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Fact checking the governor’s state of the state address.

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Governor Greg Abbott offered his vision for Texas earlier today in his state of the state speech to a joint session of the Legislature. Often what a governor says in these speeches is less important than what’s left unmentioned, and Abbott today left some notable issues unaddressed.

He did not discuss either Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s push for legislation limiting transgender access to bathrooms, nor did he mention President Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico and finance it with a 20 percent tax on imports—a proposal that could dramatically impact Texas companies.

Perhaps these issues are just too hot to handle, and Abbott and his staff figured the best position would be no position at all, except for the hope and prayer that they go away before he has to deal with them.

That doesn’t mean Abbott avoided all the hot-button issues that are important to Republican primary voters. He talked about shrinking the business franchise tax “until it fits in a coffin,” while at the same time asking for additional funding for child protective services and defending his own business Enterprise Fund. Abbott didn’t name Planned Parenthood directly, but he demanded an end to the “butchery of unborn babies for trade.” And while Abbott may not have addressed Patrick’s bathroom bill, he joined the lieutenant governor in calling for a parental school choice program, commonly called private school vouchers.

What follows is an annotation of portions of his speech, The full speech is available here.

Immigration and Border Security

While the governor was silent Trump’s border security and trade proposals, he did say he would meet with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Wednesday.

Abbott used his speech to promote the end of what he calls “sanctuary cities” in Texas and, though he did not name her, he took a swipe at Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez for her refusal to honor all Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to detain undocumented immigrants held in her jail. Hernandez wants a court order unless the individual has been charged with murder, capital murder, aggravated assault or the smuggling of persons.

Texas can’t change federal immigration laws. What Texas can do is to enforce existing law. There are consequences—deadly consequences—to not enforcing the law.

Juan Rios is a criminal alien who had been arrested in Texas multiple times and deported three times. Last September, he went on a crime spree across Texas, killing two people and kidnapping another. One of his innocent victims was Welton Betts. Welton loved God, his family and the Dallas Cowboys. After leaving a Cowboys game last year, he stopped at a Texaco station in Cedar Hill where he was gunned down by Juan Rios. Mr. Betts’ death is a tragedy. It’s a tragedy repeated too often in Texas.

It is time for Texas to take a stand. Some law enforcement officials in Texas are openly refusing to enforce existing law. That is unacceptable.

The Associated Press reported that Rios had been deported in 1996, 2009 and 2014. He was deported the first time after a conviction for felony assault and hindering a prosecution. He re-entered in 2009 in Hidalgo and was immediately arrested and deported. Then he returned again and was convicted of vehicle burglary and was deported   He also was deported in 2014 after serving eight months on an unlawful re-entry charge. He often used an alias.

Protecting children and tough talk on abortion

On the emotional issue of child protective services, Abbott urged the House and Senate to appropriate the money to fix the system for the long haul by hiring “more workers with better training, smarter strategies and real accountability to safeguard our children.” The governor also made a nod to one of his constituency groups – the Texas Home School Association.

While improving child safety in CPS, we must also remain vigilant in protecting parental rights. We must remember that the best place for a child, if at all possible, is with their parents.

The Home School group has been at odds with CPS for several years over parental rights to discipline and home school their children. Tim Lambert, head of the association and a former Republican national committeeman from Texas, told Breitbart last summer:

“Parents have a fundamental constitutional right to direct the care, control, and upbringing of their children, and this very much comes into consideration when parents are under CPS investigation.” He explained, “CPS caseworkers and employees seem to think that parents have no rights. A parent or parents being investigated for abuse or neglect are frequently treated as if they have less due process rights than a criminal in the court system.”

Abbott declared funding of CPS an emergency item so lawmakers can take up immediate legislation on the issue. He noted that more than 100 children died last year while in the child protective system.

Though Abbott did not name Planned Parenthood or directly reference the discredited report that claimed the group was selling fetal tissue from abortions, Abbott demanded that the state prohibit the practice of selling fetal tissue.

Every child—born and unborn—deserves dignity. The butchering of unborn babies for trade in the open market is barbaric.

