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Trump versus Obama, 2018



Trump versus Obama 2018

Neither Presidents Trump nor Obama are up for election. That doesn’t mean they’re not at the heart of what’s really driving the midterm elections in a week. Their agendas, styles, and legacies are all at stake with Tuesday determining, at least in the short term, which President has the most influence over America.

It’s not just the campaigning. Both are going nonstop like their own names were on the ballot. President Trump is trying to stir up his base to get them to the polls for Republican candidates. President Obama is campaigning like no other former President has ever campaigned. It’s the ultimate tug-of-war with the two giants of their respective parties throwing their weight on as many races as possible.

The real issue is whether President Trump’s America can continue on a path that has brought unprecedented prosperity to the nation or if President Obama’s America can resurface. Those who say the division in America is all on President Trump’s shoulders have either ignored the message President Obama is delivering to Americans or they’re too partisan to care.

This election will strike at the heart of one or the other Presidents’ agenda in three forms. It can be boiled down like this:

Trump’s sovereign nation of laws versus Obama’s open borders

This is the issue of the day even if it’s not the issue that polls show Americans care about the most. Between President Trump’s birthright citizenship talk and the coming migrant caravan invasion, it’s the topic that will likely dominate the news for at least the first half of the final week ahead of the election.

President Obama has framed his take on the issue by playing the race card 100% of the time. He says it’s racist to even worry about the migrant caravan, claiming in a recent speech that it’s a topic that shouldn’t even be discussed. That’s the leftists’ greatest hope about the topic of illegal immigration – that nobody talks about it. They aren’t trying to push for open borders through dialogue or facts. They want illegal immigrants to ease into the nation to the point that Americans will eventually accept open borders over time. It worked with gay marriage. President Obama hopes it works with open borders as well.

Trump’s reduction of government influence over healthcare versus Obama’s push for socialized medicine

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the various attempts to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. They were more of a “shuffle and rebrand” that still maintained an unnecessary amount of control from Washington DC over our healthcare system. With that said, I’m now in the camp that believes incremental changes to the law may be the best we can get at this point.

Less government involvement is better than more government involvement. I’m not saying I’ll support the next attempt when it comes around, but I’m just about ready to give up hope on a real repeal any time soon.

President Obama has always adored full-blown socialist healthcare. He couldn’t get it with Obamacare but he’s rooting for Bernie Sanders and his cronies to achieve what he couldn’t. To do that, he’ll paint every Republican as a monster who wants to take away coverage from terminally ill children and grandma Phyllis. This is the biggest issue for voters, according to the polls, which is why Democrats have lied about nearly every Republican running for office. The vast majority of Republican candidates support guaranteeing healthcare for those with preexisting conditions, but if you listen to President Obama, apparently all of them want to take that away. It’s not true.

Trump’s trickle down economy versus Obama’s handout economy

Jobs are up. Unemployment is down. Wages are up. Poverty is down. Democrats don’t want to talk about the economy because they can’t deny President Trump’s and the GOP’s Capitol Hill agendas have worked wonderfully.

All President Obama can do is ignore the topic altogether. He believes in a handout economy where prosperity is given to people rather than allowed for them to take on their own. It’s what keeps minorities voting Democrat, after all, so any attempts to point out to a Democrat that the economy is benefiting minorities greatly is met with instant resistance and a change of subjects.

Does America want to move forward with President Trump’s agenda which is clearly working or do they want to go back to President Obama’s failed agenda? If voters look at facts instead of leftist propaganda, this election wouldn’t even be close.


To those who don’t care about the national debt, consider this



To those who dont care about the national debt consider this

The national debt has been growing dramatically for decades. It’s so great that most Americans seem to dismiss it altogether; if we haven’t been harmed by it already, it obviously can’t hurt us, right? This sort of “head in the sand” thinking is why lawmakers refuse to tackle it. As long as the people don’t seem to care, why should they?

It’s time to care. It’s been time to care for a while but the collective ignoring of it has brought it to the level that now, in 2018, we are nearing the point of no return.

Why? Because the astronomical interest is now going to noticeably affect how the government operates. We’ve spent years pretending like the interest isn’t a big deal even though it was growing to unsustainable levels during the Clinton administration. Now, we’re seeing it reach levels that are tangible. Why? Because the cost to cover it is now great enough that other areas are going to need to be cut.

In 2017, the interest on our debt was $263 billion. That’s 6.6% of federal government spending. We’re on track to spend more on interest than Medicaid in 2020 and more on interest than defense by 2023. Let me repeat that:

By 2023, we will spend more in interest on the national debt than we spend on national defense.

