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Re: Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #100 on: March 24, 2018, 05:56:07 PM »
I am at variance here.

The Senate Dems were willing to put our country in harm's way to squeeze more money i.e. the filibuster.  Our military has been ridden hard for many years now, and serious storm clouds gather on several fronts:  Russia, China (South China Sea, perhaps in the context of a trade war) North Korea, Iran, the Middle East, and and and.  Sec Def Mattis properly used his respect with President Trump to persuade him to sign the bill.


I wonder how impeachment will factor into that scenario.
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pOTH: Trade Deal with South Korea
« Reply #102 on: March 27, 2018, 06:19:45 PM »
BREAKING NEWS
President Trump secured his first major trade deal: a pact with South Korea. It may have been driven by looming talks with North Korea.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:08 PM EST


The deal, which could be formally announced on Wednesday, opens South Korea’s market to American autos by lifting existing limits on manufacturers like Ford Motor and General Motors, extends tariffs for South Korean truck exports and restricts, by nearly a third, the amount of steel that the South can export to the United States. President Trump used his threat of stiff steel and aluminum tariffs as a cudgel to extract the concessions he wanted, helping produce an agreement that had stalled amid disagreements this year.

But winning the deal may have had more to do with the geopolitical realities confronting the United States and South Korea as America embarks on tricky nuclear discussions with North Korea. The United States cannot afford a protracted trade standoff at a moment when it needs the South as an ally.

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Wow
« Reply #103 on: April 02, 2018, 08:49:05 AM »
 :-o

If true


This is extremely  astonishing in view of the 99 % NEGATIVE :-o :-o coverage he gets from MSM:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/02/rasmussen-donald-trump-hits-50-percent-approval-rating/

Tomorrow however we will see an (emergency) CNN/AP poll that shows his approval at 42 % - just stay tuned!!!

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Re: Scooter Libbypardon
« Reply #106 on: April 15, 2018, 08:59:23 AM »
https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-for-scooter-libby-1523660533?shareToken=st66cded2d2ba3427cb60e8701a4cecdb4&reflink=article_email_share

The accusation was meaningless if true but turns out to be totally false.  Another person having their good name and reputation destroyed by politics and the criminalizing of political differences.

The target was the VP but he was innocent too.  And the 'Special Counsel' knew that from the beginning!

Very strange that G.W. Bush never fully pardoned him though I'm sure Cheney persuasively argued for that.




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Trump's accomplishments and promises kept - Scrapping the Iran deal
« Reply #110 on: May 09, 2018, 07:35:24 AM »
Without being sarcastic, scrapping the bad Iran deal is HUUUUGE!

He stood up to all the other powers around him like our enemy John Kerry and our friend Macron.  He sided with Netanyahu - AGAIN - unapologetically.  He kept a promise.  And he is right on this.

It really completes the circuit of his Presidency before we even hit the 18 month mark. 
He pulled out of the Paris Accords.
Pulled out of a bad TPP agreement.
Moved the embassy to Jerusalem.
He called out the N.K. threat, more on that soon.
He called out China on technology theft and trade practices.
He ended the sequester.
He got tax rates cut.
Ended the blue state write-off.
Appointed conservative Justices, one more in about a month.
Obamacare mandate:  Gone.
Drilling in ANWR, open.
Energy independence: achieved. 
Keystone XL pipeline: Built.
Rolled back CAFE standards and a LOT of over-regulation.
Jump started the US economic growth rate.  More on that soon.
Yesterday, it looks like the right R's won their Senate primaries, he most likely just held the Senate at his midterm.
He closed the gap on polling to make the House at least winnable.  Pollsters are now calling their own polls outliers.
He is breaking down the racial divide, where suddenly prominent blacks are speaking out against the Leftist hold.
He is tightening border security, more on that soon.  Ended DACA?  Challenging sanctuary cities and states.
He was first President to embrace gay marriage, break that political wall down next.
Softening the federal stance on marijuana, taking a popular issue away from Dems.
He has turned the Comey-Mueller fiasco into a political gain.

