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Trump Is Taking Care Of Business

It’s chilling to watch how hard the liberal crowd is working to maximize racial hatred and point to the old white man as the reason they are not in charge of things. They are carrying their social/communist banner high, Soros fanning the flames for one worldism and so on …

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/28/opioid-trial-pharma-payouts-1344953

Some 1000 lawsuits are being pursued by the federal gov't re opioids.

https://whyy.org/articles/china-regulates-fentanyl-in-hopes-of-stemming-supply-to-u-s/

Nearly all fentanyl comes across the border from China and Mexico.

Seems clear that the Trump admin is going after drug producers/sellers in a big way.
Meanwhile, N. Kor. is attempting to slip the noose of Trump sanctions. China too, is trying to evade Trump sanctions and seem determined to minimize cooperation on a trade deal

If no trade deal by Oct. Trump will implement a 25% tariff on some Mexican products.

Also, we see the fed bringing a number of fraud related charges against folks who have been abusing the system from way back. Even relatively minor stuff, in the scheme of things, such as parents buying their children's way into college is being litigated by the fed.

Trump is hard at work on border/immigration reform as well. Some liberal judges are giving him a hard time but eventually he will prevail, IMO.

The icing on the cake is that he has set in motion a collective review of the now available information to determine exactly what happened with Hillary and her emails, Russia collusion and the special counsel investigation. This should all come together along about June/July and provide powerful talking points for the 2020 election.

It seems the biggest conundrum in all this is where can the dims find a candidate clean enough to stand for president. Maybe some liberal priest will stand up for them. Maybe they can import a foreigner and get tickets for him/her in time for the election.

Trumps base understands how critical it is that the GOP retains the presidency for the next 4 elections. Otherwise, should the dims win one they can easily poke holes in the walls, amnestize some 30-40M illegals and return us to where we were under the Obama regime, marching off to socialism, one worldism and so on . . .

Posted by Roy Ellis at June 2, 2019 7:44 PM
Comments
Comment #444275

Many thanks to d.a.n.for putting the squiteous to many of the spammers pestering this site. d.a.n. gave us all instructions on how to report spammers but seems no one, self included, has taken it to heart. I’m ready to dust off that info and take it to the spammrs. I hope you feel the same. Just like with gov’t, we need to get involved if we want to improve things.

Thank you d.a.n.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 2, 2019 8:02 PM
Comment #444292

https://twitter.com/CBP/status/1134582068934008837?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Posted by: kctim at June 3, 2019 8:01 AM
Comment #444295

Thanks Roy. 99% of the spammers are from India.
There are methods and programs that can search the spammers’ webpages, and spam them back (but many times worse), and report them to Google Spam Report site.

It seems the biggest conundrum in all this is where can the dims find a candidate clean enough to stand for president.
The Democrats are trying to buy votes with promises of all sorts of free stuff, and while the Democrats’ platform and socialism may appeal to a lot of people, it is doubtful that the majority of voters will accept such a platform.

kctim, There are many comments at the link you provided that are much like Democrats, who also want open-borders.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 3, 2019 9:23 AM
Comment #444396

It should be fun to watch the “shit” hit the fan when the Democrat debates begin soon. The finger-pointing, falsehoods, hair-brained schemes, global warming hand-wringing, and promises of “free stuff” will be astonishing.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 5, 2019 1:30 PM
Comment #444400

What worries my is the growing number of people that want all sorts of free stuff, which the Democraps are promising, because they know that someone else will have to pay for it (at least, until it all ends in a very predictable disaster, when they finally run out of other peoples’ money).

We already have welfare, Medicaid, and Medicare, and 50% of all healthcare dollars spent are already spent by government.
But that’s not enough for some people.

Kamal Harris and some other Democraps want to ban private health insurance, because they don’t want private insurance companies competing with government-run health insurance.
It that constitutional (i.e. to ban an entire industry)?

IF private health insurance companies are NOT banned.
Which do you think would provide the best healthcare for the least cost:

  • (a) government-run healthcare?
  • (b)or, private health insurance?

Perhaps that is why Kamal Harris wants to ban private health insurance companies?
Perhaps, because Kamal Harris knows that government-run healthcare will be a major FUBAR ?
After all, consider the current Medicare fraud of about $70 Billion per year.

The nation’s healthcare system is about 20% of the U.S. economy.

Even in Canada, many people still buy private health insurance, because the government-run healthcare system doesn’t cover many things.

Based on the level of incompetency in most (if not all) of what the federal government runs, there’s no doubt in my mind that a take-over (i.e. and banning private health insurance) will be a major FUBAR.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 5, 2019 2:44 PM
Comment #444401

Before Kamal Harris, Bernie Sanders, and other communists ban all private health insurance systems, perhaps they should simply try to provide healthcare insurance for the lowest cost possible (i.e. non-profit), and wait and see who provides the best healthcare for the least cost:

  • (a) government-run healthcare?
  • (b)or, private health insurance?
Why not, IF they are so confident that government-run healthcare is superior?

Posted by: d.a.n at June 5, 2019 2:49 PM
Comment #444407

Dang, a somewhat more sifisticated spam technique. I think repeats are fair game - - - git em d.a.n.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 5, 2019 9:08 PM
Comment #444408

In trying to fire up the dim base the communist news network sez a study indicates that the majority of voters would vote for Trump in 2020. This ‘network’ wudn’t know a poll from a pole, just 100% propaganda for the dims.

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 5, 2019 9:12 PM
Comment #444409

Numerous (thousands) “Stop web spamming Watchblog.com” messages were sent to repeat offender rashifal.worldkings.in (contact forms, blogs, twitter, facebook, chat, and email accounts), and was also reported to Google Webspam Report site.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 5, 2019 9:37 PM
Comment #444410

Funny. I released bots on this spammer until their website crashed.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 5, 2019 9:59 PM
Comment #444411

I’ll wait until the spammer’s website reboots, and hit them again with thousands of “Stop web spamming Watchblog.com” messages sent to repeat offender rashifal.worldkings.in (contact forms, blogs, twitter, facebook, chat, and email accounts), and was also reported to Google Webspam Report site.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 5, 2019 10:06 PM
Comment #444412

Here’s what happens (i.e. website crash) to many spammers when bots are released on their spamming websites.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 5, 2019 10:22 PM
Comment #444428

I think Democrats have totally lost their collective minds. They especially the House demdummys are so insenced on either impeachment or in Pelosi’s case in Prison. For what crime is anyone’s guess.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at June 6, 2019 5:15 PM
Comment #444429

President Trump today, in Normandy France, gave the best speech I have ever heard to honor the men who died there on D-day.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 6, 2019 6:46 PM
Comment #444431

The Democraps are not only despicable for being part of, helping to foster a 2+ year hoax, and participating in the deep-state that weaponized several federal departments, but the Democraps are also despicable because of all of this.
Pelosi said she “wants Trump in prison”.
So, what IF a person believes the president belongs in prison, then why not impeach that president?
What is Pelosi waiting for?

Ohhhh … right, the Democraps are still in search of a crime that would qualify as an impeachable offense.
Nevermind that it will take two thirds of the Senate to vote for impeachment, which seems unlikely.
Democraps keep beating that dead horse in that hole they’re standing in, which they keep digging every deeper.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 6, 2019 8:13 PM
Comment #444480

Pelosi says “Lock him up.”, and people yawn. Trump says “Lock her up.”, and people cheer!

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 7, 2019 3:30 PM
Comment #444483

That’s because:

  • most people know that Hillary Clinton actually broke the law (i.e. felonies), but despite the investigations that found that Hillary Clinton sent 110 messages that contained information that was classified at the time it was sent, the deep-state (i.e. by James Comey (FBI), Loretta Lynch (DOJ), Peter Strzok (FBI), Andrew McCabe (FBI), Andrew Weissmann (DOJ), Sally Yates (DOJ), Peter Strzok (FBI), Lisa Page (FBI), Bruce Ohr (DOJ), etc.), ignored all of those violations.
  • The deep-state gave Hillary Clinton a pass.
  • Hillary Clinton commited crimes (beyond a shadow of a doubt), and James Comey, Loretta Lynch, and others in the DOJ and FBI protected Hillary from being indicted for those crimes.
    Hillary Clinton also destroyed evidence, and deleted emails.
    James Comey and Loretta Lynch (and others in the FBI and DOJ) protected Hillary from being prosecuted.
  • Other people have spent time in prison for far less.
  • Loretta Lynch subsequently met secretly in a private meeting with Bill Clinton in Phoenix (29-JUN-2016) to signal Hillary’s exoneration decision by Comey.
  • Hillary Clinton claimed that the private meeting happened by mere “chance”.
    It was later proven on 5-AUG-2017 that the meeting was “planned”.
    Loretta Lynch used an alias email name of “Elizabeth Carlisle” in the letter to Bill Clinton about the meeting in Phoenix on 29-JUN-2016.
  • The public exoneration statements for Hillary were created before the meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton.
  • Peter Strzok was involved in editing and softening the James Comey exoneration draft statement (for Hillary Clinton), and texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page indicate that Loretta Lynch knew in advance that Hillary would be exonerated by James Comey.
  • Lisa Page sent a text message to Peter Strzok (excitingly) stating that “The POTUS [Obama] wants to know everything we are doing”.
  • Therefore, Obama and the his administration conspired and weaponized the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and other agencies to protect Hillary Clinton, and go after everyone associated with the Trump campaign and administration.
  • And then there are the FISA abuses, in which members of the deep-state (i.e. James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Weissmann, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr, John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice, John McCain(deceased), and Barrack Obama), who were orchestrated the 2+ year hoax (a coup) to unseat a sitting President Of The United States of America.
  • Many Democrats probably know this, and are doing everything in their power to stonewall and obstruct investigations into the treasonous acts of the deep-state members.
    As a result, nothing (which is not unusual) is getting done by Congress.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 7, 2019 4:40 PM
Comment #444485
IF private health insurance companies are NOT banned. Which do you think would provide the best healthcare for the least cost:

(a) government-run healthcare?
(b)or, private health insurance?

Doubling down on stupid, D. puts this combination red herring and strawman out as if it were some sort of intelligent question. Of course anyone with half a brain, once they stopped laughing at the moronic comment, would ask him to stop with the foolishness. But not you guys. Unquestioned his comment goes right on over your heads.

First D., private health insurance does not provide healthcare. To think they do shows just how out of touch with reality you are on this issue.
Second D., the government doesn’t run healthcare in a Medicare/Medicaid situation. They provide health insurance. To think they provide healthcare shows just how misinformed you are on this issue.

Yet you prattle on as if you know what you talk about. This comment of yours made people reading it dumber than they were before you wasted their time.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 7, 2019 8:20 PM
Comment #444486

Yeah Trump is taking care of business alright. Explain to me how this is America first guys.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 7, 2019 8:27 PM
Comment #444487
j2t2 stupidly wrote: First D., private health insurance does not provide healthcare… .
Second D., the government doesn’t run healthcare in a Medicare/Medicaid situation. They provide health insurance.
j2t2:
  • (1)Medicare is government-run insurance (IF you can find a doctor that will accept Medicare; not to mention $70 Billion per year in waste and fraud), but IF all private health insurance is banned (as Kamal Harris and Bernie Sanders are promoting), then it will essentially become a pathetic government-run healthcare system.
  • (2)but Medicaid is welfare, funded by taxpayers.
  • (3)The VA is government-run healthcare (before veterans were allowed to seek healthcare outside of the VA when the VA is unable to see patients in a reasonable time period (which Democrats in Congress voted against)), and it is a perfect example of how pathetic a government-run health insurance and/or government-run healthcare will be.
But, once again, thanks for being the gift that keeps on giving. Keep up the great work!
Posted by: d.a.n at June 7, 2019 9:28 PM
Comment #444501

Because private health insurance just doesn’t work. It is an extra layer of costs we simply don’t need.


Posted by: j2t2 at June 8, 2019 3:54 AM
Comment #444516

Actually, in a capitalist system, it’s the government insurance we don’t need.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 8, 2019 8:39 AM
Comment #444517

So, despite tremendous evidence of government-run incompetence, j2t2 believes government-run health insurance/healthcare will be more efficient ?
Then why ban private health insurance companies (even if that is legal and constitutional) ?
Also, the primary reason healthcare costs have skyrocketed since the 1960s is because of government-run insurance/healthcare, and 50% of all healthcare dollars spent are already spent by the government.
But, there has been very little government meddling in eye surgeries, cosmetic surgeries, and dental, and those costs have not skyrocketed like all other medical costs.
Why is that ?!?
That is because they don’t have the level of bureaucracy, waste, and fraud that occurs whenever the federal government is involved (such as $70 Billion per year in Medicare waste and fraud).
Some people (i.e. cheaters and parasites) are for government-run everything, because they think they are going to get some free stuff that someone else will pay for.

j2t2 wrote: Because private health insurance just doesn’t work.
Many thanks again to j2t2 for being the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 8:49 AM
Comment #444518

Guess what j2t2 … Obamacare was a disaster and costs skyrocketed, and most voters are unlikely to want to repeat that disaster.
So, your chances of getting your way are slim-to-none.
Whhaaaaaaa !!!!!

Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 8:54 AM
Comment #444519
Guess what j2t2 … Obamacare was a disaster and costs skyrocketed, and most voters are unlikely to want to repeat that disaster.

Guess what D., the ACA is a capitalist system and of course premiums rose as did deductibles. For profit health insurance continues to charge more and offer less.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 8, 2019 9:36 AM
Comment #444521

Nonsense.
Prove it.
How do you explain the VA ?
How do you explain insurance companies leaving many states under ACA ?
How do you explain $70 Billion per year in Medicare waste and fraud ?
The majority of voters are not going to want more of the same disaster, waste, and fraud characterized by the ACA, VA, and many other incompetent government-run systems (i.e. Social Security is essentially broke, and borrowing money today to fund it; total waste and fraud by the federal government may be over $1 Trillion; $22.36 Trillion national debt, etc., etc., etc.).
Only a crazy fool would want more of the same, by repeating the same mistakes, while repeatedly expecting a different result).
But, many thanks again for being the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 10:02 AM
Comment #444523

What voter suppression

Posted by: j2t2 at June 8, 2019 10:40 AM
Comment #444524
How do you explain the VA ?
What does the ACA have to do with the VA?

The VA is an underfunded entity that has suffered the effects of years of intentional destruction by conservatives. Then they privatized it as well .

How do you explain insurance companies leaving many states under ACA ?

It is this lack of competition that is part of the problem. If these private insurance companies can’t make a fortune off the backs of the ill they go some place else. Capitalism. These other countries don’t have this problem.

