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What I see in my life is I am responsible for my success and failure. Arrived late to the party on that but i kinda got it from you'se guys.
 

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When people had wealth and were buying new cars every 2 or 3 years the company I worked for gave out great raises and bonuses- -wait for it- -so we wouldn't go work for the competition.

If you were good you could go to any shop you wanted. Skilled employee poaching was rampant.
As it should be in a healthy economy.


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The billboard saying it is great to go on food stamps was a tale of where this country was being driven to. Not to mention the extended unemployment benefits.
 

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The billboard saying it is great to go on food stamps was a tale of where this country was being driven to. Not to mention the extended unemployment benefits.
I'll tell you what Brother Hammer, seeing bush the 2 stand there on teevee telling everybody who was laid off to just sit there on the couch and we'll get your jobs back was a life changing event for me.
That mother***ker knew what was going on and just lied through his teeth. That and the thousands of illegal aliens dancing in the streets was it for me. Wool was off my eyes for good after that.

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JK, I already did the math on it

ATT made $13.3B last year prior to the tax cut.

They are tossing off $200M which is a nothing burger comparatively, $1k per worker.
Just sayin' that $200,000,000 is still a good amount of dough.


If they took that one year NET INCOME, prior to them deducting it and getting more benefits from that and put it out to all employees, that figure would be over $66,000 per worker.

And that was prior to the tax cut for them, the accelerated depreciation, etc.

Their net income for ONE YEAR prior to the tax cut was 66X what they are willing to pry open their checkbooks and give the slaves.

So as I stated, don't be fools, you are being duped again
They didn't have to give any bonus and one of the companies main purposes is to generate a profit for its owners.
...and AT&T had a profit margin of about 8.1% in 2016. Is making 8 cents on the dollar excessive? A lot of people pay more than that in sales tax to an entity that didn't do anything to earn it. At least AT&T provided a service their customers wanted.
 

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Just sayin' that $200,000,000 is still a good amount of dough.


They didn't have to give any bonus and one of the companies main purposes is to generate a profit for its owners.
...and AT&T had a profit margin of about 8.1% in 2016. Is making 8 cents on the dollar excessive? A lot of people pay more than that in sales tax to an entity that didn't do anything to earn it. At least AT&T provided a service their customers wanted.
In 2018 the dems will need to explain why the Obozo admin thought the main purpose of government was to squeeze businesses and the working class for heavy taxes in order to grow the size of government.

Just wait until all of those useless federal agencies just cease to exist one day soon.
 

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back in the day, major window company around here,

privately held corp, paid huge xmas bonuses to all employees every year,

one year it averaged over $40K per employee,

eventually the company was sold, the bonuses disappeared, and prices went up,

now you tell me wtf?

ohh but you can buy a share of att while you are trying to pay your friggin' elec bill,
stupid ass statement as that is the whole problem to begin with
 

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In 2018 the dems will need to explain why the Obozo admin thought the main purpose of government was to squeeze businesses and the working class for heavy taxes in order to grow the size of government.

Just wait until all of those useless federal agencies just cease to exist one day soon.
I would love to see 90 % of government gone in combination with the end of corporate personhood, all lobbying besides a vote by individuals and property bonds instead of insurance, end the fed and bring back the gold standard.
 

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Passage of The Tax Bill Turns Trump’s ‘America-First’ Seeds into MAGAnomic Sprouts…
Posted on December 21, 2017 by sundance

Oh, we have no idea yet how big and consequential the synergy between all of President Trump’s economic policies are toward an almost unfathomable MAGAnomic result; but we’ll find out really soon, BIGLY.

The international community is just now beginning to recognize how intensely sequential the domestic MAGAnomic tax policy is when combined with the international America-First trade policy therein.



2018 will be the year when every international trade partner reassess their best financial interests; and with the tax outline codified into law, POTUS Trump, Secretary Ross, Secretary Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer are about to initiate the biggest multinational trade shift in the history of international economics.

Yes folks, I’m actually talking about that phase when we discover we are living within the orbit of: “almost too much winning”. This is where we begin to recognize that 5%, 6% and even 7% GDP growth is easily attainable. Here’s how it works.




Previously the larger multinational corporate community used the tax rates of lesser industrialized nations as a strategic gateway to offset costs held within the largest market in the world, the United States. With the U.S. changing the entire dynamic behind the tax rates, the same companies now enter a phase of recalculating the production costs.

In direct realignment with the tax rates, the Trump policy cuts the costs further by eliminating regulation and unleashing energy development, which again lowers costs. Energy costs third in line of importance behind labor and raw materials in most manufacturing cost considerations.

The combination of manufacturing automation, decreased U.S. regulations, and now lower tax rate provisions entirely changes the cost dynamic. Add in the transportation costs inherent with bringing foreign products to the U.S. market and, well, you can quickly see how the multidimensional strategy makes the best financial sense to manufacturer right here in the U.S.A.

As a noted left-leaning Canadian outlet notes:

(Via National Post) […] “Foreign companies that operate in North America are now going to look at, ‘Do I invest in Canada, with a small population, small market, to serve the North American market, or do I go to the United States?”‘ said Mintz, of the University of Calgary.

“When they look at Canada they now see … similar tax rates and similar burdens (to the U.S.),” he added. “Then they look at regulations in Canada, which are increasing as the U.S. is reducing theirs.”

The U.S. trade czar leading the NAFTA negotiations, Robert Lighthizer, toasted the bill’s adoption, calling it a monumental win that will make American business more competitive, and reduce the U.S. trade deficit. (read more)

There is no incentive for the U.S. to remain inside NAFTA. We are the market everyone want’s and needs access to. We are the consumer. President Trump has signaled his intention to leverage access to our markets as part of the larger trade initiatives. USTR Robert Lighthizer is now holding a much stronger hand than just a few months ago thanks to the Tax bill.

Additionally, even European nations are beginning to realize their manufacturing access to U.S. markets will now be much weaker. Cue Germany:


Handelsblatt – […] “The tax competition will have a new dimension,” said Christoph Spengel, chairman of the corporate tax department at the University of Mannheim. Mr. Spengel, who is also a research associate at the Center for European Economic Research, and a group of tax experts at the university have done a detailed comparison of the two countries’ tax systems and published a report under the heading, “Germany loses out in US tax reform.”

Clemens Fuest, who heads the Ifo economic think tank, also said he believed German business would suffer. “Investments and jobs will migrate to the US,” he said. (read more)

German companies that already do the manufacturing inside the U.S. will not be impacted. However, German companies that rely on exports into the U.S. are now in a very tenuous position. Their best hand becomes actually moving operations into the U.S., hiring U.S. workers, and producing the end product right here.

See how that works.

Now, sticking with the Canadian and German examples cited, it becomes transparently obvious how GDP growth rates explode. Remember, the U.S. GDP is the combined value of everything produced and serviced in the U.S. “minus” the value of our imports.

If we drop $1 billion in imports and instead manufacture the $1 billion in products here in the U.S. the GDP growth rate is measured in terms of $2 billion in growth. The GDP growth rate as a percentage increases two-fold.

