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Trump: All Hat, No Campaign Consultants

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From Politico:

[Trump's] spent only $12.4 million since then, with $6.9 million of that coming in the last three months of the year, according to his FEC report.

A significant portion of that, $940,000, was spent on campaign paraphernalia, including yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons, t-shirts and, of course, hats. In fact, about $450,000 ― or nearly 7 percent of all Trump’s fourth-quarter spending ― went towards hats, presumably including the now-iconic hats bearing Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

That’s more money than the campaign paid its data vendor L2 (which received $235,000 for “research consulting”) or than it spent on strategy consulting ($281,000). It’s almost as much as the campaign spent on field consulting ($551,000) or payroll ($518,000).

I’m disappointed to learn that Trump hasn’t wholly funded his campaign from profits off hat sales, with a tidy sum left over to buy him a solid gold house and a rocket car.

 

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  1. I got mine!

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  2. The more you watch this campaign cycle, the more you see what a scam these political consultants are running.

    I see these “experts” on TV just pulling out predictions out of thin air. They’ll be wrong and come back next week and say “Well, I’ve been wrong on Trump this far, har, har, har, but I really think next week is the end.”

    Where do they get their ideas about what does or doesn’t work in elections? Do they use statistical methods and publish in peer review journals? Do they engage in any form of hypothesis testing? Not a single one of them does from what I can see.

    Jeb! blew everyone out of the water when it came to fundraising. This was supposed to be his “shock and awe.” Imagine in sports, if you had the highest payroll in the league, and you found the best players and coaches. Yet you were the worst team in the league. That doesn’t happen because sports has objective measures of excellence.

    Political consultants serve two functions. First, it’s lining their own pockets. Second, it’s about convincing everybody, through your “expertise,” that whatever policy you want is good politics. You get immigration reform by convincing every candidate that they have to support immigration reform, because if they oppose it they’re never getting elected anyway.

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  3. Where are the hats made? That may be why they aren’t making money.

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  4. I’d call them caps, not hats. Here’s what I got in the prompt box when I looked them up and Googled “trump hat”:

    trump hate speech

    trump hat made in china

    trump haters

    trump hate

    trump hat generator

    trump haters gonna hate

    trump hat amazon

    trump hates black

    trump hate crime

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  5. Donald Trumps biggest expenditure is jet fuel and airport fees. Then comes for hiring the auditoriums he speaks at. Just me guessing. And right now jet fuel is cheap! If Trump get elected he will have a deflating and deflationary economy to deal with in 2017. This is what it is looking like.
    And during the 1930 deflation-depression Roosevelt threw out a million or two Mexicans. Deflations are not kind to illegal immigration.

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    Trump represents a very clever cul-de-sac for all those seeking escape from Obama policies. So, sorry, but no escape!

    Trump supports:

    -national healthcare

    -gay marriage

    -he’s against the wars but at the same time says we can’t leave.

    -he loves the police state and hates Snowden

    -he will go easy on all of the “good” illegals (99%)

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  7. A majority does not yet support the “Eisenhower option” which is what we need. A majority probably doesn’t even support the “attrition” solution. Now, a clear majority supports “secure the border”, but they don’t flesh it out, leaving lobbyists to gut it. There is conditional support for a “path to citizenship”, as long as it comes after the border is “secured”.

    While a majority of white voters probably have accepted the thoughts of Sam Huntington at a gut level, its a bare majority that has yet to fully assemble even with Trump. All other ethnic groups know “Who are we”, and its not us.

    Given the system of checks and balances, an amnesty has been stalled. But a President Trump would cause Congress to immediately rediscover its oversight powers, and the power of the purse. The media will be supporting them to the hilt. No indication exists that a Trump election would cause the GOP house and senate leaders to change.

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    If Trump were actually in opposition to the establishment then:

    -he would oppose national healthcare in any form

    -mobilize the govt against gay marriage

    -end the wars and renounce role as world police

    -deconstruct the police state and pass laws to keep it deconstructed

    -terminate the banking cartel

    -deport all illegals full stop

    Trump is another cul-de-sac politician. His brand is Faux Populism.

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  9. But as always, Steve, Trump’s racking up debts with his questionable business practices. I hear he took a plate of corn muffins from an old man whose chicken coop he promised to paint, but Trump didn’t make good on his end of the bargain. And a plate of blintzes from a local TV personality – said he’d paint the guy’s fence, never did. In small town America, stuff like that has a way of catching up with a man.

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  10. The more you watch this campaign cycle, the more you see what a scam these political consultants are running.

    Here’s a story on Mike Murphy, Bush campaign consultant:

    Over the past 35 years, he has been a cutthroat operative in campaign war rooms, a prophet of big-tent conservatism in cable news green rooms, and an aspiring filmmaker in TV writers’ rooms. Along the way, he has elected a slew of high-profile Republican governors like Mitt Romney and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and made enough money to buy himself a house in the Hollywood Hills, apartments in Manhattan and Miami, 38 square miles of land in Nova Scotia, and an array of pricey toys, from a Mercedes-Benz to a private Piper Meridian plane that used to shepherd him back and forth from Sacramento.

