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dave 2016-12-04 03:50:08
Grant, There are two sides to every coin. Recall also the fall of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Roman Empire, and I'm sure there are others. Essentially socialist systems that went bankrupt and could not sustain. Free society allows for competition. Somme will fail but some will succeed. :) Just my 2 cents on the subject. Cash infusions such as FDR's are certainly necessary at times, but that is not an example of the engine of the economy in my opinion. It's an example of the engine being in the shop for repairs.
 
grant228 2016-12-03 08:08:33
Bill, I'm surprised someone such as you with a grasp of history has forgotten it was unfettered capitalism that created the Great Depression. It was the government of FDR that gave unemployed Americans hope and respect by providing jobs. I dearly hope your nation does not have to re-learn that lesson.
 
bill 2016-12-02 15:49:04
Time will tell on that Grant. Remember, rich people create jobs, not the government.
 
grant228 2016-12-01 06:58:25
Bill, I know I said no more political comment for a while but it appears your new boy, rather than draining the swamp, is infesting it with even bigger swamp monsters. Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary and Steve Bannon both of Goldman Sachs would indicate that those in the know will continue to flourish. It would appear all those battlers who voted for Trump have been played for mugs! The rich will get richer and the poor can look on.
 
grant228 2016-11-23 07:36:19
Bill, you can delete "for her age". Timeless beauty!
 
bill 2016-11-22 14:45:57
Hey, I thought Bo was older than 60. U R right - she looks great for her age!
 
bill 2016-11-22 14:44:51
Detroit doesn't really dominate here. The rest of the state generally out votes them. But your point is well taken.

Proud of Trump? Don't know if I am nor do I care if I am. My only concern is that he is actually stepping up against the politically correct freaks that have been running the country for a while. For example, illegals are pouring over our border and they are worried about who is using which bathroom. Let's get real for a change!

 
grant228 2016-11-21 06:47:48
Bill, that picture you posted of Bo Derek is a stunner! She looks more gorgeous now than she did in her 10 period. A little wisdom and character mixed with her classic features. A beautiful woman.
 
grant228 2016-11-19 10:35:18
Bill, last political comments for a while. Your argument would be more valid if the same principle was employed in your state elections. Do you, as someone living out of Detroit, have a similar privilege to give your town a voice against the dominance of Detroit? Last question: are you proud to have a man with Trump's character as your nation's leader?
 
bill 2016-11-14 16:24:19
Grant, 10-0 means they are undefeated. Well, they were until this past Saturday when they lost to Iowa. Great game, though.

BTW, I just heard today that Trump will not accept the $400,000 salary that comes with the presidency. Maybe that's a start to show that he's not just taking the job for monetary or political gain.

Yup, candidates win by the Electoral Vote count not the popular vote. This was put in place by our founding fathers. If candidates won via the popular vote, they would simply promise favors to people living in the large population areas - like California and New York. He/she would win 100% of the vote in those places, basically stealing the election and giving the smaller population states no voice in the election at all. In her concession speech, Hillary came out in favor of the electoral college, as have almost all politicians. Al Gore did the same in 2000. It's a sensible system and it works well. Our founding fathers had great forethought!
 
grant228 2016-11-13 02:51:26
Dave, help a novice - what does 10-0 mean? Bill, it's finally dawned on me why I (and a lot of the world) feel unsettled by the election result. America has been the good, big brother of the free world. Just like a big brother, whenever countries were under threat there was always that big brother who'd step in and take control. Your country's cultural influence around the world is another sign of what's mostly good about humanity so you've also been a moral compass for the world. The U S President was the public face to the rest of the world and a sign that there was a calm hand on the tiller, guided by an unspoken sense of morality. Now, with Trump's election, there's a sense of unease and more so sorrow that the big brother is not the character the rest of the world thought him to be. It's not right for the younger siblings to feel sorry for the fellow in which they've invested so much emotional capital.
 
