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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

@twocents

After doing some research on Mr. Trump, I found a lot of things I like about him. He is Pro-America, Pro-Constitution, Pro-Gun, Pro-Christianity, Pro-Capitalism (of course). He is anti-abortion, anti-PC, anti-illegal alien, anti-homosexual marriage.

For me, those are good qualities.

However, in the past he has been pro-democrat. He even considered himself one. He was also friends with the Clintons and spoke highly of Hillary.

I consider those negative qualities.

What may have happened is that he saw what the true liberal agenda was and decided to fight against their socialistic agenda.

Even John Wayne considered himself a liberal until he found out what the what they wanted to do, then turned hard core conservative, much like myself.

Would he make a good president? I don’t know. Only time will tell.

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Suzanne Mattson @audreysmom

First thing if you seem to not “understand or get Trump” you obviously have not tracked nor vetted him at all. Sounds like the 2 answers that you seem to be thinking of why people like Trump is all the sound bites on all the political views. Some people like myself have been watching Trump for years and have no problem understanding that he is best for our Country at this point and time in the world we are living. Why don’t you do real homework yourself listen to what he is saying because you seem to be on this sight a lot so obviously you have the time to do your own vetting. Instead of trying to question do your own homework, learn about this amazing human being and then you might just be able to understand a Capitalist mind. This country was based on this mindset, now it’s time to get it back!

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Two Cents @twocents

@audreysmom sorry, I think you misunderstood the tone of my original post.

To clarify, I was being a bit cheeky.

I love Donald Trump!

I think what I meant by my two points, is more to poke fun at how the “Politicos” (pundits, John McCain types, career politicians both on the left and right), simply don’t understand how the American people can tolerate him.

My two points are more to explain that I think the reason people love his outspokenness is because we are so angry at politicians.

The articles I provided, are the negative articles I could find about him. When I listen to him talk, I totally agree with him. Everything I hear from Trump I generally agree with, which is why those articles were so troubling to me, because they seem to represent the opposite of what I know Trump to stand for.

I provided them, so that there is full disclosure, everyone can look at them and then we can discuss.

Also you said I shouldn’t “question.” However, the point of this site is it is a discussion platform. I’ve been using this site for a while, and I will generally ask a question, provide some basic info, and then when people start joining in I like to get into my opinions and go back and forth.

Sometimes I’ll write an article if I feel strongly about something, but I don’t feel strongly about Trump yet. I want to think and learn about his positions more. I like him, but as I posted above, there are some questionable things from his past with Hillary Clinton and support for Obamacare and the Stimulus Bill.

@jlriggs57aol-com thanks for your comments. I agree with you. I think your points are valid regarding Trump. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens and keep looking for more information.

Either way, I hope both of you will continue to engage on this discussion thread with me.

One other point about Trump, I must say I really do respect him as a father. He has raised beautiful, respectable children that seem to be doing great, productive things. I’m a real fan of his family. I think anyone that can raise respectable children should be commended. Parenting, is of course, one of the hardest and most important jobs in the world!

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@twocents
@audreysmom

Audreysmom, please take the time to copy and paste the @’s of those in the discussion, as I have done above, so we know you have left a comment. We receive a notice that let’s us know you have posted.

Now back to Mr. Trump. If you guys follow the link below it shows that Mr. Trump is for repeal and replace, when it comes to obozocare. I am hugely for repealing it, however I do not want it replaced.

He wants to expand Medicare and Medicade. Both of these programs are a huge drain on the American economy. Those that are vested in these programs should be taken care of, if they have paid into it for a given length of time, for example 25 years. After that the government needs to stay out our lives and our healthcare. The government was never set up to be a business and they have proven time and time again that they can not handle our money honestly. If they want to design something then turn it over to the private sector with gov’t oversight and no mandatory enrollments, that might work, but the government is too corrupt and should not be involved in any businesslike venture.

http://www.vox.com/cards/donald-trump-election-explained/donald-trump-obamacare-health

Trump may very well be earnest and sincere about his views, but if any of those views has anything to do with socialism, ie obozocare, Romneycare, etc., then no I will not vote for him.

