Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sac Bee: Here’s how California’s House Republicans think they can survive in 2018

Mod: Informative op-ed piece from the Sacramento Bee's Dan Morain on the GOP's decidedly bleak prospects in California this upcoming new year. Apparently a cynical fight against the gas tax is just about all they have left.

Here’s how California’s House Republicans think they can survive in 2018 (Sacramento Bee link): Now that most of California’s House Republicans have voted for a tax overhaul that will raise taxes for many of their constituents, you have to wonder what more good cheer they’ll bring us in the new year.

I’m thinking roads and other infrastructure.

A measure hurtling toward the November 2018 ballot would repeal the 12-cent per gallon gasoline tax increase approved this past legislative session to pay for road repairs, bridge maintenance and some public transit. Granted, no one wants to pay more for gasoline. But potholes don’t fill themselves.

That’s not stopping House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and most of California’s Republican congressional delegation from backing that repeal – with a notable exception, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock.

McCarthy, a guy who knows politics, dumped $100,000 into the initiative to repeal the gas tax. Rep. Mimi Walters, an Orange County Republican, and Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, chipped in $50,000 each, recent campaign finance reports show.

“This is politics at its worst,” California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly told me. “They’re trying to make sure Republicans get to the polls in California. It’s not much other than that, in a year that looks pretty shaky for them.”

California Republicans will be facing a bleak reality in 2018. They’re known by the company they keep. A recent poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies shows 66 percent of us disapprove of the Republican Party’s leader, President Donald Trump, and 57 percent strongly disapprove. A mere 30 percent of California voters approve of Trump’s performance.

Any Republican politician who thinks he or she has a future in the Golden State ought to be especially alarmed by this finding: 77 percent of people between ages 18 and 39 disapprove of Trump. An entire generation in the nation’s largest state has turned against the GOP’s standard bearer, roughly the reverse of numbers recorded at the end of Barack Obama’s first year in office.

“I’ve never seen the depth of disapproval so strongly held,” said pollster Mark DiCamillo, who has been polling Californians since 1978.

DiCamillo’s latest polling did give some faint hope to Republicans, at least in the short term. The proposed initiative to repeal the gasoline tax hike led with 52 percent of likely voters. That’s narrow, and a campaign against the measure could derail it. But 81 percent of Republicans support repeal. Therein lies an opportunity for McCarthy and Republican consultants to gin up turnout among GOP voters in a year when they could have few other reasons to show up to the polls.

Politics aside, there’s a matter of policy. Trump may finally be getting around to pushing for the $1 trillion package to improve roads, rail, airports and other public works he promised during the 2016 campaign. Whether California would get a piece of that money is not a certainty. As the tax overhaul showed, Trump and congressional Republicans are willing to punish blue states.

If California were to get money from the feds, we’d surely be expected to put up a match. The gas tax increase, expected to generate $5.2 billion a year, probably would count as California’s share. That money would vanish if the campaign to repeal the initiative were to succeed.

In September, a coalition that includes building trade unions, major road builders, engineering firms and Los Angeles, Orange County and Bay Area business groups – many of them Republican donors – sent letters urging California’s congressional Republicans to stand down and not push to repeal the gas tax hike, embodied in Senate Bill 1 signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April.

“We appreciate that your primary goal is to protect all incumbent Republicans and increase the number of Republicans in the House as well as other elected bodies,” says one letter sent to House Republicans from California.

“However, a strategy to use an initiative to repeal SB 1 to reach your goal may be counterproductive to your objectives. Fundamentally, any attack on SB 1 amounts to an attack on improving our badly deficient transportation system, endangering our economic growth and competitiveness, and increasing unemployment.”

McCarthy pointedly pushed back: “If Democrats in Sacramento are rewarded with a gas tax bailout now, what is to stop them from looking at the industries represented in your coalition to pay for the next fiscal crisis? These are principles we should stand shoulder-to-shoulder to defend.”

McCarthy and 10 other House Republicans from California signed the letter. Denham was among the absentees. His office offered no explanation for his failure to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” with fellow Republicans.

But if Republicans keep control of the House in 2018, the Central Valley Republican would be in line to become chairman of the committee that oversees transportation and infrastructure. Denham would be dealing with construction companies, engineering firms and unions that represent the building trades, the very same ones who will be spending millions to defeat the initiative that McCarthy is funding.

Politics aside, they understand the hard reality that decent roads come at a cost. And, evidently, so does Denham.

