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Before the largest audience of his political career, save perhaps his inaugural, Donald Trump delivered the speech of his life.

And though Tuesday’s address may be called moderate, even inclusive, Trump’s total mastery of his party was on full display.

Congressional Republicans who once professed “free-trade” as dogmatic truth rose again and again to cheer economic nationalism.

“We’ve lost more than one-fourth of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was approved,” thundered Trump, “and we’ve lost 60,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.”

Yet a Republican party that embraced NAFTA and voted MFN for China every time it came up gave Trump standing ovations.

“(W)e have inherited a series of tragic foreign policy disasters,” said Trump, “America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East — all the while our infrastructure at home is crumbling.”

And from Congressional Republicans who backed every Bush-Obama war — Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen — not a peep of protest, as their foreign policy legacy was being consigned to the dumpster.

Watching Republicans rise again and again to hail Trump called to mind the Frankish King Clovis who, believing his wife’s Christian God had interceded to give him victory over the Alemanni, saw his army converted by the battalions and baptized by the platoons.

One had thought the free-trade beliefs of Republicans were more deeply rooted than this.

“We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Trump exulted, having just tossed into the trash that mammoth trade deal beloved of Bush Republicans.

GOP champions of the TPP, if there are any left, sat mute.

Trump cited the first Republican president, Lincoln, as having got it right when he warned, “abandonment of the protective policy by the American Government (will) produce want and ruin among our people.”

Celebrating protectionism, hailing “America First!” in a virtual State of the Union address — it doesn’t get any better than this.

To open-borders Republicans who backed amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, Trump had this message, “We will soon begin the construction of a great wall along our southern border.”

And the cheering did not stop.

The president invoked Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System, the greatest public works project of the 20th century, as a model.

Yet Ike was opposed by the Taft wing of his party and Ike’s republicanism gave birth to the modern conservative movement.

Yet, in leading Republicans away from globalism to economic nationalism, Trump is not writing a new gospel. He is leading a lost party away from a modernist heresy — back to the Old-Time Religion.

In restating his commitment to the issues that separated him from the other Republicans and won him Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, however, Trump reaffirmed aspects of conservatism dear to his audience.

He committed himself to regulatory reform, freeing up the private sector, rolling back the administrative state. The Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines are on the way to completion. And Trump is all behind school choice.

While the speech was unifying and aspirational, the president set goals and laid down markers by which his presidency will be judged.

And none will be easy of attainment.

“Dying industries will come roaring back to life. … Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways … Our terrible drug epidemic will slow down and, ultimately, stop. … Our neglected inner cities will see a rebirth of hope, safety and opportunity.”

As some of these domestic crises are rooted in the character, or lack of it, of people, they have proven, since Great Society days, to be beyond the capacity of government to solve.

Ronald Reagan was not wrong when he said, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.”

And while the president’s speech astonished critics as much as it reassured friends, it leaves large questions unanswered.

How does one leave Social Security and Medicare untouched, grow defense by more than $50 billion, slash taxes, launch a $1 trillion infrastructure program — and not explode the deficit and national debt?

Now that we are ensnared in wars all over the Middle East, how do we extricate ourselves and come home without our enemies filling the vacuum?

How does the GOP repeal and replace Obamacare without cutting the benefits upon which millions of Americans have come to rely?

How do you eliminate an $800 billion merchandise trade deficit without tariffs that raise the price of cheap imports from abroad — on which Trump’s working-class voters have come to depend?

The Republican establishment today bends the knee to Caesar.

But how long before K Street lobbyists for transnational cartels persuade the GOP elite, with campaign contributions, to slow-walk the president’s America First agenda?

Tuesday’s speech established Trump as the man in charge.

But how loyal to him and his program will be the “deep state,” which dominates this city that gave Trump only 4 percent of its votes and, paranoically, believes him to be an agent of Vladimir Putin?

The Trump-Beltway wars have only just begun.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.”

Copyright 2017 Creators.com.

 
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  1. Randal says:

    Trump and those surrounding him need to grasp and to act on the crucial truth that “America First” and American Imperialism are not aspects of the same thing (some kind of general glorification of US power for its own sake), but are actually mutually exclusive contradictions.

    The likes of Washington and Jefferson understood this well.

    Growing US military power beyond what is needed to defend the US, trying to maintain the US’s anachronistic power and influence in China’s backyard, trying to police Russia’s relations with its neighbours, trying to impose supposedly favourable governments on Middle Eastern countries – these are all “American Imperialism”, not “America First”.

    Trump and his crew will learn to understand that, or they will fail catastrophically. And having provoked the “deep state” and the internationalist elites as they have, it will not be a warm and cosseted failure of the kind achieved by Obama, Bush and Clinton.

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    • Replies: @va-con
    You are correct. Trump is surrounded with good people, even if they don't always align ideologically. Trumpism will gain a better sense of itself as it goes along. Mistakes are guaranteed, as they always are, but Trump's key advisers share his worldview.
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  2. va-con says:
    @Randal
    Trump and those surrounding him need to grasp and to act on the crucial truth that "America First" and American Imperialism are not aspects of the same thing (some kind of general glorification of US power for its own sake), but are actually mutually exclusive contradictions.

    The likes of Washington and Jefferson understood this well.

    Growing US military power beyond what is needed to defend the US, trying to maintain the US's anachronistic power and influence in China's backyard, trying to police Russia's relations with its neighbours, trying to impose supposedly favourable governments on Middle Eastern countries - these are all "American Imperialism", not "America First".

    Trump and his crew will learn to understand that, or they will fail catastrophically. And having provoked the "deep state" and the internationalist elites as they have, it will not be a warm and cosseted failure of the kind achieved by Obama, Bush and Clinton.

    You are correct. Trump is surrounded with good people, even if they don’t always align ideologically. Trumpism will gain a better sense of itself as it goes along. Mistakes are guaranteed, as they always are, but Trump’s key advisers share his worldview.

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  3. Tuesday’s speech established Trump as the man in charge.

    Only to the wishful thinkers and those who believe what politicians say.

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    • Agree: reiner Tor
    • Replies: @mtn cur
    The Donald is often not even in control of his own mouth.
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  4. Veritatis says:

    Solid article from Buchanan, his questions always throw light on the issues.

    “How does one leave Social Security and Medicare untouched, grow defense by more than $50 billion, slash taxes, launch a $1 trillion infrastructure program — and not explode the deficit and national debt?”

    Once a presidents gets his people in, the surest indicator of his intentions is his proposed budget. Trump is planning to slash 10 trillion over 10 years. That would be a huge achievement, and he will tread on many toes to accomplish that. It will probably also affect the relative power of different government structures. For example, he wants to up military spending yet is not (apparently) filling the vacancies over at State.

