The Next Four Years


In just a few days the official voting will start. Next November we’ll (probably) know who won. There will be a lot of crazy shit in between.

I want to talk about what I want the next POTUS to do. Figuring out what I want narrows my choices of who I want to vote for.

Our nation is facing a laundry list of problems, and I have a Christmas list of solutions. But I’m realistic. I’m gonna ask Santa for something I might actually get.

One problem we have is the national debt. It’s already over 19 TRILLION DOLLARS and increases every single day. But that problem simply isn’t fixable right now because neither the politicians nor the voters want to fix it. One day the who thing will collapse and then we’ll have no choice, but until then we’ll keep kicking the can down the road.

We’re not going to fix our foreign policy mess in four years no matter who we elect. We’re not going to tame the federal bureaucracy either. The best we can hope for is some incremental progress, but I’m not going to hold my breath. Hercules couldn’t clean up Washington D.C.

But there is one pressing need that we can do something about. The public will is there. All it will take is a POTUS who is willing to try.

I am talking about illegal immigration.

We need to get control of our borders. Then we need to do something about the illegal immigrants who are already here. We need an immigration policy that will not lead to cultural suicide.

What candidates are willing to make immigration reform a real priority?

Hillary won’t do it. Neither will Jeb. We can’t trust Marco Rubio. Christie is a squish too. Bernie might, but there is that whole socialism thing.

I can think of only two candidates who have taken a hard line on immigration. I think I’ll vote for one of them.

What do you think?

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138 Responses to The Next Four Years

  1. votermom says:

    Yup, one big change to start with. Something to start us acting like a nation again and snapped out of this bad mass acid trip.

    Although my wish list includes lampposts, rope, and some assembly required.

  2. driguana says:

    It would be nice to have leadership on a daily basis. I’ve found it a bit odd that you really rarely see Obama except for functions that favor him and fundraisers. Wouldn’t it be great to actually see our leader fairly regularly addressing the folks, being a real person and actually paying attention to us?? In the interim, I’d love to see a Trump/Cruz “discussion”‘. Wouldn’t that be great?? They are really the only two who are going to make it so why not take this interesting moment and sit down and have a civil, friendly talk between the two of them. They could do it. That would so shake things up and be so unexpected and both would come out looking really awesome.

    • Somebody says:

      Cruz challenged Trump to a townhall, just the two of them. He got two superpacs to pay for it, they’ve already reserved a venue. Cruz picks 400 people and Trump picks 400 people. Catch is, it’s only for Iowa and must be this weekend.

      I hear what you’re saying about a conversation and I agree, but I’m not sure how I feel about this offer from Cruz. Just out of the starting gate it bothers me that a candidate is colluding with not one, but TWO superpacs. I thought that was forbidden. Also, it sounds more like a stunt or a set up for gotcha, rather than a discussion.

      • driguana says:

        Yes, and I like your comments but, in reality, the so-called “debates” have also been “gotcha exercises”, too, totally controlled by the media for their benefit as well as the candidates. This would be an opportunity for the two front runners to say, “screw you, media”, we want to have a discussion on our own terms. They could make it happen even though it needs to be done before Monday. And there has to be at least one media organization out there salivating! This would be so unexpected and would really shake things up. Personally, I’d love it!

        I can’t respond to your comment on the super PAC’s as I don’t know how they operate under laws. Perhaps someone else does as it is a good point.

        • Somebody says:

          Totally agree the debates for the past couple of election cycles have just been horrible. The media has so tainted the process.

      • taw46 says:

        And, the superpac will donate 1.5 million to the veterans, IF Trump debates Cruz one on one. Then, Carly got into it and said her superpac would do the same. Next, she upped it, said she would meet him tonight, and the superpac would pay 2 million, if Trump debated her. All those people who said Trump was using the veterans to play politics, haven’t heard a word from them about Cruz and Fiorina.

      • taw46 says:

        I don’t think we should have a two-person debate at this point. Yes, they are leading in the polls, but we haven’t had a single person vote yet. VOTE.

