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Damn every single person who voted for Trump.

Ever since he took office, the country has been in crisis mode, and the country is going down the hole. The environment, the National Parks being drilled for oil, our foreign policy, children in cages (at least one child died, others got sick), hatred, the rise of white supremacy, a record high of gun deaths and mass shootings, huge tax cuts for the rich that adds $1.5 Trillion to our debt, the damage to the country's reputation, job layoffs, a probable upcoming recession, deregulation, investigations right and left, daily lies about anything and everything, greed and corruption at an unprecedented level, the infiltration of Russians in our democracy, brutality normalized, vulgarity normalized, the loss of dignity of our administration and leaders, using our country as a piggybank for personal gain.... And the latest evil: talk of ousting Vietnam refugees who came over after the Vietnam War.

I believe the Russians hacked the election, in addition to the thousands of trolls pushing fake stories. But that would not have elected Trump, if Americans had not voted for him. It was CLEAR before the election what kind of person he was. CLEAR.

Damn every single rotten person who hated Hillary Clinton or Democrats or "them libruls" so much, or wanted a big tax cut no matter what, that they voted for someone like Trump. Damn them, each and every one.

Bloomberg and his possibility of running

He backed 25 Democrats in the mid-terms, and 21 of them won (most of them women). Impressive. He donated $100 Million for the mid-terms.

The Trump team all set to blame others for possible upcoming recession.

I've been saying since the huge, deficit-increasing GOP tax cut bill, that a recession is likely in the near future. That's because deregulation (which the Republicans also did) + a huge tax cut bill for the wealthy (which cuts revenue and increases the deficit, in this case by $1.5 Trillion) = recession (IMO).

Now that the stock market is tanking, and TODAY OFFICIALLY ENTERED CORRECTION TERRITORY (I heard on MSNBC this morning), and with recession seeming to be much more possible, the Trump is at-the-ready with its explanations, all geared to whistle calls to his base on who to blame: The Fed's interest rate hikes.

I recently read a prediction that if a recession occurs, Trump and his team would blame the Fed and the Democrats. They also tried to blame Obama for the Republican Great Recession, too.

The Fed, if it keeps hiking rates, will cause a recession: Ex-Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore

***"The only thing that really worries me about the economy right now is what the Fed is doing," says the "Trumponomics" co-author.

***"The Fed is what's going to put us in the next recession if they keep raising rates," Stephen Moore says.

***The Fed is expected to raise interest rates again next week. But the market is now putting low odds on any hikes next year.


Notice the statement, "The only thing that really worries me about the economy right now is what the Fed is doing"? He's not worried about all the layoffs piling up, like GM and Verizon and others. Or the tanking stock market. Or the bad tariff tricks the President is pulling. Or including tax incentives in the tax cut bill for companies to offshore their businesses. He's not worried about anything that is related to any of his former boss's policies or actions.

A walk down Memory Lane of what Trump thinks about recessions, in case anyone is under the impression he CARES about the harm done to people in recessions:

In 2006, Trump said regarding a crash: “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy.” https://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/trump-housing-collapse-228708

In 2007 Trump said, “People have been talking about the end of the cycle for 12 years, and I'm excited if it is,’ he told the Globe and Mail in March of 2007. “I’ve always made more money in bad markets than in good markets.” https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-2007-i-m-excited-housing-market-crash-n578761

I didn't find it on the internet, but I heard a rally speech in his campaign where he states that he loves recessions because he can buy stuff for cheap.

Job growth falls short of expectations in November: 155,000 payrolls created vs 198,000 estimate

Source: CNBC

Job growth slowed in November amid fears that economic growth is losing steam.

Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 for the month while the unemployment rate again held at 3.7 percent, its lowest since 1969, the Labor Department reported Friday. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payroll growth of 198,000 and the jobless rate to hold steady.

Average hourly earnings, a closely watched sign of whether inflation pressures are building, again rose at a 3.1 percent pace from a year ago. The monthly earnings gain of 0.2 percent fell short of estimates for a 0.3 percent increase. The average work week edged lower by 0.1 hours to 34.4 hours.

Stock futures turned positive following the weak report as traders bet it may mean the Federal Reserve is less aggressive next year on rate hikes.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/07/us-created-155000-jobs-in-november-vs-198000-expected.html

The Jobs Report was released today.

Although the stock market was up before opening, during the day it plunged. The S&P is bordering on correction territory. The Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq are each over 2% down, after a bad day yesterday.

I'm Dreaming of A White Christmas (The Drifters!)

Okay, hit it, guys!

Trump is acting sort of like a normal Pesident in making nice w/the Bush family.

