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Old 03-12-2018, 06:36 PM   #1076 (permalink)
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You know, after reading the article Kami posted, it finally hit me who assTrumpet reminds me of with all his repeating half of what he says at least once, if not three or four times.


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Old 03-12-2018, 06:37 PM   #1077 (permalink)
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Breaking a record previously set by himself no doubt.
Since it's... about him... in... specific...

...yes?
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At least the dunderhead is finally making a token effort to block the broadcom takeover of Qualcomm. A takeover like this wouldn't have even been attempted with someone competent leading our government, so trump gets no provide praise from me for taking this necessary step.

But I bet China will find some way to get the attention deficit Commander in chief to change his mind with a bit of flattery.

(I used to work for the Q. a takeover wouldn't just be game over for national security... "redomiciling" qcom would also be absolutely terrible for the economy of San Diego.
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At least the dunderhead is finally making a token effort to block the broadcom takeover of Qualcomm. A takeover like this wouldn't have even been attempted with someone competent leading our government, so trump gets no provide praise from me for taking this necessary step.

But I bet China will find some way to get the attention deficit Commander in chief to change his mind with a bit of flattery.

(I used to work for the Q. a takeover wouldn't just be game over for national security... "redomiciling" qcom would also be absolutely terrible for the economy of San Diego.
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Only mention this here, because it's in a thread the Orange One started:

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I'm sorry. Her post had me laughing so hard, I just couldn't engage in argument. Not that she has the mental resources to properly process it anyway.
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At least the dunderhead is finally making a token effort to block the broadcom takeover of Qualcomm. A takeover like this wouldn't have even been attempted with someone competent leading our government, so trump gets no provide praise from me for taking this necessary step.

But I bet China will find some way to get the attention deficit Commander in chief to change his mind with a bit of flattery.

(I used to work for the Q. a takeover wouldn't just be game over for national security... "redomiciling" qcom would also be absolutely terrible for the economy of San Diego.
Yes, I was just reading about it and was surprised it was news. We covered it in some undergrad class and it was a no-brainer that a foreign company getting one of our microchip manufacturers would be a security nightmare.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:24 AM   #1082 (permalink)
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Republicans on House panel, exluding Democrats’ input, say there’s no evidence of Russia collusion
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Republicans on House Panel Find No Collusion Between Russia and Trump Campaign
https://www.wsj.com/articles/republi...ign-1520892695

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Worse, they claim there's no sign of Russian *interference*. Wut?
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Worse, they claim there's no sign of Russian *interference*. Wut?
Meanwhile the latest book by journalists saying otherwise is out today.
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President Donald Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was escorted out of the White House on Monday, two senior administration officials said. The cause of the firing was an unspecified security issue, said a third White House official with knowledge of the situation.

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Mr. McEntee was one of the longest-serving aides to Mr. Trump, dating back to the earliest days of the campaign when some of the only aides around the then-candidate included Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser; Stephen Miller, the president’s policy director; White House communications director Hope Hicks, who announced her resignation two weeks ago; and Dan Scavino, who is the White House director of social media.

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Mr. McEntee was removed from the White House grounds on Monday afternoon without being allowed to collect his belongings, a White House official said. He left without his jacket, a second White House official said.

It wasn’t clear exactly why Mr. McEntee was fired Monday. He indicated to colleagues that it was an issue in his background.
Of course, Tillerson is also out at State. Do we need a separate thread for all these firing stories?
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I so desperately wanted to make some sort of joke juxtaposing klan bed-sheets with this latest GOP 'cover up' of Trump's collusion...

... but I'm just too nauseated to even think about searching for a clever graphic meme to portray it.
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Of course, Tillerson is also out at State. Do we need a separate thread for all these firing stories?
WTF? Left without his jacket? I hope they called him a cab or something as it is pretty cold here this week, even if he only had to walk the 3 blocks to a metro station.
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The moment 45 hires you, you better start to read the job sections in the news papers.
Calling the Covfefe an asshole for this way of treating people around him, would be an insult to every single ass in this world.
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The moment 45 hires you, you better start to read the job sections in the news papers.
Calling the Covfefe an asshole for this way of treating people around him, would be an insult to every single ass in this world.
Fortunately most of the people in government are career civil service and are not subject to political whims. Although he tried to change that last year (at which point everyone who knew the implications of making them de facto such pretty much freaked).
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Did anyone really expect him to behave any differently than he did on his tv show for real? When you know how much he loves saying "you're fired"?
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Did anyone really expect him to behave any differently than he did on his tv show for real? When you know how much he loves saying "you're fired"?
But he doesn't seem to like saying it in RL -- James B. Comey notoriously found out from a TV news chevron that he'd been fired, and
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Mr Kelly did not tell Mr Tillerson when the tweet would be posted or what it might say, reports the news agency.
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Other than in the staged environment of a reality TV show, I don't think he has the courage to tell people to their face they've been fired.
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Point is his behavior hasn't changed and never will. Anyone who believes any differently is only fooling themselves.
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Paul Krugman, writing in The New York Times, suggests that Peter Navarro, the White House trade advisor who seems to see his role as being to tell #45 what he wants to hear, simply misunderstands Value Added Tax in the EU, thus leading him and his boss to damagingly wrong conclusions about EU discrimination against US goods.