        • driguana says:

          Perhaps. I think we should have had two person debates all along, quite frankly. Different pairings would have been much more interesting and informative than these corral clusters. I don’t watch them any more. On the other hand, I would definitely watch a “discussion” between Trump and Cruz. There was historically, after all, the famous Lincoln/Douglas debate.

          • taw46 says:

            I like your idea of different pairings, on that I would agree. That would give us a better look at candidates. I just don’t like the idea of selecting ONLY two people to have a debate this early in the process, before even one vote has been cast. Too much like, well, these are the only two that matter in this race, you have to vote for one of the two.

          • cynic says:

            One of those debates took place in my town. It was a hot August day, and they debated for 3 hours. The discussion was slavery, and they said Lincoln lost that debate.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          Imagine all the candidates seated on the stage behind two podiums. The moderator draws two names at random. Then the moderator or one of the two candidates chooses a topic and the moderator draws a question at random from that topic and reads it to the candidates.

          They each have 2 minutes to answer, and 1 minute to respond to the other candidate. Then they go back and sit down and two other candidates are drawn.

          When the bell sounds at the end of the allotted speaking time, the candidate has 5 seconds to finish and then their mic goes dead.

      • Underwhelmed says:

        Absolutely it’s a set up stunt.

  3. Dora says:

    Immigration is the most important issue for me too, but I can only think of one candidate I can trust.

    Ted Cruz’s dishonesty on immigration

    Ted Cruz’s immigration reversal

    • lyn says:

      My three issues are: love America, control our borders and create jobs. I could go with Trump or Cruz. Cruz tried to change things and lost. That’s why I’m willing to give Trump a chance.

  4. NBD says:

    Of all the things we could worry about, illegal immigration just doesn’t seem terribly important. The immigrant population has been stable for several years.
    As for “cultural suicide” — if you mean the decline of country music, NASCAR, and TV evangelists, I’m happy to see all that get flushed down the drain.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      That’s not what I mean but thanks for playing. We have some lovely parting gifts for you.

    • lyn says:

      Why is polygamy OK if you are a Muslim but not OK if you are a Mormon? Michelle Obama’s Mirror was spot on today.

    • Venus says:

      Fuck off racist.

    • lyn says:

      From a commenter at Michelle Obama’s Mirror.
      1. As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens.
      2. At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs.
      3. From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves along with threats for failure to comply. At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
      4. When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris, we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam.
      5. After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues.
      6. At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare.
      7. From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels.
      8. After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in Bangladesh — Muslim 83%, Egypt — Muslim 90%, Gaza — Muslim 98.7%, Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%, Iran — Muslim 98%, Iraq — Muslim 97%, Jordan — Muslim 92%
      9. 100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in: Afghanistan — Muslim 100%, Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%, Somalia — Muslim 100%, Yemen —Muslim 100%.

  5. Dora says:

    This is great news! 🙂

  6. taw46 says:

    Immigration is my number one issue and Trump is the one who brought it out in the open, made everyone talk about it. Will he do something about it? I think so, maybe not as much as everyone would like, but some major changes. Cruz would be the only other person I would trust on this, but not as much as Trump.

  7. Somebody says:

    I agree immigration is a great place to start and I think the majority (at least for now) agrees we need to get our borders under control. Beyond the economic and social issues, Marco Rubio is correct it’s a national security issue. Problem is, it’s been a problem and there have been so many empty promises, why should this time be any different?

    I’d add to your Christmas list though. How about stopping the insane program of importing cheap labor via all these visa programs? H1B, H2B, L1B, and on and on. This issue is finally getting some attention, but not nearly enough. When it comes up there is the usual, oh well those are
    only for jobs where companies can’t find qualified Americans…..bullshit. Then the vague promises of looking into abuses. Hell it’s in our faces, hello Disney. I can’t blame companies for doing whatever they can to pad their bottom line and depress overall wages in the bargain. What’s not to like from a business perspective? It will bite them and the rest of us in the ass eventually, but it’s the assholes in Congress that allowed this.

    Trump has given different answers on this issue. If you read his immigration policy it’s tough on this issue, but in debates and interviews he’s projected a softer view…….so which is it???