He is governing almost the opposite of what I suspected he would when he entered the race while ALL his past rivals are diminished in stature.

Open agenda items:: 
We need new progress on health care market reforms that address the affordability crisis and take the issue back from the Left.
Round Two of tax reform.  It cannot be left the way it is.
The wall.
One more Supreme Court Justice this summer.
Denuclearization of North Korea.
Contain spending and get the budget under control.

All possible (except the last?).  As much as no one likes the guy personally, who else could do all this?




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Re: Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #111 on: May 09, 2018, 09:02:33 AM »
Contain spending and get the budget under control.

All possible (except the last?).  As much as no one likes the guy personally, who else could do all this?

Doug , 

one biggie not mentioned:

nothing on immigration

Democrats are flowing in here like no tomorrow.

As for who else could/would have done it - certainly none of the other dozen Republicans who ran for the ticket.

If something happens to him - then who?
 

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Re: Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #112 on: May 09, 2018, 10:13:07 AM »
"If something happens to him - then whom?"
 
Pence is fine with me.  He wouldn't have won in 2016 but is ready now.  Then the machine would go after him.  True liberal leftists fear him more Trump.

Immigration:  He put an end to DACA of some sorts.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/17/politics/donald-trump-daca-blame-the-wall/index.html
He issued travel bans that keep getting intercepted by unconstitutional judges.  Called in the national guard.  Stopped the refugee flood.  He took a new action against Honduras. 
https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-denial-of-tps-to-hondurans-will-break-up-thousands-of-families/
Talked about military dollars for the wall.  Screwed by the Congress on funding.  But I agree, no accomplishment there yet, but made more progress than others would have achieved.  It's with a Dem House of Representatives, but a new funding bill with only 50 Senate votes required needs to be passed by Oct. 1, before the election.  With the senior Senator from AZ saying his goodbyes this past week, maybe we get a conservative in there at least temporarily.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vbpg5x/john-mccain-is-trying-to-solve-daca-without-funding-trumps-border-wall

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3 come home
« Reply #113 on: May 10, 2018, 04:54:32 AM »
reason I am posting this is because of the 'messenger' :    Huff Post. 

I was expecting to see some sort of "but" in this .  3 come home incidently while Trump is Prez,  "BUT" Trump farted or something to cast a negative light  on Trump somehow.
They must have been stumped as this is a positive *lead* article  - not even a small box at bottom or page:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/north-korea-prisoners-return-to-us_us_5af3cd0ae4b04d3b2c90712f

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Re: 3 come home, Trump accomplishments
« Reply #114 on: May 10, 2018, 06:10:18 AM »
Trump gets 90% negative coverage, and worse no doubt at Huff Post.  But he maintains near 50% approval without even being a likable guy.  Who wins in that scenario?  Trump when he governs well.  I'm sure his approval is higher than the MSM. Within the 10% positive coverage and even without giving Trump credit, people know who rattled the cage in North Korea.  If Trump sticks to it, I see this ending well for us and all people not owned by the Left will credit him whether it is spoken over media or not.

The denial of Sen. Schumer, Rep. Meeks and whoever else just makes Dems and Left media look petty, and wrong.


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WSJ: Trump and the NFL
« Reply #122 on: May 30, 2018, 07:14:58 AM »

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How Trump’s Pressure Influenced the NFL to Change Its Anthem Rules
Depositions in Kaepernick’s grievance indicate Donald Trumps’s criticism of player protests prompted league to shift stance
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in a high-profile Monday night game Sept. 25, knelt with players before the anthem, but they stood when it was played.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, in a high-profile Monday night game Sept. 25, knelt with players before the anthem, but they stood when it was played. Photo: Matt York/Associated Press
By Andrew Beaton
May 30, 2018 9:02 a.m. ET
184 COMMENTS

President Donald Trump didn’t mince words last fall when he explained to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he wouldn’t relent in his criticism of NFL players who were kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustice.