I am on the fence and could go either way. We have a lot of strong candidates out there right now, Cruz, Paul, Carson, Jindle, so I will be watching them all until election day to see which way I vote.

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This just in. This is the kind of thing that makes me hesitant to jump on the Trump Bandwagon.

https://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/trump-claims-identify-some-things-democrat

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Daniel Ramirez @cadillacramirez

Sooooo am I the only one that cares that Donald Trump can possibly only excel at the economic side of things of leading a country? Am I the only one bothered by his comments about bombing all of the Iraq oil fields? Am I the only one who has taken notice at how retired respected Army generals see Trump as ill-equipped for being Commander in Chief? It’s unbelievably clear that Trump has 0 foreign policy skill and I could see us getting involved in military conflict pretty quickly if Trump were to become President. Not that I think he has much of a chance anyways.

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Daniel Ramirez @cadillacramirez

AND…………….I’m watching this debate as we speak and his lack of intellectual capacity is already showing and he’s only 2 questions in. I’m actually embarrassed for the small portion of the American public that supports him.
I tell you what. If you really want a sure democratic win in this next presidential election then go ahead and vote him as the Republican primary.

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@twocents
I am very concerned that unlike President Obama Donald Trump does not have the extensive military experience that Mr. Obama brought to the office.
Nor the deep financial expertise that comes from community organising ! That experience was invaluable to creating the dynamic economy we see today.
Further it is obvious that Mr Obama’s teleprompter ability is much more keenly honed than that of Mr.Trump.
I am disturbed that there are allegations that Mr.Trump gave more money to Democrats in the past in order to further his business interests just because the Democrats were in control ,rather than to Republicans that were not in a position to grant him the assistance he needed instead of donating to the republicans, thereby insuring his failure to accomplish his goals.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THAT ? (common sense? )
I Mr.Trump went to Washington with a two-word vocabulary (YOU’RE FIRED !) and said it to everyone he met I think he would have a least a 75% chance of successful decisions.
Sending the same tired old politicians (Jeb,Hillary,Biden ) back to Washington is a guaranteed formula for more of the same.
Does anyone think Trump,Carson or Fiorina would do worse? REALLY?
Get rid of all the old retreads !
Get rid of political correctness !
Stop saying it can’t be done. If “it can’t be done stop sending MONEY to Washington.
Keep it in the States !
We took in the most tax revenue in history this year and have a deficit anyway.
I think Trump or any of the other non-politicians have a much better chance of fixing that because any chance over zero would be an improvement.

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@cadillacramirez

Please, please, please, post the @’s on your comments so we know that you have posted. No one will know you have even been here if you don’t post the @’s of those who are in this discussion. Thank you.

Gary, Thank you for posting all of the positives that obama brought to his presidency. I will not comment further on these attributes as I am unable to keep a straight face while I am typing this.

I agree the retreads need to go.

Daniel, yes. You are the only one has that worry. I think as a business man, who has become a billionaire, there is more to what would need to know above and beyond economics.

As far as his comments about bombing Iraq. Does it bother me? No. It’s about time we had a leader that isn’t a weak will little wimp, like the one we have in office now.

If you think you are embarrassed for those that support Trump, can you even imagine how embarrassed we feel for anyone who voted for obozo and even more so for those who were small-minded enough to have voted for him twice.

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Daniel Ramirez @cadillacramirez

@jlriggs57aol-com Ok lets take a good look at your beloved Trump.

1)Trump claims to have respect and care for women. Yet at the first debate when he was asked about his past vile remarks on women he could only reply like a child who was completely upset because he didn’t think something was fair. And I quote, “Honestly Megyn if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you although I could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me…”. WHAT! Is he a 7 year old on the playground. Then he continued this kiddish behavior by weeks later calling her a bimbo on twitter. I am married and I have a daughter and respecting women is at the top of my list as I hold my wife and daughter to a high level. But see its all fun and jokes for you guys because it doesn’t touch home for you. But remember that Megyn Kelly is somebody’s wife, daughter, mom, etc.

