• Advice for Trump: It’s All About the Infrastructure

    March 21, 2017

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    Dear Donald:

    I didn’t vote for you and generally don’t support what you do, but hey, we both live in this country for now, and I don’t want to see you mess things up more than they are. So, as a public service, here’s some advice. I don’t see a lot of this in the media; mostly they just write articles mocking you. I’m pretty sure if you came out against poop the media would demand sh*t sandwiches for everyone in response.

    But we’re Americans, we look forward not behind where the poop comes out, so here goes.

    You need a grown up in the White House right away. Your team clearly hasn’t figured out how to work Washington when you need to do so. So go get yourself a James Baker. Baker was White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan, and Chief of Staff under George H. W. Bush. He may still be alive (check Wikipedia) but if not, someone like him. Not an ideologue, but someone who prefers to work behind the scenes, trusted by most in Congress, calm and steady but still enough of a conservative that he’ll fit in at meetings. He’ll be, what can we call it, a kind of Chief of Staff-concierge combo. That will also be very reassuring to your own party members.

    Next up is a new Secretary of State, in a few months. I get that Tillerson is there to debone the Department of State, and it is good that he do so. Let him get that done, make all the enemies, do the heavy lifting, and then get someone new in there who can take over the hassles of day-to-day foreign policy. It’s clear, Donald (if I may) that you don’t like the photo-ops and glad-handing with foreigners. OK, we’re not all good at everything. So outsource that part of the job, same as you’ve done pretty successfully with James Mattis over at Defense (see how that no-drama appointment thing can work out?) Get a SecState who can play nice with allies and let you be you on other stuff. C’mon, you know how to do this. As a businessman you delegated tasks all the time.

    With that team in place, get your plate clear of the ideological things you owe your base. Pass your healthcare, throw a bone to immigration reform, whatever The Wall, stop messing around too much with arts funding, just get that stuff off the front pages except in areas of the country where it being on the front pages is to your benefit.

    Then move on to the big deal, the thing that should be the signature event of your term, rebuilding infrastructure. You promised jobs, America needs jobs, the Democrats can’t be against jobs (well, they can, but at that point they’ll join the Whigs in political party trivia answers.) Don’t spend a lot of time at first sorting things out, just get money into the economy. Cut Retire one aircraft carrier, something. Have states send in proposals, or just start. Build a bridge. Fix an airport. Put people to work in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, places that really have been hit hard.

    Make it fast, make it visible, show (pardon the pun) concrete results.

    ALTERNATE POINT OF VIEW: “Forget your cheap theatrical Bruce Springsteen crap,” Kevin Williamson wrote of the white working class in National Review. “The truth about these dysfunctional, downscale communities is that they deserve to die. Economically, they are negative assets. Morally, they are indefensible.”

    Or from NY Magazine’s Frank Rich “Maybe they’ll keep voting against their own interests until the industrial poisons left unregulated by their favored politicians finish them off altogether. ”

    BONUS: For the Democrats, don’t chase away the man or woman who feels like a third party candidate. Don’t push a hack forward who you think you’ve dressed up to look like a third party candidate; it’ll just come off fake, like when Dad tries to look “cool” around the teenagers. Stop acting smug about how all those Trump voters won’t get the change they sought. You don’t have the best record there, either. Don’t tell people who have really been living with Obamacare in its imperfect form that it is not imperfect.

    Imagine yourselves taking control of the healthcare debate. Imagine saying “Obamacare has problems. We’re going to fix them, and yeah, it means working with the Republicans, but people before party.” Now there’s something to take into the 2018 and 2020 campaigns, especially if you do fix Obamacare.

    And for the love of Gawd, find something more to be in favor of. “We’re not Trump” and “Trump’s a stupid jerk” were the policy positions that cost you the election. Nobody besides your own paranoid base bought deeply into the Putin controls Trump line, and the longer you stick to that the more it will end up looking like the endless Benghazi hearings.

    See, people outside your base will see through your current war cry: July Comey bad, March Comey is good. July investigations mean nothing, March investigations are the end of democracy. Saudi money into the Clinton Foundation had no proof of quid pro quo, Some Trump guy appearing on RT.com is proof that the Kremlin controls Washington DC.

    Understand that you have to build your base out from the coasts; you will not lure middle-of-the-road voters back with #resistance. Resistance is just blunt opposition and you tried that and the result was President Trump. Don’t make it President Pence down the road.

     

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    • RICH BAUER said...

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      “President Pence down the road…”

      Trump is desperately looking for the next exit before the cops catch up to him. Obama’s lawyers are looking for him too.

      03/21/17 9:23 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump may not get the infrastructure bill off the ground before the crumbling walls collapse on his pinhead.

      The Repugs are spending money on their PLUMBERS to stop the leaks. Watergate the sequel.

      03/21/17 2:52 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump won’t put his finger in the dike.

      03/21/17 2:53 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      The road for Trumpsters is looking it may lead to a dead end. FBI targeting Breitbart, INFOWARS and other fake news sites in RUSSIAGATE bot operation.

      Russia also used “trolls,” hundreds of computer operatives who pretended to be Trump supporters and posted stories or comments on the internet complimentary to Trump or disparaging to Clinton. Sources close to the inquiry said those operatives likely worked from a facility in St. Petersburg, Russia, dedicated to that tactic.