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96 comments:

  1. https://biggeekdad.com/2011/01/happy-new-year/

    Enjoy each day this New Year.

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  2. I have signed the petition to repeal the gas tax that I did not vote on; Jerry Brown and his Union guys all increased the gasoline tax and car registration, without a chance for voters to decide.
    As a Californian, I can see just how much money over all these years have been applied to infrastructure; I get my car aligned every year.
    Why would an increase in gasoline taxes; which will continue to rise, similar to our UUT tax; be thrown out there without a chance for the voters to decide?
    What type of state is California?
    Under what type of leadership is it being governed?
    Jerry's retiring and this is his parting gift.

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    1. Is there a petition to rescind Trump's California income tax increase that these GOP Congress fools voted for?

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    2. You think Cali highways are bad???
      Drive in West Virginia
      You’ll become grateful

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    3. You didn’t vote for it? It’s called representative democracy.

      By your logic, you would sign a petition to repeal laws against burglary and robbery because you didn’t directly vote for them.

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    4. Actually the solution is to sh--can the GOP Congressers who voted for Trump's California income tax hike.

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    5. They are legislators we voted (overwhelmingly)for them that is what they do legislate.
      Did you ever try to breath around here 50 years ago? It wasn't nice.

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    6. Claiming they're against a tax increase on the one hand, while voting for a tax increase on the other, does raise questions, 8:00. Maybe they're schizophrenic?

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  3. But isn't this a violation of his 2nd Amendment rights?

    Man Found with Small Arsenal on Top Floor of Houston Hotel - A man has been arrested on multiple charges after police located a small arsenal of guns on the top floor of the Hyatt Regency on Louisiana Street downtown, Houston police said.

    Police at the hotel called for backup around 1:30 a.m. Sunday after they attempted to arrest the man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When help arrived, police noticed ammunition laying around the man's hotel room, Lt. Gordon Macintosh with Houston police said.

    https://www.click2houston.com/news/intoxicated-man-found-with-small-arsenal-on-top-floor-of-hyatt-regency-downtown-police-say

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    1. It isn't a crime until he kills a few dozen people.

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    2. Unfortunately, it is so easy to kill a few dozen people because of the hold the NRA has on Congress.

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    3. Ever notice how quickly the victims of these massacres are forgotten?

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  4. Don't want to pay gas taxes? Don't buy gas. I drive an electric car and pay no such taxes.

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    1. 7:33, you did pay more fees for registration of your EV compared to a non-EV car and come 2020 you’ll also start paying an EV tax.

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    2. I received a $7,500 Federal tax credit, plus a $2,500 rebate from Sacramento for being a fine green citizen of California. You'll need to supply a cite for the EV tax claim. I haven't heard of such a thing. But either way, I'm $10,000 up.

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    3. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t our local Ed Begely, Jr post that here everyday?

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    4. Yeah, he and Richard Spencer go at it a lot.

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    5. Ed has a nicer haircut.

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    6. 7:33, don’t forget to include the cost of that EV replacement battery, $12-15k, in your analysis. Or, the increased expense to replace that EV itself when the battery efficiency becomes an issue. EV ownership isn’t a magical way to drive way cheaper.

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    7. My electric car is a Chevy and comes with an 8 year 100,000 mile warranty. A lot has happened in the last 5 years, 8:36.

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    8. How’s that help the guy who has a 10 year old EV ? Biggest regret ever. Not everyone can buy new EV.

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    9. What do you have?

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    10. Dont forget ev cars means less pollutants emitted. That’s worth money too

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  5. GOP or the RNC haven't got a 'snow balls' chance in heel of surviving in California time to drive them out of California so they and trump can play endless summers on the golf courses. New Years wish for 2018.

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    1. I will work very hard to defeat every Republican in California. I used to be a Republican, but I am sickened by their treason and betrayal.

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    2. Many old school (pre-1981) Republicans are spinning in their graves. I thought Reagan was bad enough and things couldn’t get worse than W, but Trump/McConnell/Ryan/Nunes and their brethren show that the race to the bottom of the cesspool is still on.

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    3. When the blue wave hits next November there will be very few Republican Congressmen left standing in California.

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  6. 7:33 is so righteous.

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  7. Never trust any politician like McCarthy when they say a cheap political stunt to help themselves retain power is based on “principles” or when they use metaphors like “shoulder-to-shoulder to defend” as though they’re risking they’re lives for you.

    Vote out all Trump enablers.

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    1. Joe McCarthy’s personal attorney was also Trump’s personal attorney.

