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President Donald Trump, the Disaster (As of 7/17/19, Only 16 Months to go Until Sanity Returns)

ME has spent most of his retirement from service to the United States studying, thinking, and writing about the country he served.

Now that America is 28 months into Trump's time in the White House, hardly a day has passed without drama, hardly a week has passed without a scandal, and hardly a month has passed without a crisis. I thought it time to add to this hub because Donald Trump, the so-called President of the United States has provided much fodder.


Donald Trump has been in the President's office for 8 painful weeks. By this time eight years ago, President Obama had:

  1. Stopped the nation from going into the worst depression in history
  2. Turned the stock market free-fall (Mar 6, 2009) and started it on an eight year Bull Market
  3. Saved the auto industry from total collapse and began its rise to record breaking sales today
  4. Slowed down the 800,000 job loss per month he inherited, beginning in April 2009 and turned it into the longest period of job growth in American history

On the other hand, what has Donald Trump done with is "On Day 1" promises ... Well you figure it out.

  • Major Promise 1 - (UNDECIDED) Ban Muslims from entering country until Congress figures out how to stop entry of Islamic terrorists 1. ACTION: Created "Travel Ban" executive order that has been stopped by several courts as probably unconstitutional. Created a new watered down travel ban which was likewise stayed by two federal courts (one other federal court in Virginia would not issue a stay.) Appeals Court upheld stay for the second time, next stop is the Supreme Court. On 6/29/17, the Supreme Court spoke. They will take up the travel ban next session, 2) continued most of the lower court stays on enforcement, and 3) did allow Muslims who have no valid connection to America can be banned for the time being. On Dec 9, 2017, the Supreme Court removed all of the stays on Trump's executive orders and will allow the Muslim ban to proceed until they rule on the entire case later this year.
  • Major Promise 2 - (UNFILLED) Build a "big beautiful" border wall which Mexico will pay for. ACTION: None so far, but, Mexico has said it will not pay for the wall and will fight any tariffs to collect reimbursement. American business' also oppose tariffs as bad for business. GOP has said the wall is too expensive ($30B+). This has little chance of passing. Funding was not included in the House-Senate budget bill in May. Only $1.8 billion made it into final 2018 budget.
  • Major Promise 3 - (FAILED) Repeal and Replace Obamacare while "insuring every American" (not just access) and "make insurance less expensive". ACTION: No plan developed as of yet. GOP is proposing a plan which the CBO says will cost 23 million people their insurance by 2026 and will increase costs until 2020 when they expect premiums to decrease slightly. At this point in time, it is problematic that it will pass the House and even more problematic of passing the Senate. - The AHCA bill was pulled for lack of support, changed a bit, Freedom Cause swallowed their pride and voted for it; AHCA passed by only two votes. It appears DOA in the Senate. As they enter the July break it is still unlikely the GOP can pass what they call, euphemistically, the Better Care Replacement Act (BRCA), a worse bill than the House version. Trump failed to get this passed although in the subsequent GOP Tax Act, the individual mandate was weakened significantly.
  • Major Promise 4 - (COMPLETED) Pass massive tax cut for corporations. ACTION: None as of yet. Analysis of plan, however, says the major beneficiary of his plan are the wealthy. In June, the House took this up an already is running into major problems within the GOP caucus.
  • Major Promise 5 - (NOT STARTED) Propose a Trillion dollar in Infrastructure plan using tax credits and public-private partnerships. ACTION: None as of yet but will run into strong opposition from GOP because of cost. Also, independent estimates call into question Trump's plans feasibility. -- now its July 2017 ...maybe next year.
  • Major Promise 6 - (COMPLETED) Reverse President Obama's Climate Change initiatives. Donald Trump is one of the few people that claims they do not to believe Climate Change is real. ACTION: Issued Executive Orders reversing President Obama's Executive Orders designed to protect the climate and support the obligations to the Paris Accords, an International Climate Change Pact

In my article titled An Anthology of Donald J. Trump's Presidency, I listed the promises Donald Trump made during the campaign with his first 100-day Contract With America. You will find that on a scale where a 90%+ of the 26 items in his list are completed = A, going doing in 10% increments such that less than 60% completed = D, Trump managed to complete or partially complete 6.5 of them. That gives him a 25% completion rate which means he got a solid F!

[The last section in this hub is a 17 point list from Robert Reich of what Donald Trump has promised, his supporters believed, and didn't deliver]

1. There have been no deaths from terrorists who immigrated as refugees since the late 1970s. There have been no deaths in the United States from foreign terrorists since 9/11. All terrorist acts in America since then has been from American citizens.

The First Controversy, Who Had Bigger Crowd?



In The Beginning - Crowd Size

Every week since Trump has been president, all eight of them, as been filled with vocal, frenetic controversy. It started with Trump and his surrogate's claim that his inaugural crowd was the "biggest in history." The battle raged on in tweets and press briefings for a week or more arguing over the size of Trump's crowd. In fact, Trump's crowd was estimated at 200,000 to 350,000 strong. The Million Woman March the next day drew over 500,000 in Washington D.C., over a million nationwide, and millions worldwide. President Obama's first inaugural crowd was estimated to be around 1.8 million. You judge from the above picture.

While brouhaha made for a lot of press and laughs, the serious side of this blow-up is it is the first look America and the World has of how President Trump is going to act, what he thinks is important, and his veracity when he says something. It wasn't good! It confirmed every bad thing said about Donald Trump (except his sexual harrassment) that was said about him during the campaign. The sad fact is, he starts out giving America a huge black-eye since his behavior is now American's behavior.

To this day, Donald Trump won't admit to the true size of his crowd and continues making false statements about it.

Voting For Donald Trump

It Didn't Stop There

WEEK 1 (Jan 21 - Jan 27): The same week, Donald Trump laid this whopper on the American people as an incredulous world looked on - "The reason he lost the popular vote is because 3 - 4 million illegal ballots were cast" (Hillary Clinton beat Trump by almost 3 million votes nationwide). This has been debunked in several different ways, but Trump continues to insist he is correct while offer on tangible proof in support. Again, as the world watches, Trump keeps repeating this falsehood to this day.

WEEK 2 (Jan 28 - Feb 3): Trump and his administration, in honoring the Holocaust Remembrance Day, failed to mention that the Jews were the ones who suffered most. Whether this was an oversight or not, is not the real embarrassment, it was his trying to defend the omission. Trump turned a possible oversight into an outright example of America's antisemitism; a label often associated with Trump's senior political adviser, Steve Bannon. This controversy lasted into his third week.

WEEK 3 (Feb 4 - Feb 10): In week three Donald Trump declared that America's mainstream media, e.g. CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, NY Times, etc of being an "Enemy of the American People". Incredible, the President of the United States is calling the very institution that protects America from an abusive government an ... "enemy of the American people"! Further, he is telling the world of his official American position and thereby damaging the credibility of all free media all over the globe. This declaration is a quintessential embarrassment to all of America and he won't back down from that stance.

WEEK 4 (Feb 11 - Feb 17): The continuing revelations that Trump's National Security Adviser pick, Gen Michael Flynn, had unauthorized, and probably illegal, contact with the Russian Ambassador finally culminated in his firing (or resignation, depending on who you believe); the official reason is that Flynn lied to Vice President Pence about his interactions. This story dominated the headlines along with more reports of other Trump campaign staff and advisers meeting with the Russians prior to Trump assuming office. The combination of these leaks has galvanized Congress to get to the bottom of Trump's Russian ties. (

WEEK 5 (Feb 18 - Feb 24):

WEEK 6 (Feb 25 - Mar 3):

WEEK 7 (Mar 4 - Mar 10): Donald Trump began this week with one of his most ludicrous and incendiary tweet and accusation to-date: that President Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower

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I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017

This tweet has sparked expensive investigations, more ridicule for his spokesman Sean Spicer as he tries to defend the indefensible in front of an astonished world. Multiple intelligence agencies have exposed Trump's declaration as false as has several Congressional committees. This embarrassing controversy spilled over to week 8 (and probably many weeks more) as Trump took the issue worldwide by blaming British intelligence for conducting the wiretaps (blaming Fox #FakeNews as his source). Prime Minister May responded immediately telling the world Trump's claim is ridiculous and should be "ignored". He tripled down on the issue at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by blaming Fox commentary. The Trump White House apologized to England and then said it didn't.

WEEK 8 (Mar 11 - Mar 17):

WEEK 9 (Mar 18 - Mar 24): The Director of the FBI testified before the House Intelligence Committee that 1) Yes, the FBI Was investigating President Trump, his administration, and his campaign for illegal relationships with Russian government officials, 2) Yes, they have ascertained that Russia Did attempt to interfere with the American election process in favor of Trump, and 3) No, there is No evidence within the intelligence community or the Department of Justice that President Obama ordered a wiretap on his phone or any other surveillance.

In spite of being exposed as a fabricator Trump nevertheless continues to still contends that 1) the Democrats and mainstream media have made up the allegations regarding his Russian ties and 2) Obama did order the taps. This is the story of the week.

