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    Thumbs up Trumps Accomplishments

    I’ve not posted in pol before but have read it. Lots of vitrol all around and I thought a thread solely on POTUS accomplishments would be helpful. I am truly amazed how much has been done in less than 2 years, and am happy to see promises turned into results. Still more work to do.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/w...romise-keeping

    Economic Growth
    4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
    For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year.

    Jobs
    4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
    More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
    Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
    The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
    Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
    Unemployment claims at 50 year low
    African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
    African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
    Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
    Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.
    Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
    Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
    Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
    July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
    Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
    July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
    Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
    Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
    Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
    Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
    68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
    Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
    Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
    Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
    Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.
    Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
    100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas.

    American Income
    Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
    Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
    Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
    Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
    Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
    Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
    Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
    Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded.

    American Optimism
    Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
    NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.
    SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
    Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
    95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
    Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
    12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
    Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent.

    American Business
    Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
    Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
    Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017.
    ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
    Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
    Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
    Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
    Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.

    Deregulation
    Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
    Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
    Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
    Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
    Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history.

    Tax Cuts
    Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law
    Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
    Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
    Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
    Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
    Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
    Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
    Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
    Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.
    9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
    More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
    Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
    Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
    Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities.

    Worker Development
    Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
    Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
    Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
    Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.

    Domestic Infrastructure
    Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
    Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects.
    Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects.
    Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas.

    Health Care
    Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
    Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
    Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
    Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
    FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
    Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
    Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
    Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
    Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
    Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
    USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
    Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
    Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
    HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
    Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
    Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors.

    Combating Opioids
    Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
    Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
    $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
    DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
    Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
    Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
    Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
    Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
    Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
    Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
    $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
    Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
    DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
    Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017.

    Law and Order
    More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
    Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
    Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution
    Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
    Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
    Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
    Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
    Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
    Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
    $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
    Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
    Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
    Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
    Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
    Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
    New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States.

    Border Security and Immigration
    Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
    Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
    Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.
    ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
    Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
    Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.
    Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.
    ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
    ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
    ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
    Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
    Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
    DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
    Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
    Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
    Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.
    These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.
    ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.
    ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.
    In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for
    Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
    More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
    More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
    More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses.
    More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
    Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.
    Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
    More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody.

    Trade
    Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.
    Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides.
    Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
    Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
    Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
    Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
    Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
    Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.
    Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
    Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
    Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way.
    25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
    Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
    Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies
    Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
    Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers.
    Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
    Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
    Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
    Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
    American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade
    OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.

    Energy
    Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
    Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
    Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
    Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
    Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
    Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
    Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
    U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
    United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
    U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
    Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
    Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
    Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
    Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy
    Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.
    Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
    Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Foreign Policy
    Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
    Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force
    Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
    All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
    Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
    The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
    North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
    Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
    Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
    Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
    Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
    Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
    Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
    Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
    New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
    Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
    Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
    ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
    ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
    All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
    More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
    Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
    Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
    Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
    Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
    Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
    Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
    Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
    Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
    Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.

    Defense
    Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
    $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
    Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
    Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
    Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
    New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
    Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
    Released an America first National Security Strategy.
    Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
    Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.
    In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
    Every member state has increased defense spending.
    Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
    NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
    Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad.

    Veterans affairs
    Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
    Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.
    Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
    Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
    VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:
    Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.
    Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
    Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
    Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
    Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
    Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
    Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
    Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
    Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
    Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
    Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
    Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.
    Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
    Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
    VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
    Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

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    The left has such blind, mindless hatred for Trump, there will never be a day anyone on the left will admit anything he's done is good. Since the vast majority of mass media leans left, you won't see any accomplishments there either unless it's Obama trying to co-opt credit or an attempt to spin a good = bad scenario.

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    I wouldn't call much of this an accomplishment without some sort of comparison to a baseline. The growing economy is very old news (good news, yes) and hardly all credited to Trump - or any president.

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    An accomplishment is defined as the successful completion of a task. It is not a matter of the result of the task. The economy is far from old news, it is continuing news. It is ever-present. This president has had more effect on the economy than most because of his hands-on work with individual companies, elimination.of unneeded regulation and tax cuts. Obama can claim the start but he inherited an economy so low, it would either collapse or improve. Thank God it improved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    The left has such blind, mindless hatred for Trump, there will never be a day anyone on the left will admit anything he's done is good. Since the vast majority of mass media leans left, you won't see any accomplishments there either unless it's Obama trying to co-opt credit or an attempt to spin a good = bad scenario.
    A not insignificant percentage of Trump supporters have nothing but blind hatred towards anyone not white, heterosexual, conservative, and the right kind of Christian. Living in Oklahoma this sentiment is nothing new. The state legislature has exploited this kind of sentiment for decades now, focusing primarily on issues like guns, gays, abortion, religion, etc as distractions while simultaneously implementing corrupt policies that favor the rich and pummel the middle class. This is a big reason I believe Oklahoma has a lot of the problems at the state level that it does and why fixing it will be so difficult. Now we are experiencing this at the national level and I don't believe it will end well.

