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The Mind of Donald Trump

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  • Independent
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Bill Gates going to the tower is a big big big deal. Gates is a shrewd conniving ruthless powerhouse. He wastes nothing. He maximizes his return on every venture. The significance of Gates going to the tower is his directive to all his subjects to accept and respect Trump. Or else. Consider all the thousands, millions wanting something from Gates. They are all now Trump advocates. The Gate's message that life is not fair is also a warning to those dependent on Gates. Trump has key support.

    Hi Chet, I suggest taking a closer look at Bill Gates background to find out who he is really is, and what he values.

    As an example, which is one where he differs greatly with Donald Trump, in his Will he is only leaving each of his children a few million (out of billions). Only enough to ensure they can go to college and pursue their life's passion, but not enough that they can do nothing but spend his money. He strongly believes each individual needs to contribute to their community\world in some meaningful way that benefits others, not just themselves. He does not believe in passing down wealth from generation to the next. Another example, Bill Gates left MS in the mid 2000s to establish a foundation to spread his wealth to other non profit organizations and causes.

    Also Microsoft is one of the 127 tech companies that openly oppose Trump's travel ban. As founder and member of Microsoft Board of directors, Bill Gates could have blocked being included on that list.

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    Understanding how Donald Trump thinks is important because it will help understand how\why he got elected. This requires setting aside biased stereotypes that quickly summarize him being nothing but an asshole\racist\sexist\etc.

    He is a 70 year old businessman who is a billionaire. He is use to getting his way 95% of the time, and doesn't take rejection well largely because for the past 50+ years he has not developed skills to cope with rejection. He's not needed those coping skills like the rest of us because he's developed\leveraged other skills to ensure he gets what he wants, but when he does not, he punches back hard using his money\influence to make sure others either love him or fear him, or both.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    wwjd Wrote:
    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Bill Gates going to the tower is a big big big deal. Gates is a shrewd conniving ruthless powerhouse. He wastes nothing. He maximizes his return on every venture. The significance of Gates going to the tower is his directive to all his subjects to accept and respect Trump. Or else. Consider all the thousands, millions wanting something from Gates. They are all now Trump advocates. The Gate's message that life is not fair is also a warning to those dependent on Gates. Trump has key support.

    Hi Chet, I suggest taking a closer look at Bill Gates background to find out who he is really is, and what he values.

    As an example, which is one where he differs greatly with Donald Trump, in his Will he is only leaving each of his children a few million (out of billions). Only enough to ensure they can go to college and pursue their life's passion, but not enough that they can do nothing but spend his money. He strongly believes each individual needs to contribute to their community\world in some meaningful way that benefits others, not just themselves. He does not believe in passing down wealth from generation to the next. Another example, Bill Gates left MS in the mid 2000s to establish a foundation to spread his wealth to other non profit organizations and causes.

    Also Microsoft is one of the 127 tech companies that openly oppose Trump's travel ban. As founder and member of Microsoft Board of directors, Bill Gates could have blocked being included on that list.

    Invited to speak at a high school graduation Gates said "life's not fair, get used to it". That identifies Gates. Is he broke yet?

    Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools:

    Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates warned against raising the minimum wage Tuesday on Morning Joe, saying it results in a "huge tradeoff' that can adversely affect households in poverty.

  • Independent
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    Thanks, I found the Morning Joe interview from Jan 2014, and watched it so I could listen to his entire comments in context.

    youtube.com/watch?v=W6A_6GAn60U

  • Liberal Democrat
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    wwjd -- Welcome to the Democratic Hub. I have spent quit a bit of time researching Donald Trump, and it's hard to understand him. Even professional cognitive scientists are astonished. One of the reasons Trump was successful is he was very good at what he does....playing to one's emotions. He may be woefully ignorant of government and unqualified to be president, but playing to emotions and running an unconventional campaign, he beat out 15 Republican nominees and Hilary Clinton. I recommend this article by George Lakoff:

    Understanding Trump

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Chet --- the National Geographic image I sent was from a city in China. If we hold that city up as something to strive for in equality, do we not also have to embrace their economic system?

    Just asking since you are still campaigning for an economic system where there are no poor people.

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    Thanks for article by George Lakoff. I enjoy reading articles where the author helps bring about a higher level understanding by going beyond the politics.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Chet --- the National Geographic image I sent was from a city in China. If we hold that city up as something to strive for in equality, do we not also have to embrace their economic system?

    Just asking since you are still campaigning for an economic system where there are no poor people.

    Schmidt. That was not a city in China and there are poor people in China? Those were dormitories around a Buddhist Institute filled with I think poor student nuns and monks. What kind of point are you trying to make? I suppose some sort student story. Along the student line I was watching a story about college students turning to prostitution because of moutainous college debt. I thought about your comment supporting college debt. You said it was good that they had some skin in the game. They got your message.