“This is a very winning, strong issue for me,” Mr. Trump said in a phone call, according to a sworn deposition given by Mr. Jones and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. “Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.”

Mr. Jones was deposed in a grievance filed against the National Football League by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who contends that NFL teams have blackballed him over his anthem protests.

A White House official said that Mr. Trump was advising Mr. Jones on what he believed would be good for the country and good for the sport. “The majority of the American people agree with the president, love our country, love our flag and believe it should be respected,” the official said.

Nearly two years since Mr. Kaepernick’s initial protest, NFL owners last week voted to change league rules: Players on the field for the national anthem are required to stand, or their teams could face repercussions. The overhaul allows players to remain in the locker room for the anthem, which was previously banned, but it also permits teams to punish players that violate the new protocol.


“I brought it out,” Mr. Trump said of the issue in a Fox & Friends interview after the rule change was announced. “I think the people pushed it forward.”

Depositions given by Mr. Jones and other owners indicate that Mr. Trump’s criticism pushed the league to shift its stance. League executives publicly repeated the NFL’s aim to stay out politics. But privately, they made political calculations in response to Mr. Trump’s repeated hammering of the issue.

The controversy over anthem protests had already been raging for a year when Mr. Trump—at a stump speech in Alabama last September—said that if a hypothetical player knelt during the national anthem, his team’s owner should “get that son of a bitch off the field now.” On Twitter , he later encouraged owners to fire those players and suggested a boycott.

“I was totally supportive of [the players] until Trump made his statement,” Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins’ owner and creator of programs advocating for social justice, said in his deposition. Noting that owners’ conversations with Mr. Trump were relayed during a league meeting, he said: “I thought he changed the dialogue.”

Mr. Trump’s stance is a key point in Mr. Kaepernick’s grievance, which was filed last October. It alleges that the league and its 32 teams colluded to keep him unsigned last season because of his political views.

Mr. Kaepernick, who ignited the anthem demonstrations in 2016 to draw attention to racial inequality and other social justice issues, has remained unsigned despite statistics superior to other quarterbacks who have gotten jobs. His grievance argues that Mr. Trump was an “organizing force in the collusion” because of the president’s relationships with various NFL owners, many of whom have backed him with campaign contributions.

When the 2017 season began, only a handful of players were still kneeling. But Mr. Trump’s fiery comments in Alabama—just before the season’s third weekend—changed that. The following Sunday, players knelt en masse to directly rebuke the president.

Many owners took a knee alongside their players. Mr. Jones, in a high-profile Monday night game Sept. 25, knelt with his players before the anthem—but they stood when it was played.

At a stump speech in Alabama last September, Donald Trump said that if a hypothetical player knelt during the national anthem, his team’s owner should ‘get that son of a bitch off the field now.’ Photo: brendan smialowski/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Publicly, the NFL fought back and touted the moment as a display of unity. Commissioner Roger Goodell called Mr. Trump’s comments “divisive.” The league’s chief spokesman, Joe Lockhart, called the president “out of touch” and said, “everyone should know, including the president, that this is what real locker-room talk is.”

Behind the scenes, the kerfuffle rankled a league that was already grappling with declining ratings. Messrs. Ross, Jones and Bob McNair, the owner of the Houston Texans, both said in their depositions that they believed the protests were financially hurting their teams.

Some owners were upset with the comments made by Mr. Lockhart, a former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, who they believed was furthering the feud with the president. Mr. Lockhart, who declined to comment, left the league after the season.

“You cannot piss off a large percentage of your constituency,” Mr. Jones said in his deposition. Regarding Mr. Lockhart, he said: “I was proud to see him go.”

