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Source: MSN/NBC News
Donald Trump derided former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, calling the national security official a "clown" and a "mess."
The attacks came after Gates expressed concern about Trump's readiness to be commander-in-chief in a Friday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. Gates, who served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, wrote that both Trump and Hillary Clinton "have a credibility problem in foreign affairs" before singling out the Republican nominee as "in a league of his own" and "beyond repair" on security issues.
"Mr. Trump has been cavalier about the use of nuclear weapons," Gates opined. "He has a record of insults to servicemen, their families and the military, which he called a 'disaster.' He has declared our senior military leaders 'reduced to rubble' and 'embarrassing our country' and has suggested that, if elected, he will purge them—an unprecedented and unconscionable threat. As of late, he appears to be rethinking some of these positions but he has yet to learn that when a president shoots off his mouth, there are no do-overs."
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"We had a clown today, an absolute clown, Robert Gates," Trump told a crowd. "He's supposed to be an expert. He's been there forever ... he goes out and he says negative things about me. I never met him. I never talked to him. Believe me, I am so much better at what he's doing than he is."
Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-calls-former-defense-secretary-gates-a-clown/ar-BBwjyn7
A man with god complex with the nuclear codes. We might as well start referring to him as Kim Jong Trump.
Posted by TomCADem | Sun Sep 18, 2016, 06:29 PM (41 replies)
Source: Huffington Post
Donald Trump’s campaign manager thinks former Defense Secretary Robert Gates was critical of Trump because Gates doesn’t understand terrorism, she suggested Sunday morning.
“Secretary Gates really should have, I think, in his book been a little bit more forceful about the fact that radical Islam has ideological moorings,” Kellyanne Conway said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” “He acts like terrorism is something like the weather. It just happens. And we as Americans know that’s not true.”
Trump and his campaign are on the attack after Gates published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday calling Trump “unfit” to be president. Trump referred to Gates as a “clown” in a campaign rally and “dopey” on social media.
Given his decades of experience and numerous high-level positions in the period after Sept. 11, 2001, Gates is likely well aware of the threat terrorism poses.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-campaign-bob-gates-terrorism_us_57dead7ae4b08cb14096442c?
Kellyanne Conway asks what does Robert Gates know about national security. He should take lessons from the Cheeto.
Posted by TomCADem | Sun Sep 18, 2016, 06:11 PM (12 replies)
Source: LA Times
Donald Trump scaled back his grandiose plan for tax cuts while proposing more benefits for lower-income households in a speech Thursday, but experts say the numbers in his newly revised economic growth blueprint still don’t add up.
In his most detailed economic plan to date, the Republican presidential nominee essentially halved the amount of tax cuts he will seek to $4.4 trillion over 10 years, in part by capping deductions. At the same time, Trump said his economic strategy — which includes overhauling government regulations, trade and energy policies — would boost U.S. economic growth to 3.5% a year on average, up from 2% in recent years. He promised that his plan would create as many as 25 million jobs over the next decade.
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Trump’s plan would reduce the tax brackets for individual income tax to three from the current seven, with the highest rate dropping to 33% from 39.6%. Deductions would be limited at $100,000 for single filers and $200,000 for married filers, which would restrain high-income filers looking to deduct more for housing and charitable donations.
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“This proposal is less skewed toward the high-income” earners, said Gleckman. Still, he said, the lowering of tax rates, plus Trump’s previously announced idea to repeal the estate tax and alternative minimum tax, would nonetheless still end up disproportionately benefiting higher-earning individuals.
Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-economic-plan-20160915-snap-story.html
What is really amazing is how the plan is designed to help Donald Trump, because even though he scales back some of the deductions of his previous plan, he still keeps the huge cut to the corporate tax rate and the elimination of the estate tax, which he would personally benefit from. Put another, Donald is not earning a salary like many high income individuals, rather a lot of his wealth is tied up in assets and corporate entities. The plan is specifically designed to help Trump.
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Sep 15, 2016, 11:31 PM (5 replies)
I can only imagine how this would look if they were to update this June story with the media's recent efforts to reform Trump by covering his numerous non-existent pivots to the center and so-called outreach to minorities and women.