It Was the story of the week. Rep. Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee stole the headlines by first, on a March 21 evening, Nunes gets a text while riding in an Uber with a senior staffer. He has the car stop and he gets out and goes missing. The next day he holds a press conference, surprising even his staff, and reports he has seen “dozens” of intelligence reports that showed US intelligence agencies had “incidentally collected” material on members of the Trump transition team. He then briefed Trump (who felt "somewhat vindicated"), but no one else. Subsequent investigation showed Nunes met with a pair of White House staffers who provided the intel reports. When Republican and Democratic intel committee members finally saw the reports, they said that those same classified documents contradict what Nunes (and Trump) said.

WEEK 10 (Mar 25 - Mar 31): Donald Trump began his assault on initiatives to mitigate or reverse the impact of Climate Change; Trump is a Climate Change Denier. This week he signed Executive Orders to reverse the effect of President Obama's Orders that put in place measures to support the protocols of the Paris Accord on Climate Change. His reasoning is fighting climate change hurts jobs in America even though we are at full employment. Has he looked down the road far enough to see how many jobs will be lost when the sea rises only to be followed by a early on-set mini-ice age?

Week 11 (Apr 1 - Apr 7):

Week 12 (Apr 8 - Apr 14):

Week 13 (Apr 15 - Apr 21):

Week 14 (Apr 22 - Apr 28):

Week 15 (Apr 29 - May 5):

Week 16 (May 6 - May 12):

Week 17 (May 13 - May 19):

Week 18 (May 20 - May 26):

Week 19 (May 27 - Jun 2): Trump probably made one of the most harmful decision of his infant presidency - he pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Change Accord. In doing so, America joined Syria and Venezuela as the only countries in the world who have not signed the accord. According to virtually all climate scientists the world is on the edge of having its climate pass the point-of-no-return and it is getting faster than they had predicted only 10 years ago. Along with pulling out of the agreement, Trump has also initiated the process of taking the government out of most climate research and reversing all of President Obama's initiatives to reduce America's carbon footprint. The probable outcome of the totality of his anti-climate decisions will be to increase carbon dioxide emissions and hasten the day when the climate becomes unstable.

Week 20 (Jun 3 - Jun 9): This week, former FBI director James Comey, fired a short time earlier by President Trump, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the Russian involvement in the U.S. 2016 elections and any collusion with the Trump campaign with Russia to effect the outcome.

Week 33 (Sep 3 - Sep 9)

President Trump disrupted the lives around 800,000 "Dreamers" (children brought to America illegally by their parents) by ending President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected these children from deportation. These people are productive Americans in all but one respect, they were dragged across the border by their parents.

Week 52 (Jan 14,2018 - Jan 20, 2018)

One year to the day of President Trump's inauguration, the federal government shuts down. While there is quite a bit of blame to go around, Trump has a major piece of the action. It was his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals with a drop-dead date of March 2018 set the stage for the Donny-brook between Trump-GOP-Dems in keeping the government funded for the rest of fiscal year 2018.

Week 64 (Apr 7, 2018 - Apr 14, 2018)

Much happened this week including an attack by the United States on Syria for using, once again, chemical weapons on its citizens. Getting to that point was rather messy, diplomatically with Trump declaring more than he was willing to deliver. Initially, he promised a sustained, heavy attack on Syrian chemical capabilities. It ended up being a much more limited and a one-time good deal which was a little stronger than last years try to stop Assad.

The FBI from the Southern District of New York raided the offices of President Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen. As detailed earlier, Cohen was responsible for paying off the porn star Summer Daniels, to keep quiet about her one-night stand with Trump shortly after the birth of his son Barron. The FBI, among other things, confiscated many tapes that Cohen recorded with various business associates (not privileged communications). Trump is more worried now about the results of this raid than he is of the Mueller investigation.

Week 76 (Jul 1, 2018 - Jul 7, 2018)

Donald Trump traveled to Europe for the annual NATO summit as well as a meeting with the Queen of England and Prime Minister May. He began by:

  • chastising all NATO members for not spending more on their defense programs (incorrectly characterizing it as a "contribution to NATO"). The goal is that each nation spend 2% of their GDP on defense. Most do not yet, although all are approaching that goal.
  • criticizing Germany for buying essential energy products from Russia rather than America (who cannot meet their needs).
  • generally being disagreeable and a bully.

Week 77 (Jul 7, 2018 - Jul 14, 2018)

During this horrific week Donald Trump weakened the NATO and Western alliance by criticizing our allies and applauding our enemies, Russia and North Korea.


What About Trying to Hire a Cabinet and Advisors

It is eight months since Donald Trump assumed the mantle of President and he is yet to have a complete complement of personnel to staff the offices responsible for carrying out the president's plan. For example, Health and Human Services Secretary is open after the resignation of disgraced Tom Price and the Director of Homeland Security is absent after Gen Kelly was moved to be the president's chief of staff to replace Rence Priebus, who resigned. There are also a few hundred positions that never have been filled or, when needed, confirmed by the Senate.

The nomination and confirmation of his primary cabinet and advisor positions did not go very well.

The nomination and confirmation process is still almost over ... eight months later. It has been a slow, arduous affair that is taking over 260 days to complete. The delay WAS an equal mix of the Democrats putting up a determined fight over some of Donald Trumps more controversial choices and the very poor job that was done vetting the candidates in the first place as well as getting proper clearance after they were in the confirmation process. It is now mainly due to Trump not putting forward people and other things that Congress is trying to get done, like the failed, eight month failed effort to repeal Obamacare.

Only two nominations came down to the wire; Betsy De Vos for Education Secretary and Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary. It took Vice President Pence to push De Vos over the line by casting, for the first time ever, the tie-breaking vote because two Republicans had serious problems with her commitment to public education. Andy Puzder was forced to withdraw his nomination as his background of anti-labor rhetoric and actions, along with not paying taxes on illegal immigrants he employed.

The average number of Yes votes per candidate for Trump is 69 so far. The next lowest was President George W. Bush with 92 Yes Votes. Keep in mind, there are 52 Republicans in the Senate.

The Cabinet

Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson (56 votes) , billionaire CEO of Exxon with long, friendly ties to Vladimir Putin. His politics are undetermined but is having trouble establishing himself because of in-fighting with Steve Bannon, senior political adviser, and Jared Kushner, senior adviser as well as President Trump's penchant for off-the-cuff foreign policy decisions.

Secretary of Defense, Gen. James Mattis (98 votes). General Mattis (Ret. USMC) is well thought of on both sides of the aisle. He surprised Trump by telling him waterboarding, torture, was useless and that he, Mattis, could do better with a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers. Mattis is currently having issues getting his deputies through the White House. (Both of Trumps picks for Secretary of the Army and Navy withdrew because they couldn't get passed the conflict of interest review.)

Director of Homeland Security, Gen John Kelly (88 votes). General Kelly (Ret. USMC), like General Mattis, is a well respected, highly capable leader who is expected to do a superb, independent job in this critical position. Kelly was appointed to replace Priebus as Trump's Chief of Staff in September 2017.

Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL: 52 votes).an extreme conservative who is known to be anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT. Sessions has extensive experience in this area but, because of his background of being not supportive of minorities, his appointment to a Federal judgeship was denied by the Republican Senate in 1986. There is much debate on whether is views have changed or not changed in the subsequent 30 years. During confirmation, he apparently gave false testimony to two Senators about not having meetings with the current Russian ambassador.

Secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin (53 votes), a billionaire who worked for Goldman Sachs and was Trump's top campaign fundraiser.. Mnuchin seems to be more moderate than his boss regarding trade and China but is accused of lying under oath about robo-signing foreclosure paperwork as CEO of failed OneWestBank as well as failing to disclose $100 million in assets on his financial disclosure statements.

Secretary of Energy, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX: 62 votes). While having experience running large organizations, Gov. Perry has no experience in the broad field of energy management which includes the oversight our nuclear arsenal and conducting state-of-the-art energy research (similar to DARPA in DoD). The previous two Secretaries were physicists, one a Nobel Laureate while Perry has a B.A. in animal husbandry with a 2.0 GPA.

Secretary of Labor. Currently unfilled because the initial nominee, Andy Puzder, a billionaire restaurant CEO, was forced to withdraw his name because of being a vocal advocate for cutting back labor regulations, opposes raising the minimum wage, and opposing expanding overtime to low paid salaried workers among many other anti-labor positions.

Long-Term Embarrassments


Donald Trump's love affair with Russia and Vladimir Putin is astonishing and worrisome. It is also long-term, ubiquitous, and is one of two things that has the potential to bring him down before his term is over. Throughout his campaign, it was apparent there was a soft spot in his heart regarding Vladimir Putin, who he views as a "great leader"; this in spite of Putin's penchant of killing his adversaries. Trump has been Putin's biggest defender outside of Russia itself.

Trump has had decades of documented financial involvement with Russia and Putin, yet he "says" he doesn't know the man. Over the course of the campaign, Trump has said he has "never met Putin" as well as

On March 20, 2017, FBI Director Comey testified that they are indeed investigating the President, his administration, and his campaign regarding their connections with Russian officials. Without question, this issue is one of two which has the potential to bring down Donald Trump's presidency.

On May 8, 2017, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates (who was fired by President Trump for not enforcing his stayed travel ban) testified she warned the White House on January 26th that 1) National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about talking to the Russian ambassador, 2) the Russians knew this, and 3) Flynn was susceptible to blackmail by Russians. appBoth former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Yates testimony implied that there might be evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Clapper said that in his earlier January testimony that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the President's campaign and Russia. He then pointed out that was before FBI Director James Comey publicly revealed that the FBI was, in fact, investigating that question. Yates avoided directly answering the question by saying she can't discuss classified information in public.

