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Leaving Phoenix, AZ, headed towards Las Vegas, NV.
Those crazy stacked highway interchanges is just like how I remember driving in Phoenix! However, 99% of the actual city of Phoenix is missing. There’s just a few highways.
This game is strangely enjoyable. I highly recommend it if you have a video card and a game controller.
I say this is good news for Trump in the medium and long run. Repeal of Obamacare would have been a huge PR mess.
Trump should use this opportunity to make Paul Ryan look like a weak leader, and wrest control of the Republican Party agenda from the establishment.
Let’s get to work on ending illegal immigration, ending H-1Bs, curtailing other work visas, significantly reducing the number of new green cards granted.
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And now I’m going to go back to playing Overwatch. My Rank was briefly over 1100, let’s see if I can get it back there.
I think this deserves a separate post.
Manafort was never anything other than a slimy political insider, but Trump needed the services of that type of person during the primaries when it looked like Ted Cruz was going to steal the nomination through sneaky delegate shenanigans. Hiring Manafort was an excellent idea at the time. Trump needed slime to fight against slime. Manafort was then replaced by Steven Bannon for the next stage of the campaign which needed a media expert and not a slimy political insider.
It seems to me that Manafort is in big trouble, because the MSM is out to punish everyone who helped Trump rise to power, and all of Manafort’s sliminess is going to bite him. Meanwhile, the equal or even greater sliminess of other political insider and lobbyist types from both parties will continue to be ignored, because they weren’t involved with Trump.
I haven’t written much about Trump for the last week. Aren’t you tired of the blog being all-Trump all-the-time?
Trump was right! JCC bomb threats false flag.
As reported by the Jerusalem Post, the guy responsible for the vast majority of bomb threats against JCCs throughout the world is a Jewish 19-year-old Israeli with dual US-Israeli citizenship, and who was rejected from IDF service for some reason, possibly psychological.
Trump never used the words “false flag,” but he did say something a while back that caused liberal Trump-hating types to be OUTRAGED that Trump suggested that the bomb threats were false flag attacks. Well it turns out that Trump was right!
Will there be any apologies from those outraged Trump-hating SJW types? Very doubtful. Those types never apologize, they just move on to the next outrage and forget the previous false outrage ever happened.
This is not to say that there isn’t a lot of disturbing Jew hatred coming from the alt-right these days. And it’s very counterproductive because it’s alienating a lot of conservative Jews who would otherwise be allies in the fight to reign in out-of-control immigration as well as end the BLM and transgender nonsense, etc.
Obamacare repeal in doubt
It looks like some Trucon libertarian Republicans may have enough votes to block the Paul Ryan led Obamacare repeal. And the reason: because they think it doesn’t repeal enough.
I hope the repeal fails. If it passes, that means Trump will own everything bad that comes from the bill. Trump shouldn’t have gotten involved with this, it has nothing to do with Trumpism. Trump should be using his political capital to push his immigration policies.
Ivanka now officially has an office in the West Wing of the White House and a security clearance, but not an official job description.
Many Trump-hating types in the media are saying this is “unethical” which is utter nonsense. There’s a long history of the President’s family members having unofficial roles in the government, even though it hasn’t happened with the last few presidents other than for their wives.
I think this is a good thing, overall. Ivanka is a very good influence on her father with respect to getting him to act more presidential, and she is helpful in building bridges. The downside is that I am fairly certain that her personal political beliefs are more in line with Hillary Clinton than with Steve Bannon.
Alleged surveillance of Trump [updated]
I’m still waiting for this to be sorted out. I wouldn’t bet against Trump being vindicated.
What I don’t understand is why Trump doesn’t use his powers as President of the United States—who is the boss of everyone in the government—to get to the bottom of things, rather than being a whiny bitch on Twitter.
Politics of rich people fall mostly into two categories:
1. Those rich people who are in close or even complete agreement with the policies of Obama and Hillary Clinton, and they voted for Obama and Clinton.
2. Rich people who have the same worldview as the first type of rich people, but nevertheless they hold their noses (to avoid the stench of prole anti-gay anti-abortion anti-environment anti-immigration anti-affirmative-action stuff) and vote Republican because they want financial benefits from Republicans. Either they want lower taxes, or freedom from regulation because their money comes from industries that Democrats hate, oil and gas being most notable, but including other non-urban-based industries such as agriculture, mining, chemicals, transportation, and certain types of manufacturing.
The Koch brothers are #2 type rich people. Koch Industries are involved in all of those non-urban-based industries, including oil and gas, that Democrats hate.
The #2 type of rich people who vote Republican are NOT to be admired in any way. Since they agree with the worldview of #1 type rich people, they are only voting Republican because they are greedy. When they vote Republican they are thinking “I agree with everything the Democrats say, but screw that, I want to make more money!”
