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Politics & Other Mistakes: Sweet illusions

Al Diamon

Betsy Sweet has spent her career as a lobbyist, so she’s used to advancing unrealistic ideas. In the Sweet universe, it doesn’t necessarily have to make sense. It just has to be warm and fuzzy.

Speaking of fuzzy, before she ran for governor in 2018, Sweet had a side gig offering customers contact with their deceased friends and relatives, a process she insisted was not a séance. Because it was different. Somehow.

Now running for the U.S. Senate, Sweet has distanced herself from the dead, but has carried on with the same unmitigated liberalism that infused her gubernatorial campaign, even though she finished third in the Democratic primary.

Unlike her chief opponent for the nomination, Speaker of the Maine House Sara Gideon (see last week’s column for a trashing of her campaign), there’s no question where Sweet stands. Or rather, floats. Because sometimes her positions are as otherworldly as the realm of the departed.

Let’s start with defense spending. As a left-winger, Sweet is against it. Except, Maine is home to this huge defense contractor providing thousands of high-paying jobs by building U.S. Navy warships. Last month, Sweet visited Bath Iron Works, and was forced to twist herself into shapes usually seen only in M.C. Escher woodcuts in order to appear to support the shipyard while opposing everything it does.

Sweet started off well enough, according to a story in the Times Record. “As long as we’re building warships, Bath is the best place to do it,” she said. Then, she crossed over into the Sweet dimension.

“The next wars in this country are not going to be fought with [warships],” she said. “They’re going to be fought with drones and cyberattacks. And at some point, it’s not going to be whether they’re built in Bath or Tennessee. It’s going to be whether they’re going to be built at all.”

The next war will definitely not be fought with warships built in Tennessee, because there aren’t any shipyards there that build them. And the huge investments China and Russia are making in their navies indicate future wars may require a considerable number of Bath-built frigates.

But in Sweet’s dreamy future, BIW will be busy making … uh … something else. “If we could be a little more planful about new opportunities and new niches, it’s a huge opportunity,” she said.

The word “planful” is only one of many bizarre things about that sentence.

Then there’s Sweet’s “Take Democracy Back” constitutional amendment. It proposes a number of reforms, mostly ones that appear tempting in theory, but prove unworkable in reality. In a news release, Sweet said change is needed because a “Consultant-Lobbyist-Money Complex runs our campaign system.”

As a consultant and lobbyist, she should know.

The amendment calls for limiting campaign contributions to individuals and publicly funding congressional candidates. The former is an invitation to manipulation, and the latter rewards bad behavior. But the real problem with this amendment is its third provision, which sets a limit on campaigning for federal office of 12 weeks.

Aside from being an unenforceable affront to free speech, this amendment also amounts to an incumbents’ protection act. With less time to make their case, challengers would be at even more of a disadvantage than they are now. But if Sweet really believes three months is enough time to knock off a better-known opponent, she should suspend all primary campaigning until January.

That would be sweet.

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  1. Al.... very quiet and lonely here this week... Try an article on a well qualified an rounded individual that is running for the seat next week... BRE KIDMAN....

  2. Let’s do an article on how good Trump has done for this country and we need him
    For the next four years. Trump 2020

  3. "...appear tempting in theory, but prove unworkable in reality" Yup, that's the entire Democrat platform, too.

    Socialism (bordering on Communism), a totally authoritarian government that will force any who dissent to comply or be destroyed. They're openly running on simply stomping over our constitutional rights. And they think the other half of the country will cooperate with their 'plans'...ha ha.

    Sounds great.

  4. What clinched it for you,Wally? Was it that 14,765th lie? The serial draft dodging? The twitter wars with comedians,actresses or the long dead John McCain? The tens of millions we spend on his constant golf outings?
    Have you not noticed that there might possibly be something amiss with this guy?

  5. David,
    Remember the Clinton's much??
    For goodness sakes man,, it's politics.
    When the Dems swindled Bernie in 2016 in favor of the criminal Hillary Clinton, it resets the bar.
    The new normal.