How do you explain $70 Billion per year in Medicare waste and fraud ?

I would ask you the same D.. Who do you think commits this fraud? It is the doctors and hospitals and insurance companies you protect. Now ask yourself this- If these doctors and hospitals are defrauding the government why would you think they aren’t defrauding the private insurance companies?

Posted by: j2t2 at June 8, 2019 10:49 AM
Comment #444526
Nonsense. Prove it.

Lol. Really D. Who do you think raises the premiums every year? Who do you think provides high deductible and health savings accounts so you pay more and they pay less?

It seems you have fallen for the marketing schemes of these predators D.. I’m not surprised as you seem to fall for so much disinformation.

The problem with employer based insurance is so obvious to most of us. You are forced to take what the employer offers and these employers go for lowest bid insurance.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 8, 2019 10:57 AM
Comment #444527

j2t2, all of your weak excuses fall flat.
IF the government is going to run any system (i.e. Medicare, Social Security, VA, etc.), it is the duty of the government to prevent waste and fraud, which it clearly has demostrated (for decades) that it is too incompetent to do.
Regardless, Obamacare was a disaster, government-run systems are inherently fraught with rampant waste and fraud, and most voters are unlikely to want to repeat that disaster.
Therefore, your chances of getting your way are slim-to-none. Too bad.
But, many thanks again for being the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 11:03 AM
Comment #444529

It seems you have fallen for the marketing schemes of these predators D.. I’m not surprised as you seem to fall for so much disinformation.

In other words, you are ignorant and gullible, d.a.n. This is j2t2’s usual retort.

The problem with employer based insurance is so obvious to most of us. You are forced to take what the employer offers and these employers go for lowest bid insurance.

Let’s get rid of the government provided incentives to provide employer based insurance and see how long it takes j2t2 to start crying about that. j2t2 want’s to eat his cake and have it, too! In other words, he’s never satisfied if it involves bi-partisan solutions or Republicans getting credit. He’ll bitch about the current situation and then complain when someone provides an alternative.

What would be the outcome if the government eliminated the subsidies to employers who provide insurance to their employees?


Posted by: Weary Willie at June 8, 2019 12:07 PM
Comment #444534

“Who do you think provides high deductible and health savings accounts so you pay more and they pay less?”

What an interesting statement j2t2. You obviously know something that the rest of us don’t…please share.

By the way, do “IRA’s” fall into the same category of scams?

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 8, 2019 2:46 PM
Comment #444535

Right. The reason health insurance and health care costs have skyrocketed is due to government meddling (about 50% of all healthcare spending is already by the government).
The best system will be market driven, with some common-sense regulations.
IF the government thinks it is capable of providing the best healthcare insurance for the lowest price, then all it has to do offer health care insurance at the lowest price possible (but premiums need to reflect actual costs; it should not be turned into a welfare system or be subsidized by other sources of tax revenues; that’s what Medicaid is for).
Unfortunately, the government-run healthcare insurance would still be more expensive than private health insurance systems.
Government-run anything is usually a bad idea, unless it is absolutely necessary.
Many in government have already know this for a very long time, and that is why the government hires contractors to do many things (e.g. build planes, boats, ships, submarines, etc.).
Healthcare is no different.
The least government interference (i.e. providing some common-sense regulations), the better.
j2t2 is entitled to his opinion, but fortunately, the majority of voters don’t agree with j2t2 (especially after the Obamacare disaster, and $70 Billion per year in waste & fraud in Medicare, Medicaid being used for tens of millions of non-citizens, and $22.4 Trillion in federal debt that is already beyond nightmare proportions).
As a result, j2t2 is turning into a pretzel while trying to dig up lame excuses why government-run healthcare insurance can work, despite the long history and numerous examples of government-run anything being fraught with huge waste and fraud.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 3:06 PM
Comment #444537

What j2t2 refuses to admit is that government-meddling is what has driven health care cost through the roof.

Almost 50% of every U.S. dollar spent on healthcare is already spent by the government.
As a result, costs started increasing as government-meddling increased (as explained here, and as shown here also).

  • Normalized Price Index versus (C)onsumer Price Index and (M)edical-care Price Index:
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  • ==== 1930 _ 1940 _ 1950 _ 1960 _ 1970 _ 1980 _ 1990 _ 2000 _ 2010
  • Source: mises.org/wire/how-government-regulations-made-healthcare-so-expensive
The majority of people that want government-run healthcare are most likely the people that believe that they are going to get free stuff, and push the notion that healthcare is a human right.
They are not happy with Medicaid, welfare, and Medicare. They want more, and they know that someone else is going to pay for it. They want to disguise their envy and jealousy as demands for healthcare that they claim to be a human right. The difference is that true human rights are things that you are allowed to do, that burden no one else, but the notion that healthcare is a human right requires others to pay for it (despite the fact that we already have Medicaid, weflare, and Medicare).

Many middle-to-high income earners understand that they will be paying more, because they will be paying for the people that paying nothing.
Besides, we already have Medicaid and welfare, so why try to turn the whole healthcare system into a welfare system?
And why should private healthcare and health insurance be banned (as Kamala Harris proposed)?
But it gets worse, because anything that is government-run is going to be far more expensive, corrupt, inefficient, bloated, and wasteful beyond nightmare proportions.

j2t2 can show us all the Democrat funded articles and Democrat funded charts he wants, and I will never believe that the government is capable of delivering a better healthcare system than a private-regulated healthcare system. In fact, what better proof do you need, than to look at one of the charts that j2t2 provided, which shows that healthcare costs have risen as government-meddling started, and increased over the past 50+ years, until almost 50% of every U.S. dollar spent on healthcare is already spent by the government.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 3:17 PM
Comment #444539

“The difference is that true human rights are things that you are allowed to do, that burden no one else, but the notion that healthcare is a human right requires others to pay for it (despite the fact that we already have Medicaid, weflare, and Medicare).”

THANK YOU D.A.N.

These “stinking thinking” Liberals equate “rights” with “entitlements”.

Our Declaration of Independence explains well what our Founders meant by “Rights”. They are “unalienable”. They carry no price tag. They are not acquired at the expense of any other.

I hope no Liberal will argue that the “pursuit of happiness” is a government guarantee to pay for whatever we desire to be happy.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 8, 2019 3:43 PM
Comment #444540
Royal Flush wrote: These “stinking thinking” Liberals equate “rights” with “entitlements”.
That’s because it helps to disguise their envy and jealousy as demands for equality, and what batter way to accomplish that, than by claiming healthcare is a right.
Suppose there are not enough doctors, surgeons, and hospitals.
That is what will happen with rationing that will result from government-run healthcare systems.
Suppose there are NO doctors, surgeons, and hospitals (such as along the US/Mexico border where 84 hospitals closed that were overrun by non-citizens).
Who will people demand their right-to-healthcare from then?
Who will people sue when their right-to-healthcare is not possible?
It seems that the majority of people that want government-run healthcare systems are either politicians seeking power with false promises, or voters that think they are going to get something for free.
Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 4:05 PM
Comment #444541

And where does it end?
Once we start down that path, people will claim other things as a right, such as the following (which someone will have to pay for):

  • (01) monthly income;
  • (02) food;
  • (03) transportation (e.g. a vehicle);
  • (04) home, or free rent;
  • (05) dental;
  • (06) transgender surgery and treatments;
  • (07) breast implants;
  • (08) college;
  • (09) clothing; shoes; uniforms;
  • (10) cataract surgery; lasik surgery;
  • (11) electricity;
  • (12) phones (think this was done already);
  • (13) internet;
  • (14) television;
  • (15) fuel for your vehicle;
  • (16) baby formula;
  • (17) diapers;
  • (18) baby sitters; day care;
  • (19) cosmetic surgery;
  • (20) entertainment;
After all, if healthcare is a right, then why isn’t any of the above also a right?
Of course, the cheaters and parasites would love that, because they will benefit from the hard work of others.
The producers won’t like it, because they know that they will be paying for others (far, far beyond what we already have for welfare and Medicaid).

Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 4:21 PM
Comment #444542
  • (21) abortions;
Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 4:22 PM
Comment #444543
Royal Flush wrote: hope no Liberal will argue that the “pursuit of happiness” is a government guarantee to pay for whatever we desire to be happy.
That’s essentially what they are doing.
And we should ask: WHY ?, since we already have welfare for the truly needy, and Medicaid, and Medicare ?
Why must everything be turned into a welfare system?
How long before everyone is trying to ride in the wagon, but there aren’t enough to push the wagon?
Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 4:28 PM
Comment #444544

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/447394-key-figure-that-mueller-report-linked-to-russia-was-a-state-department

This must be the height of stupidity.

Mexico is sending 6k troops to their borders to stop illegal crossings. In response, President Trump has cancelled the 5% tariff that was to be imposed on Mexico. Mexico says they will start buying copious amounts of US agricultural products.

Thank you Mr. President …

Posted by: Roy Ellis at June 8, 2019 4:46 PM
Comment #444546

d.a.n., your human “right” can not be obtained by fleecing my pocketbook to pay for it; or by curtailing my freedom to exercise my rights .

Should government become powerful enough to declare what is a “human right”, that same government is powerful enough to declare what is NOT a human right.

Government could declare that “life and liberty” are no longer rights. We could lose all our Constitutional protections.

Government has already declared that the unborn have no rights.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 8, 2019 4:55 PM
Comment #444547

Roy, Thanks for the link.
The Mueller report is starting to look more like another piece of the coup against Trump.

Royal Flush wrote: Should government become powerful enough to declare what is a “human right”, that same government is powerful enough to declare what is NOT a human right.
Yes it can. It has already crossed the line in many ways.
It’s all about power and control.
Real rights are constantly threat today [including, but not limited to, many of the 1st ten amendments (freedom of speech; the right top bear arms; Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures (and attempted coups); Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property; Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases; Other Rights Kept by the People; Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People); unfair taxation; weaponization of federal agencies (FBI, DOJ, IRS, CIA, EPA, etc.) and departments for political purposes; clear violations by many open-border Congress persons to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and protect the U.S. borders; clear violations by many Congress persons of Article V of the U.S. constitution, despite many hundreds of Article V applications by 34+ U.S. states; rampant waste and fraud; trillions of dollar$ pilfered from Social Security and replaced with useless I.O.U.s (more evidence of the federal government’s incompetence and inability to manage government-run systems); unnecessary wars (some based on a lie) and subsequent nation-building (unnecessarily costing the lives of thousands of U.S. citizens, and costing the U.S. many trillion$ in losses); a monetary system that uses incessant inflation to debauch the U.S. dollar such that a 1950 dollar is devalued by 91% and is now worth only 9 cents (although, most other countries are far worse), politicians trying to acquire power by bribing voters with promises of lots of free stuff, a $22.4 Trillion national debt of nightmare proportions; government is FOR-SALE and the wealthiest 0.3% of all 236 million eligible voters make 83% of all federal campaign donations (source: OpenSecrets.org); deteriorating education (the U.S. used be 1st in the world in public education, but has now fallen to 17th or worse); rampant greed and unfair trade practices; etc., etc., etc.].
With all of that, some people (not sure what they are smoking) seem to think banning private healthcare insurance and a government take-over for a government-run healthcare system is a good idea?
It could easily be the last straw, and could easily push the $22.4 Trillion national debt far, far beyond the already nightmare proportions.
That is the only silver lining … eventually, such socialist systems are eventually doomed to fail miserably.
Posted by: d.a.n at June 8, 2019 10:01 PM
Comment #444558

“Stop web spamming Watchblog.com” messages were sent to www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-Google-AdSense-plugin-for-WordPress/answer/Arun-Pratap-67?prompt_topic_bio=1 , and was also reported to Google Webspam Report site.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 9, 2019 8:36 AM
Comment #444606

Gotta love the headline from our friend Roy, “Trump is taking care of business”. He sure is, to bad he isn’t putting the interests of the people of this country first instead of taking care of his business ventures on the taxpayers dime.


The repost card on the good the bad and the ugly of the Trump economy.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 10, 2019 5:20 PM
Comment #444607

Once again the gullible Trump followers are played for fools

Posted by: j2t2 at June 10, 2019 5:26 PM
Comment #444610

As Sarah Sanders said, “Mexico is doing more for immigration then democrats are” at least Trump is doing what he said he would do J2. Democrats are just jealous because he is doing what he said he would do not the usual idol promises of most politicians.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at June 10, 2019 5:30 PM
Comment #444611

Many thanks to our Liberal/Progressive/Socialist Pal j2t2 for proving once again that he would rather believe the NYT fake news on Mexico curbing immigrants crossing their Southern border than use his own brain and logic.

The Times claims that Mexico agreed to Trump’s demands months ago. Hmmm…why then have illegal border crossings of our Southern border increased over the past few months?

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 10, 2019 5:56 PM
Comment #444612

It will be great fun to watch the jackass democrats running for president debate socialism versus capitalism. I can hear it now. CAPITALISM IS DEAD…LONG LIVE SOCIALISM; the savior of our “something-for-nothing” comrades.

We will also be treated to a debate on when biology died. The democrat consensus is that gender is no longer a function of biology, but rather, of psychiatry.