This is why five, six, and even higher percentage increases in GDP growth are possible. It is our MARKET size that dominates the leverage in the equation.

In addition to leveraging economic power for national security, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Ross are working on long term economic benefits: Trade renegotiation, exports, and investment along with capital/credit availability. Simultaneously EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is working on short-term economic benefits: energy development, deregulation, etc.

Lowering energy costs has an exponential benefit to the overall economy. Not only does it drive down the cost of domestic highly consumable products, but it also binds the building blocks of the manufacturing and production sector. Lower energy costs offset higher wages on products manufactured for export and helps keep the U.S. competitive.

President Trump is uniquely qualified as a successful businessman (non-politician) to have developed actual life-skills on Main Street that help him see the bigger value in policy shifts. Politicians usually speak in esoteric terms about economic “costs”; but President Trump has direct experience in how shifts in costs can directly contribute to the Main Street economy.

Domestic manufacturing and industry sectors have three top-tier costs as they transfer to Main Street: 1) Raw materials (or finished goods depending on sector); 2) Labor costs; and 3) energy costs. If you lower any of the three drivers you lower the cost of business operations.

President Trump is actually the only President in modern history who is working to lower both material costs and energy costs simultaneously. In doing so, the short term benefit to the middle-class worker is a lower consumable good prices and subsequently a higher level of disposable income.

In essence by lowering material and energy costs the internal economic action actually gives a raise to the middle-class faster than waiting for full economic expansion/growth to drive wage rates higher.

See how that works?

In the longer term, as the economy expands, there will be a natural pressure on wage rates to rise – as competition for labor drives up labor value.



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Maybe in your book. In mine $200mil is a tidy sum. Especially when the company didn't have to give it away.

yet you continue to carry the globalist flag, so be it
I'm not a globalist, just pointing out that 8.1cents of profit on each dollar of revenue is not an exorbitant amount.
...and I don't begrudge companies that provide a product that their customers obviously wanted to purchase, for turning a profit on those sales.
 

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A singular $1000 bonus isnt shit. Nor is it out of the kindness of any companies heart, never was. But maybe it is a signal of things to come? I dont know. These large corporations are always very short sighted. If there isnt a payout in a year or two then there wont be any capital invested. Could it simply be these small gratuities are just another short sighted investment in the US labor market? When companies see a chance at making tons of money, the last thing they want to deal with is a shortage of labor. Like it or not, we are living in the age of a Global economy. And to the detriment of the American worker our former globalists in charge have shipped living wage jobs out of the country. Lobbyists in concert with communist politicians and the claws of greedy corporations....
Why not a tax cut here at home?
 
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When the fed is abolished or the sun dies...whichever comes first.
Well whenever fiat musical chairs runs out of economic nitrous the tax cut don't mean doodly.
Funny it was a bubble according to a certain president pre election now look at all the boom!

Guess I need stronger kool aid and some happy pills.
 

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Guess I need stronger kool aid and some happy pills.
Fluoridated water and potato liquor comes highly recommended.
 

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Year One List: 81 major Trump achievements, 11 Obama legacy items repealed
by Paul Bedard | Dec 21, 2017, 1:04 PM

With the passage of the GOP tax bill this week, the Trump administration has scored 81 major achievements in its first year, making good on campaign promises to provide significant tax cuts, boost U.S. energy production, and restore respect to the United States, according to the White House.

And along the way, President Trump even outdid his own expectations and slashed at least 11 major legacy items of former President Barack Obama, including cracking down on the open border, slowing recognition of communist Cuba and effectively killing Obamacare by ending the mandate that everyone have health insurance or face a tax.

According to the White House, the 81 accomplishments are in 12 major categories and include well over 100 other minor achievements.

The unofficial list helps to counter the impression in the mainstream media and among congressional Democrats that outside the approval of Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch and passage of the tax reform bill little was done.

Administrations typically tout their achievements broadly at the end of each year, but Trump plans to list jobs added, regulations killed, foreign policy victories won, and moves to help veterans and even drug addicts.

And in a sign of support for conservatives, the White House also is highlighting achievements for the pro-life community.

Below are the 12 categories and 81 wins cited by the White House.

Jobs and the economy
  • Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate.
  • Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.
  • Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.
  • Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.
  • A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high.
  • A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.
  • A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.
  • Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.
Killing job-stifling regulations
  • Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.
  • Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
  • Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.
  • Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
  • Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.
Fair trade
  • Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
  • Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
  • Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
  • Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
  • Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.
Boosting U.S. energy dominance
  • The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.
  • Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.
  • Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.
  • Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
  • EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.
Protecting the U.S. homeland
  • Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end "chain migration," which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.
  • Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
  • Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
  • Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
  • Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
  • Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.
  • Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
  • Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
  • Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
  • Added some 100 new immigration judges.
Protecting communities
  • Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.
  • Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
  • Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.
  • Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.
Accountability
  • Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.
  • Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.
  • Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.
  • Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.
Combatting opioids
  • First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.
  • His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.
  • Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.
  • The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.
  • On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.

Protecting life
  • In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
  • Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.
  • Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.
Helping veterans
  • Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
  • Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
  • Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.
  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Created a VA hotline.
  • Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
  • With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.
Promoting peace through strength
  • Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
  • Worked to increase defense spending.
  • Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.
  • Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.
  • Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
  • Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
  • Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
  • Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
  • Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.
  • Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.
  • NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
  • Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.
  • Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.
  • Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.
  • Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.
Restoring confidence in and respect for America
  • Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
  • Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
  • He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
  • Traveled to Poland and on to Germany for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com

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Changed the rules of engagement from having to be shot at and the requirement receive permission to return fire

I understand but am not positive that the new rules allow targeting mosques that house weapons or are safe houses for the enemy
 

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hay! Her chair is nicer than his chair! The Russians!
 

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The Libtards are screaming about MAGA progress but that just means they're scared.

One guy wrote they're as nervous as the reverend Al Sharpton at a spelling bee
 

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This will make the libs heads explode..... VIDEO AT LINK

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...-melania-attend-christmas-eve-church-service/

STANDING OVATION and CHEERS for President Trump and First Lady Melania at Christmas Eve Church Service (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are attending a Christmas Eve service at the church in Palm Beach they were married at, Bethesda-by-the-Sea.


Video by WPEC-TV of cheers and standing ovation (Video of service at end of article):

The Palm Beach Post’s Matt Morgan tweeted a photo of the Trumps arriving at church, “President Trump and Melania have arrived at the church and were greeted by Rev. James Harlan #TrumpInPalmBeach”

A live stream of the service is available for the time being at this link.

Video of the Trumps arriving at church:


Senior Trump advisor Dan Scavino, Jr. posted a photo of the Trumps receiving a standing ovation, “President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump are greeted by stand ovation and cheers upon their arrival to attend Christmas Eve church services, tonight, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. #ChristmasEve2017”

Pool report on the service:

President Trump departed the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-sea at 12:19

The president was seated in the third row in the spot closest to the aisle, on the right side of the church (if youre in the back looking toward the altar). The First Lady was the only member of the presidents family to attend mass with him.

Reverend James Harlan, the churchs rector, gave the homily. It centered around the themes of the power of words and Gods light. He began by quoting Nelson Mandela, whom he noted rebelled against his government for its systemic oppression.

