Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence Discusses The Trump Team’s Transition Progress…

This is a really great interview.  Beyond the substance is something really remarkable that has been missing from GOP politics for a long time; the inherent camaraderie between a Vice-president and President.

It is simply impossible to fake optimism this sincere, and VPE Pence discusses both the substance and the larger optimistic outlook.

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191 Responses to Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence Discusses The Trump Team’s Transition Progress…

  1. M33 says:

    A Mitt-free administration… imagine!

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Clean out the swamp at Foggy Bottom.
      No to Romney ~ yes to Newt for Secretary of State.

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      • mike says:

        mmm, Newt is often good as a pundit. Because of his globalist tendencies, Eye Newt in the White House, not so much.

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        • I would love to see Newt as Trump’s press secretary. No matter what Trump does, he is going to have an adversarial relationship with the Main Stream Media. Most press secretaries would try to be nice. Newt would punch back. His press conferences would be fun!

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          • Frankly Ben says:

            What a great idea! Wow! Press conferences would become can’t miss, primetime entertainment. Newt would be in his best space, destroying duplicitous, hypocritical faux journalist after faux journalist!

            Can you imagine – it would be the highest rated entertainment in tv history!

            That is just too much to hope for.

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            • Shadrach says:

              Except that he steps on his own foot from time to time. He’d be an entertaining, though dangerous pick. Can he control himself? If he kept the course, he’d be great.

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      • Somewhere in Dixie says:

        I think Newt is very effective being the attack dog for the enemedia. Nobody can win an argument with him.

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    • repsort says:

      yep. Let’s assume for a minute that Romney IS the best man for this job (which I don’t think is true).. What is Trump saying if he appoints him?

      Sorta reminds me of how I feel when my favorite team selects a known-thug in the first-round of the draft simply because he’s the fastest runner… I don’t cheer for them or support them.. In fact I resent them and it tarnishes the reputation of the team IMO.

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  2. Give it time says:

    Mr Pence was an amazing pick by PE Trump. The guy is professional, steady, smart and seems like an all around good man. It truly is remarkable what is happening with Trump/ Pence… they are winning!

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    • flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner says:

      Yeah, that.

      I was skeptical of VPE Pence, initially, like so many others. I have come to have great respect for him and trust in him, and that has only reinforced my estimation of PE Trump’s ability to deliver and that we are in the best of hands with PE Trump.

      I didn’t and typically don’t agree with a candidate on all issues, and instead, I have to gauge my ability to trust his/her judgment based on his/her actions. I have come to the realization that I can trust PE Trump’s judgement to the point where I can avoid any kneejerk inclinations and sit back and watch things develop comfortably.

      It’s akin to your trusted investment manager/advisor. If you are micromanaging your investment manager/advisor you are not getting your money’s worth.

      So while I was in and will likely remain curious to the neverromney camp, I suspect that it is at least partially because I fail to recognize what PE Trump sees as a useful role for Romney at this point. I am willing to ride it out – critically, of course, but not unduly or unfairly – and gauge PE Trump’s judgment by the actions and results delivered by PE Trump, VPE Pence, and a potential SoS Romney.

      I am not encouraging others to do the same or place uncritical or misplaced trust in PE Trump. I encourage trust but verify and hold accountable. But you could entertain the possibility that judging PE Trump by the lense of historical GOPe/DC failure is as potentially unwise as it was for Nate Silver and others to make their epicly wronng pronouncements.

      PE Trump has a history of outperforming expectations. I’ll cut him some slack and see how he performs.

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    • starfcker says:

      I agree. I like Pence. These guys are serious. They look like they plan on getting a lot done. Quick.

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  3. citizen817 says:

    Great interview. VPE Pence (superb pick) will be hands on in the administration. Lot of work to do. And hevw

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  4. MVW says:

    Media: ‘Trump is disorganized, compared to others he is blah, blah, blah, spin, spin, spin, doom, doom, doom’

    Reality is the media is disorganized, in complete disarray, unable to fathom what is unfolding. Wrong, wrong, wrong. And Trump no longer has any respect for the media. The American people have no respect for the media.

    The media has never seen a steam roller team like this. Nor has the Dhimmocrat party.

    This is a full-on rout. Trump will have to have a team to keep Americans up to speed so we can tune out the buzzards. Perhaps a summary every week? By someone we can trust.

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  5. bessie2003 says:

    Is it possible, legally or whatever, for a sitting Vice President to also serve as Secretary of State?

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    • citizen817 says:

      Bessie…good question.

      So, in conclusion, there is nothing legally stopping the President from nominating his Vice President to the Cabinet. However, this would be highly irregular and widely criticized, and it’s unlikely that the Senate would confirm this nomination.

      https://www.quora.com/Is-the-Vice-President-of-the-United-States-allowed-to-serve-as-a-cabinet-member

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    • Ron says:

      The dirty little secret is that the point of a Secretary of State was for way back in the day when there were no phone lines, and no jet liners. You would have a SOS to carry the President’s message to other nations, perhaps via BOAT, and expect them to handle the situation as the President would.

      In the modern day, Presidents create their own foreign policy (with the help from their advisors) so the Secretary of State position isn’t really even all that necessary. Trump has already spoken by phone with every major world leader and could visit any of them tomorrow if he wished.

      So yes, the role of SOS could be reduced to so minor that the VP could do it in his ‘spare time’, but I doubt that will happen, he’ll name someone that will basically be Trump’s lapdog to the other nations.