WE BECOME WHAT WE BELIEVE.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 10, 2019 6:03 PM
Comment #444615

Ha ha!
j2t2 (again) must not have read the article he linked to.
j2t2 calls it “ugly”, but the article shows Trump’s scores/grades on the Economy as B, B+, and A- (those are good grades).
Is that the best j2t2 can do?
j2t2 must be desperate when he attempts to portray Trump’s scores (of B, B+, and A- on the economy) as “ugly”.
j2t2 conveniently ignores the reasons for some dips in the scores, due to the push for fair trade, since many other countries (especially China) cheat and steal on a regular basis (for the past 19 years). The U.S.A. may feel a little pain at first, but the pain will be 4+ times worse in China, since China wants to continue to sell 4+ times more to the U.S.A. than China buys from the U.S.A.
It could also lead to more jobs in the U.S.A. and other countries.
Unfortunately, since Congress (mostly Democrats) won’t deal with “asylum” abuses and illegal immigration (and refuse to acknowledge the immigration crisis), Trump had to resort to other leverage (i.e. tariffs) to get Mexico’s attention and to convince them to stop being a illicit conduit for illegal immigrants flowing through Mexico’s much-shorter southern border, and then being allowed to travel thousands of miles north through Mexico (unhindered).
Many thanks again to j2t2 for being the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 10, 2019 8:44 PM
Comment #444617

The Democrats are responsible for the crisis at the border.
The Democrats have blood on their hands, for despicably luring people to make dangerous journeys to reach the U.S.A.
Democrats are despicable, because they only want the votes, money, and power from the increased decennial CENSUS, which does not verify citizenship, which gives states with large numbers of illegal immigrants more electoral votes and federal funding.
It’s not easy to get more despicable than that, but it’s not the first time Democrats have sunk so low.
In the past, Democrats:

  • (1) sought to continue slavery (source: www.britannica.com/topic/Democratic-Party);
  • (2) created the KKK (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan);
  • (3) created Jim Crow laws (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws);
  • (4) and imposed racial segregation (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Democrats).
… and today, not much has changed (notice the common-thread in all of the following):
  • (01) because many Democrats despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes, by pandering to illegal immigrants for 30+ years for more votes, via more representation in the House, via more U.S. House representatives, via re-apportionment of representatives (i.e. more electoral votes, and more federal funding), based on population, which is based on the decennial CENSUS, which does not verify U.S. citizenship; therefore, districts, counties, and states with higher decennial CENSUS numbers (since citizenship is not verified), receive more electoral votes, and more federal funding, based on population (of which many tens of millions are non-citizens), and it is also a way to turn RED states to BLUE states.
  • (02) because many Democrats are also fighting against a [x]check-box on the decennial CENSUS, despite the check-box being totally inadequate to prove citizenship. Democrats disguise their desire for power (for THEIR party) as compassion for illegal immigrants, while despicably pitting U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes and money.
  • (03) because many Democrats and most of the main stream media, lie about crime by illegal immigrants, and refuse to report the 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens; and about 32% of everyone in federal prison is a criminal non-citizen;
  • (04) because many Democrats, and most of the main stream media, lie about how massive illegal (or legal) immigration is costing U.S. tax payers hundreds of billion$ per year ($296 Billion per year by this estimate) in net losses (which does not include all costs, and does not include the cost of crime by criminal non-citizens); that is a net loss of about $2,349.00 per year per household (126.22 Million households in 2017; U.S. population=323 Million in 2017); also see this daily ticker (at OANN.com, KlowdTV.com) of the daily cost (about $0.74 Billion per day) due to rampant illegal immigration (excluding the cost of many crimes and about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens );
  • (05) because many Democrats are calling for open borders, and refuse to adequately fund the building of more border barriers;
  • (06) because many Democrats are calling to abolish I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement);
  • (07) because many Democrats want another shamnesty, like the shamnesty of 1986;
  • (08) because many Democrats refuse legislation to (a)require employers to use eVerify (to verify eligibility for employment); (b)to stop the abuse of asylum laws; and (c)stop the abuse of birth-right citizenship (women from all over the world are booking vacations to the U.S. to give birth, so that their child will have U.S. citizenship);
  • (09) because many Democrats want to give illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses, and also automatically register them to vote; illegal voting by non-citizens is widespread in all states;
  • (10) because many Democrats want more mayors like Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA), who warns illegal immigrants (including criminal illegal immigrants) before an ICE raid to arrest criminal illegal immigrants;
  • (11) because many Democrats want more sanctuary cities and states, like California, where Democrats have passed sanctuary city and sanctuary state laws that protect criminal illegal immigrants (such as an illegal immigrant by the name of Garcia Zarate murdered Kate Steinle (who had already been deported 5 times, and convicted 3 times for felonies for manufacturing narcotics), and was then acquitted for that murder, despite Zarate admitting to shooting the weapon that killed Kate Steinle, which should have been, at the very least, manslaughter);
  • (12) because many Democrats want to abolish the 2nd amendment, but many Democrats and many on the left call for restricting or eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source: www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf ; site2data.com/homicides1.html ; www.KlowdTV.com);
  • (13) because many Democrats want (including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, etc.) to pass new laws to allow criminals to vote (including murderers, rapists, child molestors, etc.), because they know that a vast majority of criminals will vote Democrat (because the Democrat party is essentially famous for pandering for votes, as they have also done by pandering to illegal immigrants). Is there no low that Democrats will not stoop to in order to acquire more power?
  • (14) because many Democrats are promising reparations for black people (including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, etc.). Nevermind that it would be punishing people that have harmed nobody. It is yet another item in the long (and growing) list of things that Democrats will do for more votes and power. In fact, many Americans’ ancestors had nothing to do with slavery, because they immigrated to the U.S. after slavery was abolished. Reparations are unconstitutional, since the 13th Amendment states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States …”. Since no living Americans can be convicted of slavery, it would be unconstitutional to subject Americans to the economic “involuntary servitude” of paying reparations;
  • (15) because many Democrats in many sanctuary states, allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, while U.S. citizens from other states must pay higher out-out-state tuition; Democrat-controlled New York state legislature passed a law giving financial assistance for college to illegal immigrants in U.S. high-schools; several sanctuary states passed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to attend tuition-free community colleges; again, the Democrats will do anything for more votes, and power;

NOTE: Non-criminal illegal immigrants merely looking for work are not the true villains. The truly despicable villains are many Democrats and similar ilk, who despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for more votes, money, and power.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 10, 2019 8:56 PM
Comment #444661
j2t2 calls it “ugly”, but the article shows Trump’s scores/grades on the Economy as B, B+, and A- (those are good grades). Is that the best j2t2 can do?

D., First of all your moronic out of context quote is exactly why you get asked have you no sense of decency. Second it why your “facts” and your list of my comments mean so little. To think that “the good the bad and the ugly” gets turned into “j2t2 calls it “ugly”” is why you are considered a propagandist.

The grades are deserved, the economy is doing well as far as the way it is and has been measured. No one denies that. Trump was handed a good economy, recovered from the mess Obama was handed, and the economy continues to grow. The fact is you guys have called the economy terrible even in the last years of the Obama administration and it wasn’t. Look at the grade and the comparison for proof of this.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 11, 2019 11:54 AM
Comment #444662

Now as far as draining the swamp goes more bad news for the right wing in this country as truths start coming out about voter suppression and such.

Posted by: j2t2 at June 11, 2019 11:56 AM
Comment #444663

Logic doesn’t work with some people.
j2t2 (and Democrats, and similar ilk) consider the following as voter suppression:

  • Require the voter to be a citizen of the United States.
  • Require the voter to identify themselves as eligible to vote.
  • Require the voter be alive.
  • Require the voter to only vote once.
This report verifies that most voter fraud is by Democrats (i.e. 81% of voter fraud by Democrats, and 19% by Republicans (from Voter Fraud database [from year 1979 to 2018]).
More …

But, many thanks again to j2t2 for bring the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 11, 2019 1:16 PM
Comment #444664

J2 you are a true Democrat. Voter suppression now. The only voter suppression is in your’s and the rest of the Looney lefts minds. Asking for ID and purging of dead voters is NOT voter suppression. Nor is NOT allowing illegals to vote, voter suppression. What is voter suppression is finding ballot boxes in trunks of cars and warehouses which mysteriously contain votes going to democrats, in other words stuffing the ballot boxes because it is the only way democrats can win.

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at June 11, 2019 1:17 PM
Comment #444665

I watched Joe Biden speaking before a huge, huge crowd today in Iowa. Nearly all eighty-five people were sleeping and I had trouble staying awake. This guy is sooo boring, even dogs lying outside the building were yawning.

Biden is back-tracking on years of convictions formerly held by him. He got very close to endorsing Socialism today; and I believe he will make the flip before long and denounce Capitalism.

My ideal Democrat presidential ticket is Biden/Sanders…or, if you like, Sanders/Biden.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 11, 2019 2:30 PM
Comment #444666

Obama took 8 years to get the economy back to the point it was before 2008. It took him 8 years to do what Trump could have done in a couple of months. Then, when Trump gets Obama’s turtle’s pace economy, he turns it into a robust, growing economy well above 2008 standards.

That’s the difference, j2t2. Obama took advantage of a crisis to implement the ACA and regulations designed to stifle the energy industries, and he squandered billions of dollars on pie in the sky failures and outright lies. Trump isn’t getting squat from congress and he’s still fulfilling promises and making America great again.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 11, 2019 2:31 PM
Comment #444667
Weary Willie wrote: … he [Obama] squandered billions of dollars on pie in the sky failures and outright lies.
Worse (though Obama told some huge whoppers that harmed many people), because Obama also helped weaponize the federal government to spy on an opposing-party candidate, which then attempted a coup on a sitting president.
Posted by: d.a.n at June 11, 2019 2:59 PM
Comment #444669

“Obama took 8 years to get the economy back to the point it was before 2008.”

That’s right Weary…and don’t forget it also took $10 Trillion of taxpayer money.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 11, 2019 3:36 PM
Comment #444670

How embarrassing for Democrats all over the nation today.

John Dean tells Congress: ‘Clearly, I am not here today as a fact witness’ to the Mueller report

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/john-dean-tells-congress-clearly-i-am-not-here-today-as-a-fact-witness-to-the-mueller-report

Chairman Nadler and his fellow flunkies drag this skeleton from the past as a symbol of their ineptitude and frustration in dealing with President Trump.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 11, 2019 3:52 PM
Comment #444671

Yeah, what the hell is that all about (i.e. asking John Dean to come before Congress)?
It makes no sense at all.

http://USDebtClock.org/

Year____U.S. GDP____U.S. Pop.___U.S. Federal National Debt
1960:___$0.5433 T___179.323 M___$0.29053 Trillion (Eisenhower)
1961:___$0.5633 T___181.588 M___$0.29265 Trillion (JFK)
1962:___$0.6051 T___183.881 M___$0.30293 Trillion (JFK)
1963:___$0.6386 T___186.204 M___$0.31032 Trillion (JFK)
1964:___$0.6858 T___188.555 M___$0.31606 Trillion (JFK)
1965:___$0.7437 T___190.937 M___$0.32232 Trillion (LBJ)
1966:___$0.8150 T___193.348 M___$0.32850 Trillion (LBJ)
1967:___$0.8617 T___195.790 M___$0.34045 Trillion (LBJ)
1968:___$0.9425 T___198.263 M___$0.36869 Trillion (LBJ)
1969:___$1.0199 T___200.766 M___$0.36577 Trillion (Nixon)
1970:___$1.0759 T___203.302 M___$0.38092 Trillion (Nixon)
1971:___$1.1678 T___205.515 M___$0.40818 Trillion (Nixon)
1972:___$1.2824 T___207.752 M___$0.43594 Trillion (Nixon)
1973:___$1.4285 T___210.013 M___$0.46629 Trillion (Nixon)
1974:___$1.5488 T___212.299 M___$0.48389 Trillion (Ford)
1975:___$1.6889 T___214.609 M___$0.54193 Trillion (Ford)
1976:___$1.8776 T___216.945 M___$0.62897 Trillion (Ford)
1977:___$2.0860 T___219.307 M___$0.70640 Trillion (Carter)
1978:___$2.3566 T___221.694 M___$0.77660 Trillion (Carter)
1979:___$2.6321 T___224.107 M___$0.82947 Trillion (Carter)
1980:___$2.8625 T___226.546 M___$0.90904 Trillion (Carter)
1981:___$3.2110 T___228.670 M___$0.99483 Trillion (Reagan)
1982:___$3.3450 T___230.815 M___$1.13732 Trillion (Reagan)
1983:___$3.6381 T___232.979 M___$1.37166 Trillion (Reagan)
1984:___$4.0407 T___235.164 M___$1.56458 Trillion (Reagan)
1985:___$4.3467 T___237.369 M___$1.81742 Trillion (Reagan)
1986:___$4.5902 T___239.595 M___$2.12050 Trillion (Reagan)
1987:___$4.8702 T___241.842 M___$2.34595 Trillion (Reagan)
1988:___$5.2526 T___244.110 M___$2.60111 Trillion (Reagan)
1989:___$5.6577 T___246.399 M___$2.86780 Trillion (G.H.W.Bush)
1990:___$5.9796 T___248.710 M___$3.20629 Trillion (G.H.W.Bush)
1991:___$6.1740 T___251.802 M___$3.59818 Trillion (G.H.W.Bush)
1992:___$6.5393 T___254.933 M___$4.00179 Trillion (G.H.W.Bush)
1993:___$6.8787 T___258.103 M___$4.35104 Trillion (Clinton)
1994:___$7.3088 T___261.312 M___$4.64331 Trillion (Clinton)
1995:___$7.6641 T___264.561 M___$4.92058 Trillion (Clinton)
1996:___$8.1002 T___267.850 M___$5.18146 Trillion (Clinton)
1997:___$8.6085 T___271.180 M___$5.36921 Trillion (Clinton)
1998:___$9.0892 T___274.552 M___$5.47819 Trillion (Clinton)
1999:___$9.6606 T___277.966 M___$5.60552 Trillion (Clinton)
2000:__$10.2848 T___281.422 M___$5.62870 Trillion (Clinton)
2001:__$10.6218 T___284.184 M___$5.76989 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2002:__$10.9775 T___286.974 M___$6.19840 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2003:__$11.5107 T___289.790 M___$6.76002 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2004:__$12.2749 T___292.635 M___$7.35465 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2005:__$13.0937 T___295.507 M___$7.90530 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2006:__$13.8559 T___298.145 M___$8.45135 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2007:__$14.4776 T___300.807 M___$8.95075 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2008:__$14.7186 T___303.492 M___$9.98608 Trillion (G.W. Bush)
2009:__$14.4187 T___306.202 M__$11.87585 Trillion (Obama)
2010:__$14.9644 T___309.338 M__$13.52881 Trillion (Obama)
2011:__$15.5179 T___311.644 M__$14.76423 Trillion (Obama)
2012:__$16.1553 T___313.993 M__$16.05092 Trillion (Obama)
2013:__$16.6915 T___316.234 M__$16.71943 Trillion (Obama, debt exceeds GDP)
2014:__$17.4276 T___318.623 M__$17.79452 Trillion (Obama, debt exceeds GDP)
2015:__$18.1207 T___321.040 M__$18.12006 Trillion (Obama)
2016:__$18.6245 T___323.406 M__$19.53949 Trillion (Obama, debt exceeds GDP; $9.99T to $19.5T)
2017:__$19.3862 T___325.719 M__$20.20567 Trillion (Trump, debt exceeds GDP)
2018:__$20.0293 T___328.049 M__$21.90000 Trillion (Trump, debt exceeds GDP)
2019:__$21.0031 T___330.395 M__$22.70284 Trillion estimated
2020:__$22.0688 T___332.759 M__$23.90098 Trillion estimated
2021:__$23.1937 T___335.139 M__$25.02016 Trillion estimated

Posted by: d.a.n at June 11, 2019 4:05 PM
Comment #444672

Consider the following cost (i.e. $0.75 Billion per day; $273 Billion per year, and rising due to massive illegal crossings this year) for border security.
j2t2 and other open-borders ilk don’t want to talk about that, much less the 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens in the U.S.A.
Crickets chirping … Crickets chirping … Crickets chirping … Crickets chirping …

Posted by: d.a.n at June 11, 2019 4:10 PM
Comment #444710

Have you noticed they call for Trump’s impeachment and they say he’s committed impeachable offenses, but they never say what those offenses are!

