Fallacies, Foolishness, Fails And Fictions Of Trump’s New York Times Interview

by Richard Cameron   The New York Times Michael Schmidt’s impromptu interview with President Donald Trump at his Trump International golf club in West Palm Beach was evidence that Trump has not developed any new habits of embracing facts, grasping reality or curbing his instinct to loiter around absurd and unfounded pretensions. The audience that the unscripted interview was intended for, as all of them are – is Trump’s continuously shrinking political base. Schmidt apparently was of the view that employing open ended questions colloquially known as “softballs”, would cause…

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The GOP’s Incredible Christmas Gift To Corporations

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GOP and President Trump play Santa to Corporations and One Percenters President Donald Trump called the recently-passed tax bill “an incredible Christmas gift” for middle-class Americans. In reality, the tax bill takes money from the pockets of middle-class Americans and gives it to corporations. Anyone who claims the tax bill primarily benefits the middle class is spreading falsehoods. With the new bill, the tax rate for corporations is reduced from 35 percent to 21 percent. That makes a total reduction of 40 percent from what they were paying earlier. Other…

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Alabama Voters Send Message To Washington And Trump And Democrat Doug Jones With It

by Richard Cameron WASHINGTON, D.C. Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night in the special election according to all major media projections. The final count, as of 11:30 Central had not all completely counted, but with 100% of voting precincts reporting, the vote count showed Doug Jones winning: Many things were remarkable about the outcome of this campaign, which between the two candidates spending a combined $40 million dollars, not the least of which seemed to be a repudiation by Alabama Republicans not only of Republican Roy…

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Don’t Say A Bad Word About Trump In Arizona – At Least Not Out Loud Anyway

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by Richard Cameron   I spend the equivalent of about a week and a half a month on average in Arizona, assisting my elderly mother (95) to remain self-sufficient in her home in Sun City.  In doing so, I get what I think is a fairly accurate look at the state from outside the fishbowl. I can’t really argue that when it comes to my views regarding Donald Trump, that I am anymore a fish out of water than I am in the community I live in back in California,…

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Donald Trump and Steve Bannon: Trophy Hunting The Republican Party

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by Tony Wyman How ironic that President Trump, the man who history may credit with the destruction of the Republican Party, has come out against trophy hunting elephants.  Isn’t that, in effect, what his presidential campaign and his presidency, itself, has been all about? It certainly is for his chief supporters, men like Steve Bannon, who told crowds at the Values Voter Summit in October, “Nobody can run and hide on this one. These folks are coming for you,” referring to rebel alt-right candidates targeting mainstream Republicans opposed to Mr. Bannon’s…

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Trump And Bannon Are Changing The Way We Think – Is It For The Better?

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by Tony Wyman Steve Bannon, one-time adviser to President Trump and current editor of Breitbart News – a far-right political website that mixes hard news with tabloid sensationalism, has perfected a method of dialogue that is changing the way people think. What Mr. Bannon does is he takes an extremist position and hopes his readers will follow him at least 75% of the way. Let’s look at immigration, as an example. Immigrants to this country are substantially less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans. Legal immigrants, for example, are 69%…

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GOP Hits Speed Bump On Tax Reform But The Donor Class Is Impatient For A Win

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by Richard Cameron The GOP House missed the target date for public release of their tax ‘reform’ plan yesterday, but claim that the plan will see the light of day on Thursday. Reportedly, the reason behind the re-scheduling, which may well see further delays, is that there is disagreement within the ranks about who wins and who loses and to what extent.  They may not frame it in those terms, but there is one other certainty besides death and taxes and that is that all tax plans, by nature and…

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Two Paths That You Can Go By – Senator Jeff Flake Points To The High Road

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by Tony Wyman Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called us all out on the carpet last night with a speech that will go down in history as one of the greatest ever given by an American politician.                                                                                                             …

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A Reality Check On The Trump Phoenix Rally (Worship Service)

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by Richard Cameron The National Clown Gangsta made an appearance in Phoenix yesterday to flatulate.  It was not necessary, was disruptive and had nothing to do with governance.  Drumpf the Clown just needed a worship service.  He’s addicted to them now.  Trump essentially announced without actually doing so, a presidential pardon for a former law enforcement official (convicted Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio), that callously and deliberately disobeyed the clear and unambiguous order of a federal court. Because it is the right thing to do? No – because his shriveling…

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What Is Donald Trump’s Base Of Support Looking Like In July 2017? The Latest Polling & What It Means

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by Richard Cameron Trump’s Base of support in July 2017 Here at National Compass, we are frequently tracking how Donald Trump’s presidency is trending, looking for signifiers that may indicate a shift in the national outlook towards him.  So far the baseline numbers are holding steady although not favorably for the President. The latest Washington Post / ABC News poll shows President Donald Trump’s approval ratings remaining at 36 percent as they have been for several months at this point.  As a point of comparison, George W. Bush and Barack…

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