Sen. (Charles) Schwertner and Rep. (Cindy) Burkett, I want legislation on my desk that criminalizes the sale or donation of baby body parts.

The federal government has had a law since 1993 banning the sale of fetal tissue for research; however, some Republicans complain that abortion providers sometimes charge excessive fees to tissue procurement companies to cover the cost of donated fetus material.

Texas Economy

Abbott touted the growth of the Texas economy despite last year’s downturn in oil and gas production. He said the state’s economy is diversifying.

We all know that Texas leads the nation in areas like oil and gas.

Importantly though, Texas is in the middle of an innovation renaissance that weans our economy off of energy. Biotech. Defense tech. Wearable tech. Clean tech. Technologies developed in Texas are changing the world in which we live.

The Dallas, Houston and Austin areas are now known as three of the world’s premiere “knowledge capitals.”

And get this: Midland beats the San Francisco area in the percentage of jobs created by startups.

The statement is drawn from a study of Census data by Howmuch.net. Alas, those statistics are from a study of economic activity in 2014, before the bottom fell out. The Midland Reporter-Telegram reported that by December 2015 the city had faced nine straight months of economic decline. “We know that until the oil and gas economy turns around and begins to grow again, the overall economy won’t grow either,” a local economist told the newspaper. The Midland Development Corporation last month reported that the city had its first improvement in its index of economic activity in twenty-two months.

In trying to promote the business-closing Enterprise Fund, Abbott offered up one example that was something of a misfire.

In the past two years, the Fund has attracted more than a half a billion dollars in capital investment and added thousands of new jobs.

For example, a corporate expansion of pharmaceutical giant McKesson, the fifth largest Fortune 500 company, will add almost 1,000 jobs. Another 1,000 jobs will come from the massive campus built by Charles Schwab. The Enterprise Fund has added jobs from Amarillo to the Rio Grande Valley.

If you don’t think a deal closing fund is important, consider this: Last year, a company that’s a natural fit for Texas was lured away by Arkansas. SIG Sauer is one of the most renowned firearms manufacturers in the world. Let this sink in: Texas was out-gunned for this project by Arkansas.

The problem with Abbott’s example is that SIG Sauer moved a 1,400-employee ammunition plant from New Hampshire to Arkansas because of something Texas could not offer: low commercial electric rates. According to electricitylocal.com, the average commercial electric rate in Texas is 8.16 cents per kilowatt hour, while in Arkansas it is 7.7 cents per kilowatt hour.

State House and Senate Democrats held a news conference in response to Abbott’s State of the State. You can watch it here.

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  • WUSRPH

    What this country definitely DOES NOT need is a new constitutional convention. What we need is a president who will abide by and obey the one we have. Holding a convention could only open the door to those who want to delete or eliminate our current protections and rights. If any major change were needed—which is not the case—there is an established system for amending the constitution. It has been used 27 times…..and is there if needed.

    • St. Anger

      Are you kidding?

      I can think one major thing in need of changing. It starts with “electoral” and ends with “trump victory.”

      More to the point, the convention is also an “established system.” Both options are right there next to each other in article v.

      Sometimes your aversion to letting people into our popular government gets trying.

      There is one party of our two that opposes democracy. I’m sure they would welcome another voter. They seem to be hemorrhaging them at the moment.

      • WUSRPH

        I am sorry that I that you object to the fact I share our Founders concern about “momentary passions” and how they can threaten the rights of others……I would think the election of Trump would be sufficient reason to pay more attention to their warnings.

        My point about the established route for amending the Constitution is based on the fact that it has been used 27 times (with several more offered by not adopted) while the convention of the states has never been tried and there is just too much unknown about it for my comfort.. including the possibility of a run-away convention that does major damage to our system of government and our rights and protections…..I, for example, certainly would not like to turn over the rewriting of the Constitution to Trump and his supporters. Abbott claims that this can be avoided by providing limits in the call of the convention limiting the subjects that can be considered, but no one knows whether these controls can be enforced.