2.) Bomb the oil fields. Ok so lets undo all the work that elite Army generals have worked so hard to accomplish in a country that we should not even have invaded in the first place. You see Mr. Riggs Army Generals such as John Abizaid, David Patraeus, Pete Chiarelli, and a few others had to work and sacrifice so much to get the Army to understand the new kind of warfare we were dealing with so that we could operate in Iraq and Afghanistan more efficiently. This warfare is called counterinsurgency. Trying to impose raw military power over a foreign country is outdated, ineffective, and costly. Why do you think Britain pulled out of Palestine in the late 40’s? You have to create relationships with the local people to get them to stand up their own government. Not bomb their land so that you foster more hatred for our country. Then we would end up having troops their ALL the time to protect these oil fields (which by the way is called invading a country) which would come with a big price in tax dollars and the lives of soldiers.

3)That last point brings me to my next. One of Trumps rhetoric is “I’m going to build our military back up so that no one will mess with us”. Umm…..do you think that we still live in the WWII era. That the sheer number of tanks, jets, and ships is going to make everybody respect us. NEWS FLASH! The world doesn’t just wage war on the battlefield anymore. Insurgents hide among the population and their environment. Cyber warfare is increasingly becoming the new battlefront. Economies are so globally intertwined that economic incentive or punishment can help deter a country from acting out. Mr. Riggs I don’t know if you have ever served but I currently do and I see first hand the waste of money in our DoD. Do you know what we do when we have money left in a budget? We get told to buy more crap to ensure that we spend up all the money so that we don’t get a smaller budget next FY. Ridiculous. The U.S. far outspends any country on Defense. So no we don’t need to spend more on the DoD. We need to be smarter with the money we are already spending.

4.) Building the wall. This one is easy being that Trump is so simple minded to think that he is going to just erect this wall. A complete border wall is estimated to be around 49 billion dollars. Money we clearly don’t have. So he states he will make Mexico pay for it by tariffs. First of all Mexico won’t give us a dime for a wall they didn’t agree on being built. So essentially all he’s going to do is destroy the trade we have currently with Mexico which in turn hurts our economy. Stocks in companies that have factories in Mexico plunge and we also lose any bargaining tool that we have to influence Mexico. This will lead to my next point.
http://www.no-border-wall.com/walls-do-not-work.php

5.)Trump just keeps yelling about how he is going to be tough on China. Now this is a subject that I would think Trump knows better being that he is an economics guy. China’s slowing economy just sent our stock market on a brief fall. Tech companies were a huge factor as there are a lot of factories over there. You think Trump being tough on China is going to bode well for our economy? How does he even plan to do that? When he was just recently asked about that all he said was that China has devalued their currency to hurt our economy. No you idiot China devalued their currency to try and help their slowing economy. Our stocks dropped in those tech companies because of investors becoming weary about the state of the Chinese economy. I mean come on I would expect a businessman such as Trump to be able to correctly talk about this and put forth some concrete ideas on how to handle our economy in this world of globalization.

I could go on but I think this is already too long. Trump is the last hope for individuals who do not wish to think outside their life bubble to understand the world around them. Trump supporters are simply feeding off his brashness as they feel as if the country has become too politically correct. While that may be true, there is a difference between being politically correct and being intelligent and considerate. Trump has provided 0 evidence that he has the capacity to run a country as we have not really seen him dive into the issues our country faces. So it’s safe to say that Trump supporters are going off of his ability to arouse their emotion.