    As long as the Dems keep their crooked ways going (and they're doing it again for 2020), I see no reason to hold anyone else accountable in the game.

    Anything amiss aboutt the Clinton's in your book?
    How about AOC, Omar or Tliab??
    Anything amiss there??

  6. Yes,there was plenty amiss with them but nowhere to the level of Agent Orange and his crime family. You can't play that lame partisan game with me. I have no party. I could easily have voted for Kasich (R) had he gotten the nomination but this orange creep is in a class by himself. No class,that is. Good enough,Comrade?

  7. Yes David, there is plenty that I see "amiss" concerning our current President Trump. And the Reps.
    No doubt about that.
    So we agree.

    Honestly,,
    Is there anything amiss about the media?
    The DNC?

    In my opinion, the media and DNC are worse.
    And that's saying a lot because I don't "like" Trump's ways.
    But I'm sorry, I just can't go along with the far left taking over.

    So I'm a Trump supporter until something better comes along

    If the Dems weren't going of the rails crazy.. I might consider their offerings... But.

  8. For some it's very simple,
    Hate Trump.

    You ask them if the sky is blue and all they can say is Hate Trump.
    You ask them about the Dems and it's Hate Trump.
    So them about Joe Biden and it's Hate Trump.
    Speaking of Joe,, When asked about HIS suspect dealings he responded,,(Yes you guessed it),, Hate Trump.
    Any original thoughts?
    Any constructive thoughts?
    Or is Trump Derangement Syndrome ruling your every thought.
    It's ruling your every response so.....

    Biden looked shallow and shifty when avoided answering a debate question by sharing Trump.

    It takes more than this to convince any serious person you're actually on to something real..
    Otherwise, you just seem crazy.

  9. Why do todays liberals think this is ok?

    The chaos in Minnesota recenty during a Trump rally, Complete with Physical attacks.
    Law abiding citizens have been getting physically attacked since the last election for simply wearing a hat.

    The recent Hollywood movie about Vacationing Liberals "Hunting" Deplorables. , that was ditched only after much concern expressed.

    Our Own Marie e commented on here a couple months ago that a certain California Conservative "wouldn't dare wear any Trump clothing in that area"..

    Tom Arnold responded with an apparent threat: "Don't get too cocky traitor. They showed up for JFK too."

    If these things make you grin or you think it's ok, Own it.

    If not,
    Are you speaking out or just going along with this violence?
    The fact that so many of you condone this is driving many far away from your "narrative"..
    You cant hide behind your hatred for Trumo as an excuse.
    Any Decent person openly condemns this crap.

    Threaten, demean or think it's fun and games all you want, but it's still a secret ballot where people vote their conscience.

    If you dont understand 2 wrong dont make a right,,,
    Grow up.

  10. We are all voting for him. He has served us very well and will do our bidding or we will release the photos he fears so much. Vlad has him by the orange hairs!

  11. The problem with Trump is that he's such a weak man. His weakness gets manipulated by other countries with stronger, more savvy leaders, and it's put the US in a position where we are not feared, respected or even taken seriously. This is the lowest level of prestige and respect the US has had since WWII. But most people are realizing that, that's why his approval ratings are falling, and he's been lashing out like weak people do - angry, afraid, feeling like he's the victim. Poor guy, I actually feel sorry for him. He's in over his head.

  12. I don't know why we helped Britain in WW2. They didn't help us during the Revolutionary War! Gotta go! Who knew that a president would have so much time to tweet, watch tv and play golf. Gotta call Rupert. Those Fox guys are beginning to wise up!

  13. To many, reacting adversely to political PR is OK. Such as stealing or defacing OBAMA yard signs.

    While certain hats, buttons or signs be provocative to those who disagree, violence is never OK.
    And that goes for the Orange genius that has offered to pay bail for whoever beat up some protester at one of his rallies.