    I’m really curious about those 38 square miles of land he owns. Even if the land was dirt cheap, that’s a lot of land to buy.

    There sure is a lot of money to skim in all of those political campaigns. When the mob skims from the casinos, that’s bad, but skimming from political campaigns sure looks like a safer way to get rich.

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    “he will go easy on all of the “good” illegals (99%)”

    Nothing in this past history indicates a strong dislike of illegal immigration. He is involved in the hotel industry after all. He may well grant amnesty to the good illegal immigrants (almost all of them) but when did he publicly indicate this?

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  12. A Dem consultant I follow on Twitter was miffed at a Trump comment. Trump said he didn’t understand why campaigns paid for internal polling when the networks did it for free. Trump really is threatening the political order here, potentially killing off the political science industry or at the very least exposing it as not being all that scientific.

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  13. He’s proven the consultants are just sucking up money like banksters and producing about as much useful services. I can’t wait to see the Overton window get shoved towards air-launched catapults to return the criminal invaders back across the border.

    He wins in a couple of big states and immigration won’t just be on the table, it’ll be ‘what’s for dinner’. Any and all politicians will have to address the issue like it or not. It’ll be sitting on the table like a Christmas ham come November.

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  14. I like how you’re pretending to respond to yourself.

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  15. Who Trump picks as his running mate will say a lot about what we can expect from him as President. If he picks an establishment candidate like Rubio, it will mean he can’t be taken seriously on his immigration promises. I really hope he goes with Jeff Sessions. That would send a yooge message that he meant what he said all along. Although I kind of would like him to see him pick Rand Paul just to see the heads of Bill Kristol, Lindsey Graham, and every other war-mongerung neocon explode.

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  16. “I’m disappointed to learn that Trump hasn’t wholly funded his campaign from profits off hat sales, with a tidy sum left over to buy him a solid gold house and a rocket car.”
    That would be fun, but what he really needs is a solid blue bulletproof suit and a popemobile.

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  17. Why would a populist oppose national healthcare? It benefits the working and middle classes because they don’t have to worry about losing it if they lose their jobs or get sick.

    As for gay marriage, I doubt anyone outside the evangelicals cares about that anymore.

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  18. Spot on. The political consultants are frauds. They raise and spend money, keeping a healthy percentage for themselves.

    Which is why they hate Trump. He has proven they are dopes who are completely unnecessary. That’s the real reason they are furious.

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    Isn’t it apparent that #8 was an addendum to # 6, and that # 11 is a different person?

    I, in turn, am a different anonymous commenter — this is my first in this thread.

    And I find it remarkable that this site has evolved into Trump 24/7.

    Months ago, Mr. Sailer was sharing photographic and other evidence of Trump’s comfortable relationship to the Clintons. But then that just stopped. Now, for example, Ms. Mercer is given top billing every 72 hours to snarl at the (contemptible) MSM on behalf of “The Donald.”

    Those of us who question this are ignored, attacked as secret agents for other candidates, or (as I was over the weekend) dismissed for posting anonymously. Was your comment here intended to discredit the other commenter(s), too?

    In the end, seldom are people like #6 addressed on the merits.

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  20. You forgot the wall, Senor!1!!1 On purpose, I theenk.

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  21. A majority does not yet support the “Eisenhower option” which is what we need. A majority probably doesn’t even support the “attrition” solution. Now, a clear majority supports “secure the border”, but they don’t flesh it out, leaving lobbyists to gut it. There is conditional support for a “path to citizenship”, as long as it comes after the border is “secured”.

    Of course not, in a world where all political leaders, the churches, big business, and media, both conservative and liberal, is pro-open borders. In fact it’s amazing how unpopular illegal immigration is, given the state of elite opinion. That’s because the open borders crowd is going against the grain of human nature, while Trump is going with it.

    That’s why I don’t think the current state of public opinion matters much. The public will flock to restrictionism once it’s presented as one of the acceptable options. In fact, the Eisenhower option already has plurality support:

    http://www.vox.com/2015/8/15/9159117/donald-trump-moderate

    If there’s a fight over immigration, and you have a restrictionist Donald Trump on one side, and Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan on the other, the people will support the anti-immigration alpha male over the two open borders stiff. The only question is how much Trump will change after the primaries are over.

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  22. The man is acting as if he wants to get elected. As desirable as many of those positions may be, do you really think he could get elected if he espoused everything you want him to? Look at all the flack he got for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims after the San Bernardino massacre perpetrated by, gasp, Muslim terrorists. Look at his proposal to ban “birthright citizenship,” which should be a no-brainer.

