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Dismantling Obama's Legacy: The Economy, Presidential Orders, Etc.
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(01-07-2017, 03:07 PM)mr_yak Wrote: The article I linked indicated that that Trump will simply extend that policy.  Perhaps, but I really doubt that it will continue to the same extent if he had lost.  Trump is actually bitching about the price tag of big ticket items like the F-35.  If the Dems had won, I doubt we would be hearing a President elect actually having the gall to make such complaints.  The most simple explanation of a peace through arms export policy is graft.  I doubt the current administration is really smart enough to have covered it's tracks very  effectively.  In this regard, leaks of the embarrassing details  for both the past administration and key Dem legislators could prove very valuable for Trump.  And what the hell ... they could blame it all on the Russians ... right?  S5

The GOP may be more supportive of defense spending than their Democratic opponents, but Democrats are more concerned with money in their pockets than in what the defense is supposed to accomplish. There are exceptions to every rule - but we've already seen that Trump will not just throw money away in order to steal some for himself. My point was that Obama had no use at all for what the purpose of defense spending for allies was supposed to accomplish militarily. He was only concerned with the PR value. For him, money equated to laurels. Give some, get some.
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(01-08-2017, 01:33 PM)WmLambert Wrote: My point was that Obama had no use at all for what the purpose of defense spending for allies was supposed to accomplish militarily. He was only concerned with the PR value. For him, money equated to laurels. Give some, get some.

When money is traded by a politician for laurels or anything else, it calls to question propriety ... as well as ethics and legality.  I think there are a lot of really sleazy details that have not been effectively shredded or digitally 'bleached' ... either through laziness or incompetence.  Obama's capacity to obfuscate and hide evidence is rapidly diminishing.  When the tawdry little particulars of his actions meet the light of day, a good many will probably be dismissed as political tit for tat ... but it's also likely that there is a sufficient volume of egregious examples that will 'stick' to his legacy they way bad Chinese food sticks to the sides of a toilet bowl.

Obama may not realize or remember it, but he's set a precedent that he'll most certainly regret. (The White House version of killing the filibuster).

Obama 1-21-2009 Wrote:Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former President wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the [sic Trump's] Attorney General and the [sic Trump's] White House Counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law.

What's sauce for the goose ... is [or soon will be] sauce for the gander. And I'm thinking that maybe certain FOIA requests will probably be handled a lot more expeditiously "going forward". S5
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
-- Henry Mencken
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#63
Yep, what goes around almost always comes back around. "Good and Hard" Jack. S22
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#64
Jeff Sessions and Marine Corps General John Lewis began their Confirmation Hearings today. The Dems were fighting a war with spit wads: Hoping something would stick - but nothing did. I hope that Sessions investigates those Democrat activist who were each paid $1,500 by Soros.
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#65
Sessions said twice emphatically in the first day of his confirmation hearing, that the US does not prosecute political opponents. From this he concluded that he would not seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. But that would logically hold true for the Democrat activists. Personally, I am disappointed that once again Hillary gets to escape being prosecuted for her many crimes going back decades. But Sessions is holding to a principle of political neutrality, which would be an improvement for the Justice Department.
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#66
I think he meant not prosecuting a political opponent simply because they were a political opponent.

If someone, in this case Hillary Clinton, actually committed a prosecutable offense, that may be another story.
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(01-11-2017, 04:59 PM)Ron Lambert Wrote: Sessions said twice emphatically in the first day of his confirmation hearing, that the US does not prosecute political opponents. From this he concluded that he would not seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. But that would logically hold true for the Democrat activists. Personally, I am disappointed that once again Hillary gets to escape being prosecuted for her many crimes going back decades. But Sessions is holding to a principle of political neutrality, which would be an improvement for the Justice Department.

Fair enough but ... there appears to be a last vindictive gasp in the waning hours of the current Administration ... this really doesn't seem smart.

Quote:Notably absent from the list of matters being considered is Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch’s controversial meeting in June with former president Clinton aboard her plane on the tarmac of the Phoenix airport. The half-hour conversation, which Lynch has said she regrets, created the appearance to some that the attorney general was politically compromised.

A parting shot at Comey almost by default opens the possibility of followup shots at Lynch.  The former will extend well into the opening days of Trump's Administration.  How 'fair' will that be if Lynch is excluded from scrutiny?  I have no idea how independent the Justice Department's Inspector General's office is ... but but Sessions is going to face pressure to get control of it.  He's probably also going to face pressure to have them explain why they targeted Comey and let Lynch completely slide.  Applying equal scrutiny to Lynch is going to get decried as 'partisan' ... but if Session's wants to be perceived as 'fair' he's going to have to have someone take a look. 