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 12, 2019 7:45 AM
Comment #444712

Pelosi was asked for specifics and she responded, ““I think the Mueller report very clearly spells out, at least ten or 11 instances of obstruction of justice. but I’m not here to have that discussion.”

What is she afraid of? Why doesn’t she get up on her high horse and shout out every item on her list of 10 or 11 instances? Answer: She can’t.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 12, 2019 8:08 AM
Comment #444717

The Democrats call Trump treasonous, but it is many of the Democrats and the deep-state that are treasonous.
Weaponization of the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and other federal agencies to spy on a candidate of an opposing party, and then try to unseat the president based on lies, and FISA abuses is treason.
All of the deep-state culprits need to be held accountable.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 12, 2019 10:59 AM
Comment #444729

but….but…but…the Trump economy is the best ever

Posted by: j2t2 at June 12, 2019 10:33 PM
Comment #444757
j2t2 wrote: but….but…but…the Trump economy is the best ever.
Yes, thanks for admitting it.
Tax cuts actually increased tax revenues.
Talking about debt is hypocritical when Obama increased the debt by $10 Trillion.
Tax cuts were not only for the rich, because middle class tax cuts were a large percentage, and the capical gains tax was increased 5%.
Only Trump has tried to address the unfair trade practices that Obama and previous administrations crated.
But, Robert Reich? Seriously? Robert Reich is a former Clinton, partisan hack, who hypocritically and conveniently ignored the following
TRUMP ACCOMPLISHMENTS (280) in FIRST 20 MONTHS: The haters and grave-diggers so conveniently ignore or trivialize all of the following (the first 20 months):
    ======Economic Growth:
  • 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018.
  • For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year. ======Jobs:
  • 4 million new jobs have been created since the election, and more than 3.5 million since Trump took office.
  • More Americans are employed now than ever before in our history.
  • Jobless claims at lowest level in nearly five decades.
  • The economy has achieved the longest positive job-growth streak on record.
  • Job openings are at an all-time high and outnumber job seekers for the first time on record.
  • Unemployment claims at 50 year low
  • African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment rates have all recently reached record lows.
    • African-American unemployment hit a record low of 5.9 percent in May 2018.
    • Hispanic unemployment at 4.5 percent.
    • Asian-American unemployment at record low of 2 percent.
  • Women’s unemployment recently at lowest rate in nearly 65 years.
    • Female unemployment dropped to 3.6 percent in May 2018, the lowest since October 1953.
  • Youth unemployment recently reached its lowest level in more than 50 years.
    • July 2018’s youth unemployment rate of 9.2 percent was the lowest since July 1966.
  • Veterans’ unemployment recently hit its lowest level in nearly two decades.
    • July 2018’s veterans’ unemployment rate of 3.0 percent matched the lowest rate since May 2001.
  • Unemployment rate for Americans without a high school diploma recently reached a record low.
  • Rate for disabled Americans recently hit a record low.
  • Blue-collar jobs recently grew at the fastest rate in more than three decades.
  • Poll found that 85 percent of blue-collar workers believe their lives are headed “in the right direction.”
    • 68 percent reported receiving a pay increase in the past year.
  • Last year, job satisfaction among American workers hit its highest level since 2005.
  • Nearly two-thirds of Americans rate now as a good time to find a quality job.
    • Optimism about the availability of good jobs has grown by 25 percent.
  • Added more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since the election.
    • Manufacturing employment is growing at its fastest pace in more than two decades.
  • 100,000 new jobs supporting the production & transport of oil & natural gas. ======American Income:
  • Median household income rose to $61,372 in 2017, a post-recession high.
  • Wages up in August by their fastest rate since June 2009.
  • Paychecks rose by 3.3 percent between 2016 and 2017, the most in a decade.
  • Council of Economic Advisers found that real wage compensation has grown by 1.4 percent over the past year.
  • Some 3.9 million Americans off food stamps since the election.
  • Median income for Hispanic-Americans rose by 3.7 percent and surpassed $50,000 for the first time ever in history.
    • Home-ownership among Hispanics is at the highest rate in nearly a decade.
  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels ever recorded. ======American Optimism:
  • Small business optimism has hit historic highs.
    • NFIB’s small business optimism index broke a 35 year-old record in August.
    • SurveyMonkey/CNBC’s small business confidence survey for Q3 of 2018 matched its all-time high.
  • Manufacturers are more confident than ever.
    • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future, the highest ever.
  • Consumer confidence is at an 18-year high.
  • 12 percent of Americans rate the economy as the most significant problem facing our country, the lowest level on record.
  • Confidence in the economy is near a two-decade high, with 51 percent rating the economy as good or excellent. ======American Business:
  • Investment is flooding back into the United States due to the tax cuts.
    • Over $450 billion dollars has already poured back into the U.S., including more than $300 billion in the first quarter of 2018.
  • Retail sales have surged. Commerce Department figures from August show that retail sales increased 0.5 percent in July 2018, an increase of
  • 6.4 percent from July 2017.
  • ISM’s index of manufacturing scored its highest reading in 14 years.
  • Worker productivity is the highest it has been in more than three years.
  • Steel and aluminum producers are re-opening.
  • Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and NASDAQ have all notched record highs.
    • Dow hit record highs 70 times in 2017 alone, the most ever recorded in one year.
    ======Deregulation:
  • Achieved massive deregulation at a rapid pace, completing 22 deregulatory actions to every one regulatory action during his first year in office.
  • Signed legislation to roll back costly and harmful provisions of Dodd-Frank, providing relief to credit unions, and community and regional banks.
  • Federal agencies achieved more than $8 billion in lifetime net regulatory cost savings.
  • Rolled back Obama’s burdensome Waters of the U.S. rule.
  • Used the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations more times than in history. ======Tax Cuts:
  • Biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history by signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs act into law.
    • Provided more than $5.5 trillion in gross tax cuts, nearly 60 percent of which will go to families.
    • Increased the exemption for the death tax to help save Family Farms & Small Business.
    • Nearly doubled the standard deduction for individuals and families.
    • Enabled vast majority of American families will be able to file their taxes on a single page by claiming the standard deduction.
    • Doubled the child tax credit to help lessen the financial burden of raising a family.
    • Lowered America’s corporate tax rate from the highest in the developed world to allow American businesses to compete and win.
    • Small businesses can now deduct 20 percent of their business income.
    • Cut dozens of special interest tax breaks and closed loopholes for the wealthy.
  • 9 in 10 American workers are expected see an increase in their paychecks thanks to the tax cuts, according to the Treasury Department.
  • More than 6 million of American workers have received wage increases, bonuses, and increased benefits thanks to tax cuts.
  • Over 100 utility companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Ernst & Young found 89 percent of companies planned to increase worker compensation thanks to the Trump tax cuts.
  • Established opportunity zones to spur investment in left behind communities. ======Worker Development:
  • Established a National Council for the American Worker to develop a national strategy for training and retraining America’s workers for high-demand industries.
  • Employers have signed Trump’s “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to train or retrain more than 4.2 million workers and students.
  • Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
  • Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers. ======Domestic Infrastructure:
  • Proposed infrastructure plan would utilize $200 billion in Federal funds to spur at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment across the country.
  • Executive order expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects. Federal agencies have signed the One Federal Decision Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) streamlining the federal permitting process for
  • infrastructure projects.
  • Rural prosperity task force and signed an executive order to help expand broadband access in rural areas. ======Health Care:
  • Signed an executive order to help minimize the financial burden felt by American households Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.
  • Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
  • Signed Right-to-Try legislation, expanding health care options for terminally ill patients.
  • Enacted changes to the Medicare 340B program, saving seniors an estimated $320 million on drugs in 2018 alone.
  • FDA set a new record for generic drug approvals in 2017, saving consumers nearly $9 billion.
  • Released a blueprint to drive down drug prices for American patients, leading multiple major drug companies to announce they will freeze or reverse price increases.
  • Expanded short-term, limited-duration health plans.
  • Let more employers to form Association Health Plans, enabling more small businesses to join together and affordably provide health insurance to their employees.
  • Cut Obamacare’s burdensome individual mandate penalty.
  • Signed legislation repealing Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, also known as the “death panels.”
  • USDA invested more than $1 billion in rural health care in 2017, improving access to health care for 2.5 million people in rural communities across 41 states
  • Proposed Title X rule to help ensure taxpayers do not fund the abortion industry in violation of the law.
  • Reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy to keep foreign aid from supporting the global abortion industry.
  • HHS formed a new division over protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom.
  • Overturned Obama administration’s midnight regulation prohibiting states from defunding certain abortion facilities.
  • Signed executive order to help ensure that religious organizations are not forced to choose between violating their religious beliefs by complying with Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate or shutting their doors. ======Combating Opioids:
  • Chaired meeting the 73rd General Session of the United Nations discussing the worldwide drug problem with international leaders.
  • Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand, introducing new measures to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities.
  • $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • DEA conducted a surge in April 2018 that arrested 28 medical professions and revoked 147 registrations for prescribing too many opioids.
  • Brought the “Prescribed to Death” memorial to President’s Park near the White House, helping raise awareness about the human toll of the opioid crisis.
  • Helped reduce high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent in 2017.
  • Opioid Summit on the administration-wide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
  • Launched a national public awareness campaign about the dangers of opioid addiction.
  • Created a Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis which recommended a number of pathways to tackle the opioid crisis.
  • Led two National Prescription Drug Take Back Days in 2017 and 2018, collecting a record number of expired and unneeded prescription drugs each time.
  • $485 million targeted grants in FY 2017 to help areas hit hardest by the opioid crisis.
  • Signed INTERDICT Act, strengthening efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids before they reach our communities.
  • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
  • Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Declared the opioid crisis a Nationwide Public Health Emergency in October 2017. ======Law and Order:
  • More U.S. Circuit Court judges confirmed in the first year in office than ever.
  • Confirmed more than two dozen U. S. Circuit Court judges.
  • Followed through on the promise to nominate judges to the Supreme Court who will adhere to the Constitution.
    • Nominated and confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
  • Signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to develop a strategy to more effectively prosecute people who commit crimes against law enforcement officers.
  • Launched an evaluation of grant programs to make sure they prioritize the protection and safety of law enforcement officers.
  • Established a task force to reduce crime and restore public safety in communities across Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Signed an executive order to focus more federal resources on dismantling transnational criminal organizations such as drug cartels.
  • Violent crime decreased in 2017 according to FBI statistics.
  • $137 million in grants through the COPS Hiring Program to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.
  • Enhanced and updated the Project Safe Neighborhoods to help reduce violent crime.
  • Signed legislation making it easier to target websites that enable se*x trafficking and strengthened penalties for people who promote or facilitate prostitution.
  • Created an interagency task force working around the clock to prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and prevent human trafficking.
  • Conducted Operation Cross Country XI to combat human trafficking, rescuing 84 children and arresting 120 human traffickers.
  • Encouraged federal prosecutors to use the death penalty when possible in the fight against the trafficking of deadly drugs.
  • New rule effectively banning bump stock sales in the United States. ======Border Security and Immigration:
  • Secured $1.6 billion for border wall construction in the March 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Construction of a 14-mile section of border wall began near San Diego.
  • Worked to protect American communities from the threat posed by the vile MS-13 gang.
    • ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division arrested 796 MS-13 members and associates in FY 2017, an 83 percent increase from the prior year.
    • Justice worked with partners in Central America to secure criminal charges against more than 4,000 MS-13 members.
    • Border Patrol agents arrested 228 illegal aliens affiliated with MS-13 in FY 2017.
  • Fighting to stop the scourge of illegal drugs at our border.
    • ICE HSI seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics in FY 2017, including 2,370 pounds of fentanyl and 6,967 pounds of heroin.
    • ICE HSI dedicated nearly 630,000 investigative hours towards halting the illegal import of fentanyl.
    • ICE HSI made 11,691 narcotics-related arrests in FY 2017.
    • Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand introduced new measures to keep dangerous drugs out the United States.
    • Signed the INTERDICT Act into law, enhancing efforts to detect and intercept synthetic opioids.
    • DOJ secured its first-ever indictments against Chinese fentanyl manufacturers.
    • DOJ launched their Joint Criminal Opioid Darknet Enforcement (J-CODE) team, aimed at disrupting online illicit opioid sales.
  • Released an immigration framework that includes the resources required to secure our borders and close legal loopholes, and repeatedly called on Congress to fix our broken immigration laws.
  • Authorized the deployment of the National Guard to help secure the border.
  • Enhanced vetting of individuals entering the U.S. from countries that don’t meet security standards, helping to ensure individuals who pose a threat to our country are identified before they enter.
    • These procedures were upheld in a June 2018 Supreme Court hearing.
  • ICE removed over 226,000 illegal aliens from the United States in 2017.
    • ICE rescued or identified over 500 human trafficking victims and over 900 child exploitation victims in 2017 alone.
  • In 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges, responsible for:
      Over 76,000 with dangerous drug offenses.
    • More than 48,000 with assault offenses.
    • More than 11,000 with weapons offenses.
    • More than 5,000 with se*xual assault offenses.
    • More than 2,000 with kidnapping offenses.
    • Over 1,800 with homicide offenses.
  • Created the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office in order to support the victims and families affected by illegal alien crime.
  • More than doubled the number of counties participating in the 287(g) program, which allows jails to detain criminal aliens until they are transferred to ICE custody. ======Trade:
  • Negotiating and renegotiating better trade deals, achieving free, fair, and reciprocal trade for the United States.
    • Agreed to work with the European Union towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsides.
    • Deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.
    • Litigated multiple WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and upholding our right to enact fair trade laws.
    • Finalized a revised trade agreement with South Korea, which includes provisions to increase American automobile exports.
    • Negotiated an historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement to replace NAFTA.
    • Agreement to begin trade negotiations for a U.S.-Japan trade agreement.
    • Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
    • Established a Trade and Investment Working Group with the United Kingdom, laying the groundwork for post-Brexit trade.
  • Enacted steel and aluminum tariffs to protect our vital steel and aluminum producers and strengthen our national security.
  • Conducted 82 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations in 2017 alone.
  • Confronting China’s unfair trade practices after years of Washington looking the other way:
    • 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of goods imported from China and later imposed an additional 10% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods.
    • Conducted an investigation into Chinese forced technology transfers, unfair licensing practices, and intellectual property theft.
    • Imposed safeguard tariffs to protect domestic washing machines and solar products manufacturers hurt by China’s trade policies.
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Secured access to new markets for America’s farmers:
    • Recent deal with Mexico included new improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
    • Recent agreement with the E.U. will reduce barriers and increase trade of American soybeans to Europe.
    • Won a WTO dispute regarding Indonesia’s unfair restriction of U.S. agricultural exports.
    • Defended American Tuna fisherman and packagers before the WTO
    • Opened up Argentina to American pork experts for the first time in a quarter-century
    • American beef exports have returned to China for the first time in more than a decade
  • OK’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation. ======Energy:
  • Presidential Memorandum to clear roadblocks to construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Presidential Memorandum declaring that the Dakota Access Pipeline serves the national interest and initiating the process to complete construction.
  • Opened up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to energy exploration.
  • Coal exports up over 60 percent in 2017.
  • Rolled back the “stream protection rule” to prevent it from harming America’s coal industry.
  • Cancelled Obama’s anti-coal Clean Power Plan and proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as a replacement.
  • Withdrew from the job-killing Paris climate agreement, which would have cost the U.S. nearly $3 trillion and led to 6.5 million fewer industrial sector jobs by 2040.
  • U.S. oil production has achieved its highest level in American history
  • United States is now the largest crude oil producer in the world.
  • U.S. has become a net natural gas exporter for the first time in six decades.
  • Action to expedite the identification and extraction of critical minerals that are vital to the nation’s security and economic prosperity.
  • Took action to reform National Ambient Air Quality Standards, benefitting American manufacturers.
  • Rescinded Obama’s hydraulic fracturing rule, which was expected to cost the industry $32 million per year.
  • Proposed an expansion of offshore drilling as part of an all-of-the above energy strategy.
    • Held a lease sale for offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2018.
  • Got EU to increase its imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States.
  • Issued permits for the New Burgos Pipeline that will cross the U.S.-Mexico border. ======Foreign Policy:
  • Moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Withdrew from Iran deal and immediately began the process of re-imposing sanctions that had been lifted or waived.
    • Treasury has issued sanctions targeting Iranian activities and entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force
    • Since enacting sanctions, Iran’s crude exports have fallen off, the value of Iran’s currency has plummeted, and international companies have pulled out of the country.
    • All nuclear-related sanctions will be back in full force by early November 2018.
  • Historic summit with North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, bringing beginnings of peace and denuclearization to the Korean Peninsula.
    • The two leaders have exchanged letters and high-level officials from both sides have met resulting in tremendous progress.
    • North Korea has halted nuclear and missile tests.
    • Negotiated the return of the remains of missing-in-action soldiers from the Korean War.
  • Imposed strong sanctions on Venezuelan dictator Nicholas Maduro and his inner circle.
  • Executive order preventing those in the U.S. from carrying out certain transactions with the Venezuelan regime, including prohibiting the purchase of the regime’s debt.
  • Responded to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime.
    • Rolled out sanctions targeting individuals and entities tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.
    • Directed strikes in April 2017 against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.
    • Joined allies in launching airstrikes in April 2018 against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use.
  • New Cuba policy that enhanced compliance with U.S. law and held the Cuban regime accountable for political oppression and human rights abuses.
    • Treasury and State are working to channel economic activity away from the Cuban regime, particularly the military.
  • Changed the rules of engagement, empowering commanders to take the fight to ISIS.
    • ISIS has lost virtually all of its territory, more than half of which has been lost under Trump.
    • ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital city, Raqqah, was liberated in October 2017.
    • All Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS.
  • More than a dozen American hostages have been freed from captivity all of the world.
  • Action to combat Russia’s malign activities, including their efforts to undermine the sanctity of United States elections.
    • Expelled dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and ordered the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle, WA.
    • Banned the use of Kaspersky Labs software on government computers, due to the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.
    • Imposed sanctions against five Russian entities and three individuals for enabling Russia’s military and intelligence units to increase Russia’s offensive cyber capabilities.
    • Sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs, and 12 companies they own or control, who profit from Russia’s destabilizing activities.
    • Sanctioned 100 targets in response to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
    • Enhanced support for Ukraine’s Armed Forces to help Ukraine better defend itself.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup. ======Defense:
  • Executive order keeping the detention facilities at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay open.
  • $700 billion in military funding for FY 2018 and $716 billion for FY 2019.
  • Largest military pay raise in nearly a decade.
  • Ordered a Nuclear Posture Review to ensure America’s nuclear forces are up to date and serve as a credible deterrent.
  • Released America’s first fully articulated cyber strategy in 15 years.
  • New strategy on national biodefense, which better prepares the nation to defend against biological threats.
  • Administration has announced that it will use whatever means necessary to protect American citizens and servicemen from unjust prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
  • Released an America first National Security Strategy.
  • Put in motion the launch of a Space Force as a new branch of the military and relaunched the National Space Council.
  • Encouraged North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies to increase defense spending to their agree-upon levels.
    • In 2017 alone, there was an increase of more than 4.8 percent in defense spending amongst NATO allies.
    • Every member state has increased defense spending.
    • Eight NATO allies will reach the 2 percent benchmark by the end of 2018 and 15 allies are on trade to do so by 2024.
    • NATO allies spent over $42 billion dollars more on defense since 2016.
  • Executive order to help military spouses find employment as their families deploy domestically and abroad. ======Veterans Affairs:
  • Signed the VA Accountability Act and expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Delivered more appeals decisions – 81,000 – to veterans in a single year than ever before.
  • Strengthened protections for individuals who come forward and identify programs occurring within the VA.
  • Signed legislation that provided $86.5 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the largest dollar amount in history for the VA.
  • VA MISSION Act, enacting sweeping reform to the VA system that:
    • Consolidated and strengthened VA community care programs.
    • Funding for the Veterans Choice program.
    • Expanded eligibility for the Family Caregivers Program.
    • Gave veterans more access to walk-in care.
    • Strengthened the VA’s ability to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals.
    • Enabled the VA to modernize its assets and infrastructure.
  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act in 2017, which authorized $2.1 billion in addition funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Worked to shift veterans’ electronic medical records to the same system used by the Department of Defense, a decades old priority.
  • Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
  • Increased transparency and accountability at the VA by launching an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with access to wait time and quality of care data.
  • Signed legislation to modernize the claims and appeal process at the VA.
  • Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, providing enhanced educational benefits to veterans, service members, and their family members.
    • Lifted a 15-year limit on veterans’ access to their educational benefits.
  • Created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.
  • VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
  • Signed the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, increasing the number of VA employees that can assist justice-involved veterans.

