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  1. And you know that game so well, eh? Good thing I don't have to hide behind the mask of authority.
  2. Nah point proven. Stupidity is a disease in which one cannot cure.
  3. Never said it was specifically for you, I said it was made to prove a point. The point was made long ago. You are stalking people on here and try to get them removed by riling them up. You have broken a thread rule and you said nothing about it. The intent was not a whoop a_s but an exposure because I know many watching this got a huge kick out of your retorts today. Again I did not give you or anyone else a emoji score today or yesterday or even in the last several months. LOL. I had a lot of fun and so did those watching.
  4. Where is your signature line "As always just my opinion". No I never said it was not derogatory. I also never said what I said was derogatory. Again you put words in people's mouths. But then again that is your opinion as always right? Pay more attention.
  5. Shabbs has yet to show any Trump disciple syndrome going on here. Although I do see a lot of Trump derangement syndrome.
  6. MARKETS US MARKETS Where Was the Dow Jones When Obama Took Office? When President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) continued its credit crisis slump and fell to 7,949.09, the lowest inaugural performance (as measured by percentage drop) for the Dow since its creation in 1896.1 If in the first term of Obama's Presidency, the DJIA rose 73.20% from 7,949.09 as the article suggests, then during the first term the DJIA only rose to approximately 13, 751.93 (1.7320 x 7,949.09) which was approximately only 6K points during his first term. Compare apples with apples. You show 8 years versus less than 4. Okay so you are skewing the stats to show what you want. Gotcha!
  7. Which market? The sales of automobiles? You made the claim prove it with a source otherwise it is fake news.
  8. OOps! Trump increased the debt by 24% and Obummer increased it by 74%. Looks like Trump does have fiscal responsibility. Next! There is something wrong with those figures in the article but you know and I will let you figure it out.
  9. Let's just not single out one President. Let's get them all in there (at the top ones): US Debt by President by Dollar and Percentage Who Increased the U.S. Debt the Most? Depends on How You Measure It. Share Pin Email Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images BY KIMBERLY AMADEO Updated March 04, 2020 What's the best way to determine how much each president has contributed to our nation's $23 trillion in U.S. debt? The most popular method involves comparing the debt level from when a president enters office to the debt level when he leaves. You can also compare the debt as a percentage of economic output.1 It's ironic that as the debt has increased through the years, the value of presidents' salaries has decreased. Measurement Shortcomings Neither of these are very accurate ways to measure each president's debt. The president doesn't have much control over the debt added during his first year in office. Its budget was already set by the previous president. For example, President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. He submitted his first budget in May. It covered Fiscal Year 2018, which didn't begin until October 1. For the first nine months of his new term, Trump operated under President Barack Obama's last budget. That was for FY 2017, which continued until September 30, 2017. This timing difference explains why no new president is accountable for the budget deficit in his first year in office. While the time lag makes it seem confusing, Congress intentionally set it up this way. The federal fiscal year gives the new president time to put together his budget during his first month in office. The Best Way to Measure Debt by President The best way to measure a president's debt is to add up his budget deficits. A president's budget reveals his administration's priorities. The deficit by president reveals how much deficit was in each year's budget. The terminology sounds similar, but a difference exists between the deficit and the debt by a president. All presidents can employ a little sleight of hand to reduce the appearance of the deficit. For example, they can borrow from federal retirement funds. The Social Security