Trump Orders Overhaul of Executive Branch

In an executive order signed Monday, President Trump demanded a thorough audit of federal agencies to make sure American taxpayers aren’t seeing their hard-earned money wasted by inefficiency inside the Executive Branch.

“This executive order is another major step toward making the federal government efficient, effective, and accountable to the people,” Trump said. “There is duplication and redundancy everywhere. Billions and billions of dollars are being wasted on activities that are not delivering results.”

Trump said the Office of Management and Budget will lead the review, whose aim is to make Cabinet-level agencies “as lean and as effective as possible” and to determine if all the Executive Branch services are “truly serving the American people.”

In conjunction with the executive order, Trump is expected to deliver a proposed budget this week that calls for deep cuts to the State Department, the EPA, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, and HUD. These cuts will be accompanied by a drastic increase in national security spending, including more money for the military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the VA.

“This is the beginning of a long overdue reorganization of the federal government,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. “Sometimes you just walk into an agency and you realize that agency’s mission is no longer relevant or that it’s duplicative in three other agencies. Or that there are too many people performing a function that no longer exists for a variety of reasons.”

Trump is hardly the first president to order his Cabinet to identify areas of waste, but some government watchdogs are optimistic about his ability to find success where his predecessors have only found frustration. He will be aided by a conservative Congress eager to cut the deficit, and he has avoided the mistake of putting agency heads in charge of the audit. Furthermore, there’s no doubt that Trump – and chief strategist Stephen Bannon – are dead serious about making significant cuts to a sprawling federal bureaucracy.

Will the cuts made by Trump be as substantial as the administration hopes? Probably not. But even if the president can only get a fraction of the way towards a smaller, more efficient government, he will have done more for taxpayers than any Republican in quite some time.

There are benefits to putting a successful businessman in charge of the federal government. Finally, Washington will be held to account for its reckless spending. What a novel concept.

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  1. For too long the Federal Government HAS NOT BEEN ACCOUNTABLE to the Citizens and taxpayers of the United States of America!! We FINALLY have a PRESIDENT that is open to suggestions on how to make our Government accountable to those that they serve, (CITIZENS/TAXPAYERS) and NOT VIEW THE CITIZENS OF THE USA AS SUBJECTS IN A KINGDOM THAT IS RUN BY THE PRESIDENT!!!!

    • Well said Junior1950 and Pres. Trump is on the right track in everything in spite of left wing obstructionism. Sadly the bloated gov’t. will take years of pruning to make a dent in our national debt or a goal of balancing the budget. We in NYS face the same problem under King Cuomo!

      • The lefties are afraid of losing votes next year and having to leave and be amongst their voters and that would be hell since they don’t know or even respect the duped voters in their states. Yes, we have to drain the Congress swamp and next year should hopefully see more democrats ousted along with RINOs as well. Those who are against Trump are against we real Americans and since some have just been re-elected, their states need to grow a pair and recall them TODAY!

        • Great, Levy! Now how do we combat the Liberturd far left media?

          • another 7th grader posing as an adult.

          • THIS BLOG IS FULL OF THEM……CHECK

          • sandraleesmith46

            Ignore them, tune them out, don’t read the drivel.

          • According to polls, hardly anyone is paying any attention to what the “mainstream” media is SAYING, any more. Newspapers are dying, TV news is focusing more and more on celebrity gossip because that’s what they think their viewers want. People looking for NEWS shop around for websites that give us what we want. IN TEN YEARS I DOUBT THERE WILL BE ANYTHING LEFT OF WHAT WE NOW CALL “MAINSTREAM” MEDIA. (Well, maybe Jeff Bezos will still be running the Washington Post — shades of Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane”!) — he apparently thinks of it as a HOBBY – and Amazon has given him enough that he can AFFORD expensive hobbies!)

          • Give it a REST!!

          • I’m responding to YOU, you idiot, not initiating anything. So if you want ME to shut up, maybe YOU should, too.

        • A RECALL starting with Wisconsin’s RINO Paul “Lyan” Ryan”!!!!!!!!!!

          • Vicky Hughes-Pullen

            Yes Junior1950 he must go or we are you to have Obama care 2.0 and more government that shouldn’t be part of healthcare.

          • PAUL RYAN IS DOING A GREAT JOB AND YOU SHOULD GET OFF HIS BACK. PRESIDENT TRUMP LIKES HIS BILL, so why the hell are YOU so upset? There are more than 250 Republicans in the House, and getting them all (or even most) to agree on ANYTHING is, as they say, like HERDING CATS. NOT an easy task, so leave Paul Ryan to DO it without the interference of the uninformed (YOU).
            The bunch of wet-behind the ears Freshmen who are worrying about Obamacare 2.0 just don’t know how legislation gets PASSED, any more than YOU do. IF THEY SUCCEED THERE WILL BE NO BILL AT ALL; we’ll be STUCK WITH OBAMACARE 1.0 and we’ll be the LAUGHING STOCK OF THE COUNTRY. AND those stupid Freshmen will LOSE in 2018, leaving the DEMOCRATS IN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE and possibly even the Senate — and in 2020 we can say “goodbye!” to the Trump Administration because he (or really CONGRESS) will have FAILED in carrying out HIS #1 PROMISE — “repeal and replace Obamacare.” But what the hell, YOU’ll be happy to have a DEMOCRAT in Congress to yell at.

            Do you even KNOW how Congress WORKS? Why the first phase of Obamacare Repeal/Replace HAS to start in the House and CANNOT contain anything except taxes and spending? BET YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT MUCH, NEVER MIND WHY IT’S TRUE! Thank GOD we HAVE a COMPETENT Speaker of the House, and NOT someone with your brainless devotion to ideas THAT WON’T WORK (not because they’re bad, but because THEY’RE AGAINST THE RULES).

          • So many WORDS So little worth REMEMBERING!!

          • It’s like all those TEXTBOOKS you probably didn’t get around to reading in college: IF you bother to read them, there’s a LOT of useful
            INFORMATION in there, but if you DON’T bother to read them, YOU CAN REMAIN STUPID AND UNINFORMED FOREVER!

          • WHATEVER

          • “Nov 8 2018” — quoted directly from YOUR post — is still one year and a little over 4 months IN THE FUTURE (or have you been bingeing on “Timeless” on TV?)
            Yes, I AGREE the nation has changed since Nov 8 2016 — note correct year — but not so much it’s unrecognizable. I’m living in the PRESENT, as are President Trump, Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, and everyone else with a brain. That’s because the WORK we’re doing to pass the Trump agenda HAS to be done in the present, REAL world, not the “world as we might wish it was.” You should TRY it.

          • Wouldn’t want to steal your thunder RW….you’re handling the stupidity quite well…

          • Robet Baird – People who toss around insults usually have nothing more worthwhile to say. Look in the mirror, buster!

          • Wrongwriter, I’ve read all of the comments you have entered on this site and they are laced with insults, name calling, braggadocio, self aggrandizement, and more bullsh** that you could hope to find in the entire state of Texas! If anybody needs to look in a mirror, it’s you, buster-ette!!

          • Thank you so much for your insult. When people like you take off after me, I know I’m getting through to the ones with BRAINS.

          • They must be Demonrats, because they know it all and don’t listen. That’s what causes the wrong people to be voted in. I shudder to think what life would be like if Clinton had gotten in.

            I wish President Trump would ask Trey Gowdy about the passing of the travel ban because he said he knows of a way to get it passed without going thru the Supreme Court.

            I also wish that our President would be a little less transparent and stay off of twitter. But other than that, I think he’s doing a fine job.

          • Do you ever STOP Playing with YOURSELF??

          • You have just added to the (very short: 1 other name) list of people to whom i WILL NO LONGER RESPOND. I don’t mind arguing (that’s what these chat boards are FOR, no?) but I
            WILL NOT COMMUNICATE with FOUL-MOUTHED KNOW-NOTHINGS who, having nothing much to SAY, fill up the space with rude personal comments. I have BETTER uses for my time.

          • Textbooks written by left wingers for left wingers. That’s how you remain stupid and uninformed forever. Reading college textbooks is like marrying your cousin, your children will be inbred.

          • I haven’t read a college textbook since, oh, roughly 1965 — when there were still UNBIASED textbooks available. Nor do i ever TEACH from a textbook. I agree with you completely on their bias, although I don’t think I’d have used the “inbred” comparison. But there ARE plenty of books available both individual reading AND for TEACHING that ARE NOT standard textbooks, and ARE NOT biased. You just have to know which writers to TRUST and where to FIND their books. I DO.

          • You took the words right out of my mouth, Redhawk. You said more in one sentence than that loud mouth troll said in his entire democrap playbook dissertation!

          • Thank you Robert!! I am Now mire than ever Convinced that after their Heads Exploded on 8 Nov 2016 and the “STRANGE Voices took Domicile in their Now Empty Heads, verbal DIARRHEA” is all they got LEFT…….Just look at the Senate CLOWN….Air Head Pelosi and their (D) Anarchy KLAN for seeing what Motivates these IDIOTS

          • Michael Dennewitz

            Ever listen to Trey Gowdy? He’s tearing their asses up in congress….

          • I am a HUGE fan of TREY GOWDY… someday I’d like to see him as AG!! The Biggest A sses he has to tear into, in Congress are MELLON HEAD CUMMINGS with his Side Kick Adam Schiff two Hard nose (D) STUPID Anarchists

          • I agree…..Trey Gowdy is a good man!!!

          • a MAN from the People…and FOR the People…..a RARITY in CONGRESS

          • MOST members of Congress come “from the people.” A FEW inherited money, a few others MADE a lot in business before getting into politics. But IF YOU BOTHERED TO READ THEIR BIOS, you’d discover most come from solidly middle-class, even lower-middle-class backgrounds. And that’s true on BOTH sides of the aisle, although there are (and have been for half a century) more millionaires among the Democrts than among the Republicans.

          • You didn’t ask, but i am a fan of Trey Gowdy, too. I helped him GET ELECTED.

          • Why should we have to ask? You obviously run the House and the Senate, or have for the past 40 years! Nobody on this site is smart enough to understand your comments, but I bet they are not dazzled with your brilliance…….a few might get baffled by your bullsh**, but it will be very few!!

          • I have never pretended to run the House OR the Senate, but I HAVE worked in both and have a pretty good idea how they function. I think I’m getting through to the people on this site who aren’t so mesmerized by their own self-described brilliance that they can’t listen to anyone else, including anyone who just might have more experience of the subject than they (OR YOU) do.

          • Soooo true!!!!!!!!!!

          • I plead guilty to being long-winded, but some topics just can’t be covered in a Tweet. But “democrap”? I have SIXTY YEARS of conservative (first) and Republican (second) activism behind me. I’ve worked for Republican candidates since GOLDWATER (1964, in case your memory doesn’t go back that far), and worked for a DOZEN conservative Senators and Congressmen (want names?). Don’t accuse people you don’t know of things you just ASSUME they are or have done — YOU COULD BE VERY WRONG INDEED.

          • Now all of those conservative/republican defeats are starting to make sense!!

          • YO0 SAID 7 WORDS AND NONE WORTH REMEMBERING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • and you are an IDIOT.. that PROVES IT !!!!

          • sandraleesmith46

            We don’t WANT obamacare rehashed! That’s why!

          • Neither do I (want Obamacare rehashed)! Neither does any other Republican I know of — not even the certified RINOs, of whom Paul Ryan is NOT one. Neither, obviously, does President Trump, who promised to “repeal and replace” it. But because of the way Senate rules work, he HAS to START with the “REPEAL” and only THEN do the “REPLACE.”
            President Trump understands this and he and Speaker Ryan are WORKING TOGETHER to get it DONE. If the President can work with the Speaker, why on earth are YOU still having so much trouble?
            What the President AND Ryan understand is that IF WE DON’T DO IT THIS WAY — “REPEAL” BEFORE “REPLACE” — THE BILL WON’T PASS. Angry Republicans will vote AGAINST Republicans in 2018 and we’ll have NANCY PELOSI as Speaker and Chuck Schumer running the Senate. AND THEN IN 2020 IT’S VERY LIKELY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL BE DEFEATED by Lizzie Faucahontas Warren or someone equally dreadful. Maybe even HILLARY — she’s talking about trying one more time.

            IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT? Because your insistence on doing it YOUR way instead of the way taken by the
            PRESIDENT AND THE SPEAKER will get us to EXACTLY that point.

          • sandraleesmith46

            The bill Ryan is pushing repeals NOTHING; that’s the problem! Do pay attention. Heritage Foundation and others offered the way to repeal through reconciliation that would then allow them to work on something different; but that’s NOT what RYAN is doing, regardless what others think or want.

          • Look, I have more important work to do than to explain in detail the admittedly arcane procedures this has to go through to get us to where we ALL want to be. Let me just say (again) that when a dedicated conservative (which Speaker Ryan IS, and has been for all his political life) AND the President who proposed “repeal/replace” to begin with (and committed us ALL to DO it) AND experts on the Senate rules (which are admittedly a bit arcane) SAY THIS IS THE WAY TO DO IT, I’m not going to be swayed by the wails of largely uninformed (certainly NOT expert) OPINIONS of people I meet on chat boards like this. The EXPERTS say the TRUMP-RYAN-McCONNELL plan will get us to “repeal/ replace” as painlessly is possible. They ALSO say YOUR approach will run right up against a wall of resistance in the Senate, the bills will FAIL, we will LOSE CONTROL of the HOUSE AND SENATE in 2018, and very probably President Trump — who after all PROMISED “repeal/replace” to the American
            People — will LOSE his bid for re-election in 2020. That is NOT an eventuality I am prepared to RISK, certainly not to comfort the worries of a bunch of well-meaning but inexperienced NON-experts who just think it would logically be easier to do it another way. It WOULD be, but it WOULDN’T WORK.

          • With all that ‘important’ work you have to do, you should get off this site and spread your manure somewhere else!

          • Oh Obama took his Gold plated Manure Spreader with him…

          • Perhaps you have something a little more positive to donate? Your comments do not seem to be helpful. Do you throw stones right or left handed?

          • Did you consult with ‘wrongwriter’ before you put up this comment, Willie? It makes about as much sense as the stuff she posts!! Just saying…………

          • Maybe if you paid a little attention to people have more experience and know more than you do, you’d be able to contribute something a little more useful than barnyard language. My work IS important, but it doesn’t fill up 24 hours a day — it used to, but I’m “retired” now, which means I only work about 10 hours daily.

          • Whata ya do the other 23 hrs?

          • It is amazing to me that The United States of America is unable to come up with a workable health care system that will provide health care for all of it’s citizens. We have the intellectual capacity and the financial resources to accomplish almost anything, but somehow this business of health care is beyond us. It’s beyond us because the politicians have made it a political football game. I would be willing to bet that if it was given to the private sector to design an acceptable, workable, affordable health care system it could be done in si months.
            Once the quibbling and squabbling is removed from the project it would astound you how quickly things would get done. Remove the politics and you’ve got a health care system. It’s doable, there is no political will to get it done.

          • Well, we’ve been TRYING since the 1930s and haven’t got it right YET. Frankly, I don’t think it’s US — the subject is a LOT more complex than most people realize going in (including
            President Trump). In recent times, “Hillarycare” (1995) went down in flames because it was SO complex nobody could figure out the relationships between doctor, patient, insurer, drug company, and 3rd party payer and, well, it was Hillary’s. Then Obamacare….which is imploding after barely 6 years.
            I think we CAN get a program THAT WILL ACTUALLY WORK adopted this time, and I keep telling people it doesn’t HAVE to be PERFECT. Once it’s in operation, we can SEE what adjustments are needed and MAKE them.
            But remember, this CAN’T be a “one size fits all” program. There are just too many parties involved (even just counting patients) with WIDELY varying needs and priorities.
            I’m a strong supporter of private-sector-designed programs, but to be honest, there are TOO MANY PRIVATE SECTOR PLAYERS in health insurance/care, and they have DRASTICALLY CONFLICTING priorities and needs. Nobody can get them to SIT DOWN together, much less work out their differences. But so far, every private sector plan from any one group (call ’em Group A) has drawn nothing but derision and/or screams of outrage from someone else (Group B), and vice versa.
            Saying the “quibbling and squabbling” could be removed and then everything would be fine is like saying if we took cars off the road we wouldn’t need to build new highways. EVERYTHING is political nowadays, sadly, and this is no different.
            Maybe Donald Trump, the Great Negotiator (“The Art of the Deal,” etc.), can get it done — that’s what we’re hoping.

          • Just get that bill in place, right ‘Nancy’? We can read it later! Hmmmm…..sounds familiar!!

          • You can read it NOW, genius — it’s online on the Budget Committee’s website.

          • You need a ‘safe space’ snowflake! Does your mom let you go out alone?

          • I’m a GRANDMOTHER, and nobody in my family (least of all me) is a snowflake, I assure you. I don’t know what I said that occasioned your comment, but it misses the mark entirely. Most people who KNOW me (from actual human contact, not reading one post) think that if anything, I’m TOO tough.

          • Truth be known, they probably think you’re full of barnyard manure! Trust me……they would not be far off point!!!

          • My, what class you exhibit (not!) I only mentioned Trey Gowdy because you and someone else mentioned liking him, and I worked on his first campaign for Congress. Not especially important, but I made the MISTAKE of thinking if you actually liked the guy, you MIGHT be interested. Obviously I OVERESTIMATED your intelligence. I won’t do that again.

          • I’m underwhelmed

          • Guess what? I don’t care if you’re overwhelmed, underwhelmed, or what. I’ve TRIED to talk civilly, but you make it next to impossible, so I won’t try anymore. I have found SOME really pleasant, interesting people on these chat boars — both people with whom I agree and others who are willing to discuss differences CIVILLY. You fall into NEITHER category, and I’m not going to waste any more time on trying to be pleasant.

          • The only problem that I see with Paul Ryan is that he flip flops. One minute he’s on PRESIDENT TRUMP’s side and the next he’s not. That was in the past and POTUS does need guidance so having Paul Ryan who is well established and knows his stuff is a plus. Past performance just makes me wary. Maybe when he gets frustrated, he just vents and doesn’t mean it.
            BTW: I hate PELOSI and Schmucky Shumer with a passion. I don’t think that their opposition with everything Trump does is ” because Hitlery didn’t win” I think it’s because a monkey wrench was thrown into their One World Order.

          • Surely am with you on Pelosi & Schumer. I think they have BOTH reasons for opposing Trump — they’re pissed because
            Hillary lost, they don’t want Trump to upend their One World Order ambitions, AND they are just dyed-in-the-wool partisan DEMOCRATS. Pick your reason — the result is the same. 🙁
            As to Paul Ryan’s “flip-flops,” it’s really more a case of his having to lead the often argumentative Republican caucus in the House. Sometimes “leading” means getting out in front of the parade and going where THEY want to go, not necessarily where he (Ryan) wants to go. Sometime in one Congress there will be strong pressure to go one way (let’s say to the right), and then the minute the “parade” gets started, most of the marchers reverse direction and head off to the west! (Serving as Speaker of the House has been compared to “HERDING CATS.”)
            Also, in fairness, it took a little adjustment for Ryan to get the hang of being Speaker. He’s a policy wonk, particularly interested in the very complex area of tax-and-spending policy. He had been chairman of the Budget Committee, which he loved, but in 2015 he had a chance to take over the “Ways and Means” chairmanship. Ways & Means (which handles tax policy, trade, AND the economic aspects of health care) is THE most important committee in EITHER house for an economic policy maven, and Ryan was in 7th Heaven.
            But then, in that SAME year, John Boehner resigned as Speaker and — surprise! — Paul Ryan was elected! It wasn’t the job he wanted; he’d have preferred the Ways & Means chairmanship. But (like Shakespeare put it) “some have greatness thrust upon them.” It took a bit of an adjustment, but he’s turned into a pretty effective Speaker, and now that he and President Trump have achieved a PARTNERSHIP, things should go more smoothly.

          • The only problem is that phase 2 and 3 will never pass leaving us the laughing stock. McConnell and Ryan both know this as they are never Trumpers. Congress Republicans have had 7 years to come up with a new plan and have done squat. They need to repeal Obamacare in totaltality and come up with a complete new plan just like the Democraps did. Ryan is most certainly a RINO as he is married to a high core liberal and you know who wins in his house.

          • Check out the ‘babe’ he dated in college. Don’t know what broke it up, but she recently got married and Ryan was at her wedding….hmmmm!

          • For Phases 2 and 3, we can go to the “nuclear option” in the Senate, and they SHOULD pass. In fact, Phase 3 (as Speaker Ryan has designed it; of course it’ll be a Senate bill so there MAY be some changes) will include a lot of “goodies” that the Democrats want, too (letting people buy insurance sold in another state, allowing wider sale of generic drugs (at lower prices than the brand names), etc. These appeal to Dems too because they save $$$ for anyone who can buy them.
            Anyway, the professional vote-counters say these should go thru without too much difficulty. The WORST thing we can do is pull the rug out from under Paul Ryan’s feet as he tries to negotiate the shoals of the House.
            We DID “come up with a bill” — SEVERAL bills, in fact — that passed the HOUSE during the 7 years of Obama rule, but either they DIED in the Senate because Harry Reid, the Dem. leader, wouldn’t bring them to the floor for debate (Senate Majority Leaders CONTROL the calendar and can BLOCK any bill they don’t like but don’t want to force their own members to vote AGAINST. This means if there’s a bill introduced by the opposition — in this case Republicans — that MIGHT pass, they don’t let it come to a vote and it DIES.). So it’s not that Republicans “did squat,” it’s that we DIDN’T CONTROL THE SENATE OR THE WHITE HOUSE, so we couldn’t get them enacted.

          • McConnell is afraid to use the “nuclear option” as he already should have. The presiding officer in the Senate (Pence) can change the rules at any time but has chosen not to. You said that they came up with several bills but I do not recall Obama vetoing and of them. We did control the House and the Senate for the last two years and nothing was accomplished. We need to grow a set and change the tune in DC. It seems like our infighting is killing us as the Democrats hang together right or wrong, they are like a bunch of lemmings going over the cliff.

          • No, I promise you McConnell is NOT “afraid” to use the nuclear option, but he’s a superb tactician and he wants to hang onto it to USE WHEN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. It most likely will NOT be for Gorsuch, because probably not more than 20-25 Dems will actually vote against him, much less filibuster.
            Look at the strategy: Gorsuch is a (delayed) replacement for Justice Scalia: one conservative replacing another, even though there was a year’s gap between Scalia’s death and Gorsuch’s confirmation. Still, a 1-for-1 switch; DOES NOT ALTER THE BASIC 4-4+1 (conservative vs. liberal with Anthony Kennedy sort of floating around out there in the middle. BUT…the NEXT Justice to die or retire will almost CERTAINLY be a liberal (betting is on Ruth Ginsberg; she’s 85 NOW and looks like she’s already dead; she’s likely to retire this summer). Now, when SHE is replaced, it will DRAMATICALLY shift the liberal-conservative balance on the Court to 3-5+Kennedy. And Kennedy is telling friends (I hear) that HE wants to retire — THAT would shift the balance to 3 liberals and SIX conservatives.
            So the liberals are going to be DESPERATE to stop conservative nominees for EITHER of those seats. They’ll filibuster until every last one of them drops dead at his/her desk. THAT’S when we’ll NEED the nuclear option to get someone good confirmed. I think McConnell is holding his fire, so to speak, until he NEEDS to use it. (Even if McConnell ISN’T trustworthy, he’s MARRIED to Trump’s Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, and there is NO WAY he’d put HER in the middle of a feud with the President.)
            On the bills that Obama stopped — he didn’t veto them, because he had HARRY REID as Dem. Leader in the Senate, who used the Leader’s power to HOLD BACK legislation passed by the House and NOT ALLOW THE SENATE EVEN TO CONSIDER IT. Since the bills never passed the Senate, no veto was needed. (I seem to recall one bill WAS vetoed, but I’m not 100% sure on that.) But the bills NEVER GOT TO OBAMA, SO NO VETO — BUT ALSO NO BILL.

          • I agree with most of everything you say, but I don’t believe that the nuclear option is just a one time deal. I hadn’t thought about McConnell’s wife mixed into the fray. Trump is a smart man and I’m sure that one of the reasons he appointed her is to exercise some control over McConnell. I see you do your homework.

          • You’re right, the nuclear option CAN be used more than once, but the more it’s used the less impact it has — until it becomes just business as usual. That’s more psychological than strategic, but it works anyway.
            I’ve known McConnell and Elaine Chao for years and worked with Elaine at the Heritage Foundation (a frequently used retreat for conservatives when someone like Clinton or Obama is in the White House) some years ago, so it wasn’t really homework. But I’m sure you’re right — Trump DID have their relationship in mind when he named her (not that she isn’t VERY well qualified, as a former Secretary of Labor & chairman of a White House economic council under Bush 2. She knows her stuff — as does her hubby.