What kind of person tries to ignore the good things, and not only focuses on the bad things, but makes up bad things (i.e. a 2+ year hoax).
It’s hard to get more unAmerican than that.

For instance, consider the lowering of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, which was common-sense, because the global average is about 20%, and anything higher simply motivates companies to leave the U.S. The corporate tax cut has already helped many companies, and has brought back many companies and money to the U.S.
Many corporations, money, and jobs ARE returning to the U.S. due to the reduction of the corporate tax from 35% to 21% (closer to the global average of 20%):

  • Apple is bringing back $38 Billion back to the U.S. after the tax overhaul.
    - Source: www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2018/01/17/apple-says-it-will-bring-cash-back-to-us-pay-38-billion-in-repatriation-tax/#62baf5592222
  • Insulet Corp.; Total jobs reshored: 1,500 jobs; States benefiting: Massachusetts; Industry: Biotechnology; Headquarters: Billerica, Massachusetts; Insulet Corporation manufactures insulin delivery systems. In 2017 the company announced it would be moving the production of its flagship product — the Omnipod, a tubeless, waterproof insulin pump — from China to a new facility in Acton, Massachusetts. Insulet cited the area’s skilled workforce and rising labor costs in China as reasons for the move. If Insulet meets earnings expectations for the next several years, the new facility could employ as many as 1,500 workers by 2021.
  • Element Electronics; Total jobs reshored: 1,500; States benefiting: Michigan, South Carolina; Industry: Consumer electronics; Headquarters: Winnsboro, South Carolina; In 2012, South Carolina-based consumer electronics manufacturer Element Electronics opened a new flat screen television factory in Detroit. The decision was based on a need to consolidate the company’s supply chain, and made Element one of the only companies to manufacture televisions in the U.S. Element also reshored production from China to Winnsboro, South Carolina with an initial $7.5 million investment in a new plant that is projected to lead to the creation of 500 jobs. The TV manufacturer cited Walmart’s pledge to buy $250 billion of U.S.-made products from 2013 to 2023 as a primary reason to relocate operations to the United States.
  • Gentex; Total jobs reshored: 1,600 jobs; States benefiting: Michigan; Industry: Motor vehicle parts; Headquarters: Zeeland, Michigan; Over the last several years, mirror manufacturer Gentex closed its two plants in China and Mexico in an effort to centralize production in Zeeland, Michigan. While labor was less expensive overseas, the move to consolidate all stages of production in one location is likely to reduce transportation costs and the risk of manufacturing error. According to the Reshoring Initiative, the company’s reshoring efforts since 2010 amount to a total of 1,600 jobs for U.S. workers.
  • Amgen; Total jobs reshored: 1,600; States benefiting: Rhode Island, TBD; Industry: Pharmaceuticals; Headquarters: Thousand Oaks, California; In a January 2018 meeting with President Donald Trump, Amgen CEO Robert Bradway announced that the firm was planning to add 1,600 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. The announcement came several years after the biopharma company cut approximately 15% of its workforce and closed two U.S. manufacturing facilities in 2014 as part of major cost-saving efforts. Most recently, Amgen announced in February 2018 that it would invest $300 million in a new U.S. biologics plant that would employ approximately 300 workers upon completion. An April 2018 recent press release from the company named West Greenwich, Rhode Island, as the site of the new facility.
  • Merck & Co.; Total jobs reshored: 1,633 jobs; States benefiting: New Jersey, TBD; Industry: Pharmaceuticals; Headquarters: Kenilworth, New Jersey; In July 2017, the White House announced that Merck, along with pharmaceutical manufacturers Pfizer and Corning, have committed to making a joint investment of at least $4 billion in pharmaceutical glass manufacturing in the U.S. The partnership will focus on the manufacturing of advanced pharmaceutical glass packing, a technology used in the storage of injectable drugs, as well as vials and cartridges, and is projected to lead to the direct hiring of 4,000 U.S. employees across the three companies. Merck also recently reshored approximately 300 jobs as part of its efforts to consolidate its overseas operations in the U.S. The company relocated the headquarters of its animal health division from Boxmeer, the Netherlands to its campus in Summit, New Jersey in 2013 as part of a larger restructuring effort.
  • SolarCity; Total jobs reshored: 1,900; States benefiting: New York; Industry: Energy production & storage; Headquarters: San Mateo, California; In 2014, SolarCity announced a deal with the State of New York that commits the company to invest approximately $5 billion over the next 10 years in return for a $750 million construction subsidy that is projected to create at least 1,900 jobs. The investment is focused around the construction of a new facility in South Buffalo. Without major government subsidies, domestic manufacturing of solar panels has largely been prohibitively expensive, as U.S. labor costs were too high compared to other countries. While the project stalled for several years as SolarCity reevaluated its timeframe and was taken over by Tesla, solar roof tile production began at the new factory in December 2017.
  • Polaris Industries; Total jobs reshored: 2,000; States benefiting: Alabama; Industry: Transportation equipment; Headquarters: Deerfield, Illinois; In January 2015, automotive manufacturer Polaris Industries announced plans to build a $142 million off-road vehicle plant in Huntsville, Alabama that will create an estimated 2,000 manufacturing jobs in the area. The move was likely prompted by the generous tax breaks offered by state and local governments. Polaris is projected to receive approximately $80 million in tax breaks from the city of Huntsville and state of Alabama upon completion and staffing of the facility. The announcement comes several years after the company was criticized for downsizing its plant in Osceola, Wisconsin and building a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico for approximately $150 million.
  • Caterpillar; Total jobs reshored: 2,100; States benefiting: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Texas; Industry: Construction & farm machinery; Headquarters: Peoria, Illinois; According to the Reshoring Initiative, over the last several years construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has announced reshoring projects that will target facilities in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Texas, and will add or retain an estimated 2,100 U.S. manufacturing jobs. In 2012, Caterpillar opened a new facility in Victoria, Texas with an initial investment of $200 million in an effort to shift production of its hydraulic excavators from Akashi, Japan to the U.S. In August 2015, Caterpillar announced plans to expand employment at its Victoria facility, moving its vocational truck manufacturing operations from Mexico to the Texas location.
  • Whirlpool; Total jobs reshored: 2,165; States benefiting: Ohio; Industry: Electronics, electrical equipment; Headquarters: Benton Harbor, Michigan; Since 2010, Whirlpool has announced several efforts to consolidate its overseas operations within the U.S. that will add up to an estimated 2,165 reshored jobs for domestic manufacturing workers. Most recently, in January 2018 Whirlpool announced it would be adding 200 full-time employees to its facility in Clyde, Ohio. The news came shortly after the Trump Administration announced safeguard tariffs on large imported residential washing machines, a move projected to reduce import competition from Whirlpool rivals Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.
  • General Electric; Total jobs reshored: 2,656; States benefiting: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, Ohio
    Industry: Industrial machinery; Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts; Since 2010, General Electric has announced domestic capital investments that are projected to add approximately 2,700 jobs to the U.S. manufacturing workforce. Much of the reshoring efforts are based around Appliance Park, a newly renovated production facility in Louisville, Kentucky, and shifting the production of bottom-mounted refrigerators and front-load washing machines from China and Mexico to the U.S. According to GE, reasons for the move include lower transportation costs, a more qualified workforce, and significant tax incentives by state and local governments.
  • Dow Chemical; Total jobs reshored: 2,900; States benefiting: Louisiana, Michigan, Texas; Industry: Chemicals; Headquarters: Midland, Michigan; In March 2015, Dow Chemical announced plans to invest $6 billion in its manufacturing plants in Texas and Louisiana in an effort to capitalize on lower domestic natural gas prices. According to a Dow executive, the increase in U.S. fracking activity has created significant investment prospects for chemical producers in the United States that will pay off in the next several years. The Gulf Coast reshoring effort is largely focused on the production of ethylene, propylene, and chemical derivatives used in packaging. The company’s reshoring efforts announced over the past several years are projected to retain or add approximately 2,900 manufacturing jobs to the U.S.
  • Intel; Total jobs reshored: 4,000; States benefiting: Arizona, California, Oregon; Industry: Semiconductors & other electronic components; Headquarters: Santa Clara, California; In 2011, Intel announced plans to hire 4,000 U.S. workers and build a $5 billion microprocessor plant in Chandler, Arizona. Known as Fab 42, the plant will use the 7-nanometer production process and is projected to be the most advanced, high-volume microprocessor plant in the world. While the facility was completed in 2013, its opening was stalled for several years. In February 2017, however, Intel announced plans to open the facility with a total investment of $7 billion and the direct hiring of 3,000 high-tech, high-wage workers. The tech giant projects the plant will be completed in the next two to three years, and will indirectly lead to the creation of roughly 10,000 jobs throughout Arizona.
  • Ford; Total jobs reshored: 4,200; States benefiting: Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New York; Industry: Motor vehicles & parts; Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan; In January 2017, Ford announced plans to cancel the $1.6 billion expansion of its Mexico production facility, instead opting to expand operations at its Flat Rock, Michigan facility with a $700 million investment projected to create 700 jobs. Similar reshoring efforts by the U.S. auto giant have been announced over the past eight years, targeting facilities in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, New York, and other parts of Michigan and totaling an estimated 4,200 new jobs for the domestic workforce. Like General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, Ford’s announcements were made amid pressure from the current administration to reduce investment overseas and increase capital investments in the U.S. manufacturing sector. While some analysts speculate the reshoring efforts are a response to the Trump administration’s push for domestic job creation, Ford representatives have noted that they were based on an initiative to expand its truck and S.U.V. model offerings for U.S. consumers, which was previously agreed to in a labor contract with the United Automobile Workers union.
  • Boeing; Total jobs reshored: 7,725; States benefiting: Missouri, Montana, South Carolina; Industry: Aerospace & defense; Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois;
    Over the past several years, Boeing has rapidly expanded its U.S. workforce at various manufacturing plants throughout the East Coast. Boeing began operations at a new plant in Charleston, South Carolina in 2011 that manufactures 787 Dreamliner planes. Boeing also recently moved parts of its production of the new 777X plane from overseas to its St. Louis facility. The first 777X is projected to be completed by December 2019. According to the Reshoring Initiative, since 2010 Boeing has announced plans to reshore approximately 8,000 jobs, the most of any U.S. company other than General Motors and Apple.
  • General Motors; Total jobs reshored: 12,988; States benefiting: Michigan, New York, Tennessee, Texas; Industry: Motor vehicles & parts; Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan; Over the past several years, General Motors has made several announcements regarding various reshoring efforts that will boost employment at its plants in Michigan, New York, Tennessee, and Texas. The largest announcement came January 2017, when GM made public its plans to add or retain 7,000 jobs in the U.S. over the next few years. One of the major reshoring projects will be the shifting of approximately 600 jobs from an axle production plant in Mexico to a new facility in Arlington, Texas. GM’s reshoring efforts announced since 2010 amount to roughly 13,000 jobs, the most of any U.S. company other than Apple.
  • Apple; Total jobs reshored: 22,200 jobs; States benefiting: Texas, TBD; Industry: Computers, office equipment; Headquarters: Cupertino, California; In January 2018, Apple announced plans to invest over $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. over the next five years. As part of the investment, Apple is increasing its commitment to its Advanced Manufacturing Fund — used to invest in U.S. manufacturing companies and boost the domestic manufacturing sector — from $1 billion to $5 billion. The move is projected to create over 20,000 new jobs at Apple’s existing campuses and at a new office location which has yet to be announced. Apple’s job creation announcement comes amid criticism aimed at the company for its outsourcing of manufacturing jobs to China, and accusations that it has dodged U.S. taxes by keeping some $250 billion overseas. A March 2017 press release from Apple claims the company supports some 4.8 million jobs in China, compared to 2.0 million in the U.S.
  • SoftBank $50 Billion
  • Exxon $20 Billion
  • Hyundai $3.1 Billion
  • Bayer AG $8 Billion
  • Toyota $600 Million
  • LG $250 Million
  • Also, certain industries are integral to the security of the U.S.A (i.e. steel, aluminum, minerals, energy, food, technology, etc.). Several companies are bringing business and money back to the U.S.A.
  • Many companies have also cited Walmart’s pledge to buy $250 billion of American-made products between 2013 and 2023 as a primary reason for shifting operations to the United States. The pledge has reduced some of the risk of relocating production to the United States and has helped companies such as Element Electronics, which won a contract with Walmart shortly after opening a small flat-screen television plant in Michigan, make the decision to reshore.
  • Source: www.tcpalm.com/story/money/business/2018/06/28/manufacturers-bringing-most-jobs-back-to-america/36438051/
There are good reasons to return to the U.S.A., now that the corporate tax was lowered from 35% to 21% (nearer to the global average of about 20% for corporate taxes). A corporate tax rate of 35% was one of the highest corporate taxes in the world, and it was driving corporations and jobs out of the U.S. for decades.
Despite all of that, j2t2 and similar ilk will say “it only helps the rich”.
The facts, the truth, and simple logic simply do not work with some people, and those people are a hopeless waste of time.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 13, 2019 7:25 AM
Comment #444767

