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Of course, we've been saying how Trump is a deeply, deeply insecure individual, fighting for legitimacy and validation, both in his career, and in his personal life.  But it is nice to hear "Rev. Al" voice those opinions as well.

 

11 hours ago, DramatistDreamer said:

If you mean that he's running it down into financial ruin the way he did with his six bankruptcies, then yeah, he's pretty much running the country like he ran his businesses. The difference is there is no Fred Trump to bail him or the U.S. out.

 

9 hours ago, Juliajms said:

Exactly! He doesn't think he can do it, he is doing it. God help us all and especially federal employees.

 

That's all true.  However, what I was trying to say before was that he views the shutdown the same way he would view a labor dispute at one of his family's properties -- the fact that he called it a "strike" and not a shutdown (which are two completely different things) says as much -- and that, if he blusters and bullies and arm-twists enough, he'll get the other side to cave into his demands.  (I'm honestly shocked he hasn't suggested sending "scabs" and armed strike-breakers into the most affected federal agencies.)

 

Somehow, someone has to penetrate the layers of hair, bronzer, dementia, disorder and sheer lunkheadedness and get it through to him that 1) this is NOT one of his properties, 2) this is NOT a strike and 3) sending federal employees home and/or asking them to continue working without pay will have enormous consequences on our nation's economy and (in the long run) leave us vulnerable to enemies both foreign and domestic.

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35 minutes ago, Khan said:

Somehow, someone has to penetrate the layers of hair, bronzer, dementia, disorder and sheer lunkheadedness and get it through to him that 1) this is NOT one of his properties, 2) this is NOT a strike and 3) sending federal employees home and/or asking them to continue working without pay will have enormous consequences on our nation's economy and (in the long run) leave us vulnerable to enemies both foreign and domestic.

 

I doubt that anyone will ever have that ability to get through to Trump, it's coming on two years and he still fails to grasp even the basic concepts associated with his office.  He will NEVER get it.

9 hours ago, Juliajms said:

Exactly! He doesn't think he can do it, he is doing it. God help us all and especially federal employees.

 

Anyone who relies on the services of federal employees. (*Gotta fly? Want a measure of air safety while you're doing it?  Need social services?  What about tax refunds/IRS?*).  Pretty much, God save us all from this terrorist in the White House.

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I notice that when Obama was in office and there were shutdowns, the media tut-tutted to no end about broken Washington, and why wasn't the President leading. Now that a Republican is in the White House, there is much less appetite for this ending - instead it's just treated as some kind of bruising match over who will blink first, and how resolute Trump is.

 

Most of the press hates America and struggles to hide it. They only want to suck on the far right teat and to lord over everyone in perpetual moral superiority.

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1 hour ago, DRW50 said:

I notice that when Obama was in office and there were shutdowns, the media tut-tutted to no end about broken Washington, and why wasn't the President leading. Now that a Republican is in the White House, there is much less appetite for this ending - instead it's just treated as some kind of bruising match over who will blink first, and how resolute Trump is.

 

Most of the press hates America and struggles to hide it. They only want to suck on the far right teat and to lord over everyone in perpetual moral superiority.

 

This is one of the reasons, I roll my eyes when people excoriate liberal Hollywood and media.  The people who are truly in the upper echelons of these industries are rarely liberal, they are usually conservative, at best and right-wingers, at worst.  

Norman Lear may be an unabashed liberal but Lear is certainly not in charge of the television industry. 

Whereas Rupert Murdoch has enormous clout in the media industry, both TV and print.  We don't have to guess which political persuasion he belongs to.

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I read the newspaper(s) so much faster because I avoid the types of articles that he speaks of.

 

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Earlier this evening, while dining at a local Chinese buffet, I saw on CNN an ad that was designed to get people to jump aboard the #BuildTheWall bandwagon.  As if building the wall was up for referendum or something.

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Updated:

 

 

And from the wurlitzer:

 

 

Kristol's naivete may be uncharacteristic and earnest, but it is misplaced. I suspect they will do nothing, but I hope to be surprised.

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