The Mandela quote: It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”

Harlan connected the power of words especially as it pertains to Gods word to their ability to educate, enlighten and draw out the best in people, while he also cautioned words can be used to cause harm.

Your words can have as much destructive potential as they do healing, Harlan said. Gods word is pure light.

A crowd of people encircled the president to shake his hand when it came time for the peace-be-with-yous. The churchs live stream cut to another angle once the president stood up to take communion. Once it cut back, the president was standing in his pew, and appeared to be holding the communion, which he then took.

Songs:

* God rest ye merry gentlemen
* O come let us adore him”

Video of the service posted to YouTube:

Hauntingly beautiful performance of Silent Night sung by Bethesda-by-the-Sea choir (wait for it):

Updates as warranted.
 

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MAGA Success IS The Existential Threat…
Posted on December 25, 2017 by sundance

PART I – As the year winds down there will be lots of reviews of all things political. Lists of shifts and outlined accomplishments will be compiled to either show the advances or declines depending on tribal affiliation of the pundit.

However, not many people ever ask the questions behind the “why”. Why is there so much opposition to President Trump?



In the larger analysis, Donald Trump and the Make America Great Again (MAGA) proposition is a daily reminder that citizen inspired government can eliminate the decades-long notion of politics as a profession.

There are hundreds-of-thousands of people within the institutional system known as politics. Each member carving out a specialty and selling their expertise as necessary within the opaque organization known as government. From city council, through state legislature and into federal representation, the primary selling point of each participating member is to declare their operational skill within the institution.

Heck, the professional political enterprise is so accepted as ordinary you can even go to college and earn a degree in how to be a politician. Why?

Boil down government to it’s most basic of institutional objectives and the entire premise is about operating common systems to the benefit of the aggregate assembly. The only thing that changes is the scale of the assembled constituency, local, state or federal.




In the private sector success or failure is measured on competence in achieving the objective, usually financial growth.

In the public sector success or failure is measured in how effectively the individual retains the perception that governance is necessary.

When businessman Donald Trump arrived in Washington DC he represented a wrecking ball to a decades-long Potemkin village that only politicians can govern.

As a direct consequence, if Trump succeeds in solving problems or making things better he’s essentially embarrassing an entire profession; and fundamentally changing the dynamic.


Now, if your core purpose, and evaluation by your peers of success, was to convince people that only a specifically trained group of people could govern effectively, and along comes Trump and does it better than… well, see the problem?

If a team of little people showed up to the winter Olympics and easily won the bobsled competition because their physical stature meant they could remove half the weight of the sled; well, the next winter Olympic year the entire field of bobsled teams would be midgets…

…Then what happens to the ‘regular-sized‘ career bobsled professionals?



Never has their been a more brutally obvious intention on display, than with President Trump’s cabinet selections. Toward the end goal of MAGA, President-Elect Trump assembled his cabinet; these would be the subject matter experts to whom he assigns specific responsibilities.

Now, unlike most ‘politicians’, the filter of cabinet selection qualification did not include political repayment for campaign support rendered. Indeed, all previous political presidencies used cabinet positions to repay political favors; generally, it has always been thus. However, for POTUS Trump the intensely mapped-out MAGA objective is the primary filter. He was looking for results oriented ‘doer’s’ not politicians.

Within this cabinet, the level of competency and skill is stunning.



President Trump hired the most traveled business executive on the planet to be the COO of the administration. He actually hired the Chief Executive of the largest private business in the world, a man running a multi-billion company with over 74,000 employees around the globe, to be the Secretary of State.

Knowing how energy development would be one of the pillars to the larger use of American economic leverage to ensure maximum use of economic leverage to gain geopolitical national security objectives, President-elect Trump hired Rex Tillerson away from Exxon Mobil. Secretary Tillerson has been beyond consequential and effective in the year he’s running the State department.



With economics as the backbone to MAGA, President-elect Trump hires a the biggest apex predator, a contract killer amid the multinational business world, to be our Secretary of Commerce. Billionaire Wilbur Ross is the guy all international financial people knew as the man they could contract to turn corporate coal into diamonds.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is as comfortable dancing through the fine print of international trade contracts like Fred Astaire gliding in a Viennese Waltz. The man can make a billion from the contract text covered by the rim of his glasses while sipping tea. If contracts were quarks, Wilbur Ross would be the maestro of particles.

Businessman Donald Trump faced hired contract killer Wilbur Ross once; only once. More than two decades before he hired him to be MAGA’s primary trade contract negotiator.



An odd duck within the international fiance world, who expanded his capital toward learning the machinations of Hollywood production, was considered a rain-main of sorts by those who tried to figure out his mental algorithms for currency exchange.

The guy looked like Clark Kent and used statistical analysis -to run mental algorithms through the prism of common sense- like no-one had ever seen. That guy is Steven Mnuchin, and President Trump took Wall Street’s mild-mannered rain-man to be our Treasury Secretary.

Rain-Man Mnuchin scared the left-coast elites so much Hollywood made a move about their perception of him but they never credited the origin of the screenplay. They titled the film simply “The Accountant“, and if you saw Ben Affleck character play out the role, you’ll immediately notice the parallel to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin (sans all the killing people with guns part). The Accountant’s brother? Yeah, that’s Gary Cohn right there.



Knowing China was the dominant threat to MAGA on the trade front the filter for USTR consideration would be depth of knowledge, scale of understanding the Chinese psyche, and willingness to confront an opponent that will never come to equitable terms.

That’s exactly why Robert Lighthizer is our combat wolverine United States Trade Representative.

Trump hired an eagle-scout, Navy SEAL, outdoors-man to be Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke; a life-long Georgia farmer to be Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. The list of exceptional qualifications goes on, but hopefully you see the larger picture.

The Trump Administration is a strategic assembly of the most inherently competent people every put together within a U.S. cabinet. And yes, I do mean so much more so than even President Ronald Reagan was able to assemble.

All prior presidencies needed to balance politics with the assignment. Political debts owed, to whom, what party, for what reason, etc. all of this was part-and-parcel of the prism of cabinet nominee selection. But not Donald Trump.

For this administration there is one objective: Make America Great Again. That’s the nucleus, the core, the central goal that radiates outward into the concentric circles of the cabinet and aggregate Trump administration.

That central objective, in combination with the competency currently in place to accomplish that mission, is why Donald J Trump is considered an existential threat to the system.


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Trump’s Momentous First Year
By David Prentice
We’ve experienced a miracle in our day that a lot of us thought we might never see again.

The conservative base wanted a consequential President; one who could overcome a combination of our country’s decline, the neutering of conservative principle, the increasingly poor economy, the leftward lurch of our major institutions, the suicidal tendencies grafted into our country by the left, and the increasing mindlessness of our culture. Trump filled the ticket as a candidate.



We’ve seen his Presidency for the better part of a year. We can now say emphatically, this is the most effective first year of any President in our lifetime, perhaps in a century. Including Ronald Reagan, who was the one that drew me to the political realm. Reagan drew me to conservatism, he articulated the principles that reset America for twenty-five years. He was my hero, the one who has clearly carried the banner of a consequential President.

And Reagan did some things better than Trump.