Many of the #2 type of rich people voted for Hillary in 2016. They would have voted for Jeb Bush, but the stink of Trump’s proleness was just too overpowering for them. They weren’t concerned about the Supreme Court falling into liberal hands because they agree with liberal jurisprudence.
It is very typical that there’s an older male Republican-voting #2 type whose wife and children all vote Democratic.
Some have said that the Republicans need the #2 type of rich people for their political contributions, but Trump showed that political contributions from rich people are vastly overrated. Jeb Bush spent massively more money in the primaries thanks to his rich donors, but Trump totally schlonged him. And then Trump beat Hillary who also had far more money in donations from rich people.
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To give credit to commenter “destructure,” this is the comment he wrote:
If you read the wikipedia entries for the Koch brothers, who basically own the GOP, you’ll see they’re the kind of people who claim to be ‘socially liberal but fiscally conservative’. The thing is, they equate being ‘fiscally conservative’ with being libertarian which are NOT the same at all. The Koch brothers support abortion, feminism, gay rights, SSM, open borders, free trade, etc. About the only Democrat policies they don’t support are higher taxes and environmental regulation — because the latter interferes with their business. In other words, they’re liberals on everything that doesn’t affect them and libertarian on everything that does.
Now, obviously, there might be disagreement among conservatives on some issues. But, from what I can tell, the GOP are just liberal Democrats who don’t want to pay taxes. So the Democrat establishment are liberals who want to pay more taxes. And the GOP establishment are liberals who want to pay less. And conservatives wonder why the GOP hasn’t been doing what they want? There’s the answer.
The thing is, the GOP couldn’t push higher taxes without losing their billionaire supporters who want lower taxes. Those billionaires would just switch parties. After all, that’s the only difference they have with liberals anyway. And I kind of think that the establishment is already too tilted in favor of the Democrats as it is.
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One of the points of this post is that when rich people say they want higher taxes, it’s not because of some hidden scam they are running, it’s because they agree with the policies of Democrats.
Certain middle-class conservative types who comment on social media and blogs just don’t seem to grasp that the rich people are liberals.
I’ve been telling your for a while that rich people want their taxes raised otherwise they wouldn’t vote Democratic.
It’s pretty stupid of the Republican party to fight for lower taxes for the rich who vote Democratic and who have now come out in favor of higher taxes for themselves.
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The letter clearly states that they want the state to have more money by raising taxes only on the very highest of incomes, it’s not some scam to lower their own taxes while raising taxes for middle-class people.
Commenter Aric writes in defense of rich people who have been accused of hypocrisy for not donating money to the government if they want the government to have more money:
[T]here is nothing suspicious about calling for higher taxes while not donating to the government. They rightly believe that if they want to improve the world, their money could do more good through the right charity than through the government. Even if they thought the government is the best place to donate to, it would be an inconsequential amount. The coercion of taxes is necessary to raise enough money. There is nothing hypocritical about calling for higher taxes while paying the minimum tax you are legally required to pay. Just like I don’t see a problem with calling for changes to trade laws to protect American jobs while running a business that imports large quantities of products. As players we play the game with the rules that exist, but we should also try to change the rules to make a better society.
Only Trump could have beaten Hillary (there’s no way Jeb Bush would have won Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin), and because Trump won something is finally being done about immigration, and we have a conservative being appointed to the Supreme Court instead of an extreme liberal.
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See my previous post: Could anyone but Trump have defeated Hillary?
All I can say is that it better turn out to be true, otherwise Republicans in Congress will turn against him.
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
It could be that Trump discovered this because he now controls the government.
Early today I wrote in a comment about Sessions’ testimony to Congress:
We all know that the innuendo behind the question was that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary, and Sessions answered “no” to the innuendo. No “perjury” here.
An article in Vanity Fair by T.A. Frank agrees with me.
Frank explains that, after a long spiel from Al Franken about how CNN has documents that allegedly say that “There was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump’s surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government,” Franken than asks what Sessions would do as AG.
Sessions responds that he doesn’t know about any of that stuff and that he “didn’t have—did not have communications with the Russians”
It’s obvious that Sessions meant that he didn’t talk to the Russians about Trump’s campaign, in response to Franken’s extremely long-winded question which really was designed to create innuendo that Trump was involved with the Russians in a nefarious manner and not to elicit any information from Sessions that Franken actually cared about.
If Franken had asked Sessions “have you ever talked to any Russian official for any reason during the last year,” then he might have remembered talking to the Russisan ambassador, although he may have still forgotten, because the Russian ambassador seems to be like this jovial uncle who’s always hanging out at Washington events and chatting it up with everybody. We saw today that TWO Democrats said they never talked to the ambassador, and then people from conservative news sites/blog turned up evidence that they lied.