Clapper also put to rest President Trump's oft-repeated claim that the Russian investigation is "Fake News" by asserting

"To me, the evidence was overwhelming, and very compelling, that the Russians did this."


This is the other issue which endangers President Trump. Unlike any other presidents before him, Trump has enormous business interests throughout the world which is fraught with possibilities of foreign entities having the ability to influence Trump's decisions to their or his own benefit or possibly blackmail him if there are scandals hidden in those business dealings. Trump his also subject to the temptation to conduct his presidency such that his or his family are unfairly enriched. His leasing of the Old Post Office in Washington D.C. is a clear example given one of the terms of the lease is that he cannot hold public office. There is no way this issue will ever go away during his Presidency.


From the moment Donald Trump opened his mouth to announce his decision to run for President he began his estrangement from the truth, which includes hyperbole, yuge exaggeration, misrepresentation, falsehoods, and outright LIES or "purposeful falsehoods". It started with:

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us.They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

This, of course, is patently, provably false. And if Trump knew (how could he not) this not to be true, then it crosses the threshold to an outright lie. It has continued to this day (3/24/17) with his little fib that "This is the Democrats fault." speaking of the failure of the repeal of Obamacare. In between there have many hundreds more. In fact, fact checkers estimate that about 70% of everything he says is "Mostly False", "False", or "Pants-on-Fire False".

This, at a minimum, makes him a laughing stock as well as untrustworthy but his lack of varsity can have worldwide implications. You see, as fewer and fewer world leaders believe anything he says, it becomes impossible to conduct diplomacy or to figure out if he is serious. Further, the chances of misunderstandings, potentially leading to conflict, are greatly enhanced.


The use of the word "ON" is purposeful because to use the word "WITH" implies Media is a willing part of the fight ... and they aren't. By media, of course, I mean the so-called "main-stream media"; the CNN's, ABC's, Washington Post's, and New York Times's of America. By and large these outlets clearly define what is reporting and what is opinion (unlike Fox where that line is very murky).

Trump is very correct correct when he asserts that most of the news about him is negative. But remember, these outlet's jobs are to 'report" the news as error free as they can and fix it when it is not1. It is not their fault that Donald Trump gives them so little positive to report.

1 A late June episode which gave Trump an early Christmas present is when CNN discovered that an anonymously sourced story and not been verified which turned out to be incorrect. Unfortunately, this was not an innocent error on the part of some of CNN staff. In the end, three staff members were fired and a retraction and apology to who the story was about was issued. The victim accepted the apology by Trump did not and add it to his arsenal of weapons to use against CNN

Trump Exposes His Real Agenda Through His Actions

There is no question Donald Trump is trying to keep his promises. Many that aren't unconstitutional will have significant problems getting through either the GOP or Democratic Congress. Still others he can do on his own especially the one about governing the same way he campaigned.

The rest of this hub will explore the practical impact on America and Americans IF he can manage to carry out his promises.

THE TRUMP 2017 BUDGET1. Donald Trump released his budget blueprint in March 2017 which reflects his major priorities. On the stump, he constantly kept promising that his main purpose for being President was to:

  • Champion the average American.
  • Fight free trade
  • Support the battle against proposals to fight climate change

The question is, of course, does his budget reflect these priorities?2 Well, Yes and No. Here are sections out of his budget that address each of the above,

1 The bullet points below are paraphrases from a NY Times article Who Wins and Loses in Trump’s Proposed Budget by Alicia Parlapiano and Gregor Aisch. The names after each subsection are presumably the authors of that part. After each set of bullet points are this writers views.

2 Keep in mind, this budget won't see the light of day in Congress because it does not reflect GOP priorities and has too many controversial aspects to it.

President Trump's 2018 Budget Summary























































































Champion of the Average American

AGRICULTURE - $4.7 Billion (21%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • Makes many cuts to the National Forest System
  • Eliminates Loan and Grant Programs for water and sewage systems
  • Provides a small increase of $200 Million to Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women and Children
  • Makes no cuts to the Food Safety and Inspection Services
  • Continues funding the Farmer-focused and Competitive Research Programs.

LABOR - $2.5 Billion (21%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • Scale back the number of job training programs including those aimed at helping seniors, disadvantaged young people and unemployed Americans
  • Help states expand Apprenticeship Programs
  • Help states expand training programs for disabled workers
  • Eliminate training grants for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES - $12.6 Billion (16%) Reduction - Robert Pear

  • Eliminates $4.2 billion in community services programs like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • Cut spending at the National Institutes of Health by $5.8 billion, or about 18 percent.
  • Increase the Cures Act, a biomedical research bill signed in December by $200 million (21%)

EDUCATION - $9.2 Billion (14%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • The budget illustrates a full-throated support for school choice programs with a $1.4 billion increase for public and private school choice programs
  • Eliminates funding for before- and after-school and summer programs.
  • Federal work-study would also be “significantly reduced”
  • Eliminate the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, which is reserved for college students with the greatest need for financial aid
  • Funding to historically black colleges would remain the same.

HOUSING and URBAN DEVELOPMENT - $4.3 Billion (12%) Reduction - Yamiche Alcindor

  • Eliminates the Community Development Block Grant Program, which funds local improvement efforts and anti-poverty programs
  • Cuts funding for rental assistance, home ownership programs, and affordable housing initiatives.

VETERAN'S AFFAIRS - $4.4 Billion (6%) Increase - Nicholas Fandos

  • Most of the money is earmarked for veterans’ health care programs.
  • Extends the Veterans Choice Program, which increases options for veterans seeking care outside of VA facilities when they are unable to provide timely care.
  • Continues investment to improve the department’s claims system
  • Continues investment to the VA's IT infrastructure.

Security and Foreign Affairs

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT - $52.3 Billion (10%) Increase - Helene Cooper

  • Accelerate the fight against the Islamic State (Dasch)
  • Increase the number of warships and fighter jets.

    President Trump will face difficulty getting this proposal through Congress, where the threat of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration has acted as a brake on military spending. And many American military officials — the defense secretary included — have denounced efforts to cut foreign aid in favor of more defense spending. Many foreign aid programs, those officials say, contribute to global stability and are seen as important in helping avoid future conflicts

DEPARTMENT OF STATE - $10.9 Billion (29%) Reduction - Mark Landler

  • Eliminate all funding for the United Nation's Climate-change initiatives
  • Reduce regular contribution to the U.N.
  • Limit Contributions to U.N. peacekeeping operations to no more than 25 percent of the cost
  • Cut support to the World Bank by $650 million over three years, and cultural programs, like the East-West Center in Honolulu.
  • Safeguard the Fulbright Program.
  • Significantly reduce budget of USAID culteral and infrastructure programs (opposed by the Defense Department)
  • Leave Israel’s $3.1 billion annual military aid untouched
  • Requests $12 billion in "Overseas Contingency Operations," funding for extraordinary costs, chiefly in war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.


Courtesy of crankalicious from a comment on the "When Will Liberals Give Up" forum.

From Robert Reich [Former United States Secretary of Labor]:

1. Trump told you NATO was “obsolete,” claiming it doesn’t fight terrorism. You bought it. Now he says NATO is “no longer obsolete.”

2. He told you he’d “bring down drug prices” by making deals with drug companies. You bought it. Now the White House says that promise is “inoperative.”

3. He said he’d close “special interest loopholes that have been so good for Wall Street investors but unfair to American workers." You bought it. Then he picked a Wall Street financier Stephen Schwarzman to run his strategic and policy forum, who compares closing those loopholes to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

4. He said that on Day One he’d label China a “currency manipulator.” You bought it. Then he met with China’s president and declared "China is not a currency manipulator."

5. He said he’d “renegotiate NAFTA” on Day One. You bought it. He hasn't.

6. He said he wouldn’t bomb Syria. You bought it. Then he bombed Syria.

7. He said he’d build a wall along the border with Mexico. You bought it. Now his secretary of homeland security says “It’s unlikely that we will build a wall.”

8. He said he’d clean the Washington swamp. You bought it. Then he brought into his administration more billionaires, CEOs, and Wall Street moguls than in any administration in history, to make laws that will enrich their businesses, along with former lobbyists, lawyers and consultants who are crafting new policies for the same industries they recently worked for.

9. He said he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “wonderful.” You bought it. Then he didn’t.

10. He said he’d use his business experience to whip the White House into shape. You bought it. Then he created the most chaotic, dysfunctional, back-stabbing White House in modern history, in which no one is in charge.

11. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will.

12. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He remains heavily involved in his businesses, makes money off of foreign dignitaries staying at his Washington hotel, gets China to give the Trump brand trademark and copyright rights, travels to promote his properties at taxpayer expense, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

13. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. Then he put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

14. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. Then he put Betsy DeVos, opponent of public education, in charge of education; Jeff Sessions, opponent of the Voting Rights Act, in charge of voting rights; Ben Carson, opponent of the Fair Housing Act, in charge of fair housing; Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Russian quisling Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

10. He said he’d faithfully execute the law. You bought it. Then he said his predecessor, Barack Obama, spied on him, without any evidence of Obama ever doing so, in order to divert attention from the FBI’s investigation into collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives to win the election.

15. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the generals did. You bought it. Then he green lighted a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though his generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.

16. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He has by now spent more taxpayer money on vacations than Obama did in the first 3 years of his presidency. Not to mention all the money taxpayers are spending protecting his family, including his two sons who travel all over the world on Trump business.

17. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

Trump vs Comey

On January 8, 2017, the world watched an amazing, potentially earth-shaking event where a fired FBI director, James Comey, gave his considered observations, experiences, and opinions regarding his interaction with the President of the United States as it relates to a massive investigation into his campaign's involvement with Russia. The setting was the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing into the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. In the witness seat was ex-director Comey and what happened next was simply jaw dropping!

At the outset, Chairman Burr (R-NC) made it obvious that he and the other senators, Republican and Democrats, find James Comey honest, forthright, and truthful. One of the first things Comey made starkly clear is that in fact the Russian government did interfere with the American political process; something which, for a time, President Trump disagreed.


© 2017 Scott Belford


Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on July 19, 2018:

Brad - I need to be certain that I understand what you are suggesting. It seems you are advocating that FDR go it alone and continue WW II with the USSR being the target; at least until all of Eastern Europe was recaptured from them.

To get you outcome, that is what it would take because I seriously doubt that Churchill would agree to continue fighting.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on July 19, 2018:

Fortunately, Erick, I truly don't think Trump will serve out his first term. I used to be opposed to impeaching; but now I think it is a necessity for obvious national security reasons. Unless things go terribly wrong in the next 3 1/2 months, the House will flip. And, at the rate things are going, the Senate majority for the GOP is at risk. Right now the Ds are ahead in AZ, NV, and TN - all GOP seats. Further there are only 2 D seats in jeopardy, MO and FL; and maybe Tester in ND.

I suspect the economy is going to start tanking before the election because of the tariffs. Even if it doesn't, things for his agricultural core supporters will continue to get much worse and they are already complaining.

If America is lucky enough to have the Ds take the Senate, then impeachment is possible. It will be easy to impeach him, it only takes 51%. The Senate is another matter as it takes 66%, I think, to convict. If the Rs are still in charge, then McConnell will stoop into the gutter again and not bring it up for a vote. If the Ds take over, at least it will get to the floor.

Brad on July 19, 2018:


Once again, before the war Eastern Europe was free, during the war it was "occupied and controlled" by the Nazis. Why then after the war do we allow Eastern Europe to be under the USSR?

Stalin didn't have a right to Eastern Europe any more than we had a right for Western Europe. What Stalin did in the war was to save Mother Russia from the Nazis, nothing more and nothing less.

Did we get China because we saved them from the Japanese.

What is your theory why it is different for Stalin?

By not challenging Stalin, he gave away the freedom of Eastern Europe. Do you call that winning a war?

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on July 19, 2018:

Brad - So where in that history did you come to the conclusion that FDR (alone is implied) "gave" Stalin half of Europe. 'Gave' means giving something you have to someone else, doesn't it? Well, FDR did not have the Soviet occupied half of Europe to give him, did he?

Ivan Hernandez on July 19, 2018:

My Esoteric. You do know that Trump will run our country until 2024. The inauguration of our 46th president will be in 2025. That means we have 77 months until this madness ends.

Brad on July 19, 2018:


"Trump vs Comey

On January 8, 2017, the world watched an amazing, potentially earth-shaking event where a fired FBI director, James Comey, gave his considered observations, experiences, and opinions regarding his interaction with the President of the United States as it relates to a massive investigation into his campaign's involvement with Russia. The setting was the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing into the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. In the witness seat was ex-director Comey and what happened next was simply jaw dropping!

At the outset, Chairman Burr (R-NC) made it obvious that he and the other senators, Republican and Democrats, find James Comey honest, forthright, and truthful. One of the first things Comey made starkly clear is that in fact the Russian government did interfere with the American political process; something which, for a time, President Trump disagreed."


It was the democrats that wanted to fire Comey because of his reopening the Clinton email investigation.

And it was the internal FBI ethics department that recommended that Comey be fired, and agreed by Deputy Dir Rosenstein.

That is a fact.

You also need to update or remove this article because it is way behind reality today.

just a thought:)

Brad on July 19, 2018:


FDR bowed to Russia - end of story.

By the time of the Yalta Conference, the Western forces consisting of the United Kingdom, the United States, Poland, Canada, and the governments-in-exile of France and Belgium, led by British general Bernard Montgomery and American generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, had liberated all of France and Belgium and were advancing into Germany, leading to the Battle of the Bulge. In the east, Red Army Marshal Georgy Zhukov's forces were 65 km (40 mi) from Berlin, having already pushed back the Nazis from Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and most of Yugoslavia. By February, Germany only had loose control over the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Northern Italy, and Northern Yugoslavia.

Stalin, insisting that his doctors opposed any long trips, rejected Roosevelt's suggestion to meet in the Mediterranean.[6] He offered instead to meet at the Black Sea resort of Yalta, in the Crimea. Stalin's fear of flying also was a contributing factor in this decision.[7]

Each of the three leaders had his own agenda for post-war Germany and liberated Europe. Roosevelt wanted Soviet support in the U.S. Pacific War against Japan, specifically for the planned invasion of Japan (Operation August Storm), as well as Soviet participation in the United Nations; Churchill pressed for free elections and democratic governments in Eastern and Central Europe (specifically Poland); and Stalin demanded a Soviet sphere of political influence in Eastern and Central Europe as an essential aspect of the USSR's national security strategy. Stalin's position at the conference was one which he felt was so strong that he could dictate terms. According to U.S. delegation member and future Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, "it was not a question of what we would let the Russians do, but what we could get the Russians to do."[8]

Poland was the first item on the Soviet agenda. Stalin stated that "For the Soviet government, the question of Poland was one of honor" and security because Poland had served as a historical corridor for forces attempting to invade Russia.[9] In addition, Stalin stated regarding history that "because the Russians had greatly sinned against Poland", "the Soviet government was trying to atone for those sins."[9] Stalin concluded that "Poland must be strong" and that "the Soviet Union is interested in the creation of a mighty, free and independent Poland." Accordingly, Stalin stipulated that Polish government-in-exile demands were not negotiable: the Soviet Union would keep the territory of eastern Poland they had already annexed in 1939, and Poland was to be compensated for that by extending its western borders at the expense of Germany. Contrasting with his prior statement, Stalin promised free elections in Poland despite the Soviet sponsored provisional government recently installed by him in Polish territories occupied by the Red Army.

Roosevelt wanted the USSR to enter the Pacific War with the Allies. One Soviet precondition for a declaration of war against Japan was an American official recognition of Mongolian independence from China (the Mongolian People's Republic had already been the Soviet satellite state from its own beginnings in 1924, through World War II), and a recognition of Soviet interests in the Manchurian railways and Port Arthur (but not asking the Chinese to lease), as well as deprivation of Japanese soil (such as Sakhalin and Kuril Islands) to return to Russian custody since the Treaty of Portsmouth; these were agreed without Chinese representation, consultation or consent, with the American desire to end war early thereby reducing American casualties. Stalin agreed that the Soviet Union would enter the Pacific War three months after the defeat of Germany. Stalin pledged to Truman to keep the nationality of the Korean Peninsula intact as Soviet Union entered the war against Japan.

A Big Three meeting room

Furthermore, the Soviets had agreed to join the United Nations, given the secret understanding of a voting formula with a veto power for permanent members of the Security Council, thus ensuring that each country could block unwanted decisions.

At the time, the Red Army had occupied Poland completely and held much of Eastern Europe with a military power three times greater than Allied forces in the West[citation needed]. The Declaration of Liberated Europe did little to dispel the sphere of influence agreements that had been incorporated into armistice agreements.

All three leaders ratified previous agreements about the post-war occupation zones for Germany: three zones of occupation, one for each of the three principal Allies: The Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They also agreed to give France a zone of occupation, carved out of the U.S. and UK zones; although De Gaulle on principle subsequently refused to accept that the French zone would be defined by boundaries established in his absence, ordering French forces to occupy Stuttgart in addition; only withdrawing when threatened with the suspension of essential American economic supplies. [10]

Also, the Big Three agreed that all original governments would be restored to the invaded countries (with the exceptions of Romania and Bulgaria, where the Soviets had already liquidated most of the governments;[clarification needed] and Poland whose government-in-exile was also excluded by Stalin) and that all civilians would be repatriated.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on July 19, 2018:

Interesting view, Madan; I am not sure it is shared by too many Europeans, however.

MIKE - While I, like Trump, didn't think he had a chance in 2016, but a perfect storm combined to allow this travesty in getting elected. I think I am very safe in saying that based on the current environment, even Clinton could beat him a second time around. My personal favorite of the Ds so far is Biden.

BRAD - please study your history first before making absurd.statements. I assume your advice to FDR would be to nuke them

Brad on July 18, 2018:

The most revered democrat president was FDR. At the end of WWII, FDR bowed to Russian leader Joseph Stalin and gave Russia half of Europe.

The democrats didn't care, and still don't care. That half of Europe was free before WWII, and occupied by the Nazis during the war, and went to Russia, thanks to FDR after the war.