Normally, we can take CBO predictions with a grain of salt because they’re usually off (see Obamacare predictions for CBO’s epic failures) but this one relies on simple math. Even in a humming economy with the best case scenarios in play, you can’t overcome interest without paying down the debt.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans have any intention of paying off the debt. This is why candidate Trump went from promising to pay off the national debt in eight years, then ten years, then paying part of it off, then finally proclaiming himself the “king of debt” – all within the period of one month on the campaign trail.

To get the national debt in line will require an ironclad commitment backed by irrevocable legislation that spans two- to four-decades. It means entitlement reform, budget limits, cutting entire agencies and possibly even departments, and commitments to rein in all forms of discretionary spending.

In other words, the only way to get the national debt to a manageable level – not even getting it to zero but somewhere much lower than it is – would require commitments by politicians that none of them are willing to make. Oh, there might be a couple of Senators and a handful of Congressmen who would embrace such measures, but even those ones won’t buck the system to the point that they’d push hard for it without a mandate by voters.

We are the only hope for the very near future. If Americans don’t care that our tax dollars are being used to pay interest on the mountainous debt that has been accumulated in recent years, let alone the debt that preceded it, then we shouldn’t expect politicians to care, either. This can has been kicked down the road for decades, but the road is coming to a very abrupt end soon. It’s beyond unsustainable. We’re on the verge of collapsing under the weight of our own mistakes.

As long as voters ignore the national debt, neither party will pay attention to it, either. We will drown in our own ignorance if we don’t act soon. In the past, they said the debt will affect our children and grandchildren. Now, the debt is starting to affect us.

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Pacific Rim summit highlights strained China-US relations



Pacific Rim summit highlights strained China-US relations

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — A meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea has highlighted divisions between global powers the U.S. and China and a growing competition for influence in the usually neglected South Pacific.

The 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby struggled to bridge differences on issues such as trade protectionism and reforming the World Trade Organization, making it likely their final statement Sunday will be an anodyne document.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and China’s President Xi Jinping traded barbs in speeches on Saturday. Pence professed respect for Xi and China but also harshly criticized the world’s No. 2 economy for intellectual property theft, forced technology transfers and unfair trading practices.

In Port Moresby, the impact of China’s aid and loans is highly visible. But the U.S. and allies are countering with efforts to finance infrastructure in Papua New Guinea and other island states. The U.S. has also said it will be involved in ally Australia’s plan to develop a naval base with Papua New Guinea.

On Sunday, the U.S., New Zealand, Japan and Australia said they’d work with Papua New Guinea’s government to bring electricity to 70 percent of its people by 2030. Less than 20 percent have a reliable electricity supply.

“The commitment of the United States of America to this region of the world has never been stronger,” said Pence at a signing ceremony. A separate statement from his office said other countries are welcome to join the electrification initiative provided they support the U.S. vision of a free and open Pacific.

China, meanwhile, has promised $4 billion of finance to build the the first national road network in Papua New Guinea, among the least urbanised countries in the world.

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Trump: Fund the border wall or let’s have a government shutdown



Trump Fund the border wall or lets have a government shutdown

President Trump indicated Saturday that if he doesn’t get the $5 billion he wants for Homeland Security in the next spending bill, he may push a partial government shutdown.

“This would be a very good time to do a shutdown,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House to visit the fire zones in California. “I don’t think it’s going to be necessary, because I think the Democrats will come to their senses, and if they don’t come to their senses, we will continue to win elections.”

The House has already passed a spending bill that includes the $5 billion President Trump wants in order to jumpstart the building of his wall along the Mexican border. The Senate is still working with the original number proposed, $1.6 billion. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it isn’t going to happen.

“We believe Democrats and Republicans should stick with their agreement and not let President Trump interfere,” Schumer said earlier this week. “Every time he interferes, it gets bollixed up.”

Around 70% of the government is already funded beyond the December 7 deadline. The shutdown President Trump is threatening would affect State, Interior, Homeland Security, Justice and other departments.

My Take

I’m always hesitant to call for increased spending on anything. Budgets are already too high. But the border wall is one of the few things that actually does need to be funded. The long-term effects of slowing illegal immigration will actually save the country money.

Most politicians fear a shutdown. It harms federal employees and with Christmas coming up, the prospects of a shutdown are troubling. But we need the wall. We were promised the wall. It’s time to get aggressive and force Congress to do their job.

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