That is, Navarro sees European customers paying n% VAT (countries set their own VAT levels) when they buy US-made cars and gets upset about what he sees as an import tax, but doesn't notice that they pay the same amount of tax on locally-produced cars, so no country's products are at any particular advantage or disadvantage.

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Navarro’s nonmainstream views mainly seem to involve basic conceptual and factual errors. One of these errors, which bears directly on the Trump-Europe spat, is a complete misunderstanding of the trade effects of value-added taxes (VATs), which the U.S. doesn’t have but play a large role in most European countries’ revenue.

In Navarro’s version of the world, for example as expressed in a campaign white paper, VATs give European companies a huge, unfair trade advantage. U.S. products sold in Europe have to pay VAT — for example, they must pay a 19 percent tax if sold in Germany. This, says the white paper, is just like an import tariff. Meanwhile, German producers pay no VAT on goods they sell in America; this, the paper says, is just like an export subsidy. I’m pretty sure that’s what Trump means when he talks about “horrific” tariffs.

But what this story misses is the fact that when German producers sell to German consumers, they also pay that 19 percent tax. And when U.S. producers sell to U.S. consumers, they, like German producers, don’t face any VAT. So the tax doesn’t tilt the playing field at all, in either market. In reality, a VAT has nothing to do with competitive advantage; it’s basically a sales tax — a tax on German consumers — which is why VATs are considered legal by the World Trade Organization.

So how does someone who misunderstands such a basic, well-understood point about taxes and trade get to be a key economic adviser? As I said, it’s because he tells the boss what he wants to hear. More than that, he’s willing to abase himself in extraordinary ways.
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It's just like looking at prices in the US after sales tax. The same item "costs" a different amount in each state and even city if you look at the after tax amount instead of comparing the actual price of the item before tax is applied. It isn't that difficult a concept.
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Paul Krugman, writing in The New York Times, suggests that Peter Navarro, the White House trade advisor who seems to see his role as being to tell #45 what he wants to hear, simply misunderstands Value Added Tax in the EU, thus leading him and his boss to damagingly wrong conclusions about EU discrimination against US goods.

That is, Navarro sees European customers paying n% VAT (countries set their own VAT levels) when they buy US-made cars and gets upset about what he sees as an import tax, but doesn't notice that they pay the same amount of tax on locally-produced cars, so no country's products are at any particular advantage or disadvantage.
Now THAT is really surprising!
Someone in the buffons administration gets some facts wrong, who would have thought ?

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It's just like looking at prices in the US after sales tax. The same item "costs" a different amount in each state and even city if you look at the after tax amount instead of comparing the actual price of the item before tax is applied. It isn't that difficult a concept.
It has the word "Tax" in it so its difficult by default because there's a lot of folks who ABSOLUTELY must not pay taxes when possible.
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It has the word "Tax" in it so its difficult by default because there's a lot of folks who ABSOLUTELY must not pay taxes when possible.
That is easy (at least partly) to avoid by starting a business.
VAT is only for end users. Business to business buys and sells are VAT free.

Non EU citizens have to pay VAT as well, (always already included in the price for end users), but they can claim it back from the tax authorities with a special form once the goods are taken home outside the EU. And as far within the inport and export arrangements between the countries involved
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So how does someone who misunderstands such a basic, well-understood point about taxes and trade get to be a key economic adviser?
Like I said, he *pretends* to arcane knowledge.
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Of course, Tillerson is also out at State. Do we need a separate thread for all these firing stories?
I think we do.
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I can't believe how many people on Twitter are celebrating Trump as the greatest thing to happen to women in the US, based on his hiring Gina Haspel as CIA director when he promoted Mike Pompeo from CIA director to Secretary of State. Just read the replies to this tweet and try not to gag violently:

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