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  23. I tried to look up Mike Murphy’s credentials, and something seems a bit fishy. From Wikipedia

    Murphy studied Russian and International Relations while attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, dropping out his senior year.[1] He served as a fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics.[2]

    So he’s a college (or grad school) dropout, who somehow got a fellowship at a school more prestigious than the one he dropped out of? How did this happen? Here, however, it says he has Master’s from Georgetown.

    http://www.ifpri.org/profile/michael-murphy

    Still don’t see what makes him so brilliant or qualified. Also from Wikipedia: “In 2013, Murphy was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage during the Hollingsworth v. Perry case.[8]”

    Of course he did.

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  24. Haha. No one cares about your stupid issues anymore, not even most Republicans. Trump is focusing on the things that Americans actually care about.

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  25. Speaking of which, it’s fascinating looking up the Republicans who signed on to the pro-gay marriage brief. They seem to be a minority of Republicans, but a majority of those who are allowed on TV.

    The amicus brief carves out a clear distinction between social conservatives and the center right, a coalition that includes libertarians, neoconservatives, and former GOP administration leaders. Among the Bush-administration alumni signing the brief are Ken Mehlman, former chairman of the Republican National Committee; former Homeland Security adviser Frances Townsend; Bush chief speechwriter Mark Gerson; former Commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez; former national-security adviser Stephen Hadley; former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christine Todd Whitman; and former deputy secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. This is compassionate conservatism.

    Also interesting is the number of former Romney campaign honchos who signed on to the brief, including campaign manager Beth Myers, general counsel Katie Biber, and national counsel Ben Ginsberg. The Romney campaign, like the Bush 2004 campaign before it, supported a Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution, but it appears that there must have been internal dissension in the ranks on this issue.

    Influential party donors such as Cliff Asness, Lew Eisenberg, and Dan Loeb decided to add their names, as did policy leaders such as Doug Holtz-Eakin, Greg Mankiw, and Nancy Pfotenhauer, and strategists and media figures such as Alex Castellanos, Margaret Hoover (full disclosure, my bride), Nicolle Wallace, Steve Schmidt, S.E. Cupp, Ana Navarro, and The Daily Beast’s own David Frum and Mark McKinnon. Demographic of one Clint Eastwood even decided to sign on.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/28/the-pro-freedom-republicans-are-coming-131-sign-gay-marriage-brief.html

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  26. “[P]rofits off hat sales…”

    Or from the sale of special election commemorative “rare, pre-moistened, Belgian lollipops”.

    (Bloom County, when they transplanted DT’s brain into Bill the Cat…)

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  27. …38 square miles of land in Nova Scotia…

    That 38 square miles of land in Nova Scotia may be the site for a future gated “hidey hole” for American political refugees.

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  28. I’m not sure if the two times you’ve posted basically the same comment is sufficient repetition for you to get your point across. Maybe you should post basically the same comment a few more times? That would be helpful. Thanks.

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  29. It’s been interesting watching the professional Right go berserk over Trump. A big part of it is the fact he is viewed as an existential threat to their racket. The massive nonprofit industry here in the Imperial Capital exists in large part on the claim that they pick the candidates and develop their positions. Therefore, no one outside the business can ever be allowed in without permission.

    They don’t see it that way. Talk to any of these people off the record from either side and you quickly see they are blinkered to the point where they may as well not be “us” anymore. I call them pod people because they are so immersed in their world of petty politics, red team versus blue team, they have lost all contact with the rest of us.

    There are a lot of similarities between now and the late 70′s and early 80′s. The Great Progressive Awakening is on the decline. The old guard is being challenged by people they used to think of as undesirables. The party coalitions are breaking apart. The difference is the lack of a Cold War and the new threat of mass migration, but maybe those are interchangeable.

    Historical analogies are not perfect. Forty years ago global capitalism did not exist as a driving force in politics. Mass communications is another huge difference. Anti-racism and egalitarianism were not religions that defined the ruling elite. Reagan was brought to power by elements of the ruling class, while Trump is backed by outside elements.

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    Would you then substantially respond?

    I’m # 19, btw, as that seems to matter so very much to those in the Trumpet section.

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  31. If Trump were actually in opposition to the establishment then:

    -he would oppose national healthcare in any form

    Elites LOVE our crony capitalism system of healthcare, which forces most people to work for governments or large corporations to have access to decent physicians. It also enriches doctors and insurance companies, it’s entirely designed for the 1%.

    Unfortunately, Trump wouldn’t dare try to push through a single-payer system even though he knows it works best.

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  32. China

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  33. a majority of those who are allowed on TV

    Who is it who allows/doesn’t allow?

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  34. Regarding Trump, one significant political consultant on helping with policy for his campaign is one Steve Miller, who worked closely with Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions was coordinating with Trump on immigration policy a few months back.

    This would tend to suggest that Trump may just in fact be serious about immigration if he’s hired one of Sessions former aides/staffers/whatever to help craft policy details on immigration.

    Today is the day of the first real day of the ’16 primary season.

    Make America Great Again.

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  35. Would I then respond substantially? Absolutely! I don’t think this is an echo chamber. People here generally agree on the broad outlines, but I’m always willing to debate with someone who disagrees. It’ s a lot easier if they pick a name, though. Anonymous #19 would even work, but it would help if it was Anonymous #19 every time.