A single chart from a study at Harvard reveals the depth and degree of the media’s bias against Hillary Clinton and promotion of Donald Trump.
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Sep 15, 2016, 12:23 AM (4 replies)
LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. economy could be $1 trillion smaller than otherwise expected in 2021 if Republican candidate Donald Trump wins the presidential election in November, economics research firm Oxford Economics said on Tuesday.
While the firm said Trump's policies - including more protectionist trade measures, tax cuts and mass deportation of illegal immigrants - may be watered down in negotiations with Congress, they could have "adverse" consequences.
"Should Mr. Trump prove more successful in achieving adoption of his policies, the consequences could be far-reaching - knocking 5 percent off the level of U.S. GDP relative to baseline and undermining the anticipated recovery in global growth," it said.
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Under its baseline scenario, Oxford Economics expects U.S. gross domestic product - the value of all goods and services produced in the economy - to grow at a fairly constant rate of around 2 percent from 2017, reaching $18.5 trillion in 2021.
Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-economy-idUSKCN11J25M
Posted by TomCADem | Tue Sep 13, 2016, 08:08 PM (1 replies)
In the right wing, it was in vogue to blame President Obama for the continued presence of racism. Will the same hold true with Hillary being blamed for the continued presence of sexism if she is elected.
Except for her gender, Hillary Clinton is a highly conventional presidential candidate. She’s been in public life for decades. Her rhetoric is carefully calibrated. She tailors her views to reflect the mainstream within her party.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Sep 10, 2016, 04:59 PM (9 replies)
Here the MSM is complaining about being called out on their false equivalency and bias toward Donald Trump with the most recent example being how the MSM plays up innuendos about the Clinton Foundation while downplaying clear evidence of bribes by the Trump Foundation. As we get closer and closer to the election, the MSM is doing its best to normalize Trump while playing up the false narrative of Trump pivoting toward mainstream positions.
Not only is the establishment press irritated with Krugman’s latest article, “Hillary Clinton Gets Gored,” in which he highlights the journalistic malpractice evidenced in the news media’s amplification of Hillary Clinton’s non-scandal scandals over Donald Trump’s lengthy menu of real scandals and obscene negatives, but also, strangely, a vocal faction of the left believes Krugman is water-carrying for his “beloved candidate” Hillary.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Sep 7, 2016, 10:01 PM (0 replies)
This article does a great job of showing how the MSM gives Trump a free pass even though he often complains about his press while going out of its way to invent scandals to fit into the narrative that Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy:
Whenever some new piece of information emerges about Hillary Clinton or people close to her, we’re told that it “raises questions” of some kind, which means it’s being shoehorned into a larger narrative that says something fundamental about her: That she’s tainted by scandal, or corrupt, or just sinister in ways people can never quite put their finger on.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Sep 3, 2016, 10:28 PM (3 replies)
The short answer is yes, that Donald Trump is actually a big beneficiary of media bias with the media happily to chase down every unsubstantiated rumor he starts while being intimidated from pressing him on stories that he himself instigates such as his flip flops on deportation.
Vox's Matthew Yglesias argues that press coverage of Trump and Clinton is not fair and balanced -- to borrow Fox News' phrase -- and that Trump is coming out the better for it. The argument here is that Trump, a natural showman, successfully spins bad press to his advantage, while Clinton, both less adept with the media and saddled by 25 years of scandals (real and invented) about her and her husband, knows only to hunker down, which only further excites reporters. Yglesias' example of this dynamic in action: coverage of the two candidates' charities.
Posted by TomCADem | Fri Sep 2, 2016, 07:42 PM (0 replies)
...but note that while he appreciates Trump's 11th hour embrace of the President's current policies under existing law, that even President Obama thinks that immigration should be reformed in a comprehensive manner.
Hillary, on the other hand, should have some fun with Donald Trump, the self-described agent of change, now being a warrior for defending the status quo. America under President Obama is pretty great after all?
Trump’s new position appears to be an embrace of the status quo, in which those in the U.S. illegally with criminal histories are prioritized for deportation, but no action is taken to push forward with comprehensive reform.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Aug 24, 2016, 12:06 AM (2 replies)