    Cruz on the other hand was all in for double or tripling the visas at first. Now he’s moderated and has actually introduces a minimum wage for H1B at $100,000 or $120,000. OK I get that, if a company really needs a certain skill set then they shouldn’t mind paying and that minimum wage takes away the advantage. I get it, but is this the best way to deal with it?? Should the government be in the business of setting a wage like that?

    I suppose this issue is part of immigration overall, but it generally seems to be overlooked. When you mention immigration most people think of the borders, but we have upwards of 500,000 people that have overstayed their visas running around and apparently it’s probably a lot more our feckless government can’t give us an accurate count. That’s the estimate from 2014 to current I believe, could be more and they have no idea about the ones before 2014, HOLY SHIT!

    I’d like to adopt the policy they had in Australia. If you caught in the country illegally you will be deported and you will never, ever be able to become a citizen. If we passed something like that and started enforcing it, I bet a lot of people would decide to beat feet on their own.

    Once we secure the border and clear the deck, then by all means we need to revamp our ridiculous immigration policies. We need to make sure people immigrating not only assimilate, but contribute to our society.

    *****I know, I know, I’m racist and xenophobic, probably a lot of other phobias too, whatever.

    • taw46 says:

      When I say immigration, I mean legal and illegal. Look how easy it was for the wife to come in to our country (San Bernadino). When we bring in refugees, eventually they are allowed to bring in multiple family members. And yes, H1B, I am very familiar with that (I used to work in IT field). So much that needs to be addressed, maybe never will. But securing our borders is a first step.

    • Allegra says:

      I am with you Somebody.

  8. Dora says:

    🙂 . 🙂

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  9. DeniseVB says:

    I’m loving this Frank Luntz poll on twitter. Currently, out of 4 choices, 60% of over 10k votes will be watching Trump event. Poll is still open 🙂

    • elliesmom says:

      I’m going to watch Project Runway Junior. The competition is fierce. The kids are teenagers. No special snowflake would survive. But the kids are treated with a great deal of respect and so far have shown a lot of respect for each other. The final four have been chosen, and Thursday night is the episode where we get to see them at home with their families. I have my favorite kid, and I’m pulling for her. Wouldn’t miss it.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I can guarantee I won’t be watching the debate. I wasn’t gonna watch it before so I’m sure not gonna watch it now. I might check out Trump’s even just to get an idea of what he’s doing, but I won’t watch the whole thing. Maybe just the intro. Less than 10 minutes.

      I can read about it later.

      • Somebody says:

        I’m not watching either. Hubby and I plan on going out for dinner and a movie, which was our plan before all of this and remains our plan.

  10. 1539days says:

    My unpopular take on Donald Trump is that he’s reached a point where he is testing out how much control he has over his supporters. This weekend he said they were so “smart” that they wouldn’t leave him even if he shot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue. A few days later, he either quit a debate because Megyn Kelly isn’t fair, Roger Ailes was disrespectful or there were illegals as plants in the audience tonight. I’m not sure which.

    There’s a community of guys who call themselves “pick-up artists.” They use everything from social science to amateur hypnosis to get numbers and interest from women. Being a community, they constantly escalate their game to show up their peers. There are videos of guys wearing a ski mask and convincing women to get into a blacked out van and succeeding at it.

    When Trump talks about shooting people in the street, he’s testing the level of influence he has over his audience. He’s talking them into a van. I’d rather vote for someone who’s mostly a good candidate than someone who cultivates devotion. It’s not that I don’t like Trump despite his popularity, the nature of his popularity is what worries me.

    • lyn says:

      “Trump likes to keep his opponents off-balance. And since Obama can’t prove a negative – meaning he can’t prove he DIDN’T falsify his birth information – Trump can never be caught in his own web. The approach worked well enough for Trump that he started off the campaign with a solid group of supporters and an early lead.
      “One of the reasons Trump can get away with this sort of thing is that he is completely self-aware and transparent about his methods. He literally wrote them all down (or his co-author did) in his best-selling book that he mentions all the time. He also reminds us – in effect – that he is running for Dealmaker in Chief, not role model.”

