Thursday, August 31, 2017

Axios: The incredible shrinking president

Mod: A summary of  recent events courtesy of the news site Axios.

The incredible shrinking president (Axios link): As President Trump formally launched his tax-reform drive with a no-details, "vision-casting" speech in Springfield, Missouri, the self-inflicted wounds of the past 222 days are adding up. The "most powerful man in the world" is suddenly looking mighty powerless:

Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are going their own way on tax reform. Hill sources believe his original targets, including a 15% corporate rate, are dead.

SecDef Mattis didn't immediately embrace his full ban on transgender troops.

His Justice Department won't drop the Russia probe.

Courts won't allow his full Muslim ban.

Mexico won't pay for his wall.

Congress won't pay for his wall.

The Senate won't pass his promised health-care reform.

Gary Cohn and Sec State Tillerson won't tolerate his Charlottesville response.

North Korea won't heed his warnings.

China doesn't fear his trade threats.

CEOs won't sit on his councils.

Mexico and Canada won't bend to his will on NAFTA.


19 days in August: Trump's road not taken ... Now imagine where Trump would be today if he had instantly (and only) condemned the racist violence in Charlottesville, blown off the Arizona meltdown rally, and held off on the Arpaio pardon till the usual protocol could be followed.

The press would be writing about a new, late-summer Trump who had managed two crises like a normal president, and cleaned house of the most toxic "America First" true believers. His Texas trip would have gotten a high grade, with his trademark brio and well-received remarks.

Now snap back to reality: Instead, Trump has escalated his war with the judiciary, media and Republican establishment. At the same time, he has created a monster on the outside in the form of Steve Bannon and his merry band of Breitbart brawlers.

And he chose that path with crises sprouting all around:

An epic flood that will cost taxpayers billions in damages and consume Congress when it returns.

North Korea crossing new lines, rattling markets.

Racial tensions boiling.

Rising fear of a government shutdown at the end of September or December.

Increasing pessimism in a once-buoyant business community.

Daily clues emerging of an expansive, ominous Mueller investigation.

Mod: It is only a matter of time now until Washington vomits this toxic substance up.

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50 comments:

  1. This is what happens when real estate speculators fool an ignorant public to elect them. No different than in Sierra Madre.

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  2. Donald Trump. The developer president.

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  3. Hopefully, the bully is forced to only bully the creep in the mirror.

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  4. How did anyone anyone anyone vote for this liar? Baffling.

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    1. they were all dum as him

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    2. Educated in civics at Trump University, of course.

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    3. Just heard the best description of Trump from a disenchanted supporter:

      "He sold us a Cadillac Escalade, but it turned out to be a pickup truck with a gun rack, and the parts are falling off as it drives down the road."

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    4. Look at what the choices were...dumb or dumber...you choose which is which.

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    5. I'm tired of the tattler being an anti trump echo chamber. We get it. Many of you don't like Trump.

      Lets talk about our area. Enough bashing. This website attracts people from all political backgrounds who love Sierra Madre.

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    6. So you know, the readership for Trump articles here is usually double that of Sierra Madre stories. I personally think this country is in a state of crisis and that it has fallen into the hands of a mental incompetent who represents one of the greatest dangers we have ever faced as a nation.

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    7. Moderator, first off, thanks much for the tattler, it's very informative. I absolutely believe the numbers on readers on anti trump articles. This area is highly liberal, and I know many agree with you. Please just be aware that many of your neighbors dissent from this opinion of yours, and view a lot of this hand-writingin as histrionics and over reaction. Many just don't want to argue and bicker with you (anti Trumpers).

      Sierra Madre is a beautiful community, and somewhat isolated from the realities of the world and our nation at large. I'm happy so many of you can have such a idyllic view of the world, and see things so black and white. The reality is Trump iargely similar to most politicians in virtually every way. Thanks for reading.

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    8. I don't think Trump has anything to do with liberal vs. conservative. He attacks both, and with equal vehemence. Trump is an unhinged and dangerous radical in the pocket of a hostile foreign power. Trump is not similar to any politician we have ever had before. And look, if people can't handle that, and it upsets their little Fox News world, screw 'em. I don't want them here anyway.

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    9. Well, we will have to agree to disagree. What upsets me i guess is the comments on these articles. All Trump supporaters are not evil, racist or idiots, as contended in this thread, and much of your viewpoint depends on what side of the fence youre on politically. This is no different than the vitriol esposed toward Obama during his presidency. What I'm saying is in many ways, what you're doing here is what Trump himself does. Throw red meat to your supporters (in your case, the readers here), and whip people into a frenzy. And we wonder why people are fighting in the streets!

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    10. Yeah, blame the media. That certainly is a fresh and new idea. Unless, of course, it is Russian media. The reason people are fighting in the street is because Trump has enabled the neo-nazi right.

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    11. Naw mate, the media is absolute gargbage, by and large. It's why something like the tattle thrives. People are frustrated and don't trust the status quo. The media has been the PR dept for various political factions for a long time now, and this last election pretty much unveiled it completely.

      And we could surely talk about the antifascists, who have started a lot of the violence.

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    12. You're defending neo-nazis. You do realize that, right?

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    13. Not at all. Not all who have been attacked have been neo nazis. This goes back to my point that many who dissent feel they have to do so quietly because they get shouted down or attacked. Neo nazis are a symptom of frustration over that. What I do defend is free speech. Thanks for at least allowing it here, even if we wont agree on eberything. Kudos.

