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Both are lying about the ‘friends’ part October 16, 2017

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As for passing the tax reform bill before the end of the year, we’ll see about that in about 75 days.

Source: CNBC

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Party of Lincoln in turmoil October 15, 2017

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Trump is the president of the United States and is considered to be the leader of the Republican Party. However, he is actively making enemies both inside and outside of the Republican Oarty. He isn’t on good terms with Russia’s Putin, E.U.’s Merkel and Macron, Iran, North Korea, Mexico, Cuba, Philippine and Australia. 

Furthermore, many voters who pushed Trump into the White House are now sorry that they chose the wrong man.

Mitch McConnell is the majority leader of the Senate and is facing calls from members of his own party, yes, the Republican Party, to step down. It isn’t very encouraging for McConnell because he is also being scolded by Trump for being weak, ineffective and not doing his job.

Paul Ryan is the Speaker of the House and the leader of the Republican Party in the House. He is being questioned by members of his own party and Trump because he failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The tax reform proposal, currently being worked on in the Republican Party without any input from the Democrats, faces backlash because it disporpotionally benefits the wealthy, such as Trump. It also has problem making the tax reform policy revenue neutral.

Last but not the least, a trove of Republican senator and representatives are not seeking another term in the 2018 mid-term election. At current count, nine Republican represenratives and one senator have announced that they won’t seek re-election next year.

It appears that the Republican Party is facing a huge enemy who happens to be the oresident of the United States.

We’ll see whether Republican Party will be toppled over from inside and lose the majority in the Senate and possibly in the Representative too.

Trump is not the leader of the Republican Party. He is the enemy.

Democrats are laughing.

名嘴和美國政治 October 15, 2017

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臺灣的政治,社會的輿論,人民的想法和朝代(中央和地方)的變遷被電視上的名嘴操縱,掌控。這些人爲他們的政治理念在電視臺的節目中大放厥詞,打擊政府,攻擊個人,企圖左右地方和中央選舉的結果。無知的百姓很容易被這些人影響,而政府的政策就被這些人綁架了。

美國一樣也有名嘴:無線電臺保守派政治論壇節目主持人(在過去,自由派的政治論壇節目幾乎沒辦法生存),電視臺新聞節目主持人,週末和夜晚新聞節目的主持人和網路上保守派,激進派和自由派的護衛者。

Steve Bannon (班農) 就是一個典型的例子。

他說話頭頭是道,口無遮攔,極會罵人。他對美國在世界上的霸權有無比堅定的信念。他堅絕反對貿易全球化,反伊朗,反蘇俄,反北韓,反中國,反歐盟,反美國的盟友用美國錢。他主張在邊界築圍牆把中南美洲的違法移民擋在牆外。他反對有些穆斯林國家的阿拉伯人來美國,厭惡共和黨中反對川普的參議員和眾議員,反對現有的共和黨體系,也強烈的反民主黨的政治立場。

他在川普的小圈圈裏位高權重,深得川普長久的信任。可是在川普進白宮以後,他跟川普的女兒,女婿和其他顧問,部長不和,最後不得以被川普解僱。可是他在無官一身輕的情況之下,威脅共和黨參,眾議員,打擊在明年美期中要競選連任的議員。

其實,他威脅現任參議院首領 McMconnell,和即將退休的參議員 Corker 的真正目的,是恐嚇其他共和黨參議員,要他們三緘其口,不可以公開批評或反對川普,要這些人爲共和黨和川普推行的稅改政策投下贊成的一票。

現在,共和黨的52個參議員中只有三,四個參議員敢對川普和共和黨的稅改提案有任何異議。他們也極有可能會投反對票。除了 Corker 和生癌症的 McCain  以外,川普還需要擔心緬因州的 Collins 和阿拉斯加的 Murkowski 參議員很可能會反對共和黨和稅改政策。

川普知道這個道理。班農當然也知道這個道理。所以,班農的責任就是儘量打擊 McConnell 和 Corker,殺一儆百,告訴其他的共和黨參議員,你們最好乖乖的通過共和黨提出來的稅改政策,不然下一個目標就是反對稅改政策的共和黨參議員了。

共和黨在美國的眾議院有壓倒的多數,許多眾議員也不敢公開反對川普,因為川普的鐵票可能高達 30%,甚至 35% 的選民。如果眾議員公開反對川普,那他們競選得連任的機會就不大了。

