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I'm worried Trump will not say or do anything bombastic on his Davos trip.

Maybe at least ONE mischievous gesture at the end?
Trying to run over a police man was a good start. Didn't Trump tell his police forces to just shoot who disobeys?

Now that would be a headline: "American president shot by Swiss police officer".
And all the guy would get is 25 years in a comfi Swiss jail.
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Old 26.01.2018, 14:47
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

New York Times reported Trump tried to fire the special counsel Mueller last June but but was stopped after White House counsel Don McGahn threaten to tender his resignation.

Fox News originally said it was not true but now even they are reluctantly confirming.

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McGahn said the move would further stir speculation the president was obstructing justice in the investigation.

Trump is playing the Fake News music again
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He's had nearly 90 accomplishments in terms of economy, regulations and judiciary. GDP growth is about 3.5%, and some of the lowest level of unemployment in about two decades. Housing is booming, economic optimism is up, income is higher, military and law enforcement moral is up. With about 11 Obama legacy effects undone, while the consequences of Trump's legacy will carry on for a couple of decades. All in less than a year's work.
GDP today reported at 2.6%, still not bad!
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Old 26.01.2018, 15:45
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GDP today reported at 2.6%, still not bad!
That is for a seasonal 4th quarter, and is not the most important figure. More important is a sustainable averages over time. +3% would be a good range. An infrastructure bill would boost that considerably.
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Old 26.01.2018, 17:59
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That is for a seasonal 4th quarter, and is not the most important figure. More important is a sustainable averages over time. +3% would be a good range. An infrastructure bill would boost that considerably.
GDP increased 2.3 per cent year-on-year in Mr Trump’s first year in office.

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Long way to go to reach +3%, even further to go to reach the Trump promise of 4%.
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Old 26.01.2018, 18:25
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In September 2017 Nancy Spector, curator at the Guggenheim Museum, offered the White House a fully functional, solid 18-karat gold toilet titled "America."
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I seriously doubt that it is soloid gold, it would weigh too much for any floor.

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Old 27.01.2018, 00:52
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

White House issued a new immigration plan today.

It was heavily criticised by both the right and left in Congress¨

Surely the WH is not so dysfunctional as to issue a plan before drumming up some level of pre-support in Congress?
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Bombardier gains shock trade victory in the US, overturning 292% trade tariffs on UK-built planes

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I seriously doubt that it is soloid gold, it would weigh too much for any floor.

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It's a fully functional toilet that was used by museum visitors while exhibited. As such its inside can't be filled with gold.

The gold sheets are less than 1cm thick, my guess is around 5mm (check out the video in the linked WP aricle). The toilet's gold value has been estimated at "above $1mln". Now, 1k ounces are worth $1.3mln, they weigh 31kg.

That toilet is hardly groundbreaking.
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Bombardier gains shock trade victory in the US, overturning 292% trade tariffs on UK-built planes

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Old 28.01.2018, 17:01
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Seems that Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan has shrunk to, at best, $200 billion of Federal funding over 10 years. Disappointing, the infrastructure plan was the best part of Trump's campaign.

Meanwhile China has completed over 25,000 Km of High Speed rail network. High-speed rail (HSR) in China is officially defined as passenger-dedicated railways designed to carry multiple unit trains at speeds of up to 650 km/h.

The United States Code, which is the official codification of Federal statutes, defines High Speed rail services with "reasonably expected to reach sustained speeds of more than 125 (200 Km/s) miles per hour". There almost none of such High Speed trains actually in service.

The total length of China's mostly new road expressway network reached 136,000 kilometers having surpassed the overall length of the American Interstate Highway System in 2011.

The American Society of Civil Engineers in a 2017 report graded the state of the US Infrastructure at D+ on a scale from A (excellent) to F (bad).
Roads scored D and bridges C+.
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GDP today reported at 2.6%, still not bad!
Cutting taxes (and spending more) will ALWAYS bring "great" results in the short-term. Mid to long term? Enjoy that debt..
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Seems that Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan has shrunk to, at best, $200 billion of Federal funding over 10 years. Disappointing, the infrastructure plan was the best part of Trump's campaign.

Meanwhile China has completed over 25,000 Km of High Speed rail network. High-speed rail (HSR) in China is officially defined as passenger-dedicated railways designed to carry multiple unit trains at speeds of up to 650 km/h.

The United States Code, which is the official codification of Federal statutes, defines High Speed rail services with "reasonably expected to reach sustained speeds of more than 125 (200 Km/s) miles per hour". There almost none of such High Speed trains actually in service.

