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Old 05-11-2018, 10:05 PM  
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Can We All Finally Admit Trump Is A Good President?

Can We All Finally Admit Trump Is A Good President?

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

By MICHAEL J. KNOWLES

May 10, 2018
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The Iran Deal in tatters, three American hostages safely returned from North Korea, which now offers to denuclearize and end the Korean War after 68 years, five top ISIS leaders captured — and that’s just this week. On the domestic front, in just a year-and-a-half, landmark tax reform has made the U.S. more competitive, fewer illegal aliens are entering our country than at any time in the past 17 years, and dozens of federal judges have taken the bench to defend the rule of law and our constitutional system. According to a poll from CNN of all outlets, more Americans today think the country is headed in the right direction than at any time in over a decade.

The Left unsurprisingly remains steadfast in their opposition to President Trump. What’s disappointing is that a handful of “Never Trump” Republicans remain equally unwilling to admit the obvious: Donald Trump is a good president. Indeed, the remaining anti-Trump voices on the Right seem more desperate than ever to take down the president, if only to prove that, actually, they were right all along.

An oft-abused Ralph Waldo Emerson saying comes to mind. Clumsy pedants misquote the transcendental essayist absurdly insisting, “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” In reality Emerson wrote, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” The distinction is crucial. Logic requires consistency, but logical premises can be proved wrong. The madman who is convinced he's a banana and therefore peels off his own skin follows a consistent logic; the trouble is that his premise isn’t true.

People are stubborn. More precisely, they easily fall prey to commitment bias, whereby individuals become more convinced of their position once they have declared it publicly. The more people defend their opinions, the more difficult those opinions are to dislodge even as evidence mounts to rebut them. Foolish ideologues, presented with evidence that reality contradicts their theories, reject reality for their theories.

Some conservatives and Republicans refused to vote for President Trump in 2016, and they did so for a variety of reasons. Some feared Trump would turn out to be a left-wing wolf in sheep’s clothing. Others insisted that Trump’s rough speech and boorish personal behavior would preclude his governing as a conservative and diminish the United States in the eyes of her citizens and the rest of the world. After 17 months, not only have none of those fears come to pass, but indeed all available evidence points in precisely the opposite direction: excellent governance at home, peace through strength abroad, and a long-absent hopefulness in the hearts of Americans.

Reality has refuted the “Never Trump” premises. That fact ought to be a cause for celebration among all but those who wish our country ill. Nevertheless, some still stubbornly hope President Trump will fail our country so they can avoid the indignity of having been wrong. But changing one’s mind in the light of new evidence is no vice; and consistency in the defense of fantasy is no virtue.

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Old 05-12-2018, 08:00 PM   #46
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:01 PM   #47
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I have never understood the leftist idea that "Rich people are bad". I would imagine that at least 50% of the rich are liberal elites - but apparently, they forget that.

Rich is good. Hell, we should all strive to be rich. Or, as my dear old departed Dad used to tell me "Son - Ever see a poor man offer anyone a job?"
I had an honors seminar prof in college that always took "the rich are inherently bad" position. It was fun to argue, until he won the Reader's Digest sweepstakes.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:05 PM   #48
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Here's the unfortunate truth: Trump's intention was never to "Make America Great Again". It was simply to become president and institute policy that benefits him and his business partners. There is no doubt that Trump will be significantly richer at the end of his term, and that is and has always been his #1 priority.

How the middle class and rural America relate to a guy who literally has golden toilets baffles me. Who knew "believe me" could be so effective.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:05 PM   #49
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The ideology looked for in conservative judges is one of respect for the constitution wherever it leads relative to partisan politics. The ideology looked for in liberal judges is alignment with liberal partisan politics regardless of what the constitution says.
I was one of two ADA coordinators at a university for about 15 years, so had to attend conferences about the ADA about 8 times a year. That shit was insane.
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Compare his first 18 months to that of Clinton, Bush and Obama with the country more divided than ever and you'd have a hard time arguing he hasn't been more successful than those mentioned.
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Old 05-12-2018, 09:19 PM   #51
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I had an honors seminar prof in college that always took "the rich are inherently bad" position. It was fun to argue, until he won the Reader's Digest sweepstakes.
It's the honest truth - until someone wins the lottery. Then, all bets are off. Class warfare always tickled the hell out of me.

The Russians were great examples. They embraced the "idea" of the Soviet Union - until, of course, they found out that THEY weren't getting any of it. Just the "bosses"

College Professors LOVE to put the rich down - while they sit on their asses, making $125,000 grand a year and LOVE tenure. Hypocrites.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:07 PM   #52
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North Korea dismantling nuke test site as we speak....Holy Fire Boy can't spin shit fast enough to keep up
The Real Reason Why North Korea Stopped Its Nuclear Missile Tests
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Can We All Finally Admit Trump Is A Good President?
Trump Has Now Broken Every One of His Economic Populist Promises

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One of Donald Trump’s most well-received and attention-grabbing campaign promises was that he would allow the federal government to negotiate the price of prescription drugs it covers through Medicare. “If we negotiated the price of drugs, Joe, we’d save $300 billion a year,” he rather optimistically asserted. The reason this money-saving method had not been used, he told audiences, was the influence of the industry. “We don’t do it. Why? Because of the drug companies.” Liberals actually support the idea, which would allow the government to use its bargaining power to hold down prices, and which fed into Trump’s image as a populist outsider breaking with party orthodoxy. Trump claimed that other candidates were too compromised by their donors, but he had the financial independence to do the right thing. “We’re going to negotiate like crazy,” he said.

