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The Trump Team to lead America...to where?

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    The Guardian, December 17, 2016: Donald Trump faces Senate backlash over ‘cabinet of billionaires’

    The Guardian is often a refreshing source of news, when the mainstream for profit corporate media has failed us. Here's the lead to their article this morning.

    Earlier this month, Donald Trump used a “thank-you” rally in Des Moines, Iowa, to give his supporters further insight into the “deal-making” team he intends to build in Washington. As president-elect, Trump has so far nominated a number of billionaires, three Goldman Sachs bankers and the chief executive of the world’s largest oil firm to senior positions. Responding to liberal consternation at the sheer wealth of the prospective appointees, Trump told his audience: “A newspaper [the New York Times] criticised me and said: ‘Why can’t they have people of modest means?’ Because I want people that made a fortune. Because now they are negotiating for you, OK? It’s no different than a great baseball player or a great golfer.”

    Trump’s cabinet, which is not yet fully filled, is already said to be worth a combined $14bn – the richest White House top table ever assembled. His team – if all are confirmed by the Senate – will be worth 50 times the $250m combined wealth of George W Bush’s first cabinet, which the media at the time dubbed the “team of millionaires”. For Trump, those figures are simply a confirmation of competence: in Trumpian politics, the richer you are, the better you must be at cutting a deal. And “deal-making” is what the next White House will be all about.

    So for all those in the "Never Hillary crowd" including the coal country miners that have cast their lot with the billionaires, I hope you are not disappointed if you lose your health insurance because you have a pre-existing condition (e.g. black lung disease), or that you can find hope in the fairy tail that Wall Street will fix themselves with the billionaires at the helm "negotiating for you". As Trump said, these guys are better at cutting a deal...but for whom?

    Oh, the title of the Guardian article says that Trump faces a Senate backlash. That's all for show as Congress goes home for the holidays to visit their voters. And when they come back, it's business as usual because Donald Trump's dream team is also the Republican Dream Team. They will run America like a business.

  • Independent
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    No they won't run America like an business. If that is the case then we are just "buyers" and not "takers". So if we don't buy then this business goes bankrupt; he's got experience in that, he however does still make money of it without paying taxes. So we poor "buyers" have to "buy" as well pay "taxes". How does that work? I guess the only solution is that we all start working in the coal mines; it saves on social security and voucher healthcare because we die sooner. Wow.
  • Center Left
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    In business he had restrictions. This is probably going to be like the corporate take overs of 10 years ago wherein it (USA) is bought (taken control of ) and then disassembled after maximizing profits. Sell the units or divisions to private sector. Mr. Trump will probably have many unspoken of contributions to off shore accounts. You can have Medicare, you get infrastructure contracts, you get oil exploration rights, you get massive contracts for military hardware, you get this and/or that. Speak to Ivanka about untraceable financial contributions. Ahhh, great again but in ways never seen before. Cash cow.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt"

    " that you can find hope in the fairy tail that Wall Street will fix themselves with the billionaires at the helm "negotiating for you".

    What are you alluding to that needs fixed in Wall Street? When I talk about front running, high frequency trading, fair play, CFMA or any other irregularity you are dissmissive. So what are you talking about that needs fixed?

  • Center Left
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    Clarifying my point, I meant infrastructure repairs are well overdue for attention. Huge price. Military over funding is always popular. Huge price. Medicare costs a fortune. US oil is popular if you're a fear mongering opertunist so rights to new drilling is pricey. Anything that's not nailed down will have an arbitrary price tag placed on it. But if there are profits to be realized this shallow president elect will try to profit. Of course there's no Payment that could ever be agreed upon with an atom of scrutiny or any accountability but I would be shocked if private conversation didn't include personal restitution. You think a couple of 500 billion dollar contracts for bridge repairs will arbitrarily awarded ? Do you think multi billion dollar contracts for anything will be given based on anything not serving the top dog ? I don't think so.

    Of course you can't do that. But then again you can't collude with the FBI and Russia to steal an election either. There would be massive secrecy and no lines of connectivity but there's a reason she will occupy the first Ladies office just down the hallway.

    I know it sounds crazy but in his mind anything of value has a dollar sign in front.

  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote:

    Clarifying my point, I meant infrastructure repairs are well overdue for attention. Huge price. Military over funding is always popular. Huge price. Medicare costs a fortune. US oil is popular if you're a fear mongering opertunist so rights to new drilling is pricey. Anything that's not nailed down will have an arbitrary price tag placed on it. But if there are profits to be realized this shallow president elect will try to profit. Of course there's no Payment that could ever be agreed upon with an atom of scrutiny or any accountability but I would be shocked if private conversation didn't include personal restitution. You think a couple of 500 billion dollar contracts for bridge repairs will arbitrarily awarded ? Do you think multi billion dollar contracts for anything will be given based on anything not serving the top dog ? I don't think so.