    • piper says:

      Totally agree with your comment. Too many people are ‘loving’ on Trump because of sound bites, hearing what they want to hear, and refusing to see him as another candidate shooting off his mouth without any real or viable plans to solve much of anything. I will keep saying this as I have for the past 8 years about Obama – previous behavior is an excellent predictor of future behavior.


      • 1539days says:

        Experience isn’t a bad thing. Trump has to destroy everyone as corrupt or an insider to mask his complete lack of any governance. His political experience is funding the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi in exchange for all that money he crows about now.

    • smile says:

      Precisely those things that Trump fans/supporters love about Trump, I cannot stand. If the choice is between Trump and Hillary, I will be sitting out this election. I am sure I am not alone in this, although I may be in the minority based on his polling. In the beginning I was open-minded about Trump, but after hearing him and see his methods, I have reached this conclusion.

      • 1539days says:

        Remember, Trump supporters are still in the minority. They just have a big plurality right now. He got bashed for it, but JEB was right when he called Trump a “chaos candidate.” He is the mascot for everyone who is so over the political system, they don’t mind having no effective government for the next 4 years.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    According to the Eventbrite site, the tickets are FREE to the Trump event. There is no admission charge per some rumors that’s how he’s raising money for the wounded vets.

  12. dm says:

    I tend to agree. This open borders crap and all of BO’s executive actions, sanctuary cities, etc has to stop. The laws are in place, they need to be enforced and have the resources provided to do so. I would also like the VP tasked with budget review. If you ever looked over the Waste Report that was put out every year by a now retired senator – can’t remember his name – it’s a reflection of the utter incompetence, lack of coordination, insanity and redundancy of our government. This is a huge priority for me personally. I get Mad as Hell (harking back to the previous thread) when I think of us spending 700 mil on gay tolerance in Africa when our veterans are on outrageous wait lists for care.

    • Somebody says:

      Tom Coburn was the one that had that list right? I think there were some other senators that were involved in helping him with the list. I think his lists would be an excellent place to start, I know he retired but much of the stuff on those lists just kept rolling over.

    • leslie says:

      the Golden Fleece Award (1975–1988) was presented to those public officials in the United States who, the judges feel, waste public money. Its name is a tangential reference to the Order of the Golden Fleece and a play on the transitive verb to fleece, as in charging excessively for goods or services. United States Senator William Proxmire, a Democrat from Wisconsin, began to issue the Golden Fleece Award in 1975 in monthly press releases.[1][2] The Washington Post once referred to the award as “the most successful public relations device in politics today.”[3] Robert Byrd, a Democratic Senator from West Virginia, referred to the award as being “as much a part of the Senate as quorum calls and filibusters.”[1]

      From Wikipedia

      I don’t know if this is what you were thinking of but it was what I thought of.

  13. elliesmom says:

    I don’t think it would come as any surprise my gig is education. I want someone who will dismantle the Department of Education and return control to the state and local school boards. Freed from Common Core requirements and the one size fits all mentality, we’d see cities and towns able to innovate to meet the needs of their own kids. Freed from national high stakes testing, schools would be free to give students safe spaces to fail something the special snowflake generation has never been allowed to do. I predict we’d see more vocational/technical schools, more high school/college partnerships, better teachers, and yes, even better school lunches. I want the federal school loan budget slashed in half so there’s less “easy money” for colleges and universities. Make them compete more for student dollars. In the long run more kids will be able to afford to go. Kids and parents will make better decisions about how to spend their education dollars. Instead of accruing $!00,000 of debt to get a degree in gender studies 2000 miles away from home, kids will get a pre-professional or more pragmatic education down the street from home. Maybe not as glamorous, but affordable and requires much less of someone’s else’s money. I don’t want to eliminate federal student loans. Just make them a little harder to get and a little less generous.

    So I look for a candidate who talks about eliminating or at least curtailing the federal government’s involvement in education. Anyone who suggests expanding it in any way is scratched off my list immediately. When the Feel the Bern crowd insists the feds have always run a Department of Education, I say, “Not in my lifetime, and hopefully you’ll be able to say the same thing soon.”