Trust Fund has run a surplus since 1987.2 More working people contributed via payroll taxes than retired people withdrew in benefits. The Fund invests its surplus in U.S. Treasury notes. The president can reduce the deficit by spending these funds instead of issuing new Treasury securities. This maneuver, however, doesn’t reduce the debt. The Top Five Contributors by Percentage Franklin D. Roosevelt: President Roosevelt had the largest percentage increase. Although he only added $236 billion, this was a 1,048% increase from the $23 billion debt level left by President Herbert Hoover. The Great Depression took an enormous bite out of revenues. The New Deal cost billions. But the biggest cost was World War II. It added $209 billion to the debt between 1942 and 1945.3 Woodrow Wilson: President Wilson was the second-largest contributor to the debt, percentage-wise. He added $21 billion, which was a 727% increase over the $2.9 billion debt of his predecessor. Wilson had to pay for World War I. During his presidency, the Second Liberty Bond Act gave Congress the right to adopt the national debt ceiling.3 Ronald Reagan: President Reagan increased the debt by 186%. Reaganomics added $1.86 trillion. Reagan's brand of supply-side economics didn't grow the economy enough to offset the lost revenue from its tax cuts. Reagan also increased the defense budget by 35%.3 George W. Bush: President Bush added $5.849 trillion, the second-greatest dollar amount. This was a 101% increase, the fourth-largest percentage increase. Bush launched the War on Terror in response to the 9/11 attacks. It includes the War in Afghanistan, at $1.1 trillion, and the Iraq War, at $1 trillion. Military spending rose to a record level of $800 billion a year.3 Bush fought two recessions. 2001 recession: Initiated the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act. 2008 financial crisis: Approved a $700 billion bailout package for banks. Both Presidents Bush and Obama also had to contend with higher mandatory spending for Social Security and Medicare. Barack Obama: Under President Obama, the national debt grew the most dollar-wise. He added $8.588 trillion. This 74% increase was the fifth-largest.3 Obama fought the Great Recession with an $831 billion economic stimulus package.4 The Obama tax cuts added $858 billion. Obama increased defense spending to $855 billion.5  He sponsored the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It was designed to reduce the debt by $143 billion over 10 years. But these savings didn't show up until the later years.6 U.S. Debt Increase by Fiscal Year Since 1914 The U.S. Treasury Department has historical tables that report the annual U.S. debt for each fiscal year since 1790.7 This data has been compiled for each president as detailed below. Donald Trump: Trump plans to add $4.832 trillion to the debt in his first term.8 That's a 24% increase from the $20.245 trillion debt at the end of Obama's last budget for FY 2017. If he remains in office for a second term, he plans to add $8.3 trillion for both terms. Trump had promised to eliminate the debt during his campaign. FY 2021 - $1.177 trillion projected FY 2020 - $1.181 trillion projected FY 2019 - $1.203 trillion FY 2018 - $1.271 trillion Barack Obama: Added $8.588 trillion, a 74% increase from the $11.657 trillion debt at the end of Bush’s last budget, FY 2009. FY 2017 - $671 billion FY 2016 - $1.423 trillion FY 2015 - $327 billion FY 2014 - $1.086 trillion FY 2013 - $672 billion FY 2012 - $1.276 trillion FY 2011 - $1.229 trillion FY 2010 - $1.652 trillion FY 2009 - $253 billion. Congress passed the Economic Stimulus Act, which spent $253 billion in FY 2009.9 This rare occurrence should be added to President Obama's contribution to the debt. George W. Bush: Added $5.849 trillion, a 101% increase from the $5.8 trillion debt at the end of Clinton's last budget, FY 2001. FY 2009 - $1.632 trillion. This was Bush's deficit without the impact of the Economic Stimulus Act. FY 2008 - $1.017 trillion FY 2007 - $501 billion FY 2006 - $574 billion FY 2005 - $554 billion FY 2004 - $596 billion FY 2003 - $555 billion FY 2002 - $421 billion Bill Clinton: Added $1.396 trillion, a 32% increase from the $4.4 trillion debt at the end of George H.W. Bush's last budget, FY 1993. FY 2001 - $133 billion FY 2000 - $18 billion FY 1999 - $130 billion FY 1998 - $113 billion FY 