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  1. ThinkerX

    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    I take a different tack. 1 - The people listed were all convicted of serious crimes. 2 - These people were all Trump associates of one stripe or another. 3 - Hence, Trump either let himself get repeatedly hoodwinked by criminals, implying extremely poor judgment on his part; OR 4 - Trump knew these people were criminals and and elected to associate with them anyhow, which makes Trump a criminal by association. At this point, Trump fans are either gullible fools or they are perfectly fine with having a criminal or incompetent in the oval office.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    No kind of expert on shoes at all, but to me, those look...cheap. Like they'd disintegrate after the second mud puddle.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    a first for me tonight - yet another political pollster, but unlike previous members of his ilk, he called on my rarely used cell phone and not the landline. This one was from Pew, or said was, at any rate. Unusually for these polls, there were a *lot* of 'politics and religion' questions, though a few questions dealt with immigration and taxes. No obvious steering.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Neck deep in Trump fans here. NONE of what you cited matters to them. Talk politics with a Trump follower, the very first thing they'll do is give Trump full credit for the fantastic economy. International relations? To them, Obama trashed the US's reputation with his 'apology tour' - a huge deal on the right that barely even gets a a mention on the left, and straight talking Trump fixed that by taking no crap from those treacherous foreigner's. The sex stuff - that' just locker room talk. Corruption? Trump's a big shot businessman; of course he's played fast and loose with the rules a few times. This worldview is supported by Trumps marginal successes - convincing NATO nations to fork over more for their defense, a booming stock market and low unemployment rate.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    I figure half the current democratic contenders for POTUS will drop out of the race before the primaries.
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    U.S. Politics: Impoverished In Squalor

    Late? Isn't the first primary of note most of a year away?
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    Because most of the migrants leaving central America eventually stop in Mexico. Those that do reach the US border wait on the Mexican side prior to applying for sanctuary or attempting illegal entry. Both situations mean that Mexico is already involved in the migrant problem.
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    solving part of the problem is better than solving none of it. more, with Trumps recent pronouncements about the need for additional immigrant labor, this is something that *might* squeak through. This sort of proposal coming from the democratic side of the aisle would get shot down I flames immediately - but Trump probably could sell something like this to his base. In the last thread, I linked to an article the pointed out this is *already* happening - farmers that used to rely on illegal immigrants are now going the work visa route instead, despite the higher costs. Agreed, it doesn't help the 'kids in cages' aspects - a solution for that will have to involve Mexico. But, one step at a time.
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    a relatively sane solution of sorts to the illegal immigration mess. Given some of Trumps more recent comments ('not enough immigrants') I wonder... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/bruneau-work-visas-could-fix-the-humanitarian-problem-at-the-southern-border/ar-BBUxdnd?ocid=msnclassic
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    perhaps a tiny ray of goodness emerges from the Trump crew...or maybe it's a diabolical scam ... http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-budget-to-include-dollar100m-for-daughter-ivankas-project/ar-BBUwzKo?ocid=msnclassic
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    No doubt there is at least some bias, but I just took an MSNBC poll (had to do so to read the article) 72% of 57,000+ people 'that Fox News is too closely allied with the Trump White House.' Numbers like that should indicate a near plurality of republicans, but...
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    In my state (Alaska), we unwisely put a republican in the governors mansion this last election. The conservatives were all on board with him at the time. But, a few weeks ago, he put forth his budget proposal - draconian, across the board cuts to everything, roads, education, and more. Cuts so deep that even a substantial fraction of republican lawmakers are balking - one said 'we'd be living like cavemen if we passed this budget,' and detailed a long list of things that'd get hit hard. That prompted a fair number of the base to go 'wtf? This wasn't supposed to happen.' Kind of a 'rhetoric verses reality' thing. Or, there are lines that the saner republicans will seek to avoid crossing for fear of the base.
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    US Politics: compromising positions

    My concern is this: the adherents of each 'side' (conservative/liberal) comprise substantial numbers of the populace - well into the tens of millions. Continually hammering away at each other is not going to result in 'total victory,' instead it creates an endless feedback loop of (thinly) disguised vengeance. Either come to some sort of genuine accommodation or the country devolves into a third world hellhole.
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    U.S. politics. thread

    you need to work on reading comprehension - not an attack, an observation. Trump rates the reporters at Fox News on a 1-10 scale. Hannity, unsurprisingly, rates a '10,' as do a couple others. At least one, though, is considered a '6,' and almost certainly quite a few others. Now, barring something that lands Hannity on the wrong side of a courtroom, he's going to be pro-Trump for as long as it suits his interests, as will a few others. However the number with middling to low ranks on that scale will almost certainly explode should Kushner and/or Trump Junior get indicted. Legal indictments that even much of the Fox staff will be unable to dispute. Even among right wing media occasionally attack Trump - witness Ann Coulter's little display a couple weeks back. Imagine the effect on Trumps ego should that sort of thing get ramped up a few notches - and remember - Trump cannot handle ANY sort of criticism.
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    U.S. politics. thread

    It's not 'hoping.' It's 'realism.' We have a president who appears to be at extreme medical risk and refuses measures to alleviate that risk. To NOT take into account the real possibility of that president succumbing to that risk while in office is extremely foolish. That said, I do not deem Trump having a stroke or heart attack likely, merely a significant possibility.
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