    Any coverage of Trump’s budget here at Unz would be appreciated.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Many ways to reduce federal spending and increase revenue, thereby reducing deficit spending, without harming our economy, employment levels, income levels and standard of living, though I doubt trump or the congressional Dems or Repub will be prudent enough to implement most of them.

    1. Bring most troops gradually home from Japan, South Korea, Germany, the Middle East, and Central Asia. They are cheaper to garrison in the USA, and the 100,000-plus soldiers in question will then be spending their money in American towns rather than in other countries.

    2. STOP THE DAMN WARS, INVASIONS, AND OCCUPATIONS. This will save hundreds of billions of dollars every year and still allow for a large strong military, aggressive worldwide action against pirates or others interfering with commerce and shipping lanes, and substantial deterrence to China or anyone else who could credibly threaten or defeat us.

    3. Slightly and gradually increase the age to be eligible for full social security benefits.

    4. Repeal federal "laws" prohibiting marijuana for adults, returning the issue to the States as the Tenth Amendment requires and common sense counsels. Enact a new federal excise tax on marijuana sales in states where it is allowed by state law.

    5. Block-grant Medicaid money to the States, with gradual slight annual reductions in the real amount provided (achievable by freezing the nominal dollar amount for some years).

    6. Gradually, slowly but surely, reduce federal civilian employment (including the pentagon) through attrition, by not replacing some of those who retire and/or by offering buyouts to older, higher-paid fed employees (to be replaced by younger, lower-paid employees). No firing, no pulling the rug out from under fed employees and their families, but substantial reduction over time.

    7. Gradually, slowly but surely, increase the federal employees' share of their own medical insurance premiums. Currently the fed taxpayers pay about 72% typically. That needs to fall closer to fifty percent over time.

    8. Increase fees for permanent-resident and citizenship applications. Not a big money item in the scheme of the fed budget, but we can't "let the perfect be the enemy of the good." It all adds up. Instead of death by a thousand cuts, let us try restoring fiscal sanity and solvency by hundreds of prudent moves, many of them small by themselves.

    Etc.

    , @map
    “How does one leave Social Security and Medicare untouched, grow defense by more than $50 billion, slash taxes, launch a $1 trillion infrastructure program — and not explode the deficit and national debt?”

    That is quite easy. When you remove the useless eaters like illegal immigrants, get rid of the parasitic legal immigrants, cut taxes and regulations, and repatriate industry back to the United States, you will create such a velocity of economic activity that all of these goals are achievable.

    You have at least 30 million illegal aliens running around this country, living on welfare, getting paid food stamps, wic, afdc, section 8, and a whole host of other programs. A substantial immigrant household can get roughly $40,000 a year in pubic benefits. Get rid of that household, and you save $40,000. Get rid of the legal immigrants, who chain migrate their useless families and put their parents on social security, and you will save tens of thousands more. Moreover, these legal immigrants qualify for minority disadvantaged business loans where they start companies on the taxpayers dime, another affront that should be removed.

    Nothing Trump says about this is wishful thinking.
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  5. mtn cur says:
    @jacques sheete

    Tuesday’s speech established Trump as the man in charge.
     
    Only to the wishful thinkers and those who believe what politicians say.

    The Donald is often not even in control of his own mouth.

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  6. Corvinus says:

    “Watching Republicans rise again and again to hail Trump called to mind the Frankish King Clovis who, believing his wife’s Christian God had interceded to give him victory over the Alemanni, saw his army converted by the battalions and baptized by the platoons.”

    Of course Republicans at this formal gathering are going to cheer and not jeer in front of the nation. That does not mean that those on the right will simply”greenlight” Trump’s agenda.

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  7. Flavius says:

    We need to accept that an entire generation of bloat and waste, misdirection and outright failure, borne along on the backs of America’s middle class, is not going to be fixed over night. To call it a Herculean task would be an understatement. For Trump to succeed, he needs to starve each and every head of the Hydra. If any one manages to keep feeding as before, the beast survives and he fails. He isn’t about to find allies in the venture within the cave, as we have already discovered. Hence he must go directly to the people to find his support as he has been trying to do. If he can get through to the people, as he did in the election, and if they continue to support him, two big ifs, he has a chance – a small chance. We are about to find something out about ourselves.

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    • Replies: @Miro23

    For Trump to succeed, he needs to starve each and every head of the Hydra.
     
    This is true, but to avoid a lot of trouble in Washington just return 90%+ of taxation AND spending to the lowest level possible (County and State) an give them responsibility over raising the tax and spending it on their own schools, hospitals, police, welfare etc.

    Also let them discuss and vote on national topics with the County/State votes aggregated for national decisions.

    With no money or spending authority there's no Hydra.
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  8. @Veritatis
    Solid article from Buchanan, his questions always throw light on the issues.

    "How does one leave Social Security and Medicare untouched, grow defense by more than $50 billion, slash taxes, launch a $1 trillion infrastructure program — and not explode the deficit and national debt?"

    Once a presidents gets his people in, the surest indicator of his intentions is his proposed budget. Trump is planning to slash 10 trillion over 10 years. That would be a huge achievement, and he will tread on many toes to accomplish that. It will probably also affect the relative power of different government structures. For example, he wants to up military spending yet is not (apparently) filling the vacancies over at State.

    Any coverage of Trump's budget here at Unz would be appreciated.

    Many ways to reduce federal spending and increase revenue, thereby reducing deficit spending, without harming our economy, employment levels, income levels and standard of living, though I doubt trump or the congressional Dems or Repub will be prudent enough to implement most of them.

    1. Bring most troops gradually home from Japan, South Korea, Germany, the Middle East, and Central Asia. They are cheaper to garrison in the USA, and the 100,000-plus soldiers in question will then be spending their money in American towns rather than in other countries.

    2. STOP THE DAMN WARS, INVASIONS, AND OCCUPATIONS. This will save hundreds of billions of dollars every year and still allow for a large strong military, aggressive worldwide action against pirates or others interfering with commerce and shipping lanes, and substantial deterrence to China or anyone else who could credibly threaten or defeat us.

    3. Slightly and gradually increase the age to be eligible for full social security benefits.

    4. Repeal federal “laws” prohibiting marijuana for adults, returning the issue to the States as the Tenth Amendment requires and common sense counsels. Enact a new federal excise tax on marijuana sales in states where it is allowed by state law.

    5. Block-grant Medicaid money to the States, with gradual slight annual reductions in the real amount provided (achievable by freezing the nominal dollar amount for some years).

    6. Gradually, slowly but surely, reduce federal civilian employment (including the pentagon) through attrition, by not replacing some of those who retire and/or by offering buyouts to older, higher-paid fed employees (to be replaced by younger, lower-paid employees). No firing, no pulling the rug out from under fed employees and their families, but substantial reduction over time.