          • Again, the reason so little got done in last 2 years even tho we controlled House and Senate can be summed up in 2 words; CHUCK SCHUMER. The Senate Majority Leader (of either party) has COMPLETE control of the “calendar” — what bills are considered, and when — and he can block ANY legislation that’s passed the House merely by REFUSING TO BRING IT UP IN THE SENATE. So it sits…approved by the House but NOT by the Senate, and then when that Congress finishes its term (around October of the next election year), the unconsidered bill just DIES. Then the House has to start all over again in the next Congress, assuming the will is still there. Believe me, as a former House staffer, it’s HORRIBLY FRUSTRATING, and there’s not a damn thing the House — even with the Speaker’s best will — can do about it.
            iF it were up to me, I’d forget about term limits and go to work on a Constitutional amendment that would close that little (?) loophole that favors the Senate, no matter what!

          • Also: “Never Trumpers” died and went to…wherever, let’s say their rewards on Nov. 8, 2016. There are still some in the world of media and think tanks, but POLITICIANS ARE REALISTS. When Trump won, even the most determined “Never Trumper” because a supporter of the new President.
            That doesn’t mean they’ll always like what he’s trying to do, but THEY WON’T OPPOSE IT. It’s worth noting that the Republicans NOW opposing the “repeal/replace” bill THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS ENDORSED are the MOST CONSERVATIVE members, NOT the one-time “never Trumpers”. Ryan and McConnell have SIGNED ON WITH THE PRESIDENT and WILL FIGHT to get HIS bills approved. (McConnell even donated HIS WIFE to serve in Trump’s Cabinet!)

          • Politicians are realists? Beam me up Scotty!!
            Bwaaahahaha

          • My problem with Rep. Ryan is that he’s an establishment policy wonk. He’s buried in numbers, arcane House rules, and procedures that stultify getting things done. Trump is just the opposite. Sometimes he flies by the seat of his pants, relies on common sense more that ideology, and is in constant contact with “the people.” He’s a business man, not a politician and has an intuitive instinct on how to get things done. I’d put my money on the Trumpster before Ryan, any day of the week.

          • Right on McF…..Right on!!!!!

          • Thanks, Robert…

          • Ryan HAS to be “buried in numbers, arcane House rules (they’re not NEARLY as arcane as the SENATE rules!), and procedures…” THAT IS HIS JOB. Every Speaker IS “establishment” because he got elected SPEAKER, which is the Number One Establishment Job, and he HAS to work to get things done USING the House rules. HE HAS NO CHOICE. His JOB as Speaker is to get legislation THAT MOST REPUBLICANS SUPPORT ADOPTED in the House (some wag said getting ANYTHING through the House is “like herding cats,” but if it doesn’t happen there IS no Republican program — NO TRUMP PROGRAM, in this instance.
            Yes, the President CAN use his deal-maker skills to help get trhe legislation proved, AND HE & RYAN ARE WORKING TOGETHER FOR THAT PURPOSE. But NO
            President, however popular or skillful — not FDR, not LBJ (who was probably the BEST ever at getting his way with Congress, even when they were basically opposed to what he wanted!), not Reagan, and certainly not Obama — can get his program approved IF CONGRESS SAYS NO. And Congress WILL say no if THEY don’t have a BIG SAY in developing it.
            Every Speaker’s job is said to be like “Herding cats,” but I prefer the wisdom of a 19th century German chancellor (one of the few who actually tried to create democracy, a new thought for Germans) who remarked “There are two things NOBODY should watch being made: SAUSAGES and LEGISLATION.” It’s a messy business, no matter what country or century — or what a genius deal-maker the President may be. HE doesn’t have a seat in Congress!

          • Everything you say is true, no doubt. But, the swamp is being drained and the Trumpster has his hand on the plug. It’s an entirely different economic populism environment than anybody is used to, and the one that can move the most people in the direction the wants to go is Trump. If he can get the House Freedom Caucus to accept changes he wants, Trump will move Ryan to his side and the bill will clear the House. Trump will get the credit and the Senate will have no choice, They’ll either deliver the bill or sentence the GOP to purgatory in 2018, and perhaps 2020. That’s my take…

          • I agree with your general points, except for one: RYAN HAS ALREADY “moved to” Trump’s side, and so has Sen. Mitch McConnell. Now, am I saying he has fallen in love with the Trump program? I don’t know — I haven’t talked to him since just after the election, and even then the subject didn’t come up. But HE’S ON BOARD, which is WHY the bill that passes the House on Thursday (this week) will be, essentially, the TRUMP program. That’s what happens when someone gets elected president — at least within his own party.
            HOWEVER, if Ryan were forced out (as some of our more fervent fellow posters apparently want because he’s not “pure” enough in his Trumpism), it’s quite likely the Freedom Caucus would seize the reins and RUN THE HORSE CARRIAGE RIGHT OFF THE ROAD AND INTO A DEEP DITCH (possibly the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean.) THAT is where we’d have problems getting a bill thru the House THAT COULD GO ON TO PASS THE SENATE, which is harder — not because Senators are evil, but because the RULES are harder to work with. That’s why it’s so important with a major program like this to fine-tune the HOUSE version not just so it can pass the HOUSE (and even that isn’t easy), but so it can pass the SENATE too. Otherwise, NO BILL for President Trump to sign.
            That said, Ryan wouldn’t have scheduled the bill — his Trump-endorsed version — to come to the floor this week if he wasn’t SURE he had the votes. Word is that President Trump did some useful arm-twisting with the Freedom Caucus, ,and brought most of them around. Good for him! Now maybe after this bill passes, our 100%-or-nothing friends will find something else to complain about!

          • Michael Dennewitz

            I LOVE BLOCKING DIPSHITS !

          • and WE ARE ETERNALLY THANKFUL CARRY ON!!!

          • Do you really? I won’t take that personally, because I am on a new crusade to IGNORE people whose language belongs in the gutter. Argue with me as you will and I will respond, but curse and act like a low-life Democrat, and you can go to the devil.

          • MD, ‘wrongwriter’ is a lug nut of the highest order! She ran the U.S. House and Senate for nearly 40 years. She got most of our representatives elected singlehandedly, all while getting some kind of a degree……..I’m betting it was a B.S. (and we know what that is). She (says she is a grandmother, but I think she’s just a ‘mother’) knows everything and if you don’t believe me, just ask her………..she’s a legend in her own mind. Oh…..and she’s been involved with healthcare for many years, also! With her self proclaimed brilliance, it’s hard for me to believe that healthcare got in such a mess and our country has gone to hell in a handbasket during her reign. Since she was running things for so long, I’m going to have to give her credit for most of our 20 trillion dollar debt, too!! This troll now spends his/her time on the internet trying to establish her legacy! Her motto is ‘if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullsh**’! She’s pretty good with the last part of that motto!!

          • What is your secret to type so many words and manage to say so VERY LITTLE????

          • You have previously added yourself to the short list of foul-mouthed fools to whom I will not respond, so you needn’t bother to contact me again.

          • I too am not a Ryan fan however, I also doubt he will be ousted anytime soon. I use the reelection of John McCain here in Arizona as an example of the reason. How McCain ever got reelected I will never know. The problem is I suspect people do not pay attention and just vote according to name recognition.

            I cannot speak for anyone but myself however, I voted for (now) President Trump because I trusted him to keep his word. I still trust him the same way. Which he has done on many occasions so far. He has said it is a three pronged process to get the ACA repealed and replaced. All anyone has seen to the best of my knowledge to date is the first step. Consequently, how does anyone know this is obamacare light or 2?

            I also would like to see this farce, obamacare, repealed immediately if not sooner however, I know nothing in government seems to move that fast. We also have a problem getting this done because of the obstructionism of the so called democrats.

            McConnell seems to refuse to invoke the nuclear option so we are stuck with a 60 vote threshold to overcome with only 52 republican votes in the Senate. I do not see any democrat coming forward to offer support in either repealing or replacing the ACA. Anything they can delay they delay for no obvious or apparent reason other than an attempt to make life miserable for President Trump. The problem with their tactics however, is the only ones being hurt are those currently under obamacare. Perhaps they see delaying as preventing if so they are wrong as usual.

            President Trump does not want to just wait for the ACA to implode, which it will certainly do, however if he does wait some American citizens will suffer needlessly. He would like to avoid that if anyway possible. Personally I think that also speaks highly of him. He is not in this for self gain he is in it for Nation improvement (gain).

          • Thank you! I had begun to think nobody on this site could write a post longer than a Tweet and avoid foul language!
            I agree totally about both Sen. McCain (well, this is SURELY going to be his LAST term!) and Speaker Ryan (though I may think a little better of him than you do — I’ve watched him in Congress for a long time, and he really IS a conservative, but as Speaker he HAS to try to “herd the cats” and get consensus. (That’s his job!)
            I think you’re right about President Trump, and I’m hoping he will exercise “The Art of the Deal,” first to bring together the Republicans and then to whip the Democrats into submission (because they will NOT “deal” voluntarily!).

          • You’re welcome.

            I’m actually indifferent about Ryan. However, I was not happy with the fact he refused for some time to support now president Trump even after he was declared the primary winner. One of the responsibilities of a speaker is to organize the members of the house behind the candidate of your party. He may have later done it somewhat but it was reluctantly. Consequently, Ryan may actually be a RINO.

            I do not know if you ever watch Lou Dobbs on FBN however, I very much think about as much of Ryan as Lou does or perhaps just a little more. But I still consider myself indifferent I’m not sure Lou does.

            The democrats will not give President Trump a chance because he has them scared to death that he will, and intends to, keep the promises he made during his campaign for president. Personally in my opinion he has already done more for America in under two months than obama did in eight years. However, obama did excel at two things we all have to admit. Vacations and lies. He is number one there.

          • Actually, the job of the Speaker of the HOUSE is to organize the HOUSE and get members of his party in line THERE — he is NOT supposed to focus on getting his party’s candidate for PRESIDENT elected, or helping him once he has been. The Congress IS an ENTIRELY SEPARATE BRANCH of government from the Executive, which is the President’s turf. The Speaker and House members RUN AS INDIVIDUALS, not as lackeys for the President (however popular he may be), and they’re supposed to worry about ELECTING HOUSE MEMBERS and let the president take care of himself.
            (The reason is that it is sometimes politically impossible for the president’s party to win — or hold — the House, which reflects the “popular will” more quickly because of House members’ 2-year terms, and when it ISN’T likely that the House will elect a majority from the President’s party, the Speaker is supposed to do everything he can to make sure that party has AS MANY SEATS AS POSSIBLE in the House. He’s not supposed to worry about the Senate OR the White House.)
            It was due to this division of effort that the Gingrich Revolution in 1994 was able to win a majority in both the House AND Senate, even though Bill Clinton held the White House and, being almost as big a LIAR as Obama, was incredibly popular. We held the Congress for six years because Gingrich and his team DID NOT WORRY about the White House (it was frustrating, but it made sense). If they HAD, we’d have had not only Bill Clinton as president but Democrats running Capitol Hill, too.
            Good line about Obama’s record-setting vacations and lies!

          • PAUL RYAN IS DOING A GREAT JOB AND YOU SHOULD GET OFF HIS BACK. PRESIDENT TRUMP LIKES HIS BILL, so why the hell are YOU so upset? There are more than 250 Republicans in the House, and getting them all (or even most) to agree on ANYTHING is, as they say, like HERDING CATS. NOT an easy task, so leave Paul Ryan to DO it without the interference of the uninformed (YOU).
            Ryan is NOT a “RINO”; he’s a solid conservative but he’s also the LEADER of the Republicans in the House, and that means he sometimes has to take account of members who don’t share all HIS views, OR YOURS, OR MINE. And if the PRESIDENT is happy with his bill, WHO IN HELL ARE YOU TO COMPLAIN? Just one more largely uninformed conservative who couldn’t floor-manage a bill to make the 4th of July a holiday. Do you even KNOW how Congress WORKS? Why the first phase of Obamacare Repeal/Replace HAS to start in the House and CANNOT contain anything except taxes and spending? BET YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THAT MUCH, NEVER MIND WHY IT’S TRUE! Thank GOD we HAVE a COMPETENT Speaker of the House, and NOT someone with your brainless devotion to ideas THAT WON’T WORK (not because they’re bad, but because THEY’RE AGAINST THE RULES).

          • Any opinion here coming from you is BULL$H**T!!!! Paul Ryan is INDEED A RINO, who I wouldn’t entrust to be an animal control officer!! Paul Ryan’s healthcare bill is 0bamaCare left overs reheated!!!!

          • I DON’T KNOW IF PAUL RYAN IS A RINO , BUT I DO KNOW HE IS AN ASSHOLE.
            THE REPUBLICANS CAN NEVER IMPROVE THE ACA BECAUSE THE ACA IS A REPUBLICAN IDEA.

            THEY JUST SO DAMN RACIST AND STUPID THEY DON’T WANT OBAMA TO GET CREDIT FOR PASSING IT……END OF STORY.

          • Just because an idea for something SIMILAR to Obamacare started with a Republican (in a VERY liberal state), DOES NOT make it a “Republican idea.” Barack Obama was VERY happy to take FULL CREDIT for it, making it a certifiable DEMOCRAT idea.
            And I don’t know a single Republican who isn’t HAPPY to LET Obama have FULL credit for it — especially now that it’s COLLAPSING. Nothing to do with racism!

          • How do you pay for Health Care?

          • I’m retired, and I have Medicare (which doesn’t begin to cover what I paid into it through all the years I was working), and a supplemental policy, for which I write a check every quarter. NOT that it’s ANY OF YOUR BUSINESS.

          • A HIT DOG SHOW WILL HOLLAR…..YOU’RE UP IN EVERYBODY ELSE BUSINESS BUT NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO ASK ABOUT YOUR GODDAMN BUSINESS. NOW THAT IS ARROGANT.
            I KNEW THE WAY YOU’RE TALKING THAT YOU WERE GETTING FREE CARE FROM WORK OR THE GOVERNMENT, THAT’S HOW YOU IGNORANT ASS SELFISH MOTHERFUCKERS FUNCTION. ( I GOT MINE AND FUCK THOSE WHO ARE NOT AS FORTUNATE AS ME, I LIED, CHEATED, HUSTLED, AND STOLE BUT I GOT MINE, NOW FUCK EVERYBODY ELSE )…….CHECK

          • I didn’t realize you’d asked about my business — I’ve read back thru your hysterical screaming posts and I can’t find ANY questions anywhere. I’m a retiree with a modest 401(k) TO WHICH I HAD TO CONTRIBUTE EVERY MONTH while I was working. I NEVER got FREE care from ANYONE. My insurance, while I was working, was about 30% paid by the government because I opted for a slightly better-than-average policy (the formula is 40% of the AVERAGE policy premium). And of course I contributed to the fund that pays Medicare to ALL seniors.
            You are truly DISGUSTING and you have NO idea of my background. If I “got mine” — and most of it wasn’t free at ANY point — it was because I had worked DAMNED HARD FOR IT, often 6 days a week and 12 hours a day (without overtime). I didn’t lie, cheat, hustle, or steal ANYTHING from ANYONE, EVER. And I DON’T say “the hell with (I’m cleaning up your language because I WILL NOT LOWER MYSELF to your level) everyone else.” I do charity work, I tutor disadvantaged kids, I raise money for a whole range of causes. JUST WHAT DO YOU DO TO JUSTIFY YOUR EXISTENCE, apart from calling people names and cursing them out without having a CLUE who they are or what they’ve done?

          • THERE’S NO WAY UOU CAN LOWER YOURSELF TO MY LEVEL BECAUSE YOU’RE ALREADY LOWER THAN WHALE SHIT THAT’S AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN .
            YOU SLICK TONGUE DEVIL.

          • I will not respond to any more of your foul-mouthed rants. Let me know IF you learn to have a civil discussion, but until then, forget it.

          • May I step in here please? I believe that this discussion would reach a better conclusion if we step back a bit in history….1) After decades of discussion about how to provide health care to all of the American citizens who do not receive insurance through their employers or another entity,; and cannot and cannot afford to pay premiums

          • I SEE NO REASON TO DISAGREE WITH YOUR ACESSMENT, IT’S SO REFRESHING TO SEE AND HEAR SOME COMMON SENSE IN HERE….DO YOU HAVE AN ANSWER TO THE QUESTIONS YOU PRESENTED? ……PEACE OUT

          • DAMN MF ARE YOU BRAGGING OR COMPLAINING?
            WHAT DO YOU WANT A GODDAMN MEDAL?

          • I am not responding to any more foul-mouthed and personally offensive posts from 2Deep4_U. I don’t mind taking part in a civil discussion, but 2Deep4_U doesn’t seem to know what that means. I have no time or patience for his rude, offensive, and inaccurate drivel.

          • THAT’S BECAUSE I HAVE WAXED THAT ASS AND YOU CAN NOT CONTINUE TO PEDDLE. ALL THAT INACCURATE DRIVEL AND STUPID WHITE RACIST MISOGYNIST PROPAGANDA AND BULLSHIT YOU HAVE..

            RUN BUDDY RUN. YOU IGNORANT EVIL ALBINOID DEVIL…….CHECK

          • Me too, but I am lucky enough that my last employer subsidizes my Medicare co-pays for lifetime. It was a most wonderfull company.

          • Lizzie2 – You are fortunate. MY last full-time employer (I taught part-time afterwards) was the U.S. Congress, which doesn’t subsidize much of ANYTHING for retirees. Maybe that’s why I get a bit annoyed with folks here & on other chat boards who think government employment (especially for Senate or House) is a ticket on a lifelong, super-deluxe gravy train. Believe me, it’s NOT.

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            Former teacher? Now I get it.

          • He’s a troll, curmudgeon…..he’s on this site to disrupt and confuse. He wouldn’t make a pimple on a good teacher’s rear end!

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            Thanks, hadn’t had the misfortune to encounter his stupidity prior to this. Sounded like a pompous ass with an over active ego. I suspect he drives a Toyota Prius complete with a factory installed Obama or Hitlery bumper sticker.

          • You’re description of that clown is so right on. Loved it!!!
            Always good to hear from a VN Vet. I’m a Vietnam era Vet……served in the AF from ’63 to ’67. I was fortunate not to get orders for that ‘hell hole’, but I have the deepest respect for those who did!

          • Yeah. As my Dad used to say: “He’s nothing more than a book educated IDIOT!! Experience is, and always has been, the best teacher”!! RightWriter’s statement that RINO Paul Ryan is a “solid conservative” shows just exactly how “smart” () RightWriter actually is!!!!

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            Gave me a chuckle as well. Ryan is a solid conservative in the same mold as Sue Collins, Little Marco, John McCain and Lindsay ‘Light in the loafers’ Graham.

          • Trump’s no Republican.

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            How observant of you. He’s not a politician either which is why this liberal hating Independent voted for him. Are you perhaps the real “Captain Obvious?”

          • Well, the “teacher” part was just as a lecturer in a graduate school of foreign policy run by a group of people I very much admired. I really could NOT have taught in K-12 classrooms, except maybe in a very select private school, and I’m not sure about THAT.

          • BUT HOW Would you PAY?? How about Solutions in FEW WORDS???

          • HOW would I pay FOR WHAT? See, short posts often don’t make sense!

          • HEALTH CARE YOU IDIOT!

            WAS IT NOT THE QUESTION?? OK YOU ARE RETIRED BIG EFFEN DEAL BUT THE QUESTION IS FOR “OTHERS” UNLESS YOU ARE STUCK ONLY ON YOU

            TRY KISS

          • Good Question … Stand by for a Volume of NO ANSWERS

          • Lizzie, he’s a troll!!!

          • Not sure who you refer to….Rightwriter? or me?

          • Not you Lizzie……Rightwriter is not the real deal he’s a troll that comes on playing himself off as a know-it-all conservative but he’s anything but…… clowns like him troll the conservative websites and try to muddy the water.

          • I didn’t think so,,,,,,thanks.

          • You are most welcome I definitely wanted to clear that up

          • You are wrong. I’ve looked up alot of what was posted and she is correct.

          • Go for it…..you all might becomeme BFF’s….who knows? Do you believe politicians are realists?

          • EITHER you are a baldface LIAR or you don’t know any REPUBLICANS at all.
            The ACA is not failing that’s another baldface lie, more people than ever have access to health care and they’re still singing up every day.
            Did you bump YOUR DAMN head or something?
            BULLSHIT, IT IS TOTALLY ABOUT RACISM TRUTH DOESN’T NEED TO BE VALIDATED BY YOUR DAMN IGNORANCE….CHECK

          • The ACA is “not failing”? Why does the NEW YORK TIMES say it is? The WASHINGTON POST? The NETWORKS (and I don’t mean Fox News; I mean the “mainstream media”? EVERYONE is agreed — everyone with a pair of eyes can see, and everyone with a brain can calculate, that the ACA is on its last legs.
            As to my “racism,” you’d have trouble finding anyone among by African-American, or actual African, Asian Indian, Afghani, Latino, or for that matter Native American friends to support you on that. And my “ignorance” is gainsaid by a long list of degrees and TEACHING positions at the GRADUATE level (no Jr. High School, I fear). You really should NOT judge the education or accomplishments of people you encounter on boards like this without actually KNOWING them. It’s WAY too easy to make mistakes — people like YOU always assume anyone who DOESN’T AGREE WITH THEM is stupid, ignorant, illiterate, or a racist. All easy charges to throw around, but ALL THEY DO IS MAKE YOUR LACK OF INTELLIGENCE, EDUCATION, AND TOLERANCE STAND OUT CLEARLY.
            I have wasted all the time I intend to waste on a moron like YOU. Any future messages with you as sender will be instantly deleted.
            OUT

          • THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, FOX NEWS, CNN, C SPAN, ABC, NBC, AND CBS ARE ALL A BUNCH OF LYING MOTHER FUCKERS.
            THERE’S NO SUCH THING IN THIS COUNTRY AS A GODDAMN FREE PRESS, ALL OF THESE ASSHOLES PRINT WHATEVER THEY’RE TOLD TO PRINT BY THE RULING CLASS.
            MOST ALL NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ARE OWNED BY 6 CORPORATION THAT ARE CONTROLLED BY THE RULING CLASS , AND THEY KNOW DAMN WELL BETTER THAN TO PRINT SOMETHING THEY DON’T WANT PRINTED.
            GODDAMN, HOW UNEDUCATED CAN YOU BE MOTHERFUCKER? YOU WITH ALL YOUR DAMN DEGREES ARE IGNORANT AND DUMB AS A FUCKING CHICKEN.
            YOU HAVE BEEN MISINFORMED AND EDUCATED INTO IGNORANCE.
            IF YOU HAVE ANY BLACK FRIENDS THEM MOTHERFUCKERS MUST BE DUMB AS A CHICKEN IF THEY CAN’T SEE THAT YOU ARE A RACIST MISOGYNIST PROPAGANDA SPREADING EVIL ALBINOID DEVIL….
            I KNOW THAT AN I HAVE NEVER MEET YOUR STUPID ASS, SO THAT MEANS I AM WISER THAN ALL THEM SHITHEADS YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT…..CHECK
            NO APPLAUSE NECESSARY

          • I still refuse to respond to any more of 2Deep4_U’s foul language or personal insults. IF he wants to discuss anything intelligently, I’m game, but I doubt he’s capable.
            People with permanently engaged CAPS locks and foul mouths usually aren’t.

          • YOU’RE NOT INTELLIGENT, YOU ARE A DAMN STUPID ASS MENTALLY RETARDED LITTLE BOY MASQUERADING AS A MAN, YOU’RE A FUCKING LOW LIFE SNAKE AND YOURE MAD AT ME BECAUSE I SEE YOUR GODDAMN PATH…..FUCK YOU AND YOUR WHOLE GODDAMN CROOKED ASS FAMILY..
            THATS WHAT ASSHOLES LIKE YOU DO WHEN YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH AND DEAL WITH THE SUBSTANCE YOUR GODDAMN IGNORANT ASS ATTACK THE FORM.
            YOU’RE REALLY A FUCKING FAKE AND A LOSER WHO DEPEND ON OTHER PEOPLE’S IGNORANCE TO SELL THAT BAG BULLSHIT YOU PEDDLE….CHECK

          • And currently the “Ruling Class” is George Soros and Obama.

          • WRONG AGAIN SHIT FOR BRAINS, OBAMA NEVER WAS ANYTHING BUT THE WHITE MAN’S PUPPET, JUST AN OVERSEER ON THE PLANTATION.
            OBAMA’S FIRST JOB OUT OF COLLEGE WAS WORKING FOR THAT DAMN CUT THROAT CIRCUMCISED DOG NAMED HENRY KISSINGER. A FUCKING SOCIOPATH IF I EVER SEEN ONE…..CHECK

          • Are you really that GODDAMN IGNORANT?