  14. I'd be more inclined to say that other nations are viewing the Democrats' actions for what they are...desperation and 'small man' syndrome - unable to handle losing an election. Willing to take down the country in their pursuit of power. At least now we know they're the Democrat Socialist Party that's against the Bill of Rights - thankfully, they've been unmasked. They announced their intentions the day after the guy was inaugurated, and anyone with 5 memory cells left remembers this. "We'll impeach him, THEN we'll find the crime...." Sure. Just wait til it's YOU facing that sort of lost due process! They used the Patriot Act that Dems once said they hated for political gain...ugh.

    The world is actually wondering what the heck we're DOING in this country. It's amazing that Trump...a DC outsider...is fielding the constant, never-ending attacks that are based on nothing, as well as he has. If there were actually any EVIDENCE of malfeasance on his part presented to the public, well, that would be one thing. But closed doors manipulation of our system...all the promises of 'I have evidence!"....the Mueller report = a wasted $40 million on nothing, and here we go again! It's sad you can't see - or worse, don't care about - a 'take down' when it's right in front of you.

    The economy is better than it has been in my lifetime (and I was working in the 80s...)...employment rates, outstanding, esp. for minorities....crime is WAY down...China is caving on trade imbalances...on and on. You can give the guy grief for his personality, and I won't disagree. But I didn't vote for him for that, I voted to improve my own situation and to make America great again. In that regard, the guy is actually doing a really good job...far better than Obama, who was a nice teleprompter reader, I'll give him that. Any prez will make mistakes (like sending Iran $140bn in cash...ooh, forget that?); I think Trump has made less big 'doozies' than many of the others. At least Obama had "more flexibility" with the Russians after his election, which is a billion times more collusion w/them than we've seen evidence for re. Trump...oh, and Biden's on-video admission of using his office to oust the Ukrainian prosecutor looking into his son's business dealings there...

    Trump's approval is way UP. Those of you counting on another 'poll driven election', have fun. Remember: Hillary is going to win, 98% certainty, ha ha!

  15. Scott Erb writes,(about the President).
    " lashing out like weak people do - angry, afraid, feeling like he's the victim.".

    Um,. Sounds an awful lot like what the liberals and progressives are doing too.
    Omar, Tliab, AOC, Biden, the campus protesters, Always being picked on. Poor poor people.
    Always the victim.
    Such a Pity.

  16. "Trump's approval is way UP. " Says who?

    Recent polls for President Donald Trump
    Polling group Date Approval
    Fox News September 15–17, 2019 45%
    NBC News/
    Wall Street Journal Sept. 13–16, 2019 45%
    Gallup Poll September 3–15, 2019 43%
    CNN September 5–9, 2019 39%

  17. That’s funny that his “approval rating” is down yet it’s higher now than Obama had this time in his first term. I guess they left that tidbit out on CNN.
    Marie E did you see him say that on ABC? Or did they just tell you he said that? Please provide the source of your proof. Video link would be best. Thanks. Oh and while your looking maybe you can find the video where Kavanaugh said he will end women’s reproductive rights I can’t seem to find that one either and trust me I’ve had many many people try to find that too.

  18. @Scott Erb...what planet are you from?

  19. I don't like having to do other people's "homework", but it was very easy.

    Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval

    01-23-09 inauguration: 68%
    11-21-12 50%
    01-15-13 53%
    06-14-13 48%
    08-06-13 46%
    12-29-13 44%
    01-21-14 42%

    end of 2nd term
    01-19-17 59%

    https://news.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx

    "The approval ratings reported here are based on Gallup Daily tracking averages for President Donald Trump in 2017 and 2018, and periodic multiday Gallup polls for Trump starting in 2019."
    https://news.gallup.com/poll/203207/trump-job-approval-weekly.aspx

    Video: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1248837/Donald-Trump-hitting-protesters-pay-legal-fees.html

    Trump May Pay Legal Fees of Man Who Sucker-Punched Protester
    https://time.com/4256809/donald-trump-l/

    "Trump: ‘Knock the Crap Out’ of Protesters, I'll Pay Legal Fees"
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/02/01/trump-i-ll-pay-for-protester-beatings

    "If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell... I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise," Trump said at an Iowa rally on February 1, 2016.