    7. Gradually, slowly but surely, increase the federal employees’ share of their own medical insurance premiums. Currently the fed taxpayers pay about 72% typically. That needs to fall closer to fifty percent over time.

    8. Increase fees for permanent-resident and citizenship applications. Not a big money item in the scheme of the fed budget, but we can’t “let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” It all adds up. Instead of death by a thousand cuts, let us try restoring fiscal sanity and solvency by hundreds of prudent moves, many of them small by themselves.

    Etc.

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    • Replies: @j anon 1
    '3. Slightly and gradually increase the age to be eligible for full social security benefits.'

    this year lower this age to 55 or 50.

    , @alexander
    I enjoy it very much when I read a really good comment with lots of fine thinking in it.


    Thank you.
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  9. remind me again which party didn’t cheer for the president of it’s own during one of these retarded speeches?

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  10. RHarwell says:

    The wall will never be built as money will never be provided. He wants 2 carriers built and dozens of ships to rebuild the Navy back to WW2 strength–that would take years and that money will not be provided. More soldiers are needed to expand Imperial Dreams with Isolationist withdrawals. No draft so that means more mercenaries, more outsourcing, etc., and a lot more expense. Never happen. Rebuild the rotting infrastructure–more money, and that will never appear either. His Immigration Force will gut the cheap labor force which will impact profits as the price of everything goes up.

    Remember this. He is no businessman. He broke everything he and his family touched. He with Bannon calling the shots, his history, he will do that to this country. That is what he does. He will do everything but make this country great. And guess what? Our allies and our enemies know this.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    I'd love to "break everything I touch" providing a desired service that people voluntarily buy, and get justifiably rich in the process, the way Trump did. Your envy is showing.

    I do agree with you, however, that Trump and Congress alike are very unlikely to make the spending cuts needed in other areas to pay for larger armed forces without increasing our deficit spending even more.

    Substantial savings are available by merely stopping these endless wars and intervention and bringing most of our troops home from Japan, South Korea, Germany, the Middle East, and Central Asia. But I don't see either party doing that anytime soon.

    , @Nick Granite
    As the Islamics establish their caliphate in the west and the progressives root on the murder of our policemen to assuage the base; what do we have to lose with Trump?
    , @Wally
    The money will come from an entry fee at US-Mexican border checkpoints, no need for a budget appropriation.

    That's how Mexico will pay for it.

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  11. j anon 1 says:
    @RadicalCenter
    Many ways to reduce federal spending and increase revenue, thereby reducing deficit spending, without harming our economy, employment levels, income levels and standard of living, though I doubt trump or the congressional Dems or Repub will be prudent enough to implement most of them.

    1. Bring most troops gradually home from Japan, South Korea, Germany, the Middle East, and Central Asia. They are cheaper to garrison in the USA, and the 100,000-plus soldiers in question will then be spending their money in American towns rather than in other countries.

    2. STOP THE DAMN WARS, INVASIONS, AND OCCUPATIONS. This will save hundreds of billions of dollars every year and still allow for a large strong military, aggressive worldwide action against pirates or others interfering with commerce and shipping lanes, and substantial deterrence to China or anyone else who could credibly threaten or defeat us.

    3. Slightly and gradually increase the age to be eligible for full social security benefits.

    4. Repeal federal "laws" prohibiting marijuana for adults, returning the issue to the States as the Tenth Amendment requires and common sense counsels. Enact a new federal excise tax on marijuana sales in states where it is allowed by state law.

    5. Block-grant Medicaid money to the States, with gradual slight annual reductions in the real amount provided (achievable by freezing the nominal dollar amount for some years).

    6. Gradually, slowly but surely, reduce federal civilian employment (including the pentagon) through attrition, by not replacing some of those who retire and/or by offering buyouts to older, higher-paid fed employees (to be replaced by younger, lower-paid employees). No firing, no pulling the rug out from under fed employees and their families, but substantial reduction over time.

    7. Gradually, slowly but surely, increase the federal employees' share of their own medical insurance premiums. Currently the fed taxpayers pay about 72% typically. That needs to fall closer to fifty percent over time.

    8. Increase fees for permanent-resident and citizenship applications. Not a big money item in the scheme of the fed budget, but we can't "let the perfect be the enemy of the good." It all adds up. Instead of death by a thousand cuts, let us try restoring fiscal sanity and solvency by hundreds of prudent moves, many of them small by themselves.

    Etc.

    ’3. Slightly and gradually increase the age to be eligible for full social security benefits.’

    this year lower this age to 55 or 50.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    Why, and how would you pay for it?
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  12. Svigor says:

    His Immigration Force will gut the cheap labor force which will impact profits as the price of everything goes up.

    And wages will go up, profits to oligarchs will drop, and inequality will go down. Anathema to the leftists, I know, but it sounds good to me. P.S., how will gutting the price of cheap labor here substantially increase the price of imports?

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    • Replies: @Pamela
    ALIPAC Organized illegal immigration fighters!

    Red Alert: On March 9, 2017, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fl) re-filed a bill in Congress that would give amnesty, citizenship, and voting rights to millions of illegal aliens. The article claims that Curbelo and other amnesty backers are encouraged by signals from Trump's White House that our President is willing to violate his campaign promises on immigration.
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  13. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Papa Lazarou: You’re my wife now

    Alt Right to Cucks: We’re the Party now.

    You were AltRight before it was cool, PB.

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  14. @j anon 1
    '3. Slightly and gradually increase the age to be eligible for full social security benefits.'

    this year lower this age to 55 or 50.

    Why, and how would you pay for it?

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    • Replies: @Stonehands
    A trillion is spent on the military, and another trillion on hundreds [!] of off-the-books surveillance agencies and thousands and millions of bases and buildings strewn all across the globe.

    Deficits don't matter, obviously.
    , @j anon 1
    Life is for living not slavery
    We determine whether life is enjoyable or not and how it is to be lived.
    This is all INTERNAL spending except for few expats
    Cut military/contractors/complex(f-35 nothing but printed money to israel and to the complex) , dhs, aid to Israel, NATO, health insur cos, etc.
    easy if one wants to.

    I change my mind. reduce age to 48. lots i want to do.
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  15. @RHarwell
    The wall will never be built as money will never be provided. He wants 2 carriers built and dozens of ships to rebuild the Navy back to WW2 strength--that would take years and that money will not be provided. More soldiers are needed to expand Imperial Dreams with Isolationist withdrawals. No draft so that means more mercenaries, more outsourcing, etc., and a lot more expense. Never happen. Rebuild the rotting infrastructure--more money, and that will never appear either. His Immigration Force will gut the cheap labor force which will impact profits as the price of everything goes up.

    Remember this. He is no businessman. He broke everything he and his family touched. He with Bannon calling the shots, his history, he will do that to this country. That is what he does. He will do everything but make this country great. And guess what? Our allies and our enemies know this.