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    14. Thank you, comrade. How's Russia today?

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    15. Equating those who protest scum like Nazis with those Nazis is quite a propagandistic trick. Whoever would have thought such tactics would ever come to America?

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    16. Violence is violence. The rationalization of it is a propagandistic trick.

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    17. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-01/fbi-dhs-study-reveals-antifa-primary-instigators-violence-public-rallies-april-2016

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    18. How does that justify supporting neo-nazis?

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    19. Fox News Poll: Americans Think Donald Trump Is An Unstable, Dishonest, Immoral Bully
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-unstable-bully-fox-news-poll_us_59a8d931e4b0dfaafcef376a?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

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  5. Governors and Provencial leaders in northeastern USA and eastern Canada are meeting and forming their own trade agreements. Jobs provided to both sides of the borders will be available and boost the economy of this region without the dTrump presidency to contend with.

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  6. Are you bloggers for real? I'm not giving up that what "you" post is comic relief from your dreary lives.
    I know the Moderator comes off as an intelligent guy, most of the time. But repeating in print obscured wayout schizophrenia streamed dribbles of nonsense, can only mean that this heat wave has had an effect.

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    1. You are being hard on yourself.

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    2. Troll is getting desperate as the vise closes on corrupt trump... with no facts to support his false posts he's now reduced to the point of berating fellow posters

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    3. He must be the same guy that blamed Hurricane Katrina on Obama.

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    4. Posts flood Twitter blaming Obama for Katrina response

      Defenders of President Donald Trump are inundating Twitter with caustic attacks on former President Barack Obama over the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 – three years and six months before Obama took office.

      http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article170265837.html#storylink=cpy

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    5. Somebody inform Moscow.

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    6. 6:49 - I am assuming, your perfume is fuming ?

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    7. Um we are not "bloggers" we are but lowly anonymous commenters.

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  7. President Dunsel.

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  8. Speaking of crooked real-estate developers screwing up politics, there's a great article in Bloomberg today on how deeply in debt the Kushner family is, and how Jared's been using White House influence to pander to foreign investment money to bail them out of their underwater investment of 666 5th Avenue.

    A fitting street number for them, by the way:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-kushners-china-deal-flop-was-part-of-much-bigger-hunt-for-cash/

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  9. Liar liar pants on fire, where is 'fireman bill' these days?

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    1. A fictional character stuck in a past decade, like you are.

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  10. Eric Trump: Father tunes out Critics to Avoid Committing Suicide

    On Tuesday, President Trump’s son, Eric Trump, was a guest on The Joe Pags Show, where he talked about the upcoming birth of his child, politics in America and his father’s presidency. Most notably though, Eric spoke about what he feels is evil and hatred aimed at his father, and the ability of this hatred to potentially lead to one killing one’s self.

    At first, the younger Trump simply talked about how he feels as though the mainstream media has it out for his father, and no matter what the elder Trump does, the media will criticize him for it.

    http://ir.net/news/politics/127152/eric-trump-father-tunes-critics-avoid-committing-suicide-depression/

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  11. Wow, that Kushner article is a real eye opener. Thanks for posting. Just like Denzel in training day- increasingly desperate to pay off the mob before his time runs out.

    Trump's former campaign manager now registered as a foreign agent.

    Follow the money... all so corrupt.

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  12. White House Gives Embarrassing Answer When Asked If Trump Donated To Hurricane Victims
    http://news.groopspeak.com/white-house-gives-embarrassing-answer-when-asked-if-trump-donated-to-hurricane-victims/

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  13. Poll: Over half of Americans say Trump is tearing country apart
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-over-half-of-americans-say-trump-is-tearing-country-apart/

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    1. Well, Trump campaigned on the statement that he 'couldn't be bought'. In other words, he's in it for his self aggrandizement at the expense of everyone else. A true Putinesque plutocrat.

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    2. He couldn't be bought because the Russians already purchased him years before.

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  14. Trolls get trumped again!

    Arkema, the company that owns the chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, that suffered at least two separate explosions on Thursday, successfully lobbied the Trump administration to delay new safety rules for chemical plants that were due to take effect this year.

    The International Business Times reports that Obama-era regulations of chemical plants that were supposed to take effect this past March 14 “were halted by the Trump administration after a furious lobbying campaign by plant owner Arkema and its affiliated trade association, the American Chemistry Council, which represents a chemical industry that has poured tens of millions of dollars into federal elections.”

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  15. I like it when people come together and share opinions. Great site, keep it up!

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  16. Another corrupt trump crony goes down inflames!

    (CNN)William C. Bradford, a Trump administration appointee who heads the Energy Department's Office of Indian Energy, resigned Thursday after claiming this week inflammatory comments that appeared to have been made by him online were the result of hacking.

    "William Bradford tendered his resignation this afternoon and is no longer with the Department of Energy," said DOE spokesperson Shaylyn Hynes.

    Drain the swamp of these scumbags

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  17. Didn't I predict this a couple of months ago?

    https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1694946

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    1. You did and you were right. Good work!

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  18. Grand Old Treason partyAugust 31, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Stunning Evidence Suggests The Republican Party May Have Taken Illegal Russian Donations In 2016
    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/08/31/stunning-evidence-suggests-republican-party-illegal-russian-donations-2016.html

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  19. Thanks so much Mod!
    You are very intelligent, a great researcher, great writer and the kind of person our country needs more of;Compassionate.

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