    • Somebody says:

      At some point we decided that everybody needs to go to college. In the process we’ve cheapened degrees and our country lacks skilled trades, so foreigners take up the slack. There is nothing wrong with being a plumber, electrician, carpenter, or hair stylist, in fact many of them make damn good money.

      • jeffhas says:

        Those professions you mention make more then most college grads – and with opportunity to make even more if you start your own business, etc.

      • piper says:

        More money for universities / colleges professors and administrators to foist their ‘ideology’ on young people.

    • piper says:

      So agree with your statement about abolishing Dept. of Education with their regs. and testing. Worked in a school for many years where our ESL students worked / studied hard but made little gains in ‘overall’ test achievement for many years resulting in our school’s failing grade. We were constantly being warned that we would be reconstituted – what a joke that was – having ‘excellence’ from other schools where English was the primary and probably only language brought in for improved test scores.
      We always wanted to say to the administrators – TRY taking a test in Chinese or another language to see how well you would score.

      Time for me to leave as my BP is going up again as I revisit ‘educational practices’. Thank goodness for retirement and crafts.

    • Venus says:

      Actually Trump has stated that he would do just that (get rid of DOE and give power back to states & local school boards).

    • mothy67, says:

      I am in the throes of dealing with Common Core. Brat is in 4th grade and has thus far managed A’s. She gets same thing I got as a kid. 7 to 8 is homework. Not enough homework to fill up an hour well read.
      9 years old and last night one problem was AB + CD = AAA. I spent hours getting her to A equals 1. She got it, but I had to make her think . Granted now that she knows how she got there she can apply that to other problems. There seems to me to be a problem designed to frustrate and shame smart kids. Don’t celebrate hard work and natural aptitude– instead tell the smart kids they are not that smart. My kid is not a savant, but she works hard. She gets A’s. Why is the department of ed allowed to play with her future. Common Core is an experiment. Implemented without being tested. Should an A become a B I will provide a tutor. She will not give up on math. Hell no.
      I think if we want to increase spending on education abolish the D of E and create smaller classrooms from k to 5th. My kid has 17 in her class and they have TA’s from Duquesne.
      I called her my kid. She is not my anything. A little person I believe in.
      I have only one complaint about her school and that has to do with a child exhibiting extreme sexuality. 9 years old she told all the kids in her class what it means to fuck. Sucks for me as I was praying for having that conversation as she hit menopause. You deal. No shame. Try to relay it is natural but demands respect. I so called the school, but the little girl has only become more blatent. She is ten talking about penis size on the playground. I am inclined to think someone was inappropriate with her and she is acting out. Thank god my brat talks to me. She is distressed about it. I am confounded by how modesty develops. Same little girl I changed diapers and bathed is wearing sports bras and needs complete autonomy and privacy.

  14. Dora says:

    OT but interesting. I don’t know if it’s God, but I can tell you that the first thing I thought of when I saw this cloud was anger. Extreme anger! If that cloud was floating over my neighborhood, I’d be frightened too.

    The incredible cloud formation dubbed the ‘Hand of God’ was spotted over the Portuguese island of Madeira

    • piper says:

      Poor widdle Donald can’t handle someone who doesn’t love / fawn all over him. What will he do when foreign leaders don’t go along with his plans? 👿

      To be honest I’m eagerly awaiting Michael Bloomberg’s presidental run.

      BTW – my Bichon is still my vote getter.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Bloomberg is completely clueless. I hope he runs just for the lulz.

        • elliesmom says:

          The Feel the Burn kids want Bloomberg to run, too. They have the idea he’d take a lot of votes away from the Republican candidate. I don’t see Republicans flocking to Mr. Ban the Big Gulp and Take the Salt Off the Table Guy. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think he’d hurt Hillary or Bernie more. Hillary would lose the far left to him, and Bernie would lose the more centrist Democrats. I don’t know why he’d be more attractive to Republicans than any of the Republican possible nominees. Certainly Hillary would be “more Republican” than he’d be. I keep asking why they want him to run, and the only answer I get is to “stick it to the Republicans”.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I look forward to your Bloomberg analysis should he run 😉 Instead of the third party threats, I would hope he’d just run on the Dem side. Hillary is toast, and Bernie’s unelectable in the general. A Trump-Bloomberg match up in the general would indeed be a clash of the titans, New York style.