    If there is one thing I would give Trump props for its the North Korea situation and I think with that he's more kicked the can down the road (which is fine by me). Everything else has been pretty much coasting on the momentum that was already in place under Obama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    The left has such blind, mindless hatred for Trump, there will never be a day anyone on the left will admit anything he's done is good. Since the vast majority of mass media leans left, you won't see any accomplishments there either unless it's Obama trying to co-opt credit or an attempt to spin a good = bad scenario.
    Yes, I have a hatred of Trump because he is the most hateful, divisive, corrupt, racist, and ignorant man ever to sit in the Oval Office. Not exactly blind and mindless, though.

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    Bedard isn't the most credible source. He's credible about how much he unconditionally LUVS trump, but that's not fact, just weird partisanship. Bedard cherry picked sources, assigned credit for things Trump had no role in, or listed his opinion of trump's actions as "accomplishment."

    This is more a love letter than anything. Bedard is entitled to LUV Trump but op-eds aren't evidence of much. In this case, the opinion is more love letter than honest evaluation.

    Then, do trump fans understand the difference? Probably not and trump knows it. Trump's fans are near textbook definitions of "cult of personality." All presidents have their true believers, but trump's seem to be a far larger percentage of his supporters than most facts do not exist unless he proclaims it. Even when he contradicts himself during the same news cycle, both perspectives are interpreted as THE TRUTH. Everything else is fake news.

    Trump admitted to Leslie Stahl that he attacks press to shield himself from negative coverage because he knows his followers will believe him. This thread seems proof of that.

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    I'd encourage folks to take a few of these and fact-check them via Snopes or factcheck.org. Even if they're true, not all of them are good for the country, the people, or the future of either. I just picked two at random when scrolling up:

    Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
    $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.

    Is that really the way we, the people, want our country to go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricOK View Post
    Yes, I have a hatred of Trump because he is the most hateful, divisive, corrupt, racist, and ignorant man ever to sit in the Oval Office. Not exactly blind and mindless, though.
    I dislike him as a person, too, but Hillary and Obama were just as corrupt and just as divisive - if not more so. The problem is the left has stopped participating in the process with all Republicans. The assertion made above about racism is accurate to some extent but probably a bit exaggerated based on exactly what is racist and what is just race bait-card playing - but these people have always been there and will slowly die off.

    The real problem is the rise in violence against ANY Republican/conservative and the left mainstream's encouragement of this behavior. While confrontational behavior, encouraging incivility, and active-violence rhetoric may not be violence in-and-of-itself, it encourages violence and will absolutely lead to a severe upswingbin violent confrontations.

    I don't care who it is, everyone has a right to be left alone when out with their families. And don't make the excuse it's just happening to people within the administration but its happening to regular, normal people.

    Donald Trump is one person who has made unfortunate statements. He shouldn't. But to blame everything happening on him would be totally laughable if it weren't so overtly hypocritical. As I've listed elsewhere, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Tim Kaine, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and many others have all made violence-encouraging statements. Then you have George Soros using the dozens of supposed charities he operates to donate to dozens of confrontational activist groups and is now linked to donations to Antifa.

    Trump shouldn't do it but the Dems need to stop their anti-Trump propaganda about violence and look at their own house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond_Outsider View Post
    Bedard isn't the most credible source. He's credible about how much he unconditionally LUVS trump, but that's not fact, just weird partisanship. Bedard cherry picked sources, assigned credit for things Trump had no role in, or listed his opinion of trump's actions as "accomplishment."

    This is more a love letter than anything. Bedard is entitled to LUV Trump but op-eds aren't evidence of much. In this case, the opinion is more love letter than honest evaluation.

    Then, do trump fans understand the difference? Probably not and trump knows it. Trump's fans are near textbook definitions of "cult of personality." All presidents have their true believers, but trump's seem to be a far larger percentage of his supporters than most facts do not exist unless he proclaims it. Even when he contradicts himself during the same news cycle, both perspectives are interpreted as THE TRUTH. Everything else is fake news.

