Dutch -- Your post feels more like a rant...a wish list of sorts. As a realist, I don't see making these demands will do anything to change his course. We might get lucky and stop the Gorsuch nomination temporarily if McConnell doesn't go nuclear.
I would rather negotiate on things that can benefit Americans. Trump has talked about rebuilding infrastructure. Let's work with him on that...but do not accept private enterprise control of our infrastructure projects. I'm okay on adding user fees like tolls to pay for future bridges and roads, but not turning over the ownership of those roads/bridges to private enterprises.
No Schmidt it is not an "rant" but reality, if you want to negotiate, then you start with an long wish list. You may end up then with at least something.
Adding "toll" to pay for bridges and roads is the wrong thing; here in FL lots of toll roads, but no one "fixes" even the potholes; the "toll' money likely ends up in "No mans land". Let's cut spending on defense and spent the 54 billion present to the Pentagon on "real" infrastructure instead. See my other mail on that.
Yes Schmidt your last section says it all; like in Europe where things are more socialistic as well having an sliding scale tax system as well did not start wars and militarism and spent the money on that, then there is money left for "infrastructure" which helps employment. As example the Delta works in the Netherlands as well social structure to educate and continuous improvement of living conditions as well modern public transport and jobs in clean energy and solar power, then everyone benefits.
Thus as I said many times; change priorities here; put "militarism" and its expenditure on the last place and not the first place. Put infrastructure which benefits ALL people on the first place. However I'm afraid that "infrastructure' here will be translated into the wrong things which benefits no one, except the "billionaires". ( like building "wall's" which don't give any benefit to the people)
In the first place, since I bet that any budget here will be restrained, because of all the other things we need money for as well the refusal to tax the rich with at least 50% to 70%. Then on top of that the "fixing" of the present infrastructure due to lack of maintenance, is like chasing your own tail. Thus I'm afraid that there will be no money for "real" modernizing of our present infrastructure, like high speed rail, flood control structures, new airports; new roads; solar and wind energy etc. which also will help to develop the rural countries, by having proper public transportation which creates commuter jobs including the maintenance jobs for it.
If Trump wants to follow Hitler,then he should copy what Hitler did with his "Autobahn" project; it did work and still does. I drove on it at 200Km/hr. No speed limit either!!
A lot of noise came from Trump and others including "slimeball' Priebus , Kasich that the Dem's should help them. If the Dem's are smart they should totally refuse such. Reasons: McConnell torpedoed everything when Obama ruled and still does. Also Trump destroyed everything what even "smelled" like Obama. let alone what the whole Trump "mafia" clan has said and done against the Dem's.
If they beg the Dem's, then I would set the following ultimatum:
1) Show and produce all your tax returns of the last 10 years
2) Stop the Gorsuch appointment
3) No more "tweeting"
4) Fire Sessions, Nunes, Priebus, Bannon, Miller, Ivanka, Kusner, Ryan
I guess the Dem's should learn to negotiate for a change.
Schmidt, sure you should look farther than that; they still have the "oil" as well "money" that creates "leverage" in the middle east. Iraq's oil is in shambles so less competition. Saudi's are very careful not to "shake" the market. In the meantime we are building an 2500 miles XL pipeline from Canada to Texas, which will cost billions. By the time that is ready,the market will have changed. Also the refining of the "tar sands" oil is costly. Then because we don't need that oil, it likely will be exported, which creates another cost. Thus I wonder how you can then compete with the middle east oil,which will likely less costly to produce. Don't forget to amortize the pipeline building/maintenance cost as well over the production. My guess is that Iran can buy whatever they like, but likely not American made.An typical example is that Boeing is laying of workers right now because they sold less than Airbus . Iran bought a lot of Airbus planes. Also don't forget that they are surrounded by countries which are totally destroyed. Thus as as soon as the rebuilding starts; Iran will benefit the most by helping the rebuilt.
With Trump running America as a business, it has been reported by several news sources that when German Chancellor Angela Merkel was here for her visit, Trump handed her an invoice for about £300 billion for NATO defenses. The invoice was for how much Germany fell below the 2 percent GDP expenditures for the past 12 years and then added interest.
The White House is calling the reports as false. However, can we be sure? We know NATO payments were discussed, but did Trump have the gall to hand Merkel a piece of paper, the "invoice", to show how much Merkel has to make up for payments in arears, much like you get for not making payments due in the USA.?