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Personally I did not hear Mr.Trump say how he would build up our military. I was not aware that he advocated tanks or WWII era weapon technology but I did think he might consider anti missile defenses or EPM shielding as well as more secure data transmission methods.
Maybe more effective intelligence gathering and other next generation security methods but I’m sure you would know more about whats on his mind. Oh,by the way I did serve in the military,FYI so I completely agree with you about the military throwing untold billions of dollars away. Guess what? Mr.Trump is and has not been in charge of those issues. The same old politicians and Generals have been doing that since there have been politicians and Generals.
Maybe a businessman would not be so wasteful.
I assure you real Estate Developers don’t get to be successful throwing away money.
I was a bit put off by the comments about women in the debate. I was also put off that such an irrelevant question was asked.
I think we have a lot more serious questions such as a nuclear Iran,trillion-dollar debts, medical care costs,failing education systems,lousy care for vets random murders,and a Federal Government swallowing its citizens whole by taxing and spending ever greater amounts should be slightly more important. Of course he was not using a teleprompter so who knew what he might have said with some slick political <span style=”font-size: 14px;”>writers</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>! </span>

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@grand-vizier
You make a valid statement about how Trump really never stated how he would build our military up to this “powerful force”. I guess I assumed in that regard.
Which is all I can do with somebody like Trump being that he lays out no specifics. So how can I or anyone support this man when he lays out no specifics?
You say that the women statement is irrelevant being that we have such serious other issues in this country. And again I point to the fact that he has not dug into these issues to show how and why his solutions would work. In some cases he hasn’t even put forth solutions. So if his supporters are so concerned about these issues then how are they supporting a man with no viable answers?

Ah but they aren’t truly concerned with these issues. Because to be truly concerned would mean that one would read up and research the depth of these issues to understand if someone they support is heading in the right direction with their ideas.

Trump himself has even said it on camera. When a reporter asked him about specifics on a plan he said that the press are the only people that want to hear specifics, not the people. This guy is claiming to not be a politician but yet he sure is playing the game like a politician. He wants to just continue to be loud about the same one line messages that he has because he knows that is what his base is feeding on.

See this support of his has been nesting even before he announced his run. People who have felt like things are messed up because politicians are being too “politically correct” are throwing their support to this guy. One of my prime examples: Trump has high poll numbers in South Carolina. Probably not a coincidence that this was ground zero for the debate on the Confederate flag flying on federal grounds.

Social media has made people so grounded in their opinions as all they do now is criticize other opinions and share satirical meme posters. Their world of understanding and debate has been limited to a computer screen instead of engaging in conversation with a face right in front of them or reading a book to learn and see a different perspective on issues. When you lose the ability to see and respect another valid point of view, compromise and compassion is lost. Without compromise and compassion we end up in this country that we see before us where people are mercilessly killing each other. They are so rooted in their view that they think they are just in their actions.

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@twocents
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Daniel, you said, “Trump claims to have respect and care for women. Yet at the first debate when he was asked about his past vile remarks on women he could only reply like a child who was completely upset because he didn’t think something was fair. And I quote, “Honestly Megyn if you don’t like it, I’m sorry.”

1) We have an 18 Trillion dollar deficiet, an economy in the dumper, a president who is trying very hard to give a country whose people chant “death to America”, nuclear capability, our ability to protect ourselves is being attacked at several levels by attempting to take away Our Second Amendment rights, Christianity is being attacked at all fronts, here and over seas, our country is being invaded from the south, etc., etc., and that was the thing that they chose to ask Donald Trump during the debates. Come on that was a set up a blind man could see. If they truly want to know how he was going to solve an issue, this was the time to ask him and what do they do? They set him up with a question designed to pull at the heartstrings of the liberals, who everyone knows runs on emotion. Why not ask him a question that would show how he plans to deal with one of the multiple messes that obozo has gotten us into.

2) On your second point. Really? I keep hearing how the reason we went over there, but I have yet to see that American has taken over their oil fields, how they are now owned by America. I have yet to see that we now get our oil cheaper from them but not other countries. That’s because we pay the same price for oil no matter what foreign country it comes from.