    Trump admitted to Leslie Stahl that he attacks press to shield himself from negative coverage because he knows his followers will believe him. This thread seems proof of that.
    LOL, so predictable. Proved my point with grace, right down to the line about Trump fans all being in a cult of personality. Again, lump all Republicans/Conservative into a single, simplistic group and nullify their importance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    I dislike him as a person, too, but Hillary and Obama were just as corrupt and just as divisive - if not more so.
    What a crock of $hit. I quit reading after that.
    The truth is never embarrassed by honest inquiry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    LOL, so predictable. Proved my point with grace, right down to the line about Trump fans all being in a cult of personality. Again, lump all Republicans/Conservative into a single, simplistic group and nullify their importance.
    Non-stop pot kettle in all your posts. yawn.

    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    The left has such blind, mindless hatred for Trump, there will never be a day anyone on the left will admit anything he's done is good. ...

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    Non-stop nothing from you. Tell me where I'm wrong. At least Edmond Outsider tried to debunk the opening post and not attack the poster - but he did exactly what l said one of you would end up doing.

    Show me where the left doesn't have drooling, seething hatred for Trump or where the mainstream for the left hasn't turned to anyone on the right. You all are proving it on me right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    I dislike him as a person, too, but Hillary and Obama were just as corrupt and just as divisive - if not more so. The problem is the left has stopped participating in the process with all Republicans. The assertion made above about racism is accurate to some extent but probably a bit exaggerated based on exactly what is racist and what is just race bait-card playing - but these people have always been there and will slowly die off.

    The real problem is the rise in violence against ANY Republican/conservative and the left mainstream's encouragement of this behavior. While confrontational behavior, encouraging incivility, and active-violence rhetoric may not be violence in-and-of-itself, it encourages violence and will absolutely lead to a severe upswingbin violent confrontations.

    I don't care who it is, everyone has a right to be left alone when out with their families. And don't make the excuse it's just happening to people within the administration but its happening to regular, normal people.

    Donald Trump is one person who has made unfortunate statements. He shouldn't. But to blame everything happening on him would be totally laughable if it weren't so overtly hypocritical. As I've listed elsewhere, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Tim Kaine, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and many others have all made violence-encouraging statements. Then you have George Soros using the dozens of supposed charities he operates to donate to dozens of confrontational activist groups and is now linked to donations to Antifa.

    Trump shouldn't do it but the Dems need to stop their anti-Trump propaganda about violence and look at their own house.
    No, you are absolutely wrong. Hillary has never been indicted for anything, ever, let alone found guilty of anything, ever. You've been brainwashed by the right wing echo chamber. Obama, same thing, and probably the cleanest presidency in many years. You have no idea what you're talking about. Trump's administration already has several guilty pleas and indictments. He's as crooked as they come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    I dislike him as a person, too, but Hillary and Obama were just as corrupt and just as divisive - if not more so. The problem is the left has stopped participating in the process with all Republicans. The assertion made above about racism is accurate to some extent but probably a bit exaggerated based on exactly what is racist and what is just race bait-card playing - but these people have always been there and will slowly die off.

    The real problem is the rise in violence against ANY Republican/conservative and the left mainstream's encouragement of this behavior. While confrontational behavior, encouraging incivility, and active-violence rhetoric may not be violence in-and-of-itself, it encourages violence and will absolutely lead to a severe upswingbin violent confrontations.

    I don't care who it is, everyone has a right to be left alone when out with their families. And don't make the excuse it's just happening to people within the administration but its happening to regular, normal people.

    Donald Trump is one person who has made unfortunate statements. He shouldn't. But to blame everything happening on him would be totally laughable if it weren't so overtly hypocritical. As I've listed elsewhere, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Tim Kaine, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and many others have all made violence-encouraging statements. Then you have George Soros using the dozens of supposed charities he operates to donate to dozens of confrontational activist groups and is now linked to donations to Antifa.

    Trump shouldn't do it but the Dems need to stop their anti-Trump propaganda about violence and look at their own house.
    Trump has embraced and defended groups like the KKK which has used violence against innocent people since it was founded in the 1800s and the Nazis who were founded in violence in the 1920s. Only those who do not know history or are not paying attention would believe your argument that the left started the violence.