    "At another event, Trump suggested police should be more violent with people they removed from his rallies. "You see, in the good old days, law enforcement acted a lot quicker than this," Trump said at a rally in Oklahoma City, The New York Times reported, as security moved toward a protester."
    https://www.newsweek.com/trump-told-white-supremacists-attack-protesters-so-they-did-650622

  20. Wow Marie,

    Haven't you heard?
    The media are proven liars.
    The media is biased.
    Notice I didn't single any one of them out,,
    because they all are.

    And here you are, living and dying by these media links..
    Haha.
    No thanks.

  21. The G-7 meeting will be held at the Trump Bedbug & Breakfast. They'll be itching to make a deal before an hour is up. Then I'll sell them some of Ivanavanka's Chinese made bug repellent!

  22. What happened to free speech! I'll try again. @ Scott Erb...What planet are you from?

  23. The media has lied far too often enough, and we have seen documented proof of this (including the retractions they've been forced to print, as well as observing the FACTS they do NOT report on). Anyone who still believes a single thing the big ones are putting out...all owned by about SIX CORPORATIONS...is totally naive. Or more likely, willingly naive, and enjoying the bias. That's a more frightening prospect, but I think in many cases, it's true.

    Remember: Hillary's gonna win, 98% certainty! Polls are just a means to hope to get people to change their mind and go with the one they are told will win. Herd manipulation. They are most always extremely biased. We learned that back when I went to college. They must not teach statistics now, only 'social justice' and how to turn control of your entire life over to the Democrat Socialist elites.

  24. See Marie I can do my own homework. I can also pick which sites fit what I said. As for him paying the legal fees that sounds good to me. If a protester threw tomatoes at him that is violence and by him paying legal fees for his protection is only right. I would gladly have my legal fees paid if it happened here by some Antifa or “peaceful” protester as the dems call them which we all know is B.S. What about the video of Kavanaugh? I’m sure you have plenty to say about reproductive rights as a woman do you not ? I still can’t find any video there but maybe that’s just because there was no issue with him until Trump wanted him on the Supreme Court. Remember when mad Maxine told her protesters errr I mean followers to get up in the faces of any Trump supporter? Disturb their dinners inciting violence? No probably you don’t because your TDS is to far gone to be treated but it’s worth seeking help for it may not be to late.

    https://www.newsweek.com/trump-approval-rating-higher-obama-1460076?amp=1

  25. Actually soon 2 b ex prez that has been canceled I would imagine because of people crying and whining about the fact that they are jealous of the President having private property outside of being a life long political hack. I say that any business that wants to host the summit should send in an itemized bid and the best place gets the business. I wonder why people have such a problem having it done at cost rather than paying astronomical prices to some other place just because it’s not the Presidents. I appreciate the fact he is trying to conserve the tax dollars I pay but that’s the lefts way spend, spend, and spend some more. Just like the only strategy they are running on free everything for everyone unless you have a job. (which will disappear when they start taxing the corporations like they say they will to pay) can you explain how they think these companies will stay in this country if they start having to pay taxes that high ? How will people get a job if they move overseas ? How will crazy Bernie give ever person a job with no corporations?

  26. As there don't seem to be many "town criers" anymore, most people turn to other sources of information.

    I get my "news' from a wide range of resources, but I do not have a 'tin hat' nor a ouija board.

  27. What did Scott say that was untrue? Trump has been in the news since the 70's and never for anything good. You must be pretty slow on the uptake. I have been around far too long to be taken in by that clown. I guess he'll have to start squeezing off rounds on 5th Ave. ,eh comrade? The frogs are beginning to boil.

  28. @David,,
    What?
    You make about as much sense as Hillary with the attack against Tulsi..
    Maybe you caught something from her at the Derangement Help Group you both attended..
    Actually, it seems both of you have missed to much therapy..
    Hope you're feeling better soon and start making sense.

