I have found that it is best to judge by what politicians do rather than what they say. For example, Trump has said some pretty silly things about Putin, mostly complementary. Yet his cabinet nominees are all harsh critics of the Russian leader. So go figure what he really thinks.
Discerning a motive, beyond self-interest, behind any politician's action is frankly beyond my skill set.
lemme see here, thumbing thru my Big Book of Urban Renewal (both Republican and Democrat editions) annnnd yep there it is. Anytime a politician threatens to repair the inner city it means getting rid of poor people and enriching developers. Of course the Trump method will refuse payment to contractors, so there's a tax savings right there.
Fewer US soldiers dying but we're still bombing the shit out of non combatants. And of course paying the max for non Canadian pharmaceuticals. If only we had an African American or female president.
@Oak, there's far fewer soldiers dying.
Better empty seats and empty caskets, than what we had before.
I look forward to seeing the secret plan to eliminate ISIS.
thanks for changing the topic.
So we all agree that at the very least, Trump and Cohen share common motives?
Substitute "believes everything he says is true" for "says is true", please.
Sorry, brain outran fingers.
Probably right. Steve sees the benefits of pandering to his base, no matter how unseemly that pandering may be.
Well, if one is quite willing to believe everything Trump says is true, you must be willing to accept that he means it.
I think APop's 6:09 assessment is spot on.
Trump's comments have already roiled the private-activity bonds and LIHTC markets which just so happen to be a key financing mechanism for urban redevelopment and infill projects. Either he is an idiot that does not understand the impact of his proposed financial and economic platforms- which would not bode well for the next 4 years- or he is very much aware of the impact- which bodes just as poorly for the future of the nation's inner cities.
Unfortunately, this coincides with the earliest signs that the wild building boom occurring in many of the nation's more vibrant cities (Nashville is not the only town with a skyline dominated by construction cranes) may be slowing. Too early to say it is a full bubble, but enough to raise eyebrows as the number of proposed projects for the mid and long term have decreased significantly.
What President hasn't said the nation needs to repair inner cities?
@AP - Mr. Cohen has been rewarded over the last few years by a sympathetic Executive. I suppose he has calculated that such favor has ended, and he ain't getting a lot out of Trump no matter what he does.
So Cohen decided to thumb his nose at Trump early and maybe score some points with the home boys. What the hell, right? Nothing to lose...
Ah. You don't like what Trump says so that is reason enough to boycott?
I understand that point if it were you or me that were boycotting. But Steve is elected Congressman who was elected to do the best job he could for the 9th District. I don't live there, but if he were my Congressman, I would be asking how boycotting, and doing so in the press, benefits the 9th District.
One of the things Trump has been saying, which presumably is something you agree with, is that the nation needs to repair its inner cities.
My guess is that the 9th District might not be at top of the list.
"The Left has forgotten who they even are," then they are not the Left. I think the Klobuchar Amendment vote shows pretty much who is and who ain't; at least who ain't.
Lil' Stevie, always keepin' it classy in the 9th & for the peeps. GoodGerman
Interesting take, FUNKbrs. I agree with the false dilemma argument by the way.
@CL - Clearly you are correct that no foot stomping or giant WaPo puppets have even a modicum of effect on that constituency. More and more polarization. More and more hate. More and more spew. Just read the comments!
Both sides are indulging every fetish.
And proving Putin's assertions about the failure of Americans to endorse a real democratic process. Those who lost will challenge the legitimacy of the election, if they don't get the results they want. It would have happened with a victory for either side. Emotions have an inertia like that.
The Left has forgotten who they even are, so I doubt they are going to have the resolve to dig into anything more substantial than scoring points with their constituency for the next re-election bid, CL.
Leave it to the few level-headed wonks left hanging around in DC to keep things running. The rest of them are arranging for the next hyperbolic media event to prop up their numbers.
Foot stomping, back turning, even giant puppets and drum circles will have no effect on Trump and his fan club. I think his blathering is not a sussing out, but mental diarrhea to which we must become accustomed and thankful since he and his'n certainly won't be sneaking up on us.
Right now the Left has the opportunity to dig in suss out our weaknesses while there is the resolve born of a good beating. Immediately I'm thinking of the 13 Democrats who voted against Klobuchar Amdt. No. 178. And of the 12 Republicans who voted their convictions, without whom Cohen and the rest may as well not bother showing up for the inauguration and the congressional term.
@datGuy - Empty seats show what people think of you? Hmmm...
@Nick - Which word? He's said a lot of things, then changed his mind. I think half his strategy is simply to say outrageous things, in order to make his opponents blow their top. Then he figures out who his enemies are, marks his opponents for later attention, and walks back enough to satisfy his core constituency. In this way, he's sussed out the lay of the land.
Oh, and peaceful transitions of power ARE normal in America. This one will be no different. Unless the Left decides to stomp its feet and throw more tantrums.
Some things don't even need to be said. The empty free seats will speak volumes.
There is no more effective strategy for a narcissistic man than simply ignoring him.
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