Maybe it was a talking point for Trump with the amount scratched down on a piece of paper, and if he chose to give that paper to Merkel it could be received as a threat...you know the kind of threats you get from a business if you forget to pay a bill.
MSN News, The Hill: Trump handed £300B NATO 'invoice' to German chancellor: report
Yes, that is how you create "friends"; I guess Merkel will sent an bill back for the cost of using the Ramstein base by the US, as well other damage done by the US "military" tourists. Anyway "bully" tactics have generally the oposite effect.
TJ Wrote: I don't think it will be noticed since they don't purchase too much. Anything sold here is also sold elsewhere. Symbolic in deed. A message, perhaps.
No Tony, they buy a lot, especially since they got billions
from what was blocked here before the "nuclear" agreement. Especially technology items as well aircraft. They are quite a bit larger country than Germany for instance as well have the "oil" for export. Thus they have "money"
I watched Lynsy Graham at a town hall yesterday. People are very angry. Many very angry questions . Lynsy was doing onemliners like a pro stand up guy. Saying stuff like , we don't know anything about Russia and stuff. It was hilarious. The crowd was not buying it for a second.
The American people are freaking out. The heat is on and the politicians spin furiously but it's no use. The genie is out of the bottle. We have a full blown crisis now. I am sure the Pentagon is on high alert.
Meanwhile we murdered another 230 Iraqis on Friday. We are bombing seven countries and somfar have murdered some 1.3 million innocent people. Half the population of Syria are dead or displaced. A meer 11 million people. We are the worst country to ever exist on the planet.
We deserve whatever we get.
Maindawg; absolutely correct; yes we murdered those 230 people and more to come. The crazy thing is if you kill someone here on the street you get the death penalty; if you kill 230 in Iraq likely an beautiful medal made in China. But yeah if you kill (abort) an totally deformed "fetus" then they scream "'murder".
And people still think this is "God's" country and our leaders are "blessed " by the invisible ghost.
I don't know all the details, but they introduced sanctions on 15 US companies. They already bought more Airbus made planes, then Boeing. But I believe they may cancel some Boeing orders. This certainly will help our exports. but yeah Trump will create huge fantastic jobs. He will keep winning all over the place!! Don't let me laugh.
Schmidt,again this comes forth out of one simple thing: EDUCATION! Rural America and its stupid antiquated views does get teachers who are just about on the same level as the population there, thus no wonder that they don't evolve. Countries with the best "education" will likely have the best workforce as well social development. Here it is an non coordinated structure,which totally depends on "funding" which then determines the "quality" of the education. Putting an DeVos type in there, makes things only worse. On top of that this is an huge country who refuses to tax the rich, then it is no wonder that education falls short because the "money"is rather spent on the military or "walls" or tax cuts for the billionaires.
Rural people seldom ever left this country, thus they don't know better; teaching "religion" or "baseball" is more important than an good curriculum, which motivates to adapt yourselves into an independent thinking analytic person.
It is quite simple ; as I said many times, "it is the "system" here which is crazy". But no one wants to admit this; thus just muddle on the American way. Sure ask the Dem's to help them, but their "system" is still "American" thus again inventing the wheel all over again. Why don't ask the Canadians or Europeans; their "system" works.
I've never seen such an stubborn antique arrogant country as this; they think they know it all, but only keep digging bigger holes to fall in. Crazy election laws, crazy government set up of 1800, which does not work nowadays. You can defend and study the Constitution forever, but that does not bring you into 2017 in this world. Just let an Supreme court Judge sit there till he dies is totally ridiculous. Everybody having guns, even the mentally sick is totally ridiculous. Having "votes" which don't count because some "electoral college' invention of 1800 is totally ridiculous. Having "church" craziness injected into our laws is totally ridiculous. Having only 2 parties is totally ridiculous. Etc Etc.
As long as these things are not corrected then we get the present mess over and over again. Capitalism does not work either as proven ( too big an gap between "rich" and "poor") ; Trumps government is purely Generals and billionaires. This country is asking for this huge mess we are in.
Even on the news they said "why don't we copy the Canadian system" cost are an lot cheaper than here.
I know an lot of readers hate my guts for saying this, because they can't stand the truth because of their "baked in" indoctrinated national pride. Truth hurts.