I preferred his demeanor. I preferred his jokes (although Trump can be hilariously funny). I preferred his speeches. And Reagan had a wonderful record; eight years of huge accomplishments. Resetting the US economy. Resetting our military. Resetting our love of country, our optimism, our purpose. He almost single handedly bankrupted the Soviet Union, and won the cold war. He took a series of major ideas, ran on them, and then proceeded to fulfill his promises and bring them into being.

My praise of Reagan’s Presidency is in no way meant to diminish Trump.

Reagan was the greatest President since World War II, and perhaps the Twentieth Century. Now, as good as Reagan’s record of accomplishments were, Trump’s first year has actually been better. I am in no way impugning Reagan, he was one of our great Presidents. I’m just saying that Trump’s first year was the most consequential of any President I know, including Reagan. Hardly faint praise.

An incomplete list:

  • The economy has taken an unprecedented move towards the better.
  • GDP is moving upwards. Most are forecasting close to 4% growth in 2018.
  • New jobs are increasing monthly.
  • Manufacturing jobs are returning to the country for the first time in thirty years.
  • The bleeding of corporations leaving the country has stopped.
  • Corporations have begun to reinvest in American factories and interests.
  • Trade deals are being renegotiated to our economic benefit.
  • The first major tax cut legislation in thirty years was just signed into law.
  • Massive amounts of regulation have been cut, spurring business optimism.
  • Consumer optimism is higher than in the past two decades.
  • The coal industry in our country has been revived.
  • Pipelines for oil have been released for construction completion.
  • We have expanded oil drilling, even in ANWAR.
  • We are virtually energy independent as a nation.
  • Our energy businesses have become exporters.
  • Our stock market is through the roof, up 30%, new highs almost daily.
  • Business optimism has not been higher. Atlas stopped shrugging.
  • The horrid Obamacare individual mandate was torpedoed.
  • Justice Neal Gorsuch was voted to the Supreme Court.
  • Trump appointed more judges in his first year than any other President.
  • He is remaking the judiciary in a conservative image as he promised.
  • He has slowed illegal immigration to a level not seen in thirty years.
  • He is destroying MS 13, and other illegal immigrant gangs.
  • He is speaking openly of ending chain immigration.
  • He has successfully gone after ISIS, virtually driving them into the ground.
  • He has acknowledged Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel.
  • He has reset our alliance with Israel.
  • He is quietly helping to remake a Middle East that is a bulwark against Iran.
  • He has quietly reset our alliance with the new leaders of Saudi Arabia.
  • He is quietly reversing the horrible Iranian deal left us by Obama.
  • He has been the first President to stand against the insanity of North Korea.
  • He has connected with the Chinese leadership, enlisting them as allies.
  • He has pulled out of TPP, beginning negotiation on a better deal.
  • He is renegotiating NAFTA.
  • He has pulled us out of the ridiculous and harmful Paris Climate Accord.
  • He has begun to dismantle the corruption of climate data by our bureaucracies.
  • He has reset an agenda for space exploration by NASA.
  • He has brought hope to the mission of our military.
  • He has worked and enacted better care and treatment for our Veterans.
  • He is redefining our mission in national security with his speech last week.
  • He has put the United Nations on notice for their arrogant nonsense.
  • He has and is exposing the national media for the leftist activism base it is.
  • He has fought the self-tarnished media more effectively than any other.
  • He has exposed the Democratic Party as corrupt, issueless, and powerless.
  • He has exposed the fecklessness, and fraud of the GOP.
  • He is quietly remaking the GOP from their own ashes.
  • He has exposed the deep state to public view. And is just beginning.
  • He is exposing the corruption of our bureaucracies by the Obama administration.
  • He is exposing the insanity of the hard left, and their utter lack of decency.
  • He has driven mad the constituency of #nevertrumpers on the right. Exposed.
  • Last mentioned: he has earned the unity and praise of the elected GOP. Which has been well deserved. This is one we on the right should all applaud.
There will be many lists of his accomplishments in the next month, a few have come out already. Some on the left understand what is happening, while most on the left run around like chicken littles telling us the sky is falling, that “The Russians are Coming”! That Trump doesn’t know what he is doing. That Trump is the evil of evils. That Trump has never done anything right in his whole life!

In the meantime, Trump has plans to begin rebuilding infrastructure, building the wall, to make a military be strong and proud again, to honor our veterans, our police, perhaps fully repeal Obamacare. There is more, his list is large, and he is learning at warp speed.

Newt Gingrich commented during the campaign, that Trump was the fastest learner he had ever seen. His campaign grew from week to week.

I hoped Trump would follow up on his promises, but I’d not have gotten angry if Trump tried to set forth half of what he promised during the campaign. That would have been a major improvement on our last two GOP Presidents, who were disappointments. Little did I know that he would genuinely plan to fulfill all his promises. And that it would be clearly a successful plan evident by the end of his first year. As President he learns how to do more each week.

I’m not suggesting he is done, not at all. He’s not. He seems to be just starting. But he’s shown us what a consequential President is made of. The blue-collar billionaire builder has simply begun a miracle in the United States of America.

He is pointing us to a great America. By God’s grace, we can reclaim the USA. He’s just pointing. We need to do our part alongside him. Work hard, MAGA.

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Report: Expect ‘Full Trump,’ Unchained, in 2018


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by MATTHEW BOYLE29 Dec 2017Washington, D.C.4,354

If you thought President Donald Trump was great in 2017, you ain’t seen nothing yet: wait until Trump 2018, a report from Axios’s Mike Allen on Friday morning argues.
Citing multiple sources who have met or spoken recently with the president, Allen reports that those in the know in Washington should expect the “full Trump” in 2018—the president’s upcoming second year.

“If you ask some close to President Trump what worries them most about 2018, it’s not Robert Mueller’s probe,” Allen writes under a headline saying to expect Trump to be “unchained” in 2018. “It’s that establishment guardrails of 2017 come down — and Trump’s actual instincts take over.”

“Next year will bring ‘full Trump,’ said one person who recently talked to the president,” Allen adds.

Allen notes that most of Trump’s major 2017 achievements could have been made by any old traditional Republican, from the tax cuts plan to Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and cutting regulations.


“Most of those in his current decision-making circle — even if they’re not mainstream Republicans — are defending mainstream Republican principles like free trade and an internationalist view of foreign policy,” Allen writes. “But top officials paint a different portrait of Trump when it comes to what he really wants on trade, immigration and North Korea — but has been tamped down by skeptical staff and Cabinet officials.”

Privately, Trump is throwing down entirely with the economic nationalist roots of his presidency.

“Trump keeps asking for tariffs — on steel and aluminum, in particular,” Allen writes. “He wants a trade war, and has for many years. His economic and diplomatic advisers persuaded him to delay trade actions in 2017.”

And while 2017 was defined by behind-the-scenes who’s up, who’s down power struggles in the administration and West Wing over which policies would win out, Allen notes that 2018 seems to be heading in the direction of a place where it doesn’t matter which measly globalist advisers are riding high at any given moment.

“Those advisers recognize that the day of reckoning will come in 2018, regardless of whether economic adviser Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — who advocated restraint — stay or go,” Allen writes.