      “Russian bots and internet trolls sought to propagate stories underground,” said Mike Carpenter, a former senior Pentagon official during the Obama administration whose job focused on Russia. “Those stories got amplified by fringe elements of our media like Breitbart.”

      Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article139695453.html#storylink=cpy

      Could Chuckbot be next in the FBI crosshairs?

      03/21/17 5:05 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- it didn’t take Russian operatives to amplify disparagements of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nothing had to be made up or “exaggerated”. If the Democrats bring back Hillary they deserve to be a defunct party.

      03/21/17 7:10 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      That was a win-win.

      03/21/17 8:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Peter.

      Not bad….. Think you can get it to Trump to read?

      M

      03/22/17 8:35 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      Question….

      Have you by chance noticed how the “Russian ” thing has evolved???

      First… They hacked the DNC. .. Opps… Nope…

      Then…. “Influence ” campaign…. Because the “Russians ” said they did not like Killary.

      Now…. “Russian ” operatives. Flooded the net with pro- Trump information….

      Where I come from… This is called “Throwing Shit “…. Throw enough… And see what sticks….

      Also called…. A “Witch Hunt “.

      It is this kind of BS that makes the “anti – Trump ” crowd look so foolish.

      M

      03/22/17 8:42 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      PVB- What assurance do we have that domestic work done on roads, bridges, sewage plants and dams won’t be as shoddy as the work done by contractors overseas? Who will hold to account those who do shoddy work here in the USA? The same group who oversaw work in Iraq and Afghanistan? If so then there is no point nor hope in turning this wretched empire around.

      03/22/17 9:01 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch,

      Actually it was much worse:

      WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

      Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.

      Trump: I don’t know the guy. Don’t know him.

      03/22/17 10:29 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- sounds like you’d prefer a more militaristic approach towards Russia instead of sly business deals. Are you angry that Hillary lost since she wanted war with Russia and for NATO to edge closer to Russia? I’d rather have two countries who happen to have their nukes pointed at each other making sly business deals over cocktails than their military scheming in bunkers.

      03/22/17 10:56 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Shots fired at Parliament. Russians involved?

      03/22/17 10:59 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will the Russians be blamed for troops lost in Syria? Half the troops there were sent by Obomber. Will he be blamed? Trump? The MIC? Russianbots? Wage Peace.. Have a nice day!

      03/22/17 11:03 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      You were not paying attention in Professor Van Buren’s class.

      Quote…
      ” maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work. “…

      That statement means BULLSHIT !!!!!!

      Unverified sources mean bullshit.

      M

      PS.

      John….. Of course Bauer wants a nuke war…. Remember….. Watch the world burn.

      M

      03/22/17 11:42 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      The Queen is safe. Wellness to victims of violence.

      03/22/17 12:14 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      MIT offering $250,000 for Civil Disobedience. Nominations for those who apply (do it now). Google it, or Lee Camp recent propaganda. Have a nice day!

      03/22/17 12:21 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Killery/2020

      03/22/17 12:22 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      JP,

      What part of FUCK THE WAR WITCH don’t you get?

      03/22/17 12:23 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch,

      I am watching the world burn. Global warming.

      03/22/17 12:27 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      Here’s your example…..

      Let’s let a few more… Thousand… “refugees ” come here… To the United States…..

      Please keep in mind….. This was a rehearsed attack……they don’t just happen….

      Unfortunately…. Bad guys are not stupid.

      Good luck comparing global warming.

      These are real people… With real lives…..

      http://www.bbc.com/news/live/uk-39355505

      M

      03/22/17 12:35 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch,

      You are either kidding or willfully stupid.

      Terrorists ain’t gonna wait in line to get refugee status when they can get on a plane today using an infinite number of false passports.

      You do read the intell reports that blows idiot ideas like yours out of the water, right?

      03/22/17 2:05 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Department of Homeland Security reports that most foreign-born U.S. violent extremists are radicalized “several years after” they enter the country.

      “We assess that most foreign-born, U.S.-based violent extremists likely radicalized several years after their entry to the United States … limiting the ability of screening and vetting officials to prevent their entry because of National Security concerns,” read the document, which DHS verified to MSNBC.

      The intelligence assessment is titled “Most foreign-born U.S.-based violent extremists radicalized after entering Homeland; opportunities for tailored CVE programs exist” and is dated March 1.

      Reports that refugees from these countries are threats are FAKE NEWS.

      03/22/17 2:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      I’m guessing Peter does not like my advice comment to you….

      As the comment has been blocked three times.

      M

      03/22/17 2:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...

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      Rich.

      So places… You know,… With people who have IQ’s just over room temp….. This is called …. Conformation…

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/22/trump-team-communications-captured-by-intelligence-community-surveillance-nunes-says.html

      M

      03/22/17 4:45 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Terrorism usually is homegrown.

      LONDON — A British-born man who was once investigated for connections to violent extremism carried out the deadly attack outside Parliament in London on Wednesday, according to Prime Minister Theresa May.

      Addressing lawmakers in Parliament who only a day earlier had been under lockdown, Mrs. May said on Thursday morning that the attacker was “a peripheral figure” who had been examined by MI5, Britain’s domestic counterintelligence agency, but who had not been “part of the current intelligence picture.”

      Damn, Trumpie had a tweet already to go.

      03/23/17 7:44 AM | Comment Link

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