1997 - $188 billion FY 1996 - $251 billion FY 1995 - $281 billion FY 1994 - $281 billion George H.W. Bush: Added $1.554 trillion, a 54% increase from the $2.857 trillion debt at the end of Reagan's last budget, FY 1989. FY 1993 - $347 billion FY 1992 - $399 billion FY 1991 - $432 billion FY 1990 - $376 billion Ronald Reagan: Added $1.86 trillion, a 186% increase from the $998 billion debt at the end of Carter's last budget, FY 1981. FY 1989 - $255 billion FY 1988 - $252 billion FY 1987 - $225 billion FY 1986 - $297 billion FY 1985 - $256 billion FY 1984 - $195 billion FY 1983 - $235 billion FY 1982 - $144 billion Jimmy Carter: Added $299 billion, a 43% increase from the $699 billion debt at the end of Ford's last budget, FY 1977. FY 1981 - $90 billion FY 1980 - $81 billion FY 1979 - $55 billion FY 1978 - $73 billion Gerald Ford: Added $224 billion, a 47% increase from the $475 billion debt at the end of Nixon's last budget, FY 1974. FY 1977 - $78 billion FY 1976 - $87 billion FY 1975 - $58 billion Richard Nixon: Added $121 billion, a 34% increase from the $354 billion debt at the end of President Johnson's last budget, FY 1969. FY 1974 - $17 billion FY 1973 - $31 billion FY 1972 - $29 billion FY 1971 - $27 billion FY 1970 - $17 billion Lyndon B. Johnson: Added $42 billion, a 13% increase from the $312 billion debt at the end of President Kennedy's last budget, FY 1964. FY 1969 - $6 billion FY 1968 - $21 billion FY 1967 - $6 billion FY 1966 - $3 billion FY 1965 - $6 billion John F. Kennedy: Added $23 billion, an 8% increase from the $289 billion debt at the end of Eisenhower's last budget, FY 1961. FY 1964 - $6 billion FY 1963 - $7 billion FY 1962 - $10 billion Dwight Eisenhower: Added $23 billion, a 9% increase from the $266 billion debt at the end of Truman's last budget, FY 1953. FY 1961 - $3 billion FY 1960 - $2 billion FY 1959 - $8 billion FY 1958 - $6 billion FY 1957 - $2 billion surplus FY 1956 - $2 billion surplus FY 1955 - $3 billion FY 1954 - $5 billion Harry Truman: Added $7 billion, a 3% increase from the $259 billion debt at the end of President Roosevelt’s last budget, FY 1945. FY 1953 - $7 billion FY 1952 - $4 billion FY 1951 - $2 billion surplus FY 1950 - $5 billion FY 1949 - $0 billion with a slight surplus FY 1948 - $6 billion surplus FY 1947 - $11 billion surplus FY 1946 - $11 billion Franklin D. Roosevelt: Added $236 billion, a 1,048% increase from the $23 billion debt at the end of Hoover's last budget, FY 1933. FY 1945 - $58 billion FY 1944 - $64 billion FY 1943 - $64 billion FY 1942 - $23 billion FY 1941 - $6 billion FY 1940 - $3 billion FY 1939 - $3 billion FY 1938 - $1 billion FY 1937 - $3 billion FY 1936 - $5 billion FY 1935 - $2 billion FY 1934 - $5 billion Herbert Hoover: Added $6 billion, a 33% increase from the $17 billion debt at the end of Coolidge's last budget, FY 1929. FY 1933 - $3 billion FY 1932 - $3 billion FY 1931 - $1 billion FY 1930 - $1 billion surplus Calvin Coolidge: Subtracted $5 billion from the debt, a 24% decrease from the $22 billion debt at the end of Harding's last budget, FY 1923. FY 1929 - $1 billion surplus FY 1928 - $1 billion surplus FY 1927 - $1 billion surplus FY 1926 - $1 billion surplus FY 1925 - $1 billion surplus FY 1924 - $1 billion surplus Warren G. Harding: Subtracted $2 billion from the debt, a 7% decrease from the $24 billion debt at the end of Wilson's last budget, FY 1921. FY 1923 - $1 billion surplus FY 1922 - $1 billion surplus Woodrow Wilson: Added $21 billion to the debt, a 727% increase from the $2.9 billion debt at the end of Taft's last budget, FY 1913. FY 1921 - $2 billion surplus FY 1920 - $1 billion surplus FY 1919 - $13 billion FY 1918 - $9 billion FY 1917 - $2 billion FY 1916 - $1 billion FY 1915 - $0 billion with a slight surplus FY 1914 - $0 billion FY 1789 - FY 1913: $2.9 billion debt created. Resources: Debt from 1914 to 2019: Historical Debt Outstanding.10 Debt from 2020 to 2021: FY 2021 budget."8 ARTICLE TABLE OF CONTENTSSkip to section Measurement Shortcomings Best Way to Measure Debt Top Five Contributors by Percentage Debt Increase by FY Since 1960 Article Sources
  10. Oh pluh-lease don't bring women and minorities into this as a demonrat. Look at the two remaining candidates and the pool that they started off with. Get real. Demonrats had plenty of voice and plenty of choice. They chose wrong to come at me with that tripe.