        Similarly, the proponents in Texas seek to control the convention by insuring that the voters you love so much has as little as possible to do with the convention and those chosen as delegates. They would do this by having the TEXAS LEGISLATURE select the delegates—probably from among its members–with no opportunity for the voters to decide either whether they want such a convention or who should represent them. This could mean that you could be turning over the rewriting of our most important document to the likes of Dan Patrick…..a thought I find more than frightening. They would also give the Legislature the power to recall any delegate who waivered from the position the Legislative leaders wanted him/her to take.

        Another concern is the very subjects to which Abbott would supposedly limit the convention. I suspect you did not read his proposal when he laid it out last year, nor the book that followed it…..If you had, you would have found that most of his proposals would, in effect, destroy “the more perfect UNION” created by the Constitution to virtually return to the weak government of the Articles of Confederation that the Constitution replaced. This is another more than adequate reason for opposing his plan.

        It can be argued that we really have nothing to fear from such a convention since whatever its product it will have to be approved by the states to become effective. This gives me some comfort until I remember that it is those very same Legislators who called the Convention who would be making that decision without a vote by the people…….and I remember that at least those appointed from Texas may reflect more of Dan Patrick’s views that those of the majority of Texans.

        • St. Anger

          The election of trump is reason for MORE democracy, not less.

          Remember how he got elected? It wasn’t democracy that did it. It was by that super system dreamed up by your excellent founders.

          • WUSRPH

            I suppose that means you support letting Dan Patrick rewrite the US Constitution as that is one of the issues here……..

          • St. Anger

            What, dam Patrick might make Texas more democratic by eliminating the electoral college for selecting a governor?

          • WUSRPH

            You are getting as bad as JJ….Under the Abbott proposal Dan Patrick would have the power to select delegates to a national constitutional convention which, far from increasing democracy, would probably limit voting as much as it could. Photo ID and birth certificates on the national level, for example.

          • St. Anger

            ok. you need to learn to separate arguments over principle from whatever individual is bugging you at the statehouse in a given moment.

            the fact that i think the US constitution needs amending is far from a statement of approval as to how texas is recently proposing to choose its entirely hypothetical-and-won’t-exist delegates.

            gregg abbott and dan patrick do not constitute an argument against reforming the US constitution, they constitute an argument against electing know-nothing asshats to public office in texas.

            besides, how would going the other route solve this problem? one party still gets to draft the proposed amendments, one party is nearly enough to secure approval of amendments, and in that instance texas still gets to choose its own ratification procedure … so same problem.

          • WUSRPH

            You take the threat of Abbott’s emergency issue too easy…..A number of states have already passed calls for the convention….It is a prime ALC issue…..The primary purpose of which is to, in effect, reverse the 1819 SCOTUS decision in McCullough v. Maryland and strip the federal government of almost all of its power under the guise of restoring the balance between the states and the federal govt. If they succeed, most, if not all, of the federal programs you support would be threatened as it would, in effect, abolish the doctrine of inherent and inferred powers which underlie so much of what the federal government has done to improve life in this country over the past 100 and some years. This is not an issue that can be so easily dismissed as “entirely hypothetical”.

          • John Johnson

            Have you looked at the post election red vs blue state map? You think the few mega populated states in the country need to be controlling the rest of us? Talk about resurrection…

          • BCinBCS

            Yes, JJ, the map is mostly red but that is because the “thousands” of people that reside in those red counties are actually controlling the “millions” that reside in the blue counties through their disproportionately large representation in our government.

  • John Johnson

    Greg Abbott is no leader. He is a very nice guy; just not a leader.

    He latched onto Perry’s coattails and did his bidding for years from the AG’s office. He squandered state money on goofy lawsuits. When Cruz made his presence known and started ginning up the TP’ers here in Texas, Perry, Patrick, Abbott and others did a big right face and followed him. Tim Dunn and the TLR supplied lots of money to this group.

    Then the wheels fell off. Cruz suffered massive bruises in his bid for President…initially they were self-inflicted, then Trump took over and beat him to a pulp.

    Most supporters abandoned him. Perry much earlier than the rest. Abbott went silent. Only Patrick still seems to think that showcasing hard right social and school voucher issues is the way to success. Quite a few first and second term state reps and senators are loyal lapdogs to Patrick, and it seems to me that Abbott is turning into one, too.