The “crazy” part of that promise has held up, but the “negotiate” part has not. Trump is announcing his Medicare prescription drug plan today, and Robert Pear reports it will not include the promised negotiations. “We are not calling for Medicare negotiation in the way that Democrats have called for,” an official says.

Donald Trump ran for president as an economic populist. This fact has been largely forgotten, buried by the flurry of bizarre and outrageous actions, and activists on both sides have had little reason to bring it up. Conservatives have pushed the administration to forget its unorthodox gestures and follow Paul Ryan’s lead. Progressives have emphasized the racist and sexist nature of Trump’s appeal. But Trump’s ability to distance himself from his party’s economic brand formed a decisive element of his appeal. Voters actually saw Trump as more moderate than any Republican presidential candidate since 1972. And he has violated every one of his promises.

This week, the administration announced very quietly there would be no infrastructure bill this year. Trump had forcefully positioned himself to Hillary Clinton’s left on this issue, promising to spend twice as much as she would, and painting lavish pictures of hard-hat jobs modernizing roads and airports across the country. Instead, he used all his fiscal running room on a large, regressive tax cut, which predictably has forced the deficit to a level where he no longer has political support for a deficit-financed infrastructure bill.

Trump promised over and over to pull out of Nafta and renegotiate a much better deal. Trump insisted Nafta was “at the center of the catastrophe” of declining blue-collar wages. He quoted Bernie Sanders’s attacks on Hillary Clinton as a free trader, and promised either to abrogate the treaty or to negotiate a much better deal as one of his first acts as president — “I don’t mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better.” Unlike some of his other promises, this one was never terribly realistic — there is no easy “better” trade deal to be negotiated. Trump has instead tried to hide the ball by burying his policy in low-profile negotiations where he is requesting minor tweaks and hoping nobody notices.

Trump also repeatedly promised universal health care. Republicans as a whole had insisted since 2009 that they would replace Obamacare with something better, that did not deny anybody anything, but rather than fuzzing up this promise, like most of his party, Trump leaned heavily and explicitly into the benefits. “Everybody’s gotta be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say … I am going to take care of everybody, I don’t care if it costs me votes or not. Everybody’s going to be taken care of, much better than they’re taken care of now … The government’s going to pay for it.” Instead, he never proposed an alternative to Obamacare, never compromised with Democrats on the issue, and instead sabotaged the existing program. After falling for several years, the uninsured rate is climbing again.

“Draining the swamp” has become a catchall-Republican slogan, like “lock her up,” that basically means doing anything to lash out at Trump’s opponents. During the campaign, though, it had a different and more specific definition. Trump promised to enact reforms to reduce the power of lobbyists and business. He specifically endorsed:

• A constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress
• A ban on federal employees lobbying the government for five years
• A ban on members of Congress lobbying for five years
• Tighter rules about what constitutes a lobbyist, instead of letting people call themselves consultants
• Campaign finance reform limiting what foreign companies can raise for American political candidates
• A ban on senior government officials lobbying for foreign governments

Trump has not merely forgotten these promises, his administration has embraced Washington sleaze with unprecedented gusto. Not only has he failed to prevent former administration officials from lobbying for foreign governments, he has had current administration officials lobbying for foreign governments. There has never been an American presidency so easily manipulated by domestic and foreign business interests. The most benign explanation for Michael Cohen’s secret payments to his hastily constructed Delaware shell company is that he was a conduit for business interests to buy their way into Trump’s good graces.

[Update] Trump also promised, over and over and over again, to raise taxes on the rich, including on himself. “It’s going to cost me a fortune, which is actually true,” he said. It was not actually true at all.

Trump promised to do a lot of un-Republican things to give resources and influence to blue-collar Americans, which would have threatened his party’s power brokers. Many of these promises were feasible if Trump actually wanted to follow through on them. Instead, the only promises he has kept are the ones that put money in the pockets of Trump and his cronies.
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Old 05-12-2018, 10:15 PM   #55
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Good. He's governed a lot better than his campaign would have indicated.
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Where in this Forbes article does it say "The real reason"....What I read said "This COULD be the real reason. In other words - speculation.

Nice try, however.
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Glad to see you admit that people who think Trump caused North Korea to shut down its nuclear testing are sadly uninformed.
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Glad to see you admit that people who think Trump caused North Korea to shut down its nuclear testing are sadly uninformed.
I think the most likely explanation is that they inadvertently destroyed their own testing site. I don't rule out possibility that we did something, but I think it's a real long shot. I certainly don't think it was a result of diplomacy or conventional intimidation.
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Glad to see you admit that people who think Trump caused North Korea to shut down its nuclear testing are sadly uninformed.
I really don’t care if it was Trump,Obama, Bush etc who was President when this happened. The same thing with the death of Osama Bin Laden.

This is a great step for our country. I’m glad that the NK problem is looking better.
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I really don’t care if it was Trump,Obama, Bush etc who was President when this happened. The same thing with the death of Osama Bin Laden.

This is a great step for our country. I’m glad that the NK problem is looking better.
That's fine, but literally nothing consequential has been accomplished yet relative to the NK nuke program.
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