    Caption under the picture of Schmidt's City:

    "DECEMBER 27, 2016

    SEA OF RED

    Your Shot photographer Yan Gao captured the striking sprawl of look-alike red monastic dormitories around the Seda Larung Wuming Tibetan Buddhist Institute in China’s Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It’s the world’s largest Buddhist academy, housing up to 40,000 nuns and monks—strictly segregated, of course—at any given time.

    PHOTOGRAPH BY YAN GAO, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUR SHOT"

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Your posts invariably get around to the plight of the poor. Republicans do not help the poor. Democrats do not help the poor. No one helps the poor. Your quest to help the poor centers around an idealistic notion of equality that everyone should share equally in wealth. A janitor should make the same salary as a teacher. Carrying those notions to the extreme you end up with communism. Much of what you drive at has the underpinnings of a Marxist ideology...power to the worker. You abhor what capitalism has done in creating classes, rich and poor.

    That photo from China (yes it is in China) was to visually see what a community looks like where everyone is equal with central planning. The fact that it is also a Buddhist community is immaterial. It is the definition of true equality with no capitalism to separate out people into classes.

    That's the point I was making.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt, You have crossed the line with outright lies and distortions about me. I have always praised capitalism. I have never criticized capitalism. You either post where I criticized capitalism or delete your lie.

    I said capitalism is the only way to get things done. I have always said our financial system is getting away from an economy and capitalism. I have said getting back to an economy which is trading in goods and services would energize capitalism and prosperity would prevail. I said the stock market needs to return to what the general public and the definition in the dictionary says it does. Provide financing for business. There is no excuse for you to present a Buddhist Institute surrounded by dormitories as a Chinese City. I have said if money was freed up that capitalism would take off and there would be prosperity for everybody. And even to further upset your obsession with misinformation I said I was against a blanket increase of the minimum wage and said that laws regulating the stock market would take care of raising wages as the economy picked up. Your statement when talking about staggering college debt that it was good for college students to have some skin in the game tells it all.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    My main put forth and memorialized on this forum preaching is and always has been to give businesses tax breaks, tax credits and any kind of break and or incentive to produce jobs. Give businesses money, breaks and credits to produce jobs.
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    Can't "praise" capitalism. To do so is nonsense. Every economic system is capitalist in that it seeks profit based upon anticipated growth infinitely and indefinitely. Capital requires a stable legal system to protect property rights. Beyond that capital works at cross purposes to democracy. Market justice is diametrically opposed to social justice. Why do we say that all systems are capitalist? Because all systems must seek profit. It is merely whether or not said profit is private, oligarchic, or governmental which means oligarchic as well. Why does capital require tax breaks? It does not. It does however demand tax breaks. The financial system demands interest which is simply demand for infinite growth. And it requires assurance that government debt will be repaid again assuming infinite growth. This means that the financial system working at cross purposes to democracy and social justice since capitalism is inherently unstable and therefore austerity must be imposed to assure as much as possible the demanded returns to the financial sector. This is why debt us a problem. It is not because of some imaginary attempt to conflate it with household debt but because it removes power from the people transferring it to the financial system.

    This is the single most important issue facing all peoples. Does society permit capital to determine how everyone lives and how debt is used to insure that capital gets return no matter what? Or does society impose an economy that is based upon provision for all by regulating how capital is integrated into society by democratic means? And, no, that does not arbitrarily mean ownership of the means of production by the state.

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    Btw, some insight into capital-philanthropy is provided by the Central Park example. Central Park in NYC has been turned into a gem through much largesse of wealthy people. And yet some 30+ other parks languish because they are not, perhaps cachet is the right word, and therefore not on the radar of capital-philanthropy.
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    Nonsense stories.

    Animals have no "money" system, but still can survive. Humans are also "animals" and often behave like it and won't survive on money alone.

    The invention of "money" actually makes us worse "animals" ; it introduced "greed" and "corruption", which in turn introduced "capitalism"

    "Capitalism" makes no one happy or satisfied, because of that it created "consumption". Animals just eat to survive; humans "hoard" and are "over indulgent" and "over eat"; it is never enough; no limits.

    Conclusion: Capitalism will be the main driver for ending humanity; it pollutes the environment as well depletes resources; it creates hate, because of "the have's" and "have "not's". It polarizes so wars will start. etc. etc. Since "capitalism" here in the US it is an combination of "religion and power of the rich", which does makes the situation even worse.

    Money is artificial; you can't eat it; ask any animal.

    If we continue on the present path, the "dollar" will be as much worth as the Deutsch Mark just after WWII in the future, good for a bonfire. Empires come and go; check your history books.

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    I like to add ( as they already predicted in Europe) " Capitalism" is doomed" If you look at an chart ( as Schmidt has done in the past) on the rapid growing line of millionaires and billionaires, as well the growing gap between rich and poor, then at the certain time this "capitalistic" system will collapse for sure. Even the rich will be affected because their "money" will be worthless; their "castles" un-maintainable. I remember in WWII an gold watch got you may be one potato.

    Wake up America, you are running full speed into an deep canyon.