number one over Three Dog Night Don't laugh , also on the bill was Edgar Winter and Leon Russell .

Steve, how is your son's music going. After listening to his last clip , I started thinking , he mite think about a mashup with something with a South American beat.

Steve Fouga

That sounds like a great concert! Our son has just sent us a bunch of new stuff that I haven’t listened to. He’s been focusing on producing lately, which is good because it provides a somewhat reliable income stream. [smile]

Jarvis Buckley

Sadness in my heart for Emile.

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