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Posts Made By: James Lacey

November 13, 2016 02:45 PM Forum: Politics

Election 2016: Exit Polls

Posted By James Lacey

Typical Trump voter:

1. White Male
2. 45 or older
3. No secondary education
4. Rural
5. White evangelical or Catholic
6. Most important issues: Immigration, Terrorism
7. View on state of economy: Poor
8. Outlook for the future: Poor
9. Build the wall: Support
10. Most important candidate quality: Can bring needed change

Typical Hillary voter:

1. Non-white Female
2. 44 or younger
3. College graduate
4. Urban
5. Jewish or unaffiliated
6. Most important issues: Foreign Policy, Economy
7. View on state of economy: Good or better
8. Outlook for the future: Good
9. Build the wall: Oppose
10. Most important candidate quality: Experience

May 19, 2017 04:15 PM Forum: Politics

Why was Comey fired?

Posted By James Lacey

The official narrative is that Comey bungled the HRC email server investigation and that he was routinely overstepping his role as an investigator. Besides the official reason, we have Trump's tweets and quotes that offer a different rationale for the firing, mainly that he was upset about the ongoing investigation into collusion between Russia and his campaign. As time goes by, the narrative is shifting, and now evidence is emerging that not only was Trump upset about the investigation, he was also frustrated that he could not recruit Comey and get him to pledge loyalty to the Trump team. It's impossible for us to know what happened of course exactly, but I do think that the overall account available to us points to an incredibly inept administration that had no knowledge of or respect for an independent law enforcement function. When you couple this haplessly incompetent behavior with Trump's lack of adroitness, it's no wonder this administration just can't seem to keep from careening and bouncing from one botched performance to the next. At this rate, they will never get any agenda going since they will be too busy dealing with all of Trump's self-inflicted and unexpected problems.

118 days of winning and counting! grin

June 27, 2017 06:13 PM Forum: Politics

Those were lies, plain and simple.

Posted By James Lacey

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Washington Post as president-elect.

It was a promise he also made during his campaign. At an MSNBC town hall in February 2016, host Joe Scarborough asked Trump if “all Americans will get health care of some sort.” Trump responded, “we’re going to take care of them. We’re going to take care of them. We have to take care of them. Now, that’s not single payer. That’s not anything. That’s just human decency.

The CBO says 22 million fewer people with insurance by 2026, and even the WH analysis predicts 26 million.

I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.

The CBO says Medicaid to be cut by $880Bn in the first decade.

“Will people with pre-existing conditions be able to get health insurance?” Anderson Cooper asked him at a campaign stop. “Yes,” Trump replied.

“You’re going to see pre-existing conditions and everything else be part of it, but the price will be down, and the insurance companies can pay,” Trump said at a GOP debate in Texas. “Yes, they will keep pre-existing conditions, and that would be a great thing. Get rid of Obamacare, we’ll come up with new plans. But, we should keep pre-existing conditions.”

Insurance companies will be able to deny pre-existing conditions, forcing people into expensive high-risk pools.

Who is lying now? grin

June 29, 2017 05:36 PM Forum: Politics

What a world

Posted By James Lacey

The President of the United States is cyber-bullying a woman in the media on Twitter. Thank goodness we got rid of that Dijon mustard loving, Kenyan born, welfare loving, Muslim that came before him. shocked

July 28, 2017 04:44 PM Forum: Politics

Friday Wrapup

Posted By James Lacey

Well, it has not been a good week for Team Trump, to say the least.

1. The Browder testimony before Congress.

2. The Mooch's profanity laced melt-down.

3. The complete collapse of the Republican health care bill.

4. The Joint Chiefs have no idea about this transgender ban announced over twitter.

5. The head of the BSA apologizes for Trump's speech.

6. The veto proof Russia sanction bill that is sitting on his desk.

7. The reporting about Tillerson's Rexit.

8. The embarrassing public assault on Sessions.

Did I miss anything? Some are saying the Trump Presidency is effectively dead, which is of course hyperbole at best, but this is what I would hardly call "winning."

July 31, 2017 01:46 PM Forum: Politics

Conservative policies leave financial train wreck

Posted By James Lacey

But as Brownback prepares to depart, it’s an appropriate time to look back at what the governor’s conservative economic policies will cost taxpayers for years to come. Let there be no doubt: Brownback leaves a financial train wreck in his wake.

From the state’s drained highway fund to its beleaguered pension system for state workers, Kansas taxpayers now have a lot of fiscal ground to make up. In fact, the total reaches into the billions.

Our advice to taxpayers: Grab a shovel and start digging. Escaping from this fiscal mess is going to take a lot of work — and possibly still more tax increases, as we’ve pointed out.

“For a small Midwestern state, it’s a massive hole,” said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat. “And it’s going to take years to recover.”

July 31, 2017 02:05 PM Forum: Politics

Fatal Intimate Partner Violence

Posted By James Lacey

Females are generally murdered by people they know. In 64% of female homicide
cases in 2007, females were killed by a family member or intimate partner. In 2007,
24% of female homicide victims were killed by a spouse or ex-spouse; 21% were killed
by a boyfriend or girlfriend, and 19% by another family member.

Just one of the many reasons why our society, and the contemporary American workplace, take domestic violence and sexual harassment so seriously. Thousands of American women each year are killed not by terrorists, not by gang members, not by illegal immigrants, but by their husbands, boyfriends and family members.

July 31, 2017 03:38 PM Forum: Politics

Not just a good idea, it's the law!

Posted By James Lacey

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations, as well as to the federal government.

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to the following:

The victim as well as the harasser may be a woman or a man.

The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.

The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, an agent of the employer, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or a non-employee.

The victim does not have to be the person harassed but could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct.

Unlawful sexual harassment may occur without economic injury to or discharge of the victim.

August 2, 2017 03:37 PM Forum: Politics

What the hell do you have to lose!

Posted By James Lacey

Almost exactly a year ago today, Trump told black voters: "What the hell do you have to lose?"

Today: Justice Department to redirect civil rights division resources to take on discrimination against white people.

It is too bad Rod is no longer here. He would be having so much fun with this administration! 8)

August 3, 2017 02:22 PM Forum: Politics

Just another brick in the wall

Posted By James Lacey

You guys are totally being played on this wall issue. It's just red meat for the loyal partisans and a distraction for everyone else.

Nieto: You have a very big mark on our back, Mr. President, regarding who pays for the wall. This is what I suggest, Mr. President – let us stop talking about the wall. I have recognized the right of any government to protect its borders as it deems necessary and convenient. But my position has been and will continue to be very firm saying that Mexico cannot pay for that wall.

Trump: But you cannot say that to the press. The press is going to go with that and I cannot live with that. You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances.

Nieto: However, this is why we should walk on the path that we began, because when we start talking about the wall it prevents us from talking about other important issues that we must discuss. I clearly understand what this issue constitutes for you in the United States. And for Mexico, it is also an issue that goes beyond the economic situation because this is an issue related to the dignity of Mexico and goes to the national pride of my country. Let us for now stop talking about the wall. Let us look for a creative way to solve this issue, for this to serve both are your government, my government, and both of our societies. Let us leave this topic – let us put it aside and let us find a creative way of looking into this issue. And let us move forward on other issues that I think are positive for both of our countries. That would be my position, Mr. President.

Trump: Okay, Enrique, that is fine and I think it is fair. I do not bring up the wall but when the press brings up the wall, I will say, “let us see how it is going – let us see how it is working out with Mexico.” Because from an economic issue, it is the least important thing we were talking about, but psychologically, it means something so let us just say “we will work it out.”