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That's some 5% annualized increase, isn't it? On top of an already increased budget. So yes, in fairness I think it counts as a win.
Absolutely. Anyone who demanded a 12% pay rise at work and received 5% would be certain to feel like a winner.
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Absolutely. Anyone who demanded a 12% pay rise at work and received 5% would be certain to feel like a winner.
Nobody will get the full amount they demand. If they did, it would be a clear indication that they should have demanded more - guess what'll happen next year.
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Old 01.05.2017, 14:17
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Nobody will get the full amount they demand. If they did, it would be a clear indication that they should have demanded more - guess what'll happen next year.
"Nobody will get the full amount they demand." Congress even did not accept Trump's proposed budget cuts
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"Nobody will get the full amount they demand." Congress even did not accept Trump's proposed budget cuts
For the same reason probably congress didn't Ok abolishing the affordable care act.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

An interesting theory from Professor Timothy Snyder, a leading academic at Yale University.....

It is “inevitable” that Donald Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow American democracy, a prominent US historian has claimed.

Professor Timothy Snyder, a leading academic at Yale University, said the US President was already displaying “fascistic” tendencies and could be tempted by a new political system that does not rely on elections.

Asked whether he thought Mr Trump would seek to replicate Adolf Hitler’s move to take full control of government by declaring a state of emergency, Professor Snyder told the Salon website: “I think it’s pretty much inevitable that they will try. The reason? I think that is that the conventional ways of being popular are not working out for them.

“The conventional way to be popular or to be legitimate in this country is to have some policies, to grow your popularity ratings and to win some elections. I don’t think 2018 is looking very good for the Republicans along those conventional lines.

“This means they could be seduced by the notion of getting into a new rhythm of politics, one that does not depend upon popular policies and electoral cycles."

Despite his belief that Mr Trump will take use measures to secure his position, Professor Snyder said he thought the US state was strong enough to withhold an illegitimate attempt to seize control of it.

“My gut feeling is that Trump and his administration will try and that it won’t work”, he said. “Not so much because we are so great but because we have a little bit of time to prepare. I also think that there are enough people and enough agencies of the government who have also thought about this, and would not necessarily go along.”

Professor Snyder also claimed Mr Trump was already displaying a number of “fascistic” tendencies, including telling lies, publicly naming his enemies and removing opponents from his rallies – something he said was “without exaggeration, just like the 1920s and the 1930s”.

He added: “As I see it, there are certainly elements of his approach which are fascistic. The straight-on confrontation with the truth is at the centre of the fascist worldview. The attempt to undo the Enlightenment as a way to undo institutions, that is fascism. Whether he realises it or not is a different question, but that’s what fascists did.

“They said: 'Don’t worry about the facts, don’t worry about logic, think instead in terms of mystical unities and direct connections between the mystical leader and the people.' That’s fascism. Whether we see it or not, whether we like it or not, whether we forget, that is fascism."

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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

I miss Phos....just curious to see how would have he still defended his idol.

I'm not worried, he's probably lurking and waiting for another "strong right" to win....Le Pen.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

They are rushing around in Congress for the past few days trying to get enough of the "undecided" Congress representatives to switch to voting "yes" to replacing Obamacare.

Trump dropped a bomb on the discussions Monday when he said in a Bloomberg interview that the bill was not yet in its "final form" which caused the undecided to ask "what will change"?

It is still too close to call if there will be a vote tomorrow or not

Comment from CNN "Trump has made several interventions, but it was unclear whether his assurances reflected in-depth knowledge of what the American Health Care Act contains, and whether he was helping or hindering the push to pass it."

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Trump dropped a bomb on ....... Monday

just scanning quickly- blimey you made me jump, big time. Watch your language Marton .... pheew- it's al a bit close for comfort

So, interesting about pre-existing conditions debate here. Perhaps with this in mind, we can appreciate how good the Swiss system is:

https://youtu.be/HGsIitxYOKc
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

You may be aware that Trump is far behind in nominating senior adminstration positions when compared to his predecessors. Well, perhaps there's a hidden reason.

Perhaps we should prepare for a repeat of 2013, just this time around the shutdown may be for considerably longer.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/...93829505552385




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You may be aware that Trump is far behind in nominating senior adminstration positions when compared to his predecessors. Well, perhaps there's a hidden reason.

Perhaps we should prepare for a repeat of 2013, just this time around the shutdown may be for considerably longer.
I don't see the connection between (not) appointing administrators and a shutdown.

As I see it, Trump is not making the appointments because he is so obsessive about loyalty, so anyone without a solid record of hero worship is off the list. Also many of the appropriate people have no interest in working for him.