    Of course you can't do that. But then again you can't collude with the FBI and Russia to steal an election either. There would be massive secrecy and no lines of connectivity but there's a reason she will occupy the first Ladies office just down the hallway.

    I know it sounds crazy but in his mind anything of value has a dollar sign in front.

    Yes tony, your last line is what I always said about "capitalism"; only "money" counts, not "people" Trump should have an "tatoo" of an hundred dollar bill on his forehead.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Billionaires have not been sitting idly by on the outside. Money bought laws. The bailout had no morally redeeming value as it dumped money into the accounts of companies that created the bubble. Did even one mortgage at the heart of the bubble get settled to the benefit of the debtor? In fact even some of the blame was dumped on the happy home owners. What happens now is the fastback to hoarding money will be opened. Who are the deplorables ? Who created the reverence and respect for big money ? It wasn't created in the last 15 months. Schmidt mentioned fixing Wall Street. Every time I brought it up the response was you can't change it.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: Billionaires have not been sitting idly by on the outside. Money bought laws. The bailout had no morally redeeming value as it dumped money into the accounts of companies that created the bubble. Did even one mortgage at the heart of the bubble get settled to the benefit of the debtor?

    Yes, one mortgage - more so tens of millions of mortgages - were positively effected.

    The willful ignorance in this country regarding the various bailouts is truly astounding and the ramifications of this ignorance are impossible to calculate. The bailouts worked, but far too many people are convinced it was just a handout to big business at the expense of the little guy.

    Here are the facts. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act spent tens of billions of dollars on dozens of states housing agencies. That money was then given to individual homeowners in order to help them get their underwater mortgages back in the black. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also received nearly $200 billion to help alleviate the housing crisis. Did it keep every single person in their homes? No, it did not. But to suggest it had "no morally redeeming value" is just absurd.

    The bailout also helped ensure GM and Chrysler didn't go belly up and put tens of thousands of more people on the unemployment line.

    It's also important to remember that the EESA was legislation passed during George Bush's Presidency. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is often confused with the EESA, but they were entirely different programs.

    And if you are suggesting that the Stimulus enacted in 2009 had no morally redeeming value then you are woefully misinformed.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: So for all those in the "Never Hillary crowd" including the coal country miners that have cast their lot with the billionaires, I hope you are not disappointed if you lose your health insurance because you have a pre-existing condition (e.g. black lung disease), or that you can find hope in the fairy tail that Wall Street will fix themselves with the billionaires at the helm "negotiating for you". As Trump said, these guys are better at cutting a deal...but for whom?

    This is what's so sad about the typical Trump supporter. They are the ones who are going to be most negatively affected by Trump and the Republican's future policies. I wonder if they are going to have an awakening after Trump takes their health coverage away and doesn't deliver on any of his many promises to make their lives better, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    Schmidt Wrote: Oh, the title of the Guardian article says that Trump faces a Senate backlash. That's all for show as Congress goes home for the holidays to visit their voters. And when they come back, it's business as usual because Donald Trump's dream team is also the Republican Dream Team. They will run America like a business.

    How terrifying. We're going to be in for a long four (please God, only four) years.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    "In the end, HAMP helped only about one million homeowners in five years, when 10 million were at risk. The program arguably created more foreclosures than it stopped, as it put homeowners through a maze of deception designed mainly to maximize mortgage industry profits."
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: "In the end, HAMP helped only about one million homeowners in five years, when 10 million were at risk. The program arguably created more foreclosures than it stopped, as it put homeowners through a maze of deception designed mainly to maximize mortgage industry profits."

    billmoyers.com/2015/02/14/needless-defa...

    I'm a fan of Bill Moyers for political coverage, but I hesitate to use him or his website as a citation in a debate about financial policy because he is a pundit and not an academic.

    It's also important to understand that HAMP was one of many programs enacted to help alleviate the housing crisis.

  • Independent
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    Schmidt, he just added an other "billionaire" this time for the army " something"? ( I don't know exactly what the function is) Sure you need "billionaires" to run the army, the fun is really unbelievable; why not appoint Palin for that, she can shoot!!
  • Center Left
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    Interesting story. Trump again referred to as a Russian lap dog. Look where we are today.......

    mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/opinion/s...

  • Independent
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    The subject was : Trump leading us to somewhere????? I got news for Americans: start learning Russian ( Slovenian may work as well) Bring an"big" wallet an you may survive and not be deported to Siberia. Sorry you guys in Ohio etc. better chop lots of wood because it will be an cold winter without money or jobs. And the taxes on your "beer" will go up.
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    where are we going and why are we in this hand basket?