  29. Excerpt from --Thomas Moriarity.

    “. . . That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine."
    That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay."
    That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem."
    That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue."
    That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."
    That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!"
    That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw.
    That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?"
    That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense."
    That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"
    That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!"
    That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!"
    That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be."
    That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!"
    That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"
    That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense."
    That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!"
    That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas - he explains that they’re just “animals” - and you say, “well, ok then.”
    That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter. . .”

    I don’t get it …….

  30. After reading through most of these comments it still amazes me that trump can have defenders at all. It might interest some of you that i don't like biden just like i don't like trump. However, with that said, I don't recall that biden blatantly violated his oath of office and the US Constitution. Perhaps he did, but certainly not as blatantly as trump. I simply wonder how anyone can support this morally-challenged, lying a-hole. And please don't reference hrc's e-mails or obama or biden. We are talking about trump and his supporters rarely address anything except 'what about ......'. Would be nice for someone to admit that trump actually violated the US Constitution ON AIR - not a made up media story (and there are plenty of those) - he did it in front of a camera all by himself and through the release of a written transcript summary of his Ukraine call. You would rather believe trump than Bill Taylor - an Annapolis grad, Viet Nam vet, and career Ambassador. And guess what? You don't really care and I don't understand. The only real explanation is that you support a person instead of America. Why is that? You cannot support America and trump simultaneously. This should not be about dem and rep - it should be about Country. But, of course I am wasting my breath and prepared for some of the typical responses that I will undoubtedly get from the usual suspects. So, let er rip.

  31. Trump is so racist he:
    Let Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were murdered in Chicago in October 2008, Donald Trump let the star and some of her relatives stay for free at the Trump International Hotel & Tower. "She's a great girl," Trump said, according to People magazine.

    Just in case you didn't know Jennifer Hudson is an African american. How's everyone's 401 doing? You could give your money back?
    The Democrats are in for a huge (that's right huge) awakening. Stay tuned.
    Scott ,Marie, and David no need to reply I already know where you stand.

  32. Taxpayer, nice job finding one example from 11 years ago. Yes, quite a guy ...... guess you didn't read my excerpt from Thomas Moriarty regarding racist acts by trump. Honestly, do you really believe that your example exonerates and neutralizes all of the acts of racism displayed and supported by trump? I am sure he had some alternative reason to let the Hudsons stay at his hotel. Remember, the trump org was closed for stealing money that was supposed to go to kids with cancer. Nice guys. And the 401 is doing well because he has opened the 'flood gates' on everything, environment and safety be damned in favor of profit. If you gauge success by using that metric then you certainly belong with the rest of 'those people'. Sure, dems will be surprised - at how many immoral people actually vote.

  33. Ozerki, Google any number of fads and get rich schemes they are all the same, nothing new, the movie Avengers Endgame grossed $2.7 billion dollars, there's a scam.
    Show me ANYBODY who doesn't want to get a lot while paying as little as possible, people screaming about a CMP rate hike comes to mind.
    So he said some things, who cares go to a bar on any given weekend and you will hear much worse.
    Dems say Islam is the religion of peace, the Kurds, ISIS, Taliban, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Abu Sayyaf, Hamas, Hezbollah and many other Islamic terror organizations say the dems are lying.
    Bragging about him shooting a man on 5th Ave, I really wouldn't care, just like I really don't care about mass shootings, people are going to do what people are going to do. The question is would he shoot a man on 5th Ave, probably not, so why worry about what he said.
    I guess you missed several dem politicians calling for the same be done to his supporters BEFORE he made his little soundbite that leftists lapped right up.
    The whole coat thing was him being a smart ass, he does have the 1st amendment just like everybody else does.
    He hasn't condemned ANTIFA either, and the so called Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists, had a permit and every legal right to be there, ANTIFA did not.
    Nothing wrong with demanding respect.
    Deepwater Horizon happened on Obama's watch, under Obama's EPA, so far Trump putting regulation back into the hands of the states, hasn't lead to any calamities.
    Read the clause in the constitution.
    Millions of bottles of water going bad in the sun, San Juan Mayor Cruz literally standing in a warehouse full of food, The USNS Comfort hospital ship, the nuclear subs that were powering onshore medical facilities, the never ending line of military helicopters and cargo ships transporting goods and personnel but yeah, he did nothing...
    Making peace with our enemies, isn't what he is supposed to do? Trudeau is a moron who needed to be trashed in the media.
    Bill Clinton started the program of the detention centers in 1994, Obama expanded it, Trump just kept it going as did George W Bush.
    And lastly, I have heard leftists call us deplorables, that we don't have the right to practice our religion, free speech, our guns, our hard earned money, but that illegal aliens and false asylum seekers take precedence over natural born US citizens, when Trump jumps on that boat, then and only then will I condemn him, your list of CNN talking points has been rebutted, I was bored and had some free time. Oh for reference, I answered them in order.