    I’d love to “break everything I touch” providing a desired service that people voluntarily buy, and get justifiably rich in the process, the way Trump did. Your envy is showing.

    I do agree with you, however, that Trump and Congress alike are very unlikely to make the spending cuts needed in other areas to pay for larger armed forces without increasing our deficit spending even more.

    Substantial savings are available by merely stopping these endless wars and intervention and bringing most of our troops home from Japan, South Korea, Germany, the Middle East, and Central Asia. But I don’t see either party doing that anytime soon.

    Read More
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  16. @RHarwell
    The wall will never be built as money will never be provided. He wants 2 carriers built and dozens of ships to rebuild the Navy back to WW2 strength--that would take years and that money will not be provided. More soldiers are needed to expand Imperial Dreams with Isolationist withdrawals. No draft so that means more mercenaries, more outsourcing, etc., and a lot more expense. Never happen. Rebuild the rotting infrastructure--more money, and that will never appear either. His Immigration Force will gut the cheap labor force which will impact profits as the price of everything goes up.

    Remember this. He is no businessman. He broke everything he and his family touched. He with Bannon calling the shots, his history, he will do that to this country. That is what he does. He will do everything but make this country great. And guess what? Our allies and our enemies know this.

    As the Islamics establish their caliphate in the west and the progressives root on the murder of our policemen to assuage the base; what do we have to lose with Trump?

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  17. @RadicalCenter
    Why, and how would you pay for it?

    A trillion is spent on the military, and another trillion on hundreds [!] of off-the-books surveillance agencies and thousands and millions of bases and buildings strewn all across the globe.

    Deficits don’t matter, obviously.

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    You're right, Stone. But since deficits matter to you and me and people who think more than a year into the future, I always first think first how to offset the cost of any increased spending proposed by anyone, including me :)
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  18. Off-topic, but I just scrolled through the last couple pages of Pat Buchanan archives and noticed that all of his columns are EXACTLY 900 words, except for a few that are exactly 800 words.

    I’ve long been impressed with Pat’s economy with words. He consistently manages to pack a good history and current events lesson into a short column with short sentences.

    But now I’m curious, is it some sort of extra challenge for himself to see if he can hit that word count right on the nose?

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    • Replies: @res
    It is surprising he is so exact. Probably has to do with those being common column length limits and him writing for publication for years.
    http://archive.naplesnews.com/lifestyle/home/michael-spencers-make-it-green---ins-and-outs-of-column-writing-ep-390742983-339499992.html
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  19. alexander says:
    @RadicalCenter
    Many ways to reduce federal spending and increase revenue, thereby reducing deficit spending, without harming our economy, employment levels, income levels and standard of living, though I doubt trump or the congressional Dems or Repub will be prudent enough to implement most of them.

    1. Bring most troops gradually home from Japan, South Korea, Germany, the Middle East, and Central Asia. They are cheaper to garrison in the USA, and the 100,000-plus soldiers in question will then be spending their money in American towns rather than in other countries.

    2. STOP THE DAMN WARS, INVASIONS, AND OCCUPATIONS. This will save hundreds of billions of dollars every year and still allow for a large strong military, aggressive worldwide action against pirates or others interfering with commerce and shipping lanes, and substantial deterrence to China or anyone else who could credibly threaten or defeat us.

    3. Slightly and gradually increase the age to be eligible for full social security benefits.

    4. Repeal federal "laws" prohibiting marijuana for adults, returning the issue to the States as the Tenth Amendment requires and common sense counsels. Enact a new federal excise tax on marijuana sales in states where it is allowed by state law.

    5. Block-grant Medicaid money to the States, with gradual slight annual reductions in the real amount provided (achievable by freezing the nominal dollar amount for some years).

    6. Gradually, slowly but surely, reduce federal civilian employment (including the pentagon) through attrition, by not replacing some of those who retire and/or by offering buyouts to older, higher-paid fed employees (to be replaced by younger, lower-paid employees). No firing, no pulling the rug out from under fed employees and their families, but substantial reduction over time.

    7. Gradually, slowly but surely, increase the federal employees' share of their own medical insurance premiums. Currently the fed taxpayers pay about 72% typically. That needs to fall closer to fifty percent over time.

    8. Increase fees for permanent-resident and citizenship applications. Not a big money item in the scheme of the fed budget, but we can't "let the perfect be the enemy of the good." It all adds up. Instead of death by a thousand cuts, let us try restoring fiscal sanity and solvency by hundreds of prudent moves, many of them small by themselves.

    Etc.

    I enjoy it very much when I read a really good comment with lots of fine thinking in it.

    Thank you.

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    • Agree: Rurik
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  20. Rurik says:

    But how long before K Street lobbyists for transnational cartels persuade the GOP elite, with campaign contributions, to slow-walk the president’s America First agenda?

    that’s where we deplorables come in and hold these corrupt politician’s feet to the fire.

    Eric Cantor is our mascot. We have to find a way to ‘Cantor’ the treasonous scum like Graham and McStain. Those vicious rats may have recently been re-enabled, but there are lots of other would-be rats that can be ‘Cantored’ at the election booth in 2018. Eric had a campaign war chest overflowing with lucre from every elite scum**** on the planet, and yet he was ‘Cantored’. If we can do it to that treasonous rat, we can do it to others.

    Now that we are ensnared in wars all over the Middle East, how do we extricate ourselves and come home without our enemies filling the vacuum?

    we marched in, we can simply march out ~Ron Paul

    the most intransigent enemy of these United States of America- and the American people, are the war-criminal, traitorous scum who have foisted these evil wars upon us and upon the people of the world. That’s who are enemies are, not the men like Saddam and/or Gadhafi or Assad,- or all the other relatively reasonable people in the Middle East that are trying to simply live their lives unmolested by the big, stupid golem going around smashing nations on behalf of bloody, psychopathic Israel.

    ISIS is a direct consequence of allowing Israel to control our foreign policy- to menace the planet on behalf of these Jewish racial supremacists with their stone age religious/racial fanaticism, (who are, tragically in control of our money supply)

    Once we march out, we can tell Vlad that he’ll get all the help he needs in crushing the sub-human orcs of ISIS into the sand.

    Logistical, intelligence, moral (if we still have any left to offer) and even financial or military if Assad and Vlad request it. Otherwise, our job is to come home, and stop terrorizing the Middle East on behalf of execrable rabid dogs like bb, or the monumentally corrupt House of Saud.

    paranoically, believes him to be an agent of Vladimir Putin?

    nobody believes one word of that nonsense

    that whole charade is nothing but a pathetic ploy to harass Trump, being as they hate him. And the more they hate him, the more we know he’s a good man.

    The Trump-Beltway wars have only just begun.