Allen specifically pointed to a couple of recent Trump comments—one via Twitter and the other via his New York Times interview—on China, where the president ripped China on trade and North Korea.

“China’s hurting us very badly on trade, but I have been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war. O.K.?” Trump told the New York Times.

On Twitter, he wrote:


Donald J. Trump

✔@realDonaldTrump


Caught RED HANDED - very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!

11:24 AM - Dec 28, 2017

Allen says that Trump has trade actions planned next month, too, something that other reports indicate are splitting Trump from GOP leaders. A recent headline in the Hillnewspaper read, “GOP frustration rises with Trump on trade.”

The piece from Alex Bolton quotes several Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who raise concerns with President Trump and his administration’s efforts to put America first on trade.

But Allen notes that while Trump may have delayed acting on some of his economic nationalist instincts in 2017 to appease advisers’ demands, expect him to move forward with or without the useless advisers in 2018.

“Look for Trump to take action on trade in the next month. It probably won’t be next week, so as not to disrupt the afterglow of the tax cut. But nothing is final,” Allen writes, adding, “Trump still wants his wall, and tighter restrictions on legal immigration. He’s a true believer on this stuff, and knows intuitively that it keeps his base stoked.”

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Jumpin’ Ju-Ju Bones, What a Year…
Posted on December 31, 2017 by sundance

During the final hours of each year there are people, pundits and authors much more eloquent than I who are able to encapsulate the prior twelve months, and all the ramifications therein.

Perhaps part of the reason CTH struggles with philosophical hindsight is because we spend almost all of our time looking, as far as possible, in the opposite direction – always toward the horizon.



Maybe, just maybe, that purposeful decision is part of the reason we find it easier to relate to the strategic goals and planned objectives of President Donald John Trump. Indeed, as someone acutely stated ‘our president seems to have an eery ability to see around corners’. Often, what initially seems as a disconcerting position to take, quickly finds the criticism unfounded as the larger truth is something invisible until we turn the corner.

What a journey we are on.

Decades of economic manipulation by the professional political class has now turned upside-down, and more than ever people are realizing the extent to which our national wealth was been intentionally undermined by global control agents and their purchased enablers in Washington DC. Arguably, the greatest achievement in the past year is the resurgence of Main Street and common sense economic policy. A lot of people hate President Trump because of that simple fact.

The beauty of it is, POTUS Trump doesn’t care.




With or without the support of DC -often by just sheer will, grit and determination- President Trump is going to Make America a Great and balanced economy again. It is no longer an ‘if’ proposition, it’s happening.

POTUS Trump doesn’t care if the benefactors are blue or red, black or green, or any other category of constituency or self- identity; if you are American, you will benefit. Period.

Pretty cool.

Additionally refreshing is knowing all the cabinet members put on their socks every day knowing their mission objective is not political. As the President directs all oppositional fire upon himself, all of the officials stay MAGA-mission-centric. If you think about it, it’s the exact opposite approach of historic reference.



Usually the higher up the politician is within the apparatus, the more they try to retain their own placement and avoid controversial positions. President Trump flips that dynamic and takes all the controversial positions so those underneath his leadership can advance their action toward the larger goal. Whenever Trump takes a rare break, the opposition is able to look around, briefly, and realizes “oh, snap” they’ve lost ground.

Trump’s opposition spends so much time confronting him personally, while looking only at the granules moving at their feet, they fail to notice the tectonic plates have shifted. It’s really quite remarkable. Funny too. As soon a Trump tweets “BOO”, they quickly go back to chasing him…. “curse you villain“! Too funny.

I’ll admit, y’all know, back in 2015 I thought this MAGA approach was possible… yet, I had no idea it would be this level of MAGA successful. We always knew who the decepticons were – but we also thought they would attempt to retain their masks.

Boy howdy was that ever wrong.

As soon as the decepticons realized Donald Trump was actually intent on destroying their 30-year-built Potemkin village, the UniParty dropped all pretense and came screaming out of the shadows right behind us…. man, that was weird at first. It was like living amid the vampire pod-people as our neighbors and not knowing who was actually infected at the checkout line in the grocery store. Fortunately MAGA hats, or MAGA discussion, is like garlic to ’em.

In 2017 their uncontrollable autonomic responses became known as “triggering”.

Funny stuff.

The funniest of all funny things is when you ‘trigger’ someone infected with TDS, their expressed world-view can change instantaneously. Their belief is whatever is opposite of Trump. The most recent example highlights Islamic Terrorists and Iranian Mullahs as the great defenders of institutions cherished by those with anti-Trump sensibilities. Weird people.

He’s one guy, and he has them entirely surrounded.

Perpetually triggered, consistently paranoid and surrounded.

Damned funny, if you ask me.




When it comes to 2018 all I can tell you is, if the decoder ring holds up, this is going to be exciting. Yes, more winning. After a year of increasing success, POTUS Trump appears to have the timing of the whac-a-mole machine down pat.

Before Donald Trump won the presidency we accepted his approach. Trump enters a battle-space, any battle-space, with adversaries 360° around him; and yet somehow he has them surrounded. As President Trump enters year #2, this approach continues.

On a scale of 1 to 10 the average person has a sense of internal purpose around level four. People of intense historic consequence generally exhibit a stronger personal drive which pushes their scaled sense of purpose to around a seven. However, Donald Trump, now President Trump, as exhibited throughout his life’s accomplishments, carries a sense of purpose considerably higher – perhaps the highest in our life time.

During the phase of the industrial revolution the highest captains of Main Street industry were known as “Titans”. The economic Titans accomplished incredible achievements in building and industry.

These giants moved the nation forward. Relentless forward progress. They never stopped moving forward, and they carried a resolve so severe and consequential they never allowed anything to stand in the way of their purpose driven objectives. National politicians knelt at the desks of these nationalist Titans.

Wolfmoon’s explainer more true today than it was a year ago:

“Well, I don’t really have to do any holding together, now that I figured out what Trump is up to. He is shaking things out, but counting on Trump gravity to pull things back together as he moves along.

He is moving “forward” at speeds Obama could not even dream of.

You and I will be anti-Trump trolls one day and MAGA heroes the next. Get used to it. Trump speed is the new normal. Some will call it flip-flopping, but that’s not what it is. Trump is dodging and weaving through reality faster than the reality can react to disrupt his plans.

I was explaining this to my wife. This is a roller-coaster now. Trump is no longer waiting for people to keep up. He is taking his bewildering art-of-the-deal campaign schtick into geopolitics, and for a lot of people who can’t keep up or hold on, it will be a rough ride.

Trump is no longer playing only with evil and cunning players who are still predictable, easily beatable dopes, like Hillary. He is playing against killers, with his own team of killers, and all the while he has scheming creeps like Hillary, BGI, SPLC, and the neocons gunning for him. Snake Ryan ready to bite when nobody is looking. “Warhead” McCain screaming for Russian blood. Psycho Kim and Samoa Obama plotting some kind of intrigue to take him down. And THOSE are the lightweights.