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  36. The networks.

    S.E. Cupp, Ana Navarro, and Alex Castellanos may very well be the three conservative pundits who most often appear on CNN.

    Nicole Wallace, Steve Schmidt, and Alan Gisburg are regulars on MSNBC.

    Basically, the media has built a dummy opposition that agrees with it on what’s really important.

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  37. I support Trump but am prepared to be disappointed. Politics is always disappointing, even, or perhaps especially, when your side wins. Or at least this has been my experience so far. I’d love to be surprised.

    That said, some of what Trump promises you can’t take seriously. For example, that he can bring down the national debt and yet everybody gets tax cuts. Presidential candidates always promise to save tons of money be cutting waste and fraud in the federal government. Why think Trump will be the first to actually do it?

    For me it is all about trade and immigration. Reagan forced Japan to start building cars in America and I see no reason Trump can’t be equally effective in establishing a balance of trade with China and other third-world countries. Whether that will be enough to bring manufacturing back to America I don’t know. Reducing corporate income taxes would certainly help. I think he can do that.

    As for the whole issue of amnesty, I’d be happy if he got control of the borders and then promised to trade a de facto amnesty for illegals here longest in return for “immigration moderation” going forward: and end to chain migration, birth-right citizenship, and reduced quotas. He’s also spoken of getting more immigrants from Europe. That would be popular.

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    Great! Please go ahead, then, and respond substantially to # 6.

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  39. Why would a populist oppose national healthcare?

    He wouldn’t, obviously. Anonymous is trying to appeal to True Conservatives (TM).

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  40. It’s been addressed on its merits repeatedly.

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  41. Who is it who allows/doesn’t allow people to visit your living room?

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  42. He can always “pay it forward”.

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  43. re:”…a single-payer system…it works best” Judah Benjamin Hur

    Rationing always works best, yes that is the ticket. Price controls never fail, proven every time for sure.

    Dan Kurt

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  44. Wrong. It will be Rubio. Trump is t going to consider anything regarding immigration . Rubio will be his boy that’s waiting in the wings. Rubio is very well liked amongst the youngers.

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  45. Bra-f**king-vo sir

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  46. GOPe has spent every election cycle for the past quartet century threatening to radically reform SSI and Medicare. Fair to state those programs are Ponzi schemes, yet they could be tweaked and especially if the fraud was vigorously addressed. Seems that every few weeks ANOTHER group of Russian emigres or Israeli/Hasidic types are arrested in the Northeast for Medicare/Medicare fraud, and SSI disability abuse is rampant(doing the job Americans won’t do). Yet these are popular programs, especially with the voting elderly. The GOPe has never done a single substantive change and done much to anger said old folks.

    As to gay marriage, live and let live. And along the same line on abortion, not much has really changed since Rowe. It’s like a football game that has been going on for 50 years without the ball moving off the 50-yard line no matter who is on offense. The GOPe could’ve done much on the edges of the issue, more to cut public funding and late term abortions instead of pointlessly claiming it could end abortions. Don’t often listen to Limbaugh, bur heard him say a few weeks back that he was playing golf with some Catholic titans of business and he noted suddenly as they all had daughters who partied hard they found themselves much less opposed to abortion. Suspect there’s a lot of truth to that. Abortion is a nasty ugly thing and the left’s celebration of it is disgusting. But it’s been around forever and isn’t going anywhere. When any GOPe candidate makes that a center point of his or her campaign, suspect they lose more support than they gain.

    Basically GOPe spends a lot of political capital on social issues they almost certainly know they cannot win.

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  47. Why would a populist oppose national healthcare? It benefits the working and middle classes because they don’t have to worry about losing it if they lose their jobs or get sick.

    It also gives statist politicians tremendous leverage over the voting population. Why would anyone oppose that?

    It also gives the bureaucracy great incentive to invite as many Africans and Latin Americans as possible into the land, as their support for the system is ever so much greater than that of white men who, in contrast to immigrants, will actually have to pay for it. Why would anybody oppose that?

    By the way, why don’t Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands use a single-payer system? Why doesn’t Canada build a National Health Service, as the UK did? Why doesn’t the UK outlaw private medicine, as Sweden does? Why don’t any of them prohibit travel abroad for health care, as the USSR did, and Ireland tried to for abortions?

    Seems like these countries are just as reluctant to climb the statist ladder as they are to descend it.

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  48. Germany has a decent system of healthcare and lacks single payer. So single payer isn’t required. It would have been possible to move the US system towards Germany’s, and achieve better health results of that country with lower costs. That doesn’t provide “profits” for people on top of the pyramids, however, like all those “non-profit” healthcare executives earning millions of dollars.

    Why the US government didn’t simply open Medicare to anyone who wanted to sign up, charging a slightly-profitable fee to those who wouldn’t qualify for subsidized Medicare at 65 is beyond me. No need to build another bureaucracy, etc. oh, wait: Medicare doesn’t provide the opportunity to scam people the way the current system does, and has rather low costs.