Mr. Jones relayed his conversation with Mr. Trump in a meeting between owners to decide how to handle these protests, according to Mr. Ross’s testimony. Many owners disagreed with the president and his tactics. Mr. McNair, the Texans owner, said he didn’t like the players kneeling, but he thought Mr. Trump’s language was inappropriate. “I wished he hadn’t said it,” Mr. McNair said in his deposition. Representatives for Mr. McNair didn’t respond to requests for comment.

After Mr. Trump’s comments, Mr. Ross met with various Dolphins players several times and asked them to stay off the field in lieu of protesting. Later, “they informed the coach that they couldn’t, in their conscience, stay in the tunnel. They wanted to go out.” Miami’s coach allowed them. And they did.

Mr. Ross said Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, also brought up a conversation with Mr. Trump with the owners. Mr. Kraft told the group he was friends with Mr. Trump, but thought the president was wrong in the way he handled this issue.

Mr. Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner who at the time was at the center of a budding war among the owners over his contract extension, was also influenced by Mr. Trump’s comments, Mr. Ross said in his deposition.

“We continue to abide by the confidentiality provision of the [collective bargaining agreement] and will not comment on the grievance,” an NFL spokesman said.

This off-season brought both new opportunity and scrutiny. The league’s owners had two scheduled meetings, in March and May, to discuss an array of topics, including the anthem. At the same time, a former teammate of Mr. Kaepernick’s who also had taken a knee during the anthem, Eric Reid, was going unsigned.

In May, Mr. Reid filed a collusion grievance against the league, like Mr. Kaepernick. The NFL Players Association also filed a grievance, saying a team violated league rules by asking Mr. Reid about his intentions during the anthem.

Then, when the owners met last week in Atlanta, the host city for next year’s Super Bowl, they changed the rule.

Mr. Jones declined to comment. In his deposition, which was taken before the rule change, he fought back against the idea that Mr. Trump reframed the conversation.

“Let’s [not] give him that much credit,” he said. “But I recognize he’s the president of the United States.”

—Louise Radnofsky contributed to this article.

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Re: Trump's accomplishments(?) and promises kept - Trade
« Reply #126 on: June 01, 2018, 07:35:18 AM »
As he keeps his promises on trade, he risks screwing up his own economic results

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-steel-destruction-1527809177
Trump’s Steel Destruction
By The Editorial Board
He starts a needless trade war with America’s best friends..


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Re: Trump's accomplishments(?) and promises kept - Trade
« Reply #127 on: June 01, 2018, 10:59:54 AM »
As he keeps his promises on trade, he risks screwing up his own economic results

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trumps-steel-destruction-1527809177
Trump’s Steel Destruction
By The Editorial Board
He starts a needless trade war with America’s best friends..



A serious misstep! Sad!

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Re: Trump's accomplishments(?) and promises kept - Trade
« Reply #128 on: June 01, 2018, 11:07:34 AM »
A serious misstep! Sad!

Yes.  I thought it was supposed to be a negotiating tactic, not a 25% tax on Americans.

I hope he is just as serious with his Fire and Fury threat against North Korea, not just a negotiating tactic.

How can there be no distinction between friend and foe, trade cheaters and trade partners?

Once again, government picks winners and losers in our economy.  We already have a party for that.

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Trump's accomplishments and promises kept: US Economy, Kevin Hassett
« Reply #130 on: June 08, 2018, 10:18:12 AM »
Kevin Hassett, Chair of Council of Economic Advisers presents and takes questions.
Take a look at the charts.
Trend line break (upward) on economic growth.  Year over year growth will be 3.1 - 3.2% after this quarter ending according to Atlanta Fed.
The difference between black and white and unemployment at an all time low.
Business investment :big trend line break upward.