  11. Yeah you definitely missed it. Okay lets do Econ 101 for your "tax break". So two drivers are working. One with Lyft and One with Uber (disregard what you personally feel about the two companies). The Lyft driver gets 1 driver per two hours and the Uber driver gets 5 drivers per hour. The Lyft driver makes equal amount of money as the Uber driver. However, when both drivers have one less passenger, the Uber driver is still making money wherethe Lyft driver has no income. Now let's say only the Uber runs a discount on their rides. Both make the same amount until both drivers take one less passenger. A tax break is a discount that adds revenue to the local economy. Sure the Uber driver on a single trip takes less but the volume of passengers makes up for it in the long run. And it is over the course of time that matters. A tax break is a discount. If you don't like tax breaks, never use another coupon or take another discount in your life. Pay full price for whatever you buy. That is the difference between a tax break and a non-tax breaK. A tax break brings in revenue when there was a revenue gap.
  12. By Oct 2015 Americans could not name a single Obummer accomplishment.
  13. Lol A tax break is only derogatory if you think it is. I see your five or 6 and raise you 283 (As of Oct 31, 2018) only the first 20 months of Trump's Presidency Economic Growth 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018. For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year. Jobs 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office. More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history. Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades. The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record. Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record. Unemployment claims at 50 year low African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows. African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018. Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent. Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent. Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years. Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953. Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years. July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966. Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades. July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001. Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low. Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low. Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades. Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.” 68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year. Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005. Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job. Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent. Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election. Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades. 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas. American Income Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high. Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009. Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade. Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year. Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election. Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history. Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade. Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded. American Optimism Small business optimism has hit historic highs. NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August. SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high. Manufacturers are more confident than ever. 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever. Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record. Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent. American Business Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts. Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018. Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent from July 2017. ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years. Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years. Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening. Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs. Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year. Deregulation Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office. Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks. Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings. Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule. Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history. Tax Cuts Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families. Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business. Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families. Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction. Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family. Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win. Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income. Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy. 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department. More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts. Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts. Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities. Worker Development Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries. Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students. Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs. Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers. Domestic Infrastructure Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country. Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects. Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects. Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas. Health Care Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline. Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments. Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients. Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone. FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion. Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases. Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans. Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees. Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty. Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.” USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law. Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry. HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom. Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities. Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors. Combating Opioids Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders. Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities. $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic. DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids. Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis. Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017. Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction. Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis. Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time. $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis. Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities. DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers. Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales. Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017. Law and Order More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever. Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges. Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers. Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers. Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels. Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels. Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics. $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts. Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime. Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable sex trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution. Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking. Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers. Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs. New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States. Border Security and Immigration Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill. Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego. Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year. Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members. Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017. Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border. ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin. ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl. ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017. Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States. Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids. DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers. DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales. Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws. Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border. Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter. These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing. ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017. ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone. In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses. More than 48,000 with assault offenses. More than 11,000 with weapons offenses. More than 5,000 with sexual assault offenses. More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses. Over 1,800 with homicide offenses. Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime. More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody. Trade Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States. Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides. Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe. Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws. Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports. Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA. Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement. Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam. Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade. Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security. Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone. Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way. 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft. Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers. Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly. Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe. Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports. Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century American beef exports have returned to china for the first time in more than a decade OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation. Energy Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction. Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration. Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017. Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry. Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement. Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040. U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world. U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades. Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity. Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers. Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year. Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018. Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Foreign Policy Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived. Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country. All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018. Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress. North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests. Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War. Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle. Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt. Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program. Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use. New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses. Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military. Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS. ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump. ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017. All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS. More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world. Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections. Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA. Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence. Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities. Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities. Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine. Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself. Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup. Defense Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open. $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019. Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade. Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent. Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years. New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats. Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court. Released an America first National Security Strategy. Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council. Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels. In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies. Every member state has increased defense spending. Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024. NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016. Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad. Veterans affairs Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care. Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before. Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA. Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA. VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that: Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs. Funding for the Veterans Choice program. Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program. Gave veterans more access to walk-in care. Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals. Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure. Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program. Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority. Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life. Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data. Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA. Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members. Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits. Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans. VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far. Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.