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  49. If you don’t feed the trolls they eventually go away.

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  50. I would add one more tweak. The de facto amnesty would not be citizenship, it would be permanent residence status with no path to citizenship. They get to keep all the benefits of living in the USA even after having broken the law and jumped the immigration line, but the price they pay is never being able to vote. On the other hand that deal also saves them from the horror and disillusionment in the system that comes from serving on juries, so even that has a silver lining.

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  51. A majority does not yet support the “Eisenhower option” which is what we need. A majority probably doesn’t even support the “attrition” solution. Now, a clear majority supports “secure the border”, but they don’t flesh it out, leaving lobbyists to gut it. There is conditional support for a “path to citizenship”, as long as it comes after the border is “secured”.

    How many support the “crack down on the exploitative businessmen employing illegal scab labor and put them out of business the same way we would a heroin dealer” option? I bet it’s way up there. Oh, wait, the Donor Class won’t put that on questionnaires.

    If Trump were actually in opposition to the establishment then:

    -he would oppose national healthcare in any form
    -mobilize the govt against gay marriage
    -end the wars and renounce role as world police
    -deconstruct the police state and pass laws to keep it deconstructed
    -terminate the banking cartel
    -deport all illegals full stop

    Trump is another cul-de-sac politician. His brand is Faux Populism.

    I’m not some anonymous scumbag, so people here will know I’m not concern trolling when I say:

    I’m indifferent to the issue of national healthcare; like many things, healthcare needs to be dealt with, but it can wait in favor of more pressing concerns.

    Homo “marriage” is way down the list, opposing it is a loser at the moment (i.e., during an election).

    Trump is as opposed to World Police as any candidate in double-digits.

    Ending the police state would be nice.

    Terminate the banking cartel is an election-loser, nobody even knows what that means, except it doesn’t sound good.

    Deporting all illegals is the absolute stupidest way to approach the problem.

    Thanks for playing, concern troll.

    “he will go easy on all of the “good” illegals (99%)”

    Nothing in this past history indicates a strong dislike of illegal immigration. He is involved in the hotel industry after all. He may well grant amnesty to the good illegal immigrants (almost all of them) but when did he publicly indicate this?

    It’s best to assume that Trump’s opposition don’t want him elected because they’re afraid he’ll make good on his promises, and their strategy is to push the idea that he won’t make good on his promises. Hence all the anonymous scumbags and one-time handles running the concern troll scam.

    Those of us who question this are ignored, attacked as secret agents for other candidates, or (as I was over the weekend) dismissed for posting anonymously. Was your comment here intended to discredit the other commenter(s), too?

    In the end, seldom are people like #6 addressed on the merits.

    That’s not true. I’m ignoring you because you’re anonymous.

    Would you then substantially respond?

    I’m # 19, btw, as that seems to matter so very much to those in the Trumpet section.

    Lemme check…yep, everybody still distrusts anonymous commenters.

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  52. I would add one more tweak. The de facto amnesty would not be citizenship, it would be permanent residence status with no path to citizenship

    Since they’re only here for the money, how is this a loss for them at all?

    Also, as illegals, they (at least the young male ones) are subject to draft registration. That might end under your plan. Another perk.

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  53. Elites LOVE our crony capitalism system of healthcare, which forces most people to work for governments or large corporations to have access to decent physicians. It also enriches doctors and insurance companies, it’s entirely designed for the 1%.

    Our capitalist system of healthcare enriches doctors…can you please elaborate on the meaning of this nonsensical statement? It seems like you are bemoaning the fact that doctors are paid for the services they provide. The use of the fancy word “enrich” doesn’t change the basic underlying meaning of your complaint. In that case, what about our capitalist automotive sector enriching mechanics and truck drivers? Or the evil capitalist food industry pumping money into the greedy hands of pimply-faced fry cooks?

    Doctors are doing a job, and they expect to get paid for it. Nobody is going to wipe your ass for you for free. Ok, maybe ask Bernie.

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  54. We’re supposed to sort out anonymous commentators?

    Pick a handle and stick to it, or don’t whine if you get belittled or ignored.

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  55. I’d consider getting one of his hats if the color was something more understated (like an unsaturated maroon), and the bill was more fashionably curved.

    I don’t care for his slogan either. I much prefer the one on the bumper sticker I bought online: “Enough is Enough. Trump in 2016.”

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  56. Any airplane nerds here care to estimate what it’s costing Trump to operate his 757?

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  57. Years ago an NRA board member told me that the greatest number of membership complaints to the organization were from new members who didn’t get their free hat.

    -CW

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  58. “Why doesn’t Canada build a National Health Service, as the UK did? ”

    Because most everything other than natdef is handled at the provincial level. It’s called “federalism”.

    A better question: why don’t millions of Canadians, Germans, Swiss, etc, demand the implementation of the “obviously superior” American system with its well know spectacular results?