Pandering to a country that believes that non muslims are dogs and should be slaughtered doesn’t work. Let’s look at the Munich Agreement which gave Hitler most the Czech country. Hitler was just like the muslims, he believed that the aryan’s were the superior people, the same as the muslims. Hitler was pandered to and you see how well that worked. The leaders that caved in to Hitler thought there should be a better way to handle bullies, they thought they were being progressive in their way of handling this. They were wrong. That kind of thinking will always be wrong. It doesn’t work, it never has and it never will. History shows us the consequences for pandering to a bully. If we don’t learn from our past we are doomed to repeat it. Only this time it will be with nuclear warheads.

3) I think Gary covered this on quite eloquently. In short, times change, weapons change.

4) You said, “A complete border wall is estimated to be around 49 billion dollars. Money we clearly don’t have.” Well, why don’t we have it? Maybe it’s because the liberal democrat way of doing things doesn’t work. You can’t increase government give a ways, expand the size of government, force the companies, that would be hiring your citizens, out of business by putting unrealistic taxes, rules, regulations, etc. which are designed to kill businesses, established and new.

I don’t care if mexico puts in one dime toward our border security. They want their citizens to leave so they don’t have to worry about them, they are someone else’s problem. We now have literally thousands upon thousands of civilians who would be more than happy to guard our border with no pay involved, until the economy could get straightened back out. Since my work is seasonal, I am one of those who would gladly do my time on the border.

You spoke of destroying our trade with Mexico. What trade? Are you talking about the tons of illegal drugs that are smuggled across the border? Maybe you are referring to the things made in their factories? If memory serves me correctly, those were our factories to begin with. Why not bring them back to America?

5) So China devalued their currency to help America. Even if you believe that, why should any other country have to devalue their currency to help us? We used to be one of the richest countries in the world. Why not work toward that goal again? Isn’t that what Trump says is his main goal? What’s wrong with that? We need to get out from under China’s thumb, by getting them paid back and get this country restored to it’s former glory and stop depending on foreign money to keep us going. That is exactly the kind of failure we have been seeing from our presidents and our congress for decades, from both sides of the aisle. It just so happens we are now being lead by the worst of the worst of those politicians to date.

You said, “I mean come on I would expect a businessman such as Trump to be able to correctly talk about this and put forth some concrete ideas on how to handle our economy in this world of globalization.”

Well they were given a chance to hear him put forth some concrete ideas at the debate, but they chose to ask him about how he treats women. Really? Really?

You spoke of the Confederate flag. Let me just say this. You do not progress as a nation by trying to eliminate your past. It’s what we learn from. Now i could go into a discussion about the Civil War, the Confederate Flag and what it really stood for, but that’s another discussion.

Before someone mistakes me for Kevlar, I will finish this post and wish for everyone, A Great Day.

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1.) I’m not sure if you caught the whole debate but everybody was asked critical questions. Dr Ben Carson was called out on his incorrect statements about foreign and domestic policy. Jeb Bush was called out for his brother’s bluster of a presidency and how he has supported education standardization. John Kasich was called out for his expansion of Medicaid in his own state. We want these guys to be put under this kind of pressure. Their responses will tell us who they truly are and how capable they are of remaining collected and providing an intelligent answer. For him to call his questions unfair is childish. I’m sure we all were told as kids that life is unfair. Instead of owning up to it and telling Megyn that he is focused on more important issues he just pouted.

The topic of his views and respect toward women is COMPLETELY relevant. The POTUS is the guy/girl that goes abroad to other countries to keep or form relations and to negotiate. How he/she acts will reflect greatly upon our nation. You think I trust Trump to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel? What if she takes a hard stance against him on a subject? Is he going to just call her a fat pig and hop on Air Force 1 and fly back? I agree that their are many important issues in our country that we have to focus on but a President should be a well rounded individual. He/she should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Just because we are in debt up to our eyeballs doesn’t mean that gives the President the free pass to slack on foreign policy.