            YES

          • YOU’RE NOT INTELLIGENT, YOU RE JUST AN ASSHOLE WITH SOME DEGREES.
            GODDAMN, I HOPE YOU’RE NOT STILL TEACHING BECAUSE YOU HAVE FUCKED UP ENOUGH YOUNG MINDS ALREADY.
            …..GOD HELP US IF YOUR GODDAMN DUMB ASS IS STILL IN A CLASSROOM.

            YOU COULDN’T HAVE BEEN TEACHING ANYBODY ANYTHING, BECAUSE YOU’RE A DAMN CONFUSED MOTHERFUCKER YOURSELF……..CHECK

          • I am not responding to any more of 2Deep4_U’s foul language or personal insults. IF he wants to discuss anything intelligently, I’m game, but I doubt he’s capable.
            People with permanently engaged CAPS locks and foul mouths usually aren’t.

          • That’s IT. I don’t have TIME for rude, foul-mouthed, moronic fools like you. I don’t enjoy being insulted, but I’m not going to respond further to your ignorant lies. You know NOTHING about me, and obviously you don’t CARE who I am and what I’ve done (good, bad, or in the middle). I’m THROUGH wasting time on you. Someone needs to WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT with SOAP and teach you some manners, but it won’t be me. You’re NOT WORTH ANOTHER 10 SECONDS OF MY TIME

          • YOU’RE A SICK MOTHERFUCKER…YOU NEVER CAN DEAL WITH WISE PEOPLE YOU CAN ONLY DEAL WITH BOOT LICKING DUMMIES WHO ALLOW YOU TO MISLEAD AND MOSINFORM THEM WHILE PRETENDING TO BE THEIR FRIEND.
            YOU SIR ARE THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING A REAL FUCKING ? IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

            NICE TRY YOU PIECE OF SHIT, BUT WE GOT YOU…CHECK

          • How many times do I have to tell you I AM A WOMAN before you stop assuming I’m a MAN? Of course, that’s the FIRST thing you get wrong — there are too many others to count. (“devil in disguise”? “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”? Actually, that’s a HIGHER LEVEL OF LITERACY than what you’ve previously shown!)

            I WILL NOT RESPOND to ANY MORE of your foul-mouthed, screaming comments. I have BETTER things to do with my life than deal with the RUDEST and most TOTALLY IGNORANT posters I’ve found ANYWHERE on the internet. I have too much to do to bother anymore with the likes of YOU.

          • I DON’T GIVE A FUCK IF YOU’RE A MALE OR FEMALE YOU’RE STILL AN EVIL ALBINOID DEVIL, AND A RACIST MISOGYNIST LIAR.
            YES YOU CAN BE A GODDAMN MISOGYNIST AND STILL BE A WOMAN ALBEIT A VERY DAMN IGNORANT WOMAN WHO HATES HERSELF AS WELL AS ALL OTHER WOMEN.
            DON’T GET MAD AT ME BECAUSE I’M TOO WISE FOR YOU TO MISLEAD, MISEDUCATE, AND MISINFORM.

            THANK GOD YOU ARE NO LONGER IN THE CLASSROOM FUCKING UP THE MINDS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN. I JUST PRAY FOR THOSE THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY FUCKED UP WITH YOUR LIES, FALSEHOODS, MISUNDERSTANDING, AND TOTAL BULLSHIT….CHECK

          • Who SAYS I’m no longer in the classroom? Again, you misinterpret what little you DO know about me, and you KNOW VERY LITTLE. And if you don’t care if i’m a man or a woman, PLEASE DON’T CALL ME “HE” or “SIR” (that last is especially inappropriate, given the tenor of your other appellations) In fact, DON’T CALL ME ANYTHING — STOP SENDING ME POSTS!
            I will not respond to any more examples of your foul language or STUPID observations. EVERYTHING you think you know about me is WRONG, and I have better things to do than read, much less respond to, your inane, obscene drivel. GET LOST!

          • THAT’S 5 OR 6 TIMES YOU’VE TOLD THAT DAMN LIE, WHICH MEANS I’M RIGHT WHEN I CALL YOU A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR..
            IF YOU’RE STILL IN THE CLASSROOM FUCKING UP OUR YOUNG CHILDREN’S MINDS YOU NEED TO GET THE HELL OUT, LIKE YESTERDAY…..CHECK

          • Just block him.

          • WHO GIVES A FUCK IF YOU BLOCK ME ? YOU LYING SOB.

          • THE ACA IS A REPUBLICAN IDEA YOU LYING SOB….
            IF YOU MOTHERFUCKER WERE NOT SO GODDAMN RACIST IT WOULD HAVE PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS BY BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, AND 99% OF PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY WOULD HAVE HEALTHCARE BY NOW, BUT BECAUSE YOU ALL ARE A DAMN BUNCH OF ROTTEN RACIST MISOGYNIST SONSOFBITCHES YOU JUST COULDN’T ALLOW YOURSELF TO JUST DO THE RIGHT THING…CHECK

          • The ACA was SIMILAR to an idea put forward in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney (as Governor). That does NOT make it a REPUBLICAN idea — it makes it MITT ROMNEY’S idea. (Unlike Democrats, Republicans allow one another to THINK FOR THEMSELVES).
            If the ACA was so wonderful WHY IN 2015-2016 DID MORE PEOPLE DROP OUT THAN SIGN UP? Even though they had to pay penalties for leaving! And THAT was before anyone knew Donald Trump wold be elected.
            I will NOT respond to further inanities and insults from you, no matter what. Develop a civil tongue, or go bother someone ELSE.

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            Some people can think for themselves others are democrat. Pretty simple actually.

          • curmudgeon – Well said! I don’t mind the idiots, so much; some of them are actually educable; but I am really getting annoyed with the LANGUAGE these millennials use! I don’t mind the occasional cuss word (I even use one or two myself now and then), but it’s like they don’t know ANY other WORDS! I’m now informing the worst of them that I will continue the debate only when they develop a civil tongue. Won’t help, but it’ll make ME feel better! 🙂
            BTW, I forgot to say earlier: Thank you for your service! I mean that sincerely. War is hell, but war when so much of your own country is against you is even worse. You have MY thanks and admiration.

          • On another topic – no one or nothing is sicker than you or your foul mouth. From where in the hood did you herald? And yes, that question may be perceived as “racism” just to give you a sample of a comment that reasonably could be considered such. Get my drift?

          • IF YOU HERALD FROM ANYWHERE IN RACIST MISOGYNIST CRIMINAL ASS WHITE CONTROLLED PERVERTED AMERICA YOU’RE FROM THE ” HOOD ” YOU DUMBASS RACIST MISOGYNIST IGNORANT ASS PROPAGANDA SPREADING MOTHERFUCKER.
            NOW ? MY ENTIRE BLACK ASS YOU WORTHLESS PIECE OF WHITE RACIST MISOGYNIST ? POOP.

            YOU EVIL ALBINOID DEVILS HAD BETTER STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT OR IT’S OVER FOR YOU GODDAMN RACIST MISOGYNIST HYPOCRITICAL NEANDERTHALS.
            NO APPLAUSE NECESSARY…..PEACE OUT.

          • TOSS MY SALAD, GET MY DRIFT?

          • MORE EMPTY Academia SPEAK and too many ZEROS as far as SOLUTIONS OF CURRENT ISSUE,,,,, Stop being a New VERSION of VERBOSITY a la Leahy/Biden / Upchuck the Clown and Air Head Peelousy ..Gas bags……Learn the K I S S method
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            S imple
            S tupid

          • YOU’RE A BALDFACE LIAR, THE DEVIL IS MOST SUCCESSFUL WHEN DRESSED AS AN ANGEL.

            ONE SHOULD NEVER ALLOW A RACIST MISOGYNIST LIKE YOU TO DEFINE RACISM, NOR SHOULD ONE ALLOW A RAPIST TO DEFINE WHAT RAPE IS.
            A FISH CAN’T SEE THE WATER IT SWIM IN…

          • I still don’t know what I’ve said that marks me as either racist or misogynist — I invite ANY other poster to look at my posts and see if THEY can. If so, please let me know so I can be sure not to say it again.
            2Deep4_U has written me at least 100 posts, mostly not solicited, every one of them as foul-mouthed and vulgar as the above (to say nothing of the all caps). I’m a 73-year old widow and in my whole life nobody has EVER spoken or written to me with the VENOM of this guy. Yes, I disagree with him, but I thought this site was an open board where ANYONE could express their opinions. I don’t understand what I did to offend this jerk, but I DO think his overreaction is extreme. Anyone want to offer an opinion?

          • TESTING, TESTING, TESTING.
            DO YOU WANT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN TO BE BLACK? DO YOU WANT YOUR GREAT GRAND CHILDREN TO BE BLACK? DO YOU WANT YOUR GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN TO BE BLACK? DO YOU WANT YOUR GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN TO BE BLACK?, IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO ONE OR ALL THESE 4 QUESTIONS LIKE IT OR NOT YOU’RE A RACIST (WHITE SUPREMACIST).

            IF YOU WANT ALL OF YOUR DESCENDANTS TO REMAIN WHITE , THEN YOU MUST PUT IN PLACE A SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY REMAIN WHITE….THAT’S CALLED RACISM OR WHITE SUPREMACY.
            BLACK IS DOMINATE AND WHITE IS RECESSIVE…..CHECK

          • You are right, he is wrong. He can’t deal with that. And he’s more likely than not Black, uneducated and on drugs. My professional opinion.

          • YOUR FUCKING RACIST MISOGYNIST IGNORANCE IS MIND BOGGLING.
            YOUR PROFESSIONAL OPINION AIN’T WORTH JACKSHIT…..CHECK
            YOU’RE AN IGNORANT EVIL ALBINOID SHE DEVIL. YOU NEED TO JUST STFU AND STOP SPREADING YOUR GODDAMN IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY.

          • Thanks! I’m happy to have a competent professional take my side of the discussion. It’s NOT my intention to make enemies here, but sometimes it seems unavoidable.

            Innocent that I am, I hadn’t even THOUGHT about drugs.
            You’re undoubtedly right! 🙂

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            Shhhhh!

          • THE TRUTH REMAINS THE SAME REGARDLESS OF WHO IS WILLING TO VOICE IT…..

          • You do realize that Obama wants you to become a Muslim don’t you and live under Sharia Law. Obama wrecked this country to where I hardly recognize it and I’ve been here 68 yrs.

            Besides Rome wasn’t built in a day and President Trump has only been Prez for just 2 months. Give people a chance already. He’s never been in the Senate nor Congress and has a lot to learn and we need to give him time. The only ones who are on his back non stop are the ELITISTS, OBAMA, CLINTON, SOROS AND THE MSM WHO WANT THEIR DISGUSTING AGENDA

          • YOUR FIRST 2 ACERTIONS ARE PLAN DAMN LIES AND STUPIDITY.
            TH

          • YOU ARE A DEMONRAT ASS. IT’S NOT A LIE. LOOK UP GEORGE SOROS AND SEE WHAT HIS AGENDA IS. WHY DO YOU THINK THEY WANT THE MIDDLE EASTERNERS IN OUR COUNTRY? WHO DIDN’T GIVE OBAMA A CHANCE? WE SAT AND PUT UP WITH HIS BS FOR 8 LONG YEARS WHILE HE TORE THIS COUNTRY APART. TRUMP MADE THOSE REMARKS YEARS AGO AND IT DOESN’T REFLECT THE MAN HE IS TODAY. MOST OF THE BLACK MEN THAT I KNOW DIDN’T WANT OBAMA IN THE WH.YOU ARE THE RACIST. I LIVED IN CHARLESTON, SC FOR 25 YEARS AND WORKED WITH BOTH WHITE AND BLACK PEOPLE AND ODDLY ENOUGH GOT ALONG BETTER WITH BLACK PEOPLE. THEY TRUSTED ME AND MY JUDGEMENT AND WAS OFTEN CALLED TO BE THEIR PRIVATE DUTY NURSE. I NEVER WAS A RACIST AND NEVER WILL BE.
            AS A NURSE, YOU NEED MENTAL HEALTH HELP. I’VE NEVER SEEN SUCH ANGER IN A PERSON OVER A COMMENT MADE THAT WAS DIFFERENT FROM THEIR OWN.

            OBAMA COULDN’T SERVE A THIRD TERM, WHAT PART OF THAT DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?

          • THE FUCKING COUNTRY WAS TORE ALL TO HELL WHEN BUSH AND CHANEY LEFT OFFICE YOU IGNORANT ASS RACIST MOTHERFUCKER.
            IF ANY BLACKMAN TRUST YOUR GODDAMN SORRY ASS THEY NEED TO HAVE THEIR HEAD EXAMINED.

            IF YOU ARE WHITE AND FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL IN SC AND YOU DIDN’T COME OUT WITH A WHITE SUPREMACY ATTITUDE YOU FAILED SOCIAL
            STUDIES.
            IF YOU’RE BLACK AND FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL IN SC AND YOU DIDN’T COME OUT WITH A INFERIORITY COMPLEX THEN YOU FAILED SOCIAL STUDIES.
            YOU ASSHOLE, HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A GODDAMN RACIST.
            SORRY BABY BUT THAT DOG DON’T HUNT. CHECK

          • You’re entitled to your opinion, HOWEVER WRONG IT MAY BE. I KNOW Paul Ryan, and I know he is a SOLID conservative and much better INFORMED than YOU ever will be. HE AND PRESIDENT TRUMP ARE NOW WORKING TOGETHER ON A NEW HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN, so unless you’re ready to throw the President overboard you’d better be prepared to accept Paul Ryan’s input.

            Because of the Senate’s admittedly arcane rules, the health insurance reform bill has to be broken down into THREE pieces. The first is the one you’re so hysterical about, but it HAS to be limited to the TAX & SPENDING portions of the program because if it is, it can pass in the Senate with only 51 votes (which Republicans CAN deliver). If there is ONE WORD on a subject other than taxes and spending, it would have to go through the Senate in “regular order,” meaning it would require SIXTY VOTES to pass — and we DON’T HAVE 60 votes. Got it?

            Then, AFTER Phase One is approved, the second and third portions of the program can be passed separately. THAT is the plan Paul Ryan worked out because NO OTHER PLAN WILL ALLOW THE PROGRAM TO PASS. None. President Trump knows this. Everyone WORKING on the bill knows it. BUT MORONS LIKE YOU ARE PIGHEADEDLY DETERMINED to RUIN THE WHOLE THING by insisting on putting everything in one bill, WHICH WILL SINK LIKE A ROCK. If YOU win this debate, REPUBLICANS WILL LOSE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE in 2018 and
            DONALD TRUMP WILL NOT BE RE-ELECTED. But then, maybe THAT’s what YOU WANT. It begins to SOUND that way.

            Who’d you vote for last year, anyway? Hillary?

          • NOW I REALLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU THINK PAUL RYAN IS HOT SHIT ON A BUN, BECAUSE YOU’RE STUCK ON STUPID…….CHECK

          • I am not responding to any more of 2Deep4_U’s foul language or personal insults. Period.

          • You’re entitled to your opinion, however WRONG it may be! Ryan has been a dedicated CONSERVATIVE since he came to Congress. He has a VERY tough job in getting this bill through, because the Senate rules (and numbers) are a big obstacle. I’m sorry YOU don’t understand Senate (or House) procedure, but MAYBE you should pay attention to the fact that PRESIDENT TRUMP is working hand-in-glove WITH Speaker Ryan to get THE HOUSE BILL approved. HE understands the problems we’d have in the Senate if we don’t pass the first phase of the program NOW. But of course YOU THINK YOU’RE SMARTER AND MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE THAN THE PRESIDENT. Or the Speaker. Or GOD, for all I know.
            I understand most people don’t know legislative rules and procedures, which is why I TRY to help by providing ACCURATE information (if I don’t know, I don’t say). People like YOU don’t really deserve it, though. OR DO YOU WANT TO BRING THE TRUMP REVOLUTION TO A QUICK AND UNHAPPY END? I DON’T.

          • THAT’S WHAT YOU GET FOR BEING A LOW LIFE MOTHERFUCKER, YOUR GODDAMN CHICKENS ARE COMING HOME TO ROOST……CHECK

          • If we have even a slender HOPE of seeing President Trump’s policies implemented, WE NEED PAUL RYAN right where he IS. His job is one of the toughest in Washington, maybe in the WORLD, balancing the ALWAYS-competing needs and interests of 250+ Republicans in the House of Representatives. It’s been said it’s like “HERDING CATS.” And THEN producing a BILL THE SENATE WON’T JUST THROW IN THE TRASH WITHOUT EVEN READING IT. More importantly, a bill that the Senate can pass (Phase One, anyway) under “RECONCILIATION,” which will allow it to pass with a margin of only 51 votes. OTHERWISE WE WILL NEED SIXTY VOTES TO GET ANYTHING THROUGH THE SENATE, AND THE WHOLE TRUMP PROGRAM WILL DIE! It’s RYAN who has to pass a bill that the Senate can handle under reconciliation — otherwise everything will need 60 votes and EVERY BILL WILL FAIL.

            So if you want NOTHING to come out of the “Trump Revolution,” keep nagging at Ryan. Because without HIS experience and leadership (AND the working relationship HE HAS BUILT WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP) there won’t BE a “Repeal/Replace” bill for Obamacare, OR a budget, OR much of anything else. EVERYTHING we need to have the Senate do will require PAUL RYAN’S LEADERSHIP IN THE HOUSE — and THAT means Ryan’s ability to HERD ALL THOSE CATS. GET OFF HIS BACK.

          • If YOU call what RINO Paul Ryan did last year with the Omnibus Bill LEADERSHIP, where he gave the POS 0bama everything he asked for and then some, there is something seriously and obviously wrong with you!! Rino Paul Ryan said that he WOULD NEVER SUPPORT President Trump!!!! Now WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT THE TURNCOAT RINO PAUL RYAN???? He is just now buddying up to President Trump so he can “stab him in the back” at some point in the future!!!! RINO Paul Ryan IS NOT to be TRUSTED in any way, shape, or form!!!! Paul Ryan IS NOT doing a great job, and should be REMOVED FROM CONGRESS AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE DATE, and replaced with someone who KNOWS WHAT IN THE HELL THEY ARE DOING to not further DESTROY our Great Nation!!!!!!!!!! “RyanCare” is 0bamaCare REHASHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Ryan didn’t “give POS Obama everything he asked for and then some” on the Omnibus Bill last year. HE (Ryan) DIDN’T HAVE THE VOTES TO BEAT HIM. That HAPPENS in politics; YOU CAN’T ALWAYS WIN!
            Ryan said he wouldn’t support Trump IN THE CAMPAIGN, and he added that HIS job was to get HOUSE Republicans re-elected, NOT to play presidential politics. That WAS AND IS his job. House Speakers who dabble in presidential campaigns usually end up hurting the Presidential candidate AND losing seats in the House!
            PRESIDENT TRUMP understands this and the two of them are NOW working VERY SMOOTHLY together. Why can’t YOU (be as tolerant of differences in approach as the PRESIDENT is??? (because HE’s SMART enough to know he NEEDS the Speaker, and YOU, a political novice, just don’t UNDERSTAND that)!

            Fortunately YOU have no means of carrying out your determination to remove him from Congress. That would require a recall by HIS CONSTITUENTS, who aren’t of your persuasion at all. AND IF IT HAPPENED, IT WOULD COST US REPUBLICAN CONTROL OF CONGRESS (Nancy Pelosi would make a MUCH better Speaker than Paul Ryan — NOT! — and Chuck Schumer would make us pine to get Harry Reid back! — AND PROBABLY (in 2020) LOSS OF THE WHITE HOUSE as well. We’d CERTAINLY never get the President’s “repeal and replace” legislation passed. EVER. But since you’re SO anxious to replace Paul Ryan, what the heck do YOU care what happens to the country in the wake of your success?????

            Ryan KNOWS “what the hell he is doing,” he’s getting the REPUBLICAN PROGRAM — that’s President Trump’s program — PASSED. It’s not easy, especially given our not-so-safe 2-seat majority in the Senate where the rules do NOT favor narrow majorities. If you can’t GET this, I’m sorry, BUT IT’S BEEN THAT WAY FOR 240 YEARS, and guess what? YOU are not going to change it!. RYAN and MITCH McCONNELL ARE WORKING WITH THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE THIS WORK, even with that narrow Senate majority — and YOU would ruin it!

            I’ll write your anti-Ryan screed off to a lack of understanding of the system, and assume you’re NOT deliberately trying to SABOTAGE President Trump’s entire program.

          • And his BRAINLESS CONSTITUENTS from the Janesville area of Wisconsin would be doing themselves a HUGE FAVOR if they voted to recall and remove RINO Paul “Lyan” Ryan from Congress!!!! As I said previously, RINO Paul “Lyan” Ryan IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY under the BEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • PELOSI is on her way out as she can’t remember who she works for.but.how would we.get Schumer out. I’m in a blue state and I just don’t see him going anywhere anytime soon. And PELOSI and Schumer both said they would never agree with anything that Trump put out there. That’s not right, it’s not ethical, Half the time it appears that they go against it before it even reaches them. I want to strangle him thru my TV every time I see him.

          • You’re right. We can’t BEAT Pelosi — her district is as liberal as any in the country — but she’s bound to retire soon, if not next year. She’s 77 this month (I looked it up), but even tho she LOOKS like the Ghost of Christmas Past, there’s no indication she’s ailing.
            Schumer is another problem. He’s locked in, both to his Senate seat AND the leadership for as long as he wants — and he’s only 66. The answer to the Schumer Problem is for Reedpublicans to ELECT ENOUGH MORE REPUBLICANS that we’ll have a LOCK on a 60-SEAT MARGIN. That’d be a “VETO-PROOF” MAJORITY, meaning all we have to do is keep the Republicans in line and we’re home free.
            BUT…that means WE HAVE TO HOLD ONTO ALL — repeat, ALL! — THE REPUBLICANS, even those we think are RINOs. A long-ago Republican leader used to say, “IF THEY VOTE RIGHT ON ORGANIZATION DAY (the day the Senate & House start their sessions and pick leaders & committee chairs or ranking members), THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.” He was RIGHT.. THEN we can worry about keeping the RINOs or other “independent-minded” members in line. BUT IF WE DON’T HAVE THE 60 ON ORGANIZATION DAY, WE CANNOT RUN THE SENATE. Period.
            So PLEASE, you and your Trump loyalist friends (and I AM A TRUMP LOYALIST, TOO), STOP BITCHING AT THE RINOs. We NEED them. Once we have 60 seats, we can start weeding out the malcontents, but right now we have just FIFTY-TWO seats and NO ROOM TO SPARE. Besides, those malcontents WILL vote right on organization day AND on final passage on Trump’s legislative agenda. THAT is what matters!

          • OK, gotcha. I’ll try to just bang my head on the wall to keep my mouth shut. I see more how Politics works and although I was on the right track meaning that I actually knew most of it, I just didn’t know all of it. I was even offered by 2 college’s to take a course in Politics recently for FREE but wasn’t sure if they were legit so didn’t take them up on it. Maybe I should have. It’s been along time since I’ve been in high school or college Politics was never my favorite subject. Nursing was.

          • PAUL….MC CAIN….. Mildred Graham and RON PAUL got to Get on the same page as well as Cotton, Jordan, Lee

          • The Redhawk – political parties in the USA are NOT monolithic (if they were, we’d need 330 million parties for 330 million people!). They’re ALLIANCES of people whose general point of view on MOST issues is SIMILAR . IF we start driving people OUT of the Republican Party because they have different positions on SOME issues, we will go back to being a VERY small minority party and LOSING ELECTIONS. After 2018 we’ll have SPEAKER PELOSI & Senate Majority Leader SCHUMER, and after 2020 we’ll also have A DEMOCRAT IN THE WHITE HOUSE again!

            Is THAT what you want, because it’s EXACTLY where your “my way or the highway” brand of politics will lead us!

          • Don’t forget McCain and Graham

          • Either Both get Aboard or they’ll be GONE!

          • Yep!! They ALL HAVE TO BE KICKED OUT!!!!

          • BULLS EYE!!!

          • Let’s see…kick out all the people YOU think are RINOs, even though most of them have 90% conservative voting records. Then we can replace them with their LIBERAL DEMOCRAT opponents, turning control of the House and Senate back to NANCY PELOSI and CHUCK SCHUMER, and we’ll NEVER get a single piece of legislation approved.

            That’d be what used to be known as “cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”: STUPID, STUPID, STUPID! Oh, and if we DO that and NONE of the TRUMP program is approved (and it WON’T be), the PRESIDENT will be DEFEATED in 2020, and then we’ll be living in the UNITED SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA. Will THAT make your PURIST heart sing with joy?