How hypocritical can the democrats and the MSM be? Trump in an interview with Stephenopolus, I guess that’s the spelling, said that he would listen to a foreign government if they said they had dirt on his opponent. The MSM goes nutso crazy as well as democrats in congress and the ones running for POTUS over it. They somehow forgot about the Russian Dossier that was used by the Clinton campaign and how SH*TTY Schiff talked to a Hoax Russian about dirt on Trump. I listened to some of Schumer’s rant on the Senate floor and absolutely no mention about those 2 instances I mentioned but OOOOO how he put down Trump. HYPOCRITS ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Rich KAPitan at June 13, 2019 1:24 PM
Comment #444769

I find it amusing that our Liberal/Progressive/Socialist Pal j2t2 now must resort to “FACEBOOK” for his facts.

Since he apparently believes what he sees and hears on FB (his example of a truth-teller is Robert Reich), he is no doubt on the Russian, Chinese, and North Korean list of American dupes who can be manipulated.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 13, 2019 2:43 PM
Comment #444770

It is just a shame that we did not get to hear the “dirt” on Clinton and Obama from all the foreign potentates, diplomats, and state leaders who were funneling money into their pockets and political campaigns in an attempt to buy influence.

Why didn’t the FBI investigate?

Would we be surprised if Russia has some “information” on their favorite USSR lover; Bernie Sanders?

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 13, 2019 2:48 PM
Comment #444771

Well, here you have it folks. The Commies are coming out of the closet and proclaiming Capitalism is dead. This poor lady never received a single course or lesson in American or World History or Economics. She is so uneducated that she wants to repeat the failed attempts of every Socialist, Fascist, or Communist experiment in governance ever attempted.

Denver council member wins with promise to impose communism ‘by any means necessary’

http://www.theamericanmirror.com/denver-council-member-wins-with-promise-to-impose-communism-by-any-means-necessary/

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 13, 2019 3:14 PM
Comment #444773

Wow. Candi CdeBaca is a self-admitted communist.

  • communism
    noun - an economic system based on public ownership of property and control of the methods of production, and in which no person profits from the work of others.
This is more proof that our government-run education system is also failing us (i.e. the U.S. education system has fallen from 1st to 17th (or lower) in the world).

Rich KAPitan wrote: How hypocritical can the democrats and the MSM be?
There is no low that Democrats will not stoop to for more votes, money, and power.

Also, it seems many Republicans don’t yet understand that the fight against a citizenship [x]check-box on the decennial CENSUS is because they want everyone to fill out the CENSUS, and that results in higher counts for states with higher populations, which gives them more electoral votes and federal funding, and more power.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 13, 2019 4:00 PM
Comment #444774
… and that results in higher counts for states with higher populations …
… that is, Democrats want non-citizens to fill out the decennial CENSUS, and they want the non-citizens counted in the total population, so that the state receives more electoral votes, federal funding, and power.

The Democrats despicable plan to acquire power is based on massive illegal immigration, and here is ample proof of it.

That’s why Democrats don’t care about 2,000 homicides per year by non-citizens.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 13, 2019 4:11 PM
Comment #444776

It’s a Trojan Horse. They’re going to lie and answer the question in the affirmative. There is no way to prove they are or aren’t citizens because the census is anonymous. This will only inflate the number of citizens counted when there aren’t that many. It’s a fraud in the making.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 13, 2019 6:24 PM
Comment #444778

The problem is that there are many millions of non-citizens in several border states, and a few other non-border states, and the larger the non-citizen count is, the more electoral votes, federal funding, and power that is granted to the state.
The apportionment of electoral votes and federal funding is based on population, which is based on the decennial CENSUS.
That’s why the Democrats are (despicably) fighting a [x]Citizenship check-box on the decennial CENSUS.

Apparently, it seems many Republicans do not yet understand any of this, nor the Democrats’ game plan, which is revealed by these 15+ facts. Very few people in the MSM have yet articulated this scheme, and the numerous motives behind it.

It also explains why Democrats want open-borders, and could care less about 2,000+ homicides per year by non-citizens.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 13, 2019 7:54 PM
Comment #444781

Where in the constitution, does it use the word census? I see the word enumeration, but not census. Am I wrong?

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 14, 2019 12:32 AM
Comment #444782

Is the green column now the white column? I just went through a Windows Update from hell. It took all day. The Independent column is now white with green letters. I would prefer white and black, if it’s destined to be changed. If it’s still a green background with white lettering you all are seeing, well, like I said, I just went through the update from hell.


Posted by: Weary Willie at June 14, 2019 12:37 AM
Comment #444799

It still appears as black text on white background for me. Sounds like something went wrong with the update.

Section 2 of the 14th Amendment states: “Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State …

The Democrats are fighting against a [x]Citizenship check-box, because the Democrats want non-citizens to be counted, because counting non-citizens in states with large numbers of non-citizens, gives those states more electoral votes, more federal funds, more representation, and more power.

There is no low that Democrats won’t sink to for more votes, money, and power. That’s also why Democrats ignore 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 14, 2019 7:46 AM
Comment #444801
“Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State …

So the 14th amendment says “counting the whole persons”, not “counting the whole citizens”….right?

why is Socialism looking so good

Posted by: j2t2 at June 14, 2019 8:02 AM
Comment #444802

j2t2, IF that were true, then that also would be an indictment of 8 years of Obama, eh?

There are always going to be a percentage of the people that want to ride in the wagon, while everyone else pushes the wagon.

The U.S.A. has welfare for the truly needy, Medicaid for the poor, emergency medical for those that can’t afford it, Medicare, food stamps, etc. And there are countless organizations to help the truly needy.

But that isn’t enough for some cheaters and parasites, who want socialism, want the government to take care of their lazy butts from cradle to grave, want to disguise their envy and jealousy as demands for equality, and want government to engage in legal plunder to take from others, and give it to them. Democrats are experts are using such tactics and identity politics to acquire more votes, money, and power.

The poor in the U.S.A. are rich when compared to the poor in many other nations, where there is no welfare, no food stamps, no emergency healthcare, no Medicaid, and no Medicare.

However, IF people want to experience true poverty, societal chaos, rampant crime, tyranny, anarchy, a debauched currency, and economic disaster, then they should embrace socialism. Just look at Venezuela, and the many other nations that tried socialism.

Many thanks again to j2t2 for being the gift that keeps on giving, and for another lame attempt by j2t2 to justify socialism and push lies about the economy.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 14, 2019 8:20 AM
Comment #444803

j2t2, IF that were true, then that also would be an indictment of 8 years of Obama, eh?

There are always going to be a percentage of the people that want to ride in the wagon, while everyone else pushes the wagon.

The U.S.A. has welfare for the truly needy, Medicaid for the poor, emergency medical for those that can’t afford it, Medicare, food stamps, etc. And there are countless organizations to help the truly needy.

But that isn’t enough for some cheaters and parasites, who want socialism, want the government to take care of their lazy butts from cradle to grave, want to disguise their envy and jealousy as demands for equality, and want government to engage in legal plunder to take from others, and give it to them. Democrats are experts are using such tactics and identity politics to acquire more votes, money, and power.

The poor in the U.S.A. are rich when compared to the poor in many other nations, where there is no welfare, no food stamps, no emergency healthcare, no Medicaid, and no Medicare.

However, IF people want to experience true poverty, societal chaos, rampant crime, tyranny, anarchy, a debauched currency, and economic disaster, then they should embrace socialism. Just look at Venezuela, and the many other nations that tried socialism.

Many thanks again to j2t2 for being the gift that keeps on giving, and for another lame attempt by j2t2 to justify socialism and push lies about the economy (see: www.bea.gov/news/glance ).

Posted by: d.a.n at June 14, 2019 8:20 AM
Comment #444817

I read and listened to your Yahoo link on Socialism j2t2. Please explain how Socialism will benefit all our citizens better than our current system.

Over the period of my working years I saved and invested. I own stock in some major American corporations as do millions of other Americans.

Do j2t2 and other advocates of sharing the wealth “equally” expect to share in my stock ownership?

If I have more bedrooms in my home than Socialist believe are necessary j2t2, will that entitle you and them to use my bedrooms to sleep? How about my food? My bathrooms? My cars? My bank account?

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 14, 2019 4:38 PM
Comment #444818

Royal Flush, According to Obama, you didn’t build your savings and investments. You didn’t do that. Therefore, the government should have some control of your money, savings, and investments.
While they’re at it, perhaps they should open your home to some non-citizens, so that they’ll have a place to stay while their waiting to vote in U.S. elections?

Many of the Democrat politicians believe that non-citizens, and criminals in prison should be able to vote.

Also, pay no mind to the 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens. It’s not their fault. We should give all criminal non-citizens amnesty, and why not let criminals in prison (e.g. murderers, rapists, pedophiles, etc.). After all, they’re lives matter too, eh?

Also, it’s a good way to get higher CENSUS counts, which leads to more electoral votes, more federal funding, and more power for the states that have the most non-citizens that fill out the CENSUS (which is why they don’t want a citizenship [x]checkbox on the CENSUS).

The Democrat party has lost it’s way, which is putting it mildly.
The Democrat party is out-of-control.

There is apparently no low that the Democrat party will not stoop to, by despicably pitting U.S. citizens and non-citizens against each other, for more votes, money, and power.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 14, 2019 8:07 PM
Comment #444874

One thing that steals resources from U.S. citizens (money, shelters, healthcare, welfare) is over $1.1 Billion per day for non-citizens ($0.75 Billion per day alone for border security), not to mention the crime and several homicides per day by criminal non-citizens.

