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Re: U.S. Politics

Post by GT93 » February 15, 2020, 1:55 pm

4 more years of Trump and Moscow Mitch would take the US into dangerous territory. John Roberts must be feeling the heat.



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Re: U.S. Politics

Post by Kenr6583 » February 15, 2020, 7:27 pm

GT93 wrote:
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4 more years of Trump and Moscow Mitch would take the US into dangerous territory. John Roberts must be feeling the heat.
I think we are already there. Democracy is dead in the US.

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Post by Kenr6583 » February 15, 2020, 10:39 pm

LOL... Philippines Duterte states Trump should be re-elected as POTUS. High praises from one autocrat to a wannabe.

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Post by Earnest » February 16, 2020, 9:22 am

And yet, Duterte wishes to align himself with China rather than the US.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51468686
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Post by Kenr6583 » February 16, 2020, 9:23 am

More to fear from China than the United States.

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Post by JimboPSM » February 16, 2020, 11:34 am

Earnest wrote:
February 16, 2020, 9:22 am
And yet, Duterte wishes to align himself with China rather than the US.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51468686
Follow the money (and the geopolitics).

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a form of “soft power” which generally speaks much louder in the corridors of power than bombastic rhetoric.

FDI for the top six countries into the Philippines in 2018:

1. 28.3% - China
2. 11.8% - Singapore
3. 11.0% - Japan
4. 9.0% - British Virgin Islands (dark / laundered money?)
5. 8.2% - Malaysia
6. 7.0% - USA

In 2018 China was not only the largest by far in providing FDI to the Philippines, but also over four times larger than that provided by the USA!

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Re: U.S. Politics

Post by GT93 » February 16, 2020, 2:21 pm

Duterte is a sharp cookie. That kind of flattery won't work on President Bloomberg or President Sanders.

And a big hello to the former posters, old friends, who like reading about Trump but can't post because they have "issues" or think the Map prohibits posts with a particular political bent (it doesn't). :lol:

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Post by stattointhailand » February 16, 2020, 5:17 pm

Hope Bernie wins coz it will be great to see "fast food wars" the battle between Col Sanders & the self styled "clown" (Mc Donald)

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Post by Stantheman » February 16, 2020, 6:44 pm

JimboPSM wrote:
February 16, 2020, 11:34 am
Earnest wrote:
February 16, 2020, 9:22 am
And yet, Duterte wishes to align himself with China rather than the US.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51468686
Follow the money (and the geopolitics).

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a form of “soft power” which generally speaks much louder in the corridors of power than bombastic rhetoric.

FDI for the top six countries into the Philippines in 2018:

1. 28.3% - China
2. 11.8% - Singapore
3. 11.0% - Japan
4. 9.0% - British Virgin Islands (dark / laundered money?)
5. 8.2% - Malaysia
6. 7.0% - USA

In 2018 China was not only the largest by far in providing FDI to the Philippines, but also over four times larger than that provided by the USA!

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This does not include U.S. Social Security, Military Retirement an U.S. Civil Service retirement. Just wonder how much problems it would cause for Durante if U.S. stop sending those payments to the Philippines.

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Re: U.S. Politics

Post by Kenr6583 » February 16, 2020, 7:53 pm

Stantheman wrote:
February 16, 2020, 6:44 pm
JimboPSM wrote:
February 16, 2020, 11:34 am
Earnest wrote:
February 16, 2020, 9:22 am
And yet, Duterte wishes to align himself with China rather than the US.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51468686
Follow the money (and the geopolitics).

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a form of “soft power” which generally speaks much louder in the corridors of power than bombastic rhetoric.

FDI for the top six countries into the Philippines in 2018:

1. 28.3% - China
2. 11.8% - Singapore
3. 11.0% - Japan
4. 9.0% - British Virgin Islands (dark / laundered money?)
5. 8.2% - Malaysia
6. 7.0% - USA

In 2018 China was not only the largest by far in providing FDI to the Philippines, but also over four times larger than that provided by the USA!