dave 2016-11-12 11:17:24
Big day for Michigan football today. They'll be 10-0 if they can beat Iowa tonight,
 
grant228 2016-11-10 19:16:09
Bill, I hope your optimism is well founded. It's a funny twist of democracy that the winner has fewer people voting for him the the woman he beat. It's also strange that for the first time I feel superior to the incoming president. The men who've held that position (yes, all of them) carried a tangible dignity and aura. If Trump were driving past my house I wouldn't be bothered to look out the window. He's the antithesis of everything that fine office should stand for - all his own work!
 
bill 2016-11-09 15:42:35
Trump wants to protect American sovereignty - protect our borders. People are currently pouring over our southern border and some of them are criminals. They commit crimes against Americans and many Americans have been killed. The border wall will put a stop to this and help save American lives. It will also stop the flow of illegal drugs.

The Obama/Hillary Crime team don't care about our borders. They are happy to let people pour over the border especially if they can find a way to make them voters - and keep their twisted regime intact. Illegals get free health care, groceries, housing - you name it. They're being treated better than our own citizens! This is why Trump says "America first." If people want to come here, fine. But they have to do it legally and they have to be vetted.

Countries who don't have a border with a poor country don't understand. It's easy to stand on the sidelines and condemn our actions when you don't have to deal with it yourself.

He also will help create jobs (he's created thousands of jobs while Hillary has created zero). He will work hard for the people in the inner cities. For decades, Democrats have run our large cities and all that happens is more crime and more poverty. Trump gives them hope. Hillary would have been more of the same.

True, Trump is no angel but he was the only one that had a chance to stop the bleeding (Obama/Hillary and friends) and he did it. We need to take our country back.
 
grant228 2016-11-09 09:51:48
Bill, your country must be in one hell of a state if the majority of voters have opted for the objectionable orange man. At no time in your history has the leadership of your nation been given to such a flawed character. The legends of "I cannot tell a lie" George Washington, Honest Abe Lincoln and "The buck stops here" Harry Truman will now be supplanted by "Grab them by the pussy", "I'm smart because I pay no tax", mocking of the disabled and denigration of the deeds of war heroes. Trump says he wants to make America great again. His election is a gigantic step towards the decline of the American empire. To those living outside America we shake our heads and wonder why.
 
bill 2016-11-08 15:58:10
That's one reporter's opinion. He doesn't live here. I live and work with great, caring, loving people. Not sure if it's still true, but American's give more dollars to charity, per capita, than any other county. "The whole country is swept into an opioid addiction?" Not where I live and not anyone that I know. That's a pretty broad statement to make and totally false.

Yup, tax laws need to be updated. Myself, I favor the Fair Tax.
 
grant228 2016-11-04 10:04:57
Bill, we have a stack of reporters in your country at the moment, all trying to get that newsworthy angle. One reporter in a very long article about the decay of America wrote: "We're into the 21st century, but at times it might be the Dark Ages. In Flint, Michigan, much of the city was made to drink lead-poisoned water. The whole country is swept by an epidemic of opioid addiction, killing as many as 50,000 people a year – and Congress is accused of being more sensitive to protecting Big Pharma's $US9 billion-a-year opioid trade than to remedying the cause. Secretaries pay more tax than hedge fund managers. A fat cat like Donald Trump pays no income tax at all; and he gets away with writing up the business losses he inflicted on others as his own, thereby incurring a billion-dollar tax write-off." Is the statement about Flint true?
 
bill 2016-10-31 13:13:39
I'm not overly "fired up" about Trump, it's just that I don't Hillary. This latest investigation might be her final undoing. We shall see...
 