    Let’s roll!

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    Absolutely right. President Trump and J. Beauregard Sessions should proudly say that they both spoke with Russian officials in order to lessen the chance of unnecessary war and pointless killing, and will speak with anyone anywhere if it helps keep the peace or helps weaken or defeat Islamist terrorists.

    Blast Dems and Repubs for the reflexive belligerence they display towards Russia. Call them out publicly on their willingness to risk the lives of millions of our people by escalating tensions for no good reason. Ask them how they would feel if China stationed troops in countries bordering US, as we and NATO have done to Russia increasingly.

    Further, Trump should hold a press conference and ask McCain, Lindsey Graham, Obama, and the rest of the warmongers by name, why do you favor giving weapons to men who beat their wives, murder homosexuals, and torture and kill Christians and Jews? Why do you want them in control of Syria instead of bashar Assad? Put them on the spot. The slow motion coup attempt is underway anyway. Fight back with the truth and fight harder for both our security AND peace.
    , @in the middle
    Now more than ever, our President needs the support of patriots who love the USA, Long live President Trump! I do pity all those people who the Evilcrats have propagandize and used for their own ends. What part of make America great again they don't understand? We all want that, but the evilcrats whose blind hatred for Trump makes them fail to comprehend that it also benefits them when all is well in our Nation.
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  21. Wally says:
    @RHarwell
    The wall will never be built as money will never be provided. He wants 2 carriers built and dozens of ships to rebuild the Navy back to WW2 strength--that would take years and that money will not be provided. More soldiers are needed to expand Imperial Dreams with Isolationist withdrawals. No draft so that means more mercenaries, more outsourcing, etc., and a lot more expense. Never happen. Rebuild the rotting infrastructure--more money, and that will never appear either. His Immigration Force will gut the cheap labor force which will impact profits as the price of everything goes up.

    Remember this. He is no businessman. He broke everything he and his family touched. He with Bannon calling the shots, his history, he will do that to this country. That is what he does. He will do everything but make this country great. And guess what? Our allies and our enemies know this.

    The money will come from an entry fee at US-Mexican border checkpoints, no need for a budget appropriation.

    That’s how Mexico will pay for it.

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    And why would Mexico pay that?
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  22. @Stonehands
    A trillion is spent on the military, and another trillion on hundreds [!] of off-the-books surveillance agencies and thousands and millions of bases and buildings strewn all across the globe.

    Deficits don't matter, obviously.

    You’re right, Stone. But since deficits matter to you and me and people who think more than a year into the future, I always first think first how to offset the cost of any increased spending proposed by anyone, including me :)

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  23. @Rurik

    But how long before K Street lobbyists for transnational cartels persuade the GOP elite, with campaign contributions, to slow-walk the president’s America First agenda?
     
    that's where we deplorables come in and hold these corrupt politician's feet to the fire.

    Eric Cantor is our mascot. We have to find a way to 'Cantor' the treasonous scum like Graham and McStain. Those vicious rats may have recently been re-enabled, but there are lots of other would-be rats that can be 'Cantored' at the election booth in 2018. Eric had a campaign war chest overflowing with lucre from every elite scum**** on the planet, and yet he was 'Cantored'. If we can do it to that treasonous rat, we can do it to others.

    Now that we are ensnared in wars all over the Middle East, how do we extricate ourselves and come home without our enemies filling the vacuum?
     
    we marched in, we can simply march out ~Ron Paul

    the most intransigent enemy of these United States of America- and the American people, are the war-criminal, traitorous scum who have foisted these evil wars upon us and upon the people of the world. That's who are enemies are, not the men like Saddam and/or Gadhafi or Assad,- or all the other relatively reasonable people in the Middle East that are trying to simply live their lives unmolested by the big, stupid golem going around smashing nations on behalf of bloody, psychopathic Israel.

    ISIS is a direct consequence of allowing Israel to control our foreign policy- to menace the planet on behalf of these Jewish racial supremacists with their stone age religious/racial fanaticism, (who are, tragically in control of our money supply)

    Once we march out, we can tell Vlad that he'll get all the help he needs in crushing the sub-human orcs of ISIS into the sand.

    Logistical, intelligence, moral (if we still have any left to offer) and even financial or military if Assad and Vlad request it. Otherwise, our job is to come home, and stop terrorizing the Middle East on behalf of execrable rabid dogs like bb, or the monumentally corrupt House of Saud.

    paranoically, believes him to be an agent of Vladimir Putin?
     
    nobody believes one word of that nonsense

    that whole charade is nothing but a pathetic ploy to harass Trump, being as they hate him. And the more they hate him, the more we know he's a good man.

    The Trump-Beltway wars have only just begun.
     
    Let's roll!

    Absolutely right. President Trump and J. Beauregard Sessions should proudly say that they both spoke with Russian officials in order to lessen the chance of unnecessary war and pointless killing, and will speak with anyone anywhere if it helps keep the peace or helps weaken or defeat Islamist terrorists.

    Blast Dems and Repubs for the reflexive belligerence they display towards Russia. Call them out publicly on their willingness to risk the lives of millions of our people by escalating tensions for no good reason. Ask them how they would feel if China stationed troops in countries bordering US, as we and NATO have done to Russia increasingly.

    Further, Trump should hold a press conference and ask McCain, Lindsey Graham, Obama, and the rest of the warmongers by name, why do you favor giving weapons to men who beat their wives, murder homosexuals, and torture and kill Christians and Jews? Why do you want them in control of Syria instead of bashar Assad? Put them on the spot. The slow motion coup attempt is underway anyway. Fight back with the truth and fight harder for both our security AND peace.

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    Hey RC,

    they both spoke with Russian officials in order to lessen the chance of unnecessary war
     
    yes but Putin is now our Emanuel Goldstein. We're supposed to think of him as a the devil incarnate, and the enemy of freedom and the American way. Any dialogue will necessarily expose this absurdity, and that is not what the deep state wants. So it's looking more and more like it's Trump vs. the deep state, and that is a contest that perhaps only a hero can win. I don't know if Trump is a hero, but if he prevails in such an existential war, then he will be.

    Further, Trump should hold a press conference and ask McCain, Lindsey Graham, Obama, and the rest of the warmongers by name, why do you favor giving weapons to men who beat their wives, murder homosexuals, and torture and kill Christians and Jews?
     
    actually RC, I'm not aware of ISIS having killed so much as even one Jew. Indeed, they're rather well known for assiduously doing all they can to avoid so much as farting in Israel's general direction. In fact, the way Israel bombs the places under legitimate Syrian government control periodically, you might say that Israel is the official air force (and logistics and intelligence and medical treatment) for the orcs of ISIS.