    My take is that Texas Republicans have moderated somewhat. I think they are snapping to the fact that Patrick and his minions are spending way too much time on bathrooms, guns, divorce and vouchers, not enough on property tax issues and consumer rip offs.

    You, in fact, mention one of my biggest gripes in your thread…the fact Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana pay less for a KWh of electricity than we do. We have more cheap coal, more natural gas, more wind power and two of the three nuclear power plants in this four state area. Can anyone explain that to me?

    How about our insurance rates and cable and phone rates? They are all lower than ours. We Texans would be better off paying an income tax than what we pay in these overcharges on these monthly bills.

    Being an ignorant lot, it is so easy for these Big’s to have their way with us, while Austin turns a blind eye. We get screwed by the Big’s and they pay our state reps and senators in return for allowing them to get away with it.
    What is the definition of this type of person? Yep! That’s it. Fits them to a T.

    • BCinBCS

      Amen, Brother.

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    • John Bernard Books

      hes no Windy Davis….

  • BCinBCS

    I don’t know much about the subject of state protection of children so I’d like some help from those here at BB. R.G. wrote: “[Abbott] noted that more than 100 children died last year while in the child protective system.”

    Are these children dying after being taken from their parents and put into foster care? Are they children that die whose parents are being investigated but retaining their custody? Is it something else?

    I don’t know what’s going on but almost two children dying each week while “in the child protective system” tells me something is very wrong. Am I misinterpreting what was written?

    • SpiritofPearl

      My son was an elementary teacher for 17 years teaching at-risk children from low-income homes. Teachers believe that CPS is appallingly underfunded. Schools are dramatically underfunded. When my son started teaching in 1999, his school had a bilingual social worker and teacher aides to help. Through the years those positions were eliminated. Most children who die are in parental custody. Some die in foster care.

      Remember – those forced births the GOP legislates by defunding Planned Parenthood and reproductive health become unwanted children after they are born and they suffer and die far more than wanted children do.

    • St. Anger

      “I don’t know what’s going on but almost two children dying each week while “in the child protective system” tells me something is very wrong. Am I misinterpreting what was written?”

      nope.

  • WUSRPH

    Does anyone but me find it strange that a man like Abbott who has spent much of his career in public office complaining about the evil “overreaching” Feds telling us Texans what to do is now so avidly pushing to have the Texas Legislature ORDER local government officials to enforce some regulations of that federal government he wants so much to weaken?

    • SpiritofPearl

      Bingo! Hypocrisy . . .

      • St. Anger

        but anyone who has lived in texas as long as the three of us should not find any of this “strange.” sad, perhaps pitiful, but not strange.

        • SpiritofPearl

          I’ve been here only a few years, but you don’t have to dig a hole to know how to know how to dig a hole.

          This kind of behavior makes Texas a laughing stock around the country and the world.

    • Krystal

      It’s ridiculous that as much as Abbott postures about “Law and Order,” that he doesn’t trust the local, democratically elected law enforcement officials to know their counties and how best to do their jobs.

      • John Johnson

        If the average Texan pays any attention at all to politics, it is at the local level. It is the only place where they can easily make their wishes known. Council meetings are a short drive away, and their council member is much easier to reach and communicate with than the state reps and senators. Throw in the fact that Nextdoor and other web apps allow neighbors to band together and share thoughts daily. We have over 2200 households in our Nextdoor group.

        Abbott/Patrick for years have railed against Fed overreach and the Feds threat of cut-off funding if our state does not play ball.

        Then Patrick shows up in Fort Worth posturing and threatening to cut off Fort Worth funds if the city did not change their transgender restroom/lockeroom policies.

        Even those who support these two guys, like all of the Newbie Tea Party reps and senators, have to at least see the total hypocrisy in all this.

        They are either oblivious to what transpired in North Carolina, or they just don’t care. Our major cities and business groups did pay attention, and do care. Convention Centers and major stadiums stand a chance of losing all sorts of major functions, and the mega bucks that they bring in that filter down to all of us.