You also bring up a good point about Christianity. I am devout in my faith and I too see the growing attack on Christians. But from what I’ve seen, Trump is FAR from a Christian. The man can’t even say that he has asked for forgiveness from God. Are you serious? That is the whole significance and purpose behind the death of Jesus. So that we as man, who has a natural affinity to sin, can ask for forgiveness of our sins. His conceited personality further tells me that he’s truly not a Christian. He brags constantly about him and how smart he is and how rich he is and blah blah blah. Never have I ever heard him recognize God for the opportunities and talents that he was blessed with. I admire when athletes receive awards and go up on stage and the first thing they do is give honor to God. If we want to restore the Christian faith we have to be setting the example of Christian values through work and our lives. Donald Trump appears to be your regular periodic Sunday goer who goes just for image.

2.) I never said that we have control over the oil fields. I said that bombing the oil fields would undo the work that these generals did because the Army has created relations with the locals and has built up infrastructure for them to sustain themselves. Its apart of counter-insurgency war tactics. You just don’t hear about this stuff because it doesn’t get ratings on news networks.

3.) WHAT TRADE WITH MEXICO!?!?! You can’t be serious. Mexico is consumes a massive amount of our products. Only Canada is ahead of them in U.S. consumption. — https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/working-together-economic-ties-between-the-united-states-and-mexico. — But again simplistic views work on the masses that are not educated on this information. Our problems in this globalized world are a lot more intricate than you think.

You mentioned bringing back our factories from Mexico as if that is just the easiest thing to do. Again, globalization makes that a more difficult proposition. Companies have factories overseas because of the void of labor laws and low wages. In the long run it helps their bottom line as they try to compete with manufacturers across the globe. “Force” those companies to bring the jobs back to America (only way you can do that is by imposing a tariff on the goods they sell here in America or taxes) and you will stunt the growth of U.S. based production and innovation firms. They are simply just going to put their headquarters overseas and operate completely out of China. We have to present incentives for companies to bring jobs back, not force them with taxes and tarifs. I’m all for bringing some jobs back to the U.S. but our approach to this problem has to be more cunning and balanced. If we were somehow able to bring ALL jobs back to the U.S., we lose a big bargaining chip at the international table when we try to find diplomatic solutions.

4.) I didnt say that China devalued their currency to help OUR economy. They did it to help THEIR economy. Their manufacturing sector has slowed down and by devaluing their currency they are hoping that the cheaper price of their goods will boost the demand for production.

And finally the Confederate Flag issue is dead for the most part and with good reason. There has been overwhelming evidence and facts about how it was used symbolically during the civil rights era to intimidate black people. It was used do show the rebellion against ending segregation which ultimately is racism. I could provide you with many unbiased sources for this information but I am curious as to what your source is for what the Confederate flag really stood for?

Honestly this discussion won’t even get anywhere because Trump is playing off of emotion instead of facts and truths. We have very little meat and potatoes of his campaign to go off of because he brings nothing to the table but his “Lets Make America Great Again” slogan. I hate to disappoint but America will never be “big stick” America of the post WWII era again. Technology and its easy accessibility has made anybody a challenge to big power. Just look at how social media or online hackers has allowed small groups to rile up support across the globe to promote their agenda.

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1) I still don’t care how he treats his women I used to care about stuff like that until I started seeing how a lot of politicians on both sides of the aisle treat their women. The two biggest ones are Kennedy and Clinton. Now, if it came down to two candidates that were both good risks, I would vote for the one who treated his wife the best. This is totally hypothetical.

2) I felt the implication was there, but I will concede that.

3) We need the trade from Mexico like we need another 4 years of obozo. What’s the trade off? We either let the Mexicans come in illegally or they will cut off trade. Horse-hockey. There is no trade-off for invading our country.

4) You are absolutely correct. I must be getting old. I misread it, so you have my apology on that.

I am at odds at how Trump only, is running on emotion instead of facts. That’s the way it’s been done from both parties as long as I can remember. I don’t have a problem with you faulting him for that, but that should be a blanket statement that fits every politician. They all find hot button issues and repeat them over and over again. Maybe that’s why we get in so much trouble all the time. What do you think?