  15. Dora says:

  16. jennifer lyn says:

    FInland and Sweden deporting ALL syrian refugees. ALL. 80,000 PLUS. Big surprise that crime skyrocketed, rapes and violence against women skyrocketed and LEGAL CITIZENS REVOLTED. Germany is too idiotic too admit wrong who knows about America. BYE BYE.

  17. DeniseVB says:

    This is a good read from a retired journalist, now an author. Kinda smashing the perspective that Trump is a whiny baby go -bye-bye. More of Trump shot Fox News on 5th Avenue (actually NewsCorp’s on 6th), but you’ll catch the drift 😉

    • lyn says:

      Excellent read. The photo of Megyn Kelly at the end says it all.

      • dm says:

        Wow…that was an incredible analysis and those pictures do say it all. I had seen those pictures before somewhere, but had forgotten all about them. So, yeah…kind of hypocritical. She’s all dressed up in her hooker best while criticizing DT. I would be really embarrassed if I was her…matter of fact, I am embarrassed for her.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Fox News made its bed and sleeps alone tonight. Trump is out from under Fox News and looking to November, having already kneecapped Hillary by linking her to Bill Cosby in a TV ad. This race can be over very quickly. But we shall see, shall we not?

        One more thing, Putin, Iran and the rest of the world are watching this. They are seeing someone who won’t take their shit. Remember how Iran released the hostages the moment Reagan became president? Don’t think they forgot. I am guessing that sphincters are tightening in Moscow and Tehran over Trump’s antics.

        Yes, Trump is not a conservative. I know this. His supporters know this. The entire universe knows this. But he is also nobody’s fool, and they still haven’t figured that out in Washington, where they still think Obama is smart and competent.

      • leslie says:

        Odd, isn’t it that someone who was photographed in her best madam pose, would criticize anyone (Trump, e.g.) for the way he spoke of a woman. Looks like she sold her soul(?) to get where she is today. And the object of her derision and scorn doesn’t hit back at her in as negative a way as he might. These photos clothe Ms. Megyn in an entirely new light.

  18. jeffhas says:

    Your list is a fine list – I think some of those other BIG problems can be tackled even though it will take years for real resolution.

    …. But I agree that tackling immigration is smart NOW. This topic has controlled a universe of other issue;, it effects jobs, unemployment, wages, public benefits, etc., etc. Having a plan to control immigration and hopefully (in my opinion at least) rollback/deport illegal immigration may/should cause a slingshot effect for our economy – and if more jobs become available and employers have to pay more for those jobs (which will likely hike the cost of goods and services), then more people can and will want to go to work rather then hit the welfare dole or disability rolls – I can’t tell you how many perfectly functional people I know that are now ‘disabled’ and collecting benefits – it sucks the desire to succeed out of them, it is terrible for the overall psyche of our country to have people accepting this as reality/normal.

    I am looking at this election as our (probably last) chance at a ‘reset’… to elevate us out of this current ‘malaise’ (there, I said it!), and bring forth a bright, cleansing feeling of rejuvenation that we haven’t seen in some time – and the millennials have NEVER seen. I have hope today. A year ago I could not say that.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I was trying (not very well) to make the point that if you try to fix everything you end up fixing nothing. Instead, you should identify a few priorities and focus on fixing them.

      Immigration is my top priority, not because it is the biggest or most urgent problem but because the timing seems right. The people want it so if Congress passes it Trump or Cruz will sign it.

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  20. Somebody says:

    I was going back reading comments and stumbled across this little gem Underwhelmed left in the last thread

    The CTH is a Trump site, but facts are facts. I don’t care about the Glen Beck stuff, but if you scroll down toward the end of the link you find out Ted was Vice chair of the national republican senatorial committee in 2014. That is the group that ran those racist attack ads in the primary in MS. Also, the Stand for Truth superpac was founded by Mitch McConnell’s attorney who also has ties to COC, WTF??? Stand for Truth is a Cruz superpac.