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  59. I think the very fact that Trump firmly staked a claim on what was believed to be a politically untenable position – building a wall and expelling illegal immigrants, confirms that he is sincere in this position and will attempt to follow through. If he didn’t want to do it, why in the world would he campaign on that platform when the conventional wisdom was that it was stance held only by racist Nazi sympathizers? I think Trump was truly convinced by Coulter’s book.

    I also think it’s safe to believe in his trade protectionist positions. He is on the record advocating a more pro-America stance on trade deals since the 80′s.

    I have no idea if he can be expected to follow through on his rhetoric with respect to guns or abortion, but I don’t really care much. The 2nd Amendment will still protect our guns rights, and nobody has done anything about abortion for 40 years so there’s no reason that Trump will do anything different.

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  60. At least his 757 has been retrofitted with winglets which are supposed to increase range and fuel efficiency.

    Personally I always felt the 757 was a gorgeous plane and was sad it was discontinued. It looks so much better than the 737 series.

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  61. Campaign consultants typically get 10% of media buys, which after a number of TV ads starts to be real money.

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  62. They use voting to elect politicians who will give them more money. No voting rights and they cease to be a political power block, plus that at least somewhat reduces the incentive for the left wing politicians to bring them in to fatten up their support . That is one of the factors driving the European immivasion. Like in the US, the Left will win far fewer elections without all the citizen immigrants.
    You’ve made me think though that another refinement would be that only US citizens should be counted for purposes of allocating legislative and electoral districts. Otherwise their head count will be used to create more safely Left districts. Maybe a lot of these provisions could be worked into a Constitutional amendment that clarifies who birthright citizenship applies to.
    Permanent residents are still subject to the draft. I used to be a permanent resident many decades ago and had a draft card.

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  63. Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the campaign is made. Trump-the T-shirt, Trump-the Coloring Book, Trump-the Lunch box, Trump-the Breakfast Cereal, Trump-the Flame Thrower….the kids love this one…and last, but not least, Trump-the-doll, me!

    [pulls string on doll and it speaks]
    Lets make America great again!

    Adorable.

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  64. “Make America Great Again” is a lot of fun as a watch phrase of sorts to discover fellow trumpsters. When criticizing some person or agency in conversation with an unknown, say in a cryptic tone, “well they will never make america great again,” and see where the conversation goes. I’ve outed trump supporters in that way. I’m afraid to wear the hat around in uptown for obvious reasons.

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  65. The consultants were originally meant to help candidates and predict results. However, TPTB saw their utility and they have morphed into one main role: narrowly circumscribing the debate into the PC consensus TPTB want. That’s why TPTB / MSM hate Trump: He blows apart the whole self-serving charade.

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    “We’re supposed to…” Who are “we”? All of the bravehearts with “handles,” or just those in the Trumpet section?

    No one asked you, so why jump in? Are you that uncomfortable with anyone spoiling the TrumpFest with tough questions posed to others?

    This site welcomes anonymous contributors, and those questions will stay in the thread in any event. Perhaps the evasion and hostility are more enlightening than any substantial response, which I would still welcome.

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  68. “It also gives statist politicians tremendous leverage over the voting population. Why would anyone oppose that?”

    The state also has the power to lock people up in prison *for life*. Clearly we need to shut down the prison system so that statist politicians can’t abuse that power!

    “By the way, why don’t Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands use a single-payer system? Why doesn’t Canada build a National Health Service, as the UK did?”

    Because once you implement a health care system, it’s very difficult to change it.

    For various historical reasons, the US developed a mostly private health care system. It’s a system that provides fairly mediocre results at sky-high prices. Defending it to the death isn’t “True Conservatism.”

    Right-wing countries in Eastern Europe that absolutely hate both socialism (after decades of experience) and cultural liberalism have government-run health care systems.

    Looking after public health is just an obvious thing for a modern government to do. It has nothing to do with left-wing or statist ideology.

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  69. Found the best theme song for Trump:

    I get up, and nothin’ gets me down
    You got it tough, I’ve seen the toughest around
    And I know, baby, just how you feel
    You got to roll with the punches and get to what’s real

    Ah, can’t you see me standin’ here
    I got my back against the record machine
    I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen
    Ah, can’t you see what I mean?

    Ah
    Might as well Trump
    (Trump)
    Might as well Trump
    Go ahead an’ Trump
    (Trump)
    Go ahead and Trump

    Ow oh
    Hey you
    Who said that?
    Baby, how you been?
    You say you don’t know
    You won’t know until you begin

    So can’t ya see me standing here
    I got my back against the record machine
    I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen
    Ah, can’t you see what I mean?

    Ah
    Might as well Trump
    (Trump)
    Go ahead and Trump
    Might as well Trump
    (Trump)
    Go ahead and Trump
    Trump

    Might as well Trump
    (Trump)
    Go ahead and Trump
    Get it in, Trump
    (Trump)
    Go ahead and Trump

    Trump
    Trump
    Trump
    Trump

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  70. If Trump is elected does he even need Congress to act? Does he need new laws or can’t he just enforce the laws we currently have.