TSAD, if you find out what the democrats stand for as a political party today, and how they help the country and the people, would you let them know about it. They don't seem to know anything about America and Americans, as they are too busy with illegal aliens, and worried about the world. It seems that the biggest problem the democrats have with president Trump is that he is focusing on America and Americans.

The Logician from then to now on on July 18, 2018:

In case you doubt Hiliary will run in 2020 here is the explanation of that possibility:

Maybe they can arrange to have the election on haloween day. It’s only a few days earlier than November 3, 2020

The Logician from then to now on on July 18, 2018:

Oh I forgot, witches.

The Logician from then to now on on July 18, 2018:

Mike, didn’t you hear Hiliary is going to run again. Of course when they ran a terrible candidate like her the first time they have to be too stupid not to run a two time loser again. This is not a political party it’s a Halloween Party complete with costumes of disguise ghouls, ghosts and goblins.

Readmikenow on July 18, 2018:

It will be so sweet to see what you write when President Donald Trump is elected to a second term in office. At this point in time, Democrats have nobody who would be a serious challenge.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 17, 2018:

Many are criticizing Trump but to people outside the USA, he has done well. It requires a mirror to see how one looks and the critics of Trump need it. I think Donald Trump is a terrific president, maybe the most decisive after Roosevelt.

Brad on July 17, 2018:


There you go again, what is wrong with you? Serious dude, do you really want us to start a war with Russia? Just because Hillary lost the election.

What did president Trump do to you personally that you have that much hate, rage, and emotion?

And you were doing this the day after the election? Why?

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on July 17, 2018:

Timothy - You probably should read it again. I didn't say "you bought it"; Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, did.

Yes, Trump has accomplished somethings, but almost all of it bad for America. Only one major act of Congress, the GOP Rich Man's Tax Act. Several smaller bills that were signed were actually good, mainly those dealing with veterans.

Virtually every other action of consequence are executive orders, lots of executive orders; more in 18 months than any president for their whole term in the last 50 years (and your side criticizes Obama), Almost all of Trump's EOs are antithetical to America values.

Of course I am adding his potentially traitorous actions in Helsinki where he sided with our enemy rather than America.

Timothy Arends from Chicago Region on July 17, 2018:

The writing style of your page is very patronizing. You keep saying "You bought it, you bought it, you bought it. " Is your page an attack on the president or on the reader? Trump has been in office only about a year-and-a-half, so it is ridiculous to talk about the things that he has not yet accomplished. He has actually accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time despite frenzied opposition from the media, activist judges, Democrats in power and many in his own party who want to hold on to power and the old established ways.

Brad on June 13, 2018:


Independent is a good place, then you can move in any direction.

NWO is really old, and that is what I call the establishment.


Ivan Hernandez on June 13, 2018:

Brad. You do realize that we're in the presence of a New World Order, right? The lefts and the rights have come together to spread violence. I can't let that happen.

Trump was the perfect guy of the job whenever this country needed him. Sure, he didn't win by popular vote, but that's irrelevant now. He managed to do something to North Korea that Obama and the previous 6 or so presidents failed to do in their entire careers. He denuclearized North Korea. The alternative was war in the United States.

Think About it. You said that Trump has done more for the US in 501 days, than Obama did in 8 years. Trump Trumped ISIL. Obama created ISIL. Who was responsible for the San Bernardino massacre and the Pulse Nightclub Shooting? Some of ISiL that branched off from Obama's failed presidency. You do make a point, Brad. I'll keep a close eye on the news, see what falsehoods they try to commit.


The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Erick Hernandez.

Just so you know, I'm going more towards the not-too distant right, and I'm changing my party from Democratic towards Independent.

Brad on June 13, 2018:


What is the cost of peace?

What do you think the agreement at the summit cost?

From even before Trump won the republican primary, the left has focus negatively on him. That might be OK when he was their opponent.

But from the time he became president elect, that opposition has adversely affected the country and the people.

The US is a democratic republic, and the ways that you can opposed the president is not to reelect him. And the same is true of any politicians that you think is not doing a good job.

That is or was the American Way!

Trump inherited most all of the problems that the left blamed him for.

Yes he inherits them, but he didn't create them.

How does resisting everything that the president does, or says he is going to do help the country or the people? Then after resisting the president and something he tries to do fails, he is blamed by the same people that caused it to fail.

The left has focused on two things, Illegal aliens and gun control.

What have they done for America, Americans, and legal immigrants?

Nothing, and yet that is what they are using in their political ads for 2018.

We have a homeless problem in the US and the democrats want to focus on Illegal aliens? What about the rest of us?

As for gun control, they choose not to write any when they had control of congress and the presidency?

Suicides are responsible for over half the gun deaths in the US each year. What are they doing about suicides? Not much.

Is there a connection between suicides and school shootings. Same problem different outlet?

The last four presidents and their congresses failed us, and the common denominators are the loyal party voters, and the DC establishment.

Trump wasn't elected by his party because he was opposing the establishment. They are still afraid that he will change the establishment and they will lose their control. Control for which they used against the people and the country. Left or rights it is the same side of the coin, when it comes to the establishment.

How has this establishment helped the country, the people or even the world in the last 100 years?

just a thought

Thanks Erick

Ivan Hernandez on June 13, 2018:

Brad. You are correct on several points. North Korea has been our enemy for a long time. Trump did an excellent job denuclearizing North Korea. Now, let's see if North Korea can keep their promise. Past presidents, like Obama, Clinton and Bush, either didn't focus on North Korea, or have threatened North Korea. Trump did the exact opposite. He saved both countries from war. That's not saying that World War 3 won't happen in 2019 or 2020, but I've got a strong feeling that Trump knows what he's doing.

Ivan Hernandez on June 13, 2018:

Um. To further provide proof. It won't be 31 months until sanity returns, it'll be 79 months until sanity returns. We'll have 8 years of Trump. That's what I told Brad. We're in the second year of Trump's reign over the US. Just know that. Some friends told me that Trump will be in power for 8 years. That's 6.54 more years of Trump that we have to contend with.

Brad. You are correct on one thing. He did manage to denuclearize N. Korea, but at what cost?

Brad on June 13, 2018:


You cherry picked from my comments.

As for the CNN link

"Several people familiar with the plan told the paper that Trump was upset with the sanctions rollout, and administration officials said the strategy was "in a holding pattern.""

This is a perfect example of what CNN and others like them do to the News. Really several people? Where are the facts, where is the check on the sources? How is this news, much less credible news?

As for Trump's tweets, because of the fake news, it is necessary for him to talk to the people directly. It is no different, than the classic fireside chats of FDR.

Who is running this country, you or Trump? And yes he is doing a good job running the country. He has accomplished a lot in 500 days, and the latest is the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

An accomplishment that you and the left don't recognize, and would hope fail.

You would rather choose a nuclear war than a victory for the US and Trump.



Do you still want to stand by this

"Trump vs Comey

On January 8, 2017, the world watched an amazing, potentially earth-shaking event where a fired FBI director, James Comey, gave his considered observations, experiences, and opinions regarding his interaction with the President of the United States as it relates to a massive investigation into his campaign's involvement with Russia. The setting was the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing into the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. In the witness seat was ex-director Comey and what happened next was simply jaw dropping!

At the outset, Chairman Burr (R-NC) made it obvious that he and the other senators, Republican and Democrats, find James Comey honest, forthright, and truthful. One of the first things Comey made starkly clear is that in fact the Russian government did interfere with the American political process; something which, for a time, President Trump disagreed."


Start with the proof, the evidence and the results of any and all investigations on this matter.


Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on April 16, 2018:

Qeylar - Desperate Cheeto, I like that :-)

Brad - I absolutely agree that #TerribleTrump's twitter feed is real, unfiltered news. Now, what he tweets are either, bad policy decisions, insults or lies; rarely the truth or good policy.

Real News is everywhere, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Reuters, even Fox News News (their opinion dept is just a bunch of Fake News). Yes, each of those report news the way news has always been reported (prove me wrong). They almost always, say 99%, of the time verify their reports Also yes, each has an opinion department that does not pretend to be a news department, but save for Fox, tend to speak the truth, granted, with a spin.

So, you do think it was the 1964 Civil Rights and 1965 Voting Rights Acts started this so-called decline when you say "Since the 1960s, the country went into a continuous decline"

Can you please give me examples of "How is that the news, when they take any event that has Trump attached to it and take the opposite view." Please don't provide opinion pieces, but news articles like ?

Brad on April 16, 2018:

ME and EricK

I wrote an article on Fake versus Real news so I won't go over it here.

The few times that I have seen the media. They are as rude and emotional as some of those on the left on hp.

How is that the news, when they take any event that has Trump attached to it and take the opposite view.

Real news doesn't have a spin. And if anyone here thinks that the media is not spinning then they are sheep.

As for Trump's tweets, it is unfiltered and no matter what people think of it is no different than the presidents of the past doing their radio, and TV talks with the people.

The difference is that Tweets are modern, and maybe Trump doesn't hold back as the previous presidents. But keep in mind that just because someone likes the well rehearsed and soothing words of these previous presidents, their performance was lacking.

Since the 1960s, the country went into a continuous decline and these presidents failed the country and the people.

911 was and is a disgrace and it was predictable and like Pearl Harbor the information was there.

Not a single defensive action was taken by the US National Defense system. That defense has had trillions of dollars pumped into over time, and what did we get out of it. Nothing.