    Now when you consider that Graham and McStain are also Israel assets, then the way they assist and arm and fund ISIS, starts to make a lot more sense. For this lot, crucifying Christians is a hoot. If they started looking sideways at Israel, then you can be sure the dynamics would change pronto.

    Fight back with the truth and fight harder for both our security AND peace.
     
    I couldn't agree more RC!
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  24. j anon 1 says:
    @RadicalCenter
    Why, and how would you pay for it?

    Life is for living not slavery
    We determine whether life is enjoyable or not and how it is to be lived.
    This is all INTERNAL spending except for few expats
    Cut military/contractors/complex(f-35 nothing but printed money to israel and to the complex) , dhs, aid to Israel, NATO, health insur cos, etc.
    easy if one wants to.

    I change my mind. reduce age to 48. lots i want to do.

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    And of course taxes. Forgot.
    At least Americans will get something for paying taxes besides rubble in another countries and a wealthy Israel.
    Since CIA greatly responsible for wealth of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Oracle, and others tax 'em at 98%.
    Tax Wall St banks/parasites at 99.9999%.
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  25. res says:
    @Loveofknowledge
    Off-topic, but I just scrolled through the last couple pages of Pat Buchanan archives and noticed that all of his columns are EXACTLY 900 words, except for a few that are exactly 800 words.

    I've long been impressed with Pat's economy with words. He consistently manages to pack a good history and current events lesson into a short column with short sentences.

    But now I'm curious, is it some sort of extra challenge for himself to see if he can hit that word count right on the nose?

    It is surprising he is so exact. Probably has to do with those being common column length limits and him writing for publication for years.

    http://archive.naplesnews.com/lifestyle/home/michael-spencers-make-it-green—ins-and-outs-of-column-writing-ep-390742983-339499992.html

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    Actually I think Unz is just rounding to the nearest hundred… my bad!
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  26. Ruiner says:

    To jacques sheete
    Agreed, I see nothing but capitulation. The guy gets his news from Fox for crying out loud. I’ll stay with he’s better then Hillary..for now

    And what is with this Yemen and threatening Russia garbage? Do his actions not contradict his anti war rhetoric? Its laughable.

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  27. The Federal government is a currency issuer, not a currency user.* They don’t need to balance their budget, since they do not rely on “income” for spending money. They can pay for Trump’s infrastructure program the same way they paid for trillions spent in the Middle Eastern wars, or the billions spent on the F-35 boondoggle: by printing the money.

    I”m just glad that Uncle Pat lived to see the day that the GOP submitted to his doctrines.

    *Here’s a link to Cullen Roche’s paper “Understanding the Modern Monetary System”

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1905625

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    Good statement, but unfortunately it is both true and false.

    Whereas it is true that we have been printing the trillions upon trillions for our foolish wars rather than taxing our citizens up front for the money, this reckless "printing" forms our deficit each year,.... and is recorded as our national debt.

    This debt has grown by a whopping 14 trillion dollars in a mere 16 years.

    Please do not think me rash in pointing out this is wholly unprecedented in American History.

    Wholly unprecedented.

    The faith and credit worthiness of our currency, as well as the bonds we issue, are all based on the belief that we will pay off, at some point in the future, the debt we are creating now.

    In essence, our "printing" of money today is a borrowing from American generations tomorrow,

    They will inherit the debt we create from all our belligerent war making , and will have to deal with it .

    This is profoundly evil and malevolent behavior on the part of our government, specifically over the last 16 years, because it robs the future of the choices they may make for themselves by stealing, in the present, all the money they will have, for the things THEY wish to do.

    It's not right, it's not right at all.

    Many would view this as traitorous behavior, and as an act fiscal terrorism against the well being of our nation in the long run.....what the preamble to our constitution defines as our "posterity" .

    Wars of choice are not only criminal acts in and of themselves, but their heinous costs in treasure drain our nation of resources we might need for purposes that are not criminal at all.

    Its bad news...and profoundly irresponsible behavior.

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  28. map says:
    @Veritatis
    Solid article from Buchanan, his questions always throw light on the issues.

    "How does one leave Social Security and Medicare untouched, grow defense by more than $50 billion, slash taxes, launch a $1 trillion infrastructure program — and not explode the deficit and national debt?"

    Once a presidents gets his people in, the surest indicator of his intentions is his proposed budget. Trump is planning to slash 10 trillion over 10 years. That would be a huge achievement, and he will tread on many toes to accomplish that. It will probably also affect the relative power of different government structures. For example, he wants to up military spending yet is not (apparently) filling the vacancies over at State.

    Any coverage of Trump's budget here at Unz would be appreciated.

    “How does one leave Social Security and Medicare untouched, grow defense by more than $50 billion, slash taxes, launch a $1 trillion infrastructure program — and not explode the deficit and national debt?”

    That is quite easy. When you remove the useless eaters like illegal immigrants, get rid of the parasitic legal immigrants, cut taxes and regulations, and repatriate industry back to the United States, you will create such a velocity of economic activity that all of these goals are achievable.

    You have at least 30 million illegal aliens running around this country, living on welfare, getting paid food stamps, wic, afdc, section 8, and a whole host of other programs. A substantial immigrant household can get roughly $40,000 a year in pubic benefits. Get rid of that household, and you save $40,000. Get rid of the legal immigrants, who chain migrate their useless families and put their parents on social security, and you will save tens of thousands more. Moreover, these legal immigrants qualify for minority disadvantaged business loans where they start companies on the taxpayers dime, another affront that should be removed.

    Nothing Trump says about this is wishful thinking.

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  29. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Wally
    The money will come from an entry fee at US-Mexican border checkpoints, no need for a budget appropriation.

    That's how Mexico will pay for it.

    And why would Mexico pay that?

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  30. alexander says:
    @anonymous-antiskynetist
    The Federal government is a currency issuer, not a currency user.* They don't need to balance their budget, since they do not rely on "income" for spending money. They can pay for Trump's infrastructure program the same way they paid for trillions spent in the Middle Eastern wars, or the billions spent on the F-35 boondoggle: by printing the money.

    I"m just glad that Uncle Pat lived to see the day that the GOP submitted to his doctrines.


    *Here's a link to Cullen Roche's paper "Understanding the Modern Monetary System"

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1905625

    Good statement, but unfortunately it is both true and false.

    Whereas it is true that we have been printing the trillions upon trillions for our foolish wars rather than taxing our citizens up front for the money, this reckless “printing” forms our deficit each year,…. and is recorded as our national debt.

    This debt has grown by a whopping 14 trillion dollars in a mere 16 years.

    Please do not think me rash in pointing out this is wholly unprecedented in American History.

    Wholly unprecedented.

    The faith and credit worthiness of our currency, as well as the bonds we issue, are all based on the belief that we will pay off, at some point in the future, the debt we are creating now.