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This does not include U.S. Social Security, Military Retirement an U.S. Civil Service retirement. Just wonder how much problems it would cause for Durante if U.S. stop sending those payments to the Philippines.
Probably never going to happen. Duterte and Trump have admiration for each other, one autocrat and one wanna be autocrat. Duterte is the only reason why I will never visit the Philippines or retire there. He doesn't care about his own people, innocent people, getting caught up as "casualties" in his drug war, why the hell would he care about a foreigner? China can do more for him than the United States and with less demands in return, so why wouldn't China be his first-choice. If the United States loses their foothold in South Korea and/or Japan, China and Russia will swoop in and the United States will have lost all their presence and influence in the entire region. Not sure if that is good or bad.

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Post by Earnest » February 19, 2020, 1:33 pm

Michael Bloomberg coming through in the Democrat polls. It looks like he's worth watching.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51481260
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Re: U.S. Politics

Post by stattointhailand » February 19, 2020, 9:43 pm

What were those lies about the "booming" US ecomomy :-k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoZkwiURA7U

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Post by TJ » February 20, 2020, 5:15 am

glalt wrote:
February 13, 2020, 8:44 am
I don't know much about Roger Stone. What I do know is that it was shameful to send in a SWAT team to arrest a helpless guy. They made a circus out of the arrest. You would have thought he was public enemy number one. Simply stupid.
Well, perhaps you should be informed of the circumstances surrounding Roger Stone's investigation and trial. It make an interesting narrative. This article came form "The Hill" which IMO is known to lean left.

"Attorney General William Barr is right that presidential tweets on Department of Justice (DOJ) cases make his job difficult in today's super-charged political environment. But President Trump is also right that the case of his associate, Roger Stone, is nothing but a political prosecution that, until the president tweeted about it, got little attention or examination.

For all the hullabaloo about Trump's tweets, which are nothing more than an expression of opinion, remember that in five of the last six special or independent counsel investigations, such interventions were not at all unusual. Both Democratic and Republican presidents pardoned numerous figures caught in the penumbra of those probes, especially those prosecuted for process crimes. President George H.W. Bush pardoned former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger even before his trial for allegedly lying to an independent counsel; President Bill Clinton pardoned most of the Whitewater figures who were his friends, and even President Barack Obama pardoned Gen. James Cartwright, his "favorite general," after Cartwright pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Just untangling what the Stone case is about can be a mindbender. Stone publicly bragged about a direct line to WikiLeaks, then downplayed or omitted in congressional interviews his contacts with radio host and political activist Randy Credico after acknowledging he had been in touch with Jerome Corsi, a well-known conspiracy theorist. He did not turn over to Congress these communications or a text to the Trump campaign that "the package" was coming. No actual contacts with WikiLeaks were found, and there was nothing illegal about any of these communications, so concealing them had no point. Stone then wrote some over-the-top texts to Credico with allusions to "The Godfather" and threatened Credico's dog. Critically, Credico testified that he did not take these texts seriously based on his relationship with Stone. So, the "victim" of this intimidation saw them as typical Stone hyperbole.

I wrote two articles about a year ago pointing out how misguided this case was and how unfair were the actions of the judge. Unlike the prosecutions of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, Stone was accused of no financial crime, failure to file as a lobbyist, or any other business or financial malfeasance. This was not for lack of trying: Prosecutors went through every aspect of Stone's life and called witnesses galore, even bringing in the "Manhattan Madame" to testify. But they obviously found nothing of interest. Yet, at the end of their investigation, long after they knew there was no Trump-Russia collusion, special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors circled back to go after Stone as a parting gift of their $31 million investigation. Even though Stone's infractions were of absolutely no consequence, they went after him with a vengeance.

Presumably, Stone's "intimidating" texts then served as justification for arresting him with an armada of 26 armed officers, weapons drawn, and an amphibious unit out back in case he had a speedboat ready for a mad dash to Cuba or Venezuela. The raid, conveniently broadcast by CNN, telegraphed to the world that Stone was a danger to the republic of the highest order.

On top of this, Stone drew the same judge that threw Manafort into solitary confinement and denied him reasonable bail. Stone didn't have a passport, so the judge was unable to repeat that here; instead, she issued a gag order, ostensibly to prevent him from tainting the jury pool - a pool that had been tainted by the very public raid that CNN was there to cover in all its armed glory.