19 terrorists successfully outwitted the entire brain power of the US government.

Then in 2008 while most of congress had been campaigning for the last two years, they were caught like deer in a headlight when the economy collapsed right before the election.

Then the companies that caused the economic failure were bankrolled by the taxpayers, But the victims of the economic failure caused by these companies were never helped. They lost their houses, and those that had equity loans that were forgiven by the banks then had to pay income tax on the forgiveness.

Many of these victims not only lost their homes, they lost their jobs.

This failure although you attribute it to the republicans, involved the entire US government. From the FRB that didn't raise the interest rate to Fannie and Freddie that offered these really bad loans part of the problem.

If the FRB had raised the interest rate at any time during the last two years before the Crash, many of these loans would have failed. And those failures might have stemmed the tide to look at how bad these loans were.

The shareholder derivatives was a mechanism to bury the bad loans. And for many months after the crash the FRB spend $40 billion a month on buying these worthless derivatives.

Then we had these slick politicians and presidents starting with LBJ to Obama and maybe now even Trump keeping us engaged in one war to another.

So having tweets that are not words wrapped in sugar, and classical music is good for everyone in the country.

My point is that talk while not cheap in the case of politicians and presidents, it doesn't translate to action and completing goals.

What had been accomplished by Bill Clinton, two Bush's and Obama? Nothing good!

qeyler on April 16, 2018:

As a person who resides in what the Desperate Cheeto calls a 'Sh8thole', who has contact with others who live in Sh8tholes, the damage Trump has done to America may be irrepairable.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on March 22, 2018:

Brad, fortunately you are very wrong about the news reporting that comes out of CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, and even Fox. Each has an opinion element, for both sides from what I have seen and read ... except for Fox opinion, of course, which is the propaganda arm of the Trump presidency. (I feel the same about MSNBC opinion as I do Fox opinion.)

Do I mind Trump's tweeting? I don't mind it except when he embarrasses America, which is frequently.

Ivan Hernandez on March 22, 2018:



Time to update this fiction of yours with facts of today.

FAKE news is fake because Real News disappeared when Opinions became the entertainment for news.

Real News not only reports the news, but verifies the facts about it. None of that is done today. There are anchors along with analysts and so called experts that give their spin on how the viewers should interpret the event.

That is why it is necessary for president Trump to circumvent fake news, and speak his own words through twitter.

You may not like that or agree with it, but it is unfiltered and unspin by the media. For real news just go to the source, which is Trump on twitter. What the regurgitating of the media is simply spin, and biased much like your articles."

Brad. My answer to your question is...How is trump spreading real news when he can't even spell counsel right? Or maybe I just got to dumb it down for you.

He can't spell certain words right. Just the other day, we spelled whether wrong, or in Donald Trump's vocabulary, je splled wether rong. Her spelled Counsel wrong as well. Council is believed to be the correct term for him, except he spelled it wrong (rong).

See How I'm poking fun at the POTUS's misspellings?

You said that real news goes through the president and only the president. Well, you are wrong. The only truths that arise from him are his own version. That's it.

Brad on March 22, 2018:


Time to update this fiction of yours with facts of today.

FAKE news is fake because Real News disappeared when Opinions became the entertainment for news.

Real News not only reports the news, but verifies the facts about it. None of that is done today. There are anchors along with analysts and so called experts that give their spin on how the viewers should interpret the event.

That is why it is necessary for president Trump to circumvent fake news, and speak his own words through twitter.

You may not like that or agree with it, but it is unfiltered and unspin by the media. For real news just go to the source, which is Trump on twitter. What the regurgitating of the media is simply spin, and biased much like your articles.

Ivan Hernandez on January 21, 2018:

That's right. I agree with Esoteric.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on January 20, 2018:

FAKE NEWS, Brad, is Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.[1] Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically,[2][3][4] often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue.

1. Leonhardt, David; Thompson, Stuart A. (June 23, 2017). "Trump's Lies". New York Times. Retrieved June 23, 2017.

^ Jump up to: a b c d Hunt, Elle (December 17, 2016). 2. 2. 2. "What is fake news? How to spot it and what you can do to stop it". The Guardian. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

Jump up ^

3. Schlesinger, Robert (April 14, 2017). "Fake News in Reality". U.S. News & World Report.

Jump up ^

4. "The Real Story of 'Fake News': The term seems to have emerged around the end of the 19th century". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved October 13, 2017.

So no, I don't think mainstream media is Fake News, not even Fox (although they are more wrong than any other major outlet)

Brad on January 20, 2018:


17. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. Now he gets his information from Fox News, Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.


You can actually say that they are not fake news? Really.

These media sources took a statement about s countries where only one of the people in a closed door Oval office meeting said he heard it, and the other 5 didn't. Plus Trump himself said he didn't. Then CNN goes on air and says the same word 195 times in one night.

These media do not report the news they use it as a weapon on Trump. So when he calls them Fake News it is true. The news just reports what happens, it doesn't draw conclusions, or make guesses or anything no a fact.


Trump vs Comey

On January 8, 2017, the world watched an amazing, potentially earth-shaking event where a fired FBI director, James Comey, gave his considered observations, experiences, and opinions regarding his interaction with the President of the United States as it relates to a massive investigation into his campaign's involvement with Russia. The setting was the Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing into the Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential election. In the witness seat was ex-director Comey and what happened next was simply jaw dropping!


Jaw Dropping!


At the outset, Chairman Burr (R-NC) made it obvious that he and the other senators, Republican and Democrats, find James Comey honest, forthright, and truthful.


Now in light of all we know about Comey, doesn't it look like they were wrong?


One of the first things Comey made starkly clear is that in fact the Russian government did interfere with the American political process; something which, for a time, President Trump disagreed.


It has been over a year that this has been investigated and not a single shred of evidence has verified it. Although, we do have evidence that HRC and the DNC cheated in the democratic primary and got Bernie Sanders out of the race.

We also know that she and the DNC were involved in creating the Russian Dossier paying $12 million for it. Then, it was used by the Obama administration to get a FISA warrant to spy on Trump and his team. Now, that is jaw dropping.

The Russian Dossier was fiction to make Trump look bad. It didn't work, he got elected as president, and it still doesn't work


Ivan Hernandez on January 20, 2018:


Brad on January 20, 2018:


This question about Turrets is not in your profile, but it is in your comments.

You also don't support any of your comments with FACTS just Demoganda and lots of emotion. And then you run out of steam. Bye:)

Ivan Hernandez on January 20, 2018:

You know what? Regardless of religion, I don't think that Trump is our savior.

And are you asking what type of condition I have? Well, if you want to know, then look at my profile.

It doesn't matter what president I choose. It still remains the same. Every person is better than Trump.

I have no time to argue with you. In fact, you are below me. Good day.

Brad on January 20, 2018:


Religion has no place in politics.

And it is the democrats wanting to put Illegal Aliens over America and Americans that caused the shutdown. The DACA Amnesty shouldn't not eve be part of the budget negotiations.

DACA has until March 5, 2018, while the budget had till 1-20-2018.

And the democrats didn't want to give President Trump any of his border security, and immigration.

Do you have Turret's syndrome? It is a serious question when you talk about religion and then you blurt out obscenities.

BTW, if he is my president, in what country does your president exist?

Ivan Hernandez on January 20, 2018:

There's a government shutdown happening. Our Extremist Alt-right and Donald Trump is part of the shutdown. Donald Trump now takes the blame for the government shutdown. I knew that we've had an Antichrist in the US. I didn't know that the same antichrist was going to cause a government shutdown 1 year after inauguration? Brad, your president has become a toxic b****. The "S*ithole comment proves that your president is nothing but a motherf**king b****!!!

Hopefully, he will learn from this shutdown.

Brad on January 20, 2018:


Really, is that the best that you can do?

We don't have to look any further into who is influencing our elections. It is the democrats. They got Bernie Sanders out of the race, and there were any other of the total of 5 that even ran that were worthy candidates. And yet, Hillary couldn't beat Sanders, and she and the DNC successfully conspired to get him out the race.

Trump on the other hand beat the best professional Republican candidates 16 of them.

Then we have the Russian "Garbage" paper that was paid for by Hillary and company. There is yet to be found a single credible item in it. The memo coming down through congress on the this should shake the democrats, and Hillary.

You really thought that Hillary was not only a good candidate, but the better candidate?

Do we really have to go through the Hillary Clinton political history to disprove that notion?

BTW, Talk about sanity, we have ex president Obama going around the world thinking that he is still president.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on January 20, 2018:

"Then in later he and Hillary sell the Russians 20% of all US production of Uranium." - Snopes and other fact-checking orgs label this kindly as FALSE.

As to "no problem with Russian then" and "Then in 2016 he calls them our biggest enemy." - Are you suggesting that Obama (or Trump for that matter) should not change their position even after the basis for that position is no longer true?

Let's say Obama believed the world was flat in 2008. But then in 2016 science proves the world is round. It sounds to me that you would berate Obama for now believing the world was round.

Have I got your sentiments correct?

Brad on January 19, 2018:


That could be your problem. These were the high points of Obama during the same period that you claim Obama had done more than Trump. I don't see it, do you?

Obama had no problem with Russia then

6 July

- Obama heads to Moscow for talks with Dmitry Medvedev, which will include discussions on how to reduce their nuclear weapons stockpiles.