This is the majors now. Trump has to outwit world-class adversaries and “frenemies” by defining the deals that they will agree to. One minute they will think Trump is their friend – the next minute, a cunning, bitter foe.

And he has to do this with evil cheerleaders like Warhead, Linderace, Dipsy Dowd, Maggie Haterman, and Fake Yapper trashing him or praising him alternately, no matter which way he goes. They can’t keep up, either.

Neither can many around him. I think that half of the problem with advisers crashing into each other is they don’t realize what Trump is doing.

And people will trash you, and they will trash me. Get used to it. I’ve already caught plenty of people mocking me. Well, just wait a week in Trump time. Look stupid and conned by Trump one minute, and you look like a sage three days later.

Trump will not find perfect solutions. He will find OPTIMAL solutions. We cannot ask for more. Trump has stood by and watched Perfect murder Good for 8 years – maybe longer. He’s not gonna do it. He’s going to deliver the best outcome possible, and he’s not waiting for us to feel relaxed about it.

Best presidency ever! Just hang on. More winning is coming, but a lot of people are going to scream that it’s all over at EVERY turn.

The best way through this is to define viewpoints, not people, because people will shift as they change position and velocity in Trump gravity. Bash the neocon, warmonger, and dopey globalist positions – not the people who are going to hold them one moment and come loose from them later.

Trump is Jupiter moving through the asteroid belt. He is going to pull people into his orbit. A few will get slung off into space, but most will come along for the ride of their lives.

I am ON the Trump Train for good, even if I scream that I want off and can’t take it.

In the end, I only want to scream “TOO MUCH WINNING!!!” (link)



….”And we will win, and you will win, and we will keep on winning… Believe me. And we will win so much, you will get tired of winning; and you will say: please Mr. Trump, we can’t take all of this winning… And I will say to you, NO. …We will win more, and we will keep winning,.. and we will win, and we will keep on winning…. I love you”…

~ President Donald Trump



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As the President directs all oppositional fire upon himself
is a point I find quite refreshing, entertaining, and profound all at once.

We hardly hear of those behind the scenes unless legislation is up or some other event requiring the head to appear. Otherwise, they get to operate in a vacuum, with full support from on high.

And yes, it is far different than anything prior. All below were considered expendables to protect the grand pooh bah. Did not matter the position held.

They even murdered a Supreme to further their agenda. Nothing was below them.
 

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Trump Administration Aims to Open Nearly All of America’s Offshore Waters to Drilling

January 4, 2018 by Reuters



The Aiviq (blue hull) escorts the tugs Corbin Foss, Ocean Wave and Lauren Foss as they tow the conical drilling unit Kulluk from Kiliuda Bay near Kodiak Island, Alaska, Feb. 26, 2013, about two months after the rig ran aground in Alaska.



By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday proposed opening nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, reversing protections in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific.

The bid to expand American energy production faces objections from environmentalists, state officials and some business groups worried about spills and the potential impact on coastal tourism.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the draft National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019 to 2024 would make over 90 percent of the outer continental shelf’s total acreage available for leasing, including areas put off-limits by the Obama administration.

“We want to grow our nation’s offshore energy industry, instead of slowly surrendering it to foreign shores,” Zinke said in prepared remarks, saying the plan is part of the Trump administration’s “American Energy Dominance” agenda.

The Interior Department identified 47 potential lease sales compared with 11 under Democratic former President Barack Obama’s strategy, making it “the largest number of lease sales in U.S. history” offered in a federal five-year plan.

Weeks before leaving office, Obama had banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, protecting 115 million acres (46.5 million hectares) of waters off Alaska and 3.8 million acres (1.5 million hectares)in the Atlantic from New England to the Chesapeake Bay.

Republican President Donald Trump last April ordered the Interior Department to overhaul the existing offshore drilling plan, which the agency said placed 94 percent of the outer continental shelf off-limits to drillers.

The proposal comes as low oil prices and soaring onshore production have curtailed industry demand for offshore leases, raising questions about the benefits of the move.

Ahead of Thursday’s announcement, lawmakers from both parties, environmental groups and local business leaders along the Atlantic Coast said they were opposed to any effort to open up their coastlines to drilling rigs, citing environmental risks and threats to their lucrative tourism industries.

A spokesman for Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott said in a statement on Wednesday that he “is aggressively fighting to protect Florida’s environment by proposing more than $3.8 billion to preserve it.”

Coastal tourism business groups are also girding for a long fight against the Interior Department.

Frank Knapp, founder of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, accused the federal agency of favoring the oil and gas sector over the tourism sector.

“What part of the business sector are they listening to? It’s certainly not small or coastal businesses,” Knapp said. (Reporting By Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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Trump Seeks to Open ‘Nearly All’ U.S. Coastal Waters to New Drilling to Dismay of Environmental Activists

January 4, 2018 by Bloomberg


The Noble Discoverer drilling rig pictured in Dutch Harbor, Alaska in Summer 2012 while under contract to Shell. Photo: Shell Alaska

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Bloomberg) — The Trump administration is proposing to open almost all U.S. coastal waters to oil drilling, including those off California and Florida where activists have fought for decades to spare delicate ecosystems from oil spills.

The proposal released Thursday will go far beyond President Donald Trump’s April order directing the Interior Department to consider auctioning oil and gas leases in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans as well as the Gulf of Mexico.

Instead, the Interior Department is proposing 47 possible auctions of drilling rights in more than 90 percent of the U.S. outer continental shelf, including Pacific waters near California and Atlantic waters near Maine. The draft plan opens the door to selling leases in 25 of the nation’s 26 offshore planning areas, including 19 auctions of the Alaska region, seven in the Pacific region and nine in the Atlantic, including the straits of Florida.

The plan is unprecedented in its scope; no prior administration has ever proposed so many lease sales in a single five-year offshore drilling program. And the Obama-era plan Trump is aiming to replace forces drillers to focus on the central and western Gulf of Mexico with 10 sales there and one auctioning acreage in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.

The only region the Trump administration is ruling out now is the North Aleutian Planning Area in Alaska, which had been excluded from leasing by former President George W. Bush.

“Under President Trump, we are going to become the strongest energy superpower this world has ever known,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters in a conference call Thursday. “We want to grow our nation’s offshore energy industry, instead of slowly surrendering it to foreign shores. We will produce enough energy to meet our needs at home, and we will export enough energy to lead the world.”

The draft proposal illustrates the Trump administration’s commitment to expanding domestic energy development beyond the Gulf of Mexico. Both Trump and Zinke have celebrated American “energy dominance,” and the president has vowed to unleash the “vast energy wealth” of the U.S.

Environmentalists and coastal residents have fought offshore drilling that they say poses too great a risk of oil spills befouling beaches, harming marine life and jeopardizing tourism.

That kind of opposition helped persuade the Obama administration to jettison its initial Arctic and Atlantic leasing plans. Still, the Trump administration’s broad approach may make it harder for activists to fight now, by forcing them to divide resources and combat proposed drilling off all U.S. coasts — not just in the eastern Gulf, Arctic waters and the Atlantic Ocean where oil companies are believed to be most interested.

“This radical offshore drilling free-for-all is a clear example of politics over people, ignoring widespread local and state opposition,” said Diane Hoskins, a campaign director for the marine conservation group Oceana.