          • RINO’s with a 90% conservative voting record?? ROFLMAO!! If those RINO’s you speak of voted 90% conservative, OUR COUNTRY wouldn’t be in the condition that it is right now!!!! If they voted conservative, we wouldn’t be $20 trillion in debt, we wouldn’t be allowing everybody and his brother into the USA (muslims, illegal aliens, all of whom drain our financial resources) to further drag OUR COUNTRY into the depths of destruction and anarchy!!!! ALL RINO’s MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE~~~PERIOD!!!! If you think RINO’s like Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and others too numerous to mention here, are going to support President Trump and his policies to Make America Great Again, YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE WORLD THROUGH ROSE COLORED GLASSES, and YOU ARE LIVING IN A DREAM WORLD!!!!!!!!!!

          • He’s a troll, junior!

          • You need to get back in the classroom professor…..your democrap 101 snowflakes need your ‘Alinsky wisdom’!!

          • OH UH MORE CRAP BURGERS from DERANGED DW SLUT

          • Yep!! ALL of the RINO’s in Congress and Senate have to be removed from their Offices!!!! they’ve done more than enough damage to our Country as it is now, AND, they didn’t have the guts to stand up to 0bama and say NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • And we can replace them with their LIBERAL DEMOCRAT opponents, turning control of the House and Senate back to NANCY PELOSI and CHUCK SCHUMER, and we’ll NEVER get a single piece of legislation approved. That’d be what used to be known as “cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.” NOT SMART. Oh, and if we DO that and NONE of the TRUMP program is approved (and it WON’T be), the PRESIDENT will be DEFEATED in 2020, and then we’ll be living in the UNITED SOCIALIST STATES OF AMERICA. Will THAT make your PURIST heart sing with joy?

          • You wish, troll!

          • amend to BORING… STUPID…..Head inColon…(D) anarchist …TROLLL

          • NO, dingbat, that’s NOT what I wish. I am working 12 hours a day to KEEP Republican control of both houses of Congress AND reelect President Trump. BUT IT IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN if people like you force out our MOST EXPERIENCED LEADERS and leave us with a bunch of first-termers who can’t find their way to the enrolling room. And THAT is what you will give us if YOUR ideas (or LACK thereof) prevail.

          • NO, you imbecile, i DO NOT wish. I PREDICT.
            I have spent SIXTY YEARS working for CONSERVATIVE and (secondarily) Republican candidates and I’d HATE to see it all go down the drain NOW, just because IDIOTS like you think politics is (or can be) an “all or nothing” game. IT ISN’T, and it CAN’T be, at least not AMERICAN politics. NOBODY wins 100% or all the time.

            It’s been said the job of the Speaker of the House — who is supposed to find positions on the issues on which ALL OR MOST of his party’s members can come together — is “LIKE HERDING CATS.” I prefer the analogy that it’s not a good idea to watch someone making EITHER SAUSAGES OR LEGISLATION (both are a messy process to make!).

            American parties are ALLIANCES of people who agree on MOST points, but not on everything or always. If we had 100%-pure parties, we’d NEED A PARTY FOR EVERY VOTER (all 260 million of us). And every party of one would get ONE VOTE.

            Parties have internal differences BECAUSE we have a large nation with a varied population. Don’t like it? Try Germany, where the party leaders DICTATE what the party will say on EVERY issue, down to the LAST COMMA, and anyone who disagrees with ANY of it is BLACKBALLED. You’d LOVE THAT, assuming YOU were the one deciding where your party would stand. But then, you WOULDN’T BE. Tough!

            Anyway, if you haven’t picked up on the OBVIOUS fact hat I AM A CONSERVATIVE, you must be INCREDIBLY DENSE or uninformed about politics. I’m sorry, but I’m afraid I don’t have time to conduct a class in American Government 101. Not THIS semester, anyway.

          • Don’t you ever Get Tired with Psting NOTHING BUT CRAP BURGERS?? Do you need a GPS by which to Find Your Colon so that you can Locate your Head??? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

          • Still Over using “MARY PALM” But give it a wash

          • who on earth is “Mary Palm”?
            I do love uninformed “debaters” like you: as soon as you find yourself treed, so to speak, with no rational response, you want to “give it a wash.” Debates don’t END because one side runs out of arguments, you jerk!

          • They need to be taken out in the Primary’s by a Trumper

          • You seem to think we Trumpers (I AM ONE) are a majority EVERYWHERE. We didn’t even win the popular vote for Trump last year — we won only in the Electoral College, PRECISELY because we CAN’T “take out” anyone we don’t like in a primary. Ryan and the others BEAT their primary opponents by a MILE last year, and WILL do so again no matter WHAT. IF THEY LOSE IT WILL BE TO LIBERAL DEMOCRATS and, as I said, we’ll have Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and in 2020, Elizabeth Warren (or maybe even Hillary Clinton: she’s talking about running again) in the White House. If THAT’s your idea of paradise, hang in there.

          • Yeah Vain JOHN and MILDRED .. a couple worth BARFING ABOUT

          • I concur, and I am a conservative/libertarian type…..Ryan sucks!

          • IF you succeeded in recalling him, which you WON’T, you’d end up with a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT holding what is traditionally the MOST conservative district in Wisconsin. You and your substitute Congresspeople would lose us control of the House — and we would have Nancy Pelosi back as Speaker! — and because our hold on the Senate is even more tenuous, we’d have Chuck Schumer as Senate MAJORITY leader. And, because President Trump wouldn’t be able to get ANY bills passed (and would take the blame because that’s how voters think), HE would LOSE in 2020. If THAT’s what you want, starting with a recall of Paul Ryan is a good way to get there.

          • What YOU don’t seem to understand here is the fact that RINO Paul Ryan WILL cost us the Congress and the Senate by his FAILURE to abide by what WE, THE MAJORITY OF THE CITIZENS WANT, and that is a COMPLETE REPEAL OF 0bamCare!!!! We do not want a REHASHED, REHEATED LEFTOVER VERSION OF 0bamaCare!!!!!!!!!! RINO Paul Ryan HAS INDICATED REPEATEDLY that has NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER of supporting ANY of President Trump’s policies!!!! That is why RINO Paul Ryan has to go!!!! He will bring down President Trump faster than the Titanic sank back in 1912!!!!!!!!!!

          • The dummycRATS are ALREADY making plans to impeach President Trump, and IF they are successful in their plans, don’t think for one moment that RINO Paul Ryan will BACK PRESIDENT TRUMP!! Anyone who says that he connot, and will not EVER support President Trump will turn on him in a flash, and remember this interesting little fact~~~RINO Paul Ryan IS MARRIED TO A LIBERAL dummycRAT!! Don’t think for one moment that SHE doesn’t have a MAJOR influence on his political views!!!! RINO Paul Ryan a solid Conservative MY @SS!!!!!!

        • We Real Americans have to be HEARD!! along with the 46% Independents who have Little say so in PRIMARIES a place and time to erase Dinos, Rinos and (D) Anarchists!!!

          • An awful lot of those 46% Independents DID vote in “open primaries” and “open caucuses” that WERE NOT limited to one party. In fact, without them Donald Trump wouldn’t have been nominated — it would have been Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio or maybe one of the others. And most likely HILLARY WOULD HAVE BEEN ELECTED. So say thanks to the Independents!

            We “real Americans” HAVE been heard. That’s why we have Donald Trump in the White House. But remember, there are 330 MILLION Americans and they ALL want to be heard — but they’re NOT all saying the SAME THING. I call it “We the People (US)” vs. “We the OTHER People” — the ones who voted for Hillary and disagree with almost everything you or I probably believe. But (excluding the illegals and people who aren’t citizens YET) THEY ARE AMERICANS TOO, and they CAN AND DO VOTE. The challenge for us is to turn the “Trump Coalition” into a LASTING coalition of conservatives and some moderates (like President Trump himself) without giving up too much of what’s REALLY important to US. NO party EVER perfectly reflects the views of ALL its members: to do that, there’d have to be AS MANY PARTIES AS PEOPLE! So we make a few compromises here and there and HANG ONTO the REALLY important principles that we care MOST about!

            And stop thinking about RINOs. They’re virtually EXTINCT, like the dinosaurs. There are roughly TWO in the Senate and maybe 4 or 5 in the House, and they’ll go along with the party most of the time because — well, they’re scared of crossing Donald Trump. So don’t worry so much about THEM. Or anarchists, for heaven’s sake: I’ve been in politics for over 50 years and I HAVE NEVER EVEN MET AN ANARCHIST. Bet YOU haven’t, either. (DINOs? Democrats in name only? Great! Bring ’em on! If they’re not really Democrats, they’ll end up voting WITH US, because in the final analysis there are TWO WAYS TO VOTE: WITH US, or with them.)

          • YOU CAN’T LEAVE 25 MILLION PEOPLE WITHOUT HEALTH INS. WHEN PEOPLE COMPLAINED, THEN PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID THAT EVERYONE WOULD BE.COVERED. GET OFF YOUR DAMN HIGH HORSE. AND I AM A TRUMP SUPPORTER.

          • Hey Barbie, I see that you are a nurse in NYC! So am I ! Which hospital?

          • I’ve been retired since 2002. I was a Nurse in Charleston SC.

          • Oh. Say hello to Broadway for me anyway.

          • SHHHHHHHHHH Do not Confuse that IDIOT!!…….he could be GRUBER under another NAME!!! another VERBOSE Academia LYING BASTRD!

          • I DO believe you’re talking about ME! Wrong, as usual. 1)
            I am female; 2) I don’t use any other names on this site; 3) I haven’t lied about ANYTHING. IF you are too thick-headed to recognize FACTS when you encounter them, or to LEARN from someone who is talking about a subject they actually KNOW about; I can’t help THAT. But there’s no need for YOU to LIE about ME.

          • I’m NOT on a “high horse;” I haven’t ridden at all in 35 years. assume you’re talking about the CBO report that mistakenly suggested 25 million people would “lose coverage” under the current version of the American Health Care Bill. You probably just don’t KNOW much about the CBO (why SHOULD you?), so let me ease your concerns.

            The Congressional Budget Office is almost NEVER right about projections of this sort. They’re good at adding up budget numbers but NOT at working out who would be doing what with their share of the money. What they were counting was the number of people who would VOLUNTARILY OPT OUT of Obamacare once the “individual mandate” (forced coverage) is removed.

            BUT THOSE PEOPLE WOULD NOT LOSE THEIR INSURANCE. Many already belong to professional groups that would band together and offer coverage for their members AS A GROUP, with coverage TAILORED to their needs. In other words, SUITING THEIR AGE, GENDER, AND OTHER PERSONAL FACTORS.

            Why should an almost-senior citizen, or a male of any age, need to pay for MATERNITY coverage? Why should couples WITH NO KIDS or kids OVER 26 have to pay for that special inclusion of kids UP TO 26 in their parents’ policies? People who work for companies with facilities in several/many states can often SAVE MONEY by buying insurance in one state even if they work in another: under Obamacare that’s ILLEGAL (WHY?) LOTS of ways these options can be adjusted TO THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE BUYING THE INSURANCE, not to Barack Obama’s “One Size Fits All, or anyway everyone has to PAY for one size, whether they need it or not”?

            Anyway, the point is that “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” hardly fit ANYBODY, because PEOPLE ARE NOT PRODUCED WITH A COOKIE-CUTTER (and even cookie-cutters don’t produce identical cookies!). Letting people WHO DON’T WANT the standard “one size fits all” policy DROP OUT — VOLUNTARILY — AND GO ELSEWHERE (or maybe buy insurance issued in another state, which under Obamacare would have been ILLEGAL: WHY?) makes both economic and human sense.

            And THOSE ARE THE 25 MILLION PEOPLE THE CBO SAID WOULD NO LONGER HAVE THE STANDARD COVERAGE. No, they wouldn’t. They’d have BETTER coverage, probably CHEAPER, and tailored to their own needs. Is THAT so TERRIBLE?

          • It also stated that the 24 million without health insurance would be because THEY CHOOSE NOT to buy any.

          • And that IS a FACT…. No (D) Anarchist in DC to Tell anyone What, when, or iF to buy Insurance .. but can go across state lines, Drs Free of Frivolos Suits, and IRS to RElease about 12,000 Unneeded Government TROLLS … many not paying Income taxes even… Too Much Common Sense that does NOTHING but have (D) Anarchists have more HEADS EXPLOSIONS!!

          • TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, YOU’RE STUCK ON STUPID AND FULL OF SHIT AS YOU CAN BE…..CHECK

          • my, what elegant language!
            I’ve responded already to your vulgar and uninformed posts, so I’m not going to bother doing it again. Everyone who knows me knows I’m not stupid (and I don’t really care what YOU think!), but people like YOU demonstrate YOUR stupidity with every hysterical post.

          • THE TRUTH REMAINS THE SAME REGARDLESS OF WHO IS WILLING TO VOICE IT ASSHOLE.
            TRUTH DOESN’T NEED TO BE VALIDATED BY YOUR DAMN IGNORANCE AND STUPIDITY……CHECK

          • I am no longer responding to 2Deep4_U’s ridiculous posts, which are foul-mouthed, personally offensive, and totally without foundation. I don’t have the TIME or the inclination to deal with certifiable idiots like him. If he wants to take part in an INTELLIGENT discussion, I’m willing, but I won’t play the insult game any longer.

          • 2Deep4_U’s foul language and personal insults merit NO
            response.

          • Yea team!!!

          • We REAL AMERICANS = WE REAL THUGS, RAPIST, MISOGYNISTIC, MUDERERS, AND ENSLAVERS…..CHECK

          • Well said AHMED the Camel turd Eater!!!

          • YUM, YUM, YUM, YOU’RE JUST MAD BECAUSE I’M WISER THAN ALL YOU DUMBASS RETARTED LITTLE BOYS MASQUERADING AS MEN……CHECK

          • OH I see you can do FRONT/REAR/ or Knees…what TALENT AHMED!!!… Pefect for a TRANNY MUZZIE

          • RETARD…..CHECK

          • What happened to NUMB NUTS?? The Muzzie Tranny

          • Speak for YOURSELF and your friends. I’ve never encountered ANY of the disreputables you mention; nor do I expect I ever will. Just because YOU know a lot of misfits, doesn’t mean other people do, too.

          • OH, SO EVERYBODY YOU KNOW IS A DAMN SAINT?
            CUT THAT SHIT YOU LYING SOB……NICE TRY, BUT THAT FUCKING DOG DON’T HUNT…..CHECK

          • I never said everyone I know is a saint (I don’t know many of THOSE, and neither does anyone else!). But for SURE there is NOT A SINGLE PERSON in my acquaintance who has as BAD MANNERS and FOUL MOUTH as YOU, or casts insults so wildly at people you don’t even know. Now, I AM finished. I am not responding to any more of your foul language or personal insults. IF you want to discuss anything intelligently, I’m game, but I doubt you’re capable. People with permanently engaged CAPS locks and foul mouths usually aren’t.

          • WE COULD NEVER HAVE AN INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION BECAUSE YOU’RE CLEARLY A GODDAMN DUMBASS RACIST MISOGYNIST ASSHOLE WHO WANT IGNORANT PEOPLE TO THINK YOU ARE BRILLIANT.
            WHEN YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE WHO IS WISE ENOUGH TO SEE THROUGH THAT BAG OF BULLSHIT YOU ARE PEDDLING YOU HAVE TO CUT AND RUN BEFORE THEY BLOW YOUR FUCKING COVER, BECAUSE YOU’RE SELLING TURDS OF SHIT DESCISED AS DIAMONDS.
            NOW THAT I HAVE BLOWN YOUR GODDAMN COVER YOU CAN GO CRAWL BACK IN YOUR COFFIN LIKE DRACULA BEFORE THE LIGHT HIT THAT ASS AN BURN IT UP.
            PEACE MF…….CHECK

          • I will no longer respond to your stupid, foul-mouthed, and completely inaccurate posts — but I WILL point out, this once, that I AM A WOMAN so the “misogynist” charge is especially absurd. That’s IT. I don’t TALK to people like you in person and I will do nothing more in the future than note that I AM NOT RESPONDING because you are without question the WORST IDIOT I’ve encountered even on chat boards like this. NOW GET OUT OF MY LIFE.

          • 2Deep4_U – Maybe that’s YOUR family or community — I hate to think so, but I don’t KNOW you — but it’s certainly not typical of “real Americans” or even NOT-SO-REAL Americans.

          • THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A REAL AMERICAN, THAT’S JUST A DAMN STUPID ASS FRAISE YOU MADE UP IN YOU FUCKING IGNORANT ASS HEAD TO HIDE YOUR GODDAMN CRIMINALITY, REAL AMERICAN MY ASS.
            REAL GODDAMN THUGS, RACIST, MISOGYNIST, MURDERERS, KIDNAPPERS, RAPIST, PEDOPHILE PERVERTS, AND ENSLAVERS…..CHECK

        • Oh if you only knew how much you’ve been brainwashed!!! Persons with limited education simply do not know how to obtain knowledge. To begin with, your use of divisive re-spelling of names gives you away as lacking a certain degree of culture. Your demonstration of certainty in all of your posts label you as minimally informed., and/or just plain misinformed.

          • Lizzie2, Your assumption of knowledge of a person’s education, mental state, knowledge of current events and their degree of culture (whatever that means?) based on one paragraph is just amazing. I would say it balances right on the edge of “egotistical stupidity”. You don’t win debates with insults, but with verifiable facts – none of which you provided. Your statement of superiority over Rosech Levy is SOP for liberal leftists and no longer will influence most American’s. We no longer believe your ilk’s con games. The game is up and over.

          • Each time one of you “conservatives” coursens a discussion with intentional, infantile mispelling of names,positions,idiologies you lose respect and credibility. Boys in my 7th grade class did that….and lost all credibility,. most of them thankfully matured by high school. No one spoke that way in college classrooms. So pardon me if I question your maturity level. As to culture…..if you do not have any, then you wouldn’t know it’s meaning.
            here is a definition: Culture can be defined in numerous ways. In the words of anthropologist E.B. Tylor, it is “that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, …

          • That culture definition is exactly why I replied to your original comment to Rosech Levy. And yes, you proved my point, culture does have many different meanings, so it isn’t always clear what someone might mean by saying someone lacks culture. As a 7th grade teacher you should also have realized that the key to writing and speaking is to make sure you are communicating, i.e. the person you are writing to understands your true meaning. There is no way you can judge someones “culture” or education by reading a single paragraph from them, especially when as you said, they misspelled “intentionally”. Just what makes those misspellings “infantile”? Maybe the misspellings were to gain attention to a specific point being made? You also seem to ignore an important point, writing and speaking can have different functions. Many people will put something in writing for emphasis, that they would never say while speaking to someone personally. You obviously are a very judgmental person, and based on those quick judgements somewhat immature. That’s where my comment on your “egotistical stupidity” came from. You take someone to task for purposeful misspellings and then lower yourself by using insulting language to describe them. You see the problem is people will no longer care if they have your respect or have gained any credibility with you because of your automatic assumption that disagreeing with you makes them “infantile”, or “brainwashed” or “minimally informed” or have a “limited education” or are “lacking a certain degree of culture”. All those are your words about people you never have met. Your low opinion of a whole multitude of people you don’t know but you have place in the category of “conservatives” because they happen to disagree with you politically emphasizes your poor judgement, lack of discernment, and reinforces their disregard for your opinions. Why? Because the only way you defended those opinions was by insulting others – talk about immature. Many of us are quite well educated (probably more so than you), better informed, and have more “culture” than you display by your demeaning comments. To paraphrase a suggestion from the Bible, take the log out of your own eye before pointing out the splinter in someone else’s eye! I hope I am communicating!

          • mholdcraft — VERY well said! Like many people, I fear our “friend” Lizzie2 assumes that HER brand of culture and HER understanding of subject matter is better and greater than anyone else’s could possibly be. Of course, that is usually NOT the case. 🙂

          • Thanks. I see that you are catching some heat from others in these postings (2Deepfor_u). Keep on keeping on! He is a lost soul who doesn’t know how to turn off the Caps Lock key.

          • Aw, heck, I just told 2Deepfor_U that I was through talking to him, not because of the all Caps or even his foul language, but his unassailable IGNORANCE and refusal to accept any information just drives me nuts. (I must admit I also don’t much enjoy the insults!) But I’m sure at some point he’ll say something that really gets my dander up, and I’ll renege on my “I’m not paying attention to YOU anymore!” pledge and respond. Such is life.

          • The writer doth protest too much!

          • Lizzie2, I am certainly not a Shakespeare or Hamlet, but sometimes it is better to ignore someones post than comment on it with an “I’m smarter than you” comment. You really don’t know the people on the other end of your comment. Better to ignore their post than insult them. Now when you do see a post that misstates the facts as you know them, then it is time to state the facts as you understand them and let them prove you wrong. Right or wrong, demeaning another person doesn’t win points with anyone and very well may make others like me (in this case) get on your case. Especially when you obviously don’t know much about the other person. It is that “superiority attitude” that came through on your first post to Rosech Levy that turns people off. If you want to challenge someone, do it with facts, not name calling. Thanks for your service as a teacher – a very important job even if it is underpaid and under rewarded.

          • Lizzie2 — I do occasionally make (and not catch) typos, for which I apologize (I avoided life as a secretary — the presumptive “profession” for women in my age bracket — by not learning to type too well.) As for grammar, syntax, and usage, i defy ANYONE to prove I’ve made a mistake. (When I went to school such subjects were drummed into a student’s head until they became second nature.) What’s more, I’ll match my level of cultural education and my cultural assimilation to those of ANYONE here. Now stop putting on airs, because they don’t bolster your (mistaken) arguments one bit.

          • Sorry for that. I had never posted comments before a few months ago; and must admit I was appalled at the extraordinary number of mean, nasty posts at first. Unfortunately I allowed the general atmosphere to trigger my own anger. My reference to education is because I truly believe that writers of some of those worst unpleasant posts were not in the habit of questioning what they hear and thus believe. Add to that the demonstrations of misogyny and a sophmoric practice of modifying persons names.
            So, I always had the dream of going to nursing school, and my family sacraficed to send me. (I learned to type by the way, only because I had an extra study period senior year of HS. My mother firmly suggested that I take typing, rather than being cited for excessive talking…she knew me very well of course

          • Especially when EVERY WORD of her assumptions is WRONG! 🙂

          • give me some examples please?

          • “Persons with limited education” — you don’t know that!
            “divisive respelling of names” seems to be a standard operating procedure on this site and may, but also MAY NOT, indicate that someone is “lacking a certain degree of culture” — IN YOUR OPINION, but not in FACT.
            That’s just from a couple of posts just above this point on the page. I have neither the time nor the inclination to go through all the posts still available to pick out your high-and-mighty disrespect for anyone — not because they’re demonstrably stupid, but because THEY DON’T AGREE WITH YOUR OPINIONS (and they ARE opinions; you seem a little short on FACTS). Anyway, I’ve just started leaving very short posts saying “I will no longer respond to…” for his foul language and gratuitous insults (to me, a complete stranger)” and I CAN add you to the list of people for whom i’ll use a similar technique.

          • I’m sorry…..I must try and do better.

          • HALLELUJAH…..CHECK

        • YOU’RE EITHER INSANE OR JUST PLAIN WRONG AND STUPID.

        • THERE ARE NO DAMN REAL AMERICANS EXCEPT THE NATIVE INDIANS, ARE YOU AN INDIAN? HELL NO, THEN YOU’RE EITHER AN INVADER OR THE DESCENDANT OF A FUCKING INVADER AND THAT’S ALL YOU ARE.
          SHUT UP AND STOP SPREADING YOUR DAMN IGNORANCE.

          • I had NO idea this chat board was RESERVED FOR YOU and perhaps the VERY few people on this Earth who share your views AND your penchant for obscenity. I don’t know what you’re down on Rosech Levy about, but you’d make your case much better without the cursing or the yelling with caps. Use caps for EMPHASIS; they’re MUCH more effective that way (but I don’t expect that you’ll learn from this gentle hint.)

          • DON’T LOOK NOW BUT YOUR DAMN ARROGANCE and RACISM IS SHOWING.
            WHO DIED AND LEFT YOU IN CHARGE OF MAKING DEFINITION? CHECK

          • I’m curious: WHAT have I said that is racist? I am pretty careful about that, and since I’ve lived all over the place I have GOOD FRIENDS of many races and ethnicities, so I’m a bit perplexed when someone thinks I’m a racist. But then, maybe you’re just one of those people who uses “racist” ANY time you want to insult someone, for ANY reason.
            Arrogance? I suppose that’s a judgment call. Can’t remember the last time anyone said I was “arrogant,” though. It must only come out when I’m trying to gently shove a little information into a head as full of cotton as yours is.

          • YOUR GODDAMN DUMBASS……

          • My, what an elegantly polite response to a reasonable question. I will not contact this foul-mouthed idiot again, and will respond only to repeat my intention.

          • SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO CURSE TO GET IGNORANT ASS PEOPLE’S ATTENTION….CHECK

        • REAL AMERICANS? ,GODDAMN YOU’RE OUT OF YOU MOTHERFUCKING MIND NIGGER…….CHEVK

        • You’re right about voting OUT the liberals in 2018, but recalling someone now because he/she isn’t as conservative as you (or I) might want — but IS as conservative as we could ELECT in his or her district — would be STUPID. We’d just end up with a LIBERAL in their seats, making Nancy Pelosi Speaker again. That’s the short road to hell — all because we wanted someone 10% or 20% better than the guy who’s there.

      • You have my sympathies trying to deal with King Cuomo. Even his predecessors in NYS — even the so-called Republicans — were bad news!
        You have another problem you may not have thought of yet. IF President Trump and his team SUCCEED at cutting the bloated (very true) FEDERAL government, the responsibilities Washington gives up WILL DEVOLVE TO THE STATES, and STATE GOVERNMENTS WILL GROW AND EXPAND. Part of that’s sort of inevitable: if Washington isn’t fixing schools, the next “responsible” party on the list is the states. And part of it is just that there’s a mindset that says GOVERNMENT MUST DO SOMETHING about this problem, and if it’s NOT federal government, who’s next?” New York and Kansas and California and all the rest.
        The only answer to this is to GET RID OF THE MINDSET that says “LET GOVERNMENT DO IT!,” and turn responsibilities over to PRIVATE agencies. But I warn you: THEY will line up with their hands out for EVERY DIME they can GET from government at every level to help them PAY for their efforts to do whatever it is. (Did you really think the Red Cross — for example — paid all that money they spent in relief for the big hurricanes or floods THEMSELVES? NO, they get it in GRANTS from Uncle Sam and the STATES.)

        • Statesman Patriot

          States may take on more but that where much of this is already supposed to be. Article I, Section 8 and the Tenth Amendment are pretty clear.

          There are only 32 delineated powers of the federal government as identified within our constitution and legitimate treaties. All else remains with the states to to the people.

          And it is easier to identify the problems at the state level and easier to hold gen accountable, unless those in charge are big spend liberals.

          I can almost guarantee that blue states will get bigger but most red states will prosper.

          • Whwn will you graduate from Jr. High?

          • Statesman Patriot

            I will graduate from Jr. High when you graduate from Elementary spelling!
            It’s obvious you have no idea what the different levels of government are! Federal, state, county and city.
            I’m sure you don’t realize that the states created the federal government and the counties and cities exist under the authority of the state they exist in.
            Each entity level has their own responsibilities to the community.
            But why am I wasting my time trying to explain it to an illiterate?

            Grow up Lizzie!! Don’t be such a snowflake Libtard!

          • Well said! I don’t mind arguments on chat boards like this — that’s what they’re FOR, no? — but Lizzie2 isn’t arguing, at least not with FACTS, she’s just trying to set new records for out-and-out MEANNESS. THAT’s so totally CHILDISH it made me think (initially) that SHE was the only junior high school student on the board. Now I realize she’s a socially retarded adult. How sad. 🙁

          • Yeah, I KNOW that. Like you, I AM familiar with the Constitution — and I congratulate you, because most of our fellow posters here and on other sites have never READ it. ANY of it.
            Most of the responsibilities for things like education DO belong to the states, and ideally should be returned there. The big problem is the states don’t WANT the responsibilities, and often the federal government is quite happy to KEEP them. Then, too, as you point out, the bright blue states have governments that are big spenders. Look at California, or New York.
            And you’re right about the red states prospering as the blue states go further into the hole. California is the perfect example: the government has gotten SO big, and SO powerful that it’s absolutely SWAMPING the private sector.
            One of two things will happen, probably soon:
            1) California WILL follow through on its threat to secede, and will become the People’s Republic of California. I suppose they’ll want an open border so they can take in tourist & business dollars from folks who LIVE in America; or
            2) California won’t secede, but it WILL go bankrupt within 2 years, and it’ll take AT LEAST 12 years for a federally supervised workout. Let’s just hope we keep Congress and the White House so that that “federal supervision” actually MEANS something. If the Dems take control again, it won’t.

            New York’s a different kettle of fish, and it’s VERY interesting that they’re running ADS on TV about how they’re encouraging private enterprise, cutting taxes (!), and developing what, back in the Reagan era we called Enterprise Zones (economically disadvantaged areas that were given special tax breaks to bring in new business — a REPUBLICAN policy idea, incidentally). I haven’t had a chance to look at the state’s website and see if that’s REALLY what they’re doing — I can hardly believe it, but you never know.

          • I agree with you completely. The one serious obstacle to turning more responsibility over to the states is the (usually liberal) governors who won’t accept it — but of course the answer to THAT is to elect fewer liberal governors and more who WILL take on the responsibility!
            BTW, THANK YOU for a civilized post. It’s always a pleasure to “chat” with people who don’t assume what they suppose to be the brilliance of their comments (seldom true) can only be emphasized by using as many four-letter insults to the other person as possible! 🙂

          • Statesman Patriot

            That’s because they don’t understand how the different levels of government work separately and together.

            I’ve been involved at various levels of government and it always shocks me to talk to people who have no clue what the responsibilities are at each level or how our tax dollars work at each level. (Regardless, every level taxes us too much!)

            I have been successful in cutting down the size of the entities I’ve been with.

            Thank you for your civility!

        • But what about the roads on which you drive?/ the bridges you safely cross? /the plows that clean your roads? / the first respondents who arrive when you have chest pain?/etc. you fool. The bloat is due to many things; not the least of which is a pay for play system of political power. Those people like you who fall for propaganda and blindly vote for candidates that TV personalities have defined FOR you. And voted against persons whom you have been encouraged to hate, by lies told to you by the same “news” personalities.

          How about letting Trump Inc. provide for your health care? Let “business men” kike him descide whether you are worth

          • I’m not an anarchist (believer in NO government at all); I’m not even really a libertarian (believer in a minimum of government — the “minimum” to be established either by the voters or by a lot of argument among libertarians. I believe we DO need a government to do SOME things, including build & manage the highway system (which would include bridges): with that in mind I’m waiting enthusiastically for President Trump’s “INFRASTRUCTURE” proposal, which will update & repair highways & bridges that have mostly not been TOUCHED since they were BUILT under PRESIDENT EISENHOWER (1953-61). I consider that a legitimate function of the federal government.
            By the way, I HAVE NEVER VOTED FOR ANY CANDIDATE BECAUSE I SAW HIM ON TV, and I don’t like OR hate ANYBODY because I was “encouraged” to do so. I THINK FOR MYSELF, ALWAYS.
            I wasn’t even an early Trump supporter; for ME he finished at about 14th place among the 17 Republicans in the race. But HE WON THE NOMINATION. And if Hillary Clinton had been elected, she’d VERY PROBABLY HAVE BEEN THE LAST FREELY ELECTED PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY WOULD HAVE EVER HAD. Talk about “Vlad”: HILLARY had already ARRANGED a sellout to Vlad Putin. That’s what all that “reset button” CRAP was really ABOUT back in 2013. He may “know how to run a country,” though my Russian friends say the economy is getting WORSE by the DAY, but he ONLY KNOWS HOW TO RUN A NON-FREE ECONOMY LIKE RUSSIA’S, not OURS.
            It is TRULY AMAZING how LITTLE you understand me, and how many WRONG ASSUMPTIONS you’ve made about me from my posts. The race/gender crap you use to slam me is ALL mistaken, but then, I expect nothing better from a MINDLESS LiBERAL like YOU. Now please STOP BOTHERING ME — I have some INTELLIGENT people to chat with.

          • I found something that you might find interesting. I was not familiar with much of the info….and was simply focused on our Country. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/view/

          • Lizzie2: The Center for American Progress is a ultra left wing socialist organization. If you want to balance out your concern for our country then read the articles at that site, then purposefully look for articles that take the opposite view. Once you have heard both sides of an issue you will be much better prepared to debate that issue. The Center for American Progress is focused on only one side of every argument you read about. Why do you think that is? They have a political agenda – power and influence. Not what is best for most Americans (i.e. non-politicians). Try reading the March 16, 2017 article, “GOP Obamacare Replacement: Fact vs. Fiction” By Ellen Carmichael. That article gives you facts about the ACA (Obamacare) and the new GOP proposal. That one article shoots holes in every criticism you will hear from the liberal side of the political isle. Then go read the bill itself and you decide what is fact and what is political BS. The site you referenced to RightWriter will not do that for you.

          • llilizzie2- i blindly voted for trump? the pay for play program was not invented by killary klinton, she just perfected the art. the klinton foundation, complete with bill the pill, at some point will be indicted for all the games and gains they played. trump has no comparison in his activities file. i am a 63 year old vietnam veteran and i voted for him because first on his list was to protect the borders. killary’s goal was to open the borders- to anyone and everyone who wanted in. ok, that’s cool- move the next 1000 refugees into her neighborhood. or we could just move the klintons into their neighborhood. being involved with her people should help her better learn their culture and she may even find
            a woman friend

          • EXCUSE ME, THERE SEEMS TO BE A SLIGHT BIT OF MISINFORMATION HERE CONSIDERING THAT OBUMMER WASN’T EVEN A CITIZEN AND HE WAS VOTED IN AND LOOK AT THE MESS HE MADE. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT NO ONE EVEN GOT TO READ HIS “OBAMACARE” TILL AFTER THE FACT. THEN YOU GOT THOUSANDS OF PAGES OF GOBBLE DE GOOP OF BS. ANOTHER IDIOT LIBERAL.

          • The name you use suits you well. I believe that you are the one who is misinformed. I get the impression that you are joking, so I won’t bite any further.

          • Not joking.

          • I’m sorry….this place has gotten to me…..

          • You can always tell you’ve struck a nerve when the caps key is locked down.

      • Agree.. but let us remain VIGILANT to the Possibilities of a Shadow Government by Obama/Soros/Clinton to attempt a COUP banana republic STYLE

        • The counter coup to stop these jackals is 4 steps ahead of them .

          • It will be Better once he gets SCOTUS and EPA Squared away along with Commerce….and McConnell better get off his ASS

          • McConnell is DOING HIS JOB.
            The Senate MOVES SLOWLY by DESIGN, and anyway the Senate CAN’T deal with the first repeal/replace bill on Obamacare, because IT HAS TO PASS THE HOUSE FIRST AND THEN GO TO THE SENATE UNDER A PROCESS CALLED “RECONCILIATION” SO IT CAN BE PASSED WITH JUST 51 VOTES.
            IF it doesn’t pass on that basis, it will require 60 votes for approval (that’s also why the House has to approve the FINANCIAL aspects of the bill repeal FIRST, because ONLY THAT PORTION can go to the Senate under “reconciliation.”
            (Yeah, I know these rules are arcane, but that’s how the Senate WORKS. For 240 years now, and counting. There ARE reasons for what seems like gibberish, but they’re even MORE convoluted than what I just told you.
            But the long and short of it is that ALL McCONNELL CAN DO RIGHT NOW IS WAIT FOR THE HOUSE TO PASS “Repeal/Replace Phase One” and THEN the Senate can act.
            Meanwhile the Senate is having hearings next week on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and (thanks to Chuck Schumer dragging his heels) they still have several Cabinet and MANY sub-Cabinet appointments to confirm. And a bunch of other stuff. They’re BUSY, never fear — productively so! 🙂

        • There is no” possibility.”…I believe that we have a shadow government right now….Bannon/Trump Inc.and Vlad.

          • YOU (D) Anarchist Followers of CLINTON/OBAMA/SOROS are really all FOOKED UP…ever since 8 Nov 2016

          • While I deplore your language (even with the funny spelling),
            I agree that the “followers of Clinton/Obama/Soros are all screwed up. But they’re NOT anarchists. Anarchists believe in having NO GOVERNMENT AT ALL, and we have EIGHT YEARS of experience plus three campaigns to show us how FERVENTLY Clinton and Obama WORSHIP at the altar of BIG government, the bigger the better. As for Soros, he’s even worse — he’s a flat-out believer in COMMUNISM, which means VERY big government. All three are on the OPPOSITE END of the spectrum from anarchy. No reason not to use the right word (“authoritarian” fits very well!). 🙂

          • “Big Government” is what makes the US great in many ways. Depriving people of healthcare that everyone deserves is not American. Huge budget allocations to the War Industries is a sign of the lack of confidence of some of our “leaders”. ; as well their avarice and ambition. The same goes for privitazion of prisons.

          • No. The Shadow Government is Obummer, Clinton, Soros, Koch Bros, and Rothchilds. Followed by PELOSI, McCain, and Schmucky Schumer. Paul Ryan and Ted.Cruz, I’m not yet sure what they are up to. But more.than likely no good.

          • Oh this is soo funny. You are joking aren’t you?

          • That’s just nutty. Bannon works for Trump the same way that, say, Valerie Jarrett worked for Obama (except I very much doubt that Trump and Bannon share a bed when Melania is away, as BHO and Valerie did — and apparently still DO). Bannon is #4 on the White House staff, which would NOT position him very well for running a “shadow government,” even if he WANTED to do that. And perhaps you haven’t noticed, but President Trump would NOT be an easy man to force into any kind of “shadow” arrangement NOT OF HIS OWN DESIGN.
            As to Putin, for a “shadow government” arrangement you need a CLOSE connection, but NOBODY has yet found ANY evidence of a connection — beyond having MET a couple of times — between President Trump and Vlad Putin. Big business people OFTEN meet heads of state, from both friendly and NOT so friendly nations. It’s ROUTINE, and means nothing. You shake hands, exchange business cards (which mostly get lost before the evening is over),, chat for five minutes, and that’s THAT. The House has had THREE committees trying to find a “link” beyond that; the Senate has TWO committees working on it. NONE has found ANYTHING beyond the social niceties. How long shall we be patient with those of you who find conspiracies under every rock in the garden? THERE’S NO “THERE” THERE. Period.

        • You will find this interesting to read. I hope that you do. The source is not partison.https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/security/view/

          • PODESTA or SOROS??

          • Anyone can dig up a left-wing website and take what it says as gospel. The intelligent and discerning DON’T do that. The so-called “Center for American Progress” (with whose website the link you provided connects) is a FAR-LEFT-WING group FUNDED at least mostly by GEORGE SOROS. It’s reliability is ABSOLUTE ZERO. Stay “focused on our country,” because you really DON’T want to get lost wandering in the jungle of socialism into which the Center for American Progress will lead you. I wouldn’t wish that on my WORST ENEMY.

          • I find it quite informative, No manipulations, the writers are professionals with integrety. Fact check if you’d like; I don’t think that you’ll find anything. And please…try to resist using labels, Poor Soros is used as a punching bag here, yet I never see references to Koch Bros and others. Comments frequently appear to have been “cuts and pastes”.
            Few original thoughts. lots of Caps and foul language tho.

          • Lizzie2: The first indication of a sites leanings are the articles it posts. Go to CAP and look at the articles. All are anti-free market, anti-Republican (not always a bad thing) and never critical of the Democrats (never). You say the writers have integrity. Yes they have integrity just like Gobbels did in Germany during WWII. Check out some conservative web sites and you will find some folks with integrity too. The problem is deciding which side is selling you a bill of goods – sometimes both are. The truth is not always easy to discover when both sides have agendas that may not be for your benefit. That is where judgement comes in. Mr. Trump was elected because he promised to drain both the Democratic swamp and the Republican one too. Both side use facts and half truths. You job as a good American citizen is to step thru all the half-truths and get to the real truth. Good Luck!

          • Actually, I usually end up referring to Soros & the Koch Bros. in the same post — as polar opposites. The big difference is that Soros BUYS support, the Koches support groups that ALREADY agree with them. But then, anyone who finds the garbage from the Center for American Progress informative probaboy can’t tell the difference. They’re “professional” LEFT-WINGERS, and their integrity is almost nonexistent.
            I use caps to EMPHASIZE,since these boards don’t allow italics or underscoring. I try to limit the frequency, and I NEVER use all caps. As to foul language, I have been PELTED with more four-letter words than I have ever HEARD in one conversation on these boards; I’ve started responding that I won’t respond until the person learns to keep a civil tongue in his/her head. I know not what others may say (or post), but as for me, I can’t STAND that kind of language and you will NOT hear’/read it from ME..

          • Just stumbled across an example of what I have been RECEIVING (NOT sending): about FIFTY posts from this same person in ONE DAY, and he wasn’t alone. Cover your ears (figuratively, of course):

            2Deep4_U replied | Friday, March 17th | View on PatriotNewsDaily
            WE COULD NEVER HAVE AN INTELLIGENT CONVERSATION BECAUSE YOU’RE CLEARLY A GODDAMN DUMBASS RACIST MISOGYNIST ASSHOLE WHO WANT IGNORANT PEOPLE TO THINK YOU ARE BRILLIANT.

            This does NOT come from a conservative!

          • HALLELUJAH…….

          • Lizzie2, What they say they are and what they really are don’t always match up. Go a little deeper than The Center for American Progress.

      • Who hysterically wants to run for President. What a joke.

        • Barbie, would you suggest anarchy or a dictatorship (like O’bumpkin)? We have a POTUS who paid for his campaign and now declined a salary!!! And BTW is doing a great job in spite of constant opposition!

      • If hell is the destination, then trump is on the right track….

      • But the work being done now IS reworking priorities. OOdles more $$ for the war industrialists; less for meals on wheels & other programs that help the poor and disabled.

      • Queermo ain’t no damn king… He’s a rube whose days are numbered. Same with Schumer. Several state-level politicians skated back into office on Swillerys’ tsunami of cheat, and are slated for for removal either by vote, or recall… America has had enough of these imbeciles.

      • I’m in NYS too. Don’t you just love the proposed 50% raise in our ELEC bills so he can use a Chicago company to overhaul Indian Point nuclear facility for 7.1 billion dollars. Hope it doesn’t go through. I’m sitting in the dark now.

    • An audit of govt. agencies is a GREAT idea, and high time. But even if President Trump gets it done, don’t expect it to result in massive changes. Every one of those “unaccountable” agencies has a constituency, composed of all the people who GET something from that agency (sometimes subsidies, often just laws or regulations that make it easier for them to function). And THOSE folks are part of “We the People” (call ’em “We the OTHER People”), too!

      Example: President Reagan tried to eliminate the Dept. of Education, and he had Bill Bennett, a SOLID conservative and true believer that education should be a STATE function, not run by the federal govt. The teachers’ unions rebelled. The school boards put HUGE pressure on local and state officials to keep the federal Dept. and programs going. Even colleges that technically had nothing to DO with K-12 education testified against making ANY changes. Even the MOST conservative members of the Senate and House got cold feet and backed off their original support.

      And NOBODY — NOBODY — except a few conservative academics from places like the Heritage Foundation and AEI endorsed the proposal, which SANK WITHOUT A TRACE. When senators & congresspeople get 1000 communications from “We the OTHER People” balanced by only maybe 100 from OUR “We the People,” well, THEIR JOB is to REPRESENT THEIR CONSTITUENTS. Often that means THE ONES THEY HEAR FROM.

      Another example: the piddling, tiny subsidy the federal govt. pays to support public television and National Public Radio. By federal standards, small change. Republicans since NIXON (that’s Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and both Bushes) have been trying to end the federal subsidy (PBS’s spinoff, Sesame Street, ALONE makes more in profit from sales of DVDs & books than PBS & NPR would need to keep running with NO subsidy).

      Every time it comes up — even long before it actually DOES come up — PBS and NPR call out their troops and Congress is DELUGED with calls, mail, and nowadays tweets & email FROM CONSTITUENTS — the VOTERS, aka: “We the (OTHER) People” — SCREAMING at every member “DON’T KILL BIG BIRD!” and “NPR IS MY NEWS SOURCE, LEAVE IT ALONE!” I’m not talking THOUSANDS of messages, I’m talking 100 MILLION.

      You (like most conservatives) think Congress should LISTEN to “We The People”? Well, “WE THE OTHER PEOPLE” are HOLLERING TO KEEP NPR & PBS AS THEY ARE, and there’s only a TRICKLE of mail on the other side. SO CONGRESS LISTENS TO THE “WE THE PEOPLE” THEY HEAR FROM, and PBS & NPR survive. Time after time after time.

      This happens over and over again. EPA? “We the People” will have to SCREAM BLOODY MURDER to out-holler the environmental lobby. Agriculture Dept.? Every farmer in the country will want to “change but don’t close” the department BECAUSE, while parts of it drive them CRAZY, in the end they BENEFIT from it. Labor Dept.? Same thing, and THEY will pluck at violin strings about how the Department goes back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt and has been the “sole supporter for the working man and woman” for 80 years!” (Never mind it was designed to support UNIONS not working men and women). Even small agencies like the Ex-Im Bank have a LOT of support among that portion of “We the OTHER People” who BENEFIT from its programs. The rest of us don’t CARE enough to complain anywhere NEAR as loudly as the SUPPORTERS holler, or we’re just too busy living our lives to become experts on the issue.

      My point is NOT that we shouldn’t “reorganize,” or better yet, just DISBAND, a lot of these agencies. WE SHOULD, and I’ll do all I CAN to support the Trump Administration and the senators/congresspeople who help them on this. BUT IT WILL NOT BE EASY, and IT WILL REQUIRE YOU — ALL OF YOU — TO LOBBY (yes, “We the People” can be lobbyists, too! ) YOUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSPERSONS AND KEEP PRESSURING THEM TO GET THIS DONE, because a fair chunk of “We the OTHER People” — the ones who BENEFIT from those agencies’ programs — WILL BE FIGHTING US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

    • Very well put, Junior1950!

    • I agree with you, but remember, not all Americans share the same views. We’ve been calling ourselves “We the People,” but I’ve been trying to remind folks there’s another bunch of Americans we might call “We the OTHER People,” who voted for Hillary or Bernie and HATE what we love about this country. With 330 Million Americans, there’s never a guarantee the majority will be on OUR side on any particular issue, so when you say the government isn’t “accountable,” don’t forget that maybe it’s being accountable to “We the OTHER People.” They vote, too. Unfortunately.

  2. They should close down the Department of Homeland Security entirely . The ONLY agency that should get an increase is the VA . The Pentagon budget should be cut by 30 % .

    • Close the Department of Education, EPA, Department of Commerce and numerous departments and agencies. I would not fund the VA more until there is a purging in local offices and hospitals. Who has answered at the Denver VA hospital? Columbia? and other hospitals that killed fellow vets? The south Florida VA office refused to put up a photo of President Trump. The boobs and inept, the Obama sycophants need to be fired.

      • I agree 100 % . It is time to clean house !

      • If you mean the South Florida VA hospital in Miami, you’ve hit the nail on the head. They treat veterans like crap. Worst bunch of incompetents imaginable.

      • Closing those departments and agencies would be a good idea, but we can’t DO it without Congress’s approval. And Congress will never approve because the minute one agency is on the chopping block, be it a tiny one like the Export-Import Bank or a huge one like the Dept. of Education or EPA, ALL THE INTEREST GROUPS (I call them “We the OTHER People,” to differentiate them from OUR “We the People”) start HUGE campaigns to hammer on any Congressperson or Senator who DARES suggest cutting that agency — letters, Tweets, emails, Facebook, phone calls, in-person visits, whatever. By the THOUSANDS or TENS OF THOUSANDS — with teachers, it’s the MILLIONS. ALL arguing AGAINST closing, or even cutting, those agencies.
        And what about “We the People” — OUR “We the People”? Well, some of us write or call or Tweet or whatever, but the numbers are usually in HUNDREDS, not hundreds of thousands, much less millions. In other words, the Senators and Congresspeople hear from 10 even 100 of the “don’t cut or close” forces to every ONE of the “close it NOW!” forces.
        They’re elected officials, and even if they’re willing to go down in a blaze of glory, LOSERS DON’T LEGISLATE. OUR program and policies will have ZERO chance of enactment if OUR people are defeated in 2018, and LESS than zero if President Trump goes down in 2020.
        ASSUMING WE WANT THE TRUMP REVOLUTION TO LAST MORE THAN TWO YEARS, WE HAVE TO LET THOSE PEOPLE CAST VOTES THAT WILL BRING THEM BACK NEXT TERM. So, OUR “We the People” are simply voted down by “We the OTHER People” on a lot of those issues — ESPECIALLY closing down or drastically cutting budgets for federal departments and agencies.
        This is why the “Reagan Revolution” took EIGHT YEARS and was INCOMPLETE (George H.W. Bush was supposed to continue it, but didn’t!). And it’s why the “Trump Revolution” will take ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS — and we’d better hope we can follow HIM with someone else from OUR “We the People,” not the OTHERS.
        I agree completely about the VA. What we SHOULD do is close it down, give every veteran and/or family member an INSURANCE CARD that will cover ANY treatment at ANY medical facility in the country, and have a few specialized centers for things like rehab of the seriously disabled (treatments not available in most civilian facilities). DOING that is not an easy climb — but the VA has gotten SO bad we’d get a lot of support FROM the VETERANS.
        As to the South Florida jerk who wouldn’t put up Trump’s photo (which happens AUTOMATICALLY on the Inauguration Day of a new President, in EVERY federal office of ANY sort) — he needs a letter of reprimand (it’s not a firing offense, sadly) from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs AND the Regional Director for the Florida region. THEN, if he doesn’t comply, it WILL be a firing offense, and he should GO. No further issue.