New evidence of how tainted that pool was comes from the late-breaking fact that the jury foreman in Stone's case had cheered on both the Mueller investigation and the very raid that arrested Stone. You see, in the eyes of this judge, there was no problem with that raid; the problem was in letting Stone defend himself in public and raise funds for his defense. The gag order remained in place, remarkably, even after the jury was picked and deliberated - when the First Amendment's prior restraint had no purpose whatsoever but to shield the court from criticism and pressure Stone to cave rather than appeal."

There is more to the article at https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-ju ... -stone?amp

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Post by glalt » February 20, 2020, 9:25 am

Food for thought. We all know that the majority of career politicians are liars, besides being corrupt. If all the liars were sentenced to 9 years in prison congress would be pretty well cleaned out and we could have a new start. Without term limits, nothing will improve.

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Post by Kenr6583 » February 28, 2020, 7:57 am

It will be interesting to see now since the POTUS pushed the Fed to keep cutting interest rates in order to fuel the economy, what's he going to do now with the stock market plummeting like it is? With the interest rates right now at between 1.50% - 1.75%, it looks like he might get his negative interest rates after all that he's been pushing for. Then what? The one thing he had to brag about, the economy, doesn't have a very bright future for the rest of 2020.

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Post by semperfiguy » February 28, 2020, 8:29 am

So now we're going to weaponize the Coronavirus and blame it all on Trump. I can't see anyone with half a brain blaming Trump for the stock market crash. Every market in the world is crashing. The Thailand SET went from 1675 to 1375 yesterday. Do you want to blame Trump for that too? S**t happens in the world that is simply nobody's fault, so get over it. Amy Klobuchar, Demo candidate, was on Fox News this morning with her town hall meeting. She was pointing fingers at Trump for bailing out of the Paris Climate Agreement and contributing to the dangerous effects of climate change citing the example of all the fires in California this year. It's a known fact that California's governor passed legislation to prevent the clearing of underbrush in the state's forests which allowed the fires to spread unabated, while they have confirmed that the majority of the fires were started by arsonists. Are we still going to stick to the argument that it's all Trump's fault now that we know the facts of the case? If you distort the facts and tell a lie enough times, you can have everyone believing it, and that's exactly what is happening with regards this smear campaign again President Trump. Just keep it up and you might just wind up with a Socialist/Communist in the White House and then you'll really have something to complain about. Be careful what you wish for my friends!
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Post by Kenr6583 » February 28, 2020, 8:38 am

semperfiguy wrote:
February 28, 2020, 8:29 am
So now we're going to weaponize the Coronavirus and blame it all on Trump. I can't see anyone with half a brain blaming Trump for the stock market crash. Every market in the world is crashing. The Thailand SET went from 1675 to 1375 yesterday. Do you want to blame Trump for that too? S**t happens in the world that is simply nobody's fault, so get over it. Amy Klobuchar, Demo candidate, was on Fox News this morning with her town hall meeting. She was pointing fingers at Trump for bailing out of the Paris Climate Agreement and contributing to the dangerous effects of climate change citing the example of all the fires in California this year. It's a known fact that California's governor passed legislation to prevent the clearing of underbrush in the state's forests which allowed the fires to spread unabated, while they have confirmed that the majority of the fires were started by arsonists. Are we still going to stick to the argument that it's all Trump's fault now that we know the facts of the case? If you distort the facts and tell a lie enough times, you can have everyone believing it, and that's exactly what is happening with regards this smear campaign again President Trump. Just keep it up and you might just wind up with a Socialist/Communist in the White House and then you'll really have something to complain about. Be careful what you wish for my friends!
The fact of the matter is if the interest rates were still sitting at where they should be, the FED could do something to alleviate it. But he wanted interest rates as low as possible for his own self-serving purpose. And anyone with a half a brain would understand that. I guess you're one of the ones who want to give him credit for everything and blame for nothing.