    In essence, our “printing” of money today is a borrowing from American generations tomorrow,

    They will inherit the debt we create from all our belligerent war making , and will have to deal with it .

    This is profoundly evil and malevolent behavior on the part of our government, specifically over the last 16 years, because it robs the future of the choices they may make for themselves by stealing, in the present, all the money they will have, for the things THEY wish to do.

    It’s not right, it’s not right at all.

    Many would view this as traitorous behavior, and as an act fiscal terrorism against the well being of our nation in the long run…..what the preamble to our constitution defines as our “posterity” .

    Wars of choice are not only criminal acts in and of themselves, but their heinous costs in treasure drain our nation of resources we might need for purposes that are not criminal at all.

    Its bad news…and profoundly irresponsible behavior.

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  31. Wally says:

    Mexicans coming across would pay the fee.
    Pay attention.

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    And why would they pay?
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  32. @res
    It is surprising he is so exact. Probably has to do with those being common column length limits and him writing for publication for years.
    http://archive.naplesnews.com/lifestyle/home/michael-spencers-make-it-green---ins-and-outs-of-column-writing-ep-390742983-339499992.html

    Actually I think Unz is just rounding to the nearest hundred… my bad!

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  33. Anon says: • Disclaimer
    @Wally
    Mexicans coming across would pay the fee.
    Pay attention.

    And why would they pay?

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    To cross the border for numerous reasons, like they do everyday, dumsky.
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  34. Wally says:
    @Anon
    And why would they pay?

    To cross the border for numerous reasons, like they do everyday, dumsky.

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  35. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    You’re not thinking.

    If made to pay a fee to do so, why would they continue?

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  36. j anon 1 says:
    @j anon 1
    Life is for living not slavery
    We determine whether life is enjoyable or not and how it is to be lived.
    This is all INTERNAL spending except for few expats
    Cut military/contractors/complex(f-35 nothing but printed money to israel and to the complex) , dhs, aid to Israel, NATO, health insur cos, etc.
    easy if one wants to.

    I change my mind. reduce age to 48. lots i want to do.

    And of course taxes. Forgot.
    At least Americans will get something for paying taxes besides rubble in another countries and a wealthy Israel.
    Since CIA greatly responsible for wealth of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Oracle, and others tax ‘em at 98%.
    Tax Wall St banks/parasites at 99.9999%.

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  37. It’s Trump’s party, and he’ll tweet if he wants to.

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  38. MEexpert says:

    As they say, “one speech does not a party make.” With the likes of John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and Susan Collins to sabotage him, it is too soon to tell.

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  39. Is Donald Trump the commander in chief of American armed forces? That’s what I would like to know. If not, whoever is in charge should be in prison. Is Donald Trump in charge at the CIA? If not whoever is in charge should be in prison. Where ever Trumps authority is legitimate anyone usurping it should be in prison. It may be Trump’s party. But is it Trump’s Oval Office?

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  40. @Rurik

    But how long before K Street lobbyists for transnational cartels persuade the GOP elite, with campaign contributions, to slow-walk the president’s America First agenda?
     
    that's where we deplorables come in and hold these corrupt politician's feet to the fire.

    Eric Cantor is our mascot. We have to find a way to 'Cantor' the treasonous scum like Graham and McStain. Those vicious rats may have recently been re-enabled, but there are lots of other would-be rats that can be 'Cantored' at the election booth in 2018. Eric had a campaign war chest overflowing with lucre from every elite scum**** on the planet, and yet he was 'Cantored'. If we can do it to that treasonous rat, we can do it to others.

    Now that we are ensnared in wars all over the Middle East, how do we extricate ourselves and come home without our enemies filling the vacuum?
     
    we marched in, we can simply march out ~Ron Paul

    the most intransigent enemy of these United States of America- and the American people, are the war-criminal, traitorous scum who have foisted these evil wars upon us and upon the people of the world. That's who are enemies are, not the men like Saddam and/or Gadhafi or Assad,- or all the other relatively reasonable people in the Middle East that are trying to simply live their lives unmolested by the big, stupid golem going around smashing nations on behalf of bloody, psychopathic Israel.

    ISIS is a direct consequence of allowing Israel to control our foreign policy- to menace the planet on behalf of these Jewish racial supremacists with their stone age religious/racial fanaticism, (who are, tragically in control of our money supply)

    Once we march out, we can tell Vlad that he'll get all the help he needs in crushing the sub-human orcs of ISIS into the sand.

    Logistical, intelligence, moral (if we still have any left to offer) and even financial or military if Assad and Vlad request it. Otherwise, our job is to come home, and stop terrorizing the Middle East on behalf of execrable rabid dogs like bb, or the monumentally corrupt House of Saud.

    paranoically, believes him to be an agent of Vladimir Putin?
     
    nobody believes one word of that nonsense

    that whole charade is nothing but a pathetic ploy to harass Trump, being as they hate him. And the more they hate him, the more we know he's a good man.

    The Trump-Beltway wars have only just begun.
     
    Let's roll!

    Now more than ever, our President needs the support of patriots who love the USA, Long live President Trump! I do pity all those people who the Evilcrats have propagandize and used for their own ends. What part of make America great again they don’t understand? We all want that, but the evilcrats whose blind hatred for Trump makes them fail to comprehend that it also benefits them when all is well in our Nation.

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    hatred for Trump makes them fail to comprehend that it also benefits them when all is well in our Nation.
     
    not just our Nation, ITM, but the people (and all denizens) of the entire planet.

    these Eternal WarsⓊ have not just cost the American people tens of thousands of young people killed or maimed, or trillions of dollars, but also our very soul as a moral nation and a moral people.

    But even at that, what we've suffered is nothing compared to what we've wrought on the people of Iraq or Libya or Syria or Ukraine or so many other terrorized places.

    This story is being linked to on Drudge right now

    200,000 people fleeing ISIS forced to strip naked...

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/terrified-mosul-residents-forced-strip-9971501

    look at what we've done to those places. As we've been forced to act as Israel's rabid dog, we've caused more suffering and misery and lives ripped apart that I can even begin to comprehend.

    It's beyond horrific.

    No, it isn't just for the people of the United States for whom we must all pray that Trump is different, and if so, that he prevails. but for the entire population of this rock.
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  41. Rurik says:
    @RadicalCenter
    Absolutely right. President Trump and J. Beauregard Sessions should proudly say that they both spoke with Russian officials in order to lessen the chance of unnecessary war and pointless killing, and will speak with anyone anywhere if it helps keep the peace or helps weaken or defeat Islamist terrorists.

    Blast Dems and Repubs for the reflexive belligerence they display towards Russia. Call them out publicly on their willingness to risk the lives of millions of our people by escalating tensions for no good reason. Ask them how they would feel if China stationed troops in countries bordering US, as we and NATO have done to Russia increasingly.