        We are an ignorant lot to vote for people like Abbott, Patrick, and all the “do-good’ers” voted into office who want to dwell on guns, gays, abortion and vouchers, while placing property taxes, and high insurance, utility, phone and cable rates on the back burner.

        • BCinBCS

          JJ, I totally agree with you on the point of local control. I do believe the federal government must, at times, use the stick in order to change many of the discriminatory practices of the states, however.

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  • John Bernard Books

    Dems are dividers
    “CARSON: Greetings from the great state of Indiana. I’m Congressman Andre Carson.
    PELOSI (OFF MIC): Tell them you’re a Muslim. Tell them you’re a Muslim.
    CARSON: Not only do I represent Indiana’s seventh congressional district very proudly, but I happen to be a Muslim and a former police officer.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/01/31/nancy-pelosi-caught-on-hot-mic-to-dem-rep-carson-tell-them-youre-a-muslim/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

    Is Nancy the Rachel Dolezal of muslims?

  • John Johnson

    Here’s something maybe our gov and legislature should be addressing.

    I received a letter in the mail stating that I had been overcharged by a gov entity and would continue to be if action was not taken. It stated that I had a $2500 rebate due and in return for securing this for me, and ending the overcharge, they wanted half of what was collected. I took the bait.

    It seems that when you turn 65, you are due more property tax exemptions other than the standard homestead exemption. I didn’t know that. The appraisal districts do not automatically sign you up for them. They just keep on taxing you and keep your money.

    It seems that I have been overpaying for the last three years, on average at about $800 each year. How many of you are, too, and don’t know about it?

    • WUSRPH

      You also cannot be sued for unpaid taxes if you choose not to pay them at all. They pile up and become due when the property changes hands……It is an abatement, not a forgiveness of taxes, but it allows senior citizens to stay in their homes for their lifetimes even if they cannot pay their taxes. You can thank on of my corrupt bosses for that one…

  • John Bernard Books

    All left to do is have the grave side service. The crazies/kooks/radicals have ruined the dem party.
    “Unfortunately, the Dems are following a dangerously different path. Starting with a wide boycott of the inauguration and including their boycott of committee votes on Trump’s cabinet and their pledge to filibuster any Supreme Court nominee, Democrats resemble a party fomenting a secession movement.”
    http://nypost.com/2017/01/31/democrats-are-digging-their-own-grave-and-boosting-trump-at-the-same-time/

    Turn out the lights the party is over….the fat lady sang…

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems are racists…
    ““His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him. Muslims discriminate against gays. Islamic law is clear on the subject, and being gay is a direct violation of it. In some Muslim countries, being gay is a crime punishable by death,” Tolliver wrote.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/01/dnc-chairman-candidate-expelled-race-criticising-islam/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

    Besides being liars crooks and theives

  • John Bernard Books

    Will you follow Nancy over the cliff?
    “Pelosi is, first of all, unable to articulate a convincing political message. Her reaction to Gorsuch was a parade of horribles that admitted of no redeeming qualities beyond “hail fellow well met.” She called him “hostile to women’s reproductive rights … hostility toward children in school, children with autism … a very hostile appointment … well outside the mainstream of American legal thought” — a description wholly at odds with the humble man viewers had just seen on CNN minutes before.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/01/31/nancy-pelosi-leading-party-oblivion/

    I’ve never laffed so hard in my entire life…..what a moron…

  • BCinBCS

    And now, another episode of “Screw the Middle Class” starring the Republican party.

    You may remember in our last several episodes, the GOP has been trying to find a way to rid the world of that dastardly evil Obamacare (boo..); the program that provides health care for around 20 million losers. After seven years and over 60 votes to repeal it, the conservatives are now in a position to get rid of this evil menace. Unfortunately their hero Super Ronnie has been dead for eight years leaving them wandering leaderless.

    But, (tat-ta-ta-dah) all is not lost as a trio of Republican Senators ( Hatch, Burr and Coburn – yes, Coburn, our Oklahoma hero) are riding to the rescue. They are proposing that Obamacare (boo…) be replaced by the Patient CARE Act (yea…). The CARE Act (yea…) keeps many of the Obamacare benefits , eliminates the exchanges, allows insurers to charge sick people up to five time as much as young and health people and, most importantly, eliminates that horrible tax on “Cadillac” policies and on medical device companies.