Notice the top 7 cities where the problem of homelessness is the worst (i.e. Democrat run cities) as of 2018:

  • (01) ############################## 79K (NYC,NY)
  • (02) #################### 50K (LA, CA)
  • (03) ##### 12K (Seattle,WA)
  • (04) #### 9K (San Diego,CA)
  • (05) ### 7K (San Diego,CA)
  • (06) ### 7K (D.C.)
  • (07) ### 7K (San Francisco,CA)
Yet, Gavin Newsome, Governor of California announced that non-citizens will receive free healthcare.

The big question is: Why do many Democrats seem more willing to help non-citizens, than U.S. citizens?
Is it severely misplaced compassion, or do the Democrats have an ulterior motive based on these 15 practices by many Democrats ?
That is, it appears that many Democrats are pitting U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes, by pandering to illegal immigrants for 30+ years, to acquire more votes, via more representation in the House, via more U.S. House representatives, via re-apportionment of representatives (i.e. more electoral votes, and more federal funding), based on population, which is based on the decennial CENSUS, which does not verify U.S. citizenship; therefore, districts, counties, and states with higher decennial CENSUS numbers (since citizenship is not verified), receive more electoral votes, and more federal funding, based on population (of which many tens of millions are non-citizens), and it is also a way to turn RED states to BLUE states.
Democrats repeatedly demonstrate their depravity, and seem to think no one understands the true (despicable) motives for their despicable behavior, and despiuably pitting U.S. citizens and non-citizens against each other.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 15, 2019 3:18 PM
Comment #444909

Putting the fox in charge of the chickens Medicare style

Posted by: j2t2 at June 16, 2019 12:42 PM
Comment #444910

Our Pal j2t2 posts only links. Does this mean he no longer thinks for himself?

We are still waiting for j2t2 to explain how Socialism will benefit all our citizens better than our current system.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 16, 2019 3:47 PM
Comment #444912

I’d have to agree with j2t2 when he brings up “persons” instead of “citizens”. This little ditty throws a wrench into the citizenship question on the census because it would be moot.

The federal government is supposed to control immigration and the borders, however it should be the states that control the settlement of those immigrants. The state has every right to petition the federal government for people to be let into the U.S. and to settle in the state that sponsored their immigration. Quotas wouldn’t be needed if states dictated their demand. So j2t2’s observation is a valid one as to the state’s population.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the states, and not the people, were responsible for the providing the funding for the federal government? The greater the enumerated persons, the greater the tax on the state. The more immigrants in California the greater the California’s state government would be taxed!

But we changed all that when we created a super-HOR out of the senate. The state government no longer funds the federal government, the people do. And the more people a state has the more control of the federal government it has. The state government is simply an extension of the federal government now, the fed’s butler, if you will. The people have their hand in the cookie jar and the urban areas are forcing their entire arm in.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 16, 2019 6:06 PM
Comment #444913

This is one of the very few times that I agree with j2t2 about Rick Scott.
IF Rick Scott is involved, he should be watched VERY closely.
While Rick Scott may not have ever been been indicted, or found guilty of crime, he did a TERRIBLE job, and the company (Columbia/HCA) at which Rick Scott was CEO, was later fined over $1.72 Billion for record-levels of massive medicare fraud and other crimes.
Here is a more detailed explanation.
Also, Rick Scott was initially un-receptive to the FBI investigations, and Rick Scott was forced out, but Rick Scott still received over $10 Million in a severance/separation package.
Chaching!!!
So, when people say that “His [Rick Scott’s] company was found guilty of massive Medicare fraud, but Rick Scott walked away with millions.”, that is a true statement.
While Rick While Rick Scott may not have ever been been indicted, or found guilty of crime, the company at which he was CEO was found guilty of massive medicare fraud, was later fined over $1.72 Billion (a new record at that time).
Yet, Rick Scott received over $10 Million in severance.
Where else can you run a company that commits massive fraud that results in billion$ in fine$, and walk away with a $10 Million reward (in severance)?

According to Politifact’s summary of the settlement Columbia/HCA made with the Justice Department, the company took the following actions while Rick Scott was CEO:

  • Columbia billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal programs for tests that were not necessary or ordered by physicians;
  • The company attached false diagnosis codes to patient records, to increase reimbursement to the hospitals;
  • The company illegally claimed non-reimbursable marketing and advertising costs as community education;
  • Columbia billed the government for home health-care visits for patients who did not qualify to receive them.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, shame on me.
Who knows what nonsense they’re going to dream up.
We already have Medicaid, and welfare.
Hopefully, they won’t try to turn the healthcare system into a government-run welfare system in which money is taken from some and given to others (for healthcare).
That’s what welfare and Medicaid is for.
One thing that could save billion$ per year is to stop taking billion$ from U.S. citizens, and giving it to non-citizens (not to mention 2,000 homicides per year by non-citizens).

Crime is only one of the many severe burdens of illegal immigration on the U.S.A. (costing U.S. citizens hundreds of billion$ per year)::

  • welfare systems
  • education systems
  • healthcare systems
  • hospital systems (84 hospitals on border closed)
  • Social Security system
  • Medicaid system
  • border patrol systems
  • insurance systems
  • law enforcement systems
  • prison systems
  • voting systems

Posted by: d.a.n at June 16, 2019 6:39 PM
Comment #444914

The only constitutionally granted function of the federal government listed above is the border patrol systems, and (federal: enforcing federal laws against states) law enforcement systems. Everything else, the 10th amendment should apply.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 16, 2019 6:57 PM
Comment #444916

Democrats know what they’re doing … it’s the way to get more votes, money, power (by pandering to illegal immigrants for the last 30+ years).

Posted by: d.a.n at June 16, 2019 10:14 PM
Comment #444935

Government meddling in healthcare, what a joke

Posted by: j2t2 at June 17, 2019 2:22 PM
Comment #444936

Sorry j2t2, links with no commentary from you are not read.

Is it possible that j2t2 has become nothing but a BOT?

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 17, 2019 2:44 PM
Comment #444937

That article is not credible, because those countries are MUCH smaller.

IF you want to see what government-run healthcare will look like in the U.S., look at the Veterans Administration.

Also, with open-borders, it will go bankrupt like the 84 hospitals that closed on the U.S. side of the U.S.A./Mexico border.

Also, consider the source of that article: Bloomberg
Seriously?

Also, the life expectancy in the U.S. (78.7) is only a few years below the highest average (84.3 in Hong Kong, 83.8 in Japan, 82.9 in Switzerland).
But, the U.S. has a lot of war casualties, since the U.S. is the world police. Does the life expectancy take that fact into account?
And how is the Efficiency Score calculated, because it is hard to believe that the best scores of 54.6 in China and Mexico means those countries have the best healthcare.
The year before that, it was Portugal and Finland.
Therefore, the list seems very volatile.
Lastly, the relative cost of the U.S.A is 16.8, which is 38% higher than Switzerland.
But, again, many of the countries with lower costs are much smaller nation.

Almost 50% of every U.S. dollar spent on healthcare is already spent by the government.
As a result, costs started increasing as government-meddling increased (as explained here, and as shown here also).

  • Normalized Price Index versus (C)onsumer Price Index and (M)edical-care Price Index:
  • 40.0 |==========================================
  • 37.5 |=========================================M
  • 35.0 |========================================M=
  • 32.5 |=======================================M==
  • 30.0 |======================================M===
  • 27.5 |=====================================M====
  • 25.0 |====================================M=====
  • 22.5 |===================================M======
  • 20.0 |==================================M=======
  • 17.5 |================================M=========
  • 15.0 |==============================M==========C
  • 12.5 |============================M=========C===
  • 10.0 |===========================M====C=========
  • 07.5 |========================M===C=============
  • 05.0 |=====================M==C=================
  • 02.5 |CM==CM==CM==CM==CM=C=C=====================
  • 00.0 |==========================================
  • ==== 1930 _ 1940 _ 1950 _ 1960 _ 1970 _ 1980 _ 1990 _ 2000 _ 2010
  • Source: mises.org/wire/how-government-regulations-made-healthcare-so-expensive
The majority of people that want government-run healthcare are most likely the people that believe that they are going to get free stuff, and push the notion that healthcare is a human right.
They are not happy with Medicaid, welfare, and Medicare. They want more, and they know that someone else is going to pay for it. They want to disguise their envy and jealousy as demands for healthcare that they claim to be a human right. The difference is that true human rights are things that you are allowed to do, that burden no one else, but the notion that healthcare is a human right requires others to pay for it (despite the fact that we already have Medicaid, weflare, and Medicare).

Many middle-to-high income earners understand that they will be paying more, because they will be paying for the people that paying nothing.
Besides, we already have Medicaid and welfare, so why try to turn the whole healthcare system into a welfare system?
And why should private healthcare and health insurance be banned (as Kamal Harris proposed)?
But it gets worse, because anything that is government-run is going to be far more expensive, corrupt, inefficient, bloated, and wasteful beyond nightmare proportions.

I will never believe that the government is capable of delivering a better healthcare system than a private-regulated healthcare system. In fact, what better proof do you need, than to look at one of the charts above, which shows that healthcare costs have risen as government-meddling started, and increased over the past 50+ years, until almost 50% of every U.S. dollar spent on healthcare is already spent by the government.

Therefore, that Bloomberg article is not very convincing.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 17, 2019 2:56 PM
Comment #444938

d.a.n., I believe it is useless to use logic with an illogical j2t2. He is a Parrot, not a thinker.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 17, 2019 3:53 PM
Comment #444939

Royal Flush, You’re 100% correct.
It was After all, it was j2t2 who provided the chart above (Source: mises.org/wire/how-government-regulations-made-healthcare-so-expensive).
Yet, j2t2 still refuses to see any link between government-meddling and increasing healthcare costs since the 1960s, refuses to see the $70+ Billion per year in Medicare waste and fraud as a symptom of govevernment-meddling, and refuses to acknowledge that the majority of countries with government-run healthcare are MUCH smaller nations.
And then there’s the problem of open-borders too (not to mention 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens).
However, we should be thankful for j2t2 - the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 17, 2019 4:01 PM
Comment #444940

Many of the Democrats running for the presidential nomination rail about our largest corporations. Some want them broken up, some want to steal their assets, and some want them taken over by government.

Yet, these same brain-dead politicians fail to see how cozy government already is with big business.

They see the limited power of business as objectionable. They find no problem with the unlimited power of government. And, some want to marry the two.

Politicians who peddle “rights” as political tender are morally bankrupt, lazy, and worthy of being tarred and feathered.

Convincing the weak-minded that they are entitled to someone else’s work product is an exercise in tyranny.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 17, 2019 4:36 PM
Comment #444942

Biden has eighty-five people show up in Iowa for his speech. Trump’s expected to draw over one hundred thousand to Florida for his reelection announcement.

This is hilarious…Only Two House Democrats Show Up for Impeach Trump Rally. A few wealthy Socialists organized and paid for over a hundred impeachment rallys in US cities. Hardly anyone cared enough to show up. This media circus was run by Leftie clowns.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 17, 2019 4:48 PM
Comment #444945

We are proud to be Texans who value our Constitution.

Governor Abbott Signs Ten Pro-Second Amendment Bills into Law

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20190617/governor-abbott-signs-ten-pro-second-amendment-bills-into-law

Will any Liberal who disagrees please explain why.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 17, 2019 5:09 PM
Comment #444946

Ha ha! Funny!
Again, we should be thankful for these people who are the gifts that keep on giving.
The Democrats are trying to buy votes by promising all sorts of free stuff (including free healthcare for non-citizens, voting rights for incarcerated criminals, voting rights for non-citizens, and voting rights for people under 18 years of age).
There is no low that Democrats will not stoop to in order to acquire more votes, money, and power.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 17, 2019 5:15 PM
Comment #444988
Governor Abbott Signs Ten Pro-Second Amendment Bills into Law
https://www.nraila.org/articles/20190617/governor-abbott-signs-ten-pro-second-amendment-bills-into-law
Good! IF guns kill people, then we should also ban spoons for making people fat, and pencilz for mispelling wordz.
Posted by: d.a.n at June 18, 2019 3:54 PM
Comment #444989

Eric Swalwell is making gun control the central pillar of his presidential campaign.

Good luck with that.
IF anything could start another civil war, it would be trying to take the peoples’ guns away from them.

2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

What part of that does Eric Swalwell not understand? What a #%^&ing idiot.
The police can’t be everywhere all the time, and that is why people have a right to self defense.
Especially since criminals are still going to have guns.
Why doesn’t Eric Swalwell do something about the 2,000+ homicides per year by criminal non-citizens?
There is no low that many Democrats won’t stoop to for more votes, money, and power.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 18, 2019 6:14 PM
Comment #444990

Just watched Trump’s Rally in Orlando, FL.
IF crowd size is any measure of popularity, the POLLs by the Main Stream Media News Sources are (again) more FAKE NEWs.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 18, 2019 8:56 PM
Comment #445073

It seems our Liberal/Progressive/Socialist Pals have deserted the political battlefield. Their failed political beliefs have left them naked to the Conservative truth.

Posted by: Royal Flush at June 20, 2019 3:20 PM
Comment #445074

Yep. Many Democrats and similar ilk want socialism because they want fee stuff (i.e. free healthcare, free college, free monthly income, free housing, free food, free, free, free …).

And Democrat politicians are all trying to out-promise each other with promises of all sorts of free stuff.

That’s largely the sort of people that the Democrat party attracts (i.e. extremists who want a nanny-state, that will wipe their lazy butts for them; where politicians lure people with promises of free stuff, and lure people into being increasingly dependent on the government; with massive cradle-to-grave government programs (which are usually severely mismanaged; e.g. $70 Billion per year in Medicare waste and fraud; $Trillions borrowed from Social Security; etc.) that nurture a sense of entitlement and dependency on government; wants to grow government ever larger (despite the already current nightmare proportions); rewards failure and laziness; tries to disguise their envy and jealousy as demands for equality; and perpetuates the myth that many things should be free, and that we can somehow all live at the expense of everyone else.

Many Democrats and similar ilk also want to (despicably) pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for more voters, money, and power (i.e. via the decennial CENSUS, which does not verify citizenship, and higher population counts receive more electoral votes, more federal funding, more representation in Congress, and more power). Unfortunately, the Main Stream Media NEVER reports this fact about electoral votes.

There’s no proof that government-run healthcare (for all) is more efficient (and the VA, and $70 Billion per year in Medicare waste and fraud is a good example of that).