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  71. Canada doesn’t need to implement U.S.-esque Healthcare system because they get to utilize the Great-Satan-to-the-South’s healthcare whenever their system can’t handle the case. U.S. teaching and research hospitals in northern states always have some patients from Canada who were sent here and paid for by the Canadian government. No U.S. state sends one single patient to Canada, ever.

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  72. The networks.

    This guy:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PewDiePie

    has forty times as many paying subscribers as MSNBC has viewers.

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/august-2015-ratings-fox-news-1-in-all-primetime-cable-msnbc-last-in-demo/

    Who allowed him on TV?

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  73. Perhaps if these “Catholic titans of business” had taken their Catholicism as seriously as their stock portfolios, they might have successfully kept their daughters off the cock carousel.

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  74. What proportion of these signatories are jewish?

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  76. These primaries will show whether the alt-right has a greater hold or understand of the typical voter than the “conservative elites” that pretend to represent them.

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  77. I have used virtually identical phrasing to test the waters, which bore fruit with my 60-something coworkers but was poorly received at my “mommy and me” group. It is a lonely business! I was hoping to find like-minded female friends but it seems futile and my child’s future social prospects are probably of paramount importance….

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  78. Yeah Donald you ain’t shit :

    We’ve been waiting .

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  79. If so, should be plenty of money made from them.

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  80. Trump as Cockney wide boy:

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  81. The use of the fancy word “enrich” doesn’t change the basic underlying meaning of your complaint. In that case, what about our capitalist automotive sector enriching mechanics and truck drivers? Or the evil capitalist food industry pumping money into the greedy hands of pimply-faced fry cooks?

    It’s kind of funny that the healthcare industry is the only industry that I can think of where people care about how much it’s growing. They say it takes up x percent of the economy and we must control costs, but nobody seems to care how much of the economy the car industry takes up, the more idiotic cars the merrier to them.

    What’s wrong with having a huge healthcare industry if it creates jobs? The only question is access for people.

    Maybe people care about health costs because it’s a cost to business where as cars aren’t.

    The car is really an incredibly inefficient way of getting around, but people make a lot of money off of it. The costs are astronomical.

    Health insurance companies DO NOT provide healthcare. They just skim money off the top like campaign consultants.

    Health insurance is a socialization of costs. We just have to find a good, cheap way to hold the money for when we need it because there are occasionally huge costs involved.

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  82. “Make America Great Again” is a great way to discover who isn’t willing to step off the sidewalk and into the gutter where the fight will be won or lost .

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  83. Trump is just another one of the cheap hustlers , 10 $ BJ ‘s that you can get down on the “Block” or in the “Combat Zone” . Get your heads out of your asses .

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  84. What proportion of these signatories are jewish?

    Let’s see: Mehlman, Wolfowitz, Ginsberg, Asness, Eisenberg, Loeb, and Frum. So at least of 7 out of 25, or 28%. The thing is, when you’re a Republican pro-war establishment type, a lot of sites will say you’re Jewish no matter what. Being conservative, those are the only ones I can confirm as Jewish.

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  85. How many support the “crack down on the exploitative businessmen employing illegal scab labor and put them out of business the same way we would a heroin dealer” option? I bet it’s way up there. Oh, wait, the Donor Class won’t put that on questionnaires.

    72% of Americans favored an approach that specifically included this as an element, according to CIS, and 58% preferred this approach to legalization.

    I know that NumbersUSA constantly talks about the need for increased E-Verify.

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  86. Operation Wetback (that’s what it was called, this was 1954) had the support of the Mexican government. Trump most definitely will not.

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  87. Adverse selection. Only sick people would sign up, bankrupting the system.

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  88. Canada (and others) also get to buy drugs at very discounted prices without having to pay for all that pesky R&D and years of wrangling with the FDA for approval.

    I am not painting Big Pharma as the Good Guys, but there are a lot of foreign Free Riders on the USA. I hope Trump tells them all to pay up or sod off.

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  89. It has already happened which is why so many “exchanges” are broke. Look for executive orders to bail them out Real Soon Now.

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  90. He can buy the Mexican government. Right now they are using it as an escape valve and a safety net. It’ll take some money but it’s not like the feds literally print their own and Mexican politicians are noted for their moral fiber and rectitude .

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  91. It’s kind of funny that the healthcare industry is the only industry that I can think of where people care about how much it’s growing. They say it takes up x percent of the economy and we must control costs, but nobody seems to care how much of the economy the car industry takes up, the more idiotic cars the merrier to them.

    The car industry isn’t eating up a huge share of the economy – that might have something to do with why no one cares what share it has. There are no laws mandating car ownership. The car industry isn’t over-regulated from top to bottom, dramatically increasing costs.

    The car is really an incredibly inefficient way of getting around, but people make a lot of money off of it. The costs are astronomical.

    Only if you think the entire universe is as densely populated as Belgium, South Korea, Bangladesh, China’s west coast, etc. But it isn’t. America isn’t anywhere close.

    72% of Americans favored an approach that specifically included this as an element, according to CIS, and 58% preferred this approach to legalization.