這是美國民主政治黑暗的一面。許多中國人,尤其是年輕的中國人,包括臺灣的年輕人在內,以為美國的民主政治是世界上至高無上,最純潔,最公平的治國標準。沒人一票多麼神聖阿! 他們那裏知道美國的民主政治實際上早就被有錢人和有特殊要求的團體綁架了。

可笑:美國白人罵美國白人 October 11, 2017

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現任美國總統,美國前副總統和美國參議員都算是美國上流社會和政府中的佼佼者。這些人的言行,談吐,為人,處事和治理國事的手腕都是美國人和外國人關注的。他們的行為和道德修養也應該是美國年輕人和學生的榜樣。

近來,美國總統川普不付負責任的言行和耍無賴的作風引起社會大眾和外國政府強烈的反響。川普用他的 tweets 治國,用他的 tweets 執行外交政策,更變本加厲的用他的tweetsv對反對他的人做人身攻擊。

川普的行為就像一個村子裏的無賴。仗著他有幾個臭錢,仗著他有一幫打手,他就到處挑釁;欺負弱小,打擊他看不順眼的人,用霸道,威脅的手段壓迫他的敵人就範。川普的幾個臭錢就是美國龐大的經濟實力,華爾街的金融體系,美元的地位和美國政府對世界財經制度的控制手腕。他的打手就是美國的十個航空母艦戰鬥群,無數的飛機,精準的飛彈和無所不在的武裝無人飛機。

不論在國內或是國外,川普到處樹立敵人,違反國際規則,他信口開河,沒有原則,前後矛盾,強詞奪理。他內不避親,外不避嫌,挑撥離間,歧視黑人。川普完全沒有一國總統應該有的教養和風度。

美國前副總統在一個公開的演講中說美國總統川普的行為和做法已經威脅到美國的利益,也威脅到美國人民的安全。言外之意,他覺得川普不負責任,不夠資格做美國的總統。

最近,川普還直接指名道姓的挑戰美國的一個參議員,Corker,尖酸刻薄的罵他,還給他取名字,調笑他的身高,叫他 “Liddle”。這怎麼可能從美國總統的說口中出來呢?這簡直是下三濫的打法。實在是令人啼笑皆非。看來,川普是耍賴慣了,也不在乎丟臉,可能也不覺得這是丟臉的事。川普現在差的就是還沒有把美國的國罵端到檯面上來了。不過 我可以保證,在私底下,美國的四字經早就說爛了。

這是美國政治全新的一章。以前我們在電視和媒體上看到的,是美國政壇斯斯文文的一面。總覺得美國是一個文明,有教養 有風度的國家。比台灣立法院打架,丟椅子要斯文多了。川普把這個形象徹底的打翻了。

開了眼界囉!

This was what Biden said in a speech at Center for International Study:

Source: Flipboard.

Biden is a democrat and a former vice president. He critizes the current Republican president isn’t completely out of the line. But, what’s strange is that a Republican Senator from Tennessee, Corker, also engaged into name calling with Trump:

He 

等着吧!天天有川普的好戲上演。每天的戲碼都不同,主角也不一樣。不過,領銜主演的絕對是現任美國總統。

Trump, Congress and the USA October 7, 2017

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A telltale sign of a country in trouble is the approval rating of its officials.

Trump’s approval rating is 32% based on a survey conducted by Associated Press and the NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research.

Source: Yahoo News

Trump sees himself as the Santa Claus with gifts to people of Puerto Rico ravaged by Hurricane Maria.

Source: Yahoo News

The United State’s Congress is doing even worse, as it always does, according to the same survey: only 18% approve, 81% actively disappove and 51% strongly disapprove.

So, is the United States of America heading in the right direction? The survey said: 24%.

Very very bad.

But, don’t tell Trump, he still thinks everything is peachy.

Medicare is under the knife. Again! October 5, 2017

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Reid, Pelosi and Obama took $716 billion from Medicare in 2012 to pay for Obamacare. AARP did very little to prevent it becoming the law of the land. Now, the program is blowing up in the market place and is adding trillions to the national debt.

This time around, it’s Republican’s turn to make a deep cut, about $500 billions, to the Medicare budgets because the Republican controls all three branches of the American government. 

Source: Vox

Source: Flipboard

In addition to Medicare, Medicaid is on the chopping blocks too. Budgets for Medicaid will be cut by roughly $1 trillion. 