Coming back to his Tweets, the idea that a shutdown will "knock some sense into the Democrats" is stupid, as usual. The budget got through by bipartisan agreement to ignore what Trump wanted. Politics is about compromises.

For Trump, it would be nice if the USA was more like Turkey. Then all of this talking would be unnecessary. He seems to be working on it.
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I don't see the connection between (not) appointing administrators and a shutdown.
The motivation behind them is a general aversion against the administration. See the proposed budget cuts, also his memorandum ordering a hiring freeze across the board that was issued almost immediately after inauguration:

"I hereby order a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch [except for the military]."

"In carrying out this memorandum, I ask that you seek efficient use of existing personnel and funds to improve public services and the delivery of these services. Accordingly, this memorandum does not prohibit making reallocations to meet the highest priority needs and to ensure that essential services are not interrupted and national security is not affected."

He doesn't care if the freeze wreaks havoc with current structures and organisation - presumably because he considers most of it useless in the first place.
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The motivation behind them is a general aversion against the administration. See the proposed budget cuts, also his memorandum ordering a hiring freeze across the board that was issued almost immediately after inauguration:

"I hereby order a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch [except for the military]."

"In carrying out this memorandum, I ask that you seek efficient use of existing personnel and funds to improve public services and the delivery of these services. Accordingly, this memorandum does not prohibit making reallocations to meet the highest priority needs and to ensure that essential services are not interrupted and national security is not affected."

He doesn't care if the freeze wreaks havoc with current structures and organisation - presumably because he considers most of it useless in the first place.
I agree with your comments.

BTW Trump did lift the hiring freeze.

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Congress did not approve Trump's budget proposal for cuts for the various Govt. Depts. Where this leaves the Depts I do not know, will they start laying off people as Trump wants or wait for the next round of budget approvals?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Another view from the Washington Post: is he mad? What can the US do about it?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...=.3e311c7dd170
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They are rushing around in Congress for the past few days trying to get enough of the "undecided" Congress representatives to switch to voting "yes" to replacing Obamacare.
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Healthcare vote now planned for today, Thursday.

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is not expected to have completed its analysis detailing the effects of the latest changes to the legislation overhauling the nation’s healthcare system in time for the Thursday vote.

“Forcing a vote without a CBO score shows that Republicans are terrified of the public learning the full consequences of their plan to push Americans with pre-existing conditions into the cold,” Democratic leader Pelosi said.
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If the bill passes in the House it still has to pass the Senate who are said to be lukewarm about it.

I find it strange that an anti-abortion party are happy to risk older people to die early due to lack of medical care.

If the CBO analysis shows many people will be disadvantaged then it could turn out to be a vote builder for Democrats in the 2018 elections.
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Healthcare vote now planned for today, Thursday.



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If the bill passes in the House it still has to pass the Senate who are said to be lukewarm about it.

I find it strange that an anti-abortion party are happy to risk older people to die early due to lack of medical care.

If the CBO analysis shows many people will be disadvantaged then it could turn out to be a vote builder for Democrats in the 2018 elections.
They're only concerned about the pre-born. Once you're here, if any health problems arise, it's clearly your own fault. Make 'em pay!
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Ramming a bad healthcare bill through Congess, just for bragging rights, is really stupid. It'll mean that millions of Trump voters will be deprived of the decent healthcare that they currently have under Obamacare. This will play really well for the Democrats in 2018 and 2020. They don't have much else to be proud of .

Oh and by the way almost 100% of the powerful healthcare industry is against the bill. No-one in Trump's administration thought to try and discuss with them. "Art of the deal" my a**. So, look out for big road blocks further down the road, even if Congress is beaten into voting "Yes".
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Oh and by the way almost 100% of the powerful healthcare industry is against the bill.
To the healthcare industry the patients are nothing but the means to what they really care about: revenues and profits. 20kk less patients means lower revenues and profits for everyone.

The healthcare industry is merely looking after themselves.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Republicans Vow Not To Repeal Obamacare Without Detailed Plan For Disposing Of Patients’ Disease-Ridden Corpses.

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“We are asking all elk appointed by President Obama, regardless of subspecies, to step down from their posts by no later than June 1,” said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, adding that the dismissal of more than a million of the ungulate land mammals was not unlike restructurings carried out by past administrations that wished to staff the nation’s forests and mountain ranges with their own personnel.
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

The vote has passed the house, 216 to 211. Or maybe 217. CNN and BBC reporting different numbers.

Here's BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39809168
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

NYT reports 217 to 213.

Silver lining: 20 republicans voted no. Meaning there are at least 20 republicans who still have a heart.


Next step will be the battle in the Senate. There is still a chance that some of the worst of this bill can be watered down.

Call your senators, my fellow Americans. Every. Single. Day.
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