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      • Wend says:

        You are so right. I was a diplomat for a little over five years, from 1978-1983. The whole system of massive diplomatic missions and overseas presence is so archaic and wasteful. This is where someone like a Mitt Romney could be useful as SOS and carry out the downsizing and modernization of this outmoded system.

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        • regedit says:

          Thats right-we are talking about this ‘shadow” government or rather beaurocracy and few are really realizing it -there is 4000 political appointees into various departments,agencies etc…yet there is many many more thousands already there .Its an ” invisible force” which in big part- is part of the” swamp”

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        • R-C says:

          I was also a diplomat.

          Here’s what I see as a flaw in your argument: TRADITION. So much of the diplomatic give-and-take happens on account of good, old fashioned tradition. All diplomatic correspondence takes place in French, due to tradition. Envoys still hand-deliver their credentials to the head-of-state due to…you guessed it…tradition.

          All diplomatic interaction can be conducted in a more efficient manner…except tradition won’t allow it.

          And there’s something to be said for hewing to tradition.

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          • Coming Up Roses says:

            There’s also something to be said for breaking tradtion and finding streamlined, LESS EXPENSIVE ways of doing things. Think I will go make a suggestion on the transition Web site!

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          • So would Trump hew to tradition if he sees more effective ways to run diplomacy?…

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            • R-C says:

              If the entire diplomatic world does things one way, and we do things another, perhaps you’d agree there might be problems. If you haven’t seen the diplomatic ‘world’ in action, you can’t know what I mean–it’s archaic, and I’d say willfully archaic.

              And an email can’t tell you what’s behind the other guy’s eyes.

              Just saying that the baby doesn’t need to go out with the bath-water.

              All that is needed here is a strong SecState and strong leadership from the boss. The waste will be cut, without the need to upend the entire system entirely.

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            • 18CatsInOH says:

              My two cents…I think Trump will honor the good that exists in tradition and will eliminate the waste that exists in tradition. He has a keen sense of important vs. trappings.

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          • navysquid says:

            R-C…WE as a nation very likely could handle dealing with other nations with a reduced role of a SoS, however, in line with your tradition comment and Wend’s comments, the SoS position is also there for the OTHER country to allow their Pres, PM, King/Queen who may have other issues to deal with to allow their diplomat to communicate at an equal level of their representative.

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            • Very true statements. What the new SOS has to be mindful of is protocol, as long as foreign nations feel their protocols are being respected and followed while in their OWN country, they will be more comfortable with change in how we approach the TRADITIONAL way of doing things. The swamp has to be drained here and the best way to do it is by downsizing and reprioritizing the State Dept to the new mission of America 1st. I think there will be many more private meetings with less fanfare than there will be HUGE international missions where our diplomats are spending the Tax payers money on family vacations and big spending shopping spree’s with donors money.

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              • Alison says:

                Thank you all for great insight. Often those who have been thru the system & are no longer financially vested in its future are the most clear-eyed.

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                • no-nonsense-nancy says:

                  I have felt for a long time that the government could save on expensive trips all over the world by using teleconferences with foreign countries and summits. Corporations have been doing it for years.

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          • I firmly believe that Foggy Bottom needs to be plowed under and rebuilt from the ground up.🚜🚜

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        • again, Romney is a proven snake never to be trusted out of ones immediate eye sight or within arms reach. Therefore he could and should NEVER be inside ANY Trump organization. Pond scum is pond scum similarly Newt the ever loquacious creative liar Gingrich. Trump absolutely does not need them.
          semper fi

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      • MaineCoon says:

        Thank you for this historical explanation. A reduced SoS role under PET makes sense as he is a ‘hands-on’ leader. BO propped up prominent SoS role with a different intention. I see PET needing a strong SoS to totally revamp the Department as the primary function with some foreign representation as needed. DoS needs to be drained.

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  6. tampa2 says:

    Did I just see VPE Pence exude confidence and enthusiasm? Dare I say “Joy” for being part of MAGA?

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  7. Fake Nametag says:

    This interview clearly shows that VPE Pence is in awe of PE Trump’s capabilities.

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  8. zephyrbreeze says:

    I’m swooning. Pence is so charming, so articulate, “such good people,” as they say. And his admiration for Trump tells us all we need to know about his loyalty to Trump. Folks, we have hit the jackpot.

    Contrast this with what Wkileaks revealed about Obama getting a list from the Citi bundler saying – here are the people we want. And then that’s who mostly ended up in the big positions, Obama had no way of judging anyone’s competency because he, himself, is an incompetent. (Isn’t there a “law” or rule that codifies that point? Trying to remember.)

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      This is Obama in a nutshell, and Trump is the opposite:

      The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which low-ability individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability as much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive incapacity, on the part of those with low ability, to recognize their ineptitude and evaluate their competence accurately.

      Dunning and Kruger proposed that, for a given skill, incompetent people will:

      fail to recognize their own lack of skill
      fail to recognize the extent of their inadequacy
      fail to accurately gauge skill in others
      

      “If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent.… [T]he skills you need to produce a right answer are exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is.”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect

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      • vinchenzer says:

        Explains Hillary’s bad judgment and tone deaf remarks also. She is another one that is an incompetent. That’s why Hillary depended on her vagina to get elected and Obama depended on his skin color to get elected.

        They are both failures that think they are successful based on zero evidence to back up their claim.

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      • also explains obama’s air of superiority. sky high (….in his own estimation he he)

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      • coldwarrior says:

        i just had a grad school flashback!

        the debt….the debt… (student loan/apocalypse now joke)

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      • i'm just sayin'.. says:

        Trump is a conscious competent and Obama an unconscious incompetent

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      • 7delta says:

        I agree, zephrybreeze, but I have to wonder if obiwon and crew are “incompetent” or if they have actually accomplished much of what they set out to do? It certainly looks incompetent to us. However, someone aware they’re being deceptive is also aware of the incongruence they project, so they blame others when things appear to go wrong to distract from their real agenda. The “incompetent” outcome is planned. Of course, they can’t admit that.