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    I'm not brainwashed by anyone. I am a skeptic of both sides. I've said before, l don't like Trump but l voted for him partially because Hillary is as crooked as Trump - but a lot smarter. She knows the law, she knows how to cover her tracks, she builds a political machine where Trump thrives on internal conflict, change management and intimidation negotiating tactics. Hillary has done dozens of things dating back to the Clinton Administration that juuust skirted the law but were horribly unethical, or downright mean and heartless - but as we know from Trump, unethical does not mean illegal. Trump doesn't know how to build an administration because he'd never been a politician. He barely knows how to build a business. Hillary's life is her political machine. Both will do about anything for power and ego.

    Obama simply made use of and strengthened the Clinton machine. Obama isn't a corrupt politician to the extent of Hillary. He was just racially divisive anytime the subject came up, undertook some extremely unwise anti-business regulations, started to impose socialistic policies, instilled and advanced some very anti-police feelings among the minority communities and was as close to making our military one of weakness.

    Though the implementation of Obamacare was done badly and was near-corrupt, he only really corrupt thing, IMO, he did was the nuclear agreement with the Iranians. He wanted it so badly for his legacy, he gave the farm away along with several billion dollars which went straight to terrorist activities.

    I voted for Obama but quickly regretted it because he had an incredible opportunity to unite America, but because of his racial policies, divided us. He had an amazing opportunity to be a true statesman but instead, he chose to be a socialist.

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    Wow,

    Not one poster listed even one item that is false yet all they did was hate on POTUS.

    I would challenge you to find any POTUS either party in the past 50 years to accomplish a similar feat in their first 18 months with 93% of MSM negative and a fake Russia narrative/banana republic coup (spies placed in opposing campaign camp plus 3 letter agencies working with this coup attempt).

    Remember, Crooked Hillary stole the Dem nod from Bernie then paid him off afterwards. She broke actual laws and the complicit FBI aided her getting away with it by not swearing her in. And lets not forget ”stonetear” was her fixer who destroyed hard drives and media while she was under subpeana. This fixer was outed by a slouth when he went to reddit askimg for advice and she figured it out and reported it. This is her:
    Katica
    @GOPPollAnalyst
    Researcher ∫ #Stonetear whistleblower to Congress ∫ No Direct Messages ∫ #MAGA ∫
    tinyurl.com/h5elmm6Joined February 2016
    5,782 Following
    44.7K Followers

    I can go on all day but my point is the list of accomplishments is legit and one listed even one line not true.

    When Pubs keep House by a slim margin and grow Senate to around 55/56 then those fringe Never Trumpers won’t be able to hold votes hostage.

    The signs are all there. BLEXIT is going now:
    Candace Owens
    @RealCandaceO
    Black People Don’t Have to be Democrats. #BLEXIT
    New York, USAblexit.comJoined June 2017
    392 Following
    886.7K Followers

    Florida and other states are gonna be red.
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Walk ins, Ds have a 6,000 lead. On same date in 2016 they had a 154,000 walk-in lead. <br><br>Trump won by 113,000.<br><br>Final weekend could change things but this &quot;seems&quot; to point to a final R total at the end of election day of about 250,000.<br><br>That would be a 3-point Scott victory</p>&mdash; Larry Schweikart (@LarrySchweikart) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarrySchweikart/status/1056958159489650688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/AstorAaron?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AstorAaron</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/djjohnso?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@djjohnso</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NateSilver538?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NateSilver538</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Barnes_Law?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Barnes_Law</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Political_Data?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Political_Dat a</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/LarrySchweikart?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LarrySchweik art</a> Day 20 in Cal and PDI has uploaded the latest vote dumps from CA-45. Rs continues to vote in larger numbers than Ds. 538 calls it blue, when does it flip, if ever? Enthusiasm gap? Cross-overs? <a href="https://t.co/HqobEAUhZ8">pic.twitter.com/HqobEAUhZ8</a></p>&mdash; boyd venable (@boydvenable) <a href="https://twitter.com/boydvenable/status/1057070080440352768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SecretaryReagan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SecretaryRea gan</a> Early Ballots for 10/29: 983k now in (45% est.). Parties: GOP 43.7% DEM 33.1% OTH 22.7% (+10.6 R). Women est. is now 50.3%, median age is 64, avg. age 61.2. <a href="https://t.co/OU4JNhQPf4">https://t.co/OU4JNhQPf4</a></p>&mdash; The AZ Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Garrett_Archer/status/1056975146559332352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

    And this goes on and on.