    • I have an idea; pickup a rifle and go defend this country before talking about cuts to defence. Obama and the democrats did real damage to the military while they were on charge. The military needs to repair and replace equipment as well as taking care of their people.

      • It is very easy to run your mouth when you don’t know what you are talking about.I agree with you.Go sign up and put in your time then and only then can you talk about the military.If not for our Military America would have been gone many decades ago.The military is the only reason you are free and can run your stupid mouth Magik idiot.

        • I have to agree with Magik on this one. The Pentagon wastes billions of dollars every budget cycle. Audits show it is such a mess it can’t even be audited because the books are so poorly kept. They waste money on things like building a $34 million CNG filling station in Afghanistan. Congress continues to pad the military budget for tanks that go straight to desert storage because the Army and Marines have no need for them. I don’t even need to mention the F-35 boondoggle. It goes on and on and on. The Pentagon doesn’t need more money. It needs to spend money efficiently and stop wasting it.

          • Specifying, designing,and building a one size fits all fighter/attack aircraft was an odd idea when it was conceived (the JSF/F-35).

            The missions and operating environments are too varied.

          • I guess they figured it worked for the F-4 and F/A-18, so they would try again. However, neither one of those had/have the F-35 technology nor the VSTOL capability.

          • The VSTOL really threw things off. Someone had watched Star Wars one too many times.

            Correct me if I am wrong, the USAF never deployed F/A18’s or did they? I think the RAAF did (Superhornets?) but I didn’t think USAF did.

          • You are correct. The Navy and Marines deploy the F/A-18.

          • Not odd if you are a defense contractor lobbyists . It was a BONANZA .
            Most of the Air Force pilots interviewed say the F-22 is a far better plane . But then again they get paid far less than a lobbyist .

          • RE: The F-22, that wouldn’t surprise me.

            Tell me, have you ever served or worked for a defense contractor?

            Most of the profiteering charges brought against contractors are myth, given the ever-changing requirements and specifications introduced by Pentagon program directors.

          • Yes , I am sure the defense contractors are just poor misunderstood common folk trying to make a living , while paying lobbyists a few BILLION A YEAR . Just like the poor common folk in the drug industry who can barely get by .
            Just like the misunderstood people at the Pentagon who cannot account for $ 6 TRILLION . Just an honest mistake ….

          • So you haven’t served in the armed forces or worked for a defense contractor.

          • I can assure you that NO SINGLE LOBBYIST was EVER paid “a few billion a year,” or even ONE Billion. Maybe a FIRM was
            (though I doubt even THAT), but certainly not an INDIVIDUAL. And that “$6 TRILLION” is wrong — it was $6 BILLION, and the MONEY WAS LOST at the STATE DEPARTMENT, by Secretary HILLARY CLINTON. But of course the FACTS don’t really interest YOU. Much more fun to slam the Defense Department.

          • On 9/10/2001 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced they cannot account for 2 TRILLIONS DOLLARS . This is now 2017 .
            You would not recognize a fact if you were standing in a bucket of them .
            You are far in a way the single dumbest person to ever appear on this site . Go away ….

          • Great example! The media don’t understand the military, so they can’t tell what IS or is NOT wasteful (and usually assume the worst), and nobody ever manages to set the record straight.

          • Spending on equipment ie; screwdrivers, hammers, should not be more than what I pay at Sears or Ace hardware, but LESS, Pres. Trump will work at this, he showed it already with planes, BUT there is, and has been for years, jobs that are duplicated, My parents both c/o about this, Mother was sec.to an admiral and said many were in Dictaphone pool ( now defunct) that were not needed, and stepfather said same about clerks in his area where he was a storage spec. both BU ORD, Navy,(This was back in mid ’50’s)

          • You are correct. Slapping that MilSpec on anything makes the price go up. I used to be able to go out to one of the local supply houses in San Diego in the ’70s and buy the same parts, made by the same company, but without the MilSpec on them for a lot less than I could get them through the supply system.

          • The REAGAN ADMINISTRATION put an end to that duplication by purchasing that kind of equipment or supplies directly from the manufacturer AT THE WHOLESALE PRICE, so even LESS than you would have had to pay in the 1970s at a supply store. Please note Reagan took office in 1981, so nothing that happened in the 1970s can be laid at HIS door.

          • Ah, yes, the $600 screwdriver. The armed services will NEVER live that down. IT WAS A TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR (even GOOD typists make mistakes now and then), and it was CORRECTED about 48 hours after it had been made. (And by the way, it was a civilian clerical employee — known in those days as secretaries in the Office of Secretary Cap Weinberger
            — Reagan Administration — who caught the error.) But in the memory of the PRESS CORPS, it will live forever. And the REAGAN team will never get the credit for catching the error!

          • There is waste in the budget of ANY large organization, from colleges and universities to corporations to, yes, the Pentagon. Believe it or not, the folks at the Pentagon (military AND civilian) work VERY hard to identify and eliminate the waste. Also, a lot of what is REPORTED as “waste” is NOT wasteful — it’s just that the media DON’T UNDERSTAND the military (almost NONE of them ever SERVED) and don’t bother to look into the incidents IN DETAIL. They see the Pentagon spent $X billion on something and they ASSUME it’s waste, so that’s how they report it — and FOOLS in the public accept what they say without investigating.

            (Example: Back in the 1980s some journalist who’d never been ON a military aircraft – most people haven’t, except of course military air crews – reported that the Pentagon had just spent some ungodly amount of money on toilets for their jet fighters. This was back in the days when you could buy an ordinary toilet at a predecessor of Home Depot for maybe $75-$100. So they published a story about the Pentagon WASTING all this money on toilets for their jets.
            NOBODY investigated closely enough to learn that a toilet in a jet that flies at 2-3g (2 or 3 times gravity) HAS TO HAVE SPECIAL PLUMBING BECAUSE ORDINARY PLUMBING FIXTURES WON’T WORK AT THAT PRESSURE. Assuming a fighter pilot and/or crew would NEED to use a toilet during a 6-8 hour flight (sort of a reasonable assumption, no?), and assuming nobody wanted the whole cabin of the aircraft FILLED WITH WASTE FROM AN ORDINARY TOILET (also a reasonable assumption!), THEY NEEDED SPECIALLY DESIGNED TOILETS. And specially designed ANYTHING usually costs more than the ordinary stuff you get at the hardware store. Also, the amount stated in the story was for the FIRST toilets of a new design — later purchases cost MUCH LESS on a per-toilet basis. So the story was JUST PLAIN WRONG, and money was NOT being wasted.
            WHY do we think the media tell LIES about candidates and legislation but assume when they say the Pentagon is wasting money, they’ve got their hands on a Bible and are telling the ABSOLUTE TRUTH? T’ain’t SO!

          • Actually, those were toilet seats on P-3s if I remember correctly. Jet fighters don’t have toilets.

          • J_in_TX — I stand corrected. Military hardware is
            NOT my strong suit. 🙁

          • No problem. Right idea. Just the wrong plane. ?

        • And we in law enforcement.

        • Bring back the draft so our kids can learn to be responsible adults

          • I worked for one of the original sponsors of the volunteer military, and he’d have a FIT if he could hear me saying this, but I think you might be right. Not because the volunteer military isn’t working: it IS, with specific problems. But because our young people aren’t growing up to be responsible adults (as you say). God KNOWS the colleges and universities aren’t going to solve the problem: they’re largely CAUSING it with all the politically correct garbage they IMPOSE on their students. PARENTS seem unwilling or unable to do the job (while we’re at it, how about bringing back SPANKING — not BEATING; just a few well-timed WHACKS on the rear end (did ME no harm)?

            Anyway, the big problem with bringing back the draft is women (sad to say, since I AM one). The armed forces can’t possible use a roughly equal number of men and women, and anyone with a BRAIN knows there are a LOT of tasks that VERY FEW military women, however competent, can DO because they don’t have the same upper body strength as men. So what to do with millions of women they can’t absorb into the armed forces? (I’d have been one of ’em, but in my day women who enlisted got to be either drivers or secretaries, and I figured if I had to do one of THOSE jobs, I could do it without having to wear a uniform and get UP at 5 AM)

        • AMEN! People like Magik and Jim_Wright (I wonder if his choice of ID name is a coincidence or if he wants to “honor” former House of Representatives Speaker Jim Wright of Texas, who was investigated for HUGE ethics violations in 1989 and FORCED to RESIGN?)
          Anyway, people like them drive me nuts because they KNOW nothing about the military, have no experience with (or in) it, probably dodged the draft if they’re old enough, but can’t find anything good to say about the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe! They probably demonstrate against the police, too!

        • I already did, I served on active duty for 23 years between the Army and Air Force. The military has a lot of rebuilding, fixing, and repairing to do.

          • “Rebuilding, fixing, and repairing” is an ONGOING PROCESS in the military, especially when we’ve had such a long period of high-intensity operations since 2001. As an Army and Air Force (never before heard someone could DO that!) veteran you MUST know that. So why make a point of it like it was something that didn’t happen very often?

            Also, you WILL be aware (I hope) that the management of the Defense Department for the last 8 years has been in the hands of a President who HATES the military and secretaries of Defense who thought their objective should be unilateral disarmament. They should ALL be hung for TREASON: betrayal of the nation in a time of war (which we ARE in, whether it’s declared or not).

          • I started my military career in the Army and completed my career in the Air Force. I am well aware that Pres. Obama and his administration hate the military and have done all they could to weaken our defences.

      • The ” military ” has thousands of brand new tanks sitting in California . The ” military ” flew brand new airplanes from the factory floor to the bone yard in he Arizona desert . The ” military ” has supplied billions of dollars worth of EXTRA hardware to local police all over the country .
        The ” military ” has jackals like Bush , Obama , Clinton , McCain and a host of lying cowards spread our troops and treasure all over the planet INSTEAD OF DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY .
        You have any other ideas ?

        • It does America little good if we are the only country that is free. And there are those within our walls that want to destroy and we have seen that for the past 8 years. Many countries are too poor to defend their freedoms and they do not have the resources or the intelligence to do so either. Sure we have to defend our country but we have to help others also. But we must be careful to whom we give our money. You cannot buy friendship.

        • You obviously know NOTHING about the military and very little (if anything) about military history or how our political leaders have related to it.
          How ANYONE can put “Bush (which one?), Obama, Clinton, and McCain” in the same category when it comes to military matters is beyond human understanding. Obama and Clinton did their best to DISMANTLE the American military and reduce our defense capacity to ZERO, or as close to it as they could get. Bush 41 and McCain were MILITARY HEROES who deserve our undying respect and thanks for their service, and if they were wrong on some points of either strategy or equipment later on, THOSE WERE HUMAN ERRORS BASED, by NO stretch of the imagination COWARDICE. And CONGRESS (controlled at the time by DEMOCRATS) VOTED to “spread our troops and treasure” — IN DEFENSE OF OUR COUNTRY. The theory, agreed upon by both parties and almost everyone who knew anything about the subject, was that it was better to kill the enemy on THEIR territory than have them killing US on OUR TERRITORY (as had happened on 9/11).

          Maybe YOU would rather SEE MORE 9/11-STYLE INCIDENTS. Well, if you and your Congressional friends get your way, YOU WILL.

          • Bush 41 is a war criminal and Bush 43 was only partly a war criminal because Cheney ( Daddy Bush’s choice ) was in charge .
            Songbird McCain is a traitor .
            Obama and both Clintons are in the same category as Bush 43 because they broke every tenant of international law and UN charter and invaded countries for ” regime change ” .
            They all deserve a trial followed by firing squad .
            Obama , as bad as he was , did not open up US military bases in 102 countries around the planet .
            You may think opening up 44 military bases on the continent of Africa is defending our country but anyone with a functioning brain knows better . And yes , 9/11 WAS an inside job to promote never ending war for profit . I am sure since you know everything , you didn’t read a book called ” Where Did The Towers Go ” but maybe , just maybe you should .

          • YOU are OUT OF YOUR MIND. Bush 41 was a war HERO, and “his” war WAS SANCTIONED BY THE UNITED NATIONS as well as by Congress. Bush 43 wasn’t a war hero OR a war criminal. HE, TOO, got the approval of the international community — what, do you only see that happening when YOU like it? We spent TEN MONTHS getting the approval of just about every CIVILIZED NATION on the PLANET for the Iraq invasion to take down Saddam Hussein: if we HADN’T fussed around waiting for Germany and the Netherlands and a lot of other countries that have FOUGHT DOZENS OF WAR and NEVER WON A SINGLE ONE (except when WE did it for them!), we could have prevented the Iraqis from hiding their WMD in SYRIA, WHERE THEY ARE STILL HIDDEN AWAY.

            As to McCain, I don’t LIKE him for political reasons, but HOW ON EARTH DO YOU WORK OUT THAT HE’S A TRAITOR? From defending this nation in Vietnam? From being shot down, captured, and interned in the “Hanoi Hilton” for YEARS on end? From serving in Congress and the Senate, faithfully following HIS OWN BEST JUDGMENT even when it differed with his party’s? From his failure to back Donald Trump for President? HOW IS THAT TREASON? NOBODY is REQUIRED to support (or oppose) any particular candidate in ANY election, you DIMWIT.

          • Here is a bit of info for the uniformed .
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydnC9JERczw

          • MEETING WITH A FOREIGN LEADER, even one we don’t LIKE, when you’re a businessman (which Bush the elder WAS at the time) or even if you’re a politician (which Bush the elder NEVER WAS) is NOT a crime, or even stupid. HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW THE ELDER BUSH WASN’T CARRYING A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT URGING HITLER TO STOP PREPARING FOR WAR? (Actually, according to the family history — NOT written by a family member — that’s EXACTLY what he was doing: FOLLOWING THE REQUEST OF A DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT
            (whom everybody of your ilk seems to LOVE) to TRY TO AVOID WAR. How TERRIBLE!

      • I believe that Magik is talking about the “civilian side” of the Pentagon! That building is full of folks who are just “Federal employee’s” living large on the backs of the taxpayers! Or, at least, that’s what I hope was his intent!

        • You are correct . The Pentagon has 1.4 million soldiers and 1.0 million civilians people ripping off our country every day .

          • You say they’re “RIPPING OFF” our country? Does that count the men and women KILLED IN COMBAT ( whether in a declared or undeclared war doesn’t matter much when you DIE fighting!)? Does it count the almost 200 who were doing their everyday jobs — perhaps making sure the MILITARY got the supplies its members need — at their desks in an office building like any other (except larger and shaped like a 5-sided DONUT) — and DIED when an AIRPLANE flew into the building, propelled by a team of Al Qaida hijackers???? Does it include the thousands of military AND civilians who have died either in military confrontations or terrorist actions SINCE 9/11? JUST WHAT IN HELL IS YOUR DEFINITION OF “RIPPING OFF” THE PEOPLE? DEFENDING US?

          • Al Queda hit the Pentagon ? LOL .

          • The Taliban hit the Pentagon, or did you MISS that little detail? Maybe I went too far into the Intelligence weeds, but the Taliban and Al Qaida had what you might call a working relationship…I was typing fast, because IDIOTS like YOU make me angry. I LOST people at the Twin Towers AND ast the Pentagon, and I think people like YOU should be taken out and SHOT, preferably in the Pentagon courtyard.

          • Taliban hit the Pentagon ? The most secure building on the planet .
            Did they also give the orders to stand down . No , that was Cheney .

          • As you MUST know if you were ALIVE in 2001, they hijacked FOUR planes, one of which was flown into the Pentagon. It’s rather difficult to protect a building — which can’t be MOVED out of the line of fire — against an airplane used as a projectile with the purpose of hitting it. And it’s NOT the most secure building on the planet, as perhaps was made clear on 9/11/01.
            The “order to stand down”? THAT WAS THE PLANE THAT AT THE TIME WAS “LOST” — NOBODY KNEW WHERE IT HAD GONE. It ended up in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
            THE PLANE THAT HIT THE PENTAGON WAS MUCH EARLIER, around the same time as the two planes that hit the Twin Towers. THERE WAS NO “STAND DOWN” THEN because nobody knew there was a THREAT then. And if you’ve ever SEEN the Pentagon and its surroundings, you’d KNOW that any order to take out a plane in Pentagon airspace would have KILLED HUNDREDS, POSSIBLY THOUSANDS, OF CIVILIANS. Nobody — including Vice President Cheney — wanted THAT, especially when there wasn’t AT THAT POINT IN TIME any indication there was actually a plane headed in their direction.
            AA 77, the plane that hit the Pentagon, had taken off from Dulles Airport in suburban Virginia about 6 minutes after the second plane (UA 175) left Boston. UA 175 flew straight to New York and hit the South Tower at 9:03.
            AA 77 did a big loop out of Dulles, NOT a direct line to the
            Pentagon, and reached its target at 9:37. Partly because of the 30-minute-plus time gap after UA 175 struck, and because AA 77 had looped around and NOT come straight for the Pentagon, its course was unclear — although, thanks to a PASSENGER, Barbara Olson, calling her husband, a top DOJ official, the authorities DID know it had been HIJACKED.

          • Yea , sure , and the Easter Bunny is real and you really can fly a 757 at 535 mph only 15 feet off the ground .

          • Barbara Olson: R.I.P.

          • Amen! A wonderful woman. I’m one of many who miss her keenly. And of course Ted’s remarriage apparently drove him to change his politics — he was the lead attorney for the pro-gay marriage crusaders. Barbara must have been spinning in her grave. “-(

        • The pentagon should be ran by military only it does not have to have civilian workers inside, that would cut some money, we don’t need civilian’s meddling into military matters Homeland security can be run by the pentagon, the VA needs more nursing staff and and more step increases instead of stopping at the top of their max, you have LPN’S and RN’S that are leaving to the private sector to make money because they aren’t being paid equally as the civilian sector, we need to take care of our veterans, military, and nurses. You may not want to listen to anyone but maybe you will listen to a blind disabled veteran, help us veterans and our nurses

          • Well stated. And thank you for your service, Sir.

          • We don’t HAVE enough military men and women to handle all the non-fighting jobs in the Pentagon, and we have found over 75 years’ experience that it’s BETTER to have civilians doing some of the work — especially now that so much of it is “high tech” and requires computer expertise, NOT fighting skills.

            That’s a different matter entirely from civilian LEADERSHIP (also called “civilian control”) of the military, WHICH IS WHAT KEEPS US FROM HAVING A NAPOLEON OR A STALIN OR HITLER taking over. ONLY DICTATORSHIPS HAVE MILITARY CONTROL OF THEIR OWN POLICIES.

            Why do we need to have military people WASTING their expertise on most of what Homeland Security does — cleaning up after hurricanes???? Also, there’s the little matter of a federal law, passed in 1878, called “Posse Comitatus”, which LIMITS the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States. CONSERVATIVES and LIBERTARIANS are the strongest supporters of that law, but if YOUR plan was implemented it would have to be changed — WIPED OFF THE BOOKS. You REALLY want the MILITARY handling police work, firefighting, and cleaning up after floods or tornadoes or hurricanes?

            DHS has (and needs) good coordination with the military so that where the armed forces ARE needed, they CAN be made available (on order of the President, which is why HE gets involved in disaster relief), but WE DON’T NEED (or want) them doing jobs that can and should be done by firefighters, police, or disaster relief workers. It’d be ILLEGAL, and it’d be A COLOSSAL WASTE OF TRAINING.

            That said, I agree with you that we need to modernize the Veterans’ Administration (Department of Veterans’ Affairs) and pay its personnel according to what they could earn in the private sector. Or, better yet, give every veteran an INSURANCE CARD entitling him or her to FULL TREATMENT at any PRIVATE medical facility (hospital, clinic, emergency clinic, doctor’s office, whatever). Specialized treatment for PTSD (though I think most psych clinics have learned to handle that by now) and serious physical injuries requiring care NOT generally available in the civilian sector could still come directly from VA facilities, but cases of the flu? Maternity? Even cancer? Civilian facilities are BETTER, more conveniently located, and can HANDLE all that as well or better than the VA can.

        • NO, that building is full of men and women who are making it possible for the military to DO ITS JOB, even in the face of multiple threats all over the globe. I know a lot of those civilian employees: they work VERY hard, long hours, their work is VERY important and should be recognized as such by anyone who supports the military. After all, if you don’t have civilians doing many of the non-fighting jobs (in the Pentagon and all over the country & world!), you’ll have to pull fighting men and women out of their units and put them at computer screens so they can provide threat assessment TO those still IN the
          services.

          I don’t know what Magik MEANT but what he SAID was “The PENTAGON BUDGET should be CUT by 30%” — on top of the cuts it’s already absorbed in sequestration. To ME that sounds like a recipe for SURRENDER, to China or maybe Russia or ISIS. I told Magik I hoped he was studying Mandarin — for his own sake. Either incredibly STUPID or just an AMERICA-HATER.

          • As far back as I can remember, before WWII, there have been civilian employees in both Army (War Dept.) and Navy. I spent a lot of time in both bldgs. as Grandfather was a Sr. Jag, officer and Mother worked in BU ORD of Navy, both bdgs were on Conn Ave. NW DC

          • Ah, yes, the Good Old Days! You’re absolutely right: I think the military has had civilian employees going WAY back…I was going to say to George Washington’s days, but then I remembered every man over 16 (14? not sure) was expected to own and be able to use his own gun, which I suppose put him IN the military. And of course most ladies weren’t allowed to HAVE jobs…)
            Anyway, you’re right. I even remember those “temporary” office buildings on Connecticut Avenue and all the way down to the Mall on Constitution Avenue…My family didn’t live here, but when I was in college in the early ’60s those “temporary” buildings were still there. And I’m SURE most of the Jag. officers during WWII were civilians: not many Navy personnel in those days went to law school. 🙂

        • Where on Earth do you get the idea civilian employees of the Pentagon are “living large” on the backs of the taxpayers? As government employees, OF COURSE their salaries are PAID by the taxpayers (who do you WANT paying them, Defense CONTRACTORS?) but they get the same salaries as other govt. employees at their level of expertise.

          Government salaries aren’t bad these days, but they DON’T allow “living large,” by ANY means. The only RICH people in government are the few whose Daddies or maybe Mommies left them a bundle — and very often THEY quit so they can spend more time…doing whatever.

          We’re talking about people with university degrees, usually advanced degrees, and in highly technical fields, and substantial professional experience — MOST of them could do a LOT better working for contractors than they do as civilian Defense employees (in fact, that’s why quitting and going to work for a contractor is so popular!).

      • Well said! Magik is the biggest IDIOT out here today! The military needs MORE support, not less. He’s wrong about Homeland Security, too, although there IS some room for cuts & reorganization there.

      • So true, jim_wright; only 1% of the US population has been willing to serve for quite some time now…we’ve been flogging our Reservists with multiple back-to-back tours through the Middle East for a long time.
        In fact, “military leaders have shed light on a lesser-known national security concern: a looming shortage of qualified Americans to fill the ranks of our armed forces.
        Data publicized by Mission: Readiness:
        https://www.strongnation.org/missionreadiness
        The National Security of The United States of America is compromised because “more than 70 percent of all young adults in the U.S. would not qualify for military service, as a result of educational shortcomings and a national obesity epidemic, among other factors.”

        • Only two things worry me about returning to the draft.
          One: the number of women for whom we’d have to make room in the military forces (I’m a woman, and I still maintain there ARE military tasks that VERY few women can perform without putting themselves at extra risk AND endangering their male fellows). Can we even BEGIN to use that many female warriors?
          Two: even assuming we can workout what i call the “women problem,” do we REALLY want the military to become a NATIONAL NANNY, taking responsibility for raising our kids because neither parents nor the school system seems able to do it competently? I don’t think that should be the job of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. (Or Coast Guard, for that matter.) Their REAL work is too important.

    • If you want the Pentagon — which is the ONLY department that HAS ALREADY HAD MAJOR BUDGET CUTS UNDER “SEQUESTRATION” — to have its budget cut an ADDITIONAL 30%, you’re either a RUSSIAN OR CHINESE SPY — or working for ISIS or Al Qaida. In any case, you’d BETTER BE TAKING LESSONS IN MANDARIN (Chinese), because if that were to happen WE WOULD BE TAKEN OVER BY BEIJING WITHIN A YEAR. That’s the STUPIDEST idea ANYONE has had so far.

      We have pilots flying military aircraft OLDER THAN THEY ARE, getting “spare parts” from MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUMS because those are the ONLY places they HAVE aircraft that old. We have ships that spend more time in drydock being repaired than they can spend at sea. AND the men and women IN the military are losing ground financially — their pay either increases NOT AT ALL or by 1% per year, while their rent and food bills and all the rest rise by 3-5-10% even in “noninflationary” times. You REALLY want to CUT MORE FLESH out of the military? You’re either an IDIOT or committing TREASON.