Source: Flipboard

To get money to pay for Republican’s tax cut, it means that something else from the federal government’s budget has to be slashed to make the tax cut legislature revenue neutral. Budgets for Medicare and Medicaid are just two of the tens, if not hundreds, of federal programs to be cut by the Republican’s tax reform.

Well, more details of the tax reform plan will come out in the next few weeks. No matter what kind of bill the House ends up with, it is a done deal because Democrat is totally out-numbered and out-maneuvered. Democrat in the Senate is hopeless to prevent this from becoming law in the Senate but several Republican senators may be able to make the damage to Medicare budget as little as possible.

We’ll just have to wait to see what happens next in the Congress. Not much we the tax payers can do now because it’s democracy.

In the U.S., money moves politics October 5, 2017

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If you want something done in the U.S., big or small, give money to politicians.

When you want to achieve something really big, like moving American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, you donate big money to the presidential candidate who’s said that he’d do it once he’s in the WH. 

Source: Flipboard

Others used money to move legislatures and put his or her candidates into key offices.

This is how American politics is being played. This is democracy because Congress passed laws to make this kind of contributions legal so that presidents,  senators and congresspersons can take money legally.

Let the fight begin September 28, 2017

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The fight is on tax reform proposed by the Republicans and endorsed by Trump.

The new proposal calls for roughly doubling of the standard deduction which in essence eliminates many tax payers’ incentive to itemize (schedule A). Deductions on medical expenses including health insurance payment, lab, test and doctor fees, medicines and other costs, probably will be gone. 

Mortgage interest deduction will be gone too for some tax payers because their itemized deductions will be lower than the standard deductions. As such, even the new plan calls for retention of mortgage interest deductions, this deduction is basically eliminated for most tax payers.

Well, none of this new rules on deductions will affect me but I’ll be happy to take the doubling of the standard exemption starting with the 2017 tax return.

However, I don’t think Republican’s tax reform proposal will be revenue neutral. Where will the new revenue come ftom to offset the tax cuts for higher income and the super-rich tax payers? Don’t forget the corporate income tax will be cut by roughly 42%, from ~35% to 20%? On top of that, the death tax will be eliminate too.

I know that Republican will rely on a bigger pie to collection more taxes because tax reform, Republican will argue, will grow the economy which will provide a bigger tax base to collect federal tax from.

Who is that guy in cowboy hat? September 28, 2017

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Trump asked.

Is he from Texas?

No.

Is he from Wyoming?

No.

Is he a movie star from an old western movie?

No.

Is he…….

Stop guessing, please.

Okay. 

Well, he’s Roy Moore from Alabama. And he could become a U.S. senator if you, Mr. Trump, decides to campaign for him in a special November election. 

But, wait. Didn’t you, Trumpm support this guy’s opponent, Luther Strange, in a run off election with powerful tweets and personal appearance right before the vote? 

Yes. We all know how powerful Trump’s tweets can be, don’t we? Personal apperance means 100% gauranteed.

Yeah, Luther will never let you down! Great line. Trump really has ways with powerful words.

Shooting up in polls. Of course. With my tweets, loser has no where to go but up.

So, what’d happened on the election day? Did Trump’s tweets put loser, sorry, Luther, over the top?

Let’s see what Trump had to say the day after the special election:

Did Trump actually back a loser? Yes, he sure did.

Unbelievable!

But, what kind of guy Roy is? Where does Roy stand on social issues? Here are just some of Roy’s convictionsare are:

Yeah! Hallelujah! Praise the lord!

Did science make a mistake? Obviously accirding to Roy of Alamaba.

I am sure he is 100% for the travel ban.

Whose god? Shall I ask?

Roy has to take off his shirt first. Whete is the horse? A AK-47 would help.

Trump said that too.

So, what now?

These ill-informed tweets (it wasn’t me, goddam it, blame McConnell for that) are misleading. They should be destroyed.

Now that Luther is packing, we’ll get Roy does his magic in November. We need all the votes in the Senate for that great tax bill ever later this yearbecause we can’t count on that pseudo hero from Arizona. Maine and Alaska aren’t safe either. There are a few tea party nuts which we have to deal with too.

I’ll get my tweet storm cooking.

窩裏反 September 26, 2017

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Source: Flipboard.

天翻地覆共和黨,搬弄是非有班農,

糊里糊塗是川普,期中選後見真章。

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