All three governors on the U.S. West Coast oppose expanded offshore drilling, and on the East Coast, more than 140 municipalities have lodged their opposition. The governors of North Carolina and Virginia also expressly asked the Trump administration to leave their states out of any new plan, and Florida’s governor announced his opposition Thursday.

Politicians from Florida united in opposition Thursday, with Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio arguing the government should extend an existing ban on oil development in the eastern Gulf of Mexico set to end in 2022 — not allow new leasing there. Governor Rick Scott asked for an immediate meeting with Zinke to argue against selling leases near the state.

“The administration’s backward-looking approach puts oil and gas profits first — and will place our coastal communities and all they support at risk of the next BP-style disaster,” said Natural Resources Defense Council President Rhea Suh, referring to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Interior Department’s draft is an initial step in assembling a new five-year schedule for selling offshore oil leases from 2019 to 2024, replacing Obama’s plan that spanned 2017 to 2022. The process often begins broadly, with the number of potential sales and the available acreage generally whittled down as regulators work on the final plan.

For instance, the Obama administration originally proposed selling drilling rights in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans before ultimately abandoning the idea.

The Trump administration could finalize a sale schedule by the end of the year, after multiple rounds of environmental analysis and public comment.

Zinke emphasized that the draft could be narrowed in response to feedback from the public and politicians.

“Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks,” Zinke said in a news release. “The important thing is we strike the right balance to protect our coasts and people while still powering America and achieving American energy dominance.”

Oil industry advocates argue companies need fresh territory beyond the Gulf of Mexico, where drilling has been ongoing for decades and the quest for crude has driven them into deeper waters.

National Ocean Industries Association President Randall Luthi called the Trump proposal a “bold and broad” proposal that rightly keeps options on the table.

“Polls have repeatedly shown that most Americans want more energy to be produced domestically, including looking for more oil and natural gas resources off our shores,” Luthi said in a news release. He added that the U.S. has restricted offshore exploration as other countries including Canada and Mexico have stepped up their coastal activities.

It is not clear how much oil and gas exists under Atlantic waters off the East Coast, because existing data stems largely from decades-old geological surveys and more than four-dozen wells drilled in the 1970s and 1980s. Some petroleum geologists examining the location of continents before they drifted apart point to discoveries and development in other parts of the Atlantic Ocean as illustrating potential oil deposits along the U.S. East Coast.

Oil is still being produced from wells off southern California’s coast, even though the government last sold leases in the area in 1984.

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U.S. Added 250,000 Private Sector Jobs in December – DOW Closes Above 25k…
Posted on January 4, 2018 by sundance

According to ADP payroll reports the U.S. economy added a whopping 250,000 jobs in December exceeding the earlier forecast of 190k. The DOW jumps over 25,000.
This jobs report bolsters confidence in the MAGAnomic prediction shared two years ago. So long as current economic trends continue, the explosion in private sector wage rates, middle-class wages, will begin around Q2 of this year (April – June). Once the eight year Obama-labor-lag is fully absorbed, a tighter job market will put upward pressure on real wages.



The Main Street economic engine, the “real economy”, is now positioned to overtake the Wall Street engine, the “paper economy”. Meaning actual profits and losses, real economic GDP growth, will drive company earnings and valuations in 2018.

There is an economic policy synergy now taking place. The tax package that was passed shows how President Trump’s economic policy drivers (Ross, Cohen, Mnuchin) have structured Main Street businesses to willingly afford the wage rate increases.

The MAGAnomic dynamic is two-fold. The tax rates for the middle-class have dropped; simultaneous to this tax change increasing take home pay, the business sectors will have room to drive actual hourly wage rates higher. Lower rates and higher wages has a compounding impact on the amount of money in workers paychecks/pockets. See how that works?


[CNBC] The total brought 2017’s private payroll growth as gauged by ADP and Moody’s to 2.54 million, an average of 212,000 a month.

Job growth was broad based, as professional and business services led the way with 72,000 new positions. The education and health services sector was next at 50,000 and trade, transportation and utilities contributed 45,000. Wall Street-related payrolls grew by 19,000.

[…] By size, businesses with between 50 and 499 employees added 100,000 jobs while small firms hired 94,000 and large companies contributed 56,000 to the total.

“The job market ended the year strongly,” Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi said in a statement. “Robust Christmas sales prompted retailers and delivery services to add to their payrolls. The tight labor market will get even tighter, raising the specter that it will overheat.”

Overall, service-related companies were responsible for the balance of jobs, with 222,000 new hires. Goods-producing industries added the rest, with construction growing by 16,000 and manufacturing by 9,000.

The private payrolls numbers come a day ahead of the government’s closely watched nonfarm payrolls report. (read more)

The bottom line is how the MAGAnomic policy builds upon itself. As middle-class workers have more disposable income they buy stuff. Consumer spending drives GDP growth.

Higher middle-class wages mean U.S. consumers are no longer dependent on cheap foreign manufactured products. This boosts the investment outlook for U.S. manufacturing. The business cost dynamic shifts from the perspective of the U.S. as a service economy and the outlook becomes a balanced production economy.

President Trump’s MAGAnomic policy is breaking the historic cycle of low wages and cheap import product dependency.

Exactly as planned.



NOW, PLEASE WATCH:

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See how that works?

https://theconservativetreehouse.co...sector-jobs-in-december-dow-closes-above-25k/
 

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Economy Under Trump Is Booming, DOW & Black Employment Way Up, No Thanks To Mr. Obama!
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Published on Jan 6, 2018
Despite the elitist media’s malevolent intentions to distract from President Trump’s historical successes in the first year of his presidency, word and the results are getting through to the only people that matter, voters. And the latest job approval numbers for the president reflect this.
Even the Gallup poll, which has been an outlier with its bad news, has Trump at 40 percent approve (55 percent disapprove) after weeks in the mid-thirties. One of the reasons Gallup is an outlier is that it polls all U.S. adults, rather than screen for registered or likely voters. For a time, Trump’s disapproval in this poll was over 60 percent.

The Rasmussen poll, one of the most accurate of the 2016 presidential election, shows Trump at a pretty healthy 45 percent approve, 53 percent disapprove. Better still, the president has been in the mid-forties going back to December 22.

The rebound can also be seen on the Real Clear Politics poll of polls. A few weeks ago, Trump was upside down with a dismal 37 percent approve, 58 percent disapprove average — or 21 points underwater.

As of today he sits at a much healthier average of 41 percent approve, 56 percent disapprove — or 15 points underwater, which is an overall improvement of six points.

But…

If you remove the polls taken before December 14, old polls that do not reflect the boom of good economic news or the passage of historic tax reform that came near the end of the year, Trump’s job approval average leaps to 44 percent and his disapproval drops to just 55 percent — rebound of 10 points since December 16.

(ARTICLE: JOHN NOLTE - FOX NEWS)
 

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Trump Announces He Will Be Presenting “Fake News Awards” to the Most “Corrupt & Biased” Mainstream Media Losers
January 7, 2018 by Cristina Laila 72 Comments

President Trump will be presenting ‘Fake News Awards’ to the most corrupt and biased mainstream media losers on Wednesday.