  34. HB - have to hand it to you, you are very good at deflection, redirection, and re-framing. My 'cnn talking points' are actual facts whether you admit it or not. Another fact you have NOT acknowledged - trump is actually committing impeachable acts, most notably the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution and now the Ukraine debacle with dirt on biden in exchange for releasing money. Before you jump on your keyboard I also know that biden and his son also are guilty of this type of activity and getting $50K a month for doing nothing is more than ridiculous so I don't side with biden either and joe should have been tossed out for his role. Refugees have a LEGAL right, according to our laws, to apply for asylum. Why not, it's our fault that we destabilized pretty much every Central American country during the past 50 years - none of the presidents are innocent, dem or rep. The point of all of this - ALL of the presidents are guilty, but trump has taken everything to a whole new level and his cast of misfits and unqualified people running things is far beyond the 'normal' business as usual in DC. I had to laugh at your comment about Neo-Nazis and White Nationalists having permits. What? What does that have to do with anything? In the end, one thing is obvious: you support a person while I support my Country. If Obama or Clinton had done the things that trump has done you would be screaming for impeachment, but you don't do the same for trump. That's all I need to know about who you are and that actually makes all of your arguments hollow and you lose any credibility you might have had.

  35. HB, A few questions (would be obliged if you respond to them in order):

    1. Do you know any Muslims personally?
    2. Why does the US give $4 million/day to Israel, a country committing genocide (Palestinians) and who not signed any nuclear non-proliferation agreements?
    3. Why did trump order pence to stay in one of his hotels in Ireland, 3+ hours away from where his meetings were?
    4. Why does trump have aircraft refueling in Scotland and then have crew and support people stay at his hotel? (which is far out of the way and unnecessary to do because there are other bases closer)
    5. Why are you not talking about trump's violations of the US Constitution? (Emoluments, and Ukraine for two)
    6. 9/11 under Bush, triggering the Patriot Act, which totally undermined our rights under the Constitution - comments on that one?
    7. How can Puerto Rico distribute the food and water without infrastructure and with no helis that could have been provided by trump's government?
    8. Bush + FEMA??? Haha

    The point is that both sides have done horrible things, but you only seem to support one side - like I said - you support a person over country. I have come out criticizing both sides - one example: you have no idea about my role in Deep Water Horizon for one. I don't understand how a guy who seems pretty smart and current can ignore one entire side of the argument.

  36. Wow,HB, remember chicken little much? Time to take a MH break from talk "force fed opinion" radio and remember that a R- President initiated the highest tax rates on the wealthy as Progressive Tax Reform and then you had "no new taxes" GB, who actually increased taxes, A R-Gov of Alaska, Jay Hammond, initiated true Socialism that says we the people get a share of our natural resources and gave Alaskans a check from the State owned corporation of oil profits, and remember when Clinton reduced the National Deficit to 0? Big Nationalist T. has us at one Trillion today and it's increasing daily. Did T. just say he was going to build a wall in CO? Did he just Give Ukraine and Syria to Russia? Did T just claim that the Constitution's Emoluments clause is "phony"? You say you want to protect freedom and our Rights but everyday there is a breakdown of legitimacy by the politicians you defend. Do you know them personally in back rooms or do you just know what people say about them?