  14. God gave us what we needed as a nation when we needed it the most.
  15. Ahh look who showed up! Was waiting for the other. As he can't help himself either.
  16. Read Shabbs and see your unfettered Trumpism gone amok. It has never been about Trump. That you will never get. These two speeches, Regan's and 0Bummer's, led to a much needed disruptor in the Oval Office. If Biden did what Regan espoused and Trump did, instead of trying to increase the size of our government, increase the taxes and a slew of other things, then people would support them as well. Instead we get tripe like "America isn't exceptional" and "you didn't build that" "Free this and free that". These two ideaologies clash like oil and water. Biden is nothing more than the extension of this just like Trump is nothing more than the extension of Regan. It would not matter to the demonrats who is in office with an R behind their name. The demonrats would still carry on like they do with Trump. I would guarantee that 100%.
  17. Best lines out of Regan's speech: Biden and 0bummer gave us this:
  18. No lapse in judgement. You think you go unnoticed on here. The funny thing is what you are actually noticed for. And that is nothing good. Those are not my words by the way. I am quoting from other people. You will never who.
  19. Great Farewell Address from a President who suffered from early stages of Alzheimer's disease on the final day of his Presidency: Four
  20. I guess when you add "As always, just my opinion." this passes off as not violating the rules, eh? No abuse from you here eh? As always, just my opinion.
  21. Who got bent out of shape when Trump called certain individuals "Animals" and who actually proved they were what Trump called them? Why, with all the ME factions starting with AQ and the Muslim Brotherhood, are the demonrats wanting terrorist actions be called nothing more than crimes? And why was their a backlash when Trump wanted the gans he espoused keeping out of the country as domestic terrorists? Answer these questions and you will get to the real reason as to why the COVID-19 was released.
  22. And to show history: 2020 Democrats Ignore Mexican Drug Cartel Violence That Killed Nine Americans NOVEMBER 6, 2019 By Tristan Justice Nine Americans were slaughtered in broad daylight Monday in an apparent ambush by a drug cartel in Northern Mexico. The LeBaron family, with ties to Utah who lived in the La Mora Mormon fundamentalist community located in Mexico’s Sonora state were traveling in a caravan of three SUVs that were attacked by the cartel, with a dozen family members still missing who were likely kidnapped. At least six children and three women were killed in the attack, and several of them, including a pair of infant twins were burned to death when one of the cars blew up. The episode highlights the escalating violence happening just across the U.S.-Mexican border, where massive drug cartels have launched a growing insurgency against a failing state. Democrats running on the presidential campaign trail however, have remained eerily silent. Not one of the seventeen Democrats still in the race issued a statement on Monday’s attacks. President Donald Trump on the other hand, voiced outrage over the attacks on Twitter, condemning the violence and calling on the Mexican government to come down harder on the cartels. “This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” Trump wrote. 66.5K people are talking about this 23.5K people are talking about this The Mexican military however, has been losing the fight. Just last month, a drug cartel defeated Mexican military forces in Culiacan, Mexico, located in the northwestern part of the country. Meanwhile, the epidemic of terrorism along the southern border runs counter to the Democratic narrative resisting the need for stronger border security. Instead, Democrats chasing their party’s presidential nomination have looked the other way from the growing crisis on the border and have focused on the deteriorating conditions of U.S. migrant shelters being overrun by migrants fleeing the violence. The Federalist’s political editor John Davidson written extensively on the violence taking place across the Rio Grande. Reporting last month on the Mexican military’s defeat, Davidson explained the horrific reality facing the Mexican government:
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