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Post by papafarang » February 28, 2020, 9:06 am

Kenr6583 wrote:
February 28, 2020, 8:38 am
semperfiguy wrote:
February 28, 2020, 8:29 am
So now we're going to weaponize the Coronavirus and blame it all on Trump. I can't see anyone with half a brain blaming Trump for the stock market crash. Every market in the world is crashing. The Thailand SET went from 1675 to 1375 yesterday. Do you want to blame Trump for that too? S**t happens in the world that is simply nobody's fault, so get over it. Amy Klobuchar, Demo candidate, was on Fox News this morning with her town hall meeting. She was pointing fingers at Trump for bailing out of the Paris Climate Agreement and contributing to the dangerous effects of climate change citing the example of all the fires in California this year. It's a known fact that California's governor passed legislation to prevent the clearing of underbrush in the state's forests which allowed the fires to spread unabated, while they have confirmed that the majority of the fires were started by arsonists. Are we still going to stick to the argument that it's all Trump's fault now that we know the facts of the case? If you distort the facts and tell a lie enough times, you can have everyone believing it, and that's exactly what is happening with regards this smear campaign again President Trump. Just keep it up and you might just wind up with a Socialist/Communist in the White House and then you'll really have something to complain about. Be careful what you wish for my friends!
The fact of the matter is if the interest rates were still sitting at where they should be, the FED could do something to alleviate it. But he wanted interest rates as low as possible for his own self-serving purpose. And anyone with a half a brain would understand that. I guess you're one of the ones who want to give him credit for everything and blame for nothing.
So trump harassing the fed to drop rate would seriously save him on tax bills ? Quite normal behaviour in banana republics . Being a tremendous business man I would be disappointed if he didn't use his position
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Post by jackspratt » February 28, 2020, 10:17 am

The Economist is not looking forward to a potential Sanders candidacy - which I happen to wholly agree with.
And, in a country where Mr Trump has whipped up politics into a frenzy of loathing, Mr Sanders’s election would feed the hatred. A corrupt, right-wing populist, who scorns the rule of law and the constitution, and a sanctimonious, left-wing populist, who blames a cabal of billionaires and businesses for everything that is wrong with the world: it is hard to think of a worse choice.
https://view.e.economist.com/?qs=61ed80 ... db48d7b198

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Re: U.S. Politics

Post by Kenr6583 » February 28, 2020, 11:09 am

papafarang wrote:
February 28, 2020, 9:06 am
Kenr6583 wrote:
February 28, 2020, 8:38 am
semperfiguy wrote:
February 28, 2020, 8:29 am
So now we're going to weaponize the Coronavirus and blame it all on Trump. I can't see anyone with half a brain blaming Trump for the stock market crash. Every market in the world is crashing. The Thailand SET went from 1675 to 1375 yesterday. Do you want to blame Trump for that too? S**t happens in the world that is simply nobody's fault, so get over it. Amy Klobuchar, Demo candidate, was on Fox News this morning with her town hall meeting. She was pointing fingers at Trump for bailing out of the Paris Climate Agreement and contributing to the dangerous effects of climate change citing the example of all the fires in California this year. It's a known fact that California's governor passed legislation to prevent the clearing of underbrush in the state's forests which allowed the fires to spread unabated, while they have confirmed that the majority of the fires were started by arsonists. Are we still going to stick to the argument that it's all Trump's fault now that we know the facts of the case? If you distort the facts and tell a lie enough times, you can have everyone believing it, and that's exactly what is happening with regards this smear campaign again President Trump. Just keep it up and you might just wind up with a Socialist/Communist in the White House and then you'll really have something to complain about. Be careful what you wish for my friends!
The fact of the matter is if the interest rates were still sitting at where they should be, the FED could do something to alleviate it. But he wanted interest rates as low as possible for his own self-serving purpose. And anyone with a half a brain would understand that. I guess you're one of the ones who want to give him credit for everything and blame for nothing.
So trump harassing the fed to drop rate would seriously save him on tax bills ? Quite normal behaviour in banana republics . Being a tremendous business man I would be disappointed if he didn't use his position
Not tax bills, interest payments on the millions of $ he and his son in law have on loans.

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