Then in later he and Hillary sell the Russians 20% of all US production of Uranium.

Then in 2016 he calls them our biggest enemy.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on January 16, 2018:

Not sure what your point is Brad.

Brad on January 16, 2018:

6 July

- Obama heads to Moscow for talks with Dmitry Medvedev, which will include discussions on how to reduce their nuclear weapons stockpiles.


Then in later he and Hillary sell the Russians 20% of all US production of Uranium.

Then in 2016 he calls them our biggest enemy.


9 July

- Obama attends the G8 summit in Italy, meeting the Pope and Muammar Gaddafi among others.


Nothing notable.


13 July

- Obama nominates Dr Regina Benjamin for the post of surgeon general. The rural GP worked to rebuild medical centres along the Alabama Gulf coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.


Nothing notable.


21 July

- Obama launches his campaign to overhaul the US healthcare system.


It was the victims of the 2008 economic meltdown that really needed the help. They would spend the next two or more years without any government help, other than food stamps. A jobs program would have been more helpful. Finding a cure for cancer would also be helpful. In fact, curing any major disease.


22 July

- Obama meets Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki and confirms his intention to remove all US troops from Iraq by the end of 2010.


Again, good news for ISIS, they will soon be land owners ISIL.

And they will heat things up in Syria.


27 July

- A team of senior US officials visit Israel to negotiate for an end to Jewish settlements.


Nothing notable.


31 July

- Obama enjoys a beer with black Harvard professor Henry Gates and the white police officer who arrested him on suspicion of breaking into his own home, in an attempt to end the race row brewing over the incident.

3 August

- The White House confirms suspicions that Guantánamo Bay detainees who cannot be repatriated may be held in mainland US facilities once the camp closes.

4 August

- Following Bill Clinton's meeting with Kim Jong-Il, the most high-profile meeting between the countries in a decade, North Korea pardons two female American journalists serving 12 years' hard labour for entering the country illegally and "hostile acts". Clinton visited to negotiate for their release, in a diplomatic role similar to the one former president Jimmy Carter played previously. Obama says he is "extremely relieved".


Then what happened?


9 August

- Sonya Sotomayor is sworn in as the first Hispanic Supreme Court judge, and only the third woman to take on the role.


Nothing notable.


12 August

- Opposition to Obama's healthcare reforms gets nasty as he is compared to Hitler.


Nothing notable.


24 August

- The US Justice Department is to investigate the CIA over interrogation methods.


Nothing notable.


25 August

- Senator Edward Kennedy, one of the key supporters of Obama's healthcare reform plans, dies of cancer. Obama gives the eulogy at his funeral on 29 August.


Nothing notable.


8 September

- Obama addresses schoolchildren, telling them they are the future of America and to drop out is to fail in your duty to the country. The speech was controversial; some schools boycotted it, fearing a liberal political agenda would be forced on the children.


Nothing notable.


10 September

- Obama is heckled as he addresses Congress on healthcare, a first for a US president. Senator Joe Wilson, the Republican representative from South Carolina, called Obama a liar.


Didn’t remember that.


- It emerges Obama has spoken personally to Gordon Brown over his disappointment at the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

12 September

- Rightwingers, some carrying banners that equate Obama with Hitler, march on Washington in a Tea Party protest against healthcare reform and the presidency.


Nothing notable.


17 September

- Obama scraps plans for a missile defence shield in Poland, a move cautiously welcomed by Russia but criticised by Republicans already angry over healthcare reforms.


Then came the Ukraine


20 September

- The president is continuing to push for severe cuts in the US's nuclear arsenal.


Nothing notable.


21 September

- Obama appears on the David Letterman show for the first time as president, amid a media blitz to try to regain ground over healthcare reforms.


Nothing notable.


22 September

- Obama holds his first face-to-face talks with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.


How did that work out?


23 September

- Obama speaks to the UN general assembly, calling for countries to work with America to tackle global problems.


Nothing notable.


24 September

- Obama chairs a session at the UN security council as a resolution on nuclear non-proliferation and eventual ban is announced.


Nothing notable.


25 September

- As an allegedly secret nuclear base in Iran is revealed, the US president, Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy issue a harsh ultimatum to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Scared the pants off of Iran?


1 October

- Iranian and American diplomats meet face to face in Geneva for talks on Iran's nuclear programme, the highest level of contact for many years.


Guess who has gone Nuclear?


9 October

- Obama wins the Nobel Peace prize; the president says he is "surprised" and "humbled". In a Guardian poll, 70.1% of respondents said it was too early to judge Obama's suitability for the award.


Nothing notable.


12 October

- Obama repeats his promise to allow open gays in the military.


Nothing notable.


13 October

- The healthcare reform bill is passed by the Senate finance committee.

- Relations between the administration and Fox News become strained when Obama refuses an interview.

- Obama will send a further 13,000 troops to Afghanistan.


9 years later what did it accomplish?

Fox News!

Now he put 30,000 troop in Afghanistan resulting in what outcome?.


15 October

- The president pays a three-hour visit to New Orleans, his first since taking office, amid criticism that he had left it too long.


Nothing notable.


27 October

- Matthew Hoh of the state department is the first US official to resign over the Afghan war.


Nothing notable.


30 October

- HIV positive visitors will be able to journey to the US for the first time in 22 years, from January 2010.


Nothing notable.


2 November

- The US endorses Hamid Karzai as the new Afghan president, after his opponent Abdullah Abdullah pulled out of a second round run-off amid claims of widespread vote-rigging.


Nothing notable.


5 November

- Army major Nidal Malik Hasan kills 13 at the Fort Hood army base in Texas. Obama attended a memorial there on 9 November.


The first of many terrorist attacks during Obama’s presidency.


8 November

- The House of Representatives has passed Obama's health bill.


Nothing notable.


13 November

- Five men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks will be transferred from Guantánamo Bay to New York to stand trial, on the president's orders.


What happened.


15 November

- Obama launches his four-nation tour of Asia in Japan, seeking closer ties with Pacific countries.


Brad on January 16, 2018:

1 April

- Obama meets Gordon Brown at Downing Street, holding a press conference ahead of the G20 summit opening this evening. He and Michelle later meet the Queen, who hosts a dinner for the G20 leaders; their official gift to Her Majesty was an iPod loaded with Broadway musicals.

- Obama holds a meeting with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, looking to thaw relations.


How were relations with Russia in his last year, and now thanks to the left


2 April

- Obama announces the G20 measures for solving the global financial crisis.


How did this work out?


4 April

- Following a Nato meeting in Strasbourg, Obama discusses his new approach for Afghanistan.


How did this work out


5 April

- Hours after North Korea launched a satellite many think was a cover for missile testing, Obama speaks about an end to nuclear arms in Prague. It was his first big foreign policy speech.


Talk is cheap and look at N Korea today


6 April

- Obama speaks to the Turkish parliament, saying the US is not fighting against Islam.


I believe that!


7 April

- Obama makes a surprise visit to troops at Camp Victory near Baghdad. In his speech he says it is time to hand over control of the country to the Iraqis, who must make political concessions first.


Nice gesture, but as it turned out bad move.


13 April

- The Obama children get their promised puppy, a six-month-old Portuguese water dog called Bo.


How sweet.


16 April

- The president releases memos from the Bush era detailing torture methods used by the CIA; he says agents involved would not be prosecuted. Dick Cheney has since defended the methods.


Nothing notable.


18 April

- Obama addresses the Summit of the Americas at the opening ceremony in Trinidad and Tobago. While there he controversially shakes hands with Venezuela leader Hugo Chávez, who gives him a copy of Open Veins of Latin America.


How did that turn out?


21 April

- Obama speaks to CIA staff at headquarters in Langley, Virginia, following the release of memos on torture last week and the outlawing of such practices.


Nothing notable.


26 April

- The Department of Health declares a public health emergency over swine flu. Read the press transcript on how the US is tackling the issue.


Considering the deadly flu this year, I don’t think we made any progress.


29 April

- Obama celebrates 100 days in office; see Guardian coverage.


Obamacare didn’t let people keep their insurance companies or their doctors. And if you can’t keep your doctor you can die.

Obamacare is still not fully implemented today.


30 April

- Obama rejects waterboarding as a legitimate form of interrogation.


Nothing notable.


7 May

- The administration announces the proposed 2010 budget, including cuts of $17bn (about 0.5% of the $3.4tn budget).


And yet at the end of his second term, he doubled the national debt to $20 Trillion.


10 May

- Obama plays it for laughs at the annual White House correspondents' dinner, making a swine flu joke about Hillary Clinton and alluding to the time Dick Cheney accidentally shot his hunting buddy. Ashton Kutcher tweeted (external site) from the front row.


Nothing notable.


11 May

- Obama sacks America's top general in Afghanistan, Gen David McKiernan, and replaces him with Lt Gen Stanley McChrystal.


Nothing notable.


13 May

- Obama blocks the release of photographs showing torture of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Nothing notable.


17 May

- Obama is heckled by anti-abortion campaigners during a speech at the Catholic Notre Dame university, Indiana. The president discussed abortion during the speech.


Nothing notable.


20 May

- Obama announces a strict new auto emissions policy aimed at getting greener cars on the road.


Nothing notable.