grant228 2016-10-28 07:33:32
Bill, I've never seen you so fired up! Are those silent Trump supporters keeping quiet out of embarrassment? I can understand their discomfort - supporting a candidate who brags about molesting women and not paying tax. Someone who dodged the draft but has the temerity to criticize a hero like John McCain. It must be hard reconciling all that by saying this man is the one we want to be our leader. The US Presidency is rightly called the most powerful position in the world, that's why the world is watching and can't believe Trump, given his erratic temperament among many other obvious deficiencies, has gotten as far as he has. Leaders should inspire, lift our eyes to better things. Trump ain't no leader! Robert de Niro summed him up perfectly.
 
bill 2016-10-26 00:03:33
What brought this about was that right-leaning folks were tired of stiffs like Romney and McCain who did nothing but lose - badly. People wanted a candidate with some energy and excitement. Trouble is Trump's insults and abrasiveness have turned a lot of people off in the process.

I think that giving a crap what other countries think of us is a large part of what has gotten us into trouble (See Obummer apology tour).

Finally, don't believe the polls. There are a lot of Trump supporters out there who are, for the most part, keeping their mouths shut. We shall see...
 
dave 2016-10-25 09:07:57
Grant, I'd say that's a pretty accurate assessment
 
grant228 2016-10-18 08:55:26
Bill, that writer I quoted is from a Rupert Murdoch-owned paper so things must be bad for the Republicans if Rupert is against them. All the GOP had to do was pick a candidate who could stand upright, sound reasonably cogent and had a less than lurid past and they would be laughing. It is this dragging down of conservative forces to the lowest common denominator that will cost dearly. A candidate of the ilk of Mitt Romney or John McCain would now be almost there. The GOP has given us men of calibre like Eisenhower and Reagan and to think it's been hijacked by reactionary forces who have billowed Hillary's sails is the greatest tragedy of this campaign.
 
bill 2016-10-17 16:23:17
Yup. And Hillary is a liar and a crook. So, where do we go from here? I do like Gary Johnson to some degree. He's a little ill informed but at least he's not a liar or a nut job.

Much of the problem is that the Dems and the GOP set the rules and they make it such that no other parties have a chance. For example, if a party doesn't show 15% in the polls, they can't participate in the televised debates. Well, they will never get to 15% if you don't let them in the debates! I'd like to see maybe 5% or above in the polls and you're in. People need more choices!

In the meantime, we're stuck with the two parties.
 
grant228 2016-10-14 21:53:45
Bill, good to hear from you but the opprobrium this campaign has generated has made the world view America differently. In a respected Australian paper today Paul Kelly, a distinguished conservative writer, started his article with following words: "Despite all flawed past prophecies it is surely impossible to view the ghastly freak show of the US presidential election without apprehension that we are witnessing the decline of a civlisation and the death of the virtues that made America great. Donald Trump should never have become the Republican nominee for president. His nomination and his campaign is the greatest failure of the Republicans and of American conservatism since World War II. The crisis has been decades in the making." Regardless of the election outcome, Trump's antics, vulgarity, lack of thought and the enthusiastic support he's received for dumbing down your national I Q have made the U S a global joke. That last sentence is mine.
 
bill 2016-10-14 16:19:04
Hi Grant: I think Trump does have lofty goals for our country. He just has a way of insulting everyone whether they are for or against him. He is just far too brash for most people. I'm okay with his style but many aren't. Hillary would be more of the same mediocrity.
 
grant228 2016-10-13 06:56:54
Gentlemen, you know I have an abiding interest in your political system but I can't remember a more tawdry, demeaning and demoralising election campaign than this one. Do you feel like a cleansing bath? Surely your country is capable of better? Where is the appeal to loftier ideals that has made the USA a world leader?
 
bill 2016-10-01 00:08:40
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bill 2016-10-01 00:08:34
It was on at 9pm here, Grant.
 
grant228 2016-09-27 07:12:35
Watched to great debate and will with hold judgment. What time was it shown over there? We were watching it in the middle of the day so I thought it must have been on late at night?
 
grant228 2016-09-25 01:22:56
Dave, bizarre is a nice way to put it!
 



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