The Justice Department (and it's Inspector General) can't just build a firewall around Comey's letter to Congress and then simply move on. To question that letter invites the question of why he felt it was necessary ... which brings in his previous extra-judicial acquittal of Clinton and the "extreme carelessness" that didn't get prosecuted v.s. the "gross negligence" that could have been. Which invites the question of why an FBI Chief ended up making that decision in the AGs stead. Which invites the question of why this was necessary ... which ushers in Lynch's quasi recusal after her tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton.

It's going to be a real sticky mess.  Thank God amateur hour is almost over ...
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."
-- Henry Mencken
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(01-12-2017, 11:23 PM)mr_yak Wrote: Thank God amateur hour is almost over ...

Well said!
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#71
Jesus, what a Buggerin' Cry-baby! Poor-Baby Obama Thinks Rush Limbaugh and Fox News Have Been 'Harmful'. This little boy needs a good spanking and sent to his room. S13
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(01-15-2017, 01:32 PM)John L Wrote: Jesus, what a Buggerin' Cry-baby!  Poor-Baby Obama Thinks Rush Limbaugh and Fox News Have Been 'Harmful'.  This little boy needs a good spanking and sent to his room.  S13

It makes perfect sense for a complete narcissist.  For Obama, the adversarial nature of the media (or at least tiny segments of it in his case) and political system make no sense ... opposition to his goals make no sense ... the world is supposed to revolve around his will.  Anything that resists him is foolish, unhelpful and destructive. In singling out Limbaugh he really is picking small nits. He's been rebuked by the U.S. electorate. What could possibly be more 'harmful' and, in his own words, 'insulting' to his legacy than the election of Trump?

Quote:Obama was uninterested in debate, still less in persuasion. If you didn’t agree, you were on the wrong side of history. In this, Obama helped shape the dominant ethos of the Democratic Party, which was also the basis of Clinton’s campaign: we are on the winning side. The “deplorables” who support Trump, who aren’t on board with the progressive agenda, are “irredeemable.” Why bother reaching out to them? Why compromise, when victory is certain?

Thus the shock of Trump’s victory. In his speech Tuesday night, Obama could not even conjure the grace to wish Trump success—something even Jimmy Carter managed to do. Carter pledged to support Ronald Reagan “to the very limits of conscience and conviction,” and wished him “success and Godspeed.” Obama could not do this, because success for Trump will mean dismantling everything Obama tried to build.

All that vast 'harmfulness' and he chooses Rush as a polestar?
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#73
For me, I have great interest in saying goodbye to Kerry, Lynch, Comey, and all the rest of the Dem bureaucrats. They will not be allowed to stay around. I'm sure the complicit media will go to them immediately as their fiefdoms get repaired. I'm also fine with that, because the more their errors are fixed, the stupider they will look, and any excuses will just make them look stupider.
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(01-15-2017, 08:50 PM)WmLambert Wrote: For me, I have great interest in saying goodbye to Kerry, Lynch, Comey, and all the rest of the Dem bureaucrats. They will not be allowed to stay around. I'm sure the complicit media will go to them immediately as their fiefdoms get repaired. I'm also fine with that, because the more their errors are fixed, the stupider they will look, and any excuses will just make them look stupider.

Some will go quick ... others will go painfully slowly.  We're stuck with John Koskinen at IRS until next November.  Who knows what kind of damage he can do between now and then?  Comey, in theory, has a 10 year term that he started in 2013.  And then there are the 10s of 1000s of bureaucrats that are effectively impossible to fire that will continually be throwing nails under the tires.  Civil service reform should be the #1 priority ... right up there with the other dozen or so #1 priorities.
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Michigan Man Whose Drug Sentence Commuted By Obama Is Shot Dead
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 
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(01-24-2017, 04:55 PM)WarBicycle Wrote: Michigan Man Whose Drug Sentence Commuted By Obama Is Shot Dead

Hmmm, though obviously not intended, this is perhaps the One thing MacDaddy has 'done right' over the last eight years. Saving the taxpayers money is the result. S13
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Here's a part of the economy that is doing very wellthankyou, in spite of everything.  Bomb Shelter construction.   S13

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Quote:Bomb-shelter builder stays busy as customers prep for ‘Trumpocalypse’

Lynch explains that orders for his most expensive shelters, which can cost as much as several million dollars, have increased since the November election.

“It definitely has picked up a little as Donald Trump emerged as president,” said Lynch, general manager of Rising S Co. on the outskirts of the rural city of Murchison. Lynch said some customers even half-jokingly say they’re trying to protect themselves from a “Trumpocalypse” or “Trumpnado.”

“There’s some people who maybe even voted for Donald Trump and may be worried some of the riots are going to get out of hand and there’s going to be social or civil unrest,” he said.

“Then you’ve got people who didn’t vote for him and are thinking that now that he’s president maybe he’s going to start a war. There’s definitely been some renewed interest from people since the election.”

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