I think he sees it's in HIS best interests.

He needs to make nicey nicey, after attacking their family and calling them names for years, because he sees the end of the road of the Presidency, and yikes, he will be a member of a very small group of VIPs....former Presidents. As it stood, none of them would accept him, and possibly only Jimmy Carter would have spoken to him.

He needs and wants to make nicey nicey, because G W helped him get Kavanaugh seated on the bench.

He needs to make nicey nicey, because he sees the end of his Presidency and the vulgar legacy he will leave behind, where he insulted and regaled against military heroes, prior Presidents from his own party, and just about everyone else whose legacy threatened to top his.

He needs to make nicey nicey, because he doesn't want to be excluded from another funeral of another VIP.

He needs to make nicey nicey, because he doesn't need another negative scandal, when he's buried in scandals already.

The Bushes didn't endorse Trump for President. In fact, it's reported that Papa Bush voted for Clinton. George W and Laura voted for neither Clinton nor Trump. Trump has attacked the Bushes for anything and everything, and of course, Jeb Bush personally. Maybe one day will pass by without a disgusting, negative statement or tweet by Trump. Maybe.

Donny Deutsche on MSNBC said Trump's been owned by the Russians since the '90s.

Donny Deutsche is a friend of Cohens and has been speaking w/him throughout Cohen's legal troubles. About Cohen's statements in court today, he said that Cohen feels proud and relieved. He feels better being on the "right" side and talking straight.

But the most interesting thing he said is that in the 1990s, Trump was in serious financial trouble. Then all of a sudden Trump's luxury suites at his properties were filled with rich Russians, and Trump's finances improved. Deutsche said that Trump has been owned by the Russians ever since then.

He also said that all of this that's been going on, all of it, is about the money. It's "just business." That's what all of this is about.

Remember the statement by Deep Throat in the movie All the President's Men? He told Woodward (Robert Redford) to "follow the money." Seems that history is holding true.

And look who Rosenstein appointed as Special Counsel. Mueller, who soon hired an expert on following money around the world: Andrew Weissmann.

Weissman: Headed up the Enron Task Force 2002-2005, leading to prosecutions of 34 people, incl. Chairman Kenneth Lay & CEO Jeff Skilling. He spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor in the eastern district of New York, where he specialized in prosecuting mafia members and bosses from the Colombo, Gambino, and Genovese families. He's an expert at following the money. "Who knows what they will find, but if there is something to be found, he will find it," Emily Pierce, a former DOJ spokeswoman under the Obama administration, told Politico." He's an expert in fraud and foreign bribery.

Mueller added another experit in foreign bribery in August 2018: Greg Andres. Oversaw prosecution of Texas financier who ran an $8 Billion Dollar Ponzi scheme. He has prosecuted organized crime, incl. several members of the Bonanno. He's also worked on white collar crime defense.

Wow. Mueller has others with experience on money laundering, white collar crimes, and even terrorism. Whatever has gone on with the Trump team, these guys are well equipped to find it. And now, with the help coming in January from the House, as backup, it seems like we may get to the bottom of things.

Traveling Wilburys: And the walls came down...all the way to hell.

CA co. Broadcom is laying off 119 employees in January. Layoffs will be permanent.

Broadcom Inc. is laying off nearly 119 Silicon Valley employees following its recent $18 billion acquisition of CA Technologies.

San Jose-based Broadcom is making the cuts at CA Technologies' Santa Clara campus at 3965 Freedom Circle starting Jan. 8, according to filings with the state signed by Broadcom's president of human resources, Debbie Streeter. The company said it plans to keep the building.


Trump's life expectancy and health

In looking up life expectancies for Social Security, for funsies I looked up Trump's. He was born in 1946 and is obese. The LE for male born in 1946 is about 73. Being morbidly obese would decrease that by maybe 8 years, I read. But let's say he wasn't this obese a few years ago. If you take off 5 for being obese, that's 68. He's 72. BUT, genetics being a strong influence, it matters that his father lived to 95 (that's very long for someone born in 1905), and his mother lived to 88 (again, longer lifespan than avg for someone born in 1912).

I just thought it was interesting. A President's health is of concern when they get past 70 years old. It was with Reagan. I think Trump is possibly diabetic. Remember that press statement he made not long ago where he slurred his words so much that people were suspecting he was on medication or something? Low blood sugar can cause you to slur your words. Coupled with his obesity, and the fact that he doesn't seem to eat a healthy diet, I think could mean he may be diabetic. (I don't think diabetes makes you sniff, though, the way he sniffs.) He does get activity through golfing, though.

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