A good point on trade, paraphrasing:  Look at the analysis for US growth if the President succeeds in breaking down trade barriers against our products to levels reciprocal to ours.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?446601-1/sarah-sanders-kevin-hassett-reporters-white-house

 households' leverage (liabilities as a % of total assets) fell to a 30-yr low, and households' net worth hit hit a new all-time high in nominal, real, and per capita terms. Total household net worth now exceeds $100 trillion, up almost 50% from pre-2008 highs, whereas liabilities are up only 6% from their Great Recession highs.
http://scottgrannis.blogspot.com/2018/06/household-leverage-hits-30-yr-low-net.html
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US stops aid to PA
« Reply #132 on: June 25, 2018, 06:04:29 PM »
Report: U.S. Stops Palestinian Aid Payments
by IPT News  •  Jun 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm
https://www.investigativeproject.org/7501/report-us-stops-palestinian-aid-payments

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Re: US stops aid to PA
« Reply #133 on: June 25, 2018, 07:26:13 PM »
Report: U.S. Stops Palestinian Aid Payments
by IPT News  •  Jun 25, 2018 at 3:01 pm
https://www.investigativeproject.org/7501/report-us-stops-palestinian-aid-payments


Long overdue.


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Trump's accomplishments and promises kept, Sydney Morning Herald
« Reply #135 on: July 01, 2018, 06:17:26 AM »
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/like-it-or-not-trump-is-a-man-of-his-word-20180629-p4zoib.html

Like it or not, Trump is a man of his word

The Sydney Morning Herald

Like it or not, Trump is a man of his word
By Tom Switzer
30 June 2018

Donald Trump continues to break conventions. Whereas typical politicians fail to honour their election pledges, this US President keeps his word. For all the spin and flip-flopping of modern politics, here’s a bloke who practises what he preaches.

The list is long and growing. He pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris climate pact and the Iran nuclear deal. He will move permanently the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. He has slashed the US company tax rates and stacked the judiciary with qualified conservatives. He has put a “travel ban” that restricted entry to America from several Muslim nations, which the Supreme Court upheld this week. On July 16, Trump will broker detente with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Donald Trump has kept the promises he made on the campaign trail.

One can oppose Trump on these issues and much else and still recognise his positions were advertised in the 2016 preview guide. But hatred of Trump runs so deep in some circles that many people cannot see straight.

Even Trump’s diplomatic outreach towards Kim Jong-un was flagged on the campaign trail. In May 2016, he suggested that as president he would welcome direct negotiations with the North Korean dictator. The response, from left to right, was hostile. Appeasement, weak, naive, delusional – all these barbs were hurled at the foreign-policy novice.

And yet, notwithstanding last year’s “fire-and-fury” bombast, Trump has held a high-level summit with the leader of Hermit Kingdom. Although the jury is still out, Pyongyang has released US hostages, halted missile and nuclear tests and signalled a willingness at least to talk about denuclearisation. It’s a far cry from Rocket Man’s provocations a year ago.

Trump’s base is prepared to overlook his character flaws. At one level, this is difficult to stomach, because the rude-and-crude buffoon has debased public discourse time and again.

However, in a polarising culture in which Trump's supporters are denounced as “deplorables”, many ordinary folk stick with the devil they know. And Trump’s enemies only play into his hands.

This week, a restaurant owner in the state of Virginia refused service to Trump’s press secretary, because she did not like her politics. Activists harassed Trump’s homeland security cabinet secretary at her home, shouting “no justice, no sleep".

Meanwhile, America is in a bullish mood. Everything that should be up – growth, confidence – is up. Everything that should be down – jobless rate, inflation – is down.

The upshot is that Trump’s tax-and-deregulation agenda appears to be working, assuming his import tariffs – another election promise to working-class folks displaced by globalisation - don’t disrupt the boom.

On foreign policy, it should be noted that for much of 2017 the establishment had boxed in Trump. The only time he’s received media applause was when he enforced his predecessor’s red line by bombing Syria. These days, Trump is untethered and doing pretty much whatever he wants. He resembles a force of nature.

