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JOHN BRUMMETT: Economy or culture?

By John Brummett

This article was published January 18, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

The Trump presidency has been good for the economy and bad for the culture. That's the trade.

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Jfish says... January 18, 2018 at 7:35 a.m.

I would guess that at least 75% of Americans vote with their pocketbooks, so there is your answer. We also think short term and we want our new pickup or our new deck now, not in two or four years. Our politicians are no different and know that they will be voted out if they try to enact some long term strategy like was laid out in the Simpson-Bowles Report. So, unless things change dramatically, the man who you for some unknown reason continually refer to as the preposterous second place president might just serve two terms.

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Rightside says... January 18, 2018 at 7:53 a.m.

Luis Bracamontes, an illegal alien who had been arrested and deported multiple times in Arizona, went on a crime spree in Sacramento that ended with two police officers killed.
“I wish I had killed more of the mother-------,” he boasted to the jury as prosecutor Rod Norgaard described the 2014 crime spree.
Smiling broadly, Bracamontes added, “I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me...There’s no need for a f------ trial.” These illegals are the kind of people some democrats want to flood our country with.

How about selecting immigrants that are selected based on their merit and skills, not ones who sneak into our country and are uneducated and no skills.
Obama had no problem with utterly destroying Libya a brown skinned people. Obama called Libya a “s*** show."

Apple also announced that it plans to invest $30 billion in capital spending in the U.S. over the next five years, by creating 20,000 new jobs and building a new campus. And will pay a one-time tax of $38 billion on its overseas cash holdings. Apple also told employees Wednesday it is issuing each of them a bonus of $2,500 in restricted stock.
Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi has called the bonuses Announced by U.S Corporations as the Result of the GOP’s Tax Plan “Crumbs." Yes $2500 is just Crumbs to her since her net worth is $120 million now after working in Congress all these years.

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BoudinMan says... January 18, 2018 at 8:02 a.m.

If Americans truly voted with their pocketbooks, there would be very few repubs in office. Cheetolini seems hell bent on repeating the same economic mistakes that Geo. W made. The results will be just as disastrous. The only difference will be that there will be a different democrat elected to clean up the mess.

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hah406 says... January 18, 2018 at 8:29 a.m.

Rightside, you are truly an ignorant idiot. You bring up a single case of a very evil man who happened to be in the country illegally. So what is your answer for the unmitigated evil committed by that couple in CA against their kids. They were as white as can be. Can we blame that on illegal immigration as well?
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The fact is Democrats do not want to "flood our country" with people like him. What we want to do is to do the right thing, the proper, moral thing, and keep the dreamers who were brought here as children in the US. They don't know any other country. Have no memory of living anywhere else. It is the decent thing to do. Instead, people like you and the immoral coward Cotton have taken them hostage. Well, you don't take a hostage you aren't willing to kill. Kill the dreamers by deporting them, against the will of 80% of the country, and see what happens come election time.

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TimberTopper says... January 18, 2018 at 8:58 a.m.

John, another good thought provoking article. Seems the haters came pretty quick. You sure get their goat with that "second placed POTUS statement every time". As has been said, the truth hurts sometimes. When they and their leader send all those out of the country that they want to expel, I wonder what they plan to eat. If they do not grow their own food, chances are they will be hungry in a very short time. The haters just seem to be afraid of so much, and so many things in life. It could get to the point we have to take out those words,' and the home of the brave" from our National Anthem.

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PopulistMom says... January 18, 2018 at 9:03 a.m.

I would argue that the economy is still a continuation of the Obama administration. Soon though, we will start to feel the effects of Trump as the new tax code kicks into effect.
When the Republicans start cutting into entitlements, then poor states such as Arkansas will be hurt. When we choose to increase the debt, we are just kicking the can down the road as far as what we owe. Our 401ks look good, but I know that the U.S. debt is partially owned by me.

Building the wall is not the solution--especially since the Coast Guard budget has been cut. People who commit violent crimes should be put away. We can decrease the number of people in prison by improving the public schools and social services.

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GeneralMac says... January 18, 2018 at 9:06 a.m.

JB........you sound like a whining second grader with your constant.." second place president"

Grow up !

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GeneralMac says... January 18, 2018 at 9:12 a.m.

PopMom........." People who commit violent crimes should be put away "

I don't recall you stating that when Lil Boosi was out shooting at a cop with only a 5PM curfew as restraint after being charged for violent crimes.

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Rightside says... January 18, 2018 at 9:12 a.m.

hah406: I didn't mention the dreamers. A deal will be worked out where they can stay. So do you want more illegals or legal immigrants ? More uneducated and no skills people or some with basic education and a skill? More chain migration or less? End the Visa Lottery or not?
Senator Cotton says he would support the legalization of all current DACA recipients -- nearly 800,000 of them -- if Congress would at the same time pass measures to protect Americans workers from the effects of that legalization. "in any legislative fix, I would like to see them receive a green card."

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GeneralMac says... January 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

hah406..........." deported multiple times"

Anyone who is deported should have a readily visible tattoo/brand placed on them.
Thus he would be easily recognized if he chose to keep coming back.

Liberals don't care if ILLEGALS kill Americans.
Observe the attitude of the sanctuary city San Francisco City Council members after the ILLEGAL shot the tourist.

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