    RED FLAGS……big red flags.

  21. Myiq2xu says:

    As for all those bureaucrats we can’t fire, we need to open up field offices in Point Barrow, Alaska for every federal agency. Send all the incompetent and corrupt Lois Lerner types there.

    • Somebody says:

      They can be fired trust me I’ve seen it. You know how they say there are so many laws that we all commit at 3 felonies a day? Well there are so many rules of conduct, some of which are immediate firing offenses that if they want to get rid of someone they can and do. You wouldn’t believe some of the shit I’ve seen used as validation to get rid of someone that stepped on the wrong toes.

      To be fair if you fire someone under those circumstances instead of taking the time to document over the course of a year or two then the lawsuits will fly. Generally speaking though if the employee is eligible to draw a pension and is given the option to quietly retire, they’ll decide not to sue, take their pension and STFU. Any federal employee can be fired if their manager documents, documents, documents. The employee usually has to sign off too, so that avoids costly lawsuits.

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly..good one. That’s how they got rid of bad eggs in the military..Greenland or Minot, North Dakota.

    • mcnorman says:

      The state is not large enough for all the corrupt dumbells.

  22. Dora says:

  23. DandyTIger says:

    Anyone noticed how creepy cruz is like a garden gnome that moves when you’re not looking. Something’s not right with that guy.

    • Somebody says:

      A garden gnome? LMAO, I can think of a lot of things that concern me about all of the candidates but looking like a gnome isn’t one of them. Since you brought it up thought, I think Rubio’s ears look like an elf. When I see him I think of Will Ferrell’s dumb character in Elf, except with a black heart.

  24. taw46 says:

    We shall see.

  25. lyn says:

    The Trump Train is not the same as Obama’s Love Train.

  26. taw46 says:

    • lyn says:

      Will the French call it terrorism?

      • Jadzia says:

        This one will. Interestingly, although I heard about it on the English news, which has not been shy about calling it terrorism, my husband heard it on the French news (just the drive-time kind of news you get on the commute home), and he had much less terrorist-related information than I did.

      • Jadzia says:

        Let me set the stage for you. The guy, who apparently lives in or near Paris, was caught at the metal detectors “trying to check in” at the New York Hotel. Disneyland Paris is out in the middle of BFN. You don’t just wander in off the street and check in! Then he apparently said the guns were for his protection. Why? Because Mickey Mouse is packing heat? Yeahno. And the French media keeps reporting that he is a “Frenchman,” which I believe. I also believe that we’re going to find out that he is second generation French and that he’s visited his ancestral lands recently, just like pretty much every other guy they catch doing this shit.

        I am actually really, really upset about this. I take my children there. My kids are bugging me about going back. My only friend here takes her little kids there every few weeks (affordable annual pass! and just a subway ride away for her). The Bataclan is one thing. Grifting and pickpocketing at the train station is another thing. Specifically targeting little children is a whole new level of evil that I am not ready for.

  27. Myiq2xu says:

    • lyn says:

      Bawaaaa! “Since Donald Trump is not, in fact, Michael Moore, the offer of deliciously cold treats did not provide sufficient inducement for a mind change.”

  28. Myiq2xu says:

  29. mothy67, says:

    I find it interesting when the pundit class attacks white working class voters for embracing Trump. They resort to name calling. It is not xenophobia when you have a legitimate fear for livelihood. Self interest is not racism. Many women vote on the issue of abortion. Many LGBT vote based on gay rights. Zealots vote for far right. Blacks voted for o
    Real or perceived Trump at least speaks to the vast working class that the dims dumped to build their coalition.
    I respect those who have misgivings about The Donald. I applaud the decorem exhibited by them in posts(looking at you days and piper). Respect.
    I had planned on going to NH(i still may) not out of idolatry but out of a craving for adventure. Before the baby I did what I wanted when I wanted. Don’t get me wrong I support Trump and the idea of being a part of history thrilled me. Being in campaign headquarters as the votes came in
    Saying fuck you to the media elite – your name calling shaming is water on a ducks back.
    I genuflect to Trump for turning this election cycle upside down. Were it not for him I think we might be looking at hill v bush.