There’s no proof of Trump colluding with Russians, obstruction (since there was no crime), and proof of tax evasion (since the IRS has been auditing Trump’s taxes every year for the past 16 years).

Many Democrats and similar ilk have sunk almost as low as they have in the past, when many Democrats:

  • (1) sought to continue slavery (source: www.britannica.com/topic/Democratic-Party);
  • (2) created the KKK (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan);
  • (3) created Jim Crow laws (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Crow_laws);
  • (4) and imposed racial segregation (source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Democrats).

There appears that there is no low that Democrats will not stoop to for more votes, money, and power.

Consider the common-thread in the following, which explains the reason why many Democrats are choosing to (despicably) pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other:

  • (01) because many Democrats despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes, by pandering to illegal immigrants for 30+ years for more votes, via more representation in the House, via more U.S. House representatives, via re-apportionment of representatives (i.e. more electoral votes, and more federal funding), based on population, which is based on the decennial CENSUS, which does not verify U.S. citizenship; therefore, districts, counties, and states with higher decennial CENSUS numbers (since citizenship is not verified), receive more electoral votes, and more federal funding, based on population (of which many tens of millions are non-citizens), and it is also a way to turn RED states to BLUE states.
  • (02) because many Democrats are also fighting against a [x]check-box on the decennial CENSUS, despite the check-box being totally inadequate to prove citizenship. Democrats disguise their desire for power (for THEIR party) as compassion for illegal immigrants, while despicably pitting U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for votes and money.
  • (03) because many Democrats and most of the main stream media, lie about crime by illegal immigrants, and refuse to report the 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens; and about 32% of everyone in federal prison is a criminal non-citizen;
  • (04) because many Democrats, and most of the main stream media, lie about how massive illegal (or legal) immigration is costing U.S. tax payers hundreds of billion$ per year ($296 Billion per year by this estimate) in net losses (which does not include all costs, and does not include the cost of crime by criminal non-citizens); that is a net loss of about $2,349.00 per year per household (126.22 Million households in 2017; U.S. population=323 Million in 2017); also see this daily ticker (at OANN.com, KlowdTV.com) of the daily cost (about $0.74 Billion per day) due to rampant illegal immigration (excluding the cost of many crimes and about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens );
  • (05) because many Democrats are calling for open borders, and refuse to adequately fund the building of more border barriers;
  • (06) because many Democrats are calling to abolish I.C.E. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement);
  • (07) because many Democrats want another shamnesty, like the shamnesty of 1986;
  • (08) because many Democrats refuse legislation to (a)require employers to use eVerify (to verify eligibility for employment); (b)to stop the abuse of asylum laws; and (c)stop the abuse of birth-right citizenship (women from all over the world are booking vacations to the U.S. to give birth, so that their child will have U.S. citizenship);
  • (09) because many Democrats want to give illegal immigrants drivers’ licenses, and also automatically register them to vote; illegal voting by non-citizens is widespread in all states;
  • (10) because many Democrats want more mayors like Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA), who warns illegal immigrants (including criminal illegal immigrants) before an ICE raid to arrest criminal illegal immigrants;
  • (11) because many Democrats want more sanctuary cities and states, like California, where Democrats have passed sanctuary city and sanctuary state laws that protect criminal illegal immigrants (such as an illegal immigrant by the name of Garcia Zarate murdered Kate Steinle (who had already been deported 5 times, and convicted 3 times for felonies for manufacturing narcotics), and was then acquitted for that murder, despite Zarate admitting to shooting the weapon that killed Kate Steinle, which should have been, at the very least, manslaughter);
  • (12) because many Democrats want to abolish the 2nd amendment, but many Democrats and many on the left call for restricting or eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, and say it is worth it “even if it saves only ONE life”, but hypocritically ignore about 2,000 homicides per year by criminal non-citizens (source: www.gao.gov/assets/320/316959.pdf ; site2data.com/homicides1.html ; www.KlowdTV.com);
  • (13) because many Democrats want (including Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, etc.) to pass new laws to allow criminals to vote (including murderers, rapists, child molestors, etc.), because they know that a vast majority of criminals will vote Democrat (because the Democrat party is essentially famous for pandering for votes, as they have also done by pandering to illegal immigrants). Is there no low that Democrats will not stoop to in order to acquire more power?
  • (14) because many Democrats are promising reparations for black people (including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, etc.). Nevermind that it would be punishing people that have harmed nobody. It is yet another item in the long (and growing) list of things that Democrats will do for more votes and power. In fact, many Americans’ ancestors had nothing to do with slavery, because they immigrated to the U.S. after slavery was abolished. Reparations are unconstitutional, since the 13th Amendment states “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States …”. Since no living Americans can be convicted of slavery, it would be unconstitutional to subject Americans to the economic “involuntary servitude” of paying reparations;
  • (15) because many Democrats in many sanctuary states, allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, while U.S. citizens from other states must pay higher out-out-state tuition; Democrat-controlled New York state legislature passed a law giving financial assistance for college to illegal immigrants in U.S. high-schools; several sanctuary states passed legislation to allow illegal immigrants to attend tuition-free community colleges; again, the Democrats will do anything for more votes, and power;

  • NOTE: Non-criminal illegal immigrants merely looking for work are not the true villains. The truly despicable villains are many Democrats and similar ilk, who despicably pit U.S. citizens and illegal immigrants against each other for more votes, money, and power.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 20, 2019 5:20 PM
Comment #445075

Has anyone considered a possibility the spam on WatchBlog is it’s revenue generator, keeping it online?

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 20, 2019 7:59 PM
Comment #445078

Not sure how revenue is generated for Watchblog, since Watchblog does not display advertisements ?

I can refrain from the anti-spam efforts IF you prefer.

Spammers might increase the spammers’ Google search rankings, but Watchblog is already the 1st link shown on a Google search of “Watchblog”.

It’s more likely that the spam irritates Watchblog patrons/readers.
There are readers that rarely (or never) post comments.

What I’ve been doing is writing small programs that automatically send back hundreds-and-upto-thousands of spam messages (to their contact forms, facebook, twitter, database [search] boxes, email accounts, price quote boxes, email subscription boxes, etc., etc., etc.), ask them to stop spamming Watchblog.com, show them the link where they spammed Watchblog.com, and warn them that they are being reported to the Google Spam Report website).

It seems like the the anti-spam (i.e. return spam) and “Stop web spamming Watchblog.com” messages have reduced repeat offenders, but there are a few new spammers almost every day (and mostly in the Democrat column; I wonder why?).

99.9% of the spammers are from India.
The spammers are cheaters who are trying to raise their Google search rankings by spamming other websites.
Some spammers, when spammed-back, apologize and promise to not do it again.
A few spammers were repeat offenders until I sent thousands of messages to their websites.
Some spammers get angry.

The following list anti-spam methods:

  • Disable all user-generated content:
    This is a scorched-earth solution which detracts from the the growth of a user community around your site, however, it is also guaranteed to save you the time and effort of dealing with spam or spam prevention.
    Short of disabling user-generated content, there is no guaranteed solution to prevent all spam (or other unwanted content) from appearing, however, a solution which deters most spammers should be sufficient if you also provide your site’s visitors with the option to flag content as spam.
  • Outsource user-generated content management:
    Services like Disqus allow webmasters to outsource the screening, storage, and publication of user-generated comments. (Note: Use of a third-party service requires extra configuration to ensure that comments will be indexed by search engines)
  • CAPTCHA:
    Per Wikipedia, CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. Any automated test designed to prevent a computer from posting content is a CAPTCHA: this includes forcing users to read letters, numbers, and words out of images, do simple word puzzles or math questions, or otherwise “prove” they are people.
    The disadvantage of CAPTCHA is that Most forms of CAPTCHAs provide a level of annoyance for the users. They are not 100% protective. Note that many of these tests can be completed by computers if a competent programmer decides to invest enough time and effort on the problem
  • Q&A CAPTCHA:
    The most effective CAPTCHA for small sites is the question and answer CAPTCHA. A Q&A CAPTCHA is a question that a website asks a user to answer. The question is something that anyone visiting the site would know, but that a computer program would not know. An example question for a site about seo would be “What does SEO stand for”. This question would be easy for the average reader of that site to answer, but any computer program would not be able to do so.
    NOTE: questions like “what is 1 + 1” do not work well, because they are often used, and the people who build spambots program them to answer such questions correctly. However, if your site get’s a lot of traffic, spammers will program their robots to answer those questions automatically, and the q&a CAPTCHA will no longer be affective.
  • Hidden Field:
    If you have a form, and you don’t want spammers to be able to use it, a good way to stop them is by using a hidden field. These are very simple to set up: add a redundant field to your form, hide it through css (or JavaScript), and stop anything that tries to enter a value into that field. Normal users will not be able to see the field, and will ignore it, because it is hidden from them, but computer programs employed by spammers will try to enter a value into that field, because they do not process CSS or javascript. In order to beat spambots that load CSS or Javascript, you may add an additional field to the forms with a request to leave it empty. Any human visitor will leave it empty and you can easily block the bots that add data to the field. Do not forget the fact that this may make the site look unprofessional.
  • Traffic and Content Analysis:
    Spammers have a limited number of networks and machines to post from (which they will typically use until they no longer work). Traffic analysis solutions gather data from a large number of hosts to determine whether a post contains known spam content or comes from a known spammer’s host or network.
    There are a variety of third-party CAPTCHA and traffic analysis solutions which are free (or cheap) to use and most open source content management software includes integrated modules for use of services like Akismet and reCAPTCHA.
  • Block words commonly contained in spam:
    If you notice that spam on your website commonly contains words that wont (or aren’t) used by legitimate users (such as “free links to your site”), then blocking users from posting those words is an affective solution. If you are worried about users who have a legitimate use of those words in their posts having problems posting on your site, you can set the filter so that it ignores posts from established users.
  • rel=”nofollow”:
    Spammers tend to focus on sites which allow them to post links which search engines will follow (thus improving the search rank of the site they are advertising). You can make your site less attractive to spammers by adding rel=”nofollow” to any links included in user-generated content, however, this approach may not work, as most spam is automated, and spammers have no way of knowing whether or not a site uses rel=”nofollow” links.
  • Moderation by Users:
    Content can be posted by anyone, however, once the content displays on the site it can also be flagged as spam and removed (This option only works in practice if visitors perceive spam content to be relatively uncommon: if spam is allowed to surpass useful comments, most visitors will not bother flagging spam).
  • Gamification:
    Gamification is a great way to motivate users to report spam. Consider adding a “flag weight” feature to your site: the more spam users report, the more points them get. This will make hunting down spam more fun, and give people who report spam bragging rights. That will, in turn, encourage users to report spam.
  • Moderation by Administrators:
    A human must review every item of content posted before it is published on the site - while this does not prevent spam from being posted, it does prevent spam from being display to the site’s visitors (thus reducing the value of the site to human spammers).
  • User Registration:
    User registration is an improvement over CAPTCHA because users are only forced to prove that they are human once before being allowed to comment at their convenience - this is not technically a different form of spam prevention, though it does make the removal of spam created by a specific user or group of users (as identified by username, e-mail, IP address, or other identifying factor) easier to enforce.
  • Moderate New Users:
    Instead of approving every post, an administrator can review new user registrations to determine whether or not to approve a user based upon whether or not the user’s registration is consistent with identified spammers or automated spambots.
  • Limit New User Capabilities:
    Human spammers will rarely remember to return to accounts which they have created if they cannot post spam freely on an account - require new users to create a set number of posts (if the community has the ability to flag spam) and/or wait a set amount of time before restrictions on posting links or multiple posts are lifted.
  • Charge Users For Membership:
    If you charge for membership, even if the fee is small, spammers will be forced to weigh the cost of membership against the value of posting spam at your site (and pass over your site in favor of easier targets).
  • Invite Only:
    If you only allow people who have been invited by other users to register, this will severally cut down on spam (humans usually don’t invite robots).
  • The following is from Project BOTCHA, Drupal: HoneyPot:
    Implementation of honeypot-trap. The gist of it is that the field is added to the form with a certain value, which is then modified by JS. Spam is any form submission, the calculated value of which is not the same as we need.
  • The following is from Project BOTCHA, Drupal: HoneyPot2:
    The same as above, but using as a source of calculation not the value of a particular field, but the data from CSS.
  • The following is from Project BOTCHA, Drupal. ObscureUrl:
    Similar to HoneyPot2: constructed by JS is compared to the need. The difference is that the initial value is passed through the GET-parameter.
  • The last method is: Spam the spammer. It can be effective, since many web-spammers are SEO/IT departments that are web-spamming for their customers (to increase their clients Google search rankings). Their customers will fire them IF their customers get back a LOT spam due to their SEO/IT department’s web-spamming.
  • Conclusion:
    Most webmasters will find that a mix of the solutions listed above (with the exception of disallowing user-generated content) works best for their site and at least one solution must be implemented to prevent automated spam from choking visitors’ discussions.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 20, 2019 11:17 PM
Comment #445140

I think your efforts are productive. I’ve been maintaining the center column daily. I’ve been checking the emails used with spam comments. They’re never the same, usually gmail or aol accounts.
The ban and untrust don’t seem to work, or new email addresses are generated with each spam comment. I don’t know. All we can do is continue what we’re doing, I guess.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Comment #445143

Weary Willie, You once posted the steps to remove comments (like you’ve been doing in the center column).
IF you saved those steps somewhere, can you please list those steps again?
Thanks!

Removing spammers’ comments is most effective, but it requires time to find and remove spam, which is probably why the spammers are not spamming the center column as much as the other columns are spammed.

Reporting the spammers to Google’s Spam Report web-site will lower the spammers’ Google rankings, which is the opposite if their goals.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 21, 2019 11:24 AM
Comment #445144

Acting on Comments (MovableType.org):
https://movabletype.org/documentation/administrator/managing-community/acting-on-comments.html

Posted by: d.a.n at June 21, 2019 11:36 AM
Comment #445148

After clicking Manage Comments I check the boxes of all the obvious spam. Once I have them all selected I click the spam button moving the selected spam comments to the spam quarantine.

Click on the spam comments to go to the spam quarantine page. There I select all comments and assure no legitimate commenters are present and selected. I select UnTrust Commentors and click Go. Then I reselect all comments and hit delete. This clears any spam and doesn’t let it accumulate as well as removing it from the column.

I can also see the email of the person submitting the comment by editing it. It would be nice if the email was reported as well as the link, but I think they are randomly generated.

Posted by: Weary Willie at June 21, 2019 2:38 PM
Comment #445186

Thanks. Yeah, the email addresses are probably fake.

Posted by: d.a.n at June 22, 2019 10:11 AM
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