        Helgian Dialectic. Create the problem, nurture it under the guise of fixing problems or making something better, then when it becomes completely intolerable, provide the solution to get what you wanted all along, but couldn’t be truthful about, because people would reject it. Social engineering by degrees.

        Health care is a prime example. Decades of legislative and regulatory tinkering created problems that were supposed to be solved by the designed-to-fail obamacare, then leave us so upset (with greedy corporations), we would demand (or at least accept) the desired outcome of a complete government take over (single payer) of health care to end the debacle, once and for all.

        That said, I do think Obama is essentially incompetent, with other psychological issues, but he’s a smooth operator. That makes him a good front man. Similar birds of a feather often flock where power resides. Because they don’t have the ability to understand basic human nature on a gut level (it’s all academic) and they lack normal emotions, they aren’t capable of accurately projecting future reactions to their actions. Since they believe themselves smarter and more capable than anyone else, they inevitably underestimate others, and are easily frustrated by non-compliance. In reaction, they overshoot into such a blatant disconnect/disarray, they become truly incompetent, which exposes them and their agenda.

        Maybe they are just pathologically incompetent, from the get-go.

        Thanks for posting about the Dunning study. Very interesting.

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    • Eliza says:

      My husband said it’s the Peter Principal that people tend to rise to the height of their incompetence. 🙂

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      • zephyrbreeze says:

        Well Obama missed a whole buncha steps where he would have been incompetent at every level.

        Rumsfeld said: A’s hire A’s, and B’s hire C’s and D’s. or something similar.

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        • ExmilUK says:

          Rumsfeld was a complete incompetent as Secretary of Defence. The idiot repeated the “Task Force Smith” mistake of the Korean war on a scale 50 times greater in Iraq.

          He is directly responsible for 2/3 of the deaths and very seriously injured in Iraq. If you send troops to fight in unarmoured Humvees, it is only natural that the enemy will take advantage of the situation.

          At a vital moment after the initial victory in Iraq the troop level was cut from a peak of 170,000 to 130,000. That gave the insurgents huge gaps to work with, complete with access to open borders. The US Army of 1991 had been cut to the bone numerically, and now it was to be ambushed with IED’s, machine guns and mortars at every turn.

          Curse the name Rumsfeld and any other idiot who thinks you can reduce running a military to “forget the bang, how much does it cost in $’s?” for every decision. Sometimes its cheaper in blood and treasure to just deploy the needed numbers with the Heavy armour at the right places.

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          • pyromancer76 says:

            ExmilUK, exactly right, in my calculations. Let’s see, who was he working for? There is a lot to be accounted for in an accurate history — one that begins with American values and American national interest. Who were the anti-Americans?

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          • navysquid says:

            ExMil…I have to disagree to some point on where you are placing blame. As Secretary of Defense, you are the top dog and do take responsibility, however, I do agree with a statement that he made over and over and that is “You go to war with the Army that you got” or you could replace that with the “equipment” that you have.

            I spent seven years in Iraq and so know the country and people very well, likely better than many who deployed there. Remember when we first went into Iraq and Afghanistan, we could not foresee IEDs and EFPs that would wreak such havoc on our Humvees. Once we began to experience these (thank you Iran) our defense contractors began to ramp up the uparmored models and then even after the insurgents changed their tactics to more lethal bombs (EFPs) we changed our TTPs and built the MRAPs.

            I believe that the downfall of the Iraq war lies with Paul Bremer and Wolfowitz and their idea pitched to Pres Bush to disband the entire Iraqi Army. The Iraq Army was a highly professional, mainly Sunni, Army and thought of their careers as an Army person and not as a Muslim first. This perspective comes after dozens of talks I have had over the years there living with Iraqi Army personnel. They had careers and were only following orders from Saddam and only interested in feeding their families. They did not care about jihad and most did not even go to the local mosque. Once Saddam was deposed they thought they would have a role in shaping the country. Wrong. Thanks Bremer and the ITG. Now without an income and labeled as “a Sunni radical” because of a lack of our knowledge of the culture, they drifted to where they could receive an income: JTJ (Zarqawi) then AQI along with JRTN (which included many of Saddams upper level Officers) then ISI which became ISIS. Why do you think AQI was so accurate at mortar attacks and IED technology? It was because many of the AQI military leadership was disaffected former MAJ, COL, CPT of Saddam’s Army. AQI was divided into nine separate organizations and the military wing was full of Former Regime Elements (FRE’s).

            I could go on and on and on as I love to talk about a country (and AFG where I spent a few yrs) that we had victory in our hands and Obama came in and kicked over the sandcastle we had built.

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        • Kroesus says:

          the old saying is B’s (managers) hire A’s (productive workers) who work in a business owned by C’s…..and it relates to the grades they average in traditional education…….it points out the C’s are “outside the box thinkers” sometimes and do not register within the typical metrics of success

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          • navysquid says:

            Kroesus…exactly, I have always heard it similar to this way as the “C” students are the dreamers and know the WHY something needs to be done and hires the “A” who knows HOW to build it but lacks the vision of the dreamer.

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      • Your Tour Guide says:

        Wish that there was a corporate way for persons to be recognized for their excellence in lesser roles. The persons that lead by example. So many times, these same individuals are promoted up the chain, away from the hands-on work that they excel at. Once this occurs, mediocrity starts happening at a lower level. There’s no role models at the hands
        on level for others to try and emulate. Seen it for decades in all types of employment.