    Well how will it be paid? Simple dear readers, they propose that employer health insurance no longer be tax free. See how the white hats have ridden to the rescue? They are eliminating many of the features of Obamacare (boo…) and its upper-income funding mechanism and replacing it with a middle class tax. So, if you have employer provided health insurance and are an average American family you will now owe your Uncle Sam an extra $1,345 in taxes each year (yea..?).

    How will this end? Will that dastardly Obamacare (boo…) ever be defeated? Be sure to check back here for another exciting episode of “Screw the Middle Class” brought to you regularly by the new and improved Republican party. (No purchase necessary, tax and title extra, your mileage may vary.)

    • SpiritofPearl

      Captain Queeg is in the WH. Gotta find those strawberries . . .

  • BCinBCS

    This from TPM:
    (emphasis is mine)

    “Jerry Falwell Jr., an evangelical leader and president of Liberty University, has accepted a role leading the Trump administration’s higher education task force, the Chronicle on Higher Education and NBC News reported Tuesday night.

    Falwell told the Chronicle that in the role, he will target “overreaching regulation” of colleges and universities, like rules on accreditation.”

    The U.S. is still cleaning up the mess made by for-profit universities who encouraged large numbers of people to take out loans and enroll in their :schools”. After getting worthless degrees or not even completing their studies these students are saddled wit huge debt and no ability to get the jobs that they were promised foe which their “education” would qualify them.

    Now Comrade Trump/Bannon want Jerry Falwell, Jr. to repeat the mistake using a different approach.

  • SpiritofPearl

    Amateur Hour at the Pentagon – criminal incompetence:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-commando-idUSKBN15G5RX

    • John Bernard Books

      “Some of the women were firing at the U.S. force, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.”

      hahaha….

    • SpiritofPearl

      “This user is blocked.”

  • John Bernard Books

    Pu**y hat judge…
    “Eckhardt has been known as a liberal, activist judge in the past.
    In June of last year, Eckhardt used a naturalization ceremony to attack Donald Trump, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and the death penalty. At one point during the ceremony, the judge urged the newly sworn citizens to register to vote so they could vote against Donald Trump. Her bald attempt to politicize the ceremony rankled some participants.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/01/investigation-launched-texas-judge-wears-pussy-hat-courtroom/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

    yawl are making my day….hahaha

  • John Bernard Books

    The crazies are out in Berkley. I know a couple who lives in Berkeley and they are as looney as they come….

  • SpiritofPearl

    The lunatics are running the asylum and the Breitbart Bubbas love it. Hope they know how to handle a crashing economy caused by Trump’s trade wars:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-02-02/trump-jibe-at-australia-is-latest-to-put-world-capitals-in-spin

  • SpiritofPearl
    • John Johnson

      And takes advantage of a pushover.

      • WUSRPH

        So, you think Trump is a pushover?

        • John Johnson

          I think the guy who draws lines in the sand and then let’s the guy on the other side cross over and kick sand in his face is the pushover.

          • WUSRPH

            I presume you are attempting to refer to the man who—without spilling a drop of blood—kept the Iranians from building a nuclear weapon (for at least 10 years) by forcing them to virtually dismantle their program. Had he noted acted fairly soon now Iran would have had nuclear warheads to put on those missiles it is testing—for which there is no treaty ban.

            I know you are not referring to the uninformed free running mouth whose comments and actions may result in several more nations building or buying nuclear weapons. Australia is way out there and unable to protect itself without our nuclear umbrella……If Trump continues to make it wonder whether America is its friend after all, it may well arm itself. So may Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia (buying one), the UAE (ditto the Saudis) and Brazil (who we had to talk out of it a few years ago.)

          • John Johnson

            I’m talking about a guy who totallly got hoodwinked by the Iranians. Your take on the deal is total horseshit.

            As far as believing polls…I thought you would have learned your lesson by now.