    And to show how major media is censoring right but not left check this out:

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: 179 Death Threats Against President Donald Trump are currently Live on Twitter. Threats include specific reference to the President&#39;s location, threats responding to MSM imagery.<br><br>List is updating in Real Time.<a href="https://twitter.com/SecretService?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SecretService</a> will be notified<a href="https://t.co/iw7xfl7WQD">https://t.co/iw7xfl7WQD</a></p>&mdash; Patrick Howley (@howleyreports) <a href="https://twitter.com/howleyreports/status/1057083566079787010?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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    I guess you can’t post (embed) tweets here? Sorry for cluttering up my prior post I wasn’t aware.

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    Here is link to active Twitter death threats against POTUS and updated in real time. This is not healthy for for country:

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/179-de...ve-on-twitter/

    179 Death Threats Against President Trump Are Live On Twitter…Real Time Updated List

    By Patrick Howley Oct 29, 2018
    President Donald Trump has been threatened with death at least 184 times on Twitter, and 179 of those murder threats are still posted on Twitter’s website as of press time Monday evening.

    The threats range from simple commands for others to kill Trump, to stated desires to kill President Trump, to more detailed fantasies and plans to kill the commander in chief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    I'm not brainwashed by anyone. I am a skeptic of both sides. I've said before, l don't like Trump but l voted for him partially because Hillary is as crooked as Trump - but a lot smarter. She knows the law, she knows how to cover her tracks, she builds a political machine where Trump thrives on internal conflict, change management and intimidation negotiating tactics. Hillary has done dozens of things dating back to the Clinton Administration that juuust skirted the law but were horribly unethical, or downright mean and heartless - but as we know from Trump, unethical does not mean illegal. Trump doesn't know how to build an administration because he'd never been a politician. He barely knows how to build a business. Hillary's life is her political machine. Both will do about anything for power and ego.

    Obama simply made use of and strengthened the Clinton machine. Obama isn't a corrupt politician to the extent of Hillary. He was just racially divisive anytime the subject came up, undertook some extremely unwise anti-business regulations, started to impose socialistic policies, instilled and advanced some very anti-police feelings among the minority communities and was as close to making our military one of weakness.

    Though the implementation of Obamacare was done badly and was near-corrupt, he only really corrupt thing, IMO, he did was the nuclear agreement with the Iranians. He wanted it so badly for his legacy, he gave the farm away along with several billion dollars which went straight to terrorist activities.

    I voted for Obama but quickly regretted it because he had an incredible opportunity to unite America, but because of his racial policies, divided us. He had an amazing opportunity to be a true statesman but instead, he chose to be a socialist.
    You post a lot of generalized right wing talking points, without specifics, of course. So Trump's tariffs and his $12 billion bailout of the soybean farmers because of his tariffs isn't socialist?

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    No one will want to write Trump a love letter if a recession sets in before his reelection time in 2020. Republican presidents don't have good records of getting through without a recession.

    I bet a list made up of Trump's blunders, failures and numerous lies would be longer.

    "The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record." That one shouldn't even count as a Trump accomplishment, since Obama started it in 2009.

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    Easy to look up and, you know, sometimes conservative talking points are actual fact. I look up my info as a reminder of what l recall posted on the news. You can easily find about anything lve posted within 5 minutes.

    As far as Trumps tariffs, do you even know why he's doing it? I'm not trying to get in a fight, l just get the idea you really don't understand why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunty View Post
    No one will want to write Trump a love letter if a recession sets in before his reelection time in 2020. Republican presidents don't have good records of getting through without a recession.

    I bet a list made up of Trump's blunders, failures and numerous lies would be longer.
    I won't disagree with that. l am going to give credit where credit is due and call out those making statements about the administration when the left is at least equally guilty of the same thing

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    Ostensibly to protect domestic industries. I'm not arguing the pros and cons of tariffs, I'm just pointing out the reality that they are a socialist tool, as opposed to free trade policies. The right wing likes to paint the Democrats as socialists, but ignore their own socialistic policies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    I won't disagree with that. l am going to give credit where credit is due and call out those making statements about the administration when the left is at least equally guilty of the same thing
    I don't understand your post. Could you be more specific?

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