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    • Dommy says:

      He didn’t want competent people. Only godless, leftist hacks with the sociopathic ability to lie continuously.

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    • jonvil says:

      The Peter Principle? something along the lines of ‘People rise to their level of incompetence and stay there’…

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  9. Sentient says:

    Regarding Tom Price and medical costs: I hold in my hand tonight an “explanation of benefits” form that I received for a family member’s recent hospitalization. One which involved no surgery. A 6 day stay is billed at > $23,500 – of which almost $20,000 was “room and board”. My family insurance (Medica, annual premium > $18,000) negotiated (dictated) an “amount allowed” of about $6,800. Insurance is paying $4,800, I’m paying $2,000. Almost $17,000 was written off as “provided responsibility”. In other words, $17,000 of the $23,500 bill is pure unadulterated bullshit. It’s a fake bill !! It’s done – so far as I can tell – to increase the perceived value of health insurance – so that I’ll continue to pay $18k in annual premiums. Unfortunately, someone without insurance – like a self-employed person whose household income is $95,000 (too much for an Obamacare subsidy) would be billed the entire $23,500 and wouldn’t have the data to show that a fair cost should only be $6,800. Nothing can be fixed until we outlaw fake bills. The price should be the price. This was point #5 of Mr. Trump’s healthcare proposals https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/healthcare-reform We must not back down on outlawing monopolistic practices and collusion that makes price discovery impossible.

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    • Sentient says:

      Supposed to read “provider responsibility”

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      • pyromancer76 says:

        Wow! Truth, truths, reality, real – not manufactured – raw data, the scientific method, competition. What will become of us in every profession? What will become of our once-admired government agencies? Excellence, once again?

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    • aichawallaby says:

      Agree. The lack of pricing transparency throughout the health care field is the major problem leading to high costs, and rapidly increasing costs, at that. Absolutely none of this was addressed by Obamacare. Not surprised to see the run away health insurance costs now due to this poorly thought out legislation.

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    • mike says:

      fake bills, and old drug prices’ lack of competition.

      We’ve seen old generic drugs rise in price 100x, 1000x even 10,000x, when their manufacturing and distribution costs should be going down. Often times, their makers or regulators have been bought or bought off.

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    • SAME HERE! I have recently wondered why all of medical bills bother to show the gigantic “real” costs, when the insurance companies don’t pay them, nor do we..

      We pay about $8k/year for medical ins., $6k max out of pocket for deductibles. A recent family member had surgery. All told (doctors, hospital, labs, meds, etc.) = $122,000! (3 DAYS IN HOSPITAL)
      Ins. co approved $14k, our responsibility was about $2k (only because that was what was left to pay for the year of our $6k out of pocket).

      While I am very thankful for Mr C’s job, our insurance, our physicians, etc., the system is needlessly complicated, inflated, paperwork heavy (despite most of our doctors and hospitals ‘going digital’) and confusing.

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      • msmelchizadek says:

        My solution: OUTLAW INSURANCE COMPANIES… 🙂

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        • George True says:

          It is not insurance companies who are the villains.
          It is government at the state and federal level that imposes itself between you and the insurance companies that is the villain. We’re it not for this, health insurance would be more like car insurance where you could custom tailor the amount and type of coverage in a very price competitive environment. You would also be able to shop for the best deal on your healthcare just like you can shop for the best deal when you need work done on your car or your house.

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      • Sentient says:

        Wow. Think about that. A $122,000 invoice, $108,000 of which was immediately cancelled as being bogus. We’re supposed to be happy that insurance “negotiated” the cost down to $14k, but a cash buyer of those services would be hosed. Again, it’s all done to convince people of the necessity of healthcare insurance. Btw, you pay $8k in premiums, but Mr. C’s employer probably pays another $10k (which could otherwise be paid in salary). So the insurance company collected $18k in premiums and paid out $12k for the surgery. They’re still ahead for the year and they only rarely have to shell out $12k for surgery. (I haven’t had surgery since I was 7, forty eight years ago.). No wonder the biggest company in my state is United Health Group.

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    • straightstreet says:

      Yes healthcare costs are out of control! One afternoon back in September hubby pushed mowed our yard then sat down on the deck stairs and said his heart didn’t feel “right” like it was beating wrong. He goes up the road to the Dr office. That Dr sent him by ambulance to the hospital who kept him overnight for observation. Dr. bill from up the road (essentially a clinic-we live in a small rural town) was $640. 20 minute ambulance ride to hospital was over $2,000. One night overnight observation stay in the hospital $12,000! This was for a regular hospital room with an IV drip. Not a special room like a heart lab or heart center. Now this doesn’t include hubby arriving to the ER by said ambulance and the bills for their services before he was sent to a hospital room which ER was an additional several more thousand dollars. Everyone who poked their head in the room sent a bill. 2 things: they found nothing wrong with Hubby’s heart (thank you Jesus!) and we have insurance through his work. So far we’ve paid out of pocket around $3,000 but we STILL have Dr bills coming in…STILL… After almost 3 months. It’s beyond ridiculous and showed us just how over priced and broken our healthcare system is.

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    • An interesting aspect that those not in Healthcare don’t realize is that the insurance companies extract discount numbers in advance. If you lower your price to the fees they pay you will get 60% less the next year.

      Additionally if you charge people without insurance less then Medicare considers that your new price. In order to get around that my office charged people without insurance the lowest contracted rate and offered payment over time, forgiving the debt after 1 yr of payments on time. Even so we exposed ourselves to action from Medicare & the other insurance companies.