      Not kidding

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    2. Well known 10:22; however, the post and comment were about Kevin McCarthy.

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    3. Kevin McCarthy is typical of this bunch. Talks about what a tax fighter he is, yet voted with Ryan and McConnell to raise income taxes on Californians. Time to get rid of him.

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  8. Now that we have seen the true colors of the Red Party and that they are in bed with the Russians I think more people will be voting the Republicans out of positions to harm America and our way of life. You know women will be voting to gain back their rights to be equals.

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    1. I don't understand how any woman could have voted for Trump.

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  9. I hate it when the Republicans want to play GOD, especially when it includes making women 2nd. rate citizens and not in charge of their own body. Yep, Republicans are going to loose their ass in the next election now that more people can see their true colors.

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    1. I think they know it. That's why the GOP is stealing everything they can now.

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  10. Lol 9:00am. That's why your gal Hillary underpaid her female staff and not a single Democratic President has enforced the laws of equal pay for women!
    Those laws date back to the 70's thanks to Republicans.
    The Democrats love to keep the underdogs down, and just mouth off that "something" is being done!

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    1. Thank you, President Pussygrabber.

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    2. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (Pub.L. 111–2, S. 181) is a federal statute in the United States that was the first bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2009. The Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The new act states that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action. The law directly addressed Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., 550 U.S. 618 (2007), a U.S. Supreme Court decision that the statute of limitations for presenting an equal-pay lawsuit begins on the date that the employer makes the initial discriminatory wage decision, not at the date of the most recent paycheck.

      Up hours, troll

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  11. The Democrats in California, overwhelming voted on the San Onofre Nuclear Wastes to be buried under the sands of the beach area in front of the plant
    If that doesn't convince you of stupid is as stupid does; not sure what will.

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  12. 7:53 am I used to be a Democrate until I saw that the party is all talk and emotions.
    The lies and deceit are all about lining the pockets of the Representatives.
    California has dug itself into it's own mess and hasn't had conservative party leadership in decades.
    Democrats love to spend and spin; the Reps love to save and cut.
    Funny now that both parties are behaving opposite!

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    1. You never were

      Just a troll

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    2. You used to demo crates?

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    3. I think he still drives one.

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    4. Republicans love to save and cut? Huh? How about the 1 trillion increase in the national debt, and the huge increase in defense spending that the Republicans just voted in?

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  13. "Auld lyne syne"
    Happy New Year...

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    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    2. Some people are genetically indisposed to joy.

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  14. Rescind the Gas Tax.
    First CalPERS and now having to pay the highest taxed level in the Country.
    Not sure if the Federal government will step up for California beyond the money for disaster relief from recent fires.

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    1. The hundred bucks a year you'll pay for the gas tax is nothing compared to the billions and billions shifted from the middle class to those who already have so much they can't spend what they have. Why don't you complain about that?

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  15. What did President Obama do for his Country?

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    1. He didn't collaborate with America's enemies.

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    2. Read a news source other than daily stormer and you’ll know

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  16. I don't like the gas tax, but at least it goes to pay for roads and infrastructure. The recent GOP/Trump tax "reform" raises taxes on Californians to hand tax cuts to rich people in red states. This is not public policy, it's political payback.

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  17. You could be right 9:17 that the democrats underpaid their staff, I don't know. I do know that as time has gone on from the 70's women were getting more rights, pay and a right to choose what they did with their bodies. No one can argue that women have just lost those rights in just the first 10 months of 2017, and who do we have to thank, we all know. You said just mouth off and keep the under dogs down can also be looked at in a different way if you please. To keep and organization running properly you need rules and people to follow them. Lives depend on decisions that are being made by following the law and procedures. When energy is in force to change these procedures and law we have to really look at what is going on. Thats all I'm saying

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    1. The hysteria about women no longer allowed to choose what they do with their bodies is getting really tiresome. The only thing that is different is that they will actually have to pay for their own choices rather than letting everyone else pay. There's a big difference between not having a choice to do something and not having a choice to have to pay for someone else to do it.

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  18. 10:23am
    So since the 1960's women continue to be underpaid, thanks for that correction.
    *lol: Obama signed and updated the law, but then what? Nada.

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    1. Trump has done nothing.

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    2. Well, OK. He did play a lot of golf. He also lies frequently.

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  19. Iran has shut down all social media during protests.
    Brave men and women speaking out about lack of food and human rights in their country.
    Indeed the United States is watching.
    So are all of the Socialist countries; but their populations are not aware of protests because of the censorship of media.
    Thank you America and the freedoms you provide.
    Happy New Year.