      As for Homeland Security, I agree it’s grown WAY too big and unwieldy, but the NEXT time there’s a disaster — and remember, DHS handles NATURAL disasters nowadays, not just bombs — I hope for YOUR sake it doesn’t happen near YOU. Or maybe I SHOULD hope it DOES — after all, YOU’RE the IMBECILE who wants to make disaster prevention and response IMPOSSIBLE.

      • LOL . Igit . Ever seen a poor defense contractor ?
        You write all this comedy to me and I would bet when the Pentagon wasted 70 % of their money in Afghanistan on corruption you were silent and never wrote to anyone . Lobbyists thrive on the stupid people like you .
        How about when Rumsfeld announced they have ” lost ” over two TRILLION DOLLARS . Did THAT get a response ?

        • How the hell do YOU know I was “silent and never wrote to anyone” about the Pentagon wasting money or corruption in Afghanistan? I KNOW you’re not reading my emails! And you’re wrong about “lobbyists thriving” on “stupid people like me.” The two subjects have NO CONNECTION, incidentally, and I’ll leave the “stupid” crack alone, since you know NOTHING about me including my IQ. (I’m a member of Mensa: does that give you a clue?)
          WARS COST MONEY. No question about it. AND THERE IS WASTE, and also corruption — especially when our nation has to deal with countries like Afghanistan, where corruption is a way of life (I’ve BEEN there, but I bet YOU haven’t) and NO DEAL IS EVER MADE without what the Afghanis call “reshwat”; the Arabs (Afghanis are NOT Arabs) call “baksheesh” — and WE call “BRIBES.” Unfortunately, it goes with the territory.

          YOU can stop talking to ME any time you like. I will continue to talk to YOU as long as I choose. You can’t cut ME off by saying you don’t want to talk anymore, and I accord you the same courtesy (a word with which YOU are probably not familiar). I’ll be DELIGHTED if you don’t bother me again.

          • Yes , Mensa ain’t what it used to be .

          • NO, it’s not! But I joined (or was admitted, to be accurate) many long years ago (1965) WHEN IT STILL WAS WHAT IT USED TO BE. There ARE some advantages to advancing age.

        • Magik – Yes, I HAVE seen poor defense contractors — or companies that went BANKRUPT because the Defense Department decided to go with someone else’s product, or not fill that particular need at all.
          And I HAVE written (and CALLED, which is a lot more effective) MANY officials at DOD and in the armed services, including Secy. Rumsfeld. I disagreed with many of his decisions and said so. In fact, I have been urging action (or non-actions, occasionally) on Defense Secretaries since MELVIN LAIRD (look him up!).
          But the FACT is, the world is NOT at peace; in fact, there are SEVERAL theaters of conflict RIGHT NOW. How would you like us to DEFEND ourselves? With slingshots? We NEED up-to-date weapons and ships/aircraft to get them where they’re needed. Or we’d all better GET BUSY LEARNING MANDARIN CHINESE , because before long THEY will be in control of the USA.

      • They need to be combined, this is an example of people doing same job.

        • But they only have occasionally OVERLAPPING responsibilities, NOT really the same thing. The MILITARY defends the nation ABROAD. It is PROHIBITED from operating domestically by an 1879 law called “POSSE COMITATUS” (Latin for “power of the County”) Act, which restricts the government’s ability to use the U.S. military as a police force. The REASON is simple: Congress did NOT want to allow a situation in which a power-hungry President might use the military as a tool to advance HIS OWN AMBITIONS.
          “Posse Comitatus” does allow the President to dispatch troops to HELP with disaster relief (both natural disasters and terrorism), but only under specific authorization. The Governors can similarly authorize their states’ National Guards to help with disaster-related aid.

          But the DHS really has NO law-enforcement or law-and-order function at all; it’s job is DISASTER RELIEF, pure and simple. It really is only concerned with terrorism when someone sets off a bomb or flies a plane into a building; otherwise it’s focused on floods, hurricanes, fires. and that sort of thing. And without special presidential authorization (to help with a forest fire in Canada, for example) the DHS cannot operate OUTSIDE of the USA.

          So there’s really very little overlap.

  3. Francisco Sperandeo

    It is oh so easy to SPEND OTHER PEOPLES MONEY! Here is a simple solution. Tell them that every $1000 over budget they lose $100 out of their Salary or a similar equation!

    • Who loses the $100? Everyone in the Department, including the people who have NOTHING to do with spending levels (in a typical department with maybe 1000 workers, possibly 15 or 20 might have been involved in a specific spending decision). What about people who might have argued AGAINST spending the money in question? Or people in different PARTS of the department who had actually CUT their own budgets? I mean, fair’s fair…And it’s not always possible to determine EXACTLY WHO was responsible for a particular line item in a budget.

      And what about emergencies? If there had been a limit on spending like you suggest for hurricane relief, for instance (I’m guessing maybe you live in Florida, though I admit that’s only a guess), and in NOVEMBER, after the hurricane season is technically over and that year’s fund had been expended, suppose there’d been ANOTHER STORM — a BAD ONE. You gonna leave all the houses ruined and people homeless (without shelters, because THAT budget line had been exhausted, too)? NO RELIEF at all because it would put somebody over budget? How many people would have to DIE before you figured out this was a BAD IDEA?

      Also, the BUDGETS are ESTABLISHED so nobody will HAVE TO SPEND “OVER BUDGET.” The spending you’re probably concerned about is IN the budget, because spending “over budget” in the federal government requires special legislation, and is hard to get. The budgets balance last year’s spending levels with expectations for the current and next year, and it’s SELDOM necessary to GO over budget at all.

      • Francisco Sperandeo

        What are you RAMBLING ABOUT? Just because I think there should be accountability? OMG!!

        • Sorry to be long-winded, but sometimes a Tweet-length comment isn’t, well, complete. You said there should b e accountability. I agree — BUT WHO IS TO BE HELD accountable when you can’t know who is actually responsible. The rest follows from that. and covers other issues that arise from YOUR comment. You don’t like it? Can’t handle a few hundred words in one gulp? Sorry, I know Twitter has taken over the art of communication for many of your generation, but I keep hoping to find one of the few remaining millennials with a BRAIN.

          • Don’t talk to him anymore can’t YOU see he is STUPID?

          • Yeah, I can see that! But the thing is, SMART people don’t NEED my posts. They’re ALREADY smart. It’s the STUPID ones who NEED what I can teach them, and I consider it a solemn obligation at least to TRY to inject a little wisdom into their rag-filled skulls. But thanks for your concern! 🙂

          • POINT WELL TAKEN…..✌ PEACE.

          • POINT WELL TAKEN….✌

        • Didn’t I tell you to stop being STUPID?

      • What about Grants? Some of which I know​ are stupid. I could have lived my whole life without knowing that a cow’s fart was methane gas or that a pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes. The Govt gives way too much money for.frivilous grants. But to be fair, President Trump has not been in office for very long.

        • Thank you for noting that President Trump hasn’t been in office very long — not quite two months! The first House version of his budget only came out TWO DAYS AGO, and it’ll be 3-4 more MONTHS before “The Budget” is in final form for fiscal 2018 (which begins October 1).
          You’re right about “Grants”: some ARE pretty ridiculous. But
          “Grants” aren’t a line-item in anybody’s budget; they are part of the expenditures designated for dozens (no, hundreds) of programs in almost every dept. and agency. When the programs to which they’re attached are cut, the grants go, too. Otherwise it’s up to the director of the departmental or agency office that administers them to say, “No, we don’t need to do further research on the length of pigs’ orgasms!” and “ZERO-OUT” that particular grant. And boy will he/she get negative feedback from all those people (scientists?) who think knowing how long a pig’s orgasms last is IMPORTANT! 🙂 (On the methane question, I do seem to remember some reasonably legitimate-sounding purpose for that particular grant, but
          I’m hanged if I can remember what it was! Had to do with alternative energy sources, I think. But I wouldn’t be surprised if THAT gets zeroed-out, too, in the Age of Trump.)

    • Stop being stupid…..STUPID

  4. Reviewing all the executive branch of government for inefficiencies is a rare and welcomed order from President Donald J, Trump. I hope he also will include a purging of all Obama appointees in the executive branch. Let the new cabinet secretaries pick their own staffs. Eliminate the Obama sycophants in every office and department.

    • Southern, and hopefully this is part of “downsizing” going on by Trump – so piece by piece the puzzle is coming apart and scaring the heck out of the leeches in and out of the last administrations! No longer business as usual and that scares many in Congress that we will remove in 2018. About time they stop and think that we the People are America and the Government and they are just hired employees.

    • The Obama appointees are, or soon will be, on their way out the door. YES, it was a huge newbie error by the Trump people not to hand them notices saying, “Your appointment is terminated as of COB Jan. 20, 2017. Please turn in ALL OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, including your building pass, and LEAVE THE PREMISES BY 5:00 PM local time on that date.” President Trump had the LEGAL AUTHORITY to do that, and should have done it. Then if there were any appointees he wanted to keep around, he could have identified them and called them back to duty.

      But the REAL problem isn’t the Obama APPOINTEES. It’s the THOUSANDS of CIVIL SERVANTS who are SUPPOSED to be nonpolitical, but VOTE 80% FOR THE DEMOCRAT CANDIDATE IN EVERY SINGLE ELECTION. And THEY have SOLID legal protections!!! It is harder to fire a career civil servant than it is to make peace in the Middle East. Doesn’t even matter if they’re totally incompetent, or anyway it will take a YEAR or more of 2-3 senior executives FULL-TIME EFFORTS to prove they’re incompetent enough to be fired.

      Very often the political appointees, IF they see the writing on the wall and expect the other party to win the next election, will “BURROW IN” to the civil service by finding a job for which they’re (reasonably) qualified and making sure they’re chosen over newcomers from outside. But in 2016 hardly anyone did that, because the Obamaniks REALLY expected Hillary to win and protect their jobs. BUT IT’S THE REGULAR CAREER CIVIL SERVANTS WHO MAY HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS — BUT SUPPORT ONLY DEMOCRATS — who are going to be a thorn in President Trump’s side forever. And are almost IMPOSSIBLE to dislodge. 🙁

      • President Trump.can take the Civil Servants that were under Obummer and move them out of the WH and over to some other CS job even if it’s not the same job. He just can’t fire them

  5. OldConservativeGuy

    In the mid-70’s I lived outside of Boston and one of our neighbors was a “coalman” on a train — an electric train. Wonder how these useless jobs get kept. Consider collective bargaining.

    • I was in charge of the asbestos removal team on an OHP class FFG. We had a few thousand dollars worth of special equipment and clothing to do the job. The only problem was a lack of asbestos. The OHP class was built without asbestos. I was told, when I pointed this little fact out, it doesn’t matter, we have to have this equipment (just in case). So there it sat in a storage space for the lifetime of the ship. That’s a lot of money wasted when you consider the number of ships involved.

    • I remember those “coalmen” — I had cousins in Boston. One of my early lessons on how unions lock in outmoded labor so their members will have jobs LONG after any need for their service has died. 🙂

  6. Well it is about ” DAMN TIME “. should have been done years ago, but all we have had for years, are CORRUPT CAREER POLITICIANS , I hope it works

    • Thanks for the post. And while Trump and his administration are working hard doing what is needed. We as the TAX PAYING CITIZENS on America must do what has been “OUR” job from the beginning of this nation. We must search for the best Christian men to run for election to all of the elected positions. We as good citizens must help get them elected by getting the funds necessary and the neighborhood support. These next few years are going to be fun and exciting.

    • Several decades ago Don Lambro wrote a book entitled Fat City. He audited many agencies and came up with 100 agencies that could and should be either eliminated or seriously cut back. Billions of dollars would be saved and other than the politicians, no one would notice.

      • I’ve known Don Lambro for 40+ years and I remember Fat City. The problem is, when an administration (Reagan, for example) tries to close down some of those departments/agencies (as he did: Education, for example) EVERYONE WHO BENEFITS from ANY program of that agency is stirred to action — and they DELUGE their Senators and Congresspeople with messages saying DON’T SUPPORT THE BILL…I’m not talking THOUSANDS, I’m talking MILLIONS. (When Reagan tried to close Dept. of Education, EVERY SINGLE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER in the country wrote him, some more than once). (I call this a “We the OTHER People” campaign.)

        And what about “We the People”? That is, US? Well, we write & call TOO — maybe ONE message for EVERY 100 from “We the OTHER People.” Now, term limits or NO term limits, IF SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN DON’T GET RE-ELECTED, THEY CAN’T PASS GOOD LAWS. (The saying is: “LOSERS DON’T LEGISLATE.”) If OUR people go down in a LANDSLIDE, it’ll be four, maybe six years or LONGER before they recover enough to have ANY chance of passing good legislation. So, being a capable vote-counter, President Reagan backed off CLOSING the Dept. of Education. He and Secretary Bill Bennett, a VERY conservative educator and policy wonk who had been FOR closing down the department, tried instead to TRIM some of its programs. THEY DID SUCCEED, but there was much more to be done — and still IS. Whether President Trump can CLOSE the place WITHOUT LOSING HIS CONTROL OF CONGRESS is still an open question. I’m sure he will try, but….

        Even small agencies have the same effect. The Export-Import Bank, which hardly anyone has ever HEARD of…but the people who BENEFIT from its loan subsidies (the “We the OTHER People”) DO care a LOT about keeping it open. Not just corporate executive, but ALL THEIR EMPLOYEES. Again, “We the OTHER People” usually manages to OUT-PRESSURE “We (US) the People.”
        When Reagan wanted to de-fund public television and National Public Radio, they launched a campaign by PBS and NPR members
        (again, “We the OTHER People” to overwhelm Congressional offices with messages like “DON’T KILL BIG BIRD!” (Sesame Street Corporation has a bigger budget than all of PBS!) or “NPR IS MY NEWS SOURCE — LEAVE IT ALONE!” Again, MILLIONS of messages. Obviously, PBS and NPR survived with their subsidies (small change, but still…) intact.
        The problem is, “We (US) the People” don’t MOBILIZE for each and every one of these campaigns do de-fund something. We respond when it affects US, individually, but not to the BIG issue of whether there should even BE a Department of Education, for example. THE PEOPLE WHO RESPOND ARE THE ONES MOST CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THE PARTICULAR AREA CONCERNED, and THEY respond in HUGE numbers. OUR side’s response is diffuse. So time after time, THEY win the battle, and we’re lucky if we can make a few CUTS in the programs/agencies.

        • Well said and thanks. I never met Don but would have loved to have med and had a visit with him. For years I had a friend in Houston who was a bookfinder find me used copies of Fat City and when ABE Books opened in the late 1990s I had an open search for the book. Over the years I must have bought several hundred copies which I sent to friends and politicians. The last one I sent was a few weeks ago to Trump. I’ve only got one copy remaining and I intend to keep that one.

    • This reorganization plan won’t do ANYTHING about “corrupt career politicians” — what on earth makes you think any NEW set of politicians, even IF term-limited (which they WON’T be, as we won’t have adopted a term limitation amendment that soon, anyway) will be any LESS corrupt? They MIGHT even be WORSE.

      Nature abhors a vacuum, and if we create vacuums by getting rid of, or even just reorganizing, existing federal agencies, who do you think is going to FILL it? The Twelve Apostles??? (hey, one of THEM was a thief, anyway!) Just another bunch of men and women with an “interest” in one or more of those issues. Whether their interests are on OUR side or our opponents, they will FIGHT for them just the way the folks there today do — maybe harder.

      Remember, SOMEONE BENEFITS from every one of those departments and agencies, and every one of its programs, today. Those people — call ’em “We the OTHER People,” to distinguish them from OUR “We the People” — will STILL BE THERE, fighting for their OWN interests.

  7. I think Trump has the right idea. I’m just not sure Steve Bannon, as the chief strategist, is the one to oversee it. Shortly after Trump’s inauguration Bannon told an American newspaper: “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. I want you to quote this: the media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand the country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.” While I like that sound of music, I’m not sure it will, as the Nixon crowd used to say, “play in Peoria”, i.e. the middle of America. It sure won’t play on the left coast, and I don’t think his main idea of “deconstructing the Administrative state” will either. The Trumpster may have to call in a relief pitcher in the early earnings.

    • Originally, questioned what Mr. Bannon was about, having heard all the nasty comments from the Alt-Left media and the so-called “elites”.

      Always suspicious when these nose-pickers go ballistic when someone like Mr. Bannon is placed in a position of influence an power; or when they unashamedly lavish praise on someone as the did on disgraced former AGs Holder and Lynch.

      Checked out speeches he’d given, including videos, articles he’d written and comments from those who know him professionally and socially.

      Mr. Bannon appears more of a no-nonsense individual, willing to tell it like it is, albeit clumsily, whether accepted or not.

      • It took me a while to warm up to the Trumpster. I voted for him and am now a strong supporter. Bannon is much the same. While he looks like an unkempt, unshaven bag of dirty laundry most of the time, he’s highly educated, is very effective in what he does, which is to express himself clearly, without remorse, in a way that pisses off a lot of people, and leaves a lot of blood on the floor in which the leftists and their media supporters love to wallow.

  8. If the IRS can penalize a company for not keeping accurate accounting records, why can’t citizens sue government depart heads for the same thing??? What was it Hillary lost, something like 6 billion dollars?????

  9. It’s about time and long overdue. Many Federal Government agencies for example, with unspent funds allocated in their accounts near the end of a fiscal year, will spend the “surplus” money.

    Spending on useless “training seminars”, unneeded equipment or supplies or on some other unnecessary creation rather than return the money to the U.S. Treasury.

    Their collective mantra is:

    1- Spend to the end, or risk shortfall the next budget go-round.

    2- Then, ask for an increase in allocation for the incoming fiscal year.

  10. LETS GET TRUMP TO STOP THE CONGRESS FROM GETTING LIFETIME PAY FOR A FEW YEARS WORK WHEN THEY RETIRE MULTI MILLIONAIRES, THEY GET FULL PAY AND MEDICAL ON OUR DIME AND JUDGING BY WHAT THESE MORONS HAVE DONE TO OUR COUNTRY AND THE AMERICAN TAX PAYER THEY SHOULD GIVE BACK THEIR PAY. WE ALSO SHOULD GET TRUMP TO MAKE ALL OF CONGRESS AND ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES TO HAVE THE SAME HEALTH CARE PLAN AS THEY WANT US TO HAVE. ARE THESE IDIOTS BETTER THAN US TO GET BETTER EVERYTHING AND WE GET THE SCRAPS, LETS STOP THE DOUBLE STANDARD, I EMAIL TRUMP AND MY REPRESENTATIVES EVERY DAY AND YOU SHOULD TOO!!!!!! VIETNAM VET

    • Steven, many of us wonder why we allowed OUR employees elected to represent us, give themselves the best, and even a lifetime salary after JUST ONE TERM! We did not vote, okay nor approve these goodies and as employees, they must have these goodies removed. They have been paid a good salary, so when they are forced to move back and serve in their own state or district, no need for huge salaries nor increases, nor insider trading, etc., etc. Yes, there is a bill in the House which I pray gets passed that there is no longer need to live in the DC area as we are in the electronic age and not the donkey/horse era of our Founding Fathers who has to go and stay for long sessions. Yep, back in their own states/district where like any employee they will be under our scrutiny and we will save HUGE amounts of money that is wasted on cheap meals, haircuts, junkets, expensive housing, clothes, parties, etc. Perhaps meeting en masse one or maybe twice in DC, but not living there. Think about this: Obama just bought a very expensive home in DC and built a wall around it so he could be there to taunt Trump and us. When we get the bill passed, he will be all alone there. I love KARMA!

      • First, they get a VERY small pension after one term — the full pension kicks in after 12 YEARS (time chosen because it’s 2 Senate terms).
        Second, I very much doubt ANY Supreme Court would uphold a law that said certain people, because they HAD (and no longer) served in Congress, could be BANNED from future employment (even possibly for 5 years) with a PRIVATE EMPLOYER who wanted to hire them (and for whom they wanted to work) . Americans have a “right of contract” to buy/sell their services to whomever they WANT, and the employer has the right to buy the services of any person they WANT to hire — assuming no other law is being broken.
        (I seriously doubt President Trump’s 5-year ban on lobbying will pass muster with the Supremes, and I’m VERY sure the lifetime ban is a non-starter unless ALL employment with a particular nation’s govt. is banned.)
        As to moving Congress out of Washington, I suppose with today’s communications it would be possible, but VERY UNWISE. A LOT of the discussion of legislation happens either in HEARINGS, where the members of the relevant committee(s) gather to HEAR TESTIMONY from experts in the field, and — I can tell you from personal experience — the EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AMONG THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS is as important as that which the witnesses offer. Yes, it’s POSSIBLE to do this kind of thing with GoToMeeting or something, BUT IT WILL NOT WORK AS WELL. There’s a HUGE value in personal exchange of ideas that just can’t be equalled by technological means.
        In the House, there’s another problem. House members VOTE on bills and amendments by sticking an electronic card in a card-reader; there’s a changing code that identifies the member, too. so that no staff member or other House member can use someone’s card. If ANY member is caught letting someone else use his/her card, they CAN be kicked out of Congress right away. The right of the Member AND ONLY THE MEMBER to cast his/her own votes is JEALOUSLY protected. AND they have a 15-minute time-frame in which to CAST their vote(s).
        Setting up a system that allowed any member to vote from home, or his/her district office, or the golf club, — and POLICING IT to be sure nobody BUT the member was voting in that member’s name — would be a nightmare, possibly impossible if they didn’t know (which they WOULD NOT know) exactly when each vote was going to be taken.
        (It’s different in the Senate. With just 100 members and a bias in favor of tradition, they haven’t gone electronic. Senators still vote in response to a clerk calling their names, first in alphabetical order and, if they don’t respond, when the clerk SEES them waiting. If they COULD be persuaded to “go electronic,” they’d have much the same problems as in the House — but the BIG challenge would be persuading 51 Senators that the electronic age REALLY IS here and it’s time to get with the program! Maybe by the year 2200.)

        As to the Obama’s new, walled-in house in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, that wall is making the neighbors CRAZY. They MAY get the zoning board for require it to come down — tough cookies for the Obamas. But when it comes time to sell because they want to move back to Chicago, or Hawaii, or wherever — never fear, they’ll MAKE a FORTUNE on the deal. Washington DC real estate prices are on an unending, unstoppable ESCALATOR. Even the housing crash didn’t stop the prices here from climbing.

        • Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge on this complicated information.

          • Thank YOU for your courteous response and for taking the trouble to read my post! I’ve been involved in this stuff for 50+ years, and if I can help, I enjoy doing it. By coincidence, your reply arrived within minutes of another poster who was upset because I hadn’t answered HIS post with a Tweet-length remark. (Can’t win ’em all!) Thanks again!

      • He’s renting it. Or so I heard.

    • They don’t get full medical & dental care; they have a choice of insurance plans, the GOVERNMENT pays 40% of the AVERAGE premium, which means for anyone who wants an above average plan he/she pays MORE than 60% of the cost. They’re GOOD plans, but they’re NOT free.
      It WAS proposed to let everyone buy into the same federal plan (Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan, or FEHBP), but it would have overwhelmed the insurers and THEY said they couldn’t handle it. Still would be a good idea, if the mechanics could be worked out — BUT THE POLICIES COST A LOT MORE THAN THE TYPICAL GROUP POLICY SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE THRU A PRIVATE EMPLOYER, so probably only top-paid people would have felt they could AFFORD to join. (Actually, I think that was the model for Obamacare — very high premiums for good plans, or crap plans for lower cost.)

    • Fuck trump

  11. Smart move! Something the “Washington elite” would never do! Trump is a very smart man! He will run into all kinds of opposition on this, too!

    • Not sure which Trump innovation you’re talking about, so this may be off-topic. If you meant closing govt. departments & agencies, it IS something others (I don’t know if you want to call them elites; I’m thinking specifically of President REAGAN & his team) have TRIED to do. It’s a LOT harder than it seems. Let me tell you a story (it’s long, and I apologize, but you MAY find it instructive).

      Ronald Reagan was right: “There is nothing on this earth closer to eternal life than a government agency.” It’s REAL hard to close, or even significantly cut, these damn things. I know: I’ve been on the teams that TRIED.

      What happens is that “We the People” (meaning US) find ourselves up against “We the OTHER People,” who are the folks who will do ANYTHING to keep the department or agency alive and preferably not even cut. It’s not that there are necessarily MORE of them; but their FURY is CONCENTRATED on the single objective of NOT SEEING THEIR AGENCIES CUT, no matter WHAT., while we’re usually not THAT intense about ONE agency.