21 May

- In an address at the National Archives in Washington, Obama says he remains determined to close Guantanamo and condemns torture interrogation techniques, a day after the Senate rejected the funding bill for the closure of the detention centre. Former vice president Dick Cheney disagreed.


Still open 9 years later


2 June

- General Motors, the US's biggest carmaker, files for bankruptcy, the biggest manufacturing collapse in US history. Obama's restructuring plan will see the US government owning 60%.


Nothing notable.


3 June

- Obama begins a tour of the Middle East aimed at reviving peace negotiations and improving America's standing in the region. He will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt, before travelling on to Germany and then France, for D-Day events.


Nothing notable.


6 June

- Obama speaks at the 65th anniversary memorial service of D-Day in Normandy.


Nothing notable.


9 June

- Ahmed Ghailani, the first detainee at Guantanamo to be tried in the US courts, appears at a hearing in New York. He was arrested in Pakistan in 2004, has been at Gitmo since 2006 and is charged with involvement in the 1998 east African US embassy bombings.


Nothing notable.


16 June

- The president calls on North Korea to halt its quest for nuclear weapons.


And apparently he didn’t do anything about it in the next 7 years. Now they have it.


17 June

- Obama announces an extension of health benefits to cover partners of gay federal workers.


Nothing notable.


18 June

- The president is criticised by animal rights group Peta for swatting a fly during an interview.


Nothing notable.


23 June

- Obama condemns Iran's reaction to protests against the disputed election there.


Wow, and look at Iran today. They don’t seem to care about his condemnation.


27 June

- Obama's historic climate change bill is passed by Congress


Waste of a bill. Even if the climate change was a fact, the Paris agreement doesn’t help it. It just lets the US billions so that other countries can pollute. Trump made a good call leaving that Paris agreement.


Brad on January 16, 2018:

20 January 2009

- Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the US, with Joe Biden as his vice president. Both Chief Justice John G Roberts and Obama fluff the oath. More than one million people attend the inauguration on Capitol Hill and the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

- Hours after taking office, Obama requests a temporary halt to Guantánamo Bay trials


8 years later because of the Terrorist attacks on US soil, the security measures for the inauguration change to attendance. Also, the rioting by the Black lives matter, and other riots put more security on Trumps inauguration.


21 January

- The new president attends a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, the first engagement on his first full day in office.

- Inspired by "an abundance of caution" Obama retakes the oath a day after stumbling on it.

- Hillary Clinton is confirmed as secretary of state.

- Obama suspends all military commissions for 120 days.

- Obama signs an executive order on ethics, heralding a stringent new code of practice on lobbying and government appointments.


Nothing notable.


22 January

- The president brings in executive orders aimed at reforming the US's detention policy. He orders the closure of "black sites", where CIA and European security services have interrogated terrorist suspects. He also orders interrogations of detainees across the entire US intelligence community to adhere to the US Army Field Manual and orders the


Nothing notable.


2 February

- Obama signs a memorandum promising $20m in aid to Gaza.


Nothing notable.


5 February

- The last terror trial at Guantánamo Bay is halted after the judge dropped charges against a suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.


Nothing notable.


9 February

- Obama holds his first press conference at the White House.


Nothing notable.


17 February

- In Denver, Colorado, Obama signs into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aimed at rescuing the economy. A website,, has been set up so taxpayers can track the programme's spending in their area.

- Obama approves the sending of 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan.


What he didn’t do was protect the victims of the 2008 economic meltdown. These people lost their homes, their jobs, and their investments. While the banks and financial institutions that were bankrupt by their own management got bailed out. And Obama and his congress allowed these upper management to give themselves 7 figure bonuses. They justified it as key Members. Key for bankrupting their companies.

Meanwhile people that both houses and took out equity loans based on Clinton and the democrats everyone should own a home, lost everything. The banks now flush with bailout money wouldn’t even loan money to other banks much less these victims.

Is that what we needed more tropps?


24 February

- Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress. In it he acknowledges the severity of the economic crisis America is facing, but offers a promise of hope, saying: "We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before."


It didn’t happen


26 February

- Obama submits to Congress a 140-page summary of his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. The budget restates his commitment to halve the federal deficit, and commits $630bn over the next 10 years to the reform of the health care system.


We didn’t need it. What we needed was access to the same FEHS plan paid for by the taxpayers.

We needed one law that would not allow preexisting conditions to prevent getting insurance?

What else did we need. A TAX if we didn’t want insurance?


27 February

- In a speech at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina the President reaffirms his commitment to withdraw US troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010.


That allowed ISIL .


3 March

- Gordon Brown is visiting Washington; he holds a joint press conference with Obama.

- Russia reveals it is considering an implied offer made by Obama last month to drop the US European missile defence plan in return for Russian assistance with Iran. Obama later denies the offer was made, though admits he sent the letter.


Self explanatory


4 March

- Gordon Brown gives a speech to Congress.

5 March

- Newspapers and blogs in the US are abuzz over the possibility that Obama's hair is already turning grey.


Nothing notable.


9 March

- The president removes restrictions on funding for stem cell research and a memorandum to protect science from political interference, reversing the Bush administration's strict policy.


Nothing notable.


20 March

- President Obama releases an historic video message for all those celebrating Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, speaking directly to the leaders of Iran.

- Obama appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the first time that a sitting president has appeared as a guest on a late-night talk show. Commenting on his bowling ability he joked "it was like the Special Olympics, or something". He apologises to Tim Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics, before the programme is broadcast.


Nothing notable.


24 March

- Obama publishes an op-ed piece in 30 global newspapers simultaneously, discussing the economic crisis.


Nothing notable.


27 March

- Obama announces a new approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan.


How did that work out.


Ivan Hernandez on July 08, 2017:


Sanxuary on May 09, 2017:

Impeaching the President requires votes and I think the truth will get bigger as we reach the mid terms. It looks like we will be watching this 3 ring circus for a while.

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on May 07, 2017:

There is a great article on the front page of the NY Times about how passing health care legislation is really about tax cuts and getting around the restrictions that exists that could limit the GOP's ability to go as far as they would like.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on May 07, 2017:

There is no telling how much the amended repeal will save or cost and how many people will now lose their insurance. Why? Because the GOP was too scared to have the CBO figure it out and embarrass them.

Sanxuary on May 06, 2017:

I have been following the money on this health care and why they are so desperate to repeal it. The one they just passed in the house does the following. The future cost of health care for the government would be around 20 billion for the next ten years. Another 8 billion for pre-existing conditions over 5 years. That gives the Republicans 639 billion to play with. I keep wondering how you can not balance the budget and promise tax breaks for the wealthy, build a wall, the military and Infrastructure. Another big move is to accept off shore money with low taxes a plan we did once before. Those who were hiding their money off shore last time spent that money to move their companies over seas. Here comes another bad idea for tax evaders. Europe had enough of this and crushed off shore acconts such as Ice Land, Ireland and Cyprus. Why have we not done the same?

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on April 26, 2017:

The 25% core Americans who voted for Trump don't care about truth and justice, otherwise they would have voted for a different Republican. The other 21% are so pissed-off they would have voted for anybody who didn't represent the status-quo. 6% who hated the status quo did the better thing and voted for the Libertarian duo. The remaining 48% favored Clinton.

I am certain Trump's team will suffer the consequences of their shady activities, inexperience, and hubris. I can wait, I am a patient man, but I fear the damage they will do to America and Americans while I wait.

Sanxuary on April 26, 2017:

I keep asking when will Americans demand the truth and justice? When will the Republicans do their job to investigate and provide oversight to any potential crimes and violations?If they are not above the law then why is this group of thugs allowed immunity? If they are innocent then why do the investigations seemed stalled. Most of all you would have to be in denial and way beyond stupid to believe there is no reason for an investigation. This President will destroy the Republican party in the long run and they are dumb to do nothing but embrace him and to ignore the people of this country.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on April 23, 2017:

Trump made 26 promises, in his "contract with America" about what he would do in the first 100 days, should he be elected. It is now 100 days and what has he completed? Well, counting failed attempts such as repealing Obamacare as a 1/2 point, he succeeded in filling 6.5 of them. SAD.

Mishael from Philippines on April 22, 2017:

Trump already back down to several of his promises, and I'm worried about this. I don't buy all this chemical attack stories anymore. this is an old narrative excuses to make war by U.S. gov't. if he wants to make war with ISIS or north korea. then it's fine with me. but it has to be real. It's starting to feel that this whole thing was NOT his plan to begin with. everything feels like it was fabricated from the start. media are sometimes lying too. and Trump might be a Puppets of the oligards. I wonder how many promises can he make.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on March 27, 2017:

The people I am shooting for are the working class who took Trump at his word that he would make life better for them. Already, with his support of the disastrous AHCA, he has shown his disdain for their well being.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on March 27, 2017:

You said it well, but I was already convinced. Doubtful you'll change any minds. I am convinced, though, that the grassroots opposition to Trump is having an effect. We may be in it for the long run, but the American people give me hope.

Scott Belford (author) from Keystone Heights, FL on March 22, 2017:

Thank you MizB. The more to come is who really gets hurt by his budget proposals.

MizBejabbers on March 22, 2017:

What can a sensible person say? You've said it all, except for the more to come, that is. Trump supporters keep saying that he's been president only a few weeks and we should "give the man a chance." I'm not sure we citizens who really care for this country can afford to.

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