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Well no I don’t really fault him for running off emotion. I mean you are right. He is doing what every successful politician has done and that is generate excitement for his campaign. I fault him for the little things that I personally don’t like but that is not the base of my overall frustration.

I am more frustrated with Republican base voters not expecting more out of him. I mean honestly I am a registered Independent voter so I won’t have any say so come primary election day. But even as an Independent, I was really interested in this Republican field as so many different backgrounds were being brought to the table. Then John Kasich threw his name in the hat and after listening to him and studying him up I was really hoping he would break through as a top contender. No one has better experience with balancing budgets than him and I feel like that really should be our top concern right now.

The other part of this is that I really don’t like the idea of Hillary Clinton as President. So to me this is the perfect opportunity for Republicans to take the most capable and proven guy they have out of this field to contend for the White House. But instead Trump has sort of ripped the party in two and taken all the media attention which doesn’t allow the country to really see what the other guys bring to the table. Again, I don’t fault him for that, i’m just disappointed in the way we as a people are allowing this to happen. I feel like we can take our country back if we just educate ourselves on the facts of every issue and we hold our politicians to those facts. But people have to be willing to take the time to read up and research. Instead this new generation cares only about what they catch on the news or what new season of a TV series is coming out.

Whether you like politics or not, we all have a responsibility to engage in this stuff because it affects the future of our kids and grand kids and ultimately the future of this great country. So I thank you guys for this conversation and for being on this website and engaging.

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Daniel, I am not only frustrated with the republican based voters and am also frustrated with the republican candidates we have been getting. As a Tea Party member I am looking for someone, anyone, who will say they are going to shrink government and then actually do it once they get in office.

We can all rally around Trump for what he says, Cruz for what he says, or any of the candidates. If we like what they say. If they say the right things. If we believe, to an extent, that we can trust them, then we will probably vote for them. The sad part is that 99% of the time they don’t do any of things that they got elected to do. They just follow their own agenda’s and leave “We the People” feeling like fools for electing them.

Should we as citizens keep ourselves educated on who is running and what they stand for? Yes. Which makes me feel a little slack. You mentioned John Kasich. I really don’t know anything about him, but I will try to get myself educated on where he stands on the issues.

Thanks for joining us here. Take care and have a great day.

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What great and interesting discussions from all! I would like to quote Ben Carson when asked about his lack of government experience. “I have a brain and can think”.
I think that applies to Mr.Trump and Carley Fiorina as well.
I expect each of them to have different ideas about how to deal with some of these issues if elected when they start to get briefings on what the facts are.
What they bring to the table is a different viewpoint from professional politicians whose primary goal is to be a “successful” politician,eg.”get elected”.
All three are financially secure and all seem to have differing ideas from the professionals.
Personally I like that !
You can argue forever about the actual results of devaluing currency and whether it hurts or helps. I doubt anyone can point to an example of a nation devaluing itself to success.
We have heard endless speeches from conservatives about a “Sound Dollar”,but keep in mind making the dollar stronger is the same as making other currencies weaker (devalued). Whether Mr.Trump is right or not ,time will tell.
A weaker Chinese Yuan makes all the imported materials more expensive and all the things we get from them cheaper.
I do think its awful for labor and Mr.Trump is probably right about that,but the facts are that the law of supply and demand is hard to repeal. Perhaps the villain is cheap transportation instead. Before it became economical to ship things halfway around the world ,cheap labor in China (or india or wherever else you can think of) was not such a factor.
To me the far bigger issue is the excessive cost of government spending and regulations and the terrible risk we are taking militarily.
We had the largest tax revenues in history this year and had a deficit.
That cannot continue and unless we change the fundamental way the government operates we must go broke. Unthinkable but also inevitable.
Regulations are also choking the economy. Sooner or later the engine that pays the bills will come to a halt and there will be a collapse of tax revenues.
For these and many other reasons I and lots of friends will support Mr.Trump or Ben Carson or Ms.Fiorina in spite of some ideas that may fall outside many of our long help conservative ideas because “they have a brain and can think”.
As new problems arise and unforseen challenges present themselves being able to think on your feet may be better than dogma.I think its Mr.Trump who is better at that than anyone from either party and I think Carley Fiorina is probably the most knowledgable of all tha candidates from either party. Mr.Carson is clearly very smart,although I’m concerned the Doctor temperament might not be as good for the office of President. All of them would be better than Hillary,Sanders or Biden for sure.Really like Mr.Trump’s notion of bringing in people like Carl Icahn though.Can you imagine if Mr.Trump could get the best, most successful people to get involved in helping reorganize the government in a logicial way at a nominal fee of say $1 like the leaders of industry did in WWII what could be accomplished. Now there’s an idea for you,and it was Mr.Trump’s idea !!