When John Bolton became national security adviser in April, the conventional wisdom said Trump would adopt a tough and assertive world role, forever flexing Uncle Sam’s muscles. In any case, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis was there, helping uphold the mythical “rules-based international order”.

For the most part, Trump is doing it his way, keeping America out of Middle East quagmires while playing nice with the Kremlin and Kim regime. Although this resonates with a war-weary American public, it is anathema to neo-conservative interventionists and liberal hawks. As America’s leading Russian historian Stephen Cohen tells me: “It seems the Russia-gaters and Trump-phobes would rather impeach Trump than avert nuclear war.”

Bolton, whom I’ve known for more than two decades, is a skilled and practised bureaucratic infighter, but he’s no match for Trump. The Republican hawk tried to sabotage the Singapore summit with Kim and failed. He is now playing kissy face with Vladimir Putin.

So, where does Trump’s foreign policy lead? His tariffs will only increase consumer prices while dampening global growth. But they may also amount to a negotiating tactic to force the Chinese to open up its economy to US imports.

The foreign-policy establishment types say Trump will lead to serious trouble. But these are the same elites who have been wrong about so many issues in the post-Cold War era (NATO expansion, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, China, GFC) that it is hard to place much faith in their judgements. After all, it was their failures that help explain why the man they so despise is now in the White House.

Tom Switzer is executive director of the Centre for Independent Studies and presenter of Between the Lines on ABC’s Radio National.
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Something changed
« Reply #136 on: July 07, 2018, 06:39:48 AM »

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Re: Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #137 on: July 07, 2018, 10:08:48 AM »
You mean the Ayatollahs did not actually realize Obrock is the Messiah?


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NATO allies beginning to pay their 2%
« Reply #138 on: July 09, 2018, 07:14:48 AM »
America’s NATO Allies Are Stepping Up
Only three members spent 2% or more of GDP on defense in 2014. This year we expect eight will.
By Jens Stoltenberg
July 8, 2018 2:24 p.m. ET
117 COMMENTS

Brussels, the city I’ve called home since becoming secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2014, is only a couple hours’ drive from some of the 20th century’s bloodiest battlefields.

Many of them, such as Bastogne and Nijmegen Bridge, were the sites of outstanding acts of valor by American soldiers. Europeans will always be grateful for the sacrifices those men made to bring freedom back to our shores.

NATO was created in 1949 to ensure that none of us will ever have to live through another world war. The result of the alliance has been an unprecedented period of peace and security for the citizens of North America and Europe.

The U.S. has had close allies and friends in NATO that no other world power can match. Together, the alliance’s 29 countries represent half the world’s economic and military might.

But for all NATO has achieved, we cannot be complacent. Facing the most complex and dangerous security environment in a generation, we must invest more in our collective defense. In an unpredictable world, we must do what is necessary to keep our nations safe.

All NATO allies understand this. At our 2014 summit, each nation agreed to stop cutting defense budgets, increase expenditures, and move toward spending 2% of their respective gross domestic products on defense within a decade.

That pledge is being kept. After many years of decline, allies have ended the cuts and started to increase national defense spending. Last year NATO allies boosted their defense budgets by a combined 5.2%, the biggest increase, in real terms, in a quarter of a century. Now 2018 will be the fourth consecutive year of rising spending.

In 2014, only three allies—the United States, the United Kingdom and Greece—met the 2% target. This year, we expect that number to rise to eight, adding Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. Furthermore, a majority of allies have plans to meet their 2% commitments by 2024, while the rest are moving in the right direction. There is still a long way to go, but NATO members have turned the corner on defense spending.

President Trump has been outspoken on this issue, and I thanked him for his leadership when we met at the White House in May. The upswing in NATO defense spending over the past year and a half demonstrates that his efforts are making a difference.

NATO’s credibility as an alliance—in each other’s eyes, and in those of our potential adversaries—relies on sharing the defense burden fairly. Ahead of our summit on July 11-12 in Brussels, I have been carrying that message with me every time I meet with allied leaders.