      Medicare is the gorilla in the room because when Hillary & Romneycare changed the market place they began making up fee schedules & discounts out of thin air and they were paying >20% less than it cost to deliver the services. Within 2 years all of the other insurers had climbed on board and contracts were written as a % of Medicare fee schedules. A lot of hospitals went belly up and doctors left solo practice to join hospital consortium. Patient care was impacted because the bottom line needed to dominate the equation, less time per patient, repeat visits since each could be charged for, longer periods of delay before expensive tests. Its a long list.

      So when you see those big #’s its not the actual price. Just like when you buy a house you offer less and the seller offers more than they expect to get. The offices & hospitals have no choice. They have been ground in the mill and the only way to survive is to pay business people who know the games to keep them solvent. Instead of paying money for health care the money is spent for bureaucrats: in the insurance companies, government, hospitals & doctors offices, legions of them and none of them caring one whit about the patient.

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      • hawkeye13 says:

        Some folks have had success offering cash payments (no insurance billing) for services. In some cases, the cash payment is less than the deductible when insurance is involved. If health care gets some needed fixes, it just might keep the older doctors from retiring, otherwise, we will likely see massive retirements.

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    • Old CrewDog says:

      As nearly as I can tell, this has been going on for a long time before Obamacare. Physicians couldn’t make enough to cover costs and earn a margin because insurance companies would only reimburse about 1/3 of what they billed. So- they tripled the costs. and that is how we got to where we are. I’m not sure that in my last $50,000 surgery the providers got paid about $14,000.

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  10. Summer says:

    I can’t wait. I want the Wall and the complete annihilation of everything remotely associated with the “Obama legacy.”

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    • Remington says:

      Boy isn’t that the truth….I want the name Obama “redacted” -completely. What a useless creature. At this point, the only ones I despise more than camel dung are the dummies who voted for him- twice.

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      • SamSteel says:

        Whilst the sentiment to redact Obama’s name completely is a very good one, how would the following generations know of the insufferable and traitorous tendencies of the con man and enemy agent if he were not known?

        Remember history lest history repeats.

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        • pyromancer76 says:

          Yes, accurate history is due. And Traitor needs to be known, especially to all those who remain fawning accolites, to all those who are not evil marxists (generic term for tyranny afficionados) in their hearts — the latter probably not persuadable. Those evil marxists are too envious, too bent on revenge and destruction.

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  11. Ron says:

    I absolutely ADORE Mike Pence. This guy stepped up in such a big way when he accepted Trump’s invitation to be VP. He reminds me of Jeff Sessions.

    Think about it from Pence’s position, nobody knew Trump was going to win back then, he took a big risk running, and fortune favors the bold. Once he got on board, Trump’s family is COMPLETELY different than Pence’s family, but the entire Pence family embraced the Trump’s 100%, and never wavered. They had just met, but acted like they were 100% on board from the very beginning.

    In short: Pence gave it his all. He did everything he could to help President Trump win, he even gave a speech in the rain! Later, he gave a speech in the dark with flashlights illuminating him speaking on a bullhorn.

    This is a good man, a kind man who like Jeff Sessions has spent 20 30 years in politics, trying to do the best he can but struggling against a lot of people who are in politics for the wrong reasons.

    Finally, a chance comes along to ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING, and Pence jumped at the chance. He is in this to SERVE, because he’s a Godly man who sees it as a calling. Jeff Sessions is the exact same mold as Pence.

    As far as I’m concerned, both Mike Pence and Jeff Sessions have proven themselves to be beyond Reproach.

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    • Albertus Magnus says:

      Only 2am and here we have the best post of the day!

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    • Eliza says:

      This is so very encouraging because we’ve had such wicked people in office for so long, I love this we are blessed to have Trump, Pence, & his picks running our government! You know of course Trump’s leadership of our country will bring into stark relief the incompetency of Obama’s presidency!

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    • Wend says:

      Beautiful post. I agree totally. Sessions is going to be a great AG. If I were a bit younger I would apply to work for him.

      Liked by 4 people

    • DHarvey says:

      It’s wonderful comments like yours that make me eagerly read through CTH each and every morning. Thanks!

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    • Dommy says:

      +1

      100% agreement. I’ve been nothing but impressed with Mike Pence, both the person and the VPe.

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      The power of Goodness that emanates from President-Elect Donald Trump appears to be transformational. (Sessions has this authority, too, in a quieter way.) Others, who appeared to be on the GOPe wagon, might not have had many alternatives. Vice President Pence has become an amazing source of goodness on his own now. Think back. How much did he have as governor?

      We must remember these good, even awe-full, feelings and experiences as the usual divisions and differences descend — remember we want real competition.

      Think of American origins in the Articles of Confederation, then the formation of the Nation, the beginning of the Federalists and the Democratic Republicans. We can maintain today so long as we are all Americans. These brave individuals had to fight it ourt but they all knew not to become “European” or like any other nation that had existed on Earth up to that time. MAGA

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    • You truly sum it all up brilliantly, Ron. Thank you.

      I liked Pence when he was a Congressman but lost track of him when (lucky for the people of Indiana) he went to the statehouse.

      During the campaign, I always loved his shining eyes, smile and how he looked at Pres. Trump — and how Pense knows exactly what they have up their sleeves — like a big wonderful surprise.

      I also can’t help but think how just 6 months ago, he was having to give a lukewarm endorsement of Cruz — while talking about how good Trump would be for the American Economy. :I’ll bet he never dreamed that he would be here now!