    I know that NumbersUSA constantly talks about the need for increased E-Verify.

    Thanks. Good to know the public isn’t as in the dark as I’d assumed.

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  92. Drudge is saying Cruz 30% and Trump 27%, but no details.

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  93. Is that a real Cockney voice dubbed over Trump’s? It sounds like the real thing.

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  94. And here I thought he was going to open a joint Anne of Green Gables/Smith and Rhuland boatyard museum/theme park.

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  95. Let me fix that for you: “Trump is messing on the things that Americans actually care about.”

    Trump is to opposing illegal immigration what Velveeta is to cheese, Dr. Nick is to surgery, and Britney Spears is to singing.

    Trump takes issues many people rightfully care about, and then dumbs them down to a level that mouthbreathers can understand but in so doing neuters those issues.

    For example, Trump could have made demanding stronger checks on refugees a key part of his campaign. At every speech, in addition to his pleas for attention, he could have called on Congress and Obama to do more checking. He would have gotten a lot of support and he could have made anyone who opposed it look bad. He could have forced Obama’s and Congress’ hands.

    Instead, Trump went for the full Bozo, proposing something that no one with any power is going to risk their careers supporting.

    The bottom line is that Trump proposed something that will never happen. If you support him – or at least if you support him as he is now – then you’re supporting someone who has in effect let Obama continue his agenda rather than trying to stop it.

    P.S. If anyone wants to make Trump better, go ask him one of the questions here: http://stumptrump.us/

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  96. Statements 1,2, 3,4,5,6- wrong. Batting 1.000 is quite a feat. I don’t know where to start fisking your assertions, so I’m not. But damn, son, you are really confused. I need a drink.

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  97. Yes, that’s a real East London accent. It sounds a lot like the late Mike Reid.

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  98. K, I guess it’s the running totals because now it says “CRUZ 28% TRUMP 25% RUBIO 22%.”

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  99. Oh yeah, and “CLINTON 50% SANDERS 49%.”

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  100. Because most everything other than natdef is handled at the provincial level. It’s called “federalism”.

    The definition of marriage, incest, and the like is “natdef”?

    The point wasn’t about federal vs. provincial, but who should run the hospitals, the government (at any “level”) or some other entity?

    Most of Canada’s approximately 850 hospitals are owned and operated by non-profit, voluntary organizations.” –Canadian Women’s Health Network

    A better question: why don’t millions of Canadians, Germans, Swiss, etc, demand the implementation of the “obviously superior” American system with its well know spectacular results?

    Net immigration favors the US, so many do, with their feet.

    But, yes, these countries look down on our libertarian ways as “anarchist”. They hate our Second Amendment, the hate our First Amendment, down the line. No state church, as in England? No church tax, as in Germany? Horrors! Leads to shopping on Sunday! No prosecution of Steve Sailer, as of Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant in Canada? Anarchy! Homeschooling? Child abuse!

    Anyway, our healthcare “system” works far better than our immigration system has (200 years of low standards) or our experiment with multiracialism (400 years of abject failure).

    So why do tens of millions of Canadians, Britons, Germans, etc, “demand the implementation” of those terrible American ideas?

    Probably for the same reason they listen to rock and rap.

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  101. So, whose you’re preferred candidate for the Republican nomination, assuming you’re not running?

    BTW, Peter Brimelow, Ann Coulter, and John Derbyshire are all enthusiastic about the Trump candidacy. You should get in touch with them and explain that you’re the guy they should be supporting, not Trump, because you have a much better idea how to swing the public mood. Better get on that ASAP.

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  102. That’s a good point. When people tell me Trump isn’t going to do anything about immigration, all he has to do is allow the appropriate agencies to enforce existing law. Obama has prevented them from doing so.

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  103. Uhh…riiiiight. I take it you don’t have children.

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  104. Oh, I agree completely that in many ways Trump is a flawed candidate. It would be better if we had a candidate with Trump-style positions with some experience in elected office and without the Trump persona.

    But the thing is, right now, he’s all we’ve got. If Trump goes down, people are going to use that to discredit the entire agenda of immigration control, cautious foreign policy, trade protection, and maintaining existing entitlement benefits.

    Whereas if Trump wins, aspiring Republican politicians will get the memo and their policies will start looking like Trump’s.

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  105. Wow Reg – Game-Set-Match! Nicely done!

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  106. As to being “paid” by the Canadian government, the usual case is pennies on the dollar, if at all.

    There are plenty of things done in an American hospital as a matter of course that the Canadian system will not pay for.

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  107. No, he can’t. The Narco Lords already own it.

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  108. Here is a nice evisceration of campaign consultant Mike Murphy: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/the-jeb-bush-hatchet-man-who-might-accidentally-elect-donald?utm_term=.kjVlRJPDg#.ncMvPj9ax

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  109. Makes sense. That’s where the Loyalists all fled last time the US Gov was overthrown.

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  110. They’re in it for the money. He’ll be throwing people fat off the American pastures back into the desert. Tell me they can’t skim that fat.

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