Best. President. Ever. . .
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President Trump was originally going to give out the ‘Fake News Awards’ Monday evening.

On January 2nd, Trump tweeted, “I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!”

Donald J. Trump

✔@realDonaldTrump


I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!

8:05 PM - Jan 2, 2018

There is a huge college national championship football game airing Monday evening so President Trump decided to push the ‘Fake News Awards’ back to Wednesday, January 17th instead.


Donald J. Trump

✔@realDonaldTrump


The Fake News Awards, those going to the most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media, will be presented to the losers on Wednesday, January 17th, rather than this coming Monday. The interest in, and importance of, these awards is far greater than anyone could have anticipated!

3:35 PM - Jan 7, 2018


We can’t wait for the ‘Fake News Awards’!

Who will win the "Golden Joey"?

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They Have to Go Back=> One-Fifth of El Salvador Population Now Lives in US – Trump Tells 200,000 of Them to Go Back Home
January 8, 2018 by Jim Hoft 115 Comments
There currently are at least 1.1 million Salvadoran immigrants in the United States.
The number represents about one-fifth (19.1 percent) of the total population of El Salvador (5.7 million in 2007 according to the Salvadoran Department of Statistics and Censuses).


(Migration Policy map)

On Monday the Trump administration told 200,000 Salvadorans to pack their bags and head back home.

The New York Times reported:

Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, government officials announced Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration policies and one of the most consequential to date.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/201...now-lives-us-trump-tells-200000-go-back-home/
 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge denied on Wednesday a preliminary injunction sought by the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeking to stop White House budget director Mick Mulvaney from taking control of the agency.

The deputy director, Leandra English, has challenged Mulvaney’s right to lead the consumer watchdog bureau, citing her endorsement by former CFPB Director Richard Cordray, an appointee of the Obama administration who stepped down in November.

“English has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits or shown that she will suffer irreparable injury absent injunctive relief,” Judge Timothy Kelly, of U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, wrote in his decision.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...paign=Feed:+news/wealth+(Reuters+Wealth+News)
 

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge denied on Wednesday a preliminary injunction sought by the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeking to stop White House budget director Mick Mulvaney from taking control of the agency.

The deputy director, Leandra English, has challenged Mulvaney’s right to lead the consumer watchdog bureau, citing her endorsement by former CFPB Director Richard Cordray, an appointee of the Obama administration who stepped down in November.

“English has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on the merits or shown that she will suffer irreparable injury absent injunctive relief,” Judge Timothy Kelly, of U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, wrote in his decision.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cfpb/u-s-judge-denies-effort-to-stop-mulvaney-from-heading-consumer-watchdog-idUSKBN1EZ2Z5?feedType=RSS&feedName=PersonalFinance&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+news/wealth+(Reuters+Wealth+News)
I love the people who keep saying President Trump isn't doing anything, or that he's the same as bush/cinton/hussein.
There are so many corrupt rats and roaches flushed out into the light right now it's hard to keep them all straight.


.MAGA!
 

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Donald Trump: The Most Libertarian President Since Silent Cal
His record on reducing government has so far been impressive. So why isn't it getting more attention?
By RYAN GIRDUSKYJanuary 8, 2018


Credit: Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock; Everett Historical/Shutterstock

Despite all the Never Trumpers predicting economic turmoil, more deals with “Chuck and Nancy,” and triangulation towards big-government liberalism, President Donald Trump has so far proven to be the most libertarian president since Calvin Coolidge.

On multiple fronts, Trump and his advisors, notably Mick Mulvaney, have managed a record-setting list of accomplishments that leave past self-aggrandizing constitutional conservatives in the dust. On key issues of regulatory reform, rolling back federal power, appointing constitutionalist judges, and rethinking America’s place on the international stage, Trump is setting the gold standard for future libertarian and conservative presidents.

To start with, the Trump administration has been rolling back federal regulations at a faster speed than any other first-year president. As of October 12, 469 government rules have been stricken from the books, more than twice and three times the numbers of George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s first years respectively. And according to Neomi Rao, the administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Trump administration has either withdrawn, delayed, or placed under reconsideration more than 1,500 total regulations, which will save the economy more than $570 million annually.

On the international stage, Trump has moved away from the liberal internationalism of the past, taking the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which many libertarians have argued didn’t actually promote free trade, and the Paris climate treaty, which would have cost the U.S. an estimated $3 trillion. United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley also announced a $285 million reduction in the U.N. budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The president additionally signaled in a tweet on January 1 that he plans to cut foreign aid to Pakistan and Palestine. And while Trump isn’t the pacifist that many of his libertarian supporters had hoped he’d be, especially when comes to the war in Afghanistan, his first year in office saw a radical decrease in American involvement in Syria, with an end to aid for CIA-backed rebels in the region.

The Trump administration is also conducting the Defense Department’s first-ever audit, which will hopefully lead to fat-trimming from its massive $639 billion budget.

Another first is Trump’s move to devolve executive power and restore Congress’s checks and balances. Unlike his predecessor, Trump is not governing through executive fiat and has kicked the ball back to Congress on a number of issues, including DACA, Iran sanctions, Obamacare subsidies, and 15 regulatory nullifications, which is 14 more than all the other presidents combined.

Of course, Trump’s longest standing accomplishment will be his record-breaking number of judicial appointments, almost all of them strict constitutionalists, including Neil Gorsuch (Supreme Court), Don Willet (Fifth Circuit), James Ho (Fifth Circuit), Leonard Grasz (Eighth Circuit), Amy Coney Barrett (Seventh Circuit), Stephanos Bibas (Third Circuit), Allison Eid (Tenth Circuit), and Joan Larsen (Sixth Circuit). Judicial nominees are an important test for modern presidents. They were the reason many Republicans and independents who were on the fence about Trump during the campaign ended up voting for him, and Trump hasn’t let them down.

Possibly the most surprising thing about Trump’s first term is how he’s mended fences with former political enemies. Some of his new friends are hugely disappointing (Nikki Haley, Lindsey Graham) but others, such as an alliance with Senator Rand Paul, have been beneficial. Over a couple rounds of golf, the junior senator from Kentucky has been able to influence Trump on several key issues; his growing influence over the president led Axios to dub Paul “the Trump Whisperer.” Paul has pushed Trump to issue an executive order on purchasing health careacross state lines and was a key ally in passing the tax reform bill that lowered the tax burden for nearly 80 percent of Americans.

Trump is obviously no Ron Paul—he still wants to increase military spending, place tariffs on foreign competitors, and continue the costly wars on drugs and poverty—but then again he never claimed to be. And his record of accomplishment is not only a far cry from the moderated centrism or unproductive gridlock predicted by his naysayers but outstanding as presidential first years go. Yes, there’s room for improvement. But libertarians, especially those who consider themselves “Never Trump,” need to realize that this president has so far proven their best champion since Silent Cal nearly a century ago.

Ryan James Girdusky is a contributing writer at Red Alert Politics.

source: http://www.theamericanconservative....-most-libertarian-president-since-silent-cal/