          • WUSRPH

            I am sure that Sec. of Defense Gen. Mathis appreciates your calling his views on the Iranian treaty horseshit. I am much more inclined to accept his views than your’s……

  • John Bernard Books

    Iran’s Fearless leader played 18 holes of golf and scored 18 holes in ones. Why would he be afraid of Prez Trump and the mighty USA?

  • WUSRPH

    Hangs us on the Australian Prime Minister……Trump is single handedly destroying relations with some of our closet allies……Had his minions attack Merkel and Japan for “currency manipulation” the other day….I’d hate to be the state department people who have to try to clean up his messes……He really wants us to be alone in the world.

    • donuthin2

      I thought I had anticipated the worst but no, it is even worse than I had thought. The most disgusting is the enthusiasm that many of his supporters are showing for some of his crazy actions. I doubt that anything will change their mind, except maybe, a recession which may happen, but who knows. I can’t believe even the Trump, would be so crass to the Australian Prime Minister, even while Australia is one of our best allies.

      • WUSRPH

        If he stumbles into it he may be able to blame the coming recession on the Chinese…his folks would buy that since he will sell it as being the Chinese’s fault for not giving into our “reasonable’ demands and attacks on their sovereignty.

        • WUSRPH

          If Trump consistently acts like this he won’t have to worry about paying for a Wall to protect us here in Fortress America….The rest of the world will get together and, at least figuratively, build one around us for him.

        • SpiritofPearl

          The oligarchs will put the brakes on anything that affects the bottom line.

    • John Bernard Books

      Liar…
      ““The report that the president hung up is not correct, the call ended courteously,” he told 2GB radio this afternoon.”
      http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/work/donald-trump-still-undecided-about-deal-made-with-malcolm-turnbull-to-take-in-refugees/news-story/fbdac6ae86d62ff0f03bd8d51637a47a

      you senile old fool…

    • SpiritofPearl

      I inadvertently was logged out of Disqus and learned that 70-year-old Booksie called someone a “senile old fool.” What a hoot!

      • John Bernard Books

        Double liar…..hahaha

        • John Johnson

          She’s reading everything from everyone.

      • SpiritofPearl

        “This user is blocked.”

  • SpiritofPearl

    An old man in way over his head:

    “Individuals with higher levels of emotional reactivity may be more prone to anxiety or aggression.”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighorflight_response#Emotional_components

  • WUSRPH

    We finally have the answer to Trump: He takes a hair loss drug “associated with mental confusion and impotence”…..Maybe that’s why she hasn’t moved in.

    • SpiritofPearl

      The medication is also carcinogenic. Maybe he’s working on a brain tumor.

  • WUSRPH

    Putin got his reward: The Treasury Dept. is changing the sanctions on Russia in order to allow US companies to sell Putin “high tech” goods…..Just what he needs the most.

  • WUSRPH

    The final numbers are in: Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2,864,974, which is 2.1 percent of the total vote.

    • John Johnson

      Yea! So what?

      • WUSRPH

        So please don’t try to tell us that a MAJORITY of the American people favored Trump. In any other democratic nation he’d be home at the Trump Towers plotting his revenge on the American people.

  • WUSRPH

    American Indian tribes used to make the US President an honorary chief and give him an Indian name. There is a great picture of Calvin Coolidge in full regalia . If they did it today they would probably give Trump the name of Chief Running Off at the Mouth.

  • donuthin2

    Well we will see how it goes when many of the protective environmental, banking, investment regulations are gutted. Overburden from coal mining pushed into creeks, utility plant emmission controls, consumer protection for retirement fund investments, guns available for mentally handicapped just to name a few. Oddly enough, many of the most vulnerable are the base Trump supporters.

  • WUSRPH

    What was it The Running Mouth said about only a couple of hundred people being affected by his ban:

    “More than 100,000 visas revoked due to travel ban, Justice lawyer says

    An attorney from Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation provided the figure during a court hearing on the case of two Yemeni brothers who arrived Saturday at Dulles International Airport in Virginia and were quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia”

    And these were people who had all been vetted.

  • donuthin2

    Thank goodness for the courts which actually understand the constitution and laws and rule accordingly. Also, many attorneys and ACLU which help those who are victims of overzealous interpretations.