      I firmly believe God had His hand in all of this. Thank you, Lord for these two faithful servants. Just as I am in awe of you, my heart truly sings for the future of our country.

      First cup of coffee this morning. CTH and Winning. Doesn’t get much better than this! 🙂

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  12. Michael says:

    The way the VP-Elect speaks about Trump is remarkable. He speaks of Trump like a brother. It’s beautiful, really.

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  13. smcmull2 says:

    Start buying infrastructure stocks; steel, sand and gravel for roads, airports, WALLS, cranes, etc. This economy is fixing to take off big time, oh yeah…

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      Pray for peace. Pray for the sanity of our enemies, like North Korean nutjob, and Russia. Only defeating ISIS and other alqueda off shoots will allow us the room to rise barring any Massive attack by the enemy – like Iran. A nuclear explosion or and EMP attack anywhere in the world, will result in chaos everywhere. We need ROOM to grow.

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      • regedit says:

        Dont consider Russia as our enemy…you sound like Mccain

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      • Russia is no longer the boogeyman military juggernaut of the past that we all grew up fearing. We spend almost 10 times what Russia spends on military. They are dangerous yes but we would crush them. China is main threat both military and economic.

        Military spending in billions.
        1 United States United States 596.0 3.3
        2 China China[a] 215.0 1.9
        3 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia[b] 87.2 13.7
        4 Russia Russia 66.4 5.4

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    • M33 says:

      It’s funny. I heard lefties say recently it was all Congress’s fault why no infrastructure building happened.
      Silly…

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    • PreNanny says:

      Companies will start “boasting” about how America First they are it will be THE #1 way to brand themselves.

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      • Ron says:

        Yup. I’ve been waiting for this forever. Remember when Wal-Mart branded themselves that way? After Walton died that went completely out the window!

        Carrier has figured out that Patriotism is about to REALLY POPULAR again in this country.

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      • Michael says:

        I won’t hold it against them for doing it. After all, it was the government itself that pushed business out of America to begin with.

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      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Driving around yesterday, I passed a closed factory and several closed, retail businesses. Sad to think of the dreams that have been crushed. But my heart filled with hope, the hope that elected Trump/Pence.

        I imagined the empty buildings as bustling enterprises, customers in and out, happy shopkeepers, workmen (and women) pouring out of the factory at “quittin time”…. and in the windows of the shops and on a billboard at the factory entrance …. the inspiring words: “We’re Making America Great Again!”

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    • The Boss says:

      Already happening. That’s why the DJIA is on a tear.

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    • SMC: I had a conversation with a young man just yesterday about this! He was telling me how he is finishing welding at a trade school, then will be going up to Seattle for a construction diving school. I told him to keep with it because of how the new administration will be focusing on our infrastructure and he can have a great future.

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  14. M33 says:

    You know, Pence is one of the most likeable VPs we’ve had in a looooooooooooooong time!

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  15. anarchist335 says:

    VPEOTUS Mike Pence is a good man and it is so refreshing to hear what he says to Sean. DJ can sure pick ’em! MAGA

    P.S., sundance, thanks for the clip.

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  16. Ron says:

    Based Mike Pence’s speech in the rain, if you didn’t see it. September 20th, 2016 – The Capitol building in Colonial Williamsburg Virginia.

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  17. LP says:

    A true partnership. It is truly refreshing to see a VP who will not only go to work, but is empowered by the President to do so.
    Mr Pence is a good man. And I do not say this lightly

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  18. FL_Guy says:

    I remember when so many people were upset when President Trump picked VP Pence. For myself, having had the good fortune to attend a President Trump Rally in January at which I got to shake his hand, knew that President Trump is a WINNER! I can assure you, after experience with psychometric assessment, that President Trump would rate at the Genius levels of IQ. I knew that since President Trump picked him, Pence was the man for VP.

    Then, another amazing opportunity for my little berg, VP Pence came to town! I went and discovered the venue was a vacant lot! The wait was long, the sun was hot and we were standing in a vacant LOT!. Yet, even with a hot sun and vacant lot, VP Pence and his wife came out smiling and waving! He literally trotted up the steps to the podium and gave an excellent speech supporting President Trump. I don’t think he mentioned himself once during the speech. Knowing we had been in the hot sun for hours, he got every key point in but moved his speech along and wrapped it up. He immediately went to the barrier line and started shaking hands and signing autographs. I got to shake his hand and he also patted me on the shoulder with his other hand. A genuine, real deal guy like President Trump! I find myself fortunate to have been able to shake the hands of two great men who will save America and make it great again.

    President Trump brings out the best in people; that’s why his rallies have been so powerful. I have watched people like Gen. Flynn and Rudy blossom and grow under President Trump with each rally in which they appeared. No matter who he picks, President Trump will do that with all the people in his administration. Am I concerned about President Trump’s other choices for his administration? No Way! He’s the boss and is not shy about saying, “You’re Fired!” if they don’t produce. MAGA

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    • Political Reviewer says:

      Many thnx, FL_Guy for your excellent post. Your description of the Trump and Pence rallies gave me goosebumps. God has truly blessed our country and saved us from the destruction we would have faced at the hands of HRC, aka Obama’s third term.

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  19. Throughout my life, the VP has been a ceremonial and largely forgotten office. And this is even more true of the VP elect.

    VPE Pence, in my opinion, is the most solid, capable, active, and genuinely prayerful VPE I have ever seen. And they aren’t even in office yet.

    What a great time to be an American!

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  20. andi lee says:

    Seperate meetings?

    Paul Nehlen for Speaker of The House – January 2017!