    • lyn says:

      Yep. Attacking me for liking Trump isn’t going to get me to vote for your guy.

    • mothy67, says:

      To be clear I hope I did not insult. I meant to express gratitude toward those who having different takes do not resort to abuse on this blog. I should not have used names.
      I am a dumb, toothless, redneck.

      • lyn says:

        I agree with you, mothy, and wasn’t referring to you. I was referring to supporters of other GOP and Democratic candidates, the GOPe and GOP elites. I also have no problem when the candidates are criticized.

  30. foxyladi14 says:


  31. Dora says:

  32. leslie says:

    I was listening to MSNBC a few minutes ago when they announced that Trump was moving the time of his appearance/fundraiser in Des Moines to an hour earlier. I haven’t heard any more and it doesn’t say anything on their website. I haven’t checked Trump’s site.

    • leslie says:

      The Trump site says the rally at Drake U starts at 8:00.
      So I don’t know if that is any different from his original plan.
      It could be MSNBC was just misled or pranked..

      • Dora says:

        It might have been a mix up with the time. 8:00 at Drake is 9:00 in NYC where MSNBC broadcasts from.

        • leslie says:

          It’s possible. Some news reporters are wetting themselves with the possibility that a vets’ group said they’d refuse to accept the donations from Trumps fundraising. Before I left home this afternoon, only 1 group had said that and the multiple links on google were implying more than one. But all I read referred to only 1 organization.

  33. taw46 says:

  34. mothy67, says:

    I can be horribly shallow. It is a definite character flaw. I try to keep it in check but I judge on looks. Cruz for me is painfully unattractive. I could lie and say I am above something so inane but it effects how I see him. I find yeb’s posture disconcerting. Carly is so stiff. Behavior effects how I see someone. I love going into dive bars and spending an afternoon getting drunk with old drunks. I can find a middle aged lesbian midget hunchback attractive if they have something that intrigues me.
    I thought Hillary was attractive in 2008 but now I see an evil demon. Empirically Trump has flaws, but his self possession exceeds the double chin. Only problem I have with Sarah is that she looks like a soap opera actress at times. Too coiffed in public. I thought she was so much more attractive on her Alaskan series. Sanders is kind of refreshing in his simplicity.
    I am inclined towards people I find attractive. Cruz might have a great mind but he is off putting in his public persona. Setting aside TPP and H1B visas I just don’t see him being embraced.
    My rationale may be off but I strive to be honest with myself.

    • mothy67, says:

      Along the same lines I think Bill looks like sin dipped in misery. So unhealthy. I see the shadow of a man. God willing we all live as long. I see him and I have the urge to feed him. He looks hungry to me. Consumptive is how I see him. Nothing inspiring. I went to a rally in Pittsburgh in 2008 for hrc. He was then still charismatic. I just don’t see it now. Optics matter. Bernie looks old, but he looks like he has always been old. Trump is the same age as the Clinton cabal but he seems youthful.

  35. Propertius says:

    I’m with Dr. Mrs. Propertius on this: what I want is “boring competence”. I don’t want flights of rhetoric, I don’t need inspiration, I don’t want somebody “historic”. I want someone who can run the Executive Branch without running it into the ground. I basically want Mitt Romney, even though I disagree with him on virtually everything.

    What I’m being offered are a couple of not-very-impressive and probably crooked governors, a pack of legislators of various political persuasions who’ve never run anything as complicated as a lemonade stand, a former Secretary of State and First Lady whose record as an executive looks increasingly dubious, and a businessman who has been through bankruptcy four times and whose only claim to executive acumen is that he achieved a rate of return on a $200 million inheritance that was roughly in-line with a typical (unmanaged) index fund. Oh, and a very nice neurosurgeon with no real executive experience.

    I’m just not feeling it this year.

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