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    1. What socialist countries?

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    2. Socialism has nothing to do with censorship

      Grow up

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  20. Happy New Year Moderator.
    Not clear on your 12 cent gas tax.
    The gas tax jumps up to 40 cents plus and car registration; huge tax.
    The state tax moves up to 13% from 9%.
    And so on and so on.

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    1. Don't buy gas. Go electric. Dump GOP Congress hypocrites for voting to raise Income taxes in California. Stabbed us in the back.

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  21. Why all you republicans hate LGBTs? Not all of you whackado republicans hate them because bible says to, must be general hatred you’ve developed.

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    1. I think a lot of them secretly enjoy wearing womens' clothes.

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    2. Because republicans want to censor them

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  22. Where or where is that darned Russian Collusion?

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    1. Trumps campaign manager plead guilty to lying and now registered as foreign agent

      Read real news

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    2. 11:45 - Denial is a river.

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    3. In American English it's "where oh where" not "where or where." Probably doesn't translate well from Russian.

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  23. Ah, the 11:34am fake news commenter.
    Why not ask the LGBTQ Republicans that question?
    Audacious of you to make false blanket statements like that.
    News Flash: no where in the Bible does it say any such thing.
    Try reading that book sometime.
    The hate appears to be oozing from your personal space.
    Take the opportunity of going into the New Year with a fresh outlook.

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    1. Look 11:56, every damn conservative wannabe republican I’ve encountered has these traits:
      1. Hate anyone that is not white.
      2. Hate anyone that is non heterosexual.
      3. Hates any human that has ever received any type of financial assistance.
      This list goes on and on and on .....
      And btw, your wrong about the Bible, go read Corinthians 6:9, 10

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    2. 12:45 I don’t hate any of those things. I’ve bee a republican all my life. I do disagree with many of the opinions of democrats. In your eyes I guess that means hate. I often find it difficult to have a conversation with any dem without being called names. So, if there’s hate it’s on your side.

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    3. Is it always this personal for you?

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    4. You're wrong about #3, 12:45. They love public assistance to major corporations and the wealthy in the form of subsidies, tax cuts, free infrastructure improvements, and the externalization of costs, such as pollution.

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  24. 7:46am. There are not that many GOP in California to ever make a difference; the state is Blue.
    I'am looking for my extra $40.00 dollars from my paycheck, less Federal money taken out.
    Minimum wage is scheduled to increase this new year, another gain.
    These were not gifts from the Libs.

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    1. So if all 14 California GOP Congressthings were to go away you'd be cool with it?

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    2. $40? It was $30 yesterday! $50 tomorrow?

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  25. 12:35pm. Simple math eludes you!

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  26. Down under just welcomed in the New Year!

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  27. 12:09 pm. Yeah; the "working class" got "it" going on!
    Get real.

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  28. 12:09pm. So I've heard you are moving to Venezuela! Bon Voyage.

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    1. Did your dog tell you that?

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  29. Egads 12:45 pm. You are trapped in the same mindset of ISIS.
    What is a word? Translation is loosely based on context.
    Just as the Koran does not say "death to all Infidels".
    Take this New Year 2018; for expanding your understandings of what you now know, to what you may learn and understand.

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  30. 12:45pm. Poor dear, you should expand your base of friends and or family.
    "Hates" is a very strong word.
    I've traveled throughout this World; all people in all walks of life, are similar.
    Each person is unique.

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    1. I don't think it is a stretch to say that much of what the alt-right espouses these days is race based. After all, it was a core message of the Trump campaign. That, along with stupid schoolyard insults and pussy grabbing.

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    2. 1:37=Pollyana

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  31. 1:41pm. And yet that Nasty women lost!

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    1. She actually won by 3 million votes. In a democracy she would be the president.

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    2. 3:09 do your mommy and daddy know you talk like that? They will wash your mouth out with soap.

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    3. That's why they keep him in the basement.

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  32. 3:09, just curious, what makes That Woman so nasty when compared to self-admirtting sexual assault master Donny ?

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    1. Just like how republicans called Obama ‘uppity’ when he ran for
      Office. White males freak out whenever anyone triggers their insecurity.

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  33. This is why the GOP, RNC is on fire today and for ever, http://www.bluedotdaily.com/lawyer-exposes-single-most-important-fact-in-muellers-investigation-that-no-one-is-talking-about-djt/

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