Increased spending is only one part of the equation, however. Allies are also directing that money where it will matter. When NATO leaders signed on to the 2% guideline, they also pledged to put at least 20% of their defense budgets toward major new equipment, such as fighter planes, tanks and warships. Accordingly, NATO countries have added $18 billion in spending on equipment since 2014.

At the same time, NATO forces are doing more—in more places and in more ways—to strengthen our shared security. They’re training Afghanistan’s security forces how to bring stability to their country and create the conditions for peace and reconciliation. That’s why NATO has increased its troop numbers there to 16,000, up from 13,000 last year. Over the past decade, NATO countries have provided more than $2 billion for the Afghan army. At the coming summit, I expect allied leaders to extend their funding beyond 2020.

NATO has also been training Iraqis, and at the coming summit we will launch a new mission to build on those efforts. Hundreds of NATO soldiers will help to train Iraqi forces to secure their country and make sure Islamic State does not return.

From the Balkans to the North Atlantic, from the Black Sea to the Baltic, American and European soldiers, sailors and airmen are working together through NATO to keep our nations safe. They do so because we have common interests, history and values, and because the ties that bind us run deep.

That’s why NATO allies invoked Article 5, our mutual-defense clause, after 9/11—the first and only time we have done so. It’s why hundreds of thousands of European and Canadian troops have served shoulder-to-shoulder with Americans soldiers in Afghanistan. More than 1,000 of them have made the ultimate sacrifice.

It’s no secret that there are differences among NATO countries on serious issues such as trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. But we have always managed to overcome our differences before. Two world wars and a Cold War have taught a simple yet powerful lesson: United, we are stronger and safer.

Mr. Stoltenberg is the secretary-general of NATO.

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Trump accomplishment, second Supreme Court nomination
« Reply #139 on: July 09, 2018, 01:44:05 PM »
Before we hear the selection, it is an accomplishment for Trump just to be making the nomination instead of Hillary. We already know with some certainty this is a great nominee; trumps list was a key part of the last election.

He won the election and so far has avoided impeachment. No small task with the large team of motivated prosecutors trying to take you down.

On the other side of it, doesn't it say with some certainty that Mueller has nothing on Trump Russia collusion or else he wouldn't be sitting still with no announcements whatsoever while Trump shapes the court for a generation.  If Mueller had evidence of a high crime on Trump, time was of the essence.
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Re: Trump's accomplishments and promises kept: Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
« Reply #140 on: July 10, 2018, 07:14:43 AM »
Trump kept his word and has taken this most important responsibility more seriously than many of his Republican successors including Reagan:
https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0707.html

Trump not only picked the best constitutionalist he could find, he set the table with his announcement appropriately explaining how important this decision is and these principles are.  Now we'll see how the Senate does.

Take a moment and watch this, 17 minutes that frames the argument:
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/07/09/watch_live_president_trump_announces_supreme_court_nominee.html

Then listen to the deranged call this fine man a radical and a zealot, lol.


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Re: President Trump pardons the Hammonds
« Reply #142 on: July 11, 2018, 05:24:24 AM »
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/10/trump-pardons-ranchers-whose-arrests-led-to-armed-occupation-wildlife-refuge.html

WSJ Editorial supports Trump's decision.  It was land management, not arson.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-worthy-pardon-for-the-hammonds-1531265670
A Worthy Pardon for the Hammonds
Trump corrects a federal injustice against two Oregon ranchers.
By The Editorial Board,  July 10, 2018
The pardon power has its most compelling use when correcting a government injustice. President Trump used his authority on Tuesday for precisely such a purpose in pardoning Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son Steven.
In 2011 the federal government charged the two Oregon ranchers with arson and destruction of federal property for having done nothing more than utilize the same fire-management tools that the government routinely employs.
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My question, why does the federal government own all that land?  If a logical person or entity had more land than they could effectively manage and more debt than they can manage, they would do what?





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