    National Debt and personal wealth separation chart for your perspective.

    One million Seconds = 11 1/2 days 0.0317 years
    One Billion Seconds = 11,574 days / 31.7 years
    One Trillion Seconds = 11,574,074 days / 31,709 years

    Covert to $. or lifespan or power and influence. How many of you have one million dollars tucked away for the next 11 1/2 days? Remember you voted and defend a self proclaimed but unproven Billionaire who is profiting off off taxes and his position as our President. Remember that former ME Gov spent over 20K of ME tax dollars at T hotels. Imagine how many Politicians around the country are doing the same with their constituents $.

    Imagine how many days it will take (our kids and grand kids and great grand kids) to repay our National Debt to foreign banks? Thanks T. ax us for life. Don't know about you but my fed taxes went up 1K last year and I had to pay it out of pocket.

    We have lost our sense of togetherness as one nation and some are willing to lose it all just so the 'Other" gets nothing. Sad really. Both parties blame the other then get influential cheerleaders like HB and friends to say what they heard their media leaders say so that anyone who points out the obvious and facts is pushed away. Okay folks, we have facts and the conspiracy media leadership has nothing. If you make a claim back it up with more than I heard someone I trust say it. Find a source, official document, or proof of something. Right now the blind eye to proof is costing US dearly. We are a powerful nation that is seen as having weak and crumbling leadership. All bark and give to Putin.

  37. HB don’t forget the little mining debacle where the EPA released the toxic water from the mine into a river. Flint water problem was under O and he didn’t do squat but now it’s Trumps fault because it’s still not fixed. I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/10/431223703/epa-says-it-released-3-million-gallons-of-contaminated-water-into-riverLink to the article about the river.

  38. Say ole buck. The deficit is high and it will never be paid back EVER !!! O doubled the national deficit in just 8 years with all the “stimulus and bailout failures” he implemented by borrowing the money from China. Bush was a one term President because of raising the taxes then slick willy took over and turned the office into his private orgy. Jr. got us into a war that was unnecessary and then O ran on bringing home our troops (lie) that’s why he didn’t get my vote the second time (ya know where many counties had over 100% voter turnout). Actually I’ll take back what I said about never being paid back because the only way to do it is to end every penny spent on foreign aid !!! So actually ya it’ll never happen because people think we have to baby sit and coddle all the other countries on the planet. The only way we will ever survive as a country is to start putting America and it’s legal citizens first and we all know with the socialist dems that will never happen. Lunch is over back to hunting. Good luck to those hunting today !!!

  39. Obama and Bush did increase the deficit during a recession, that's normal. But Obama started cutting the deficit faster than was expected.

    Trump reversed that - and even though there is no recession he's hyperstimulating the economy with a deficit that is near $1 trillion. Trump's deficit spending is economic insanity, but he doesn't care, he just hopes all that extra money keeps the economy up so he can get re-elected (he even said the collapse would be 'after I'm gone.')

    Yes, Obama continued Bush's policy of extricating the US from conflicts in the Mideast. Trump not only condemned the Iraq war, but left our Kurdish allies in the lurch. If you don't like how Obama removed troops, or deficit spent, then you should HATE how Trump follows those ideas but on steriods!

    Oh - and the US spends very little on foreign aid, it's a myth that we spend a lot to help other countries. A lot of ignorance out there!

  40. Get rid of 80% of the MIC budget and allocate that to health care and foreign assistance - meaning make friends both foreign and domestic. I suppose that I am still quite amazed at how many people simply ignore the truth. There are ways to find the truth and gather facts that can be corroborated ..... it's not that hard. Hint: one place you should NOT look is the mainstream media or fox 'news'.

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