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  21. Tim says:

    My little question about this is, What is stopping Vice President Elect of preforming the duties of the SoS without an official nomination.

    Answer.

    Nothing.

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    • Bull Durham says:

      The historic fact is VP’s are used secretly and openly as diplomat. Biden, Gore especially were used that way. It’s the unknown job description of VP.

      Pence is not ready for that. He will have to break out of his ideology straitjacket. He actually would have been a VP for Clinton on foreign affairs. Think about it.And listen to his slipups on foreign policy during the campaign. He’s anti-Putin, anti-Russia, anti-Assad and all for bad wars and covert regime change, destabilizing Asia, bad confrontation and containment of China.

      Pence is a liability on foreign policy.

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  22. rashamon says:

    I am one of those Peter Lynch followers who suggested wandering around with his wife was his biggest clue as to what stock to buy.

    Over the last few days, people on the street seem to have new confidence. They can plan, They can plot out a life for five years and, perhaps, more.

    We need that. We need to believe there are rules, applying to all.

    Maybe we can finally exhale.

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  23. JAS says:

    Excellent Interview!!! Pence is a humble genius. Back in the day when this whole thing was in diapers he took a huge chance on Trump, against huge odds from every possible corner. And he is know the VICE PRESIDENT elect. That is pure genius.

    A GREAT man!!

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  24. India Maria says:

    Did you catch VP Pence’s answer to Hannity’s question about the Senate filibuster? About resistance from the dopey Senators? – HE IS GOING TO GO OUT DIRECTLY TO THE PEOPLE!….Ahhhhh…..As a dunderhead, hayseed, unwashed rube out here in flyover country, it feels GREAT to be in charge of my country — again.

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  25. missmarple2 says:

    As a Hoosier, the transformation of Michael Pence is one of the most amazing events I have ever witnessed.

    I was discussing this with a good friend yesterday. He was an ok governor but we never SAW him. He pretty much stayed in his office and dealt with a close circle of aides (who didn’t serve him well, if you ask me). When he was chosen, we were dumbfounded, and thought it was the routine political-type selection to placate Evangelical voters or something like that.

    Complete and utter transformation! I have seen more of this man in 6 months than the 3 1/2 years he was governor! Witty, confiident, charismatic, and LOYAL. He didn’t flinch even during the worst of the fake scandals, whhile others headed for the hills.

    This is why, whoever is chosen for any cabinet position, I have confidence that President-elect Trump has made a wise choice.

    I am strucj still by Ivanka’s words at the convention: “My father sees potential in people that they don’t even see in themselves.”

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    • georgiafl says:

      Mr. Trump took a stabled pony and put him out on the race circuit.

      Liked by 4 people

    • PreNanny says:

      That is very interesting insight MM. It will be endlessly fascinating to watch who becomes what under TRUMP’s leadership.

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    • i'm just sayin'.. says:

      PE Trump is grooming and succession planning that looks well into the future

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    • Lucky you for having him as your Governor, Miss Marple. I know you’re proud.

      The Lord has great things ahead for this man. 🙂

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    • sDee says:

      Since the emergence and response to Sarah Palin. I have been saying America’s revolution awaits only a leader. The political system is designed to spot and sabotage true leaders of freemen – very early on in the process..

      America’s top politicians have have been leading America on a globalist death march of slow attrition. That takes its toll on all – on generations.

      Trump stopped the march and inspired us into battle. Leaders of freemen rise in response to such leadership.

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  26. Bull Durham says:

    Wow! Maria just ended a 38 minute interview with Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin. These two are so sharp and ready to change trade, investment, banking, infrastructure investment, taxes, imports and exports, jobs and taxes. Great experience and a team that will change their Departments, Commerce and Treasury.

    Got to see it. Hope they put it out shortly on YouTube.

    It gives you chills to think of the nation moving ahead with these guys engineering the changes, blowing up the obstacles and attracting investors.

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  27. To me the most interesting thing governor Pence said is that Elaine ciao was chosen as secretary of transportation because she is a brilliant expert on transportation and infrastructure. Not as a political triangulation to bring Mitch McConnell along to support the Donald Trump agenda. Really, When has Mitch McConnell never hesitated to spend lots and lots of taxpayer money?

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    • Shadrach says:

      I suspect both reasons are true. If you have a two-fer person (brings competence to the job, and a strong ally on board) then why wouldn’t you do it?

      For this interview, it’s her competence to do the job that matters, so that’s what was discussed. I hope she’s as good at her job as her history portends.

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      • Last night I listened to about as much Mark Levin as I can stand – about 2 minutes. He was raving in his usual style about how disappointed he is with these appointments. He lamented that Trump is overlooking a “deep bench” of “conservative” experts to appoint mushy moderates and longtime GOP apparatchiks to key positions.

        Levin is a jerk, IMHO.

        I going to trust Trump. He is the one spending days on end in meetings conducting in depth interviews and having detailed policy discussions with people who really know these topics.

        And furthermore I have no doubt that should any of these cabinet appointees fail to perform Trump will tell that person

        “You’re fired”

        And replace them. That’s how business gets done, and that’s how The Donald rolls.

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        • annieoakley says:

          DJT is more of a people person than Mark Levin can ever be. And DJT is a better judge of character too.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Political Reviewer says:

            IMHO, Levin is ranting about PE Trump’s choices only because he (Levin) hasn’t been asked for his opinions and recommendations by PE Trump. Levin is nothing more than an angry, bitter man who thinks way too highly of himself.

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  28. Gabriel says:

    For those that are just now, in the past few months, starting to see who Mike Pence is, don’t make the mistake that he has suddenly been transformed into the person that you see, he has always been like this.