The total length of China's mostly new road expressway network reached 136,000 kilometers having surpassed the overall length of the American Interstate Highway System in 2011.

The American Society of Civil Engineers in a 2017 report graded the state of the US Infrastructure at D+ on a scale from A (excellent) to F (bad).
Roads scored D and bridges C+.
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While the Germans decided to limit their speeds to 250km/h.

And apparently even the Asians came to the conclusion that 330km/h is a economically sensible limit.

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<<Auch Bombardier-Präsident Lutz Bertling nimmt im Tempo-verliebten Asien inzwischen ein Umdenken wahr, was die Höchstgeschwindigkeit betrifft. 330 km/h gelten dort inzwischen als wirtschaftlich vernünftige Grenze.>>
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While the Germans decided to limit their speeds to 250km/h.

And apparently even the Asians came to the conclusion that 330km/h is a economically sensible limit.

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China has increased the regular travelling speed on their main Beijing to Shanghai line to 350km/h, though..

http://shanghaiist.com/2017/07/19/be...peed-boost.php

But yeah, 400km/h++ is only for tech/long-term plans.

China's HSR is VERY impressive, and basically they're doing things very much right by expanding their infrastructure. India, as a counter-example, is massively hurt by lack of (transport) infrastructure.
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While the Germans decided to limit their speeds to 250km/h.

And apparently even the Asians came to the conclusion that 330km/h is a economically sensible limit.

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<<Auch Bombardier-Präsident Lutz Bertling nimmt im Tempo-verliebten Asien inzwischen ein Umdenken wahr, was die Höchstgeschwindigkeit betrifft. 330 km/h gelten dort inzwischen als wirtschaftlich vernünftige Grenze.>>
Bombardier President comments translate as "We do not have a higher speed offering than 330 km/h at a competitive price so you Asian people do not have a good reason to travel faster than 330 km/h"
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Old 29.01.2018, 10:23
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Re: Will Trump be a Good President?

Trump may have peaked and has already served his most useful purpose. He may have already delivered his payload, and we may be at the point of diminishing returns.

Trump was useful for making the point that Americans do perfectly well without a nanny state. If you would only get the government off the backs of the people, they will perform well on their own without a government nanny.

The next phase looks like he will be repositioning for more government spending and activities, which will erode his base of support. Ideas such as infrastructure spending are normally in the domain of progressives. There are debates on how much of it should be nationalized, and how much should be privatized. The development of a 5G network is a litmus test.

His immigration proposal is also nothing like what he campaigned for. We may start to see Trump sound like a Democrat from here on in order to strategize for 2018.

All in all, one of the best first year we've seen from a President to date. We'll see how well he can politically navigate 2018. May not be as entertaining without twitter.
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Ideas such as infrastructure spending are normally in the domain of progressives.
I find it highly amusing that right-wingers try to denigrate their political opponents with the epithet "progressive". Truly horrendous, the idea that people may want to see progress. What does that make Republicans and their acolytes? Retrogressives?


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I find it highly amusing that right-wingers try to denigrate their political opponents with the epithet "progressive". Truly horrendous, the idea that people may want to see progress. What does that make Republicans and their acolytes. Retrogressives?

The problem is in typical Orwellian Newspeak parlance, most of those who tout themselves as Progressives today put forth some of the most Regressive ideas in terms of society, and are exactly the reason they are often referred to as Libtards or Leftards.
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Trump may have peaked and has already served his most useful purpose. He may have already delivered his payload, and we may be at the point of diminishing returns.

Trump was useful for making the point that Americans do perfectly well without a nanny state. If you would only get the government off the backs of the people, they will perform well on their own without a government nanny.

The next phase looks like he will be repositioning for more government spending and activities, which will erode his base of support. Ideas such as infrastructure spending are normally in the domain of progressives. There are debates on how much of it should be nationalized, and how much should be privatized. The development of a 5G network is a litmus test.

His immigration proposal is also nothing like what he campaigned for. We may start to see Trump sound like a Democrat from here on in order to strategize for 2018.

All in all, one of the best first year we've seen from a President to date. We'll see how well he can politically navigate 2018. May not be as entertaining without twitter.
Trump administration is considering nationalizing 5G mobile network
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For a GOP administration Trump seems very happy to spend other people's money and so increase national debt which was $19.9 Trillion in Jan 17 when Trump was voted in and is now $20.5 Trillion, ca. $600 Billion more. This before the impact of the $1.5 Trillion tax reform.

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The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo.

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