      Reagan had promised to eliminate the Department of Education, that being a STATE responsibility. The SECOND the issue was raised, the teachers’ unions (MILLIONS of members, all together), the associations of school boards and school janitors — EVERYONE swung into action with targeted assaults on members of Congress & Senators who DARED suggest that education is, after all, NOT MENTIONED in the Constitution and did just fine for DECADES under State control. Letters (this was in the pre-computer age), phone calls, personal visits, large groups of teachers & adminisrtators, even PARENTS who had been brainwashed into a “support your local school” or “support your kid’s teacher” campaign. All together, TEN MILLION people — ALL “We the OTHER People” DEMANDING NOT ONE DIME IN CUTS for the Dept. of Ed.

      And “We the People” (meaning US?) Well, a few thousand letters, a few hundred visits, maybe ONE PERCENT the power in numbers that the other side mobilized. Now, it’s true we’ve learned a lot about cause-mobilization since then, and social media help a LOT, but today the numbers would be maybe 100 to 1 instead of 10,000 to 1. The problem IS NOT that we don’t CARE as much, but WE HAVE LIVES, not just causes, and our interests (even in politics) are diffuse. Some of us care passionately about disbanding the Dept. of Education; others care more about EPA or rebuilding the military, or stopping illegal immigration, or something else.

      After getting beaten up by “We the OTHER People” for awhile, President Reagan realized he couldn’t close the damned building. He and Bill Bennett settled for some worthwhile but basically insignificant program cuts and the hope that a future president could go further. Unfortunately, George H.W. Bush didn’t want to touch the issue. He’d SEEN how badly Reagan and Bennett got burned.

      Now, with or without term limits, Senators & Congresspeople are human. And they ALL know that (in an old political nostrum): LOSERS DON’T LEGISLATE. If they arouse the WRATH of a MILLION “We the OTHER
      People” and only a few hundred from “We the People” (US), THEY LOSE in 2018. And if President Trump goes to the mat for “We the People” and against “We the OTHER People,” HE loses, very possibly, in 2020.

      So guess what happens? The idea of closing the Department disappears off the table. A few programs get cut, and we all promise each other we’ll be BACK to do MORE after the midterms…or after Trump is re-elected. Or…maybe some future President….And there we go, again! 🙁

  12. We have duplicate agencies that do the same failed thing and employ too many people to fill those agencies knowing they are failures but the government’s idea of fixing a failed project is to create another on the same basis as the first and waste billions as it fails. We need an audit and we need a lot of agencies shut down along with investigations into the hundreds of billions of dollars some of these agencies have lost. We need a government for the people not for the politicians, their families, friends and backers but for the people. It is tiring to hear the rich don’t pay their fair share when we have a government run like a six year old runs a lemon aide stand. Mom and dad pay for the product and the child drinks the profits. That is our government. Sinking our tax payers in debt while they suck up the profits. Just look how many have become multi-millionaires while in office for the proof and how huge our national debt is.

    • The Clintons, for example, have “worked” for the taxpayers for 30 years and have $200 million to show for it. They’ve never had a regular job, punched a clock, or met a payroll, yet their goal was to win the 2016 presidential election and to end up as billionaires.

      • You don’t know what the hell YOU ARE talking about….dummy
        Just shut the fuck up and stop spreading your DAMN IGNORANCE…

        • Your eloquence is surpassed only by your civility.

          • YOU WILL GET SOME FUCKING ELOQUENCE, CIVILITY, AND PEACE WHEN WE GET SOME GODDAMN JUSTICE….CHECK

        • That is not the way to make friends, don’t be an idiot.

        • Glad to see you finally learned how to cut off the ‘Caps Lock’, dummy. But, you still have a problem with the brain cramp. Try standing on your head for 5 minutes at a time at least 3 times a day and make sure you keep your head out of the south portion of your anatomy at least for a couple hours a day. It’s all about increasing the blood flow to that thing sitting atop your shoulders which enables one to, you know, actually think. I know it’s a tough thing for liberals to do. But, give it a shot.

          • IT DIDN’T WORK FOR YOUR DAMN DUMB ASS, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK IT WILL WORK FOR ME?…..CHECK

          • Uh-oh, the caps are back, moron. I guess you’re one of these libs who simply don’t know jack and are immune to learning. Bye-bye, A-hole!

      • Not true…both worked in law firms. As for “regular jobs” are you speaking of a trade job?

        • No. Slick Willie was the Governor of Arkansas from 1976-1980, and from 1982-1992 when he ran for POTUS, won and didn’t dismount until 2001. And Hillary rode his coattails at the same time. Hillary served as a government lawyer for the Watergate commission and was fired for what sounds like malfeasance. Both made their careers through government “service” where the people got screwed and the Clintons got rich. And during the White Water scandal in Arkansas where Hillary was a “lawyer” for the Rose Law Firm, the billing records conveniently disappeared at a crucial time during the Whitewater Investigation, and turned up a decade later in the White House living quarters when Hillary was First Lady. While both had earned law degrees at prestigious schools, you’re not holding them up as some hard working lawyers who slaved away for poor clients and engaged in gratis community service, are you? Both were on the make from the beginning. And they arrived through greed and treachery, not humble service to anybody. That’s my point…

    • can you give a reference for the facts you list. It sure would be helpful.

  13. anthony j. manzo

    We Have the President what we need now is the congress. VOTE AMERICAN in the next electoin and shake up the lying leeches. GOD BLESS AMERICA. AMERICA AND AMERICANS FIRST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. besides the 20% cut in work force, there should be a 20 pay and benefit cut to go with it.
    The union contracts need to be tossed in the garbage and performance reviews used to weed out the nonproductive.
    Government job pay needs to be capped at 90% of private sector as the government worker has better benefits

  15. curmudgeon VN Veteran

    Time to drain the swamp of all superflous drones added over the years by both parties. There is way too much paid to people with little or nothing to do aside from surfing porn and working on their NCAA brackets and the like while paying union dues and undermining our Predident, Donald Trump Enough of this bloated government employing the useless just so their dues can be laundered back to the democRAT party!

  16. curmudgeon VN Veteran

    Washington, DC – Senate Minority leader Democrat Chuck “ The Schmuck” Schumer is considering a feeble attempt at sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many government dependent Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act. AWNAA is being hailed as a major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans who lack any real skills or ambition.

    ‘Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in society,’ said California Senator Diane Finestein. ‘We can no longer stand by and allow People of Inability to be ridiculed and passed over. With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what they are doing.’

    In a Capitol Hill press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance. Approximately 74 percent of postal employees lack any job skills, making this agency the single largest U.S employer of Persons of Inability.

    Private-sector industries with good records of non-discrimination against the Inept include retail sales (72%), the airline industry (68%), and home improvement ‘warehouse’ stores (65%). At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an excellent record of hiring Persons of Inability (63%).

    Under The Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million ‘middle man’ positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility, thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.

    Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given so as to guarantee upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of Inability into middle-management positions, and gives a tax credit to small and medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two talented hires.

    Finally, the AWNAA contains tough new measures to make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example, discriminatory interview questions such as, ‘Do you have any skills or experience that relate to this job?’

    ‘As a Non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something going for them,’ said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the GM plant in Flint , Michigan, due to her inability to remember ‘rightey tightey, lefty loosey.’ ‘This new law should be real good for people like me,’ Gertz added.

    With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL): ‘As a Senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and a good salary for doing so.

    • MyronJPoltroonian

      ROFLMFAO!!!!! Big Time! Truly, “All good humor has a basis in the truth” & Son, you done busted the nut of truth wide open. (Just an Ex-GI, 06/’59-06/’62.)

    • Curmudgeon VN Veteran — I LOVE IT!! Is it yours originally, and if so do you mind if other people (me) spread it around?

      • curmudgeon VN Veteran

        I stole it from someone else and have done a few minor edits. I think some other Conservative emailed it to me a few years ago and it always tickled me as it’s so true. Ridicule is the best defense against the overblown arrogant pompous asses on the left. Be my guest.

        • Thanks,! Yes, ridicule usually works, except when the recipient is too stupid to realize he/she is being laughed at. But that’s a chance we have to take! 🙂

  17. Statesman Patriot

    Too long in coming but I hope this is just the beginning. Hopefully he has given OMB a deadline to get this done. They are a beauracracy in themselves.

  18. Right on, but the cuts should be deep and permanent. A big cut would be the perks members of Congress get. Term limits should be high on the agenda. Four terms for House members, two for Senators. Those who have already exceeded the limits would be out come the next election. Neither would a Senator be allowed to run for the House and vice versa. Eliminate retirement benefits for these takers. Most of us have to work for twenty plus years for an earned meager retirement. These political hacks do less and get more.
    Our founders never intended for Congress to be a lifetime job. We wisely curtailed the President’s ability to serve more than two terms. We should demand the same for Congress.

  19. Finally. taking charge of finances and budget, just like the middle class has been doing for years, while the government continued to grow bigger. Our tax dollars have been wasted for too long. Thank You President Trump for your vision to run America as an accountable business.

  20. First look at WHY?? Federal depts. have been for years (MANY) have been allowed to WASTE surplus as to us up their yearly allowance, so they then can ask for an increase. This is not a secret and has been going on year after year at the expense of the “PEOPLE”

  21. Might want to include the Bureau of Land Management as well in with the others, they are the biggest waste of taxpayer money, and the biggest bully as well.

    • Now there YOU go with YOUR DAMN DUMB ASS, must be something in the air.

      • why do you waste your time on this site? it’s above your IQ.

        • JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE A LYING SOB DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU HAVE A HIGH IQ .
          THE IQ TEST CAME OUT OF NAZI GERMANY, SO WHO GIVES A GODDAMN ABOUT AN IQ TEST, BUT A FILTHY RACIST…..CHECK

        • Wow you have a temper don’t you? First off I don’t lie, it is one of the sins of the God that you profaned that I hate the most. Since you don’t like the use of the IQ test and where it came from how about the fact that your just a “useful idiot” how does that one grab you and just think I didn’t have to use curse words to respond to your lack of intelligence.

  22. Richard Muccillo Nmd Dcm

    Crush the left

  23. It’s so nice that there will be cuts in the EPA. Say hello to foul air and polluted waters. Isn’t that what the folks who voted for Mr Trump want?

    • MyronJPoltroonian

      Why, yes, it is. Say “Goodby” to an agency that flatly refuses to hold itself to the same standards it imposes on any and everyone else while greedily expanding its “Role” and scope of authority. (“Pay to clean up the pollution we caused at a mine site? No, we will not!”)

    • no that’s why we voted the demo’s out and trump in

  24. Finally a LEANER Meaner GET IT DONE Staff …. Now let’s FLUSH the IRS of ALL Obama Stacked LYING TURDS and Impeach KOSKINEN and LOCK UP LERNER

    • I agree, but don’t get your hopes too high. It takes MORE than a “leaner, meaner, GET IT DONE staff.” Ronald Reagan was right: “There is nothing on this earth closer to eternal life than a government agency.” It’s REAL hard to close, or even significantly cut, these damn things. I know: I’ve been on the teams that TRIED.

      What happens is that “We the People” (meaning US) find ourselves up against “We the OTHER People,” who are the folks who will do ANYTHING to keep the department or agency alive and preferably not even cut. It’s not that there are necessarily MORE of them; but their FURY is CONCENTRATED on the single objective of NOT SEEING THEIR AGENCIES CUT, no matter WHAT., while we’re usually not THAT intense about ONE agency. Let me give you an example from the Reagan days (the last era when we REALLY DID TRY to cut the bureaucracy).

      Reagan had promised to eliminate the Department of Education, that being a STATE responsibility. The SECOND the issue was raised, the teachers’ unions (MILLIONS of members, all together), the associations of school boards and school janitors — EVERYONE swung into action with targeted assaults on members of Congress & Senators who DARED suggest that education is, after all, NOT MENTIONED in the Constitution and did just fine for DECADES under State control. Letters (this was in the pre-computer age), phone calls, personal visits, large groups of teachers & adminisrtators, even PARENTS who had been brainwashed into a “support your local school” or “support your kid’s teacher” campaign. All together, TEN MILLION people — ALL “We the OTHER People” DEMANDING NOT ONE DIME IN CUTS for the Dept. of Ed.

      And “We the People” (meaning US?) Well, a few thousand letters, a few hundred visits, maybe ONE PERCENT the power in numbers that the other side mobilized. Now, it’s true we’ve learned a lot about cause-mobilization since then, and social media help a LOT, but today the numbers would be maybe 100 to 1 instead of 10,000 to 1. The problem IS NOT that we don’t CARE as much, but WE HAVE LIVES, not just causes, and our interests (even in politics) are diffuse. Some of us care passionately about disbanding the Dept. of Education; others care more about EPA or rebuilding the military, or something else. Maybe our kids grew up and we got tired of fighting the Education Wars.

      After getting beaten up by “We the OTHER People” for awhile, President Reagan realized he couldn’t close the damned building. He and Bill Bennett settled for some worthwhile but basically insignificant program cuts and the hope that a future president could go further. Unfortunately, George H.W. Bush didn’t want to touch the issue. He’d SEEN how badly Reagan and Bennett got burned.

      Now, with or without term limits, Senators & Congresspeople are human. And they ALL know that (in an old political nostrum): LOSERS DON’T LEGISLATE. If they arouse the WRATH of a MILLION “We the OTHER
      People” and only a few hundred from “We the People” (US), THEY LOSE in 2018. And if President Trump goes to the mat for “We the People” and against “We the OTHER People,” HE loses, very possibly, in 2020.

      So guess what happens? The idea of closing the Department disappears off the table. A few programs get cut, and we all promise each other we’ll be BACK to do MORE after the midterms…or after Trump is re-elected. Or…maybe some future President….And there we go, again! 🙁

      • Thanks foe along dissertation bout the Obviuos,,,,,,We the People are and have been faced with “THEY the OTHER People” for a long time….and done Little about it until 8 Nov 2016…..IOW IT CAN BE DONE as long as We demand a leaner more effective well managed Government…..and that means CUTS of Ineffective BUREUCRACIES and its Well Protected Inefficient Professional DO LITTLE if ANYTHING “workers”.

  25. Over spending, too much power, ignoring the American People’s wants, reducing our Military to substandard numbers, prostrating America in front of a Saudi King, putting illegals before American’s needs, filling his cabinet with 99% Muslims, reducing our strategic weaponry, grabbing Public lands and making them National Monuments so people can’t use them, etc. THIS is obama’s legacy. SHAMEFUL!!! Liberals are either so far removed from reality or explicitly stupid. Probably the latter.

    Thank God President Trump is destroying ALL BHO’S DESTRUCTIVE ACTIONS/LEGISLATION! You go P.T.! Time to bring Sanity back to America!

  26. About time someone did this!

  27. We really need to clean the swamp.

  28. many of those depts should be closed down!!!

  29. This is great news. This is what President Trump was elected to do. Run the government like a business. Make it more efficient and cost effective, and get it to a point where we are taking in more revenue than we are spending. Keep up the good work President Trump!

  30. Most people are not aware of what the Department of Energy does. It doesn’t just promote windmills and solar farms (although there is way too much of that, thanks to Clinton and Obama). Most of DOE’s funding goes to support the maintenance of our nuclear weapons stockpile, including all the “national labs” (such as Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, Oak Ridge, and several others). The military does not have the technical expertise for this function, and they don’t want it either – its DOE’s mission, not DOD. But, that said, there is an ever-growing bureaucratic overhead that really needs to be trimmed back. Bureaucrats LOVE paperwork, to the extent that if that’s all they’re doing, they really believe they are being productive. I’ve seen this as a civilian contractor at several DOE sites, and over the years, it only gets worse. Sure, DOE oversight at contractor sites should exist, but not to the extent that it precludes “actual work” from getting done. I’m more of a scientist (nuclear engineer) than a bureaucrat, but that’s my “2 cents worth.”

  31. he has avoided the mistake of putting agency heads in charge of the audit.
    Dah! I’ve looked at washington for the last 63 years and what I see reminds me of “Homer Simpson”! Will the Trump administration turn it around? Don’t know, but at the moment, he’s our best hope! This administration needs our full support to Make America Great Again!

  32. “DRAIN THE SWAMP”

  33. It’s a good thing he hasn’t disbanded OMB YET.

  34. This is just wonderful , I am really happy with President Trump and his budget cutting actions . He is doing things that other politicians refused to ever take care of. I am really glad to see this happening. Many things can be cut and some departments that can be cut out completely is the Energy Dept. that use to be under the army s administration and the Education Dept. which is unnecessary and costs us too much every year. We can also get rid of the Surgeon Generals Office it is just not necessary. There are many other areas we can cut and that’s with military hardware .Jets , tanks, explosives , etc. etc. We need a more effiecent operation of government.

  35. there’s several ways to do this…attrition..consolidation….and offering early retirement…or mandate a percentage cut of departments….getting rid of many of the ridiculous programs and studies….

  36. I would sure like to see the IRS, Dept. of Education and Homeland Security eliminated entirely.

  37. Definitely dump the Bureau of Land Management. If for no other reason than assaulting a woman with cancer and another who was pregnant at the time.

  38. It’s another waste of taxpayer funds. The various federal agencies have already been pared back significantly during the Obama administration. It will only lead to contractors doing the work at a much higher cost. If anything needs to be pared back and where there is a lot of waste is in Defense. We’ve had too many weapons, aircraft, armored vehicles and nuclear weapons that have far exceeded their estimated costs.

  39. get rid of the liberal judges

  40. The article says the Department of Homeland Security is expected to get an increase in their budget. I hope they take a long hard look at what this agency has been doing over the past 8 years. I am of the opinion that DHS might better be eliminated, or cut back substantially, rather than have more money to waste on some of their more questionable activities.

  41. sandraleesmith46

    Good, start slashing. Shut down EPA, DoE altogether; turn those back to the states. Shrink HHS, HUD, & turn most of those back to the states too. Most of all: clean all the agencies of unAmerican obstructionists! Anyone who doesn’t want to work FOR America doesn’t want the job!

  42. The President is right, now if he would abolish the Departments of Education and Energy, and the EPA, he would really begin to stream line these bloated dirigibles.

  43. YOU GO BOSS !!!! I believe the you and your chief strategist Stephen Bannon will get the job done !!!!!!!!

  44. Between now and the 2018 Congressional elections, and especially before the 2020 Presidential Election, our entire Electoral System needs to be investigated for voter fraud. The Trump Administration and the Department of Justice should begin that investigation right in Washington, DC, where Hillary Clinton earned 97% of the vote! Perhaps if driver’s licenses weren’t handed out to illegal aliens residing in DC like candy, she wouldn’t have!

    Next on the investigation agenda should be every liberal-run state which hands out driver’s licenses to illegals. That investigation should begin in Washington State, the very first state to start handing them out. That was in 1993. No other states followed their example until 2014, but between 2014 and 2016, a whole slew of them did. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence the other states started handing them to illegals in the run-up to the 2016 election!

    (Yah, right!)

  45. So great to have a president that is at least Two Men in One. #1, D.J.Trump is no chump and defiantly not a PUPPET of the N.W.O.. #2, He is WISE and not just another “wimp” Republican/ R.I.N.O.. Thank GOD. Gary

  46. That means the free ride is over Bitches so pack your shit ! No that does not mean bend over and take it in the ass it means get what you want to take with you while you still can or the only thing you will be leaving with is a boot in your ass !

  47. Maybe he can find a way to audit the Military. He could find out why everyone says the support the soldiers, but the VA still doesn’t have computerized record keeping. And vets have to do fund-raisers to get the proper medical treatment, while large arms manufacturers are always taken care of.

  48. This is exactly why the majority of our voters voted for Trump. It was really a no-brainer. Choose between a very successful businessman or someone who cheated and failed at everything she touched. One that belongs in prison. Thank God for the honest Democrats, Republicans, and Independents that made the right choice.

  49. So given the VA crippled my back, sent me to an outside Doctor with my Choice card, got recommendations for treatment and are now refusing to pay, how will they spend the money? More artwork for the walls?

  50. Zippidy Doo DAA it’s about time!

  51. IT IS TRUMP AND THE PEOPLE VS THE POLITICALS. KEEP TWEETING BOSS. DON’T LET THE COMMUNISTS TWIST THE TRUTH.

  52. Michael Dennewitz

    Ummm, Mr Trump…. Instead of making them accountable, REPLACE THEM FIRST and install your “own people!” There are STILL far too many holdovers from the little faggot”s administration, and THOSE are the ones that are breaking this country, causing leaks, etc. CLEAN HOUSE FIRST!!!

  53. Go Trump! DRAIN THE SWAMP!

  54. Slip ins/sweet heart contracts if eliminated, solves the greed and wrong doing by all members of the administration to O.K.!

    The Obama Democrat wrong doing has hit a rock stone wall with Donald Trump @ The Wheel House!

  55. One error, it will not be just in republican administration, but all of them in the last few decades. And yes, a good business man will do better than any politician. A politician in charge is like putting a fox as guard of a chicken house.

  56. The heads of government agencies have a tendency to ignore problems in an effort to make them disappear and they usually do but not because they are fixed they’re just out of sight and mind. If congress were doing its job correctly it would pass a law requiring every agency to be regularly audited to assure efficiency and prevent redundancy.

    Governments are inherently corrupt the bigger they are the more corruption there is. The government of the United States of America is no exception. Consequently, there should be oversight of “every” agency to assure proper value of purpose and efficiency. Including the federal reserve bank even though it is not a government agency it requires government oversight.

    A very good example of redundancy in government is having seventeen different intelligence agencies. Just how is that justified?

  57. Most government agencies have lost their focus and exist merely to exist. It’s easy to get lost in the mire that is government, the larger the agency the more money required to run it and the less efficient it becomes. For example:
    if your job is to write regulations, you will write regulations, no matter how marginal or ineffective they be, you will write regulations. Every job, in government, should be asked one simple question, For each function performed. What is the function and why are you doing it? I think one might be amazed at the answers, one of which will be: we’ve always done it this way. Cleaning up a department is a big job but it has to done and it has to start now. All departments should be under constant review to determine relevance of each job.

  58. novel concept indeed! for far too long the government has been fattening their wallets at the expense of TAX payers. the criminals that infiltrated the majority of our executive administration have been loading their cabinet with more of their ilk. this boat is overflowing with money hungry, self serving jerks with NOTHING in mind but to increase their wealth at the expense of the people who elected them. then filling their cabinets with similar crooked pals that will support everything they pass. They don’t want to ROCK the BOAT, as it is stacked in their favor. Trump is up there ROCKING THAT BOAT as only he has ever attempted ! if he has to SINK that boat and have decent law abiding replacements build a new ship that resembles what the CONSTITUTION was written for, then SO BE IT !! MR. president, You have honest AMERICANS blessings !!

  59. I believe the President is on the right track. Every parts of the government should be looked at for budget cuts. I’m a disabled veteran and I’ve received 3 letters from the VA for the same Dr. appt. Same time, same date, same DR, same letter. What a waste!

  60. Herbert W. Love, Jr.

    WHAT A MAGNIFICENT BASTARD…(Gen Patton)
    Our New President is cleaning up the government spending & waste that has cost all of us so much money in past years. Notice… the left-wing media refuses to let people know how great this is? It’s fantastic. Most would not do such things because it is not popular, (making enemies) when you filter-their-spending and make them accountable to the citizens. What a difference in common sense he has over the Democrats.

  61. Herbert W. Love, Jr.

    Only a true LEADER would dare attempt to make government accountable. Trump has more business & leadership experience than any “emotionally elected” nit-whit,
    in the last 8yrs… MY GOD WHAT A REFRESHING BREATH OF AIR!

    1.) We will not see him bowing & kissing the ring of an Islamic Muslim King!
    2.) We will not see him remove & cover-up “Christian Cross” before giving a speech.

    3.) LEADERSHIP… is not a popularity contest.

  62. Watch carefully who stands against it and kick them out of office in the next election!

  63. Every move the Man makes shakes the ENTRENCHED to Their very cores. Nice to have an INTELLIGENT MAN as Commander and Chief and not just another Politician/Puppet, running for office the Day after being elected—as has been the case. First the E.P.A., now the people surrounding Him—great start– now the wall and a very substantial footing—-18 feet deep and Ten feet wide——-Thirty Feet Tall—

  64. Thirty Foot wall atop a substantial footing should be Four feet at the base and Two Feet at the top. A real wall

  65. I’m so glad to see all the activities in our Federal Government that is addressing Accountable that it is making my head swim. Thanks for all your team in DC is doing to make America great again …..

  66. Pres. Trump is plowing through layers and layers of corruption inflicted on us especially by the “leadership”
    these past disastrous 8 years. Despite the efforts of the Left to trip him up at every chance, Donald Trump
    is keeping his promise to “make America great again.” Obama is not content to have trashed our country
    while in office — now he’s right in there leading the fight to keep us headed toward even more sinking in
    a downward spiral. Luckily for us, Pres. Trump is strong and devoted to “We the People.”

  67. In the meantime who’s paying for those jaunts to Mr Trump’s own private vacation land? Who’s footing the bill here folks?

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