I think you underestimate Elizabeth Warren, GPIG.
- I dissent.
It's going to be interesting, to say the very least.
- For the Love of Pigs
It's so hard to say how impeachment will affect things. First of all, I think there's essentially no chance he will be removed from office by the Senate, as he should be. Second, Bill Clinton's approval rating went up after his impeachment, but that situation was so different from this one. The latest poll finds 51% for impeachment & removal and 41% against. That's improvement. It boggles the mind that all the stupid & illegal stuff hasn't shifted those numbers more.
I think so many people continue to get their news & views from Fox and social media bubbles and that's having a huge impact. And the Russians are already at it trying to throw the next election. Dem's have to figure out a way to deal with disinformation and propaganda and phony ad targeting & manipulation on social media.
Molly McKew, who I follow on twitter sometimes, is an information warfare expert and foreign policy and strategy consultant. I haven't read this article
but the headline says a lot. Notice the date - now we know Trump doesn't want to win the new war. He's on Putin's side and is working hard on us losing it. I think it's being called asymmetrical war - not entirely sure what that is.
Putin's trying to weaken **all** Western Democracies, e.g. Brexit in Great Britain. The Russians were involved.
People can go on forever about the economy becoming problematic, destined to have the bottom drop out etc etc. For now however, unemployment is at record lows and almost anyone can make money if they want to. Even Democrats are looking at how much money their 401Ks have made.
Fed Cuts Interest Rates To Prop Up The Slowing Economy
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I know you all don't like him, I don't either, and I don't think he's fully responsible for the economy we're enjoying, but as president he gets credit, that's how it works. I know you all don't like it either but to say we're not in a ridiculously good period of wealth gathering is just not true. I own a business and have to figure out a way to spend some money because we made too much. Almost all businesses have the same problem right now. If you want to call that a problem, I don't know what else I could say.
As far as the national debt, it's a problem. America has a problem with debt but it's not Trumps doing. Obama left us with about 20 trillion in debt. No president has done anything about it, not just Trump. I wish he would. It is potentially devastating to us and the world economy. When we were in the darkest and most dangerous period of our Financial crisis Russia, who owned about 1 trillion of our debt approached China, who owned about 3 trillion of our debt, about coordinating dumping all of it on the market on the same day. It would have destroyed us. But as China told Russia, it also would have destroyed China and Russia.
I like NPR but getting your financial information from NPR alone is not going to give you the full picture, same with the Daily Kos. This isn't a Republican/Democrat thing. Take a look at your 401Ks or IRAs, they aren't just making money for Republicans.
If you have a Bachelor degree and/or specialized in something meaningful in terms of making money - if that was a goal, you do not have to work 2 jobs to support your family. I don't have a college degree, I wish I did but I can make money because I want to. However, anyone wishing to go to college has the ability to do so in America, I would recommend they do so. Might take some sacrifice but it's important. Thre are problems in inner cities and with minorities I give you that and it needs to be fixed, education needs to better, crime less but again, Trump didn't invent that problem either.
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Like you, GPIG, I live and work in the real world. I actually work for a bank, and we are seeing things humming along nicely for a lot of people who are doing well. I also volunteer for several social programs in our community, and I still see plenty of people not doing so well. Not because they do not wish to make money (as your opening line seems to suggest), but because the gap between the have's and have-not's continues to widen. And no, Trump didn't invent economic inequality, either, but he hasn't done a damned thing to lessen the disparity, either.
I did stumble across an interesting article, comparing the economies of Bush, Obama and Trump:
https://www.businessinsider.com/9-charts-comparing-trump-eco ... uple-years-9
(Not sure if it's another one of those leftist sites that you alluded to, but it seems unbiased enough.)