    He’s no different now in terms of how he conducts himself, than he was way back in the early 90’s when he use to have his own local talk show out of Muncie Indiana ( aptly named, ‘The Mike Pence Show’ ), that would come on after the nationally syndicated shows such as ‘Meet the Press’, ‘This Week with David Brinkley’, etc.

    He was just just as smooth, sharp and thoughtful then as he is now, except he has had experience as both a congressman and governor in between. That was one of the reasons that I liked him for VP pick.

    I’m sure Trump is learning just as much from Pence as Pence is from Trump.

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  29. gee whiz I am sorry guys not sure why image did not post. I assure you it is worth the click

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  30. Miles Rost says:

    Some guy named “Lame Cherry” just went after Pence with a vengeance. Does anyone know who this Lame Cherry guy is, and whether his report has any sort of merit?

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  31. Pam says:

    Pence takes his commitment as VP and head of the transition team very seriously. You see it in what he says and does. He has been loyal to Trump from the moment he was selected as the VP. He truly does clearly speak with such optimism every time he speaks and it makes you feel good about the future of our country.

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  32. youme says:

    Never thought Trump would pick a Goldman alumnus< Goldman alumnus now in charge of Central Banks of England, Canada and Europe. These guys never sever their ties

    “There’s a long list of reasons people might not like Donald Trump’s pick for Treasury Secretary. Mnuchin spent 17 years with Goldman Sachs, and his father worked at the bank for 30 years in stock trading. He was head of the mortage department in the early days of collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps, instruments that many have argued had a part to play in the financial crisis. He then set up an investment fund with George Soros. During the depths of the financial crisis in 2009, a group led by Mnuchin bought the troubled housing lender IndyMac. The buyer group included Soros, hedge fund billionaire John Paulson, former Goldman Sachs executive Chris Flowers, and tech billionaire Michael Dell. After renaming the company OneWest, Mnuchin served as chairman until selling it to CIT Group in 2015.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-set-to-pick-steve-mnuchin-as-treasury-secretary-2016-11

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    • Bull Durham says:

      All surgeons work on cadavers.

      Get it? They get trained for the real thing.

      You don’t have the knowledge, skills and abilities to be Sec.of Treasury without banking and investment experience.

      If you think capitalism is evil, you are with the wrong team.

      And all these appointees are one “error” away from unemployment. This is Trump who is their employer. They serve at his pleasure.

      We’ve had G-S treasury secretaries for 25 years. Some are good, some not. The policy of the President is what matters. Mnuchin will be doing what Trump wants done. And with Wilbur Ross in tandem on much of the policies, I have very high confidence this team will impact the economy and get things growing for the middle class. The policies are transparent and very clearly will work. This isn’t alchemy.

      The surgeons have very good training. This is the A++ team for the economy.

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      • There are so many people making snap judgements on superficial knowledge.

        Mnuchin once worked for Goldman Sachs, but left and formed his own company. Hardly a hardcore Goldman guy, he’s an ex-Goldman guy.

        So is Steve Bannon.

        Did you know that for nearly his entire life George Washington swore allegiance to the King and even fought alongside the redcoats defending the Crown’s interests?

        Just because someone once did something doesn’t mean they are irredeemable!

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        • M33 says:

          How true!
          Nearly all of our founding fathers did not want to form their own nation. They were happy to be British citizens!
          But the country they loved eventually gave them no recourse but to unhappily abandon it.
          War was the LAST thing they wanted.
          They just wanted a better Britain that was fair to all of its citizens, regardless of which continent they were on.

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      • youme says:

        Leaving the Goldman alumnus out there and increasing their ranks, untouched by investigation, even protected from embarrassment when they have simple but important questions directed at them for years, destroys the ability of almost everyone in society to clearly distinguish right from wrong. On a large scale, this inability allows, no, forces people to become parts in a societal construct that makes almost everyone fearful of doing right. At its most damaging, as a group, we end up protecting and rewarding arch criminals.

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  33. youme says:

    Quicken Loan’s Shawn Krause who President-elect Donald Trump named to the team overseeing the transition at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Krause is the EVP of government advocacy for Quicken and was registered to lobby for Quicken since 2009. She “deregistered” as a lobbyist in the last few weeks.

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  34. C. Lowell says:

    Mike Pence — a VP America can be proud of and trust (for a change)…

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  35. youme says:

    Trump considering Goldman Sachs president for top post.

    President-elect Donald Trump is considering Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn for a senior administration job, possibly as director of the Office of Management and Budget, several sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.

    People familiar with the matter say Cohn’s meeting with Trump on Tuesday included talks about a potential job in the new administration, possibly to run OMB, a sprawling office that will handle much of Trump’s budget policy after he takes office in January.

    Cohn, who is friendly with both Republicans and Democrats in Washington, is a longtime commodities trader who became Goldman’s president and co-chief operating officer in 2006. He has long been the heir apparent to Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein.

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  36. heidi says:

    Breitbart News, one of the world’s top news publishers, has launched a #DumpKelloggs petition and called for a boycott of the ubiquitous food manufacturer.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/11/30/dumpkelloggs-kelloggs-declares-hate-45-million-americans-blacklisting-breitbart/

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  37. andi lee says:

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  38. andi lee says:

    Read this!

    And, read the link!

    Rep. Trey Goudy on transition team! Very glad, heartily agree. Good man who stood alone, against the swamp, bashed from left and right, but stood, regardless. Godspeed, Rep Goudy!

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  39. Patriot1783 says:

    “Buckle Up”

    Bumper sticker material 🙂

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