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I, for one, am absolutely appalled that His Imperial Holiness, The Obama, is not receiving due recognition and credit for his military accomplishments. His Holiness has a one of the most astounding histories of military successes of any US President without exception.
I will point out just one of his most recent accomplishments by way of an example.
Would any other US President have earned the rightful recognition that His Holiness has earned in assisting Iran in becoming a nuclear power among the Arab States?

Even the military accomplishments of General Benedict Arnold pale in comparison to what His Magnificence Barrack Hussein Obama has brought to fruition!

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In re: Donald Trump

1. If Donald Trump wasn’t the most serious threat to the US bureaucracy to come around since the US internal war against its own citizens, the US media, the Republican Party, and the Democrat Party would not be so adamant about defeating Donald Trump.

2. The demand that Donald Trump have the answer to every question that can possibly be asked before he is actually elected, sworn in, and briefed the appropriate individuals is an absurd requirement.

3. The insistence that Donald Trump may not ever, under any circumstances, change his mind about anything he has ever been asked about, by anybody, is what makes the road clear for professional career politicians who are members of the Government Class in the US to continue possession of the US government through their expropriation of public office.

4. Considering that the only alternatives to Donald Trump or Carly Fiorina are members of the Government class who are professional career politicians it seems to be less than wise to attack the only two people running who have anything at all in common with those of us who are just commoners in the US.

5. Is it really a good idea to insist that a candidate be an ideologue who believes that what they believe is, and always has been, the universal truth and that there is nothing that they can learn?
Trump was a Democrat, but he got his mind right and learned to do better – why is that a bad thing?
Would it be more acceptable if he dismissed the half of the population who don’t support every policy of the Government class because they don’t submit in voluntary servitude to the Government class? That is how it is now in the USA – how is that working out?

Bob Hope showed up at a show and said “I just flew in from California where they made homosexuality legal. I left before they made it mandatory.”

How many of the Government class career politicians will admit to Christian tendencies as compared to how many will brag about homosexual tendencies?

I am an investor. I do invest considerable amount of my own money in business ventures, most typically in corporate ventures. Corporations are formed to protect investments from rapacious liability. Without that protection I would simply keep my money and not invest in ventures that provide jobs to people in the USA.

If I detect any dishonesty, deceit, duplicity, or any other issue that might affect my level of comfort in allowing the venture to continue to use my money I don’t hesitate for even a New York minute to sell out my holding and move on. No second chances.

Both Trump and Fiorina have the confidence of investors which in turn is quite a recommendation in my mind. Investors are people who put their own money up for the use of the corporate executives who are running the venture.

I don’t need proof to dump my investment – all I need is my suspicion that there might be some reason to think that the executive structure of the venture is not being entirely honest with me personally. What would an executive who would cheat on his wife feel comfortable doing to me? Should I trust a company that is involved in some sort of moral scandal? When did moral turpitude become a qualification for public office?

Trump, and Fiorina for that matter, didn’t make their money without the trust and confidence of a lot of people like me.
I don’t know if Trump or Fiorina is an experienced liar, cheat, and thief like the rest of the candidates, but I do know that the rest of the candidates on both sides are experienced career politicians and that is enough for me to not be willing to trust them with anything.

Which experienced, professional career politician does anybody think is a better choice? HilBil Clinton?

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