    Further, Trump should hold a press conference and ask McCain, Lindsey Graham, Obama, and the rest of the warmongers by name, why do you favor giving weapons to men who beat their wives, murder homosexuals, and torture and kill Christians and Jews? Why do you want them in control of Syria instead of bashar Assad? Put them on the spot. The slow motion coup attempt is underway anyway. Fight back with the truth and fight harder for both our security AND peace.

    Hey RC,

    they both spoke with Russian officials in order to lessen the chance of unnecessary war

    yes but Putin is now our Emanuel Goldstein. We’re supposed to think of him as a the devil incarnate, and the enemy of freedom and the American way. Any dialogue will necessarily expose this absurdity, and that is not what the deep state wants. So it’s looking more and more like it’s Trump vs. the deep state, and that is a contest that perhaps only a hero can win. I don’t know if Trump is a hero, but if he prevails in such an existential war, then he will be.

    Further, Trump should hold a press conference and ask McCain, Lindsey Graham, Obama, and the rest of the warmongers by name, why do you favor giving weapons to men who beat their wives, murder homosexuals, and torture and kill Christians and Jews?

    actually RC, I’m not aware of ISIS having killed so much as even one Jew. Indeed, they’re rather well known for assiduously doing all they can to avoid so much as farting in Israel’s general direction. In fact, the way Israel bombs the places under legitimate Syrian government control periodically, you might say that Israel is the official air force (and logistics and intelligence and medical treatment) for the orcs of ISIS.

    Now when you consider that Graham and McStain are also Israel assets, then the way they assist and arm and fund ISIS, starts to make a lot more sense. For this lot, crucifying Christians is a hoot. If they started looking sideways at Israel, then you can be sure the dynamics would change pronto.

    Fight back with the truth and fight harder for both our security AND peace.

    I couldn’t agree more RC!

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  42. Rurik says:
    @in the middle
    Now more than ever, our President needs the support of patriots who love the USA, Long live President Trump! I do pity all those people who the Evilcrats have propagandize and used for their own ends. What part of make America great again they don't understand? We all want that, but the evilcrats whose blind hatred for Trump makes them fail to comprehend that it also benefits them when all is well in our Nation.

    hatred for Trump makes them fail to comprehend that it also benefits them when all is well in our Nation.

    not just our Nation, ITM, but the people (and all denizens) of the entire planet.

    these Eternal WarsⓊ have not just cost the American people tens of thousands of young people killed or maimed, or trillions of dollars, but also our very soul as a moral nation and a moral people.

    But even at that, what we’ve suffered is nothing compared to what we’ve wrought on the people of Iraq or Libya or Syria or Ukraine or so many other terrorized places.

    This story is being linked to on Drudge right now

    200,000 people fleeing ISIS forced to strip naked…

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/terrified-mosul-residents-forced-strip-9971501

    look at what we’ve done to those places. As we’ve been forced to act as Israel’s rabid dog, we’ve caused more suffering and misery and lives ripped apart that I can even begin to comprehend.

    It’s beyond horrific.

    No, it isn’t just for the people of the United States for whom we must all pray that Trump is different, and if so, that he prevails. but for the entire population of this rock.

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    Very much agree. And I think Trump, for all his bombast, understands this, that is why when questioned about Putin being a thug he answered: "What, do you think we're so innocent?" He sounds as if he's for real. One can ask no more.
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  43. Miro23 says:
    @Flavius
    We need to accept that an entire generation of bloat and waste, misdirection and outright failure, borne along on the backs of America's middle class, is not going to be fixed over night. To call it a Herculean task would be an understatement. For Trump to succeed, he needs to starve each and every head of the Hydra. If any one manages to keep feeding as before, the beast survives and he fails. He isn't about to find allies in the venture within the cave, as we have already discovered. Hence he must go directly to the people to find his support as he has been trying to do. If he can get through to the people, as he did in the election, and if they continue to support him, two big ifs, he has a chance - a small chance. We are about to find something out about ourselves.

    For Trump to succeed, he needs to starve each and every head of the Hydra.

    This is true, but to avoid a lot of trouble in Washington just return 90%+ of taxation AND spending to the lowest level possible (County and State) an give them responsibility over raising the tax and spending it on their own schools, hospitals, police, welfare etc.

    Also let them discuss and vote on national topics with the County/State votes aggregated for national decisions.

    With no money or spending authority there’s no Hydra.

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  44. Svigor says:

    The money will come from an entry fee at US-Mexican border checkpoints, no need for a budget appropriation.

    That’s how Mexico will pay for it.

    As coincidence would have it, just last night I was looking into this. Big Media says there are roughly 1m border crossings a day. Hit them for $1 or $2 per head, plus, say $25 or $50 per truck, and we’re talking somewhere around $500m to $800m a year.

    It would be a hoot if Trump figured out a way build the wall without Congress; say, contract it out to private firms in return for the right to collect the fees for the next 40 years or so.

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  45. Veritatis says:
    @Rurik

    hatred for Trump makes them fail to comprehend that it also benefits them when all is well in our Nation.
     
    not just our Nation, ITM, but the people (and all denizens) of the entire planet.

    these Eternal WarsⓊ have not just cost the American people tens of thousands of young people killed or maimed, or trillions of dollars, but also our very soul as a moral nation and a moral people.

    But even at that, what we've suffered is nothing compared to what we've wrought on the people of Iraq or Libya or Syria or Ukraine or so many other terrorized places.

    This story is being linked to on Drudge right now

    200,000 people fleeing ISIS forced to strip naked...

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/terrified-mosul-residents-forced-strip-9971501

    look at what we've done to those places. As we've been forced to act as Israel's rabid dog, we've caused more suffering and misery and lives ripped apart that I can even begin to comprehend.

    It's beyond horrific.

    No, it isn't just for the people of the United States for whom we must all pray that Trump is different, and if so, that he prevails. but for the entire population of this rock.

    Very much agree. And I think Trump, for all his bombast, understands this, that is why when questioned about Putin being a thug he answered: “What, do you think we’re so innocent?” He sounds as if he’s for real. One can ask no more.

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  46. Pamela says:
    @Svigor

    His Immigration Force will gut the cheap labor force which will impact profits as the price of everything goes up.
     
    And wages will go up, profits to oligarchs will drop, and inequality will go down. Anathema to the leftists, I know, but it sounds good to me. P.S., how will gutting the price of cheap labor here substantially increase the price of imports?

    ALIPAC Organized illegal immigration fighters!

    Red Alert: On March 9, 2017, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fl) re-filed a bill in Congress that would give amnesty, citizenship, and voting rights to millions of illegal aliens. The article claims that Curbelo and other amnesty backers are encouraged by signals from Trump’s White House that our President is willing to violate his campaign promises on immigration.

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